Monday, August 29, 2016

Green Plaid Button Down + White Dress

I'm finally moving into a new apartment on Thursday, and I can't even begin to describe how happy I am to get to say that. Actually, I can. This will be my fourth time moving in the past year and a half or so, and it will be the first time since then that I'll feel completely comfortable where I'm living. When I graduated college, I moved back home with my parents, as most do. In February of last year, my parents sold that house and moved to the house on the lake an hour away from Orange County that you see in so many of my photos. Still struggling to find a full-time job after my internship had ended, my brother and sister-in-law kindly took me in temporarily, and I moved into my brother's office, which they had converted into a bedroom with a pull-out couch for me. Right as I was moving in, I was lucky enough to get hired for a full-time job, and I started planning to get an apartment. Three months later, none of my friends were looking for roommates (and frankly, I wasn't sure about the prospect of ruining a friendship by living with a close friend), so I searched online when I had saved up a bit. I found two roommates through Reddit, and we moved into a fairly nice three bedroom. Finally, I thought, a place of my own.

If you've followed my blog or my Instagram posts, you know how that turned out. One of the girls turned out to have a husband who had recently gotten out of prison and made a scene whenever he showed up; the other was a slob and a total hoarder with a dog who wasn't house trained (by that I mean, he peed on my bed and she never offered to help clean it). As luck would have it, they both hated each other after not long. The cops were at my apartment more than once, and I did everything I could to mind my own business and be home as little as possible. After I came home one night to find that the cops had been called and one of them had kicked a hole in the other's door, I searched for a way to get out. With what little money I had, I found a room to rent with a very nice family and the intention of staying for a short time. They've been wonderful, but it's not my home and their dogs bark loudly every time I enter the house, making it difficult to be in the kitchen without drawing too much attention to myself. 

Nine months of saving money later, I'm finally finding a real home. No living with scary roommates, being in someone else's way, feeling like a burden, or finding ways to avoid being at home. This time, I get to live with my best friend who I'm in love with and in a place that's just ours. It's impossible to talk about it without getting ridiculously cheesy or sentimental, but as you can tell, things have been a whirlwind for me since the start of 2015. The idea of settling into a place with my favorite person and getting to put my own things in the kitchen and living room is impossibly dreamy to me. We found cute one bedroom in a safe area, that's fairly central to Orange County and the perfect distance from our friends and work. Am I avoiding packing to write this? Yeah, of course I am. Is it worth it to get to gush about my excitement? Absolutely it is.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Head to Toe Remix: Bottoms

For this week's Head to Toe Remix, my weekly remix challenge with Priya of Perfectly Priya, we're on to bottoms. I have to be honest; I'm bending the rules slightly. I'm not actually considering getting rid of this skirt, which is the whole point of these posts. However, it's a skirt that I've worn to death, and I'm starting to get bored of it. I'm sure you can all relate. Sometimes you find a piece that you love so much that you can't help but wear all of the time. After a while, though, you get tired of pairing it with everything in your closet and you consider moving on. That's where I am with this skirt. I picked it up from a thrift store a few years back, but it's originally from Forever 21, and every time I wear it, I fear that it looks cheap. Perhaps it does, but this remix was a good way to pair it with basics and remember why it's a necessity in my closet. 

I did make the mistake of taking these photos when it was far too bright outside and in a hurry, so I'm not proud of them. Rather than dwell too long on my offerings, let's focus on Priya and how incredible she looks week after week. These pants are seriously made for her, and I'm incredibly envious of how she pulls them off. Be sure to check out her blog for the rest of her post!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Peter Pan Collared Top + A-Line Skirt

Sometimes I get so concerned with trying to style new outfits for this blog that I forget that basics are just as interesting. I wear a combination of this outfit weekly, and it never fails. I also wear my glasses fairly often, but I hardly get around to taking pictures in them. Honestly, I would wear them even more often if it weren't for my love of sunglasses. I love my glasses and feel good about how I look in them, but I'm weak and need to protect my eyes from the sun. Ah, well. It's nice every so often.

I have a short post today, but the good news is that you don't need to put up with my nonsense ramblings. You're welcome.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Head To Toe Remix: Tops

Hello, friends. Welcome to week 3 of The Head to Toe Remix challenge, my weekly post with the darling Priya of Perfectly Priya. Each week, we're remixing items in our closet that don't get much wear, starting from the head down. The past two weeks we tackled accessories and outwear, but this week, we're getting to the real meat of an outfit: tops. 

Tops are actually a hard one for me, as it's the category that I'm least comfortable with in my closet. Don't get me wrong; I constantly want to get rid of and buy new of everything I own. That said, I have a pretty hefty selection of dresses and skirts that I know I can never fail with. Tops are a different story though. I feel like I could get rid of 90% of the tops I own, and I wouldn't be emotionally attached to them. Fortunately, I've rediscovered my love for this short sleeved J. Crew button down with this remix. I fell head over heels in love with this top when I first got it, but over the past couple of years, it has essentially turned into a professional setting only top. It works great for interviews and meetings, and the little Peter Pan collar on it allows me to still feel like myself.

This week, though, I decided that enough is enough. Professional is great, but this piece deserves to be worn all the time. My solution? Print mixing. I know, it's so obvious. (Is it obvious? I really don't know.) The light blue stripes paired well with my favorite floral skirt, and I'm happy that it photographed together much better than I expected. I felt so perfectly summer-y in this, even though I just complained about the summer heat the entire time I wore it. Sacrifices, am I right?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thrifted Peter Pan Collared Top + Polka Dot Skirt

Is there anything better than a thrifted Peter Pan collared top and polka dot skirt? I think not. This shirt was such a great find, but even though I look for every excuse possible to wear it, this is somehow its first time on the blog. I love shirts that have the comfort of T-shirt, but the collars of my dreams.

Let's be honest. I've gotten pretty terrible at writing interesting things on here. I suppose it's a good thing because I'm busy with so many other jobs and projects. The words I put here always seem to be put on the back burner. It's almost strange given that I write for a living, but I've put much more focus on the outfits and photos than the actual posts lately. Part of it is because as the Instagram community has grown, there are much less people actually reading this now. So much less, that I've often considered scrapping the blog entirely and just posting on Instagram. I'm not sold on the idea and by no means have actual plans to do that just yet, but for the few of you still reading, what are your thoughts? Why do you still read blogs? 

It's a Catch 22 really. If I post my outfits on Instagram, then no one has a reason to come to my blog. But if I don't post my outfits on Instagram, then no one knows the blog post exists. I'm sure many of you can relate. I should probably offer a longer, more insightful post of this subject, but with hardly anyone reading anymore, it's almost difficult to see the point. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Head to Toe Remix: Outerwear

Welcome to this week's installment of the Head to Toe Remix, in which Priya of Perfectly Priya and I attempt to remix neglected items in our closets - started from the head down. Last week we tackled accessories, which brings to the next item down: outerwear. I immediately regretted agreeing to this when I realized how hot it would be. I have plenty of cardigans and jackets that I would love to build an outfit around, but in 90 degree heat? Not so much. Fortunately, I remembered my most neglected item of all in my closet - this Old Navy utility vest. If there's one item that I consistently go back and forth with myself about whether or not I should get rid of it, it's this vest. It doesn't really match the rest of my wardrobe, yet I still love it. Given my collection of white and cream dresses, this challenge made me see that I actually do have quite a bit of items that I can pair it with. I could have easily swapped out any number of dresses, and I still would have been happy with the result. I finally settled on this cream pleated one and pink sandals to give a fairly masculine item the feminine edge I so crave. I'm also glad to learn that it works as a perfect canvas for my ever-growing collection of pins. 

Priya, of course, looks incredible from, well, head to toe. A leather jacket was such a great idea given that you really can never go wrong with remixing it. I never would have thought to pair it with a skirt like this, but I am slightly obsessed with this skirt in particular and the results. Priya, of course, totally knows what she's doing.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Modcloth White Lace Dress + Chelsea Crew Heels

Okay, fine. I have yet to overcome my white dress addiction. It's fine. I'm getting through it. Rather than try to stop cold turkey, I've just embraced it and have decided that there's no such thing as too many white dresses. I'll survive. I haven't been able to buy many new clothes lately, so when my brother and his girlfriend got me a Modcloth gift card for my birthday recently, I went to town in the sale section. In addition to the gingham skirt I wore in yesterday's post, I also snagged this dress and pair of shoes. I have zero regrets because this dress is lovely and the Chelsea Crew shoes are probably the most beautiful pair I own. I have no idea how often I'll be able to find an excuse to wear them, but I'm prepared to find as many as possible. 

When I'm not working, much of my life right now is spent apartment hunting. Jon and I are finally financially ready, and I'm hoping to be in a place by the beginning of next month. Not that property managers ever call me back or are helpful in any way, but I'm still optimistic. Wish me luck, because I desperately need it.