Monday, July 25, 2016

Ruche Lavender Dress + BAIT Flats

Hello, hello. Let's skip the formalities and discuss how excited I am about these photos. A couple of months ago, I met Lory at a birthday party for my best friend's boyfriend. We hit it off and followed each other on Instagram, as one does upon making a new friend. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I noticed a post Lory put up asking for models to take photos of with her new camera. Despite the fact that I had only met her once, I went out on a limb and asked if she'd be interested in taking some fashion-y pictures. Fortunately for me, Lory is awesome and was just excited as I was to work together. We had such a great time taking this set and a couple of others at a beautiful park, that we're going to make it a regular thing. So far she's been the only one to be able to capture the lovely color of this Ruche dress, which is pretty amazing if you ask me. (Side note: let's talk about how wonderful it is to have Ruche back. Thank the shopping gods.)

I spent the weekend in San Diego with Jon, which was perfect. It was Comic-Con weekend, but we pretty much spent most of it away from the convention center, snacking at the farmer's market, and marathoning movies. We did plan one SDCC-related event, which was attending a live taping of The Nerdist, one of my favorite podcasts. Seeing Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira riff together in person would have been enough for me, but it was surreal seeing Joel Hodgson (of Mystery Science Theater 3000) and the king himself, Bruce Campbell. It was totally worth the accident of planning a relaxing vacation during San Diego's craziest weekend of the year.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Thrifted Tank Top + Wooden Necklace

I usually struggle with dressing for summer. Without cardigans and layers, it becomes difficult to think of ways to be creative. This summer, though, I'm enjoying the simplicity of it. Ever since I started blogging regularly again this year, I've felt much more secure in my personal style. I wrote about this recently, but I don't feel the need to pile on accessories or skip over taking photos of outfits because they're "not interesting enough." I'm happy to say that I'm done putting that kind of pressure on myself. Now? A tank top, a skirt, and sandals will do. Add on one simple necklace made by a friend, and it's all that's needed to survive a hot summer day and be deemed "blog-worthy."

My eventful July starts today as I'll be spending the afternoon touring coffee shops in LA with my best friend before we see Jenny Lewis' new band, Nice As Fuck, play. I can't say that it's my favorite of her musical ventures, but when Whitney offered to buy us tickets for my birthday, I couldn't say no to seeing Jenny Lewis in concert again, regardless of what band she's playing under. She is the ultimate girl crush and basically all that I aspire to be. Sigh...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Gingham Shirt Dress + BAIT Blue Wedges

Oh hello, dress of my dreams. Though I'm currently not allowing myself to buy any clothes in an attempt to save for a new apartment, I did have a small moment of weakness about a month ago when I wandered into Nordstrom Rack and picked up this dress out of a crowded rack of clothes like I was in some sort of trance. I usually struggle with finding button down shirts and dresses that fit well or don't gape, but somehow this one fits perfectly. I had to get it. I had no choice. 

As usual, this weekend was wonderful. A long brunch with old coworkers, lots of TV watching, visiting my parents at the lake...all usual weekend shenanigans. I can't say that I really have too much to write about today. So let's just all stare at the glory that is this dress and forget that I said anything at all.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Button Down Dress + Floral Headband

Let's just get this out of the way. The lighting in these photos is awful. It was just one of those weekends where I ended up going outside to take pictures at the worst possible time and I was far too lazy to try and find better spots. This set was taken in Jon's backyard, which was about as far as we were willing to walk to take them. We ended up taking his dog on a walk around some surrounding neighborhoods, and we of course came across multiple spots perfect for taking photos while I was camera-less. Oops. The good news is that I now have more spots scouted for next time. I'm just thinking ahead.

I'm pretty stoked that it's July. Not only is it my birthday month, but I just have a ton planned. Jon and I are starting to look at apartments, and we have a San Diego tripped in a couple of weekends. We did, unfortunately, accidentally plan it for the same weekend as Comic-Con so it's going to a be a bit crazy. We contemplated changing it, but we realized that we'll have the opportunity to go to events around the convention center that aren't actually part of the Con. He got us tickets to see The Nerdist live for my birthday while we're there, and I couldn't be more excited. Next weekend should be fairly relaxed for birthday, and I also get to see my aunt and uncle renew their vows. Things are getting busy, and I love it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

White Grid Crop Top + Red Skirt

Happy day after the 4th of July! My holiday was fairly uneventful, but nice nonetheless. Jon and I hung out at our friend Adam's all day, and other than some time eating burgers by the pool, it was a pretty typical day for us. By that, I mean that we watched a lot of Arrested Development and browsed Reddit. There were also a few dogs hanging out at the house, so it was pretty wonderful. The 4th isn't exactly my favorite holiday (outdoor activities aren't usually my thing), but it was nice. The entire weekend was pretty much spent having movie marathons with Jon, which is pretty much my dream weekend with my dream guy. I'll take being cozy and watching movies all weekend over actually doing things any day.

I did make him go outside a couple of time to take photos, but the times that were most convenient to go ended up being the worst lighting. These pictures aren't my favorite because of that, but I do really like this outfit. Before vegging on the couch, I wore this to go to breakfast with my mom and visit with my brother's family. This crop top is actually part of a matching set, and you can see how I wore the skirt in my post here. I've been searching everywhere for a skirt this color for longer than I'd like to admit, but when I recently sold something on Poshmark, I found that I had credit in my account from when I signed up that I completely forgotten about. I used it to get this dream of skirt, which I haggled to $10. It's perfection. Thank you, free Poshmark credit. I am eternally grateful.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Buffalo Exchange Top + Plaid Skirt

Not to complain about the heat again, but I took these photos over the weekend, and I can just feel how sweaty and gross I was. It was that kind of day. Luckily I remembered that I had this black dress/shirt that I picked up from Buffalo Exchange a while ago, but had barely worn. It actually is a trapeze dress that I wore once and then accidentally shrunk in the wash. This is a thing that I do far more often than I would like to admit. Fortunately, the way it shrunk was only in length, so it makes a perfect top. Trapeze dress be damned.

I don't have too much to share today as all I've been up to is working, listening to podcasts, and watching Seinfeld. I did see Finding Dory last night, which was adorable. I can't say that it really made a lasting impression, but I liked it. If we're talking kids movies, let's be honest. None will be as good as Zootopia this year. These are important opinions that you should all care about.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Schoola Modcloth Dress + Cat Eye Sunglasses

I can hardly think of what to write because of how hot it is. I'm beginning to forget what it is about summer that I've always loved so much. Without three months off from school anymore, it just seems like a lot of sweat and lack of comfort. I'll stick with my light breeze and cardigans, thank you.

Is it really already Monday? Things have been fairly busy lately as I've been trying to make more plans now that I don't have to be up at 4 a.m. every day. One of my close friends was in town over the weekend, which seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life as more and more friends move away. As much as I don't want to stay in Orange County forever, it's nice to still be at "home base" when everyone comes back to visit family. Speaking of family, I wore this Modcloth dress, which I got from Schoola, to hang out at my parents' house yesterday. It's by far one of the best things I own. I've noticed that I haven't been accessorizing much lately, which I'm okay with. I looked through some old blog posts not too long ago, and I cringed at how much I piled on jewelry. I think I felt that I needed to have more details to photograph if I wanted to my posts to be interesting. I still have too much jewelry that I refuse to get rid of, but I like feeling more secure in my personal style that I don't feel the need to do that just for the post. 

Plus, this dress is just that good. No jewelry required.

Also, congrats to Kassie Harris for winning my giveaway with Luella, and thank you to everyone who has entered!