Monday, June 23, 2014

Work and Play: A Day to Night look



What I Wore: [Dress: Lucky Brand, Chambray Top: Gap - similar, Flats: Lucky Brand, Wedges: White Mountain (old), Earrings: Forever 21 (old), Bag: H&M (old)]

When I picked up this dress up a few weeks ago to wear to a family event I had no idea it was going to be such a versatile piece in my wardrobe - to be honest I thought it was going to be one of those "buy it for a specific occasion and then leave it at home while I am away at school" pieces. But now, after wearing it a few times and seeing the many ways it can be worn, that will definitely not be happening come September. The dress itself is ridiculously comfortable and easy to wear so pairing it with some of my favorite basics to create different looks didn't require much thought (but then again, what doesn't look better with a chambray shirt over it?). 

I wore the top look to work earlier this week - it's perfect for the warm weather, makes sitting at a desk all day comfortable, and it is still put together and modest enough for my work environment (this is going to be won a ton this fall once I go back to school, perfect for a long day of classes). By taking off my button up, throwing up my hair, and putting on some wedges, lipstick, and fun earrings I was quickly ready for an evening out after work. Unfortunately, I didn't actually end up wearing the evening look anywhere that night as my evening plans included 3.5 hours of rehearsal for the musical I am in which required a leotard and jazz shoes instead of a cute dress and heels. Alas, this outfit will have to be saved for a future occasion! 

Hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday, or whatever day it is that you are reading this, thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Dresses in the Desert

What I Wore: [Wrap Dress: H&M, Shoes: Bass via DSW, Earrings: homemade]

This past Friday I dragged myself out of bed at 3:30 am and headed to the airport to go surprise my best friend, Ali, with a little weekend visit. Ali and I have been best friends since the first grade (that makes it 14 years!) but for the past 4 years she has been living in Arizona, which means we only get to see each other once a year, twice if we are lucky. About six months ago her boyfriend, Dominic, and I started hatching a plan for me to come down and surprise her and I'm proud to say it went off without a hitch! It was so lovely to get to spend a few days with Ali that were filled with catching up on everything, eating fantastic Mexican food, hanging out with her dog Tank (pictured below), doing a bit of shopping, and me sweating a lot. 

As for clothing I kept things simple and light, as my main focus of the weekend was spending time with my best friend. Since I am a true Minnesotan and my max tolerable temperature is about 85 degrees - the only time I am ever in temperatures higher than that are my weekly hour long hot yoga classes - wearing this super light wrap dress was a great choice for the 100+ degree Tucson days. These photos were taken during a fleeting moment of me not looking like a hot, sweaty, mess. 

Tank is the new love of my life, just look at that face!

Beautiful sunset on my last night in town.
Ali's dress is from Express and shoes are from American Eagle 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Perfect Summer Shadow

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my current favorite summer makeup find, this L'Oreal eyeshadow. In the summer I tend to get a bit more lazy when it comes to doing my makeup so I gravitate towards just picking one eyeshadow that I can just blend all over my eyes and be done with. This summer it's been the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in the color "Amber Rush" which is just the most beautiful, shimmery, rose gold color I have ever seen. Overall, the product is incredible. The texture is super velvety soft, it lasts all day long, is highly pigmented, and is just so flattering and looks great all on it's own. Plus, since it's from the drugstore is comes in at around $7, which isn't too bad in my book. I always apply it over my Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC Paint Pot in Painterly to make sure that no creasing happens throughout the day, but that's only because I have incredibly oily eyelids. I particularly love the color of this shadow because of how luminous it is. I feel just that much more like a glowing sun kissed goddess when I wear it. 

Below are a few up close and personal photos of how the shadow looks on me, please note that these were taken as I was getting ready one morning so don't mind my pajamas and sleepy morning eyes. 

Mascara - Benefit's "They're Real"
Do you guys have a "go-to" summer makeup/beauty product? Let me know! I'm always looking for excused to buy more makeup :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 8, 2014


What I Wore: [Top: Target, Shorts: Old Navy, Sandals: Boss via DSW, Necklace: old from Francesca's - similar, Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick in "Chunky Cherry"]

Another day, another attempt at trying to take outfit photos by myself (today I had about a medium level of success). Anyway, even if I don't totally love the way the photos turned out I really do love this outfit. It is so dang comfy! I am so into this trend of "clothes, mainly pants/shorts, that feel like pajamas but only kind of look like them" which these shorts definitely are. I picked up both the top and shorts while wandering around the mall and trying not to buy anything last week (they were both on sale so it was okay!) and already know they are going to be in heavy rotation this summer. So many of the things I have in my closet back home are the clothing items that I didn't like enough to bring to college, i.e skintight graphic v-necks with stupid sayings on them and six too many peasant tops, so whenever I get something new I want to wear it way more than I should. It's the same with these sandals, I have a feeling they are going to be featured in about 80% of my posts during this summer. 

Anyway, that's what I wore. I'll probably wear it again soon. Thanks for stopping by! 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Perfect Pair

What I Wore: [Top: Anthropologie, Skirt: American Apparel, Shoes: Bass via DSW, Bag: TJ Maxx]

You know those outfits you have that you just put on and never want to take off because you feel so great in them? This is mine. It's 100% my style, extremely comfortable, and works perfectly with my body type. I also love this look a little bit more than usual because my hair is now (finally!) long enough to put up into a tiny top-knot! Because of my 17 years of being a dancer I think having my hair up in a bun is just always going to be the most comfortable and natural style for me. This look was perfect for a day full of running around town and checking things off my extremely long to do list, but I've also worn it during a long day of classes and for nicer occasions with a pair of wedges instead of my flat sandals. You've gotta love versatility! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you - mine will be filled with breaking in my new running shoes, seeing "The Fault In Our Stars", some hot yoga, and plenty of sleeping in :)

Thanks for stopping by!


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