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Friday, September 4, 2015


I know I say this a lot of weeks (because Fridays always come at the end of the week and, whether it was good or bad, it was probably too long) but this was an especially long and especially difficult week for me. It was one of those weeks that was hard for no reason, where I tried really hard to not sob at my desk, and where I may have spent at least one lunch break shopping at Old Navy and/or buying a milkshake and fried cheese curds at Culver's. I was, as they say, a week. But, thankfully, we have a three-day-weekend ahead and I plan to do as little as possible. I need a break and this weekend couldn't have come at a better time!

You know what else couldn't have come at a better time? These links. Thank goodness for the Internet during weeks like this, you know?

♥ Dago sent me these pit bull brothers and I almost cried at my desk -- but out of happiness this time!

♥ You know how all those girls you knew in high school are posting their engagement sessions? My high school friend had the BEST ENGAGEMENT SESSION EVER.

♥ This is a thing that is happening less than half-an-hour away from me. God bless Texas, y'all.

♥ I'm so glad there is finally a word for my favorite genre of television: sadcom.

♥ Obsessssssed with Rachel's late-summer outfit. As she says, every girl remembers her first Anthro purchase! Considering this as my next one.

Speaking of great outfits, I want to wear a version of Priya's sassy work outfit like tomorrow (er...Monday?).

♥ All the canary yellow all year, please.

♥ If you didn't get a vacation this summer, or that vacation wasn't in beautiful Santorini, you deserve a peek into April's summer travel adventures.

♥ A few transitional pieces on my wishlist: this unique gold jewelry, this lightweight trapeze sweater, these 3/4 length sleeved dresses, these stacked ankle booties, these grey jeans, and this plaid and striped scarf.

Just a few more hours to the weekend, babes. We can do this. And, if not, those cute shoes are still waiting for you at Old Navy on your lunch break, so go get 'em, tiger.

on my list | suede skirts

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall may not yet be upon us yet, but that doesn't mean fall fashion isn't sneaking into my outfits each day in the meantime! I try to be careful about the transition pieces I purchase because, let's be honest, fall is short-lived here in Austin and doesn't really start until November 1. One item that has made its way on my wishlist this pre-fall is a suede skirt. The cool weather-friendly fabric in autumnal hues is the perfect way to say "My fall wardrobe is going to be killer" without making me sweat my buns off in the 90° heat.

Here are a few suede skirts I've had my eye on:
  on my list suede skirts
one // two // three // four // five // six // seven

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It's no secret that '70s style is in this season, and these suede skirts are such a fun callback to the decade without going full-on hippie costume. I love the idea of an A-line mini skirt with tights for fall, especially in a great shade like forest, camel, or scarlet. On the other hand, y'all know I'm a sucker for a midi skirt, and these longer lengths would look so cute with heeled booties! Then there's the button-front skater skirts, which are a sweet in-between option that I feel I could wear year 'round.

What transition pieces are you considering as you prepare your closet for fall?

september | small goals

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

small goals september

Oh, August. I began the month by professing my love for you, and then you done kicked my butt. I am so looking forward to September if only because it means August is over. The month wasn't especially long, per se, it just wasn't really awesome. I was busier than I would have liked to be, and I've also been dealing with some depression and anxiety stuff that hasn't been fun.

Most of all, I felt like I didn't have time to do the things I really wanted to do -- my goals! As of August 23, I had accomplished exactly zero of my small goals. But you know what? I decided I didn't want to end the month on a sour note, and I did four goals all in one Sunday!

Okay, okay, so here's how August ended up:

1. send a few cards to people I love | done! I waited until literally the last possible minute on this one, but I couldn't bear to not complete this and only finish 4/5 of my goals. Hoping to make this a regular priority!
2. make lemon bars | done! I had a lovely Sunday afternoon of baking and Marfa planning. Thank goodness I learned how to make these so I have a potluck dish for the rest of my summer social calendar!
3. deep clean my car | DONE. Y'all I didn't even realize how much anxiety my messy car was giving me until I got it clean. I feel so much more calm and focused when I drive now!
4. buy a big plant | done! I still haven't named these two little babes, but I'm so in love with them.
5. plan & save for a vacation this fall | done! I spilled the beans last week and announced that I'm headed to Marfa later this month! I'll be sharing deets closer to our trip, and of course, lots and lots of photos from the trip itself. I am SO ready for a vacation!

5/5!!!! This is the first time I've ever accomplished all 5, for real, for real. I just want this to go to show that it's never too late to turn your month around!

Maintaining my momentum from August, here's what's in store for September:

1. let go and relax in Marfa | Alright, I know this sounds like a gimme goal, but let me explain. First, because I am going to be on vacation for four days, I don't want to put too much on my plate and not have the time to get it done -- or, worse, stress about it while I'm gone. Second, letting go and relaxing is something I have to work towards, as backwards as that sounds. It would not be hard for me to overbook this trip and make myself sick trying to do all the things or worrying about all the things I need to do at home.
2. finish Unspeakable | I only have a few months left to finish my 2015 reading list, and I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked. Ack, that reminds me, I also need to review You Feel So Mortal for y'all!
3. look into speaking opportunities at upcoming conferences | This is something I've secretly been wanting to do for a long time, so I want to make it a priority this month to send some emails and applications and consider my talking points!
4. make a dish that I can take to work for a week | Cooking and meal planning are two things I have vehemently avoided, but now that I am focusing my energy on intuitive eating, this feels like a logical next step. First up is pesto couscous with cherry tomatoes, spinach, and feta.
5. get professionally fitted for a bra | It has become painfully apparent (literally) that I am wearing the wrong bra size. I haven't been fitted since I was 15, and I've...uh...gained some weight since then (even some to my boobs!), so it's about time I find out my current size. I read this fantastic article (by one of my fav Internet writers!) the other day that's helped me feel more confident about letting the fitter know what is and isn't right, and letting myself know what fits and what doesn't!

What goals are you working towards in September? For the first! time! ever!!!! you can join my linkup and share with everyone! Whether you make big goals or small goals, loud goals or quiet goals, link up below!

geometric print skirt

Monday, August 31, 2015

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shirt: Old Navy // skirt: J.Crew Factory (in love with this similar one) // shoes: Steve Madden (very similar) // bag: Old Navy // earrings: Beehive // belt: Target

Of all the prints in my arsenal, this is likely my only geometric piece. I never jumped on the tribal print train of 2013 or the Southwestern print trend of 2014, but mod '60s-inspired prints give me big ole heart eyes. I am very happy to have snagged this delightful pink and orange geometric print skirt to hang among my many stripes, polka dots, and floral prints!

This skirt has actually been on my wishlist for a long time. I waited for it to go on clearance at J.Crew Factory, and then waited patiently for my size to be in stock. It seemed like every week the available sizes changed, so I would check back again and again. Unfortunately, during this time, I realized that I didn't know what size I was actually waiting for. Initially I thought I would need a 6, but after finding that a 6 was too small in both my beloved Anthropologie skirt and the H&M skirt that went back, I decided on an 8. Then I started getting anxious as the sizes became fewer and fewer each week, and I couldn't let it go, so I settled on a 10 and hoped it ran small.

The skirt is about an inch or two too big in the waist. I have a safety pin strategically placed in the back next to the zipper, and with the addition of this cute cognac belt, it's not too noticeable. I also think that in the fall and winter it'll fit a little better with tights and thick sweaters layered under it. I've been dealing with lots of too-tight waistlines lately, so I'm honestly not mad about having a little extra breathing and eating room!

Two other parts of this outfit I wanted to talk about: my earrings and my tote. I actually bought these earrings to wear with this dress for a top secret video shoot that I did (more info coming soon!), but they didn't match the dress as well as I hoped. I set them down on a chair where this skirt happened to be laying and HOLY CRAP they are exactly the same colors. I'm not typically into being overly matchy-matchy, but I couldn't not wear these together!

The tote, on the other hand, goes with every-damn-thing I own and I'm so happy with it. While it's reversible, I actually haven't flipped it to the black side yet, but I expect I will wear it this way a lot in the winter. The bag is exceptionally sturdy and holds so much stuff. Since I haven't yet purchased a weekender bag, I've been using this tote to pack for long weekends in Houston to hang with Dago's mom. It fits all my things -- sweaters, my laptop, extra shoes, and my fluffy teddy bear -- without bursting at the seams or even being too heavy. I definitely recommend it!

Did you pick up anything pretty over the weekend?