shirt: vintage stolen from my dad // shorts: Forever 21 // clogs: Old Navy

Last Sunday I instagrammed a photo of myself outfitted like a scout. While this is definitely something I would wear anyway, I was actually dressed up for a special occasion honoring my favorite scout. Briley is off to lead a bunch of fabulous Girl Scouts of all ages in Amarillo this summer. She's attended the same camp for years, and now treks up north to be a counselor for the little brownies, juniors, and cadettes.

For her send-off, we met at Halcyon downtown. We intended to feast on their famous s'mores, but they were out pretended to be out until just before we were leaving. Briley and I both had warm cookies with ice cream sundaes, and Shelby had carrot cake. (Dago was there too, but I don't actually think he ate anything.) I can't wait to write her lots of letters, including stickers and fun things for her and her campers.

I was a Girl Scout growing up--for 8 years! My dad was the co-leader of my troop, which meant that I had a really superior scouting experience. My parents were taking my camping basically right out of the womb, so there were lots of camping trips, in addition to the cookie selling dates, sit-upon crafting, and patch earning. Speaking of patches, I had the ballin'-est vest. I had so many patches on my junior vest that dad had to sew them across the bottom like fringe and he cut a sash in half and sewed it to my vest so I could have more space (which I immediately filled).

My brother was also a scout, but he did Boy Scouts through our local JCC, so the boys (and especially the dads) were less....rugged than us Girl Scouts. Evan skipped out on a lot of the camp outs with his pack, so I happily went in his place, along with my dad. I set up all the tents, got the fire started, and identified every plant and bug I could find. At some point, I was around enough that they rewarded me with a Boy Scout patch to add to my Girl Scout vest. Pretty much from that point on, I've owned the heck out of any Boy Scout uniform I could get my hands on. In high school, I actually wore my brother's Boy Scout uniform a lot, and now I've transitioned into wearing my dad's vintage shirt, which is so soft and the prettiest green. I know those probably aren't the ways he'd describe it, but it's undeniable.

PS. I'll be wearing these clogs a toooon, so don't hate me.

PPS. Since Briley will be away for the summer, you're stuck with my ole iPhone-tripod-bar stool photo set up for a while. If you're in Austin and like to take photos, maybe we can collaborate on some shoots together for the blog!

scout's honor

One of the funny things about making these Age before Age bucket lists is that I get confused about how old I currently am. I was working on this last in the days leading up to my birthday, and I accidentally convinced myself that I was turning 25. For the last year, I've felt a lot more like 24 than 23 because I was focused on the number 24 for the sake of my bucket list. Whew, numbers are hard y'all, and time is weird. But, I have some awesome goals set for myself this year (the year before I turn 25). I honestly think I'm more excited about this list than last year's, and I did a much better job of setting flexible goals that aren't contingent on other pending situations (e.g. starting a business that I quickly changed my mind about). I'm so excited to get started!

25 before 25

Do you think I can do it all? Have you ever done a bucket list for your birthday?

25 before 25


It's been a while since I've shared a wish i were wearing post, but it feels like as good of a time as any! With my 30x30 over and a new season upon us, I'm shifting style gears a little. I like to describe my style as a combo of preppy hipster or hipster prep, depending on my mood, and especially depending on the season. In the summer, I tip heavy on the hipster side of the scale. Per usual, I'm drawn to styles reminiscent of both the 60s and the 90s, which I find so much fun to intertwine in my outfits. I know it's the middle of the work week, but here's what I wish I were wearing right now.

vintage-inspired swimwear // Okay y'all, I bought these swimsuit bottoms from Topshop and I'm smitten. It's no secret that I've been struggling with my body and weight more than usual, and the idea of baring my belly has had me trippin'. I've wanted to try the high-waisted swimsuit trend for a few summers, so I finally bit the (surprisingly affordable) bullet and bought these babies online for $20. It took forevs for them to come from the UK, but they fit like a dream and I feel like a pin up girl.

printed headscarf // To keep with the pin up look, and also to keep my hair off my neck, I'll be wearing lots and lots (and lots) of headscarves this summer. I'm thinking I need to take a day to scour all my favorite vintage shops to add more scarves to my collection. This one from ASOS is so friggin cute.

eyelet top // Who doesn't love eyelet in the summertime? It's so clean and crisp, not to mention cool, when the sweat is out in full force. Babydoll shapes are super on trend this season (which my tummy is stoked about), and this eyelet top from Topshop is in line with the vintage vibe I'm feeling lately.

black high-waisted shorts // Ooh, child, I feel so cute in these shorts. I didn't think high-waisted shorts would be for me, but I tried these on at Forever 21 and fell in love. I will warn you that I had to size up (2 sizes) because, well, Forever 21 and because high-waisted pieces tend to fit a little slimmer than not. You'll be seeing these around a lot this summer.

mid-heeled clogs // I resisted clogs for pretty much my entire life, and then so many of the women I look up to were wearing them at Texas Style Council last summer and talking about how much they love them and live in them. Swedish Hasbeens were obvi not in the price range, but when Old Navy came out with this pair, and then Kaity wore them on her blog, I decided to give them a try. I stopped into the mall on the eve of my birthday to try them on, just to see, and I didn't want to take them off ever again. Clogs are typically really hard on your feet since the wood doesn't have any give, so Old Navy provided extra cushion for the pushin' (definitely not how that phrase is supposed to be used). I'll be blogging more about these lovelies later, but I wanted to give a quick heads up about them, in case you're in the market.

What do you wish you were wearing on this fine day?

6 // wish i were wearing

Since I've officially been 24 for six days, it's probably time I wrap up this whole 24 before 24 business. Turns out, I didn't accomplish a whole lot between November and now. Well, I actually don't want to think that way. I have accomplished a lot in the last six months, and in the last year--just not necessarily the things I set out to do. As I've mentioned so many times before, I'm intentionally fluid when I create goals, and I expect there to be some wiggle room, if not total direction change, because life happens and sometimes I stop seeking certain achievements to make room for others. With that said, let's see how I did.

oo1. Our housewarming party last year was a rousing success (minus the death of our blender, RIP). Can't believe we've already lived together one whole year!
oo2. I came, I saw, and I conquered Texas Style Council last summer. I hoped to have added a second conference under my belt by this time, but both coordinators ended up with the exciting news of making their families a little bigger--Indiana added a third to her crew back in March and Linda is due later this summer.
oo3. As I mentioned in November, I probably over-rallied last summer, but completely forgot to make a clever sign. I'm still giving myself this one because I testified at the Capitol, which is way better than making a sign. 
oo4. I probably would have attempted sewing a skirt had I been able to make my sewing machine function. For whatever reason, it won't, so this wasn't even on the table.
oo5. There's no excuse for me to have not baked cupcakes for anyone's birthday. Boo, me.
oo6. Dago and I traveled to San Antonio for a soccer game last year, which totally counts as a day trip in my book. We have another one coming up soon to celebrate our anniversary! 
oo7. I wasn't going to give myself this one because I didn't join a traditional networking group. However, I'm in a really cool feminist-centric group on Facebook with people in the area and beyond. I've learned a lot, taken part in some challenging and cool discussions, and met some people I probably wouldn't have otherwise. We haven't all gotten together in person yet, but it's on the books! I think this totally counts.
oo8. I'm so mad at myself for not learning to make mojitos this year. I don't ever buy alcohol or drink at home, so I forgot I wanted to do this. It's still something I'd like to learn, so maybe I'll do it this summer.
oo9. Whoops, did not even start Downton Abbey. I decided I probably wouldn't like it that much, and I've been watching some other really amazing television instead anyway.
o10. I didn't find or make an opportunity to lead a workshop in the last year, but I'm keeping this on my list for 25 before 25 in hopes that I'll accomplish it.
o11. Lol no. Dago and I did not adopt a rescue pup. Won't be happening anytime soon, either!
o12. We did, however, adopt our very first Christmas tree together, and my first Christmas tree ever!
o13. DONE! 99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One by Megan Silianoff (read my review here), tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed (cannot recommend this enough), Bossypants by Tina Fey, The Truth About Style by Stacy London, and Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess). I'm also currently reading How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosely, which I'd hoped to have finished by my birthday, but didn't.
o14. Such a lofty goal, to think I could pay all my bills on time, every month, for a whole year. Hahahaha...
o15. Man, I really wish I'd hosted a slumber party! I did have a sleepover with my two bffs a couple of weekends ago, but it wasn't even at my apartment, so I can't count it. Womp womp.
o16. Even though I've technically sponsored a couple of blogs through Passionfruit, I really wanted to monetarily sponsor someone for this goal, and it just wasn't in the cards...or...checkbook, I guess.
o17. I didn't cook a fancy dinner for Dago and I didn't cook a fancy dinner for myself. Someday. Maybe.
o18. Ugh, I wish I had mastered the post office so badly. This is my personal hell. Someone write a blog post about it and link me to it so I can learn, kay?
o19. I am shocked that I have found a physical activity that I enjoy. I'm even more shocked that it's running. Now, I have no intention of doing a marathon or 5k or any of that business. Running, for me, is about tuning out the rest of the world, and connecting with my headphones and the ground beneath my feet.
o20. I wanted to create a positive, productive work environment for myself back when I was trying to start a business and do freelance work, but none of those things played out, so this didn't either.
o21. I decided I don't feel comfortable accepting money for playing stylist because I don't have professional training. My stance on this may change later, or maybe I'll take classes at some point. For now, I have fun going shopping with friends and helping them make sense of their closets.
o22. I honestly don't think I can say I even tried one new recipe. I hope to learn to "make" edamame this week, but I'm not even sure that would have counted if I'd done it a week sooner.
o23. I forgot this was a goal, but I totally nailed it with my purple pumps
o24. I did attend a zumba class--and it was even for charity. I was not good, and I left early because I thought I was going to pass out, but it wasn't the worst thing in the world. I have more fun dancing around my room, which is a legit workout, if you ask me (which you should).

Stay tuned, for I have an awesome 25 before 25 list coming for you later in the week. I can't wait to start crossing things off!

24 before 24 | recap

dress: Forever 21 // scarf: inherited from my aunt // shoes: old Target
I had kind of a crazy last several days, so I thought I'd ease into the week with a little recap of my life lately. I first want to say thank you to everyone who sent their love and positive thoughts to my family last week. My aunt's passing is a huge loss to my family, and it's wonderful to know that I have the support of friends and blog readers to help me be strong for my family.

These photos were taken by Dago on my birthday. We ended the night at a little park I found recently by our apartment. The weather was completely perfect, and Dago asked if I wanted to pose for a few outfit photos for the blog. He's so good to me.

I woke up on my birthday and went to the post office, the DMV to renew my license, and to vote. So far, 24 is my my most grown up year yet! My big plans for the day actually weren't my plans, but rather a celebration for my mom. She's been working on getting her GED and spent the last 8 weeks in an admin assistant course. Her graduation happened to fall on my birthday, and I was so happy to share the day with her. Her class' first assignment was to organize the graduation, so it was even more special. There was a powerpoint, a keynote speaker, lots of inspirational quotes, and so many happy tears.

The graduates for this program weren't like any other graduates. This isn't the kind of class someone takes because they have to or because someone expects it of them. All of these students took the class to improve their skills, to learn, and to push themselves to achieve greatness. Mom's fellow graduates were mostly middle-aged women, with kids and grandkids sitting in the audience cheering them on. My mom worked ridiculously hard in this class--often harder than I ever did in college. I'm so proud of her and can't wait to see what she does next. There was a part of the graduation ceremony where family members were invited to speak about their graduate. My dad and I stood up at the same time to talk about mom, but he decided I should talk since he said I'm better at public speaking and he would just get emotional. Well, I started talking and immediately broke down in tears. I really wanted everyone to hear what I had to say, so I kept trying to finish, which just made everyone else cry. It was all very emotional, but in the best way.

After her graduation, we went to Kerbey Lane for cinnamon roll pancakes and mimosas. I ate way too much, especially knowing that Dago was taking me to dinner in a couple of hours. I came home and caught up on blog posts until he got off work, and then we went to Austin Java for caesar salad chicken sandwiches. I was so spoiled in the food department, and I even had a cake at home waiting for us that Mom and Dad made me. A new Goodwill opened up in the area, so Dago and I went to see if they had anything good for us. They didn't, but the building has some of Austin's famous street art on the side, so we tried to take a selfie in front of it. We weren't quite ready to go home, so we stopped at the park I mentioned, before returning to our place for Contessa snuggles and Catfish. Before we went to bed, I made Dago sing happy birthday to my and light the candles on my cake so I could make a wish.

The next day, I went into work, as usual, and then was surprised by my coworkers with decorations, a homemade spice cake, and more happy birthday singing. I seriously work with the universe's kindest humans.


How creative and perfect are they? I'm absolutely the luckiest 24 year old that's ever lived.

Now that my birthday's over, I need to start getting ready for Dago's, which is in just a couple of weeks. We decided to not get each other anything, and instead buy each other dinner, but I might have gotten him a little something already. Let's just say I'll be checking the mail like a super sleuth until it arrives.

What have you been up to lately?

life lately

taken at my bat mitzvah in 2003
I had another post written up for today, but yesterday my family received some difficult news, and I thought it was a good time to share about an important person in my life. My Aunt Sandy passed away from cancer yesterday after battling it for a long time. She took care of my brother and I when we were little and my mom was sick in the hospital, she supported our interests and always showed up to see us perform, and she expected greatness from us because she knew we were capable of it.

My aunt was such a force in my life from a young age. She was someone I looked up to and I always wondered if I would follow in her footsteps later in life. She was fiercely independent; a strong, stylish working woman. She'd lived and worked in New York. Does it get any more fabulous? She'd loved, but never married until much later in life. She didn't settle for things that weren't worthy of her time and energy, and the things she did deem valuable, she committed herself to wholly.

She was such a cheerleader for me as a child and adolescent, especially when it came to fashion. She humored me when I announced in middle school that I was going to be a fashion designer (thought I am not an artist and my sewing skills are substandard), and then encouraged me to take French so I could work as a fashion journalist when I decided that would be a better fit for my skills and passions. She always had beautiful scarves and jewelry, and she taught me how to shop and how to put together outfits. Many of my favorite shopping memories, especially as a child, we're vintage-ing around Austin, Houston, and Fredericksburg with her. One summer she took me back to school shopping. We went to American Eagle, my first time shopping in a store in the mall that wasn't a department store, and magically found pairs of jeans that we're my size. I went home with purple converse and so many cute outfits to start my junior year, which ended up being one of my favorite years of school because I felt like I was finally finding myself as a person, partially because I found clothes to express myself in (and that fit!).

We also went to a boutique in Fredericksburg , and I fell in love with this beautiful midi skirt with fall-colored stripes and a wide mustard yellow band around the waist. She bought it for me, and it was the most expensive, most stylish, and most grown up thing I'd ever owned. I was on the speech and debate team in high school, and I insisted on wearing the skirt to compete in because if it was expensive, stylish, and grown up, it must also be professional. I stood out like a multi-colored sore thumb at the first tournament of the year and all of my judge's ballots told me I needed to dress more professionally in the future. I determined that they didn't know anything about style, but I pushed the skirt to the back of my closet and didn't wear it again for a long time.

Several years ago, when I was diagnosed with depression, she reached out to me about her own struggles. She sent me long, emotional emails sharing thoughts she'd had and things she'd felt that I imagine she had only ever shared with therapists. I became deeply connected to her because of this. Soon after, she was diagnosed with cancer. I was distraught and devastated. I discovered the book Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas and performed it at speech tournaments for the rest of the season. I sent her a copy of the book with a letter about how much the author reminded me of her, being so fierce, loving, and for clinging to her femininity in the face of the disease. I loved sharing things just between the two of us that other family members didn't have to be in on.

Our relationship hit a rough spot for a few years recently, but I most like to remember these times with her. After many painful emails exchanged between the two of us, I finally put up my white flag and asked if we could go back to how things were before. We both knew her time was limited, so it was important that we made those mends to our relationship.

I have a small collection of scarves that I've inherited from her over the years, and they are some of my most prized possessions. I like to picture her shopping and picking them out individually on her adventures throughout her life. I'm sure they all had some memory attached for her, and now they have my own memories stitched into the fabric too.

I owe so much to my Aunt Sandy--my pluckiness, my independence, my love for fashion. In a lot of ways, this blog probably wouldn't exist without the influence she had on me, both early and later in life. I'm so happy for those memories I have of her, and that she's no longer in pain.

she fought like a girl


First I want to say thank you all for such sweet birthday wishes! I'll share more tomorrow about how I spent the day and my 24 before 24 recap from the last year.

In the meantime, I've got one last 30x30 related post, kittens! I promised a full recap of the challenge and my experience, so of course I didn't want to let you down. Above, I thought it would be cool to organize the outfits by overlapping items to see how I wore similar things totally differently (I got the idea from one of Jessica's 30x30 recaps). I think I like this collage even more than seeing what I wore in order of posts. Clothes can be so versatile!

Here's a little hindsight I've gained on the other side of the challenge.

Stats//
> Most worn item(s): navy polka dot skirt (5), chambray (5)
> Least worn item(s): polka dot blouse (2), navy blazer (2), denim vest (2), black boots (2)
Favorite outfits: sixteen (floral skirt + red striped shirt) and twenty-one (floral skirt + gingham shirt + utility jacket)
Least favorite outfits: six (orange dress + denim vest) and nine (black polka dot skirt + grey tee + utility jacket)
Items I plan to get rid of: purple blouse, black polka dot skirt, raglan tee (to be replaced), polka dot pants (they don't fit anymore), and maybe the orange dress (it wrinkles sooooo badly, which makes it basically unwearable for more than half an hour. I want to replace it with another one!)

What I learned//
> I have bought some really awesome things, and a lot of them have (and will) last me a really long time. Most of the items I'm getting rid of are things I bought on a whim, rather than putting a lot of time into deciding on them or knowing that they were filling a hole in my closet. I love that I have this knowledge (or, confirmation, really) to take with me into future shopping adventures.

> I'm even less accessory savvy than I thought. I have a few outfits that, when I think them up, I have accessories in mind. For everything else, I either don't know what to do or don't own anything that works.

> Going with the obvious almost always pays off. I frequently won't try an outfit because I think it won't be interesting, and then instead I end up with something weird that I don't really love. The times in this challenge where I "resorted" to doing something I thought of as obvious (eight, twelve, and twenty-two) ended up being some of the more comfortable and better looking outfits.

> Pattern mixing? Totally doable, totally cute. Try to stay in the same color family (navy on navy, pinks and reds) or use a solid piece to complete the look (denim jacket, utility jacket).

> Time to get cheesy--I learned that I really can do anything I put my mind to, and that I have a really amazing system of people who will support me in whatever ways I need to make it all happen.

Tips for your 30x30//
> Make a list of outfits ahead of time (in case you missed it, here's how I did it). I think one of the reasons bloggers don't finish this challenge is because life gets in the way and they don't have time to come up with outfits every day. Life has never stopped for blogging, so it certainly won't just because you commit yourself to a challenge. Doing everything you can to prepare yourself makes a big difference in what you can accomplish.

> But be open to changing up the list as you go. After I made my initial list and got started actually wearing outfits, I started editing. Editing what I was wearing on my body, as well as editing as I looked back at my outfit equations. Maybe a look ends up not working the way you imagined, or maybe the weather changes and you realize you need to adapt. Editing is such an important skill for anyone with an interest in style and building outfits, so don't be afraid to change stuff up.

> Also don't be afraid to try crazy things. At first when you're making outfits, you might be like "Wow, I've already come up with so many, this is easy peasy," and then you get down to the last 7 or so and things get a little weird. Let that inspire you! My two favorite outfits are ones I never would have come up with without doing this challenge because I wouldn't have thought certain patterns or shapes could be paired together. Maybe they can't, but it's worth a try.

> If you plan to blog your challenge, set up a photography schedule that works. I am so immensely grateful for Briley waking up early on the weekends, dealing with my night-before texts asking what her plans were, giving up time on her days off, meeting me in all kinds of weather. etc.etc.etc. so she could take my photos. I literally could not have done this without her. If you have someone who takes your photos, set up a plan ahead of time for when you'll take the photos, whether it be every morning or night on the day you wear the outfit, or ahead of time/after the fact on the weekends. This helps you feel more prepared, and it helps your photographer have less work and stress. If you take the photos yourself, come up with a plan for days you don't have a chance to take photos or the weather isn't working, etc.

> If you're not sure you can commit to a whole 30, try a smaller challenge first! I really want to do a 7x7 or 10x10 next. I love that instant gratification, and it would be cool to remix a smaller number of pieces and complete the challenge more quickly.

Whew, that was a lot. I probably learned other things and have other tips that I'll remember, so I might end up updating this post. I'm really grateful for all of you who followed along and I hope this recap was at least a little helpful! I'm not an expert obvi, but if you have any questions or you're thinking of doing a 30x30 yourself, let me know in the comments!

30x30 | hindsight


I had a great 23rd year of life, and I am so excited to be 24. Here's to eating donuts, snuggling kittens, wearing outfits that make me feel amazing, spending time outside and with friends, and falling in love with myself.

24

one // two // three
four // five // six
seven // eight // nine




ten // eleven // twelve
thirteen // fourteen // fifteen
sixteen // seventeen // eighteen 
nineteen // twenty // twenty-one
twenty-two // twenty-three // twenty-four
twenty-five // twenty-six // twenty-seven
twenty-eight // twenty-nine // thirty
Just popping in to share the looks all in one place! I'll be back later this week with my thoughts and tips on the challenge. Which outfit is your favorite? I'll let you know which one is my fav (and least fav) soon!

PS. Today is my 500th post! Yippee!

30x30 | a look back

sweater: Target // skirt: thrifted (similar) // tee: American Eagle // shoes: Steve Madden via DSW (similar)

Photos by Briley Noel

I'm done! I did it! 30 outfits! Out of 30 items! Y'all! Ahhhhhh! I've never been more excited to accomplish something in my life. Except maybe college. Though, this felt like it took almost as long as college did. I'll be back tomorrow with a round up of all the outfits, and later in the week (because Wednesday is my birthday!) I'll do a reflection post on this whole ding darn challenge.

I seriously can't believe how much wear I've gotten out of this skirt. My life would obviously be much sadder without it. Here are the ways I've worn my floral skirt before on the blog:  onetwo, threefour, fivesix, seven.

Linking up with Laura.

30x30 | thirty

overalls and heels
cute gingham and overalls
overalls: American Eagle (similar) // shirt: Forever 21 (similar) // heels: LuLu*s // glasses: BonLook

Photos by Briley Noel

Like I said, overalls again real soon. If I could wear them every day, and sleep in them too, I would. I ended up with this gingham + overall pairing on accident one morning because I couldn't find my red striped tee and I was running late for work. I decided my chambray may not be the right color to do a denim-on-denim look with these overalls, so I grabbed my navy gingham and headed to the mirror for a look-see. At first, I feared they looked too farmer chic, so I added the heels to dress it all up a notch. I think staying in the same color family with the blues and purple helped the heels make more sense. Had it not been for the 30x30, I might have grabbed a pop-of-color flat instead.

Turns out, this is one of my favorite ways to wear my overalls now, which is great because I'm a big fan of gingham and I'm always on the lookout for more.

On another note, I've been linking to BonLook lately in my outfit credits because I get questions all the time about where my glasses are from. It looks like they don't carry my particular pair anymore, but I had such a fantastic experience with them that I want to rep all their glasses anyway. I related news, I fell asleep on mine this week. Yes, you read that right, not in them, as if I were wearing them, but on them. I managed to take them off before my afternoon nap, but I only got as far as tossing them down by my legs. Four hours later and my frames are totally smushed flat. I woke up in a tizzy, totally horrified at what I'd done. Luckily, these babies bent (carefully!) right back into place, good as new. Thank goodness. So, durable and cute. BonLook, you have my heart.

30x30 | twenty-nine

summer overalls
headscarf and overalls
overalls: American Eagle (similar) // tee: J.Crew Factory // shoes: old Target // headscarf: vintage

Photos by Briley Noel

Overalls are my best friend these days. We had a random rainy and cold spell in Austin this week, meaning shorts and skirts were out of the picture. Paired with the fact that I'm not feeling like wearing any kind of skinny jeans until I find the perfect pair in my new size, overalls provide both coverage and comfort, while being totally friggen cute. Let's just say you're going to see these babies again real soon...

With the rain that's been mussing up our weather, my hair has taken its first major humidity hit of the summer. Don't get me wrong, I actually love humidity more than the average bear. When my hair is long, it soaks up the moisture and makes the prettiest waves and curly-cues. Since cutting my hair short, I've worn it consistently straight, blow drying it the moment I get out of the shower and straightening any funny cowlicks away. Getting caught in the rain just isn't as good a look as Jimmy Buffet muses, so I've been relying on my headscarves more than usual to distract from my moptop. I inherited this precious butterfly scarf years ago from my fashionably fabulous aunt during a summer trip to her home in Tomball. My love of headscarves definitely originated with this one, and I hope to grow my collection this summer.

How do you deal when the weather and your hair aren't getting along? Will you be rocking a headscarf this summer?

30x30 | twenty-eight

boyfriend jeans and heels
purple and mint
tee: J.Crew Factory // jeans: Gap Outlet (similar) // heels: LuLu*s // bag: Charming Charlie

Photos by Briley Noel

I can't even tell you how long I've had this outfit in my head. Long, long ago, I pinned this outfit from Cupcakes and Cashmere, and I've had it stuck in my head ever since. Boyfriend jeans, easy tee, and a bright pop-of-color shoe.

I picked up this bag the other day to go with my pink dress/purple shoes combo for the wedding I attended. I searched high and low for a clutch in my price range that I didn't hate. I feel like every store used to carry clutches, but they must be ~unfashionable~ now because I went to like ten stores before finding any. I almost bought this one, but I wanted to spend as little money as possible. The little mint bag I brought home has that awesome fold-over style that means you can hide a pair of flats in the big section, while keeping your lipstick, phone, and tissues safe in the small section. It also came with a little strap, so it will probably be my tiny back-up bag this summer for adventures that don't need a whole purse of goodies.

I wasn't really a fan of mint the past few springs when it's been everywhere in stores, but I like it a lot as a subtle pop, and I love it with the purple.

Are you a clutch kind of girl? Do you ever rock heels with boyfriend jeans? Do I look like a crazy person wearing heels out on a bike trail? (The answer to the last one is yes.)

30x30 | twenty-seven

tee: J.Crew Factory (similar, wanting this one) // skirt: J.Crew Factory (similar) // shoes: old  Target // glasses: BonLook

Photos by Briley Noel

When you get down to the last few outfits of this challenge, you find yourself left with some pretty boring options. I realized that I neglected this tee throughout (because it turns out I don't really like it), so you'll see it a lot (three times) this week.

In my mind, this was going to be the most interesting of the three because of the polka dots, but I think it's actually the lamest because I forgot to accessorize. I don't wear silver, except for these flats, and I feel like gold doesn't go with the shade of grey in this shirt. I wish I'd had a scarf or something to complete the look. Whoops!

30x30 | twenty-six

dots on dots
double polka dots
blouse: Lauren Conrad for Kohls // skirt: Francesca's Collections // shoes: LuLu*s (similar) // headband: Forever 21

Photos by Briley Noel

Welcome back to the work week, kittens. I don't know about you, but I really could have used a weekend from my weekend. I woke up this morning with itchy eyes and a runny nose--I basically look like the 'before' part of an allergy pill commercial. It's been on-and-off stormy around these parts for the last few days, so I think a bunch of gunk just got moved around, specifically in my face.

The wedding Dago and I went to was beautiful, as weddings should be! Dago was one of the best men, so I got to spend lots of time with the groom and his buds. The bride had the prettiest dress and I cried lots. I just love weddings and wish I could go to them like every weekend.

This outfit has nothing to do with weddings at all. I actually only came up with it at the last minute after changing my mind about another outfit I'd put together and decided I didn't like, and remembered Jen mentioning I should try polka dots paired with polka dots at some point in the challenge. I can guarantee you that I never would have come up with this outfit on my own, but I actually like it! It felt a little clownish to wear, but I like how it looks in these photos, which is probably more important.

What do you think--am I rocking the dots on dots? Is this a combo you've worn before? How was your weekend? I want to hear all about it!

30x30 | twenty-five

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