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shirt: Old Navy (super similar) // shorts: J.Crew // shoes: American Eagle (gift from Dago) // backpack: c/o ESPEROS // earrings: c/o Beaded by W


Do you buy birthday gifts for yourself? Looking back, I think I have a habit of justifying all my purchases in the month of May as if they are "birthday presents." This year I did things a little differently, though, and set my sights on one particular gift to myself: these J.Crew shorts. I mean...come on, have you ever seen a more "Nicole" pair of shorts?

This may just end up being my favorite outfit of 2017. It's got floral print, stripes, my color of the year, tassels, and the backpack I can't stop, won't stop wearing. I felt 100% comfortable in this look, despite it being a little on the loud. While I have a tendency towards bold prints, some feel more chic and wearable than others. You may be surprised to find that a pair of floral shorts with a giant bow are versatile, but I've coming up with so many outfits to wear them with! Don't worry, most of them involve striped shirts, so you have that to look forward to.

In case you haven't noticed, tie-waist shorts are a big trend this summer -- almost every retailer has a pair! I linked my favorites below so you can grab a pair of your own.

the floral shorts of my dreams

I can't believe it's already that time again! For the last four years, I've celebrated my birthday by putting together a list of goals I want to achieve before the next one -- a birthday bucket list! I mentioned in this month's small goals post that I was about to start working on my 28 before 28 list when my dear friend Ariel gave me a great idea. Instead of setting 28 goals, of which I'll probably accomplish only half, I've decided to focus in on 10 things I really want to do in my 27th year. (Plus, 28 is, like, a lot of goals!)

When putting these goals together, I looked back on what I didn't get done from my 27 before 27 bucket list as well as what I did accomplish. These 10 goals are a combination of things I haven't yet done and the next step forward from things I have. All that said, here's what I plan on doing in my 27th year:
10 before 28

For record and accountability's sake (and since there are only 10 this time around!), here's a little more about each goal:

1. Get My Passport // I have had a couple of opportunities to take work trips out of the country that I had to turn down because I don't have a passport. I just need to do it so I have it on hand if anything comes up! Any passport-getting tips appreciated because I was 11 the last time I had one?

2. Launch Phase 2 of Feel Good, Dress Better // Depending on how the initial launch is received, I have a couple of directions I'd like to take Feel Good, Dress Better for Phase 2. You'll have to stay tuned to find out!

3. Speak On Intuition-Based Dressing // At the heart of Feel Good, Dress Better is a lesson in listening to your intuition. In terms of what I feel I could speak on in a workshop or conference setting, I think an introduction to that idea would make a cool presentation. I knew I wanted a speaking-related goal, and since I already have a handful of speaking events lined up for work into the next year, I want to focus on what I have to say as me.

4. Sign Up for a Consistent Exercise Class // Signing up for some form of exercise class has been one of my goals for years. Being that I'm finally comfortable with my body, I think I'm actually ready to do it. I had a more specific goal of signing up for Camp Gladiator listed originally, but made it more vague in case I end up falling in love with yoga (which I'm trying today for the first time in a group setting! Wish me luck!) or another form of exercise.

5. Take a Week-Long Vacation // This is one of those 27 Before 27 goals that never panned out that I'm dedicated to making happen this year. I've still taken hardly any vacation in the two and a half years I've been with my job, so it's about time I do!

6. Upgrade Our Bed + Mattress // Again with a goal from last year, but now with the upped ante to include getting a new mattress. Hoping those workbook funds come through so we can celebrate with a new bed and mattress! I've pretty much decided on Tuft & Needle for the mattress, but if anyone has suggestions for nice and reasonably priced mattresses or beds, send 'em over!

7. Get My Second Tattoo // I'm excited to share an update on this goal! It's been on and off my lists for the last four years and I finally figured out why. Back in 2014, I wrote a post called To Tattoo or Not Tattoo. That should have been the moment when I realized that the tattoo I wanted next -- a fork on the inside of my left bicep -- was just not something I wanted permanently on my body. The reason behind the tattoo is very personal; it was meant to be a symbol of eating disorder recovery and control over food. However, I just couldn't picture myself at 40 still explaining that part of my life. A couple of months ago, it hit me that I was obviously putting off this tattoo for a reason. Since that post in 2014, I've also had a "third" tattoo that I wanted: a botanical piece on top of my right thigh. As soon as I determined that I was moving on from the fork tattoo, I got so excited to get the thigh one! I need to save a little bit of money, but I'm pumped to get it done this summer to enjoy during shorts season!

8. Find My Signature Cocktail // I'm not much of a drinker, but when I do find myself in a bar, I never seem to know what to order. I would love to have a go-to cocktail I can order anywhere and enjoy. I've been recently trying to branch out, only to find that I dislike most alcohols and end up handing my drink off to a friend. I like gin and tequila, and I like fruity. Lemon seems pretty safe? Anyway, this is my year to figure it out!

9. Build Relationships with Dream Brands // When I think about my goals for Writes Like a Girl, they are not monetary. Maybe this isn't the place to talk about this, but I've just realized that I'm not all that interested in writing content I don't care about to make some extra money. Which, by the way, is why I haven't. I can count the number of sponsored posts I've done in the last six years on one hand. What I do want, however, is for this space to allow me to collaborate with brands I'm passionate about as well as to share those brands with you. Some of those dream brands are bigger retailers, but most of them are indie brands I care about and think you should too. I've always been sheepish when it comes to sending pitch emails, but now that I've decided money doesn't have to be an issue, I'm just excited to reach out and see how I can work with people doing cool things on a consistent or continued basis.

10. Go Camping // I was supposed to go camping before turning 27 and it didn't happen. Let's make it happen before 28, okay??

So that's it! If you missed the recap on my 27 before 27 goals, you can find that in yesterday's post!

10 before 28

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dress: ASOS // purse: c/o Pink Haley Handbags // shoes: Loft (very similar) // earrings: Gudbling


Oh hey, I turned 27 yesterday! And this is what I wore! When I spotted this dress on ASOS, I knew it would make a great birthday dress because it's equally festive -- I mean, just look at those ruffles -- and easy to wear again. Plus, it was perfect for my day of fun and low-key activities: pizza eating, craft fair shopping, margarita drinking, and ice cream enjoying. What, you don't spend your birthday eating all your favorite foods? One of us is doing birthdays wrong, and I don't think it's me!

Because this birthday girl loves goals, I'm celebrating with a look back on the 27 goals I set for my 26th year.

27 before 27 - recap

12/27 doesn't sound very impressive, but I did so many cool things this year! The big ones are definitely leaving the state, the speaking opportunities, and, of course, the workbook! I'm also so glad I decided to set out to paint something once a month, to sell clothes on Poshmark (upcoming post on this!), and to get quarterly massages. I plan on keeping up with the massages for sure! Who knew my perfect white button down would have a cat collar or that our guest room would become our podcast studio?

As for the things I didn't do...there are a few overarching reasons why:

A. I started and didn't finish. This applies to the enamel pin (designed but never produced), visiting three beaches (only one), watching the Best Picture nominees (saw five out of nine), and cooking five new recipes (stopped counting, but I think I only did three or four).

B. My circumstances changed: I meant to bring baked goods to work but then we started working from home; I thought my car was almost paid off but I had another year.

C. I was focusing on other things or forgot about it entirely: pretty much everything else.

Overall, I'm really proud of what I did accomplish. I advanced myself personally and professionally in exciting new ways during my 26th year. Even with the setbacks -- and there were some major ones (Dago's injury, both of our mothers' health issues, the passing of my grandmother) -- I'll look back on 26 as a good year.

Here's to hoping 27 is even better, more fruitful, and more fun! Stay tuned because I'll be sharing my goals for this year tomorrow!

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Remember this skirt? I bought it last year during Memorial Day weekend and was sure I was going to wear it a ton. A white eyelet skirt is something that had been on my wishlist forever, something I reached for all the time that I didn't have in my closet, and yet something that I just didn't end up wearing all that much. What gives?

With my recent style shift, I've been going through my skirts and selling several on Poshmark. I was initially ready to let this skirt go, but decided to give it another chance. It's spring, almost summer, now -- what better time to rock a little white and eyelet?

I'm super glad I decided to hold onto it because this outfit has opened my eyes to all the options this eyelet skirt really holds! This new color combo also has me excited to shake things up a bit. The coral necklace is yet another gem I inherited from my grandmother's collection.  And the touch of gold? Not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty proud of this outfit as a whole!

Love the look of this skirt? I rounded up a few similar white midi skirts below!

coral and chartreuse

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