Another Summer Sweater

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Last week I had an appointment at the chiropractor (or as I like to call him: my crack dealer), so I decided to use that as an excuse to look presentable and spend some time out of the house. The weather was absolutely beautiful (July? Who are you?!) so I grabbed lunch and ate it outside while I studied. Did it take my mind off the fact that I’ve spent the entire month glued to outlines, flash cards, and practice tests? Only marginally but it was better than nothing.

On a related note, I’d like to wish a happy 3rd anniversary to the person who is working a full-time job while still doing my laundry, putting dinner on the table every night, and keeping me sane. You’re amazing, babe.

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*Necklace provided courtesy of Max & Chloe; bracelet purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Feeling Like Myself

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This outfit is actually from a couple weeks ago – the last day of my Bar review course. The day before, I had put absolutely no effort into my appearance and I was in a total funk all day. So the next day I wore this. I’ll be the first to admit I had absolutely no one to impress; all my fellow Bar-preppers were stressed and too worried about themselves to notice what I was wearing (I’m just assuming this based on the fact that I was stressed and didn’t notice what anyone else was wearing). But darn it if I didn’t feel a million times better about life.

However, now that we’re only a week out from exam time, please don’t ask me how I feel about life currently. K thanks.

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Here’s where you’ve seen these outlook improvers before: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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Two-faced

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These sunglasses and this shirt are both from Madewell, and this skirt and these shoes are both from Ann Taylor. On any given day, there’s a good chance you’ll find me wearing one or both of these brands. Which is sort of interesting considering they’re so different. AT’s very “I’m going out for cocktails after my board meeting,” while Madewell’s very “I’m going out for beers after a music festival.” There’s probably something very deep I could say about myself here, but my brain is shot from studying, so I’ll leave it to you.

Have a great weekend!

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*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

Ruff Ruff! {Koons for H&M}

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This bag probably seems really random if you’re not a modern art fan. But do a Google search for Jeff Koons and it’ll start to make more sense. As an art history major, you might think I learned all about him in undergrad, but funny enough I actually learned more about him in law school (he gets sued a lot –  those pesky copyright laws)!

So why do I have a handbag with Jeff Koons’ famous balloon dog on it? Because Koons has partnered with H&M to celebrate the opening of a new museum-inspired H&M store in NYC, and starting July 17, a limited number of these bags will be sold at select stores, on H&M’s website, and at the Whitney Museum.

I wouldn’t classify it as an “everyday” bag, but you have to admit it adds a little something unique and unexpected to this outfit! I’ll probably be sharing my bag with Kristin, because when she saw it she had the reaction of a small child who’s just seen…oh, I don’t know…a balloon animal.

If you want to get your own Koons for H&M balloon dog bag, they’re $49.99. I don’t know exactly how many there are or how popular they’ll be, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stalk the website tomorrow if you can’t live without one. Or if you live in a major US city, they might be in a store near you (the info I have says Chicago, LA, and Dallas). Good luck!

Bag* // Top (on sale) // Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Bag provided courtesy of H&M; necklace provided courtesy of Flourish Boutique.

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Planning Ahead

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I just got this dress a few days ago. I’d been eyeing it in Target over and over and I decided it would be a great option for Test Day! Both test days, actually (yep, the Bar Exam takes 2 whole days – joy). I really don’t like to wear jeans for long periods of sitting because the waist band can get uncomfortable and make me very conscious of how much I have to pee. I don’t have any medical evidence to prove it, but I think my bladder is the size of a lima bean. Point is: Dresses are way more comfortable and convenient.  More reasons this dress is perfect: (1) It feels like a nightgown but looks stylish, (2) it has stripes – my favorite print, (3) the maxi length will keep my legs from getting goosebumps if it’s drafty in the testing room, and (4) it was only $30. As you can see, I thought this purchase through. Here’s hoping I can use this same logical brain power on July 29 and 30!

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*Belt provided courtesy of H&M.

Bar Exam Blues

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{We got new rings to commemorate legally tying the knot! Get it?!}

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Did you notice the new addition to my sidebar? Yes…a super fun and not at all anxiety-inducing countdown clock to the Bar Exam. Over the next couple weeks, I won’t be posting as often because I need to devote more time to studying for the biggest test of my life. But I will still be getting dressed once in a while, plus I have a few outfits backlogged, so I’ll share whenever I need a break from my outlines and flash cards.

This was an outfit I wore a week or 2 ago to a review lecture. I liked that it was simple without being boring, plus I was having a great hair day. Score.

similar Tee // Jeans (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Ring // Watch* // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Day to Night: Hippie Edition

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There are only so many hippie-centric things to do in Indianapolis in 2014, but I did two of them last Saturday: hit up the farmers’ market in the morning, then went to a production of Hair the Musical in the evening. I had purchased this very 60s dress a week before, so I figured why not make it work for the whole day?

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If you’re in the Indianapolis area, you should go see Hair at the Athenaeum! There are still several more shows over the next two weekends. My other half happens to be playing trumpet for the show. That might make me biased, but only a tiny bit. She’s just one of many many talented people involved! So if you want to let the sun shine in, you can get tickets here.

Dress // similar Hat (under $15) // similar Clutch // Sandals (on sale) // Tote Bag*

*Tote bag provided courtesy of Redbubble.

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Sniff Sniff

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I have a little something extra in today’s outfit post – a perfume review! It’s awkward, right? It’s like, “Hey guys, look at how great I smell!” Why doesn’t the internet have a scratch ‘n’ sniff function yet? I mean, someone in China should have figured that out by now.

FrangranceNet provided me with 2 perfumes of my choosing to review, and I went with Versace Yellow Diamond and Bvlgari Omnia Coral. I thought about it, and I figure the best way to tell you about these lovely scents is to describe them in my totally unprofessional vernacular. If you want to hear about top notes and bottom notes and eighth notes and whatnot, you can find that in FragranceNet’s product descriptions!

Here’s what you need to know. What I look for in a perfume happens to be the same as what I look for in a white wine: fruity and floral, but light and not too sweet. Both of these scents totally fit the bill! They’re actually pretty similar. The Bvlgari one is a little lighter, so if you have a very sensitive nose and you’re looking for a nice summery scent, I recommend it!

Since FragranceNet was so cool to send me these sweet sprays, I should mention that their prices are well below retail if you feel like buying any new perfumes (hint, hint).

As for the outfit, this was what I wore on the 4th of July. I’m a terrible patriot – not only can I not be bothered to wear red, white, and blue, but I’m also wearing Italian perfume. Whoops.

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Summer Sweater

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Back in North Carolina (where I grew up), it would hit the upper 80s and 100% humidity sometime in May and it pretty much didn’t get better than that until September. One thing I like about Indiana is that just when you think summer is here to stay, you get a few days of spring again. This is good news for people like me who enjoy a cute - though oxymoronic – “summer sweater.” It’s also good news for anyone close enough to smell me while I’m wearing a sweater and long pants in July.

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*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Love & Tutus

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There are only so many occasions to wear a tutu when you’re not a professional ballerina, but I found another one: celebrating your recent marriage with all your friends. You probably recall the super exciting news from last week that my lady friend and I took advantage of the chance to get our marriage legalized in our (mostly) lovely state of Indiana. But since we did it at the clerk’s office on a Wednesday night, none of our friends could be there. Boo.

Lucky for us, our friends are pretty much the bomb dot com, so a bunch of them got together with us on Saturday for dinner and a sort of reception. We had 2 other friends who got gay married (or as I like to call it, “married”) last week, so it was double the celebration!

Our friend Bob even prepared a ceremony full of lots of mushy stuff, so both of us couples got to reenact our vows with our friends. Cute, right?

I included a couple non-outift photos from the night below. To my fellow Americans: enjoy your holiday weekend!

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[Left: Trader Joe's flowers & Gigi's cupcakes - cheapest and fastest wedding planning ever! Right: Both the happy couples and Pastor Bob.]

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.