Summer Fun

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Is summer not the best, you guys? After a hard but productive school year, I am totally taking advantage of every opportunity for fun and relaxation. It’s actually probably a good thing that summer is only a few months out of the year because I would be exhausted from all the sun and guacamole and booze.

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Yesterday we had a cookout with some friends. It was the perfect activity for a Saturday evening and – more importantly – the perfect occasion to wear these new shorts my mom got me (thanks Mom).

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As usual, our friends’ 4-year-old was the master of ceremonies, giving very detailed instructions for the direction bubbles should be blown and what we should draw with sidewalk chalk (I drew a pink sandwich and a rainbow car).

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Said 4-year-old actually took this picture of me and Kristin. Not bad, right?

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She also wanted to join in the outfit photos. Keep an eye out for Gabby’s Real Life blog in 2033.

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Jacket // Shorts // similar Shirt // Nails

Dinner Date Fail

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OK, here’s what happened:

I wore this top and skirt to work, then came home and switched out my shoes and bag so I looked a little spiffier to go out to dinner. Typically we don’t do fancy dinners on week nights, but we had some accomplishments to celebrate (more about that soon), so we decided to go to the Melting Pot. We showed up at 6:30 (without a reservation because it was Tuesday), and they said they didn’t have a table until EIGHT FREAKING THIRTY. The best part? The restaurant was SILENT. There was no one there. So apparently the Melting Pot has one single waiter.

Obviously, I was a bit perturbed. I mean when you have it in your head that you’re about to eat a delicious bowl of melted cheese, it’s hard to wrap your brain around eating something else. We ended up going for Italian at Puccini’s. Don’t get me wrong – their food is delicious. But the servers wear khaki shorts and lime green t-shirts, so I was just a smidgeon overdressed. Oh well. As Kristin pointed out: “Babe, you’re overdressed for life.”

Skirt (on sale for $8!) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch (on sale) // Watch (on sale) // similar Bracelet

Sometimes I’m Trendy

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So I think there’s some unwritten rule among the well-dressed crowd that it’s cool to incorporate trends, but when you wear two or three trends at once, you end up looking too trendy and thus unoriginal. I’m usually not one for fashion rules, but this is one I do agree with. Looking like everyone else is lame.

BUT! I also think there comes a point when you can wear so many trends at once that you go back to being unique. Let’s count the trends in this outfit, shall we? (1) Retro shades, (2) orange lips, (3) black and white, (4) colorblock, (5) floral, (6) spike jewelry, (7) mixed prints, (8) low heels. Did I miss any? I didn’t intend to wear all these trends at once; it just kind of happened. And I’m pretty confident I don’t look like everyone else. So there.

By the way, this sweater feels like a towel. I don’t think towel sweaters are a trend yet but they totally should be.

Sweater (extra 30% off w/ code SUMMERTIME) // similar Skirt // similar Sandals (on sale) // similar Bracelet // similar Bag // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”

Black & White (plus a dash of neon)

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I know black and white is supposed to be a big trend these days (I read that on the interwebs), and I tried my best, but I’m simply incapable of not wearing any color. This is probably the closest I’ll ever get. But you have to admit – the belt totally makes the outfit, right? Agreed. You guys totally get me.

similar Top (on sale) // another similar Top (on sale) // Jeans // similar Belt // similar Sandals (on sale) // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Bracelet // Lipstick “Romantic”

VIP status…or something

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A new C. Wonder store opened at the mall down the street from me last week, and I was invited to the “VIP” opening party. Apparently the VIP threshold is very low because I received no less than three separate invitations to this thing, which I guess makes me an extra VIP. Of course, despite the triple invitation, my name was still not on the list when I got there, but luckily they didn’t give me much trouble. I assume it was this adorable outfit that made me look like I belonged.

So once I went in, I immediately noticed that everyone in the store had a wine glass in their hand, but I couldn’t figure out where those wine glasses came from. It was really crowded, so I just started wandering around hoping to see someone I knew and to eventually find the source of the booze. I cannot even tell you how many times I circled this place sans drink, sans friends, and sans cell phone service, but it took at least 30 minutes.

I seriously considered leaving, but then I finally got my hands on a cocktail. Now I don’t mean to suggest that I have to drink to have a good time. It’s just that if you get invited to something that has “VIP” in the title (but is really just a ploy to get you to spend money), you should at least get some perks.

So I had a couple drinks and loosened up enough to enjoy the fun music, talk to a few people, and pick out a couple things to take home with me (don’t judge…everything was 20% off).

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All in all, I am glad I went (and stayed). I just wish I could have avoided the awkward part at the beginning. So there you have it folks – the fabulous (real) life of a fashion blogger.

similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Skirt (on sale) // Bracelet // similar Bag // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”

Family Matters

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I had a fantabulous time this weekend entertaining the lovely people you see above. We watched the Pride parade, perused the Talbott Street art fair, cheered on our WNBA team, walked around the Eiteljorg Museum, paddled down the canal, celebrated my parents’ 35th anniversary, did some shopping, and ate a ton of good food. You can see more photos of the fun on my Instagram feed.

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I decided my sister Kathryn looked cute enough to join in on some outfit photos. Obviously, silliness ensued…

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There was some switching of glasses.

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Look at her gazing lovingly at her older sister. I’m such a good role model. Love ya, sis!

My Dress // Kathryn’s Dress // Sunglasses // Mom’s Shirt

Jet All the Way

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I know you’re 90% here for my supreme literary wit, but the comments on this post will be short because I’ve been too busy this weekend having a fantastically exhausting time entertaining my family while they’re in town!

I wore this outfit last week to see the Broadway tour of West Side Story which was seriously SO. GOOD. Speaking of Broadway, did anyone else watch the Tonys last night?!

similar Dress // Jacket (on sale) // Shoes // similar Clutch // similar Bracelet // similar Earrings // Lipstick “Plushest Punch”

Bits & Pieces

Happy weekend, folks! I’m really excited because my family is visiting for 3 days and I’m ready to show them a good time. You can follow along with our adventures on Instagram. Because if you don’t Instagram it, it didn’t happen.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a handful of outfits – some recent, some older – that I didn’t get around to posting. What is everyone else up to this weekend?!

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similar Scarf // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Shoes

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similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

These Shoes.

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If you’ve learned anything about me from reading this blog, it’s that I love stripes, I love bows, and I love shoes. So when I see a pair of fabulous striped pumps with bows on the back, it’s a no-brainer. They obviously should belong to me. They might as well have my name written on them. In fact, I might write my name on them. Just to make sure no one takes them. It’s a matter of national security. Maybe I’ll call Hillary Clinton and ask her how she protects her shoes.

Speaking of Hillary, I decided (as the unofficial advisor to her hypothetical campaign) if she runs for president in 2016, Beyonce should travel with her everywhere singing “Who run the world? GIRLS.” There, now you’ve learned yet another thing about me: I am an excellent political strategist.

Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes (these are from DSW but aren’t available online) // similar Necklace

Rainbow Animals & White Jeans

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Yesterday after work we went on a double date downtown. Dinner at Creation Cafe (sangria – check) followed by a walk along the canal (baby ducks – check). Have I mentioned that summer in Indy is the best?

Also, do you see how there’s a little pocket on the front of this shirt? Well for the first hour or so of the evening the pocket was on the back. Picking out my clothes is easy; it’s the putting them on part that I have trouble with sometimes (functioning as an adult – not quite check).

Shirt (on sale) // Jeans // similar Bag // Link Bracelet (on sale) // similar Spike Bracelet // similar Shoes (on sale)