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!

Dress // similar Bag // similar Hat (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Belt* // Shoes (on sale) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Belt provided courtesy of H&M.

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.

similar Sweater // Jeans (on sale) // similar Necklace* // Shoes // similar Bag // Hat (on sale) // similar Sunglasses

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

Spend or Save? You Won’t Find the Answer Here.

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The elusive “they” say that you should spend more on the things you’ll wear for years, and less on trendy items. In general, I’d say that’s pretty good advice. Then again, sometimes I don’t even know whether I’ll wear something for years at the time I buy it. I got this dress for about $40 I think. Not super cheap, but definitely not what I’d call an “investment piece.” It’s from the Isaac Mizrahi line for Target…that shows you just how old it is, because Isaac hasn’t been designing for Target since 2008! But I distinctly remember buying this from the Target in my college town, which means it’s more likely 2007 or earlier. Since when is a cream, mod-style crochet mini dress a staple to keep in your closet for years? It’s really not. But it is for me. And if I had known at the time I bought it that I would have it for 7+ years, I might have spent more than $40 on it, but it would have been a waste of money because this one has held up perfectly.

And to make you (or maybe just me) scratch your head even more: Less than a year ago I spent $70 on Kate Spade sunglasses, and I now realize they look ridiculous on me and I think I’m going to sell them. So…spend or save? WHO THE HELL KNOWS. Have a good weekend.

similar Dress // Hat (on sale) // Jacket // Shoes* // similar Necklace (on sale) // Bag (on sale)

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

Saturdays are the Best Days

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The idea of spending a summer studying for the biggest test of my life is pretty intimidating…and depressing. The best way to keep from going totally crazy before the big day is to schedule some time to enjoy life. Saturdays are always good for enjoying life in my book. So we packed this one with all kinds of goodness: we went to the farmers’ market, got our herr did, had food and wine outside, walked around the Art & Nature Park, went to see Maleficent, hit up the J. Crew sale, and spent the evening sitting on the couch watching Netflix. Seriously, if you think there’s a better way to spend a Saturday, then you’re doing life wrong.

similar Dress (on sale) // Hat (on sale)  // Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // similar Stud Bracelet // Heart Bracelet*

*Heart bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

All You Need

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Ah, l’amour. They say it’s all you need. Except during finals week. During finals week you mainly need coffee and motivation. In that order.

This outfit was what I wore for one of my out-of-the-house study sessions. In case you’re keeping track, 2 down, 2 to go! The finish line is in sight.

Sweatshirt* // Hat (extra 30% off w/ code SALESALE) // Bag // similar Bag (under $50) // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses (under $15) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

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

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Pop a Cap in Your Outfit

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I’m glad everybody liked my midi skirt yesterday! You were probably hoping I would remix it for day 4 of Take One, Pass it On…sorry to disappoint, but I went with the shoes instead. Don’t worry; I promise you’ll see the skirt again soon!

But I would like to point out that I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone 2 outfits in a row: first the midi skirt, and now a baseball cap. I’ve probably worn a baseball cap sometime in my life but I couldn’t tell you when. Let’s just say that in the Spice Girls version of my life (which I think about often), I would never be Sporty.

I don’t know why, but I was a little nervous about wearing this hat all day at school. Maybe it’s because I don’t wear hats very often. I had to keep reminding myself that people wear baseball caps inside all the time. For some reason my head just felt so conspicuous. One person told me they liked my hat, but other than that, no one said anything. That could mean one of two things: (1) There was absolutely nothing strange about my wearing the hat, or (2) I looked so weird in the hat that everyone was afraid to comment on it. Like maybe they assumed I had a giant zit on my forehead or I accidentally shaved the top of my head so they didn’t want to ask me about the hat for fear of making me tell the embarrassing story.

Am I overthinking this? Most likely. Take to the comments and tell me the truth – am I pulling off the hat?!

Hat // similar Jacket* (on sale) // another similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Jeans // Shoes // similar Watch // Bag (on sale in blue) // Nails // Lips “Romantic”

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