Beneath the Cap & Gown

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So I graduated law school several days ago. Did I mention that was happening? Maybe like 100 times over the past month? Yep. I was so busy sharing my post-graduation Chicago vacation outfit photos that I forgot to show you what I wore on the big day! So here it is.

This skirt came in the mail a couple days before graduation and I decided it would be a good option. It’s got this kind of youthful but elegant look to it. You know…like something a brand new lawyer would wear. ūüėČ

These shoes were not the most comfortable things to stand around in for two hours while we were waiting for the processional, but my gown was so freaking huge I felt like I needed the extra height. Can we talk about the cap and gown for a second? Great. Thanks. There was one size gown for everyone up to 200 pounds. I don’t know if you can tell from all the photos you’ve seen of me, but I weigh somewhat less than 200 pounds. They asked for my height (which is 5’3″, by the way) but I’m not sure it made a difference. I was essentially wearing an inflated, depressing looking maxi dress. And that silly hat. I put mine on ahead of time, but it looked so ridiculous I thought I¬†must have done it wrong. So I took it off and waited until I checked in at the ceremony location so I could see everyone else’s. Nope. It’s really supposed to look like that. Sigh. I know there’s historical significance to these stupid outfits, but someone really needs to update the graduation look. Like maybe Diane von Furstenburg.

OK, after all that complaining, you probably want to see what I looked like, don’t you? If you must:

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The oversized look is “in,” right?

Top¬†(on sale) // similar Skirt // Shoes¬†(on sale)¬†// similar Necklace* // Lips¬†“Plushest Punch”

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

In the Shades

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I’ve been on a sunglasses kick recently. I used to wear one pair of cheap Target sunglasses for a whole year until they started falling apart, and then I would get a new pair of cheap Target sunglasses. Rinse and repeat.

But ever since I bought my trusty Kate Spade tortoiseshell shades back in December, I’ve been gaining a pair every month or two and actually wearing all of them pretty regularly. Plus, since I’ve been spending more than $10 a piece on them, they might actually last. Crazy how that works, right?

These round sunglasses from Oasap are my newest addition and I LOVE them. I was a little nervous about ordering glasses without first seeing how they would look on my face, but I saw them on another blogger and became pretty much instantly obsessed. Then when they came in the mail, I was obsessed all over again – so much so that I took an Instagram selfie in my car like a 16-year-old girl…while I was sitting in the parking lot of a craft store like a 70-year-old woman.

similar Vest¬†(on sale)¬†// Shoes¬†(on sale) // Sunglasses¬†(on sale under $20!) // similar Bracelet // similar Bag¬†(on sale) // Lips¬†“Plushest Punch”

Pin to Real Life Outfit #3

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Left image source: District of Chic (used with permission)

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Hey guys! What do you think of my new house?!

Juuuuust kidding. Still in the good ol’ apartment. But said apartment is quite close to a public park, which is where this old house sits. So I can walk around it and pretend it’s mine. Then I can go back to my place where I don’t have to worry about mowing a lawn. It’s a win-win, really.

Moving on to the good stuff: Here we are at day 3 of the Pin to Real Life challenge! I have E to thank for putting together this awesome mix of white, yellow, mint, and metallic. I pinned her outfit a couple months ago, but at the time I didn’t have a white button-up.

I know, right? Who doesn’t have a white button-up? Well, I didn’t until about a week ago. Then I had everything I needed to recreate this look. I do wish I could have tucked my shirt in like E did, but it just looked lumpy under my pencil skirt. So consider this E: Untucked.

Once again, I’m excited to share some links for other bloggers who are trying the Pin to Real Life challenge! It’s not too late to join in!

similar Shirt (on sale) // Skirt (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Belt (on sale) // Bracelet

Accidental Outfit


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Happy Sunday, everyone! I thought I’d take a couple minutes out of my very busy-being-unbusy day to share this outfit from the last work week.

This was one of those days when the outfit I had planned out the night before just wasn’t what I thought it would be once I put it on. So I started from scratch, threw a bunch of pink things together, and got this. I actually¬†really¬†like wearing this, so all’s well that ends well, I guess. It’s kind of like when a couple isn’t trying to have a baby but they get pregnant anyway and they’re happy because it’s the miracle of life or whatever. Except I don’t have to clean up this outfit’s poop or pay for it to go to college, so this is more the commitment level I’m comfortable with.

Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend!

Jacket¬†(on sale) // similar Dress // similar Bag // Shoes¬†(on sale) // Bracelet // Lipstick¬†“Corail in Touch”

Let’s Go To the Mall…Today!

Another day, another Robin Scherbatsky reference.

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I really love wearing heels with jeans, but I don’t get to do it much. I wear plenty of jeans on school days, when it would be silly and impractical to wear heels; and I wear plenty of heels on work days, when I’m not allowed to wear jeans. Sure, there are weekends, but I’m a big ol’ nerd who stays home studying on weekends. Except when I go to a fun little fashion show at the mall.

Now, normally I don’t wear heels to the mall, but a fashion show – even if it’s just at my local Macy’s – is the best excuse I have to sport a fun outfit like this. And if you didn’t get enough of an opportunity to drool over these shoes last time I wore them, consider this your second chance.

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Oh my gosh, how did this photo get in here?! No big deal, just a shot of me and my buddy Nick Verreos. If you didn’t catch my interview with him last week, be sure to check it out here. He was a hoot!

Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt¬†(on sale) // Jacket // Bag // Lipstick “Schiap”

Stripes, Dots, and Lace

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Thanks to all your comments on yesterday’s post, I learned that a lot of other workin’ girls wear pants to work on the regular, especially in the winter. I’m glad you all are showing your trousers some love, because lo and behold I am back to a dress today. What can I say? I’m a goddamn lady.

One thing I like about dresses and skirts is that they’re better for showing off a great shoe, which is exactly what I wanted to do for this outfit. I just got these Anne Klein cap-toe pumps after passing by them a few times at Macy’s. Some things are just meant to be together. Romeo and Juliet. Leslie and Ben from Parks and Rec. Me and these shoes. I think Shakespeare would cover the second two if he were alive today.

Thanks to the bright sun reflecting off the shoes, you can’t quite tell that they’re actually a really pale pink with rose gold toes and heels. Amazing, right? I’m sure I’ll wear them again soon and I’ll try to get some more true-to-life photos. Or you can just look at them here.

Sunglasses // similar Dress (on sale) // Shoes (7 colors/patterns) // Jacket (under $20) // Tights // similar Mint Bracelet

Sister Act

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The title of this post isn’t a pun…this is actually the outfit I wore to go see Sister Act the musical. I’m not in the¬†habit¬†of throwing around great reviews if I don’t mean it, but this show was seriously hilarious and entertaining. I would tell you about the bad parts, but there were¬†nun.¬†There was a big¬†mass of people in the audience, and we were all cracking up. I was¬†praying¬†it would go on even longer. I mean¬†Jesus Christ¬†was that a great show!

Like I said…no puns here.

In other news, it’s almost the end of the month, which means the end of the remix challenge! The repeat item of the day is this belt. Check out how I wore it yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll post outfit #28 and a Week 4 roundup. If you’ve joined the remix in the past week, be sure to let me know so I can include your link.

similar Dress¬†(on sale) // similar Cardigan // Belt¬†// similar Clutch // Shoes¬†(on sale) // Necklace // similar Earrings // Lipstick “Schiap”