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You all know how to make a girl feel special – thanks for all the congratulations on yesterday’s post, and on Instagram and Twitter. It’s a crazy feeling being done with school! I’m not totally sure what to do with myself. Well, that’s not really true. I do know what to do: celebrate!

The first step of celebration was dinner at Olive Garden (gift card – woot!) yesterday after my last exam. We had grand plans to sit on the patio and enjoy the warmth, which is why I wore my Panama hat. But – get this – Olive Garden’s patio wasn’t even open yet! Way to ruin my special day, OG. They quickly made up for it with mini bottles of prosecco, though. 😉 By the way, I actually wore pretty much this same thing for my exam, and just added the shoes and accessories for dinner.

The celebrating continues, as this afternoon I’ll pick my parents up from the airport, and tomorrow is graduation, followed by a trip to Chicago. The blog will be quiet for a couple days while I enjoy some time off, but if you want to follow my Chi-town adventures, you can do so on Instagram. Because can you ever get tired of seeing pictures of the Bean? No, you cannot.

Shirt* // Jeans (slightly different wash) // Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale!) // similar Bracelet* (on sale) // similar Belt // Hat // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Shirt provided courtesy of Red Bubble; bracelet provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

Orange You Glad…

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While I wouldn’t say I got many nuggets of fashion wisdom from my mom as a child, I do remember her being very attentive to color and skin tone. She would always tell me if something “wasn’t a good color on me.” Good advice, for sure, but it also led to a closet that was almost entirely blue because that’s the color that looks best on me.

Over the years I’ve welcomed pretty much every color into my closet, but I had been holding off on orange. I thought a very indoor (read: pale) white girl like me would just look like a traffic cone in orange. Well, that might be true, but when people say “you could stop traffic,” that’s a good thing, right? I’m going for it.

Sure, not every color looks as good on me as blue, but a one-color life is no life at all. So sorry, mom, but I’m ignoring your advice. But I remember all the stuff about feminism and doing your homework.

Sweater* // Scarf* // Jeans (in black) // Belt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

A Little Bit of Nautical in My Life

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Sorry about the title. I heard “Mambo No. 5” on the radio right before I uploaded these photos.

So I really like nautical things like navy and white stripes, anchors, and boat shoes, but normally only one at a time. I feel like a phony wearing too much nautical-inspired gear at once considering my boat knowledge is slim.

Starboard. Sail. Ahoy, matey. Iceberg: right ahead!

That’s about the extent of my expertise. As you can see above, I broke my rule recently and wore navy stripes AND navy Sperrys at the same time. But somehow I have a feeling no one’s going to mistake me for a ship captain – except maybe for a Carnival cruise ship captain, because Carnival seems to have pretty low standards these days.

Jacket // similar Shirt // Jeans // similar Belt // Shoes

Nothing Like New Shoes

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Good news! You can stop holding your breath with anticipation because those shoes I told you about the other day came in! Oh, and they were BOGO so I got these boots for free! Nothing makes me happier than new shoes (except world peace and kittens), so I built this outfit from the feet up.

Speaking of new things, I got another shade of YSL Glossy Stain because I liked my first one so much. I went for this slightly purply pink because I’ve never worn a color like it before. What do you think? Lipstick is kind of a new obsession for me, so I’m just playing it by ear. Or by mouth. Whatever.

Sweater: LOFT, old (similar here and here)

Jeans: Madewell

Belt: Ann Taylor, old (similar)

Boots: Sole Society

Lips: YSL Glossy Stain No. 16 “Pourpre Preview”

Back in the Day

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OK, the leaf picture might have been staged. But I’m excited for fall.

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20120919-213006.jpgWhen I was in high school, the goal was to wear jeans with the lowest rise possible, and the only reason to tie your shirt was to show off your pink cubic zirconia belly button ring. (I didn’t have a belly button ring, but I probably wanted one at the time.)

If you had told me in 2002 that in ten years I would be wearing this outfit, I would have thought I turned into a major nerd. And I would be right, BUT my nerdiness is entirely separate from this outfit choice. The outfit is smart, not nerdy. In my old (relatively) age, I now realize that high-waisted bottoms make my short legs look longer, even in flats. And speaking of short, often times shirt hems and sleeves are overwhelming on me; cuffing the sleeves and knotting in the front fixes that problem! Live and learn.

Nerdy High-rise jeans available at Madewell