Totally on Purpose…

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Headband: a statement accessory or something to cover greasy hair? Hard to say. Tucked in shirt: a planned stylistic choice, or the result of finding a stain after I was already dressed? You’ll never know.

OK, it’s both of the gross ones. Just keepin’ it real as usual.

Below, check out how I wore a similar outfit a few months ago in less of a hot mess way.

similar Shirt // similar Jacket // similar Bag (on sale) // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Headband // Boots (on sale) // similar Bracelet // Lips “Crush”

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Take It Down a Notch

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I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a hot minute now. I mean I’m getting close to my 500th post. Crazy, right? Looking back at some of my early posts, I notice some changes in how I dress, and it’s mainly for the better. I pay more attention to how my clothes fit me and what proportions are more flattering – it’s hard not to when you have to look at pictures of yourself all the time. I also have gotten more adventurous and have tried things I thought weren’t my style. See? Good things.

But I’ve also noticed there’s something about style blogging – even for someone like me who takes a real life, practical approach – that makes you go overboard sometimes. I MUST WEAR ALL OF THE TRENDS. STATEMENT NECKLACES FOR EVERY OUTFIT. TWO PRINTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

Whoa. Slow your roll. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. I’m mainly talking to myself here, but feel free to take this under advisement yourself. Jeans and a button-up can still feel chic with a couple (just a couple) fun accessories. Oh, and bright lipstick – that’s one thing I’ve picked up since I started blogging that I am not letting go! It makes me feel fabulous and I don’t care what you say.

Shirt (on sale) // Bag // Bracelet // similar Watch // Jeans (on sale) // similar Shoes // Glasses // Lips “Romantic”

Day at the Museums

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I hope I’m not the only one who took advantage of Free Museum Day on Saturday! I’m already a big fan of museums, but I’m an equally big fan of free things, so it was pretty much an ideal situation for a poor nerd like me.

There were several museums in my area participating, and we picked the Indiana History Center and Rhythm Discovery Center. The first one is pretty self-explanatory, but the second one is an interactive museum of percussion instruments. Pretty cool, right? You can see some photos from Saturday on my Instagram feed.

After a fun-filled day of learning, we walked over to the state house to get these photos of my outfit. In case you weren’t aware, it’s ankle boot season! And I’m well on my way to opening my own boot museum. (OK, that was a joke but how awesome would that be?!)

similar Dress (on sale) // Scarf // Bag (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Boots* // similar Bracelet // Lips “Crush” (on sale)

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

Neutrality

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Stop the presses! It has finally happened. I wore an entire outfit, accessories and all, of NEUTRALS. I know neutrals are supposed to be all chic and classic or whatever, and sometimes I try to stick to a non-colorful palate, but I always end up adding something colorful at the last minute.

The first time I wore this dress (which you can see in the remix below), I almost went all neutral, but I snuck in a yellow bracelet. This time, I committed. And I’m not mad about how it turned out. Maybe I’ll wear all neutrals all the time from now on!

Or maybe I’ll wear hot pink tomorrow. Never can tell.

Sweater (extra 30% off w/ code SHOPNOW) // similar Dress* // Bag // similar Necklace (on sale) // similar Shoes

It’s the Real Life Remix…

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P.S. I don’t usually share sale links on the blog, but this one is just too good and it ends tonight (Mon. 9/30). Get an extra 60% off sale items from Ann Taylor. I scrolled through last night and the selection is HUGE, including a lot of new fall stuff. You will want everything, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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

A Little Sparkle

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I’m trying to think of something clever to say about this outfit but I’m coming up short (which I often do…as I am short). I’m blaming my writer’s block on the large amount of queso I just consumed. For most women, cheese goes straight to the hips. For me, it goes straight to the brain apparently. But even if it did go to my hips, I would camouflage it well in this fit and flare dress. BOOM. Clever segue back to the outfit. I’m amazing.

P.S. How great is this sparkly collar?!

Shirt (on sale) // similar Dress // Bag mostly sold out, rich people version here // Lips “Crush”

Happy Clothes

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I like it when an outfit makes me feel happy. This outfit makes me feel happy for several reasons:

1. It includes a dress with nautical stripes.

2. Those nautical stripes are mixed with a different yet harmonious print.

3. That print is on a scarf that Kristin picked out and got for me (it’s from the Phillip Lim collection but they didn’t have it at the first Target we tried).

4. Both said dress and scarf are super comfortable.

5. I’m carrying a yellow bag, which is always good.

6. Pink lips make me feel purdy (that’s Southern for pretty).

So there you go. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but money did buy all of these clothes. You do the math.

similar Dress // Scarf // Bag // Bracelet (25% off with code SHOPFALL) // Lips “Plushest Punch”