#FriendsGettingMarried

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This was the last outfit I wore before heading out to the beach – my friends Christie and Amy got married on Saturday, so I delayed my vacation by a day so I could be there. That’s how much I like them. (Take note, ladies.)

It only seems appropriate I tell you the story of how I met Christie and Amy, and I’ll try to do it in a way that is less embarrassing for Christie. So they moved to the Indianapolis area last spring, and they went to the Pride Parade. It just so happens that I was there too, and being the Instagram addict that I am, I posted a couple photos using the #indypride hashtag. Christie looked through that hashtag and saw my photos, which led her to my profile, which led her to my blog. From there she figured out that (a) I live in Indianapolis, and (b) I’m obviously super awesome.

Running the strong risk of coming off as a total creepster, Christie emailed me (she told me later that she read the email over and over and made Amy read it too before sending). I guess I was feeling nice that day, because I emailed her back. Not long after, the 4 of us met up for brunch, and the rest is history!

So if I get nothing else worthwhile out of this little adventure that is blogging, at least I have 2 great new friends. You can make fun of hashtags all you want, but without them, I probably never would have met Christie and Amy. They’re both fantastic people, and they make a fantastic couple. A million congratulations to the newlyweds, and thanks for stalking me!

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Bag // similar Ring // Nails // Lips “Whimsical”

Look Into Pants

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“Look into pants” is what I mutter under my breath when I see a girl wearing leggings with a too-short top (sometimes it’s louder, depending on the severity of the situation). Today, though, it’s my advice to everyone for the next time you’re trying to figure out what to wear for a special occasion. Why do we think we have to wear a dress or skirt to look fancy? Fun fact: I wore pants and boots to my senior prom. I looked good, and all the other girls were jealous that I was so much more comfortable than they were.

This top is so damn pretty and feminine I figured I didn’t need anything else special to look appropriate for my friend’s wedding. So I thought to myself: “Hmm. I should look into pants. Just simple, slim cut, black pants.” And the rest is pantstory.

Top (sold out online but still in some stores) // Pants (I think these are almost the same) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bracelet (on sale) // similar Clutch*

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

Peer Pressure

This post is sponsored by H&M

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. If you didn’t, no worries…you can live vicariously through mine, which was pretty fantastic. On Saturday night I went to the wedding of a law school friend and wore this fancy schmancy dress that my buddies at H&M sent me. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have picked it out for myself but I’m kind of glad I got peer pressured into it. The whole sheer, deep V, cut-out back business is pretty sexy and not usually the kind of thing I’m drawn to, but I actually felt pretty confident in this.

Speaking of H&M and peer pressure, I of course have to remind you that if you live in the U.S. you can order this dress (and lots of others) online now! I have my eye on this chambray dress for my next order. Oh and don’t forget about the 50 States of Fashion contest either. All you have to do is snap a photo of your stylish self and post it on Instagram with the hash tag #HMShopOnlineIN or whatever your state’s abbreviation is! You can find all the entries so far at www.50statesoffashion.com/start.

Dress // similar Clutch // similar Shoes // Bracelet // Lips “Orange de Chine”