Bar Exam Blues

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{We got new rings to commemorate legally tying the knot! Get it?!}

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Did you notice the new addition to my sidebar? Yes…a super fun and not at all anxiety-inducing countdown clock to the Bar Exam. Over the next couple weeks, I won’t be posting as often because I need to devote more time to studying for the biggest test of my life. But I will still be getting dressed once in a while, plus I have a few outfits backlogged, so I’ll share whenever I need a break from my outlines and flash cards.

This was an outfit I wore a week or 2 ago to a review lecture. I liked that it was simple without being boring, plus I was having a great hair day. Score.

similar Tee // Jeans (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Ring // Watch* // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

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.

The Basics

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I’m always looking for stand-out pieces, whether it’s bright colors, patterns, unique shapes, or other little details. But I do in fact have “basics” in my closet. I don’t usually wear this many of them at one time, though. It’s not so bad. It feels very French, n’est-ce pas? Maybe I should try it more often.

I wore this on Saturday to head down to Bloomington for a friend’s graduation party. Not knowing what kind of party it would be, I thought some casual but classy basics (and some snazzy shoes) would work. I guess they did because no one kicked me out. If you need someone to wear casual but classy basics to your next party, I’m available and looking for practice. Parties that serve lots of good cheese and/or cupcakes will have first priority.

Jeans (on sale) // similar Shirt (under $25) // similar Jacket* (under $15) // similar Necklace (on sale) // Shoes (also in yellow which I’m seriously considering!) // Sunglasses // similar Bag // same Bag in black // Lips “Lip Bomb #2”

Basics & Snazzy Shoes on Repeat. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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

#LookingLucky 3: Cropped

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So. You might have noticed one of the 10 trends for the Looking Lucky challenge is “cropped.” Originally it was cropped tops specifically, but then we just went with cropped because it gives you a little more room for interpretation. Because I’m an overachiever, I decided to rock a cropped top AND pants at the same time on Saturday.

For those of you afraid of the crop top trend, let this be a lesson to you. The crop tops of 2014 are not worn the same way the crop tops of 2001 were. It’s not about showing off your belly ring anymore (for the record, I never had one). I mean depending on your age, the occasion, and how many sit-ups you do, I guess you could still show a bunch of midriff and get away with it. But if you’re over 20, aren’t going clubbing in Miami, and can’t remember the last time you did a sit-up (unless you count time time you had to stretch really far to reach the bag of chips at the end of your bed), you still don’t have to cast off the crop top trend. If you layer it over a longer shirt like I’m doing here, you don’t have to show even a sliver of skin if you don’t want to. If you’re slightly more daring, I also love the idea of wearing a crop top with a high waisted skirt, so you just see a hint of skin right above the waist. I’m definitely going to try that some weekend when it warms up a little more! I might do a few sit-ups before I do it though…just to be safe.

So what do you think about crop tops now? Have I convinced you? If the idea intrigues you but you don’t want to spend money on one, you can always temporarily “hem” a shirt with fabric tape! Man, I am just full of helpful tips today. You’re welcome.

Crop Top // similar Shirt // Jeans // Shoes // similar Bag // similar Bracelet* // Ring* // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Asos; ring came in my GemmeBox provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

Rainbow Animals & White Jeans

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Yesterday after work we went on a double date downtown. Dinner at Creation Cafe (sangria – check) followed by a walk along the canal (baby ducks – check). Have I mentioned that summer in Indy is the best?

Also, do you see how there’s a little pocket on the front of this shirt? Well for the first hour or so of the evening the pocket was on the back. Picking out my clothes is easy; it’s the putting them on part that I have trouble with sometimes (functioning as an adult – not quite check).

Shirt (on sale) // Jeans // similar Bag // Link Bracelet (on sale) // similar Spike Bracelet // similar Shoes (on sale)