August 2013 archive

A Dose of Stripes and Plaid

I’ve never bought in to the whole “horizontal stripes make you look fat” thing, but looking back at these pictures, I’m a little tempted to believe them. I wouldn’t really consider this a slimming look, but I don’t think it looks terrible either. I purchased this dress at Target earlier this summer because I needed something to wear to my internship. I like that it can be dressed up or dressed down and pretty much goes with everything. I’ve already worn it a ton, but I think this might be my favorite outfit yet. I love the magenta and blue together and I will always have a thing for mixing patterns, like the stripes and plaid here.

( Cardigan: Love Culture / Dress: Target / Scarf: American Eagle / Flats: Nordstrom Rack )

Summer Lake Dress

Last week, the company I’m interning with had their summer employee get-together. We drove up to Lake Cavanaugh, which is about an hour north of the office. The lake was absolutely stunning, with crystal clear water miles and miles across and little inhabited islands in the middle. It was a gorgeous day filled with great food, wonderful people, and time in the sun and out on the water. 
Unfortunately, when I packed my bag for the week up in Washington, I completely forgot about the lake day trip and only brought office-appropriate outfits. The morning of the trip I made a quick detour to Target on my way in to work to look for a cheap, casual dress and some sunscreen. Luckily they had a ton of summer dresses on clearance and I picked this one up for about $7! I’m pretty excited about this last minute find. I love the royal blue color and the fact that it’s collared in the front and looks totally appropriate for the office with a cardigan, but has a deep racerback that is fun and helped to keep me cool in the sun all day. This is definitely my version of “business in the front, party in the back.” Since I just threw this outfit together with what I had in my suitcase on my body when I went to work, I’m really looking forward to actually styling it with my entire closet at my disposal. For now, I just wanted to share my awesome find with this super simple outfit!
( Dress, flats: Target / Belt: Forever 21 / Sunglasses: c/o Nordstrom BP )

A Dose of Girly, A Dash of Tomboy

Have you seen that back-to-school commercial for JCPenney with the sassy tween girl who lays down the law for the new school year? First of all, that kid is awesome. Second, that ad is exactly what this outfit reminds me of. I totally feel like I could be ruling the playground in this. The beat-up jean jacket and knotted-up t-shirt have that tough, cool factor and balance the girliness of the rose print skirt and sequin covered ballet flats (it helps that the floral pattern is a little edgy also). If I were heading back to school this week, this is definitely what I would be wearing.
Eric and I actually headed over to my old elementary school to take these pictures. We snapped these shots on the black top near the tetherball courts and then headed over to the swings for some big kid playtime. It was a ton of fun showing Eric around my old stomping grounds. I showed Eric the spot under the slide where my friends and I would hide out to talk about boys, the monkey bars where I broke my arm, even the place where I got bullied when I was little. I was amazed at how many memories I had of that playground that I hadn’t thought about for the longest time. I could probably have gone on for hours about all the good memories I have there and it was so much fun to relive all of it. 
( Jacket: American Eagle / Tee: Forever 21 / Skirt: Nordstrom / Flats: Nordstrom Rack )

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