On Monday, Eric and I headed into downtown Portland for a fun date that I had planned to take advantage of our last full day together before school starts. We are so lucky to live within 20 minutes of an amazing city and yet we never really take advantage of it. Especially since we’ve had to stop rock climbing due to Eric’s injured wrist, we hardly ever make it downtown. It’s definitely a goal of mine to start taking advantage of everything Portland has to offer, from fun concerts to cute restaurants and coffee shops to excellent shopping. I was able to navigate us through downtown Portland without getting us lost (not terribly) and we hit up the food carts for lunch, browsed the books at Powell’s (and each left with a small stack), and then headed to Salt and Straw for some ice cream. It was so much fun to explore Portland together, try new things, and do something a little different. I hope we have lots more of these sorts of dates in our future!
One a completely different note, I absolutely love my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target that I picked up for heading back to school. My Target was a frenzy on the day the line launched – the shelves were bare in about two minutes and I snatched this bag out of a restock bin just out of reach of another girl and from beneath the foot of someone else. It was madness! I don’t do Black Friday shopping, so this was seriously a shock to my system! Fortunately, I made it out with all my fingers and toes and a cute bag that’s just the right size to hold my notebooks and laptop for class. I even got to use a $10-off coupon on it – how’s that for some savvy shopping?!
Today I met up with a friend from school for coffee and some window shopping. We stopped by Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie and eyed so many cute things, but with school right around the corner, it’s pretty hard to justify spending money on things I don’t really need. This summer has actually felt pretty lonely since I’ve spent so much time by myself driving back and forth between Seattle and Portland and staying in a house alone while I’m up in Washington. I’ve hardly had any time to get together with friends, so being able to catch up today was really nice. We talked about classes and apartment decorating, which helped me get a little more excited to go back. However, I also realized today that I’m feeling pretty nervous about starting a new year. I’m nervous because I feel like my college years are going by a little too fast. I’m going to be a junior this year and I don’t have everything quite as figured out as I’d like. My internship this summer definitely helped, but I’m worried that I might not be doing enough to prepare myself for what comes after I graduate. I’m also nervous that this year will be harder than usual for Eric and I. It’s weird to think that we’re embarking on our third round of going through everything together. This will be the third time I’ve moved down to school, the third year of waiting as patiently as I can for those weekend visits (which will be shorter and most likely farther apart than the last couple years). It will also be our third autumn together and I’m looking forward to Track Town Pizza nights, even if we won’t be able to go to another football game together, some Halloween celebrating, and hopefully going to the pumpkin patch together again (with some apple cider donuts of course!). Basically, life is pretty bittersweet right now.
I’m beginning to feel like I’m the only one who has bittersweet feelings about summer coming to an end. It seems everyone else can hardly wait for sweater weather and pumpkin everything, but I’m torn. On the one hand, I’m looking forward to new classes and getting back into my school routine, but on the other hand, I know that excitement about school will start to fade once the work starts piling up. I’m also not ready to be cold and wet all the time. I don’t want to give up bare legs and sandals and easy dresses just yet, but since it’s already mid-September, I guess it’s time to start thinking about transitioning from summer to fall. This dress is one that I think will make that transition well. I love the heart cutout and subtle high-low hem for summer, but I also think it’ll be cute with some warm tights and boots in the fall. The floral pattern is subdued enough that I think it could work year-round, which is something I always look for in clothing. Since I’m a college student, I can’t really afford a separate wardrobe for each season so I’m always mentally calculating during how many seasons and in how many different ways I can wear a certain piece.
( Dress: Modcloth / Cardigan: Love Culture / Belt: Michael Kors / Wedges: Target )
How do you make the transition from summer to fall? And please tell me I’m not the only one feeling unsure about the seasons changing…