Cat Lady, not Catwoman

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Happy Halloween! I hope you guys are having/had a fun day and night! I don’t have much going on tonight besides hanging out with my cats–ya know, typical cat lady stuff. ;) I also have a ton of peanut butter M&Ms calling my name! Sadly, I totally forgot to pick up any Halloween candy, so I’m hoping to raid a store tomorrow in search of leftover Halloween candy. I’m craving Kit Kats!

For Halloween this year, I decided to wear all of my cat-themed clothing items together. I wore almost this exact look for comic con, and someone called me Catwoman. I wasn’t able to correct them (Chris heard them say it) and tell them I’m actually Cat Lady. Haha! It’s kind of an extreme print mix with the smaller, busier print in the shirt and bigger print in the skirt. The shirt was a Christmas gift from my sweet brother, and I think it works perfectly with the skirt! Of course, I had to add my cat ears. And I know it’s strange, but it was warm enough for bare legs today! I would not be surprised if this was the last day I’ll be bare-legged this year.

Also, yes. I am hissing in the photo below. I had to…

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American Rag shirt / H&M skirt (last seen here) / ModCloth headband and wedges / Kate Spade earrings via Nordstrom Rack

October budget

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  1. J.Crew Sweater: $38 (originally $75)
  2. J.Crew Pants: $56 (originally $98)
  3. ModCloth Cardigan: $40 (originally $50)
  4. Madewell Belt: $19 (originally $45)
  5. Kate Spade Earrings (via Nordstrom Rack): $30 (originally $38)

October Total = $127 (plus $56 in PayPal funds from Ebay sales)

$365 ($500 quarterly budget – $135 overspent) – $150 (September) – $127 (October) = $88 left for November

I didn’t really notice the dark color theme I had going on this month until I was putting together this collage! I guess it’s just that time of year, eh? I’m loving black, grey, and navy (it’s hard to tell, but the sweater is navy). I’m even loving them together. It fits the weather, and in some cases, it fits my mood–when I’m feeling sassy and unstoppable, that is.

I’m actually quite proud of myself for only picking up a few things AND not maxing out my quarterly budget after only two months. I will admit that I would have purchased more had Madewell cut the price on a couple of flannel shirts I have my heart set on. Alas, maybe November… I’m dying to have them but refuse to spend full price. Such is life as a frugal grad student!

As far as my new additions go, I’m seriously in love with the J.Crew pants. They’re the Pixie pants, and OMG! I highly recommend them. I am very much against the leggings-as-pants trend, and these are the closest I will get to that. They feel like leggings yet look like pants. They are ridiculously comfortable, and I got them for a steal. I’m tempted to purchase them in the other colors. The only bummer is the fact that they are constantly hairy–the downside of living with three white/partially white fur balls. ;)

The navy cropped sweater is perfect for layering and wearing with skirts and dresses. The quality is not as good as I would have liked, but I think it was still a good buy. I haven’t washed it yet, and even though the description says “dry clean”, I’m going to try washing on delicate in cold water/hanging dry since it is cotton. Fingers crossed nothing bad happens to it!

The grey cardigan is huge and wonderful. It’s so cozy and I love it! To be honest, I haven’t been as crazy about ModCloth lately as I was a few months ago. This is the only item I’ve really wanted. I’m glad I love it as much as I do because I really dread having to send items back since returns aren’t free anymore (boo).

I also picked up a couple of staple accessories. I grabbed the belt in store when it was on sale. I really want this belt in the cognac color, but my store doesn’t have any and it’s sold out online. It’s the perfect cognac color with the gold hardware and I haven’t been able to find a comparable one anywhere, of course. The earrings I just added to my wardrobe this past weekend. I’ve been on the lookout for basic black earrings for a while and fell in love with these at Nordstrom Rack. They will be featured in an upcoming outfit post!

Linking up with Franish & my fellow budgeting bloggers

30-day remix chain: November 2014

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It’s that time again! I’ll be doing another remix chain starting on November 1st. If you’re new around here, you can read more about it in this post. Basically, I’ll be wearing an outfit on November 1st, such as a sweater and jeans, and on the next day, I’ll remix either the sweater or jeans. If I remix the jeans, I’ll be wearing a new sweater, and then on the third day, remix the sweater. I won’t be wearing any items more than once (unless they aren’t part of the chain, like shoes/jackets), so you’ll see 15 different tops and 15 different bottoms throughout the month. You can see the outfits from my April remix chain here.

This remix challenge is easier than the 30×30 because I’m not limiting my options, but I’m going try to stick to a somewhat cohesive color palette. I’ll have a good mix of go-to pieces (i.e. skinny jeans) and some that require me to think a bit more when putting together outfits and are thus not pieces I would grab if I had only a few minutes to get ready. I’ll be trying to figure out new ways to style these “hard-to-style” pieces. I’m also looking forward to doing a more in-depth analysis of what I wore at the end–my most-worn silhouettes, colors, pieces, etc.

If you’re interested in joining me, let me know! It’d be awesome to link up with you. :)

P.S. Apologies for such a late post tonight! Today was a whirlwind because it was 1989 release day! You guys, this album… I hope you’re prepared for some more fangirling/title lyrics ’cause they’re coming. I’m obsessed. I highly recommend this album. It’s so well done; it blows me away!

The basic pattern mix

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For anyone even remotely familiar with the fashion/style blogging world, you know about pattern mixing. And you know that EVERYONE has “mixed” stripes with leopard. It’s like a rite of passage or something in the blogging world. I hadn’t worn this combination yet, but only because I didn’t own leopard flats until recently. Yes, it’s a super basic pattern mix combination; it’s pretty much a no-fail if you’re trying your hands at it for the first time. But it’s fun, so why not take part?! The only disappointing thing (if you can call it disappointing) is that you won’t see this mix again on here…or not until I either get new leopard flats or start wearing my leopard heels regularly. These pretty much fell apart on the day I wore this outfit, which is super disappointing considering it was only the second time I wore them. Luckily, Hautelook has A+ customer service, and now I know not to buy Carrini brand flats (or anything) ever again. I promise, the super cheap price isn’t worth it.

In other news, I got a new MacBook Pro for finishing my Master’s, and my photos look exponentially worse on the retina screen. I’m so grateful for all of you that read my blog even though my pictures could use some work, haha. Thank you! :)

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J.Crew Factory tee / ModCloth skirt (last seen here) / Carrini flats via Hautelook (last seen here) / BaubleBar necklace (on sale!)

Stripes on stripes

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This outfit is one I’ve had saved for a couple of months now, and I could not wait to wear it! Unlike some other outfits, this one I was still pleased with after putting everything together. I know it’s a little unorthodox to pair a striped scarf with a striped top, but I liked how this looked together since the stripes in the scarf are lighter than the stripes in the top. It’s fun and unexpected to me. I like sharing my more “experimental” outfits on here as a way of figuring out what works and what doesn’t (and looking back at the experiments I’ve tried!).

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Madewell top (last seen here) and boots / J.Crew pants / ModCloth scarf (last seen here) and sunglasses

Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats

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Um, so… Taylor Swift released another promo single, and it’s available on iTunes right now so hop to it! ;) It’s called Welcome to New York, and it’s the first track on 1989. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about this one when I first heard the preview this morning. Now that I’ve listened to it in full a few times, it’s growing on me. It is quite catchy, which is something I’ve come to expect based on how catchy Shake It Off and Out of the Woods are! (Though I am hoping not every song is as repetitive, I am willing to give each song a fair shot.) I’m still so looking forward to the release of the full album in only a WEEK! :)

Meanwhile, I have been enjoying this perfect fall weather. I feel like we don’t get true fall (or spring) weather very often; usually we jump from summer-like to nearly winter-like (and back and forth for a month or so) with not much in between, but for the past couple of weeks, it has felt gloriously like fall. I will take it. I wore this outfit a few days ago, and I was actually kind of cold with bare legs. (Noooo! I don’t want to break out the tights just yet.) This jacket has been getting a ton of wear this month! It just goes so well with every outfit. I kind of feel like my fall wardrobe is pretty cohesive color-wise, so maybe that’s why it’s worked with everything. Or olive green is the new black, which totally works, too.

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Madewell jacket (last seen here) / J.Crew Factory sweater (J.Crew’s version) and skirt / Keds sneakers (on sale; last seen here) / Kate Spade necklace via Nordstrom / ModCloth sunglasses

Title lyrics and currently playing: Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift

Long weekend in Moab, UT

After I defended my thesis last Friday, Chris and I packed up and headed out for a long weekend away in Moab, Utah. We planned to spend one day at Canyonlands National Park and another day at Arches National Park. You guys…Moab is literally another world. The rocks are SO red, I can’t even explain. You just have to see for yourself. I think it’s amazing that Arches and Canyonlands are a mere 30 miles from each other and yet SO different. They are both amazing and breathtaking, but in different ways. I took a couple of geology classes during undergrad, so I have an appreciation for rocks. I could not get enough of the amazing geology in the whole area! They are definitely parks you should add to your bucket list if you haven’t already. I wish we could have stayed the whole week, but alas, works calls; I have to edit my thesis and prepare for a conference next week!

I’m sharing with you some photos from our trip (I took nearly 1,000 and picked only 16 for this post!), and I hope you enjoy! :) Have a wonderful weekend! xo

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is divided into different districts, and they’re separated by the Colorado and Green Rivers. We spent the whole day in the Island in the Sky region, which is the northernmost region closest to Moab. It’s also the least primitive of the regions; the others are more catered to backpackers and such (little to no paved roads, survival skills required, etc.).

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Upheaval Dome (no one knows for sure what caused this)

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On top of Whale Rock looking towards the Green River

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Green River in the canyon below

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Colorado River in the canyon below (that geology!)

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Mesa Arch (there is a 500′ drop below it!)

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Looking towards the La Sal Mountains (covered by rain)

Arches National Park

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Delicate Arch (rare moment with no one standing under it)

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Skyline Arch

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Heart rock (my name for it) / Butt rock (Chris’s name for it)

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Proud of this selfie I took with Landscape Arch

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Double Arch

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North and South Windows

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Helping Balanced Rock stay balanced

A little bit boho

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There is something about fall that makes me want to go a little bit bohemian. I don’t identify a whole lot with that style, but I like certain aspects of it–including flowy, lacy, asymmetrical dresses like this one! I bought it a year ago and pretty much only wear it during the fall months. I’m not really sure why that is, haha… Maybe I’ll try to remix it for the spring/summer next year.

For this iteration, I mixed it up by layering [the softest, most amazing] crop tee over the dress and tying it at my waist to give some definition. (Remember the last time I wore this tee? I didn’t tie it at my waist and that didn’t go so well!) I added my beautiful new black ankle boots (oh look, more bare legs and boots!) and topped it off with my big, fancy earrings I picked up while on vacation over the summer. I hadn’t worn them in a while so it was time to take them out for spin; I ended up wearing them twice in one week! (I did give my ears a day break in between wears because I’m not keen on the stretched-out-earlobe look.)

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American Eagle Outfitters dress (old; last seen here) / Madewell tee / Sam Edelman boots (exact) / Banana Republic Factory earrings (last seen here)

Linking up with Jenna‘s Thursday Favorites

In the clear yet, good

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If you haven’t listened to Taylor Swift’s new promo single, “Out of the Woods”, drop everything now and listen to it. You can even buy it on iTunes or preorder her full “1989” album while you’re there. ;) But seriously, at least listen to the song. It is so good. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH!!! I love the fact that even though her new music is pop, it’s filled with the type of lyrics she’d put in her country songs. They’re still incredibly meaningful. I am quite excited for pop Taylor to take over the music industry!

As far as the outfit goes, beautiful fall weather called for a mix of black and cognac–not to mention, another round of bare legs and ankle boots! I’m a nerd that likes to match her belt and shoes, so there’s that. Black and cognac is such a classic color combination and one I’m planning on repeating through the fall and winter. I added the necklace for some interest; I’m on the fence about whether or not it was the best necklace for this outfit, but Chris assured me that it worked so I went with it (also, I had all of like five minutes to get dressed that day, as usual!).

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Gap dress / Forever 21 belt / Madewell boots / Moorea Seal necklace (last seen here) / ModCloth sunglasses

Title lyrics and currently playing: Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift

My S/S ’14 favorites

Now that I’m head-on into fall outfits, it’s time to reflect back on what I wore this past spring and summer! I shared over twice as many outfits this spring/summer than I did last fall/winter, so it was REALLY difficult for me to narrow down my favorites. As I go through each outfit, I basically ask myself if I would wear it again right now. A lot of them I would wear again, to be honest, but to narrow them down even more, I was picky about the exact pieces I used to put each look together. I ended up with 12 favorite outfits in the end. I felt myself gravitate more towards the neutral outfits, but I did fall in love with some colored looks. :) What were your favorites?!

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Combat the cold | Retro spring (April remix chain outfit #1)

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Cozy weekend (April remix chain outfit #6) | That’s so fetch (April remix chain outfit #28)

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That’s so fetch (April remix chain outfit #29) | Denim squared

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Washington Square | Summer bold

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The lighter side | Cobalt + cognac

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Contrast | Late summer layers