Groundbreaking

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a fashion/style blogger who hasn’t referenced the well-known “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” quote from The Devil Wears Prada. (I haven’t seen that movie in so long and I feel a strong need to remedy that.) I mean, seriously though. You can’t go wrong with florals…in the spring. They just go together. You know, the snow melts (ideally–sorry East Coast!) and the sun shines a little higher in the sky and things start blooming. It’s just what happens. Yay for seasons!

You know what doesn’t go together? Floral skirts and wind. I always look at the forecast and get excited for a nice day because then I get to wear a dress or skirt. You know what I always forget about? The fact that if the next day is cooler, that means there’s going to be a frontal passage. And that means–you guessed it–WIND. Duh. Hello. I should remember this because I’m studying the atmosphere, but no. I forget almost every time.

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Sweater: Shae via Hautelook | Skirt (old): Forever 21 (last worn here) | Flats: J.Crew | Earrings: Forever 21

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I had to break out the tights after the cold front passed. I love the color of these tights, but there are little pulls all over them as if one of my cats attacked them one day. A couple of months ago, I did accidentally close Sybil in the drawer where my tights live. She was in there the entire time I was at school, so she likely tried to dig herself out at some point. Then she probably made a nest. My clothes were in such disarray! Ah well. At least I shouldn’t need them much for the next few months, and then I can get new tights when fall rolls around again.

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Sweater: J.Crew (other colors) | Skirt (old): Forever 21 | Tights: H&M | Boots: Wanted via Delia’s (exact) | Earrings: American Eagle Outfitters (available in stores) | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Never too many

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I had a really unproductive weekend, which is nothing new. Someday I’ll actually clean what I plan on cleaning (I guess I did do laundry, ha!) and do more than just sit on the couch like a lump. The last few weeks of the semester are ALWAYS so stressful though. They are not any better in grad school (unless you aren’t taking any classes and aren’t working on a journal article or preparing for a conference). I’m one of those people who does nothing when my to-do list feels too overwhelming, which is the opposite of what I should be doing. Keeping up with my outfits has been a fun way to keep my head on straight!

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Sweater: J.Crew Factory (last worn here) | Skirt: Madewell | Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Necklace: ILY Couture (J.Crew Factory has a similar necklace available in stores) | Sunglasses: ModCloth

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Don’t you guys LOVE good mail days?! Usually I know exactly what days my packages are arriving, but today I received three surprise packages! (Well, I knew two of them were on their way, but I wasn’t expecting them until tomorrow!) It’s so fun receiving unexpected packages. My grandma sends care packages around each holiday and yet I’m always surprised to get a box of goodies in the mail! I also won my first blog giveaway & received that package today, which was filled with WAY more than just the item I won! (Thank you so much, Anna Belle!) My Amazon package came a day early, and in it, my lovely new external hard drive. I got down to 10 GB of free space on my SSD because I have 30,000 photos on it. I’m in the process of moving photos over to the external, which is why I’m posting so late. I’m trying to get all of my original iPhoto photos onto it and it’s taking for.ev.er.

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Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Tee: Gap (last worn here) | Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Boots: Madewell | Sunglasses: ModCloth

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Have you noticed a recurring theme with my outfits? What did I warn you about two posts ago? :p I firmly believe that one can never have too many stripes! I almost always like a shirt more if it has stripes. I may or may not have just purchased a new striped shirt, and I am so excited to receive it. I’ve been in love with it for weeks now. Which striped ensemble is your fave? I have to admit that I’m not completely sure how I feel about yesterday’s look. I was so looking forward to that outfit, but I can’t decide if it looks super weird or not. Ah well, this challenge is for experimenting!

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Jacket (old): Forever 21 | Sweater: Shae via Hautelook | Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Flats: Sole Society via Hautelook | Necklace: Moorea Seal

Caturday: Rosie’s 6th birthday!

Today, according to the humane society, my sweet girl is six years old! I adopted her nearly three years ago (four days after her third birthday), so she’s been with me for half of her life. She’s still just as feisty and loving (when she wants to be, of course)!

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I got professional photos of her done a couple of years ago at my veterinarian’s office. It’s not as weird as you may think; for a donation to a local cat rescue, you could get photos done of your kitty at an event my vet was hosting! The photographer was super generous and it was entertaining trying to keep Rosie calm and still. I’ve purchased three prints but I plan to also buy some digital copies. She looked so adorable in her floral collar with the big purple bow!

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Rosie’s favorite things include: open windows, fuzzy blankets, rubber wristbands, faucets that she can drink from, wet food, sleeping in sunshine, cardboard scratchers, and cuddling with me in bed. Her least favorite things include: her sisters when they chase/swat at her, plastic bags, when people pet her stomach/lower back, getting her nails clipped, and car rides.

When she drinks out of faucets, she gets most of the water on her head than in her mouth. The water hits the side or top of her head and runs down to her mouth. Sometimes she’ll stick her whole head under the faucet and let the water run off of her neck. It’s amusing until she shakes and gets water EVERYwhere. She is my special girl.

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Rosie’s always been a big fan of laying on my homework. I guess I don’t give her enough attention! It’s fun doing homework with her until she thinks my pencil or eraser is a plaything.

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Look at that sweet face! I feel very lucky to be able to call her my kitty! :)

A taste of summer

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I’m officially over a third of the way through my remix chain! Woohoo! We had a gorgeous week of weather. We even flirted with the record high temperatures for a couple of days. I had forgotten what it felt like to walk outside in shorts and a tee and not get goosebumps!

To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about this outfit. I thought pairing the cardigan with a skirt would be too predictable, so I picked these shorts instead. I wanted bottoms that hit at my natural waist because the cardigan is cropped. Once that was decided, I went back and forth on a top to go under the cardigan. Do I go with a colored tank? Something more interesting? I ended up with this sequined tank top I’ve had for a couple of years. I feel like I don’t wear it enough (mostly because I’m worried about the sequins breaking off somehow!).

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Cardigan: ModCloth | Tank top (old): Express | Shorts: ModCloth | Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Earrings: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

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I leaned more retro-nautical with this outfit. I couldn’t resist wearing my red striped top with my gold Sperrys!

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Top: H&M (last worn here) | Shorts: ModCloth | Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider via Dillard’s (exact; last worn here) | Earrings: Forever 21 (gifted) | Sunglasses: ModCloth

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Everyone and their mother has been wearing stripes and florals together this spring, so I decided to give the trend a try myself. I didn’t want to do the typical striped top/floral bottom or vice versa, so I paired my striped top with my floral scarf from Italy. I think it’s a fun mix! Also, fair warning: I may or may not be wearing stripes for the next week.

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Top: H&M | Skirt: Madewell | Scarf: a market in Florence, Italy (last worn here) | Sandals: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

In bloom

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Whew! It was a tad bit windy yesterday. Normally the trees tell me if it’s windy or not, but I swear that NOTHING was moving except for my hair, sweater, and dress. I really don’t understand what was going on with that. Anyway, I don’t really know how I feel about this outfit. I originally had different shoes planned but decided to go with these booties instead. I’ve been wanting to try the sweater-over-dress look. I wonder if I would like it more with different shoes. Nothing I have really seemed quite right. Let me know if you have any thoughts!

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Sweater: Gap | Dress: Francesca’s | Booties: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

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Last night, I was really regretting including this dress in my remix chain. I couldn’t think of something else to wear with it besides a cardigan. I thought it’d be a good idea to include items that I haven’t worn in a while and that are more difficult to remix, but I’ve decided that it’s best to stick with the basics and items that are more easily “remixable”. One of the goals of this challenge is to think of new ways to style my clothes and really pinpoint the holes in my wardrobe. I’m trying to limit the pieces (like this dress) that make only one or two outfits and curate a wardrobe of many mix-and-match pieces.

Side note–the sun spots? Dirty lens? Weird lighting? I’m no camera expert but I apologize for the random spots on these photos!

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Dress: Francesca’s | Cardigan: ModCloth | Flats: J.Crew | Earrings: American Eagle Outfitters (gifted; available in stores) | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Cozy weekend

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Chris and I had a nice, laid-back weekend. We didn’t have much of anything planned, which is nice every once in a while. We did end up going downtown to people watch and wander around. We got caught in a hailstorm/downpour on our way to the grocery store. It was such a nice day with a few clouds; we had no idea a storm was lingering! It started right as we left home, of course. I hadn’t seen hail in so long. Usually we get a lot of graupel with storms! (Graupel looks a lot like hail but it’s not; graupel falls apart when you touch it whereas hail is ice.)

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Cardigan: J.Crew (similar) | Tee: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: Madewell | Boots: Wanted via Delia’s (exact) | Earrings: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

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If not for this remix challenge, I would not have changed out of my pajamas all day today. So. Just to let y’all know, haha. The weather has been rainy and all I want to do is…nothing! But alas, I had to get dressed. I very much enjoy this outfit, though. We ventured out to a new place for photos and had to wait for the rain to calm down since I didn’t have an umbrella. If we had been running errands today, this is exactly what I would have worn, but when I sit at home doing nothing, I wear sweats. (To be honest, I haven’t changed back into sweats yet.) This sweater is perfectly comfy for a cozy, lazy (or busy) Sunday. I love how it drapes!

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Sweater: Gap | Top: J.Crew Factory (last worn here) | Jeans: Madewell | Sneakers: Keds | Lips: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Black and white

Four days down. 26 to go. Phew! This week has been exhausting. I’ve been frantically writing a journal article that was supposed to be submitted like, a month ago. The semester is over in mere weeks and I still haven’t started my term project for the one class I’m taking. Talk about STRESS! I’m so ready to cuddle with my cats and get my fix of TLC’s Bride Day Friday.

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I’ve been more drawn to black and white as of late, so I couldn’t leave my one black and white dress out of the remix! I wanted this outfit to be super simple, but I wore my necklace to add a little bit of interest.

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Cardigan: Alloy | Dress: Delia’s (last worn here) | Tights: LeGale via Nordstrom Rack | Boots: Wanted via Delia’s (exact) | Necklace: Moorea Seal (on sale!) | Sunglasses: ModCloth

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I was most excited for this outfit, but when a chance of rain appeared in the forecast, I was worried about my boots getting wet because I haven’t waterproofed them! (I probably don’t need to baby them, but I still do.) I feel like Taylor Swift would wear something similar to this (have you guys seen her NYC looks lately?!). Cognac and black look so nice together! I also like the addition of the deeper colored cardigan with the black and cognac. I had planned out these first four outfits of the remix (because I couldn’t not plan–planning is in my blood!), but I really have no idea where my outfits are going to go this weekend. At least I’ll have the time in the morning to mull over them!

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Cardigan: J.Crew (similar; last worn here) | Dress: Delia’s | Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack | Belt: Forever 21 | Boots: Madewell | Earrings: American Eagle Outfitters (gifted) | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Retro spring

My 30-day remix chain has officially kicked off! Mother Nature has really been testing my patience, though–it SNOWED yesterday and today. I was freezing my booty off taking these pictures. I know you East Coasters are so happy to finally feel warmth, but I’m ready to have it back now. ;) Actually, let’s just all have the warmth! (Come on, summer!)

I didn’t do a very good job explaining in my intro post exactly how I was making my remix chain. I won’t be wearing one item for 30 days straight…haha. It’ll actually go something like this: I’ll wear a pair of pants two days in a row, then the top I wore the second day I wore the pants will be worn two days in a row, then the jeans I wore with the top on the fourth day will be worn twice, etc. The goal is to remix 30 items twice–one day after the other. You’ll see what I mean when I post on Friday. :)

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I almost didn’t wear this sweatshirt, but after checking the forecast for the 32559th time, I decided to go for something warmer on top. When I was wandering around campus, I walked through rain, snow, and some slushy mixture of the two. It was not a very pleasant day, and I was totally not excited to take off my coat for the photos (but I am glad I did!).

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Sweatshirt: J.Crew (last worn here) | Jeans: ModCloth | Boots: Hunter (exact; last worn here) | Scarf: ModCloth | Umbrella: ModCloth

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I apologize for the poor lighting and abundance of cat hair on me. I swear I de-haired before I left home, but I think this cardigan and these jeans attract whatever cat hair is floating in the air. Also, the jeans look especially ill fitting today…they are a little tight on my hips, but I feel like sitting all day made it look worse because they don’t normally fit this poorly. At least, I hope they don’t normally fit this poorly. D:

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Cardigan: Alloy | Top: ModCloth (black version) | Jeans: ModCloth | Booties: Chelsea Crew via ModCloth (exact in black; last worn here)

March budget

Today marks the end of March and the end of my first month participating in Budgeting Bloggers hosted by Franish. I both love and hate keeping track of my purchases. This month has been especially bad for me, but I realized it’s because my spring wardrobe is majorly lacking. I have a really good winter wardrobe, and plenty of goodies in my summer wardrobe, but I don’t have a lot of transitional pieces. That’s basically all of what I bought this past month. The total looks terrible, but I’m confident that I can get through April and May without going over my total budget. I guess we’ll see! (Maybe summer will come early and help me out a bit.)

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  1. J.Crew Factory Skirt: $16 (after store credit from a return; originally $59.50)
  2. J.Crew Factory Shirt: $32 (originally $59.50)

February Total = $48

(Note: All prices include applicable taxes.)

These are the items I picked up in February. I was on a no-buy (“No Fashion February”), but that ended the weekend of J.Crew Factory’s 50% off everything sale. Thus, these items are part of my March-April-May budget. I’ve had a black mini skirt on my list for a while, so naturally, I picked this one up (after trying it on, of course)!

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  1. Madewell Boots: $143 (originally $228)
  2. J.Crew Sweater: $25 (originally $79.50)
  3. Anthropologie Dress: $75 (originally $138)
  4. H&M Top: $19 (mine has red stripes; seen here)
  5. Sole Society Flats (via Hautelook): $48 (originally $60)
  6. Gap Outlet Jeans (in store): $28 (originally $60)
  7. Forever 21 Belt (in store): $3
  8. Gap Sweater (in store): $19 (originally $50)
  9. Francesca’s Top (in store): $21 (originally $35)

March Total = $381 // February + March = $429 // $500 – $429 = $71 left for April and May

My biggest purchase this month were my beautiful Madewell boots, which I drooled over in this post (back when they were sold out in my size). They restocked my size, went on sale and with an additional percentage off, they were finally at a price I was comfortable with, so I snatched them up! I originally purchased them with PayPal funds, but they were backordered, so I did a “store search” and ended up getting them from a store in New York. Unfortunately, store searches require a card, so my budget took a huge hit from them. They were worth it though. I absolutely love them!

My other purchases were of good basics: tops, light sweaters, and boyfriend jeans. I’ve been looking for a red striped tee for well over a year (yeah, they were that hard to find). The Anthropologie dress was almost an impulse buy. I had tried it on in store and loved it, so when it went on sale, I got it! It’s the perfect little navy dress. I haven’t worn it yet, so I’m going to see if it gets a second cut and take advantage of Anthro’s generous return policy.

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  1. ModCloth Top: $34 (originally $38)
  2. ModCloth Sandals: $31.50 (originally $35)
  3. Madewell Skirt: $33 (originally $68)
  4. Madewell Jeans: $49 (originally $98.50)

PayPal purchases don’t count towards my budget because it’s money I earned from selling my older clothes and things on Ebay. This month, I picked up a couple of goodies from ModCloth and Madewell. I currently don’t have the sandals as my pair was defective, but hopefully I’ll get my new pair later this week. If the new pair is defective again, I’ll return them. I have a two-strike policy. (Ain’t nobody got time for that!) I’ve been wearing my one pair of Madewell jeans so much that I decided to pick up another pair since they were on sale. I’m officially a Madewell denim addict. Is there a group for Madewell denim addicts?

I’m hoping my 30-day remix challenge, which starts tomorrow, will keep me inspired and not wanting new things. Or, maybe it’ll backfire on me and I’ll get fed up with my wardrobe. (Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen.) I hope you follow along and maybe even join the fun! Be sure to check out the other budgeting bloggers linked up with Franish!

30-day remix chain: April 2014

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I’m doing a remix challenge next month, but it’s not the typical 30×30 challenge where you pick only 30 clothing items and remix them over 30 days. For this challenge, I’m actually not picking out any specific pieces! Instead, I’ll be wearing whatever I feel like for 30 consecutive days–only I have to wear one of the items from the previous day and remix it on the new day. The outfits will link together like a chain!

I’ve been really excited about starting this challenge until recently. April is in FOUR days already?! I’ve got a few outfit ideas in my head, but I’m not planning anything…and I don’t know if that’s a bad idea. Figuring out what to wear on April 1st is stressing me out way more than it should. I really need to calm down and just go with the flow.

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I think the hardest part of this challenge will be dealing with the weather. In spring, we can go from 70 degrees and sunny one day to 45 degrees and rain/snow showers the next day (yay for cold fronts). I’ll have to be hyper aware of the forecast and pick items that can go from warm to cool weather with ease!

I won’t be posting every day, but I’m planning on posting every other day unless I decide to break it up with some different content. Chris is already dreading having to take photos every day so I told him I won’t need nearly as many photos if I won’t be doing a full post on each one. It’s all about compromise, right? ;)

Please feel free to join me if you want to do the challenge (and let me know if you do)! I just ask that you link back to my post(s), and I’ll link to yours so our readers can check out every participant’s remix chain!

P.S. This is completely off topic, but one of my favorite country folk bands, Nickel Creek, is releasing a new album on Tuesday after an eight year hiatus! NPR is streaming their new album, A Dotted Line, on First Listen now until Monday or Tuesday. (Note: The link won’t work on Firefox for some reason.) Check them out if you are looking for new music! I’m in love with the album already, and I cannot wait to see them in concert soon. :)