ISO: Simple black sandals

If there’s one thing I wish I had to finish up my summer wardrobe, it’s a pair of simple black sandals. I’ve been extremely picky when it comes to these sandals ever since I fell in love with these Apiece Apart sandals I mentioned in my June wishlist. Because I couldn’t justify their price tag, I based my search on finding a close match within my budget. I wanted minimal straps (meaning only a few, thin straps), and I preferred straight straps over criss-cross (though I did look at many pairs with criss-cross straps). I really wanted leather sandals over faux leather/plastic, mostly because of the comfort factor. Comfort was number one for me! I also wanted a pair of flat sandals, though I was open to a small heel if I found the right pair. I’ve been searching for this perfect pair for months. I mean, summer is almost over…and I still don’t have these sandals!

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Here is my current pair of black sandals. I’ve had these for years. I want to say I purchased them just before starting high school, and now I’m going into my third year of graduate school. They are ancient, but they have been holding up surprisingly well. They are fraying a lot on the straps (which are true leather!), and there’s a small hole forming in the top of the sole where my feet rub. The heels still look pretty good, and the jewels have held on through hell and high water. I’m shocked that these Target sandals have lasted as long as they have! This summer will be their last; I’m tired of the jewels and finally ready to say goodbye. (You can see them in action here, here, and here.)

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This pair from American Eagle Outfitters was the first I tried when I started my search. I purchased them and included them in my April budget before I had decided to return them. The cheap, plastic straps rubbed my feet and made it uncomfortable to walk even around my living room, so that was a deal breaker. (I was hoping they were going to be comfortable plastic straps, but those seem to be hard to find, haha.) I figured I may as well return them and use the money towards a pair that checked off all of my boxes.

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The second pair of sandals I tried was this pair from J.Crew Factory. They look extremely similar to the tan pair I have from Madewell, but I tried them anyway… They were way on sale, so of course I had to (I never learn!). While I liked them in theory, they ended up being too narrow in width. Because I’m susceptible to bunions (thanks Mom!), I’ve been more careful about purchasing shoes that are wide enough. For shoes I wouldn’t wear every other day, they’d be fine, but I’d wear these sandals pretty much every other day during the summer. It also took me entirely too long to figure out how the ankle strap worked, and it wasn’t that comfortable once it was done up. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the straps weren’t that uncomfortable for being polyurethane. These would have been included in my upcoming July budget had I kept them, but they didn’t make the cut.

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After two fails and lots of consideration, I decided to pull the plug on a custom pair from Ananias Sandals, a shop on Etsy. I’ve heard wonderful things about the shop owner and knew he made custom sandals. I wanted to order these last month, but the fact that they are (a) custom and (b) coming from Greece initially deterred me because I knew I would not return them. Well, here we are, almost at the end of summer still wearing my old sandals…and I finally ordered them. I picked a sandal with two thin front straps (I would have gone with one, but knowing me and how often I trip on nothing, two seemed like a better idea) and a simple ankle strap. They are made of Greek leather (yay!), and I was able to give him the width of my feet so (hopefully) they fit me perfectly! The best part is with shipping, they came to less than $50. I’m really hoping they are exactly what I want, so fingers crossed that my search has finally ended!

Ode to the white tee

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I have no idea why I haven’t been wearing my white t-shirt lately, but now I suppose I can say that I fell in love with it all over again! It was a wrinkled mess after sitting in a pile for so long, so I washed it…and I think it was the first time it had been washed, because it shrunk ever so slightly in the width and length. It’s now the perfect combination of fitted and loose, and the length is perfect on my short-ish torso! (I did buy one size smaller than the size chart suggests based on what others thought of the fit.) It’s also perfect without a camisole underneath (meaning it’s not see-through), which seems impossible to find in a light shirt nowadays. If you haven’t tried Everlane tees yet, I highly recommend you do. You get all of this at an incredible price. (No, they don’t sponsor me; I just love this tee and now I want more!)

Also, I have a secret to share. These photos used to have a blue tinge (maybe you can still see it, but I can’t really see it anymore with my novice eyes). The night before I wore this outfit, Chris photographed in the kitchen for his own blog post, and the white balance was changed for that. We totally forgot about that and didn’t notice until I was uploading the photos onto my computer! We both had sunglasses on so it was hard to tell during the shoot. I’m pretty proud of myself for fixing it, haha! Oh, the joys of sharing a camera with a food blogger. :)

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Tee: Everlane | Shorts: J.Crew Factory | Sandals: Madewell | Necklace: BaubleBar | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Summer bold

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Even though I’ve been wearing a lot more greys and blacks than usual, there’s still a soft spot in my heart for bold color. I love wearing this shirt and skirt together! The first time I wore this outfit was back in March, and I posted a quick snap of it on my Instagram, knowing that I would be wearing it again (multiple times) and eventually posting about it. Here we are!

Also, I want to mention that I love talking about the weather (if that wasn’t obvious!), and I know it’s probably super boring to read about what the weather was like because every blogger talks about that. Since I’m studying it, I talk about it way more than the average person; when I’m with friends, the weather always comes up–it’s in our blood! So, I hope it’s okay if I write solely about the weather sometimes (see: previous post). I’ll try not to bring it up in every post (I already failed in this post, haha), but if I do bring it up and you really hate reading about it, I’m sorry! I hope you can forgive me. :)

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Top: Anthropologie (last seen here) | Skirt: Madewell (on sale; last seen here) | Sandals: Madewell | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Triple digits

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I wore this when the temperature soared to over 100 degrees F last week. All I can say is thank goodness for linen, and why the heck did I not own any linen before this summer?! 100 degrees is not uncommon where I live; we’ve been known to have multiple days in a row above 100 degrees. While I don’t live in a place with humidity, I still feel like I’m roasting alive when I step outside the door into triple-digit heat. Don’t even get me started on hot cars…instant sweat when you open the door. I’m pretty jealous of you guys in the midwest that experienced the dip in temperatures last week!

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Top: Uniqlo (out of stock in gray) | Skirt: J.Crew Factory | Sandals (old): Target | Earrings: American Eagle Outfitters | Sunglasses: ModCloth

White hot

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Whew! It’s getting pretty hot over here in the Intermountain West. It’s now that I can’t even remember what snow looked like or cold felt like; it’s 80 degrees at 9 am and I already feel like melting! Surprisingly, I haven’t been reaching for dresses this season as much as I thought I would (in comparison, last summer, I wore dresses pretty often). However, I had to wear my white dress, because it’s perfect for being outside in the heat (white increases your albedo, and a higher albedo means more sunlight reflected off of you, so you don’t feel as warm!). Also, it makes me look more tan than I am (win!). This dress was part of my November Stylish Surprise box from ModCloth; I got it for a steal!

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Dress: Max and Cleo via ModCloth | Wedges (old): Target | Earrings: ModCloth | Tote: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

From the Window Seat, vol. 1

One of my favorite things about flying is sitting in the window seat. Watching the sky and ground below will literally keep me entertained for 4+ hours (as long as I’m not super tired, which happens too often–why is sitting in an airplane so exhausting?!). I’m studying atmospheric sciences right now, and I have a giant love for our planet (I studied hydrology during my undergrad), so I’m a huge nerd when it comes to all things Earth science related. For this post, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos I snapped from the window seat during my most recent trip. (None of the photos have been edited.)

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Thunderstorm anvil over the Midwest

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Lake Michigan

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Sunset as we turn onto the runway

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New York City (and surrounding areas) at night

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Massachusetts: Boston (bottom left-center) and Cape Cod (in the distance)

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Fields somewhere over the midwest

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Awesome geology somewhere over the southwest

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Canyon! (No idea which one, but I don’t think it’s the Grand Canyon.)

Tilton Island Park

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If you have never been to New England, you should probably start making plans now. This area of the country is absolutely stunning; nearly every road is picturesque, even in the middle of summer. My favorite time of year is–hands down–autumn. There really is nothing like a New England autumn. The first time I ever visited Chris was in October a couple of years ago. I could not get over how beautiful it was! I would advise avoiding New England in the winter unless you really like snow. And I mean, really really like snow.

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We wandered to the cutest little park in the middle of the Winnipesaukee River for this photo session. As much as I’m not that attracted to retro style, something about high-waisted shorts works for me. A tied sleeveless blouse kind of takes it up another notch, doesn’t it? Also, I’m so glad I bought this shirt. It’s so perfect for sweltering heat. (This day was the hottest day of our vacation. We took major advantage of the pool later in the afternoon!)

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Shirt: LOFT (unavailable online; check stores) | Shorts: ModCloth (last seen here) | Sandals: Salt Water (exact; also available here) | Earrings: ModCloth | Tote: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Merrimack Valley Railroad

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I’m back from my second summer vacation! Chris and I spent last week in New England with his family. We had so much fun shopping at the outlets (where I picked up these earrings!), swimming in the pool, boating, visiting with more family (and attempting a disc golf course on a mountain), hanging out with farm animals, playing with Chris’s little niece and nephew, and checking out a state park on the most beautiful day.

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I packed as little as possible for our trip. I was playing with the idea of doing a 7×7 challenge (7 pieces – 7 days), but decided against it when I realized I could only pick one pair of shoes. I’m pretty against wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row (unless I absolutely have to) in order to prevent them from wearing out quickly, so wearing the same pair seven days in a row seemed too extreme. I packed only separates (four tees/tops and two pairs of shorts) along with my two favorite pairs of summer sandals. I am sooo glad I brought this linen tee with me! It’s a recent purchase from Madewell and my first 100% linen tee. I never felt hot while wearing it–awesome!

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Tee: Madewell | Shorts: J.Crew Factory (sold out in this color) | Sandals: Madewell | Earrings: Banana Republic Factory | Tote: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Sybil on Things, part 3

It has been quite a while since the second part of Sybil on Things. For the past few months, she’s been favoring suitcases (her usual!), dirty laundry (though she doesn’t discriminate and made a bed on my clean clothes before I could put them away), and the computer cords. She also couldn’t help herself when I arranged some things nicely for an Instagram photo. I turned my back for a minute and she made herself comfortable! What a dork. Hope you enjoy! :)

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Repeat remix

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A high temperature of nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit (or nearly 38 degrees Celsius for my international friends) called for a lightweight, airy outfit. I put this together in about five minutes last Thursday, before I realized that my “modest” crop top had indeed shrunk a bit in the dryer. Still, I decided to wear this to school, knowing that I had a meeting with my advisor that day. I was feeling a little bit risque in this outfit, but my top managed to cover enough of my skirt so I didn’t have a “skin belt” (lovingly coined by Kendi of Kendi Everyday) showing. I didn’t realize until later that everything in this look was shown previously on the blog, in three separate outfits. Hence, repeat remix. It works, right…?

Anyway, I am once again out of town this week! I’m enjoying the warm, humid weather in New England with Chris and his family. You can catch up with me on Instagram!

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Top: H&M (last seen here) | Skirt: ModCloth (last seen here) | Flats: J.Crew (last seen here) | Earrings (old): Forever 21 | Sunglasses: ModCloth

P.S. I had the hardest time ever trying to get the wrinkles out of this skirt, and the wrinkles are still not completely out. If you have tips to get stubborn wrinkles out, I’d love to hear them! :p