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

Defense day!

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You guys–I did it! I’m a master of science! WOOHOO! I am so, so relieved to have my thesis defense over and done with. Now it’s on to the thesis edits and the other million things on my to-do list for the next couple of months. (If you’re a new reader and don’t know, I’m a graduate student studying atmospheric sciences. That explains why I talk about weather so much in my posts–I love it and I love talking about it!)

Here’s what I wore for my defense! I actually purchased the dress a couple of years ago for my internship presentation, and I’m not even sure if I’ve worn it since then until now…which is kind of sad, to be honest. I really love this dress, and not just because it was named “Cumulus Laude Dress” (ModCloth gets me with those punny weather names). I’m going to try dressing it down next spring/summer since I have some trouble with that. I paired it with my J.Crew schoolboy blazer which I purchased back in the spring. The room I presented in is ALWAYS freezing so it was necessary, plus I felt the need to wear it on this momentous occasion. It made me feel profesh (yep, I said that). I finished the outfit with my sapphire earrings from my mom and my nude heels. I wanted to do something fancier with my hair and makeup but didn’t have time! I was literally making final tweaks to my presentation an hour before I gave it, haha.

I’m happy with what I put together using pieces I already own. I was so tempted to buy a new dress or something just for my defense, but I’m trying to avoid buying pieces just for one purpose. Yay for suppressing my desire to shop! :)

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J.Crew blazer (similar) / ModCloth dress (old) / Cole Haan pumps via Nordstrom Rack (similar with a pointed toe) / earrings from my mom

Transitional knitwear

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There’s just something about bare legs and ankle boots…I just can’t get enough of them! Shorts + boots, dress + boots, skirt + boots — anything goes. It’s pretty much all I want to wear nowadays. For this look, I decided to mix that look with another one of my favorites: a sweater paired with shorts. Sweater + shorts + ankle boots = AMAZING! You really can’t go wrong, in my opinion.

Thank you to those of you who filled out my reader survey! I’ve closed the link since I figured I won’t get anymore. I really appreciate the feedback. :) The responses were kind of what I was expecting, which is good! I would have been shocked if you guys really hated my outfit posts, haha…since that’s like 80% of what I post!

Also, at this time on Friday, I will have defended my thesis (hopefully successfully!). AHHH!

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Madewell sweater (last seen here) and necklace / ModCloth shorts (last seen here) and sunglasses / Sam Edelman boots (exact)

Cool colors, cool temperatures

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My favorite fall weather consists of brisk morning air followed by temperatures in the low-mid 70s Fahrenheit, and of course, LOTS of sunshine. Maybe some cumulus clouds. But mostly sunshine.

That’s exactly what we’ve been having lately, and it is perfect. These are the days I dream of at the end of October/beginning of November when the skies threaten to snow. I’m trying to soak it up as much as possible! For a day of running errands and lunching with an old friend in the perfect fall weather, I wore my new green military jacket from Madewell layered over a basic white tee and muted blue striped skirt. It even was warm enough to strip the coat by afternoon! Fingers crossed this weather comes back at some point later this month…

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Madewell jacket and skirt (on sale; last seen here) / Everlane tee / ModCloth wedges and sunglasses / Kate Spade necklace via Nordstrom / Halogen bag

Thesis brain

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Symptoms of thesis brain: can think of few things besides thesis, hands are indefinitely stuck in “typing pose”, page margins are your new worst enemy, can’t think of how to concisely describe your work in a single line (meaning: come up with a title), you’ve typed the word “analysis” 100+ times, you forgot how to write an abstract… I could go on and on and on.

That was my week. And the week before. And the week before that. BUT, I can finally say that I’m done–for now. My thesis is now in my committee members’ inboxes. Now, I need to focus on my presentation. AHHH.

Let’s switch gears and talk about how obsessed I am with these pants. ‘Cause I’m FREAKIN’ OBSESSED. They are so, so comfortable. I wore them twice this week and I have no regrets. (I don’t think my office mate noticed…) And this sweatshirt–also comfy. It was like I was wearing pajamas all day but still looked presentable. I mean, all I did was sit at my computer and type furiously and bang my head against my desk, but still. The elbow patches are quirky and one of my favorite things about this sweatshirt. They take it up just enough notches for me to not feel like a bum.

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J.Crew Factory sweatshirt (on sale!) / Uniqlo shirt (last seen here) / Madewell pants / ModCloth flats (old; last seen here)

Cold weather wimp

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BRRR! Okay, fall arrived. Last week we were hitting highs around 90 degrees, and today, I don’t even think we hit 60. The air is brisk and the clouds are low and heavy. It rained for three days straight, and we’ve had intermittent showers the past couple of days. I almost didn’t have an outfit for today because of the crappy weather, but luckily, the rain stayed mostly away and now I don’t have to throw together a wishlist post! (I try to save those types of posts for times like that.)

I cannot handle when the temps drop as rapidly as they did the past week. I’ve been wearing sweaters and jeans everyday (like the middle of November) since the cold started. Today is the coldest day it has been since a random day in the middle of June (meh, I thought it would have been April–just goes to show how crazy the weather is here). In addition to my sweater and coat, for today, I added the vest for extra warmth. I wore my loafers because I thought they looked best with the outfit, but my feet were kind of cold! (Noooo!) I’m really hoping we get an actual fall here. It always seems to go too fast and then BAM! Hello, snow. (Read: Go away, snow. It’s not even Thanksgiving. Stay in the mountains where you belong.)

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Gap Factory vest (last seen here) / Madewell sweater (last seen here) / J.Crew pants / Vince Camuto loafers via Nordstrom (similar; last seen here) / ModCloth earrings (old)