The tale of the uneven pant legs

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So, there’s something you should know about my legs. I’m fairly certain they are uneven. The reason I think they’re uneven is because every pair of jeans or pants I own come down lower on my left leg than on my right leg, and it drives me absolutely crazy. Most times, it’s not that noticeable in my outfit photos (it feels worse in person than it looks, though I’m always the first one to point it out), but this time…it was on a whole new level. I checked the cuffs so many times to make sure the number of cuffs and the size of the cuffs were the same. I even folded the left one up just a tiny bit more to fake the length difference. I mean, perhaps I bought a defective pair and the left leg really is that much longer this time, because it’s bad. I tried to pick photos that didn’t show the length difference as much, ha.

Also, I bent my right leg one too many times and left a lovely crease in a lovely area. Linen, you win.

P.S. I wore this outfit yesterday, then ended up not going anywhere except outside to take these photos. In case I did happen to go somewhere, I would have most definitely picked these sandals to finish the look. 😉

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Madewell sweater (similar from J.Crew Factory; last seen here) / LOFT pants / Target sandals / Kate Spade necklace via Nordstrom

My Spring/Summer ’15 Signature Look

As I like to do near the start of spring/summer and again at the start of fall/winter, I’m sharing what I believe to be my signature look(s) for the season. I like to do this to as a way to concisely keep track of the progression of my personal style. It’s usually pretty spot-on for what I wear in general during those seasons even if that doesn’t seem represented on the blog (I tend to photograph the more “out of the box” outfits even though they are still true to my personal style). This season’s signature look post is coming a bit later than usual because I almost forgot to do it (oops!), and the weather has not been cooperating at all for the past two weeks.

Because it hasn’t been terribly warm here yet, I decided to show one cooler weather outfit and one warmer weather outfit, though it was very difficult to narrow down what I wanted to show! I decided to show a skirt outfit instead of shorts because I’ve been really into skirts lately and I see that continuing into summer. However, I will be wearing plenty of shorts and dresses, too. 🙂 As far as the makeup routine goes, I’ve started using brow gel to keep my eyebrows in check since they get kind of out of control even with trimming and tweezing. I’ve only tried the Sonia Kashuk brand brow gel from Target but I’m looking to try something else if anyone has any suggestions.

Click here if you’re interested in seeing my signature looks from last spring/summer!

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Look 1: Loose tee + skinny jeans + sandals
Look 2: Collared blouse + mini skirt + flats

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ModCloth tee (old; similar from J.Crew) / Madewell jeans / Ananias sandals via Etsy (custom) / Kate Spade earrings via Nordstrom Rack

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LOFT shirt (similar) and skirt (on sale in limited sizes) / J.Crew flats (new version)

Easy weekend on repeat

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The nearly constant rain has really put a damper on my efforts to look cute these past couple of weeks. This past Sunday, we finally got a break in the rain and this was the best I could come up with: another extremely easy, barely blogworthy look. I decided to layer a bit and add a hint of stripes under this sweater since it’s somewhat sheer, plus it’s fun to see the stripes peek out on the sides. Since the stripes are navy, I wore my navy sandals…even though my pants are black. I’m not at all against wearing black and navy in the same outfit, as you are probably aware if you’ve been reading for a while. 🙂

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Joie sweater via TJ Maxx / J.Crew Factory tank top / J.Crew pants / Salt Water sandals (exact) / Kate Spade necklace via Nordstrom

Girly neutrals

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I did not realize that I was wearing all J.Crew until I was typing out the outfit details, ha! It’s funny when that happens, isn’t it? It makes sense that the items from one brand would go together well. I find that happening a lot when I wear Madewell, too.

I’ve wanted to wear this sweater and these flats together for well over a year. I actually did wear them last June and we got outfit photos, but the lighting was so terrible that I never posted them. It was then that I realized shooting in direct sunlight is a baaad idea. Anyway, the grey in the sweater matches the flats perfectly, so it was clearly meant to be. You may have noticed that I’m wearing yet another pair of the J.Crew ‘Cece’ ballet flats. I own five pairs because they are just that wonderful (and I’ve featured all five pairs in outfit posts this spring!). All of mine are the discontinued “Made in Italy” version. I haven’t tried the newer version because I’ve heard bad things about them. I’m already dreading the day that mine wear out. 😦

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J.Crew Factory sweater (old; last seen here), skirt (similar), and necklace / J.Crew flats (old; new version) / LOFT sunglasses

Easy weekend

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I don’t have much to say about this outfit. I wore it this past weekend; I wanted to be comfortable and still feel put-together. I was inspired by this outfit, and even though I would love to have blush pink flats (and an excuse to buy a blush pink bucket bag), my beige flats worked just as well. I absolutely adore this sweatshirt I purchased a couple of months ago from Everlane. I don’t wear it a lot as part of an outfit; I tend to wear it in the evenings for lounging around the house. It is perfect for that but also nice enough to wear out of the house!

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Everlane sweatshirt (my referral link; I will love you forever if you use it!) / LOFT jeans and sunglasses / J.Crew flats (old; new version) / Clare Vivier for & Other Stories bag (similar from Talbots; last seen here)

Master of Science

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I graduated last week! I can’t even believe that I’m officially done with my Master’s degree. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember that I defended my thesis last October. I was planning on graduating in the fall, but I didn’t get my thesis edits done in time (the thesis office gave me a week to complete them when I had a million other things to do, but it ended up working out just fine). My final thesis edits were complete as of the beginning of last week, and my journal article (!) was accepted at the end of April. I get to check that research off and really dive into PhD research now, woohoo!

My parents were in town for the event, and I enjoyed spending time with everyone. 🙂 The graduation was a new experience for me. Because my school is so big (over 8,000 people graduated!), they break it into two events: commencement and convocation. Commencement is the school-wide general event where you listen to speakers, and the honorary doctorates and other awards are given out. They acknowledge everyone by degree and college, but no one walks. Convocation is broken down into individual colleges and consists of some short speeches and the main event–the actual conferring of degrees. Commencement and convocation were on two different days, so I wore two different outfits. I decided to go with my navy sheath dress for commencement and added simple accessories. For convocation, I wore my new seersucker dress from Uniqlo. It showed up in the mail the day before, and because I had nothing else picked out, I went with it! I added a cardigan for extra warmth, and I’m glad I did because some storms rolled through and really cooled the air (if you couldn’t tell by my arm hair standing on end, haha). I wore my Cole Haan pumps both days, and I have to say…they are AMAZING! My feet were sore from standing for what felt like forever, but I had no blisters whatsoever–even after being in them for hours! I also decided to decorate my cap, because why not?! It’s too fun, plus it made it easier for friends and family to spot me in the crowd of black gowns and caps. 😉

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ModCloth cardigan (old; similar or similar) / Uniqlo dress / Cole Haan pumps via Nordstrom Rack (old; similar with a pointed toe or similar with a higher heel) / Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in soft raspberry

Commencement photo credit: my mom

May showers

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After the few days of warm, nearly-summer-like weather, the rain has made an appearance. It actually has been storming (woo!), which is way more exciting than just rain, as you can imagine. We had a pretty good lightning show last night! It’s nothing like those crazy storms the Midwesterners get with nonstop lightning, but it was decent for Utah standards.

I have a little secret when it comes to this outfit. I wore it yesterday…and on Tuesday. Yup. It was originally supposed to rain yesterday, and then it looked like it was going to rain more on Tuesday, so I wore this on Tuesday. It didn’t rain all day until later Tuesday night, and I was so mad! I feel so dumb walking around in rain boots when it clearly isn’t going to rain. The storm ended up coming through yesterday, so I decided to wear this outfit again so we could get proper outfit photos (you know, when the ground is wet/it obviously had been raining). I just can’t do rainy day outfit photos when the sun is shining and the ground is dry, haha! 😉 Plus, I was so comfortable wearing my box tee and jeans that it was nice to wear twice.

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Paul & Joe Sister top via Anthropologie (last seen here) / Madewell jeans / Hunter boots (last seen here) / J.Crew earrings / ModCloth umbrella

Sugary sweet

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I was inspired to pull out this sweet pink dress by this pin I found on Pinterest. I was drawn to the light colors paired with the deep red shoes and couldn’t wait to try the look out myself. I originally bought this dress for my Suzy Bishop (Moonrise Kingdom) costume for comic con, but it’s too cute to not wear in everyday life. My style tends to straddle the line between cutesy/twee and sporty/somewhat minimalist, with some prep thrown in for good measure. I don’t dress as cutesy as I used to, but Peter Pan collars are totally a guilty pleasure of mine!

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Ellen Tracy coat via Nordstrom (similar) / ModCloth dress (old; exact in black or exact in sage green; last seen here) / Nordstrom loafers (thrifted; last seen here) / Clare Vivier for & Other Stories bag (similar from Talbots; last seen here) / LOFT sunglasses

Nautical or nice

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It has been really warm here lately…and I mean, like, 80 degrees warm. Like WAY too warm for spring. Why does Mother Nature always do this?! I just want a few weeks of 60s-low 70s, but I suppose that’s asking too much. On the plus side, I’ve been wearing dresses or shorts nearly every day and finally broke out this adorable dress. I styled it in pretty much the most basic way possible–with matching earrings and sandals. While Mother Nature is busy overachieving in the temperature department, I’m busy underachieving in the styling department.

But hey, the title of this post?! Love it. Puns get me every time.

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Fashion Union dress via ASOS / Salt Water sandals (exact) / LOFT earrings (last seen here) and sunglasses

May Day

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This post is also known as “50 shades of oatmeal”, which was the first thing Chris said when he saw this outfit. He’s not wrong, haha! I’m impressed by his knowledge of oatmeal as a color.

Um, can you believe today is May first?! This year is flying by, I swear. Freakin’ me out. Also, is anyone else’s Facebook timeline or Twitter feed completely overloaded with the Justin Timberlake “It’s gonna be May” meme? I can’t decide if I’m sick of it or not.

Anyway, the outfit. I was originally going to wear a different look, but I knew I wanted to title this post “May Day” and the other outfit didn’t fit the vibe very well. I think of young girls with flowers in their hair and flow-y dresses as they run around delivering May Day baskets. I ended up throwing this together a couple of mornings ago; I love how it’s monochrome, but the different textures add interest. I just wish the dress was a touch longer. It didn’t feel nearly this short the last time I wore it! I was glad to have the cardigan covering up in case of crazy wind, which did lift the skirt a few times. I didn’t realize this until last night, but I guess I was subconsciously copying a look that Taylor Swift wore a while ago. Am I allowed to say “great minds think alike” for this one? 😉

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American Eagle Outfitters cardigan (similar) and dress (old; last seen here) / Earthies sandals c/o (last seen here) / My Monogram Necklace necklace c/o (last seen here) / LOFT sunglasses