28 June 2012

Guilty as Charged

thrifted vintage skirt, Gap shirt and denim jacket,
Banana Republic wedges, Swarovski necklace (gift from Matt)
I know I just wore this skirt last week, but luckily there isn't a rule that says I can't do that. Sometimes, it feels like I can't repeat an outfit or even just part of an outfit because it will be boring for people to see. Then, I realize that it doesn't really matter. I wanted to wear this skirt with this denim jacket and no one was going to stop me. Maybe it's not going to bring me more page views or visits, but I decided a long time ago that's not why I write this blog. I write it to keep a visual journal of what I wear because it helps me keep my closet organized. I know exactly which items in my closet get the most wear and which ones don't.

Before I started blogging, I had a very different wardrobe. It's not that it was bigger exactly, but it wasn't as well-rounded as it is now. Now, I don't buy certain things unless I can see myself wearing it at least a couple of different ways. Blogging has helped me revamp my wardrobe, as well as figure out and define my personal style. Although blogging about personal style isn't for everyone, keeping some sort of documentation would definitely be useful for someone trying to clean out/organize/reinvent their closet. After just a few weeks, it's easy to see the styles and colors you tend to gravitate to. Then, it's just as easy as getting rid of all the other stuff that doesn't make the cut!

27 June 2012

Floral Escape

thrifted blouse, Halston Heritage skirt from Julian Gold, Banana Republic shoes
I started training at my new (temporary) job on Monday. I'm not going to lie; I feel in way over my head, but my supervisor seems to have total confidence in me. That's great for now, but she's leaving for vacation next week while I take over her position for the next month. I won't be able to turn to her when I have a question or ask her when I'm unsure about something. Luckily, everyone at the Texas Monthly office is very friendly and willing to help. I'm just worried about being the "new girl" who doesn't know what she's doing. Either way, I'm so excited to be in an office again!

I wore this outfit on my last day of work at the bridal salon Sunday. I wanted to wear something fun and floral to celebrate how happy I was to be done. It was the perfect outfit to wear to end my bridal stylist career, at least until I put on this ensemble as a farewell:

I definitely went out with a bang. 

25 June 2012

Outfit Remix

thrifted Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress, Forever 21 lace bolero,
necklace from Langford Market, Banana Republic wedges

I've been trying my hardest to "shop" my own closet and use what I have to create new outfits. This is one of those attempts. I've had all the pieces of this outfit for awhile, but have never worn them all together before. I really like the result. If you ever feel like you don't have anything to wear (let's face it, it happens more than you'd like to admit), have a few drinks and spend the evening putting outfits together. Maybe you don't need the drinks, but a little alcohol always gets my creative juices flowing. The point is to mix and match pieces that you wouldn't normally wear together. I try to do this at least once a month and always end up with tons of great outfit ideas. I've got about five outfits, including this one, waiting to be worn from my recent "dress up" session.

In more exciting news, I'm officially done at the bridal salon! I am beyond relieved to be done with that part of my life and looking forward to upcoming changes. In fact, I start training for my new month-long job at Texas Monthly today. Wish me luck!

22 June 2012

Back From the Dead

Gap dress, Old Navy sleeveless trench vest, Target necklace, wedges from Walmart
I spent all of Wednesday and half of Thursday in my pajamas and glasses being completely useless. I surfed the internet, watched TV, and played with Angus and Charles. I didn't do anything productive, mentally or physically challenging.  I started to feel like a degenerate after about 36 hours, so I finally got dressed and decided to buy some groceries. I had eaten everything delicious in my fridge and had resorted to consuming mass quantities of liquor for my calorie intake.

Even though I was a total slob and would die if anyone ever saw me like that (even Matt), I wouldn't take it back. Sometimes, it's nice to take a step back from reality and spend some time completely alone. With that being said, I sure am glad Matt is coming home from his family vacation tonight.

20 June 2012

Lazy & Unashamed

Forever 21 shirt and earrings, vintage thrifted skirt, Zara wedges from Buffalo Exchange
(worn for work at the bridal salon)
I have a couple of days off of work until Saturday, but I'm finding it really hard to convince myself to leave my apartment today. It's been way too long since I could just hang out in my pajamas and veg out all day. OK, so maybe the real reason I don't want to go anywhere is because I started watching True Blood again. I have a whole season to watch, so I stayed up super late last night because I couldn't stop. My sister is a huge fan of the show and she convinced me to start watching it again. I suppose I could be using my time in a more productive manner, but while Matt is (still) gone, I'm really unmotivated to do much of anything.

Here's to enjoying a day of laziness!

Before I forget, I'm linking to Laura's Work It Wednesday. Even though I'm not working today, I did wear this outfit to work yesterday. It's definitely a very "me" outfit, but I looked pretty darn bright standing next to the brides in wedding gowns. It's a good thing I won't be doing working there much longer because I'm not so good at toning it down.

19 June 2012

She's a Lady

vintage dress from Cream Vintage, necklace from Langford Market,
thrifted vintage belt, thrifted Nine West wedges
This outfit is made up of things that have been sitting in my closet for quite some time. I've had this dress for at least six months, but hadn't worn it because I needed a slip to wear underneath. The entire lower half is sheer and I finally got around to buying a nude-colored slip the other day.  I wish I'd bought one sooner because I'm absolutely in love with this dress!

I've had this belt for even longer than I've had the dress. Even though I couldn't think of anything to wear it with when I bought it, I loved the color. I was recently considering getting rid of it, but I decided to wait because it only cost about $1 and I had a feeling it would eventually come in handy. After putting this outfit together, I decided that this belt isn't going anywhere.

Last but not least, this necklace had been sitting in my jewelry collection untouched for almost three months. I must have bought it for a reason because it completed this outfit perfectly.

Needless to say, this has become one of my favorite ladylike outfits that I've worn recently.

18 June 2012

Flying Solo

Gap shirt, denim jacket, shoes and thrifted Anne Klein pants, Forever 21 necklace
I feel like I'm on an emotional roller coaster. Everything is on the verge of changing: my job, our apartment, the city we live in...basically my whole life. I get anxious every time I think about it. I might just be in a strange mood because Matt has been gone for a few days and won't be back until next Saturday. It feels like forever away. I've being doing a pretty good job of staying busy with work the last couple of days, but I'm already starting to feel lonely. Luckily, I have Angus and Charles to keep me company.

15 June 2012

On Repeat

thrifted skirt, vintage blouse from Cream Vintage,
thrifted Nine West wedges, Forever 21 earrings
Lately, I've been feeling like my life's stuck on repeat. I've been working full-time at the bridal salon, coming home and playing with Charles, eating dinner with Matt, then going to sleep and starting all over again. Oh, and I've been trying to make exercising a priority, but so far it's only happening about two or three times a week.

At this point in my life and with my current work schedule, blogging just isn't a priority. I know I've said this all before, but I'm still unsure if I want it to become part of my routine again.

The good news is that I only have a week and a half left to work at the bridal salon. Once I start my month-long job at Texas Monthly in July and go back to a normal 8:00-5:00 M-F schedule, I have a feeling blogging will come back naturally.

Just like yesterday, I'm participating in Open to Interpretation. We were responsible for picking our own inspiration and this was my choice! If it wasn't so hot here in Austin, I'd love to keep my sleeves unrolled. And those shoes are just begging to be in my closet! Needless to say, I've found a new blogger to follow.

(image courtesy of Visionary Dreams)

14 June 2012

Good News

thrifted skirt, blouse from Buffalo Exchange, Banana Republic wedges,
INPINK bracelet, Forever 21 earrings
Our day trip to Houston last week was totally worth it. We found the perfect place to live! Our apartment is in a nice, quiet complex in a beautiful neighborhood right next to a park where we can walk Charles. It's within walking distance to Whole Foods and biking distance to a bunch of shops, including Buffalo Exchange (heck yeah!) and a ton of local restaurants.

Driving around the neighborhood made me realize how much I've missed biking. I used to bike to class all the time a few years ago, but the hills in Austin are such a pain. Hills don't seem to exist in Houston, so I'm looking forward to learning our new neighborhood through bike rides. Now that we actually have a place to live, I'm so much more excited to move. Of course, I'm going to miss Austin like crazy, but change is always good.

I've decided to join in some of the link-ups in the blogging community. Even though I haven't been blogging as often, I still read my favorite blogs religiously. Today, I'm linking to Open to Interpretation by recreating this outfit in my own way. I don't own any gingham (need to get on that ASAP) or flouncy skirts besides this floral one, so this is what I came up with. How did I do?

07 June 2012

Classy & Sassy

thrifted blouse, vintage skirt from Cream Vintage, Banana Republic heels (6 years old!)
This skirt makes me feel so ladylike. It's kind of a pain to wear because it has an itchy crinoline (petticoat) built in and I have to wear a slip. It's also heavy, so it's not the best choice for hanging around outside in the 90 degree weather. I wanted to wear it to work the other day, but didn't want to look too Betty Draper. I decided to pair it with a leopard blouse to tone down the vintage feel. I received tons of compliments from my coworkers and customers, which made me love this retro outfit that much more.

As for today's plans, here's to driving to Houston and back!

06 June 2012


thrifted skirt, Old Navy tank top, Gap cardigan, vintage belt, thrifted Nine West wedges 
I love this outfit. I was in a great mood after running three miles with Matt before work and this outfit really showed how I felt. I thought I was going to have an awesome day at work, but little did I know that everything was going to go wrong that day. I literally had a mini-breakdown in the back room while I was trying to handle a certain bride's situation. I just wanted it all to be over, but it was just problem after problem. It was the first time I'd felt so overwhelmed at the bridal salon that I actually started tearing up. Let's hope that never happens again, at least in the three weeks I have left.

Even though I had a rough couple of days at work, I have two days off starting today. It'll technically be my "weekend" for this week, so I'm going to take full advantage of my 48 hours of freedom. Matt and I are going for a run at Town Lake this morning followed by a trip to the grocery store. Not the most exciting stuff, but they're errands I wouldn't normally have time for on a workday. The fun stuff is happening on Thursday...

We're going to Houston to check out some apartments! We're only going for the day because we don't want to leave Charles overnight. It's going to be a lot of driving, but we really need to jump the gun on a few places we've found and possibly put a deposit down. Wish us luck on finding the perfect place!

04 June 2012

Home Stretch

thrifted dress, belt from Wish (closed), and Sam Edelman sandals
Here's to another 40 hour work week at the bridal salon. I know those are normal hours for a full-time employee, but it's so physically demanding carrying wedding dresses across the store and dressing brides and bridesmaids eight hours a day, five days a week. By the time I come home from work, all I want to do is sit and relax. Fortunately, my last official day is about three weeks away. I'm SUPER excited to be done with retail...hopefully forever!

As much I complain about it, I have definitely enjoyed being a bridal stylist more than just a regular sales associate at Gap. It felt like I actually mattered to the customer, rather than just being the person who folds the jeans after you try them on. Even so, I'm looking forward to finding a new job in Houston. I take that back; I'm looking forward to finding a career. Before we move at the end of July, I have one last opportunity at Texas Monthly that I'll tell y'all about soon!