Welcome to the Weekend

Hooray! I made it to the weekend. Do you ever just have those weeks that make you feel like you won’t make it until Friday at quitting time? That was this week for me, which is the reason for this comfy combination of “the warmest cardigan I own” and jeans and a tee. I blame all the holiday time off (which I wouldn’t trade for the world, by the way). Here’s to next week and getting back on my normal schedule at work (and therefore life).

The trick to this necklace, which is actually shorter in real life? I fold a cheap chain necklace in half, looped it through the connectors, and presto, extra long necklace! Maybe I’ll do a tutorial on that this weekend?

This weekend’s plans besides potential necklace tutorial: chicken pitas, tons of NFL football playoff games (go Colts), Sunday brunch with The Fiance (a new tradition that I love), coffee, puppy snuggles, and seeing my dad.

What are you up to this weekend?

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  • On Target item: Merona Cardigan (exact no longer online; similar and here and here)
  • Tee: Mossimo Supply, Target (old; similar)
  • Necklace: Forever 21 + random chain to make it longer (old; similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Mossimo, Target (exact)

Stripes, Dots, and Good Karma for the New Year


The cutest, most awkward thing to ever happened to me occurred today, while wearing this outfit. I took a half day at work to finish up the rest of my vacation days and met my friend, B, for some shopping. We did some damage at Target and headed to our local thrift shop since we hadn’t been in forever. We walked in the door and hadn’t even been there for more than 45 seconds before a sweet middle-aged woman walked over to us. This is what went down:

Woman: “You! Can you do my a huge favor? This might be weird, but are you about six foot tall?”
Me: “Ummm. Sure? Maybe in these heels, I am about that?”
Woman: (holds out this cute black dress with gold sequins on top) “Can you try this on? My daughter is about your height and body type, though her shoulders might be broader. I want to get her a present and wanted to see if this would work.”
Me: “How sweet! Sure?!”

I hand my Starbucks to B, go to the dressing room with the dress, and put it on. However, I can’t reach the zipper in the back to zip it up all the way. The lady asks permission to zip up the dress the rest of the way, and I say yes. So she zips me up. The dress fit so well (so much so that for four seconds, I contemplated stealing it from her), and she was so excited and happy that it worked.

Woman: “It works! It fits perfectly, though my daughter isn’t as busty as you.”

And that is how my last afternoon of 2013 went. What a way to go out! I’d like to think the playful combination of stripes and polka dots drew this lady to me, but in all likelihood, it was the fact that these ankle boots make me a giant. Here’s to this sweet and courageous lady (seriously, how much guts did it take to ask me to do this…I love that she did!),her daughter, and all the good karma coming to me in 2014 for this tiny good deed!

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  • On Target item: Merona Oxford Blazer (exact)
  • Tee: J.Crew (thrifted; similar)
  • Necklace: Target (old; similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Target (exact)

Double Dot Day

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Today is ridiculously windy here in Indy (rhyming poet right here), so much that they are calling it Windinanapolis now. Clever, right?! Please check out my hair for further proof.

So a windy day called for all the dots in the world. This scarf was a gift to me from my friend C. She knows how much I love scarves and polka dots and brought it to me randomly one day when she was up to visit. What an awesome surprise (and friend gesture), right?! This is its first appearance on the blog (which she read regularly, hello C!), so please enjoy it in its splendor!

She also is a super big fan of Cooper and has requested more photos of him on the blog. This is hilariously fitting for today’s post, since he managed to sneak into ALL the blog pictures that I took myself during lunch. He would not cooperate, so I had to wait until after work for The Fiance to take the photos. So here you go, C…I enjoy your scarf. Please enjoy the puppy!

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  • On Target item: Merona Sweater (exact, last seen in this post)
  • Scarf: a gift from my friend C
  • Pants: thrifted
  • Shoes: Mossimo ankle boots (old, similar)

It’s Cold In Here

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It is so cold outside, guys. All I could think about this morning was warmth, layers, and more warmth. So that’s how I ended up with 16 layers on today. Socks, boots, jeans (which again passed for black dress pants, hooray!), plaid button down, and a sweatershirt (that looks fancier than it is). I liked the idea of these pieces together, but I am not sure it all jelled right (mainly because I think it looked a little bit frumpy. However, I might not be rocking the slimmest outfit that I own, but at least I stayed warm!

I think that is one of the reasons I like having this blog: to document what works and what does NOT work. It is nice to see things that work well, and I’ll just have to keep trying for those good combinations! Like popcorn and blackberries…which is 100% what I had for lunch. Real life choices, right here!

Ps. Yes, this shirt is super popular all over instagram and that may what inspired my purchase of it, but it is hard to style with your hair down and no necklaces. Short haired ladies, you can rock this shirt!

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  • On Target item: Merona Plaid Favorite Shirt (exact)
  • Sweatshirt: Old Navy (exact)
  • Black jeans: Denizen, Target (recent, tall and short styles online too!)
  • Boots: Tahari, Macys (old)

Bright Cords and Puppy Love

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Look at this adorable troublemaker that I have to put up with when The Fiancé doesn’t take my photos!
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Please check out my dog, Cooper, in the above photo. This is his first blog appearance, and judging by how many photos he snuck into today, it is surely not his last! You find him to be adorable, right (clearly I am not biased at all)?

This blog is giving me such a great creative outlet to come up with new ensembles. I would have never paired these colors together, but was looking for an outfit and knew I wanted to wear these awesome bright blue cords. I didn’t want to pair it with gray or black, because the weather here in Indiana has provided enough of that for the week! This cardigan was peeking out of the orange section of my closet (yes, I am one of those people who color codes her closet), and I thought it might be a winner with the right neutral ingredients. Yes, I think cooking and creating outfits are similar processes…everything in perfect harmony, right?

Guess who failed at Weather Preparation 101 again? Cold feet > cold legs, so I guess I am learning? Don’t worry, my boss warned me about potential snow tomorrow, so I’ll be prepped and ready…I think.

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  • On Target item: Merona Cords (bought in October, in clearance in stores)
  • Cardigan: Merona, Target (old)
  • Lace tank: Ann Taylor Loft Outlet (bought in November in stores)
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Shoes: Mossimo, Target (also bought in Fall 2013, similar)