What I Wore: Rain, Rain Go Away

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Just kidding. Please stay. I love rain more than any Californian should. I even wish for it sometimes. Well, a lot of the time. See being in California we get a lot of sunshine and thats awesome but sometimes I want a stormy day with pouring rain and thunder and dark, ominous clouds and hot chocolate and cuddles on the couch. You get the idea. Rain just makes me happy. I get giddy like a 3 year old and stare out the window up into the sky as if its the first time I’ve ever witnessed those little drops falling from the sky. Something about it is so soothing yet wildly exciting, especially when thunder really roars through the sky. I’ve lived in places were stuff like this exists and I will tell you I miss it from time to time.

That being said, I’ll be the first to admit that I definitely don’t want it every day. A few days a month would be perfect. Please and thank you. Girlfriend needs a reason to wear cute rainboots, you know what I’m sayin? (and maybe a reason to justify buying a third pair…)

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My camera did not like the rain as much. Better luck next time.

Outfit Details:

Jacket: H&M

Sweater: H&M ($3!)

Jeans: 7 for all mankind

Boots: Kamik (here)

Necklace: Baublebar (here)

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What I Wore: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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Last week Benjamin and I finally had a day off together. It feels like its been weeks, which it has, since our work schedules don’t exactly coincide. I used to work weekends, he doesn’t. So we hadn’t had a day together in a while. We had grand plans of hanging pictures in the apartment, going on a run, and running errands. But after a lazy morning, which was awesome by the way, we ended up spending the afternoon at Nordstrom Rack. Which was TOTALLY not my doing in the slightest bit. Ok, yeah, it was. (Sorry Ben!) But, not to worry. It is a thing of the past now because I’ve just started my newly promoted position!!! I’m absolutely thrilled about it!

Anyways, the outfit. To me this feels like a fresh twist on classic pieces.  You should know that I am obsessed with the color yellow. I know its not for everyone but I just can’t help but be happy when I’m basically wearing sunshine. Actually this whole outfit is full of favorites. Stripes = favorite. J.Crew cardigans? Can’t go wrong. Top it off with the comfiest ballet flats and dainty necklace. Enjoy the look!

My Outfit Details:

Top: Mango

Cardigan: J.Crew

Yellow Jeans: Paige

Flats: Sam Edelman (here)

Necklace: Baublebar (here)

Manicure Monday: Pyrotechnic

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Another Formula X for Sephora color… Are you surprised??? I received this little gem called Pyrotechnic as a free gift a few months back when they first released the entire collection. I’m sad to admit that this is only the second time I’ve worn it because I’m actually thrilled with this polish. The color, the thick formula, the pigmentation. Amazing. Move over OPI, there’s a new favorite red in town!

Manicure Monday: DJ Play That Song

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So this color….

It’s called DJ Play That Song by Essie. Ok, rephrasing that. The name of this nail polish is called DJ Play That Song and it is by the brand Essie. It’s another love/hate. I generally love the way it looks. Like, if I saw these pictures somewhere I’d think wow, that looks like a nice color I NEED to buy it now. I should add, this not an uncommon thought when I saw any bottle of nail polish I don’t already own…and even some that I do own…. Thankfully I haven’t bought any duplicates yet. Knock on wood. But don’t be fooled by the pretty shell this thing was a pain. Streaky and sheer all over. It took me three coats to get this look which is generally a deal breaker for me. I don’t like polishes that take too long to apply. Two coats and a topcoat is my weapon of choice. Overall verdict: Meh. I’ll use it again but not a favorite.

What I Wore: Quick Change

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I literally had about 2 minutes to pull this outfit together before heading off to dinner at my parents last week. I didn’t think anything good would come of it but after looking at the pictures I was pleasantly surprised. The shirt and boots have a slight midwestern feel while the jeans and blazer are sleek and sophisticated. The juxtaposition of these two works well together so I may have to play around with that more. And just as I had 2 minutes to pick the outfit, I’ve had 2 minutes to write this post. It’s back to work I go!

Outfit Details:

Top: J.Crew

Blazer: Banana Republic

Jeans: 7 for all Mankind

Booties: Hand me down (Bass brand)

Watch: Michael Kors

Bracelet: Forever 21

Necklace: Baublebar

What I Wore: Pockets

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I had intentions of photographing this outfit of mine after I got home from work one night but was promptly greeted by a thick layer of fog the minute I stepped out the door. In an effort to be a good boyfriend Benjamin took the pictures anyways and after a few shots we realized the moisture in the air was reflecting with the flash to create this “bubble-ish” effect on all of the photos. I didn’t hate it so we continued and ended up with these cool shots. I actually kind of like them. And I actually kind of love this outfit. Like, a lot. The necklace is a favorite and has been on repeat since the day I got it. And can we talk about pockets?! Hello, amazing skirt. Can every dress/skirt please have pockets? Note to self: Sew pockets into everything. In fact, self, sew things just with the intent of making something with pockets.

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Top: H&M (old)

Skirt: J.Crew (old)

Necklace: Baublebar (buy here)

Shoes: J.Crew (old)

Valentine’s Day

It’s not that I hate Valentine’s Day… it’s more of a love/hate feeling. I don’t like the day. But, I do. See, for whatever reason it never usually goes the way I would like it to. In high school I had always wanted to be one of those girls showered with gifts (because, let’s be honest, what high school girl doesn’t want to get showered with gifts?). They were the ones that got flowers and cards tied to their lockers and by third period English had received more candygrams than they could carry. By the end of the day they would walk out to the parking lot where, like clockwork, each of their cars would be secretly decorated. And I was not one of them. In fact, I was the girl that was stood up on February 14th one year. Valentine’s Day has always been a sort of bad luck day for me.

I’m turning 25 this year. I like to think that I’ve matured enough to be an adult but, if I’m being honest, I think a teensy bit of that bitterness still remains. Seeing flowers being delivered and cars decorated all reminded me of a time I wanted nothing more than to feel special. By the time I got home Friday evening it all came rushing back to me and a mini meltdown ensued. And after lots of hugs and kisses, I saw and truly appreciated the clean apartment I had come home to and the bouquet of flowers on the table. He knows me all too well. Too eager to wait, we had exchanged gifts last week when I was told I was getting a “coupon” to get my hair cut and colored. How thoughtful is that? Or maybe it was to stop my complaining? (Anyone with in-between length hair can understand!) Either way, I was psyched to go to my appointment earlier last week.

After a delicious dinner at home we headed out to grab a few bites from the chocolate bar yet again. The fog that has been hanging around the area every few nights was especially eerie that night and I tried to capture it on camera. We know the area well but with such dense fog it seemed like we were on the set of a scary movie. A few minutes into our walk we heard a loud noise down the street, to which Ben promptly informed me that T-Rex was probably going to start running down the road. It’s good thing I’m just as much of a dork as he is. We laughed and walked on, hand in hand, and just like that the stress of the day had melted away and I was left with our happiness of the moments we always share. Here’s to this year, and many more!

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Outfit Details:

Coat: Forever 21 (old)

Dress: H&M (a $7 find a few weeks ago)

Necklace: Baublebar (buy here)

Shoes: Sam Edelman (old)