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)

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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.

IMG_3406 IMG_3407 IMG_3408Outfit Details:

Top: H&M (old)

Skirt: J.Crew (old)

Necklace: Baublebar (buy here)

Shoes: J.Crew (old)

What I Wore: As American As Apple Pie

I’ve mentioned Julian Apple Pie and all its deliciousness before because, quite frankly, I’m addicted. Benjamin knows how much I love the stuff and has brought home a pie for me every once in a while. Anyways, the other night he mentioned a little surprise and lo and behold he had planned a trip to Julian for us! Its about an hour and a half journey for us so Saturday morning we headed on our way. About half an hour in we were driving by a casino and Benjamin half jokingly asked if we should stop and see what we can gamble for $20. So, I agreed. And we spontaneously went to a casino with our $20 in ones and gambled away. We were like kids in a candy store going from one shiny machine to the bright lights of the next one. Our strategy was to make small bets and cash out the tickets while we were ahead. I even managed to get ten dollars on a one dollar bet! It was wild and crazy and so much fun. On a more serious note though, I could easily see how all of the lights, attractions and gambling can suck people in. We went in with the intention of gambling the $20 we walked in with and nothing more. Thankfully, our strategy worked and while we did chip in another three dollars we walked out on top with $28.92! Not a giant win but at least we came out with more than we had coming in!

And a mere 45 minutes later we were back on the road.

We were starved by the time we arrived. And, again, by we I mean I. Yelp failed us a bit this time but we still enjoyed a stroll down the streets of Julian after our mediocre lunch. I wasn’t too worried about it though because I knew there was an apple pie calling my name very, very soon. We stopped in a few of the local shops: a used bookstore and a gift and craft boutique. We also passed by a woman and her llama. I’m not joking. It was getting to be late afternoon so we took a few photos and hit the road so that we’d get our apple pie in time (the Julian Pie Company is outside of the town and was closing at 5 p.m.). We each devoured a warm slice of apple pie and took a whole pie to go for dessert later that night. Which was promptly enjoyed. Mainly by me. And then just like that it was gone by Sunday evening.

Here’s what I wore:

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My outfit details:

Dress: Banana Republic

Jacket: H&M

Scarf: Jones New York, gift from Benjamin for getting a new job last week!

Tights: H&M

Boots: MIA

Purse: J.Crew

What I Wore: A Celebration Lunch

Around here we celebrated Benjamin’s swearing in for quite some time. A few weeks ago my grandma, mom, Benjamin and I went out to lunch. We introduced Ben to one of our favorite hidden lunch spots. We enjoyed a delicious lunch (I got truffle mac and cheese) and walked around the area for a few hours. I’m hoping that Benjamin’s parents can come visit us because I’d love to take them there. Here’s what I wore:

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My outfit details:

Vest: H&M

Top: C&A

Jeans: Joe’s Jeans

Sandals: VC Signature

Bracelet: Baublebar

Necklace: J.Crew

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Purse: J.Crew