shades of blue

Yet another set of pictures taken in wet and sticky weather. It has been raining non-stop around here, which presents me with a serious footwear dilemma: what shoes do you wear on a rainy summer day? Rain boots aren’t ideal since it’s so hot, and sandals seem entirely impractical.

On this occasion, I went with my leather slip-ons. Not super cute, but functional. On another note, I’ve been wearing my light chambray shirt tied up like this so often (see here and here) that I’m thinking maybe it would be useful to have a lightweight, light wash denim jacket. Thoughts? I like the looks of this one, but it’s not available at any stores near me to try on.

blue and white striped dress: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // light chambray button up: Old Navy, similar, similar // leather slip on sneakers: Keds, exact, similar // cognac leather band watch: Wristology, exact, similar

more magnolias

If you happened to have followed along on my Take One, Pass It On challenge in July, then you’ve seen this top styled twice already. For a printed top, I’m surprised at how many different ways I’ve managed to wear it in the span of a month! This time around I paired it with some green Sloan pants that match ever so perfectly.

I really liked this outfit and felt pretty great wearing it…until a series of events happened that turned the day into a terrible, horrible, no good, ┬ávery bad one. Within the span of a few hours, I got stung by a bee, my “monthly visitor” arrived, and my car battery died. Thank goodness my husband was able to rescue me from that last one at least. I may or may not have drowned my sorrows in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter when I got home.

How do you make yourself feel better after a bad day?

magnolia print top: Banana Republic Factory, similar, similar // green ankle pants: Banana Republic, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

flutter sleeves

In case you haven’t noticed, flutter sleeves are kind of having a moment right now; it seems most tops these days have a little flutter and/or ruffle action going on. I resisted the trend for a while, as I have pretty broad shoulders, and I wasn’t too keen on adding volume to that part of my body. But when this pom-pom trimmed dress caught my eye, and it just so happened to have some flutter sleeves too, I decided to try out the trend.

To be honest, the sleeves are a bit more voluminous than I’d like, but the dress was final sale…so I’m living with them. I still like the dress though; it’s a fun change of pace from my usual stripes and chambray. On this particular day, I kept things pretty simple by sticking with black and a touch of metallic for accessories.

So, what do you think? Does this dress make me look like a linebacker? How would you wear a dress like this?

black pom-pom dress: Loft, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // gold clutch: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact, similar

summer weekends

To be frank, this outfit isn’t all that exciting, but I’ve worn some variation of it at least ten times this summer, so I figured it deserved a post on the blog. I think the reason I love it so much is due to the comfort of the shorts–they’re about a size and a half too big, which leaves plenty of room for delicious meals at restaurants ­čÖé┬áThe shorts are also a good starting point for choosing different tops; thus far, I’ve also worn them with gray, green, and chambray (see that look here).

This particular summer weekend was spent taking Caleb to the library, enjoying lunch at Zoe’s, browsing through my favorite thrift and consignment stores, and watching a few episodes of┬áOzark.

How did you spend your weekend?

white tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // floral shorts: Gap, similar, similar // cognac flat sandals: b.o.c., exact, similar // reversible tote: Street Level via Nordstrom, exact, similar