Showing posts with label what I wore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label what I wore. Show all posts

hot days and cool dresses


Well, summer might still not officially start until June 20th, but around these parts it's really heating up! Yesterday I spent most of my day on the couch resting from a horrendous cold that hit me the day before. Even though our house has air conditioning (thank God), I was still despising the heat. We essentially have a three story home, so while the basement is nice and cool, our bedrooms upstairs are always hot. There is nothing I like to wear more when it's hot than a nice cool maxi dress. So the only thing I could imagine wearing to work the next day was a dress.

Also, don't you love this Kate Spade bag? I found it during a flash sale around memorial day weekend, but here are a few alternatives. Dress is from my latest Stitch Fix. If you haven't checked out Stitch Fix yet, you probably should just do it already. Keep in mind you can send everything back with only a $20 styling fee. My tip is: I only schedule a fix once every 6-8 months.







grandma cardigans


cardigan (Loft from last fall, similar) / top / pants (Loft from last fall, similar) / oxfords (sold out, similar)

There are some trends that I will never let go of, even when the term 'trendy' doesn't apply to that piece of clothing anymore. I think I'm solidly on the Birkenstock train for good (see also: stripes, florals, lace, and flats). 

My biggest go-to (some may call it a uniform) during a busy work week is definitely the cardigan. Usually, the longer I can get that cardigan, the better. I think once upon a time it was called a 'grandpa cardigan', I prefer to class it up and bit and call it the 'stylish-older-lady-who-prefers-to-have-warm-arms cardigan'.



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dress (stitchfix) / blazer / flats

It's just starting to feel like spring around here now. The tulips are blooming, the trees are covered in colored puffs, and it's warm enough to start wearing dresses again! Once I started having kids, I have really moved away from wearing dresses. It's partly to do with ease and partly because I have just gotten stuck in a rut (see #tallbootserryday). So this is one of the first dresses of 2016, I just won't comment on the fact that I've been wearing this blazer on heavy repeat also. Maybe I need to start a new hashtag?...







Garrison Keeler and the barber shop





A couple weeks ago Chris and I were able to go and listen to Garrison Keeler speak. If you're under the age of 30, you'll most likely have to google him. For those of us who spent time listening to live radio shows growing up (thanks Dad!), Garrison Keeler is a demigod.  I was super excited to hear him speak and listen to his stories of Lake Wobegon. His storytelling ability is out of this world. He uses no scripts and no prompts but can weave amazing stories and recite hundreds of poems. It was a really enjoyable evening. I highly recommend checking out his tour schedule and getting a ticket. His run on A Prairie Home Companion ends this spring. He will be missed.

Here are a few of my favorites:

> They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.

> Where I'm from we don't trust paper. Wealth is what's here on the premises. If I open a cupboard and see, say, thirty cans of tomato sauce and a five-pound bag of rice, I get a little thrill of well-being — much more so than if I take a look at the quarterly dividend report from my mutual fund.

> There is almost no marital problem that can't be helped enormously by taking off your clothes

> In electronic publishing, they're are no editors and if there are their not very good.

> I love rhymes; I love to write a poem about New York and rhyme 'oysters' with 'The Cloisters.' And 'The lady from Knoxville who bought her brassieres by the boxful.' I just feel a sort of small triumph.

> Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.

> I am wary of people who fix on one source of our troubles -- Wall Street, the Chinese, a lack of kelp in the diet -- and they can't tell you enough about it. My Bernie friends are true believers. Cool. If I were in a bar in Burlington and a grumpy old man in a rumpled suit stood up and harangued us about the banks and free college tuition and single-payer and the corruption of the political system, I would cheer and buy him a beer. But I don't want a crusading revival preacher for a president. The guy in Lubbock has to live here too. Maybe he favors Senator Cruz. The choices, at this point, are extremely limited. Some Bernie women wish Elizabeth Warren were running. She's not. There is a disaster who is in the race, though, and he's done well against divided opposition. Come summer, the pluribus will need to unite.










jacket (LuLulemon, similar) / shoes / jeans / sweater (Target, similar)

support your local small business





This past weekend we took a little trip to Red Lodge, MT. My in-laws live very close to there, so while the girls were napping, I was able to get away with my mother-in-law and wander the cute shops on main street. My mother-in-law is great friends with a gal that owns a shop there. While they caught up on the local happenings (okay, gossip, let's be honest), I was able to peruse her shop. I purchased this fun, floral top for a really great price. It felt great to help out a small business owner and support her shop and her family.

I'm as guilty as the next person about ordering things online. We frequently get boxes on our doorstep full of necessary items (diapers, etc). Since my husband and I work full time, we have very little spare time to run to the grocery or hardware store during the week. Most of the time we just shop from our computers and buy things for a good price online. This is a great convenience, but it's part of why small business owners are really struggling into today's economy.

So next time you're online and shopping away, try and think of your local small business owner that would use your purchase to support their family and the community. 

To read a little bit more about that shop in Red Lodge, check out this article and her Facebook page!