Tuesday, May 28, 2013

mental health day

Warning! Photo-heavy post coming at you. My nifty little title says it all: I took a random, unplanned, for-my-sanity, mental health day off. And I did a whole bunch of shit I felt like doing. I went running, curled my hair and did my makeup for way too long, got coffee, looked at summer dresses, looked at vintage furniture, went out to eat with Dustin's family and took a lot of pictures. Lately I have been working a lot because we are moving into a new apartment and going on a mini-vacation in the same week...two things that take MONEY. And I have been feeling like we have none. So I have been working 6 or 7 days a week and it's finally taking a toll. This day definitely made me feel better, and we even got some stuff done that we needed to! 

outfit details:
top: Gap
skirt: Forever 21
earrings: Francesca's
necklace-turned bracelet: unknown
shoes: Old Navy
The amount of photos is also due to my recent discovery of Picassa! I had fun using their editing tools and then putting the pictures together in Photoshop. I am definitely not a pro at it yet but I am having fun learning. And I need to give Dustin some photo credit because he put up with MANY photo requests throughout our day, and even came up with the spot by the water for a background.
There is a lot of construction going on in the downtown Commons area, so the city put up a giant white fence and let local artists cover it with their creations. It is starting to look pretty cool!

The coffee shop we went to has a giant Dictionary in front of the espresso machine for customers to peruse while waiting for drinks.

I love these pictures by the lake (actually the inlet) because the water is so sparkly! We saw a lot of groups of people in boats, rowing and practicing for crew. The Cornell University and Ithaca College boathouses are right near here so there's lots of graffiti on the bridge relating to crew.

We stopped in a little clothing boutique near the Commons and I bought a dress for my sister's graduation. We didn't actually eat at a restaurant here but Dustin and I both love this little neon sign so much I just had to include it. I was excited to wear my white Coach purse finally! Dustin got it for me last year  for Christmas but didn't quite understand when I said it was more of a summer bag...
This skirt is really old! I bought it in high school or college when these short, puffy skirts were super trendy but never really wore it. It was one of those pieces that I loved in the store but never felt like I loved it when I put it on. I had tried it with black, white and gray tops in the past but I absolutely adore it with the loose blue v-neck. It was a great outfit for a HOT day off and complemented my long, curled hair.

I had a good day off and it made me never want to work again! Stay tuned for photos from Chelsea's Cornell graduation!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

blue & gold

outfit details:
shirt: Walmart
necklace: Macy's
skinny jeans: Gap
leopard loafers: Gap
earrings: Francesca's

I think that it's finally Spring here! I couldn't resist taking photos in front of these gorgeous yellow flowers, they made my new royal blue shirt pop even more. Although Walmart isn't my favorite place, they are good for some amazing deals. I always get sucked into looking at the clothes and I recently scored this top for some absurdly low price like $3. How do you turn down a $3 shirt? You don't. Especially when it has sequins on the pocket. My high school's colors were blue and gold and these photos made me a little nostalgic for the good old days!

I love this new necklace because it's the perfect piece for a casual outfit: it adds a point of interest and some bling without taking the look too fancy. The earrings might be too flashy for this easy look but I couldn't resist wearing them, and I think my hippie hair keeps the outfit casual. I have been looking for loafers ever since they became trendy but I could never find ones for a reasonable price that were comfortable until now. The loafers are the newest animal print item in my collection!
Sunny weather makes me want to take more outfit photos! Wahoo! We FINALLY booked our trip to Maine for the first week of June and I am SOO excited! It will be a nice break after having to move all of our stuff out of our apartment the week before that. Many photos to come!