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There is nothing better than a breezy cotton dress on a hot, humid summer day. When I got in my car this afternoon, the thermometer gauge said 102°. Gross. On a related note, my new car has a thermometer gauge. And I love it.

My other sticky summer day necessity is a sock bun. You can’t even tell how sweltering it is outside when my hair is up in this contraption. And in case you’re wondering, yes I’m using an actual sock.

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Scarf: J. Crew
Dress: TJ Maxx
Wedges: Target

Body-Con Steal

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I was in Nordstrom Rack hunting for the perfect dress to wear to my friends’ wedding and I came across this one. I loved the print and when I looked at the tag and saw that it was marked down to $3.74 I knew I was buying it. Seriously less than $4 for a dress originally priced at $70! Even if I didn’t fit I probably would have bought it on principle alone. Not really, but I’m really happy it does fit!
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Wearing
Cardigan: H&M
Dress: WAYF
Belt: Forever21
Heels: Payless

Olive and Navy

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I wore this to work and hit the polls (notice my I Voted sticker?) on the way home.

This outfit was inspired by this pin. I swapped these leggings from a friend a while ago and was so excited to wear them. I just love the combination of olive green and navy. It feels very fresh and effortless, not to mention perfect for fall!
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Wearing
 Blazer: H&M
 Scarf: Amazon.com
 Belt: Target
 Tunic: NY & Company
 Leggings: Swapped from a friend
 Boots: STEVEN by Steve Madden Intyce Riding Boot

Business Casual Maxi Dress

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I really love maxi dresses. They’re like wearing pajamas, but better. They’re perfect for lots of occasions, but I struggle with wearing this particular dress to work. It’s pretty casual, so over the next few months I’m going to try remixing it with dressier pieces to make it business casual appropriate. Fortunately I work in an environment where “business casual” is sometimes more casual than business, but I still try to look dressy…ish. Without further ado, here’s my first attempt.

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Wearing 
Blouse: mine (from a friend)
Dress: Old Navy
Flats: New Balance for Nine West

What to Wear: Casual Fall Wedding

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I am obsessed with this dress. It goes kind of perfectly with my new pashmina, which I am also obsessed with. I got this dress over the summer from Nordstrom Rack (FOR $20 DOLLARS!!!). I planned to wear it to a friend’s wedding, but it is a little more casual than that particular occasion called for.

However, this is definitely something I would wear to a casual fall wedding.

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Wearing
Scarf: Amazon.com
Jacket: NY & Co.
Belt: Forever21
Maxi Dress: Lush via Nordstrom Rack
Flats: Blowfish

Dressed-Up in Green

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This is a dress I bought over the summer when I decided I just had to have more casual dresses in my life. The great thing about casual dresses—and this one in particular—is with a couple accessories (read: statement necklace + blazer) you have an outfit that’s dressed-up enough to wear to the office.

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Wearing
 Blazer: Forever21
 Necklace: Target
 Dress: TJ Maxx
 Wedges: Nine West via 6pm.com

Casual Remix
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RufflesXCore

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Remember the last time I wore this skirt? The outfit made me feel like a housewife. I don’t generally think looking like a housewife is a good thing, but I’ve gotta give a nod to this skirt’s versatility. I love that without one particular necklace with the addition of some darker/jewel-toned pieces, this skirt transforms into something really rocker-esque. Soft rocker, obviously. I mean, it’s ruffly. But still more hardXcore than housewife, amirite?

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Wearing
 Cardigan: H&M
 Top: Target
 Belt: Forever21
 Skirt: NY & Company
 Heels: Rocketdog via DSW

Girly Floral Dress

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I started the #100happydays challenge last week. The object is to take a photo of something that makes you happy every day for 100 days and post it on social media with the hashtag above. In doing this, you supposedly begin to focus on things that make you happy, rather than the stuff that doesn’t.

I have a lot to be happy about in my life. I’ve got a great job, an awesome hubby, a supportive and close-knit family and two really cute dogs. In general, I’d say that I’m a pretty optimistic person, but I still love the challenge of finding something in every day that makes me smile.

What do you think? Are you up for the challenge?

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Wearing
Dress & Belt: Old Navy
Flats: Spring

Green Machine

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Apparently I was in a green-wearing mood this week. I didn’t even realize I wore this much green until I was organizing and editing photos to post. As an artistic person, I love color theory and the psychology behind colors. Generally the psychology or meaning of a color is used more in painting than in fashion, but I still find it interesting that I was wearing colors that symbolize peace, growth and health this week.

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Wearing
Necklace: Target
Blouse: Walmart
Skirt: Norma Kamali for Walmart
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW

Green Dress for Lunch

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That’s kind of a funny post title, isn’t it? I didn’t eat this dress for lunch; I wore this dress to lunch with a friend a few weeks ago. I knew I’d be walking and knew the weather would be hot so this lightweight dress fit the bill. I felt put-together, but was still comfortable. You’ll notice my comfort is one of the main considerations I take when getting dressed. These wedges are super comfy and easy to walk in, too, despite the 4″ heel.

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Wearing
Necklace: c/o Born Pretty
Dress: TJ Maxx
Belt: Forever21
Wedges: Steve Madden via DSW