Subtle Dots

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I, like many people, love polka-dots. I have a handful of polka-dotted items in my closet and this blouse is one of my favorites. This blouse is a great way to do polka-dots if you’re not firmly on board with them (yet!). The gray-on-white make them subtle enough to be polka-dots without being hellooo polka-dots.

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Blouse: Target
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: via Nordstrom Rack
Heels: Audrey Brook via DSW

Boom & Clap

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It was raining when I snapped these photos…and now it’s full on thunder-storming. Thunderstorms are perhaps the only good thing about summer. I hate hot weather, but love hanging out in the A/C while thunder booms outside. Unless the power goes out. Which it’s thinking about doing.

Our deck faces west and since that’s where the weather usually comes from, we almost always get a pretty cool look at approaching storms. Excuse me while I go watch this one!

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Shades: RayBan Cats
Necklace: Amazon.com
Handbag: Coach
Tee: Target
Skirt: H&M
Wedges: Steve Madden via DSW

A Little Bit of Sparkle

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For the past 3 weeks, my washing machine has been broken and in pieces in my laundry room. Fortunately my parents are awesome and have been letting me bring all my laundry over weekly to do the wash. The downside, as you can imagine, is I do not like doing laundry any more when I have to pack it up and take it across the county than I do when all I have to do is drag it just outside my bedroom door.

I wore this outfit on a day when I left work early to come home and wait for the repairmen to arrive. The smile on my face is directly related to getting my washer back. Holla!

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Shades: RayBan Cats via Amazon.com
Blouse: Walmart
Skirt: Carmen via TJ Maxx
Flats: Payless

Strategic Scarf Use

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I love throwing on a contrasting scarf with this top. Mostly because it’s very boxy and has a high neckline. So, what I really mean by that is I like to camouflage it with a scarf. Fortunately, there are a ton of items in my wardrobe that have navy in them, so I have a few to choose from. This shirt still baffles me. Whyyy is there a thick elastic at the bottom? Who was like, “I’ve got just the thing. Button-down shirt with an elastic at the bottom, which will render the buttons absolutely useless. Because you can’t completely unbutton it. Muahahahha!” I’d like his or her name, please.

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Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
 Scarf: J. Crew
 Blouse: Vintage
 Pants: Loft
 Wedges: Target

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

Risky

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I have had both pieces of this outfit in my closet for a long time. Since they’re in the same color family, the skirt and shirt have been near one another in my closet for what feels like forever. I always hesitate to wear them together because they’re both boxy/flowy and I try to limit myself to one boxy/flowy item per outfit. See my go-to fashion equation, here. As you can see, I took the risk and wore a color-blocked blouse with a patterned skirt today. This is one of those outfits that I like to think looked better in person than it did when I photographed it. But maybe not…

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Wearing
 Top: Walmart
 Skirt: H&M
 Wedges: Target

Yellow & Polka Dots (no bikini)

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I got this shirt as a gift for my birthday a few years ago. I always struggle with how to wear it. It has a thick elastic band around the bottom that isn’t always conducive to tucking in, although I think it worked out okay with these pants. This is also one of the few boxy shirts I own. I usually hate them, but the print on this one is just so fun and the silky-smooth finish makes me feel fancy.

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Wearing
Scarf: Target
Blouse: Vintage
Pants: Target
Flats: Payless

Puppies and Polka Dots

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A winning combination, amirite? I took these photos one morning before I left for work. I decided to make the dogs part of my shoot. Colby was happy to be able to come out and graze on the weeds. She had no time for photo taking. Ace was a great little model.

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Wearing
Shades: RayBan Wayfarer
Necklace: Forever21
Blouse: Target
Skirt: Old Navy
Flats: Payless

Shirt Swap!

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Hubby and I went over to a friend’s house for dinner a couple weeks ago. When she told me she had a bag of clothes that were headed to Goodwill, I was happy to have the opportunity to look through them. This is one of the shirts I snagged. It’s sheer and button-up (aka versatile!) and the details are really unique.

My friends and I used to have clothing swaps when I was in college. The premise is you bring clothes you no longer wear and in turn, you get to look through everyone else’s clothes! As long as you bring clothes, you can take clothes. Whatever doesn’t get scooped up, gets donated to charity. I’ve gotten some of my favorite items of clothing this way.

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Wearing
Blouse: mine (from a friend)
Skirt: H&M
Bangles: Forever21
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW