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I made this skirt back when I was really into DIY-ing skirts. This is the first maxi I’ve ever made and it’s very comfy and breezy. I wore this to work a few weeks ago. It’s a little casual for work, but I can barely function when it’s really hot outside, so the fact that I got dressed at all is kind of a miracle.

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Necklace: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: DIY
Sandals: via GoJane

The Joys of Layering

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One of my absolute favorite things about cooler weather is that you can layer your clothes and create much more visually interesting outfits. I’m always hot, so it feels like a special treat to be able to pile on layers and still be comfortable.
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Wearing
 Jacket: Blanc Noir via Nordstrom Rack
 Scarf & Cardigan: Target
 Dress: TJ Maxx
 Booties: BCBG via DSW

How to: Wear your Summer Dresses During Fall

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Airy summer dresses add interest to fall outfits when contrasted with dark or neutral colors. Try pairing yours with a leather jacket and a pashmina (bonus if it’s tied like a tie!) or wear a long-sleeved knit top underneath a sleeveless floral print dress with a light knit scarf. Add another layer to color-blocked dresses with a dark-colored blazer.

Also, a big happy 25th birthday to my little sister, Kindre! Love you kiddo!

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Wearing
 Jacket: NY & Company
 Scarf: Amazon.com
 Heels: Rocketdog via DSW

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

Colorful

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You may or may not have seen my inspiration for this outfit when I pinned it a couple weeks ago. I was really excited that I had all the pieces to put it together. It is such a fun, colorful and (arguably most importantly) comfy ensemble.

And my shoes. Let’s talk about the greatest flats in the history of flats. These adorable New Balance for Nine West flats are one of my all-time favorite pairs of shoes. I was on the metro several years ago and saw a girl wearing them. The second I got home, I looked them up and ordered my own pair. Sadly, they don’t exist anymore. I have searched high and low and have come up empty-handed again and again. I’ve basically worn these into the ground and about a year ago I thought, “Yeah, I should really get rid of these shoes.” But I couldn’t do it. So I threw them in the trunk of my car so they could be my in-case-I’m-wearing-heels-and-get-a-flat-tire-or-my-car-breaks-down-and-I-need-to-walk-several-miles flats. You have a pair of those, right? Needless to say, I pulled them out, dusted them off and put them on with this outfit because I just felt like they fit with the cool, comfy vibe.

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Wearing
Cardigan: H&M
Earrings: Claires
Scarf: Forever21
Tee: Target
Skirt: Old Navy
Flats: New Balance for Nine West

Knock Off

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Here it is again; my target dress that looks like it might be a DVF. From far away. I love this dress. The colors are right up my alley, it’s extremely well-made and it’s surprisingly versatile. Plus, the light, stretchy fabric is perfect for hot, humid days. Speaking of, will these ever end? I’ve started to see a lot of bloggers writing about fall fashion finds and I’m definitely looking forward to cooler weather ahead!

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Wearing
Dress: Target
Heels: Payless

Pop of Color

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It was raining when I took these photos. If you look closely, you can see the drops. I had a really great setup for taking these photos today: my trusty umbrella was balanced precariously atop my tripod. You know, to protect my camera from the rain. Well, as you could have probably guessed, a gust of wind blew by and my camera started to tip. In my heels (granted, they’re not very high, but still not the most athletic of shoes) I raced toward the camera. It was one of those moments when time slows down. Somehow, I made it to the camera in time to save it from certain death.

Note to self: do not attach umbrellas to cheap tripods.

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Wearing
Dress: Apt 9 via Kohls
Belt: swapped form a friend
Heels: Payless

Statement

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I’ve been looking for a turquoise necklace for years, but I’m so picky I’ve had a hard time finding one. I wanted one with a silver chain and I feel like most designers pair turquoise with gold. I snagged this one from Amazon and was excited that it’s so inexpensive. It’s a little bigger than I though it would be, but it’s a statement necklace, so I’m okay with it.

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Wearing
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarer
Blouse: via TJ Maxx
Necklace: Jane Stone
Flats: Payless

Housewife

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I felt like a housewife in this outfit. I think it was the pearls. Well, faux-pearls. I made this necklace a couple years ago to wear with my wedding dress. Yay for getting additional wears out of wedding jewelry!

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Wearing
Earrings: Claire's
Necklace: DIY
Cardigan: H&M
Tee: Target
Skirt: NY & Company
Flats: Payless