Shopping Stripes

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I wore this one Friday when I went to pick up my sister from school and we grabbed lunch and went shopping for another friend’s bridal shower gift.

This dress was a gift I received earlier this month. I freakin’ love maxi dresses. They’re so cool and EASY. Plus, this one basically feels like pajamas. What is better than wearing pj’s in public and looking like you actually made an effort? That’s right–NOTHING.

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Wearing:
Cardigan: Abound via Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: c/o Born Pretty
Dress: LUSH via Nordstrom Rack
Flats: Blowfish via DSW

Bridal Shower

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I wore this outfit to my friend’s bridal shower earlier this month. I wanted to look cool and effortless and be comfortable. This outfit hits all three of those requirements right on the head.

The shower was amazing. My friend’s parents’ house (well, kitchen) was recently renovated and looked beautiful. I was totally drooling over the stove, even though it had more burners and compartments than I could ever know what to do with. The guest list was small and intimate. What really stood was that it was the first shower I’ve ever been to where the bride didn’t open any gifts! I know a lot of people put their nose up at this, but it was great. First of all, watching someone open gift after gift gets boring! Furthermore, it’s awkward for the bride who has to kind of exaggerate their reaction and after the first 10 or 15 gifts, “Aww, thanks!” starts to feel kind of forced. There was none of that, “Wow your gift is so much better than mine” type-feelings from guests. Plus, it gave us more time to socialize.

The thank you card I got was so sweet and sincere; so much more fulfilling than watching the bride open her gift–I’m now fully a proponent of no-gift-opening showers.

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Wearing
Tee: TJ Maxx
Cardigan: H&M
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: gift via Overstock.com
Flats: Payless

Get Stripey

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My inspiration for this look came from a photo I saw of Taylor Swift shopping in Paris. Obviously she’d wear stripes while in Paris. What’s more Parisian than stripes anyway?

The beauty of stripes is that they’re so effortlessly chic and can be dressed up or down. This particular shirt goes with just about everything!

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Wearing
Blazer & Necklace: Target
Top: pink.rose via TJMaxx
Skirt: H&M
Heels: Naturalizer via DSW