Get to know me

I didn't mean to but last week I took an unexpected break from this blog. I got sick and my move took a lot out of me. 

Getting Creative

The Perfect Summer Dress


Jumpsuits and Tornadoes

Another White Dress


On Sunday my blog will have been around for one year! It's really hard for me to fathom that. I thought I'd share some of my favorite posts as well as some thoughts about blogging for a year. 

Braided Updo Tutorial

Floral Dress and Loafers

On Thursday afternoon my boss surprised me by telling me I didn't have to come in on Friday! So, I had an extra long weekend, which I'm not ready to end. I've spent much of it relaxing by the pool, thrifting, and seeing Finding Dory! It was amazing if you haven't seen it already. I really wanted to get more blogging done than I did but sometimes it's nice to take a break and just enjoy doing nothing. It also doesn't help that it's been around 100 degrees (around 45 c) every day! I just don't want to leave the house in the heat.

I am thinking about daily blogging in August or September though. That will really keep my butt into gear haha! Has anyone done it? 

For my outfit I went for some old favorites. My mom bought me this dress years ago and I remember thinking when I saw it that it was me personified in a dress. Ha! It's seriously everything I want in a dress - florals, pleated, comfortable. I try and wear it as much as possible in the spring/summer because it's the perfect dress for this time of year! 

For my shoes I went for my Bass loafers. I've mentioned these before but there is a really funny story behind them. I brought them home from the thrift store and showed my dad. He proceeded to go into his closet and grab a pair of the exact same shoes! He's had them forever, which I thought was hilarious. One Christmas we both wore them and a maroon sweater. It was great. 


Dress: Gift 
Shoes: Bass 
Necklace/Watch: Gift 

Have you seen Finding Dory? 
Let me know what you think in the comments! 




Neckerchiefs and Minimalism

Wearing this outfit gives me a slight urge to get rid of the majority of my clothes and become a minimalist. I love reading other posts about how minimalism has helped them and their journey to minimalism. But I know it would never work for me. I like having variety. I like waking up and choosing a different outfit, creating new combinations. When people promote minimalism they like to bring out those studies that say if you have a capsule wardrobe you'll feel less stressed during the day because it's one less choice to make. Example: HERE

 But I don't know if it would work that way for me. I love waking up in the morning and choosing an outfit. It makes me feel creative and good about myself, which I know might sound silly.  I think it comes from numerous years of school and work uniforms. I love having this choice now. 

 I do wonder how I'll feel about minimalism when I move abroad (because it WILL happen someday). I've lived out of suitcases before. I want to live abroad for a few years though, which I have never done.  I guess I just worry about this blog - would I have enough content? Would I be able to switch things up enough? Would I be able to find places to take my own photos? Of course I'd have enough travel content but what about personal style? It seems like such a foolish reason to not take that jump of moving abroad (there are other reasons I haven't but these are some underlying questions) but this blog has become such a big part of my life. On the other hand, moving abroad has been on my mind for the past few months (if not the last year). I still have a long time to figure things out but for now it's something I'm really considering. 

 I dream of England but that seems so much farther now with the EU referendum. It was hard enough to get a work VISA for Americans before and now I can't even imagine what will happen. 

Shirt: Thrifted 
Skirt: Thrifted 
Scarf: Vintage 
Shoes: Target 

Could you ever be a minimalist? Have you ever lived abroad? 
Let me know what you think in the comments!