Six Months

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Six months from today I get to become marry my love and become Mrs. Clark. 

Let's try that again.

Six months from today I get to marry my love and become Mrs. Clark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, that's better. 
I don't feel like posting any outfits today, but I do feel like posting some of my favorite shots of the two of us. So here you go:

And of course a family photo:

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Colored Pants

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I went through such a huge colored pants phase, and I'm definitely over it. I'm just not loving the ones I have anymore. Maybe because they are all a little too cropped for me? Or maybe because with all this running, my calves are HUGE and make the pants oddly tight in that area? Or maybe because I'm wearing more colorful and patterned tops lately, so it feels too overwhelming to also have colorful pants? 

No matter what the reason, I pulled these out, gave them a shot by wearing them all day, and am now tossing them into the donation box I keep in my closet. We'll see if I reach for them again, but I'm guessing they will happily belong to someone else in the next few months. 

Pants: Nordstrom (similar)
Tank: Le Tote
Cardigan: LOFT
Sandals: dv Dolce Vita | Purchased on


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Every single man I work with commented on this dress. Every. Single. One. "Wow, that's a GREEN dress!" "What a bright dress!" "That dress makes your hair look so blonde!" "Silky dresses sure do wrinkle quickly, don't they!?" They all had something to say, and I honestly just couldn't figure it out. Sure, it is a bright, solid-colored dress. And yes, it probably was more eye-catching than some of the items I wear sometimes. But honestly, it isn't that bright. Apparently it was just enough to catch all of their eyes and force out a comment, but it was pretty funny. 

Dress: Banana Republic (chambray version, black version)

Amos has been really wishing he could be an outdoor cat lately, which has led to him darting through the front door whenever I open it. He's good and doesn't run past that, but it has led to quite a few pictures like this as he tries to escape while Trav snaps a few shots of my outfit. 

July Budget

Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm worried this is going to be a big one. First, I did all of this at the Nordstrom sale (full post here): 

Slouchy sweater, $35.90 
Natori bra, $44.90 (but I don't count undergarments, so technically $0)
(duffel bag was a gift for Trav, not counting it)

Nordstrom Total: $124.60

Outside of that, I didn't do too much shopping in July:

Shorts, Old Navy, $9.99 on sale
Stacked Heel Sandals,, $89.97 (used a coupon c/o so technically $0)

Total (Including Nordstrom): $134.59

I think I may be forgetting something from when Fran was here, but I'm drawing a complete blank so she'd need to remind me. Speaking of Fran, I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers, here


Friday, July 25, 2014

I tend to be a pants girl, but lately I've been reaching for dresses more frequently. I can definitely see where my shopping goals pay off when I am consistently trying on dresses and bringing them home with me, and then actually wearing them! 

This dress is from LOFT - I got it thinking I'd wear it with more traditional suit-like options, but lately I've been reaching for more fun pairings, like these booties, bright necklace, and animal print cardigan. And I'm loving it - I'm realizing that my dressier dresses can—and should—be dressed down, and that my more conservative dresses should be spiced up. 

Dress: LOFT (similar)
Cardigan: LOFT (similar)
Necklace: gift from Katrina (similar)
Booties: Hinge (similar)

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know I decided to have a week full of giveaways to kick off August. The necklace I linked to above will be one of those items, so make sure you come back each day from August 4-8 to enter to win!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wish List

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As you know, I bought a few things already at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. But there is A LOT more that I'd run over and buy if only I wasn't trying to stick to a budget. Here are some of my favorites. 

Boots: The Anniversary Sale always has the best boots, and this year is no exception. I'd love to get my hands on these Frye booties or these less expensive ones from Steve Madden, but what I really need is some new black riding-ish boots, like these: 

Sleeved Dresses: I've mentioned a few times that I really like when my work dresses have sleeves (although, unlike Fran, I don't have a rule for it yet). I like this one but don't love the little triangle shape, and I think this one may be a bit too busy for me. I'm feeling the blue in this one and this one, but here's my absolute favorite: 

Thoughts? I'm seriously considering ordering it. Leave a comment and let me know.

Detailed Tops: The other items I'm lusting after fall into the category of detailed tops. 

The leather-sleeved cardigan is just screaming fall to me, I love the idea of the cutout top under a blazer, and the subtle ribbing in that oversized cashmere sweater grabbed my attention right away. 

There's a ton of jewelry I love too, like these Kate Spade studs, this BaubleBar necklace in black, and this Kendra Scott piece in gray - I just love the gray and gold together (little secret, those are our wedding colors). 

I've been loving all the posts from other bloggers on what they are buying at the sale, and would love for you to leave me a comment letting me know what you've picked up! This just might be my favorite shopping time of the entire year :)

Birks to Work

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I've already talked about how much I want to figure out how to wear my Birks to work, and after running a half marathon, my feet hurt enough the next day that I knew I had to make it happen. And it was way easier than I thought! I threw on a simple black dress, a striped boyfriend cardigan, and a necklace, and I was good to go. Phew!

Thanks for all of your advice - I can't wait to try wearing them with a maxi dress and maybe even some skinny-leg ankle slacks, if I'm feeling really bold!

Dress: Nordstrom (similar)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar, on anniversary sale)

I have been loving new hairstyles lately thanks to Twist Me Pretty - and I just won her book on Katrina's blog, which makes me SUPER excited to start showing off even more fun hairstyles!

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