Two Seasons, One Day

August 16th, 2013

I started this morning later than I wanted to. What can I say, I love to sleep.

Then my parents and I went back to Rose 32 for breakfast/lunch.

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I got a yummy turkey sandwich on raisin bread.
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Me and Max, our Brittany Spaniel.

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I went out later in search of my current obsession, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher tea from Starbucks. I went to three places before I finally found the mixer packets. I hope they taste as good as the real thing! Along the way I stopped at Salvation Army and picked up a Clueless-esque plaid skirt:

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I had two outfits today (actually three, but I didn’t take any pictures of the last one). It was warm in the morning and then it got weirdly cold and then warm again. That’s New England for ya. So I basically had the summer and fall version of the same outfit.

Summer Version:ImageImageKimono: this Etsy shop, Shorts: American Eagle, Tank: Old Navy, Sandals: Hannah Andersson similar at Urban Outfitters.

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Cardigan: Aeropostale, Leggings: Gap, Boots: American Rag similar at 6pm.

I hope you all had a lovely day!

~Kelsey

Give to Me Your Denim, Take From Me My Lace

Augusts 15th, 2013

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Dress: Old Navy, similar at Urban Outfitters here and here.

Vest: JJill, similar at Forever21.

Sandals: Marshalls, similar at American Eagle.

Necklace: American Eagle, similar at Etsy.

Barrette: Boutique, similar at Etsy.

I really didn’t do anything today. I spent most of the day at work alphabetizing papers, which I actually enjoyed, because I’m weird. Then I came home and watched tv with my parents. I have tomorrow off, so I think we’re going to get a semi-early start and get breakfast and hopefully have some fun with the day!

I hope you all had a lovely day!

~Kelsey

Surprising Finds

August 14th, 2013

Today I went out to breakfast with my parents, went to work, bought my parking pass, did some shopping and returned some stuff, then came home and had Chinese food for dinner.

I got some pretty pictures on my drive home from campus. I like to collect landscape pictures. It started back when I had my enV phone (the original- I loved that phone) and I would set them as the inside background.

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When I was shopping I bought this beautiful cardigan at Aeropostale:

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It reminds me so much of this Free People cardigan. Even the inside is similar with the double knit. I actually bought that cardigan last year and then returned because it was nearly down to my ankles. And it was over a hundred dollars, on sale!

You can get the Aeropostale one here. It runs big, so I would size down. I got a small which surprised me because I feel like I usually need to size up at Aero. 

They’ve been surprising me the past few years. I go in there thinking I’m not going to find anything and then I come out with really great pieces that I wear to death (aka, until my mom forces me to stop wearing them). I think they may have rebranded themselves a bit when they started their p.s. Kids line. It seems like it allowed them to move their target demographic up a few years in the main store. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like the monkey sweatshirt I used to rock in sixth grade in a while: 

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I think they have some designer who is keeping an eye out on Free People because I saw at least three things that were very similar to items I was lusting after at FP last season. For example:

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The first picture is a sweater I tried on at Free People last September (it’s still available if you click on the link), and the second picture is what I tried on in Aeropostale today.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Free People is my all-time favorite brand. Unfortunately, I can really only afford to splurge on one or two things a year from them, so I am all for Aero using their “creative license” and making pieces inspired by them!

Here is what I wore today:

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Jacket: American Eagle, similar at Forever21.

Dress: Marshalls similar at Asos, and also available in petite. I really love the key hole in the back of the dress, but I couldn’t find anything similar.

Scarf: Target (?) similar on Ebay.

Sandals: Lands End (children’s) similar at Target.

Loafing Around

August 13th, 2013

Today I had the day off. I didn’t do much, mostly just loafed around and watched a lot of youtube videos and explored thecoveteur.com.

I did go out for a little while for lunch/dinner with my mom. We went to a Mexican restaurant. The food was just okay, but the decorations were very pretty.

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My pretty mom in front of a pretty background!

Then I got home and did more of what I had done earlier in the day. It was a nice relaxing day.

My outfit:

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Top: BDG at Urban Outfitters

Skirt: American Eagle

Cardigan: American Eagle

Sandals: Marshalls, similar at American Eagle

I hope you all had a lovely day!

~Kelsey

Oversized

August 13th, 2013

Yesterday I had work and then I went to the mall with Meg. We had both gotten sucked into buying bras at VS that we wouldn’t really wear. 

I tried on these boots at H&M that seemed really cool at first, but as I walked aroung the store in them I decided they were a little too masculine; and I really don’t like square toes. 

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So, although I’ve been looking for Western boots, I decided not to get these. Hopefully a pair that are a little more me will come along. 

We went to trivia from the mall. We were doing well for a while, but some other teams took the lead in the last two rounds. 

I wore this:

ImageI bought the cardigan at American Eagle while we were shopping and threw it on right away. It’s soft and cozy while still being cute. I got it in an XL because that’s all they had left. Normally I would not do that, but I have been wanting it for a few weeks and that color is sold out completely online, so I figured I would snatch it up before it’s gone. As Seth described it, I could jump off the top of a building and land safely on the ground.

My leggings are the same ones from Gap that I wore yesterday. I wish I could say they are a different pair of the same style, but I literally dug them out of the laundry hamper when I was getting ready. I feel like as long as you don’t get any stains on bottoms and you didn’t sweat excessively or something, it’s fine to wear them a few times before washing. Plus our dryer is broken right now, so laundry has come to a halt.

The tank I got from Target last year, similar at Kohls and on sale for $7. I actually bought it in an extra extra large so that I could wear it with leggings. 

My sandals are going on four years old from Marshalls, similar at Asos

I hope you all had a lovely day!

~Kelsey

Beauty Queen of Only Eighteen

August 11th, 2013

I’ve had an eventful past few days. Well, really only one of the days was eventful and that was Friday.

My cousin Bridget texted me and asked if I wanted two tickets to a Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson concert that night. I was like… uhh, yeah!

I wound up going with my cousin Maggie. First I drove to Westminster to meet up with her and get the tickets, then we left for the Comcast Center from there. It was supposed to take an hour to get there, it took three. We were stuck in such bad traffic. It took over an hour to move five miles. It was crazy.

But I enjoyed the ride regardless. It was nice to hang out with Maggie and talk and sing in the car. Because of the traffic though, we missed Kelly Clarkson. We had to park in the way way back of all the lots in the woods next to a dumpster.

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Me and Maggie
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The best shot I got of Adam, thanks to my dad’s camera with 10x zoom.

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Anyway, they played an acoustic version of “She Will Be Loved” during the encore that I absolutely loved. Here is a video of the song and Adam talking about the bra someone threw at him. I don’t understand why people do that. He’s obviously going to throw it out as soon as he gets off the stage, and now you’re just hanging loose.

When we got out of the concert we had to wait over an hour to get out of the parking lot because we were so far in the back. We went to McDonald’s after and ate in the car. Then I drove back to Maggie’s house, which took soo long because I got lost. We had the directions on her phone and she was telling me them, but then she fell asleep, and her phone died, and mine was in the glove compartment where I couldn’t reach it. So, we didn’t get back until 3am. I was planning on driving home that night, but it was so late that I just stayed over and went back in the morning.

Now, I have two outfits, the one I wore during the day on Friday and then the one I wore during the concert.

The day:

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Top from American Eagle (I wear this every day), skirt from Nordstrom Rack similar on Etsy, Boots from Marshalls the Frye versions (which I think mine are a copy of by Zodiac) are here, and similar at DSW.

Concert Outfit:

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Top from Marshalls, similar here.

Leggings from Gap. These are my absolute favorite leggings. I have three pairs. They are made of nylon so they’re completely opaque and so much more comfortable than any cotton leggings I’ve ever worn. I always get them at the Gap outlet for like twenty dollars, but they’re having a 35% off sale right now.

Rain Boots from Marshalls, similar here.

I had a very fun day off, and next weekend me and Maggie and some of our other cousins are going back to the Comcast Center to see John Mayer and Phillip Phillips. I can’t wait!

I hope you all had a great day!

~Kelsey

Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving

…or twenty, single, and broke.

August 8th, 2013

I got up around 10:30 today (which sadly, is early for me on a day when I don’t have to go into work early). I got ready, and while I was primping I was texting Meg, who I thought was at work, when I realized she was actually just downstairs. She thought I was at work too, so it was surprises all around.

I had work in the office today. Steph closed with me, which was fun. She’s going back to school soon, so this was probably our last time working together for a while. We listened to Miley Cyrus radio on Pandora and knit and talked about our feelings. It was great.

When I got home I got back to work on my desk and started painting the gold piping. It’s going to need another coat or two, but I did not have the patience tonight.

I watched a youtube video of the really fit girl, which inspired me to go on the treadmill tonight. I don’t even know how far I went… not very far, but whatever. I was going to eat a piece of pie but I did that instead, so that’s a good tradeoff.

As for my outfit, I felt like I was channeling Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) from 13 Going On 30 today.

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My top and skirt are both from Marshalls. Similar top here. Similar skirt here.

My shoes are from Hannah Andersson, similar here.

Headband from April Cornell, similar here.

I hope you all had a lovely day!

~Kelsey

Dizzy Up The Girl

August 7th, 2013

First of all, how is it already August seventh?!?

It’s kind of just hit me as I’m typing this how soon school starts. It’s both a rush of dread, excitement, and hope.

As Taylor Swift would say “happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time”

Just throwing it out there that while I love Taylor Swift, in general I do not find her that much of a lyrical genius, but that is a great line.

I’m looking forward to my English classes and seeing my friends again, and hopefully a new job (although I’m getting nervous about that one, I’m afraid I might not have gotten it!). I’m really not looking forward to my business classes though. I never thought I would seriously have to worry about failing a class, but after barely scraping by in accounting last semester I’m a little nervous about the accounting II class I’ll be taking this semester, along with marketing and management 300. Fingers crossed that I like marketing, since it’s now my primary major.

Anyway, I had work in the office this morning. It was a very slow day which meant I got through about a hundred pages of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I felt like an easy, fun read, so I went with the old, but always good HP. The hardest part was trying to decide which one to pick. I love them all, but I think I’ve only read this one twice (unlike my favorite, The Half Blood Prince, which I’ve read about four or five times- really not that much in the world of potterheads).

After work got dinner with my mom at the new-ish country club in town. The food was just okay, but the views were great.

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When we got home I painted a third and final on my desk; final if only because I can’t handle another. I had hopes of starting the gold piping tonight, but then I wound up watching Morning Glory instead. It was a pretty good movie; I appreciated the strong, independent female protagonist. I could not, however, take the name of the station seriously. IBS just makes me think of irritable bowel syndrome.

My outfit today was not my favorite. I’ve had this dress for four years now, and I was obsessed with it when I bought it, as in this is the best dress I have ever owned in my entire life. It feels tighter and shorter than it used to, which is weird because I stopped growing in seventh grade.

But enough about that. I did actually get some cute pictures of the outfit. I get my pictures by filming a video and then taking stills from it. Today I tried just posing like normal, but I had my iPod on and I wound up dancing, which actually produced the best shots. So here’s my outfit along with some sweet moves:

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Dress (worn as a skirt): Urban Outfitters, similar here and here.

Crop Top: Forever 21, similar here.

Shoes: Hannah Andersson, similar here.

I hope you all had a lovely day!

~Kelsey