Tuesday, September 30

Denim Tourist

Hi there! Here's an outfit I wore in Chattanooga for our Saturday night out (for more about my quick trip to Chattanooga this past weekend, check out this post!) I packed in about two seconds on Thursday night, and wanted an effortless outfit that was perfect for the end of Summer/start of Fall. 

Building an outfit around a dress makes packing a cinch. I borrowed this dress from my girl Amanda (after spying it at her house and casually asking about it.) It's an Old Navy gem (oh, that's why I liked it so much) that fits perfectly; and I love that it could easily be styled very casually, or a bit more dressy. I think this outfit is a great half-way point between the two! 
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| earrings: gift | necklace: Tiffany's | jacket: Gap | dress: borrowed from Amanda (Old Navy) | clogs: Old Navy | bag: Target |

Bonus that the ensemble was really comfortable. We ended up walking quite a bit that night to explore downtown Chattanooga, but these clogs (which I've harped about probably enough on my blog!) are as comfy as they are cute! I went back and forth between buying them in brown or black (ended up buying both...) and the brown pair has gotten way more wear so far. See for yourself. Though, I really love them in black as well. Is this post totally vapid or just kinda vapid. Don't answer.
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This purse, which Hunter geniusly let me pick out as a gift for some celebration, is usually my go-to travel bag. It's big enough for my camera, and any and all travel necessities, but also has the long strap option for being in transit. I've seen mini versions at Target and I am DYING to have one, but they're the same price as the larger size. Explain that to me, Target gods. 
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My jean jacket sits in a hard to reach place in my closet, so I often forget about it for long periods of time. It's a piece that always works though. Check out my jean jacket remix here and more ways I've worn it here
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Clockwise: Sundar making me laugh per ush, Hunter actually SMILING during a test shot, Me feeling fancier than normal because my beer was in an 11 oz. goblet. 


I don't think I mentioned that we are in the swing of Talent Week at my office, which is a fun crazy thing that I'm sure I'll write more about later. Today I'll be marching in a parade and passing out cotton candy, and afterwards heading to a career fair at a local University. You betcha I'm wearing a blazer in hopes of not being confused for a college student. That was me AGES (1.5 years yo) ago!

Thank you as always for supporting my need to over-think the components of my outfit! 

Monday, September 29

Weekend Update: From Lookout Mtn.

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Hunter and I took off Saturday morning as early as we could muster for Chattanooga, "the Scenic City." We stopped for free coffee at McDonald's because, duh. I'd been Chattanooga a bunch of times, visited Rock City, and even ran a race there, but never really seen all it had to offer. It was a whirlwind 24ish hours, but I really think we took the Scenic City by storm. 

I was so impressed by how clean, spread-out, and gorgeous it was! It's a quick (two hours) and beautiful drive from Nashville, and I can't wait to go back! I would absolutely recommend a Chattanooga weekend getaway to anyone in Nashville (or in the world, really.) Sundar got a room at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo and I loved it. 

Saturday we hiked for about three hours on Lookout Mountain; stopping at Sunset Rock, Point Park, and Cravens House. I want to go on a long hike every weekend! I always forget how much I love spending time like that outside until I do it. 

We also ate & drank like, everything. There are definitely some foodie gems in that city, which is like the best part of any city. We had a second breakfast at Grocery Bar, dinner at Terminal Brewery, drinks at Flying Squirrel (if you have to pick one place go here!),  drinks at The Pickle Barrel (coolest shaped dive bar right in downtown), and we actually went BACK to Terminal Brewery (hungry boys.) Sunday we ate at City Cafe before we headed back to Nashville.

Also on Sunday we took Sundar to the airport and watched him take-off, which was SO awesome! I am incredibly proud of him, and so happy we got to have this little "Uncle Sam sponsored hang." Spending time with family makes me feel like I have such a good thing. I love having a family member in the same region, finally (for now!) 

I'm feeling thankful for an end of Summer mini-adventure with two of my favorite guys. And I am SUCH a wimp when it comes to traveling! To be fair, it was a weekend full of a lot of doing and a little sleeping (including the most glorious nap on Sunday afternoon.) I tried to wake up and go to the gym this morning to work off some of those craft beers, and I'll let you guess how that ended up. 

Friday, September 26

Skirt Week!

I am really bad at structured blogging, that being said, I am linking up with Andi and Inge for the conclusion of Skirt Week! 

Andi hosts a "theme" week once a month, where she wears a featured item every day of the week. I think this is an awesome way to "wear out your closet." As awesome as I think it is, I almost always miss it! So, happy to participate today. 
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| necklace: H&M | top: secondhand from Leena | skirt (cut from dress): UO | booties: Old Navy | 

I am officially labeling this as "fall fashion." (Btw- all most of my outfit posts are now labeled by season. Check it out: Fall // Winter // Spring // Summer.) I think we can all agree this is pretty exciting! I pulled my beloved black booties down from storage at the beginning of this week, and the most terrifying thing happened: as I was pulling them on, a GIANT spider fell out of one. I wouldn't consider myself overtly terrified of spiders (rodents are more the bane of my existence) but it freaked me right out. Then I got to chase the spider around my room and smash it with the bootie. I imagine that's what it would feel like if one day the house you lived in fell on top of you. 
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Don't look too closely at this skirt that I cut from this dress (R.I.P. That's "rest in peace" not "my skirt looks like it's ripped.") Note in that post I said, "I think this dress will work better as a skirt" and it totally has! I love the print, but as a dress it was a bit too small. Surprisingly it made for a skirt that is the perfect length. 
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Thanks to Mallory for taking these quick, iPhone, VSCOCam edited pics for me!

You can just barely see my nails in this picture, but they're that perfect shade of dark red, thanks to my ipsy for September! The shade is Red Red Wine by Pacifica.

I am cruising through a lengthy to-do list today before I babysit tonight, and head off for a quick, last-minute road-trip to see my brother Sundar, who will be flying to Chattanooga this weekend! I am so excited to see him, and I know it will be a wonderful spur-the-moment Fall trip. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend, thanks for reading!!

Oh, and be sure and check out Andi's Skirt Week link-up, here

Thursday, September 25

Thankful Thursday, #2

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I have to credit Hunter with finding this picture, but this guy took it. Apparently he's a baby animal photographer? Also that's a thing? Anyway. It's mostly irrelevant but it's been sitting on my phone & makes me happy. 


I need a Thankful Thursday. Here's something that's been swirling in my head this week, "Every minute you spend wishing you were someone else is a minute wasted being yourself." Though it sounds like it could be on a mug with "Greetings from Panama City Beach!" on the other side...it's true. And a wonderful reminder.

On this Thursday I find myself thankful for:

8. The promise of a Paloha Christmas. I don't think I've mentioned that I get to spend this Christmas in Hawaii with my entire family. This is certainly the most excited I've been about anything in a long time. I wish it were tomorrow!

9. My ipsy/Birchbox. I can't get over what a spice of life thing these little packages have been for me lately. I've been trying new soaps & nail polish colors, and loving it. Still trying to pick one over the other, but they are both. So. Good. Review post to come!

10. Catching the best part of the sunset. A couple times lately, I've been driving home from the gym at just the right time, to catch the most gorgeous part of the sunset over my exit on the freeway.

11. Fall air, everywhere. I am still skeptical it's really here, but I will say, the chill in the morning and at night feels so so good!

12. Old friends and best friends of best friends. I'll go ahead and name names, Paula, Delores, Amanda, Chablis, I am so thankful for each of you!


What are you thankful for today? It can be one word, a phrase, a person, a song, whatever you realized is making you happy today. Last time people shared some awesome responses, and I loved reading them! Thanks for sharing with me.

Tuesday, September 23

Sunflowers!

I'm nearing the end of photos my friend Stephanie took for me while she was in town (and yes, I did stock up on outfits for the blog before she came!) After this, it'll be back to "the-best-I-can-do" photography! So, enjoy, I know I am. 

Btw- being creative and wonderful, Steph is also helping me with some re-design stuff for perfectly Priya! Stay tuned for that!!
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| necklace: flea market | dress + belt: Wish (Memphis) | clogs: Old Navy | purse: thrifted |

Remember that time I went to Memphis and bought a few new dresses at the best boutique? The other two are gorgeous and will make it on the blog eventually, but this was one I could wear right away. The print, cut and color all feel very "me". This is a dress I could literally wear with flats and call it a day, or accessorize and make even cuter. The best kind! 
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Plus it came with this nice belt. Equally excited to pair it with tights in a couple weeks (?) or so!
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Cost-per-wear of the brown clogs is already down to like...$1? 
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I know it looks like I'm standing in front of a beanstalk, but it really is the prettiest mural outside a flower shop in my neighborhood. I've been dying to take photos in front of it since I first laid eyes on it. The flowers + hearts + purple necklace might feel a bit much but I really love stuff like this. So, no apologies for liking cute pretty things.
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This week is off to a fantastic start! But mark my words, by Thursday morning, I know I'll be exhausted (Thursday is always the hardest day for me wake up. Is this really weird or just kinda weird?) Some weeks I feel like I go straight home after work, eat, shower, read, blah blah blah. It is relaxing, but then I start to feel antsy and bored. 

This week I'm hanging with old friends, best friends of best friends, co-worker's brothers, and working a night gig one evening. And folding lots of clean laundry and STILL finishing Ginger Spice's autobiography. Girl's got stuff to say! 

Blog friends- you're the best. Thanks for reading.
IRL friends- for all of you I've been meaning to call but still haven't, you know I love you! Stay sweet.

Monday, September 22

Weekend Update: Sunday Funday

Monday Monday, so good to me. That's from a song by The Mamas & The Papas I listen to constantly. And check out that video too, couldn't be groovier! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! And tomorrow is the first day of Autumn or something, so it can't be long until we're all wrapped up in the LOVELIEST season!

I saw Hunter once last week, for a couple hours on Monday evening; so this weekend we penciled in some serious time to hang. We had a Sunday Funday! What is a Sunday Funday exactly? Well, I guess the first rule is that there are no rules, just do whatever you want. Ours included church, lunch at Huntee's apartment, a long walk, core exercises, some football aka a nap for me, a couple episodes of Breaking Bad, and dinner at Soppapillas. Maybe our favorite date spot.
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I just love being outside. Yesterday was sunny and gorgeous. I took this picture at the end of our walk, of a creek that runs along the greenway where we walked. Oh, and I love walking. Since I feel like I'm always trying to get a workout in, walks seem soooo relaxing and still productive.
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*photos edited with VSCOCam

My cute date & I in front of the best patio. I wanted these pictures to happen earlier, kinda an outfit post but not really (plus Hunter & I inadvertently wore matchy outfits to church. Then he changed!) But by 7:30 when we went to dinner, it was this dark! Ok, goodbye Summer!

We really love Soppapillas (for any of you around Nashville -go!) This time I actually had a soppapilla, a fried pillow-like pastry from New Mexico. My entree was a soppapilla stuffed with chicken, and for dessert, they bring out complimentary soppapillas that you eat with honey. SO good. And even better to say!

It was a really nice day. I think Sunday Fundays are here to stay!

Ok I think that's all for right now. Stay sweet friends. 

Thursday, September 18

Little Friday Sweater Gypsy

I'm not quite sure how this week escaped me the way it has. But, wouldn't you know it, we're back at little Friday again ["little Friday" is my new thing: here in corporate America, we live by those familiar, recurring pleasantries that encourage us throughout the week. My co-worker taught me it last week! It's not Thursday, it's little Friday.] So, regardless of how the went turned out, happy little Friday one & all!
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| earrings: from Belize | necklace: Tiffany's | sweater: secondhand from Shel | t-shirt: Madewell | belt: borrowed from Hunter | skirt: from India | clogs: Old Navy | sunglasses: H&M |

Still not jumping the gun about the changing of the seasons, but the weather this week has been amazing. This past Sunday, the morning had the slightest chill, so naturally I reached for my biggest, coziest sweater. It is a absolute GEM of a hand-me-down that I lived in last Winter, and sure have missed! I didn't get to keep the sweater on all day, but the the temporary cozy had me all excited for what's to come.
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It's also that part of the season where I desperately try to wear anything that hasn't made it out of my closet yet. This skirt hasn't seen the light of day since last time, and while an "ethnic maxi" is great for Summer, I love it a little grunged up for the start of Fall. 
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Also, consider this part two of a series called "This outfit is a little bit hippie, but I actually love it." Though you could argue this is a little more "gypsy". I had to be careful with the proportions so that I didn't look like a total gypsy, but from the front, with the belt around the waist, I think it turned out just fine. And at least what I envisioned it would be in my head. 
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I wore this to church last Sunday, but only for a few hours. Can't wait to break it out again.

I guess I'll call it for today, that's enough rambling for now. Thanks for reading and once again, enjoy your little Friday. It comes but once a week!