Thursday, April 28

Graphic Tee Time #4 + link-up!

| glasses: Target | necklace: H&M | tee: WhatNashville | skirt: Ralph Lauren from Mom | clogs: Swedish Hasbeens

photos edited with VSCOCam / by Adriane Smith Creative (& an iPhone 6!)

I'm so excited to present the grand finale of #GraphicTeeTime, co-hosted by Shades of Sarah! We've come a long way, y'all. You let me geek out about space. You let me harp about the golden state. And you didn't leave my side when I told you I was a Beastie Boys fan. For that and more, I will be forever grateful. 

Yesterday (when I wore this outfit because I'm so editorial about blogging you guys!) I went to Happy Hour with some co-workers, and a friend straight up said to me "Priya can you please give me some tips for wearing a graphic tee?" You KNOW how much I loved that. 

I said to her (a LOT of things) what I keep saying: I love graphic tees because they're the perfect way to showcase your weird interests that might otherwise go unsaid. 

Additionally, while I realize minimalism and solid colors and stripes are V FASHION right now (don't get me wrong, I love this aesthetic too!), I'm a maximalist at heart that will never tire of kitschy prints and funny graphic tees. So there's my last little soap box on graphic tees (for now!)

This tee came to me via a co-worker's husband, who is an awesome designer! ^ Linked to the etsy shop above, which doesn't seem to be currently selling this tee, but I'm sure you could get a hold of one if you wanted! This skirt (previously worn here) is a very random, gorgeous hand-me-down from my mom, who had gotten it from someone else, years ago? She had it hanging in her closet and came across it once when I was home, and it took me three seconds to steal it.

This is the blog debut of my *NEW CLOGS*! You guys, they are so perfect. Not quite as comfy as my trusty-cheapy Old Navy clogs, but once I break them in, they will be! If you're on the fence about some Swedish Hasbeens- DO IT. Finally, this bun in my hair came to me via a very busy week. Haha, yikes. 

Here's a look at the different ways Sarah & I have worn our graphic tees:
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teapot graphic by Taylor

Now- you know what to do! LINK UP BELOW! 

All we're asking is that you 1) grab the button and add it to your post, and 2) follow along with me and Sarah, however you choose (Bloglovin', Twitter, Pinterest, whatever!) Oh yeah, and share the ish out of your post using #GraphicTeeTime. 

Any recent-ish post is fine, and the link-up will be live for a while (no worries if you're still getting that look together.) 

Can't wait to see your graphic tee outfit! Thank YOU for following along with #GraphicTeeTime! And a special thank you to my wonderful co-host, Sarah. Graphic tees 4ever & ever!

Wednesday, April 27

weekend update: Jacqui in Nashville!

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+ pro-tip: there is a second, lesser visited "I Believe in Nashville" mural on Woodland Street on the East Side
+ this has nothing to do with Jacqui (though this was for dinner we made together) but my Marimekko tablescape, ftw!
+ gorgeous Burgess Falls, on the most beautiful day. Jacqui *really* got a driving tour of the TN countryside on Monday!
+ the Bay has the Giants, we have the Sounds & their cute stadium! baseball babez (guess how much of the game we saw.) 
+ Jacqui calls this her Girl Scout pose (whatever that means.)  

I'm staying busy over here, hosting friends in town (and getting ready to travel myself!) Jacqui flew in on Friday night (after working overnight- what a trooper!) and we immediately got dressed up and headed to Josephine for her belated birthday dinner (highly recommend!) 

The rest of the weekend was a pretty perfect blend of going out and running around town as part of my Nashville "points of interest" tour (basically anything I'd mentioned in a letter), and sleeping in and just spending time together, over coffee, gelato, nature, Hart of Dixie, etc. 

Jacqui is such a dear friend, that I had the privilege of being a bridesmaid for last year (engagement / bachelorette + shower / wedding / wedding offish.) All of that was a blast for sure, but I couldn't help thinking how nice it was to just spend time with her as my friend again :) some of you probably know what I'm talking about. 

Nashville spoiled us with the most beautiful weather, and I was pumped to show her around my city for the first time! Now I'm halfway through a bizzay week- IRL and on the blog. Stay tuned! 

Thursday, April 21

Graphic Tee Time #3: No Sleep Till...

| earrings: Kate Spade | tee: Forever 21 + DIY | jeans: Old Navy | clogs: Old Navy (this year's model) | watch: c/o JORD
| nails: Essie Jazzy Jubilant |

HI! This is likely the only peep you'll hear out of me this week, as I've been knee-deep in a conference we hosted at work from Mon-Wed (#MarketingUnited on social if you're interested!), and getting ready for Jacqui to arrive in Nashville on Friday! In the midst of and in between that, I'm barely even thinking.

BUT Graphic Tee Time is a top priority. Thanks for joining me and Sarah for #3! 

I really didn't intend to show-off and take this series to the next level, promise. But I kinda DIY'd this tee! Actually, I totally did. Initially, I wanted to make my own version of a blogger favorite (the Célfie shirt), when I realized I had leftover iron-on letters from a bachelorette party. But when it got down to it, I decided on something that was a little more me (though don't get me wrong, I unabashedly LOVE SELFIES.) 

Another fun fact about me is that I love the Beastie Boys. You caught the reference behind this tee, right? The cool thing though is that the reader gets to fill in the blank. Several times at work when someone said to me "No sleep sleep till what?!" I rolled my eyes and said "I don't know, tonight when I go to sleep, or when I nap under my desk, whichever comes first." My friend Emma went as far as to read the shirt and furiously demand an explanation, stating it "wasn't a complete sentence." To which I replied "Read a book, Emma." 

Now, if you're not picking up what I'm putting down, don't even sweat it. Just listen to some Beastie Boys. And remember- we all have the power to create any graphic tee we want! But with great power comes great responsibility and probably some backlash so just prepare for that. 

Enough about that. You've been so kind to join in on tee time so far, and next Thursday, 4/28 is. the. DAY! You can share *your*graphic*tee*outfit*right*here, and I can't wait to see it! They just look good on everyone. And they're such an easy way to show what weird, random things you're into (at least in my case.)  

For example;
[left to right] I shared that every day of my life is an emotional roller coaster & I like space & tux pants (#1: I Need My Space)
I dressed up my statriotic Home Tee with red lips and a red midi skirt, and boy do I love California (#2: The Home Tee)
And today! Not much else to report besides I dabble in questionable DIY crafts and rap rock bands.
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Sarah has some great stuff going on, guys. I love that she kicked off with a retro looking athletic tee + flares. So CURRENT. 
Her Home Tee 'fit is cool as hell, and I can see myself copying it very soon for a casual weekend hang.
At press time, I haven't gotten the full scoop on today's outfit, but I can only assume she went to Fordham? Mad ups for making your alma mater swag still relevant, and a tee + skirt combo which is always a favorite of mine! Head over to Shades of Sarah for the deets. 

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teapot graphic by my awesome friend Taylor

Thanks for checking out #GraphicTeeTime! Hope you've had a fabulous week! I am deliriously tired, so no sleep till likerightnowBYE. 

Thursday, April 14

Graphic Tee Time #2: Home T

| tee: The Home Tee (gift) | skirt: thrifted | clogs: Old Navy | lip: Stila Liquid Lipstick |

Good afternoon, and welcome to Graphic Tee Time, The Home Tee edition! Thanks for joining me and Sarah for the most lovely part of the afternoon. 

I hope there's no way you don't know this, but though I've lived in Nashville, TN on & off since 2009, I was born, raised, and will always return "home" to California. It's so much more than just a (n amazingly beautiful!) place to me! It's my heart and soul, my heritage, and where so many of the people that made me, ME, call home. I could go on forever...I am very statriotic. I love living in Nashville, just don't ever call me a Southern belle, cool? 

Shout-out to my sister Galina for gifting me this awesome t-shirt, that reps my home state wherever I go! I didn't even realize the full concept behind The Home Tee, which debuted on Shark Tank, and is committed to manufacturing in the US AND donating to Multiple Sclerosis research. Not bad for what's also an insanely soft t-shirt! 

For my second attempt at styling a graphic tee (this time around, anyway. Graphic Tee Time #1 here) I went with my never-fail red midi skirt. I've pinned several graphic tee + pencil skirt looks that I absolutely love, but when I went to put one together, I realize I don't really own pencil skirts! I rocked a graphic tee with jeans every day of the week in grade school, but nowadays, an outfit like this is a lot more conducive to my lifestyle (working in a super-cas office, but still dressing up a bit.) I think a pretty skirt and red lip (and of course clogs because #clogsforever) were the perfect way to dress up this tee! 
How do you dress up a tee for work?
While I'm reppin' the Golden State, my co-host Sarah is showing some love to the Sunshine State- Florida (which I also enjoy, btw!) I love the overall cool-girl vibe Sarah has going here; with the shades, lipstick, fitted pants & flats really elevating what would otherwise be a tee + jeans. 

Be sure and head over to Shades of Sarah to see her the full post! 

Thanks for following along with #GraphicTeeTime! Don't forget, on Thursday, April 28th, we're making this a full on SHEBANG where we'd love for as many of you as possible to link up YOUR graphic tee outfits! Ladies, start your engines. 
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teapot graphic by my wonderful friend Taylor

Tuesday, April 12


| sunnies: Banana Republic | necklace: gift | jacket: Gap | dress: Old Navy | purse: Kate Spade (similar) | trainers: Nike (similar) | watch: c/o JORD | bracelet: gift | 

If you've read my blog for two seconds (or talked to me for two minutes), you know how much I love abbrevs- of all shapes and sizes! Recently, my dear friend Steph introduced me to MLBB- my lip but better. That is, the holy grail lip color that every girl spends their life trying to find: your natural lip color, with a little bit of polish.

Well friends, I'm here today to tell you that I've found my MLBB- NYX Liquid Lipstick in Soft-Spoken. It came to me via ipsy, no less! I actually blogged about it recently, but this was before I understood the majesty entirely. I've been wearing it every day since, including, of course, for the above photos. And just bought one to send to Carina. Whether or not this could be YOUR MLBB, I would definitely recommend giving the product a try. I have it in two colors!

I wore this outfit the other weekend for my boss-mom's bday festivities at Southern Grist, a new brewery + taproom here in town (actually started by husbands of two of my co-workers!) If you're in Nashville, I can't recommend it enough.

A bodycon dress wasn't necessarily the best choice for multiple flytes of beer and pizza and pretzel bread; but otherwise, the casual knit dress + trainers combo was perfect for a sunny daytime party. So happy to be alive in a time where athleisure is a thing. Christine told me I looked very Karlie Kloss- I'll take it!

These pictures were taken right across the street, in front of a mural I've passed many times and filed away for blog pics. Steph also took these photos for me, because she's a GIVER. If you find a gem of a friend like this, don'tlethergo!

And speaking of gems- thank you, sincerely, to everyone who texted, tweeted, or commented after my last post. I can't thank you enough for your thoughts. My allergies are destroying me this week, but otherwise, I'm feeling ok. And you're a part of that, so THANK YOU. Talk soon!

Saturday, April 9

behind perfectly Priya, right now

life feels a lot like this, these days

Ah, blogging about blogging. It has to happen every now and then, doesn't it?

I'm so happy about what this space has turned into for me. Did you know that I started blogging during my junior year of college, after I stopped running on the track/cross-country team? It was something I had wanted to do for a while, and finally felt like I had the time slot for. Since that time, my blog has been a tremendous hobby, creative outlet, source of community, and record keeper (which I am SO about, you guys, I can't even say.)

I've somehow, slowly, acquired more readers than just my mom, which makes the writing even more satisfying. I always get a little buzz when someone I work with, or run into back home, or whatever mentions they read my blog recently.

I have always striven to be candid and honest around here, I mean, I feel like I have all but given you my address several times. Part of it is that it almost seems like more work to be constantly writing with a censoring mindset? But the other part is that that is the person I am, an open book, so it makes sense to be that kind of blogger too.

You might think I'm setting up to say I quit- au contraire! The opposite is true- I feel more into perfectlyP than maybe ever before {though the name could use some work...but that happens to everyone, right?} I am proud that my blog has remained exactly as I wanted it to be- a place that's a collaborative extension of my journaling, where I can share and do pretty much whatever I'm feeling.

To anyone that takes the time to read what I have to say, or drop me a line with feedback- thank you. I value your support so much. So much, in fact, that I have two things I should say:

+ Hunter and I are not together anymore. He has been a fixture and big supporter of perfectlyP since the beginning, and likewise a fixture and supporter in my life for the past six years. So, I owe him a lot for a lot of things, but that's one of them. I am NOT telling you this looking for attention, promise. I just want you to know, because though it's recent, and soverystrange, I don't even feel like coming here pretending for another minute that my life is the same. Because, alternatively, I can't imagine anything changing my life more right now. So there's that.

+ and perhaps, even worse (laughing so I'm not crying): I finally figured out how to use affiliate links on my blog! I had never cared enough to do it before, but here's my angle on this: I'm not trying to make money off of you. I just figured that in those [RARE] cases where I'm sharing a link of something you could currently buy, I may as well. I promise you these links are scattered, though not hidden. I'm still not blogging with the grand purpose of monetization (could be cool though?), but, definitely wanted you to know.

That is ALL for now. Thanks for reading. The only way to go is up! Onward! 

Thursday, April 7

Graphic Tee Time #1: I Need My Space

| earrings: Kate Spade | tee: Kennedy Space Center online | belt: Target | pants: Old Navy (similar) | flats: Old Navy (similar) | | lip color: Maybelline Colorsensational in Fuchsia Fever

with photos by Stephanie KB Photo and hair by Amanda McEachern

GUYS! Several exciting things happening today. Least of all, it's nearly the weekend again, which is always a great feeling...

I'm so excited to be kicking off a new series with Sarah from Shades of Sarah. You probably already know that I'm obsessed with graphic tees...have always been (Graphic Tee week, anyone?), and will always be. I love a solid or striped tee as much as the next girl, but something about a loud graphic tee appeals to the maximalist in me. The stranger, the better. 

I've been sharing a LOT of graphic tee + skirt outfits on Twitter, because I can't get enough, and Sarah was kind enough to reach out about a collab. Like I needed much of a reason to wear MORE graphic tees and share them on the blog. So, curl up with a cup of Graphic Tee Time, by Sarah & I!

We'll be styling and sharing our favorites, right here, every Thursday in April; leading up to a grand finale on April 28th where *Y*O*U* get to link up your graphic tee 'fit too! That gives you pleeeenty of time to get your tshit and post together, so no excuses, everybody. I seriously just want you to link up because I'm always looking for more ways to wear graphic tees. Because they are in my top 10 favorite things ever. Cool? Cool. 

Like I said, the weirder the tee, the more it tickles my fancy. I've wanted a NASA shirt since high school, and this once particularly since I saw it on the lovely Chloe. A few weeks ago, I took a babysitting charge to Nashville's Adventure Science Center, where we went through a "space walk", learned about planets, and I read this quote:

" is for everybody. It's not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That's our new frontier out there, and it's everybody's business to know about space." 
- Christa McAuliffe, all-around badass, December 6, 1985

And then I realized...I need my space. So do you. And, ironically, both the literal and emotional meaning are actually PERFECT for my phase of life right now! 

There are plenty of fantastic options for NASA tees online, this one is literally from the Kennedy Space Center online store (and a cool $10 for a kids size.) Generally my go-to for a graphic tee is tucked into a skirt, but tuxedo pants also look pretty freaking cool, as a tried and true formula

Lastly- sorry for the novel today- I had an impromptu shoot with Steph (when she was in town last week) and my dear friend Amanda, who is working on her bridal hair styling. Thanks, Amanda & Michael for letting us take over your house in a pinch! More photos by Steph to come. 

Be sure and head over to Shades of Sarah and check out what my sweet co-host is rocking today! And mark those calendars for April 28th! It will be a par-tee. Ok, I'm out.
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teapot graphic by my talented & sweet friend Taylor