Wednesday, April 19

Truly Madly Deeply

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| lip: Wet ‘n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Nice To Fuchsia | crown necklace: Tiffany’s | dress: Vinnie Louise Nashville {similar} | sweater: H&M {similar} | socks: Target {similar} | boots: Doc Martens |

How do you determine if you have an obsessive personality? I mean, without science (I hate when people explain things to me using science.) If you have information regarding this, let me know. Or as my brothers would say, “Allow me to Google that for you.”

I’m obviously obsessed with the 90’s- and could this outfit be any more 90’s?? I’m actually more obsessed with the 80’s- but that’s a different matter. I was actually alive in the 90’s, and I think I was doing pretty well back then; but I have this theory that I would have absolutely freaking thrived if I were alive in the 80’s. I mean- my hair was meant for this decade. When I go on dates I actually like to ask the question “If you had to pick between 80’s or 90’s music for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?” (You know, just a fun, casual, icebreaker question.) Truly there isn’t a wrong answer- not with me anyways- what I’m really looking for is passion, maybe more specifically that they take this matter extremely seriously. The more worked up they get, the better.

But back to this look! I vaguely included this dress in my monthly round-up for March. Vinnie Louise has emerged as my new favorite boutique in town- it’s casual, trendy, and really reasonably priced! Nothing is worse than coming across a thin cheapy dress at a boutique that’s like $88- no thanks. I really want to write a guide to my current favorite shops in town (stay tuned!) There is really nothing I love more than a day dress and when I came across this in the shop, I couldn’t un-see it paired with my Docs- IS THIS REALLY THEIR BLOG DEBUT??

Guys. In an effort to not make this post too ramble-y, I’ll save my Docs story for another time. And oh there is a story. Every style has a story.

On a personal note- we are hosting our annual conference at work this week! It kicks off today and goes through Friday, and then I am headed to Memphis on Saturday morning (with Amanda to visit Meredith!) So, m-m-m-madness as usual! I am actually even more excited about our conference than normal, because I'm an emcee on one of the stages this year! I've finally arrived! So, trying to be a charming professional adult and simultaneously functional human. Stay tuned. And follow along on Twitter (blog / personal) for my "professional outfits" and marketing best practices lolololol

P.S. I read recently that tying a sweater around your waist is the easiest and cheapest way to transform your entire wardrobe. You’re welcome!

P.P.S. This title obviously inspired by my favorite 90's song of all time. I loved Savage Garden then, and they have TRULY stood the test of time. Thanks guys.

P.P.P.S. If you're looking for a good 80's and 90's playlist to get you started, here ya go: 80's / 90's

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Thursday, April 13

Pop, Suki, & Priya

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| sunnies: stall in London {similar} | lip: NYX LiquidSuede lipstick in Tea & Cookies | button-up: secondhand Target {similar} | scarf: H&M {similar} | jeans: Old Navy Rockstar | oxfords: Primark {similar} | 
| purse: Pop & Suki (gift from Carina!) | 

Forgive me for not being fully reverent yet to this. PURSE. If you’re not impressed just because it’s tiny and pink, please understand that this is one of just a couple things I own with my name on it (and that’s only because my as-Southern-as-sweet-tea ex-boyfriend was super into monograms!) (No shade- hi Hunter, I still love you.) 

My sister who, ironically, keeps me informed on all the blogger trends, was filling me in on Pop & Suki before Christmas last year, and innocently asking me which one she should get and which one was my favorite, and then this showed up on my doorstep (on today’s episode of: My Sisters Spoil Me!)

The “camera bag” is truly a purse for only your essentials- cardholder, phone, lip- I even have to detach my gaggle of keys when I use it. Which makes me a little panick-y, because I’m the kind of person that likes to tote a suitcase around, but it’s also pretty liberating. They also just released some dreamy new colors for Spring (lavender and robin's egg blue- swoon!)

And this is the last set (for now!) of pictures Steph took for me in January. This look was really just planned around showcasing this purse, though I’m all about the simple chic of a button-down and oxfords, as well as a pink, white, and gray color combo. The oxfords I've linked to are pretty dang similar, and such a versatile shoe to own!

I’m always a fan of areas of Nashville that make it feel like you could be in a different city (which…is there some sort of lesson in there?) and that’s how I always feel in Hillsboro Village by Vanderbilt. I’m not sure exactly what this beautiful marble building is…besides a great backdrop for some blog pics amiright?

Thank you Steph for all these photos! Check out the rest of the photos by her from that weekend right here.

Thank you Carina for my favorite lil purse! Check out other things Carina has given me...literally all over my blog.


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Tuesday, April 11

Weekend Update: #KTWonginPNW

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I’m back in Nashville after a whirlwind weekend in Portland, Oregon! This trip was supposed to be for business and pleasure but ended up being mostly pleasure. My plan was to work out of our Portland office on Friday and Monday and in between, celebrate #KTWonginPNW (I try to average like one bachelorette party/weekend.)

Before you say “aren’t all of your weekends a whirlwind? Isn’t your life a whirlwind?” Basically yes, but I at least tried to set myself up for success by flying out on Thursday afternoon to work an entire day before the party started. But what actually happened was that my flight got cancelled in a Delta cluster…so after a few hours at the airport, watching my hopes of making it Thursday or even Friday steadily decline, I just went home! And had about 1.5 “bonus days” that were super strange but actually great. Let me be clear- I was super bummed to have my plans ruined and miss half of the party. But I felt like I was off the grid there for a moment.

ANYWAY I made it to Portland on Saturday (I have to note that I got upgraded to first class for the first time in my life and it was THE life) for what I’ll call an ultra-marathon of a day: met the Bride Squad at a winery south of the city (I felt like I was in Europe, it was so beautiful, I could have done that all day, but we had a full itinerary!), we stopped by the Rose Garden, the original Ace Hotel (I’m such a fan) & Stumptown Coffee, an epic block of food trucks (steam buns & potstickers), and Powell’s Book Store (!!! that place is incredible!) all while celebrating the sweetest bride-to-be with a great gaggle of girls.

We stopped at the house where I was just really happy to brush my teeth, honestly, and very quickly got glammed up and turned around to go to dinner which was so wonderful. And then we got home and I could have slept anywhere!

Sunday was super chill and cozy and after French toast the bachelorettes started splitting one by one until finally just Katie & I went to Sephora to pick out the make-up for her wedding day, which I don't have to tell you I loved.

Sunday night my fantastic co-worker who I am obsessed with (and is a blogger, among other things! Hi Alison, if you’re reading this!) was sweet enough to host myself and another co-worker for dinner in “the couve” – yeah, I went to Washington for the first time! It was very great.

On Sunday I stayed in a hotel for the first time by myself! It was weird and cool. I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of things lately where I have to recite the pep talk mantra “THIS IS SO GOOD FOR YOU PRIYA!”

And finally, on Monday I walked over to the office which was SO cool- after years of working with our staff based in Portland and mailing things to the address and seeing the space on video chat, etc. It really is a great spot. And one really wonderful co-worker took me to get Nong’s chicken to hold me over for the trip back and it really did!

I was pretty delir all weekend, but I am totally charmed by Portland and can’t wait to go back, hopefully sooner rather than later and for longer than a few days. Everything we did just had the coziest feeling- I guess it’s that perpetual PNW gray.

Also I know I’ll write more about my friend Katie as she gets married next month (!!! 40 days but who’s counting!) but I truly would travel any number of miles at any hour of the day (or airline…) because she is a friend that is one in a million. Love you, Katie! (Alternate hashtags: #naughtyornice #JonGotTheFinalRose #NiceDayForAWongWedding.)

After I sleep for like 3 days, I’m ready for whatever’s next. Anyone have a bachelorette party they want me to crush next weekend? Make it a three-peat? Holler at your girl.

Thursday, April 6

If The Mitten Fits

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| coat: Old Navy {similar} | sweater: H&M {similar} | mittens: rand-me-downs from Finland {similar}| skirt: Old Navy {similar} | socks: Target {similar} | booties: Rag & Bone | mani: Sunday, My Off Duty Nude by Ciaté {super similar basically the same thing!} | 

You know what I just realized I’ve forgotten to be irritated about lately? We had *such* a mild Winter in Nashville this year! We had a grand total of 0 “check my work email and cheer and roll over and go back to sleep and then spend the day eating carbs and watching 80’s movies” snow days. So that was a real bummer. The other bummer being that basically all of my cold weather accessories were left untouched all season long. I try to be pretty strict with my closet, and get rid of anything I don’t wear over a season, but what’s the solution here? Accept that global warming IS the new norm and give all my scarfs away? (I really only wear one scarf every Winter all Winter long anyway.)

So looking back at this outfit it looks a little silly like, if it was warm enough for bare legs, it wasn’t cold enough for mittens, but fashion is pain and aren’t these mittens the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I always say that I’m not a sensitive person but I am *extremely* sentimental, and especially when it comes to what I wear. These mittens were randomly given to me when we spent Christmas 2014 in Finland. I can't be sure exactly where they came from, but I'd like to think they belonged to my mom or someone in the family when they were younger. Otherwise I think this is officially the last outfit I'm cataloging as Winter around here. 

As of this afternoon (!) I am headed to the Pacific Northwest for my girl Katie's Bachelorette weekend AND to work out of our Portland office for two days! I am excited for a little Spring adventure and some time with my best girlfriends. Plus I kinda feel like I knocked it out of the park with packing, but, stay tuned.

I’ll be back in Nashville Monday night with Bachelorette shenanigans to share, but in the meantime, follow along with me on Instagram and Twitter (blog / personal.)
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Tuesday, April 4

Weekend Update: #AnjsNashlorette & Christine's 30th!

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This WEEKEND, y’all, was nothing short of a bender.

Once in a lifetime (twice if you’re lucky!) you have the kind of friend that Anjali is to me. So all weekend long when I was running around and describing this bachelorette party that I was crashing, I had to clarify, yes it’s Carina’s best friend but yes it’s also my mom’s best friend’s daughter and yes I have known her since I was born. I have a bunch of funny stories about Anj actually, most notably, we look more like sisters than Carina & I do and Anj’s dad even called me “Anjali” a couple times when I was younger and running around their house.

So it was truly really special to participate in her festivities all weekend long and I am exorbitantly glad she chose to have her Bachelorette party in my city!

I helped Carina make a few reservations and piece together an itinerary for the crew of 10, that came to town from the Bay Area, and I was pretty tickled that they stuck to my suggestions! Imagine my relief too when, I think everyone had an incredible time and things went really smoothly! I basically got super lucky a few times over the weekend (think, inadvertently helping us skip lines) which made me the hero of the party, which, I didn’t mind at all :)

Then smack dab in the middle of all of this, on Saturday during the day was my friend first, boss second Christine’s 30th birthday brunch! These parties never disappoint and especially because “this was the last brunch” (though she’s said that a few times) she pulled out ALL the stops. A highlight of my entire weekend was the temporary tattoos she made of “Christine’s Rules to Life” (most of which she had given to me at some point…and I helped brainstorm back to her.) By the time I left her party Saturday evening I had five temporary tattoos (gems like, “When wearing a high pony, I always take an ibuprofen as a preventative measure.”) I also know she’ll be reading this because she’s one of five people on my blog mailing list so HBD again Christine, I love you!

The #bridetribe (I actually hate this term more than anything) stayed at an incredible air&b super close to my house, and covered the Nashville staples (hot chicken, karaoke, a night on Broadway, porch hangs) but also checked out some real local gems, LA Jackson, (new to me, newish to Nashville, and incredible!) Bastion, (another super neat cocktail bar), Le Sel (perfect for our party- from the pink suede booths to the delicious lamb gnocchi I had!) and Margot (nothing short of a life-giving brunch on Sunday.)

All-together, a lovely group of girls that I enjoyed meeting and a pretty grandiose Bachelorette party weekend for Anjali (that I am still 100% recovering from!) 

Friday, March 31

MARCH / out like a lamb

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+ Hi! It’s the very end of March! Which means we’re nearly in the clear for warm weather and my birthday season and all those goodies. I had a pretty chill month, really, just in time for things to pick up: two bachelorette parties in two weeks is the name of this episode of my life. How was your month?

+ I was super excited to finally share the pictures my friend Steph took for me back in January: featuring a new yellow coat, my uniform this Winter, a mini skirt and OTK boots, and my favorite item in my closet right now! I blogged about my quick weekend trip to Miami (including an outfit for a night out in Wynwood and a day in South Beach), my second attempt at styling my culottes, and six productivity tips (as I focused on my time management skills.) 

TUNES: what I’ve been jammin’ to lately!
+ The Staves | This happens a lot- I make a rec, THEN go see a show & really get into it. Per my sister’s advice I saw The Staves in concert & omg- obsessed with everything about them! Haunting harmonies, charming accents, talented musicians- you won’t regret a listen (esp. if you’re a fan of Haim or Joseph.) Listen to: No Me, No You, No More
+ Tame Impala | We all know the hits from 2015’s Currents, but just a reminder that this entire album is actually fantastic and perfect for a Saturday morning coffee kitchen dance-off (tested!) New favorite: The Moment 
- Childish Gambino | Honestly I need to spend a lot more time listening to the entirety  of “Awaken, My Love!” but hot damn if Redbone isn’t the slaps of 2017 so far. Cannot get enough. Listen to: Redbone
+ John Mayer | After 15+ years of listening along, I doubt I’ll ever NOT be a fan of his. The Search for Everything drops on April 14th, but there’s been a few mini releases that are whimsical and perfect. Listen to: Love on the Weekend and Still Feel Like Your Man (rumored to be about Katy Perry!) 
+ Jimmy Eat World | I started listening to JEW in middle school & finally saw them in concert. These guys still sound and look great, especially considering the longevity of their career. They also seem like genuinely nice people. I cried more than once but less than three times. New fave: Sure and Certain Old fave: (so many great options…) Work

You love Michael Bolton. I love Michael Bolton. Let’s connect on Spotify! 

+ I once again made a goal to make some healthy recipes and once again did not. I’ll be honest- when I cook for just myself, I eat very simply and healthily (and usually standing up!) However, I did make this rosemary chicken with portabella mushrooms that was pretty delicious.

+ Speaking of failed goals, in conjunction with my running and Bikini Body Guide (I’m on Week 7 those workouts are getting SO REAL, guys!) I really wanted to do some yoga this month. Well, I went to one Restorative Yoga class. It was nice, but kinda reaffirmed why I don’t do yoga unless I have tons of time on my hands.
BEAUTY: my new favorites from the past month!
+ OPI RapidDry Top Coat | This has changed the #nailpolishchallenge for me (nothing too crazy- I’m just wearing every single shade of polish I own, and documenting on Twitter, for the most part.) This top coat is super glossy, dries quickly (seriously- no pillow lines!), and makes even cheap polish look luxe and last!  
+ Wet n Wild LiquidCatsuit lipstick | My boss and I have this thing with cheap beauty dupes- y’all know I love a liquid lipstick, and this stuff is SO great (and $5 a pop!) We’re obsessed with Gimme Mocha (rust red-brown) and Rebel Rose (cool tone pink.) 
+ Becca Cosmetics highlighter in Champagne Pop | I am still milking my Miami tan by using this highlighter, daily! This was a birthday gift last year from a very knowledgeable friend, and it gives the most perfect glow! 
+ Scuni Rubber hair ties | Working out is hard enough as is, and I just can’t deal with a lemon of a hair tie. I have super heavy, thick hair that just doesn’t stay put while I’m jumping around. These rubber hair ties are awesome and hold so well- just be careful when you’re taking your hair out. 

+ New favorite place in Nashville: Henrietta Red! I’m not super into oysters, honestly, but I had some pretty tasty ones here! Plus the cocktails and classy but coastal vibe alone did it for me. 

+ I've loved my evenings on the couch watching Big Little Lies - have you been watching?? Even after reading the book (and knowing the plot) it has completely drawn me in. I think it’s really well done- and the finale is THIS Sunday!
SHOPPING: so, I actually bought a bunch of new stuff this month...
+ Doc Martens | No regrets about these, at ALL. Haven't been on the blog yet, but I’ve been wearing them non-stop! 
+ vintage blouse | Been a while since I went vintage shopping, but I finally went into this great little shop in my neighborhood and picked up the most beautiful purple silk blouse. 
+ Target bralettes | I’m having a bralette Summer, who’s with me?? Target has some amazing options right now (this one is SO comfy / great racerback option.) 
+ Target “lace-up” dress | Went to Target a couple times…I love this color & I can never have enough day dresses! 
+ running shoes | not exciting, but totally necessary. I picked up some new (purple) Asics trainers at Nordstrom’s Rack (I believe they are these ones.)
+ Report heels | the next day I went back for these heels, already proved invaluable for work or a bach weekend. 
+ Vinnie & Louise dress | Another favorite local boutique, this 90’s-inspired white day dress will be on the blog, soon. 
+ boutique romper & dress | Love language: boutique shopping. I found an great navy romper & bell sleeved dress! 
+ Jimmy Eat World band tee | I can't resist a graphic tee and picked this one up at the merch table at their show because it's actually really cool looking! 

Yeah, I’ll consider this my Spring wardrobe refresh. 

+ Would love to hear what you’ve been getting into, working on, listening to & wearing this month! Share below! 

Wednesday, March 29

Spring Flare

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| hat: Old Navy {similar} | lip: Urban Decay Vice in Venom | sweater: H&M {similar} | jeans: Madewell via Poshmark {similar} | socks: Target {similar} | clog sandals: Target {similar} |

Bad thing from today: I can either afford to a) pay my rent next month or b) get a crown put on my tooth.

Great thing from today: I was asked to be a stage host at our big conference in a few weeks! Lights, camera, PRIYA. 

Another GREAT thing- these pictures! This is my favorite look and overall set of photos that Stephanie took, back when she came to town in January, and I've been dying to post them! She killed it with the composition and editing, huh? Check out our other looks from that weekend, right here!

Even though we took these pictures in January, I just love how Springy the vibe is! It couldn't be more perfect for life right now. Is it perfectly Springy where you are, too? 

Everything about this outfit (floppy hat, dark lipstick, mega-flared jeans) is a little more dramatic and romantic than normal for me, but I love it. I have another floppy hat that I break out about once every Winter, but this one transitions so nicely into Spring. Quick shout-out to this lip color, Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Venom, originally a random gift to me, now one of my favorite lip products ever. I found these jeans super randomly on Poshmark last Fall and though they were included in my Fall Un-Capsule, this is their blog debut! They are the Madewell Flea Market Flare, which normally go for about $130- I got mine for $20 in the steal of the century. As soon as I bought them I texted my sister and said "you will think my new jeans are so ridic" but you know, they are one of my favorite things to wear right now. "Anything for a laugh, anything for a 'look'."

And if you're wondering if I only have one pair of shoes tall enough to wear with these jeans, the answer is yes:
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Just keeping it real with a little BTS for you. Though it looks a little ridiculous, I actually love wearing socks with clogs and I don't care who knows it!

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Thursday, March 23

Flannel & Wool

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| sunnies: Target {similar} | lip: Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Tampered | flannel: stolen from my brother (Urban Outfitter's) {similar} | skirt: Madewell via Carina {similar} | tights: Target | boots: Target {similar} | 

I am just about wrapping up the last of my Winter outfits around here, before I transition into Spring (psst: did you know you can view each of my outfits by season? Check it out —> Winter / Spring / Summer / Fall.)

Stephanie killed it with these pictures, didn't she? I was so lucky to have my talented best friend come visit me back in January (and the pictures did not hurt!) Did you catch the first and second outfits from my shoots with her? We took these just down the street from my house in my neighborhood "strip mall" - using the term loosely, because, while strip malls are usually sterile and suburban, this little one is made up of old colored brick buildings! I don't know if I've mentioned lately that where I've been living in Nashville (for going on two years now) is my favorite place I've ever lived in the entire city. And let me tell you, I have done my homework, living in virtually every part of town. I guess I shouldn't hand out my address, but let me know if you want to hear more about that. :)

So this outfit is definitely one of my favorite looks of the season! I just can't get enough of my OTK boots, and to think I avoided them initially because I didn't think they were my style. Pairing them with a mini-skirt was even more of a step outside of my comfort zone, but Steph assured me, and hey, it works! I think the combination of OTK boots + tights + a mini at my natural waist actually looks pretty elongating, which is my end game any time I get dressed (short legs, right here.) 

This decent pair from Target appears to be sold out (boo!) but I've linked to the dreamy #bestlife Stuart Weitzman's. Quick poll: should I use my entire tax return to buy a pair? (Kidding, mom!)

This flannel is one of maybe three that I own, and I stole it from my little brother years ago (thanks Tup!) But anyone in my family/friend/boyfriend circle KNOWS that at any time, an item in their closet may appear on my blog. It comes with the territory. 

But for real, this button-up is a great reminder to me that it is way better to have a couple of something you really love, instead of six of something you don't really care for. And THAT is a lesson you can apply anywhere in your life! There you go, an outfit and some real life advice. Don't say I never did nothin' for ya.
 

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Wednesday, March 22

Uniforms

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| coat: Old Navy {similar} | glasses: ban.do | scarf: gift (Madewell) | tee: Old Navy | purse: Kate Spade {similar} | pants: Old Navy {similar} | booties: Steven by Steve Madden via Carina {similar} |

If you wanna talk "uniforms" lately, here's mine! Before we hit these legendary thunderstorms and mild Spring days, we had a couple weeks of *super* cold weather, the coldest of the year so far, in fact. I lived inside this coat for days at a time (only kinda joking.) It's the warmest coat I own, and has served me super well for the past few years- in Finland, in freezing Nashville, in rain, in snow, you name it! I got mine at Old Navy a few years ago, but they sell this style pretty much every season. There are so many similar options out there- I would completely recommend a "parka" style coat!

The tee + drawstring pants combo has really become a go-to as well, I wear this to work about once a week. Perfect for pretending you're still wearing pajamas. How fun are these sunglasses? I am obsessed with all things ban.do, and these were a free giftie when I bought some Christmas presents back in December. And lastly, this fabulous blanket scarf was a gift from my sister-in-law, thanks, SIS! It's been my favorite of the season. 

And this is the second set of photos I took with my bffl Steph, when she came to town back in January (first set, coming right up!) We spent the last half day they were here wandering around shops in 12 South, and grabbing tacos at Bar Taco, and it was pretty perfect. 

Apart from normal work stuff, I'm having a pretty chill week for a change. I've actually challenged myself to get a little bored in the evenings, for the first time in...six years? It's been a real treat. I am also MEGA feeling the Spring Break Blues (or maybe, lack of Spring Break Blues?) so I'm planning to take Friday off, maybe a staycation, maybe just a Priya day, we'll see! 

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