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summer wardrobe updates

Oh hey there - it's an outfit post! To be honest, outfit posts don't really seem too inspiring to me these days. You've all seen most of my clothes and you know I prefer to repeat things and wear a lot of black, so there's nothing earth-shattering going on there. Even though this post is old, I just came across it, and I pretty much feel the same way. I've stopped reading most of the fashion blogs I used to read, because it's so apparent that the bloggers are wearing a new outfit every day that they didn't pay for. That not how I live, so why would I want to see an example of that? I want to see people who wear what they already own and who have to plan and budget for pretty new things. 

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So anyway, here's a boring outfit that I happen to love. Dress I've had for several years, purchased at a consignment store. Necklace also had for years. Shoes are new and are one of my summer wardrobe updates, planned for months. I talked more about these sandals over on my cool friend Jennifer's new website hey ENNUI

I've purchased a few other things for summer, a few tops (one from The Vault, one from The Real Real, so both on consignment), and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this dress. I'm hoping it's going to be the one I wear all summer. In addition to the one above, of course. 

Speaking of summer, we're again planning to be in Boulder for a good chunk of time. If you need some help with your summer wardrobe planning, you have a few more weeks to book something, or you'll have to hold your horses until mid-August! Go here to see available appointment times, there are only a few left in June!


madewell picks

madewell picks

While we were in Boulder during July, I attempted to restart my yoga practice and signed up for unlimited classes at a studio a five minute walk from our apartment. The classes were great, except that there was a Madewell store next door. I'm being completely honest with you here, I actually only went in twice, thanks to my temporarily misplaced desire to shop. Aside from the initial excitement when Madewell first opened (it's a subsidiary of J. Crew) in 2006 and again when the Madewell store opened in St. Louis last year, I hadn't really done a lot of shopping there. But when I went in recently, the store was filled with hip, casual basics with artistic details and I found myself snapping tons of pictures (what I do to make note of items I like). Here's what caught my eye:

I saw one of the Madewell employees (who was not a skinny minnie) wearing this tank and it was adorable and very flattering. Also nursing friendly!

This ikat dress is so easy and breezy for hot August weather.

This is pretty much the perfect black dress - it would be flattering on almost every figure. It feels very substantial and well made in person.

This dress has actually been on my wishlist for a while. Great swingy shape for flowing right over spots you don't want to highlight and buttons for nursing!


I am in LOVE with this necklace, it has a very Marni feel. I'm going to try and DIY a version of it, but if that doesn't work out, I'll be buying this one. It has a cool sliding clasp which makes it adjustable, which is the holy grail of necklaces for me.

I love the Japanese technique of shibori dying, it makes such a cool pattern. I'm lucky enough to have a similar scarf by the fabric artist Rena Wood, but this one is great too.

Booties are my favorite shoes to wear in the fall, but I prefer not being able to see socks peeking out. These are thicker than the ones I usually wear and look comfy.

It's sometimes hard to find a patterned neutral scarf (I know, poor me) and this one is a wool blend, so would actually be somewhat warm.

Another cool geometric necklace.


Good stuff, right? Is anything here going to make your wishlist?


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