Dress Well: Those Summer Nights

Banana Republic blouse (old), J. Crew jeans, Chie Mihara wedges, Anthropologie cuff (old), Anthropologie bag (old), Ray-Ban sunglasses

Confession: I am a HUGE Grease fan. You know, in case you were wondering about the title of this post.

You guys - summer has arrived! It got up to 90 degrees in San Francisco today - if that isn't summer what is? Of course, I could barely sleep last night because it was so warm (we don't do air conditioning in this neck of the woods) but overall I would say that it was worth it, if for nothing else than to get to experience the all-too-rare feeling of walking outside and having my first thought NOT be "man, I could really use a jacket."

The unseasonably warm weather gave me a great reason to pull this old-but-good blouse out of my closet. Also, didn't I tell you I was going to be living in these wedges?

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From the files of "bizarre things that make me smile": yesterday was definitely an interesting day for driving. On my way home from work, I pulled onto the freeway next to a guy who was playing a trumpet...while driving. Like, left hand on the steering wheel, right hand on the trumpet. It was wild. What was even better, though, was the electronic traffic sign I saw on my way into work. I thought it was notifying me of a wreck, but no - it said, "TURN BACK. GODZILLA ATTACK." To whoever programmed that sign - I request the highest of fives.

Rounding out what is already a great week - I got the items I ordered from Anthropologie over the weekend (they had a 15% off sale - I had to) last night! I'm really excited about what I snagged - can't wait to show you guys.

Have a great Wednesday.

Dress Well: A Day in the Headlands

Banana Republic vest (old), Anthropologie dress (old), Rocket Dog boots, Madewell necklace, Coach sunglasses

Yesterday we, along with some friends, seized the beautiful day and ventured to the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge for an outdoor barbecue in the Marin Headlands. We expected to be greeted by warm, sunny weather on the other side - after all, it was 70 degrees and beautifully sunny in SF. Unfortunately, the Bay Area fog decided to greet us instead. That wasn't a problem, though - I turned the picnic blanket I had packed into a makeshift coat. Despite the unexpectedly gray weather, we had a blast. We're already planning to go back soon (next time hopefully on a sunny day!).

Also, my lovely friend Renee threw this braid in my hair before we set off for the picnic (remember her amazing skills from this post?). I'm so impressed by how well this braid held up despite me clobbering it with my blanket-coat all afternoon - Renee is just the best!

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I hope all of you guys had wonderful weekends, too - now go have a great week!

Dress Well: Cream on White

Anthropologie shirt (old), Banana Republic tank (old), AG jeans, Sam Edelman sandals, J. Crew necklace (old), Tory Burch bag, Coach sunglasses

I've come to realize at least one thing in the process of writing posts this summer: my summer clothes are OLD.

These pictures were difficult to come by. Something about the light that morning looked harsh no matter what the setting. So I opted for the strategy that I find myself opting for so often in life: I found a spot in front of a gray wall that was simple and effective. No need to get fancy! Same goes for my outfit. I first paired this shirt and these jeans together on my honeymoon. Something about white on cream at the time seemed to say "Summer in Italy." However, the outfit has served me well here in the U.S. too. The best thing about white jeans? They allow you to feel summery and yet dress appropriately for 65-degree weather.

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I am very much looking forward to the weekend - how about you? Between work, mornings at the gym, and evenings spent with my husband staying up later than we should to watch Arrested Development, I am thoroughly tired out. I can't wait for another weekend full of good meals, sleeping in, and lots of snuggling. We're headed back to AQ tonight to try out their summer tasting menu, and on Saturday I am getting a loooooooooong awaited haircut. Nothing drastic, but I can't wait to have my dead, split ends GONE! But enough about my thrilling weekend...what are you guys up to? I hope it's something fun!

Have a great Friday.

Dress Well: Full Circle // Last Day

Banana Republic shirt (similar), J. Crew skirt (old), Ivanka Trump heels, Michael Kors watch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, Tory Burch bag (very similar)

It wasn't until quite a bit after I had picked out this outfit to wear on my last day of work that I realized that it was the exact same outfit that I wore on my very first day of work. Maybe it's a little cheesy, but I like it when even the little things come full circle. That first day is still so clear in my memory - my husband and I had flown into San Francisco from our honeymoon the night before. Our stuff hadn't arrived from Texas yet, so we had to spend the night in a hotel. In the morning, my husband walked me to work (but not before we hit up the excellent hotel breakfast buffet). I remember walking into the office on the first day feeling so confident in this outfit - despite the fact that I was jet-lagged and crashing into reality after a wonderful honeymoon, I at least had my new clothes to keep me upbeat. Having graduated from college only a few months before, business casual was still a new, exciting, relatively unexplored dress code. My mom bought me this skirt as a part of my "professional world" work wardrobe, and I couldn't wait to wear it. These shoes were new too (now they're on their last legs) and by the time I was walking home to our apartment after work that evening, I was hobbling - turns out walking blocks and blocks and blocks in heels you've never worn before is a great way to tear up your feet. Lesson learned - in San Francisco, flats are essential for your commute!

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DSC_7889I am so excited for the adventures ahead of me, but today, on my last day at Bank of America, it's hard not to reflect on all the wonderful blessings these past two years have brought into my life. While I've learned plenty of valuable things from the job, the aspect of working at BofA that I'll miss above all things is my co-workers. To Troy and Paul - thank you for making work such a fun (and funny) experience. Being able to share all of our work experiences, from the validating to the frustrating, and to become such close friends in the process is what has made me happy to walk into the office every morning (and you'd better be happy that you finally got a shoutout by name!). To Jeannette - one of my most loyal readers and such an incredibly loyal friend - thank you so much for being my teacher, then my workout buddy, then my friend. And to Chris and Vu - my very first and very best friends in San Francisco. The thought that I won't get to plan lunches every day with the two of you is enough in and of itself to make me cry. Thank you for letting me be the goofiest version of myself at work, and for being your goofiest selves right along with me. Goodbyes often feel so final, but the wonderful thing about this transition is the fact that I will still get to see all of you. And lastly, a million thanks go to my parents, my siblings, my husband, and all of you who took the time to send along your best wishes at this exciting time in my life. It means so much to me to be surrounded by such genuine, supportive people. Thank you, I'm sending so much love to you all, and have a fantastic weekend!