Dress Well: The Run Around

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Madewell chambray shirt (old), Paige Denim jeans, Converse Chuck Taylors, TEXI leather bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Yesterday I had to do a couple of store visits for work, so I took that as an excellent opportunity to break out some of my more casual clothes. My Chuck Taylors haven't been getting much love lately (after all, my Chie Mihara wedges have pretty much become the equivalent of a dictator among my shoes - no other shoes will be tolerated!) and yesterday seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull them out again. Let them know I hadn't forgotten about them.

Also, for all of you who don't live in the Bay Area - this is what I wore to work (after the store visits). And I wasn't underdressed (at least, I don't think I was). Sometimes I forget how crazy "professional" standards are around here...but you won't hear me complaining about get to flex a few more creativity muscles where my wardrobe is concerned. When I worked at the bank, all of my outfits incorporated one of three pencil skirts. Things got repetitive fast.

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DSC_4824My obsession of the day (and probably week, possibly month): Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud. Am I totally behind the times? I'm not exactly up to date on the music scene. But I heard this song on Songza on Tuesday and have been completely enamored ever since. It's my new antidote for a bad day or a stressful situation - seriously, who can feel down during that chorus?

Have a wonderful day, everyone.

Dress Well: Rained Out

Madewell shirt (old), J Brand jeans, Converse sneakers, J. Crew necklace (old)

Yesterday my attempts to go out and get cute blog photos were thwarted by relentless rain. There are certain elements of nature that just don't mesh with blog photos: rain is one of those elements. While part of me thinks that soaking-wet photos would have at least been hilarious, for now we'll just have to settle for the single picture we were able to snap inside of the apartment. You guys get the gist of the outfit, right?

I had no idea when I bought this shirt that I would end up wearing it almost every week. Self-five, past Natalie. If only you had bought it in other colors, too.

I'm leaving for Houston today (yay!!) but I have, at the time of writing this, not packed a single thing. Somehow, House of Cards and napping on my couch seemed more important last night than loading up my suitcase. Here's hoping that in my rush to get packed I don't forget anything crucial...it wouldn't be the first time I forgot an essential item, like shoes.

Have a great Thursday. Posts may get sporadic as I travel to Texas, but I'll be back again next week!

Dress Well: Rain Delay

J. Crew shirt, Paige jeans (old), Converse sneakers, J. Crew necklace, TEXI leather bag

Yesterday morning was a total meltdown - not only was it raining (lightly) when we went outside to take photos, but we discovered once we went to take the first picture that our camera was dead. So, we had to resort to iPhone photos. I guess things could have been worse.

In my opinion, when you're dressed in something as comfortable as a baseball tee + Converse, there's virtually no chance of having a bad day. I just can't get over my love for this shirt - it's striped, has leather detailing, and goes great with big necklaces. It's pretty much the Platonic form of everything I like in clothing.

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While yesterday was undoubtedly a good day, I have to admit that I cried during my entire drive home from work. It had nothing to do with what happened to me yesterday, and everything to do with what I was listening to - David Sedaris on This American Life reading his essay about his sister's suicide. The essay is centered around the experience of growing up in a big family, an experience I relate to in almost every detail. More than anything, this passage made me sob and laugh and marvel how remarkably true it is all at the same time:

"This is how I thought of it, for though I’ve often lost faith in myself, I’ve never lost it in my family, in my certainty that we are fundamentally better than everyone else. It’s an archaic belief, one that I haven’t seriously reconsidered since my late teens, but still I hold it. Ours is the only club I’d ever wanted to be a member of, so I couldn’t imagine quitting."

I miss you, family.

There's a cheery thought to send you off into your weekend...regardless, have a great one!

Dress Well: Got My Walkin' Shoes

All Saints leather jacket, Madewell sweater (old), Paige jeans (old), Madewell necklace, Converse, Coach sunglasses (old)

In anticipation of our trip to Disneyland on Monday (!!!), I finally broke down and bought myself a pair of Chuck Taylors. I feel like I've been in a weird tennis shoe situation for awhile now - I have workout shoes, but nothing that I can wear casually around town on your average weekend day. Let's just say that problem has been fixed - I've had these babies for four days, and I've already worn them twice. Now I can't wait to march them out in the Happiest Place on Earth!

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DSC_3056It's been a long week, which makes this the best kind of Friday - not only am I celebrating the end of a hard week, but I also get to celebrate the fact that I board a plane to L.A. tomorrow morning. It will only be a four-day trip, but I couldn't be more excited. Sunshine, good food, and rollercoasters are exactly what my life needs right now!

Have a great weekend.