Monday, January 23, 2017

monday musings: week 4

Hope everyone is having a good start to their week. For the next year, each Monday I'm sharing a different "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in, since half the fun is learning more about you as well!

Q: Do you have a favorite color, and if so, has it always remained the same or changed throughout the years?

A: I think it comes a no surprise to anyone reading this that my favorite color is anything teal/aqua/mint. Hello, my blog name is half inspired by my favorite hue! But it wasn't always. As a little girl it was PINK everything, and for most of my formative years it was blue. I don't think it really shifted to teal until about five years ago.

all the teal/mint/aqua things please

A story about a shared love of teal. This summer my family and I went to Michigan for my grandparents' 65th wedding anniversary and my dad spilled the beans about my blog to my grandma. Her response was, "You named the blog after my favorite color! I adore teal." And you know, somehow I'd forgotten that. For her it meant the world that I'd honored her in that way even though it was unintentional. And though a share favorite color is such a simple thing, it makes me feel closer to her to know we have that in common.

I apologize for getting a bit sentimental. My grandmother has been very ill since October and declining rapidly. I found out this weekend that they expect her to pass in the next few days, and my heart is broken. I don't want to be downer, but I did want to share a simple story of ours in honor of her, though we have a lot more significant and better memories than just a color. :) But still. Love you grandma.

It's your turn. What is your favorite color and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 1.22.17

can't beat a good pair of jeggings:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

on teal and polka dots:
favorite sales:

  • what I'm reading: The Trespasser by Tana French - thanks Anne for the suggestion!
  • what I'm watching: Reruns of Friends, because, hey why not? 
  • what I'm crushing on: Pretty velvet smoking loafers with pretty bows, sparkly jewels and in a lovely blue hue.
  • what I'm looking forward to: A silly thing, but I'm in the process of making standard template for our university magazine and I'm in love with the combination of creativity and organization required of the project!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

not quite business casual

when: last Thursday  |  where: work  |  weather: 73 and sunny

I'm super fortunate in the fact that I can wear jeans to work. Though with the exclusions of Fridays, most days I opt to dress up a bit more with dark pants, dress, or a skirt, especially if I'm going into meetings or know I'll be interacting with the community. But last Thursday I knew I was going to be hidden away at my desk for most the day, and the lure of jeans was too strong. So it was jeans Thursday instead of jeans Friday - though let's be real, it's ALWAYS jeans Friday.

I say this not quite business casual, because in my option, jeans are never part of business attire (unless your lucky and work in a more relaxed professional environment like I do). So to make this outfit a touch more office appropriate, I added a colorful blazer and dressier flats.

It's business up top and a party on the bottom. :)

blazer: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  shirt: GAP Factory (similar)  last worn here  |  jeans: American Eagle (exact) last worn here  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact) last worn here  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (same design with a different stone)  |  watch: Target (similar)  bracelet: Loft (similar)  |  earrings: Fossil (similar)

//  Sharing on Fabulous Friday.  //

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


♫ working 9 8 to 5 ♫ (exact: necklaceshirt, shoes |  similar: skirt, watch. bracelet)

on Wednesdays we wear... (exact: pants, shoes, bracelets |  similar: watch, shirt, sweater)

a study in neutrals (exact: boots, necklace  |  similar: jacket, scarf, sweater, shirtpants)

striped shirt on repeat (exactnecklaceshoes, jeans  |  similar: blazer, shirtwatch)

blush + olive + stripes (exact: shirt, necklace, boots, jeans  |  similar: cardigan, watch, bracelet)

rainbow colored sandals (exact: sandals, jeans)

stripes on stripes (exact: necklace, clutch |  similar: shirt, cardiganwatch. braceletcuff, ring)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

sweater weather

when: last Tuesday  |  where: work  |  weather: 65 and sunny/windy

Winter is a fleeting thing in north Florida. We get a day or two of cold, but most of the time 60s and 70s is the norm. I wore this outfit last week in an attempt to "winterize" my midi skirts. Which in the south means closed-toe shoes and a light sweater. :) So inspired by Tanesha, I decided to pair a neutral sweater with this skirt.

Overall I'm pleased with the result, but confession, I was actually cold for most of the day. My skirt was just a bit too airish for the blustery day. Oh, well, the price of looking cute I suppose.

skirt: J. Crew (green optionpricey but cute smiilar)  last worn here |  sweater: GAP (similar)  last worn here  |  shoes: Aerosoles (exact)  |  necklace: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)  |  watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)  |  bracelets: Mooreseal (similar pearl cuff) J. Crew Factory (exact pave link)

Also, I'm all about these fun, retro pumps from Aerosoles. They have a nice block heel and cushy insoles which makes them pretty darn comfy for heels. They're definitely the most comfortable heels I own. This isn't a plug for Aerosoles, but I wanted to let you know how pleased I've been with them. I'm sure I'm not the only one whose continuously on a quest for comfy heels.

//  Sharing on The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore.  //

Monday, January 16, 2017

monday musings: week 3

Happy Monday friends! It's the end of a long holiday weekend, so forgive me for being a bit late in the day in posting this week's installment of Monday Musings. For the next year, each Monday will feature a different Q&A. I invite you to join in, since half the fun is getting to learn more about you as well!

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up and how does it align with what you're doing today?

A: I was one of those kids who couldn't decide on just one thing they wanted to be. One of the earliest was a writer (all my stories started with "it was a dark and stormy night"). Then it was a travel photographer/journalist, an artist, a book editor (getting to read for a living seemed like bliss), and right before I graduated from high school a historic preservationist. 

a writer, an explorer, a photographer, an artist - just a few things I wanted to be

In college I worked at a gift shop and fell in love with the idea of owning my own business and being surrounded by unique things that bring people joy. But I also knew I wanted to stay in college forever if I could just figure out a way to make that happen without having to do all the school work. :)

Today I work in marketing - though I really consider myself a glorified graphic designer - for a university. I also do a fair bit of writing, photography and event planning. My day-to-day varies, sometimes I'm designing a brochure or billboard, other days I'm writing press releases or student profiles, and other days I'm creating centerpieces of an event and later taking photographs. So in some ways, I'm kind of doing a lot of the things I said I wanted to do when I "grow up" - I write, design and even recently had the opportunity to help edit a book. And I figured out a way to stay in school forever. :) My job is super creative, and I can honestly say I love it.

I do still dream of one day owning my own gift shop. But much later down the road. Right now I'm pretty darn happy where I'm at.

It's your turn! What did you want to be when you grew up and is it anything like what you do today? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 1.15.17

sometimes I craft: one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

on teal and polka dots:

favorite sales:

  • what I'm watching: BBC Sherlock on Netflix. 
  • what I'm crushing on: Kendra Scott is having a major jewelry sale right now + an extra 15% off with code SALE2017. You can snag my arrowhead necklace on major sale and I wouldn't mind having the coordinating earrings and this granite cuff. Just saying... :)
  • what I'm looking forward to: My husband and I have tomorrow off of work, and daycare is!