Boyfriend Jeans/Boyfriend's Shirt

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Shirt: Borrowed from the boyfriend
Jeans: Current/Elliott (Nordstrom)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Sheila B Jewelry (Mira Mira)
Bag: Gucci
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses: Prada

Unless I’m on vacation, I hate Mondays. And I think all the reasons that make me hate Monday also make it difficult to get dressed on Monday mornings. I struggle to get dressed on Monday. It’s like some part of me actually believes that if I stay in pajamas, the weekend won’t really come to an end. And, I definitely did not want this past weekend to end. After several loooooooooong weeks, I got some much-needed relaxation. It felt so good…I wanted at least another day of it. No luck. So, I delayed it as much as possible before resigning myself to reality. Boyfriend jeans and a shirt stolen from my boyfriend? Done!

Polka Dot Gradient Manicure

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I’ll just come right out and say it: I was disappointed in this manicure. It’s a simple design so it’s not like I thought I was going to be overly impressed by my handiwork, so it’s not the application that bugs me. It’s the color combination. This green looks more like an army green in the bottle, and I completely forgot how much brighter it is on my nails. Fine, poor base color choice. I could have recovered, but I stuck with my plan to apply black dots in varying sizes. The combination almost reminds me of Halloween. It feels like a Franken-mani to me. What do you think?

Outfit Redux

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Sweatshirt: Gat Rimon (Mira Mira)
Shirt: J.Crew 
Jeans: Current/Elliott (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Bag: Kate Spade (Gilt)

You've likely come to the conclusion that I work a lot. Let's face it; tech startups are not synonymous with work/life balance. Sometimes I have to put blog posts on hold; sometimes I have to put my personal life on hold. And while that sucks, it also means that when I do get together with my girls, we make up for lost time (read: we go hard) so the warm and fuzzies last until the next time I see them. And, that's exactly what happened this past weekend. I went out for what ending up being an epic brunch with Adiel, Angie and Dana, and this is what I wore. Of course, when Monday rolled around, I wasn't ready to let go of the weekend and all the fun I had, so I threw on the very same outfit as a reminder. I tell you this with no shame. I’m an emotional dresser, so once I associate a particular item or outfit with something positive, I like to wear it when I need some good vibes. And who can’t use that on Monday morning?

Kate Spade x Darcel

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Dress: Kate Spade x Darcel
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

This dress was a total impulse buy. I stopped by the San Francisco Magazine Kate Spade shopping event, and one minute later, this dress was in my hand. The print killed me. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it! On top of that, I’m a big fan of long sleeved dresses for the office, as I often prefer to keep my tattoos covered. And, the pockets sealed the deal. I will admit to a quick sanity check during which I asked myself if I could style it at least three ways, and I quickly came up with a few outfits mixing pieces already in my closet. I also had a little encouragement from my friend Jes. Sometimes a girl just needs to put logic aside and shop, right?

Lattice Manicure

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Kiss Nail Artist Paint White // Sephora by OPI What’s a Tire, Jack?
One of my nerd superpowers is the ability to take complex data and break it down into a simple, easy to understand structures. It's interesting that the same logic often applies to my nail designs. I can’t remember where I first saw this design, but it popped up a few times in searches for inspiration. I quickly realized that it’s nothing more than lines and dots, two things I can do with confidence. This manicure was really quick to apply, and I love the design. I definitely plan to do it again soon; I think an ombre base would be a fun variation.

Happy Friday!

High/Low

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Dress: Free People (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Vans
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Chanel
Bag: Proenza Schouler (Barneys)

When I spotted this dress on a recent trip to The Rack, I thought of only one thing: I want to wear that on the plane to Mexico in November. Yes, I am already planning what I will wear on the plane. Listen, when the weeks are long, I like to focus on relaxing times ahead…and what I’ll be wearing during them! Normal, right? Anyhow, this dress is absolutely perfect for a day of travel. Of course, that doesn’t quite explain how I ended up wearing it over the weekend. I blame the fact that this dress is basically an oversized t-shirt, and an irresistibly soft t-shirt at that. Once I put it on, there was no taking it off, so I made it work. And before I knew it, I ended up in an outfit that’s a perfect mishmash of high and low end, which is the kind of cool girl look I often admire but never think I can put together. 

Spots And A Satchel

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Dress: Rachel Zoe (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: The Cambridge Satchel Company (ModCloth)

Hello again. That week off from blogging wasn’t completely intentional, but just as I said August kicked my ass, September is shaping up to be more of the same. I think it will be go, go, go until my next vacation in November, so while I hope to get back on my normal schedule of three posts a week, I’ll have to ask you to bear with me if I slack off from time to time.

These photos were taken just before my mother arrived for Labor Day. It was a long week gearing up for the visit as well as some time off from work, and I spent most of it in jeans and button downs. But I wanted to finish the week on a high note, so I forced myself to take advantage of the warm weather and wear a dress. This one is so easy that it’s hard to resist even on my laziest days. I added a similar neutral print with these cap toe shoes, before adding a pop of neon.

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