Summer Wardrobe Revamp

If I’m being perfectly honest, summer is my least favorite season. Sure, who doesn’t love graduations and weddings, family vacations and popsicles? Maybe I would feel differently if I didn’t in a place where the temperature reaches a hundred degrees in July.

My favorite outfit is a sweater, jeans, and boots. I struggle finding comfortable clothes in the summer months. On top of that, I went through a major purge when I moved out of my apartment. After six years of college, some of those t-shirts aren’t holding up like they were on the first day of freshman year. Not to mention my taste has changed a lot over the years. I need clothes suitable for going to a job, not rolling out of bed and walking to class.

While I love the styles at places like J. Crew, Anthropologie, Madewell, and Ann Taylor, I can’t afford to do all my shopping there. I wasn’t sure what to do until I looked online at Target. They have tons of great clothes right now. These are a few items I think are worth checking out.

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First is the Short Sleeve Crew Neck Tee Shirt by Mossimo. I love them; they are my go to basic tee. I probably buy a few different colors every year. This time I picked one up in Apple Red and Hematite (dark grey). I also have one in basic colors like black, white, and navy. It’s very versatile. I typically wear it with jeans, but it also can be dressed up with a skirt or cardigan.

Next are some striped tops. I’m currently obsessed with black and white striped shirts. I think they are simple and classic. I found the Boatneck Tee and Leisure Structured Tunic Top, both by Merona. I feel more comfortable in longer sleeves, so the ¾ length is perfect for me. Can’t wait to wear these with a pretty necklace or bracelet.

Two basic items I snatched up were the Merona Clip Spot Favorite Shirt and Mossimo Pleated Skirt. I had been look for a plain white button up and black skirt. These were much more affordable options that what I had seen elsewhere.

Finally, I picked up two pairs of shoes while I was there. One was a basic pair of Flip Flops I could wear to the pool without worrying about. The other is a comfy pair of black Ballet Flats. Not only are there cute, but they don’t make my feet hurt, as well. These offer the perfect combination of style and practicality.

The best part is that together, all of this came out to roughly $125 before tax. That’s about the same price as two shirts or a dress from Anthropologie. I predict I will get a lot of wear out of every item. I highly suggest you take a look, as there are so many great items available right now.

Stay cool, and have a great summer. Cheers!

Summer Reading Part 3

Since school starts back this week, I thought it was about time for the final installment of my book recommendations. My final count was 90 books read this summer! I had been in a reading slump for months so I guess I made up for it with a major binge. I’ll probably go back to normal once I get busy again. Here are my favorites from the last month.

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  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • 45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson

For more recommendations, see Part 1 and Part 2. Thanks for reading, and I hope you liked this series!

Summer Reading Part 2

Between vacation and my summer class, I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the past month, so I thought it would be a good time to share more recommendations. Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed lately:

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You can find part one here. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading!

Summer Reading Part 1

It wouldn’t be summer without indulging myself in all of the fun reading I put off during the semester. You can find me in the public library on a weekly basis (sometimes more). My preference is young adult fiction, but I’ll read anything if it’s interesting enough. I thought it would be nice to share my favorite books I’ve read so far.

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Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I read a lot, so for books to stand out there has to be something unique or particularly appealing. With each of these books, I found myself slowing down and really soaking in the text. They are all very different, but if you’re looking for reading material, I would recommend checking these out and reading any of them that sound interesting.

I also thought I’d include a few honorable mentions. These are all YA books I think are perfect for sheer entertainment while sitting by the pool or in front of the AC.

Across the Universe series by Beth Revis

Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen

Heist Society series by Ally Carter

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Catherine by April Lindner

Enjoy and happy reading! Let me know if you’ve read any good books lately.

Month of May

May couldn’t have come soon enough! The beginning of this month ushered in the end of school, a trip home, a concert, and a summer job. Of course, my favorite part of May is next week – my birthday!

This week I came back to “school,” minus the classes. I’m working the first half of the summer. Without homework, I still have an abundance of free time. I’m taking advantage by reading as many books as possible and hanging out at the pool.

Here’s my idea of the perfect day:IMG_0028