Monday, June 8, 2015

Reunions and wedding weekends

One of my sorority sisters from Auburn got married this last weekend and I got to sneak away for the weekend and head back to sweet home Alabama. I flew into Nashville crazy early on Friday morning, where T met me at the airport. After breakfast and a few errands, we hit the road for Huntsville. It's a really short and easy trip and was fun to have an hour or so in the car to just catch up in person instead of having to talk on the phone (she's in law school in Houston). Of course, no trip back to the homeland is complete without a stop to Chicken Salad Chick, so naturally that was our first stop. Naps came a close second, since I'd been up since about 3am.

The actual wedding on Saturday was beautiful and wonderful and of course I cried and tried not to rub my eyes and still can't believe my friends are getting married. Yeah, all of that. 


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2010 PC AOIIs reunited

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The most beautiful, glowing bride!

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Well, some things never change. Like an inability to take a normal photo because you're laughing too hard.

In typical fashion, I had the Belmont pulled up on my phone and a small crowd around to watch me flip my lid when American Pharoah won - we're talking full-on tears, shaking, dropped my phone a few times. Sorry I watched a TC winner in the middle of your best man's speech... but HISTORY.


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This Snapchat was send, because YEAH.


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And pictures with giant gold balloons, DUH. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Budgeting Bloggers: April Showers bring May Shopping Binges

I would usually call this part of Budgeting Bloggers, but it seems like the opposite of budgeting happened here... More like Buy All The Things. Oops.

The blame for this falls to three things:
• I'm working a full-time internship/job right now, meaning I'm in real people clothes five days a week and not, "Yes, this is a sorority t-shirt from 2011, what were you saying?"
• It's summmmmmeeerrrrrr (aka I'm at the pool from 4pm Friday until 6pm Sunday)
• All of my friends are getting married. I'm getting ice cream.

That all happened. Is happening. Whatever.
This all got bought sometime between April 1st and May 31st. No, I'm not keeping track. I don't really want to know. (Neither does my mother and she reads this.)



Ann Taylor Petite Tweed Pencil Skirt: originally $89, paid $48
I had crazy good luck with Ann Taylor this month for work clothes. I adore this skirt - it pairs well with the abundance of white/black/navy in my closet and is a nice change from the basic navy or black skirt I find myself wearing constantly. Runs true to size, and the petite fits perfectly for us vertically challenged folks.

Theory Testra 2B Pants in Black: originally $265, paid $120
These were a Nordstrom Rack find - they'd been hemmed and somehow ended up at Rack. I hear these great things about how amazing Theory pants are all the time so I grabbed them and liked them enough to buy. Of course, once home I'm not in love - but I think it's because they need to be hemmed (yes, I need to hem hemmed pants)? I'm hoping that solves it because I need black pants and I want to love these.

Banana Republic Kinsley Pump in Brindle: originally $118, paid $100
I already own these in black and wear them constantly for work, school, play, you name it. They're the right height that gives a nice heel (and looks nicer than flats!) but is still easily doable all day. I can wear these all day at work (and did today - through an entire OR tour) and be fine, so I knew it was only a matter of time before the nude pair came home with me. Black & nude are both true to size - the patent seems to run a little small.

BP. Spring Wedge in Light Taupe: $60
I am woman-obsessed with these. I needed shoes for the upcoming wedding season, tried these on totally on a whim at Nordstrom and fell in love. They're outrageously comfortable, don't feel wobbly and are a great color. All of that? Sold. Run, don't walk and get a pair of these. Size a half size up - I'm a true to size 7.5 and an 8 fits me perfectly.

J.Crew Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit: originally $102, paid $28
I spend a crazy amount of time at the pool and that's no secret. I also didn't have a one-piece I really loved and sometimes a girl does not want to wear a bikini. I hunted this down BNWT on eBay and bit the bullet. I don't lovelove it and if I'd paid full-price it probably would have gone back (mainly the ruching bugs me), but I like it and it does the job so it remains in the swimwear rotation. Runs TTS for J.Crew aka big for everyone else.

Banana Republic Dot Lace Shell: originally $80, paid $50
BR's tops nearly never fit me right, but I was so pleasantly surprised with this top. It hits me lower than the model - not nearly as 'crop top' looking. A fun work top that doesn't have to be tucked in? Yes, please. (I hate tucking things into my skirts) Size down - I'm wearing a large, and I usually end up with an XL at Banana to fit my chest.

BCBG Mina Dress: originally $220, paid $110
Well, I can promise I do not have amazonian legs like the model in this photo, and my dress hits at an appropriate length for this to be one of my many wedding guest dresses for the summer. Great color, great sale, and re-wearable year round as a cocktail dress.

BCBG Miryam Sleeveless Color-Block Dress: originally $220, paid $110
While I've been on a work clothes shopping spree, I noticed I have a lot of black, white and navy in my closet... and not much else. Vowing to buy more color, I came across this dress while shopping for the green one above and fell in love. Super, super flattering and great colors. It's a great go-to dress for mornings when finding an outfit is just too much work and it has pockets. Runs TTS.

Ann Taylor Faux Leather Tweed Jacket & Skirt: originally $169 (j) and $89 (s), paid $27 (j) and $10 (s)
So, suit deal of the year? I think so. My Ann Taylor had one jacket and one skirt left in stock in this suit this weekend - both in my size. $37 for a pretty, well-fitting suit that isn't boring old navy? How could I not... Right? They're both equally wearable as separates as well (I wore the skirt today) which just adds more wearability and diversity to my closet. The jacket runs TTS, the skirt runs short - my regular petite size is a tad shorter than I'd like it - and I'm only 5'2".

Limited Black Collection Ribbon Trim Sheath Dress: originally $98, paid $26
I am obsessed with this dress - I'm seriously not sure I've ever found a basic work dress that's more flattering and I'm semi-heartbroken that it was sold out online in navy (and now everywhere). The waist has this great black grosgrain ribbon detail and the neckline is interesting without being inappropriate.

Talbots Signature Lindsey Ankle Pants in Navy: originally $89, paid $80
I own black pants. I did not own navy pants. Pants don't like to fit me well - I am short and have no butt and no hips. These fit as well as anything else I've found (namely, the much pricier Theory pair above), so they're the pair I've been wearing. I think my issue is more that I don't like how I look in any pants - not that I don't like these pants. Runs TTS.


Panache Isobel Bandeau Bikini Top: originally $48, paid $24
Back in April, I ordered (brace yourself) 12 bikini tops in varying styles, colors, sizes, etc. Mainly because I tend to buy these things from Asos or Figleaves and with shipping taking a year and a day, I only want to go through that hassle once. It's just easier to return one big box. This top and the next one were the big winners - and I love them. I don't ever love bikini tops either. I am not kidding when I say this top fits better than my strapless bra. What. Yup. If you are #blessed to be uh, top heavy, then you need to own this top. Band runs TTS, cup runs a little big (not a bad thing in a strapless bikini?)

Wolf & Whistle Underwired Bikini Top in Leaf: $29
The other survivor of my ruthless bikini shopping spree. Adorable pattern. Double ties at the neck drive me bananas. Band size runs TTS, cup size runs small. Have fun. Buy all the bikinis.

Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt: originally $98, paid $48 (royal) and $18 (seafoam green)
I actually found this in two different colors at my brick & mortar store and the seafoam green/mintish color was marked down to $24 with an additional 30% off on final sale - but of course a photo of it is nowhere to be found. These are the first button up blouses I've found that don't pull across the chest. Miracles and fairy dust, I tell you. Beautiful colors and I'll be damned if I don't just love silk. Also tabs for rolling sleeves = insert hallelujah emoji here because I hate nothing like pushing up my sleeves all day at work. Hashtag annoying. Runs true to size/maybe a little big?

ETA: Apparently now the seafoam green has appeared on the site. Run one, run all.

Ann Taylor Floral Peplum Top: originally $89, paid $48
I don't like peplum on me. On others? So cute. Me? Nope. Buuutt - the peplum on this is so slight, you almost can't tell - except that it nips at your waist in the cutest way possible. Hello, mini-waist, is that you? A flattering v-neck and a cute floral pattern? Yeah, those are hearts in my eyes. Runs big, mainly in the bust, and ohmygosh, you need this.



LOLNO I'm not totaling these things. Because then I will cry. No crying allowed in blogging.
I will tell you I saved $1001.
And averaged $56 an item.
And bought these over a two month period.
Justification.

OMG, I have to clean out my closet before I move. I am a woman out of control.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

In which I DIY semi-successfully

It's so gloriously summer-like outside I didn't even complain when it rained this evening, and instead sat on our new (!) beautiful porch furniture, drank a glass of wine and read a book. Blissful. With a lot of Off! Hey, all of live has its trade-offs. Like not having a horse right now. I miss riding and being at the barn, but I know that it wouldn't be practical right now and that's what I have to keep reminding myself when I get caught up in it all. The summer off will make the fall back so much sweeter, and it's allowing me to do things like travel, shop and relax right now and I need that going back into second year.

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Just me... and 18 children at the pool.
Kicked off summer-for-real MDW... all alone (jk, every child under the age of 12 was at the pool with me). In reality, it was so low-key and so great to just kick back by the pool and devour book after book. My Goodreads is out of control, y'all. I'm also in desperate need of new books, since that's my weekend M.O. and I am feeling the downside to that whole speed-reader thing.

Aside from the truly outrageous number of hours I've been logging at the pool (don't worry Mom, I'm wearing a hat and SPF!), I redid our coffee table and side tables over the long weekend. I had the world's most hideous, heinous dark laminate wood coffee table. It was awful and I hated it. Sooo.. I took some sandpaper and paint to the thing.

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Well, I might be obsessed. It's a bad photo (hi, I own a very nice Canon, but like, my iPhone is sitting next to me and doesn't involve taking out a memory card soooo...), but the top is Sherwin Williams Extra White in High Gloss, the legs are metallic gold and the whole thing is covered in like 1,892 layers of Polycrilic High Gloss. In case you want to do this yourself. (Don't. Buy a new coffee table. Not worth it. I promise.) 
But really, I found paint on myself for a week after. Highly professional look at work, by the way. White paint splatter on your feet/legs/arms/hair. All the rage in Europe.

And obviously if you give a basic bitch a white and gold table, she's going to need to style a coffee table tray to go along with it...

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Oh, you don't take all your blog photos upside down? Just me? Okay, then.

Also, my hydrangeas look better than this in real life, pinky promise. Haven't managed to kill them... yet. Tray is from HomeGoods, the horse shoe is one of Lucy's old ones... spray painted gold. Candle is Anthropologie, book is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, polka dot binder is Target and the rock is from somewhere I don't remember. Good stuff.

Moral of this story? Don't leave your roommate alone for a three-day weekend. You come home to refinished furniture, and +/- eleven shopping bags littering your apartment from the buying binge she went on during the month of May... Oops?

Friday, May 15, 2015

A rogue left hand and skinny jumps

Before my lease ended for the summer, I knew I wanted some good photos of me on Skylar. I don't have many photos of me riding anyone other than Lucy and Coorina over the years, and wanted some record at least to look back at. Luckily, one of my good friends here at school's boyfriend is an amazing photographer (like press passes big time). He'd never taken photos of horses before and doesn't do much action, but he was game to come give it a whirl.

It was perfect because not only was it a great morning, but most of the barn was off showing, meaning I had the arena to myself to play (and nobody had to worry about getting run over). I set everything in the arena between 2' and 2'3" and off we went!

That's cool, ignore my hand, I'm sure I wasn't asking you to do anything important. Like steer. First strike of rogue left hand.
Time to lengthen my stirrups methinks. Also, left hand just out there, doin it's thing.
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This is called, "I jumped a skinny and didn't die! Whee!"

Up photos are awkward and I apparently don't know how to bend at the elbow. Super.

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Rogue left hand strikes back

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And finally, we have, in which Tracy and I make the same face and you should too because it is a face of INTENSE FOCUS

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Goodbyes and horse hugs

Since I last fell off the planet Earth, I have:
• Given the best presentation I've ever put together (insert sassy emoji here)
• Took four finals in under 30 hours - sleep? HAH.
• Passed. Yay, I get to stay in school.
• Had a 5:20AM flight cancelled by Southwest... at 1am.
• Been on four airplanes, in two time zones and four airports
• Spent 90 hours in the state of New Mexico
• Rode Lucy bareback in cutoffs, because tacking up is like, hard
• Rode Lucy bareback in cutoffs... facing backwards
• Did not fall off of Lucy (horse is a saint despite the stupid things I make her do)
• Started my summer internship
• Online shopped in my sleep
• Shopped in real life
• Picked up my things from the barn and kissed the Sky pony goodbye :(

Lucy iz best pony ever. The End.

In better detail, those things actually mean:

I finished finals in a whirlwind, got on a plane for home and went to see the fam for four days. It was a fun time getting to be at home and just hang out and do nothing except eat my parents' food and catch up with one of my best friends (like... so nice)! Then I got on a plane and came back and started my internship like... 18 hours later. Awesome. (No, actually it really is awesome - pharmacy admin is this super fun new game and I love it.)

I swear to you I brushed AND green spot removed all over this horse. 
My lease on the Skyhorse ended this week - because his mom is home from her study abroad trip! I'm obviously sad, but I know she's excited to have her horse back. With my full time internship kicking off and fellowship applications starting to loom, along with two weddings to attend this summer and some other commitments, the decision was made to not look for another lease at the moment. The option is open to come hack and take lessons at the barn throughout the summer, so I fully plan on taking advantage of those opportunities. I loved having a horse this semester, so hopefully in the fall there will be something around the barn that I can pick up with again.

So I don't usually ride my hunter like a reiner... but apparently here I do. And someone has an opinion about that.
Also, when I shop at 2am, I buy seersucker skirts and swimsuits. In case anyone was wondering. #RogueSouthernerShopping
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