Katie and Lucia

Soooooo – it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my outfits. Heck, it’s really been quite a while since I posted any photo of myself. Honestly: I am blaming the summer. This is the time of the year that I take the opportunity to hibernate in my house as much as possible. The thought of standing outside for more than 30 seconds is just…torture. Hence: outfit posts have halted for a while. I am SO looking forward to having a bit of a cool down (crossing my fingers for that to happen in September). Today, I did think I was overdue for some Katie and Lucia time. Oh, how I love my little Australian Shepherd.

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

Have you ever heard or experienced the idea that people look like their dogs? I absolutely love people watching, so it always makes me smile when I see a dog and his owner resembling one another. Or maybe not even so much resembling each other, but having characteristics that seem to click together.

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

That does make me wonder though – what does that mean for us? I’d like to think that Lucia matches me and Justin…but how about Sherman? Since he’s my little furbaby, does that mean he goes with me and Lucia is more Justin? I have to crack up thinking about that little monster of a pup and how he compares to his big sister.

On one hand you have Lucia: good looking, calm, patient, and loyal. I’d say those attributes do match up well with Justin. Then…you have Sherman. He’s got his quirks when it comes to looks, and he does have quite the spunky and playful attitude. However, you can’t help but love him despite his…imperfections. Perhaps that goes along with my personality. Who knows.

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

But I digress. Since it is summer and since it is HOT and humid outside, I have been living in my maxi dresses. They are definitely my go-to grab from my closet when I need to head out for anything and everything. I have casual ones for errands, fancier ones for going out to dinner, and ones that are somewhere in-between, like this one! I was definitely drawn to the colors at first – the turquoise and blue throughout the pattern was right up my alley. The draped neckline and capped sleeves were also a plus. And I was fortunate enough to find a dress that was the perfect length for flip flops…without having to hem it! Another T.J. Maxx win – clearly.

So – what are you wearing this summer?

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

Maxi dress: purchased at T.J. Maxx // Studded handbag: MMS, purchased at T.J. Maxx (similar at DSW) // Rose gold capri sansals: Old Navy

Statement necklace display

Do you have a favorite type of jewelry to wear? Earrings? Necklaces? Bracelets? Rings? If I could only choose one style of jewelry to wear for the rest of my life, a statement necklace would be it…hands down. I generally wear only stud earrings…very rarely wear bracelets…and the only rings I wear are my engagement ring and wedding band. The thing is: I’ve accumulated quite a few statement necklaces over the years, and I need a statement necklace display for them.
statement necklace display
Years ago, my parents bought me a wonderful, tall jewelry box for all of my baubles. However, it matched the decor from my previous set of furniture, and with our bedroom makeover in progress, it isn’t going to stick around. Besides, the big statement necklace pieces I have very rarely are able to fit inside properly…go figure.
statement necklace display
The thing I love about statement necklaces is that they look very pretty when they are on display. Therefore, I’m hoping to eventually solve the conundrum I currently have by adding some trays to the top of the dresser to keep them looking organized and pretty. I’ve been searching high and low for clear lucite trays, as I think they would add the organization factor without distracting from the jewelry. Of course, because that is what I’m looking for I am having the hardest time finding them.
statement necklace display
In the meantime, I’m simply attempting to lay my statement necklace display out as if I DID have the trays already. The power of positive thinking…right? Perhaps I can will the lucite trays into my life somehow.
statement necklace display
On a side note: the majority of these necklaces are from T.J. Maxx – it probably doesn’t come as any surprise if you know me! If you haven’t perused their jewelry department, I definitely recommend you do so the next time you stop in. I have been able to score some darn awesome baubles for seriously affordable prices. These large statement necklaces normally run at prices over $100 (some have had original price tags at over $200), and I’ve never spent more than $50 on a piece. Score.

So – how do you store your statement jewelry pieces?

Birthday Brights

So…yesterday was my birthday. I’ve officially entered into the final year of my 20s. It’s crazy to think how fast time has gone by. Wasn’t I just turning 21 yesterday???

It’s been a little while since a style post has appeared on the site. Here’s the thing: the last month or so of school I was just…not feeling so awesome. I had hurt my hand, which benched me from lifting weights at the gym like I was used to. My gym routine got completely messed up. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself; I hate running, so taking that up as an option just wasn’t going to work. Trying out classes where there would be a lot of impact involved wasn’t going to work either; my back doesn’t take kindly to jumping around. Oh, the signs of getting older, don’t you love it?

turquoise dress outfit

Anyway, the stress of the last month of school paired with incredibly reduced gym time = I was not interested in anyone taking a photo of me. Thankfully, the end of school has meant that my mornings have now opened up, and I’m able to try some new things during the day…like taking some Pure Barre classes. I already feel 100% better. The classes are not easy, but I’m able to do most everything even when my hand flares up a bit. Hopefully this is something that will stick long term, since it is definitely something I’ve enjoyed these past two weeks!

statement necklace

Moving on to the outfit today. Even though my typical attire during the summertime is pretty much yoga pants and a tee shirt, it only seemed appropriate to get dressed up for a nice dinner for my birthday. Justin and I went to Sidebern’s over in Tampa for a really awesome tasting menu experience. So so good. Of course, it wouldn’t be an outfit of mine if it didn’t involve Marshalls (and T.J. Maxx too) from head to toe. Seriously. Even this statement necklace…which is one of my newest obsessions.  I absolutely love that I can put together a fun outfit like this and not spend an exorbitant amount of money….since we may or may not have spent a good deal on my birthday dinner instead….

Do you like to dress up for your birthday?

turquoise dress outfit

Printed dress: purchased at Marshalls // Statement necklace: Lydell NYC, purchased at T.J. Maxx // Studded handbag: MMS, purchased at T.J. Maxx (similar at DSW) // Heels: Betsey Johnson, purchased at Marshalls

 

 

Getting my walking shoes ready!

You better believe I’m getting my walking shoes ready this week: BlogHer Food 2014 is approaching rapidly! I’m excited to attend again, as it has been a few years since I was able to make it happen.

floral tank and jeans outift

Here’s the thing about conferences: you want to look cute, but you also need to consider comfort. Conference halls can involve a lot of walking, so a comfortable pair of shoes are key. I’m seriously thinking about wearing these Skyscapes for my time in the conference halls: they’ve been so comfortable to wear so far!

floral tank and jeans outift

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