A Year in Review: 2015

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What to say about 2015? Looking back on my 2014 wrap-up post I can say things have remained remarkably the same. I still love my job, I still love clothes, and I can't say I've done any better at being circumspect about the number of new pieces I buy. BUT. I can say that I've continued to curate my wardrobe pretty aggressively throughout the year and I'm proud of that.

I've sold some things, given away a number of pieces to friends, and donated even more. My apartment is still small (ugh, studio life) and I'd like to remain at a level where I'm not forced to rotate my closet seasonally.  And I'm still financially at a place where I can add/subtract pieces without guilt. There are things I am going to get rid of at a loss and you know what? That's life. My style and feelings about what I wear/want to wear change constantly and rather than regretting the $$ I spent on a top or a dress I'm just going to feel good about letting it go.

I think 2016 is going to be about continuing to declutter, determining what I want in my personal space (& what I'm willing to give up to get it), and feeling good about whatever purchases I do make.

Here's to a great 2016 everyone- thank you for reading and being on this journey with me!
(Outfits: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve)

Season's Greetings

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So it's apparently going to be almost 70 degrees on Christmas (with a high of 75 on Christmas Eve) and I have to admit it's putting me in a crappy mood. I like my seasons seasonal dammit, which includes chilly weather and sweaters on Christmas.


Since it's still one of my favorite holidays, I plan to spend the day cooking in my hot apartment (yay no AC >.<) listening to and watching the movies and specials I fell in love with as a child. I hope that each one of you gets to spend the day as you choose to, doing whatever makes you happy, and enjoying the long weekend.


Blazer: TJ Maxx (similar) ~ Top: J.Crew Factory ~ Jeans: Joe's ~ Shoes: Vince Camuto ~ Necklace: Banana Republic (old) ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade ~ Bag: BP.

Geek of the Week #31

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// Is anyone actually surprised by this? I pretty much never shop at Bed, Bath & Beyond without at least 2 coupons.

// Yes, I bought the album and yes I'm freakishly excited for this special. I DON'T CARE OK?!

// I don't know how I missed the Kickstarter for this but LOOK.

//Mail me these and I will LOVE YOU FOREVER (platonically).
// No one is going to convince me Love Actually isn't one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Even 12 years later.

// You can't tell me this meal doesn't look awesome.

// Just in case you didn't notice, the season has made me want all the carbs all the time.

// On my to-do list for when I get back from vacation.

Fun Posts & Random Finds: I was already upset when I heard Jezebel was going to be retooled into a celebrity gossip/pop culture site, but this article just makes me even more angry at this whole debacle. //  I don't own any plants - yet - but who cares? These things are adorable! // Sydney's family is so freaking adorable I can't take it. //I ain't mad at you, guy who voiced Arnold. Phew!

Clothing & Jewelry: All the holiday dresses! This one. And this one. This one has a beautiful print. A classic in green. This is a lovely cocktail appropriate dress with wonderful lace applique. //  Anyone need a new evening clutch? // Some of the cutest pajamas ever. // Some scarves I've bought this season include this one (so comfy!) and this one. // And out of character for me, I really like this puffball hat but it's stupid expensive.

black on black

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I'm not going to say (yet) that this is going to be the only holiday dress I purchase this year but I think it's a damn good one for a variety of events. The higher neck and lace accent make it unique from the other black dresses in my closet, and the fun flare skirt keeps it feeling young (plus I can eat in it, always a top priority for me). I've also worn this with tights and flats to work already, so I'd say it's pretty versatile for a fancy-ish black dress!

(Note: Dress runs a bit small in my opinion, I'm wearing a size 10 here.)

Dress: Tracy Reese (also available from Nordstrom) ~ Shoes: ASOS (similar here and here) ~ Clutch: Vince Camuto (old, similar from Sole Society) ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade ~ Watch: Ebay (similar) ~ Bracelet: The Limited ~ Earrings: ASOS