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High Five for Friday: September 23

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Hooray for Friday! We made it! :) Here's what put the sparkle into my week:

  • So I'm a fall person now. That's happened. After years of rolling my eyes at fall due to its close proximity to winter (BLEH), I'm now all about those darn colorful leaves, coziness, and fall-scented candles. (I never used to like candles either. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?) I suddenly liked fall last year and thought it was a fluke, but I guess not!! Anyway, when I was at the mall last weekend, the lovely autumnal display at Bath and Body Works caught my eye, and as I ducked into the store, I chuckled to myself because Bath and Body Works (especially at this particular mall) was always where my mom and I would split up (she's a huge candle person and I would be bored out of my mind). And don't you know, I looked up and almost ran smack into my mom, who was there looking at soaps! ha! Some things never change!
Obv this was the only candle I got. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’–

Obv this was the only candle I got. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’–

  • For some reason, I was hellbent on getting Bertucci's for dinner last weekend. And sure, their pizza is good, but going there was really just a pretense for getting their delicious rolls and oil. But since I had ordered take-out, I was scared rolls wouldn't be included, or that I would have to ask for them (and more importantly, for the oil). So you can imagine my utter delight when the cashier (totally unprompted by me) asked if I wanted any rolls--"and oil for dipping." I'm pretty sure my response was "YES! YOU'RE MY HERO!!" #nochill
Oh happy day!

Oh happy day!

  • I went to my first LuLaRoe party on Sunday! And I correctly anticipated that it would be terrible for my bank account! (I mean, I live in leggings, sooo...) My only saving grace was that I'm not a big pattern person, and most of the patterns I did like weren't in my size. WHEW. So I ended up getting two pairs of solid color leggings and a solid Irma tunic! Annnd ok yes one pair of patterned leggings...
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I couldn't resist, they were the ones I had immediate heart-eyes for when I spotted them in the basket above! (Who says "love at first sight" doesn't happen?!) 

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  • In this week's Exotic Animal Watch, I give you this picture that my bffl took from her front lawn a few weeks ago:
They see me peepin', they hatin' ๐Ÿ‘€

They see me peepin', they hatin' ๐Ÿ‘€

WHAT THE WHAT. I think I would run for the hills if I just happened upon two raccoons. (They are only adorable from afar!) My bffl proceeded to tell me that raccoons are known as "washer bears" (which I had never heard before), because they often dip things in water or make a washing/rubbing gesture with their paws! Who knew? Since then, we've been trading raccoon YouTube videos, such as this poor fella with the cotton candy, and this adorable jerk who desperately wants wants to befriend a cat: 

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  • So here's some random trivia about me: I LOVE the theme to Taxi. Like, I can't tell you a darn thing about the show itself (aside from the taxis), but I was legit just listening to the theme song last week! (It's "Angela" by Bob James, in case you were wondering!) So I was psyched that Derek and Marilu danced to it on DWTS this week! (When I heard she was going to be on the show, my immediate reaction was, "MAYBE THEY'LL DANCE TO THE TAXI THEME!!" I might have a problem...) I also loved Val and Laurie's dance to the Ducktales theme! I totally forgot about that show! What a great theme song! I think I would like Val more if he perennially dressed like Scrooge McDuck, ha! (Also, note that his monocle comes off at :23 ๐Ÿ˜‚.)

TGIF! Hope y'all have a great weekend! xo

High Five for Friday: September 16

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Holy moly, this has been like the fastest week ever! Here's what brought the sparkle:

  • Last weekend, I capitalized on a sudden interest in cleaning and weeded a bunch of clothes/accessories out of my closet! Naturally, they only accepted like three items at Plato's Closet, but as Pops would say, "At least it's closer to the door now." Time to donate! 
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  • I chose an adventure last weekend!! After hitting up Plato's on Sunday, I realized that I wasn't too far from one of the parks I'd put on my Choose Your Own Adventure list, so I talked myself into checking it out. I didn't have a ton of time to spend there, but I went, and that's all that matters! 
So pretty.

So pretty.

  • Last weekend was truly super productive because, in addition to the cleaning and the adventuring, I also finished season 10 of Grey's! (The fact that I've made it this far is downright miraculous--I usually abandon shows within the first few seasons, no matter how much I like them!) But besides clearly being a major personal accomplishment, finishing season 10 means that Cristina is gone now. She was never my favorite (#007forever), but it is hard to envision Seattle Grace-Mercy Death without her. I really enjoyed her send-off though. Since I've seen the first few seasons like a billion times now, I can recognize most references and songs from them when they pop up in the later episodes, so Mer and Cristina's last dance hit me right in the feels:

This song was originally used in 1x4 when Ellis Grey's scrub nurse (the one who tricks Cristina about the whipple! ha!) dies. So much Teagan and Sara in early Grey's!

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  • You know how I'm always finding roaming cats in my neighborhood? Well, those adorable jerks have been MIA lately, but luckily, someone has replaced them: GROUNDHOGS. Groundhogs are living it up near my office building, and they are so darn chubby and cute!! I could watch them munch on grass and then dive into/waddle out of the bushes all day! Unfortunately, they aren't as friendly as the cats (surprise!), so the only pics I can get of them are from ten miles away. ๐Ÿ˜”
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As if I needed further encouragement to love the groundhogs, this magazine was in my therapist's waiting room on Wednesday. Thanks a lot, National Geographic

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  • Speaking of pets, look at this poor fella! "Call 9-Bun-Bun"!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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Here's hoping your weekend is better than that bun's! xo

High Five for Friday: September 9

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Happy Friday! Let's see what put the sparkle into this week! (I recently discovered that I can put emojis into a Squarespace post and, as you will soon see, that was a highlight too LOL!)

  • My belated birthday celebration with my family picked up right where things left off in Chicago! 
How could I resist the pretty pink one?!

How could I resist the pretty pink one?!

  • The fam gave me some awesome gifts (including Target gift cards WOO HOO), but I seriously can't get over how cute these pouches from my mom are! (Ok "hellraiser" is totes inaccurate for me, but the red hair and bow are spot-on!)
Le Sportsac x Rifle Paper Co. is seriously ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜.

Le Sportsac x Rifle Paper Co. is seriously ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜.

  • Speaking of birthday gifts, how great is this pin from my bffl?! CARELESS WHISKERS!! What's better than cats + 80s music puns?! (Answer: Nothing.)
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  • I hope this gif works because it's pretty much the greatest thing ever: Sasha freaking out over wearing kitten mittens. She had to go in the car shortly after this, so it was pretty much the worst day of her life.
The gif seems to only want to play once, as opposed to on a continuous loop,ย so you might have to refresh the page to get it to work. BUT IT'S WORTH IT.

The gif seems to only want to play once, as opposed to on a continuous loop, so you might have to refresh the page to get it to work. BUT IT'S WORTH IT.

  • I took advantage of the long weekend by spending quality time with Target! I got a new tank top and jeans and an array of face masks! Goodbye gift card! (Easy come, easy go, right?)
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I've already worn the tank, and I'm kind of obsessed. It's super comfy but looks fancy, it's long enough to wear with leggings, and it's PURPLE! The trifecta of perfection.ย 

I've already worn the tank, and I'm kind of obsessed. It's super comfy but looks fancy, it's long enough to wear with leggings, and it's PURPLE! The trifecta of perfection. 

  • I was also at the King of Prussia Mall twice last weekend (after not going there for at least a year I think?), and I can't get over the fact that there's now an enclosed walkway between the Court and the Plaza! (And also that it's beautiful!) No more sprinting to Macy's in the freezing cold? What the what?!
WHAT A LUXURY.ย 

WHAT A LUXURY.ย 

The first trip to KoP was for Jamba Juice after I had a fairly traumatizing doctor's appointment on Friday.ย I totally forgot there was a Jamba Juice in Philly outside of the airport!

The first trip to KoP was for Jamba Juice after I had a fairly traumatizing doctor's appointment on Friday. I totally forgot there was a Jamba Juice in Philly outside of the airport!

Oh, and in case you missed it, this was a shockingly productive blogging week: I got up my September Goals post and the last installment of Outfit Documentation August! Woot!

Here's to a great weekend! xo

What I Wore Wednesday: August 24-31

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Wednesday, August 24

A doctor's appointment at 8 AM is a good reason to wear cute shoes, right? ;)

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Top: Gap (March 2016--sold out now)

Tank: Nordstrom Rack (March 2016)

Jeans: Articles of Society (thrifted; 2014)

Flats: Indigo Rd. (April 2016--sold out now)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Thursday, August 25

I just want to say that this is A LOT of color mixing for me! #sad

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Top: Hollister (thrifted; 2015)

Jeggings: Target (January 2016)

Sneakers: Converse (2010)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya, "Stevie"

Friday, August 26

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Tee: Wear Liberty (2014)

Leggings: Victoria's Secret (2014)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Necklace: Forever 21 (June 2016)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya, "Stevie"

Saturday August 27

Headed to the airport for my flight to Chicago!

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Top: Target (2013)

Tank: Target (2015)

Leggings: Athleta (2015)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (2016)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya, "Stevie"

Duffle Bag: Target (2015)

Sunday, August 28

Happy birthday to me!! As Timmi and I were sneakily taking pictures in between downtown Chicago flower pots (true story), members of a group of like 30 identically-dressed college athlete bros kept walking by nbd.

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Tee: Old Navy (with Timmi's donut design added!)

Leggings: Target (July 2016)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya, "Stevie"

Monday, August 29

My dad was like, "Whoa, where was this picture taken?!" And I was like, "Oh, at Timmi's apartment." LOL JK it's at the lovely Garfield Park Conservatory! We were all dolled up for post-flower-creeping afternoon tea.

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Top: thrifted (2015)

Skirt: MNG by Mango (thrifted; 2014)

Sandals: White Mountain (2015)

Necklace: Loft (2104)

Bag: Hobo (June 2016)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya, "Stevie"

Tuesday, August 30

Here it is: the lovely tunic that Timmi made me! I love impressionist paintings, and that's basically the pattern of the material, in all of my favorite colors! 

Timmi posed me with the paintings she had in mind when she chose the pattern!ย 

Timmi posed me with the paintings she had in mind when she chose the pattern! 

Tunic: made by Timmi!

Belt: borrowed from Timmi (lol)

Leggings: Target (to be included in September 2016 budget, but I can't seem to find them online)

Sandals: White Mountain (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya, "Stevie"

Here's the tunic in less horrible lighting! Yes, I tried it on immediately, over my clothes, on Saturday. Mieze was also very excited about it.ย ๐Ÿถ

Here's the tunic in less horrible lighting! Yes, I tried it on immediately, over my clothes, on Saturday. Mieze was also very excited about it. ๐Ÿถ

Wednesday, August 31

My flight home got in at 12:30 AM, so I seriously had no effs left to give when dressing for work. Which made me brave enough to wear a dress and Chucks! (I had totally forgotten about this dress in my closet, and it is sooo comfy. You might remember it from this post.)

Don't mind the chair that I forgot to move out the background in my zombie-like state!

Don't mind the chair that I forgot to move out the background in my zombie-like state!

Dress: Modcloth (2015--sold out now)

Belt: Loft (2014)

Sneakers: Converse (2010)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya, "Stevie"

 

So Outfit Documentation August is a wrap!! Here's what I wore:

25 Tops (includes layers like tanks and cardigans)

13 Bottoms

10 Accessories

5 Pairs of Shoes

4 Dresses/Rompers

That seems like a good amount of the items in my closet! I know I would have mixed in more skirts and dresses if I didn't have physical therapy, or the need to wear sneakers most of the time. I also know that there are a bunch of items (mostly tops) in my closet that I repeatedly skipped over, like, "Ugh, I don't want to wear that," so maybe it's time to part with those pieces...

Since I also took daily outfit pictures last August, it's been really interesting to see that I wore 13 of the same articles of clothing this time around. I guess I've made some wise purchases, ha!

I do deClaire
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September goals

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My goals don't usually have a backstory, but this month they do, so buckle up! :)

While I was in Chicago, doing all kinds of things that I don't normally do, I noticed that the anxiety that usually runs in the background of my life was way down. I'm usually pretty reluctant to travel, but every time I get back from a trip, I marvel at how FUN and rejuvenating that break was... and then I get right back into my routine and usual worries. Bleh. I love my routine, but because so much of it is practically automatic, my anxiety has free rein to run wild on its proverbial hamster wheel. So I want to continue to do "out of the ordinary" things now that I'm home, to see if that alleviates my anxiety.

Great idea, right? Well, yes... except that my anxiety is excellent at coming up with reasons why I shouldn't leave the house, and especially balks at unfamiliar situations. So, what if I researched in advance the local places (gardens, museums, etc.) that seem interesting to visit? Maybe then, they wouldn't feel as daunting, thus giving me a better chance of silencing my anxiety and getting out the door.

So two of this month's goals revolve around this "Choose Your Own Adventure" list of activities that I'd like to mix in to my life!

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1. Do the research for the Choose Your Own Adventure list (such as finding out places' locations, hours, admission fees, and distance from my house).

2. Do two things from the Choose Your Own Adventure list. (Eek! I'm really curious to see if this sort of planning helps to get me out the door. And how doing new things does or doesn't reduce my anxiety.)

3. Update info pages on the blog. (Totally unrelated to the first two goals, but I've barely given these sections a thought since 2014... whoops!)

 

Now, how did August's goals go?

1. Come up with birthday plans: CHECK! As you might know by now, I visited my friend Timmi in Chicago and had a BLAST! :D 

2. Daily outfit pics: CHECK! You can read about "Outfit Documentation August" here, here, and here! The last installment is going up on Wednesday.

3. AM and PM routines: Sort of check... Aspects of both got better but are still not ideal. I started waking up a little earlier on weekdays, so as to not have to rush out of bed, but then I just lay in bed playing on my phone, which is not great either. And I'm still going to bed too late. I might revisit these routines as goals in another month and hope to come at them then with renewed interest, instead of the "ugh" sentiment I'm currently feeling! 

What are you working on this September?

Linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl!

High Five for Friday: September 2

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There was lots of sparkle this week, thanks to my birthday trip to Chicago!! Despite having no set plans, Timmi and I did a million things! Here's what happened (complete with a ton of pictures #sorrynotsorry):

  • On my birthday (last Sunday), Timmi and I were going to bop between neighborhoods and hit up various donut places. That got off to an excellent start... but then we passed people selling tickets for a double-decker bus tour of Chicago, and we threw that into the mix too!
Timmi actually MADE SHIRTS for our donut crawl!! (This is what happens when you have artsy friends!) Her original vision was to make a sigil likeย onย Game of Thrones, but someone said that it looked like a police badge, which turned the theme into "Law and Donuts." Hence the bad-ass faces above.

Timmi actually MADE SHIRTS for our donut crawl!! (This is what happens when you have artsy friends!) Her original vision was to make a sigil like on Game of Thrones, but someone said that it looked like a police badge, which turned the theme into "Law and Donuts." Hence the bad-ass faces above.

Four days of donuts! Do-Rite, Firecakes, Stan's, and Glazed and Infused.

Four days of donuts! Do-Rite, Firecakes, Stan's, and Glazed and Infused.

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Bus tour selfie! 

That damn Marina City! (Timmi had been racking her brain trying to remember the name of it before the tour guide clued us in!)

That damn Marina City! (Timmi had been racking her brain trying to remember the name of it before the tour guide clued us in!)

  • Inspired by our random bus tour, we just as randomly decided to go to the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo afterward! Timmi valiantly tried to find me a cat, but the Sand Cat was asleep and totally disinterested in us. (Womp.) The magical birthday celebration ended with guac and Grey's. <3
Haaaaaay giraffe.

Haaaaaay giraffe.

Casual sloth.

Casual sloth.

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We were so intent on eating our donuts during the day that we totally forgot to put candles in them. So, birthday guac it is!ย 

We were so intent on eating our donuts during the day that we totally forgot to put candles in them. So, birthday guac it is! 

  • On Monday, we went to the Garfield Park Conservatory and had tea at the Allis! I don't even like tea, but I agreed to go for the pretty desserts haha!
Like, come on. ๐Ÿ˜ #nofilter

Like, come on. ๐Ÿ˜ #nofilter

We each got our own tiny teapots! The tea I picked was fruity and delicious, I must say!

We each got our own tiny teapots! The tea I picked was fruity and delicious, I must say!

Aforementioned pretty desserts. (That macaron had some sort of berry jam filling that was off the chain!)

Aforementioned pretty desserts. (That macaron had some sort of berry jam filling that was off the chain!)

  • Naturally, we followed our tea party with a baseball game. (WUT) The bus tour had made me want to do more stereotypically Chicago things, and I had never been to a Cubs game before, so I started looking into Cubs tickets afterward. Monday was the only night of my trip that they were in town, so we went then, and the Cubs won in 13 innings! It was a great game to see in such an iconic stadium!
Timmi is not a sports person, like at all, so I was surprised that she was totally down to go to a game... and to get appropriate shirts at Target beforehand (like literally an hour beforehand)! Don't we blend in so well? ;)ย 

Timmi is not a sports person, like at all, so I was surprised that she was totally down to go to a game... and to get appropriate shirts at Target beforehand (like literally an hour beforehand)! Don't we blend in so well? ;) 

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  • On Tuesday, after sleeping in to recover from our late night with the Cubs, we went to the Art Institute. I somehow always forget how much I enjoy art museums until I'm there. For my birthday, Timmi actually made me a tunic (!!) in material with an impressionist-inspired print, so of course I had to wear that to the Art Institute! (You can see a little of it in the last picture below, but there will be more pictures of it in next week's What I Wore Wednesday post!)
Marc Chagall's America Windows (which you might recognize from Ferris Bueller's Day Off!).

Marc Chagall's America Windows (which you might recognize from Ferris Bueller's Day Off!).

Sometimes, art gives me all the feels.ย 

Sometimes, art gives me all the feels. 

Timmi was KILLING IT with her art snaps.

Timmi was KILLING IT with her art snaps.

Neko Atsume: Museum Edition

Neko Atsume: Museum Edition

Whew, what a week! This weekend, in addition to catching up on sleep, I'm hoping to get back to blog reading and responding to comments! Happy (long) weekend everybody!! xo

August 2016 budget

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Well, it was another boring month for the ol' budget, as I was really trying to save up a little spending money for Chicago. Having much less of a disposable income (thanks to my car expenses) has sure helped me to get my spending under control in a hurry! haha

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  1. Amika Perk-Up Dry Shampoo mini (Sephora): $10
  2. Women's Faux Leather Small Wallet (Target): $10
  3. Smooth Delivery Makeup Sponges (Sephora): $8

TOTAL: $28

I went to Sephora to get a few samples of lotions/serums that treat facial redness (ugh my ruddy complexion), and then I spotted two things I forgot I'd been looking for: the Amika Perk-Up Dry Shampoo that Fran has raved about, and some replacement make-up sponges! Huzzah!

I'm not quite sure how I feel about the dry shampoo. I've actually never seen much difference with any dry shampoo I've used (like, my hair still looks disgusting afterward, and why do they all have such strong fragrances?), so I think I'm doing it wrong. I need Dry Shampooing 101!

And the sponges were necessary because the round sponge that came with my Hera UV Mist Cushion Compact (which I LOVE and have used almost every day since I got it in March!) was filthy and starting to crumble in spots. The round sponge from the set I got at Sephora fits perfectly in the compact AND is an excellent color to boot! :)

#purpleisaneutral

#purpleisaneutral

The wallet was something I specifically picked up for my Chicago trip. I still love my striped Double Zip Closure Wallet from Target, but because I can fit so much in it, it usually weighs a ton. Not to mention that it takes up a lot of space in smaller purses (if it fits at all). I had been using a little Vera Bradley wristlet/pouch thingy as a smaller alternative wallet, but it didn't have any slots for cards, so I was always nervous that I would lose my bank card. This little Target wallet has card slots and a section for change and a full-length section for dollar bills (so you don't have to fold them). So many modern conveniences! SOLD! :)

What did you guys get this month?!

Linking up with Fran's Budgeting Bloggers!

 

High Five for Friday: August 26

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What a whirlwind week of driving adventures, doctor's appointments, and gearing up for CHICAGO! Here's what brought the sparkle:

  • On Saturday, Pops asked me to go with him to a yard sale. I agreed, on the condition that we could look for roaming neighborhood cats afterwards. Yes, my life is sad. But MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Ike is much more receptive to me now that he no longer lives on our street and is not subject to my smothering affection daily lol.

Ike is much more receptive to me now that he no longer lives on our street and is not subject to my smothering affection daily lol.

Look at dis guyyyyy. <3 (I never really noticed his white mustache before!)

Look at dis guyyyyy. <3 (I never really noticed his white mustache before!)

  • Chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream is pretty much my dream come true. (I'm just not a vanilla base flavor kind of gal.) I'd had this flavor awhile ago and legit had not been able to find it at any Giant or even Target. But at the Acme? MISSION ACCOMPLISHED part 2! (Last Saturday was clearly very productive!) 
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  • Then on Sunday, I punched some serious driving stress in the face. While on a long drive, on a semi-familiar highway route, I got caught in a total monsoon. Like, people were pulling over or driving with their hazards on. Like, I had to get out of my car on the passenger side when I got home because our street was so flooded. (Like, WHAT that is not normal.) But as I drove, I had pretty much the same reaction as when I threw up on the el: what are ya gonna do? This situation is not ideal, but I can handle it, just keep going. Everything will be ok. TAKE THAT, ANXIETY.๐Ÿ‘Š 

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  • I'm still in disbelief that the Olympics are over, so here is Simone Biles freaking out over a bee. Seeing that girl flip a billion feet into the air, I never would have thought we'd be kindred spirits, ha! 
  • Finally, I leave for Chicago tomorrow!!! I can't believe my birthday trip is here already and that I get to see this girl so soon! ๐Ÿ’– 
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Hope y'all have a great weekend! Since my birthday is Sunday, I command it! :) xo

What I Wore Wednesday: August 24

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Wednesday, August 17

Physical therapy and EMDR chic!

What is up with this lighting lol

What is up with this lighting lol

Tee: Target (April 2016)

Leggings: Victoria's Secret (2014)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya "Flora" and "Tomoko"

Thursday, August 18

This look is called, "It's supposed to rain and also jump from 70 to 90 degrees today, so I have no idea what to wear." #fashion 

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Top: Aerie (thrifted; 2015)

Tank: Target (2015)

Leggings: Athleta  (2015) 

Sneakers: Reebok (2014)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (2016)

Watch: Target (2015)

BraceletLokai

Nail Polish: Zoya "Flora" and "Tomoko"

Friday, August 19

This is probably my favorite go-to outfit. I just feel like such a rock star in it! In fact, it's the outfit I wore (minus the Chucks) when I bought my car because it makes me feel all cool and confident. :)

LOVE these jeggings, even though they don't really fit, hence the belt. (I only ever wear a belt when my pants would literally fall down without it nbd.)ย 

LOVE these jeggings, even though they don't really fit, hence the belt. (I only ever wear a belt when my pants would literally fall down without it nbd.) 

Tank: Gap (thrifted; 2011?)

Cardigan: Old Navy (2014)

Jeggngs: Target (January 2016)

Belt: Old Navy (2014)

Sneakers: Converse (2010)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (June 2016)

Watch: Target (2015)

BraceletLokai

Nail Polish: Zoya "Flora" and "Tomoko"  

Saturday, August 20

Just a casual Caturday cat-creeping ensemble, set against our strangely tropical bushes!

"Band on the Run" and "Jet" were two of my favorite songs when I started eighth grade, no lie.

"Band on the Run" and "Jet" were two of my favorite songs when I started eighth grade, no lie.

Tee: Wings (purchased at the Paul McCartney concert last month!!)

Shorts: Adriano Goldschmeid (thrifted; 2015)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya "Flora" and "Tomoko"  

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I actually did get dressed on Sunday for a change, but I got caught in a monsoon before I could take outfit pictures :( 

Monday, August 22 

Another day, another band tee! Although I actually wore a hoodie for most of the day because it was in the 60s/70s (wut).

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Tee: The Head and the Heart (purchased at a show in 2011)

Leggings: Forever 21 (July 2016) 

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Tuesday, August 23

Another unseasonably cool day in the neighborhood!

Yeah, these pants don't fit either, but they are PURPLE so we make it work. ๐Ÿ’œย 

Yeah, these pants don't fit either, but they are PURPLE so we make it work. ๐Ÿ’œย 

Top: Forever 21 (thrifted; 2015)

Pants: Frankie B. (thrifted; 2015) 

Belt: Old Navy (2014) 

Sneakers: Converse (2010) 

Necklace: Loft (2014) 

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

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Three weeks down, one to go! Since I'll be in Chicago for part of next week, the last "What I Wore Wednesday" post of Outfit Documentation August (whew that's a mouthful)) will go up in two weeks. Thanks for following along, y'all! xo

I do deClaire
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High Five for Friday: August 19

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You guys, this is going to be a real talk H54F because it has been a rough week on the anxiety front. Once my anxiety gets triggered, it can be a battle to turn off the spiraling thoughts. BUT! I didn't shop away the anxiety, or ruminate endlessly, or look to others for constant reassurance. I have healthier coping skills now, and they really kept my anxiety from running wild. So here are five things that got me through the week: 

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  • Journaling. For the longest time, I hated journaling. Sit down and write/think about things in my life? BLEH. But journaling really does help me to slow my thinking and look at things more rationally. Therapy has taught me to "reality test" the things in life that wig me out, but my mind still tends to default into anxiety mode. So until calm thoughts come more naturally to me, the journal helps. 
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Bonus if your journal is as cute as this $4 one from Home Goods! :) 

  • Treats. I very rarely buy candy when I'm at work, but I allowed myself a little pick-me-up last Friday.
Plain M&Ms are one of those things I never want until I want them.

Plain M&Ms are one of those things I never want until I want them.

  • Familiar TV.  At least for me, it's super comforting to watch characters I know and love go through things I've already seen (thus making stressful situations like bombs in patients nbd). Of course, I gravitated to season 2 Grey's because George, but I had totally forgotten about this sweet Mer-Der moment after Mer has a panic attack. TV doctors, they're just like us!
  • Coloring. You know the annoying adult coloring craze? Well, it really works! I spent Saturday morning coloring an affirmation and was amazed at how much calmer I felt afterward. It really helped to focus my spiraling mind on something other than freaking out.  
Check out these delightful crayons that Timmi got me!!ย 

Check out these delightful crayons that Timmi got me!! 

I found this awesome affirmation coloring page on Etsy.ย (Hooray for instant downloads!) I chose this one because safety has been a theme in EMDR lately.

I found this awesome affirmation coloring page on Etsy. (Hooray for instant downloads!) I chose this one because safety has been a theme in EMDR lately.

  • Distraction. Ferocious little kittens always help! :)
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Of course, my usual Wednesday therapy session was super helpful too, but I had to get to Wednesday, you know? And doing these things helped me to diffuse my anxiety on my own and have a pretty decent week. And perhaps the most helpful thing of all was giving myself the space and grace to watch TV and color, instead of beating myself up for not being stronger or more productive.

I hope these suggestions help anyone else who struggles with getting swept away on the S.S. Anxiety sometimes. (If you need more ideas, Nicole recently posted some of her favorite coping skills too.) Hope you have a great weekend! xo

What I Wore Wednesday: August 17

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Wednesday, August 10

I love the ridiculous pictures that the iPhone burst timer captures, like this one where I look like I'm just taking a casual stroll nbd.

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Top: Old Navy (2015)

Shorts: thrifted (2013)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet:: Lokai

Nail Polish: Essie, "Warm and Toasty Turtleneck" 

Thursday, August 11

This dress is probably one of my favorite thrifting finds ever, it's just so cute and comfy!

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Dress: thrifted (2011?)

Leggings: Victoria's Secret (2014)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet:: Lokai

Nail Polish: Essie, "Warm and Toasty Turtleneck" 

Friday, August 12

I almost forgot to snap a pic, and then I hated the ones that I took, sooo.... :-/

Saturday, August 13

What do you wear when the "Feels Like" temperature is 108? Why, a romper, of course! 

Real shoes (i.e. not sneakers)?! What is this madness?!

Real shoes (i.e. not sneakers)?! What is this madness?!

Romper: Old Navy (2015)

Sandals: White Mountain (2015)

Necklace: Francesca's (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet:: Lokai

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Whoops, another lazy Sunday means no outfit pic! 

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Monday, August 15

I did add a cardigan to this outfit once I got to work, but it was already 80+ degrees at 9 AM when I took this picture!

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Watering can photo bomb. 

Top:  Nordstrom Rack (2013)

Pants: Nordstrom Rack (2015) 

Sandals: White Mountain (2015)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (June 2016)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet:: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya "Flora" and Zoya "Tomoko"

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Tuesday, August 16

Remember when I said that I could wear this shirt every day? Well, I wasn't lying! (But I still can't find it on Target's website grrr.)

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Top: Target (April 2016)

Leggings: Old Navy (2015) 

Sandals: White Mountain (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet:: Lokai

Nail Polish: Zoya "Flora" and Zoya "Tomoko"

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What exciting things will next week bring? Will I actually take an outfit pic every day?! The world may never know (er, before next Wednesday, that is)! :) 

I do deClaire
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High Five for Friday: August 12

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Hooray Friday! Let's see what put the sparkle into this week:

  • I accomplished one of my August goals last weekend, as I figured out what I'm doing for my birthday: going to CHICAGO for a long weekend with one of my best gals, Timmi! I'm so excited! Timmi is one of those people who is just a bright shining light of awesomeness, so I expect a delightful weekend of flower-creeping, couch-melting, and donut-eating... and maybe some unexpected things like psychic readings too?
MORE OF THIS PLS

MORE OF THIS PLS

  • THE OLYMPICS! I actually forgot it was starting last weekend, but I love me some Olympics, so I have been totally on board. (I only wish I still had my '92 Barcelona and '94 Lillehammer Sega/SNES games to play!) If you haven't seen the swimmers' Carpool Karaoke (combining the Olympics with another thing I love!), that's a must-see, and then, of course, this heart-melting moment! (Oh, and just when you think Ryan Held couldn't get any cuter, per his Twitter bio, he's an "avid watcher of cat videos." !!)
  • On Tuesday, I got to catch up with two wonderful gals, Deena and Sasha! I was super stressed about driving to Philly from work (not to mention the parking, ugh bane of my life), but I was like, "As long as there's a cat at the end of this tunnel, I'll be ok!" haha! Look at this precious angel who apparently devoured her bag of treats while mommy was at work!
Such a sassy "bitch, please" pose!

Such a sassy "bitch, please" pose!

  • Pops showed me this video over the weekend. Surprisingly, with all his busking, he's never done "Kiss from a Rose" with Seal, but there's still time. ;) (Skip to 3:00 for all that. How freakin' cool.)

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

What I Wore Wednesday: August 10

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Whew, it's been tough getting back into the swing of daily outfit pics! I hope to use my DSLR more as the month goes on, but this is real life, and iPhone shots on the fly were all I could manage for week 1!

Btw, I just want to make clear that I do use ShopStyle affiliate links whenever possible. This means that I get a few pennies per click. I think I've made like $2 over the past six months, so I'm not Scrooge McDuck over here rolling in the dough or anything; I just wanted to be open about it, since there are a lot of links in these types of posts. 

On to the outfits!

Monday, August 1

Forget a "Day to Night" look--this is "Physical Therapy to Work" chic! ;D

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Top: American Eagle (July 2016)

Leggings: Athleta (omg they have POCKETS you guys) (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Essie, "Lapiz of Luxury"

Tuesday, August 2

Hooray, I actually got my DSLR + tripod out for this one... but it looked like rain, so I didn't want to take it outside. :(

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Sweater: thrifted (2014)

Leggings: Target (July 2016)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

BraceletLokai

Nail polish: Essie, "Lapiz of Luxury"

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Wednesday, August 3

Ugh, I'm sorry for the weird lighting in these outdoor selfies. I was trying to take them quick before one of my neighbors came along, haha!

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Top: Target (2016)

Leggings: Victoria's Secret (2014)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Thursday, August 4

Oh god, what on earth is my hairdo all about?

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Top: Gap (2012?)

Jeans: Articles of Society (March 2016)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (June 2016)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Friday, August 5

LOVE. THIS. SHIRT. I want to wear it every day. It's a drapey tee from Target that I unfortunately have not been able to find online, but I did just buy it in April, so it may still be out there in stores.

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Top: Target (April 2016)

Leggings: Victoria's Secret (2014)

Sneakers: Reebok (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Saturday, August 6

This look is called "I only changed out of my pjs at 5 PM because I realized I had to pick up a prescription at CVS." (#goals) Clearly, this is one of my go-to summer outfits... just like last year!

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Top: Gap (2015)

Bralette: Free Press (2015)

Shorts: thrifted (2013?)

Sneakers: Reebok (2014)  

Not that you can tell with the weird lighting here, but the sneakers are white with a grey zebra stripe that doesn't seem to be available anymore. :(

Sunday, August 7

I stayed in my pjs all day and did stuff around the house, whoops.

Monday, August 8

A go-to physical therapy outfit!

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Top: Target (2013)

Tank: Target (2015)

Leggings: Athleta (2015)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Essie, "Warm and Toasty Turtleneck" (which doesn't appear to be available anymore?!)

 

Tuesday, August 9

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Top: Target (2015)

Pants: thrifted (2015)

Belt: Old Navy (2014)

Watch: Target (2015)

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Essie, "Warm and Toasty Turtleneck"

Hooray, week 1 is in the books! :)

I do deClaire
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High Five for Friday: August 5

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Happy freakin' Friday! :) Here's what put the sparkle into my week:

  • True confessions: I've been having trouble getting myself out of the house on weekends, as my anxiety is typically like, "Nope, that's a bad idea, that's a bad idea, that's dangerous/scary," etc. I think I'm still adjusting to doing things alone, as opposed to with the constant companion (and perceived protector) of a boyfriend. BUT! Last Sunday, I actually tagged along to one of Pops' gigs, which happened to be in my old hood in South Philly. (Aw!) The neighborhood hosts a car show and craft fair every summer, and Pops and his band were among the street performers. So in addition to seeing them play, and getting out of the house (woo hoo!), I got to revisit some of my favorite little shops on the "Avenue" I once called home. It was a great day!
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I love this picture so much.

I love this picture so much.

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  • And one of the guys in the band has cats! (You might remember them from this post.) Two of the cats were smart enough to hide from me, but Spats the tuxedo got nabbed. He was unsure of me at first and then proceeded to follow me all around the house. He even let me pet him!! Finally, a tuxedo cat friend!
He would totally leave some gold fish in my Neko Atsume yard!

He would totally leave some gold fish in my Neko Atsume yard!

  • Sister Act was on over the weekend. Did anyone else watch this movie religiously (ha!) as a kid?! It's even more hilarious than I remembered. The Reverend Mother flipping her lid about "BOOGIE WOOGIE ON THE PIANO" and snapping at the Monsignor after this epic performance totally cracked me up.

We actually did this version of "Hail Holy Queen" in our church choir in college! I had Sister Mary Lazarus' part (mater ad mater inter marata)!

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  • Did anyone else catch The Hills marathon/reunion on Tuesday? I saw a little of it, although honestly, I was way more into Laguna Beach than The Hills. I watched the first episode of Laguna Beach season 2 like a million times while recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out in '05, haha! Does anyone else remember the CLASSIC scene where Kristin and Stephen meet up on the beach as "Ghost of a Good Thing" (by the angstiest band ever, Dashboard Confessional) plays in the background?! IT'S SO GOOD and tragically not on YouTube. :( So we'll have to settle for this gem from Lo instead:
  • Finally, in what has become High Five for Flashback Friday, my favorite book series as a kid turned 30 this week! I totally forgot that The Babysitters' Club debuted (like me!) in 1986 (probably because it was another 8 years before I started reading it?). I loved the BSC sooo much. I had tons of the books and most of the dolls. I distinctly remember being a kid and choosing to read Kristy's Big Day over playing or watching TV and LOVING IT. (I wish I still found reading that enjoyable!) Say hello to your friends, Babysitters' Club!
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Well, this week's a wrap! Hope you have a great weekend! xo

August goals

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Ugh, how is the summer already almost over?! :( Here's what's on the white board for August:

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1. I turn 30 (!!) at the end of the month, and I want to do SOMETHING to celebrate. Nothing big or crazy, but something. Celebrating my last birthday exactly how I wanted to definitely kept anxiety at bay (as I mentioned in this post last year), so I need to figure out what I'd like to do this year! 

2. I really enjoyed chronicling my outfits last August and can't believe that I haven't done it since! So I'm going to give it a whirl this August, also in an effort to stop wearing basically the three outfits all the time. Putting some thought into what I wear always seems to boost my mood, so that should be a nice perk too.

3. Even though I was more mindful of them last month, I didn't make many changes to my AM and PM routines (aside from getting back into the habit of putting on face and eye cream before bed and diffusing a calming scent). So here's hoping the second time's the charm! I seem to have a harder time with the morning routine, as nothing motivates me to get out of bed until the last possible second, and then I have to rush to get ready for work. Any suggestions??

And how did my July goals go?

1. Get an EZ Pass--CHECK! And I love it, as evidenced by my last H54F post, haha!

2. Get back to reading--CHECK... for the first half of the month when I was all into the first Game of Thrones book. As I said in my July goals post, I hoped that reading would "keep me from staying up too late watching Grey's before bed during the week," and that wish sorta came true... except that now, I've abandoned the reading and am staying up too late watching Supernatural! FAIL. 

3. Work on AM and PM routines--uh, no. Hence trying again this month! :)

Linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl!

High Five for Friday: July 29

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I feel like I've been sleep-walking through this week and have no idea how it's Friday, but I'll take it! Here's what put the sparkle into my week:

  • The ever-elusive Tuxedo Cat made an appearance last Friday! I first spotted him sprawled out on the sidewalk by his house, casually bathing himself with one white leg sticking up in the air (seriously), but as soon as I got closeish to him, this happened:
Master of disguise

Master of disguise

He went directly into hiding! What an adorable jerk! He's basically this guy IRL: 

I have no idea why he's holding a spoon??

I have no idea why he's holding a spoon??

  • On Saturday, I popped into Ulta and what song comes on but Whitney's version of "I'm Every Woman." I recognized it immediately and was like YASSSSS Ulta Dance Party! #ChakaKhan
  • Fun fact: I have a terrible sense of balance. So, of course, that's something we've been working on in physical therapy, and this week, I was actually able to do a full set of kicks (10 to the front, 10 to the side, and 10 to the back with each leg) in this contraption without stumbling!! Hooray! All excited about my accomplishment, I hopped on the leg press, and that felt damn near impossible! Afterward, my physical therapist casually said, "Oh, did you notice I bumped up the leg press for you?" Huh, I had no idea! haha At least I'm not getting weaker!

 

  • One of my July Goals was to get an EZ Pass for my car, and I did it! It arrived last week, and it is SO NICE to just breeze on down the highway without having to stop for a ticket or to pay the toll (which inevitably takes forever). I never ever thought I would see the highway as something that I could "breeze on down" all chill, but wonders never cease!  

 

  • So the DNC is here in Philly this week. (WHAT?! NO WAY.) I didn't check out the festivities in person because crowds  + traffic = HARD PASS. (Pops and his group did busk on Wednesday, though, and were apparently photographed by the New York Times!) I'm not into politics, but I do like the Obamas and was disappointed to miss Michelle's speech (and the Bachelorette *gasp*) on Monday because our power was out. UGH. Luckily, I read up on both on my phone and kept Pops informed of the latest developments:
Note my profession of love for the EZ Pass here too LOL.

Note my profession of love for the EZ Pass here too LOL.

I did get to see Obama's speech on Wednesday, and I really enjoyed it. While obviously relevant to the "big picture" of the election, his call to reject fear and cynicism resonated with me so much in my own struggle with anxiety and dysfunction. I was like, "FOUR FOR YOU, POTUS! YOU GO, POTUS!" And then seeing the first female presidential nominee in US history speak the next night? Damn.

 

Hey, it's the weekend! Hope it's a good one! xo

 

July 2016 Budget

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I felt like I spent a ton of money this month, but apparently, that's because I dropped like $70 on the Athleta semi-annual sale, and then didn't keep any of the items I ordered. #winning

I also bought a few things to replace products I had used up (such as Make Up Forever Sens'Eyes and DevaCurl One Condition), and I'm unsure how to count them in my shopping budget. The goal of my budget is to track and limit higher-end and frivolous purchases. So if I used drugstore make-up remover or conditioner, I wouldn't even think to count them against my budget. And as they are two unexciting necessities, I'm annoyed that I have to spend money on them at all. My thought process when I realized I had used up all my make-up remover was literally NOOOO UGH NOW I HAVE TO GO TO SEPHORA AND SPEND MONEY ON THIS STUPID CRAP, as opposed to being all giddy at the prospect of getting a new fun thing. Because I already know I like these products, the thrill is gone. That's great in terms of taking the emotion out of shopping, but it's problematic for my budgeting style, since "exciting" (and usually impulsive) buys are the ones I originally set out to track.

It also feels like a cop-out not to count higher-end beauty products, since I would definitely include them if they were impulse buys. Arg. Maybe I need to break my budget down into categories, like impulse buys vs replacement items, and then include all of them in my monthly spending total. Hmm. It's a work in progress, so if you guys have any tips for further budget breakdown, let a sister know!

It's probably a sign of growth that I'm even thinking this way and counting MORE things against my budget, as opposed to finding loopholes so as to squeak under budget with a ton of purchases. I would be under budget this month whether I counted the replacement items or not, so woo hoo!

Anyway, here's the fun, the frivolous, and the annoying things I got this month:

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  1. Aerie Real Soft Legging Tee (American Eagle): $25
  2. Gilligan & O'Malley Fluid Knit Pajama Legging (Target): $15

Replacement buys:

  1. DevaCurl One Condition (Ulta): $23
  2. Mini Make-Up Forever Sens'Eyes (Sephora): $12

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  1. Classic Cotton-Blend Legging (Forever 21): $4

Total: $79 (Not too shabby! Having a car payment definitely takes from my potential shopping money, and that's not a bad thing.)

 

I LOVE the Aerie top. (I mean, it's purple and long enough to wear with leggings, what's not to love? The tag on the inside even says, "Just add leggings." DON'T MIND IF I DO!) It's also super soft, just like the Gilligan & O'Malley leggings. I've worn them IRL and don't even care that they're really "pajamas" because they're so comfy and look as presentable as leggings can look. (And are perfect for physical therapy!) Speaking of comfy things, I was at American Eagle in the first place because I needed some new undies (TMI?), and their Seamless Boybriefs are super comfy and go great with leggings! (Someday, I'll wear real pants again... maybe...) If you're in the market for some new underpinnings, they might be worth checking out, I'm just sayin'... ;)

Linking up with Fran's Budgeting Bloggers!

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High Five for Friday: July 22

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TGIF! Let's see what put the sparkle into this uneventful week:

  • On Saturday, I went to Target for the first time in awhile and miraculously spent less than $50! Among my purchases were some cute things from the Dollar Spot and a few travel size items. (I'm always impressed with Target's travel size selection. I know that travel size things aren't very economical, but I like them because they're a low-commitment way to try out new beauty products!)
A mini micellar water?! What is this sorcery?! Also, I really like the Pond's moisturizer so far. It soaks right in and doesn't feel greasy, which is ideal in the summer humidity!ย 

A mini micellar water?! What is this sorcery?! Also, I really like the Pond's moisturizer so far. It soaks right in and doesn't feel greasy, which is ideal in the summer humidity! 

  • Another highlight of this lame week was cleaning my room, especially organizing my nail polish collection and weeding out a ton of polishes I don't like or use. (I swear this is more minimal than it used to be!) There's a box of pinks/purples/reds, a box of blues/greens/other colors, a box of textured glitter polishes, a Caboodle (!!) of Sally Hansen Triple Shines (they have my favorite brush and so are my go-to when I can't decide on a polish), and finally, a container of top coats and base coats. Whew!
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  • On Tuesday night, I had the house to myself, and all I wanted to do was eat ice cream and watch a show with pretty boys. (That was seriously my thought process.) Hellooooo Supernatural!
She's got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends...

She's got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends...

OBSESSED with this flavor (and these single-serve cups!) lately.ย 

OBSESSED with this flavor (and these single-serve cups!) lately.ย 

  • Remember our pinky-purple hydrangea? Well, part of it is still lavender, but the other side is now BLUE! Like, what the what?! FLOWER MAGIC. 
Jess and the Amazing Technicolor Hydrangea!

Jess and the Amazing Technicolor Hydrangea!

  • And finally, a moment from Grey's season 10 that made me legit LOL:
NICE ONE. Although I guess McDreamy does need to be a sharp-dressed man since Obama is courting him for his brain-mapping initiative!

NICE ONE. Although I guess McDreamy does need to be a sharp-dressed man since Obama is courting him for his brain-mapping initiative!

Have a fantastic weekend! xo

What's in my bag?

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I don't think I've written one of these before, which is shocking because I love What's in My Bag posts! (I'm so nosy!)

More specifically, this will be What's in My Current Work Bag, the Kipling "Sansa" (eee like Sansa Stark!). I've had this bag for awhile, but I only recently started using it again, as having a car (aka a place to leave stuff and hide from the elements) has allowed me to downsize from my (massive) Longchamp Le Pliage Neo. The Sansa is nylon, light-weight, has lots of pockets, and comes with a crossbody strap that I detached.

So, with no further adieu...

Ta-dahhhh!

Ta-dahhhh!

Here's the main interior pocket (complete with awesome hot pink lining!). It's not a huge bag, but you can still fit a lot in it.

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Here's the essentials that I keep in the front zip pocket:

*Extra long iPhone cable and plug *Mongo Kiss Lip Balmย in Peppermint *L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Gloss in Rich Pink *Advil (natch)

*Extra long iPhone cable and plug

*Mongo Kiss Lip Balm in Peppermint

*L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Gloss in Rich Pink

*Advil (natch)

There's also a slip pocket right behind the front zip pocket, and that's where I usually toss my phone and keys, even though there's a very convenient key clip holder thingy in the main compartment. (There's another slip pocket on the back of the bag that I always forget about and thus don't keep anything in!)

How pretty is my phone case?! (It's from Paper Source and under $30 which is basically inconceivable!)

How pretty is my phone case?! (It's from Paper Source and under $30 which is basically inconceivable!)

The two side pockets in the main compartment are where I keep my beloved Skullcandy ear buds (which I've raved about before), and a million pens that I clearly need to have with me at all times. (Can you see why the large Longchamp Le Pliage was once necessary? Ha)

I wonder what my favorite colors are... ;)

I wonder what my favorite colors are... ;)

And then these are the things I keep in the main compartment. I usually have a plastic bag or two with me in case, you know, I have a few extra things to carry... or I get sick in a public place... (It's been a year+ and I'm still not over it!) ~insert see no evil monkey emoji here~

*Vapur Shades Water Bottle *Leuchtturm1917 Medium Hardcover Dots Journal (aka my planner) *Paper Source Mint Foil Confetti Journal (which is apparently sold out, but is still available as a planner) *Wallet *Weekly pill organizer (which all of the day labels have conveniently rubbed off of!)

*Vapur Shades Water Bottle

*Leuchtturm1917 Medium Hardcover Dots Journal (aka my planner)

*Paper Source Mint Foil Confetti Journal (which is apparently sold out, but is still available as a planner)

*Wallet

*Weekly pill organizer (which all of the day labels have conveniently rubbed off of!)

So that's the stuff I carry around on a daily basis! What are the things you guys can't live without? What is your go-to purse? I'm nosy, remember? ;)

High Five for Friday: July 15

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I actually had a pretty exciting week, for a change! (And I didn't even play Pokรฉmon Go!) Let's see what put the sparkle into it:

  • Who needs Pokรฉmon when you've got real cat sightings to freak out about! Calico Pinky tends to keep a low profile, so I legit started squealing incoherently in my car when I spotted her on Friday night! She's just so flippin' adorable.
Casual Friday. But seriously, how pretty is this darn cat?!

Casual Friday. But seriously, how pretty is this darn cat?!

  • On Tuesday night, I went to the Paul McCartney concert in Philly!! I can hardly believe I've seen a Beatle twice now! This time, I got to see him with my college roommate, Paulina! (Anything Beatles-related was in heavy rotation in college... so much so that Paulina and I were basically the only two people PSYCHED that Paul did "Temporary Secretary" on Tuesday haha!) The show was absolutely amazing. I have a hard time being present, but there were times at the concert when I was totally swept up in the music. 
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I'm not a huge fan of "Live and Let Die," but it's really fantastic live. 

  • Being reunited with Paulina was a great treat! I tend to do things by myself because being around other people can stress me out, but spending time with Paulina reminded me how fun company can be. In addition to Macca Night, we also watched a lot of HIMYM and saw Pops and his band play in South Philly!
We were often mistaken for each other in college,ย so of course my neighbor promptly thought Paulina was me!

We were often mistaken for each other in college, so of course my neighbor promptly thought Paulina was me!

  • Real talk: 95% of my Instagram feed is cats and bunnies. So a bunny + ANTM reference is just perfection. #Smize #WeWereAllRootingForYou
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  • And finally, To Sparkle Punch turned 2 this past Wednesday! I'm so glad I've stuck with this blog--it's a great creative outlet, and it's brought me some delightful friends (like Mattie, Nicole, Ashley, KatieTif, and Mica, just to name a few!)! Thank you to anyone who has stopped by over the past two years! You've all added some sparkle to my life! :)

Happy Friday erreybody!! xo