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Kimono: Target | T-shirt: Gap | Shorts: Old Navy | Heels: Target | Clutch: Forever 21 | Watch: Timex (c/o) | Bracelets: Forever 21

We’re entering the transition between summer and fall, when all I want to do is two things: 1) wear cozy fall clothes, and 2) complain about not getting to wear said clothes because temps are still in the 80s. My temporary solution is summer-appropriate clothes in neutral, fall colors. I’ve only pulled out this kimono a few times this summer, but I love it more every time I wear it. I never thought I’d be a “kimono girl” (you know exactly the type of person I’m describing — admit it), and even though I don’t fit under the category of super artistic person or your wacky art teacher in middle school, I love that a kimono can still fit into my wardrobe and my personal style and still feel like me.

Kansas City: A photodiary


Despite the crazy hot temps on Saturday, we spent most of the day walking around the Country Club Plaza (which had a ton of variety). My personal favorites? West Elm and Paper Source — two stores that have yet to come to Omaha (but my fingers are crossed). 


We had supper at a Mexican restaurant called Chuys. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was top-notch. I’ll definitely be stopping by again during my next trip to KC.

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We just happened to stop in a Mac store while they were promoting their fall line, which was inspired by romance novels. What do you do when the first person who greets you says, “Check out our new products — oh, and we have our very own romance-novel model who’s taking pictures with shoppers today”? You get your picture taken with him. Obviously. Complete with super cheesy romance novel cover.


A sneak peek of some goodies I got while shopping. I am SO ready for fall.


After a long day of shopping and sweating, we were more than ready to chill in our room, indulge in the hotel’s happy hour and take a few pre-dinner pictures. There’s nothing better than a laughter-filled photo session with some stylish and amazing friends.

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Rompin’ around Kansas City

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Romper: Peter Som for Kohl’s | Heels: Target | Clutch: Forever 21 | Bracelets: Forever 21 | Lips: Marc Jacobs’ Moody Margot


Well, Monday has rolled around again. Early Saturday morning, Liz, Emma, Anna and I headed down to Kansas City for a girls weekend getaway. I love traveling to new cities and seeing what they have to offer, but doing it with three friends and plenty of laughter along the way is the best. Let’s just say the weekend held lots of shopping, getting locked out of our hotel room, a half-naked man in Mac, the hottest day of the summer and some seriously good food (and even better company). But you’ll get to hear more about the trip this week!

On to the outfit: I’ve been in search of a romper or a jumpsuit for quite awhile (especially after Liz found one this summer). After a fairly fruitless search, I found one on clearance at Kohl’s that is just too good. I decided to save it for our girls weekend when we went out on the town for dinner Saturday evening. I obviously couldn’t wear it without my favorite new heels.

Reflections of a now-24-year-old


It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday! We gonna party like it’s my birthday! I’m really excited because even though today is going to be a fairly low-key day, my friends and I are headed down to Kansas City to celebrate joint birthdays. It’ll be wonderful to get away for a couple days and explore a new city.

Seeing as how today is that special day that rolls around once a year, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on my 23rd year and the lessons I’ve learned. One of the reasons I love blogging is because it allows me to visualize the past year, what’s happened, where I was, etc. On to the reflections:

  1. I don’t know everything. This is something I seem to learn every day in a new capacity. I’ve always been a bit of a nerd with a love of learning, so it’s exciting to me to know  I have so much more to learn and to experience in the coming years.
  2. Becoming more confident in who I am is a beautiful thing. If you asked me to describe myself, one of the words I’d use is introverted. That’s not to say that I’m shy, but I tend to reenergize when I’m allowed to be by myself or with a few close friends. I used to think this was an undesirable quality, but as I grow older, I realize how valuable it is to be comfortable enough with yourself to be with just yourself and your thoughts (and maybe a book or ten).
  3. Fewer friends are better friends. Speaking of being introverted, I find my friend group getting smaller as the years pass. And that’s OK. The friendships I have are the ones I deem valuable, and they’re the ones I want to pour as much of myself into as possible. I’d rather know a few people well than know a lot of people in a shallow sense.
  4. I’m glad I didn’t get married right after college. Not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing because I’ve had many friends who are happily married right out of college. But I’ve been grateful for this time in my life when I’ve grown more and more comfortable in who I am (without needing a man to lean on). It’s been empowering knowing that I can support myself and live the life I want to live on my own terms. (But if you know of any single and looking ginger guys, hook a girl up! Just kidding. But not.)
  5. Never say no to a cupcake. I’ve deemed this as my life motto. I am a sugar-holic, and I must admit that there are some days when I beat myself up inwardly about my less-than-perfect body. I’m very slowly trying to learn what balance is in terms of healthy eating and (grrr) exercising. But I’m trying to come at this new thinking by telling myself that I want to be here on earth for many years to come, and one of the best ways to insure that happens is by living more healthy. That being said, though, sometimes a girl needs a cupcake, and I’m vowing to work on not beating myself up for those moments of “weakness.”

So … now it’s your turn! Any wisdom for me as I get ready to take on my 24th year? I’d love to hear in the comment section below! 

Chambray in summer

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Chambray blouse: Banana Republic | Shorts: Apt. 9 | Espadrilles: Denim & Supply | Bag: Banana Republic | Hat: Forever 21 | Bracelet: Banana Republic

Summer concerts can be the most difficult to dress for, and I found myself in that predicament last weekend. The show turned out to be on a cool and lightly raining night, so I chose this outfit (minus the hat and instead with my cheery yellow rain jacket). I find linen shorts are the perfect material as a starting point, and a chambray blouse — with rolled-up sleeves — is the best topper (even in summer).