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Cold snap

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Blazer: TJ Maxx | Tee: Gap | Denim: Elle | Wedges: Relativity | Bag: DVF | Bracelets: Forever 21

Never in a million years did I think I’d be wearing jeans and a blazer in the middle of July sans being in an air-conditioned building. But thanks to the summer version of the polar vortex, this outfit happened. I’ll take a few 60-degree July days that allow me to wear jeans any day! 

How was your weekend? Mine was filled with wedding activities (my cousin got married in a beautiful ceremony on Saturday) and catching up with friends and family. I’m off to Chicago tomorrow for wedding number two!

A summer of hats

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Top: Kohl’s | Denim: Old Navy | Wedges: Relativity | Bag: Brahmin (c/o Vogue) | Hat: Forever 21 | Bracelets: Forever 21/gift

Hats are having a moment in my closet (also seen earlier this week). My wide-brim fedoras are getting the most wear, other than my ball cap that I wear consistently when taking a hike or going for a walk. When my hair is misbehaving, I grab a hat from my hat wall, and all is well. 

I wore this outfit last week to head to a local pizza place and catch the USA World Cup match. Did you guys watch yesterday’s match? So. Intense. 

Smooth sailing

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Top: Target | Denim: J Brand via TJ Maxx | Wedges: Relativity | Bag: Michael Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Necklace: Unknown | Bracelets: Forever 21

Guys. It is crazy hot here in Omaha. I’m looking back at these photos taken on Sunday, and the thought of wearing jeans makes me want to die. But the sailboat tank on the other hand? This is going to become one of my summer staples. And my straw bag is back — a summer staple last year. 

Meanwhile, you’ll catch me at the pool to beat the heat.

Neutrals in summer

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Top: Forever 21 | Shorts: Old Navy | Wedges: Relativity (old) | Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bag: Vintage Coach | Rings: Forever 21

After a very fun week in Ohio and a fun but packed weekend in Chicago, I’m back at it in Omaha. My college friend Keri is getting hitched in July, and we celebrated the bachelorette party a bit early and had a personal cooking lesson with a professional chef. So. Good. I’m a Top ChefMasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, all around Food Network freak, and now I want a chef to teach me to stop by my apartment every week to teach me a new dish. Liz and I got back in around 1:00 on Monday morning, and sleep was the very first thing on my mind. Thanks for sticking with me through my unplanned break!

Most people shy away from black in the summer, but I find I reach for it year-round. The trick is making it season-appropriate, and these shorts from Old Navy do the trick (last seen here). I wore them multiple times during my trip, and they’re just as versatile with a silky tank as they are with a printed sweatshirt.

Spending spring in stripes

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Top: Old Navy (and on sale!)Denim: Old NavyFlats: Relativity (similar) | Necklace: Francesca’sBag: Brahmin (c/o Vogue) | Sunglasses: Lauren Conrad (similar) | Lips: Mac Mineralize Lipglass in Be NiceNails: Essie’s Romper Room

Just a little early-morning shopping trip. This spring, I plan on living in stripes … along with these destroyed boyfriend jeans. Isn’t this necklace fun? I found it at Francesca’s for $10. Score!

Happy Wednesday! This week is flying by. It’s been a busy one, but a productive one (the best kind).