back! (in black and white)

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Readers! I’ve been taking a slightly slower pace with blogging this month, as work has been busy (and it’s still so hot outside, I’m feeling less inspired). But, either way, I managed to sneak a few photos into my day and voila! I’m back! I hope everyone has a lovely Friday and weekend!

Top: Banana Republic ($8 marked down from approx $90)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless ($25 marked down from $50) on sale here 

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bell (sleeves) and bows

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Well, we all know the bell sleeve and knot trend is everywhere these days, and I’m completely swooning over these embellished styles- especially given that these tops are 100% cotton and comfortable versions of these trends. Hand me a pumpkin spice latte, and fall is off to a perfect start 🙂 ! I’m going to be cozying up with books, coffee, pumpkin everything, tea, and of course, embellished everything!

Bell sleeve top: Zan Style $75 (though currently on sale for 70% off)

Knotted gray top: Zan Style $11

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW ($3 marked down from approx $80)

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There’s a huge sale on the site now, so if you’re interested in these tops or other fab finds, check out Zan.Style  ! I really enjoyed the cotton blends, as they are super soft and don’t wrinkle easily (one less task when you don’t have to iron!!). Have a lovely week, readers!!

everything embroidered

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It’s hard to nail down my favorite fashion trends lately because there’s so many fun and creative options! In this look, I’m embracing the embroidery trend. I love the texture and custom feel embroidery adds to items like shoes, coats, and dresses. As a side note, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I style my top knots and hair braids (as seen in these photos). I have my top knot tutorial here, but stay tuned for a hair braid tutorial next. Honestly, it’s as easy as my top knot. I’m all about low maintenance (though my husband might disagree 🙂 HA!). Have a good rest of your week, readers!

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Coat: Rosegal ($30)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW (approx $50 marked down from $90) available here

Head scarf: Coach (approx $20 marked down from approx $65)

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It’s that time again! #monthlymani time! We went with a pirate theme this month to change it up a bit :)! I mixed Sparkle Aplenty from Revlon with Indi-glow from Sally Hansen to have a festive pirate theme. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her pirate themed #monthlymani! Aarrgh! (I couldn’t resist)

stop and smell the roses

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Sometimes I forget the wonderful splendors around me because I’m busy rushing from one place to another, taking care of errands, going to work, going to the grocery store, blah blah blah. But, I’ve been working on being more mindful of taking a breath. This week, my husband and I took another trip to the local gardens and, sigh, it’s just such a beautiful place. It really makes me happy to stop and smell the roses. What about you, readers? What things of beauty are you seeing in the world around you? Leave a comment below!

Top: Rosegal ($12)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) (seriously, I wasn’t joking. I’m not paid by Crocs, I swear, but I wear them whenever I’m going to be on my feet for long periods of time/walking miles on end).

Fashion Huntress coupon alert! You can find other oversized blouses here. Interested in the top in this post? Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off! Time for a new outfit! Surprise code: RGEN

fun fact, part 2 (leave another! do it!)

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Y’all, fun fact part 1 was so fun, I just HAD to do another fun fact post! So, without further ado! Additional fun facts and leave yours below- that’s the best part!

Hablo español! A lot of people don’t realize that I am bilingual 🙂 I spent a year living in Spain, and I also majored in Spanish literature during my undergrad years. Spanish comes in handy all the time; I wish I spoke even more languages! Maybe one day #lifegoals.

I used to get made fun of for my glasses and my hair! I just was chatting with my sister the other day about the challenges of middle school and high school; we both had stories. I’ve had glasses since 2nd grade, and I used to get made fun of for them, as well as for wearing my hair in a ponytail. Isn’t that ridiculous?! It took me a long time to own my glasses since I can’t wear contacts, but now I really do own them. They are part of my identity. And, I still love ponytails. Man, kids those (these) days, am I right, so petty!

Ruffle bodysuit (hello, 90s! they are back!): Rosegal ($19)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless ($15 marked down from $35)

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