Burgundy & Pink

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tank: Banana Republic (also here)

denim: LOFT

shoes: Sam Edelman

cardigan (old): option, option, option

necklace (old): option, option, option

 

Deal of the Day:

One of my favorite pairs of jeans is on sale today for 35% off! They are well worth the sale price and will last forever!

denim

LOFT sweater, J.Crew Factory necklace, AG denim, Merona pumps, Banana Republic bracelet

Burgundy & Pink:

Mixing more fall colors with lighter colors in this outfit ~ love all the variations of pinks & reds in store right now!

LOFT ivory sweater tank top, LOFT burgundy step hem denim, A New Day studded mules, Sole Society bag, J.Crew Factory leopard necklace

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tank: LOFT

mules: A New Day

bag: Sole Society

jeans (old): very similar, option, option

necklace (old): option, option

 

Pre-Fall Shoe Roundup

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J.Crew Factory olive tie front top, AG jeans, Tory Burch miller sandals, Kendra Scott necklace, Kate Spade bag

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top: J.Crew Factory

jeans: AG

bag: Kate Spade (new version)

sandals: Tory Burch (also here)

necklace: Kendra Scott 

Deal of the Day:

One of my favorite basic linen tanks from this past season! It comes in a ton of colors and super easy to dress up or down (I’ve worn to work with chinos and cardigan). It’s currently on sale + an extra 50% off!

linen blend tank

Pre-Fall Shoe Roundup

The most exciting thing for me when the seasons change are the change in accessories!  Since Florida doesn’t normally start to cool down in the mornings/evenings til mid-September and sometimes into October, I get to mostly enjoy fall accessories like shoes and scarves (air conditioning = removable layers!), but definitely miss out on the jackets and vests until later in the year (those are winter gear for us haha).

Here is my pre-fall shoe roundup! I’m holding off on booties this year until it truly starts to cool down. However I couldn’t pass up on these short booties that I can wear now and later ~ they are super comfy and have the cutest gold detail. I purchased my normal size in all shoes. Every pair comes in multiple colors and/or prints. I love all of the studded detail this year!

Sam Edelman flats, Steve Madden studded trace mules, LOFT mules, Sam Edelman leopard Lorraine loafers, Vince Camuto booties, A New Day studded mules

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pink flats (also in leopard) | rust mules (also without studs here) | beige mules |

leopard loafersbooties (also here) | black studded mules

 

Tamale Red

The color of this tank is called ‘tamale red.’ Honestly, you can call it garnet, burgundy, some sort of maroon, wine, I don’t care but gimme all the colors similar to this one! 😍 I love mixing fall colors this time of year using lightweight tanks that are still summer appropriate. My husband thinks I’m wearing “dark” clothes. I call him judgy. 😝 This tank actually comes in 5 different colors, but I was instantly drawn to this red color!

It has a split-back hem (back of the tank is shown below) which I was on the fence about at first. There isn’t a hook or thread sewn in to keep it “together” in the back, however after wearing it around the house I felt more and more comfortable that it wouldn’t just open up and expose the world to my back and/or bra strap! Not work appropriate, but very fun for weekends/cookouts/date nights. I ordered my normal size.

Banana Republic split back tank, LOFT raw hem denim, Sam Edelman gigi sandals leopard, Rebecca Minkoff quilted crossbody, Baublebar filigree earrings

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tank: Banana Republic

jeans: LOFT

bag: Rebecca Minkoff (my color is old), option, option

sandals: Sam Edelman, also here and here

earrings (old): option, option, option

 

Wake up. Hug Dog. Hustle.

Love this cute graphic tee!  My life in a nutshell. Except sometimes I don’t always hustle. Sometimes I nap and eat chocolate. I’m balanced, ya know? 😆 p.s. – this was another cutie Target find for only $15! I sized up one since this is a junior brand and it fits perfectly! It also comes in plus size! All sizes linked below.

Target graphic tee, STS Blue white denim shorts, Converse chuck sneakers

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tee: Target (plus size)

shorts: STS Blue

sneakers: Converse

sunglasses: Express

earrings (old): similar, similar

 

Pineapple Tee

Alrighty, lets resume to the normal summer outfits!  I love a good graphic tee and this one is super cute with shorts, jeans, or tuck it into a skirt for work! It’s a pretty reddish-rust color and will carry through August when the fall colors start to drop.

J.Crew Factory Collector Pineapple Tee, STS Blue denim shorts, Steve Madden sandals, Sole Society crossbody bag

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tee: J.Crew Factory

shorts: STS Blue

sandals: Steve Madden

bag (old): option, option, option

 

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Embroidered Shell Top

I love summer tops like the embroidered one below! It pairs well with shorts and pants – I did try to tuck it into a sidewalk skirt with an elastic band and wasn’t a fan –  but haven’t tried a pencil skirt.  The material is a linen/cotton blend so sturdier than a regular linen and I think is better left untucked. It comes in this white color and also navy and green! And fits TTS. I also linked some of my favorite options below from J.Crew, Banana, and LOFT!

J.Crew Factory embroidered linen top, Sugarfix earrings, Steve Madden busy sandals, Banana Republic denim, Steve Madden clutch

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top: J.Crew Factory

jeans (old): very similar

clutch: Steve Madden

sandals: Steve Madden

earrings (my color is old): Sugarfix, option, option

Other shell top options:

gingham | lace | stripes

floral | blue | red

 

Pineapple Print Skirt + #ootd

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This is real life here lately ~ sweats, shorts, and easy tees.

Old Navy joggers, LOFT tee, Adidas sneakers

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joggers: Old Navy

tee: LOFT (mine is from last year)

sneakers: Adidas

 

Pineapple Print Skirt:

So I’m still into this uniform monochromatic look lately, not sure why lol. I love the navy blue streamline image with white details and nude sandals. I guess it speaks business and fun at work? And I couldn’t say no to this beautiful pineapple print for summer!

Ann Taylor pineapple pencil skirt, LOFT lace sleeve top, J.Crew Factory necklace, Express sandals

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skirt: Ann Taylor

top: LOFT

sandals: Express

necklace (old): very similar

 

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Large Tropical Florals + #ootd

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Gibson x Living in Yellow Muscle tank, Articles of Society carly denim, Steve Madden sandals, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote, Baublebar earrings

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tank: Gibson (on sale)

denim: Articles of Society (on sale)

sandals: Steve Madden (on sale)

bag (my color is old): Rebecca Minkoff (on sale) – other color

earrings (old): option, option, option

 

Hi everyone! Just trying to resume ‘normalcy’ after the dog fiasco this past week! Our little guy is still getting better. Everyday I would say is a 5-10% improvement. I hope it holds. I’ve read a lot about relapses in older dogs when medications are stopped. I wish it was cooler out, he’s much more energetic and I can tell he wants to go for walks and play ball, but I don’t feel comfortable letting him get hot & tired just yet. I told my husband when he can jump on and off the couch and bed by himself, we will know he’s on the mend! Yesterday and today he jumped up by himself, but still uneasy about jumping down (we help him). So we take him on ‘fake walks’ around the house outside. It kind of works. 🙂

I hope you all are having a good weekend! I’m still just really tired. I can tell I haven’t had a good nights sleep in over a week. Every time our dog moves in the middle of the night, I wake up thinking he might fall off the bed or need something (I can’t imagine if I’m ever a human parent – I’ll be a nutcase lol). I’ve continued to workout off and on, but I’m sore because of the inconsistency which is one more reason just to curl up on the couch and be a potato!

On a brighter note, did you all see the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off for cardholders July 12th?! It feels way too soon!  Every year I try to pick a different tactic on what I will buy, what I will pass on, and this year it’s just kind of hit or miss. I’ve purchased from the sale the last 3 years and I can tell you the products that are still in my closet and I use every year are jeans and shoes. I like to pick up the affordable products from brands like BP and Lush, but unless it’s something non-trendy (like a good tee), I think I might pass this year. Same with bags. I’ve picked up several bags over the last few years from the sale (affordable ones) and aside from maybe one Sole Society bag, the others get ignored. The catalog is available online (here), and I’ve so far got my eyes on the Steve Madden mules (page 20) and any of the booties on page 36! There is always a release of new AG jeans – I have pairs from the last 3 years and still wear them all the time – definitely worth the splurge!  BP usually has a nice long cardigan sweater also. Always a good staple for winter. It will all be here before we know it! Now on to today’s flatlay!….

Large, tropical floral prints are hot for summer this year! Old Navy have several options to choose from and always affordable. I have this print and the white/green floral – both are super cute! And only $15. These tanks in general are always just so easy to wear for work and casual. They tuck into skirts nicely, look good under a cardigan, and long enough for skinny pants (tall and petite sizing available).

Old Navy Relaxed High-Neck Sleeveless Top, Express cutoff denim shorts, Express fedora, Steve Madden sandals, J.Crew Factory pineapple necklace

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top: Old Navy

necklace: J.Crew Factory

sandals: Steve Madden

fedora: Express

shorts (old): option, option, option

 

Fitness Outfit + #ootd

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1901 Nordstrom sweater, Express denim, Sole Society bag, Sugarfix earrings

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sweater: 1901 (Nordstrom) – on sale!, other colors

jeans (old): option, option, option

 bag (old): option, option, option

bracelet: J.Crew Factory

earrings: Sugarfix, pink option, pink option

Hi guys! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted.  I wanted to give you a peek into my personal life and a little “food for thought”, but if this not at all what you’re here for, feel free to skip below for outfit details. 🙂

 I’ve honestly just been exhausted the last week. We have 2 older dogs that are from the same litter (brother and sister) and both have just started to really age the last couple of months. The are 13.5 years old. They both have cancer (different kinds, different areas), and the last few weeks have been vet visit after vet visit. Just when we think one is doing ok, the other one has another ailment. The biggest issue right now is our male started having dizzy spells last week that came on suddenly. We initially thought seizure of course, ran him to the oncology vet, only to get clean lab work and he was mostly normal the rest of the day. Over the last week he continued to have spells sporadically, but for much shorter duration – seconds even, until finally Tuesday he was full blown vertigo 24/7 (and of course while my husband and I are working a 12 hour shift… our pet sitter was left to care for him during the day, ugh). We took him to a speciality emergency vet yesterday who thankfully was so passionate and gave us all the possibilities and empirical treatment options (the only way to truly diagnose an issue like this is to complete an MRI +/- spinal tap which is about a 2 hour drive for us + heavy sedation for an older dog… oh and about $4,000!). We opted to start antibiotics and anti-nausea meds and hope it’s an infection versus the alternative which would be inflammation and/or brain tumor.  If he hasn’t improved by early next week we will switch our treatment to a steroid regimen.

Eddie during Irma evacuation last year. Diagnosed with inoperable cancer the week before and we started chemotherapy. We ran away to Georgia and started exploring state parks and made a “bucket list.” 🙂

He’s sleeping at my feet right now as I write this, but goodness life sure has changed from when I was a kid. I’m so thankful for all the advanced treatment for pets, research studies, advanced diagnostics, etc. but the couple of dogs that I had as a child just lived to be old and you knew when it was “time.”  I feel like I’m running a doggy hospice out of my house lol!  I love them dearly like they are my kids and will make the best decision based on their quality of life and when it’s “time”, it’s time. However, dealing with dogs that have a week hind-end and arthritis (like my dogs growing up) is much easier than cranial nerve lesions and liver masses.  This post is becoming way too detailed and long for a style blog, I just feel like typing it out somehow helps and it’s really my ‘food for thought’ of the day. I believe cancer is on the rise for pets as much as it is humans. Now whether that’s because of vaccines, processed dog food, pesticides, or all of the above? Something else? It’s hard to say, but it makes you think about their little bodies like we think of ours when it comes down to situations like we are in now.

I’ve never considered pet insurance in the past for my dogs (it used to be a staple for my horses, but like human insurance – they now limit certain conditions, require you to “prove” their worth, etc.), but if/when (I can’t even fathom that right now!) we have future pets I will definitely consider it. If there is a life saving surgery, medicine, etc. that is now available to pets like never before, I feel just like humans they should have access to it and a pet owner shouldn’t be limited by expenses – especially now that I’ve learned HOW expensive things are like CT scans and MRI! Anyway, I don’t meant to rant on here – I just wanted to explain my sporadic blog absences, but also throw out some experience I’ve had the last week with veterinarian specialities and cost. The advancement amazes me, the cost blows my mind, but also the fact that our little fur babies are experiencing these diseases at an increased rate just like humans, is concerning. And this is why I have 4 science degrees. 😂 #nerdalert

Feel free to share your opinion or experiences in the comments below!

Fitness Outfit:

And if you’ve made it this far –  I wanted to share some affordable workout clothes that I’ve mentioned before in the past. Old Navy makes some of my favorite running shorts, especially now that we are in Florida. I used to run in Nike Tempo shorts, but the inseam drove me nuts. They always felt “blousy” and would rub funny on my thighs, especially when it was humid. The Old Navy version is more streamlined, and heck for the price!? Full price they are only $16.99 and you can usually always find them on promo for less. I also wanted to share the cutest tie-back workout top! It comes in 5 colors, I just picked one that matched the shorts, but really want to get a couple more colors! I have a solid (no mesh) version from last season and was really excited to see this latest top which hopefully means they will continue to make it!  Oh it’s only $20 full priced. 🙂 I run, workout, wear it casually, and also ride my horses in it! The tie-waist in the back makes it so much better than a regular top!

My earphones are worth the price also. They connect to my Apple watch via bluetooth so I don’t have to carry my phone while running. I’ve never had issues with them falling out of my ears either. And comfortable!

I threw my shoes into this flatlay, but really I can’t recommend enough going to a running store and have your feet evaluated for proper shoes by an expert. I see other bloggers recommend running shoes and say “I LOVE these running shoes!” without any explanation, and that’s how injuries happen – people buy whatever running shoes seems “pretty.”

I am an extreme supinator. That fancy term just means I underpronate my foot and put pressure toward the outside when I run and essentially roll my ankle outward (**fun fact: I tend to “bend” one leg in my pictures all the time – I do this because of my knee/foot structure — otherwise I look very knock-kneed!). I tend to wear the soles of my running shoes out on the outside and ruin them before 300 miles. The best running shoe for me is a cushioned shoe to allow my foot to equalize the pressure and hopefully stabilize and prevent injury. However, I hate running in cushioned shoes ha! I like the way stability shoes feel, so I’m truly a mess when it comes to running shoes. I “compromised” (lol) with the running store employee when I purchased the Asics below because they are somewhat 1/2 stability, 1/2 cushion. Better than the Brooks Adrenaline which I covet and love, but wear them out in about 6 weeks (my last pair had zero tread left on the outside… almost a hole!). Anyway, moral of this story – talk to someone about your feet if you are just starting to run – it will save you both potential injury and also money in the long run. 🙂 The Asics below I’ve had for a couple months. They are definitely wearing down, but the tread on the bottom is wearing more evenly across the sole of my foot and not just on the outside. I feel like I’m running in clogs, but I guess “if the shoe fits!”…. LOL.

And lastly, if you’re looking for a great pair of socks that will help prevent blisters and are the perfect running sock… check out Feetures! running sock below. They are pricey, especially for a sock, but worth every penny. I only have 4-5 pairs and cringe when I run a lot in one week, laundry hasn’t been done, and I have to reach for an old pair of Nike socks with no cushion. They come in various sizes of cushioning also. I like the ultra lite or lite cushion versions.

Old Navy active running shorts and top, Asics GT 2000, Apple Watch, Beats headphones, Features socks

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shorts: Old Navy

top: Old Navy

shoes: Asics

earphones: Beats

socks: Feetures (also here)

 

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Sailor Pants + #ootd

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BP striped tee, J.Crew Factory shorts, Steve Madden sandals

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 tee: BP ($15)

sandals: Steve Madden

shorts (old): option, option, option

necklace (old): option, option

These sailor pants for work are gorgeous! I saw them on a mannequin when I shopped in store earlier this week and fell in love with the buttons, streamline fit, and color. They have black buttons, but the material is a navy blue color. I do recommend going up one size if you are bigger in the hips like I am 😝 I pulled my regular size up, but couldn’t zip them lol! #toomuchcake My sweater comes in 13 colors and is a stretchy-cotton fabric and perfect for air-conditioning in the office! It tucks in nicely to skirts also.

Banana Republic Sloan Nautical Pants, Banana Republic striped cotton sweater, Kendra Scott earrings, Kate Spade bangle bracelet, Merona pumps

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sweater: Banana Republic

pants: Banana Republic (petite sizing)

bracelet: Kate Spade

earrings: Kendra Scott

pumps (old): option, option, option

 

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