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target black cardigan – rummaged/thrifed tank, j crew pants – my gram’s closet vintage coach purse

can i say how glad i am that the fashion rule that navy and black aren’t supposed to both be worn together is defunct? i love dark neutrals. they are my wheelhouse, they are my jam!


did any of you americans do anything fun for the fourth of july? any of you canadians get up to any hijinks for canada day? the rest of you northern hemishpere peeps enjoying midsummer? i don’t know how many southern hemisphere readers i have, but are you bundling up in cardigans and drinking hot cups of tea?



i am super not the person who goes outside sun bathing in an attempt to brown my skin. (sidenote: i just typed skein instead of skin. i like what this says about my priorities) but i am the person who gets mildly grumpy when the sun bouncing off of my palest of flesh completely blinds viewers and creates blown out areas on pictures. what is happening to my feet?


that having been said, i have been trying to apply sun screen a lot more frequently this year. i can see where my first wrinkles will be, and i’m okay with that. but there’s no reason to speed that process along, am i right?


carlyn striped sweater, j. crew pants – target shoes

most of this outfit came from my very favorite clothing source: carlyn’s closet!






thrifted red wool scarf, woven shoes – target thrifted cardigan, white tee – j. crew navy cords

the weather has been so gorgeous. i’m loving watching the earliest signs of autumn, like little tie-dyed leaves showing up sporadically. it’s also nice being able to wear the same outfits inside and outside of work with equal comfort. in the summer, i always have to wear sweaters at work and dress warmly, but as soon as i get off work, i have to peel off layers to stay cool in the heat. and in the winter i have pile on coats and woolens as soon as i leave. it’s pretty magical to be comfortable all day long in the same outfit. #itsthelittlethings


i don’t wear this scarf as much as i should.


1, 2, 3, 4, 5


6, 7, 8, 9, 10


11, 12, 13, 14, 15

i never actually picked 15 items. i just kind of worked my way up to 12 and never expanded from there.

most valuable player- definitely goes to my thrifted cole haan loafers. i wore them for 12 out of the 15 outfits. next highest was my cream skirt, which i wore five times.

most versatile- goes to my j. crew dress, which i wore as a dress, a skirt twice, and a shirt once.

least valuable- (but only in the context of this remix) my floral blouse. i wore it twice. i did think about pairing it with my orange cords but i just never quite got around to it.

i was using this remix to test whether or not the polka dot blouse was gonna stay with me in the long run, and while i find it stylistically fantastic, i’m just not a fan of the fabric, and the way it gaps.

i really like the palette of this remix. a lot of these are my old stand-by’s, colorwise: blue, black, grey, brown, cream, but spiced up with occasional hints of peach, orange & yellow.

2, 4, and 13 are my favorite outfits, but i really liked this whole remix.




thrifted j. crew dress, purse – forever 21 belt, shoes – anthropologie skirt

maybe this shouldn’t be the case by now, but i’m always a little surprised at the versatility of dresses in remixes. maybe it’s because with pants or blouses, i feel like i can only really wear them a couple of ways. but i rarely test the flexibility of a dress until i remix it.

in this remix, this one has been worn as a dress, a skirt (twice), and now a blouse. not too shabby, eh?

when we were in st. louis at the end of may, i got a grilled cheese sandwich at an irish pub for lunch, and it was the most amazing and delicious grilled cheese, with two kinds of cheddar, guinness caramelized onions, and goat cheese! the sharpness of the different cheeses was so good with the sweet onions. so two nights ago i copy-catted (kinda) their idea…

grilled cheese

i was too hungry to go find the real camera… and to wait to test it until after i’d taken a picture! i grilled up some onions, slowly over low heat. i didn’t have enough time to properly caramelize them (did i mention the hunger?), and used a sharp white cheddar and goat cheese. NOM! absolutely wonderful. now i’ll have to try it with caramelized onions! and figure out what they mean by the guinness thing. just simmered in guinness, do you reckon?




thrifted gray blazer – rummaged j. crew dress, liz claiborne purse – target belt – ebay vintage cole haan shoes

i was super impressed with myself when i came up with this outfit and realized that the whole thing was thrifted! usually when i come up with an outfit, it’ll be like 60% thrifted. shoes & pants are the hardest, for whatever reason. i fixed that this time by going pantless, as you can see.

thanks, you guys, for all of your cast iron tips and interest in my rummage sale tips. i’m working on that post, and hopefully it’ll be up soon!

how’s your day going?




thrifted j. crew cardigan, ralph lauren belt, liz claiborne purse, cole haan loafers
hand-me-over blouse – j. crew navy cords

it’s like i had a wind machine to make this photo shoot look more ‘profesh’. i don’t have much to say about this outfit, but i did get two compliments on my blouse. once from my grandpa, and then a few minutes later my grandma came into the room and separately complimented it!

do you guys own food processors? i don’t, and i never really thought much of getting one, but recently it seems like every other recipe i read calls for a food processor. (this recipe really makes me want to run out and buy one STAT) i have a blender, but it’s so annoying to wash that most of the time i’ll spend the extra time to just chop everything up. plus, it doesn’t work quite the same was as a food processor, so i’ve never been clear as to whether you can pretty much use them interchangeably?

my point is, i found this tip once while i was stumbling around the internet, and i have no idea where, otherwise i’d link it, but anyways! i read that a regular mason jar will screw onto the blade part of a blender no problem.


so we’re going to do a cook-out with friends tonight for memorial day (it’s totally a grilling holiday, right?), and they said ‘hey, bring some pasta salad!’ and we said ‘sure!’. but here’s the thing…. i’ve never really liked those things that are called ‘salads’ where mayonnaise is the main ingredient, as i don’t like mayonnaise. so i went questing around the internet to find a pasta salad that eliza would like. and no surprise, pioneer woman to the rescue!


perfect chance to try out the blender with a mason jar maneuver, too!


and it makes the chamber where the food is much smaller, which turns it more similar to a food processor. i feel like the blades have access to everything in there. plus, washing a mason jar is wayyyy less irritating than the gigantic glass blender thinger. you still have to wash the blade part, but meh. whatevs.


and the finished product, complete with the basil plant that i bought because it was basically the same price as the package of fresh basil:


even if i can’t keep the plant alive for very long, i should be able to have fresh basil longer than if i’d bought the package of basil. i left out the olives, and i didn’t put nearly as many fresh tomatoes in, but i did chop up a roasted red pepper for it. next time i think i’ll put some spinach in, too. but now at least i have made a pasta salad!

do you have a food processor? do you love it? should i just stick to my blender? any pasta salad recipes that i might like?

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