Business casual finally on point and this clumsy coffee drinker happened..
This past week, in Pensacola, there was a major cool front which was our saving grace from Hurricane Irma. We barely got any rain but the winds were strong and cool (which is a first in this southern town). It was absolutely perfect weather and I even found myself on the beach Saturday. However, I wrote this blog post 2 weeks ago when it was still scorching hot so I made minor [edits].
I don't know about y'all, but I love to be comfortable when I am in the office. I sit in a cubical all day, I want to be wearing stretchy clothes that keeps me warm in the freezing building. The problem with layering is that when you walk outside, [usually] Florida hits you hard in the face. The humidity [usually] works with the heat to thaw out my frozen body. Not even seconds after crossing the threshold, I [usually] have to take off my layers (which can be very annoying). This particular duster has more time before its expiration due to the crochet material. I got it from Ross along with a bunch of other cardigans of the same length (I was on a mission and got 3 in tan, black, and gray....I love them!).
These shoes have been all over my Instagram and I have gotten so many compliments! I got them again from Ross (remember, mission); they are by the brand Report. Bows are definitely my thing (everyone has a thing, don't judge).
I got this top at Marshall's awhile back and I figured it would be perfect for the summer-to-fall transition. Y'all know how much I love Marshall's finds!
The pants are really not important...aka I don't remember where I bought them from since it was quite some time ago. I had them in college and I remember wearing them to job interviews. That's about all I know about them...mystery pants...
Apparently it is too late in the year to wear this dress....BUUUUUUUUT I live in Florida and the rules don't apply to me! I'm not gonna say that I am special, but I don't mind having a forever floral closet. Anyways, I bought this Banana Republic dress when I went to San Diego to the outlet mall (Oh my goodness, quit talking about your dang vacation!). I want to say this dress retailed for around $130. I got it on sale for....wait for it.....drum roll....I'm now dragging it out now for comedic purposes...$21.93!!
These are the Nine West ankle strap, block heels that I've worn all summer. They are a perfect neutral color that can honestly be worn year round (I don't know about the northern folk though, it might be a wee bit to chilly).
And I'm finally going to say it. I have this ugly Fitbit on in every picture in every blog post (seriously, you can play the game of Find the Fitbit on my blog). It's not even a high tech one; it doesn't even tell time! I really like having a Fitbit and being able to track my activity but the thing is visually displeasing (aka, hideous). There are not any cute bracelets for this version unless I want to drop 200 big ones on a Tory Burch bracelet. I'm sorry, no. I bought a Kate Spade activity tracker but I am having technical difficulties (the app won't sync to the watch). I always forget to take the Fitbit off when I start taking photos. So there it is!
I actually wore this outfit last Friday to work. When I took these pictures I guess I was out during the creep hour of Pensacola. As many of you know, I take most of my photos myself via tripod. (I have amazing friends that I drag out every now and then, don't I sound like a blessing?) On this particular day, I was setting up my tripod and I got whistled at 3 times! This makes me livid! I am not a dog and no woman enjoys that disgusting feeling of being whistled at. I was already pretty upset about that dirtbag and during my mini shoot, I got whistled at 2 MORE TIMES! Not okay. I know that it is viewed as a compliment to them.
Anyways, this outfit consists of my new Loft maxi skirt and a shirt I got from TJ Maxx forever and a day ago. I also got these sandal wedges from Bealls Outlet. Its a really nice outfit with a really nice background that was ruined by 2 idiots. There ya go.
Am I talking about my look or my hair?
WOW, my hair color is fire-y in this post! Don't worry, I got it color corrected since these pictures were taken. I definitely made a bad decision last November when I tried to go red. If you are thinking about dyeing your hair red, just be sure that you are willing to commit. This red definitely overstayed its welcome.
With all that being said, forget the terrible dye job and focus on the outfit. This Ann Taylor wrap dress is sophisticated and stylish. But let me let you in on a little secret, this dress feels like a t-shirt dress. It is so comfortable and soft. The secret to confidence is being comfortable in your skin. The best way to be confident in the work place is not to be focused on what you are wearing.
I know that these heels are showing up in a lot of blog posts but they are one of the only ones with a height that I can handle. I'll get more adventurous with my heels as my foot heals!
It's definitely getting hot in the south this time of year. What does that mean? SUN DRESSES! My goodness me, I love a good sun dresses! I'm breaking out the bold colors and prints for this season. These dresses are so easy to mix and match accessories to create a whole new look!
Now let me tell you about this dress! So one of my good friends in Pensacola got me HOOKED on Stitch Fix. What is Stitch Fix? It's a monthly box service that sends you clothes! WHAT? Pinch me, I'm dreaming. No? This is real, y'all! You have your own stylist that hand picks pieces per your style. Now, I am a certified shopaholic so it took the whole shopping experience that I crave so much away from me. However, if you hate shopping or live in a small town, this service could definitely work for you and save your wardrobe! I'm not sponsored, this is my absolute, honest opinion... take it for what it is.
This dress was the only piece that I bought from my first "fix". Being my first time, this made sense because the stylist didn't really understand my particular style. It can be hard to capture all your likes and dislikes when it comes to clothes by one online quiz. I gotta say, they stepped it up for my next box because I was IN LOVE with EVERYTHING!!!
Goodness, this post is capturing my ADD pretty well. :) BACK TO THE DRESS, RACH! I actually wore it to church on Easter Sunday with wedges. Here I paired it with flats and a cardigan to get a more casual Friday look for work. The back of this dress is so precious but my dumb self forgot to take a picture....shucks,,, next time.
I'm so excited to show you the items I got from my second fix!
So this blog post is just a preface for new posts to come.
I have been inspired by one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers, Julia Engel (in more ways than one). She is beyond stylish and her hair is TO DYE FOR! (am I punny?) But her fashion and beauty hacks are not what I am talking about here. I am talking about her Charleston guide. I am going to start a segment of my blog where I discuss my favorite areas of Pensacola. This town is a great vacation spot so hopefully I can help a few tourists find the "hidden gems" of the first settlement of America.
Most people don't know the history of Pensacola so you're in for a treat. Don Tristan de Luna somehow stumbled upon Pensacola Bay during his exploration in 1559. This was the first European contact in the United States since it preceded Jamestown by almost 50 years! Unfortunately, the colony was wiped out by a hurricane and at one point NW Florida was deemed "too dangerous to settle".
Intrigued?? Stay tuned for my newest segment all about Pensacola where I will take you on my many adventures.