Wishlist Wednesday: It Was All Yellow

I took an unintentional extra long weekend from blogging. I’d like to say I went somewhere glamorous and tropical, but unless you call Kansas City either of those I did not. I did, however, have lots of fun hanging out with my friends, eating yummy food, losing money to poker, and not tanning by the pool. This is the kind of busy I like.

Cardigan: Gap Outlet (old); dress: Old Navy; belt: Old Navy; sandals: Steve Madden via 6pm.com

Yesterday’s prompt on Bow Ties and Bettys #StyleMeMay was an oldest piece, and the prompt for Modly Chic’s #FBPhotoADayMay was covet. Between those two, I came up with this outfit, with this old yellow Gap cardigan and a new Old Navy maxi dress. The oldest piece is obviously the cardigan, and the “covet” is its color.

I’ve wanted to add more yellow pieces to my closet lately: it’s such a fun, cheerful, summery color. It also ties right into the trend of the month link up at Marionberry Style, which is the color yellow. 

Here are some more yellow pieces on my wishlist: 

Do you plan on wearing a lot of yellow this summer? 

Song: Yellow by Coldplay
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Summer Begins with Memorial Day

My summer has officially begun! I always have some sort of part-time job during the summer, but this summer I decided not to work. This will probably be my last summer “off” so I might as well enjoy it. Well, enjoy it but also work my butt off trying to find a job (which can be a job in itself). 

top: Old Navy; white jeans (that I need to hem): Madewell; belt: Loft; sandals: Steve Madden via 6pm.com

Although my summer has already started, this weekend will be its official kickoff, with Memorial Day on Monday. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing, but most likely it will be barbecuing and hanging out with friends. 

Photos today are courtesy of my good friend Lindsay, who also provided the beautiful backyard of her new house. 

I’m linking up to this week’s Memorial Day themed Friday’s Fancies at Long Distance Loving. I thought my patriotic red, white, and navy look would be fitting for a holiday barbecue. Although knowing me I’d spill ketchup on my white jeans. Maybe I should find a matching apron. 

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans?

A Shopping Meetup at Madewell

Last Thursday I met up with a few other bloggers (Sandy a la Mode, Pretty, Polished, Perfect, Peridot Skys, and A Dash of Details) to attend a nationwide Style Session event at Madewell. Along with having lots of fun hanging out with those awesome ladies, I also picked up a few great pieces.

Erin, Lisa, Ali, Sandy and moi

One thing I purchased was this white blazer, an item I’ve had on my spring wishlist for a while now. It was a little bit more than what I usually spend, but when I found out I got a 20% discount for being a teacher I decided to go for it. I can tell it’s going to get lots of wear, so I think it was a good investment.

Blazer: Madewell; t-shirt: Anthropologie; skirt: thrifted American Eagle; necklace: from Paris; flats: Target

I also got a chambray button up and a pair of white jeans, both of which I’ll show off soon. Although I’m very happy with my new purchases, it was hard to leave so many other things behind. So this week I’m adding some of the other pieces that caught my eye at Madewell to my (semi-) weekly wishlist. 

What are you willing to splurge a little on? 
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Bitter and Sweet

This is my last week of school, I can’t believe it! While I’m very happy with the decision I made, I know that this week will be very bittersweet. I’m not ready to say goodbye to some of the wonderful people I’ve met this year, and as much as I’ve complained about how crazy the kids have been, I will miss (most of) them terribly! 

Sweater: Banana Republic; dress: Jack by BB Dakota via Style Obsession giveaway; earrings: Target; boots: Target

This weekend was finally a relaxing one. Let me tell you, it felt great. Friday night we hung out with friends, and Saturday we had a much-needed date night. We went to The Boot, an Italian restaurant. I chowed down on a prosciutto pizza topped with arugala, while Aaron put away some Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper) pasta. Yum!

Today I’m linking up to Inspiration Monday at Two Birds

What did you do this weekend? Did you eat anything yummy?    

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Can't Live Without It

Before the school year started, I searched up and down for the perfect classic, long-sleeved white button down shirt. In my mind, it was a work wardrobe essential, and something I would wear all the time. I found it, and I’ve maybe worn it twice.

Chambray: Old Navy; pencil skirt: The Limited; earrings: self-made; belt: Old Navy; sandals: Mia

Around the same time, I snagged my chambray button-up shirt from Old Navy for around ten bucks, thinking, this chambray trend might pass so I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. Yet the number of times I’ve worn it doesn’t even compare to that of the white button up. I’ve even considered buying a second chambray shirt since I wear this one so much.

To me, the lesson learned is that a list of wardrobe essentials isn’t necessarily universal. I’m glad I got a great deal on this shirt, but I shouldn’t have worried that chambray was a passing fad. I think, or at least I hope, that it’s here to stay.

I’m linking up this week to Chambray Season, this week’s Friday’s Fancies on Long Distance Loving.

What has become an unexpected essential in your wardrobe?

[Note: After I wrote this post yesterday, I went to the Madewell Style Session here in KC and bought another chambray. It's the exact one {av} has in her set today. I can't wait to wear it!]

Neons, Now

I was on the fence about neons when they first started popping up. It can be difficult to wear a trend when I already wore it the first time it came around. (I have vivid memories of a neon pink t-shirt tie and splatter-painted neon Keds, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.)

Cardigan: Loft; button-up: J. Crew Factory; shorts: Gap (old); sandals: Old Navy, gift from BFF

While I see people (namely, my students) wearing what look like the exact same pieces I wore once upon a blue moon, I’m happy to find just as many grown-up neon styles. This cardigan, for example, has been my favorite recent purchase. It’s surprisingly versatile for such a bright piece. 

I wore it dressed up a little a couple of weeks ago, but I like it just as much dressed down. How about you, are you hopping on board with the neon trend? 

Inspiration: #StyleMeMay Day 15: Ivy League Preppy and #FBPhotoadaymay Day 15: Yellow

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