August Favorites

While a few of my favorite people were born in August--Jona plus two of my nieces--I'm not sad to see this month go. August goes from summer to crazy in a hot minute, and frankly I'm ready for everything to settle into a predictable routine. Predictable routines are my jam. I'm an exciting person.

Here are a few favorites from crazy August.

Little Black Dress with Blush

The last time I wore this dress, I fancied it up with bold jewelry and bright shoes for a wedding. For church on Sunday, I wanted to give it a more laid back feel, so I added my denim jacket and blush pink mules. Adding the jacket and swapping sandals for mules also gives it a "fall transition" vibe as well, although my thought was more "AC survival" since it's still a sweltering 95 plus degrees here.

After being gone for most of the week last week, I spent the weekend trying to catch up on rest and family time. I also decided to drop the class I was enrolled in, because my plate just felt overloaded. I'm normally the type to put my head down and power through, but usually all that ends up getting me is stress. I'm not sure where I stand now regarding my in-process library science master's, but I do know that my sanity thanks me.

Do you keep your schedule pretty busy or do you like to leave plenty of room in the margin? 

Denim jacket: Gap (similar) | black dress: Loft | gold earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Jane (similar) | blush mules: Target

Striped Skirt with Embellished Tee and Bright Slides

I wore this to church this weekend, which felt like the calm before the storm. We had a nice, relaxing weekend, but this week is jam-packed full of crazy. I'm traveling to Rhode Island for work, then I come back for my first in-person library class of the fall semester, which meets Friday night and all day Saturday. Poor Aaron is going to need a break too after solo parenting all week. Usually Jona and Violet balance each other out; their challenging times don't often overlap. Right now though, our house is a circus. Jona is taking out all his feelings about the newness of kindergarten on us at home, which means, among other things, bedtime has once again become a battle zone. Not to be outdone, Violet has fully entered the stage of tantrums. You tell her no and see smoke coming out of her ears. And she is a button-pusher through and through. Yep, Aaron will be more than ready for me to be back.

Anyway, that's my life story. On to the clothes...  My go-to look for the skirt I'm wearing is how I styled it in this post, but I felt like changing it up a little this weekend. I added my favorite coral slides and an embellished tee for a slightly more dressed up feel, but with no loss in comfort. This skirt is so comfortable and versatile, I'm hoping to be able to make it work this fall too. I can't even believe that it's time to start thinking about that!

A quick PSA: things may be a bit quieter/less frequently updated around here as I try to get through this crazy week and also figure out a new normal with a new job, grad school, and kindergarten (I realize that I'M not in kindergarten but I swear it's been harder on me!).

Navy embellished tee: J. Crew via ThredUp (fun fringe tee for a steal) | striped midi skirt: J. Crew Factory | earrings: Nickel and Suede | coral slides: Target (these are SO comfy)

Jona Lee at 5 Years

August has been quite the month! Lots of big days and new beginnings, which is exciting but also an emotional roller coaster. Jona turned 5 yesterday, and that day also happened to be his first day of kindergarten. What a day! I wanted to share a little update and interview about Jona's life as a big 5 year old.

In My Library Tote: July Book Reviews and Recommendations

Life has been busy and it only seems to get busier, so I am more thankful than ever for books. Although I haven't had as much time to read as I'd like (I mean really, that will never happen unless someone just pays me to read books all day!) the time I've had was well spent.  Let's get to it and talk about July reads, shall we?

{what I read in July}

In My Library Tote: July Children's Book Recommendations

Between my children's lit class and the kids being home all summer, we visited the library a lot in July. You just can't beat the library for free, air conditioned entertainment on a hot summer day. I found that taking even just 30 minutes out of my work-from-home day to get them out of the house for a bit paid off; they were usually more content to play on their own the rest of the day. Life saver! Thanks to the frequent visits, we read a lot in July.

{what we read in July}

Casual Summer Look: Black, White, and Blush

I may be cutting back a bit on blog posts right now, but I want to continue to make style posts a regular thing. Style is still one of my favorite things to read about, find inspiration for, and share about. Yet (as I shared in my last style post) I find a lot of my summer looks to be, well, kind of boring. Or at least pretty formulaic and repetitive.

In an effort to keep it real around here, I'll share a recent less-than-exciting summer look. I wore this to help in Jona's classroom at church over the weekend, although I've worn some combination of this look pretty often all summer. I love skirts and dresses, but sometimes (especially during kid-centered activities) only pants will do. These white jeans have been on repeat since spring, I just swap out one printed top for another, and another.

For me what makes this look a little more interesting is the shoes. I just love the color combination of black and white with a pop of blush pink. Violet, my budding fashionista, chose the necklace when rummaging around (yay!) in my closet. "Necklace, mama!" I have to admit, the girl has good taste--she picked one that really does work. It's possible that it was one on her eye level and a familiar one that I let her wear/play with, but I'll choose to believe that she just has an eye for style. ;)

What's one of your go-to outfit formulas this summer? 

Black striped tank: Target (fun twist-hem option) | white jeans: Old Navy | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Mama and Little | blush sneakers: Target

August Goals and July Wins

This year, inspired by Gretchen Rubin's book, I've been doing a Happiness Project, focusing on one important aspect of my life every month. Last month my goals were all about money, and August's focus is spirituality. The idea is that the months should build on one another and the habits formed in one month should continue into the next and so on. Each month I share my wins from the previous month, as well as goals that fit the theme of the current month.

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