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Day 168: Deadpool and Wedding Planning

At first when we got engaged in March, September 2017 felt like a million years away. Now that we’re less than a year away, I feel so far behind! Tonight L and I watched Deadpool (obviously the most romantic movie we could find on television) and got to work at some wedding stuff!

Because I’m a perfectionist, I wanted to make our own website – the prefab ones from theknot.com just weren’t cutting it for me. I’ve been waiting on L to add in his groomsmen and finish up our proposal story – and he finally completed that tonight! Meanwhile, I finished writing out addresses and adding the stamps to our save-the-dates. As an added bonus, L even picked up sushi so we didn’t have to worry about cooking and cleaning. Overall, a successful night in the books.

As to my outfit, this morning really truly felt like fall. During this nice weather, I like to leave the heating/cooling off, but this morning I definitely woke up chilly! I wanted to wear a nice comfortable and big sweater and this J. Crew piece is one of my favorites! Since it’s a little on the big side, I paired it with a fun chunky necklace and some neutral shoes. 

Sound off: anything you wish you knew when you were planning your wedding?

Outfit Details
Sweater: J. Crew purchased three years ago for $80 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox (Perry Street Flora Crystal Necklace) retailed at $75 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased six months ago for $55 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased eight months ago for $19 (exactsimilar)

Day 98: Vacation Trip Dreaming

Half-way through August – this is crazy Although, I’m not going to complain too much if this week flies by because I have some great upcoming plans. Next week my mom’s coming to Atlanta (finally after Spirit Airlines cancelled her flight last time).  Then next weekend, I’m heading back up to Ithaca to see one of my best friends (and future bridesmaid) graduate from Ithaca with her doctorate in physical therapy (I’m friends with a doctor – I’m getting old). Then in September, we’re going to Disney with L’s family.

So now I just need to make it through this week at work. I’m still sunburnt from yesterday and happy so it’s all good.

Onto my outfit details! This shirt I actually bought from Marshalls on the way to L’s company Christmas party because I needed a black long sleeve shirt, but it’s quickly turned into one of my favorite shirts because it’s so comfortable. The necklace is from Rocksbox, which is one of my favorite subscription companies. I’ve actually been a member for over two years! If you want to check it out, you can do so here. Please use my referral code “RACHAELBFF67” and I will love you forever.

Any fall trips planned?

Outfit Details
Top: Marshal’s (mercer&madison) purchased nine months ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox (Perry Street Astrid Necklace) retails for $48 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased six months ago for $50 (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Vince Camuto) purchased four months ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 84: Gabrielle Giffords and Other Awesome Women

ohmygoodness, I’m still dying from embarrassment from an exchange earlier today. I was in a meeting with a bunch of marketing leaders from my team when our SVP of Marketing poked his head in. We ended up talking about the television show Newsroom, which I have never seen. They were describing a specific episode and my co-worker noted, “It was the episode where Gabrielle Giffords was shot.” To which I responded:

“Way to give away the spoilers!”

Expect that’s not a spoiler. Gabrielle was an Arizonian congresswoman who was shot in 2011. And I just looked like an idiot in front of our SVP.

So in an attempt to recover, I’m blogging today about some women who are absolutely amazing that we should probably know (not just to impress SVPs, but these ladies are also badass, so let’s give them a shout-out).

  1. Gabrielle Giffords: to truly understand how amazing this lady is, we have to start before the shooting. In 2002, Gabrielle was the youngest women to be elected to the Arizona Senate at age 32. She then went onto become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007. Based on her professional history alone, Gabrielle is a pioneer. On January 8, 2011 she was shot point-blank in the head. Eight months later she was back on the floor of Congress. To top it off, in 2014 she celebrated the three year anniversary of the shooting by going sky diving.
  2. Malala Yousafzai: Last year I ended up buying Malala’s book while in the airport because I needed something to read. There’s no better way to make yourself feel insignificant than to read about an ten year old that has accomplished ten times more than you. Malala grew up in Pakistan during the Taliban rule. Her passion for education lead to assassination attempt on October 9, 2012. Like Gabrielle, Malala recovered from a gunshot wound to the head. Today she continues to fight for women’s education and even was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize (the youngest ever recipient). Don’t worry – she makes me feel guilty for blowing off my college 8am too.
  3. Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin: You may not know their names, but I’m betting you know their newsletter theSkimm, a daily email responsible for educating over 3.5 million people on pop culture news to politics.  Danielle and Carly were only in their mid-twenties when they started theSkimm in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. The duo completely revolutionized the way news is consumed, especially among millennials (P.S. this newsletter is by far the only reason I know anything about this presidential campaign… although maybe that’s not the best selling point.)
  4. Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Another name that you may not know, but I’m sure you know her impact (A) if you were ever in Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, (B) if you have a heart, or (C) are a Kennedy aficionado. Eunice (baby sister of John Kennedy) is responsible for founding the movement that is currently know as the Special Olympics – which has impacted millions of disabled individuals, never mind the million more she’s inspired! If you need a reason to get up for the gym in the morning, try YouTubing Special Olympics athletes.

Okay, so time to get off your couch and make something happen!

Anyone you’d add to my list?

For today’s outfit, I wanted to rock some fun pants (which one of my co-workers actually commented on). It’s hard to tell, but these have cute sunflower-esque details in the print, which is perfect for this rainy day!

Outfit Details
Sweater: J. Crew Factory purchased one year ago (similar, similar)
Pants: J Crew (ThredUp) purchased three months ago for $22 (similar. similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased eight months ago for $19 (exact)
Necklace: Rocksbox (Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace) retails for $64 (exact)

Day 66: Something ’bout a Truck

I bought this dress when I was in high school, so I’m feeling pretty good about myself right about now. Actually the story of when I bought this dress is pretty funny, but you’ll need some background. Important Fact #1: My parents live super close to outlet stores, so we went a lot when I lived with them in Massachusetts. Important Fact #2: I drove a black 2005 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab in high school. I miss that truck every day.

So as girl, guys always thought that they could drive my truck better than I could. The guy I was seeing when I bought this dress wanted to drive us home in my truck. When we were backing out of the outlets, he hit another car. My giant truck was fine and his insurance paid for the other car. Now that I think of this, guys being unable to drive my truck is a reoccurring theme in my life. My early-college boyfriend hit a curb and messed up my tire pressure. A guy a was seeing hit a pole backing out of a fancy dinner place. Bottom line, my anecdotal expert opinion is that girls can drive trucks better than guys. Although, I guess there was one time my cousin and I drove up to New Hampshire to ski and ran into a snow storm and we may or may not have ended up in a ditch but we were save and there was no damage to anything, so I’m not going to count it.

So what’s your dream car?

 

Outfit Details
Dress: Banana Republic Outlet purchased seven years ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox purchased eight months ago for $28 (similar)
Shoes: Marshall’s (Steve Madden) purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 63: Quiet Time

L is an actuary (SparkNotes version: he uses Excel and formulas to determine people’s pensions/retirement plans. Sometimes I get sleepy when he talks about his day at work). Actuaries also have to pass a series of exams (like the CPA but over and over on different subjects). L is taking an exam on Wednesday and has been studying like crazy.

Although I’m super proud of L for forcing himself to study for 8+ hours every day for the past few days, I’m super bored. I’m trying to be supportive, which means watching HGTV at a ‘reasonable’ volume and not talking about every single interested article I see on Facebook. All this quiet time is driving me crazy!

Anyways, my skirt today has cute little sailboats on it #summer #wishiwasonasailboatandnotinacubicle These shoes look high, but they’re actually super comfy to walk in – which is good since this outfit needed a pop of color.

Outfit Details
Shirt: J. Crew Factory purchased one year ago for $28 (exactsimilar)
Necklace: Rocksbox on loan retail $80 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Talbots purchased second-hand three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto Outlet store purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)

Day 62: Replacement

Today was the first day I activated my ‘replacement’ rule (although I can’t shop for 365 days, I can replace anything that gets damaged during this year span). I sent one of my favorite skirts to the dry cleaner (the one from this day) and it didn’t come back white. Instead it had these weird red water rings leading me to believe that my skirt may have been abducted by aliens while in the cleaner’s custody.

I’m still working with the cleaning company (I’m expecting a full refund/reimbursement), but I did decide to move forward with finding a replacement since is my only white skirt and it gets a lot of action in my wardrobe. Unfortunately, the exact skirt is no longer available from J. Crew Factory, so I went over to ThredUp to see if I could find a used version. I ended up buying these two to see if either of them stands up to the challenge.

For those of you who don’t know what ThredUp is, think of a consignment store on steroids. I’ve found that as a shopper, ThredUp is great – the prices are awesome, especially for the quality you’re getting, and there’s a huge selection. Unfortunately, as a seller, ThredUp does take a very long time (think up to three months) to evaluate your stuff and their payout is super low. I’d only recommend selling if you’re just looking to get rid of clothes fast and easy and not really make any real money off of it.

Anyways, I thought it was fitting since I decided to post mainly about ThredUp today, that I make almost my entire outfit from there! This shirt is perfect because its lightweight (which is 100% necessary in this GA heat)!

**This article is not sponsored by ThredUp in any way, however the links within this post are affiliate links (meaning if you end up signing up and buying something, we both get $10 off. So I’ll owe you a glass of wine). I’ve used ThredUp over the past few years after reading an article from one of my favorite bloggers and absolutely recommend it if you’re looking for designer names at super cheap prices.

Outfit Details
Shirt: Gap (ThredUp) purchased one year ago for $5 (similar, similar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory (ThredUp) purchased eight months ago for $16 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox purchased eight months ago for $28 (similar)
Shoes: Marshall’s (Steve Madden) purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Purse: J. Crew purchased second hand two years ago for $40 (similar)

Day 60: Compliments

The two best compliments are you’re smart or you’re funny. Being smart doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a bazillion degrees or you’re super high up in your company. If you’re smart, people want to know what you have to say because they believe it will be a valuable use of their time. Being funny is another thing that isn’t learned. L’s mom will laugh at his jokes before he’s even finished telling them. I asked her why once and she simply responded “well, I knew it was going to be funny.”

I think a generous soul may say that I have great situational humor. I can come up with some good one-liners that will draw out a few laughs. The other day one of L’s friends (hi, J!) said she was reading my blog and didn’t expect it to be so funny. Knowing that I’m competing against L, I took this as a total win. I may not be the office Amy Schumer, but at least I’m maybe one of her writers? Or the person that opens up the show two hours before the real act comes on (and starts promptly at 7pm when people are still getting beer)? I’m going places, people.

Anyways, Fridays are casual (insert all of the celebratory emojis). So today I’m rocking comfy ‘jeans’ that technically feel like yoga pants and this fun shirt that I got a while ago from one of my favorite online boutiques (link below!).

So what’s the best compliment that someone can give you?

 

Outfit Details
Shirt: autumn*olive boutique purchased one year ago for $32 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox* (Kendra Scott Rayne) on loan, retails for $64 (exact)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory purchased six months ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Keds) purchased two months ago for $35 (similar, similar)

*If you’re interested in trying Rockbox, please use my code: rachaelbff67