Shiny! Check out this striped cardigan with sequins from Loft. I promise it’s cuter in real life. I know this because I own it. And I don’t wear it with a baggy shirt tucked into granny slacks. Just saying.
However, I have yet to figure out how to wash a sequined cardigan.
It’s about time for my first “I’m feeling guilty for not blogging” post. Well, I’ll postpone it because it’s also about time for a top-of-mind post!
I tried on this adorable puff-sleeve empire cut t-shirt at Zara in Chania, Greece. There was something about the cut and the gathering on the empire waist that I just loved. However, it felt a little short so I passed it up. I’ve been regretting that decision since, especially since it was only 13 euros! What was Brittany thinking? Ugh.
Now to get those trip photos organized!
It’s time for another recap of things that made my month! Here are 10 things that made me happy in August:
1. Gladiolas: I’m the kind of girl who likes to buy her guy flowers. Yes, it’s kind of a gift for myself, but it makes the house seem cozy. He humors me. I picked up a 10-stem bunch of glads at Fred Meyer for $3.99! They were cheaper than the tie-dye daisies and lasted a couple of weeks.
3. Providence Bridge Pedal: When else can you pedal across the Marquam Bridge? There is nothing quite like pedaling your bicycle across a freeway bridge. Yes, it’s a leisurely bike ride with 18,000 of your closest friends … and it’s awesome!
4. Cole Haan ‘Air Nora’ slide: These feel a bit grannyish but are still cute “summer is not yet over” shoes. And I do love my Cole Haan Nike Airs.
5. Pine State Biscuits: Everyone raves about the Reggie, the Regina, or plain old biscuits and gravy, but seasonal berries are where it’s at! I just can’t condone collard greens at 8 a.m. (which is when you should arrive if you don’t want to stand in line), but fresh berries and whipped cream are perfect toppings for the perfect biscuit!
6. Eggplant: Both the color and the vegetable made me smile this month.
7. Oregon honey: Another Portland Farmer’s Market find. I’m not sure what made me happier, the honey sticks or the yellow “3 Bees” bucket. I’m craving both.
8. Avery NoteTabs for cookbooks: I saw an ad for these in the Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine and knew they would change my life. Proof that advertising works (only I thought they were a 3M post-it note product, so I suppose you could say I had a hard time with advertisement recall). Love them!
9. Lavender: Is it acceptable to have three items from the Farmer’s Market on my list? I put a bunch of fresh lavender in a wooden apple basket from Pottery Barn ($2.99 clearance item – score) and it smells as good as it looks… or looks at good as it smells.
10. Game storage: Finally, a place to keep extra games, and the (IKEA Dombas) wardrobe was only $99!
Who wouldn’t want a tuxedo shirt boasting stripes AND ruffles? The stripe confetti ruffle shirt from J.Crew feels like a whimsical version of their classic dock-stripe perfect shirt. The perfect shirt has been my favorite go-to shirt for about the past five years and they are surprisingly durable!
I would wear the ruffle shirt with black suit pants to work and, of course, pair it with navy linen shorts for the final weekend of summer.
I’m quite impressed with Gap’s return to the basics, or at least some of the basics. For awhile there, Gap was trying to be “all hip, all the time,” but I finally feel like I can rely on them for classic items again.
If bringing back jeans that fit was the first step, then clothing you can wear to work was the second!