What with one thing or another, July was a short work month. Obviously, a LOT has been going on in my personal life, even though it has not always been reflected here on the blog. With that said, I think you may start seeing some changes. My new office, with its more casual dress code, is inspiring me to switch things up a bit in my professional wardrobe. I’ve been drawn to a more minimalist, creative business casual aesthetic for a while, and this is my chance to really lean into it. You can kinda see the beginnings of that this month; more to come.
We only have 12 outfits in the mix here, but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed them all; quite a few are candidates for my personal Favourite Outfits Hall of Fame. Take #8, for example. I rarely repeat outfits from head to toe, but I have worn this one 3 times in as many months. I can definitely see myself repeating others as well, like #4, 6, 7 and 12. There’s only one “problem” I foresee here. If I become a habitual outfit repeater, I’m going to have to get real creative with the blog. So if you have topics you’d like to see me tackle as an alternative to OOTD posts, let me know.
For fun, here is a look at my July outfits in 2015 and 2016.
June was a heck of a month. First of all, it felt like it was about three years long. I feel like I aged at least twice as much. I always know when I reach the limit of my stress tolerance because my body starts to mis-function; this time around, my IBS symptoms went into over-drive. Between dealing with a potentially life-threatening medical issue in my immediate family, juggling a number of hearings at work (including one out of town), and accepting a new position (!!!), this month was a doozy. I’ve never been more grateful for an opportunity to get the hell out of dodge for a few days as I was at the tail end of June, when my husband and I hopped on a plane to Palm Springs. Stay tuned for some recap posts.
On to clothes:
There were some real winners in the mix this month, #1, 3, 7, 10 and 13 in particular. A closet purge is probably in my future, though I am finding it hard to motivate myself to do it. Some of my less favourite outfits happen because I haven’t been able to let go of pieces that don’t suit my current aesthetic as well, but which I guilt myself into wearing because, well, they’re hanging there in my closet. I *know* I will be happier if I let go of some of the “dead weight” but the sentimental ties are strong. However, this summer is all about fresh starts for me, so I have a feeling there will be changes coming to my closet as well.
I’m not typically a slacker (though that is certainly an aspiration) but April put the rest of the year (so far!) to shame. Work was much as usual, but my personal life — whoa. I started writing again, picking up the 30 page outline of Archer & Bell vol. 2 where I had left it off over a year ago. It was very exciting there for a few days … until I realized that the pace at which I’ve written in the past is probably not realistic at this time, with everything else that is going on in my life. I want (and need) writing to be fun, which means that I can’t (and won’t) hold myself to a rigid schedule. Hopefully, the book will see the light of day at some point. Speaking of other fun things, I also read a bunch of books and watched a ton of Netflix, and somehow still managed to keep up with life, which is some kind of miracle, and also the reason why I am constantly sleep deprived. No regrets; 10/10, would do it all again. And that is still not all. I also did some thrifting, got microblading (!!), and had my initial consultation for Lasik surgery, which is happening very very soon.
But let’s not forget why you’re here (I assume): the clothes.
I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a long time — my 7th blogging anniversary is just around the corner — so I can’t help but feel like I’m becoming more and more predictable, at least as far as my outfit formulas go. These are all combinations you’ve seen before, with a few new(ish) pieces mixed in. I think I ended up using more prints than in recent months; I’m not sure how I feel about that. On one hand, I tend to *feel* more comfortable in plainer outfits these days. On the other hand, I *like* looking at more colourful, print-heavy outfits. I’m still working on finding the right balance, one day at a time.