This post has been a long time coming! I was right when I said August would be an amazing month for Kev & I but didn’t quite anticipate how amazing (or busy) it would be. This month has been an insane emotional roller-coaster followed by days upon days of planning for our next life step. I hope you’ll forgive me, especially since this outfit is one of my favorites for the upcoming Fall season! Stay tuned after the outfit details for a BIG announcement!!
This may be my favorite top at the moment. Statement sleeves have been big for a while and the trend will continue into the Fall. You’re probably already familiar with the bell-sleeve trend that took off in the last year or the off-the-shoulder ruffle trend yours truly is a huge fan of, BUT what’s better than combining ruffles and bell sleeves? This is actually the second outfit I’ve styled using this top because I love it THAT MUCH. It’s an extremely soft and fluid material which makes it easy to dress up and down. It’s also lighter weight, which makes it perfect for the transition season that is upon us!
You can style this top with a pair of jeans like I did here or a skirt for a dressier look. It also would go well with a statement necklace if you’re going all out! It comes in a few other colors but, as always, when colder weather comes I automatically gravitate back toward my darker neutrals. Does anyone else do this?
I got this shirt during the #nsale when it was majorly marked down; however, I would buy it anytime because it’s more than worth the money. The versatility and comfortability is beyond compare. It also comes in petite sizes, which is huge plus considering tops usually extend way past my arms. I sized down one below my normal petite size to X-Small Petite, and it fits perfectly (I’m 5’2″). A word of caution – make sure you wash it before wearing! I didn’t and ended up staining my mani black (eek!!)
First of all, I am SO sorry about being MIA this month. That goes for the blog and all social media. I promise I haven’t been absent without good reason! I know I’ve teased many of you with an “announcement” that would be coming so I won’t keep you waiting any longer. In a few short weeks, Kev & I will be MOVING to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area!! This is huge news for us for a variety of reasons. One, we’re both leaving a city we’ve lived in for a long time along with our friends and family. Two, we will both no longer be working for our current employers. This seems obvious but with technology these days working remotely is easier than ever; however, both of us will be moving on to the next steps in our careers. Kevin has accepted a job at a petroleum company in quality assurance/control, which is a field he is extremely passionate about. Right now, he does quality assurance and control during his free time, for fun! Lol! So doing it full time is literally a dream of his. Kevin loves working for the State but has desired to find a place that offered training opportunities and increased career growth. This company will provide him with both of those things, and I couldn’t be happier for him!
I, on the other hand, will be LEAVING (yes leaving) corporate America (say what?!?!). We did not make this decision lightly. For a long time, I have known that my passions lie outside of what my corporate job entails. If you read the “about me” section on my profile, you know that I landed in the corporate world essentially by chance after I graduated from the University of Wisconsin. However, graduating with an English literature degree, I’ve always known my passions tended more toward the creative v. metric driven side of the world. Because Kevin was blessed with this phenomenal opportunity at a new company, it has allowed me to step back from my more traditional role and pursue areas that I am more passionate about in the realm of beauty and fashion, this blog included! When I began this blogging journey (on Instagram) 7 months ago, I didn’t expect it to turn into the enormous passion that it has. And, unfortunately, saying that my corporate job can be stressful, emotionally exhausting and time consuming is somewhat of an understatement. Given the exact line of work, I cannot go into details as to what I do. But just know, the subject matter I handle isn’t always for the faint of heart. Although I truly love the company I work for, I know that my skills and passions are probably better served elsewhere. I’m excited to begin this new journey and have you all join me! It’ll be a learning curve for sure, but one I’m excited to take on. As always, thank you for your support, it really means everything to me!
Kevin starts at his new company in exactly one week and our lease runs out in Madison at the end of September. Assuming we’re not homeless come October 1st (lol), we should be fully out of Wisconsin sometime in September. In the interim, Kevin will work in Minneapolis and stay with my sister and her family who live in a nearby suburb. I will continue to pack away our life here and start to work on my next chapter on my own terms (seriously, what is life?!). This should be the last really crazy week with things hopefully settling down more mid-September. To say I’m ready for the craziness to be over and to move on to a more stable life again would be a HUGE understatement. So please, continue to bear with me!
Tomorrow is my official last day in corporate America and then Kev and I are off to The Cities to look at Apartments! So pop a bottle of champagne with me (or open an IPA with Kev) and let’s celebrate!