Thursday, May 17, 2012

Target Shopping

As much as I love to buy and look at fancy/expensive clothing and accessories, I love a good bargain as much as the next girl.  And when it comes to certain items, I just can't bring myself to spend serious cash. For me, casual summer dresses are one of those things.  Styles change quickly and I like my casual summer clothes to be low-maintenence, so I just don't like to spend a lot on stuff like that.

Enter my recent Target purchases:

The dress on the left is so cute on...the pattern is a little funky, to be sure...but it's super flattering.  I like that it's a bit longer, too...I don't feel like my butt is hanging out.  I wore it to a dinner at a professor's house with Frye harness boots and a cardigan.  

The dress on the right...I liked to much that I went back and got it in another color (purple).  Super easy to wear...I've been pairing it with Jack Rogers sandals and a chambray button up.   

Ok, so technically not dresses, but still good summer pieces.  The sweatshirt on the left is great to bring on a chilly evening.  The sweaters on the right are basic cocoon sweaters...very lightweight and perfect for summer.  

I love this!  It's basically a chambray dress with light dots throughout.  The quality is fantastic...the close up shot shows the beautiful scalloped detailing at the bodice.  

Have you done any good Target shopping lately?  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Barrister's Ball 2012

Ok, so this post is definitely late...Barrister's Ball was close to a month ago...but I had so much fun and want to share it with you all anyway!

For those who don't know, BB is an event that most law schools put on in the spring...basically like a prom.  Everyone gets dressed's fun to see your classmates in black tie, particularly when you're used to seeing people in sweats and jeans (particularly as the semester wears on).

We started out by heading to The Hamilton for drinks.  The place was HUGE...truly, I've never been in a restaurant or bar that was so big. And they have an enormous menu...seriously, they serve such a random mix of things (sushi, steak, charcuterie, pasta, comfort food).  

My wonderful date (well, bf) got me some ridiculous, fancy gin mixed-drink.  Nothing makes you feel classier than drinking a $15 drink in a darkly lit bar while dressed in black tie.  

We headed over to the hotel, which was beautiful.  You can't see it in this photo, but there was a little indoor pond under where we were sitting, with a piano on a little island in the middle.  Pretty cool!

I realize that I've already posted this photo, but I like it so much imma post it again.  The dress I ended up wearing (read: not the one I bought for the event) was the Lilly Pulitzer Crystal.  I loved it!  It was such a fun dress to wear (even considering that my breath was constricted because it was so tight!).  I got a ton of compliments on it and I appreciated that it was a bit different from what other girls were wearing.  It seems like sleek, jewel-toned, one-shoulder dresses are popular right now, so I felt like I was going against the grain a bit.  

I wore it with a black Rebecca Minkoff bag and nude pumps (plus, a black hair tie around my wrist, apparently...).  

It was such a fun time...I'm already looking forward to next year's!
Have you been to any fun formal events recently?  What did you wear?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lucky Lucky

Recent purchases from Lucky...

I love the cutoff shorts from Lucky.  I have a biggish butt and thicker legs (haha...this makes me sound so chunky, but proportionally speaking, I carry weight over my butt/hips), so I don't like super tight or short cutoffs.  These have a bit more relaxed fit and are a hair longer than most other shorts.  They have a bit more coverage without feeling like they're mom shorts.  

Like I said before, I have a bigger butt, so I've been pretty wary of the colored jeans trend.  After trying these on, I decided to give it a go.  The leg is slim without being super skinny which helps in terms of making the leg look longer.  I also appreciated that they weren't $200 like a lot of colored denim.


Friday, May 11, 2012

J.Crew Shopping

Dolores Dress in Paisley

I LOVE THIS DRESS.  I ended up wearing it to a rehearsal dinner a few weeks back.  The fit is spot-on and I love the blue/green print that's still super girly.  

Cafe Capri (Black)

These are definitely going to be a summer work staple for me.  I love how a pair or cropped black pants looks with an oxford and pumps.  I think it strikes a great balance between professional and stylish.  Plus...they're comfy and make my legs not look like stubs, which is nice.  


Thursday, May 10, 2012

In which I apologize for being a bad blogger... and exams basically took over my life for the past three weeks and I've completely neglected blogging.  But now that I'm done (I'm a 2L...THAT'S SO WEIRD), I'm back to blogging!

To catch up on my life over the past month...

A trip to Barrister's Ball (Lilly dress, obviously)...

...At a pretty downtown hotel.  

Plus four (!) law school finals.

Obviously a post-exam party was necessary...

...complete with cute shoes...

...and a sweet rooftop deck with views of the Washington Monument.'s been a busy couple weeks.  But I think I've fully recovered from both 1L year and the post-finals partying.  It's good to be back!