A day without a phone

Fall outfit: Burgundy floppy hat, black silk shirt, windowpane skirt, lace-up flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

(It was actually about 36 hours without a phone, but that's not important.)

A little over a week ago, my phone completely crashed and went into recovery mode. It probably shouldn't be as big of a deal as it was, and that's because I should have been better about backing up my phone (or at least thought to upgrade my iCloud storage prior to the crash). But, I hadn't backed up my phone since before leaving for Vienna (and luckily I had thought to do that since my previous backup was in 2015!). After many hours spent trying to get my phone to update and then trying to figure out how to save my app data before restoring it (with the help of a very patient, persistent, and technology-savvy new man in my life), it had to be restored to the previous backup. I'm most bummed about losing a couple month's worth of Stylebook data since there is no way I can remember everything I wore. Luckily, I know of at least the outfits I blogged. (And now Stylebook is being backed up to iCloud so I shouldn't lose data again!)

Anyway, I share all of that because for over a day, I didn't have a working phone. It was absolutely amazing to me how much I actually tried to use my phone while it was dead. After trying to get help at the Apple store, I stopped into Madewell. I like to take photos of what I try on to refer back to later, and I couldn't. I then had to compute prices in my head because, well, I use my phone as a calculator. I did not have a clock. I couldn't make a note on my phone when I thought of a future post title or outfit. I had to actually write out a grocery list (and then promptly forgot it at home). I couldn't check or post on social media. Truth be told, it was nice to give my phone a break. I could still message my iPhone friends from my computer, so at least I still had that form of communication, but when I was out and about, I tried to take in everything around me—and it made me realize that we are always on our phones. Everyone! This whole ordeal has made me realize that I want to take phone breaks more often.

OKAY, this post went in a slightly different and longer direction than I thought it would, especially for a Sunday post. Haha. Today is an exciting day, because I'm sharing the first look from my fall style sudoku! I won't be sharing my full sudoku until the end of the season, so you'll have to piece it all together yourself until then, but I'm pretty excited to start a new remix challenge. Also, fun fact: This was what I wore on the day my phone died.

Fall outfit with burgundy floppy hat, black silk top, windowpane skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Leith felt floppy hat, Everlane black silk pocket tee, Loft windowpane skirt, Halogen lace-up flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Burgundy floppy hat + black silk shirt + windowpane skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Burgundy felt floppy hat outfit with black silk top and windowpane skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Everlane top / LOFT skirt (similar by Madewell) / Halogen flats via Nordstrom (last seen here) / Leith hat via Nordstrom (similar by Forever 21)

Nautical fall

Nautical-inspired fall outfit with navy stripes, white skinny jeans, and burgundy loafers — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I'm clearly a fan of wearing white denim year-round: exhibit A, B, C, D, and now this outfit. What's the point of hiding it away until the warmer months when it works perfectly well in the fall and winter as well, amirite?! I was so excited to wear this nautical-inspired outfit when the temperatures took a dip last week. I had been patiently waiting to pull out this top; I hadn't had the chance to wear it since purchasing it in Vienna in June. I love the easy-breezy shape and mixed media (cotton stripes, silk panel) for added interest.

Today is my birthday—what! I'm now officially in my late 20s, and I'm not gonna lie, it feels kind of weird. Like I feel like I should have done more with my life by now. Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? It helps to remind myself that we are all at different stages of life, but sometimes I do wish I had a real job. ;) That will be the goal before my next birthday, though! Ah!

COS silk panel stripe jumper + white skinny jeans + burgundy loafers — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy stripes + white denim for fall — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Nautical fall outfit: Navy striped top with white skinny jeans and burgundy loafers — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
COS silk panel stripe jumper + white skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

COS top (exact style or dress version or more navy stripe top options) / LOFT jeans / Nordstrom loafers (thrifted; last seen here; similar from Macy's or more red loafer options) / Kate Spade necklace via Nordstrom / Moorea Seal sunglasses (similar by Steve Madden)

An evening on Capitol Hill

Earth 'Bellwether' flats with plaid top and high-rise skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

From one state capital to another...! Greetings from my current residence: Salt Lake City, Utah. The capitol is situated on a hill just north of downtown, and the property is surrounded by beautiful cherry blossom trees that are breathtaking when they bloom in the spring. I thought this was the perfect location to take my second pair of shoes from Earth Brands out for a spin. As I mentioned in my previous post, Earth Brands recently launched a social media campaign—#WhereOnEarthRU—and I figured I needed to share where I currently reside! ;)

I have to admit: This outfit didn't come together as easily as the outfit featuring my navy Earthies 'Tolo' flats, and I'm not sure why! Maybe it's because I don't wear brown as much as navy, or maybe it's because these flats are slightly darker than my go-to brown, cognac. Either way, once I picked up this plaid top from Madewell last week, I knew it was just what these shoes needed. (Also, navy is a no-fail color for me, clearly!) I love perfect weather days like this one where the temperature hits the mid-70s and an outfit like this is all that you need to be comfortable and tackle the day.

Utah State Capitol Building
Earth 'Bellwether' flats with plaid top and high-rise skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell plaid top, Madewell high-rise skinny jeans, Earth 'Bellwether' flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with plaid top, high-rise skinny jeans, and Earth 'Bellwether' flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell Herald Tee in Curtis Plaid + High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Davis Wash — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell top (on sale!) and jeans (on sale!) / Earth flats c/o / American Eagle Outfitters earrings / Moorea Seal sunglasses (similar by Steve Madden)