Farmers market morning

Casual summer weekend outfit with striped tee dress and straw bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane striped t-shirt dress casual summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane striped t-shirt dress casual summer outfit with straw circle tote — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer weekend outfit with straw circle tote bag and striped t-shirt dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Striped t-shirt dress, cognac sandals, straw circle tote bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Early weekend mornings to visit the farmers market call for an easy striped tee dress. When it’s 70°F first thing in the morning, you know it’s going to be a hot day! I have to actively tell myself to wear clothes other than this dress…it’s just too comfortable! Sadly, since starting my job a couple of years ago, the more casual side of my spring/summer wardrobe (including most of my shorts, skirts, and dresses) has been a bit neglected. I find myself being drawn to the same items over and over again on the weekend. I know that means that I should cull my wardrobe a little bit, but I’m still attached to most of those items!

I picked up this straw circle tote bag in the & Other Stories sale that started back in June but haven’t gotten a chance to wear it until now, and now it’s sold out. Wah-wah. It’s a perfect size for swinging by the farmers market, but only if I don’t plan on picking up a lot of produce! I’ve been bringing my large Madewell Insiders tote to the market (along with my reusable produce bags) because I’ve been buying a bunch of veggies that fill it up. I love the contrasting cognac shoulder straps on this tote. I would have thrown on my straw hat with this outfit, but I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with too many straw items, haha.


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane dress / similar by Lucky Brand
Target sandals / old; similar or similar by Steve Madden
Madewell earrings / old; similar from Nordstrom Rack
& Other Stories bag / similar by Target or Francesca’s
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Work conference

Navy striped tee, navy pants, brown flats summer work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer work conference outfit with linen tee and pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy linen striped tee summer work outfit with cotton-linen pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane striped linen tee and J.Crew Factory cotton-linen pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Work conference summer outfit with linen tee and cotton-linen pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I’ve been in Dallas, Texas, for a work conference this week. It’s my first academic/professional conference since I was a grad student, and boy are conferences exhausting! It’s nice to get out of the office and learn what others are doing, but it’s also a lot of information in a short amount of time and my brain is feeling a bit mushy. Haha. I’m so ready to decompress at home this weekend!

Dallas in high summer is not exactly my idea of paradise; it was hot and humid all week (Dallas just hit and exceeded 100°F this week for the first time this year). I had a hard time deciding what exactly to bring with me, knowing that it was going to be an oven outside and thinking that it was likely going to be a freezer inside. I wasn’t wrong in my thinking…holy cow has it been cold in the conference rooms this week! I brought along this outfit but was very thankful to have my camel cashmere cardigan with me to wear over this. (Didn’t think I’d be wearing cashmere in Dallas in the summer, let me tell you!)

Even though my linen tee and cotton-linen pant outfit combination was not warm enough for the conference A/C, it’s still a great option for a summer work outfit. I’m pretty sure that I sing the praises of linen every week in the summer. ;) The pants are basically just glorified pajamas which you can never go wrong with, either!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane tee / old; similar by Frame Denim
J.Crew Factory pants / exact (last seen here)
Earth flats c/o / exact style (limited sizes) or similar by Frye (last seen here)
Kate Spade necklace / exact
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

My everyday jewelry

Everyday jewelry: gold necklaces and earrings — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things simple. (You probably noticed that I don’t wear much jewelry.) I wear necklaces and earrings and don’t wear rings or bracelets (save for the random hair tie, of course, haha). Only occasionally will I wear a necklace and earrings in the same outfit. I tend to wear earrings more often than necklaces, usually because they don’t interfere with whatever style top I’m wearing on any given day.

I’ve been carefully curating my closet since I started my blog almost six (!) years ago, and I’ve discovered that I’m drawn to gold jewelry in particular. Out of my small jewelry collection, my everyday pieces consist of the three necklaces and three pairs of earrings I wear the most. (As always, you can click on each image below to see the original post.)


NECKLACES

 

INITIAL PENDANT

The Kate Spade ‘One in a Million’ initial pendant necklace was one of my very first Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases back in 2014. As of today, I’ve worn it 100 times, and the cost per wear is below 50 cents.

This necklace features my initial on one side (obviously) and ‘one in a million’ written on the other side, but I’ve only worn it with the initial side out. No part of it has tarnished in the five years I’ve owned it, which I’m thrilled about! It still looks brand new.

This necklace goes with anything and everything. I especially like pairing it with v-neck tops or crewneck sweaters.

 

TEXTURED BAR

Gorjana jewelry entered my radar a few years ago, and I was immediately drawn to the ‘Taner’ bar necklace. I love the slightly curved, textured bar; it’s simple yet still eye-catching. I purchased my necklace off of Poshmark to save a little bit of money.

I love pairing this necklace with high crewneck tops (like the shell to the right) and also under button-up shirts with the top button or two undone so you can see the gold peek out. The length is a little too short to wear with chunky knit sweaters. The only thing to note is that the necklace is very lightweight and tends to lay unevenly/off to one side, so I find myself adjusting it as the day goes.

 

INTERLOCKING RINGS

I find myself browsing Amour Vert often, and I came across the ‘Priscilla’ necklace by Shaya a couple of years ago. I ended up buying it with a coupon code (and spent more than I would have on the Gorjana necklace at full price, go figure…but this was made in the U.S.).

When I wear this necklace, I imagine the rings being Korri and me linked together, and it makes me happy. Sadly, my necklace has started tarnishing, which is a huge bummer. :( I thought it was gold filled. I may paint it with clear nail polish to prevent more tarnishing.

This necklace is slightly longer than the other two and goes the best with deep v-neck and high crewneck tops.


EARRINGS

 

PAVÉ STUDS

I purchased these small, simple pavé stud earrings from Madewell in spring 2016 and have worn them fairly constantly since then. I’ve worn them over 130 days so far, and their cost per wear is down to below 10 cents!

Not surprisingly, I wear these earrings with literally any outfit. They’re so tiny that they blend in easily and do not distract at all from whatever I’m wearing. (I’m scared I may lose them someday because they are so tiny!) I’ll usually throw them on when my outfit is feeling incomplete but when adding another layer or wearing a bolder pair of earrings isn’t the look I’m going for. I pack these earrings for almost all of my trips.

 

HAMMERED CIRCLES

A few months ago, I purchased a couple of pairs of earrings from ABLE, including this pair of hammered circle earrings. I’m absolutely thrilled with these earrings! They’re lightweight, simple, and an unexpected twist on the hoop trend. I love that the circles are just slightly imperfect with the hammered texture.

I find myself reaching for them constantly, and they’re already almost down to under $1 cost per wear, which is my goal for everything in my closet.

These earrings are subtle enough to wear with anything, but I especially love wearing them with my hair tied up so they can be seen.

 

DRUZY STUDS

These druzy stud earrings by Leslie Francesca were another Amour Vert purchase. I enjoy wearing them, but I was expecting them to look a little bit different. The whole earring features a gold overlay, so the “druzy” part doesn’t have sharp edges like a typical stone would, and it doesn’t look like a stone. The large backs also peek out below my earlobe.

Otherwise, I typically wear these earrings when I want something a little flashier than my pavé stud earrings (but not too flashy). They make a bolder statement without pulling the focus from the rest of the outfit.

This post was written in collaboration with Nakturnal.