Casual life.

Since I have zero pictures of my summer outfits lately (go meeeee) I thought I'd at least share with you all what I've been wearing lately which pretty much makes me a basic B if I do say so myself. 

A little bit of background info on your homegirl: somewhere along the line this summer I got caught up in stuffing my face with anything and everything that was in front of me on top of downing plenty of sugary adult beverages and other drinks that made me not the same size as I was before. Where did my fast metabolism go? I'm still looking for it. If you can't read between the lines, I feel like all of my summer shorts and jazz don't freaking fit me like they should. Insert an abundance of tears and angry emojis, but fear not because today I'm starting an awful (apparently good) 12 week work out plan to hopefully get back to the old me. However, if anyone has any miraculous overnight weight loss plans that don't require me to eat only healthy food and work out..leave a comment. 

With that explanation now under our belts, I have resorted to wearing summery dresses ALL DAY EVERYDAY, 24/7. Mainly cotton ones, because they so soft, comfy and versatile. Not to mention you look like you actually put in effort when you're wearing a dress. When the truth is I probably rolled out of bed. Winner winner chicken dinner. And as long as they aren't plastered to your body, they seem to look good on just about any shape and size. 

I've been grabbing these kinds of dresses from all over, low and higher-ish end and at the end of the day they all get the job done. Here are a few that have caught my eye lately and they are all under fifty buckeroos. Have at it kiddos. 

Endless Rose | Dolce Vita291

ONE by Pink Stitch | Free People | daftbird

What have you been wearing this summer? 

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Romper for days.

Romer: H&M    wedges: Target   purse: Bongo

Photos by: Mark Adams

Apparently rompers are like theeeee thing this summer huh? I've had a rough time trying to find ones that don't show half of my butt, and if we're being honest I have to be pretty careful  in this one. Which is why I have basically resorted to wearing it as a swimsuit cover up, because any sort of bending down gives the public a view that I'm not sure everyone wants or needs to see. The cut out back on this one suckered me in though, so I decided it was still a necessity to add to my summer wardrobe. 

For a really quick second I have found myself getting pissy that summer is flying and "almost over". For some reason I have it in my head that summer is strictly the months of June and July. I think it was all the brainwashing from school, since that was the only time away from the classrooms. I have been reminded that it in fact won't get freezing the second August 1st rolls around so I can calm down. But still, I just can't even fathom going back to the fall and winter days of no tan (I feel like with a tan I can get away with no makeup, it's so much easier, right?), beach and pool days, long walks outside without risk of frost bite, windows down while driving, infinite amounts of ice cream trips to Cookie Dough Creations (be jealous if you don't have one) and the sun staying out significantly longer than the nasty and short winter days. 

Basically I need to escape Illinois this winter, so if anyone has any place for me to shack up then let a sister know and we can make some arrangements. I would LYLAS. (aol days anyone?) 

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St. Thomas Vacation

You can't possibly be surprised that once again this summer I have fallen off the face of the earth. Or the blogging part really. But hey girl hey, I've back from a few vacations and have some pictures to spice up your exciting lives. A few weeks ago I went and spent a week down in St. Thomas at an incredibly stunning house (The Clintons stayed there a few year ago. Nifty and creepy info) with all of my dads side of the family. It was a full week packed with hanging out on our private beach,  diving and snorkeling, kayaking to Magens Bay, drinking delicious beverages, eating more than I should consume in my entire lifetime, island hopping on a catamaran with unlimited food and drinks, staying up late playing games and getting attacked by killer mosquitoes. 

All in all I am bummed to have returned to the real world, but am thankful I snapped a gazillion pictures to help me remember all of the memories I made. Here are a few snapshots that are appropriate for the blog world, I'll try to post more this week!

Private beach filled with kayaks and paddle boards
View from my deck
One of the many decks. We spent so much time here lounging around, eating ,and playing games.

Early morning kayak ride to Magens Bay!
The first full day with familia. I love them.
Sunset from the balcony
My first time diving! I'm technically not certified but was allowed to go doing a discovery dive. I recommend it if you're also not certified!
GoPro action. Spying on family. 
Kris and I doing under the sea kinda stuff.

We went to an ice bar on the island. It was 22 degrees inside, but full of sculptures, ice slides and fun things to do. We lasted about 30 minutes before heading out to the 90 degree temps. 

The view from the highest point on the island. We stayed in one of those specks of a house along the tiny strip out there facing the bay.
One of my favorite days was renting this catamaran and sailing around to the islands and being able to get off and snorkel. We were able to play our own music and be served unlimited food and drinks. Take me back please and thanks.

Thankful for these people. 

Little Clara livin the dream.

Baby on board!

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Turquoise & White


top: Marshalls   shorts: Old Navy   hat: Target   necklace: c/o Pretty Pants

Hoooola amigas (and/or amigo? I'd cringe if anyone from the male species read this space on the interweb. Please be amigas.) I just got back from the most incredible vacation to the Virgin Islands I have ever been on and made enough crazy memories to last a life time. Lucky ducky for you, I'm going to post quite a few of my gazilion pics on here in hopes that they can make your 9-5 a little better. Because I know you're trollin your blog roll at work. Don't lie. 

Until then I wanted to leave you with pretty much my favorite outfit I own at the moment. And we all know that will change in about .2 seconds, but for now..lets roll with this one. Turquoise and white are my favorite thing in the whoooole entire world to wear in the summertime with a nice tan. If I'm pale as a ghost then forget it. I'll hide under black clothes to match the way my soul feels about being pale in the winter. 

I've been pairing this turquoise necklace with just about everything I own and probably annoying the shizzle out of anyone who sees me on a regular basis. Oh and is it just me or does it happen to look like the shape of Illinois? The one redeeming quality Illinois has is that it can look like a pretty turquoise necklace. That's about it. 

The awesome and sweet ladies over at Pretty Pants were kind enough to understand my dying love for turquoise and send me over the necklace. Not only is it my favorite color and great quality, but it comes in pink option too for all of you pink pony lovers out there. It's safe to say I'm drooling over every piece in their jewelry section, but they also have a large selection of clothing and accessories for great prices as well on their site. Head over and check them out. You won't regret it. Oh and tell them I sent you, okay?

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Island Bound.

Dress: c/o Wizards Of The West   chambray: Marshalls   long necklace: Forever21   custom necklace: Gift    rings: H&M    purse: Bongo

Photos by: Mark Adams

Surprise appearance! I wrestled with this dress quite a bit. (who came up with that phrase? I just picture myself in a knockout fight with a dress and that's just not true, yet) When I first tried it on it looked like I decided to throw on a larger than life potato sack on me and I magically gained approximately 50 pounds and had no curves. All just really flattering to say the least. But really, praise the Lord for whoever invented the idea of layering, because this chambray came in and saved the day and magically made it look put together. 

You might find it of interest that I'm heading to St. Thomas this weekend for 8 days and have packed 13 swimsuits and enough outfits to change 3 times per day probably. HEEELP. Since it's all summer clothes and lightweight, my suitcase actually zips. But I also have a body bag of a beach bag I'm using for my carry on that will weigh me down and knock out anyone that it touches as I walk through the aisles on the plane. Nbd. 

So yeehaw, giddyup, turn down for what, etc about being on the beach, soaking up the sun, surrounded by family, listening to country music, having a cold beverage in hand, and not thinking about the real world for two seconds. 

Do you know what else makes me happy? All of the country summer concerts I'm taking in. I saw Brad Paisley (ehhh, not worth it) a few weeks ago, and will be heading to Dave Matthews, Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett two times, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and some other people I can't even think of right now. Yes, yes, aaaand yes to good music on a summer night with friends. 

Also, I suck and these pictures are still my old hair color, but they are the last remains of it. We shot different looks this past weekend which I will hooopefully get up soon. Happy summer-ing!

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