Fall officially begins on Monday but the weather was so nice this morning (in the 60s) that I’m hoping we convinced the season to come a few days early. And in my mind, that means it’s officially sweater weather. My little family kind of slept in this morning, and because I don’t plan my outfits in advance like a person who truly has their life together, I didn’t have a ton of time to think about what to wear, so I grabbed a light sweater and decided to recreate another outfit from falls past.
Happy birthday to me! I’m 32 years old today and I think I’m looking & feeling pretty good. Also, I hope everyone has a very happy new year!
For the past few years I’ve written a review post featuring my favorite outfits from that year. Since I took a six-month break this year and haven’t posted many outfits in 2016, I decided to instead share my favorite outfits since I started documenting my outfits. I technically started blogging in 2010 but it was just an ‘every now and then, when I felt like it’ sort of thing. I started blogging my outfits in 2013 when I started graduate school. So the outfits outlined above and detailed below are from the past three years. The majority of my favorites are from 2014, when I was finally hitting my stride in blogging. And the outfits I chose are the ones I’ve worn the most in real life and would totally (read: will most likely) wear again in the coming year.
Original post 1: Plum is one of my favorite colors. Even in 2013 when this was taken.
Original post 2: I was figuring out how to dress like a graduate student and succeeding.
Original post 3: Weekend layers are perfect for any backyard bbq.
Original post 4: Wearing sweaters in the summer because of office air conditioning.
Original post 5: When a short girl is able to successfully pull off a midi skirt — it’s not too long!
Original post 6: I have a lot of little green dresses but this is one of my favorites. Perfect for holiday parties.
Original post 7: Sequins are perfect for any party, but especially a holiday party.
Original post 8: A fuzzy sweater, boots, and a knit hat to keep me warm and cozy in the winter.
Original post 9: Warm breezes in the middle of February make you dream of warm sunshine.
Original post 10: I’m drawn to neutral colors, especially white, with maybe a splash of color in the form of an accessory or blazer/jacket.
Original post 11: My favorite little black dress that can be worn for day and night.
Original post 12: I finally found a job after grad school and got to wear cute outfits like this again.
Original post 13: That one piece of clothing that I love more than anything but I’m afraid to wear, even though it has shown up twice in this list.
Original post 14: Adding some color to my collection of jeans/bottoms with these purple pants. And rocking a cute baby bump.
Original post 15: When a short girl is able to successfully pull off a blanket scarf and it doesn’t swallow her whole.
I’m hoping that 2017 is a much better year than 2017. Also, one last time:
Happy Birthday to me tomorrow! I can’t believe another year has gone by and that it’s time for me to share with you a few of my favorite outfits from this past year. Nick and I are spending my birthday at our nation’s capitol, visiting an old friend. Not a bad way to welcome 31.
Looking back, I see that I wore more skirts, dresses, and non-blue denim, which tells me that I’m doing a good job not automatically reaching for my jeans. In May, I graduated from my master’s program and after 6 long months I rejoined the workforce. This coming year, I plan to show my many neglected pencil skirts some much-needed love. And according to my favorite outfits, I seem to be well on my way to creating more office-worthy looks. I feel like I’m trying to get a good grasp on what my style really is while still trying out new looks and trends. Since things are going to calm down a lot in 2016 – meaning I’ll be finding and maintaining a better routine – I believe this will be the year I really find myself. So, without further ado, here are my 15 favorite outfits from this year.
Original Post 1: One of the best Pinterest-inspired outfits I’ve created
Original Post 2: A warm breeze in February had me dreaming of warm sunshine.
Original Post 3: For Valentine’s, Nick surprised me with dinner and a show… and I had to decide which look to go with.
Original Post 4: Sunshine and 80 degrees give you shorts weather.
Original Post 5: A gorgeous beaded tank that also *slightly* feels like a suit of armor!
Original Post 6: On Saturday, May 9, 2015, I graduated with my Master of Public Health degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University!
Original Post 7: I loved everything about this fun, spring-y outfit.
Original Post 8: In an attempt to reassess my closet, I found that I’m drawn more and more to neutral colors.
Original Post 9: I found a floral tank that mataches almost every cardigan and balzer in my closet.
Original Post 10: Here, I found a way to use inspiration photos to make the outfit my own.
Original Post 11: This is what I wear for a double date that includes lots of wine and cocktails.
Original Post 12: LBD look for day (and for night!)
Original Post 13: The Grecian-inspired dress that I wore to my friend’s Muslim wedding.
Original Post 14: A new part-time job allowed me to dress in my office attire.
Original Post 15: I love this shirt, as evidenced by it showing up twice in my list!
I believe that 2016 is going to be the best yearyet for me, and I hope everyone has a happy New Year full of love and fun and whatever else you desire!
So, this is what I wore to get my hair cut. My hair doesn’t look that much different because it’s still kind of long – I only wanted a trim – but it looks pretty good and it feels light and amazing. While I was there, I was complimented by my hair dresser and her assistant on my outfit (especially the shoes), so I knew it was a good one. I paired this top and jeans together here already, and while that outfit made me feel kind of boho, this flowy vest and these booties make me feel edgy and cool.
Tank: Target | Vest: Ross | Denim: Old Navy | Shoes: Fioni via Payless | Sunglasses: Target
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It doesn’t get any easier than putting on a pair of shorts and a comfy tee. It’s even easier when you stick to the same colors! I’m continuing my neutrals obsession with simple black and white, and a pop of cobalt. It’s getting hotter outside so I’m trying to avoid jeans and anything that will make me sweat even more than I already do. I’ve gained a few pesky pounds these past few years during grad school with all of the driving and fast-food eating I did so I’m slightly limited on what bottoms I can wear. I haven’t gained a lot of weight, just enough to make my jeans and skirts feel uncomfortably snug. Anyway, these shorts feel great and I purchased a white and navy pair as well, so you’ll probably see them a lot more often.
I wore this outfit to officially meet the babies I’ll be babysitting for the next few weeks. They’re one-year-old twins and absolutely adorable. I worked with their mom for several years before quitting my job and going to grad school and I’m happy to be helping her out. Plus, I’m earning some extra cash until I can find a full-time gig.
Nick got me a Fitbit Charge HR as a graduation gift. I’ve been wearing it for about two full weeks now and I. AM. LOVING. IT. Seriously, I’ve never been more obsessed with meeting my steps goal, monitoring my heart rate, observing my sleep patterns, and tracking how many calories I’ve burned. It’s the best thing ever. I would totally recommend one.
Also, is it just me or does my hat look funny in these photos? A little misshapen perhaps? I can’t tell!
Tee: Banana Republic | Shorts: Gap | Shoes: X-Appeal | Hat: Banana Republic | Hat, Sunnies, & Necklace: Target
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Hi, I’m Nikki. This is where I blog about my life and personal style. I’m a wife and mom, sushi lover, wine drinker, and coffee enthusiast. Welcome to my little corner of the world where I try to lead by example!