Tank: J.Crew Factory (on sale for under $25!) | Shorts: June & Beyond Boutique (similar here, here, here + more options below) | Cardigan: ASOS (also in blush pink) | Hat: Sole Society | Heels: Target (new version; similar) | Clutch: Francesca's (similar here, here, here all 20% off!) | Necklace: Kate Spade (25% off!) | Bracelet: c/o From Dylan | Watch: Fossil

My first thought when editing these photos was, "Dear Lord I have a stupid hair tie on my wrist." The perfectionist in me hates little oversights like this, but the truth is when you work all day, then run home to walk and feed your dogs, then drive an hour, change in your car to take pictures, take the pictures by yourself with a tripod, change back to your other clothes in your car, and then meet a friend for dinner, life is far from glamorous and perfect. Real life looks a lot more like being very thankful you slapped some self-tanner on your legs the night before and wearing a hat because your roots are atrocious and your hair is a tangled mess from the wind. I'm the first to admit that I can get caught up in the "perfection" of the blogging/Instagram world. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE pretty photos and chic outfits's my brand of art and a daily inspiration for me. And yes, there really are some girls shooting blog photos in Paris, and living in amazing minimalist lofts with multiple Chloe bags. But the thing to remember is that none of us are perfect or even have to try to be. It's not wrong to love the pretty photos and amazing fashion, but it's also key to remember that life isn't that gorgeous 100% of the time for anybody. Do I find myself Instagram-stalking my favorite bloggers and lamenting the fact that I can't buy everything in my Nordstrom online shopping cart? I would be lying if I said no. But sometimes I have to bring myself back down to earth and remember how blessed I am to even have a monthly shopping budget, and to get to share something I love with you, even if the behind-the-scenes isn't all that glamorous.


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High-waisted / pull-on / drawstring shorts options...
(super comfy and versatile, and also great if you have trouble finding well-fitting denim shorts like I do)

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