Fading Summer

blouse c/o // jeans // shoes c/o // bracelet: thrifted // earrings

I spent most of yesterday running errands around town in attempt to get some things in order I’m finally done with summer traveling. Not that I’m complaining, but I am happy to have a few solid weeks together, in our apartment, to get back on a basic routine. In all the craziness that has been this past week, I spent some time, late at night after Ben was sleeping, coming up with personal goals for the next few months. I’m at a weird place at the moment – I thought I’d be starting grad school this month, settled into our new life in Ohio and I still feel like we just got here. I haven’t finished my undergrad classes yet and I’m not so sure I want to take any more right away once these are done. Figuring out this next step in life is going to take a little more time than I thought it would. Between studying, exercising, blogging (and all the photographing, designing, cooking, emailing, writing, creating, and brainstorming that involves), I keep quite busy, but I want to make sure these next few months are meaningful and not simply filled.

Here are a few personal goals I want to complete by December:
 (and then there’s a few I’m not sharing quite yet)

  • mail 20 letters (keyword mail, not write – the writing part is easy for me, its the mailing that I’m awful at – if you want to be penpals, let me know šŸ˜‰
  • graduate from college
  • read three books (unrelated to bullet point two)
  • go some place completely new once a week, by myself 
  • make a beautiful French Macaron 
  • get back my middle splits or take a dance class (preferably both) 

I’ll keep you posted on some of the progress (expect lots of macaron disasters on instagram initially).

On another note, These were taken after a long day in the last minutes of sunlight, literally. Skinnies, a loose blouse, and a fun pair of flats constitute the easiest outfit I can come up with on the fly (when I realize I had 15 minutes to get to an appointment and I am still sitting at my computer in my pajamas). If I have dirty hair I have no time to really brush, curl, or wash? These Heidi braids work wonders (and take a whole 120 seconds to do).

What’s your go-to around the town look? 
What are your goals for the next few months?
(do you even set goals in the middle of the year?) 

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  1. You should do a tutorial on the braids! I've tried it before and can't get mine to lay flat and look nice like yours!!