Outfits Lately: July 1-15

I’m sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas right now, feeling like I should grade for my online summer class, but really just too distracted by my hopes that we will get the rental house we put in for yesterday. Moving is always a whirlwind and I never feel fully informed when making housing decisions, but here we go! While we wait, how about some mirror selfies?

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Deconstructing (and Thrifting) the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

There’s nothing I can say about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that hasn’t been said already–it’s Black Friday for blog affiliate link commissions. A lot of people are really over seeing anything about it. And yet….I am totally fascinated by it. No, this is not a round up where I will tell you to get the Nordstrom credit card so you can shop early access. I will not dare to tell you that this is a sale “unlike any other.” Today I’m going to look at the psychology behind the N-Sale. In other words: how the heck did this sale become such a huge deal? And then, because, well, I do like to shop, I have included some links to things that are part of the sale every year that you can actually buy for way cheaper on Poshmark–because the sale isn’t actually as urgent as it’s made out to be.

Stop.

I will be the first to admit that when I saw a N-Sale post go up on my Instagram feed last week I groaned. It felt like the breaking of a dam of all too familiar posts imploring me to shop! for Fall clothes! today! How is Nordstrom pulling off such trickery that they make me lust after suede jackets in July? Let’s take a look…

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The month I didn’t think about clothes

June is coming to an end and there’s not much on this blog or Instagram to show for it. The month started with a much needed reset–6 days of Grand Canyon rafting and camping–and from there…I just didn’t think about getting dressed much. I guess I would call this month “clothing neutral”–I just put clothes on because I had to, without worrying too much about the creative expression of doing it. Here’s what I’ve been up to this month…

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Easy summer work outfits with flats

Today I decided to put together some summer work outfit ideas using my new white flats. I thrifted these flats last week and I am pretty excited about them–so much so that I had like 8 outfit ideas for them while still standing in Goodwill. And shouldn’t all clothing purchases inspire creativity like that?! Here are some easy summer work outfits I will be reaching for:

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The 10 best of-the-moment purses I’ve seen on Amazon

Summer wedding season is here and I really need a new evening bag–I only own one clutch bag right now and it is maroon. While it has carried me through winter and fall weddings, I am ready for something brighter and more fun.

This search led me down an online browsing hole where I found out that Amazon actually has an awesome purse selection. Here are the 10 purses in my cart right now:

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How I prepped for the academic job market

I am by no means an expert on academic jobs just because I now (miraculously?) have one. But I have been told that I am organized, and, yes, that is because being an anxious person sometimes means having a system for everything. So before I totally bury all memories of the academic job market, I thought I would put together a timeline of some of the things I did to get ready to search for academic jobs…

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Product review: Everlane Straight Leg Crop Pant

I found this pair of pants at Buffalo Exchange several weeks ago. I usually don’t buy pants online because of my height and needing to see the length in person, and this gave me the perfect chance to try out a trendy pair. After some searching I found that they are the Everlane Straight Leg Crop and sell for $68. Not bad for a pair of dress pants. Here’s why I’ve found them to be delightful for work…

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What I wore, what I read: May 13-17

This year is in the bag now and I am one part relieved, one part too exhausted to process, and one part screaming “why does anything about my life have to change?! It’s fine as is!” What can I say. I’m a reluctant mover. Plus my regularly scheduled exercise classes are over and I am just totally adrift without necessary endorphins. Onto the outfits…

This outfit was a rental–I found it to run true to size, but the sleeves were a little puffy, so that’s something to consider. Also, I’m not sure the hat was the most flattering with my hair type.
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Maintaining optimism in a demanding career–or, why happiness is not a waste of time in grad school

My mom is the happiest person I know, and I was always aware of it growing up. It made me proud, for a while. Then I became a teenager, and I started rolling my eyes. A lot. It was easy to make fun of my mom for being so cheery. Then I went off to college and I started to really appreciate her again. But then, I realized that not only was my mom super happy, she was also really smart about being happy–she made choices to make herself happy everyday. She sings in the grocery store. She laughs super loud while watching tv. She gets excited about everything from running into friends to hearing her favorite songs. And you know what? All of that takes work.

I really started to understand the work of being happy and that appreciation has only grown since I got to grad school, where it’s clear that I can either find a way to enjoy this life, or I can let my potentially demanding job choice swallow me whole. I definitely don’t make the more difficult choice every day, but I do try! So this week, I asked some wise grad school friends why happiness can seem so hard in academia. Here’s what we came up with…

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