the pre-fall transition

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Part of being an SOR is having pieces and looks that work for multiple seasons and their almost akward in-between temperatures. This look can be (and has been) worn for summer’s transition into fall.

Outfit credits:

Cami – J.Crew

Jeans – Seven for All Mankind (distressing done by me)

Pumps – Diane von Furstenberg

Bag – vintage Gucci

Trench – Zara

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monochromatic chambray

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This week’s outfit post is one of my favorite looks I’ve been wearing, obviously, on repeat this late summer. Soft chambray in a looser silhouette feels like I’ve wearing pajamas (seriously, I’ve slept in these jeans before), but is still appropriate for work dressed up with ladylike shoes and gargantuan bohemian earrings.

It was fun shooting this look at WELD studio rather than my usual outside backdrop to really enhance the neutrality and simplicity of the outfit. (Photography by Hannah Russel of Hannah Meredith Photo.)

Credits for the look are below:

Blouse – Scotch & Soda Spring 2017, purchased from MODA boutique in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood.

Jeans – Caslon (a Nordstrom brand, I believe). These are super soft and cozy, and I love the trendy released hem. Link in sidebar.

Shoes – Steve Madden Ireene, a classic.

Earrings – From local boutique Shop Amelia Styles in East Nashville.

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solar eclipse tips & a floral jumpsuit

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This is a GREAT time to be in Nashville. And I’m not talking about the usual reasons millenials have been flocking here in recent years. As if we need another reason, Nashville is the largest city host to the path of Monday’s solar eclipse.

For those who do not live in the Nashville area, the entire city will be at a complete standstill for 2 minutes on Monday. Every day, I hear about numerous eclipse viewing parties, I drive by Department of Transportation signs on the highway warning people not to stop in the road, see billboards advertising the event, etc. And for good reason: this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not one to be missed.

To help you prepare, I’ve summed up some tips for viewing the solar eclipse comfortably and safely:

  1. Get your eclipse viewing glasses if you haven’t already. You can view a total solar eclipse without them, but you can’t stare directly at all the other cool stages of the process. Keep your eyes protected.
  2. Stay out of the road for some time before and after the solar eclipse (about 1:28pm CT). Even if you are a safe driver and have heeded the warnings not to stop, other drivers may stop in the middle of the road to watch. The uncertainty leaves too much up to chance, and it’s better to avoid the roads altogether methinks.
  3. If you are driving to an eclipse viewing party, make sure to leave with plenty of extra time. Since Nashville is directly in the path of the eclipse, tourism – and therefore, traffic – on Monday will be even higher than usual.

Not only am I nerding out about the solar eclipse, but I’m also nerding out about this SheIn jumpsuit, above. Flattering, comfortable, and affordable – the trifecta that defines a good find for a Serial Outfit Repeater.

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the classics & nordstrom anniversary sale

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Its finally August and with that comes a resignation of preparing for the fall. For me, that means slowing things down and getting back to basics. And what could be more comfortingly basic than a pair of jeans and a t-shirt?

I’ve credited what I’m wearing above as well as linking to some of my other favorite brands and products to achieve this simple, classic, no-fuss look. There are only a few days left of the Nordstrom anniversary sale, so take advantage while you still can!SJ

T-shirts:

Topshop

Jeans:

CKShoes:

Click here to shop the full Nordstrom anniversary sale.

Special thanks to Hannah Meredith Photo for photography and Three Brothers Coffee in Nashville for location.

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happiness is not a destination, but rather a manner of traveling

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I’ve been at my new job for a couple of months now and I have to put in a certain amount of work every day. The quality of my work is measured in numbers. Generating results I am proud of is directly correlated to my effort. Each and every single day.

I am an inherently lazy person. A lot of people are. I’ve always valued efficiency to get my work done quickly and easily. “Work smarter, not harder,” I’d think. I still implement efficient tactics in the everyday, but nothing can substitute or alleviate the work that it takes to rack up a certain amount of numbers.

Some days pass with ease. Some days are challenging. Most days are a mix of both.

I always thought I would dread this kind of work, which is why I’ve never tried it until now. But I actually find the mix of routine and random simultaneously satisfying and exciting. (It certainly helps that I am surrounded by positive influence and motivation, too.)

What am I working towards? A financial status that goes beyond merely supporting myself and living comfortably – enabling myself to support others (a family, maybe?)

That notion is certainly apt motivation to get me through the day, but who knows how long it will be until I reach that point? It has struck me to be more mindful of the process I am currently in. I don’t want to miss the – dare my lazy self say it – enjoyment of the challenge in the everyday.

So while I will keep my eyes on the prize, I vow to be more present in the interim.

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american woman

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Tee: Vintage. Shorts: Levi’s. Boots: Dolce Vita. Scarf: Hermés.

The tumultuous political climate this past year has a lot of women wondering what it means to be an American. Some may think it’s an important thing to value. Some may think it’s not something to be proud of.

I think that relating the personification of our nation to very specific events, nuances, and ideologies is making things more complicated than they need to be. I prefer to think of being an American in broader strokes and ideas, and therefore being able to encompass all.

I just jotted down a few words that relate to what I think it means to be an American woman below.*

  • Accepting
  • Innovative
  • Confident
  • Open
  • Proud
  • Unwavering
  • Genuine

*To be clear, I am not trying to make any statements in regards to anything going on with politics, news, whatever. These words are agnostic to current events.

P.S. Today is the last day to enter my Independence Day Giveaway, where you can win awesome prizes from some of my favorite local Nashville stores. See my previous post or my Instagram for details!

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Independence Day giveaway with @northandnash

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(See my original post on my Instagram for details.)

Giveaway time! I’ve teamed up with Nashville interior designer North and Nash to bring you the best of Nashville for this Fourth of July! We have amazing prizes from some of our favorite local Nashville stores for one lucky winner!

To enter:
1. Follow @serialoutfitrepeater and @northandnash on Instagram
2. Tag 2 friends in the comments of the giveaway post on Instagram
3. Repost the photo on Instagram with the hashtags #NashOnRepeat #Giveaway

The following prizes will be included in the giveaway:

 

  • 1 logo baseball cap from the capitol company in grey
  • an art print from @eyelovenashville
  • one top of the winner’s choice from Amelia Styles
  • item from FLWR Shop
  • $20 gift card to Lulu restaurant
  • tassel earrings from Abednego
  • 3 bar soaps from Nashville Soap Company (you can also get 20% off your purchase from July 3-5 with code STARSANDSTRIPES)

Winner will be announced July 4!

find joy in the unexpected

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Top: Amelia Styles. Jeans: Madewell. Shoes: Ash from local store HERO. Bag: J.Crew. Scarf: Hermes.

When Hannah and I were looking for a good location to serve as a backdrop for this all-white feminine look, we didn’t know exactly what we’d find. But we figured that driving around the historic neighborhood of Lockeland Springs in East Nashville would yield favorable results. Amazingly, we stumbled upon this gorgeous baby pink Victorian and overgrown garden that looked like it belonged in England. We didn’t know that we would find, but it was far better than what we could have imagined.

This week I’m thinking about finding joy in the unexpected. Life has a lot of surprises, and they may not all be what we want, but in embracing the unknown, we find our subconscious expectations to be surpassed.

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