Target Tuesday: Fast Forward To Fall

I don’t want it to be fall. While I definitely enjoy fall style, the impending season change signifies that winter will be soon to follow. So although some people are rejoicing that we’ve had some rainy days and cooler temperatures over the last few days, I am not nearly as excited. I am not ready to prepare for snow yet!

At any rate, I slowly have been transitioning my wardrobe to fall styles. Flannels, denim, cropped slacks, and riding boots are some of my favorite pieces of fall style. Not to mention, as much as I love vibrant colors, I do look forward to mixing it up with earthy tones once September rolls around.

For this week’s Target Tuesday, I’ve put together a comfortable outfit that is perfect to wear on cooler summer days and then all the way through fall. I’m still on the fence about the small rip that these jeans have at the knee, but they are really comfy so I think I’ll keep them around for now.
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Louis Vuitton Eva

Flannel // Jeans // Booties (old) // Louis Vuitton Eva

P.S. I’ve recently discovered this online service called HauteTrader, which allows you to swap designer items in your closet for other designer goodies. I think I have some shoes that could use liquidation. 😉

xoxo,

AS

I’m A Bad Dog Mom

I’m a bad dog mom. I have the cutest, fluffiest little nugget of a puppy and I suck at raising him. Why didn’t anyone tell me that puppy parenthood would be this hard?

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When I was a kid, I used to be terrified of dogs. No matter the size or breed, the mere sight of a dog would lead me to cower in fear. As I got older I was no longer scared of dogs; I was merely ambivalent to them. This phase of general apathy lasted through college. I’d frequently tell friends: “If I wanted a dog, I’d just have a baby.” Because having a dog seemed like just as much work, except a dog never learns how to potty on the toilet, clean up after itself, or make its own meals.

However, a few months ago, I was feeling the urge to nest. I wanted to come home from work to be greeted by smiles and cuddles and a companion who would always be by my side. So what did I do? Had a baby. LOL JK. Obviously there was no chance I was having a child, so I had to contradict my former self and settle for a puppy. I spent weeks and weeks researching different breeds, looking at photos, and preparing to take the leap. Too bad no amount of research could prepare me for the nightmare that is potty training, the hassle of being woken up at 5am by puppy whines, the endless chewing on shoes and nipping on toes, and did I mention the nightmare that is potty training? Because I’m really tired of scrubbing my floors after Giant decides to drop a deuce in the living room or take a whizz under the dining room table. Oy vey.

I really thought my maternal instinct would kick in and that naturally I’d be a fantastic dog mom. I’m loving, nurturing, and have tons of experience with babies. But dogs are not babies, as my mom likes to remind me every time I swaddle Giant in a blanket and rock him around the living room. Wishful thinking clearly isn’t that effective.

So what’s the moral of the story? I’m a bad dog mom. I am failing at potty training and creating a routine sleep schedule, and puppy parenthood is infringing on my freedom to travel…and sleep in till whenever I want. It’s not for lack of trying. Every day I wake up armed with the enthusiasm to make puppy parenthood great again. I may be failing a lot and learning as I go, but judging from my Facebook feed, that doesn’t seem too different from real parenthood anyways.

Fellow puppy parents come one, come all! Please tell me how you raise your dogs without pulling out your hair!

AS

Summer Style Under $75

It may be August, but the summer sun is still blazing down upon us — and that’s just how I like it. One thing that is crucial for warm weather is remaining comfortable, and wearing clothing that doesn’t make you sweat buckets. When I saw this dress at Target, I was hesitant to even try it on. I typically don’t wear billowing dresses like these, because I feel like they make you look bigger than you are and lack the structure that I appreciate in dresses. However, this dress actually has become one of my favorite items in my wardrobe, and paired with a belt around the waist it’s possible to have a nice shape!

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Since the dog days of summer are still underway, I have not hesitated keeping an eye out for great summer staples — especially pieces that can be styled for the fall as well. It’s easy to add a leather jacket and some moto booties to a maxi dress for a city chic look, while you can pair a t-shirt dress with riding boots and leg warmers for a bohemian vibe. But one step at a time! First let’s make the most of the warm weather. 🙂

Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite options that pair comfort with versatility; the perfect pieces to take us through August and beyond!

AS