My Favorite Skirt + a 30 Before 30 Update

Gheraldina Cotton Skirt

Happy Monday, kiddies! How was your weekend? Fun-filled and relaxing, I hope!

In case you missed it on Snapchat (@akkushner), I spent a lot of this weekend working on my bedroom redesign (check out the work-in-progress here). Friday night, I had some friends over for dinner / to help me build my new headboard. Well, it was supposed to be the boys build the headboard while the girls drink wine, but then all the boys cancelled and the girls had to build it (after finishing the bottle, of course!). I must say, I’m pretty stinkin’ impressed with myself right now. Manual labor is not usually my forte.

And, for the record, I would definitely not recommend doing manual labor in this Club Monaco skirt.

30 Before 30 update Club Monaco blue skirt, J.Crew linen button-down ASOS New Look Flat Strappy Sandal in Tan Club Monaco skirt pale blue

What I’m Wearing:

Shirt: J.Crew / Skirt: Club Monaco – available in white (similar) / Shoes: ASOS
Hat: Nordstrom, sold out (similar, similar, similar) / Purse: similar
Earrings: BaubleBar / Ring: BaubleBar

I’m pretty sad that this skirt sold out in blue (it’s still available in white!) buttttt Club Monaco is featuring a gorgeous work-appropriate version of the skirt now that is just as gorgeous as the one I’m wearing above (if not prettier!). If you’ve never shopped from Club Monaco before, their pieces generally run pretty true to size (I’m wearing a size 6). This Club Monaco skirt really would be so perfect for work (or for dressier days once school starts back up!) – and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the color. Every time I wear it, people stop to comment on it!

Not to take a complete detour or anything buttttt with school starting next month (eep!! I’m so nervous!), I’ve been trying to knock out a lot of my 30 Before 30 list before I start drowning in schoolwork. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by since my last update in April! I definitely haven’t read as much as I wanted to read these past few months, but, aside from that, I think I’m doing prettayyyy good. Here’s the full progress report:

4. Read 30 books

Progress: 16 out of 30
I only read three books this quarter (slow goin’ for me!). Out of Winter by Marissa Meyer (fantasy), The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (historical fiction), and Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, by favorite – by far – was Seveneves (science fiction). If you like science fiction novels, I highly highly recommend reading it. It’s a little bit post-apocalyptic, a little bit study of the human mind, and a lotta bit space. It’s just a great read.

5. Go one month without shopping

Progress: Completed, June 2016
As I previously mentioned in this post, I didn’t shop at all last month… which was actually wise, noting that this month included the ginormous Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

16. Go somewhere in the United States that I’ve never been

Progress: Completed, June 2016
I kicked off my summer travels with a trip to New Orleans for my friend’s bachelorette party. In all honesty, I didn’t totally love NOLA, but I’m pretty sure that that may be because I probably didn’t do it right (or so I’ve been told). Keeping it on the list for now. PS I’m pretty sure bonus points should be awarded for going to two places in the USA that I’ve never visited before this quarter – the other one was Yosemite!

22. See 30 operas 

Progress: 11 out of 30
In May, I saw the Austin Opera‘s production of the Barber of Seville (one of my favorite operas) and the Fort Worth Opera‘s production of JFK – an original piece. Though I definitely prefer the classics to contemporary operas, I will say that I found JFK absolutely riveting and so well done (more on that here).

Next up, I plan to at least attempt to unplug completely for 24 hours and [hopefully] read a bit more (just started reading The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory this past weekend and it’s already so good!). Additionally, I already have plans to attend a few operas between now and October… starting with the Santa Fe Opera Festival next month!

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