Bow-Neck Blouse & a 30 Before 30 Update

Bow-Neck Blouse

Happy Monday, friends! I’ve been lazily writing this post all morning because the weekend totally got away from me. (Anybody else out there feel the same?)

Though I left my job back in June, I’ve managed to stay in pretty close contact with many of my old coworkers – especially the ones from the U.K. Due to a work event, they’re all in town this week. So I expect that this week is going to be very crazy, with not a lot of sleep. Because that’s exactly how this weekend was. Saturday was full of pampering, shopping at Northpark (where I picked up this bow-neck blouse!), and dinner at Henry’s Majestic. And then Sunday I tried to make it all better by eating one salad (with beer… because that makes sense) while hiding out from the tornados at my friend’s house.

It was a weird weekend, y’all.

Glitter & Spice 30 Before 30 Update Charles Jourdan Handbag from Last Call

Ann Taylor Solid Sweater Skirt
Blush top for work

Last Call Greenbeads by Emily & Ashley Pearlescent & Crystal Teardrop Statement Button Earrings

Blush and Gray workwear look
Tie Detail Turtleneck Blouse

Work outfit idea

What I’m Wearing:

Top: Soprano (under $50!) / Skirt: Ann Taylor (under $100) / Purse: Charles Jourdan, old (similar)
Shoes: Cole Haan / Earrings: Last Call / Tiara Ring: BaubleBar / Pearl Ring: BaubleBar

The thing that drew me to this bow-neck blouse (other than the bow detail on the neck and sleeves… le duh!) was the fact that it can so seamlessly be worn for work or for play. Pair it with a knee-length a-line or pencil skirt and boom ready for work. Or you can add it to killer skinny jeans and and some fierce heels for a night out.

Boom again.

And now, before I start making comic book sounds all over the place, how about we jump over to the 30 Before 30 update?

Over the past three months (since this update), I’ve accomplished/done quite a bit. I went to Cuba (doesn’t count). I went to Disney World (doesn’t count). I nailed my MBA finals (doesn’t count). And I even saw Adele live in concert (doesn’t count… even though it was amazing). So umm… here are a few things that actually did count towards my 30 Before 30 list:

4. Read 30 Books

Progress: 25 out of 30
Over the past three months, I read The Daughter of Union County by Francine Thomas Howard, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, and The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith. Of those, my favorite was definitely The Nightingale – I even talked about it on Instagram. It’s a World War II drama and – obviously – I sobbed through the end of the book. My second favorite was Victoria – it’s currently being adapted into a BBC/PBS show (the first episode aired last night – so good!).

6. Vote in an election

Progress: Completed
I voted in the 2016 election. And what an interesting election it was. Really, there’s not much more to say about that. Other than the fact that I need to finally go and get a new license with my current apartment address because apparently the state of Texas is very confused as to where I actually live (problems).

22. See 30 Operas

Progress: 16 out of 30
This past quarter, I saw three operas in about a two-week time span. Which is a lot. Eugene Onegin at the Dallas Opera (great cast, very Russian, still not 100% sure I liked the story), The Flying Dutchman at the Austin Opera (absolutely fantastic), and Moby Dick at the Dallas Opera (super cool set and great cast).

So… what’s on the docket for the next three months? (Which ends on my 27th birthday… eep!)

finally want to actually unplug for 24 hours – I came very close in Cuba but ended up needing the internet for something. Attempt #2 to come this quarter. I want to push myself to try to finish reading 30 books (only 5 to go and I’m about a quarter through 2 different ones right now). I’ll be seeing a few more operas (definitely at least two… would love to get to 20 though!) and maybe I’ll even try to stay up to watch the sunrise with my friends.

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