Party Hard.

Our home is clean, and that means I’m dying to entertain. The two are always related; but normally, it’s that we’re going to entertain, so we clean the apartment. This time the apartment just happens to be clean, which is sort of amazing. Time to party.

There are a few handful of events per year for which I really decorate the house. However, thanks to the painful addiction fun activity that is Pinterest, it’s easy to give in to the compulsive urge charming idea of party decor for all occasions. Between Papersource, Target (and its perfect Oh Joy! collection), and St. Louis’ Pink Party Picker, there’s no limit to how many insanely adorable trinkets, banners, utensils, and hats you can buy.

Party Hard
Get them here… Small hats | Banner | Party hats | Glasses | Goblets | Cupcake wrappers | Wreath kit | Candy jar | Happy banner | Ice cream honeycomb | Popcorn box  // Graphic: Let’s Party

Ah, I love it all. Now, hand me a brightly-colored drink with a striped paper straw, and let’s get to work…

Need some party ideas? Here are a few of my favorites: Football decor, easy appetizer, Thanksgiving, more Thanksgiving, and an easy cocktail.

Made in the Shade | On-Sale Summer Frock from Madewell

While my phone is no longer alerting me of an excessive  heat warning, it is still hot and humid in the Gateway City. September can’t come soon enough.

At this point in the summer, it’s silly to buy certain warm-weather items. I meant to buy a bikini, but I never got around to it; unless I found the ideal 2015 suit on super-sale, I’m not going to buy one now—the swimming season is practically over. Sun dresses, however, are still completely relevant. It’s too hot to wear clothing that sticks to your legs, and in a few weeks it will be too cold for bare legs. The perfect sun dress looks just as great with tights and boots as it does with shades and sandals, and this new (on sale!) Madewell option fits the bill.

In case you live in a low-humidity area, let me explain the very real cloudiness in the first photo: It’s so humid outside that my camera lens fogged up when we stepped out.

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Wipe away the humidity, and…

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Currently wearing… Dress, Madewell [HERE] | Booties, Steve Madden, Famous Footwear c/o Brown Shoe Company [SIMILAR] | Jewelry and accessories, vintage and secondhand

I was lucky enough to get this beautiful dress practically free, thanks to Madewell and Lindsay from Heartland Underdog. Lindsay recently hosted a shopping party at Madewell, at which I was one of the lucky winners who scored a $50 Madewell gift card. Thank you, Lindsay and Madewell! I had so much fun finding this frock, which was marked down from $110 to $79.99, and then was an extra 30% off. I also took home two new scarves from the sale section, both of which I’m loving as headbands. Picking out these items was a great start to the long weekend.

Off to sip cold cocktails and enjoy the air conditioning… 

It’s. So. Hot. | Work-Ready in a Heat Wave

Remember how I asked for autumn? I practically begged. Well guess what, St. Louisans! It isn’t here yet, damn it! Instead, we’re stuck in a terrible heat wave with psycho-high humidity, and I’m stuck being a zitty, sticky, frizzy-haired bitch.

God, I hate summer.

And wearing office-appropriate attire makes warm weather a trillion times worse. Possibly more. My brain is too melted for math. At least I have a few breezy, lightweight dresses to survive the dreaded, questionable office air conditioner—will it work today? will it break today? it’s always a gamble! no one can win!—and the unbearable outside.

Before I fell madly, deeply in love with Pitaya (more love here and here) it was the new-to-me store where my mother found my 24th birthday gift, a.k.a. this fantastic dress that has pockets.

This frock is adorable with black tights and boots, but it’s practically made for the end of summer. Throw some brown sandals, turquoise jewelry, and animal print into the mix for a summer-meets-fall look. Plus, as much as I hate to say it—because I think it makes me sound like someone who’d bring a grandfather clock camping, like in Tarzanit’s a little safari-themed, which is nice for August. After all, I don’t know much about going on safari, but I’m guessing it’s on the warmer side.

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Currently wearing… Dress, Pitaya [SIMILAR/SIMILAR/SIMILAR] | Belt, Cole Haan, garage sale [SIMILAR] | Sandals, Mossimo Supply Co., Target [HERE] | Tote, Jacobs by Marc Jacobs [SIMILAR] | Scarf, Merona, freebie [SIMILAR] | Earrings, vintage | Cuff, vintage | Sunglasses, Blue Bird Apparel [SIMILAR]

But I can only wear this outfit once a week, max, so here’s hoping it cools down soon.

A Story of Skirts | Preparing for Fall with Pitaya

Nine or ten autumns ago, I was a Doc Martin-clad teenager in an awkward situation.

At the time, my ideal outfit consisted of thigh-high stockings and boots, topped with a torn tee and a miniskirt. Oh, the miniskirts. I loved miniskirts. Since I couldn’t quite find my ideal skirt, I used some fabric remnants to craft my own. It was short and heavily draped, and it only took a few pins and stitches to keep those folds right where I wanted them. Perfect.

But the homemade skirt failed me at a crucial moment. I was standing in Breadstretchers (a former Springfield, Ill., sandwich shop/occasional venue) at the wrong place when the crowd started to move. The draping of my skirt was caught up in the mosh pit and was accidentally torn clean off, like the last paper towel ripped off the roll. The eyes of the girl in front of me practically popped out of her head as she threw her palms over my underwear*. The rest of the memory is faded, probably because I blushed so hard that the blood screwed with my brain. I bet that’s why I’m such a pink person—it may be impossible to fully come back from a blush like that.

Here’s the point: While I can hopefully handle an embarrassing situation better now than I could as a teen, I doubt Lance would be pleased if I flashed some boy shorts at a show. To keep this from happening, I now leave my skirts to the professionals. No more half-assed DIY bottoms for me.

I instantly fell in love with this fall-ready Pitaya miniskirt. The hemline is flirty and kicky. The draping is structured and unique. The color is perfect for the season. And it’s stretchy, which means the skirt was still comfortable after the Cicero’s burger I inhaled post-photo shoot.

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Currently wearing… Sweatshirt, I♥Ronson, JCPenney [SIMILAR] | Gathered Elastic-Waist Swing Skirt, c/o Pitaya [HERE in black] | Earrings, c/o Pitaya [SIMILAR] | Sunglasses, Quay, Nordstrom Rack [SIMILAR] | Cuff, vintage | Clutch, Merona, Target [SIMILAR] | Socks, H&M [SIMILAR] | Boots, c/o Diba True [HERE

Remember that other amazing skirt I found at Pitaya? It’s on sale! Look for it in store or check it out online.

*In the early-2000s, Lance (who I did not know personally at the time) also lived in Springfield, went to shows, and happened to have incredibly long, beautiful, curly hair. I’d say there is a 80% chance he was at this show, 10% chance he was playing this show, 9% chance he was skateboarding outside but not at the show, and 1% chance he was the ‘girl’ in front of me. I should ask.

(More) Cat-Approved Fashion

I have arguably the world’s neediest cat. As I type, Yogurt sits in my lap, breathing fish-breath on my face and trying to tap his nose on my nose. It’s really, really cute… Not the easiest way to type, but really cute.

It’s amazing how 13 pounds of furball can derail a blog post. Instead of discussing Tales of Great Sales or budget-friendly beauty products, today’s post is about cats. Obviously.

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(More) Fashion Approved By My Cat
Meow meow meow? Meow… Umbrella | Purse | Pullover | Scarf | Dress | Coin Purse | Blouse | Makeup Bag | Earrings | Necklace | Skirt | Shoes

And don’t forget the lint roller. Nothing is worse than cat hair on your cat dress.