I mentioned this a few weeks ago (and now I’m realizing that was like six weeks ago…whoa!), but the series finale of New Girl was yesterday, and I’m bummed. I haven’t seen it yet–I’ve got big plans for tonight’s Wednesday Wine Night! I also just found out that Season 5 of Jane the Virgin (starting this fall) will be its last. Nooooo…I love that show! It’s fantastic in every way, and I’m not surprised that Gina Rodriguez won an Emmy for it right after its first season. (By the way, did anyone see the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin? SO GOOD!) I really hate when good shows go away. I really have no idea why I get so vested in these character’s lives, but it’s ok—I don’t have that many hobbies anyway!

I’m not one to shy away from patterns or bold colors, but over the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to add versatile basics into my closet. And to be honest, these days, I do dress in basics a lot…like almost every day a lot (t-shirt and jean shorts being my ultimate go-to combo).

While this outfit isn’t turning heads or anything—it’s still a favorite, casual combo of mine. It’s super comfortable and just easy to throw on. In Houston, it’ll be 90 degrees outside, but inside the A/C is blasting and I feel like I’m in Antarctica. So a light cardigan is never far behind.

When I purchased these jeans last year, they were my first black pair since…really I can’t even remember…elementary or junior high maybe?! The guy at GAP was like, “Girl…black jeans are going to change your life!” His words did not disappoint one bit. They are fantastic and such a great alternative to regular blue denim.

I also love the high-waist crop style of this pair. I didn’t have to hem them, and they fit great. They run true to size, and I’m wearing a petite, size 27. Here’s a similar pair, but in very black.

With summer fast approaching (it’s pretty much scorching summer here already), I thought it’d be fun to do a bronzed and bright lip look. I love subtle bronze makeup, and if my office wasn’t situated between nitrogen tanks and laboratory refrigerators, I’d attempt this bright red lipstick to work. But at least I got the blog for that!

Tank top and cardigan – Old Navy, Jeans – GAP, Shoes – Kenneth Cole, Earrings – World Market, Lipstick – Heatwave by NARS


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