What I Bought: Old Navy Linen Boyfriend Tank

This month’s weather has been all over the place — last week we were in the 70s; this week it’s been dreary, rainy and cold. I’m pretty sure we had snow somewhere in there too. As we get closer to the month of May, I know that summer will eventually be here! And it makes me super excited for summer clothing.

Old Navy boyfriend tank and white Express shorts | whatlindseylikes

I had a stockpile of Old Navy rewards certificates collecting dust in my purse, so I bought a few summer-friendly items on a recent trip to Old Navy. This Old Navy linen-blend boyfriend tank top was 40% off at the time, but looks like it’s full-price online (today, anyway).

Old Navy boyfriend tank and white Express shorts | whatlindseylikes

This tank is oversized, hence the “boyfriend” style. The arm holes are bigger than I’d like, and the body is maybe a tad too big, but the next smaller size somehow seemed considerably smaller. Plus, when it’s hot, the last thing I want is something clinging to me. I’ll still have to wear a clingy tank under this one, but you won’t see sweat through this breezy tank.

 

These white shorts are from Express. I love Express shorts (Ann Taylor shorts are another favorite). They come in tons of colors and you can usually get them at a decent price. I bought a super cute pair of light pink shorts last summer and wore them basically every single weekend until the temps changed.

Old Navy boyfriend tank and white Express shorts | whatlindseylikes

Dig’s ready for warmer weather too — we love sitting on the deck on warm afternoons…for about 10 minutes, then he’s over it and ready to go back into the air conditioned house.

I’m wearing mega cheap Old Navy flip flops, but this outfit could easily be dressed up with better shoes and a cute clutch. And hiding your bra straps would take it up a notch too. Clearly I wasn’t uber concerned with that in these photos.

Sorry for going almost two weeks without blogging. I’d like to have a respectable excuse, like illness or heartache or an internet ban. But no. The honest excuse is Game of Thrones (we just finished season 3 — don’t tell me anything!) and Sons of Anarchy. Dan and I are obsessed.

What I Wore: Easter Sunday

When I lived in states other than Minnesota, I thought of Easter Sunday as one of those first weekend days where t-shirts and shorts could be a permanent part of the wardrobe, at least for the next five or six months. In Minnesota, it rarely means that. It typically means that while you are crazy-deep into your spring fever, and that t-shirts have been worn a couple random times as a tease rather than a part of your regular wardrobe for a few weeks.

Yet I still chose to wear warm-weather clothes on Easter as a way to tell Minnesota weather, “You can’t break me!” The blustery wind that day was Minnesota weather’s response, “Don’t push me.”

J. Crew Factory floral shirt | whatlindseylikes

I got this beautiful floral top from J. Crew Factory a few weeks ago (on the same shopping trip when I purchased the two J. Crew Factory necklaces). It was on sale, with an additional 50% off…so I couldn’t really stop myself. I love that it’s a little longer in the back. The pants are from Levi’s and the shoes are from J. Crew (several years old). I actually can’t wear the shoes for longer than 15 or 20 minutes. They are just slightly too small. Somehow they fit perfectly in the store…and then never again. I bought more than one pair of shoes from J. Crew that day, amounting to lots of wasted money and shoes that sit in my closet. I’ll probably never allow myself to buy J. Crew shoes again, which is unfortunate because they’re adorable. But also OK because they are more expensive than I’d prefer to spend.

I think I’ve heard that you can stretch leather shoes if you need to…I should Pinterest-search that sometime…

Easter was a dreary day, so I expected the lighting to be perfect for taking photos. Somehow I still managed to use the wrong settings on my camera, so even after some editing, this shirt isn’t showing up true-to-color when I’m outside. Since I was layering a couple necklaces and wanted a good shot of that, I took a photo inside where the lighting ended up being way better.

J. Crew Factory floral shirt, Bauble Bar necklace, Forever 21 necklace | whatlindseylikes

The blue necklace is one of my Bauble Bar purchases…the one I was going to return, but clearly decided not to! Under that is my favorite Forever 21 necklace because it’s perfect for layering.

Speaking of necklace layering, I’m obsessed. So far I only have the above Forever 21 necklace that I consider to be a solid foundational piece. I remember after I bought it thinking that I wasn’t convinced that I really loved it. Flash forward to today and I am so relieved that I bought it! I need a similar one in silver, though…I’ll add it my wishlist.

What I Love: Me Time

I’ve had the house to myself this week while Dan is on a work trip in California. While I love spending time with him and appreciate his presence… I am absolutely LOVING my time alone this week.

That makes me sound like a horrible girlfriend. #sorrynotsorry

When Dan is home, I typically am the one responsible for dinner. Dan doesn’t put any kind of pressure on me to cook — it’s just a pressure I (like maybe a lot of women?) put on myself. Dan has done tons of work to our house to make it more awesome than it was when we moved in. My contribution to those efforts have mostly been to stay out of the way and to handle some of the house chores, like cooking, cleaning and dishes. I swear that Dan will never stop finding projects to do solely so that he won’t ever have to do dishes. Oh well.

Anyway. When Dan is home, I feel pressured to come up with some kind of meal. As you might remember from my old blog, my favorite foods for dinner were items like spiral-shaped mac and cheese, frozen pizza and cold cereal. While I’ve sort of gotten over the hold the cheese-covered spiral-shaped pasta had over me, I still love cereal. I eat it every single morning for breakfast, and actually get oddly excited when I eat it for dinner.

“Lindsey, what kind of cereal could taste so good that it’s something you get excited about?” you might be asking.

Well, it’s actually not about the taste at all. It’s 100% about the convenience. One thing I hate about cooking is the amount of time that goes into it. Sometimes I just want to eat NOW. A large bowl of cereal satisfies that wish. The most time-consuming step for a cereal dinner is trying to open the plastic zipped bag (I eat the bagged Malt-O-Meal brand cereals and LOVE them!) and getting it zipped shut when I’m done.

When Dan is home, I feel really horrible if I tell him I just want a bowl of cereal, because that means he’s gotta figure out something for himself on his own. Now, Dan is an adult who is fully capable of fixing himself a meal, but that societal pressure comes down on me and I just feel horrible. So no cereal for me.

But this week I was able to eat cereal for dinner guilt-free.

Aside from food choices, there have been a few other awesome perks to having the house to myself. One of which was deciding what to watch on television. Dan and I recently became obsessed with Game of Thrones. My brother was awesome enough to loan us the first few seasons on DVD so we could catch up. Each episode is about an hour long, and  it’s nearly impossible for Dan and I to watch only one episode. So I’d come home from work, we’d eat some fabulous meal that I had cooked, then we’d watch almost three hours of Game of Thrones. Three hours!! I didn’t do any laundry. I didn’t unload the dishwasher. I couldn’t edit photos for my blog. All because I didn’t want to miss a single detail of the show.

Since Dan is gone, I’m taking a break from all of our regular shows (Mad Men too) and watching whatever I want. I watched a couple episodes of the HGTV show Property Brothers on Netflix, but I’ve mostly been listening to podcasts instead. I realize I’m one of the last people to start listening to podcasts…and I’m obsessed! More on that later.

If Dan were home, I wouldn’t be able to listen to a podcast because it would feel weird sitting on my chair with my headphones in listening to my iPad while he’s watching something on TV. Maybe I’ll get over this problem, but for now it feels weird. I don’t have a long enough commute to listen to podcasts while I’m driving, so I’ll just have to find other opportunities, I guess.

Since he’s been gone and I’m not glued to my chair watching Game of Thrones or Mad Men, I’m able to do load after load of laundry. I even spent nearly an hour hand-washing dishes while listening to a podcast. An hour! Hand-washing! Who am I? I cleaned one bathroom on Monday night and another last night. It’s amazing.

Tonight is my last night to myself. I’m considering just relaxing in my chair the entire time, but I have one last load of laundry and a few cereal bowls to wash, so I assume that’s how I’ll spend my evening instead. And I couldn’t be more excited!

I’m confident I’ll go back to my lazy, dish-washing-hating, laundry-doing-procrastinator self really soon.

Since I want to include photos with this post but think a bowl of cereal would be pretty weird, I’m adding pics of Digger on a walk last weekend.

digger the maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

digger the maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

I like this picture mostly because you get to see Dan’s snazzy shoes.

digger the maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

Life Last Month: The ATL and San Diego

I’m not much of a traveler, so you can imagine my excitement when I had two trips in one month! Not only did I get to practice my carry-on packing skills, but I also got to visit my favorite brother and some zoo animals.

lindsey travels to atlanta | whatlindseylikes

When I planned my trip to Atlanta, I really, really expected that I’d be escaping the Minnesota cold and dreary for a sizzlin’ Hotlanta. No such luck. It was actually colder and drearier (who knew that was a word?) in Atlanta, unfortunately for me. And all of Georgia and its surrounding area. My brother and I tried to plan a couple back-up locales if the Atlanta weather sucked — Nashville, Savannah and Destin (Florida). The weather sucked everywhere within a five-hour radius of Atlanta. So instead of touring a sunny southern city of some kind, we toured a nearby mall and a muddy park, then watched hours upon hours of Game of Thrones.

I want to talk about that show really quickly. I had seen one episode a few years ago with my brother and thought it was an interesting show, but didn’t have the time to keep watching. The grossest of gross weather conditions in Atlanta gave me plenty of time to watch from the very beginning, though. And thankfully my brother has the DVDs. I’m HOOKED. Now I understand why the rest of the world is obsessed with the show. My brother loaned me the DVDs for the rest of the seasons, so I came home and spread the addiction to Dan, and we’ve wasted so many hours the last two weeks watching the show. Last week was the least productive week of my life. I’ve accomplished more when I’ve had the flu than I did when I had seasons two and three of Game of Thrones.

OK, back to the trip. Here I am at the muddy park. Typically this place is beautiful — it’s Piedmont Park. It actually was really pretty, but the day was just dreary, so…

lindsey travels to atlanta | whatlindseylikes

After an hour of dodging puddles and muddy sidewalks, we took a trip to the CDC’s main campus. My brother works for the CDC, although not technically at this location, but I wanted a photo with me in front of the CDC sign. Mission accomplished.

lindsey travels to atlanta | whatlindseylikes

After those two stops, we went back to my brother’s place and watched hours of Game of Thrones. I should have taken a photo of myself lazily sitting on the couch since that would have been the most representative of the trip. My poor brother had to keep pausing the DVD in order to explain the back story.

lindsey travels to atlanta | whatlindseylikes

On my last day in Atlanta, the rain clouds were nowhere to be seen and the sun was shining. We walked around Oglethorpe University for a bit, then made our way toward the airport. While the weather was not at all cooperative for the majority of the trip, it was so great seeing my brother.

Less than two weeks later, I was in the airport again for a work trip to San Diego. Unlike Atlanta, the weather in San Diego was beyond amazing. The hotel where I stayed had beautiful views.

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

My hotel was also walking distance to the USS Midway — it was so cool! There was actually a social event happening my first night for all attendees for the conference I was attending, but I’m too introverted to go somewhere alone, so I stayed in my hotel to watch HGTV. Livin’ the dream!

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

I had some free time before the conference started on my first day in San Diego, so I took a bus and headed to the San Diego Zoo.

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikesA few of my friends and coworkers wanted to hear all about the delicious restaurants I went to while in San Diego. Unfortunately, I’m really unadventurous, so here are the highlights of my meals: over-priced room-service French toast and Cheerios with a fork.

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikesOn my last night in San Diego, I took a stroll along the harbor to watch the sun set. Such a beautiful place.

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes

The best thing about traveling alone is you can do anything you want and go anywhere you want. The worst thing is that you arrive home with basically zero photos of yourself at all the awesome places you went. Oh well. I managed to take this selfie. Of the 10 I took, this was the most-usable 🙂

lindsey travels to san diego | whatlindseylikes