My Style: May 2021

Now that I’m returning to the office on a regular basis – for now it’s two days a week – it’s a return to elevator selfies! Not only are elevator selfies great for the lazy style blogger, but they are also super ridiculous when you’re trying to get a quick photo but someone is riding up with you in the elevator!

I don’t have a ton of outfits to show you for May, but I do love each of my looks:

I would say that these three looks are very ME in that I have my little work uniform going on: a fit-and-flare knee-length dress, cardigan and flats. I also like to add something a little fun to each outfit, whether that be a stack of bracelets, sparkly shoes, or a crazy pattern (or all three at once!).

Outfit Details

Outfit 1: Patterned wrap dress (Banana Republic, by way of Poshmark), purple sweater (Cable & Gauge, thrifted) and flats with a subtle zebra print and sparkle (Rothy’s).

Outfit 2: Navy cinched waist dress (Gibson & Latimer, by way of consignment), mustard beaded cardigan (Anthropologie, thrifted) and leopard print flats (Rothy’s).

Outfit 3: Floral eyelet dress (Hemant & Nandita from Anthropologie sale racks), gray cardigan (Cable & Gauge, thrifted) and navy flats (Rothy’s).

Having an easy ‘work uniform’ isn’t necessarily boring, as you can see each of these three looks is very different… but they are super easy since each outfit is just a dress + a cardigan + a cute pair of shoes!

Bag Details

I also am loving my new-to-me mustard Rough & Tumble bag. I’ve been obsessed with Rough & Tumble bags for a couple years now (handmade one at a time in Maine with leather from Italy, what’s not to love???). I’ve found a few fantastic bags on the BST Facebook page and snapped this secondhand bag just in time for Summer.

{For those R+T fanatics like me, it’s a Little Brunswick in Goldenrod with Distressed Espresso details}

My office case is also from Rough & Tumble (it’s a Jade in Storm with a matching crossbody strap) and it’s the perfect size for my laptop, a few folders, a mini legal pad and my charger/mouse.

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Life Update: Back to School

As I shared back in early April, both Travis and I were able to get our COVID vaccine shots. We had our second shot at the end of April and two weeks later were considered fully vaccinated. While Jack cannot yet be vaccinated (he’s 9), with both of us vaccinated at home and his teachers vaccinated at school, we felt that it was time for him to return to in-person class.

Jack’s school has 4 day in-person hybrid school through the end of the year, which means he is now at the school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All students remain virtual on Wednesdays. When we decided to have him return to school it was a flurry of planning. I had to contact his teachers, as well as the administration. Then, I had to arrange for before/after care for days that I’ll be going in to Baltimore. Oh, and also find his backpack and lunchbox. And then, of course I had to order a few school supplies to take in his backpack AND mark all over the calendar and set all the reminder alarms.

All for about 5 weeks of school before summer.

Jack started back at school on May 13th and after some initial anxiety (from both him AND me), we are all settled in! He happily wears his mask all day long (except during outdoor recess and lunchtime) without complaint. Most importantly, Jack is doing great with his new schedule and is so happy to see his friends in person.

I’m happy too because starting last week I started going back into my office twice a week. While I love being able to work from home, I also love the opportunity to drop in and chat with my co-workers. My ideal schedule is a hybrid, where I’d go into the office 2-3 days a week and telework the rest. Until the office announces a new schedule, that is what I will be doing. Which feels like an incredible work-life balance version of normal for me.

Between Jack returning to school, me returning to work, and having our family fully vaccinated… I feel almost giddy with relief. After a year of 6 feet of distance from our loved ones, being able to hang out unmasked, hug family members after a year, and nomnomnom on my baby nephew is all like a little slice of heaven!

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A Weekend Away in OCMD

Even though the weather was forecasted to be in the low 60’s with clouds and rain, we decided to take advantage of the fact that it was our family’s turn to use the Ocean City house and made the trek down to the beach. Frankly, we could use a change of scenery… and some new restaurant options too.

However, due to a police chase and standoff that shut down the Bay Bridge for hours, we almost gave up and turned back around. Instead, we decided to do a little walk around Annapolis and go out for lunch. Jack requested to go to some of my favorite antique spots that I visit with Lindsey, so we stopped by two fun little shops in Deale before deciding to check the traffic down to the beach again.

Things were looking up, so we gave it another try and I’m SO glad we did!

We ended up getting to Ocean City just around dinner time, so after dropping our stuff at the house we met the crew at a nearby restaurant. And by the crew, I mean my mom and dad, my brother, his wife, and their baby. It was the first time we have been able to see each other in person since getting vaccinated, so being able to sit around a table safely while enjoying drinks and delicious food was FANTASTIC. And for the first time in a YEAR my mom got a hug from me and Jack!

We were only in town for about 22 hours, so the weekend flew by. There was an amazing dinner with some of the best scallops of my life, ice cream, a Mother’s Day breakfast out, another delicious lunch. Basically, we just ate the whole time. Oh, and there was a rousing and hilarious game of charades and a ton of baby snuggles.

All in all, it was a pretty fantastic Mother’s Day weekend!

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