Goodbye Summer: My favorite & most worn summer outfits

This summer was kind of a weird one, since most of the US was on some form of Stay at Home order. Where we normally would have traveled, spent time at outdoor festivals, and hung out at the pool… we didn’t do any of those things. Instead, we had lots of home time and a long weekend in Ocean City.

And, I haven’t worn ‘work clothes’ since March.

Which is sooo weird to think about it. Because I remember at the beginning of the quarantine that I did my closet switch-over assuming I would go back into the office. However, I haven’t worn ANY of my summer office clothes. In fact, soon I’ll be packing all my summer clothes away again, in favor of tights and layers.

Since I had a much more casual summer than normal, my summer favorites will also lean more towards the casual side of things.

Summer Outfit #1: Bringing My Own Sunshine!

This skirt has been on repeat this summer, ever since I scooped it up at the J.Crew Clearance sale. It’s got a super stretchy waist, pockets and hot pink pompoms around the hem… what’s not to love?! I tend to reach for this skirt when I have errands to do on a gray and rainy day. I just keep re-wearing it with different graphic t-shirts and Birkenstock sandals.

Summer Outfit #2: Simple and Easy

Black v-neck tank top and jean shorts. Boom. DONE. Am I reinventing the wheel? Not at all. However, it’s simple. It’s easy. It looks good for a billion different occasions… painting, lazing on the couch, going to the grocery store, hanging with family at a socially distanced picnic. This tank top is from Madewell and it is one of my favorites… I do recommend going up a size though so that you can throw it in the dryer without fears of shrinking.

Summer Outfit #3: Make it Exercise… but with a Side of Snark

I wish I had gotten my leggings in this photo, but I’m wearing these and I’ve already talked about how much I love them. My morning walk uniform is basically a snarky tank top from Inspiration Fit, leggings, and sneakers. I love the fitted tanks from Inspiration Fit sooo much, even though I have to size up to an XL so that they fit my boobs. I also own such gems as: “May your coffee be stronger than your children”, “Posh, Baby, Ginger, Scary, Sporty, Pumpkin”, and “Happier than a Seagull with a French Fry.”

Summer Outfit #4: All Thrift, All the Time

Having nowhere special to go has certainly helped me blur the lines between ‘work clothes’ and ‘home clothes” and a lot of that is due to thrifting. I never would have thought to throw on a $200 Eileen Fisher skirt with a tank top to sit in my home office or run an errand. However, the fact that I thrifted it for just $7 makes me much more open to wearing it more often! This stretchy black skirt was paired with a bunch of super casual tank tops over the summer because it is so comfortable and can be thrown in the washer and dryer. It also makes me feel a little bit fancier than wearing my pajama shorts around the house all day.

In Maryland, we probably have another few weeks or so of summery weather and then suddenly fall will be here, so I’ll be repeating these outfits as many times as possible before I start throwing on the layers!

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Jack’s First Day of 3rd Grade

The first day of third grade is here! This year’s start of school looks quite a bit different than previous years. Our county is starting back with a fully online program for now and will determine in October whether to switch to a hybrid option.

There was no ‘back to school’ shopping for particular notebooks or color-coded folders. I didn’t buy Jack any new clothes. There was no need to buy a new lunchbox or water bottle. Instead, we got the spare laptop updated and loaded it up with his Google Classroom.

In the spring, I had Jack work in my home office with me each school day. While it was easier to keep an eye on him and help him with his assignments, the fall will have actual classes happening in real-time over video. So, we set him up with his own desk in his bedroom. He’s right across the hall – so I can still hear what’s going on – but he has his own space with a laptop, whiteboard, and notebooks.

For now, I’m still working from home but may need to return to the office at least a couple days a week starting in October. I’m hoping that I can get Jack into a good ‘online school’ rhythm, so if I have to drop him at my parent’s house on days I need to drive to Baltimore, it’s like a well-oiled machine (all my fingers and toes are crossed on that one).

On Friday, we had three separate Open House meetings in Google where we had the opportunity to meet his different teachers for the year. It was an absolute mess. The teacher’s slides stopped working, every kid was given time to share a few words – which was all kinds of ridiculous, and everyone had trouble accessing the proper Google MeetUp rooms.

So yeah. First day of school is today. Good luck everyone!

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Do You Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses?

Source: Photo by Cookie the Pom on Unsplash.

When I went to my eye doctor a couple weeks ago, he recommended that since I spend so much time on the computer that I start wearing blue light blocking glasses.

He actually recommended I wear blue light READERS because apparently I am now at the age where you start wearing reading glasses on top of your contact lenses. I did buy the readers from him and tried to wear them for a day, but they just seemed too dang strong and gave me a headache.

So, I ordered a cheap pair of blue light blocking glasses off Amazon and I’ve been giving them a try.

Blue light blocking glasses are supposed to block the blue light coming off your computer and help ease digital eye strain, reduce glare, and increase the clarity of your vision. They can also help with headaches from staring at a computer screen all day.

I’ve been wearing them while I work for the last week and a half and I think I notice a difference. Maybe? I’m not quite sure. But, they can’t hurt… so I might as well keep wearing them for a bit longer.

I’d love to hear what you think though! Do you use blue light blocking glasses? And if you do, do you notice a difference?

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