Things I Wore :: April 2019

April was the month of athleisure! I took on a Peloton challenge this month to do one class every day, so you’re gonna see a lot of workout wear in the mix this month. The weather has been gorgeous as well, so we’ve spent our weekends hiking and biking and enjoying the outdoors. So this month was a mix of work wear and workOUT wear for sure.


4/1: These pants have quickly become a favorite - bonus that there’s a matching blazer (AP x Halogen)! I’m feeling the wide leg crop this year and I NEED MORE if you guys have any suggestions.

4/2: Tuesday is work from home day, we got kicked out of the coffee shop early because of a wedding. I also attended my first city council meeting.

4/3: This outfit got big love on Instagram! Again with the wide legs. I had a presentation at work today so I decided to lean into the whole “professional” thing.


4/4: Okay so when I bought this jacket, I did not think it was gonna make me look like a pharmacist. I honestly don’t even know if I want it anymore.

4/5: Old Navy still killing it this year - I LOVE this jumpsuit. Cute, comfy, NAVY - it’s all the things. I did wear this to work, but more importantly, I wore this to meet Louise the brewery pug at Lost Forty.

4/6: Not pictured: gorgeous baby blue workout set from Outdoor Voices. We did a 15 mile bike ride to the Big Dam Bridge and you can see it on my Instagram if you’re really curious!

4/7: Rainy day bowling outfit.

4/8: Another Old Navy find, I really don’t think you can go wrong with a classic striped dress. This was the perfect Monday outfit for grocery pickup, catching Pokemon in the park, and choosing a new probiotic from the Vitamin Shoppe. I’m wearing petite large for a relaxed fit - and it’s currently on clearance.


4/9: WFH + Spin Class, nothing too exciting today.

4/10: I’d been WAITING for a nice enough day to wear this suit I got from ASOS, because pink linen demands a sunny atmosphere. I guess I forgot how unforgiving linen is in general and this is the last time you’ll ever see it in a non-wrinkled state.

4/11: I do a little event planning for work, and today was our big topping out ceremony on our new headquarters building. I tried to dress like a busy business lady since I’d be interacting with the Mayor, but was chastised for not wearing my company shirt and later changed.


4/12 (day): Two outfits in one day, lucky you. This wrap top from SheIn is fulfilling all of my ballerina dreams right now. It’s super soft, too.

4/12 (night): We go to this fundraiser called Eggshibition every year and I never know what to wear. Last year everyone was painfully under-dressed so I decided to go with a springy two piece.

4/13: Much to my dismay, my husband and MIL dragged me to Hot Springs (IN THE RAIN) for Oaklawn’s Arkansas Derby day. I protested by wearing all black and ultimately was grateful for the comfort. We usually dress to the nines for derby day but given the gross day, I could not be bothered. Next year!

4/14: No idea what I wore this day, but I did finally go buy a bike helmet since everyone kept warning me of TBIs.


4/15: Leaning into another comfy outfit for Monday, but more importantly - we went to the ballpark Monday night and took Zoey the pug to her first baseball game! She hated it, as expected.

4/16: Work from home + made a sporty appearance at a committee meeting at Heifer (buy your tickets for Urban Farm Fest June 6!).

4/17: I wear crop tops to work regularly, and I do not care. This one is from SheIn.

4/18: This jacket (Zara) always invites comments, usually about being a band director. I still love it anyway.


4/19: Found these flowy culotte looking pants in my closet and decided they’d be cute for work. I do not remember the last time I wore them! It’s like new clothes.

4/20: Started our morning with Yoga Warriors (outfit not pictured), then did typical errand type things like Target and Taziki’s for lunch. I swear, these are the most comfortable overalls in the world and yes, it’s that cropped tee from 4/17 again.

4/21: Bike riding day! No Easter dress since I just went to the sunrise service at Riverfront Park, but it was a gorgeous day to ride out to the State Capitol and catch more Pokemon (yes, I play Pokemon Go, it’s a good way to get out and explore you losers. add me). Athena Crop + Court Skort from Outdoor Voices is my favorite outfit now.


4/22: Work + THRILLED that this pair of jeans (Banana) fits again! Those spin classes are paying off. I also squeezed in a short bike ride this afternoon to get the Earth Day badge from Apple Watch.

4/23: Working from home and an afternoon at Nexus, followed by a long spin class and poke from Poke Hula.

4/24: No photo today, since I was up and at the airport at 5 am for a whirlwind work trip to Dallas. I did snap a photo in the Nordstrom bathroom at one point but I have no idea where it went. I was back in Little Rock by 11:30 and in pajamas by 11:31.

4/25: I’m honestly surprised I got this dressed up the day after all of that, but I had a girl date with my friends to go see War Paint at the Studio Theatre. Interesting story if you’ve never read about the feud between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein!

4/26: I love Vanderpump Rules. Unapologetically. So I saw this tee on Etsy and did not think twice about ordering it. I’m also really enjoying the tee + jeans + blazer look lately!


4/27: Italian Food Festival + dinner with friends. It’s definitely getting warmer around here. Shorts c/o SheIn, get an extra 15% off with code: Q2ajwears

4/28: Mr AJ and I decided to explore Arkansas this summer and have started hiking any time the weather is nice. We did the Big Creek trail near Heber Springs and I got to put my #DoingThings outfit to the test. And yes, wear an adventure fanny pack.

4/29: I’ve started wearing the Old Navy Stevie “pants” (I use this term loosely as I’d say they’re leggings but whatever) almost every Monday or any time I don’t feel like wearing real pants.

4/30: 30 days of Peloton down! I celebrated with an extra long ride another Outdoor Voices kit - I have spent entirely too much money at OV these past few months but I love their kits and please use my referral link for 20% off so I can afford more OV, thanks.

Things I Wore :: March 2019

I guess it’s spring, people! The weather has started warming up, but I hardly took any blog photos in March thanks to constant rain on my cutest days. Bad planning on my part…but the good news is that I take daily photos with my Echo Look so I have SOME evidence that I wore clothes this month.


3/1: These are my favorite pants. I’m so glad I ordered them on sale (and the matching jacket, which you’ll see later this month!).

3/2: I re-discovered this longer camisole from LOFT in my closet this year, and layering it under a sweater, over leggings has been my favorite weekend getup. There was a Mardi Gras parade in SoMa today so we checked that out and then went and ate a ton of crawfish cheese dip (it’s amazing) at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

3/3: Little Rock Marathon Day + Cold + Rainy = I stayed inside and in my comfies most of the day.

3/4: Giant comfy sweater for work

3/5: Work from Home (AKA Old Navy Leggings). At some point I put on something Fat Tuesday festive but apparently didn’t bother to take a photo.


3/6: I’ve had this shirt for over a year and just now figured out that it’s a cute layer shirt! This cropped sweater remains a closet MVP and I wish I had more colors. If it ever unravels, I will be devastated.

3/7: Work + Volunteering at a Create Little Rock event. These pants are from ShoeDazzle randomly, but I have LOVED them because they’re stretchy and comfy.

3/8: Super casual day + some working from coffee shop.


3/9: Pulled out our bikes since the weather was gorgeous and rode to the State Capitol to hunt Pokemon.

3/10: Daylights Savings and Errands. The Everlane Day Glove has proven to be a favorite flat this month!

3/11: I guess I was feeling ambitious on a Monday? Finally got around to wearing this Leith dress I bought weeks ago (here’s the sleeveless version - I love this shape).



3/13: This is the suit I was talking about! I ordered the jacket when Blair’s collection first came out, but it was way too big and a little pricey for what it was so I sent it back. Fast forward to it going on sale, me ordering it in a smaller size (and petite!) and getting the pants too (now on sale at Rack). I love this outfit.

3/14: Got my hair done today and wore another suit. I am officially a suit girl. This is my favorite trend in years. This is another petite number, this time from Asos. I also finally wore these heels out of the house after a month of sitting in my closet, afraid of committing.


3/15: Work + Radio Remote (I later changed into my radio sweatshirt for that, though).

3/16: St Patrick’s Day parade and block party on our street! I did order a skirt and a headdress just for the occasion, and then discovered that the Irish Step Dancers were wearing the exact same skirt. Cooooool.

3/17: Actual St. Patrick’s Day called for more green. We went and saw Evita at the Robinson, which I didn’t really care for but I’m glad I saw.

3/18: I left work early today to go home and pack for my trip to San Diego! We also skipped cooking and went to Sushi Cafe instead…yum.


3/19: Flying to San Diego! Time for you guys to cross reference what I said I packed with what I wore. If you want to see more of my outfits check em out here.

3/20: General exploring in San Diego and shopping.

3/21: First Day of the Conference!

3/22: Second Day of the Conference!


3/23: We moved to the yacht today and took the trolley down to Tijuana.

3/24: Went to the San Diego Zoo and Coronado Beach

3/25: Spent some time in Little Italy before hopping a plane back to Little Rock.


3/26: I always work from home on Tuesdays, even on the days that I’ve been gone for a week. I didn’t want to wash my hair so I didn’t go to work, but I still managed to have a jam-packed day with radio and voice over gigs.

3/27: I did eventually wash it and bam! I’m back on the outfits. I took a photo in this skirt c/o SheIn but finally got to wear it in an outfit and I gotta say, it’s a fun little number.

3/28: One of my favorite things about coming home from vacation is all of the BOXES you get! My Spring box from Elizabeth & Clarke showed up and I love this shirt they sent. It was a gorgeous day so I met some friends on a patio to enjoy the weather.


3/29: Casual Friday. Ready to spend the weekend cooking and doing Peloton classes (get $100 to the boutique with my code HM8UTY when you buy a bike! DO IT LETS BE FRIENDS!).

3/30: We did very little on this Saturday, except go to Lowe’s and go look at Macbooks at the Apple Store. I bought two pairs of “street” leggings from Old Navy’s athletic wear on sale the other day, and they’re awesome for casual errand running for sure.

3/31: Barkus on Main day! It’s a giant dog parade and block party in downtown Little Rock. We followed it with crawfish at Rebel Kettle, cheese dip at Lost Forty, and tacos at Cantina Cinco de Mayo. Which I followed with a long spin class when I got home, because woof.

That’s (almost) everything I wore in March! I do have a tendency to change into workout/athleisure when I get home these days, so look for a post about that stuff coming your way some day soon. If you have any questions about where I got certain pieces, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!

What I Packed :: San Diego, CA

Have you ever stood at the baggage claim of a Southwest flight? It’s a great example of “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

As I waited for my small carry-on and cabin bag, I watched countless people drag suitcases large enough to haul a person in off the belt and struggle to drag them around the airport. Even if you’re checking a bag, I still think the carry-on is the perfect size - don’t forget you still have to drag that thing around the city when you’re off the plane!

All of that to say, here’s what I packed for our recent work trip to San Diego.


Work trips are a bit different than fun ones, because you do have to look somewhat presentable if you’re planning on networking at all. We took a few extra days on this trip for fun though, so I had the challenge of packing a wardrobe that worked for business and leisure.

Day 1 :: Travel & Exploring
Black Leggings + Red Camisole + Black Sweater + Sneakers


We had an early flight and gained two hours, so we had the whole afternoon to explore our new neighborhood in San Diego. I wore leggings, a camisole and sweater for the plane to combat draftiness, but opted to wrap the sweater around my waist once we reached warmer temps. Sneakers also proved to be my best friend since we did most of our exploring by foot.

Day 2 :: Shopping & Balboa Park (kind of)
Black Jeans + Pink Camisole + Black Sweater + Loafers

Mr AJ had a day of workshops for the conference we were attending, so I had a free day to go explore the city and do whatever I pleased. I took the trolley to Fashion Valley and talked myself out of buying Chanel flats, but did pick up this cute red backpack from Zara that proved to be clutch for navigating the conference later.

After that, I tried to walk to Balboa Park to take a leisurely afternoon stroll, but ignored the ominous clouds (it never rains in California, right?) and ended up getting stuck under a tree in a deluge. After that it was back to the hotel to change into dry leggings and grab a snack from a cheese store that ended up being closed. Rough day.

Day 2 :: Evening Networking
Plaid Jacket + Pants + Loafers + Black Top


Unless you’re in a very corporate industry, I wouldn’t recommend packing a full suit. However, both of these pieces worked on their own really well (as you’ll see in future outfits), so I decided to pack the whole thing. That way, I could wear the full set for networking or fancier dinners.

Day 3 :: First Day of Conference
Black Sweater + White Button Up + Plaid Pants + Loafers


We attended the Social Media Marketing World Conference, which means we saw a wide variety of wardrobes! I opted to go business casual, and this was a super comfy + cute outfit for the first day of conferencing. I heard from many people that the rooms could get drafty, so I was glad I wore the sweater.

Day 3 :: Dinner + Gaslamp District
Black Sweater + Plaid Pants + Suede Jacket + Loafers


I ditched the button up to go a bit more untucked for dinner, and grabbed my suede jacket since it was pretty cool in San Diego. I’m glad I brought a layer to protect against the elements, especially since we sought out a rooftop patio to enjoy views of the city this evening.

Day 4 :: Conference Day 2
Plaid Jacket + Black Jeans + Red Camisole + Sneakers


Day 2 of the conference was still action-packed, so I swapped out my loafers for my sneakers. I like to have a couple of options when it comes to flats just because they hit on different points on your foot - I was walking 15k-20k steps // about 10 miles a day every day, so just that slight change made all the difference. We skipped out of the last keynote and walked to Little Italy for $1 oysters (food guide coming your way soon!).

Day 5 :: Train to Tijuana
White Jeans + Pink Sweater + Espadrilles

I didn’t get all iterations of all of my outfits but here’s another variation I wore during my trip.

Day 6 :: San Diego Zoo & Coronado Beach
Bonus Athleisure Wear

Not pictured in my packing graphic is a couple of pieces of athleisure I packed for lounging, working out, and super comfy days. I’ll include them in the official list at the bottom, but since we were doing a long day at the zoo I decided to wear super comfy clothes. Athleisure is great to pack because you can mix and match it into your normal wardrobe, but it doesn’t take up a lot of extra space in your luggage - all of mine fit in one of my skinny packing cube.

Day 7 :: Exploring & Travel
White Jeans + Red Camisole + Sneakers


Our final day we had a late flight, so we decided to grab pizza and visit the Ballast Point brewery before catching a 3:30 plane. It continued to get warm as the week went on, so this was one of the warmest days! I didn’t need a layer for our exploring, but did throw on the black sweater when we headed to the airport since I knew it would be cold when we got back to Little Rock.

Final Packing List + Tips

There are a few things not pictured on the graphic that would be great for a work or conference trip that I did bring, so I’m including a list below. Full disclosure - I did have some other items that were more for my “fun” side of the trip, so I’m not including them in the official list because this is meant to be specifically for a work trip. I also did not take photos of every outfit despite my best efforts, so there were some variations here that you might not have seen, such as leggings + pink sweater that I changed into the day I got soaked, or the white button up + black jeans for a night out, etc.

Packing List:

  • 1 Pair of Black Jeans

  • 1 Pair of White Jeans

  • 1 Pair of neutral leggings

  • Matching Jacket + Pants

  • 2-3 Camisoles (I packed Black, Pink, and Red)

  • 1-2 Blouses (aka, work blouses)

  • 2 Sweaters

  • 1 Jacket

  • Optional: 1 dress / skirt for dressier events (I did not use mine)

  • 2-3 Soft Tanks for Lounge + Workout

  • 1 Pair of Fashion Sneakers

  • 1 Pair of Athletic Sneakers (I love the Charleston Shoe Co Lulu - looks great for day sneaks too!)

  • 1 Pair of Black or Nude Flats

  • 1 Pair of Sandals (for mild or tropical climates)

  • 2 Pairs of Leisure Shorts - 1 athletic, 1 lounge

  • Swimsuit (always pack a swimsuit)


  • Wear your biggest shoes so you take up less space in your suitcase

  • Pack a light scarf to add flair to outfits and bags

  • Buy a backpack at Zara that you can carry around the rest of the week (lol this is a joke but a nice reminder to leave room for stuff you might buy!)

  • Bring a stainless steel water bottle! This was a life saver all week.

  • Organize everything in packing cubes for easier packing + unpacking. I put all of my tops in one, all of my athletic / loungewear in one, all of my pants + dresses in one, etc.

  • Instead of packing bright workout tops in traditional athletic fabrics, consider bringing plain neutral tanks in cotton so you can use them for lounge or backup shirts

  • If you need more room than a normal carry-on, consider adding a cabin bag instead of a second larger bag! It slides onto the handle for easy toting around.