AJ Wears :: A Leopard Skirt

Don't you love it when the 1st of the month lands on a Monday? Those of you stuck behind desks instead of working comfortably from your couch might be shaking your fists at me right now, but hear me out. Think of it as a fresh start. I think we can all agree that July was a bit of a hot mess, so I'm welcoming August with a bit of a new attitude. This is the month that I GET STUFF DONE.

At least, that's what I'm telling myself as I sit here and marathon Season 2 of The OC. Also, I ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last night...so perhaps I should define what I'm actually planning on "getting done" in August.

Top, Forever 21 (similar from Forever 21).
Skirt, Rebecca Taylor (similar from Wyatt).
Flats, Zara (this year's version has a hardware update // similar from Asos).
Bag, Kate Spade (kind of similar, this is a hard one).

AJ Wears :: Bright Stripes

I threatened to show up to happy hour in sweatpants with my hair piled on top of my head today. And then, lo and behold, the angels of FedEx had different plans for me when they dropped off this pair of sunny shoes. This is truly the phrase "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together" at work.

Also, the dress. Can we talk about how gorgeous this dress is? After multiple random compliments, I'm wishing I didn't have to send it back to RTR. But if you don't send it back, you don't get the next one, and these little packages have been making my day these past few weeks. 

Dress, Kate Spade (rent it // buy it - on sale! I'm wearing an 8).
Bag, Coach (find one you love on Poshmark).
Heels, c/o JustFab (exact // another cute yellow pair).
Glasses, Karen Walker (exact // similar for less).

AJ Wears :: A Daisy Print Romper

I've been going on what I like to call "The AJ Humiliation Tour" lately. It started with losing my job a few weeks ago, followed by not getting a job I should've been a shoe-in for, and ended this week with a mental breakdown at the unemployment office. Losing a job is a bit like a messy break up, really. I've spent a lot of my time eating Cheez-its on the couch and watching countless episodes of Game of Thrones. I've cycled through the stages of grief, going from sad to angry back to sad again. I've updated my dating profile (LinkedIn, of course) and spent a lot of time thinking about what comes next.

And then last week, something clicked in my brain and I thought...could I do this on my own? Maybe it's because I re-read #Girlboss recently, but I feel like it might be time to start building my own business. And that thought terrifies me. 

So if you know anyone who needs help with their social media, I'm your girl. After doing it for my agency clients, the whole thing is a well-oiled machine. It's what I'm good at. It's what I love doing. I'm ready for this (she says, still trying to convince herself a little). I've spent this week thinking up names and starting on a website, so I haven't been wearing clothes so much as the same pair of black cotton shorts while I type away on the couch. When I do get dressed, I make sure to wear something cheery to remind myself that I am awesome, and I am more than my job. For that, daisy prints always do the trick.

Romper, Kate Spade (rent it // buy it - on sale! //shop more floral rompers at Shopbop).
Wedges, ShoeDazzle (super cute striped wedges from Kate Spade).
Backpack, Coach (similar from Forever 21).
Earrings, Kendra Scott (exact).
Glasses, Karen Walker.