AJ Wears :: A Polka Dot Dress

Guys, I’m into dresses again. I went through a pretty heavy pants phase recently but lately I’ve been in a grab-and-go kind of mood and this dress definitely fits the bill. In fact, I wore it at least two or three times in July when I first got it. I don’t know what it is about a magical cloth tube that makes you automatically look like you have your life together, but here we are.

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Dress, ShoeDazzle (pretty sure I bought the last one but here’s a cute one from Asos).
Shoes, Everlane.
Necklace, Baublebar.

I’d love to say that this dress is versatile, but to be honest…it’s pretty rinse, wear, repeat. I try to vary it a little with my accessories but for the most part, it looks exactly the same every day. So, I try to not wear it every day. TRY.

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AJ Wears :: Interesting Shoes

Who's ready for some WEEKEND WEAR? On the rare occasion that I change out of my pajamas and into real clothes, it's usually to go out with friends. This outfit was built from the ground up - I started with the shoes.

These shoes are odd. I knew when I ordered them they'd be hard to pair. But they're intriguing to me, which made them intriguing to other people too. I ended up getting a lot of comments and compliments on my shoes Friday night, which were clearly the star of the show. Bonus? They're short enough that I was actually comfortable. Imagine that, killer heels that don't actually kill your feet.

Dress, Everlane.
Shoes, Shoedazzle (exact).
Bag, Alexander Wang (The Mini Rockie!).
Glasses, Prada.
Necklace, BaubleBar.

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.