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PhD Chic

skirt // top (short sleeve version) // sunnies via Ditto // bag (old) // wedges (similar)

Well, this week marked the start of my 24th year of school... yikes! And this year will probably be the most important and stress-filled of my academic career. Especially the next couple of months. I have to finish 3 chapter drafts, apply for grants and post docs, and assist with an online course all while traveling to California for a fellowship and attempting to have a life. I would be lying if I said I was not freaking out as I face, what could potentially be, my last year of school.

Best case scenario I will receive a dissertation grant for next year and I will be able to relax a bit and not have to scramble to finish writing. Worse case scenario, and the scenario I have to prepare for, is I will have to finish writing and defend next summer, oh and find time to apply for jobs. No problem? I pretty much feel anxious about this year and next all of the time.

Honestly, it felt like I would be in school forever. I never really thought about the finishing line, since it always felt so far away. You would think it would be exciting. But, nope. It is terrifying. All I can do is put myself in overdrive for the next couple of months and try to write as much as I can! Of course, I want to write without giving up my life, friends, and any sort of fun.

Since returning from Italy, I have spent most of my days in pjs writing away. So it was nice to put on this Kate Spade skirt and leave the house lol. I like this skirt because it is so easy to wear but still feels very chic. You can dress it up with a blouse for work or down with a t-shirt, a denim jacket, and sandals. I don't have to be on campus much this semester, so the latter will likely be worn more. Finally, how amazing are these new Karen Walker shades? I love them. It was really nice to restart my sunglasses subscription when I got home (you can learn more about Ditto's Endless Eyewear program here).

Anyone else facing school-related anxiety?


Big Sleeves, Mini Dress

dress // hat // bag // sunnies // wedges (old, similar

So, clearly I am obsessed with sleeves this fall. Big sleeves, ruffle sleeves, bell sleeves, I want them all! I spotted this dress at Nordstrom recently. It doesn't look like much on the hanger, but once you get it on, it has a surprisingly flattering shape for such a flowy silhouette.

It comes in several colors, and I won't lie, I contemplated buying a second color (love the blue). I think it is important if you are going to embrace dramatic sleeves and flowy silhouettes that you balance your look with a short hem line or skinny jeans. Too much fabric can overwhelm most shapes.

I couldn't wait to find something to wear this hat with. I purchases it when I was still abroad, that is how much I loved it. It is by Lack of Color, the same brand that made my favorite straw hat, which I wore basically everyday this summer. Sadly this soft pink is sold out, but it is still available in beige.

I look totally ready for fall in these photos, too bad it was a zillion degrees when we took them. This is a more accurate image of what it is like to try and take blog photos in Florida in August lol.

Are you all about the sleeves this fall? And speaking of flowy dress with great sleeves, I just discovered this gorgeous chiffon number at Target!


Palma de Mallorca

Three of the ports of call on our Mediterranean cruise were knew to me -- Cagliari, Marseille, and Palma de Mallorca. Of these three, Palma de Mallorca was by far my favorite (of course, overall Amalfi was my favorite). I was surprised to discover this little island was full of culture and history.

The island has passed through the hands of the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic Empires giving it an interesting and complex history. The architecture and art reflect the diverse and multi-ethnic culture of the island. The massive gothic cathedral sits nestled within the old Muslim quarter. The city feels like a cross between Santorini and Morocco.

Today, Palma is a resort town and a popular cruise port. There are beautiful beaches, winding cobblestone streets, a royal palace, markets, and lots of historic sites to explore. The vibe of the city is what you would expect for a Mediterranean island, relaxed but festive. It's the perfect place to wander, sip some cava, and marvel at the complexity of the past.

If you ever find yourself visiting Mallorca you won't want to miss the stunning gothic cathedral, Palau de l'Almudaina (Islamic fortress turned Medieval palace), the contemporary art gallery (Es Baluard), the historic Islamic baths, and the beautiful boulevard, Passeig d’es Born.

Is Palma de Mallorca on your wanderlust list?