Well, that weekend was exhausting. So much happened that I'm not really sure where to begin. I suppose I could just get talk of this outfit out of the way (what is this, a fashion blog?), not that I have much to say about it. This dress has become one of my absolute favorites and I just want to live in it. This was a typical class/work outfit last week — all I need is a dress, a cardigan, and a pair of oxfords and I'm set.

As for the weekend, I spent Sunday and Monday in Chicago for an event held by the National Retail Federation. I was really lucky to be one of 15 students chosen by department to go. I'm not planning on going into retail, but it was a really great experience getting to listen to extremely successful people at big companies talk about e-commerce and the changing industry. We also had multiple opportunities to network, and the most surreal part for me was getting to talk to the social media director for Anthropologie. She created the position, and she said her first day of work was literally creating the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the entire company five years ago. Crazy, right?

Besides the event, we also got to spend a good amount of free time in the city. We got there early Sunday afternoon, and we pretty much had the whole day to do whatever we wanted. Naturally, I spent most of the time shopping with my friend, Ginny. So much retail therapy, so little time. The only bad part (and the second important thing to happen this weekend) was that our hotel didn't have AMC, which meant that I missed the Breaking Bad finale. I avoided social media like the plague until Monday night, when I watched it the moment I got home. Did you see it? Because we need to talk about the end of this era. Personally, I was really happy with it. I know better than to spoil anything, but I couldn't imagine it ending any other way. Side note: the title of this post was the title of the episode. Keeping the obsession alive.

I've been debating about whether or not I should mention what else happened, but I've created such a strong relationship with my readers that I feel like I owe it to you all to be honest. I also feel like it's important, as a blogger, to show that my life isn't all pretty dresses and good TV. Well, the reason why I needed retail therapy is because T.J. and I broke up on Friday. I'm fine, and I'm certainly not looking for pity. It's been a long time coming, especially with him moving for grad school at the beginning of the semester, and it was completely mutual. We ended on really good terms, and we're still going to be friends. It's strange having a year and a half of my life be over (and my longest relationship to date), but it's for the better and I really am doing okay. I honestly am not sharing this for pep talks or attention, I just feel like I should share the parts of my life that aren't so perfect. Plus, who doesn't need a good excuse to shop and eat junk food? 

Dress: Modcloth
Cardigan: from a swap
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Jewelmint


  1. Oh, I know you are not looking for pity, though maybe you are just a really strong woman and you have enough charm to win anyone over!
    Those photographs are adorable, you look so sweet and pretty!!! Life is not all about nice dresses and clothing, you are right, but having a new lovely dress helps staying positive:)
    Wish you a blessed day ahead!


  2. I'm sorry about the breakup - that blows but it seems like you're doing well. But breakups are always just kind of sucky, even if they are for the best in the long run.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. Your shoes are just... I can't even begin to describe how much I love them! <3

    I'm sorry about the breakup but you seem to be doing well. It sucks, even if it was mutual but you'll get through it and be happier for it. :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. We appercaite your honest and openness with us, but won't say anything else on the matter since that isn't really what you want.

    INSTEAD- It sounds like a fantastic trip, and I think you'd be interested to note that the Anthropologie Social Media director isn't the only one who created her job. At Alt I was really surprised to learn now many people did that with social media jobs for companies. Even in today's world, rather than the one of five years ago. So.... keep an eye out and if you think a company isn't doing social media or isn't doing it well, tell them and offer your services!

    You look fantastic in this outfit. I always love a good stripe, but it is the details- the shoes and necklace- that are my favorite part.

  5. Goodness, those shoes are so adorable!

    <3 Megan

  6. Such a cute outfit! I love your shoes!
    I'm sorry about the breakup, but I'm glad that it ended on good terms. And retail therapy is the best.(:

    decked out in ruffles

  7. I think it shows what a great relationship you have with your readers to open up about the bad times in life too. I'm glad it was a mutual decision and ended on good terms. And hey, nothing like retail therapy to help!
    Anyway, I love this striped skirt and how you paired it with a cardigan. Its the perfect combo for fall <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  8. Wow, it sounds like you had a craaaaaazy busy/productive weekend! But I am very sorry to hear about your breakup- although it sounds like it was for the best. I know you can be strong! Retail therapy is always a great treat!

    Xo, Hannah


  9. Yowza! You've been a busy lady! Lots of junk food and shopping sounds like just what the doctor ordered! Hopefully the door closing on that relationship will open a lot of other amazing doors!

    In other news, those shoes! I love them. I'm also loving your stripes (of course)!

    Ladyface Blog

  10. So sorry about your break up but on the plus side, you look lovely. :) I've always wanted to visit Chicago. Did you love the city? Everyone I know refuses to go because of the crime rate, lol. Lame! Breaking Bad was SO good and I'm glad so many people liked the ending, because I don't think it could've ended any better. Are you gonna watch the spin off? But did you see the Dexter finale? It was so terrible. 8 years, wasted, haha. Oh well. At least American Horror Story is starting again!

    xo Ashley

  11. I was SO happy with the finale- first time that's happened with a show in awhile. Sounds like a fun weekend and some retail therapy was much deserved. I'm happy to hear you are on good terms, such a relief when things can move on like that. Love the pop of color with your shoes!

  12. Your post title. That episode. That show. I seriously am so in love that I just changed my phone lock screen to a Jesse collage...whatever. I'm a teen girl.

    This outfit is really pretty and I love the lack of color? Which is weird, but I think you are totally 100% nailing it. Plus those shoes forever.

    I can't wait till we can have a fun trip in Chicago. I talked to Rachel (for the birds) and she would be interested at some point. Maybe we can work on planning a very low budget adventure?! PLEASE. That would definitely make you feel better :)

  13. Sorry to hear about your breakup, but I agree that retail, Breaking Bad, and junk food are the best remedy for a broken heart! You look lovely as always - I adore those flats with the grayscale of the outfit.

  14. I'm so sorry to hear about your break up. I know that's a tough thing to share. On the other hand, your trip sounds awesome! I'm so jealous that you got to network with Anthropologie's social media director. That's pretty much my dream job (well one of them, at least)! I love this outfit, by the way. That dress seems like such a versatile piece!

    XO Hannah

  15. First of all, you look so lovely - this is one of my favorite outfits of yours to date! That skirt is perfect!

    Secondly, I'm really sorry to hear about your breakup! Even if it did end on good terms, it is never easy. *hugs*


  16. Uhh, totally enjoyed that little anecdote about Anthropologie! That's awesome! Sounds like a really cool event.

    Otherwise, thinking about ya! Hope you really are doing ok. Luckily to have some smokin' hott photos to show to your next suitor ;)

    perfectly priya