Smocks & Sneaks

Monday, September 24

I don't even remotely have an editorial calendar for this blog, but in my mind, this is like "Fall Preview Week" here at Priya the Blog.

And i KNOW that despite what the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, seasonal sales, and dates on the calendar are telling us, it's likely still in the 90's where you live. Girl me too. But that won't keep me from dreaming about the best time of the year! Dream with me!

Later this week I'll be sharing 5 Things I'm Excited to Wear This Fall, but today, here's a preview of two of them: smock dresses and sneakers!
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| rings & necklaces: Homegrown Silver and Stone in Chattanooga | lip: Tarteist Lip Paint in Homeslice | dress: ASOS | sneaks: Superga {ordered mine from Zappos} |

BTW my outfits are labeled by season and this is the first one for Fall 2018!
Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer

Things I might be too old for:
- rollercoasters
- other people's drama
- stadium shows :O
- uncomfortable shoes!

This, coming from the girl that used to wear uncomfortable shoes almost exclusively (half sizes can be hard to find!) A couple weeks ago I ordered two pairs of sneakers: these platform Supergas and these high-tops, and I've been wearing nothing else. Wearing comfortable shoes, what a novelty!

These Supergas are especially perfect because they are the best of both worlds: a comfy sneaker, but with a platform that gives me the extra inches I'm always after. Paired with a smock dress (or maybe "babydoll" is the nicer way to say it) is a match MADE IN HEAVEN. This outfit formula on repeat, forever and ever, amen. Or at least for this Fall. With total creative credits to my boss' sister who was wearing a very similar outfit in her engagement photos (inspiration is everywhere!!)

One more time I really, really love these shoes and I want you to have them too. When I'm wearing them, I feel like I can do anything (run? Check. Strut? Check!) Let's stop wearing shoes that make us feel any other way!

Oh - and in regards this this smock dress specifically, I almost skipped over it because I thought it would make me feel/look like a middle schooler (I'm always trying to look older because people always assume I'm in high school) BUT then I said to hell with it and I love it so much. Who cares if I never want to wear it again after this season? It's called a trend, look it up. (Oh and ASOS has the best selection of smock/babydoll/whatever dresses everrrr.)

We took these photos at Pearl Diver which is a new tiki bar in town that I am obsessed with. And I really don't have anything else to tell you!

photos by Miles Price

Summer 2018

Friday, September 21

Well, Summer 2018 is technically just about over. And it was a good one! 

I wanted to include some Summer adventures that were either completely skipped over on this blog (but still worth mentioning) or blogged about, but I just want to remember again.
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Kinda kicked off the Summer celebrating my 27th birthday at Siesta Key, Florida. 
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SO MANY concerts this Summer. Harry Styles was extra special because my sister came out! Can you spot him on her shirt, and behind us??
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I attended Nashville Pride for the first time with my friend Christopher (that's him in costume!) What a day!
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Zipped over to South Carolina for my cousin Abhishek's wedding and some family time #sarinotsari
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One beautiful Tennessee Summer day at Arrington Vineyards, with my sister and Art's mom in town.
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Kayaking the Caney River, one of the very best ways to spend the day in Tennessee.
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Had an amazing weekend in Memphis celebrating this beautiful doll bride (would you just look at her!) with a whole host of college friends.
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My bestie Jenae, her husband Daniel, and "the kids" moved across the country to Florida, with a pit-stop in Nashville!
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Maybe the craziest few days of the Summer - working in Portland, with my boss Christine.
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Definitely the highlight of my Summer - meeting my nephew, Milo, who shares my birthday! My family spent a long weekend getting acquainted and it was SO special. Always missin this little guy!
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Again, so many concerts. This was at Coheed & Cambria, also saw Charlie Puth, Leon Bridges, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Chicago, and Jimmy Eat World, to name a few (but not all!)
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I didn't spend nearly enough time outdoors as I would've liked this Summer, but this was from a gorgeous day at Rock Island, TN (one of my favorite places!)
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Maybe the cutest concert of the Summer - getting to see my little brother play in Atlanta!

Important end of Summer happenings I left out because I feel like I just blogged about them: my sister's "13 Going on 30" th themed birthday party, Labor Day super weekend with my sibs in town.

What was the highlight of your Summer? Share with me below (and if you've done a similar Summer wrap-up post, share the link with me!)

My Favorite Vintage Find to Date

Tuesday, September 18

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| sunnies: ban.do {But find them on Amazon here!} | crop top: Zara | lipstick: MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Claretcast | skirt: vintage | slides: Madewell |


While it seems like everyone is trying to sneak some Fall trends into their outfits (and hopefully force the hand of the season) I'm over here just trying to get one more wear out of my Summer wardrobe. I like to do this "challenge" (if you will) every time the seasons change, where I line up everything that hasn't been worn that past season on my clothing rack, in an attempt to separate the HAVES from the HAVE-BEENS. I am notoriously terrible at getting rid of things, but this is about as in-my-face as it gets analyzing what is truly just taking up space in my closet. 

I wish I could tell you that it's absolutely cutthroat (i.e. if I can't/don't wear that thing, out it goes!) but...like I said I'm really bad at getting rid of things so sometimes I keep them anyway. It's just not that black & white!

For example, THIS SKIRT, which is probably my best vintage find to date, will never get the boot, even if I don't wear it for one Summer. It's just gorgeous. 

You can follow along with this "challenge" on my blog Twitter, where I've been doing a decent job of documenting everyday.

I am sad to tell you two things: I lost these sunglasses over Labor Day Weekend, going down the slide on our pontoon boat! Considering I've already reached for them to complete an outfit more than once, I had to order a replacement immediately. These are no longer available at ban.do BUT, they have them in every color on Amazon, so that's cool.

Also sad, I had to list these slides on Poshmark. I love them, but I bought a 6 thinking they would run big (as Madewell/J.Crew shoes tend to do.) Well, they don't, and they're just a bit too snug. They are yours if you want them! I really do love them and am searching for a 6.5, or maybe I'll try a real mule instead (these Target ones are perfect.) 

I hope you all had a good weekend! I was getting over a weird sick thing and took it super easy...which is honestly very hard for me to do! There were many episodes of The O.C. involved. 

August Boxycharm Review

Thursday, September 13

Pardon me for a slightly delayed Boxycharm review from August! It was a busy month, and it took me a while to get around to taking this picture in daylight. Honestly, I'm still giving these products a fair trial.

Boxycharm is the perfect subscription service for a make-up hoarder, someone just starting out their collection, and everyone in between. $20/month gets you 4-6+ full-sized products, and I've gotten some seriously good stuff. Check out my past reviews here!

If you're thinking about giving it a try, just remember, the retail value of ONE product easily covers the price of the entire box, every month. Sign up for Boxycharm for $20/month!

August's theme was "Life of the Party", which seemed a little all over the place. Here's what I got:
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+ Bang Beauty Chocolate Eyeliner | retail value: $22
This gel liner boasts that it can be used as an "eyeliner, eyeshadow base, or eyebrow pomade." I tried it first as an eyeliner & was NOT feeling it. It went on like putty! I wore it today as an eyebrow pomade (literally, dipped a spoolie brush into it) & that seemed to work a lot better. I actually do not own a single eyebrow pomade product, so I don't think this will totally go to waste (cannot see myself using this instead of a regular eyeshadow primer.)

+ Laura Lee Los Angeles Party Animal Palette | retail value: $19
I was determined to give this a good fair shot, solely based on the quality of the product, independent of any Laura Lee drama happening. I've seen this palette get ripped to shreds by various beauty bloggers, and well. It's pretty terrible. I attempted to use a couple shades the other night for a comedy show and it was a total mess. So much fall-out, so patchy, and I was using my finger, which is about as blended as it gets! I'm willing to give it another try, but also notable is that even though the colors are fun, they're not super user friendly. I don't think is palette is available for purchase anymore, and for good reason.

+ Adesse New York Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil | retail value: $18
I do my nails pretty regularly and was excited to give this a try. I guess I was expecting the formula to be completely different. I think this is more of a "moisturizing top coat", if you will, which is maybe what they were going for. I haven't noticed a huge difference in my cuticles after use, still, I'm not opposed to adding this into my at-home manicure routine.

+ Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick in Berry Ombre | retail value: $24
Surprisingly, this might be the best item in the box! Surprisingly, because, I opened it and was like WHAT. is this?! I don't know how well you can see in the picture that this lipstick is a stripe of 3 shades. Basically, this is the darker lip liner/lighter lipstick or gloss/lip contouring trend in a tube of lipstick. Because you know I am never going to use multiple products to achieve that look. I've included a selfie with it (& my pedometer lol) on below! I wore this the other night and while it looks cool, the formula is not my fave. Oh, and important to note - to use this correctly, be sure and FLIP the product for application on your bottom lip or it will not work correctly!
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Lashes are some of the best things to receive in a Boxycharm. This is the second time I've received "multiple wear" lashes (the first pair I wore all Summer) and I really like these. I wore these the other night for some blog pics, so stay tuned. I would say these are still fairly natural, but very full looking. My only question is - how do you clean your multiple wear lashes?? If you have tips, please let me know!

+ Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks | retail value: $13 for 3
Not to sound like a broken record - it's always fun to receive these types of products, and using them is one of the simplest forms of self-care there is! But I can't say I ever truly notice a different after one use. These gold eye masks are pretty and actually go on/stay on very well, no sliding around. I'd say my under eyes looked a bit more hydrated after wearing them, but that's about it.

TOTAL VALUE: $108 ! 

Honestly, this month's box was not my favorite (especially after last month was so good.) Please share with me your beauty finds, whether by subscription or not, in the comments below!

Weekend Update: #GalinasGiantFlop2018

Friday, September 7

This is what has taken me since just about right now to recover from! A smashing end to the Summer in Nashville with four of my sibs & an assortment of bonus friends. After being in an over-stimulated, like, high, (not literally, but you do you) for days, I've been so bummed this week. It really went by too fast.
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FRIDAY and I am wearing the outfit from my latest outfit post! #accuracy
My guests arrived in a steady stream from Thursday evening until Saturday afternoon. We kicked off Friday with a little Happy Hour at my desk (yay for visits at work!) then eventually made our way to Pearl Diver. I know I haven't done a "Nashville beat" in a while but I am OBSESSED with this South Pacific themed tiki bar. This night ended with a karaoke double header, Nah! - Shania Twain by me, and Picture - Sheryl Crow & Kid Rock by Michael & I (& included other goodies in between.) 
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SATURDAY
I'm so neurotic that I really enjoy having an "itinerary" to share with my guests in town. Saturday started not so early with a "family run", Art made my dreams come true with homemade Crunchwraps (truly), then the ladies and I took care of grocery shopping for boat day + Labor Day. Sundar & Amber joined in the afternoon and the seven of us rendezvoused in my one bedroom apartment and waited out the thunderstorm. We danced, I gave Carina a bold eye look, it was great. THEN we headed to Live on the Green where we had VIP tickets (theeee move) to see Jimmy Eat World which was very special as family.
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SUNDAY
This day was five minutes long but is that always the case when you're on a boat? We rented a double-decker pontoon (we're a Centerhill Lake family) and it was T H E most perfect lake day in the whole world. I mean, a Tennessee bluebird day. This delightful rainbow float brought to you by the Walgreens Summer clearance section. Special shout-out to Christine "Pappu" for joining us! This day concluded with Edley's BBQ & the new episode of Insecure and I was literally rocking until I went to sleep.
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MONDAY
Just a good old-fashioned American grill & chill, interspersed with me attempting to convince everyone NOT to fly back to California. Not even the assorted meat pack from Porter Road Butcher could do the job.

I hope you all had a great short week! I don't know how I managed to be traveling or hosting every weekend in August, but I am looking forward to sleeping and getting my life together this weekend, starting with my closet {obviously}. TTYS

a note - #GalinasGiantFlop2018 was a nod to the most epic belly flop that Galina had last time we rented a boat a few years ago. 

You Can Wear Metallic Pants, 2

Friday, August 31

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Required reading before you read this post: the story of how I got these pants. You Can Wear Metallic Pants, 1 from earlier this week.

Ok, welcome back! So I wanted to come up with a couple new ways to my favorite & under-appreciated gold trousers (basically identical option still available.) But really, this is the same formula as outfit one, gold pants + cream tank + open dress over top. However, this version is purposely a lot more casual because of two elements: chambray (vs. a a crisp white button-up dress) and wooden clog sandals (vs. a strappy suede block heel.)

This outfit is a bit more wear to work friendly, and hopefully translates well to after work drinks at a tiki bar and maybeee one small song at karaoke later this evening, I'll keep you posted ;)

Unrelated --- I love music, but this week has been beyond even for me. I saw Charlie Puth on Tuesday, Leon Bridges on Wednesday, and will wrap up the week at Jimmy Eat World on Saturday night! It's been a little bit crazy. My family started trickling into town yesterday evening for an epic Labor Day Weekend, and my brain is halfway out the door and in long weekend mode already.

Hope everyone has an amazing Labor Day weekend! And don't forget, you can wear metallic pants!!

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You Can Wear Metallic Pants, 1

Wednesday, August 29

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| lip: Maybelline Colorsensational in Nude Nuance | blouse: LOFT | dress: Zara | pants: Topshop | heels: Target | clutch: Madewell | bracelet: ...secondhand? |

Sometimes I feel like my personal style could be described as "just trying to find a way to wear metallic pants." Apart from just being fabulous and doing the most, these pants bring back some fun memories (the story of how I found them is great.) And I'm sorry to beat a dead horse, but, remember when I made the New Year's Resolution to wear more of what I loved??

So I thought it'd be fun to come up with not one, but TWO new ways to wear my favorite pants! A remix if you will! It has been a minute since I've done a remix on the blog. Oh, and these exact pants are from Topshop like two years ago, but they have basically identical ones available at Revolve now!

I think this outfit truly came about when these pants and this dress (featured as an actual dress in this post) were hanging side by side on my garment rack. You already know that wearing a button-up dress open over something else is my jam, and something about white + metallic looked so sharp to me. UPON further review...it kinda just looks like I'm wearing a lab coat? :face palm:

This is just one of the many ways having pieces visibly hanging on a garment rack can help you put outfits together! I don't know about you, but I have a tiny vintage closet and the phrase "out of sight, out of mind" has never been more true. I really do have an entire blog post about how I use my garment rack still kicking around in my brain which will hopefully come together soon!

I also have to mention that I am HERE for this white - cream - neutral color palette. I wear black all the time (obviously) but this is new for me! Something about the different light shades together feels warm weather chic, and I'll be trying it again as soon as I can manage. 

Please sound off in the comments below about whether or not it looks like I'm wearing a lab coat?

Stick around for a casual spin on my metallic pants, later this week!

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Sunflower Tuxedo

Thursday, August 23

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| sunnies: ban.do | hoops: Target | backpack: Target | lip: Maybelline Colorsensational Creamy Matte lipstick in Nude Nuance | button-up: secondhand Target | skirt: And Other Stories | flats: J.Crew | ring: Adriane Smith Creative - buy it! |

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Is this how your mom dressed in the early 90's?!

I don't always have a vibe in mind when I'm getting dressed, sometimes it's not until I look back at pictures of outfits and it JUMPS out at me, haha. I really just wanted to wear this skirt because I haven't all Summer, and my favorite floral flats have to be paired with chambray. It's the law. How absolutely perfect is all chambray with a sunflower backdrop ?! It's like a Canadian tuxedo, but make it Summer.

This backpack has been my constant companion for most of the Summer. I rotate my "work bag" about every couple months, and a backpack has been especially handy for schlepping to and from work and transitioning seamlessly to a plane carry-on. This one is basically vintage Target, but goodness there are so many cute backpack options around {and I'm just looking at Target here... puffy / pleather / corduroy ?! goodbye also, velvet} I've also had fun "curating" (see --> collecting from anywhere) pins for the front pocket! Here we have pins from Paris, Draplin Design Co., and Yosemite, to name a few. 

After MUCH deliberation, I am going to the On The Run II tour tonight with my work team. I really went back and forth on it (am I getting old?) BUT considering the original OTR tour was the best show I'd ever been to in my life, I just can't stay away. 

Then tomorrow after lunch, Art & I are headed to Atlanta because Tuppy is playing a show! Also convenient that his family is there so we'll hang for the weekend. My brother Tarif is currently on tour with a band and I am so, so happy that there's a show close-by. I will definitely cry. Oh, and how's this for full circle: that keychain on my backpack is from one of Tuppy's high school formals? The flip side (that you can't see in these photos) is a picture of him and his date, SO random, and one of my life's tiny joys. Hope your weekend is special too! 

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