7.24.2014

Summer Relief

Note: I wrote this post a few days ago. It is now a frigging sauna in Kansas City. 
My favorite thing about this summer is that it hasn't been hot. In fact, Kansas has been in the mid 80's pretty much all summer. A few days ago, I actually got a slight cold chill in the early evening. Gasp! Could it be? Could I actually be in love with summer? Could I not be complaining about the heat, the sunburns (which I could prevent if I would apply sunscreen every hour) and I can actually look decent. No sweaty messes where I walk inside the apartment and immediately want to just wear gym clothes. Those of you who can manage to look put together above 91 degrees are angelic. At that temperature I just give up, hope no one I know sees me and throw myself dramatically onto my bed and hope that Bravo has something good on because I will hide inside until it cools off. 

Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts

Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts


Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts


Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts
Earrings: C/O Hello Cheeseburger (coming soon!)
Shirt: Ann Taylor (sold out)
Shorts: Target (exact)
Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)
Purse: Jessica Simpson (similar)

Another great benefit of a cooler summer is that I am able to wear items from sales that are going on. This tunic is from Ann Taylor and its early spring collection. I totally got it at a steal of $25 as opposed to the over $100 price that was before. Mother nature is totally telling me that all of my sale shopping is totally worth it and I can justify long sleeve tops because now they are going to be even MORE versatile. That is totally what is happening.   photo Sig-09_zps87ca91c7.png Share

7.23.2014

A New Kind of Happy Hour

Summer of 2014 Alissa is a little weird. I mean, she's great, fun, dances to Beyonce, works and gets to do fun projects. One of these little fun projects is a weekly promotion on the Hello Cheeseburger Facebook page. Every Wednesday night at 7 pm (central time) there will be a special item or collection of items at special prices. They are specifically picked items  that aren't in the store. No sale items, nothing that hasn't been selling. NONE OF THAT Business. Specific items that have been ordered for Happy Hour. This weeks item? This bracelet. TEN FREAKING BUCKS. Yep, only $10! This bracelet which I have already ordered and totally made mine. 

Hello Cheeseburger Bracelet

Hello Cheeseburger Bracelet


Shirt: J. Crew (exact)
Shorts: New York and Co. (similar) (similar)
Shoes: Nine West (exact)

I am super excited about these happy hours. My bank account is not. However, the prices are going to be so low that it can just deal with a couple of inexpensive, blingy purchases. Especially for this bracelet that is only $10 
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7.22.2014

When Life Doesn't Go Your Way

Someday, probably in a few months or next summer, I'm going to be really open and honest about how this summer has been one of the best and worst summers of my life. Life after graduation has not gone at all like I thought it would have. I've tried to have an optimistic and bubbly tone throughout this period. I've tried to laugh at myself despite contradicting feelings. Life can be incredibly beautiful but also very overwhelming, painful and knock you off your game every single time that you feel like you just got it all back together. 

I don't have the dream job that I thought I would. I don't have all the Michael Kors purses that I thought I would because I would spend my big girl paychecks on them. I'm still shopping at TJ Maxx for their clearance purses. I don't have a J. Crew credit card. I barely have a student credit card that I can pay off. I don't have a new/newly used car. I still have a 14 year old car that doesn't like to drive up hills. 
Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.
Dress: Joe Fresh (Exact and under $15!)
Shoes: Guess (similar) (similar)
Hat: J. Crew Factory (exact and on sale!)
Necklace: C/O Hello Cheeseburger (coming soon)

Things aren't going my way right now. However, out of this, things have come up that I never thought would have. I've made friends that I never thought I would love so much. I've been shown the people who love and care about me are more than I could have imagined. I've started pursing things that I love. They may not pay a lot but they are what I love. I'm making it right now. I don't have it together but I'm getting closer to that. Most likely in a year from now, I will be looking back at this post and understand why all of this is happening. 

So how am I dealing with all of this? I'm wearing gigantic floppy hats and polka dot dresses. No really, that's exactly how I am dealing with all of this. I am dressing up because I know that if I don't I will lose sight that there is a light to the end of this tunnel. I refuse to let myself look shabby while also slightly down about life. So although life isn't exactly going my way, I'm still going to dress my own way.   photo Sig-09_zps87ca91c7.png Share

7.21.2014

Criss Cross

The problem with going to formal events in the summer is that more formal, long dresses make you feel like you are going to be dripping in sweat. The last time I had to wear a long dress in the summer my hair had expanded by about five inches and I was miserable the entire time. Solution to this? This dress. It has an open back, mini skirt and sheer skirt with slits that come together to somehow survive being outside in 85 percent Kansas humidity and working up a sweat from dancing. (Yes, lots of Beyonce was being played. Like there was even a doubt about that.)

Black Criss Cross Back Dress

Black Criss Cross Back Dress

Black Criss Cross Back Dress

Black Criss Cross Back Dress

Black Criss Cross Back Dress

Black Criss Cross Back Dress

Black Criss Cross Back Dress

Hello Cheeseburger Necklace
Dress: C/O Tulip 
Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar) (similar)
Bag: Natasha (exact)
Lip Color: C/O Laura Geller in Purple Currant (exact)
Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger (mention in the comments if you want to pre-order!)

Really though, one of the best things about summer is that you have more energy, things start later at night and you are just so much more carefree. Summer of 2014 Alissa is a lot more fun than previous years.Maybe if I would have found this dress earlier in my life I would have been a lot more fun. Or not. Whatever the case would have been, this dress and I are BFF's this year when it comes to parties. 
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7.18.2014

Midwest Blogger Link Up!

It's FRIDAY! Payday! Yay! Yay for all of the things! Today I'm taking a break from doing a post and hosting the Midwest Bloggers Link-Up! Head on over there to figure out why I decided to steal these ladies headshots (hint: It's why I think they are cool and you should follow them.) and see me talk about sour gummy worms. 

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