Leopard Tunic+A Little Update

It’s hard to believe it’s been exactly 3 months since my car accident.  In some ways, it feels like 3 months of my life have been completely lost to the fog of this concussion, as I’ve battled severe sleep deprivation, fatigue, a newfound fear of driving, mild dizziness, vision issues, and a roller coaster of emotions on top of some already difficult life circumstances.  I haven’t been able to partake in a lot of the things that I love, like skiing, biking, Orange Theory, hiking, going out with friends, or even shopping.  And despite really disliking hospitals, I have found myself having to go to countless appointments with my neurologist, my neuropsychologist, and my balance and mobility therapist. Fortunately, I’ve been starting to see some pretty significant improvements over the last couple of weeks, and am beginning to feel more like myself.  But looking at the last 3 months as whole, if I’m being honest, it’s been really, really hard.  And some days I kind of just want to wallow in my own self pity. Ha!

I think I realized a few weeks ago that one thing I was really struggling with was the fact that someone else’s bad decision has had such a negative and lasting impact on my life.  And I was feeling kind of angry about it.  But then one morning I was sitting in my neuropsychologist’s office, and he asked me if I am the type of person who believes that bad things just happen, or if I believe that bad things (or good) happen for a reason.  And for me there was no hesitation.  As a Believer, I am definitely a person who believes the latter.  While we can’t always see the bigger picture, his question put things into perspective and reminded me that Jesus is authoring the story of our lives.  And in some way, shape or form, this accident is a part of my story.  One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 5:3-4: “suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character, hope”.  I’ve seen friends recently walk this out so well and have admired them so much.  And as I sat in that office that morning, I was overcome, because I realized that I too can persevere.  So then and there, I made the decision to stop feeling sorry for myself and to commit to walking  through the aftermath of my head injury in this way, with perseverance, character, and hope. Because while I can’t control the decisions and actions of others, I can control my own.

So here’s to a positive mindset, a grateful heart, continued improvement, and (what you probably really came here for), more outfit posts!!  And a huge thank you to you all for all of your support.  You guys really are the best.

Tunic | Denim, also love these | Necklace (old), similar | Sunglasses | Bag | Booties (on sale!)

Hope y’all are having a wonderful week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

Basic

I’m always on the hunt for good basic tanks during the summer months.  But they are surprisingly hard to find.  I mean really, is it too much to ask for a solid tank that can be dressed up or dressed down, worn with shorts, skirts, and denim, doesn’t shrink when you wash it, and at a great price point?  Apparently so! So when I stumbled on this cute Free People tank, I knew I had to give it a try.  And I’m glad I did, because I’m loving it.  Plus it’s only $20 and comes in a ton of colors.  So if you are like me and looking for a go-to tank, I would highly recommend this one!

DSC_0771 DSC_0776 DSC_0783 DSC_0775 DSC_0788DSC_0786 DSC_0809 DSC_0757 DSC_0800 DSC_0813Tank: Free People (only $20 and comes in tons of colors!) | Skinnies: Denim & Supply | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Clutch: Steve Madden (old), similar | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Pumps: BCBG

Hope you guys are having a great week.  I am SO happy that it’s Wednesday already!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Utility

One thing I learned when I started All Dolled Up is that my sense of style is pretty repetitive when it comes down to it.  So blogging has been a great exercise for me to push myself to wear things I normally wouldn’t.  But one item that has and always will be a favorite in my closet, is a great utility vest.  And for me personally (all blogging aside), it really doesn’t get any better than a utility vest styled with my favorite leopard pumps, my favorite jeans, and my favorite thermal tunic top.  So if you are looking for an easy, go-to outfit to add to your rotation, this is a great one that is super easy to recreate!

DSC_4003 DSC_4027 DSC_4051 DSC_4045 DSC_4020DSC_4050 DSC_4063 DSC_4015 DSC_4065 DSC_4075Thermal Tunic: Free People (my favorite EVER and comes in lots of colors) |  Vest: cabi explorer vest, similar | Skinnies: Citizens | Necklace: Baublebar | Bag: Tory Burch | Sunnies: Prada | Pumps: BCBG

Hope you are all having a great week!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

Destroyed Denim

A lot of you ask me for denim recommendations under $100.  So today’s post is for you, ladies!  Whether they are in fashion or not, I always have a few pairs of destroyed denim in my closet.  It’s just a style that I have always loved, and will probably always love, until I’m too old to wear them anymore!  Ha! The pair I’m wearing in today’s post is not only perfectly distressed and super comfy, but they are an all-time favorite of mine.  And the best part?  They are currently fully stocked in all sizes and UNDER $90!!!!!!!!

DSC_3587 DSC_3607 DSC_3624 DSC_3594 DSC_3631 DSC_3609 DSC_3643 DSC_3620 DSC_3648Sweater: Banana Republic (on sale and comes in other colors) | Skinnies: Blank NYC (under $90!), also love this option under $90! | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (wear them for free for a month with code ALL DOLLEDUPBLOG at checkout!) | Clutch: Clare V. | Pumps: BCBG

Hope you guys are having a fantastic week!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

Half Tucked

I love the half tuck. It’s an easy way shake things up a bit and the perfect balance between looking casual and polished. And while I usually prefer to wear this look with a belt, this time I went without.  And in this instance, I think it lends itself particularly well back to distressed denim…20130527-223614.jpg

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Striped Buttondown: JCrew, similar, similar, similar| Distressed Denim: American Eagle | Necklace: TJMaxx (old), similar | Sunnies: Nordstrom | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Pumps: Mix No. 9

I have to admit that  my mom and I had a good laugh about the half tuck while my family was in town for the holiday weekend. You see, the half tuck is a casual look that my dad has been rocking for as long as I can remember.  And while we have always teased him about it (also for as long I can remember), it’s a great example of how cyclical fashion can be.  Hold onto something long enough and it’s bound to come back around…

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

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