Weekly Recap #39, 2021

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What an exciting week! For those of you who followed my weekly recaps in the spring, you probably remember me talking about how much I wanted to hike a 14er (a 14,000+ ft. mountain—it’s quite “the thing” here in Colorado). The spring ended up being really rainy, and I could never find the perfect day/weather to make it happen. Finally, several months later, I hiked my first 14er on Saturday! This is a pic of me at the summit holding my quintessential cardboard sign marking the momentous occasion. I’m so excited to have finally checked this off my bucket list—it was a blast. Anyway, onto this week’s outfits!

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Monday, September 20

Monday was a busy class day with my Capital Punishment, Adult Psychopathology, and Social Psychology classes. After school finished, I attended a club meeting for the university’s student newspaper. I wrote articles once a week during the first few months of my freshman year but haven’t done it since. I thought it might be fun to pick it up again for my last quarter in Denver!

This gingham and striped dress is one of my forever favorites. I don’t think I’ve ever paired it with this burgundy moto jacket before, and I’m not convinced the A-line shape of the dress works underneath the jacket. Nonetheless, I received several compliments on my outfit—I love being back in person for classes because it means having a good reason to get dressed as well as being able to see other girls’ cute outfits again.

Patterned Dress: Envy Boutique in Tacoma, WA; $21, last worn here | Maroon Jacket: Wish Boutique in Denver, CO; $25, last worn here | Black Booties: DSW, $45, last worn here

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Tuesday, September 21

I ran around this morning crossing off a few errands from my to-do list before tackling some homework in the afternoon. I also spent much of the day working on a blog post collaboration—I hoped to receive feedback so that I could post it on Thursday, but I haven’t heard back from the company yet. Fingers crossed the post will go live next week! After my wine class, I set up a picnic in the park for a friend and me, complete with a charcuterie board and a bottle of wine (I swear it’s homework for my tasting class).

I’ve worn this exact outfit several times before, aside from the pretty necklace—my grandma recently gave it to me, and I was excited to realize that the pink and green stones match the flower embroidery on the sweater sleeves perfectly.

Maroon Sweater: Francesca’s, $45, last worn here | Skinny Jeans: JCPenney, $25, last worn here | Beige Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, $70, last worn here

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Wednesday, September 22

It was another busy day of classes, and I also had a meeting with my study abroad advisor to discuss visas and whatnot. I have now started the study abroad process three separate times because of the pandemic and cancellations, but this is the farthest I’ve gotten. Things are looking promising for my semester in Scotland in the spring!

I paired this olive green bodysuit with my cute polka dot skirt and a denim jacket for an easy (yet stylish) fall look. I felt so stinking cute in it, but I don’t think the photo does it justice.

Olive Green Bodysuit: Francesca’s, $20, last worn here | Denim Jacket: JCPenney, $19, last worn here | Polka Dot Skirt: Francesca’s, $23, last worn here | Beige Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, $70, last worn here

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Thursday, September 23

I had a very brown banana I didn’t want to waste, so I treated myself this morning by making banana and chocolate chip pancakes—they were delish! I had a very long to-do list for today but only finished about half of the items before my wine class in the afternoon. Following the course, I went to a meeting for the DU Undergraduate Research Journal and a quick info session for the 14er hike, which I did with DU’s backpacking club. Later, my friend came over to catch up and start a show together—my first guest in the new apartment.

Black Polka Dot Dress: Hand-me-down, last worn here | Blush Sneakers: Steve Madden via DSW, $60, last worn here

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Friday, September 24

I drove about an hour away to Boulder this morning to attend a group hike with the Colorado chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino. After hiking the Camino de Santiago in the summer of 2019, I attended one hike with the group the following school year right before Covid hit. I was excited to join them again today and meet several new faces—although, I was the youngest one there by about 35 years. Regardless, it is always a joy to share Camino stories and see the different walks of life who are drawn to Santiago. After our short hike at the base of the Flatirons, we all grabbed lunch together and reminisced on our time in Spain.

Once I got back home, I spent the rest of the afternoon writing my article for the student newspaper and hitting the sack early in preparation for hiking the 14er. I didn’t put real clothes on today—just workout gear!

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Saturday, September 25

I woke up this morning at 4:30 am so that our group could leave campus at 5:15 and drive an hour and a half to the Mount Bierstadt trailhead. Once there, it took us about four hours to summit the mountain, where we took a long break for lunch and a photo-op. The trek up was actually a lot more difficult than I expected, especially with the thinning air as we approached the 14,065 ft. peak. The way down, of course, only took about half the time. I had such a blast making new friends with the group and seeing the gorgeous views all the way up the mountain. I’m so excited to have finally accomplished this, and on the drive back we even got to enjoy the changing fall leaves in the mountains—putting the ‘color’ in Colorful Colorado for sure.

Later that night—because a six hour hike wasn’t enough for me for one day—I went out with a friend to Denver’s new Meow Wolf exhibit. I didn’t know anything about it beforehand, but it was a strange psychedelic art experience with several floors of art and interactive displays. It was a fun time, but the exhibit itself really was so weird! I thought I would wear something fun for the night out and threw on this very old turquoise top with some fishnet tights. Some people at the exhibit were wearing rave clothes (think neon, glow in the dark, and body/face glitter), and I really wish I had gotten the memo—I’ll take any excuse to wear fun body gems.

Turquoise Houndstooth Top: Nordstrom Rack, $20, last worn here | Black Corduroy Skirt: Francesca’s, $35, last worn here | Fishnet Tights: Forever 21, $7, last worn here | Black Booties: DSW, $45, last worn here

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Today has been a busy day of recovery as I’ve been trying to catch up on all the homework I put off for the last few days… boo. The weekends always fly by too fast, but this one felt especially quick! As always, thanks for stopping by the blog today. Let me know what your favorite outfit was from this week, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

 

-Grace

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