What a weird couple of days! I started the week in Boise, packing up my life and saying goodbye to as many friends as possible. I moved to Denver (I’m crashing at my aunt’s house until I find a place of my own) and then graduated college! It’s been such a whirlwind that I really don’t think any of it has set in yet. I’m sad to have had so little time in Boise with my family after coming back from abroad, but I’m also excited for this new adventure and to call the Mile High City my permanent home.
Monday, June 6
Since I didn’t get back home from my trip to Boston until late last night, I slept in this morning and spent the next few hours doing some onboarding paperwork for my new job. In the afternoon, I reconnected with an old friend over coffee, which was so much fun. My parents and I played a little Bananagrams after dinner (we went through a huge ‘Nanners phase during peak-Covid) before I spent the rest of the night packing. This outfit feels very ‘Mom on the Go’ to me, but I love it. It was super comfy and feels put-together, even though it’s casual.
Crochet Top: JCPenney, $16 ($0.73 per wear), last worn here | Anorak Jacket: JCPenney, $30 ($0.52 per wear), last worn here | Cropped Flared Jeans: Express, $25 ($1.92 per wear), last worn here | Brown Sandals: DSW, $19 ($0.25 per wear), last worn here | Brown Circle Purse: Gift, $30 ($1.20 per wear), last worn here
Tuesday, June 7
I drove across the valley to grab a quick bite with my friend while she was on her lunch break. In the afternoon, I finished the last of my packing and loaded almost allll of my belongings into the back of my car and into my dad’s truck. He didn’t think I’d be able to fit it all, but what can I say… I’m the queen of Tetris. Later, we had a great time having one last dinner before my departure with some of our good family friends.
This is my Club Ride outfit that my parents got me a few Christmases ago—it’s stylish workout wear designed for cycling so you can transition easily from your bike ride to your daily activities. Their stuff is pricy, but the quality is so good! I thought this would be the perfect sporty chic look for both loading the car and our evening dinner plans (although the outfit looks stupid with my white espadrilles—they were the only shoes I hadn’t packed yet).
Purple Gingham Top: Club Ride, $80 ($20 per wear) | Purple Shorts: Club Ride, $70 ($23.33 per wear) | White Sandals: DSW, $45 ($1.29 per wear), last worn here
Wednesday, June 8
My parents and I hit the road early and drove both cars to Denver! It was a longggg day, and the drive ended up lasting around 13 hours due to construction. We ate a quick dinner at my aunt’s house and then unloaded all of my belongings into my grandma’s storage unit for the time being, until I find an apartment of my own. Since I’ve just been living out of a few suitcases, it doesn’t feel like I’m back in Denver for good… I can’t wait to find an apartment and move in!
Thursday, June 9
My parents and I attended the geography department’s spring banquet at the university this afternoon. I got all dolled up so my dad could take some graduation photos of me around campus after the event, but the heat and harsh lighting discouraged us. I took some blog photos later in the evening instead, and then we had a big family dinner at my aunt’s place.
I’m still trying to get the hang of where I should take my OOTD photos for the next couple of weeks, so bear with me. This spot is definitely not it… not a flattering angle. I’ve worn this outfit several times before, but I think this mock-neck top definitely looks better with an updo; the hair and high neckline is too much going on around the face.
Black Mock-Neck Top: JCPenney, $11 ($0.28 per wear), last worn here | Red and Beige Skirt: Down East Style, $30 ($2.73 per wear), last worn here | Black Sandals: Dillard’s, $30 ($0.49 per wear), last worn here
Friday, June 10
I hung out with my friend this afternoon at his place and brainstormed 4th of July plans (I, of course, was also brainstorming 4th of July outfits). In the evening, my parents and I were invited to my favorite professor’s house for dinner, which was a blast. It’s been a little tricky getting dressed the last few days—with random assortments of clothes and shoes spread across several boxes and suitcases—so dresses have definitely been the easiest choice, especially since it’s been so hot lately. I wear this exact combo all the time, so I fished this photo out of the archives (it was taken in 2021 in my junior year apartment).
Saturday, June 11
Graduation day!!! My dad and I went to campus early to get a few pics of me in front of my favorite building before the crowds arrived and the heat kicked in. The graduation ceremony itself ended up taking about two hours—thankfully it was inside our hockey stadium, but I was still pretty hot (and couldn’t really hear anything). Despite that, it was still really exciting to have my few moments to shine and strut across the stage. There was a little reception outside afterwards, and then some of my family and I grabbed Sonic for lunch—an essential.
We had a chill afternoon napping, playing games, and having a backyard party at my aunt’s house with some of my extended family. After dinner, a handful of us braved a karaoke bar in town! It was such a fun vibe and even more exciting to celebrate with my family. Embarrassing, yes, but the people watching and company was just too great. Nothing better than partying with your parents and siblings.
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Sunday, June 12
We all had a slow morning after last night’s festivities and played Euchre, after teaching my cousin and aunt the game. We dropped some of my family off at the airport, and I spent the rest of the night with a few friends grabbing dinner and chilling at their apartment pool. Didn’t get a chance to snap a pic of my cute swimsuit, but I’m hoping for a few more pool days in the near future!
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Thanks for reading today’s post. Let me know which outfit is your favorite in the comments below, and enjoy the rest of your day!
Miles of smiles,