Pink Blazer + Summer Bucket List | On the Daily EXPRESS

5/23/18

Pink Blazer + Summer Bucket List

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With Memorial Day weekend coming up, summer feels like it's almost here and I can't wait! Granted, our weather lately has been typically "May Gray" lately so it doesn't exactly feel like summer. But that hasn't stopped me from making plans for things I want to do, see, and accomplish. I thought I'd share some of my summer bucket list items to motivate myself and maybe give you some ideas for your own list. But first, here's a recent outfit with my new favorite pink blazer/cardigan/jacket hybrid. I don't know the best name for it, but I do know that it's really comfortable and easy to dress up or down, so it's a winner on all counts in my book.
Pink Blazer | Black Tank | Similar Jeans | Sandals | Crossbody Bag | Necklace (Budget Option) | Earrings (Get 15% off your next order with code ONTHEDAILYX) | Bracelet

BLAZER/CARDIGAN/JACKET: This piece has the soft and stretchy comfort of a cardigan with the slightly dressier/structured look of a blazer. I first wore this piece in this post, and opted for just a slightly dressier heel this time since I was wearing this for Mother's Day Lunch. I felt like could justify any kind of shoe for the occasion. I also think this will work well with shorts and sandals on warmer days too. This also comes in another color (it's called gray but looks more tan to me) and if it goes on sale this weekend I'll definitely be grabbing it since these types of dressy/casual pieces are perfect for me.

SANDALS: These Target sandals are true to size and a great dupe of the Sam Edelman Yaro and Steve Madden Carrson sandal...at a fraction of the cost. The stacked heel makes them pretty comfortable, though I do like to add a ball of foot pad for extra comfort with any heel this high.

Pink Blazer | Black Tank | Similar Jeans | Sandals | Crossbody Bag | Necklace (Budget Option) | Earrings (Get 15% off your next order with code ONTHEDAILYX) | Bracelet

SIMILAR JEANS My exact jeans from Express are sold out, but I do have a few pairs in this exact style from Abercrombie and I find them comfortable and true to size. They also go on sale frequently: as I'm writing this they're priced at $35 and that's hard to beat at any retailer!

LEATHER EARRINGS: I'm wearing the 2"/$10 size of these leather earrings, and the shop owners were kind enough to offer an additional 15% your next purchase with code onthedailyx. They have lots other cute color and print options, like camo and leopard! I think a bright color option would be really fun for summer, I'm just having a hard time narrowing down which one! Also, if you haven't tried leather earrings before, they are light as a feather. I tend to forget that I'm wearing them altogether.

I've had so many ideas swirling around in my head for things I want to do this summer! Once the kids are out of school, our evenings are more relaxed since there's no homework. I could easily sit on the couch and read every night (and I might do that some nights!) but there are other things I want or need to do too, and sometimes putting it out there in list form helps me find the motivation to just do it!

1. DANCE. 
Prior to this school year, I took dance classes a couple of nights per week. But between the middle school homework load and my kids separate interests, there just wasn't time for it this year. Last Friday night I persuaded my husband to take a beginner salsa class (we're both beginners in this style) and I remembered how much I missed dancing! So I definitely want to take a few more classes this summer. If I can't continue during the school year that's okay, but there's no reason not to just enjoy it while I can!

2. EYE EXAM
This is so not as fun as the previous item, but I'm overdue for an eye exam and will put this off as long as possible if I don't give myself a deadline. I'm almost out of contacts so I know I have to do it before I run out! But in August things start getting crazy with back to school so I need to do this ASAP.

3. BEACH DAYS
We live pretty close to the beach (25-30 minutes) and yet I'm embarrassed to say we hardly ever go. We went a lot when we first moved here (5 years ago), but have gone less and less each year. It's just such a hassle to load all of the supplies then do all of the unloading and clean up when we get home. It's hard to find the motivation anymore and we end up just going to the pool. But I know we have fun when we go and we've already bought all of the beach gear (see my beach gear favorites in this post), so we need to stop making excuses and make it happen a few times this summer.

4. BLOGVENTURES
It's easy to get in the habit of just posting M/W/F and doing the same old things here. But change is good and while I have a long list of changes I'd like to make on the blog, I'll settle for just trying a few of them this summer. From saying yes to some blogger events (I usually say no because they're on weeknights when I'm busy with my kids), to learning Photoshop Elements to testing out one or two new-to-me ideas here, summer feels like the right season to try some new and different things.

That's the short version of my personal list for this summer, but most of all my objective is to be open to new adventures and new connections! Do you all have anything on your bucket list for summer or fun plans in the works? I'd love to hear about them since I always find the best inspiration from those I know, whether it's virtually or in real life!

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32 comments:

  1. I think we are in the same head space Gina. I want to change my blog so much but there are a lot of background techie stuff to get done first. Can't wait to implement the changes xx

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    1. Ugh...yes. Every minor change I want to make or new thing I want to try seems to require WAY more tech knowledge and skill than I think it will. Not to mention more tech skill than I have! It's tough - glad I'm not alone!

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  2. So first, I love the pink knit blazer on you - when I look at it on the Express page I am not nearly as enamored with it. You wear it much better and I really like the way you styled it.
    Your summer bucket list resonates with me as well. We live about an hour from the beach and never go, it does seem like a hassle to load everything and on top of that we're so fair skinned. We spend the entire time trying to dodge the sun but enjoy our time in it - seems counter intuitive. But I do hope that my husband and I will grab a few chairs and an umbrella and head to the beach just to chill for a few hours now that we're on the brink of being empty nesters.
    My bucket list includes learning to take my own pictures. A feat like that should take all summer, lol!!!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thanks so much Kellyann! I'm glad you like the jacket on me! I didn't think the stock photos were all that inspiring either but I'd heard good things about the piece (when it was first released in black) from another friend so I took a chance on it. Good luck on doing your own photos! I bought a tripod and gave it a chance myself but yikes...not easy!

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  3. I love this cute blazer/jacket, I need one for work and like the relaxed style of this one! Love this bucket list and how I wished I lived that close to a beach! That's so fun that you and your husband are taking salsa lessons!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    1. LOL, I'm not sure he thinks it's fun yet but he's being a good sport about it! Hopefully with a little more practice he'll enjoy it more. And yes - this would be a great piece for work!

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  4. this outfit is so pretty with the pink jackets. Love you Summer bucket list, I want to go to the beach more often too. Well I just introduced some changes to the blog so I don't know if I'll be doing anything new soon. I would love to take dance classes, now that I blog less I could totally look into that.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. I think you would really enjoy dance classes! I also have a feeling you'd be a natural. :)

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  5. Your pink jacket is such a nice way to add colour to your outfit! :)

    Sounds like you will have a fun and productive summer ahead of you! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a great week so far! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica! Hopefully I'll actually follow through with this stuff!

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  6. That pink jacket is perfection, Gina!!
    I always have so much I want to do for the summer---where do I find the time...ha ha!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Ha, hopefully you can make some time for the things you MOST want to do!

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  7. I'm not good at dancing, but I love to do it! I would love to take dance lessons! I can't wait to see all that summer has to offer for you!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  8. Your list is so good! I love a summer list that's a mix of fun and "must do" items--it gives a nice balance. The salsa classes sound like a blast too, I hope you guys have fun! I am loving that pink cardigan jacket too, the color and style are perfect.

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  9. Sounds like a lot of fun. The salsa classes sound like a ton of fun, and lots of laughs. The pink jacket you're wearing is also so cute.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Courtney - you are right on both counts! :)

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  10. You summer list sounds like a good mix of fun and necessary things, I feel like summer always goes so fast and we don't enjoy it as much as we should!
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    1. SO TRUE! It always seems like the shortest season to me. I want to maximize every day.

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  11. Yay for dancing again! You are a great dancer so knowing that you're wanting to back into it makes my heart happy!

    And let me know if you go to any blogging events where I can be your plus one! I'd love to go to something and enjoy the taste of blogger life :)

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    1. Aw, thanks Noelle! I appreciate that! I just sent you message about an upcoming event. :)

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  12. I love the way you styled this blazer! It's so chic and a great piece to have in your closet!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  13. I really love your pink blazer, so cute!

    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: LOOKBOOK PRIMAVERA / 3 OUTFITS

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  14. Love the pink blazer -- would you mind sharing what size you bought for reference? It says it runs big on the Express website...

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    1. No problem! I have an XS, which is normal for me in Express jackets. It's a roomy/relaxed fit so I could see why someone might say it "runs big." But since it's not meant to be a fitted jacket, I'd say it's pretty true to size for the style. Hope that helps a bit!

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  15. I don't know what you would call this kind of thing either (sweater cardigan-blazer?) but I love it! Such a perfect color and perfect mix of the polished/casual that my lifestyle likes to have as well :)

    And I don't usually make summer goals type of lists, but I did this year - summer just seems so fleeting that I'm feeling extra ready to take advantage of it. Dance classes sounds like so much fun!

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  16. I love that pink blazer and those shoes!

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  17. i hardly ever went to the beach when i lived close by either. it's just one of those things, i think, if it's easily accessible you're less likely to do it because it'll always be there for 'next time'. ugh i'm super (suuuuuper) overdue for an eye exam as well.

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