From The Archives: Reader Favorites

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Three years... It's hard to believe that I've been at this blogging this for so long. But what an amazing three years it has been. I can't thank Coffee and Cardigans readers enough for making this all possible - each visit, comment and share means more to me than you know. Blogging has introduced me to some amazing people and some of my best friends. The bottom line? Coffee and Cardigans wouldn't be the same without you.

In honor of another blogging birthday, I wanted to share a look back at the six most popular posts to date. As it turns out, they are some of my favorites too:

1. How to Stay Organized as a Busy College Girl

In the midst of a hectic college term, staying organized was always a must. My 2013 post on managing a busy college schedule turned out to be Coffee and Cardigan's most popular ever, with over 27,000 reads. Click here to visit the original post.

2. DIY Anthro Stormy Seas Necklace

Inspired by an Antropology necklace that I still can't afford, this easy DIY project has definitely turned into a reader favorite. I might have to recreate this one again soon. Click here to visit the original post.

3. 6 Cute Planners for the Working Girl

Who knew organization mattered so much? This 2014 round-up of budget-friendly planners topped the list, and I still wish I could add every single one of them to my collection Click here to visit the original post.

4. Acing the Interview

As mentioned, blogging has introduced me to some of my best friends. Blogger Hannah of Creativity in Doses was the genius behind another insanely popular post. I still think she discovered the answer to a perfect interview look. Click here to visit the original post.

5. How to Tailor Pants at Home

Despite all the change, Coffee and Cardigans hasn't lost its DIY focus. This tutorial on tailoring too-large bottoms at home might be the most popular sewing tutorial to date. Click here to visit the original post.

6. DIY Ribbon Tank Top

One of my favorite craft projects for spring, this DIY ribbon tank was another reader favorite over the years. I love how easy the whole project is - perfect way to transform old tops. Click here to visit the original post.

What I Wore: Defining Office Casual

Monday, February 23, 2015

Three weeks later, it's safe to say I'm back in the routine of getting dressed every day. I feel a little bit more awake and confident every morning heading into the office. Did I reinspire my personal style? Ask me in another three weeks. It's also great to be back in the routine of outfit photos. My chronic yoga pant phase just wasn't worth blogging about.

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As my days of working from home came to an end, I've been leaning towards many of my old favorites... Which usually means classics, like this white button-down and dark denim combo. I'm that adventurous, you guys. Since my office has a more casual dress code, it's easy to get away with the basics. This is my current definition of office casual... And probably always will be, thanks to Pacific Northwest culture.

What's your definition of office casual? I'd love to hear your ideas!

Outfit details:
Old Navy Top and Necklace
Gap Skinny Jeans
Oxford Heels via JCPenny
Target Bag

Life Lately: Back to a Routine

Friday, February 13, 2015

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They say that all good things must come to an end. And almost six months later, my "home office" days are finally over. The communications agency that I work started off the month with a new space, which means I started February off with a whole new routine as well. Luckily, reinspiring old habits was easier than I thought. It feels great to be back in an office and back to a routine.

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Of course, there are certain habits that didn't die during my six months working from home. Spending way too much money on happy hour and coffee shops? That definitely didn't change. I'm convinced that I could live in Portland for another 10 years, and still not try every restaurant the city has to offer.

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I'm not lying when I say that life is made up of office hours and happy hours right now. But thank goodness for long weekends just like this one. They are so easy to fill up with the things I love... Like a Saturday spent with the University of Oregon PRSSA chapter to lead a social media branding workshop. It reminded me just how much of a digital nerd I really am. I'm also sneaking extra time (A.K.A., sacrificing sleep) to work on side projects. Blogging is number one on that list. It's the other routine I'm trying to get back to right now.

What sort of routines are you creating for yourself this year? Tell me about it in a comment below!