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It’s weekends like these I wish I had two of me – the style blogger who loves networking and meeting new like-minded faces, and the medical student on pediatrics. Then, I could do both without sacrificing one or the other. And, let’s be real, my $30,000-per-year debt accrual on student loans trumps style blog pretty much 9 times out of 10. (Don’t get me wrong, I love you, but my student loan invoices have the uncanny ability of inducing racing heartbeat, breathlessness, and a general sense of panic.)

Last weekend was a whirlwind – on Saturday after work [houston] and I drove to Austin, as you know, for the Texas Style Council. I wished I could have participated in more of the weekend’s events, but I was super grateful to be able to join in on the fun Sunday. You saw the pics and the video, but I figured a proper outfit post was in order. And I had my trusty photographer on hand!

The funny thing about this outfit is…it was a backup. I had my entire outfit planned, laid out on my bed at home, and that was where it unfortunately remained as I sped out of the Houston city limits towards the state capitol. To say I was upset about forgetting my conference outfit at home would be an understatement. But, I think it turned out rather well, in the end. It was comfortable and polka dots are like a jolt of happy pills.

Clearly I was making up for my lack of a necklace (since it too was laying on my bed at home) by compensating with a plethora of rings. I cannot list them all here, but my favorites are my dragon (nicknamed “Dragor” by [houston]) and snake rings from modcloth (see links in outfit credits above).

Overall the short time I was able to be at the conference was super fun, and I loved inducting HB into the madness of the fashion blog world. He learned a lot and a not insignificant part of that was realizing that what we do is not alien or unique to ourselves – that others have significant others who take their outfit shots, that we can do it and have real lives, that we walk around with big SLRs hanging from our necks taking pictures of our food and our clothes…in essence, that this is not completely insane, or if it is, then we are in good company.

For Japan With Love

Please note, there will not be a post Friday as I will be participating in For Japan With Love, a bloggers’ day of silence. Find out more information here and don’t forget to donate.

There will also not be a post Thursday because it is Match Day, the day when HB opens an envelope and finds out where he will be spending the next 5 years training to be an orthopedic surgeon. Needless to say we are a little bit nervous, and a lot excited.

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  • Fun story, Kristina. You look wonderful in the "back-up" though.

  • You looked amazing on Sunday! Definitely never would have known you wearing your back-up! It was super fun to get to meet some of the men behind the cameras this weekend, too! Especially HB! Hope we didn't overwhelm him πŸ™‚

  • hehe… I need to take my AC to one of these events too! I think he's starting to get the hang of it though… πŸ˜€ I wanted to list what I like on your outfit but than I realized I would have to list every single piece on you… so well done girl, you dress to my heart! πŸ˜€
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

  • I had no idea you left your planned outfit at home! You looked great, girl.

  • so cute, kristina! i love this top.

  • I couldn't tell you left your outfit at home either, you looked great! I really enjoyed your session! …and I love seeing outfit pics taken in my home city of Austin, great backdrop. πŸ™‚

  • Green with envy over that Michael Kors watch – – it looks fabulous on you!!!
    Jennifer McIntyre

    @atthebluebarn

  • so pretty i love the polka dots, and the brown bag is so cute!!! you take a normal outfit and make it different, it is awesome!

    <3 steffy

    steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

  • LOL your last line made me laugh… 'in essence, that this is not completely insane, or if it is, then we are in good company.' We probably are a little insane but it's so true that there is an amazing group of equally crazy people who are part of the bigger picture of what we do. – Katy
    PS Love the relaxed sophistication of your outfit for the conference, even if the real one got left behind.

  • this outfit looks so perfect that i can't even imagine what you left at home! classy and fun! you must do an ootd post of what the other outfit was so i don't lose sleep wondering…ha ha! =) ~xo

  • Wow!! Love this look!!! Your top is perfect! TOday i've seen similar dress in zara but top is looking better!!!

    http://WWW.RENEBRAUN.COM

    Kisses!

  • Ive been looking for a polka dot top like that and yours is fab! And I feel you on the looking bizarre in public – I do it every day myself.

  • Well if this is the back up, I can only imagine how fab the first choice was πŸ™‚ I love this look because it's stylish & put together without that trying to hard vibe.

    I know this is a fashion blog, but I want to go into medicine one day, so I really love reading the little tidbits about the medical student aspect of your life! I understand if you want to keep the two separate, but I would love to hear more about it if you ever feel like posting about it.

  • I adore that outfit!The shirt is so pretty and I am so glad that wide-legged pants are back in fashion. Love the clutch and the watch, need to get my hands on one of these!

  • Love the top! Polka dots are so great aren't they? Wide leg pants, it's about time they came back, love those too! Super clutch…color and style! Fantastic!
    XO Carrie

  • I don't know how you do it – balancing the blog with your career in pediatrics. Pure dedication to both I'm sure! I'm starting to involve OH in taking pictures of a few outfits here and there now as he loves photography and is much better at it than I am. I would love to take him along to a few events – I know if he saw all the cameras in the press pit at the end of the catwalk, he'd keel over with camera joy! I think your understudy outfit turned out really well by the way. xx

  • I loved your outfit. I'm glad he got some insight into our little community.
    My Heart Blogged

  • Loved this post… especially your outfit. It might have not been a first choice, but you sure know how to put together an emergency outfit.
    Also, I really enjoyed your last paragraph about HB realizing that you guys aren't the only ones who do couple shoots (him being the photographer) together… I'm in the process of trying to get my JF to understand that same thing.

    xx Sarah Ashley

  • I liked your back-up outfit!

  • You forgot your conference outfit? Oh man. I would've died inside a little if I were you. Still, the backup was great. Thank goodness for polka dots!

  • I love the simple chic-ness of this outfit. Most of all, I love that top & have to find one immediately! I'm sure you were disappointed about leaving your outfit at home, but this one is a good second choice. πŸ™‚

  • You have have HAVE to let us know where he ends up going!

  • Meg

    Love this look! So classic & timeless.

    xx

  • Let me just say for this being your back up outfit, it's absolutely to cute for words!! And your clutch…I'm pretty sure I need one like it in my life πŸ™‚

  • This definitely doesn't look like a backup outfit. It is perfectly styled with your purse and great accessories! I love your thoughts on living a blogger life and a real life, it's nice to hear that other people do the same things for their posts…like have their guy take the outfit shots πŸ™‚

  • Who makes the clutch? Love it!

    • Marc Jacobs!! naturally πŸ˜‰

  • Hey, I have that same snake ring from Modcloth! I have a slight obsession with snake jewelry. Love the polka dot top too. πŸ™‚

  • I love the brown bag against the black and white polka dot shirt! I've been afraid to try the combo but clearly it can be pulled off if done right!

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