Mornings, I Hate You

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I don't look happy because it's before 8am
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white polo: Burlington Coat Factory:: black blazer cardi, denim:: Old Navy ::
grey tank, heart necklace: Forever 21:: flats: Target:: purse: Laura Ashley

Outfit # 44 of my 6-Month Challenge

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my new layout! I totally feel like it's more "me." The panda pastry is actually from a Japanese bakery. This particular delicacy is filled with vanilla pudding. yum. Watch the bottom left sidebar for pictures of things that make me happy, to be updated weekly.

No matter how much I love breakfasts, I won't ever wake up super early to make them everyday. And it's not because I'm a night owl. I love sleeping and wish I could recline forever amidst piles and piles of books, with a trained monkey catering to my every whim (which means he'll serve me breakfast when I want it. And that's all the time.) I shall name him my breakfast monkey.

As you can see, I'm not very outfit-creative in the early morning. I wore this when I had to go to an orientation at 9:00am. I know, that's not sooo early, but I had just contracted a nasty cold the night before and downed basically a whole box of Nyquil 10 hours earlier. I apologize if my comments sound either off or are shorter than usual-- my brains have been aching the past few days. I look congested and tired, but I feel so much better now.

To distract you from my unimpressive face and outfit, I'm going to talk about my Laura Ashley purse that I LOVE to death. I've been carrying this baby around a lot lately, and I love it because it matches almost everything I wear. It's nice and roomy, too-- perfect for stashing a book or a water bottle when I need it.
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my trusty, everyday purse
I've been seeing a lot of these "What's in Your Purse" tags. And though no one has tagged me (sad bunny), I wanted to share the meager contents of my everyday purse! 

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From the contents of my purse, you'd think I was 4 going on 12.
a: make-up bag with a blush brush, some face powder, Dramamine, and fem hygiene products
b: Hello Kitty Patent Wallet. Anniversary edition.
c: Warby Parker glasses case
d: Sephora Green Tea Blotting Papers
e: Old School Cell Phone, complete with Hello Kitty decal
f: black gel pen, for leaving naughty notes
g: Hydra pin, from a random comic shop in Chicago
h: my keys
i: Ipod
j: eos lipbalm in sweet mint
k: Snoopy face tissues
l: Hello Kitty "Memoirs of a Geisha" palette

63 comments:

  1. I love seeing what other people carry around in their bags, though I've never done a post to show people what's in mine. Maybe someday :)

    Nice outfit, Laura. It's so crisp and put-together. I especially like those big buttons on your white button-up. They're much more fun than little ol' white ones.

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  2. I really like this outfit! It's very pulled together and looks perfect for a day at orientation.

    I love seeing what's in other people's purses! The majority of the things in my purse are lists and receipts! That's sad! Heather

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  3. This is a good idea on how to layer a basic white button-down shirt with cardigan. Great mix. :)

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  4. I like this outfit! It's basic but, hey, there's nothing wrong with that. And you look way more thrilled in the morning than I usually do.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  5. you look fresh for a morning look! I'd look rather dead :P You are well organized! Lovely bag, I like the metal details on it!

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  6. I hate mornings, too! very nice outfit and I love your bag!! Very nice post! <3<3

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  7. i love that bag! i hate mornings too but when you have 2 kids you can not avoid them ;-(

    love your hello kitty phone case, so cute

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  8. Ah that hello kitty wallet to TOO cute! My husband and I always joke about having a pet monkey too...we'd train him to do everything haha.

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  9. Even with your mean face you still managed to look cute and stylish!

    I love the simplicity of this outfit and I agree--the layout is quite superb <3

    xoxo,
    daisy

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  10. that is a great every day purse! i need a new one o' those, but i don't want to spend the money on it. you look GREAT before 8am. seriously.

    p.s. the text in your 'l' category made me lol

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  11. I LOVE YOUR PURSE'S CONTENTS. So so much, of course I'm a Hello Kitty fiend so I'm easy to please.

    The only time I ever took nyquil, it was probably not totally necessary, but I was OUT for like 13 hours and woke up feeling like a slug. D: I couldn't do anything that day so I'm impressed.

    anastasia<3

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  12. I love your Hello Kitty wallet! Even the contents of your bag is cute ;) Who can deny a black bag with studs - def. drool-worthy. Very chic outfit - this is something I would normally wear on one of the more dreary mornings as well. And did you say pudding filled pastry? Sounds so heavenly...

    http://justtututiny.blogspot.com/
    Thu

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  13. Everyone's bags always seem so much more organised then my own! I just thrown loads and it all masses up as junk at the bottom that I carry around for weeks lol Hope you feel better soon!

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  14. I'm so with you- not a morning person at all and really grumpy if anyone tries to talk to me. It's led my husband to try extreme things to make me happy, going so far as to invent a "morning-time" happy song :)
    I love your purse, and it's so fun knowing what's in it!

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  15. I will need a clone of your said "breakfast monkey". Please and thank you! lol Love your pants! Kiah

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  16. I'm always so suspicious about what everyone has in their purses because it always looks so COOL!

    Your purse contents look like the awesome goodie bag from an amazing birthday party!

    I hope you feel better soon. :(

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  17. I want a breakfast monkey!!!

    And that purse is super cute. Love the tag, too - it's always fun to see what people carry around!

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  18. LOVEEEE EOS's lipbalm!! I have the same flavor <3
    Sephora Green Tea Blotting Papersare THE BEST, its so useful!!

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  19. LOVEEEE EOS's lipbalm!! I have the same flavor <3
    Sephora Green Tea Blotting Papersare THE BEST, its so useful!!

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  20. LOVEEEE EOS's lipbalm!! I have the same flavor <3
    Sephora Green Tea Blotting Papersare THE BEST, its so useful!!

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  21. awww ok - I TOTALLY look exactly the same that early in the morning. I too have had to get up just this morning after downing some NightNurse (English version of Nyquil) the night before. How and why is that such an unnatural feat no matter how much sleep you've managed to get with it? I think you look remarkably good especially if you've got a cold and are all drugged up. Wish I looked that cute in those moments.

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  22. I know how you feel. I have to be to work by 6:50am every day, so it takes a lot for me to plan a good outfit in the morning. Otherwise I end up in a uniform polo or long sleeved top and basic pants or lounge pants. I like your outfit, though. Casual, yet cute. Your bag is gorgeous btw!

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  23. a) I love the title of your post because its the truth, or it was this morning, b) your purse is fantastic and I love how you layered all those neutrals, c) I love these "what's in your purse" posts, you have so many colorful fun things in yours! Mine is full of receips and gum wrappers.

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  24. I love your white shirt, such a classic piece and looks great! Love your purse too, I have to have a big purse for carrying round all my junk everyday, you never know what you're going to need! Your Hello Kitty wallet is the cutest! x

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  25. I'm not a morning person either, but I think you've done quite well with yourself.

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  26. I'm not a morning person either... I basically drag myself out of bed which is soooo hard since beds are extra comfy at 6:15 a.m.! hahaha. I think you managed to make a well pulled together outfit, so kudos to you!

    BTW, I really enjoyed looking at Whats Inside your purse... It's much more interesting than what's in mine I assure you :)

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  27. I am so not a morning person, because (and I'm quoting my dad), I'm nocturnal. You just can't send me off to bed at 10pm, unless I was doing strenuous manual labour at 6am with no siestas in between! I know I seriously need to rewire my bodyclock, but erm... that's a challenge I'm trying so hard to hurdle past.

    Looks like we both have nearly the same contents in our purses, only mine's filled with more junk haha I really like your Hello Kitty wallet :)

    And I was about to leave you a nudge to pick up your award on my blog, but you already beat me to it lol. Thanks for the kind words, and you definitely deserve the awards I gave you.

    Cheers,

    Wi
    A Single Girl's Musings

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  28. the contents of your purse are adorable!!! cute frames!!

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  29. LOVE the hello kitty... too cute! i love seeing what people carry in the purse! great post :)

    xo- vanessa (the gal)

    http://fashiongalfireman.blogspot.com/

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  30. I keep way too much stuff in my purse. I'd need to clean it before taking a picture.

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  31. I also hate mornings. It's the worst when you take a nighttime medication and are drowsy the next day. I blame my lack of will to get out of bed in the morning on the fact that I woke up at 5 a.m. for seven years when I was a rower.

    Thinking I may have to show what's in my purse too....

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  32. yeah dont even get me started on mornings. you dont even wanna know that kind of morning i had today...terrible lol but you do look great in the morning and im loving that cardigan! so cute :)

    xo
    A_Riot

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  33. Those snoopy face tissues are so cute. Mornings are tough all around. No in harm in sleeping. Keeps you young.


    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
    http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

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  34. I love the picture of what's in your bag :D And I am obsessed with your glasses! I hope you're feeling better now :)

    xxx ninja (1milliondresses.blogspot.com)

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  35. Love the contents of your purse! Really cute :) Love all the Hello Kitty stuff! ;) xoxo

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  36. I happen to love mornings and to always make breakfast for myself (milk tea, yogurt, a fruit, toast). Now when it comes to lunch/dinner I skimp and basically have the same thing as I had for breakfast (with the occasional substitution with a salad/meat).

    I really like your outfit (be it put together under the morning duress or not) - the white button makes the whole thing look more dressy, which I love.

    I bleed Hello Kitty, so I know where's you're coming from :P

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  37. BREAKFAST MONKEY!! Oh man, that really got me. Love your sense of humor and your love of all things breakfast.

    I think you look stunning. So there!

    xo,
    Tracy

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  38. Hey Laura, thank you for enlightening me about how to close up my bow the right way! Ha I will forgo breakfast for just a few more minutes of sleep too! You have very cute things in your bag!

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

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  39. I love the new layout! (It's been a few days since I've popped over here! Sorry!~)
    And any day I have to get up before 10 a.m. is a bad day. which means I have 5 bad days in a week. boo!

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  40. A breakfast monkey sounds fantastic. All I would make mine do is awake up and cook. I'd buy everything and make the menu if I could.

    That purse is magical. I've been wanting a purse for a while, but I'd tied that in with some weight loss, which hasn't happened yet, unfortunately.

    If you're still in the market for a glitter polish, check out the drugstores. Tons of nice glitter for just a dollar. I think Wet n Wild is even having a sale this week at Walgreens.

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  41. ohmygosh your wallet is soooo adorable! :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  42. I am not a morning person...I cannot function and anything you ask me basically my eyes will glaze over! You look very pulled together in this outfit and also thank you for sharing what's in your bag!

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  43. I wouldn't be making a happy face before 8am either! Also, I think you new layout looks so cute :)

    starcrossedsmile knits
    star-crossed smile

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  44. awww the hello kitty wallet is so cute!!
    dont be sad, nobody tagged me whats in my purse either!loll

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  45. you've got lots of cute stuff in your bag! I'm a closet hello kitty fan ..haha..Didn't know Laura Ashley has purse like these, nice and roomy! Your outfit is simple but chic, I like ow you layer your clothes. and that white shirt is a good statement piece.

    love,mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  46. i hate mornings too! you should check out a super easy breakfast i just posted about, it's soo delicious.

    --instead of an elephant

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  47. Love the bag and Whats In Your Purse tags are always fun :) I never have and never will be a morning person! Cant do it.

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  48. Not outfit creative??? Really??? -.- Laura, for feeling all bad and downing Nyquil (for goodness sake why'd you do that??) this look is down right creative! Simple, comfy and just right for that orientation, and 9 is early for me too, cause that would mean I'd have to get up at 6 to get ready cause I'm so slow in the morning and I hate waking up an hour before I leave and run around crazy. And besides who doesn't like to enjoy their breakfast right? :)

    I loooove your bag, I have my main bag that's huge but it's getting all broken and I need a new one I think. But something smaller, cause the one I had fit three pairs of heels and that's pretty big. It's so cute that you have hello kitty almost everywhere :D I have pink things...a lot of pink things... :D

    I hope you feel extra extra better better so all the groggy days are gone! :)

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  49. Nice post. I love your blog. New follower here. I hope you follow me back. :-)

    Much love from Mystic Nymph.

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  50. I also hate mornings Lol! I LOVE what you carry in your handbag! Mine is very similar : )

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  51. i love your glasses, they're warby parker? ughh i want some so bad

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  52. You love your Hello Kitty! I can tell :D I love it too!

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  53. LOL Laura! I see you're getting up at the crack of dawn to snap pics girl! HAHAHA If you find a breakfast monkey, can you clone him and send one my way too? LOL Belgian waffles would be nice! HAHAHAHA Girl, love your bag! And YOU are a fan of Hello Kitty! I've always love everything dealing with that line. And cute SNOOPY! Adorable! Loved the Peanuts gang. TTYL
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  54. Mornings. I hate you. HA! Love it! I hate mornings too! But coffee always helps ;) Girl - for someone who hates mornings and is sick you still know how to put yourself together! Me likey ;)

    Ps - I totally want to do what's in your purse post too but first gotta clean it out. Hahahha!

    Dirty Pink Cardigan


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  55. i love all the hello kitty goodies in your purse! i use eos lipbalm as well, love it! xx

    enter my giveaway to win $100 to pixiedusk.com!

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  56. Laura you look awesome, morning bird/early bird! Now that I'm working from home (in Scotland-- so weird that that's home), I just barely manage to change out of my pjs by 10 am! Such a sorry state of things.
    I LOVE your Laura Ashley purse! I never thought about shopping there until I got to Edinburgh and saw the Laura Ashley store and I have found memories of LA dresses from when I was a kid.
    Love the new layout too! The background pattern especially makes me happy!
    Hope you are having a wonderful breakfasty day!
    xoxo,
    Lar

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  57. That's something we share. My morning face is horrble. And I would love to have a job starting at 2pm.
    Great look

    Always following
    The Dolls Factory

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  58. Lol! you have hello kitty everywhere....
    i thought once it was coincidental when you wore the Hello Kitty outfit, but you must really be a fan of Hello Kitty. hahaha.

    and i totally dig your outfit. it's smart and casual and cool. :D

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  59. i actually love this outfit on you...the layering is perfect...something i wish i could do here without sweating like a mutha. i hate early mornings, too. my alarm is set for 5:30am, but lately i have been waking up at 6:40 with a need dress and feed a cranky kid, make and pack two (three if i include myself) lunches, get myself made up and dressed...all by 7am!!!

    [oomph.]

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  60. I'm not such a morning person, either...being grumpy in the morning is kind of my thing. Luckily you are wearing a cardigan which is a sure fire way to elevate the mood, in my opinion!

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  61. lady - I guarantee you for mornings you look beautiful - you should see how I look in the morning (or any time of the day for that matter!) - I like nosing around in other peoples bags too! haha I think its funny what different people carry around wiht them!!

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  62. The pictures are so inspirational. Thanks for sharing! Please check out my blog when you get a chance.

    http://www.goodbadandfab.com
    the personal style and fashion musings of a LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane

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