Why I'm Bringing Back the Skort

Arkansas summers are hot. That's not a surprise, considering it's the south, but now that I walk a lot more I've noticed a disturbing trend - wearing skirts inevitably ends in chubrub®. Sure, I'd love to lose about 100 lbs so my thighs no longer touch and I don't have this problem anymore, but that's not gonna happen, so I had to find a better solution.

*clumsy woman fumbles with sauce jar* THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY! 

For some reason, I was randomly wandering around Belk a few weeks ago (BB likes their shirts and we were in the neighborhood) and I stumbled on the world's most perfect invention: The Skort. I remember them vaguely from my childhood in the 80's, the original "business in the front (skirt), party in the back (shorts!)." These were so much better, though. The shorts...were inside of the skirt.

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I've worn spanx to keep my thighs at bay this summer, which leads to lots of sweating and being uncomfortable, so a lightbulb went off in my head when I saw these. They would be perfect for work, perfect for walking to work, and perfect for traveling. I bought them in black and white.

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While the length might be a little too short for taller girls and more conservative workplaces, I typically can get away with higher hemlines thanks to my height. The material is a glorious, stretchy suiting material and they pull on - no zippers, buttons, nothing. SO. COMFY.

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WOULD YOU EVEN HAD KNOWN IF I HADN'T TOLD YOU THERE WERE SHORTS UNDER THERE?

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Surprise!

These particular skorts are from a brand called Kaari Blue, which appears to be a Belk exclusive (read: in house) brand. I wasn't able to find them on the website, so check your local store - they were only $15! Here's a similar skort I found at Belk. Belk seems to be the skorts capital of the world, and I'm just going to continue to lean into the fact that I am a 90 year old lady now.

Seriously though, embrace the skort with me. I took the white pair to France and it was amazing to be able to walk without rubbing, bike if I needed to without showing everything, bend over, sit in weird places, etc etc etc. Join me on the dark side.

 

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AJ Wears :: Culotte Overalls

What happens when you combine two ridiculous things into one amazingly ridiculous thing? This outfit. Culottes + Overalls is a combination I had no idea I would be so into until JustFab sent me these schnazzy things. I planned my outfit for the next day, bebopped to work and...got rained on the whole walk home. That's why I'm taking today's outfit photos standing in my dining room instead of in a more hip blogger spot - because the world needed to see another grown woman in *essentially* a playsuit and I refused to deny them this.

Overalls, c/o JustFab.
Top, Lush via Trunk Club (exact - on sale for $15 in three colors!).
Shoes, JustFab (I mean these are kind of similar-ish).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar from Target).

AJ Runs On Dunkin'

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Last month, we packed all of our worldly belongings into an 8'x12' Pod and officially moved from the 'burbs to a condo Downtown Little Rock. It's been a crazy transition - from driving less, walking more, and re-learning how to walk the dog, we are adjusting to condo life quite nicely.

One thing I have not quite adjusted to, of course, is my morning drink stop routine. I was in a pretty steady habit of dropping by Dunkin' Donuts® for an iced coffee several days a week on my way to work. Now that I just walk a few blocks, that's no longer an option.  Enter: Dunkin' at Kum & Go®! Iced coffee is a perfect summer morning treat, and Dunkin' Donuts has the best, so I had my husband drop by Kum & Go® to stock up on a few bottles for us to keep at home!

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So, here's the deal. I stock my fridge with Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee, then I put it over ice in a to-go cup to give myself the full drive-thru treatment. I also usually add a little cinnamon just for some zest. It's tasty, it's cute, and I swear I type faster after I've had a few sips. If you've ever wondered how I do it all - the answer is caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine.

You can pick it up from any Kum & Go® in one of four flavors - Mocha, Original, French Vanilla, and Espresso. They're all great, and all super easy to pour over ice in your own kitchen and take on-the-go. BB's favorite is Mocha, and I'm partial to Original.

Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee ALSO makes a great little gift for your coffee-obsessed co-workers! You can drop by the dollar store and pick up a cup, some little bags, and a bow to put together an adorable gift for promotions, anniversaries, birthdays, or just for fun.

And just for good measure, here's one of me hamming it up for the camera. Is this what it's like to be a full time blogger? 

Kum & Go® clearly understands caffeine addiction, as they have an entire coffee SECTION in their cold drinks. You can find it chilling (literally) there, and we saw some by the register in a cooler too.

If you're a frequent Kum & Go® shopper, make sure you join their rewards program!

Y'all know I love a convenience store.