Mission Creek Festival really makes what is already a great city for cultural activities even better. Besides the Andrew Bird concert we attended, we were excited to take advantage of a special ramen service at one of our favorite places in town, Pullman Bar & Diner. We were lucky enough to have attended a ramen and magic (Nate Staniforth- who was fabulous) night a couple of years ago there, so when Chef Sepehr announced this limited, late night ramen service we were all in.

Mission Creek certainly doesn't have a dress code, and I love the diversity of style you see while out and about for events. I knew I

wanted a casual but put-together vibe for my outfit. I decided to break out my satin bomber jacket and pair it with a statement t-shirt (click here to get #neverthelessshepersisted @Raygun) and my new sneakers.

I love this bomber's color and it is perfect for helping pull a look together and create a more polished finish (rather than my go to fleece or zip up hoodie). I also threw on a mesh bodysuit under the tee to add a little something extra to the outfit when I had the jacket off. I was drawn to the star detail on this bodysuit. Unfortunately, this specific bodysuit isn't available anymore but I've linked out to a couple of other similar options.

Lately (or once again?), the fashion world is pairing white sneakers with just about everything making it a smart, stylish, and comfortable investment this spring/summer. Find a pair that wipes down easily to help keep them looking new longer. Distressed black jeans will never go out of style, either. I've included a link to both the Express petite length jean (#shortgirlproblems) and the regular length version above. Even petite length tend to be too long for me, especially when it is supposed to have a cropped look. I have taken to just cutting off the bottom of my jeans to my desired length and leaving the raw hem. I'm still debating on whether these will be cut or just cuffed this summer.

I like being able to simply throw my bomber on this spring for some warmth but also some added style to my more casual outfits. I've rounded up a few other bombers I think would be great additions to your spring jacket collection. I'm debating on a softer color for my summer looks and really like the dusty pink ones, and I'm not usually a floral type of girl but I love the AEO one!

And the ramen? It was fantastic of course. Thanks, Pullman & Sepehr!


#MissionCreekFestival #PullmanBarampDiner #Ramen #Bomberjacket #sneakers #Raygun #Express #Adidas #NateStaniforth #Sepehr

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This last week we had the joy that is Mission Creek Festival happening in Iowa City. It is all things wonderful: literature, music, food. Our teaching schedule doesn't allow us the time to partake in all of the activities but we did make time to go see My Brightest Diamond and Andrew Bird perform at the new Hancher Auditorium. It's sort of spring here. Meaning it's still really chilly some days and frequently raining. How to dress for a week night concert in this lovely weather?

I recently found and bought a cold-shoulder trend top that I felt fit my style, and I haven't had much of a chance to wear it yet so this seemed like a great opportunity. I've been really mixed regarding the cold-shoulder trend. I'm still figuring out how this trend might work for my style.

I paired the top with white jeans to lighten the look, a simple pair of strappy heels, and a moto jacket. As I work on refining my personal style (a goal of mine given I've reached my mid 30s) I find myself striving to look more 'put together' or polished- something I didn't worry about as much in my 20s.

The concert was fabulous and, as per usual in Iowa City, I loved the diversity in the crowd. In front of us sat what appeared to be an older gentleman with his preteen grandson, dancing in the front row were a couple of college students, and a precocious child yelled goodbye to the crowd from the back of the auditorium in between songs. If you love music, literature, or food I definitely suggest you make a trip to Mission Creek some year if you live in the area. The performers and events are diverse with something for everyone.

I'll leave you with a clip from the show. Enjoy!

#MissionCreekFestival #AndrewBird #Concert #coldshoulder #motojacket #IowaCity

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I, by subjective (and even some objective) standards, live in the middle of nowhere. I am a product of the Midwest and live about 4 hours from Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis- the closest true big cities in my area. I don't, however, live in a cultural wasteland (a sad misconception applied to the Midwest as a whole by too many who have never truly explored the area). I have the benefit of living in a college town that feeds my creative soul: art, literature, music, and academic exploration. What I often feel is missing is fashion. There has been a push to create a more notable fashion scene in our city (shout out to Flyover Fashion Fest) but there is a disconnect between the fashion I love following online (my favorites are Damsel in Dior, Song of Style, and We Wore What) and the reality of fashion in my daily life.

Those Gucci loafers I love? Not likely to make a home in my closet anytime soon. (Did I mention I am an adjunct Psychology instructor by day?) The Chanel handbag I'm lusting over will take some time to save up for. But I love watching and anticipating the shift in trends, and I can't help but adore the quality material and production of designer goods. My reality (both fiscal and geographic- hello Midwest weather/lack of high-end retail presence) is that those items are not what I can or am buying. I splurged on my one and only pair of Louboutins the summer before my wedding. (It felt like a genuine adult moment for me.)

That is why we are here in The Middle of No Wear. I hope to share my experience in translating the fashion I love into a realistic experience in my Midwest life. I've hit a stage in my life where I want to feel more 'put together' when I walk out the door- i.e., an adult woman with her shit together. So I'll explore how to create a more finished or polished look with trends or pieces that are realistic in my current situation but still make me feel connected to the broader fashion scene. Fashion isn't all I will do here. I also love to cook (and by extension eat), read, and travel when I can, so my other loves will have their moments as well.

100% honest moment: I am super nervous about this blogging venture. I am an introvert by nature and have never put myself out into the world in such an open way as I envision this blog doing. Part of my motivation for this blog is to push myself out of my comfort zone and face a new challenge. I am not a natural in front of the camera- ask my husband who has been roped into photography duties in these early days of the blog. I feel awkward and uncomfortable. I'm hoping that eases with time!

Yikes, here we go! Stay tuned for the first fashion post soon. Comment below and let me know what bloggers you follow and love! What drew you to them and keeps you tuning in for more?


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