August Round Up 2018 + OOTD


I say this every month but doing these round-up posts always makes me realize how quickly time goes by! Summer is slowly ending and I am welcoming cooler weather with open arms. It’s been overall a great month with tons of new posts, an exciting blogging anniversary that I almost forgot, and much more. So here is a round up of the month of August, + an outfit with one of my favorite dresses!


A variety of posts went up this month as always, with everything from the equipment I use for blogging, to the books I would recommend reading and more!

My Updated Blogging Equipment + Blogging Process

5 Favorites Fashion Items For Summer To Fall 

Focused Productivity: How & Why I’m Loving It!

Photo Diary: Weekend In Greenville South Carolina

How I’m Learning Time Spent Enjoyed Is Not Time Wasted 

My Favorite Feel Good Songs Playlist

Book Recommendations #4


If you follow me on Instagram then you would have already seen these photos, but I always like to share my favorite photos I’ve posted this month!

In one of my blog posts for August, I decided to visit this beautiful park near me to take some photos, and it quickly has become one of my favorite places.

A look at the street I took my photos on.

I always jump at any chance I can get to have this little one be in a photo.

One of my favorite things from my trip to Greenville was all the different colored buildings, and this one would have to be my favorite.

This fall outfit will be in a new blog post next week, but this cardigan is a wardrobe favorite of mine.

I don’t think there will ever be a time that I’m not dreaming of traveling, especially to beautiful places like this.


Me-time: This month I’ve really been prioritizing taking time to just relax and focus on myself. As I talked about in my learning time spent enjoyed is not time wasted post, I’ve started seeing time spent doing things I wouldn’t consider “productive” as necessary. I’ve been giving myself more time to read, listen to music, and do anything that betters my mental health. And I can definitely say this will be something I’ll be doing more of.


I can’t believe I almost missed this, but it has been 2 years of me blogging! If you don’t know, I started my blog when I started college but I didn’t actually start posting weekly until August 2016. To say this has been an amazing journey so far would be an understatement, and I want to thank all of you who continually read my posts and for all your kind words! I’m so excited to keep on creating posts you’ll hopefully enjoy and find helpful!

With August also means back to school, and even though I graduated in the spring I’m still taking one more online class. It hasn’t been hard to juggle it with blogging and work, but if all goes to plan I will be taking some other higher education course that I’ll share in a future monthly round-up.


Although blue has always been my favorite color, I’ve come to the realization that red has become a very close second. I love how fun it can be, but depending on the item it can still be timeless and classy. This red dress from ASOS was one of my best purchases this summer! Its flowy shape makes it perfect for hotter days, but I already plan on layering a sweater over it once cooler weather comes.

With cooler weather on my mind, I always seem to wear my glasses more. All of the ones I own are from EyeBuyDirect, and this Juno frame might just be my favorite.

And that is a look at August! I’d love to know how August was for you, and I’m wishing you all the best for September!

42 responses to “August Round Up 2018 + OOTD”

  1. Wonderful photos my dear! Beautiful red dress!

  2. Janet says:

    You look lovely Kara! Red really does suit you! I agree the months are going by so fast! You are heading into your fall and we, in Australia are heading into Spring! So weird! I totally agree with you about mental health, it is so important. Last night I started to read again, I thought of you and how you said time is not wasted on what you enjoy! So thank you! xx

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much, Janet! And that is so weird. I hope you enjoy the warm weather coming your way, and I’m so happy to hear you’re doing something you enjoy! x

  3. Kathrin says:

    It sounds like a great month. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! 2 years is an amazing achievement!

    Also, I love the outfit with your red dress. It really is a beautiful color.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  4. Simone says:

    I do agree that red suits you so well Kara. That dress is gorgeous! Time flies very fast and it’s hard to believe, we’ve almost started blogging at the same time. I hope you had a good start back to school.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  5. Elise says:

    Love this round up! Your red dress is gorgeous and I love your window pane plaid coat that is coming soon to your blog! Beautiful!

    xx, Elise

  6. Gabrielle says:

    Congratulations on 2 years of blogging babe! I’m also kind of amazed by just how fast time is flying haha; it always seems to go twice as fast during the summer season as well. Tons of beautiful photos here by the way, wow – so crips and clear! x

  7. Kinga K says:

    Fantastic outfit ❤

  8. Babita says:

    Oh I too can’t believe how time is going by super fast! Can’t believe it’s almost fall season! I love that red dress on you ‘ looks so pretty on you!

    Xoxo Babita

  9. I’m loving the pops of red throughout August, including your dress, the building, and your purse! I love how easy your dress looks, and yet it looks so much more put together than a t-shirt and shorts, which has been my go-to this summer haha. This heat, man, I just don’t want to think about clothes 😛 I’m so ready for autumn and all the coats! // I’m such a huge believer that “time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” Isn’t life all about happiness anyway? 🙂 // Good luck with balancing blogging, work, and your online course! I also graduated in the spring, and I feel like I have no idea what’s going on anymore hahah -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much, Audrey! It’s been so hard to dress for the heat this summer, and most days I wear t-shirts and shorts too haha. Life definitely is all about happiness! And I feel the exact same way. I hope you have a great week!

  10. This is such an amazing post. I really love that bold colour on you. It is so vibrant and gorgeous. 🙂

  11. Your red dress is so cute, love these photos

  12. Shauna says:

    Love the red dress! So pretty for any season, but will be so fun for fall! Oh, and the holidays too 🙂 Great fashion find!


  13. Uzo O says:

    I can’t believe the year is almost coming to an end ,its seems like yesterday when we celebrated the new year . Your pictures from Ladt month are really nice and your dog is so cute.

  14. It looks like you had a wonderful month girl! Goes without saying how fabulous you look in red 💋🌺

    Much Love
    Elegant Duchess xx

  15. mel says:

    Loving this red dress and the backpack on you. I’m always looking for a good geometric backpack! Happy start to the fall season as well (so sad that summer is over haha)

    xx, mel

  16. Mica says:

    That is a cute little red dress! I love the colour on you and you’re right it looks like such a nice style for a hot day! 🙂

    Congrats on your two year blogiversary too, that’s awesome! 🙂

    I hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂 We are celebrating Father’s Day today which will be fun 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  17. loving the red dress! great outfit 🙂


  18. Soph says:

    These are all such gorgeous photos! I love that cardigan, it looks so cozy so I can’t wait to see your fall outfit post! Your dress is so cute and happy 2 years!

    Soph – x

  19. The red dress is so cute darling and you look amazing!


  20. Katya says:

    I love your red dress. Looks so simple and cute. You look great!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

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