Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

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Tastefully Trendy: Halloween Edition

In honor of the occasion, my Tastefully Trendy Tuesday post is, well, on Wednesday. Maybe next week I’ll be back on the wagon, guys.

I was not allowed to celebrate Halloween as a kid. Sure, we went to Harvest Festivals at church, but I never once trick or treated, and I really have no memories of dressing up. If I did, it was at church as an angel or Bible character – so, basically, I wore a bathrobe. My mom was always good about making sure we still had candy like all the other kids, but costumes just weren’t a thing.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy them so much as an adult. My college town had a huge block party every year for Halloween (no joke, Little Richard played one year!), and hundreds of kids would trick or treat down the pretty avenue across the street from campus. It was just so fun, I quickly became hooked.

As an adult, I still don’t see the point in dressing up like a witch or goblin or something evil. Or something ugly, for that matter. No judgment if that’s your thing – I just would like to take every opportunity to be something I (probably) never actually could be in real life, but would like to be, if given the chance: a princess, a fairy, a mermaid. Something beautiful and glamorous.

And for some reason, I feel strongly that buying a costume is cheating. I don’t know where this idea came from. I’m not a crafty person; usually if someone says “you can just make it yourself”, I get anxiety. But at Halloween, I transform into the queen of tulle and hot glue and fabric adhesive. And surprisingly, my creations usually turn out pretty well.

Before I unveil this year’s costume (which, if you follow me on instagram and watched my story this weekend will be a little anticlimactic), let’s take a walk down memory lane…

2014:

This year was the first that I really got into my costume making. I’d dabbled before, but never had I bought so many disparate pieces and had a true vision for how my outfit was going to look. As with any Halloween costume, you have to make it “sexy”. But, because I’m still me, I wanted to keep it classy, too. So here is my version of Cinderella.

The secret to Halloween costumes is the details, I think. Obviously, this is not a literal interpretation of Cinderella, but thanks to my choker, headband, gloves, and the color blue (and some bangs that were unfortunate in the grand scheme of my life, but perfect for this costume), every girl knew who I was. Almost zero men did – ha!

Also, not Halloween, but one year I did a Cinderella photo shoot with my very talented friend Julianne, and I’m still obsessed with those pictures. So, here are two of those just for fun:



2015:

In 2015, I’d moved to Nashville literally three days before Halloween (y’all, I’ve been here 3 years now!). My bestie and her then boyfriend (now husband) came up to visit and she and I went together as a construction worker and her stud finder (get it?!). I liked our costume together, but no one really realized we were a “couple”, and kept complimenting her on her costume independently. Oh well – you win some, you lose some.

2016:

In 2016, I discovered the glue gun, and my life was forever changed. I don’t know why I’d never used a glue gun before – I’d seen my mom use one a billion times and they are remarkably easy to use. But, I guess the motivation was lacking until my tooth fairy costume.

I reused my Cinderella tulle tutu (which I’d made, by the way – thanks, Pinterest!), but again, the beauty of this costume was in the details. My tooth wand and the toothbrush crown (the crown was really my favorite part), plus my Dollar Tree wings were enough for several moms to stop me on the street for pictures to send to their kids.

2017:

Last year, I didn’t have any party invitations, so I didn’t plan a costume. I will never make that mistake again – something almost always comes up at the last minute.

In this case, I had just started dating a guy who was going with all of his buddies as the Disney Princesses. I wanted to go along with the theme, but not compete with it. He was Snow White, so I decided to be a (generic) dwarf. Y’all, I put this costume together with about 12 hours notice, and I was pretty proud of my quick work. I already had the hat, romper, and booties, so I just needed some buttons and a lantern and I was ready to go (or, hi-ho, if you will).

2018:

And now we arrive at the present, and I may have outdone myself this year. The amount of time and money I invested into this costume was probably not justified by the 3 hours I actually wore it, but it was so much fun for me to create, and one very inebriated gentleman did kiss me on the cheek and say that he loved that I wasn’t basic, which is about the highest compliment anyone could give me.

With no further ado, I present – the Mermaid!

 This tasteful” mermaid look was inspired by a picture on Pinterest, but honestly, y’all, I didn’t know until literally the minute I put it on if it would work at all. I was so pleased with how it did. Naturally, I already owned the tank top and the skirt (actually, the skirt is what originally originally inspired the mermaid idea). I bought a seashell bra on Amazon and painted it with glitter glue to match the tank. Then, I embellished it with rhinestones and seashell sequins, and finished off the skirt with some tulle and adhesive tape (which didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. I reinforced it with safety pins, but you can trace where I went in Nashville by following the tulle trail). I had no idea, though, that the tulle would flare out a little like it did, which made the costume even more perfect.

And, let’s talk about my mermaid makeup because I was pretty impressed with myself. Lots of highlighter, lots of glitter, turquoise winged eye shadow, and lavender frosty lipstick. I would have liked the eye shadow to be a little more pronounced, actually, but I didn’t want to buy bolder turquoise eye shadow to wear one time, so I made do with what I had.

So, there you have it: 5 years, 5 costumes, and lots of creative fun! My favorite is either the mermaid or the tooth fairy – those details just get me!

What was your favorite costume that you’ve worn? Do you believe in making or buying your costume? Were you allowed to celebrate Halloween as a kid, or did you have a childhood like mine? Let’s discuss!

<3,

SB

 

HAPPY Memorial Day

When I picked out my photos for today’s post, I forgot that it would be my pre-Memorial Day post. So, it’s not as patriotic an outfit as I would have otherwise picked, but at least I am sporting some navy, with hints of red and white.

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do this Memorial Day weekend, but I do know that I will celebrate it with gratitude and JOY. I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating. Yes, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives for all of us. But, why did they die? Did they die so that we would be sad once a year when we think about them? Or, did they die so that we could continue to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe it’s the latter, and I’m quite confident that if the men and women who sacrificed everything could be here, they would tell us to enjoy our pools and barbecues and baseball games. Having known my fair share of military members, I can’t imagine any of them wanting their friends and family to be somber. Rather, I think they want them to live the full life that they fight every day to preserve.  Even more so, those who’ve sacrificed everything for our freedom and for the “American dream” are those who, I think, would most want us to celebrate all the wonderful things that being an American means.

So, please don’t forget why we’re celebrating this weekend. The brave men and women who have passed on deserve our deepest respect and thanks. But, they also deserve recognition in the most American way possible – by enjoying the life they died to protect.

Sunday Best

Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Happy Easter, y’all! I hope everyone had a beautiful Sunday celebrating one of my most favorite holidays.

This Easter weekend was a little rough for me, but what better holiday to have a rough weekend before than Easter? It is so full of joy, and hope, and expectation. And brunch and pretty dresses! No matter what’s going on in your life, it’s pretty hard not to have your spirits lifted on Easter.

And, it DID NOT RAIN in Nashville for Easter. This is remarkable for two reasons: 1) it rains all the time here. 2) Rain was forecasted all day. You never know the miracles that will occur on this blessed day.

I’m posting this picture with my friend Hannah because although it’s a little grainy for some reason, it was taken much earlier in the day and is therefore a much better picture of me than the official outfit picture below. So, keep this one in your mind, and then proceed with caution and a forgiving eye.

I debated off-the-shoulder for church. Is that appropriate? I still don’t know. But, I figured since it wasn’t a LOW off-the-shoulder, I had my hair down, and most of the time I was wearing a choir robe, I could get away with it. Judge if you must. But, I know you can’t/won’t judge me for the florals – or at least, you shouldn’t, because I gave a very clear disclaimer that I am obsessed!

I usually love to look out in the congregation at church on Easter and see all the pretty colors, but I sort of forgot this year. Plus, I did notice a lot of white being represented. Even my own dress is more neutral than the usual bright yellow or coral I tend to be drawn to for Easter.

So, since I didn’t pay attention to people’s outfits at church, show me yours! Did you buy something new specific for the occasion, or recycle an old faithful?

Whatever you wore, I hope it was a beautiful day.

NYE 2017

Well, we have arrived in 2017, y’all! I’m excited for the new year, as I am every January. I don’t have anything in particular that I know will happen this year – but I have hopes for lots of good things!

One of those good things is to grow this little blog of mine. I love it so much, and I’ve heard from many of you who read it, that you love it, too. (Thank you for that!)

To that end, I’ve launched a new Instagram account, dedicated solely to all things fashion. I’ve long thought hashtagging my way to a wider audience was the best method of growth for me, but I didn’t want to annoy other friends who aren’t as interested in that aspect of my life.

Now, I don’t have to worry about irritating those people, while I can also focus on meeting more insta friends who share my interests!

So, if you’re in the not-likely-to-be-annoyed category (as you probably are, if you’re reading this), please feel free to add me: Tastefully Trendy. Should be pretty easy to remember.

Now, to the matter at hand. New Year’s Eve! In my adult life, NYE has become one of my favorite holidays – in part, because it is such an optimistic night. In full reality, because I get to wear sequins.

This year, I couldn’t find ANYTHING shiny in stores. I guess I waited too late and all the sparkles sold out. So, I was forced to wear one of the three sequin skirts I already owned…and I actually was very pleased with the result.

dsc_0029-2Off-the-shoulder: check. Choker: check. Cute furry hot pink clutch (that’s actually an Ipsy makeup bag): check. And of course, sequins and shiny shoes: check and check!!

Here’s a close-up of the off-the-shoulder detail (and my makeup! My secret is great highlighter and NYX’s matte setting spray!).

1-nye-off-the-shoulderAnd the rest of the outfit (sans ring, because I forgot to take a picture of that).

1-nye-sequinsSadly, one of those cute pearl earrings were a casualty of the evening. I somehow still had the back, but the pearl itself was nowhere to be seen (insert sobbing emoji). Oh well. On a happier note, can we talk about how good my new camera is? I mean, look at those silver shoes sparkle!

Did you all have a good New Year’s Eve? Any fun plans? My party was Y2K themed, so you know it was amazing. I hope yours was, too, and that it sparkled and shined with all the magic and promise of a new year! Send me your outfit pictures – I’d love to see your shimmer!

2016 Rewind

Well, I’ve basically taken the month of December off of this little blog, but don’t you worry – I’ve been thinking of ways to grow it, and I’m excited about 2017!  (Please note, I think I say this every year, but I mean it this time. Really!)

I’ll talk more about all of that when we actually get to 2017, but as we wind down this crazy year (frankly, I’ve had a fantastic year, but I’ll be respectful of those who hated 2016 and not rub it in), I thought it would be fun to do a little year-end review of Tastefully Trendy.

Thanks to Google Analytics, I know that y’all really like when I wax inspirational, particularly when I talked about entitlement and being content in any circumstances, and when I reflected on God’s faithfulness to me over my first 6 months in Nashville.

You also really like stories about my dating life. My awkward dating proposition to my chiropractor came in as my 2nd most read post of the year, and my woeful tale of the Bradley Cooper look alike that I almost dated apparently made quite a lot of people feel sorry for me (incidentally, he and I started talking again. And he read that post…  But, those are stories for another time.).

As far as strictly fashion posts were concern, this maxi skirt won the day, and is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken of myself. I billed it as such, which might be part of the reason it was so popular.

1 - blue blouse maxi skirtYou all celebrated my first day of work at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and allowed me to be one more voice in the post-election chatter, which really, might have been the biggest grace of all.

So, thank you, friends for such a great year in my little blog world. It means so much to me that you share in my life in this way, and all of your encouragements, kind words, laughs, and “likes” on facebook brighten my day every time.  Here is to a fantastic 2017 for all of us, filled with more successful dating experiences than awkward ones, inspirational words and events, and, of course, great fashion! <3

And just for fun, here are a few more outfits from the year that I just really liked.

My killer 80’s party look:

1 - 80s neon with makeupWhen I celebrated my birthday in sequins. Naturally.

1 - sequin skirt, blanket scarfI combined black and yellow and DIDN’T HATE IT!!

1 - black and yellowBad camera, great outfit (and makeup, TBH).

1-denim-jacket-floral-dress And of course, when I wore sequins to work like NBD.

1 - chambray and sequinsOh, and I was on TV one time. That was cool.

Happy New Year, y’all! Let’s make it a great one!

The Tooth Fairy

Happy Halloween, y’all! I’ve become a big fan of Halloween in my old age. There are many reasons for this:

1) Seeing cute kids costumes on social media is the highlight of my year.

2) Halloween really kicks off the holiday season, with Thanksgiving only 3-4 weeks away, and then Christmas!

3) I LOVE COSTUMES!!!

I may have said this before, but honestly, if I could dress up in costume at least once a month, I’d be a happy camper. As it is, I get one day a year, plus a couple themed parties if I’m lucky. So, I take full advantage of it.

This year’s costume was inspired by Pinterest (per usual) and I put my own spin on this fantastic tooth fairy look:

tooth-fairy-inspoby recycling my tulle skirt from Cinderella 2 years ago:

wpid-photogrid_1414253311902.jpgI thought making the tulle skirt was the extent of my craftiness, but I ramped it up a notch this year, buying my first ever glue gun! I’ll be honest, guys, I was pretty afraid to use this new tool. But, it’s remarkably easy. Like, SUPER easy. And I didn’t even burn myself once.

So, with my new crafting skills, a couple pinterest photos for inspiration, and some spare time, I turned a dollar store crown and wand into something fit for the elegant tooth fairy I was becoming. My wings were also from the dollar store, the toothbrushes for my crown from Big Lots (I spent about 6 dollars total on them), and the shirt from a cheap store in the mall (a back-up, because I broke my cardinal rule about buying things online and ordered a shirt from China….maybe I’ll have it by next Halloween).  So, altogether, I spent less than $20 and had a super fun costume that got rave reviews from children and their mothers alike.

Also, of the 4 other tooth fairies I saw, my costume was the best, if I do say so myself.

1-tooth-fairyDid you dress up this year? Or did your kids? What’s your favorite costume that you have ever worn or seen? Do you purchase your costumes, or are you a DIY-er like me (side note: Halloween is oddly the one time of year I try to be crafty. The rest of the year, I figure I can support the economy by paying other people to make things).

Be safe everyone, and send me cute costume pictures!

Who Runs the World?

Another year, another patriotic holiday, another wearing of my favorite tank top. I paid about $30 for this shirt, which, for me, is basically an astronomical price for something that doesn’t even have sleeves. But, I’ve worn and loved it so much, I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth.

Whenever Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day roll around, I enjoy celebrating and reflecting. However, I  never quite know what to say that doesn’t sound trite – especially on Memorial Day when those who I would thank are already gone.

So, although my social media accounts did not reflect my gratitude yesterday, to all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we remember and honor you. And we celebrate in the way that you would want us to – with laughter, loved ones, good food, and freedom.

And tank tops that remind everyone that America is the greatest – because of those brave men and women who made it so.

1 - Merica

P.S. Forgive the poor lighting in this picture. I guess I need to find more than one spot to take pictures if I’m going to take them at inconsistent times.

P.P.S. If you don’t understand the shirt, please don’t tell me. My history teacher heart can’t bear it.

 

Easter Finery

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a joyful day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! Easter has become one of my favorite holidays over the past few years. It is just such a happy day: good food, spring weather, friends and family, relatively little commercialism, bright colors – and genuine happiness because Jesus didn’t stay dead but rose again to save us all. What could be more worth celebrating?

Plus…Easter is an excuse to get a pretty new dress. As if I needed one – an excuse, or a new dress. This year, though, after much searching through stacks of polyester dresses (honestly, why is that fabric even in existence anymore), I came away empty handed. Almost.

My thought process while shopping is a bit all over the place and evolves as I walk. On Friday, I painted my nails yellow, in expectation that whatever I wore for Easter would have some yellow in it. So, when I found some white dresses, I immediately envisioned yellow accents, which led me to the shoe section in search of yellow heels.

Yellow heels were not to be found, but instead, these beautiful Steve Madden soft-pastel floral sandals cried out to me, begging to be bought. Naturally, I had to oblige, and although they wouldn’t match my yellow nails, I could still imagine how pretty they’d look with the white lace dresses I’d seen in the previous store.

So, back to TJ Maxx I went to try on about 5 white lace dresses…none of which were flattering for various reasons. C’est la vie. I still had my pretty shoes, though, and knew I could build something around them, and of course, the off-white dress I already owned was perfectly suitable.

I did miss getting my Easter dress this year, but I’m sure my bank account is fine with it, and no one at my new church knew the difference. And I kinda like this Easter shoes thing…maybe a new tradition?

1 - Easter dressAre you a new-Easter-dress person, or more practical? What’s your favorite thing about the Easter holiday? Let’s share pictures and stories and traditions!

Birthday Suit 2.0

While we’re on the subject of my birthday, I went out and celebrated the weekend before with a friend. Because I’m obsessed with the honky tonks in downtown Nashville, she was a good sport and tagged along. Now, sequins don’t quite fit the cowboy boots theme of Nashville. But, it’s my party, I can wear what I want to.

Of course, it was freezing outside, though, and downtown Nashville is a walking experience. So, I through on a blanket(ish) scarf and called it a day.  For those wondering, I was still cold. But, who remembers that when they have a great outfit to reflect on?
1 - sequin skirt, blanket scarfDon’t judge me that my tree was still up in mid-January…it was a busy time for me.

How do you like my sequins with plaid scarf combo? Too high-low or just enough mixing of styles to work?

Birthday Suit

A million years ago, I had a birthday (okay, it was 2 months ago, but it seems like forever), and on my birthday, I like to wear something fun, pretty, and feminine – regardless of the fact that my birthday is in mid-January and therefore usually frigid.

This year, I wore my go-to purple satin-y skirt (seriously, that was a very good impulse buy. I get so much wear out of that pretty little skirt!), and a cute sheer floral top, with my gold Cinderella shoes (I call them Cinderella because I wore them in a Cinderella photo shoot. Obviously.).

1 - purple skirt, floral topWas I overdressed for an all-day orientation at my new job? Yes… Was I completely satisfied with my decision anyway? Absolutely.

Do you have a go-to birthday outfit/style? Do you like dressing up for your birthday, being comfortable, or have you never given birthday attire much thought? Let’s chat about marking special occasions with fashion!

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