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Who’s That Girl?

If I could be anyone other than myself, it would without a doubt be Carrie Underwood. Or Kate Middleton. But probably Carrie Underwood.

If I could be any fictional character, though, it would be Jessica Day. If you watch New Girl, you know the greatness that is Jess. Sure, she can can be “quirky”, but she’s also very smart, kind, loyal, and dedicated – and just so gosh darn adorable.

Also, more than one person has said I remind them of her, so that could possibly be swaying my opinion.

I really love Jess’ style. I probably dress more like her than anyone else on TV – she’s one of the few characters that I feel like I could walk into her closet and feel right at home.

So, when I recently wore an outfit that was more Jess than probably anything I’ve ever worn before, I couldn’t help but pop on my glasses (even though I was already wearing my contacts), just to complete the look.


Seriously, have you ever seen a more Jess outfit? Bright colors, cutesy printed dress, a bow, and cardigan. All that’s missing is the bangs.

Do you have any TV characters (or real life people, for that matter) whose style you resemble – or would like to? Let’s talk!

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!

Ode to the Woman in Dillard’s

I like a lot of things about this outfit, but before we get to all that, can we please talk about how tan I look in this picture? It’s an optical illusion, but it goes well with the summery vibe of the look, and for that, I’m grateful.

So, these perfect, neon pink, Jessica Simpson heels were a recent purchase from Dillard’s on extreme clearance (and tax free, which in Tennessee is a significant savings) – I think I paid $22. And when I say perfect, I mean perfect. Seriously, look at them! (editor’s note: I’m a little disappointed with how the color appears in this picture. The shoes are really a true pink, rather than the coral they seem to be here.) 

Of course, neon shoes kinda dictate the rest of the outfit, so I started at my feet and worked up. When I was trying these on, a woman in front of me was giving me all kinds of styling ideas for them – and they were bold ideas, not the obvious little black dress suggestion. I was super impressed with her vision. One of her thoughts was a bright blue, which of course I loved. So, to the woman in Dilliard’s, thank you for today’s outfit inspiration. And don’t sell yourself short – you could totally pull these off!

1 - blue shirt pink pants and shoesMy pants are a narrow pink and white stripe, which is hard to see in this picture. I’m glad wide-leg cuts are back, because they’re very flattering, especially with leg-lenthening heels like these. I mean, my 5’3″ build looks like I have legs for days!

What is the boldest pair of shoes you own? Do you wear them often, and how do you most like to style them?

Inspiration in Various Forms

On Monday, I promised another creative take on one of my dresses. I love dresses, but I have a hard time hanging on to them for long, because they are what they are – meaning, you can’t mix and match much. So, I tend to get tired of them pretty quickly.

But, the past few weeks, I’ve tried mixing things up a little by adding cardigans and belting them for a new look. Last week, I got even crazier and layered a lace top over one of my dresses – and I LOVED IT!!!! Seriously, it might be my favorite creation in a long time, and judging by the comments I got that day, I’d say others liked it, too.

1 - black and yellowThe trick to layering, of course, is necklines and sleeves. If the neck were too low or high – or a V-neck – it wouldn’t work. Likewise, if this dress had sleeves showing through the lace, it would be weird. But the fashion muses were on my side this time, and everything matched up perfectly.

Usually when I wear this top, I wear a black cami under it, so the uneven lace edge is completely lost. The yellow background really highlighted it and showed off the pretty detailing. My flower shoes added just the right touch to tie everything together.

True story: it was raining when I was picking out my clothes this morning. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I like to wear black when it rains – and pretty much only then. So, I started out my clothes-choosing process I intended to wear black, and this was the best I could do. I just can’t help myself with bright colors!

But, more importantly, way back in 2013 when I first started talking about wearing black in rainy weather, I said it sounded like it should be a song – and my friend Sage wrote one! It was one of the coolest moments for me as a blogger, but even more amazing, her band, Twisted Tapestry, now has an EP out, and you can buy “Only Wear Black” wherever fine music is sold. And you should – support local music!

Did I See You on TV?

Um, so last night, I was on TV… And it was amazing.

Here is a screenshot from the promo (yes, they even teased my appearance!)

Nashville promoI’ll let you watch the episode to see my 15 (milliseconds) of fame, but I thought some of you might be interested in knowing the behind the scenes story. We’re not really supposed to talk about it, but since the episode has aired, I suppose there’s no harm now…

Anyway, first up and most critical – wardrobe. When I was selected as a “detective”, I said I had the requisite clothing. And I did – if I were an actual detective. I mean, if that were my everyday job, I’d obviously wear my bright colors and ruffled suit, regardless. But, for a TV detective, I realized I needed to be a little more conservative (the list they sent me of appropriate clothing helped me realize this). So, I had to go shopping and even still, I don’t think the wardrobe guy was totally happy with me, but whatever. Other than my mom (who had been counting down the days to my appearance) and a few friends, no one will even see me. Probably… (I’m still waiting for the call from the talent agent.)

Most of being an extra is waiting around. Everything is very last minute and contingent on how the scenes shot before yours go, etc. So, they put us in a holding area with snacks (animal crackers and cheese puffs, so I was pretty happy) until they were ready to shoot our scene.

Normally, this holding area is on the studio lot. When scenes are filmed off-site, the holding area naturally moves. Since my scene was taking place outside a seedy motel (which, actually, I thought was the least seedy of the nearby choices), the holding area was in an establishment right next door…the kind of establishment you’d think would be right next door to a seedy hotel. Yes, we hung out in “Jazzy Sensations: Nashville’s Urban Adult Entertainment Club”.

I actually didn’t think it was still in business, but one of my fellow extras assured me that his buddy owned the place – and had great pride in his voice, which was matched equally by the disdain on my face, I think.

Most of the other extras were veterans, and as we were talking, people started sharing about their first times on the Nashville set – at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman, the Country Club…  I couldn’t help be a little jealous, but at least my story about Jazzy Sensations is the most unique.

When it finally came time to shoot the scene, I was placed right by the focal point of the scene, so I knew unless they cut it completely, I’d be on camera. There was a bit of a mix-up when the assistant director yelled back some instructions at me as he was running back behind the camera – I thought he said to do my part sexier. Honestly, I didn’t know how to examine evidence sexy, but I gave it my best effort. Turns out, that wasn’t at all what he’d said, but maybe I spiced up the scene, anyway.

The only star in my scene was Connie Britton, and she wasn’t near enough to me to interact in any way. But, she looked beautiful, of course.

Oh, and they pay you to do this, which is amazing – I’d have totally done it for free.

So, that’s my extra experience. It really was fun, and if I can ever find a day I’m not crazy busy at work, I may take a personal day and do it again. Worth it for the fame, fortune, and cheese puffs.

Have you ever been an extra or on a TV/movie set? Was your experience similar?

 

Two-fer Tuesday: Decade Parties

Y’all I’ve been busy, lately! I know I say that alot, but this time it’s been with fun things. Thank you, Nashville!

Two back-to-back weekends, I had decade-themed parties to attend, and if you know anything about me, you know I love dressing up for a theme!

The orderly side of my brain really wants to show these chronologically, but instead, I’m going to buck that instinct and save the better outfit/decade for last. So, first up – the 90s!

Even though I was in middle/high school during the 90s, I really had to do research to know how to dress for this party. As I googled, I realized why I remembered so little about the decade of my youth – fashion was AWFUL. Literally nothing about the 90s – from hair, to makeup, to shoes, to clothing – was flattering. Or even pretty. It’s one thing to look back and laugh at what you used to wear. It’s another to look back and want to immediately re-block everything from your memory.

I went the grunge path for my look. Some others at the party took the Blossom route, and that was cute, but would have required way more investment then I was willing to give.  With butterfly(esque) clips in my hair, dark lipstick, a plaid skirt, and the requisite shirt tied around my waist, I looked almost terrible enough to have stepped straight out of the 1990s. All I was missing were true combat boots. Oh, and a scowl.

1 - 90s plaidNow that’s out of the way, let’s focus on the 80s! This party was much more fun to dress for, as I could use a lot of my real life clothes, and I’m always a fan of bright colors. Also, can we bring back the 80s eye shadow? I literally had turquoise, purple, and pink (I used blush, so it was bright enough) on my eyelids, and it was the most fun ever!

Here is the headshot, complete with teased hair, popped collar, and the appropriate sideways glance:

80s headshotBesides the aforementioned tri-color eye shadow, my makeup for this look included bright pink blush in a streak on my cheek, and hot pink lipstick to match. None of this current tasteful balancing of subtlety and bold statements for the 80s – bright everything!

My favorite parts of this look are the details – all denim, in differing washes, a slap bracelet (an ode to the many taken from me by my kindergarten teachers), and the geometric earrings. Plus, Keds, tight-rolled jeans (hard to do on skinny jeans, btw), and the side pony. So, basically I love everything and would totally dress like this again if I could get away with it. I mean, these were all my regular clothes, anyway – I just don’t usually combine them this way.

1 - 80s neon with makeupOh, and can we talk about that jazzercise leg pop? Even the posing was fun!

So, now that I’ve made it very clear which decade I prefer, let’s talk about your favorite. Are you a grunge chick or a neon babe? What were your favorite childhood trends? How do you feel about bringing back the bright eye shadows…?

Let’s be nostalgic together!

Halloween 2014: Revisited

As a child, I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Halloween.  Sure, we went to church Trunk-or-Treat/Harvest parties, but our costume options were usually limited to bathrobes at those events.

So, as an adult, I’ve taken full advantage of all the fun that is dressing up on October 31.  I mean, really, who doesn’t love a giant costume party?

I will wait until next week to unveil this year’s costume, but I loved last year’s so much, I thought it was worth a revisit.  Here is my post from Oct. 27, 2014.  What was your favorite Halloween costume ever, and what are you going as this year?  Have you made/bought it yet, or are you more of a last minute person?  Show me some fun pictures – facebook and instagram at Halloween is positively the best, so let’s bring that fun to my blog, too!


 

Last week, I teased my Halloween costume like it was the most exciting thing to happen to my blog since its creation. And, in my opinion, it might be.

But, this post is probably a little anti-climactic for almost all of you, since you are likely my facebook and/or instagram friend and already saw pictures. Oh well – I’m sure my explanation of the costume will be super stimulating.

To start, here is a close-up of my face…know who I am yet? wpid-img_20141024_195306.jpgHow about when I post a side-by-side comparison:

wpid-photogrid_1414263635509.jpgI mean, really – the resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think?

Here’s a full-length shot. My friends are a witch and a bumblebee (so all of you Steelers fans who requested a tribute to their uniforms…that’s as close as you get.)

wpid-photogrid_1414253311902.jpgI’ve always been a little obsessed with Cinderella. First of all, she’s a blonde princess. So, naturally five year old me was going to like the one that I most looked like. But, she’s also a good person, and that’s how she becomes a princess. Her beauty is just a bonus.

So, the costume choice was a no-brainer once I saw it on Pinterest. I would never walk around downtown Atlanta where this party was in a full-on ball gown. But, a tutu? Totes.

I made the tutu myself, and it was actually as easy as everyone said it would be (I had strong doubts – I’m not crafty AT. ALL.) Tutorial here. I needed four spools of tulle (honestly, I could have probably used 5, but I was over it.), which I got at Jo-Ann fabrics. I also had to buy gloves, the headband, and the tank top, but I already had the shoes; who doesn’t have a pair of silver sequin shoes lying around? Altogether, I spent about $30. So, I could have bought a costume for about the same price from Party City or wherever. But, this was so much more fun.

1 - CinderellaOh, and that pretty little clutch? My stylish grandmother’s. I love when I get to use things of hers.

So, what do you think? Did I capture Cinderella’s essence, or should I have gone a different route? And what about you – will you dress up, and if so, as what?

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

A Day of Remembrance – and Fun

Happy Memorial Day!

I’ve heard people talking lately about how Memorial Day is about so much more than just barbecues, the beach, and summer.  And, I couldn’t agree more!  If you know me at all, you know how much I <3 the military.  And the United States.  I cry every time I hear God Bless America, and often during the National Anthem.  Seriously.

But, that’s why I love Memorial Day, even in all of its vacation fun.  It’s not at all that the lives we are remembering are overshadowed.  But, I don’t think all the men and women who gave their lives for our safety and liberty would want us to spend a day in somber, solemn remembrance.  That’s not why they died.  They sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom to have fun and spend time with friends and family, without fear of attack or destruction of our way of life. They paid the ultimate price so that the American dream could remain alive and that people all over this country could continue to live it.

So, yes, take a moment to remember all of the people who fought and died so courageously so that we would not have to. But then, enjoy your day with friends and family, celebrating everything that it means to be an American in the summer time.

And wear pretty clothes!

1 - white summer dress, navy flats

Country Music Festival: the Reveal

Well, everyone, I took all of your advice about what to wear to the country music festival last weekend into consideration…and I think I still failed miserably.  Not that what I wore wasn’t cute.  I just didn’t have on crochet shorts (because I bought a pair 3 years ago, so I’m tired of them now), or a kimono – so I wasn’t wearing what the other 20,000 or so girls were.  Which could be good or bad, I suppose, depending on how you look at it.

Following an excellent suggestion from Jeana, and realizing that I didn’t really have any cute rompers despite my great love for them, I immediately went out and bought this lovely black and white number from Target.  Paired with my hat, I felt very pretty…and more appropriate for a country club than a country concert.  Also, I lost the shoes about an hour in and walked barefoot the rest of the day, which kinda put a damper on my look, but saved my feet.  I always forget which shoes are actually comfortable – and which are definitely not.
1 - jump suit and floppy hatThis second look is a little more on-track.  Every girl who wasn’t wearing crochet shorts was wearing American flag shorts.  So, I fit in a little better on the second day of the festival.  I didn’t love this outfit only because it’s a little more basic, which isn’t as fun for me personally.  But, when it poured, I was grateful to be wearing something that would not get ruined by a little rain.  (Side note, I did not wear my hat, because I ended up wearing my hair up, but I was very torn about that decision, so I thought I would give it a little air time here).  1 - Americana shorts, baseball capAs you likely surmised, I took these pictures after the fact; I’ll show you the action shots in just a moment. But, one last thought – as you know, I completely over-thought this whole picking out outfits thing.  However, it was SUPER hot, we did sit on grass, and it did rain.  So, really, all of my concerns happened, and I was glad not to have long sleeves, a short skirt, and soggy boots.  Or a terrible sunburn.

Here is the day 1 look (or, as I like to call it, the one where I look like Casper):

wpid-20150516802014739.jpgAnd no full outfit shot for day 2, but here’s real life:

wpid-0517151614.jpgSo, how did I do?  I feel like there is still room to grow for next year, but at least now I know what to expect.  Let me know what you think I should keep or change for next time!

Teach me how to Duggar

It will probably take me a few days to catch up on my sleep enough to blog about what I actually wore to the festival.  So, in the meantime, here are a few things I wore recently, not to a festival.

I liked this outfit, but I also really felt like a cool homeschooler.  You know – the kind that’s aware of current fashions, but still has to wear long skirts. They look pretty, but you can still always tell them apart from the public and private school kids.  Like the Duggars, for example.

To top it off, I’m even wearing fair trade paper beads that help support orphans, which seems like a very cool homeschooler thing to do. (You can buy your own here.)  The earrings, btw, are from Francesca’s – my commitment to the cause only goes so far.

Unrelated to the whole homeschool look are my shoes, which are on their very last leg (no pun intended), but I refuse to get rid of them because love them.  Honestly, they’re probably my favorite pair, so in my closet and on my feet they stay.

1 - turquoise maxi, floral blouseWhat do you think?  Would you pair the long blouse with the long skirt, or am I not passing the cool homeschooler test as well as I think I am?  Regardless, don’t you love all these colors together?  Yay, spring!!!

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