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Fall Flowers

I think Fall might be here now, guys. I’ve started dreaming about all the tights I’m going to wear and I might even be ready for my tall boots. Last weekend, we were in the mid-70s, but with that distinctive fall chill in the air. Like a dummy, I kept dressing for the summer that wouldn’t end – and I was cold. So, I’m going to make the switch.

This jacket is one piece that will probably get a lot more wear in the weeks ahead. I had a couple friends in town this weekend, and we talked about how versatile a good denim jacket is. It can take a work-inappropriate dress and make it office-ready (well, a casual office, anyway); it can dress down a more formal piece, giving your fancier clothes more use; or, as in my case, it can be a great transitional piece, extending some spring/summer clothes into a 3rd season.

1-denim-jacket-floral-dressWhile a coral, floral dress is obviously very summery, the heavier brown belt gives it a little more weight than the flowy fabric would otherwise have, and if I swapped out my nude pumps for some tall brown boots, I might even get away with wearing this one for a few more weeks (in the South; I think I would have been laughed out of New England had I tried that when I lived up North). Regardless, the denim jacket gives it a cool – and warm! – vibe that I’m eager to try on all kinds of clothes. If you get tired of seeing this acid-washed number in my posts, at least you have been warned.

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!

TBT: Puffy Vests

I’m thinking about starting a new feature on the ol’ blog – Throwback Thursdays.  Of course, I realize this is not actually that original.  #TBT has been a thing as long as we’ve been calling the pound sign a hashtag (I’m guessing), but as I was cleaning out some of my pictures, I realized there are quite a few outfits I’ve never blogged.  At this point, they’re either going to go unblogged altogether, or they’ll have to wait until a year from now when the clothes are back in season, and you’ll totally be able to tell that it’s an old picture – both by my hair color/length, and by my Georgia backgrounds.

So, in that spirit, here is an outfit I wore sometime last winter/early spring – don’t you just feel colder looking at it?  I was really quite proud of myself for this one.  I don’t know why a sweater under a puffy vest seemed so ingenious at the time, but the whole combo turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.  Except for the statement necklace, it looks like I actually might be going to do something outside!

Unfortunately, I learned when I was in Nashville in January last year that the preppy puffy vest is not nearly as popular with the hipster crowd in Tennessee as it is with the old stock Southerners of North Georgia.  So, my style may have to evolve some in my new home.

1 - TBT puffy vestHow about where you live – are puffy vests celebrated or scorned?  Have you broken yours out for the season – or your tall boots, for that matter?  Will you be okay if I post TBT pictures of shorts in November?  I want to hear your thoughts!

Twofer Tuesday: The Unrelateds

Hey everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend (ideally, without laboring, but I know we’re not all so lucky).

Today’s two outfits are completely unrelated, but since I already have an excuse to post two looks on Tuesday, I thought I’d take advantage of it.

The first prompt was Distressed but Well-Dressed and it happened over the weekend; but, the outfit really was too cute not to share (please note: this t-shirt will appear again shortly…don’t judge!)  You all know I love my acid-washed jean jacket!  Other than a pair of distressed jean shorts, it’s really all that I have to fit the prompt.  I’ll probably invest in some ripped jeans at some point, but I’m typically a little more of a tidy dresser than to really embrace the distressed look.

1 - Distressed but well-dressedNext up is today’s prompt: Boho Beauty.  Boho also isn’t really my style – I just feel like an imposter when I wear it.  But, I happened to very recently snag this cute poncho sweater for $12 at DressUp, so I thankfully had something to wear.  Really, this isn’t how I’ll probably style this sweater most of the time – I envision it with leggings and booties and something long sleeve under it.  But, for now, it works.

1 - Boho BeautyHow do you feel about the distressed and Boho trends?  Have you tried them – are they all you ever wear or just an occasional change-up for your wardrobe?  What would you have worn for these two prompts?  I’d love to hear from you!

Working in Neon

Sometimes, the only way to know if an outfit will work is to try it.  Sometimes, it works out great.  Sometimes…it does not.

I actually really like this outfit.  The neon, stone-washed denim, and studded belt give it a cool 80s vibe without looking costume-y.  What I didn’t realize, though, was how uncomfortable I would be wearing it to work.  A sure sign that something isn’t quite right is when you have to keep tugging on it…and tug on this dress I did – all day.

Of course, I’d rather not make these mistakes to begin with.  It’d be much better to realize before I walked out the door (or was running so late, I didn’t have time to change – a more common scenario) that my outfit just didn’t work for the occasion.  But, experience is a great teacher, and at least I got a good non-work outfit out of the deal.

1 - neon dress, denim jacketHave you ever tried out an outfit, only to realize a little too late that it just didn’t quite work for the situation (or in general)?  Or have you had the opposite, much more pleasant experience of being unsure of a new outfit experiment, only to be greeted with rave reviews?  Let’s swap stories!

Two-fer Tuesday: Acid Wash Denim

I’m supposed to be on this Dave Ramsey budget right now so that I can be a millionaire next month.  Unfortunately, though, I keep finding good deals everywhere I go!  And, even more unfortunately, I kinda have a binge mentality when it comes to saving money – like when you’re dieting and you cheat, and then you think, well, I’ve already messed up, so might as well eat the whole tub of ice cream…kinda like that. So, I’m way over budget this month.

But, this adorable acid washed denim jacket was on clearance at Target…and with my beloved Cartwheel app, I saved an additional 20%…so, it was only about $12.  And I really needed a jean jacket anyway…
1 - denim jacket, floral dressI love how versatile denim is.  I can make anything I wear instantly more casual, but still look put-together and on trend – even professional, for a business casual environment.  And, the wash just gives it a cool, 80s vibe.  But, definitely in a good way.
1 - denim jacket, mint maxiLet me also just take a quick second to talk about these earrings.  They’re from Francesca’s, and they’re perfect.  That’s really all I had to say (these were on clearance, of course, but you can find similar ones on their website.  Everything they have is cute.)

Fashion on a Dime

If there is only one thing you ever learn from me regarding fashion on a budget, it is this:

“Good things come to those who wait.”

If you are the type of person who always has to have something as soon as it is available (cough, cough, iPhone 6 Plus users), then you’ll probably have to spend a lot on clothing…or have a small wardrobe.  Even shopping in cheaper, “fast fashion” stores, you’ll end up paying all $34.95 for those skinny overalls, when you could wait a few months and find them for $14.99.

One of the reasons I have so many clothes is because I’ve lived by this principle my whole life.  So, even now, when I get a gift card to Francesca’s for Christmas from my favorite brother, I hold onto it for 6 months.  I love Francesca’s, but my gift card was for $60.  Full-price, that would have given me probably an item of clothing, and maybe 1/3 a pair of earrings.  By waiting, though, I was able to get all the goodies you see below (okay, fine – I threw in $12 of my own money for the extra and tax).
Granted, I do go to the mall pretty often, so the odds of me hitting the sales are pretty good.  But, the point is that you can find everything you want for a price you can afford, if you can be disciplined to be patient.

Example 2: this awesome acid washed jacket.  I’ve been wanting a denim jacket for a while and haven’t found one I really like for a price I was willing to pay.  Until this weekend, when I went to Target, Cartwheel app with 20% off women’s clearance in hand, and I picked it up for $12!
1 - pineapple shortsThe shoes were a reasonably-priced-but-not-a-steal find from my beloved college shoe store, Becky’s.  Because they’re beautiful and I had been wanting some new wedges, anyway.

What do you think about my number one rule of budget fashion?  Do you adhere to this rule, or is patience not one of your particular virtues?  What are your thoughts about my new pretty things?  I’m glad to be back after a week on the road, so let’s talk!

Two-for-Tuesday on steroids

Today I thought it would be fun to do another two-for-Tuesday, mixing and matching a couple of pieces to see two completely different ways to wear an item.  But, I discovered that I’ve been wearing a lot of the same articles over and over.  So, today is actually a three-for-Tuesday.  I had hoped for this to be an infinity blog – where each outfit seamlessly transitions to the next for all eternity (or at least, the length of this post) – but there is a broken link that I would need one more outfit to fix.  Blogging goals.

First up, one of my favorite blouses from Old Navy, dressed up with a pleated skirt and jewelry courtesy of Rahab’s Rope.  I was at a work event, so whenever I do those, I try to display as much of our company’s products as possible; it’s a great sales technique (you can by these or similar pieces here).  I also just really love my plaid cherry shoes with this polka dot blouse.  Subtle print mixing at its finest.
1 - button down, pleated skirtNext, I remixed this blouse on a casual day with some Target super acid-washed jeans, and my favorite RocketDog heels (which I recently said goodbye to. Tear.)  They lived a good life. Of course, it’s not TOO casual, since I’m wearing heels and dangly earrings, but the outfit definitely has a completely different feel from the outfit above.
1 - dressed up, button downAnd lastly are my jeans recycled with a graphic tee, and given a menswear spin with my boxy blazer and oxford saddle shoes. I want to embrace this menswear trend, but I feel weird every time I do it.  Maybe I should just accept that I can’t conquer every fashion trend that comes along, no matter how hard I try.
1 - graphic tee, blazerHow do you think I did?  Three distinct looks, or would you call me out on wearing the same clothes multiple times in a week (for the record, these three outfits were not all worn in the same week).  How about menswear – do you like, love it, absolutely hate it?  What’s your favorite piece to wear over and over?

The Puffy Vest Rut

I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut lately, recycling the same pieces over and over (short-sleeved gray sweater, check; fleece-lined leggings, check; puffy vests, check). I am always in favor of mixing and matching, but I feel like I’ve taken it to a bit of an extreme. I think I’m so over the cold that whenever I get up in the morning, I’m just automatically drawn to whatever I think will keep me warmest; unfortunately, I haven’t invested in as many sub-zero pieces as I apparently should have (you live in Georgia, they said.  It’s hot there, they said).

So, hopefully this never-ending winter will, in fact, soon end, and I can start rotating between the other 9/10ths of my closet, and stop with these same 4 or 5 pieces.  In the meantime, here is my other puffy vest (you may remember the blue and white one that is so popular among the 60+ set).  I’ve had it for several years (it was a great Christmas gift from my brother many years ago), and while I’m wearing it a little more often than I’d like, I am glad to now be getting some good use out of it.

And, let’s talk about my jeans.  I LOVE the wash on these.  It’s so unexpected; white, without actually being white.  I got them at Target, using the Target Cartwheel app (if you haven’t downloaded this app yet, you need to do it ASAP.  Free coupons; I bought these with 20% off all clearance apparel!  You will thank me, I assure you.).

1 - brown and pink puffy vestHow is your winter wardrobe holding up?  Are you ready to switch over to spring fashion – or just ready to make the switch to spring weather?

  • Boots: DressUp
  • Blouse: Old Navy
  • Vest: long ago gift, but I think from Rue 21 originally?
  • Jeans: Target

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