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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!

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!

Man Fast 2.0?

Y’all, I think I’m going to go an unofficial Man Fast again. For those of you who don’t know me well or haven’t been following my blog long, a few years ago, I took a 10 month break from dating. At first, I thought it was going to be miserable, but as time went on, it really wasn’t that bad and was a great move for me spiritually.

Fast-forward to now, and I’m kinda over dating at the moment. There are aspects of it that are super fun, of course, and I really enjoy meeting new people, getting dressed up, etc. But, for the most part, it’s a little exhausting and full of varying degrees of disappointment.

So, I’m thinking I may take a break for a while until someone REALLY wows me. Having said that, though, I am willing and available to be a plus one for the CMA Awards…just in case anyone needs one.

But don’t worry, I’ve got enough stories in the bank to keep you entertained, even if I am on a break (and, let’s be realistic. A homeless man threw his lunch at me while I was minding my own business, so break or no break, I will probably have new material.)

One such story happened a few months ago. I’ve been saving this one because I thought maybe this guy and I were going somewhere. We didn’t, so now I can talk about it. I’ve left out his name, but the details are accurate.

Earlier this summer, one of my good friends was in town with her husband. She really wanted to get pancakes at a very popular Nashville tourist destination, and having never been there, I was glad to go. The plan was to go to church, then get lunch. Unfortunately, I had a flat tire that morning and couldn’t go to church, so my friends came to pick me up to eat earlier. However, on the way to my house, they witnessed an accident on the highway and had to stop to give a report to the police.

By the time it was all said and done, we ended up at the restaurant about an hour before we would have been there had the morning gone normally. As we waited in line, baking in the sun, my friend and I decided to leave her husband to hold our place while we shopped at a nearby boutique. We turned around, and two people behind me, looking directly at me, was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen. He looked like Bradley Cooper – only better, because he was a real person.

Like the mature 30-somethings that we are, this guy and I made eye-contact about 15 more times that morning but never spoke, despite being 2 feet away from each other for 45 minutes. I chatted with my friends about mundane things, started to drip with sweat, got my heel stuck in a crack and had to take my shoe off to get it out – you know, the kinds of things that really impress a man.

Finally, we sat down, ate, and were ready to pay. My friend and I ran to the bathroom, and while I was in there, I got the brilliant idea to write Mr. Cooper a note (this is not unprecedented for me. But that’s a different story). I grabbed a paper towel and wrote:

“You look like Bradley Cooper. If you live in Nashville, here is my number: xxx-xxx-xxxx. If you don’t, you should move. <3, Sarah Beth.”

My plan was to drop it off at his table as we were walking out. Only, when I left the bathroom, he was walking in. He gave me this huge, heart-stopping smile, and went into the men’s room. I walked over to his table, dropped off the note, and literally ran away as his friend sat there staring at me like I was a crazy person.

It was only as I was running away that I realized his friend better have gotten a good look at me because I left no identifying information.

Fortunately, he did, or Mr. C was smart enough to figure it out on his own, because a few hours later, I got a text, “I hope this number belongs to the cute blonde in line in front of me for pancakes.”

Sigh.

Of course, he was exactly my type. Christian, conservative, smart, fun, military special forces (hence, his remarkable resemblance to American Sniper Bradley Cooper)… Of course, he did not live in Nashville. Nevertheless, we ended up talking for about 2 months before the distance just became too big of a factor. But, that was about 7 weeks longer than I expected to talk to him, so really, I count this as a success.

While I was disappointed it didn’t work out, I think my two-month texting relationship with Mr. C did accomplish something very valuable, which was to revive my hope in serendipity (aka, God’s sovereignty). If I hadn’t had a flat tire and my friends hadn’t witnessed an accident, we wouldn’t have been in line at the same time as this perfect human specimen, and I never would have even seen him, much less had an almost-relationship with him. Everyone always says you can meet “the One” anywhere, and if I can meet someone in line for pancakes, never even speak to him, and then talk regularly for 2 months, I suppose they might be right.

So, to bring this long post full-circle, I’m keeping my options open, but I want something special, like what could-have-been with Mr. C. If that means I’m on a break for a while, so be it. If that means I meet someone at the gas pump next to me tonight and we hit it off, great! But if that means I start hanging out at pancake restaurants regularly, please stage an intervention.

1-neon-shoes-navy-shirtThis is the outfit I was wearing on that blessed day. Mostly, I just love these shoes, even if they do get stuck in cracks.

Have you ever left a note on a napkin for someone? How did it go? For those of you in relationships, what are your “meet-cute” stories? I always enjoy learning what circumstances brought people together, and I’d love to hear yours!

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?

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!

Blazers and Rompers

Sometime this week, I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all!  I guess I say that as a teaser, which is pretty annoying now that I think about it.  But, check back and I’ll eventually spill the beans.

In the meantime, here is an outfit I wore recently on a date.  Believe it or not, every once in a while, I do get a date with a non-inmate in Georgia.  However, since his Muslim best friend had been kicked out of the family for getting his Hindu stripper girlfriend pregnant and both of them were now living with him, this guy and I were still not a really good match.

As is often the case in my dating life, there was no second date.  Of course, I was fine with that for a number of reasons, but I can’t help but still feel a little rejection.  I know why I didn’t want to go out with you again, but why didn’t you want to go out with me?

I guess I’ll never know, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the outfit, because this is one of my new favorites (that honestly I may never wear again because I like being original with my date attire).  But, it’s cute, right?

A great way to transition some summer clothes into fall is to add a jacket.  It keeps you warm, obviously, but also tones down the summery feel, in this case, of my coral, lace romper.  I don’t have a ton of fall dresses – most of mine are very obviously summer, or wool – so, the romper was a playful alternative.

1 - lace romper, blazerWhat do you think about my date night look?  A win or a definite reason he never asked me out again?  And do you feel a little bad too when someone you didn’t like doesn’t ask you out again, or is that an issue I just personally need to work on?  Let’s talk dating lives, cute outfits, guesses at my surprise news…anything you want to share, I’m all ears!

Two-fer Tuesday: Coral Jeans

In looking back over this week’s outfits, I realized that I wore a LOT of duplicates.  I’m not sure if I was in a funk (or just very creative with my mixing and matching), or if I was distracted and forgetful about what I’d worn earlier, but I had my pick of outfits for today’s two-fer Tuesday post (side note, I really kinda hate that title for these posts, but in the absence of something better and since I’ve stuck with it this long, it remains).

I decided to go with my coral jeans, mostly because I have had an outfit in my folder to blog for months and never got around to it.  It’s cute, though, so no time like the present.

You’ve probably heard me gush about these jeans before.  They’re the only thing I own from JCrew, and I bought them for $17 at a sample sale in NYC…so I feel pretty cool whenever I wear them.  Plus, CORAL!

The first outfit is the one from a few months ago.  You can tell by the cardigan.

1 - coral jeans, ankle wrap wedgesPerhaps not super relevant in August (unless you work in an office that blasts A/C…I do not have that problem), but this is a great way to transition from winter to spring/summer clothes.  The wedges are obviously summery (both because they’re open toe and espadrilles, but also because they are a striped/nautical cloth), and the color of the jeans automatically evokes happy warm weather thoughts, while the cardigan keeps you from actually freezing!  I liked the red accessories with the coral for a bit of an unexpected color combo.

Outfit two is much more seasonally appropriate.

1 - coral jeans, white blouseStill going with the wedges and cuffed jeans look, the strappy tank obviously adds a late-summer feel.  I just wore this outfit to Starbucks (I’ve told you before about my dressing up for Starbucks thing), but I loved the elegance my gold wedges added, and the sophisticated (but super easy) feel of the whole look.

Which of these combinations is your favorite?  Do you have a pair of jeans you can count on to always make you feel good?  Tell me what you love about them!

80 Days of Summer: Ankle-Strap Espadrilles

While I’ve enjoyed this shoe-a-day project, it has caused me to turn a bit more critical eye on my shoes.  Several times, I’ve blogged a pair only to decide that was the last time I’d wear them.  Nothing like a good camera with decent lighting to show you just how poorly you treat your footwear.
DSC_0557I was particularly sad to get rid of this pair.  Ankle straps are one of my favorite shoe features – second only to bows, probably. From the picture above, you probably can’t really tell why they had to go.  But, from this angle…

DSC_0558you can see that they did.  RIP cheap but cute espadrilles.

As much as I don’t want to admit it, school is back in session, football is about to kick-off, and it’s about time to start pulling out the transition clothes.  A good shirt-dress is a great way to move from summer to fall – a plaid or other less-summery pattern conjures up images of corn mazes and bonfires.  But, a light-weight fabric and the shorter length keeps you cool when you live in Georgia where it will still be 108 degrees until October 15.
1 - Plaid shirtdress, red ankle strapsAnd, when the leaves really do start to turn, switch out your wedges for some booties, and you’re all set for autumn!

Pajamas in Public

In case you haven’t stepped outside or looked at facebook, it’s cold outside.  Super cold.

So, today, I’m resurrecting an outfit I hadn’t yet blogged about, because there’s nothing like cold weather to make you just want to wear your pajamas all day.
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A few weeks ago, I bought myself some pretty pajamas – a t-shirt and pants.  I planned to wear them as pajamas.  But, then when I tried them on, they kinda looked like real clothes, and I thought, I bet I can get away with this!  So, I did.  Or, at least I tried – you’ll have to be the judge.

To make the pants look as little like pajamas as possible, I dressed them up with a blazer, pearls, and heels.  What I didn’t plan on, though, was the pants loosening as the day went on – as cheap cotton tends to do.  The longer I wore them, the baggier they got and the more like PJs they looked.

I knew this was a one-shot deal.  When I washed the bottoms, they pilled and looked even more like pajamas.  But, it was a fun experiment for a day – one that is corroborated in InStyle magazine, I might add.

If you’d like to mimic this trend, I would encourage you to follow the instructions in InStyle’s article and avoid flannel.  Only a couple people called me out, but still; you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed – even if you did!

  • Pajamas – Forever21
  • Blazer – H&M
  • Heels – Ross (Nine West, I think?)

Twas the night before Christmas

I love dressing up for a Christmas Eve service (even if this year I was tired and feeling uninspired).  Of course, society is such that I’m now usually in the minority of those not wearing jeans, but that’s never stopped me before.

imageI had the added chore this year of having to pick from the clothes I’d haphazardly thrown into a suitcase while moving AND trying to match my brother so we could take a picture together (more on that on Monday).

Neither was an easy task, but after only two trips to my loaded-up car to look for things I’d actually already brought into the house, I managed to put together the festive look you see above.  Not too shabby, eh?

A special acknowledgement is due to the beautiful bracelet I’m wearing – a going-away gift from a dear friend in Virginia.

Do you dress up for Christmas Eve?  What did you wear, and what is your tradition for the night before Christmas?

  • Blouse: Granny
  • Pants: Target
  • Shoes: Ross
  • Bracelet: Macy’s
  • Scarf: gift
  • Pearl Earrings – my mom’s dresser
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