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Patriots and Politics

Y’all know I’m super patriotic, but this election is really stressing me out. More than perhaps any other (in my lifetime, anyway), I think there are really huge implications of this election, and as a non-fan of any of the candidates (including 3rd party), I am a little overwhelmed. Facebook’s non-stop political barrage does not help.

So, like the good ostrich that I am, I bury my head in the sand a little, and just pray – that I know who I should vote for, and that God has mercy on us all.

And, I wear flag cardigans, because i just can’t help myself. I actually wore this after Hillary’s speech at the DNC, which was accidental on my part, but not lost on some of my colleagues. I promise I was making no statement, except that last week’s belted-sweater over a dress look was so popular, I thought I’d try it again.

1 - patriotic polka dotsThis sweater does hang a little weird on me – it makes my shoulders look quite broad and boxy. But, it was $3, and I always get compliments on it, so I endure. And, I got a little bold with my pattern mixing here, but it works because the navy’s match and the motifs are both Americana-esque.

On Wednesday, I have another unique spin on one of my dresses that I’m excited to show you. I promised creativity, and I’m trying my best to live up to that!

Bathed in Light

I’m having some photography issues guys (because, really, when am I not). I have been trying to be better about taking pictures of my outfits before I leave for work – you know, when I look fresh and have makeup on, instead of bedraggled and work-weary. But, the light and the heat are so harsh right now that as soon as I step outside, my lens completely fogs up, and I get pictures like this:

DSC_3783Flattering soft-focus sure, but not very conducive to actually showing my outfits.

So, if there are a lot more pictures in front of my much less picturesque front door over the next month or two, please don’t hold it against me. Fall will be here before we know it.

1 - maxi and lace topI think this look is pretty straightforward, so I won’t add much. But the maxi is one that I always forget about/am not in the mood to wear, but whenever I do, it’s SO COMFORTABLE. Seriously, it’s like I’m wearing sweats, but cute and office-appropriate.

What’s your most comfortable piece of clothing? Do you wear the life out of it, or like me, find it again and again as a pleasant surprise?

TBT: Crop It All Off

In case you live under a rock, yesterday was Back to the Future day, so there was a lot of flashing back to the 1980s, as well as flashing to the “present” when we are supposed to be wearing much more metal and headgear.

Well, today, I’m flashing back to a kinder, gentler, warmer time myself – about 3 months ago. I don’t know why the picture is blurry, but I kinda like blurry pictures of me – imperfections instantly hidden!

Cropped pants, cropped top, wedges, ponytail…really, this outfit is about as summer-night as it gets. I hardly ever wear these earrings because each one weighs approximately 2.5 pounds, but they were the perfect color, texture, and size to complement my beaded tank, which has way too much going on to allow for a necklace.
1 - capris, beaded tankDid you celebrate Back to the Future day?  Are you sad we haven’t yet reached the fashion pinnacles portrayed in the movie’s 2015, or are you comfortable with the current progression of style?

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!

Saturday Chic

Y’all, I’m so tired as I’m writing this, I barely can put words together, much less make them creative.  Fortunately, I put this outfit together on a day when I was (slightly) less tired, and I think it’s cute.  I was going for casual chic, as I headed to Joyce Meyer on a Saturday morning.  The lace shorts dress up the outfit a little, the preppy polka-dot button down keeps it grounded, and the black and white shoes are just fun.

Part of me thinks I look like a mom in this outfit, but I’m sure it’s at least a cool mom, right?

1 - lace shorts, polka dot shirtWhat’s your Saturday morning routine?  Do you have a uniform or is it mostly just whatever the situation dictates?  What do you think of mixing polka dots and lace?  Also, have you been getting enough sleep lately, and if so, could you send some my way?  Much love.

Part of the Tribe

I am really into the tribal thing right now.  Some of the patterns are ugly, but for the most part, I like the statement a good tribal makes.  Really, with something so bold, the rest of the outfit can (and should) be pretty understated – aka easy to throw together.

Case in point, this outfit.  It’s probably one of the least accessorized outfits I’ve ever worn.  Pretty blouse, cute earrings, flat sandals with a touch of gold – done.  But, because the skirt is doing all the hard work, no one even pays attention to the fact that I’m not wearing a bracelet, necklace, belt, or any other statement piece (or to the fact that I have dark circles under my eyes…but that’s a different story).  The skirt demands all the attention and everything else is just a supporting character.

1 - tribal skirt, black topWhat do you think – does the skirt command enough attention or is something missing without my usual additional accessories?  How would you style this or another bold skirt?  Do you like the tribal trend, or avoid it like the plague?

Romper Room

When my grandchildren look back on pictures of me in 2015, I think the number one question they’re going to ask is, “Why did Grannie wear so many rompers and jumpsuits?”  And for that, I will have no answer except that I absolutely love them.  Maybe because they really are a new (well, new again) trend which makes them just fun.  Think about it – hem lengths change, but you’re still wearing a dress or skirt.  Cuts and washes of jeans change, but you’re still wearing jeans.  There aren’t too many entire pieces of clothing that come and go out of style. But rompers and jumpsuits are definitely only in for a limited period of time.  So, I want to take full advantage of these cuties while I can.

I bought this one (and my earrings) on sale at Francesca’s a few weeks ago, and I’m so in love.  The color is perfect, the crochet is neat and not cheap looking, and the cut seems very feminine – a little flirty without being trashy. Plus, there is a ribbon to tie a bow…and you know I’m a sucker for anything with a bow.

1 - coral romperSo, that’s my theory on why I’m obsessed with rompers.  Are you also – if so, to what do you attribute your deep love?  If not, what don’t you like about them (going to the bathroom is annoying, I’ll give you that…) Can you think of any other pieces that come and go (rather than just change like the shirt/skirt/jeans staples)?

 

A Short Post about Shorts

I don’t know if y’all know this, but it’s hot in Georgia.  So hot that I’ve been violating my own rule about not wearing shorts to work (we’re casual, but that’s where I’d always drawn the line before now).  Still, though, I try to look professional, so I tucked in my blouse, added a belt, and kept my shoes flat.
1 - floral blouse, navy shortsWhat do you think?  Business ultra-casual, or just inappropriate no matter the temperature or the office environment?  Let me know – I can take it.  Also, if you’ve got some other creative ways to beat the heat…I welcome them.

God Bless America, 2015

Happy 4th of July, y’all!  Of course, everyone knows that this is my favorite holiday.  Because, AMERICA!!!!

As you read this, I’m wrapping up my time in Florida, driving back to Georgia tomorrow, where I will do some laundry, repack, and go to bed early so I can get on a plane tomorrow and go to one of the most patriotic places on earth – Texas!

I’m sure I’ll wear a lot of red, white, and blue this weekend, and you’ll read about it eventually.  In the meantime, though, here’s one of my favorite festive blouses, featuring horseshoes – a tribute not only to our country’s colors, but also to my beloved football team.

Of course, were I wearing this particular outfit in Texas, to any 4th of July festivity, or just to a honky tonk, I’d swap out my sandals for some cowboy boots.  But, I thought my boss might make fun of me if I showed up in those to work.
1 - horseshoe blouse and white skirtI hope you all have an amazing weekend, filled with beautiful fireworks, sun and sand, grilled meat and cold beverages, and all the red, white, and blue you can handle.  Happy birthday, America!  Here’s to many more years as the greatest nation on earth.  You will always have our hearts.

Everything’s Coming up Paisley

I’ve gotten a bunch of new clothes lately, guys – some purchased, a few given to me.  I try not to reblog the same outfits, so maybe it’s no different on your end if I’m wearing something brand new or that I’ve had for years.  But, on my side, I’m pretty excited about all the new things to show you!

First up, this super cute dress.  I don’t exactly know when you become too old to wear short hem lengths.  I may have reached that age – or at least reached the age where you can’t wear short hems with pasty white legs.  But, it was sunny and warm last week, and when I have a new dress, I throw caution to the wind and wear it anyway – Casper legs or not.  The flats helped keep it more within the realm of reason.

What do I love about this dress?  Well, first of all, when was the last time you saw an article of clothing made of paisley upholstery?  Second of all, crocheted lace.  Third of all, can’t you just picture this dress with some cowboy boots at a country concert?  Adorbs.

1 - paisley and lace dressIs it warm enough to bare your legs where you are?  If so, have you tried yet, or are you waiting for a tan?  What do you think of clothing upholstery?  Hope you’re having a great Monday – can’t wait to hear from you!

P.S.  My shoes came from Payless on clearance.  Why Payless has sandals on clearance in March, I have no idea.  But, $10 score!

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