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On Fridays we wear purple

The title of this post may not be a rule either in real life or on Mean Girls, but there’s just something about a sunny, FINALLY SPRING Friday that makes me want to break out colors that make me happy.  Lavender and turquoise are two of those colors. image
There’s really not a whole lot that’s insightful about this outfit.  Most of it is from Forever 21.  I’m just so happy that spring is here (and that I’ll be in India for the brief return of winter forecasted next week…)

Happy Friday, everyone – have a great weekend!

3 Trends for the Price of 1

Well, it’s snowing and icy again today (I’m really beginning to think I took a wrong turn somewhere on my way to Georgia), but on Saturday, it was almost spring-like!
To celebrate, I wore shorts with tights under them – a look I’ve always liked but seldom had opportunity to practice.  The key to this trend is a heavier weight fabric.  If the shorts are too light-weight, they will look too summery, no matter what you put under them. These brocade shorts I found over last weekend were just the right weight and the dressy fabric kept me casual but still very pulled-together.

It’s a little hard to tell, but my tights are a sage green – which, when on, kinda makes me look like the Wicked Witch of the West.  Colored tights are hard.  Nevertheless, the green played nicely with the tone of the golds in the shorts, and my necklace combined green and coral and brown, tying everything together.  I seldom need an excuse to wear coral, anyway.

This outfit is combining more trends then I often do, including the headband.  Until recently, I was scared to try the headband across the forehead – I didn’t think I could pull it off.  But, with a skinny headband, it can really be a cute look, if you don’t mind a headache after a few hours.

Envelope purses have been a thing for a while, and I think they’re super cute.  I haven’t bought one before because I was afraid I couldn’t fit all of my stuff in it.  My fears were confirmed.  Nevertheless, it’s so cute, I suffer through and do without some of my bare necessities.  Because clearly, everything I have in my purse is essential

Lastly, these shoes are not quite right.  I really need some oxfords or wedge booties…but, I don’t have either of those (yet), and I didn’t want to not wear the outfit, so my pretty sparkly ballet flats had to suffice.


I’m not too proud to admit I work the same dress twice this week.   I am just proud enough, though, to give the disclaimer that I wore it around different groups of people so no one would judge me.

I found this dress on the clearance rack at Target for about $10.  A word about Target.  They have cute stuff.  I like shopping there.  But, I rarely find good deals.  I know people who routinely get shirts or skirts for $3 or $4.  I’m not one of those people.  To me, $17 for a shirt on clearance at Target is not a good deal.  Maybe if it were $17 from Bergdorf’s or something.  But not Target.

But this one time, I happened to find a great deal on this cute denim dress – those white dots, in case you can’t really tell, are stars.  It’s a perfect Fourth of July/whenever you feel like wearing stars dress.

In the first look, I kept it simple, wanting the colors to really do most of the hard work.  I’ve told you before how much I love green and purple together.  Lavender and mint are a pretty variation of that theme.  And I added star earrings just because sometimes I still feel like I’m in 8th grade.

In this next look, I kept with the semi-nautical theme I’ve been feeling lately and added a rope belt to my hot pink sweater.  I also mixed my stars by wearing the Star of David necklace my mom got me in Israel.  No rules.

Dress: Target
Cardigan 1: Old Navy
Cardigan 2: H&M
Knock-off Keds: H&M

I am currently away from the office

Today, let’s take another look at an out-of-office outfit.

For some reason, I’ve lately been living in flat shoes.  I think it’s because I need new heels (like, for real – I have 70 pairs of shoes, but a lot of them, especially my staples, are really old and need to be replaced stat).  Unfortunately, my legs are really too short to wear flats well. You can see how I look a little stumpy in this picture, even though where my top hits and the dark wash of my jeans give me longer lines.

Alas, my feet, knees, and sometimes practical nature will not always allow me to wear heels, even when I am well-stocked in shoes (plus, I was on my way to BWW to watch basketball and I didn’t want to look like I was trying too hard). So flats sometimes win, short legs and all.

Starting from the bottom, my shoes are from Forever 21, where I paid, I believe, $4 for them. The jeans are from Old Navy (and they are not the Rock Star fit. There seems to be a prominent misconception that, that style looks good on everyone. It does not.) My top is from Marshalls, and it makes the former French major in me very happy. And per usual, my jewelry comes from a variety of sources…

It may be weird to wear an Eiffel tower shirt to a sports bar to watch a basketball game, but when your team didn’t even make the tournament (I’m looking at you, Kentucky!), you have the luxury of dressing however you’d like.  It’s the silver lining. 

A Bonnie Irish Lass

There are few things in life I love more than a good theme.  Peyton Manning is one of them.  Cupcakes are another.  But, pretty high on the list is a good theme.  Even if the colors are weird.

This weekend was, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day.  I like to drag out holidays as long as possible, so I’d been wearing green for days.  But, on Saturday, I decided to embrace my Protestant Irish heritage and add the orange as well.  Green and orange is not a color combo I would normally advocate, but I allowed it since it was festive.

I’m not too proud to admit that I wore the same jeans two days in a row.  In this picture, you can see the color a little better, although neither capture the not-quite-kelly-green perfectly.   I’ve been in a flats mood lately, which, if you know me at all, you know is really weird.  But, the weekend calls for comfort (sometimes), and so I embraced it with one of my favorite pairs of shoes – some moccasins I bought at Bakers at least 7 years ago.  It will be a sad day when I have to say goodbye to those babies (I fear the time is drawing close). 

I hope you all enjoyed this most green of holidays and celebrated in style.  On Sunday, we were all a little Irish. 

Blue Suede Jeans

I’ve been sick the past few days,so all I really want to do right now is lay in bed in my favorite Colts sweatpants.  I definitely don’t want to wear work-appropriate clothing.

Since sweatpants are generally frowned upon in the professional world though, I will at least blog about comfortable clothing.

My mom gave me some blue skinny jeans for my birthday.  I don’t quite know how to describe the fabric – they’re so soft!  It’s like denim, they’re stitched like denim, and they fit like denim.  But, if they are denim, it’s the softest denim I’ve ever felt.  They’re almost suede.  Almost.

I’ve been asked to report where I purchased the items I blog about.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember where any of these things are from.  Except the earrings. I bought those at a mall kiosk in Colombia.  South America.

So, sorry I’m not much help, but let’s all hope for my speedy recovery, or I may just start wearing leggings as pants again

Belting it out

You may have noticed, I love belts.  I love wide ones.  I love skinny ones. I love coral ones with flowers on them.  There’s something about a belt that just makes me feel  a little bit more put together.

Belts can be tricky sometimes.  Not every figure can wear every belt the same way.  Not every outfit looks good with every width of belt.  You have to find what works for you – play around with it.  I like to wear my belts low because I have the shortest waist ever and a low belt helps give the illusion that I’m normally proportioned.   If a short torso is not your issue, though, you may want to wear a belt higher to give the illusion of longer legs…it’s all about what works for you.

Below, I took a picture before and after belting my dress.  You can see it’s a cute outfit either way.  But, by adding a belt, I tied the whole outfit together and gave it a more complete, polished look.  15 more seconds, and my outfit looked suddenly looked like I had put a lot more effort into it.

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