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That Time I Forgot to Give My Post a Title

It’s always a weird transition for me after a serious topic to go back to talking about my clothes. But, since that is the primary purpose of this little blog, I suppose we’ll make the awkward transition. At least I have a great outfit to help smooth things over.

I love yellow. I don’t wear it a lot, really, because it’s hard to find cute clothes in a good yellow (read, not highlighter yellow or too green-tinted).

But, when I do find a really great yellow piece, I tend to wear the heck out of it. So, expect to see a lot of this skirt this summer.
I got this top at Target for like $8 or something, and I was so excited about it. I still really love the bokeh pattern and all the bring colors that can be mixed and matched in a million ways – theoretically. The problem is, the cut of the blouse is oddly assymetrical, and the side is sheer from about my waist down. So, unless I wear it tucked in, it is a) not appropriate for work (which is unfortunate, because it’s definitely a work-type blouse), and b) it just hangs weird. Even tucking it in, I have to be careful to pick an appropriate waist style, or it is still quite unflattering.

So, despite the myriad of colors, I think this top may get limited exposure. Too bad, but at least I know I have one strong showing out of it.
Have you ever bought something you were really excited about, only to discover it didn’t work as you’d envisioned, after all? Hopefully, you didn’t spend too much more than the $8 that I did!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

TBT: Yesterday

Surprise!  My green pants are back.  I actually really love these pants, so I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. I was trying to save them for a Two-fer Tuesday, but I decided I needed to clear this photo out of my queue.

So, here you go!  Totally different look – same pants.  I love chambray shirts for their ability to match with ANYTHING, and for the way they can automatically make an outfit look more casual, but still put together at the same time. My boots are super hard to walk in, but equally super cute and I’m really into tan these days as an accent color (as opposed to black, for example).  A few simple accessories, and I was done!
1 - chambray, green pantsDo you have a pair of pants that you just love (besides jeans, because duh)?  What do you love about them – fit, color, comfort, the way they look on your butt?  Let’s swap some pants love!

Twofer Tuesday: Nude Pumps and Arm Parties

If you missed it yesterday, I’m doing a style challenge on Instagram, and trying to stay one day ahead of the prompts on my blog.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t really possible for tomorrow’s prompt, “Check Her Out”, so you’ll just have to swing by @tastefullytrendysb on Instagram to see how I interpret that and maybe I’ll blog the full outfit someday (spoiler alert: I may look like a picnic blanket).

Instead, today I’ll stick with my two-fer Tuesday theme, this time highlighting the classic nude pump and the trendy arm party (aka stacks of bracelets).

The arm party is a trend I haven’t quite mastered yet.  I get the concept – pile all kinds of random things on your arm, that are loosely connected, either by the color of the metal, or by their funkiness.  Or not at all.  I spent quite a while on Pinterest the other day trying to learn how to do this.  I think the real problem is I don’t have the right pieces.  I have a billion bangles, but to really have an arm party, you need different shapes, textures, designs, etc.  So, I’m on the right track with the looks below, but don’t copy me yet…I still need to get myself to Forever 21 for some cheap starter pieces while I master the look, before I invest in some higher quality jewelry (just kidding…since when have I ever had high quality jewelry?)

Anyway, I call this first look, Teacher Chic.  Because, a cardigan.  Duh.  And a cute dress.  It’s not quite Jessica Day, but we’re getting there.

1 - cardigan and cherry dressNext up is one of my favorite trends: the jumpsuit.  Again, I went with stacks of bangles, and again, not quite the arm party look, but since I don’t live in New York or Nashville, it’s probably okay that I’m still working through the trend.

1 - jumpsuit, nude pumpsThe nude pumps in both serve to lengthen the leg (that’s a universally understood principal of nude heels, and why they are worn by starlets everywhere), and not to distract from the more interesting elements of the outfits.

What do you think of these two looks?  Have you started having arm parties?  If so, what are some of your tips (besides get a watch…I really need a watch)?  Also, do you feel stupid calling it an arm party?  Because I do, but I’m not going to fight the system on this one.  I want to hear your thoughts!

Two-fer Tuesday: the Pink Belt

Y’all know I love a good belt.  There’s just something about that simple accessory that can really make an outfit go from just fine to totally put together.

Of course, belts are a little tricky.  The width of the belt, its position on the waist/hips, the waistline of the dress, all make for a game of trial and error.  My solution to this problem, obviously, is just to have dozens of belts.  Then there will almost always be one that fits exactly what you’re looking for.

In a lot of ways, wide belts have had their day in the sun and are being replaced by their more narrow counterparts (or no belt at all).  The long tunic with a wide belt around your hips, for example – a staple of my grad school wardrobe – is no longer en vogue.  But, with a couple trendier pieces, the wide belt can still make a statement and add a little interest (and variation to the lines – I’m all about lengthening my waist 2 inches).

So, here are two uses of one of my favorite wide belts.  I’ve worn both of these pieces multiple times with different belts/shoes/accessories (here’s a variation on the polka dots and one on the jumpsuit).  But, the pink allows me to play up different colors and create a completely new look (something that isn’t always easy with dresses and jumpsuits.  They kinda are what they are).

1 - polka dots and pinkMy cute little necklaces are from Ornaments for Orphans.  I’ve probably plugged them before, but you should totally buy from them and support their cause (after you’ve purchased everything Rahab’s Rope has for sale, of course.)

1 - jumpsuit, pink beltThis jumpsuit is super hard to photograph.  I promise it’s cuter in real life.  And the pink is really subtle – you can actually see it better in the shoe close-up, on the leg of the pant.  I like pulling out minor, unexpected colors to make an outfit more interesting.

How do you feel about belts?  A fashion staple or an unnecessary hassle?  Do you think my addition really made a difference, or was the mix and match too understated to be noticeable?  Let’s talk – I’ve missed y’all!

Spring Forward!

Um, can we just talk about this weekend’s weather for a minute?  (Friends in New England and the Midwest, you may want to avert your eyes).  It was almost 70 degrees and sunny the whole time!  Sure, I’ve had a headache for four days because of the weather change, and I may have gotten my first mosquito bite of the season today (thanks, Georgia…), but guys.  70 degrees.  I feel like I have a new lease on life!

So, to celebrate, of course I wore the most spring-y thing I could find in my closet.  Usually I get sick when the weather changes, not only from allergies, but I also forget that just because it’s above freezing doesn’t mean I should break out the shorts and tank tops.  Today, I at least had enough good sense to wear a cardigan, and that was sufficient.  I’m gonna be honest, I even got a little hot at one point (that last sentence was really just to brag to the Northerners).

1 - floral maxi, black cardiI used a different headband than normal for my hair, so that’s why it looks a little crazy…but I liked it in a messy, country singer kind of way.  And all I did in this outfit was go to church and then to a coffee shop, but I was wearing spring, and that was enough for me.

Did you have good weather this weekend?  If so, what did you do?  I can’t wait to hear!

80 Days of Shoes: I’m on a Boat

These cute little satin flats were a clearance purchase from Forever 21 a few years ago.  The beaded, sequin puffs were coming undone slightly, so I guess that’s why they were on sale.  But, with a little glue, I was able to salvage them enough to get some good use out of them.  I do sit on my foot a lot, though, so you might find a trail of beads behind me whenever I wear them…DSC_1053For this outfit, I put my own spin on a nautical look (satin beaded shoes are hardly boat-appropriate).  But, nothing says sailing like braids, coral, and a sweater, with, you know, a sail boat on it.

1- nautical sweater, coral skirt

 

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Buyer’s Remorse

The good news is, I got a new phone yesterday. The bad news is, I’m having buyer’s remorse, which is one of the worst emotions in the world. Yes, my old phone barely made calls. It was time. And yes, I really like the new one, minus some quirks I’ve yet to unravel. But, when I called to cancel Verizon, they made me a sweet deal, and I think I could have gotten an even better phone – on Verizon’s network – for about the same as I’m paying now. Grr… Oh well. It’s only money, right?

Why is this relevant to you, you may ask? Well, regrettably, in the transfer of my files not all of my pictures came over. Many did, but all of the previous outfit collages I’d made but not yet blogged about are gone. So, my reservoir of past outfits has all but dried up, meaning you’ll now be subjected to my poorly-lit pictures of what I’m wearing to stay warm in my office in the Georgia tundra. Sorry.

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This outfit was much cuter in real life. I have trouble capturing dark colors on my camera (any photographers who want to give me a tutorial are welcome!), so the blouse is black, the jeans are dark rinse, and everything else is close to accurate. I do love purple and teal together, though, and this jacket is one of my favorites. Also, these jeans were skinnier when I bought them. Now, I’m skinnier which is awesome, but they’re a little baggy which detracts from the overall impression in my opinion.

Oh well – one day, all factors will collide – the size of my clothes, the lighting, my camera skills – and you’ll just be amazed at what a fantastic outfit you’re viewing. Or, maybe not. 🙂

  • Jacket: TJ Maxx
  • Jeans: Old Navy (and, to be fair, they were only $10, so I can probably afford to get a new pair)
  • Blouse: JCPenney
  • Booties: Charlotte Russe
  • Necklace: Rahab’s Rope

Inspired Look: Autumn Leaves

Fall may be almost over (judging by my shivers this morning, it is), but there are still a few leaves left on the trees, and their colors will continue to inspire me until Thursday of next week.  After that, get ready for lots of reds and greens.

This outfit started with the bow in my hair – yes, that one you can barely see.  Surprisingly, I had a little trouble building an outfit around it, but I think I ultimately succeeded.  Most of this outfit is neutral (yes, technically, maroon is a color, but it’s functioning as a neutral).  The yellow belt adds a little pop of color, and the earrings (a gift from my sweet friend Bonnie) tie it together nicely. 

Obviously,since I’m wearing a sheer short sleeve shirt and bare legs, this photo was not taken today.  But, I’m remembering those warmer days with longing.

Skirt: American Eagle, via my sister’s closet
Shirt: the Body Shop
Belt: the Body Shop (this is obviously not my most mature outfit)
Hair Bow: the Dollar Store
Shoes: Payless

All that’s missing is Bruiser Woods

Over the weekend, I went shopping – of course – and I discovered my new favorite department store: Belk.  If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you might not have heard of this magical place.  So, you should come south – first to visit me, second to eat Chick-Fil-A, and third to shop at Belk.

I am not really a big purse person because I am lazy – changing them requires effort.  But, I’ve been looking for a new bag for some time now, and when I found the one below – on sale – I just couldn’t resist.  For the purpose of this blog, I matched my outfit to the purse.  That will likely never intentionally happen again.  I also should have taken a side photo of the bag so you could better see the shape.  It’s basically the type of bag perfectly suited for a little dog.  And now I want one.

Also, pay no attention to the suitcase behind me.  Sometimes unpacking takes time, but fashion waits for no man.

Cardigan:Wet Seal (which is why it’s lost most of it’s shape.  Sadness.)
Tank: hand me down from my sister, I think?
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Plato’s Closet (I’m not too proud)
Earrings: Anne Klein, by way of my grandmother’s jewelry box
Purse: Belk 

One Man’s Trash

I realize that I have a lot of clothes.  I’m most acutely aware of this when it comes time for me to move and I have to haul them all somewhere. 

But, despite my first world materialism, I find it quite easy to sleep at night.  How?  Because I get clothes for free.  All.  The. Time. 

Like this dress, I’m wearing.  Cute, right?  I got it at a swap party.  If you’re not familiar with swap parties, you should be.  It’s when you get together with friends, eat food (obviously), and swap clothes/accessories/shoes/household items you no longer use or want.  Whatever is left over goes to Goodwill, where it would have ended up, anyway, but sometimes it’s nice to know that your stuff is going to a good home. 

My friend Kim owned this dress before me, but she never quite liked how it fit her.  I usually don’t do well in shirt-dresses, either, but for some reason this one worked great.  So, I got Kim’s dress (and really, a ton of other nice things).  I don’t think Kim got anything of mine, mostly because I had just taken a bunch of clothes to Goodwill.  But, in the future, I’ll be better prepared for this brilliant party and I can bring some more desirable cast-offs for someone else to treasure. 

Since I’m seldom one for all black affairs, I made this dress a bit more colorful and springy with my favorite multi-colored flower shoes, a cute bracelet, and beaded necklace.  The ring was a Christmas gift from my mom and the pearl picks up the yellow in my other jewelry and shoes.

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