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Two-fer Tuesday: Jailhouse Stripes

It’s been a while since I’ve done a twofer Tuesday, but no time like the present!

I really like these jailhouse stripes (or maybe more accurately, train conductor – they’re probably too narrow for jailhouse). Regardless, I think these highwaisted, cropped striped jeans are the best.

However, I wasn’t sure about them when I bought them, because in the artificial light of the dressing room, they really played with your eyes. I mean, in general, I try to wear clothes that don’t make people want to look the other way.

In the natural light, though, they seem to be okay, so I think I’m good. Except the camera doesn’t love them, either…you might have to zoom in pretty close to get an accurate look. Oh well.

In this first look, I’m combining another one of my favorite spring trends – off-the-shoulder – with my cute pants and some flats that actually hurt my feet more than most of the heels I own, but they’re so cute and universally functional, that I keep them. I ran some errands on Saturday in this outfit, then popped on some black heels for dinner with a friend that night.

Oh, and let’s not forget to mention my pink lipstick; as much as I enjoyed the dark berrys and browns this winter, I’m seriously so happy bright is back in season!

Next up is another casual outfit (I did wear it to work, but in hindsight, it might have been TOO casual). Anyway, a simple soft turquoise tee (you’ll have to take my word for it being that color, I guess), with a black scarf (I don’t have a cat; that’s all just my hair…) and some silver accents to complete the look. Easy, but still put together. Scarves are helpful in that way.
So there you have it – the return of Twofer Tuesday, thanks to my new favorite cropped jeans.

Which of these looks would you rather wear? And what’s the verdict on these stripes – delightful or dizzying? Let’s talk!

New Cities

Hey guys! This may be the only post I have time to write this week (and by may, I really mean 100% certainly will), but I wanted to say hi! The past two weeks have been so crazy with Labor Day travels, leaving a job, starting a new one, etc., but everything is going well. I feel very much back in my element in my new position, and I’m continually so grateful that God placed me in Nashville, the perfect city.

A friend of mine recently moved to another city, after giving Nashville a go for about 2 years. Why in the WORLD she didn’t absolutely love it here is beyond me, but she spent the past two years being miserable, much like I did in Georgia. Now that she’s been in her new home for all of about 3 days, she’s already making friends, taking in beautiful sunsets, exploring, and generally loving life. The dramatic shift in her circumstances and outlook is so similar to what I experienced when I moved to Nashville last October, that I can’t help but be excited for her to have finally found “home”. Sometimes, you’ve just got to find where you belong, even if that means taking a scary step in faith into the great unknown.

The point of my story is two-fold: one, it’s so important to not let fear hold you back from stepping out into something new. You just don’t know what will be on the other side, and it might be the very thing you’ve been hoping and praying for.

And two, joy really does come in the morning. I’m so grateful that God moves us in and out of seasons. Yes, the hard ones are important – for character building, if nothing else. But, there are also good ones on the horizon. So, if you’re in your own version of Georgia, don’t give up. Keeping moving forward, keep stepping out in faith, and one day soon, you’ll suddenly wake up and realize you’re in a new, beautiful, wonderful place that even 10 months later, still feels like a surreal vacation sometimes.

This outfit has nothing to do with any of that – or with much of anything else, for that matter. But, I like it, and my makeup game was on point that morning.

So, have a great rest of your week, everyone, and keep pressing on to the good!
1-black-and-white-and-turquoise

Twofer Tuesday: The Kimono

One of my favorite pieces in my closet right now is my multi-colored kimono. There are certain types of clothing I’m very particular about: maxi dresses, yoga pants, floral rompers… I’m picky about patterns and color combinations – and about looking too generic. Kimonos are another one of those items. Despite how trendy they are, I only own one because I’ve only ever seen one I thought was worthy of purchase. But, what a good purchase it was!

Below I’ve styled it two different ways. The first is a business casual look, appropriate for most offices, I’d say. The second is an outfit I wore to church which was decidedly inappropriate…but, I wear a long, shapeless green choir robe on Sunday mornings, so I push the envelope with what goes underneath.
1 - kimono, orange pants
1 - kimono and black skirtAlso, in that 2nd picture, I was operating on VERY little sleep…I will forever be grateful for the creating of make-up [praise hands emoji].

How do you feel about kimonos? Would you wear one this bold? What’s your favorite way to style them? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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?

Date Night Uniform

The other night, I went on a date that was actually really good. I don’t know if anything else will come of it than a good date, but it was nice to have a really enjoyable one for a change – especially since earlier that morning, a guy online had asked me to be his baby mama. Not as a euphemism for hooking up. He literally was looking for someone to bear his child… 🙈

Alas, I did not get a picture of my date night outfit because I was running late (duh). So, here’s one that I wore on a date several months ago (as you can tell by my Christmas tree, wool skirt, and tights). First of all, I LOVE these earrings, and I’m pretty sure I built this outfit around them. Second, I really like wearing casual pieces dressed up for dates. It’s a put-together look that doesn’t seem as if you were trying too hard. So yes, I wore a skirt and patent wedges, but I paired it with a t-shirt, so I still looked appropriate for the VERY casual fine dining establishment he chose (y’all, I’m just going to be honest. I’ve become a bit of a restaurant snob, and chains are just hard for me).
1 - date night t-shirtDo you have a go-to date look? In the summer, mine is typically a cute t-shirt with a skirt, or shorts with a dressier blouse – some combo of dressy and casual. Winter is similar, just with tights – ha! Married or single, what’s your usual uniform for nights out? I’d love to hear some new ideas!

Dateless but not Desperate

Lest Tuesday’s post makes you think everything in my life is perfect, let’s talk about my dating life. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about a Match.com experience I had. I never advertised the post, because I wasn’t sure it was that entertaining. Maybe in the context of this bigger post, it fits better. Feel free to read the (one-sided) conversation, if you’d like.

I really had high hopes for Match, actually. I love Tinder, but I wasn’t finding anyone that wanted a relationship and/or shared my values. On Match, I’ve found both, but it’s the other factors that have been lacking. Like attractiveness or the ability to write a complete sentence. Here are some other actual Match.com findings:

  • An introductory message that read simply, “drinks??” At least he’s efficient.
  • A man who after sporadically talking to me for a month, finally asked for my number and then said he’d “probably” call me that weekend. And got mad when I said I’d “probably” be around.
  • Another man who suggested we go on a date next week and when I responded with my availability, SHUT DOWN. I haven’t heard from him since.
  • The Proverbs 31 guy. His message said I seemed like a Proverbs 31 woman, which was confusing to me because I didn’t talk about dyeing clothes or purchasing land anywhere in my profile.

I honestly haven’t been on a date in months, which is fine because I’ve been busy, but sad because I really like going on dates. If I did go on a date, though, I’d probably wear something like this because my colorful kimono and dressy shorts are my new favorite things.

1 - kimono, shortsInstead, I wore them to a friend’s birthday party which was also fun.

Anyone else have good dating stories? Please let me know I’m not alone in this crazy, ridiculous online dating scene. Right??

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Bachelorette in the City

This summer is a busy one for me, as I’m in two non-local weddings. So that means flights, showers, bachelorette parties, and pretty things galore. (It also means two of my single girl hold-outs are abandoning me (insert sobbing face emoji x3)).

Anyway, the first bachelorette party was this weekend, and I didn’t even have to go anywhere. If you didn’t know, Nashville is, without hyperbole, the bachelorette party capital of the US (Vegas is the guys’ version). So, this weekend I got to play tourist in my own town (coming up on 6 months living here, y’all, so I’m definitely a local now), and it was so fun.

Of course, as every good bride (and bridesmaid) knows, every bachelorette party must have a theme, and ours was Bachelorette in the City. So, we got to go the classy route, wearing black and white with pink accents.

I didn’t have a chance to get a full-length picture of my outfit by myself, but I’m sure you’d rather see me with the bride, anyway. She looked so pretty in her sparkly, white dress, didn’t she?

1- bachelorette partyAt the beginning of the season, I always feel a little “over-exposed” wearing strapless things or shorts, but I do love this romper so much, and since most of my closet is a little more colorful, I had limited black and white options, anyway. Tack on some pink earrings, pink pumps, and some complimentary gold accessories, and I was on-theme and ready to take over Broadway.

Below are some of the details for a closer look. I also really liked my makeup, but I haven’t figured out a way to accurately capture it on camera (suggestions?). In the meantime, I included this picture because you can kinda tell what it looked like, and I thought maybe you’d also like to see my wrinkles…

1 - bachelorette detailsWhat was the theme of your bachelorette party? Or what would you like to do when the time comes? Let’s chat!

Life in the Fast Lane

Well, it has been a full month since the last time I blogged, guys…  But, I think I can resume with some regularity now, thanks to some schedule and life changes. Like this pretty organizational chart I spent all afternoon making for myself:

Org chartSo, what’s everybody been up to? Quick update on my life…I am almost out of my unemployment debt (a huge praise to the Lord that I’ll save for another time), and because of that, I can do things like highlight my hair and go shopping again. First world luxuries, of course, but luxuries for which I am very grateful.

I absolutely love living in Nashville. Even 5 months in, it still feels a little surreal – like I’m on an extended vacation. But thank goodness I’m here permanently! Everything isn’t rosy to be sure, but I love my home, my church, the friends I’m starting to make, and just the Nashville life in general. Also, the food, y’all.

Oh, and I’ve started dating here, so there will be stories… (I mean, not like good ones. Entertaining ones.)

I’m still working on adapting my style to Nashville fashion…or vice versa. I’m also still looking for the best place to take photos in my home. I don’t know why that’s been so difficult.

In the meantime, let’s clear out some older outfits to make way for the new!

1 - denim jacket, black and white topThis one is actually so old it’s back in season again – I wore it in the late summer months before I moved to Nashville, and now here we are in spring again (yay!). You can’t really tell from the picture, but these are ultra-wide leg dress pants, and the top is cropped – so, I wear it with something high waisted because I am not 16 and/or do not have 6-pack abs.

So, happy Monday, and I hope you’ve all hung in there with me! I really do enjoy my little blog world and the friends who share in the fun with me, so if you’re still willing, let’s keep this going!

 

 

The Great Debate: Solved

I know you’re all dying to know about my secret life as a star of the silver screen (aka an extra…aka “background”).  However, I’m not allowed to talk about it. I could probably get away with talking about the details that were posted on facebook (i.e., wardrobe requirements), but I’ll just save all that for when the show actually airs.  So, stay tuned until probably some time in March!

In the meantime, here is an outfit which will never make it to television… But, it was cute enough for running around town in Georgia.

I don’t know why my camera stops focusing sometimes. Whenever that happens, it gets stuck that way for a while, and I don’t know how to fix it.  But, no matter.  I like the soft focus anyway – imperfections erased!

I read something recently that said leggings ARE pants, and I was afraid that once again, my age had caught up with me and the world had changed for the worse.  But, then I got my wardrobe requirements for Nashville, and the costumers said, and I quote, “LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS”.  Now that I am vindicated, and since they are not pants, I added this slip dress under my tunic sweater and was all set.
1 - turquoise and polka dot leggingsHave I finally convinced all of you leggings-lovers of the truth, now that I have professionals backing me up, or are there still some holdouts?  Let the debate rage!

Oh, P.S. – I’m working with a friend/super smart guy to develop an app for my blog.  Would you all use that?  Right now, our rough brainstorming of features would include a way for you to submit outfits for my comments, a blog feed/notifications of new posts, links to social media, our own discussion board-ish thing…and other goodies TBD.

What do you think?  I think it could be super fun and exciting, but I want to know if you agree. Yay, nay, or suggestions for features?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Patterns “off” Fleek

Sometimes when I have extra time on my hands, I try to get creative with my outfits.  Sometimes it works…sometimes it doesn’t.

I think this outfit mostly works, but I’m not a huge fan of the tights.  I love patterned tights in theory, so I always buy them on clearance at Target. But, in reality, I think they look funny on me.  Maybe I just don’t know what to wear them with.  Maybe you have to have chicken legs to pull them off.  I don’t know.  Otherwise, though, I like how this outfit came together.  It would be good for a trendy date.  I actually wore it to meet a friend for Mexican food.  Whatever.
1 - romper patterned tightsWhat do you think about patterned tights?  Only for the 12 year olds among us, or do you have some tips on how to better pull them off?  Obviously, I need the input, so please share!  And, have a great weekend!

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