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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!

My perfect date is October 15 – not too hot, not too cold

Before I moved from Georgia, I actually had a couple of last minute dates.  I really don’t know why – they all knew I was moving, and for the two years I’d lived in Georgia, pretty much the entire male population hated me.  But maybe that competitive gene kicked in when they knew they had to act fast, because suddenly I was quite (relatively speaking, of course), popular.

First dates in the fall are hard, I think.  You don’t want to go all out winter with a wool skirt/tights, but you can’t wear the cotton dresses of summer. So, this is what I came up with. A light background floral is still a little un-seasonal, but with black jeans and closed toe pumps, I figured I could get away with it.  Since he wore a t-shirt and didn’t even suggest dinner, despite the fact that we were together from 5:30-8:00 pm, I guess it was fine (more on that tomorrow…)

1 - floral blouse, skinny cropsDo any of you subscribe to ipsy?  It’s one of those send-you-something-fun-every-month services, but for makeup and skin care, and it’s only $10.  Also, it’s amazing…. Seriously, I love it so much.  The fun of opening the package  each month is worth the $10, but I always get at least one or two things (and usually more) that I really like (including a full-sized bronzer from Tarte).  Plus, it comes in a cute little makeup pouch. Since I really don’t need 10,000 makeup pouches, I’ve started using them as clutches, like the one you see pictured.  Cute, right?  You all should totally subscribe.  And this is not a sponsored post, but ipsy, if you’d like to sponsor me, I had to cut back my expenses when my job was eliminated….so, help a girl out!

What do you think of my fall-ish date night look?  Have you ever used something as a purse that really wasn’t?  If you’re an ipsy subscriber, what’s the favorite thing you’ve ever received in your goody bag?  Let’s talk!

TBT: Polka Dot Life

For today’s #TBT post, let’s revisit a time when I went through a polka dot phase.  Just kidding – polka dots are not a phase, but my life-long love to whom I will be forever faithful.

However, as my bare shoulders and wedges make obvious, this is an outfit I wore a while ago.  I think it was actually in September, but before the weather started catching up to the calendar.

I like the basic simplicity of this outfit – good jeans, black and white dot cami, coordinating black espadrilles, and simple gold accessories.  However, it’s really hard for me not to bring SOME element of color into whatever I’m wearing, and I think the turquoise necklace does that quite nicely, don’t you?
1 - Must be good jeansHow are you honoring this Throwback Thursday?  I don’t have that many childhood pictures of myself handy, so this is the best I can do.  I’d love to see your TBTs, though – fashion related, or otherwise!

Stay in the Lines

A couple weeks ago, I was running some errands (read: eating barbecue and going to Target), when I came across a sidewalk sale at Rue 21.  Rue 21 is one of those cheap junior stores that I rarely go in except to look for trendy accessories and cheap sunglasses.  I happened to need cheap sunglasses, so I ventured inside and came out $21 poorer, and 4 items of clothing richer.  (No sunglasses, though – apparently, I’m picky about my $5 glasses.)

You have to be careful at stores like Rue – yes, the stuff is cute, trendy, and cheap.  However, the vast majority also looks cheap.  It’s hit or miss and takes a lot of weeding out.  But, if you put in the work, sometimes you’re rewarded.

This cute cropped top is one of my finds – it cost me about $7, the highest tag item of the day. Because I’m over 22 and weigh more than Taylor Swift, I didn’t want my stomach showing, so I added a high-waisted skirt.  I think this is one of those trends guys don’t understand, because at least one of my friends called a different high-waisted look, “mom-waist”.  But, whatever.  I like it.

I also like this top because the black and white pattern makes me think of a coloring book.  Like, seriously – don’t you want to take markers the color of my necklace and fill it in?
1 - black and white paisley cropWhat do you think of my coloring-book blouse?  A good $7-find or a waste of two cups of coffee?  How about the high-waisted trend?  Mom-waist or worth trying?  I’d love to hear from you!

Red, White, Blue, and Black and White All Over

Hey everyone!  I haven’t updated you on my dating life in a while, and I thought it was about time I did.

Short version: nothing has changed.  I’m still single.  And, my friends still never tire of hearing my “hilarious” misadventures.

Long version: it’s not for lack of trying.  I am one of those people who believes in making yourself available so God has opportunity to bring the right guy along. I don’t want to make it any harder on Him (or him) than it needs to be, so I go to church, hang out at Starbucks, go dancing, try all the online dating apps (currently, I have 5 on my phone…don’t judge).  Yet, no luck.

Well, I shouldn’t say no luck…there is one particular demographic that LOVES me here in Georgia.  I’ll give you a hint: they look great in stripes.

That’s right, y’all – I am a big hit with the inmates.  A few months ago, I went to scope out a venue before a speaking engagement, and all the employees there were on work detail from the local prison. I had no idea, until a couple weeks later, word got back to me (by way of my boss…) that I had made quite an impression on the guys from Hall County Correctional Facility, prompting lots of jokes around the office about creating an InmatesOnly.com… (Little did anyone know that in college, my bestie and I had lamented the absence of Christian bad boys and came up with the obvious solution of starting a prison ministry.  We were only half joking.)

It’s not just prisoners, though; I could also have my choice of all the men in rehab in my area – and there are plenty.  They don’t tell you this in the brochures, but Gainesville is actually a big hub for drug rehab programs.  On two separate occasions, I’ve been talking to a group of guys at the pool or lake, wondering how all these seemingly random people were friends, only to discover that they weren’t really, and they also didn’t sound drugged because their accents were so thick…they sounded drugged because, well, they were.  The first time it happened, the guy told me they weren’t even supposed to be talking to girls.  Oops!

So, that’s the update on my dating life in Georgia, guys.  I’m basically the belle of the dysfunctional ball.  Take from it what you will – discouragement on my behalf, encouragement that your life isn’t like mine, good medicine in the form of laughter at my expense. But, remember me the next time you meet a single man not in rehab/jail.  At this point, that might be enough.  (Just kidding.  Kinda.)

And just for fun, today’s style challenge prompt is Red, White, and Blue – of course I wear patriotic clothing all the time (see my necklace below).  But, this time, I’m paying tribute to the queen of angry relationship songs – Miranda Lambert.  Fitting, I thought.

1 - red white and blue2Are you in the dating scene now?  How’s your jail pool looking?  Non-incarcerated prospects?  How much do you love my Miranda tank?!  Let’s have a Friday chat to help the day go by!  Whether you’re married, engaged, dating, or wading through the treacherous waters of being single like me – I hope you have a great weekend!

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.

Exposed and Tribal

I don’t have a lot of clever things to say about this outfit, but I just haven’t blogged it yet, and I really love it, so here you go.

1 - NA print dressIf you think my back looks especially red, you’d be correct.  I try so hard to remember my sunscreen and reapply like the good little part-Irish girl that I am.  But, sometimes I forget, and then I turn into the lobster you see here.

How do you feel about all the tribal and Native American prints that are in right now?  I am neutral on them, because some – like this one – I absolutely love.  But, some are just not pretty at all.  So, it just depends completely on the item.

Also, how do you feel about exposed zippers?  I’ll never forget the first time I saw one – I was super confused by it.  But, now I’ve come to (generally) really appreciate the trend.

Let me hear your thoughts!

Twofer Tuesday: Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants are definitely my favorite trend right now.  They’re so comfortable, but somehow, still look dressy and dignified (that may also be due to the fact that my height disadvantage requires me to wear heels with them so they don’t drag on the ground…but whatever).

Here are two different pairs, and two totally different stylings.  In the first, I tried to make the look a little more casual with chambray and neon.  In the second, I obviously went for a dressier look with black and white and pearls.

Which look do you like better?

1 - chambray and palazzo(Btw, I think this whole tying shirts at the waist thing is back.  If not, I’m going to try to make it happen.  Hopefully I’m more successful than Gretchen was with “fetch.”)
1 - black palazzo, pearls
It’s a little hard to tell in this picture, but my shoes are pink. I wanted to introduce a subtle color into my black and white palette, but not distract from the elegant look. Pink is always an easy addition.

Country Music Festival: the Reveal

Well, everyone, I took all of your advice about what to wear to the country music festival last weekend into consideration…and I think I still failed miserably.  Not that what I wore wasn’t cute.  I just didn’t have on crochet shorts (because I bought a pair 3 years ago, so I’m tired of them now), or a kimono – so I wasn’t wearing what the other 20,000 or so girls were.  Which could be good or bad, I suppose, depending on how you look at it.

Following an excellent suggestion from Jeana, and realizing that I didn’t really have any cute rompers despite my great love for them, I immediately went out and bought this lovely black and white number from Target.  Paired with my hat, I felt very pretty…and more appropriate for a country club than a country concert.  Also, I lost the shoes about an hour in and walked barefoot the rest of the day, which kinda put a damper on my look, but saved my feet.  I always forget which shoes are actually comfortable – and which are definitely not.
1 - jump suit and floppy hatThis second look is a little more on-track.  Every girl who wasn’t wearing crochet shorts was wearing American flag shorts.  So, I fit in a little better on the second day of the festival.  I didn’t love this outfit only because it’s a little more basic, which isn’t as fun for me personally.  But, when it poured, I was grateful to be wearing something that would not get ruined by a little rain.  (Side note, I did not wear my hat, because I ended up wearing my hair up, but I was very torn about that decision, so I thought I would give it a little air time here).  1 - Americana shorts, baseball capAs you likely surmised, I took these pictures after the fact; I’ll show you the action shots in just a moment. But, one last thought – as you know, I completely over-thought this whole picking out outfits thing.  However, it was SUPER hot, we did sit on grass, and it did rain.  So, really, all of my concerns happened, and I was glad not to have long sleeves, a short skirt, and soggy boots.  Or a terrible sunburn.

Here is the day 1 look (or, as I like to call it, the one where I look like Casper):

wpid-20150516802014739.jpgAnd no full outfit shot for day 2, but here’s real life:

wpid-0517151614.jpgSo, how did I do?  I feel like there is still room to grow for next year, but at least now I know what to expect.  Let me know what you think I should keep or change for next time!

Black and white and red all over

I really love this dress.  I don’t think this is the most flattering picture ever to show off how pretty it is, but is there anything more feminine than lace?  And I appreciate that the underlay is white, not nude.  I’ve never been a fan of giving the illusion of nakedness (I’m looking at you, J.Lo.)

If you can tell from the middle close-up, there is a sheer portion at the waist – subtle enough to be appropriate for (most) occasions, interesting enough to make this more than just your run of the mill black lace dress.

Normally, I probably wouldn’t wear a belt with this dress, but it’s a little big, and I happened to have one that fit the feel and style of the dress.  Necessity is the mother of invention.
1 - black and white lace, red shoesRed with black and white always seems a little overdone to me, but it’s easy and striking, so I went with it.

What do you think about the lace trend – old fashioned, or have you embraced it?  How about sheer panels?  Tacky or just flirty enough to be tasteful?  Let me know your thoughts!

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