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No Chapeau

I wore the cutest outfit this weekend, guys. Purple leather jacket, gray pencil skirt, black booties, gray floppy hat. I was very Nashville (with a shot of me, because I can’t ever play it straight), and I got a million (well, like 3) compliments.

Unfortunately, I can’t document this look for you because try as I might, I cannot take a good picture in a hat! I don’t understand what happens. I think I look fine in the mirror; other people say I look cute. But as soon as I get behind a camera, I look like a 5 year old playing dress-up in my grandma’s closet. It’s a real problem.

So, alas, no floppy hat outfits today – or probably any day. I guess y’all are just going to have to come hang out with me IRL (we don’t actually say that anymore, right? I’m too old to know for sure.).

Instead, though, here is my new favorite dress. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a good floral, and this one is bright and cheery, but still bold enough to not look like I’m wearing faded curtains. Some people thought it was vintage; it’s not, but I think the length, cut, and pattern certainly give it that vibe. I paired it with my favorite red bow belt that I think is vintage (it’s almost a bow, right?), some navy pumps and neutral earrings to let the dress and belt steal the show, and I was good to go. Oh, and a coral bracelet. I’ve been into mixing shades of oranges and reds lately. We’ll see where this goes.

1-navy-floral-dressHow do you guys feel about hats – floppy or otherwise? Have you noticed the camera predicament, or is that just a me thing? Would you wear this floral? I’d love to hear from you!

TBT: Pineapple Shorts

So, it snows alot more in Nashville than I expected.  And I like snow, so that’s a pleasant surprise.  But, it’s mid-February now, which means I’m ready for spring.  My seasonal time-line moves quicker than the calendar.

Today’s throwback is to days when I could wear shorts with pineapples on them, combined with shoes with flowers on them.  And yellow, but really, I wear yellow anytime I want to feel cheerful.  You should try it – works like a charm.
1 - pineapple shorts, yellow shirtI’m excited for these shorts and those shoes again…what summer fashion pieces are you most looking forward to wearing again?

Twofer Tuesday Returns

Y’all, I’m struggling with my blog this year.  For one thing, I have three jobs at the moment, which means my free time is super limited.  When that happens, my blog begins to feel like more of a chore that I have to squeeze in than something fun, and I don’t want that to happen.

For another, I just can’t find the right place in my new house to take pictures. I think my backyard might be pretty, but then it’s cold, and sometimes it rains…

And, I don’t really like my hair right now.  I can’t figure out my bangs situation – someone good with hair give me advice on bangs in 2016.

All that to say, please bear with me as I try to get a routine back up. It may be slow going, but I’m not ready to give up, if you all are willing to not give up on me. <3

With that, here is a favorite outfit from sometime before I even moved to Nashville.  I don’t remember now why I needed to change my shoes, except that I wanted to transition from day to night, and this was my way of doing it.  Also, I’m counting this as a twofer Tuesday.

1 - purple skirt, flats, heelsHope you all are doing well.  Give me your thoughts on my hair dilemma, Grammy’s fashion, or whatever else you want to talk about.  Let’s get this party started again!

What to be when I grow up

When I announced on Friday that I am moving to Nashville, I didn’t mention that one of the reasons for the move is that my position here in Georgia was eliminated.  While I obviously was not excited about that part, I am grateful that God answered my prayers in a very clear, direct way.  In reflecting on the situation, I’ve seen God’s hand in a lot of ways, and I’m going to talk some more about it coming up.  It’s hard to know what to say, though – I’ve never been accused of being an overly private person on this public blog, and I want to talk about what I’m going through in hopes that it might help other people in similar positions.  But, I also want to do it properly.  So, bear with me if things come out piece meal over the next few weeks.  I’m still “processing” (that word kinda annoys me, but it fits) everything myself.

While starting from scratch is a bit daunting, it’s also exciting, as it allows me to really dream!  (Also, to be fair, I’ve lived in 10 states, so starting over may not intimidate me as much as some people…I’m pretty used to it.)  I’ve got lots of time on my hands right now, and with it, I’ve been dreaming about the fun I’m going to have in Nashville, the celebs I’m going to hang out with (kidding…ish), the people I’m going to meet.  I’ve also been dreaming about my new job.

Honestly, I have no idea what I’m going to do.  I have often said that people my age are told our whole lives that we can do whatever we want, so we have no trouble believing that.  It’s figuring out what we actually do want to do that no one helps us with.  Plus, my job in Georgia was, I thought, my dream job.  When it turned out not to be, I found myself feeling like I was back at square one – only this time, I’m 30, not a bright-eyed 22 year old fresh out of college.

So, I’m open.  I apply to all kinds of jobs that I think I could enjoy doing, and trust that God will lead me to the right one.  I used to think I had to be involved in a very specific area of “ministry” in order to feel fulfilled and like I was serving God. I’m no longer trying to define what field that will be – education, corporate, non-profit, government… I’m willing to explore all options, as I’ve realized that God can use me anywhere He wants, and He needs people in all arenas who will live for Him.

But, still, I try to figure out what it will be – who I’ll work with, if I’ll get to travel, what the dress code will be…  Maybe I’ll teach and wear something like this look  (only probably a little longer hemline) – an outfit which reminds me of Jess Day, my favorite television character of all time.
1 - Cardigan, lace, paisleyOr maybe I’ll be back to the business suit/dress pants attire of my former life as a law school employee.  Maybe I’ll have a uniform…(just kidding.  I can’t imagine any scenario in which I take a job requiring a uniform).  Regardless, I think it’s going to be great!

What’s the dress code at your job?  Do you like it, or do you have very strict “work clothes” that never otherwise see the light of day?  How did you get into your current line of work – straight out of college, a chance interaction, or some natural series of promotions and career switches related or not to your degree?

Totally Tan

Today’s Instagram style challenge prompt was Totally Tan, and this one did make me think a little.  Tan is not a color I wear often (mostly because I think it’s pretty boring…), but I did manage to find some khaki shorts and seersucker (both of which have very limited lives left this year), and pulled together a look that didn’t bore me after all.  (Also, sorry about the t-shirt, guys.  At least you were warned!)

1 - Totally TanI’ve noticed I’ve been wearing flats a lot more lately.  I think this is a summer thing – when I’m wearing shorts to work (or for running around), I don’t really like to OVER-emphasize my legs with heels.  Plus, I work in a more casual environment, as you know, and sometimes I get teased for my heels.  So, I just wanted to assure you that I still love them, in case you were getting worried.  Heels will always be my first love in footwear.  Well, maybe 2nd to bows.

Back to her roots

I thought I’d take a break this week from the onslaught of shorts and get back to basics – aka dresses (or skirts).

I used to LIVE in dresses.  I mean, I did work in a law school, and I don’t love dress pants, so my options were somewhat limited.  But, still.  There’s just something so automatically pretty and feminine about a dress.  And I’ve never been one to mind embracing a gender stereotype now and then.

I tried to get creative with this dress.  I am a little tired of it by itself, so I needed something new to spruce it up.  I’ve had this pretty ribbon my mom gave me for some time, but never quite figured out what to do with it.  But, boredom is the mother of invention (that’s how that expression goes, right?), so drawing on the navy pattern in the dress, I added the blue and white belt, and voila!

These patterns mix well because they follow the same lines – the polka dots essentially just replace one of the stripes on the dress, and that pattern is subtle enough not to be a noticeable clash.

Of course, the blue in my shoes isn’t identical to either of the blues in the dress, and that is noticeable, particularly in these pictures.  But, in real life, the distance between the dress/belt and the shoes was enough to make the tonal differences acceptable (plus, blues are pretty easy to coordinate, anyway).

1 - yellow dress, polka dot beltWhat do you think about my creative venture?  Is it cute and “artsy” or something, or does it look like I’m trying too hard?  Have you ever taken ribbon or some other not-technically-clothing item and incorporated it into an outfit?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

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)?

 

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!

June Cleaver 2.0

I really love this dress.  I’ve blogged it before and don’t really have much new to say about it.  I call it my June Cleaver dress, and I think that’s fairly accurate (well, except for the length).  But, as I talked about last week with mixing and matching separates, dresses are a lot harder to keep fresh.  I don’t wear this one a ton, so I’m not sick of it yet.  However, I do still try to switch up my accessories and shoes so it looks a little different (even if the overall impression is still basically the same).

Pink and purple is not a normal combination for me, but the polka dots on this dress seem to have a bit of a pink tint to them, which inspired me to try.  The plum keeps me from looking too much like a kid’s Valentine card, and the leopard print belt adds a bit of edge – not only because it’s leopard, but because the print and polka dots are a bit unexpected.

Adding in a 3rd print is generally not advisable, but the floral earrings don’t compete with the polka dots and they’re far enough away from the belt (which is pretty subtle, anyway), to work.  And I finished with bow flats that complement the bow tie at the neck, and the feminine feel of the whole outfit.

1- polka dot dressWhat do you think? Are pink and purple too elementary, or just unexpected enough to be interesting?  Do you have any other good ideas on how to keep dresses fresh and new?  Give me some of your mix and match tips!

Ruling the Empire

I so rarely go out these days that when I do, I make the most of the opportunity.  Even if that means overdressing for dinner with girlfriends.

One of my favorite things about summer is shorts and skirts.  Paired with a cute top, you can pretty much always look stylish, without really trying that hard.

I found this shirt buried in my closet.  I haven’t worn it in probably 2-3 years (I know, you’re supposed to get rid of stuff you haven’t worn in the past year, but if I still like it, I ignore that rule).  I’ve had it for at least 7, because there is a picture of me in it with my first boyfriend (yes, I was 23 by the time I locked someone down long enough for us to have titles).
1 - black lace shortsI was having lighting issues with my camera again, but the closeup of the shorts fabric is fairly accurate – a pretty black lace, with gold thread running through.  My shoes are from India and maybe a little more casual than the rest of the look, but I liked it.

I will say this about my top – it’s cute, but if you’re thinking about looking for one similar, just be careful.  Those empire waisted tops (where the seam is right under the chest) are really not generally flattering and can easily make even the thinnest person look preggo.  So, proceed with caution.  And men, if you ever see a girl wearing one of these types of tops, do NOT ask if she is pregnant.  She probably is not and there’s no way to recover from that faux pas. Ever.

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