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The Simple Life

Guys, I don’t really have a ton to say about this outfit.  I just found it in my “unblogged” folder, and I liked it, despite the fact that I waited to take the pictures until all of my make-up had melted off my face (apparently).

I love how a jacket (even a casual, cropped one) can automatically amp up the “put-together” factor of an outfit.  Although at the core I’m just wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops, the jacket makes it look intentional.  And the embellishments on the flip flops make me look less lazy.  Plus, I like the 3rd color they introduce into the outfit (if you can’t tell, there are still some flecks of blue and yellow in the shimmer, so it’s not TOTALLY ignoring the rest of the look).

1 - cropped jacket, flip flopsDo you have any tricks to make something easy look like you really worked at it?  Hair, make-up, clothing…let’s share some “life hacks” (which, btw, is the most annoying phrase in pop culture right now), and make all of our lives more simple and more beautiful at the same time!

P.S.  My earrings are from Rahab’s Rope.  We don’t sell that particular variety any more, but we’ve got tons of other cute stuff if you haven’t checked out the site lately!

Just Wanna Take Your Time

My friend pool is pretty small in Gainesville, so when one of them is out of town, I end up having a lot of me-time.  This used to depress me, but lately I’ve been trying to make the most of the situation.  That means some Netflix, of course, but I’ve also been doing some reading, and I’m on track for my 15 books in 2015 goal (I realize that’s not that ambitious, but it’s certainly an increase from the like 3 in 2014).  I’ve also spent a lot of time working on my hair and makeup.  I really enjoy doing it, even if I’m just going to go sit at Starbucks and write-up blog posts.  It makes me feel good about myself and it’s fun.

So, now that I’ve justified to all of you and myself the mostly unproductive use of my time, here’s the outfit I wore on Sunday to said Starbucks.  When you have hours to fill, you can get a little creative with your outfits, and I liked how this new one turned out.  This dress, an Indian purchase, is pretty unflattering without anything over it, and pretty short/flimsy without anything under it.  But add a jacket and leggings, and it looks great!

I’ve always been scared of navy with black, but gray kinda helps bridge the gap, and combining neutrals is usually pretty safe.  Still, when I tried it, I did it with the thought that I might hate it and have to start completely from scratch.  Fortunately, it worked on the first try.  No messy closet to put back together this time!
1 - navy polka dots and peach jacketAlso, for the record, those are curling iron curls!  I don’t know if my hair is finally damaged enough to hold a heat curl, if my headband curling has trained it to behave, or if the absolute lack of humidity (the only positive about this never-ending winter) has worked in my favor, but whatever the reason, I’m pretty pleased with this recent development.

How do you all feel about my color combos?  And how do you fill your time when all of your friends/family/acquaintances are unavailable?  I may need some more ideas soon…I can only curl my hair so many times.

80 Days of Summer: Set in Bronze

I always feel a little weird writing about fashion right after a tragedy has occurred. I’m talking specifically about the death of Robin Williams, but really, pick something – the Ebola crisis, Iraq, Israel/Gaza…it seems like everywhere we turn, something horrible is happening, and I’m over here writing about clothes.

I honestly don’t know what to do with all of these sad things.  They’re bigger than me.  But, I’m grateful that God’s mercies are new every morning, and that even after something terrible occurs, there is still reason to get out of bed each day, put on pretty clothes, and rejoice.  Because He is still God, He still loves us, and I am here another day to honor Him for that.

Last week, my job had a grand reopening of our physical store (which, if you’re ever in Gainesville, Georgia, you should totally come by and see.  And if you’re not, you should totally shop online).  It was kind of a big deal – the Chamber of Commerce came and cut the ribbon with ceremonial scissors.  The whole 9 yards.

So, I took advantage of the special day to bring out some special shoes.

DSC_0635These 9 West pretties don’t get nearly as much wear as I would like.  Because, honestly, how often do you have need for bronze strappy heels?   (Actually, I wore them a lot at my old job – I defined the term “professional” very loosely.)
1 - Pink leather dress, teal necklaceAnd of course, nothing says non-profit store opening like a hot pink leather dress, right? I should have taken a picture of the back – only because it has an exposed zipper and I think those are cool.  But, alas, I did not, so you’ll just have to appreciate the hot pink leather without seeing the zipper.  It’s a rough life.

My necklace is from Rahab’s Rope, btw.  You can buy one yourself, if you’d like! (I didn’t think I’d plugged my job enough yet in this post.)  And I also didn’t mean to go all artsy on the bracelet shot.  It just happened somehow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  On this day, I’m grateful for fashion.  That’s obvious, of course, and maybe seems trite.  But, I really am grateful for the joy that the only art expression I have brings me.  Creativity is a gift, and I like the way mine manifests.  However, I am also grateful for the creativity of those of you who are photographers, painters, musicians, actors, writers, graphic designers, make-up artists, and so many many more wonderful things.  I believe every person is creative in one way or another, and that’s what makes life beautiful and fun.

Having said that, I am growing a little discontent with my sweater collection.  I’ve had this one for probably 7 years, and while I once loved it, I do think it has seen its better days.  Sadly, so have most of my sweaters.  I guess I know what I’m asking for for Christmas.

I love the warmth of Thanksgiving – from the coziness of the weather, to the abundance of hot food, to the fuzzies that come from being with those you love and gearing up for the Christmas season.  I tried to reflect that in my clothes.

I hope you all have a truly blessed time with your family and friends, and remember to be kind to yourself and grateful for who you are as a creative person.

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft
Jeans: Off Saks
Boots: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Francesca’s Boutique

Take Your Hummingbird to Work Day

I really love sequins. I don’t think this is a secret. But, I seldom have occasions when sequins are legitimately appropriate.  So, I work them in during other times.

Like this shirt for example.  It’s really an evening out shirt, especially because worn properly, it falls a little bit off the shoulder.  Side note: I don’t even know why I included the crooked picture in the bottom right corner.  It adds nothing to your understanding of the top.  But, I digress.

I wanted to wear this shirt to work, but sequins during the day are hard to pull off; even harder in a professional environment.  But, have no fear – a trusty black blazer makes everything look more sedate and grown-up.  So, with some tailored pale pink capris (yes, I promise they’re pink, not white), and some heels, I took my sequined hummingbird to work with me and managed to (almost) pass for a professional adult. 

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