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Major Announcement

If you’re familiar with the Enneagram (i.e., you are immersed in Christian culture and/or you live in Nashville), then my penchant for making big, dramatic announcements should not surprise you since I am a 3 wing 4. If you’re not familiar with the Enneagram but you’ve ever met me, then it probably shouldn’t surprise you, either. I enjoy making a splash.

So, with that as an introduction, allow me to make the biggest announcement I’ve made in about 4 years – since I announced I was moving to Nashville…

I am, once again, moving!

I’ve accepted a position with the Department of Education, Federal Student Aid office, and I’ll be heading to DC in a few weeks.

When I told my current boss about my new job, he said, “well, that sounds boring.” Which made me laugh. But, I agree – if I were packaging individual loans for students, it would be pretty boring (no offense to any student loan officers out there; you’ve got a tough job). But, I’ll be on more of the big picture side, working with the people who are trying to resolve the student loan crisis, provide the public with good information, and affect policy. It’s a really incredible opportunity, and I’m grateful for it.

Most people who I’ve told about my move have had similar reactions and asked the same questions, so I thought I’d go ahead and address them now to save us all some time.

Q: But, I thought you loved Nashville!

A: I do love Nashville. Nashville is the best city I’ve ever lived in, and I will miss it, my friends, my church (especially my church), the music, and so much more. Of all my many moves, this one is the most bittersweet. But, it is time, and this opportunity opens up a whole new avenue for my career. I couldn’t pass it up.

Q: But, I thought you hated DC!

A: Hate is such a strong word… DC has never been my favorite city, that is true. However, I’ve also always thought I’d end up there at some point. I’ve been interested in government work for most of my adult life, and when I first graduated with my master’s, I moved to Virginia Beach with the plan to use it as a launching pad to DC. And I guess I did – just with two states and a lot of years in between.

Q: Why do you move so much, anyway?

A: I’ve wrestled with this one myself. To be fair, the majority of my moves were as a child, and I think growing up that way gave me a bit of a free spirit. I enjoy change and new opportunities and adventures. However, I’m also in my 30s now so I think about change and all its ramifications more seriously. At the end of the day, though, while I sometimes feel old, I’m not actually and life is long. There is plenty of time left to try new things and if I don’t like them, I can try something else. On the other hand, time does go by quickly and I don’t want to waste a moment by being afraid to take risks and seize opportunities.

Q: Are they paying you enough to live there?

A: Yes, and I’m sensitive about this question because I feel like it implies that I’m naive and don’t know that DC is expensive, and/or that I wasn’t smart enough to consider cost of living in my decision. So, if you ask this, and I snap at you, I’m sorry; I know you are just trying to be helpful. But, at least now you know why I’m touchy about it. Also, thank you for paying your taxes so that I can pay my bills.

Q: Can you get my student loans forgiven?

A: No.

Q: Are you excited?

A: Yes, I am excited. Like I said earlier, it’s definitely bittersweet. But, I miss the East Coast. I spent almost all of my 20s along the coast, and many of my close friends are still scattered up and down the shoreline. I have a few friends from different points in my life in DC, too, including my middle school bestie and a friend who I have accidentally followed to college, Nashville, and now DC.

Plus, the beach is closer – a significant factor that can’t be ignored.

But, I realize that my life is about to be dramatically different. Nashville is the biggest city I’ve ever lived in, and DC is literally 4 times its size. I’ll be taking public transportation every day and walking a few blocks from my home to the metro stop and from the metro stop to work – in all kinds of weather. I have to get “walking” shoes. It snows in DC, and I haven’t lived in a place where it snowed regularly in over 12 years. I’m going to have to wear suits. Maybe not every day. But more than the average of two times a year that I currently wear them.

So, yes, I am excited. But, I’m also nervous. I know I’ll adjust, and I think I’ll end up really liking it. I guess it would be a little ridiculous to do it if I didn’t expect to like it. But, I’m realistic enough to realize that the transition might be a little tough.

Q: This seems so sudden!

A: It’s really not. While I’d let my government ambitions subside for a while, a little over a year ago, I began to think about DC seriously. This was a big thing for me, because as we’ve already discussed, I’ve never loved DC and have actually been quite vocal about that in the past… But, the more I thought about it, the better the idea seemed, and it stuck with me, too. I get whims all the time, and most go away within a few days. It’s the ones that stick with me that I start to really pray about and pursue.

I applied for a few things last fall but took a little break when those didn’t pan out. Then, this summer, I started putting out feelers again and setting up alerts on USA Jobs. I went up for an interview with FSA in September, and I didn’t receive a final offer until November. So, really, none of it has been sudden at all. But, it all has been remarkably smooth and easy – something I also couldn’t ignore in my decision making process.

In fact, the process was so easy, I can’t help but think of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde getting into Harvard:

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I hesitate to even make that joke because I do know that the typical process of getting a federal job can be very difficult, and I’ve had several friends be incredibly frustrated in their search. So, I don’t want to make light of anyone’s disappointment. However, I can’t help but marvel at the way God has thrown open doors for me, and as Proverbs 3:6 says, “made my paths straight.”

Q: Can we come visit you like we did in Nashville?

A: Of course! The accommodations will likely be a little more snug…and you might have to sleep on an air mattress or the couch. But, I’m always happy to have guests!

And there you have it – the major announcement! I’ve already begun altering my wardrobe to include Ann Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, and some sensible pumps. But, honestly, I think DC fashion is a little lacking, so even within the confines of my professional wardrobe, I’m excited to bring a little Tastefully Trendy flair to the big city.

And in the meantime, if you have any boxes or newspaper, I will gladly take all of it off of your hands.

To cap off this post, I don’t have any great outfit collages. I do, however, have a picture of me examining a closet at a potential DC apartment (I deemed the closet inadequate, as you might be able to guess from my face). And a couple of my favorite selfies from the magical mirror in my church bathroom. Dear Magic Mirror, I think I’ll miss you most of all.

Thank you for reading, and much love to you all.

<3,
SB

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!

The Polka Dot Detective

Since we’ve already done the no eye makeup look this week, we might as well continue.

I might have told you this story already; forgive me, if so. But, when I was an extra on Nashville, I was supposed to wear business attire, like a detective might. I signed up for it, promising I had the requisite clothing. But, when I started to look through my closet, I realized that while I do have gray and black suits, they have ruffles on them. Likewise, I do have button-downs in dark colors; they’re also polka-dotted. I’ve never seen Mariska Hargitay wear polka dots on the job. If I were actually a detective, I would for sure bring fun to the office with my wardrobe, but I assumed the costumers on Nashville would not agree with that decision. So, I bought some boring grey pants, wore a plain black blazer, and mostly satisfied their requirements.

But, I’m not going to lie, I really wanted to wear the shirt I’m wearing in this outfit today. Can’t you picture how cute that would have been with a black pantsuit? Oh well. If ever I’m a detective in real life, you’ll know what I’ll be wearing.

Unrelated, I pretty much live in my black jeans. I should probably have more than one pair, because I’m obsessed.  Thanks, Old Navy!

Do you have multiples of the same item because you wear them so much? I mean, of course everyone has more than one pair of jeans…but, two of the very same thing? I am definitely guilty of buying the same shirt in several colors; if it’s a good price and looks good, why not stock up?

Getting Choked Up

I debated mixing in some of my older good-camera outfits with these phone camera pictures, but I thought we’d just rip the band-aid off and get them all out of the way now. That way, whenever I do get my new good camera, we can just have all good outfits, not marred by this embarrassing photography.

My favorite trend right now is chokers, and its one that I was scared of trying when they first came back around. First of all, the last time these were in style, I was 13, and I really didn’t wear them much then. Second of all, my neck is kinda short and I was afraid they’d cut me off weird.

But, I was happy to discover that with an open neckline, and a choker of just a modest width, I could actually pull these off quite well. My middle-school self would be so proud.

Since I discovered I could wear them, I’ve fully embraced the trend and wear one several times a week. I especially like layering them with other necklaces, which, although not demonstrated in my outfit below, is the modern spin on the old trend. I think they look a little edgy, which might be part of the reason I like them. But, they also make me feel like Cinderella, let’s be honest.

cinderella-choker-necklaceSo, here’s to the choker, even if it makes me feel super old that styles I distinctly remember wearing are already back for their 2nd go-round.

1-pink-leather-trendWhat styles from your childhood have you seen come back around – that you’re either happy about, or wish had stayed in your childhood?

Guess who’s back, back again

So, this is embarrassing…I knew I hadn’t posted in a while, but I didn’t realize the last time was before Halloween! I really thought I’d have more time on my hands in Nashville, but between moving/unpacking, job hunting/interviewing, teaching an online course, and not yet having internet in my house, I have actually been quite busy.  Estimating how long it’s going to take me to do things/how many hours are in a day is not one of my strengths.

But, most of my boxes are now unpacked and I have no money to go shopping for more things to put away, so I should have more time going forward to get into a regular routine of writing.

To update you on my life:

  • I found a place to live. It’s seriously the cutest. Here’s my closet: wpid-img_20151118_090522.jpg(Well, the shoes part of my closet.  Because duh.)

And my Christmas tree:

wpid-wp-1448740528088.jpgAlso, I have a guest bedroom, so please come visit me!

  • No job yet, but I’ve had some good leads, so I’m hopeful that will happen soon. In the meantime, thanks Mom and Dad for keeping me alive. And thanks unemployment for keeping me skinny.
  • I’ve gone on a couple dates in Nashville so far, and I have some…observations.  More on that in a future post.

I don’t know yet where I’m going to set up my camera for future outfit posts. Also, I’m really only getting dressed every day to go to a coffee shop, so my looks haven’t been super exciting so far (although the girl at Starbucks today did tell me I looked very put together.  Also, don’t judge that I’m going to Starbucks in the land of a million coffee shops.  It’s right by my house and the nicest Starbucks I’ve ever been to outside of Mumbai, India.).  All that to say, I’ll probably be posting some Georgia looks for the next couple of weeks until I get that part of my life more settled.

For now, here is my much-teased but now irrelevant Halloween costume.  My best friend Delenna and I were a construction worker and a stud finder for Halloween this year.  GET IT, GUYS??

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Please note my interpretation of “steel-toed boots” below, as well.
wpid-1031152043a.jpgThanks for sticking with me, even as I’ve been MIA, everyone. I’ve missed our chats!  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and let’s talk soon! xoxo, Sarah Beth

TBT: That Professional Life

Hey guys, remember when I used to wear clothes like this every day?  Me too.  And sometimes I miss it.  But other times when it’s 11 degrees and I can throw on my fleece leggings, I don’t.

One day last week it warmed up enough for me to consider putting on my thickest tights instead of leggings, and I pulled out my beloved, but lately neglected, checkerboard skirt.  I’ll never forget buying this skirt.  I had seen it in JCPenney but it wasn’t on sale enough (everything in JCP is on some sale), so I decided to wait.  A few weeks later, I went back, and it was on clearance, so within my budget.  I snatched it up, and remembered again my shopping mantra: good things come to those who wait.

I really like pink with black and white (an idea possibly sparked by the hot pink belt that actually came with this skirt), so while it may be slightly hard to completely distinguish the colors in this picture, I paired a soft pink and white striped blouse with the more rose-colored cardi, and added the only statement necklace I had that would fit with the two necklines.
1 - pink and black professionalI think these cap-toe shoes might be on their way out; or maybe they’re already gone.  But I still love these shoes, so I’m not ready to let go.  Yet.

Do you like pairing brights with black and white or are you a purist?  Which is your favorite combo?  Let’s talk!

80 Days of Summer: Barbie Shoes

Honestly, I don’t think I need to say anything about these shoes.  Metallic (or really, any contrasting color) capped toes are still super in, and these pumps are the perfect dress-up-any-look go-to.
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Of course the real star of this look is my Barbie shoe bracelet. I’ve blogged about it before – I’m sure you remember, because how could you forget something like that?  And how fitting for my summer shoe theme.  I should probably wear it everyday this summer.  Do you think that might be overkill?
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I realized I’d kinda dropped off telling you about my great deals somewhere along the way.  My bad.  These shoes were from Macy’s during last year’s shoe shopping spree, the tank from H&M for like $7, and the blazer was free at a swap party.  Free is my favorite price.

Pink blazer, capped toe heels, shoe bracelet

Mango black shirt
$25 – johnlewis.com

Chaus pink blazer
nordstrom.com

Pointed toe pumps
target.com

Amrita Singh earrings
amritasingh.com

What’s black and purple and shimmers all over?

When I was in Boston – aka God’s country, aka the most perfect place on earth, aka home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox – a couple weeks ago, I had some time to kill so I went shopping.  I know you’re all shocked.

I headed up to Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall – in part because it was close to my hotel and in other part because I know how to get around that area (follow the red line!) – and stumbled upon a little shop called the Stone Flower.  I rarely find much in boutiques because they are usually overpriced.  This one was much more moderate than most, and when I saw this pretty purple skirt, I just couldn’t resist.

The picture in no way does the skirt justice – it’s a bold, royal purple of taffeta-ish material.  It’s a great party skirt that I plan to wear every day. 

I should have also taken better pictures of the blouse, which has little silver rhinestones on the sleeve cuffs and shoulders.  The shiny skirt, combined with the rhinestone top, combined with my headband, bracelet, and cap-toed shoes meant I was a hot mess of sparkles.  Just the way I like it.

Skirt: the Stone Flower
Blouse: H&M – but in New York, so it’s fancy
Shoes: Macy’s
Bracelet: a gift, but I think from Macy’s
Earrings: Francesca’s Boutique
Headband: Burlington Coat Factory

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