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Happy Birthday to Me!

Y’all, it’s my birthday!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not one of those subtle people that hopes everyone forgets about my big day. I like my birthday, and I don’t mind people celebrating with me (even if I’m not excited about the number anymore…)

On my birthday, I always like to wear something really pretty, that makes me feel very girly and fun. Last year, I wore my purple satin skirt with gold shoes (and was very overdressed for an all-day work orientation, but whatever). This year, I’m writing this before my birthday (true confession, I usually write these posts in advance – it’s the only way I can get them done!) I really want to wear one of my sequin skirts, but that’s generally frowned upon in academia. So, I’ll probably wear this pretty skirt again, because I love it, and what’s more feminine than a long tutu (let’s be realistic, that’s essentially what this is).

DSC_0035I’ve talked before about how much I love mixing high and low style – the chambray and the tulle are a perfect juxtaposition to each other. (Side note, does anyone remember that store in the mall? It took me FOREVER to learn how to say that word as a middle schooler. But that didn’t stop me from shopping there!)1 - tulle skirt, chambrayThe lavender-gray of the skirt isn’t something I have a lot of in my closet, but I think it’s a pretty color, and purples are easy to blend, as you can see with my shoes here.

How do you all celebrate your birthday? It may not be with fashion, and that’s okay! But, if you do have something particular you like to wear on your special day, I’d love to hear about it!

My Tribe

I told y’all last week that I am currently obsessed with chokers. And I did not lie. I only have them in black right now, which is probably a good thing because if I had other colors, I might wear them EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I’m not sure that the choker in this outfit adds a whole lot, especially since the rest of my outfit is brown. But, it’s cute, so I went with it.

Not much else to say about this that I haven’t already said – chokers are back, and I love it. Shirts tied at the waist are back, and I love it. Tribal prints are probably about on their way out, but I still love it. And the cold(er) weather is here, bringing with it tights and boots – and I love it!

1-denim-shirt-tribal-skirtAre there any trends that you refuse to let go of, even if you know they’re on their way out? Or, maybe they’ve long passed an you just don’t care – fashion is all open to interpretation, anyway! Share your favorites!

Extra, extra, read all about it

Well, guys, as of yesterday, I am no longer employed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Instead, on Wednesday, I’ll be the newest employee of Belmont University!

I didn’t really want to make a big deal of it, partly because I always make a big deal of my life changes, and partly because it’s not that big of a deal. I had some really great experiences at the CMHOF, but ultimately, the journey of the past three years has taught me that higher ed is where I belong. My dad has worked in it practically my whole life; I guess I should have just followed the family business. It’s where the oldest child usually ends up anyway, right?

Anyway, I’m excited to go back to admissions (if anyone wants to get a degree in physical or occupational therapy, let me know). But, a little sad that the days of wearing sequins to work are over. Sure, I’ve been told my new office is “business casual”, but I don’t think that an academic office ever defines that term with shiny things.

Saturdays, though, you can bet I’ll be rocking this combo again – it’s high-low fashion perfection.
1 - chambray and sequinsHave a great weekend, everyone, and happy Labor Day! Here’s to boats, beers, and the last breath of summer!

Twofer Tuesday: Little White Dress

Since it’s been a while, I thought I’d do a Twofer Tuesday! For a long time, I didn’t have enough outfits on reserve to spare two in one post, but I’m doing pretty well in catching up.

Y’all know I’ve been trying to give new life to my dresses, and mixing and matching is my favorite thing ever. I take very great pride in my skills, as evidenced in these two takes on a standard (off)white summer dress.

In look one, I took a classic chambray blouse, tied it at the waist (because that’s back in now, btw), and added my favorite boho earrings. Since I was going to work and not a music festival, I put on some pumps, but over all, the feel is very casual chic.

1 -chambray and cream Next, I’m a little obsessed with this yellow sweater. I got it on clearance at Target and it had a hole in it. So, I made my mom sew it up, and it will probably be worn until it’s threadbare. Because it’s PERFECT!!! Add in some pink accessories, because you know I like looking like an Easter egg, and I have a new favorite look.

1 - yellow dress, pink beltWhich look do you prefer? Either for me, or for yourself, if the answer is different. Have you started tying your shirts at your waist again yet, or are you not quite ready to re-embrace that look? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

TBT: Yesterday

Surprise!  My green pants are back.  I actually really love these pants, so I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. I was trying to save them for a Two-fer Tuesday, but I decided I needed to clear this photo out of my queue.

So, here you go!  Totally different look – same pants.  I love chambray shirts for their ability to match with ANYTHING, and for the way they can automatically make an outfit look more casual, but still put together at the same time. My boots are super hard to walk in, but equally super cute and I’m really into tan these days as an accent color (as opposed to black, for example).  A few simple accessories, and I was done!
1 - chambray, green pantsDo you have a pair of pants that you just love (besides jeans, because duh)?  What do you love about them – fit, color, comfort, the way they look on your butt?  Let’s swap some pants love!

Purple, Lilac, Lavender

For a girl who loves color as much as I do, today’s “Purple, Lilac, Lavender” prompt seemed pretty easy.  But, I decided to try to get as many shades of that lovely hue in as possible.  Thanks to my cute floral infinity scarf, I think I covered all three, and my shoes (which sadly, are on their last leg, RIP) made sure no one forgot which shade of the rainbow I was highlighting.

I have a friend who wears something purple every single day.  I like that about her.  While I don’t think I have that much dedication to any one shade, I do like the idea of having a signature color (a la Elle Woods) that you can always go to when you want to feel good about yourself or celebrate something special.  For me, that color will always be pink.  I don’t really have a lot of it in my closet, but it’s a cheerful color that always makes me feel pretty and feminine.
1 - purple, lilac, lavenderDo you have a “signature color” (or, one that you just really enjoy wearing)?  If so, what is it, when do you wear it, and what do you like about it?  Let’s bring some color to this black and white Monday!

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!

Stayin’ Cool

I’ve been super into shorts lately, which, I suppose, isn’t that noteworthy since it is summer.  However, my summer go-to for years’ past has always been skirts.  So, I’m not sure where this new-found affection is coming from…but I’m going with it.

On this particular day, I wore my favorite yellow shorts primarily because they matched my cute new necklace.  This necklace, by the way, came from a children’s store I just happened to visit with a friend.  You just never know where you’ll find $6 treasures!
1 - denim and yellowOf course, not everyone has the option to wear shorts to work, and as we’ve discussed before, I had to really get used to that option.  But, everyone does have to stay cool in the summer.  What’s your favorite method?  Are you a tank top girl, flip flops, pony tails, shorts, skirts, flowy pants…?  Or do you just suffer for 3-6 months of the year?  Let’s swap tips!

Two-fer Tuesday: Floral Jeans

Let me begin this post by saying if you’re ever feeling badly about yourself, go shopping at Loft.  Their sizes run so ridiculously big and their mirrors are slanted at such an angle, you’ll leave feeling like you could give Heidi Klum a run for her money.

And, if you’re really lucky, you may end up with jeans for $10.  That, combined with an unbelievably low number on the tag, is sure to boost your mood!

Here are those aforementioned jeans, which have quickly become one of my favorites.  Although they are patterned, the pattern is small enough to function more as a neutral.  Still, I haven’t gotten super crazy with my patterns or color mixing yet.

Which of these stylings do you prefer?1 - floral jeans, chambray shirt
1 - floral jeans, striped shirt(Um, so lessons from this bottom picture – don’t keep your phone in your back pocket when you’re taking pictures.  Also, my camera has been randomly taking blurry pictures lately that I can’t figure out how to fix.  But, I liked the blurry one so much better than the clear one, so I included it, anyway.  Third, apparently coral and blue is a favorite color combination of mine.  Odd.)

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.

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