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Fall Flowers

I think Fall might be here now, guys. I’ve started dreaming about all the tights I’m going to wear and I might even be ready for my tall boots. Last weekend, we were in the mid-70s, but with that distinctive fall chill in the air. Like a dummy, I kept dressing for the summer that wouldn’t end – and I was cold. So, I’m going to make the switch.

This jacket is one piece that will probably get a lot more wear in the weeks ahead. I had a couple friends in town this weekend, and we talked about how versatile a good denim jacket is. It can take a work-inappropriate dress and make it office-ready (well, a casual office, anyway); it can dress down a more formal piece, giving your fancier clothes more use; or, as in my case, it can be a great transitional piece, extending some spring/summer clothes into a 3rd season.

1-denim-jacket-floral-dressWhile a coral, floral dress is obviously very summery, the heavier brown belt gives it a little more weight than the flowy fabric would otherwise have, and if I swapped out my nude pumps for some tall brown boots, I might even get away with wearing this one for a few more weeks (in the South; I think I would have been laughed out of New England had I tried that when I lived up North). Regardless, the denim jacket gives it a cool – and warm! – vibe that I’m eager to try on all kinds of clothes. If you get tired of seeing this acid-washed number in my posts, at least you have been warned.

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!

Patriots and Politics

Y’all know I’m super patriotic, but this election is really stressing me out. More than perhaps any other (in my lifetime, anyway), I think there are really huge implications of this election, and as a non-fan of any of the candidates (including 3rd party), I am a little overwhelmed. Facebook’s non-stop political barrage does not help.

So, like the good ostrich that I am, I bury my head in the sand a little, and just pray – that I know who I should vote for, and that God has mercy on us all.

And, I wear flag cardigans, because i just can’t help myself. I actually wore this after Hillary’s speech at the DNC, which was accidental on my part, but not lost on some of my colleagues. I promise I was making no statement, except that last week’s belted-sweater over a dress look was so popular, I thought I’d try it again.

1 - patriotic polka dotsThis sweater does hang a little weird on me – it makes my shoulders look quite broad and boxy. But, it was $3, and I always get compliments on it, so I endure. And, I got a little bold with my pattern mixing here, but it works because the navy’s match and the motifs are both Americana-esque.

On Wednesday, I have another unique spin on one of my dresses that I’m excited to show you. I promised creativity, and I’m trying my best to live up to that!

Date Night Uniform

The other night, I went on a date that was actually really good. I don’t know if anything else will come of it than a good date, but it was nice to have a really enjoyable one for a change – especially since earlier that morning, a guy online had asked me to be his baby mama. Not as a euphemism for hooking up. He literally was looking for someone to bear his child… 🙈

Alas, I did not get a picture of my date night outfit because I was running late (duh). So, here’s one that I wore on a date several months ago (as you can tell by my Christmas tree, wool skirt, and tights). First of all, I LOVE these earrings, and I’m pretty sure I built this outfit around them. Second, I really like wearing casual pieces dressed up for dates. It’s a put-together look that doesn’t seem as if you were trying too hard. So yes, I wore a skirt and patent wedges, but I paired it with a t-shirt, so I still looked appropriate for the VERY casual fine dining establishment he chose (y’all, I’m just going to be honest. I’ve become a bit of a restaurant snob, and chains are just hard for me).
1 - date night t-shirtDo you have a go-to date look? In the summer, mine is typically a cute t-shirt with a skirt, or shorts with a dressier blouse – some combo of dressy and casual. Winter is similar, just with tights – ha! Married or single, what’s your usual uniform for nights out? I’d love to hear some new ideas!

Flowers in Bloom

This outfit picture is so old, it’s back in season again! (insert praise hands emoji!)

There are few pieces in my closet right now I like more than the floral ones. Coupled with my perennial favorite coral mini-skirt, this is one of those outfits that will make me happy any time I wear it.

As I’m sure I’ve said before (probably lots of times), patterns are my favorite because you can pull so many different colors out of them for mixing and matching. You probably can’t quite tell, but the tank I’m wearing under the blouse is yellow, which gives a softer feel to the shirt and pairs well with the bright coral (and pop of turquoise in my earrings). I could also wear this blouse with the yellow skirt from Wednesday’s look, and if I did that, I might pick a green or navy under-shirt.  Of course, with jeans, I could go any number of routes with the color pairings, and I’d probably start with my shoes (I have a pair of blue-green wedges that would be so cute with this top!).
1 - floral blouse, coral skirtDo you have any of those great-for-mixing-and-matching pieces in your wardrobe that you just love? What makes them so great? I’d love to hear your combinations. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Rubber Ducky, You’re the One

I really like working in a “creative” job environment, because my fashion risks and quirks are appreciated, and I have a little more freedom in expression.

This duck sweater, for example, was a HUGE hit. I mean, I get why – it’s one of the cutest pieces in my closet. But, it’s not exactly traditionally conservative.

I did make it a little more conservative and less lounging-around the house, by adding pumps. My distressed jeans do not meet my parents’ approval, but they add some edge to the whole look and keep me from being too cutesy.

1 - duck sweater
What do you think of the ducks? Would you wear it, or do you just like it from afar (because, I know you like it – it’s not possible to think this sweater is anything other than adorable)?

Holey Knees

In the spirit of moving on from winter, here is another outfit I won’t be able to wear anymore. Although I prefer the warmer weather, I do love a good cozy sweater (and scarf!), so I’m a little sad to put these two away.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but distressed jeans are all the rage now, and I kinda love this pair I have from Target. My only complaint is that I wish the holes weren’t right at both of my knees. It just kinda feels weird, and my favorite part of the distressed look is the white “strings” or whatever from the denim, and with holes at the knees, you don’t really get that look.

Guess I’ll just have to buy another pair with holes elsewhere! (Also, can we talk about how I was in elementary school the last time holey jeans were in, and I begged my mom to let me cut holes in the knees of my jeans? I’m old, guys – trends are circling back.)
1 - plaid scarf, sweaterHow do you feel about distressed jeans (or cozy sweaters)? Did you wear them the last time they were in, or is this a first for you?

Birthday Suit 2.0

While we’re on the subject of my birthday, I went out and celebrated the weekend before with a friend. Because I’m obsessed with the honky tonks in downtown Nashville, she was a good sport and tagged along. Now, sequins don’t quite fit the cowboy boots theme of Nashville. But, it’s my party, I can wear what I want to.

Of course, it was freezing outside, though, and downtown Nashville is a walking experience. So, I through on a blanket(ish) scarf and called it a day.  For those wondering, I was still cold. But, who remembers that when they have a great outfit to reflect on?
1 - sequin skirt, blanket scarfDon’t judge me that my tree was still up in mid-January…it was a busy time for me.

How do you like my sequins with plaid scarf combo? Too high-low or just enough mixing of styles to work?

Christmas in July?

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you all had a great holiday, enjoyed time with friends and family, and got lots of nice things. A couple of my family members gave me some money, and when I went to spend some of it (because of course it’s burning a hole in my pocket), I could have nearly wept with joy.  I didn’t totally realize how much I missed the act of shopping – not just having new pretty clothes – and the ability to shop again was the greatest gift anyone could have given me.

I did not wear this outfit on Christmas, but I could have.  Never in my life have I sweated on Christmas day until this year, and the day after, I was literally outside in shorts and a t-shirt washing my car.  As someone who likes snow, I was a little disappointed.  As someone who had to drive 5 hours each way in a Chevy Aveo…it was probably for the best.

1 - yellow tee, patterned shortsHow was Christmas for all of you?  Any cute trendy new pieces, or do you have money and gift cards to use, also?  Any ideas on what you’re going to get?  Let’s catch up!

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!

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