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Twofer Tuesday: Nude Pumps and Arm Parties

If you missed it yesterday, I’m doing a style challenge on Instagram, and trying to stay one day ahead of the prompts on my blog.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t really possible for tomorrow’s prompt, “Check Her Out”, so you’ll just have to swing by @tastefullytrendysb on Instagram to see how I interpret that and maybe I’ll blog the full outfit someday (spoiler alert: I may look like a picnic blanket).

Instead, today I’ll stick with my two-fer Tuesday theme, this time highlighting the classic nude pump and the trendy arm party (aka stacks of bracelets).

The arm party is a trend I haven’t quite mastered yet.  I get the concept – pile all kinds of random things on your arm, that are loosely connected, either by the color of the metal, or by their funkiness.  Or not at all.  I spent quite a while on Pinterest the other day trying to learn how to do this.  I think the real problem is I don’t have the right pieces.  I have a billion bangles, but to really have an arm party, you need different shapes, textures, designs, etc.  So, I’m on the right track with the looks below, but don’t copy me yet…I still need to get myself to Forever 21 for some cheap starter pieces while I master the look, before I invest in some higher quality jewelry (just kidding…since when have I ever had high quality jewelry?)

Anyway, I call this first look, Teacher Chic.  Because, a cardigan.  Duh.  And a cute dress.  It’s not quite Jessica Day, but we’re getting there.

1 - cardigan and cherry dressNext up is one of my favorite trends: the jumpsuit.  Again, I went with stacks of bangles, and again, not quite the arm party look, but since I don’t live in New York or Nashville, it’s probably okay that I’m still working through the trend.

1 - jumpsuit, nude pumpsThe nude pumps in both serve to lengthen the leg (that’s a universally understood principal of nude heels, and why they are worn by starlets everywhere), and not to distract from the more interesting elements of the outfits.

What do you think of these two looks?  Have you started having arm parties?  If so, what are some of your tips (besides get a watch…I really need a watch)?  Also, do you feel stupid calling it an arm party?  Because I do, but I’m not going to fight the system on this one.  I want to hear your thoughts!

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!

A Good Face for Radio

A few weeks ago, I went up to the local radio station to record an ad and an interview for work (you can listen to them here and here).  I knew it was very unlikely that my face would ever be shown (I mean, I guess they could have done a promotional shot or something), but it was a big deal for me, so I wanted to look the part.

Of course, “the part” for radio is probably whatever you feel like wearing.  And I felt like wearing a dress.  I didn’t want to go over-board with a business suit, or look like I was trying as hard as I was, so I added a cute, denim-striped, cropped jacket to tone it down, but still look professional and put-together.

1 - floral dress, cropped jacketDon’t you just love my cute envelope cross-body bag?  I bought it at a fun little boutique in Maryland earlier this year.  It’s hard for me to be minimalist enough to use something this small (I realize this is about the biggest fold-over bag known to man, but still) – however, it’s so cute, I make it work.

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And, in case I don’t say it enough, I do love seeing your looks – regardless of whether they were inspired by me or not.  So, please send them my way so I can feature you sometime!

Sequins and Scarves

Today’s post features yesterday’s shoes; sorry I’m not always as original as I’d like to be.

But the shoes are hardly the star of today’s outfit, anyway.  There are a lot of individual pieces I really like here, but I think my favorite thing about this look is the color combination.  Peach and yellow are a little unexpected, but these shades work well together, especially because the scarf is embellished with a lot of different colors, including a peach/pink/whatever-you-put-next-to-it shade.

It’s a little hard to tell in this picture, but my tank has gold sequin stripes, so I pulled out the gold with my favorite lion cuff.  The look is very casual, yet put together and bling-y.  Just like I like it.
1- Coral jacket yellow scarfFashion tip: Unless you’re 21 or a movie star with washboard abs, skip the cropped top trend.  It’s perfectly acceptable to use layers under a shorter length (like I did with the jacket above) and look of-the-moment without being age-inappropriate.

  • Jacket: Hand-me-down
  • Jeans: Off Saks
  • Sandals: JCP
  • Cuff: Rue 21
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Scarf: India


More than one way to wear a jacket

When I was growing up, my mom would often get on food kicks. I remember a summer where we drank Sunkist soda every day (this summer was also marked by copious amounts of the Price is Right and Goldfish crackers – we had a Sam’s Card that summer).

She also tells the story of being in college, hooked on Pay Day candy bars.  Or when she worked at a restaurant in her 20s, living off of packets of saltine crackers.  Don’t worry; we’re much healthier in my family now.

I think I’m that way with clothes.  I get a new piece that I really like, and I wear the heck out of it.  You may remember this jacket from my weekend outfit I blogged on Monday.  I’d like to say these looks were all very spread out; I guess three times in an 8 day period is kinda spread out.  But, I was on my kick and not to be dissuaded.  Hopefully, the mixing and matching sufficiently masked my obsession.

Look 1
Dress: Ross, maybe?
Jacket: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Hamrick’s (I’m embarrassed to say I’ve ever been in that store, but they actually have some cute things)
Necklace: Leah

Look 2
Dress: Ross (of TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Ross, Ross definitely has the best dress section)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe – these are on their last, dying, crippled leg.  But, I love them.

Red, Off-White, and Blue

One of my favorite things about summer is shorts.  I wish I had more than two days in the week when I could wear them because they’re so comfortable and cute.

The other night, I went to a festival nearby to watch some fireworks, so shorts seemed appropriate.  The night wasn’t super hot, though (I’m really not sure what’s going on with the weather this year), so I added my new favorite striped denim jacket.  You can’t really see the stripes in this picture, so think train engineer.  Also, I bought this jacket at Charlotte Russe (another one of my I’m-not-fifteen-so-I-only-buy-cheap-accessories-here stores) – sometimes, you just get lucky.

Even though I was going to watch fireworks, it’s not the fourth of July, so I didn’t want to look SUPER patriotic.  I chose cream as an accent color, instead of true white, and I added earrings with a bit of turquoise to throw off the American-flag look.  I don’t know if I was actually successful, but overall, the outfit turned out cute.

*Disclaimer.  I’m not really super hippy.  The cropped jacket and loose fit of the shorts just make me look that way in this picture.

Jacket: Charlotte Russe
Tank: Wet Seal
Shorts: Marshall’s (or TJ Maxx?)
Earrings/Necklace: Francesca’s Boutique
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Watch: Wal-Mart
Bracelets: one of those $1 jewelry stores in the mall.  I’m not too proud.

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