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Nashville Fashion

Even before I moved here, my best friend and I referred to Nashville as the perfect city.  Based on our experiences, it totally was, but I did have the slightest fear that when I actually lived here and wasn’t just on vacation, it might not live up to that moniker.  Fortunately, it has in every respect.

Between all the restaurants I’ve tried, TV shows I’ve been an extra in, and concerts I’ve attended, I feel like I’m really taking the Nashville bull by the horns. But there is one area in which I feel inadequate – fashion.

Maybe that’s ironic for someone who has a fashion blog, but Nashville is by far the trendiest/most fashionable place I have ever lived – and the style here is very specific. Whether it’s the floppy hat/wedge booties/black top look of the “it” girls, or the more bohemian/grunge/beanie (hats are really big in Nashville) stylings of the hipsters, I just haven’t quite mastered the Nashville look yet.  Because of that, I am a little self-conscious of my wardrobe, and all of my clothes now feel old fashioned. I mean, after all, I did spend the last two years building up the more preppy, traditional look of North Georgia and worked at a law school for years before that.

However, I’ve been inspired by something a musician told me when we were discussing the unbelievable amount of musical talent in this town. He said that instead of being intimidated by how good everyone else is, he’s motivated by those around him to become better. The “competition” pushes him to be the best version of himself. I like that – right now I’m stretching my fashion muscles, but in the end, I’ll be stronger for it.

In the meantime, here is an outfit I wore in Georgia that I probably wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear here, and that’s good enough for now.

1 - purple leather, floral jeans

 

Is it Christmas without Snow?

The last time I had to figure out what to wear in a mid-70s degree December, I lived in Florida.  And I was 12, so it was really a matter of wearing the blue jumper or the yellow one (with matching platform tennis shoes, of course).

Since then, I would like to say my sartorial tastes have evolved (I think using the word “sartorial” proves that, right?), but I’ve also moved further north, and picking out Christmas-y clothes when it’s 75 degrees out is no small feat.

For this look, I took a few liberties with the typical red and green color palette, softening it with a mint-colored tee. Polka dots added a bit of warm weather flair, and the light-weight cotton in the scarf helped me look a little more seasonally appropriate, without actually adding weight or heat. A sparkly headband also created a more festive look while hiding my unwashed hair.  Men, don’t judge – you’d actually be quite surprised how infrequently we wash our hair.

1 - polka dots and mintHave you been wearing Christmas-y clothes yet?  I may love a theme a little more than the next person, but hopefully you’ve caught a little of the Christmas spirit.  How much is everyone loving the warm winter weather (sorry, Colorado). Welcome back to the work week – hope this Monday treats you well!

TBT: Polka Dot Life

For today’s #TBT post, let’s revisit a time when I went through a polka dot phase.  Just kidding – polka dots are not a phase, but my life-long love to whom I will be forever faithful.

However, as my bare shoulders and wedges make obvious, this is an outfit I wore a while ago.  I think it was actually in September, but before the weather started catching up to the calendar.

I like the basic simplicity of this outfit – good jeans, black and white dot cami, coordinating black espadrilles, and simple gold accessories.  However, it’s really hard for me not to bring SOME element of color into whatever I’m wearing, and I think the turquoise necklace does that quite nicely, don’t you?
1 - Must be good jeansHow are you honoring this Throwback Thursday?  I don’t have that many childhood pictures of myself handy, so this is the best I can do.  I’d love to see your TBTs, though – fashion related, or otherwise!

Nashville (Head)Bands

Moving takes a lot out of you, guys, and so does getting a nasty cold that messes up your travel plans.  I’ve been stuck at my parents for the last couple days (which, really, is a pretty great place to be stuck when you’re sick) – however, their internet is very slow.  So, those are all my excuses for not blogging the last two days.  Mea culpa.

But, today I am on my way to Nashville!  My stuff is all safely tucked away in my storage pods and teeny-tiny car, and I should make it just in time to see my first free Nashville concert – Sam Hunt, feel free to propose to me from stage.  I’ll say yes.

Since I’ll be in the land of a billion coffee shops, I fully anticipate staying caught up on my blog. Unless, you know, I’m too busy making friends with celebs, or something.

Nothing really interesting to say about this outfit, except I think I’m doing away with my bangs the next time I get my hair done.  What do you think?
1 - headband, floral jeans

Hope you’re all staying healthy and your internet connections are strong.  Talk soon!

Twofer Tuesday: The Unrelateds

Hey everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend (ideally, without laboring, but I know we’re not all so lucky).

Today’s two outfits are completely unrelated, but since I already have an excuse to post two looks on Tuesday, I thought I’d take advantage of it.

The first prompt was Distressed but Well-Dressed and it happened over the weekend; but, the outfit really was too cute not to share (please note: this t-shirt will appear again shortly…don’t judge!)  You all know I love my acid-washed jean jacket!  Other than a pair of distressed jean shorts, it’s really all that I have to fit the prompt.  I’ll probably invest in some ripped jeans at some point, but I’m typically a little more of a tidy dresser than to really embrace the distressed look.

1 - Distressed but well-dressedNext up is today’s prompt: Boho Beauty.  Boho also isn’t really my style – I just feel like an imposter when I wear it.  But, I happened to very recently snag this cute poncho sweater for $12 at DressUp, so I thankfully had something to wear.  Really, this isn’t how I’ll probably style this sweater most of the time – I envision it with leggings and booties and something long sleeve under it.  But, for now, it works.

1 - Boho BeautyHow do you feel about the distressed and Boho trends?  Have you tried them – are they all you ever wear or just an occasional change-up for your wardrobe?  What would you have worn for these two prompts?  I’d love to hear from you!

Tailgates & Team Colors

It’s that time again, y’all!  You know this is my favorite season of the year: football season!

While this prompt makes me think more of college, I’ve always been an NFL girl, and my love for the Indianapolis Colts runs deep.

A few days ago, I had my fantasy football draft.  Most everyone else in the league is from Rhode Island, so I got to skype in.  I could have worn whatever I wanted, of course.  I chose to wear my team colors – no time like the present!  And since it isn’t often anymore that I get to wear my Peyton jersey (it’s been mostly retired in favor of Andrew Luck), I thought it appropriate to pull out for this occasion.

Again, I tried the arm party thing…I feel like I’m getting closer. And added a long tank under the jersey to make me look a little more feminine/like I have any shape at all.

1 - tailgates and team colorsAre you excited for the start of football season?  If so, who’s your team (any level is fine!), and what are their colors?  If they’re not your favorite colors, have you figured out a way to incorporate them, anyway? (I way lucked out with blue and white.)  Let’s talk football…or the fashion of being a football fan.  Either way.

And be sure to follow me on Instagram for this weekend’s style challenge prompts.  Can’t wait to connect!

Two-fer Tuesday: Coral Jeans

In looking back over this week’s outfits, I realized that I wore a LOT of duplicates.  I’m not sure if I was in a funk (or just very creative with my mixing and matching), or if I was distracted and forgetful about what I’d worn earlier, but I had my pick of outfits for today’s two-fer Tuesday post (side note, I really kinda hate that title for these posts, but in the absence of something better and since I’ve stuck with it this long, it remains).

I decided to go with my coral jeans, mostly because I have had an outfit in my folder to blog for months and never got around to it.  It’s cute, though, so no time like the present.

You’ve probably heard me gush about these jeans before.  They’re the only thing I own from JCrew, and I bought them for $17 at a sample sale in NYC…so I feel pretty cool whenever I wear them.  Plus, CORAL!

The first outfit is the one from a few months ago.  You can tell by the cardigan.

1 - coral jeans, ankle wrap wedgesPerhaps not super relevant in August (unless you work in an office that blasts A/C…I do not have that problem), but this is a great way to transition from winter to spring/summer clothes.  The wedges are obviously summery (both because they’re open toe and espadrilles, but also because they are a striped/nautical cloth), and the color of the jeans automatically evokes happy warm weather thoughts, while the cardigan keeps you from actually freezing!  I liked the red accessories with the coral for a bit of an unexpected color combo.

Outfit two is much more seasonally appropriate.

1 - coral jeans, white blouseStill going with the wedges and cuffed jeans look, the strappy tank obviously adds a late-summer feel.  I just wore this outfit to Starbucks (I’ve told you before about my dressing up for Starbucks thing), but I loved the elegance my gold wedges added, and the sophisticated (but super easy) feel of the whole look.

Which of these combinations is your favorite?  Do you have a pair of jeans you can count on to always make you feel good?  Tell me what you love about them!

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.)

Neon Lights

We interrupt this regularly scheduled programming to bring you: just a regular blog post.

I was out of town for Easter, and before that, I just had a really busy week and didn’t get to my blog as often as I would have liked.  So, at the risk of falling off the face of the earth for the 2nd week in a row, I thought I’d at least publish something today, and if I’m very lucky, even tomorrow and Friday.  This weekend, I should be able to get back on track (if I don’t run away with Tim Tebow, but I’ll save that story for now), so next Wednesday, we’ll look at another woman from the Bible.

For some reason, I’ve been on this t-shirt kick lately.  I don’t honestly know where it came from, but since I bought 5 t-shirts from H&M in a week, I guess it’s going strong.

I love this neon yellow I picked up recently.  I’m often not a fan of neon yellows and greens – I think they veer too close to snot when you have a cold.  But, I just really liked this one, so I picked it up, and then two days later, I got the cute infinity scarf I’m wearing that perfectly matched.  The purple jeans were a bit of a leap, but when I saw them in my dresser, I thought it just might work and went for it.  I also ended up completely coordinating with the bowling alley I went to later that night, so you know – that’s something.

1 - neon shirt purple jeanswpid-0327151821.jpgWhat do you think of my color combo?  Too much, or just so crazy it might work? (I did bowl the best game of my life that night and came in 2nd place – I’m pretty sure the neons are the reason.)  Also, how do you feel about bowling in general?  Or about me telling you that I once accidentally threw the ball into the next lane?

Let’s talk!

80 Days of Summer: Mock-Croc

When I left my job at the law school, I was excited about a lot of the new opportunities in front of me, not the least of which (sadly) was that I could wear casual clothes to work.

While I do like having more options now for everyday wear, the novelty has worn off and part of me misses some of my professional looks. And the shoes. So, now and then, I wear them, anyway.
DSC_0603These brown mock-croc pumps are a professional wardrobe staple.  I forgot to take a picture of the heel, but they’re a sensible, yet cute, 2.5 inches.  So, naturally, I had to pair them with something a little less sensible: like brightly-colored jeans and a long, un-tucked floral blouse.
1 - floral shirt, coral jeansYesterday, I was reading InStyle magazine and there was an article about cuffing your jeans.  They recommended no straps (on your shoes), no cuffs; thin straps, thin cuffs, thick straps, thick cuffs.  I think this is a good rule of thumb, but as with almost every fashion rule, there are exceptions.  My (too-long for me, but they were a great deal) coral jeans are a perfect example, as the wide cuffs go just fine with my strapless pumps.

Also, sorry about my hair.  I apparently went through about a 10 day period when I didn’t feel the need to brush it.  So, I apologize in advance for the next few posts.  We’ll just chalk it up to my tribute to the return of grunge – it’s as close as this girl will ever get.

  • Blouse – Selah (some new cheapo mall store)
  • Jeans – JCrew sample sale in NYC (I will probably keep these jeans until the day I die just so I can keep telling people that’s where I got them)
  • Shoes: a gift, so not sure
  • Cuff: Rue 21
  • Yellow tank under blouse – Old Navy
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