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Two-fer Tuesday: Decade Parties

Y’all I’ve been busy, lately! I know I say that alot, but this time it’s been with fun things. Thank you, Nashville!

Two back-to-back weekends, I had decade-themed parties to attend, and if you know anything about me, you know I love dressing up for a theme!

The orderly side of my brain really wants to show these chronologically, but instead, I’m going to buck that instinct and save the better outfit/decade for last. So, first up – the 90s!

Even though I was in middle/high school during the 90s, I really had to do research to know how to dress for this party. As I googled, I realized why I remembered so little about the decade of my youth – fashion was AWFUL. Literally nothing about the 90s – from hair, to makeup, to shoes, to clothing – was flattering. Or even pretty. It’s one thing to look back and laugh at what you used to wear. It’s another to look back and want to immediately re-block everything from your memory.

I went the grunge path for my look. Some others at the party took the Blossom route, and that was cute, but would have required way more investment then I was willing to give.  With butterfly(esque) clips in my hair, dark lipstick, a plaid skirt, and the requisite shirt tied around my waist, I looked almost terrible enough to have stepped straight out of the 1990s. All I was missing were true combat boots. Oh, and a scowl.

1 - 90s plaidNow that’s out of the way, let’s focus on the 80s! This party was much more fun to dress for, as I could use a lot of my real life clothes, and I’m always a fan of bright colors. Also, can we bring back the 80s eye shadow? I literally had turquoise, purple, and pink (I used blush, so it was bright enough) on my eyelids, and it was the most fun ever!

Here is the headshot, complete with teased hair, popped collar, and the appropriate sideways glance:

80s headshotBesides the aforementioned tri-color eye shadow, my makeup for this look included bright pink blush in a streak on my cheek, and hot pink lipstick to match. None of this current tasteful balancing of subtlety and bold statements for the 80s – bright everything!

My favorite parts of this look are the details – all denim, in differing washes, a slap bracelet (an ode to the many taken from me by my kindergarten teachers), and the geometric earrings. Plus, Keds, tight-rolled jeans (hard to do on skinny jeans, btw), and the side pony. So, basically I love everything and would totally dress like this again if I could get away with it. I mean, these were all my regular clothes, anyway – I just don’t usually combine them this way.

1 - 80s neon with makeupOh, and can we talk about that jazzercise leg pop? Even the posing was fun!

So, now that I’ve made it very clear which decade I prefer, let’s talk about your favorite. Are you a grunge chick or a neon babe? What were your favorite childhood trends? How do you feel about bringing back the bright eye shadows…?

Let’s be nostalgic together!

Life in the Fast Lane

Well, it has been a full month since the last time I blogged, guys…  But, I think I can resume with some regularity now, thanks to some schedule and life changes. Like this pretty organizational chart I spent all afternoon making for myself:

Org chartSo, what’s everybody been up to? Quick update on my life…I am almost out of my unemployment debt (a huge praise to the Lord that I’ll save for another time), and because of that, I can do things like highlight my hair and go shopping again. First world luxuries, of course, but luxuries for which I am very grateful.

I absolutely love living in Nashville. Even 5 months in, it still feels a little surreal – like I’m on an extended vacation. But thank goodness I’m here permanently! Everything isn’t rosy to be sure, but I love my home, my church, the friends I’m starting to make, and just the Nashville life in general. Also, the food, y’all.

Oh, and I’ve started dating here, so there will be stories… (I mean, not like good ones. Entertaining ones.)

I’m still working on adapting my style to Nashville fashion…or vice versa. I’m also still looking for the best place to take photos in my home. I don’t know why that’s been so difficult.

In the meantime, let’s clear out some older outfits to make way for the new!

1 - denim jacket, black and white topThis one is actually so old it’s back in season again – I wore it in the late summer months before I moved to Nashville, and now here we are in spring again (yay!). You can’t really tell from the picture, but these are ultra-wide leg dress pants, and the top is cropped – so, I wear it with something high waisted because I am not 16 and/or do not have 6-pack abs.

So, happy Monday, and I hope you’ve all hung in there with me! I really do enjoy my little blog world and the friends who share in the fun with me, so if you’re still willing, let’s keep this going!

 

 

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!

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!

Sundress and cowboy boots

I was going through my phone to see what outfits I’d recently worn that still needed blogging, and I found this one from quite a few weeks ago.  I can’t believe I never posted this look – I did really like it.
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A debate remains between my mother and me about what color the stripes are on this dress.  I think they’re navy, she says black.  But, with my blue accessories, I was obviously treating them as navy; with colors that are so on the fence, I think you can really make them go either way, depending on what you put with them.  Which is handy.

I love my cowboy boots, but surprisingly, I really haven’t had as much opportunity to wear them in Georgia as I did in Virginia.  I need to find the honkytonks soon!  In the meantime, I’ll wear them to work.  Because I can.

A couple notes on the accessories: my belt is actually on backwards.  The front is really blingy and would have looked funny with this outfit.  But, it looks just fine backwards and no one would suspect it wasn’t supposed to be that way (this is where confidence comes in – own whatever you do and no one will question you).

The headband also requires a bit of confidence.  The hippy look is back, and I like it, but at first I was afraid I couldn’t pull it off.  I’m guessing probably a lot of you would think the same, but if you just do it, you’ll find that people admire your courage which will only further boost your self-assurance.  (Having said that, the headband should probably be slightly lower on my forehead…but you get the idea.)

 

Yellow dress and boots

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