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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!

Florals and Stripes

I know you’re all DYING for an update on my dating life (she says dripping with sarcasm…). Well, the highlight right now is the homeless guy who threw his lunch at me the other day. I think it was a unique form of flirting, and in that sense, almost flattering… So, you can see I’m in a bit of a low period. 

I have deleted all my dating apps, though. After all my defending of Tinder, I was finally convinced that there are very few (read: none) people on it with honest intentions. The rest of the apps were just too much work. So, if I don’t meet someone the old fashioned way – in real life – I may just die an old maid. Que sera, sera.

In that spirit, here is a floral blouse that might match the pattern on your grandmother’s couch. Just kidding. I love florals, and I don’t think they look old-lady ish at all, especially when combined with stripes (which, my mom reminded me, was how my grandmother wall-papered her house. So, maybe I stand corrected.)

Seriously, though, florals and stripes are my favorite way to mix patterns – and a pretty simple way to pull off that trend successfully. My pants are a soft pink and white stripe that pairs well with the pink in my blouse. Since neither piece is too bold and both in the same color palette, mixing the patterns was easy. I added a green tank and purple shoes, because, you know, I like to wear as many colors at once as possible, and my Easter egg outfit was complete (self-deprecation aside, I loved this look).

1 - floral and stripesHow do you feel about florals? Old lady or on-trend? Would you pair them with stripes, another pattern, or only solids? Let’s talk!

Check Her Out

By October, I think everyone can agree that it’s fully fall.  However, if you live in the South, it still may feel a little summery – it’s going to be 79 here tomorrow, y’all!

So, I get creative by mixing plaid long-sleeve blouses with shorts.  As long as the colors aren’t bright and summery, and the temperature matches, I’m a fan of shorts for way more than just the 3-4 officially “summer” months of the year.

I originally bought this shirt as a Halloween costume – I went as an “Occupier” one year (remember that movement?), so I tried to look as homeless as possible.  I rarely wear it now, but when I had a prompt for last month’s instagram challenge of “Check Her Out”, I realized that I didn’t have a lot of checks in my wardrobe to choose from (or any, really – hence the plaid).  Something to work on this season.
1 - check her outHope you’re all having a great week!  I hear the sun has finally started to come out along the East Coast, so let me see what cute clothes you’re wearing in celebration!

Wednesday’s Woman: Bathsheba

In the David and Bathsheba story, arguably the biggest scandal of the Old Testament, David gets all the attention.  He’s the main character of at least 7 Old Testament books, so perhaps that’s understandable.  But, the story would not exist if not for a beautiful woman taking a bath…so let’s talk about her for a few.

Laying aside the fact that David was a king and the political pressures that might have accompanied his request, Bathsheba did come when the king called her.  She was married.  And when she discovered she was pregnant, she was apparently complicit in David’s plan to hide the pregnancy by sleeping with her husband and calling the child his.  Only, their plan didn’t work, and as you probably know, David then had her husband killed so she could marry him and no one would know their secret.

My point in retelling this story is that Bathsheba was not innocent, and she paid the price for her sin when her son died, just like David. If that’s where the story ended, it wouldn’t be very hopeful.  But, that’s not where it ends.  Bathsheba conceived again, and this son, Solomon, became the wealthiest, wisest man to walk the earth; an ancestor of Jesus; and was nick-named Jedidiah, meaning, “beloved of the Lord.”

I love the end of this story.  David and Bathsheba messed up – no way around that.  And because God is just, there were consequences for their sin.  But, because He is also merciful, the consequences did not go on forever.  God does not hold our sin over our heads, making us pay for the rest of our life.  Instead, He forgives us, removing our sin “as far as the east is from the west”, and then goes back to blessing us beyond anything we could imagine.

Sometimes, especially in the post-Jesus’ resurrection world, God’s mercy even spares us the consequences of our sin.  Regardless, though, if you’ve messed up – as I have, more times than I would ever want to admit – I hope it encourages you that you’re not doomed.  God can take our failures and turn them into the biggest blessings of our lives, if we’ll just allow Him to be Him.

Have you seen God do this in your life – take a terrible mistake and work it for good?  Isn’t His kindness incredible?

Bathsheba

 

TBT: Barry Manilow

Y’all, I won Mother’s Day this year.  My mom has been a life-long Barry Manilow fan, and when I saw he was coming just 30 minutes from me for his last tour EVER!!!! (supposedly), I snagged us a couple of tickets and we went a couple weeks ago.

I must admit, I had low expectations for Barry.  The guy is pretty old, and many aging singers don’t quite sound the same.  But, he really sounded great and came across very sweet and humble.  I genuinely enjoyed it.

Knowing you will be the youngest person in an entire arena is quite liberating – I could kinda wear whatever I want.  And I did.  I’ve had this sequin skirt in my closet for months and hadn’t found an opportunity to wear it.  But, I figured the flash of Barry would allow for my sequins.  So, I tamed it a little with the blazer, and a lot with the flats (I didn’t want to look like I was going to a post-work cocktail party), and was ready to go.
1 - rainbow sequin skirt, flatsMy mom and I had a great time.  And you can obviously see where my love for dressing in patriotic colors come from.
1 - mom and meWhat would you wear to see Barry Manilow…you know, if you were going to see Barry Manilow.  Do you think my choice was appropriate, or not-really-but-no-one-paid-any-attention-to-me-so-what-does-it-matter? And didn’t I luck out in the gene pool?! Let me know your thoughts!

Twofer Tuesday: Mint Green Tee and Scarves

This week’s two-fer Tuesday feature my favorite mint green tee, paired with a couple different scarves…and an awkward story.

First, the maxi skirt outfit.

1 - gold maxi, coral scarfThis one is pretty straightforward.  I love mint and gold together, so it was fun to bring out the metallic sheen in my maxi.  And the pretty scarf was a birthday gift, originating from Francesca’s.  I love that store.

Now, for the genie pants.  As you might guess, this is where the awkward story comes in:

1 - genie pants, mint green, scarfI honestly really love these pants, but I could see how they could be an acquired taste.  So, when a girl on the street said, “It takes a special person to pull off those pants”, my first instinct was to thank her.  But, as the words were about to come out of my mouth, I realized she might be insulting me, and I stopped mid-sentence.  I think she also realized how it could have sounded, though, as she quickly followed up with, “You look great!”  I could tell she was sincere, but in case I wasn’t sure, the guy with her told me I looked beautiful, which then led to all of us talking at the same time, everyone assuring everyone else there was no offense…as we’re all crossing different streets.  It was a social interaction disaster.  But, they really are great pants.  I think.

What do you think?  Does it, in fact, take a special person to pull off harem pants, or do just not enough people try?  Would you be more comfortable in look A or B?  And, maybe most importantly, how do you handle awkward interactions?  I may need some lessons!

Exposed and Tribal

I don’t have a lot of clever things to say about this outfit, but I just haven’t blogged it yet, and I really love it, so here you go.

1 - NA print dressIf you think my back looks especially red, you’d be correct.  I try so hard to remember my sunscreen and reapply like the good little part-Irish girl that I am.  But, sometimes I forget, and then I turn into the lobster you see here.

How do you feel about all the tribal and Native American prints that are in right now?  I am neutral on them, because some – like this one – I absolutely love.  But, some are just not pretty at all.  So, it just depends completely on the item.

Also, how do you feel about exposed zippers?  I’ll never forget the first time I saw one – I was super confused by it.  But, now I’ve come to (generally) really appreciate the trend.

Let me hear your thoughts!

A Day of Remembrance – and Fun

Happy Memorial Day!

I’ve heard people talking lately about how Memorial Day is about so much more than just barbecues, the beach, and summer.  And, I couldn’t agree more!  If you know me at all, you know how much I <3 the military.  And the United States.  I cry every time I hear God Bless America, and often during the National Anthem.  Seriously.

But, that’s why I love Memorial Day, even in all of its vacation fun.  It’s not at all that the lives we are remembering are overshadowed.  But, I don’t think all the men and women who gave their lives for our safety and liberty would want us to spend a day in somber, solemn remembrance.  That’s not why they died.  They sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom to have fun and spend time with friends and family, without fear of attack or destruction of our way of life. They paid the ultimate price so that the American dream could remain alive and that people all over this country could continue to live it.

So, yes, take a moment to remember all of the people who fought and died so courageously so that we would not have to. But then, enjoy your day with friends and family, celebrating everything that it means to be an American in the summer time.

And wear pretty clothes!

1 - white summer dress, navy flats

Lady in Yellow

I don’t know how many of you follow me on Instagram, but I’ve been doing this super fun style challenge over there.  I guess you’d call it microblogging, if that’s still a term.  Anyway, head on over and follow tastefullytrendysb for advance looks at some of my outfits, as well as some things that will never make it to my actual blog.  I’d love to connect with you!

And now, for the matter at hand.

Yesterday, I got to hear Tim Tebow speak at a church in Knoxville.  It was super inspirational, and I’ll be talking about it more in the coming days, I’m sure.  But today, let’s talk about how difficult it is to pick out an outfit to meet one of the most well-dressed men in the US.  Of course, we didn’t actually meet, but I had to prepare for any situation, and since my seat ended up being on the 4th row, I’m so glad I picked something that stood out – like BRIGHT yellow.

Naturally, when I posted a picture on social media and tagged Tim in it, I was doing so from my phone and accidentally picked the one where my mouth is distorted and the dress looks too big.  But, whatever.  The better picture now lives here, and that’s more important, right?
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What do you think of my choice?  Appropriate and noticeable enough without being too much?  Or none of the above?  How do you feel about my Easter egg color combo?  Can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Dress: JCPenney, several years ago (it was legitimately my Easter dress)
  • Shoes: Payless – I really do love their comfort line.  They are actually comfortable, cute, and these were only $15, so if they only last a season or two, I’ve still got my money’s worth.

Everything’s Coming up Paisley

I’ve gotten a bunch of new clothes lately, guys – some purchased, a few given to me.  I try not to reblog the same outfits, so maybe it’s no different on your end if I’m wearing something brand new or that I’ve had for years.  But, on my side, I’m pretty excited about all the new things to show you!

First up, this super cute dress.  I don’t exactly know when you become too old to wear short hem lengths.  I may have reached that age – or at least reached the age where you can’t wear short hems with pasty white legs.  But, it was sunny and warm last week, and when I have a new dress, I throw caution to the wind and wear it anyway – Casper legs or not.  The flats helped keep it more within the realm of reason.

What do I love about this dress?  Well, first of all, when was the last time you saw an article of clothing made of paisley upholstery?  Second of all, crocheted lace.  Third of all, can’t you just picture this dress with some cowboy boots at a country concert?  Adorbs.

1 - paisley and lace dressIs it warm enough to bare your legs where you are?  If so, have you tried yet, or are you waiting for a tan?  What do you think of clothing upholstery?  Hope you’re having a great Monday – can’t wait to hear from you!

P.S.  My shoes came from Payless on clearance.  Why Payless has sandals on clearance in March, I have no idea.  But, $10 score!

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