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Peaches and wine?

Unique color combinations are my favorite.

InStyle magazine (which I used to read regularly, because I also used to live at the beach and had an excuse to read magazines…sigh), always has a feature color which they show paired with some different hues. Three of the paired colors are normal; everyone would think to do those combos. But, then they throw in a “wild card pairing”, and it is always my favorite combination. There are some colors that just DO. NOT. GO. TOGETHER. But, really, I think that list is much smaller than we have been led to believe.
Do you have some unusual color combos you like to wear? Another I think of frequently is orange and blue – thank you, Florida Gators, for making these colors socially acceptable to wear together, because really, in the right shades, they can be quite lovely.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Hey, y’all, it’s been a while!

I have had a stressful couple of months. Many of you may know that I teach online part-time, and whenever I’m teaching a course, the life kinda gets sucked out of me. In fact, this course was so stressful, I had two nightmares about it.

Couple that with a few other things that were weighing on my mind, not sleeping great because of said nightmares/stressors, and being tired of all of my winter clothes, and I’ve just had no creativity left to give.

And, if I’m being honest, guys, I’m a little discouraged about my blog. I really enjoy it, and I am so grateful to all of you who have read it – whether for a long time or who have just recently started.  But, I don’t know how to grow it, and I don’t know how to take great pictures. And, I compare myself to so many other bloggers who apparently have professional photographers as spouses, or at least have beautiful back yards in which to take their pictures. Or, even more discouraging, have worse pictures than me (and in my opinion, since I’m being honest and vulnerable here, not as cute clothes), but way more readers/followers/sponsors, etc.

I realize we’re not supposed to compare ourselves. It steals your joy and all of that. But, in the cut-throat world of fashion blogging, it’s pretty hard not to. (I’m just kidding about the cut-throat part. Most of the fashion bloggers I actually “know” (aka, we follow each other on Instagram) are quite lovely.)

All of that to say, I’m having a bit of a blog identity crisis, and I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. But, I’m not quite ready to give up. Also, I just paid to renew my domain, so I’ve at least got to get my money’s worth on that. So, if I seem a little off my game over the next few weeks (months?), please forgive me. I’m trying to re-find my blogging self.

And, if you feel so led to offer any words of advice or encouragement, please know that the floor is always open.

For now, here’s an outfit I wore a long time ago, but honestly, I wear these pants about once a week, so it very well could have been something I wore yesterday. If you ever find orange pants in the clearance section at Target, do not hesitate for one second. You will not regret your purchase, I promise!

Endless Summer

Y’all, we’re having the never-ending summer here in Nashville, and it’s amazing. No humidity, warm temperatures, cool evenings – perfect. Last week, we were almost to 90 degrees but with the fall breeze, it was delightful.

All that to say, I’m still wearing sleeveless shirts, and you know I make florals go at least 3 seasons. So, this outfit was not worn as long ago as you might assume.

I’ve always struggled with this blouse; it just hangs oddly. But, it’s pretty, so I keep trying, and the half-tucked trend lends itself well. Caveat: I’m not sure why half-tucked is a trend, but I like it, so I won’t ask questions.

1-pink-and-floralThis is the time of year that I really like to brag about living in the South (I’ll do it again around March). So, what’s the weather like where you are? Still sleeveless and floral, or have you fully embraced the Uggs? (J/K, I would never advocate wearing Uggs.)

Peaches and Cream

That laundry I mentioned on Monday? I really do need to do it, as I think this is shirt is buried in there somewhere, and it’s one of my favorites.

Peach is such a friendly color – and much less obnoxious than most of the brights I usually wear (and of course, I say obnoxious very lovingly). I’m really into blouse-y things right now; so much so that I have to force myself not to buy more when I go shopping because my wardrobe is going to look like I have the exact same piece in every color of the rainbow. 

This one is a bit unique, however, because of the high-low hem – and I love how deep it dips in the back. Pair it with your favorite leopard print cropped pants (everyone has those, right?), some gold wedges, and you’re ready to go!

1 - peach, leopardWe talked a little about your favorite motif a few weeks ago (pineapples!!), but does anyone have  a trend they’re really stuck on – like blouses or cropped pants? I can’t get enough of either! Share your obsessions!

Maxi-mizing Time

Hey guys! How’s it been going the last month or so? A lot has happened in my life – most not exciting (I had strep throat – who knew adults got that), some possibly exciting (voice lessons?!?). Regardless, I’ve missed you all!

The next few weeks look like a dream, though. I am not teaching right now, and I have no visitors staying with me for the foreseeable future…  It’s like I have a new lease on life! This weekend I took two naps. I don’t even know what to do with myself (what I should be doing is laundry and paying bills, but that’s besides the point).

I’m going to try to get creative with my outfits while I have all this time. As you might observe over the next few posts, I’ve fallen into my usual rut of wearing a few favorites and neglecting the other 80% of my wardrobe. Wish me luck!

This outfit, though, is one that I created a few weeks ago and love, so it might be a frequent repeat. Also, this is possibly my favorite picture I’ve ever taken of myself, which was a pleasant surprise when I uploaded these pictures.

1 - blue blouse maxi skirtHope you’ve all been doing great! Oh, and p.s., while I’ve enjoyed my naps this weekend, I really do love having visitors, so don’t let my candor dissuade you from coming to Nashville!!

The Great Debate: Solved

I know you’re all dying to know about my secret life as a star of the silver screen (aka an extra…aka “background”).  However, I’m not allowed to talk about it. I could probably get away with talking about the details that were posted on facebook (i.e., wardrobe requirements), but I’ll just save all that for when the show actually airs.  So, stay tuned until probably some time in March!

In the meantime, here is an outfit which will never make it to television… But, it was cute enough for running around town in Georgia.

I don’t know why my camera stops focusing sometimes. Whenever that happens, it gets stuck that way for a while, and I don’t know how to fix it.  But, no matter.  I like the soft focus anyway – imperfections erased!

I read something recently that said leggings ARE pants, and I was afraid that once again, my age had caught up with me and the world had changed for the worse.  But, then I got my wardrobe requirements for Nashville, and the costumers said, and I quote, “LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS”.  Now that I am vindicated, and since they are not pants, I added this slip dress under my tunic sweater and was all set.
1 - turquoise and polka dot leggingsHave I finally convinced all of you leggings-lovers of the truth, now that I have professionals backing me up, or are there still some holdouts?  Let the debate rage!

Oh, P.S. – I’m working with a friend/super smart guy to develop an app for my blog.  Would you all use that?  Right now, our rough brainstorming of features would include a way for you to submit outfits for my comments, a blog feed/notifications of new posts, links to social media, our own discussion board-ish thing…and other goodies TBD.

What do you think?  I think it could be super fun and exciting, but I want to know if you agree. Yay, nay, or suggestions for features?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Just a little pick-me-up

Sunday is currently my favorite day of the week. I’ve developed a nice little routine – wake up whenever, watch my beloved Virginia Beach church on webcast, do a few chores, and get ready to go to Starbucks, where I’ll work on this blog or whatever other technological chores I might have.

I spend a lot of time on Sundays getting ready.  The people at Starbucks probably think I’m crazy, as I come in almost every week, dressed in a cute outfit, makeup flawless, and hair done (although Sunday is often my Pinterest experiment day, so the hair might look a little off) – only to sit by myself staring at a computer for a few hours.  I don’t quite match the other clientele, who are either here with friends, or dressed in comfy clothes, as is more befitting a long study or work sesh.

But, I don’t care.  I do it because getting ready is something I really enjoy.  It makes me feel good about myself and it’s a fun activity – in no way a chore.  And, Sundays have become very special to me.

When I moved to Georgia in 2014, I knew it would take some time to get established and make friends.  I didn’t realize, however, that a year and a half later, I’d still be working on it.  Don’t get me wrong – I have made a few friends, and generally, I have at least one thing to do most weekends.  But my social calendar has significantly slowed since VB, and there are days when the only human being I interact with is a cashier at 5 Guys or Ulta (honestly, those people should know me by name now).  And for this extrovert, that’s really hard.

So, I come to Starbucks.  Here, I’m not alone, even though no one is sitting across the table from me.  With my music on, I am lost in my own world of daydreaming and writing, all while people and activity bustle around me.

I spent most of 2014 depressed, quite honestly.  It was so contrary to my personality to be down, which only depressed me further – who was this person I was becoming?  So, in 2015, I decided to do something about it.  I don’t want to take all the credit, as I know God gave me grace and inspiration to get out of my funk.  But, one of the things I did was start making the most of Sundays.  Of course, I would prefer to go to the beach with all my friends, like I used to spend every Sunday, but that’s not my life right now.  So, instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to do what I enjoy, anyway – play with hair/makeup/clothes, write, and get myself a treat.  The first couple of weeks, I still felt sorry for myself, but now that I’ve made it a routine, I genuinely look forward to my Sundays of beauty, peace, and sugar.

I say this to encourage anyone who’s not 100% happy with your situation in life.  I’m confident that my season of solitary confinement will eventually pass, but in the meantime, I’ve found a way to enjoy the free time I have.  And I’m sure that your season of – whatever – will also pass.  Life ebbs and flows like that.  But what can you do for yourself in the meantime to not only improve your mood and attitude, but also just your quality of life?

Maybe you can follow my lead and dress cute to go to Starbucks.  If that’s your plan, here are a few ideas from my past Sundays:

1 - mint green everythingI’m pretty sure this cut-out dress is actually a beach cover-up, but whatever. I really like it as a dress.
1 - polka dots and lavenderThis outfit wasn’t super exciting to me, except that it was a new combo, and I love doing that.  However, I received two compliments that day (from women – which always is higher praise, I think).  That tends to be the case – the less effort I feel like I’ve put in, the better the look seems to be received.
1 - pineapples and tribal shortsI got to sit outside for a few hours on this particular Sunday – I love when that works out.  It seems the best of both worlds: sunshine and fresh air, mixed with productivity.  My legs did not get tan, but at least I didn’t look ridiculous sitting in the freezing Starbucks (I’m convinced they keep that thermostat at about 52 degrees) in my short shorts and pineapple tee.

We’ll Never Be Royals

This weekend, I went shopping.  I needed to pick up a couple of things legitimately.  Then I got a few more.

One of my purchases are these super fun palazzo pants.  I have several genie/harem pants, but none of these ultra wide leg trousers.  In anticipation of writing this post, I tried to figure out why they’re called palazzo pants.  Apparently, no one on the internet knows, as I spent a good 4 minutes searching and came up with nothing.  However, I did discover that palazzo means palace in Italian.  So, I’m going to assume that these pants were commonly worn among the Italian royal set, and they have since remained a symbol of casual luxury.

Seems as good an explanation as any, right?

Anyway, I got these on clearance at Target for $14.  You can find them here (although not on clearance).  We’ve talked about the Target Cartwheel app before (refresher here), and I definitely used that for 50% off some Easter candy.  But, Target was also doing a promotion where you could text for a $5 off $25 apparel/shoes/accessories coupon.  So, that happened.

I love these pants for many reasons.

1) I basically feel like I’m wearing pajamas.  Super soft, comfortable pajamas.

2) They are SO flattering!  I haven’t observed enough people in them to know if they are universally flattering, but my guess would be yes.

3) They make me look tall.  Few things make me look tall – I am not tall.  But to get these off the floor, I have to wear fairly high heels, which are still mostly covered by the pants, thus giving the illusion of height.

4) You can dress them up or down, but they always look put together.  (Well, I say always – I’m sure an over-sized, untucked freebie t-shirt could ruin the look, but I have more faith in all of you than that.)

1 - palazzo pants and teeDon’t mind the dirty floor in the shoe pictures.  I’d forgotten to take one and took it in my car.  Obviously, I don’t vacuum my car as often as I should.  #nojudgment.

Have you tried palazzo pants yet?  It actually is a season or two old, so I’m a little late to the party, but I hope it lasts a long time.  What do you think of the look?

(P.S. My tee shirt is from H&M)

Just Wanna Take Your Time

My friend pool is pretty small in Gainesville, so when one of them is out of town, I end up having a lot of me-time.  This used to depress me, but lately I’ve been trying to make the most of the situation.  That means some Netflix, of course, but I’ve also been doing some reading, and I’m on track for my 15 books in 2015 goal (I realize that’s not that ambitious, but it’s certainly an increase from the like 3 in 2014).  I’ve also spent a lot of time working on my hair and makeup.  I really enjoy doing it, even if I’m just going to go sit at Starbucks and write-up blog posts.  It makes me feel good about myself and it’s fun.

So, now that I’ve justified to all of you and myself the mostly unproductive use of my time, here’s the outfit I wore on Sunday to said Starbucks.  When you have hours to fill, you can get a little creative with your outfits, and I liked how this new one turned out.  This dress, an Indian purchase, is pretty unflattering without anything over it, and pretty short/flimsy without anything under it.  But add a jacket and leggings, and it looks great!

I’ve always been scared of navy with black, but gray kinda helps bridge the gap, and combining neutrals is usually pretty safe.  Still, when I tried it, I did it with the thought that I might hate it and have to start completely from scratch.  Fortunately, it worked on the first try.  No messy closet to put back together this time!
1 - navy polka dots and peach jacketAlso, for the record, those are curling iron curls!  I don’t know if my hair is finally damaged enough to hold a heat curl, if my headband curling has trained it to behave, or if the absolute lack of humidity (the only positive about this never-ending winter) has worked in my favor, but whatever the reason, I’m pretty pleased with this recent development.

How do you all feel about my color combos?  And how do you fill your time when all of your friends/family/acquaintances are unavailable?  I may need some more ideas soon…I can only curl my hair so many times.

A Valentine Reflection

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Whether you’re madly in love, happily celebrated Galentine’s Day, or were a proud participant in Singles Awareness Day, I hope you had a great day.

Before we get to my Valentine’s Day outfit, some real talk.  Being single at 30 is not what I would have picked for myself.  They say if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.  Well, I don’t know if I ever explicitly told Him, but I’m pretty sure He was aware that I was supposed to meet someone my junior year of college, get engaged right after graduation, and then be married at 24 – that seemed like a very respectable timeline to me; not too quick, not too young.  Still plenty of child bearing years.

As you know, I didn’t even date in college, much less meet the love of my life.  Here I am, 6 years past my mental expiration date, and it seems like I’m no closer to marital bliss than when I was first entering college at 17 years old.  There are days that’s hard for me.  Really hard.  But there are other days when I can see God’s grace, even in the midst of a season I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen.  In those moments, I like to pause and think about how green the grass is on my own side of the fence, being grateful and content in all things. (Lest you think I’m super holy, let me assure you I’m writing this on a “good” day.)

One of the things I’m most grateful for is that in every phase of my life, I have always had lots of single friends.  Please don’t misunderstand – I don’t mean that in a “misery loves company” kind of way at all.  I’ve just been very appreciative to have people around me who are in similar positions of life.  I love my married friends, but their priorities are different – as they should be.  Plus, being a 3rd, 5th, or 7th wheel is really not fun. I know that single friends are a rare commodity in your late 20s-mid 30s, especially among Christian circles, so I don’t take it for granted that even when I feel alone, truly, I am not alone.

Valentine’s Day is often hard for people not in a committed relationship.  This year, though, it wasn’t even a little depressing for me because I had fun things to do with fun people.  There was no reason to feel sorry for myself.  Would I have loved to go on a romantic date with a beautiful man?  Of course.  Did I have a great time dressing up, getting sushi, and dancing with some of my girls?  Absolutely.

wpid-wp-1424049099150.jpegSo be encouraged by my good day post.  Whatever stage of life you’re in – married, single, family of 5 – appreciate the people God has placed in your life to encourage, uplift, and support you in your current season, and make the most of every day, not wasting one more moment in fruitless wallowing.

Then, grab some of those friends, dress up fancy and, in the emotionally, if not fiscally, wise words of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, “Treat yo self.”

1 - Valentines day

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