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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!

TBT: Crop It All Off

In case you live under a rock, yesterday was Back to the Future day, so there was a lot of flashing back to the 1980s, as well as flashing to the “present” when we are supposed to be wearing much more metal and headgear.

Well, today, I’m flashing back to a kinder, gentler, warmer time myself – about 3 months ago. I don’t know why the picture is blurry, but I kinda like blurry pictures of me – imperfections instantly hidden!

Cropped pants, cropped top, wedges, ponytail…really, this outfit is about as summer-night as it gets. I hardly ever wear these earrings because each one weighs approximately 2.5 pounds, but they were the perfect color, texture, and size to complement my beaded tank, which has way too much going on to allow for a necklace.
1 - capris, beaded tankDid you celebrate Back to the Future day?  Are you sad we haven’t yet reached the fashion pinnacles portrayed in the movie’s 2015, or are you comfortable with the current progression of style?

Red, White, Blue, and Black and White All Over

Hey everyone!  I haven’t updated you on my dating life in a while, and I thought it was about time I did.

Short version: nothing has changed.  I’m still single.  And, my friends still never tire of hearing my “hilarious” misadventures.

Long version: it’s not for lack of trying.  I am one of those people who believes in making yourself available so God has opportunity to bring the right guy along. I don’t want to make it any harder on Him (or him) than it needs to be, so I go to church, hang out at Starbucks, go dancing, try all the online dating apps (currently, I have 5 on my phone…don’t judge).  Yet, no luck.

Well, I shouldn’t say no luck…there is one particular demographic that LOVES me here in Georgia.  I’ll give you a hint: they look great in stripes.

That’s right, y’all – I am a big hit with the inmates.  A few months ago, I went to scope out a venue before a speaking engagement, and all the employees there were on work detail from the local prison. I had no idea, until a couple weeks later, word got back to me (by way of my boss…) that I had made quite an impression on the guys from Hall County Correctional Facility, prompting lots of jokes around the office about creating an InmatesOnly.com… (Little did anyone know that in college, my bestie and I had lamented the absence of Christian bad boys and came up with the obvious solution of starting a prison ministry.  We were only half joking.)

It’s not just prisoners, though; I could also have my choice of all the men in rehab in my area – and there are plenty.  They don’t tell you this in the brochures, but Gainesville is actually a big hub for drug rehab programs.  On two separate occasions, I’ve been talking to a group of guys at the pool or lake, wondering how all these seemingly random people were friends, only to discover that they weren’t really, and they also didn’t sound drugged because their accents were so thick…they sounded drugged because, well, they were.  The first time it happened, the guy told me they weren’t even supposed to be talking to girls.  Oops!

So, that’s the update on my dating life in Georgia, guys.  I’m basically the belle of the dysfunctional ball.  Take from it what you will – discouragement on my behalf, encouragement that your life isn’t like mine, good medicine in the form of laughter at my expense. But, remember me the next time you meet a single man not in rehab/jail.  At this point, that might be enough.  (Just kidding.  Kinda.)

And just for fun, today’s style challenge prompt is Red, White, and Blue – of course I wear patriotic clothing all the time (see my necklace below).  But, this time, I’m paying tribute to the queen of angry relationship songs – Miranda Lambert.  Fitting, I thought.

1 - red white and blue2Are you in the dating scene now?  How’s your jail pool looking?  Non-incarcerated prospects?  How much do you love my Miranda tank?!  Let’s have a Friday chat to help the day go by!  Whether you’re married, engaged, dating, or wading through the treacherous waters of being single like me – I hope you have a great weekend!

Two-fer Tuesday: Multi-colored Tank

I probably should make Target off-limits to myself.  Honestly, I cannot go into that store and walk away without buying something.  But, when that something is this super cute multi-colored tank that I got for $8 or so, I guess I shouldn’t beat myself up too much.

The first time I wore it was for a kid’s birthday party…I might have been overdressed, but then again, this is me.  I don’t get much more casual than this outfit, and my Holy Land sandals helped keep me more grounded.

1 - multi colored tank, green shortsI don’t think I’ve talked yet about this necklace (if I have, bear with me.  I repeat stories all the time, and I’m too lazy right now to go back and see what I’ve written).  Anyway, I was in Texas over the 4th of July for a photo shoot with my dear friend Julianne (aka the most creative person I’ve ever met in my life).  The shoot featured me as Cinderella – my cartoon idol.  It was really fun, and I bought this necklace at my new favorite store, Sam Moon, as a great $3 memento of the occasion.  Pictures to come soon!

The second outfit is one of those that didn’t photograph quite as well as it looked in real life.  I don’t know how/why that happens, but trust me – it was cute.

Technically, there is no actual turquoise in this blouse, but it has every other color, and blues and greens that are close, so to the casual observer (i.e., everyone), it works just fine.  Colors can be deceptive like that – it’s pretty easy to make people see what you want them to see, if you just wear it with confidence.

1 - multi colored tank, turquoise skirtOne thing I really like about this outfit is the layered heart necklaces.  I’ve not ever been able to do the layered necklace trend quite right, but this variation works (now that the trend is on its way out, but whatever…)

Blurred Lines

Continuing the dress theme from Monday is another one of my old faithfuls that I’m a little tired of.  Actually, it’s not really that old – I bought it in India, so just a little over a year ago.

But, it doesn’t really fit me THAT well (or doesn’t flatter me that much, might be more accurate), so I don’t wear it a lot.  I think the problem is the neckline.  Since I’m more top-heavy, things that have such a high neck tend to make me look suffocated and matronly.  Add in the cut of the sleeves, and it’s just not the best look for me.

But, this is a Top Shop dress, and I have so few name brand things, I don’t want to just get rid of it.  Plus, the pattern is cute.  So, I played around with the lines.

Adding the statement necklace helped break up the top, distracting the eye from how closed-up I look.  Normally I don’t wear a statement necklace with a patterned top – it can be too busy.  But, I needed something to break up the plane of my neck/chest.

Second, I put on a wide belt, which allowed me to control where the waist of the dress was (the actual dress waist isn’t at a very flattering spot on me).   The belt not only defines my waist, which helps give the appearance of an hour glass figure, instead of an apple…  But, by placing the belt a little higher, I’m also lengthening my legs, again distracting from how top-heavy I might otherwise look.

I’ll be honest – these shoes kinda weigh down the dress.  It’s probably better worn with some leg-elongating pumps.  But, they were new ($11 with the Target Cartwheel app, y’all.  I’m telling you, you need to get on that!), and I liked the idea of the lace-up edgy look with the also edgy tribal print.  So, I stuck with it, anyway.

1 - top shop dress, lace up wedgesWhat do you think of my creativity?  Does it sufficiently distract, or am I only fooling myself?  Also, and maybe more importantly, have you jumped on the Target Cartwheel app yet?!?  If so, let’s swap good deal stories!  There are few things I love so much as a good bargain.

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!

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.

80 Days of Summer: Ankle-Strap Espadrilles

While I’ve enjoyed this shoe-a-day project, it has caused me to turn a bit more critical eye on my shoes.  Several times, I’ve blogged a pair only to decide that was the last time I’d wear them.  Nothing like a good camera with decent lighting to show you just how poorly you treat your footwear.
DSC_0557I was particularly sad to get rid of this pair.  Ankle straps are one of my favorite shoe features – second only to bows, probably. From the picture above, you probably can’t really tell why they had to go.  But, from this angle…

DSC_0558you can see that they did.  RIP cheap but cute espadrilles.

As much as I don’t want to admit it, school is back in session, football is about to kick-off, and it’s about time to start pulling out the transition clothes.  A good shirt-dress is a great way to move from summer to fall – a plaid or other less-summery pattern conjures up images of corn mazes and bonfires.  But, a light-weight fabric and the shorter length keeps you cool when you live in Georgia where it will still be 108 degrees until October 15.
1 - Plaid shirtdress, red ankle strapsAnd, when the leaves really do start to turn, switch out your wedges for some booties, and you’re all set for autumn!

She’ll Look Eggplant

Yesterday I went nautical again, pairing my current signature color with navy.  (Remember, navy and white + any solid color, equals nautical!)

This outfit is actually not the most flattering look ever on me, but I really liked it for several reasons.  One, I felt very fashion forward by combining my two different stripes – the top and the shoes.  Since the shoes are far enough away from the top, the eye is not confused by the differences in widths and colors, and by keeping them in the neutral navy color, they’re subtle enough to not draw too much attention to themselves.

Two, I felt even more fashion forward – like I am a designer or something – because I’m actually wearing this top backwards. I’m not quite sure how it happened.  I just sort of tried it on backwards, and it worked!  More importantly, it didn’t feel awkward, like things usually do when they’re on backwards.  So, I took out the tag and went with it.   Also, I felt like Reese Witherspoon in this scene from Sweet Home Alabama (4:28-4:45 ish).

Finally, about my shoes again – they are espadrilles, so not only are they a perfect summer wedge like I described yesterday, but they also complete the care-free, I-have-nowhere-else-to-be-but-on-this-yacht look.

Top: Marshalls or somewhere, I think?
Dress: Ross
Belt: NY & Co, or Target – it was a gift
Shoes: Belk

I could write a sonnet about my Easter bonnet

People should wear hats more often. Seriously, why don’t they?  Especially on Easter when it’s the most socially acceptable.  Yesterday, I wore a hat to church, per my Easter usual, and I was literally the only woman out of 1,300 people in two services to wear one.  And we’re a multi-cultural congregation, y’all.  I was disappointed.

However, I don’t mind standing alone, so in celebration of Jesus’ sacrifice and victory over death, I donned my hat with pride. 

In the picture below, you will see half of my face – shocking, I know.  The reason the other half is covered is not because I have a Wilson from Home Improvement  mouth complex, but because I literally don’t know how to take a normal selfie.   However, the hat was very important to this whole look, so half-face is what you get.

I love my mint green straw cloche hat from DSW.  You can’t really tell in the picture, but it has an irregularly shaped brim, which adds to its character.  I decided first to wear the hat, and then added the dress (my Easter dress from two years ago, but I styled it differently, so it’s ok.  Also, Kate Middleton rewears things all the time, and she’s a princess, so it’s really ok.).  My shoes tied the two together as they have a mint stripe in them (I know it’s not really visible – you can kinda see it at the bottom, near the ball of my foot), as well as muddy yellow/tan.  I chose a brown belt, to match the more earthy feel of the shoes, and found the perfect cream, yellow, soft green bracelet (Forever 21, I think?) to complete the look. 

Unfortunately, my sunny dress did not prompt the actual sun to shine, but at least I felt Easter-y, even if the weather did not cooperate. 

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