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Sweaters in Summer

I’ve been into this whole “not-washing-your-hair-too-often”, thing. They say it’s better for your hair (not sure why, but “they” say it, which is good enough for me), and I think it probably helps my color last a little longer. Also, hashtag lazy.

But, now and then I stretch it a little too long… even the headband isn’t helping hide my poor decisions today. Oh well.

I can’t tell you what prompted this outfit inspiration, except to say that the dress isn’t work appropriate without a sweater (too much shoulder), so I went trolling my closet for something that wouldn’t look frumpy, and I kinda love the long-cardigan-over-a-dress look. I don’t think I’ve ever tried it before, but this one is a winner!
1 - white dress gray sweaterHow do you style long sweaters, or are you not into that trend? What do you think of them over the dress? I’m really into it, but also open to differing opinions. Let’s talk sweaters in summer!

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!

A LBD and A French Braid

Finally home…I love traveling, I really do.  And this past week, I was in my favorite place in the world: Nashville, Tennessee.  But, it’s always good to get home and back into a routine.  I’m a creature of habit and glad to be back in the saddle.

A couple of weeks ago, I wore this look, and ended up really loving it, although it evolved almost by accident from a simple black dress. I was speaking for work again, so like the look I showed you last Tuesday, I started with something basic so I could add some Rahab’s Rope accessories.  All of the jewelry I’m wearing, plus the headband, are from my work (which, if you don’t know, is a nonprofit that works with women and children in India who are at risk or have been victims of human trafficking; you can order some pretty things here.)

I really love this for two reasons:

1) My red lipstick actually looks good.  Almost every time I wear red lipstick, I think I look like a clown or a 5 year old who got into her mom’s makeup bag.  But this time, it miraculously worked.

2) My hair.  I could not get this headband to work for me and not make me look like a complete flower child.  But, necessity (and pinterest) are the mother of invention, so in part inspired by some old pins I’d seen, in part just plain experimentation, I ended up with this awesome braided look.  If you can tell from these pictures (don’t mind the note on my mirror; it’s just a love note one of my besties left me recently, and I like it, so it stays), I wrapped the front of my hair around the headband twice on each side (like I do when I’m curling it), and then I French braided it from there, and voila.  It’s probably my new bad hair day go-to.


1 - black dress, headbandHave you ever invented a new hair style?  Share your secrets in the comments; I’m always looking for new tips!

Luck of the Irish

Kiss me, I’m Irish!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying celebrating today.  I am legitimately a little bit Irish (and about every other Western European nationality you can think of), so I always enjoy wearing green on March 17.  Also, it’s a theme.  You know I never pass up a theme.

My plan for today was to wear my favorite green pants, but unfortunately, I forgot to pick them up at the dry cleaner (aka the bane of my existence, hashtag first world problems).  So, I’m wearing some other green concoction which you’ll probably see sometime next week.  In the mean time, here is an older picture I found that happened to fit the occasion perfectly.

You can tell this is an old picture because my hair is that perfect shade of blonde – not whatever weird color it is now because the last girl I went to did not listen to me when I said my hair takes a long time to set…but, whatever.  I’m obviously totally over it.

Things I love about this outfit:

1) My hair.  The headband curling trick at it’s finest prep stage.

2) Gold braided headband.  Gold braided belt.  Symmetry.

3) Bare arms and bare legs.  Summer cannot get here fast enough for me!

4) Cowboy boots.  They make everything more fun.

5) The little splash of yellow in my bracelets.  Full-on color blocking isn’t really that big anymore, but I still love combining colors whenever possible.  The bright accent adds a fun pop.

1- Green dress, gold braidDid you remember to wear green today?  Or, do you go the Protestant orange route?  Send me some pictures of your green outfits – let’s be festive together!

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.

#FBF and the 90s

While I’m no longer 15 and thus not up on the latest lingo, I’m pretty sure #FBF actually means Follow-Back Friday, rather than Flashback Friday.  We already have #TBT – why would we need a second retro day, immediately after the first?

However, I saw an article on Buzzfeed yesterday that HAD to be shared, and Flashback Friday seemed highly appropriate.  Guys….JNCO’s are coming back!  Yes, that extreme wide-leg fashion staple of middle school that we’d all thought was buried forever – it’s making a comeback!  Or at least trying to.  I personally don’t think it will happen (or should), but the trip down memory lane was totally worth it’s weight in marketing dollars.  Check out the awesome photos on Buzzfeed here.

And then, let’s do a Tastefully Trendy flashback to when I still had my Christmas tree up.  Which wasn’t all that long ago, let’s be honest.  But, still.

My favorite thing about this outfit is the way the necklace and scarf lay against each other.  I don’t usually wear both, but I really liked the detail in this case. And my hair is in the pre-curl stage of my no-heat wrapping.  When I wear it during the day, I’ll use a pretty headband, and usually push it up higher on my head (or wherever it looks cute and won’t give me a headache).  This headband is actually pretty stretched out, so it’s hard to get my hair to stay in it long enough to curl.  I just keep tucking throughout the day.  #worthit

1- Scarf and necklaceWhat about you?  Flashback Friday or Follow-Back Friday?  JNCOs back in style: do or don’t?  What fashion trend from the 90s do you miss – and wish would come back?  Any you hope never do?  Let’s reminisce together!

The No-Heat Hair Miracle

I know I promised it months ago, but guys, I finally made a hair tutorial on my curling technique!  Of course, because it’s me, I have to give a few disclaimers first:

1) I have no idea how to combine these two clips.  Sorry you have to click play twice.

2) The first one is a little long.  But we’re all iced in, anyway, right?  What else do you have to do for the next 7 minutes?

3) The curls in my second video are really not a great representation – they’re kinda loose and sloppy, especially in the back.  But, don’t blame the technique; it’s my fault for doing a hurried job this morning (I was late to work), but being too impatient to get this tutorial up to wait until the next time I was iced in to remake the second part of this video.  Here’s a picture of what they normally look like:

wpid-0117152056.jpg(Also, Nashville, I miss you!)

With those caveats in mind, may I present to you, the Pinterest no-heat curl thing by Sarah Beth!

Part 1: The Wrapping

And because I did promise you a picture after I’d slept on it. These photos are not retouched in any way – y’all, it does not move!
wpid-wp-1424134641411.jpegAnd Part 2: The Unwrapping

And that’s all there is to it!  What do you think?  Something you would try?  Do it, and send me your pictures!  Can’t wait to see them!

Billy and Me

“All this happened, more or less.”  – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5

As we embark on this new season at Tastefully Trendy (the one in which I share all of my single life stories for your amusement and/or personal growth),  I thought it best to start from the very beginning.   Understanding how I began my dating career will give you a better backdrop for what is to come (although it may cause you to question why I didn’t throw in the towel years ago).

I was 21, and I had just graduated from college, where, to be honest, I was a bit of a big fish – academically, anyway, which, I guess is kinda the point.

1927695_504225162236_3522_nHere I am walking post-graduation, surrounded by people whose names I’m pretty sure I knew at the time.

For all of my medals and cords, though, I was leaving the “greatest pool you’ll ever have”, as my high school history teacher had warned me, having gone on only one solitary date, way back in freshman year (a story for another post).  I had a great time in college, and many a school-girl crush, but I failed to earn that most-important-of-all degree: the MRS.

Yet, with an eager and expectant heart, I moved myself to Rhode Island for grad school, ready to see what this land of dark-haired, thickly accented boys held in store for me.

Within a week of arriving, I was miserable.  I knew literally not one person in the entire state, and I was so lonely.  So, I decided to try online dating.  In 2002.  THIS WAS NOT A SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE THING TO DO.  Also, I was very naive and made poor decisions.

The first man I met we’ll call Billy.  This may actually have been his name – I genuinely don’t remember (sorry, Billy.)  Billy’s profile said he lived in Connecticut, about two hours away, was a few years older than me, and had kids.  At 21, these things probably should have been red flags to me (they would not necessarily be at 30), but I didn’t realize that, and so I agreed to meet him, oh, about 2 days after we’d virtually said hello.

To Billy’s credit, he drove out to meet me, and we’d agreed to meet up at church.  I was new in town, and this was my second time visiting the conservative Baptist church I would eventually call home.  I wanted to make a good impression.  Billy didn’t seem too worried about that, though, as he arrived in head-to-toe denim, smelling strongly of cigarette smoke, and with a ponytail down to his waist – an interesting surprise for me.  (When I went back to look at his profile pictures after the fact, there was the faintest hint of a ponytail outline behind him – easily mistaken for a shadow to the casual observer.  Note to self: do not observe profile pictures casually.)   Billy’s wardrobe choices would have been questionable for any first date; for a conservative Baptist church first date, they were definitely the wrong decision.

In case you’re needing a visual, here’s one to help fuel your imagination.  Just add a little more acid wash.

Long haired manI spent the service worrying about what people were thinking (so, yes, I got a lot out of the sermon that day), and then finally, it was time to go.  I knew already that Billy and I were not going to work out; a normal person probably would have cut her losses and made up an excuse to go home.  But, I was not a normal person – I was a naive 21 year old who felt bad that he’d driven two hours to meet me.  So, we headed off to lunch.  And that’s when things really started to get interesting…


Tune in again soon for the continuing adventures of SB and Billy!  (And sorry about the cliffhanger…it’s a long story, and I want to respect your time).  But, for even more fun, choose your own adventure, and write an alternate ending in the comments.  I’m pretty sure it can’t be any more bizarre than what actually did happen next.  Or, leave me a note with the strangest first impression you’ve ever had on a date!

Painting the Town Red

A couple weeks before Christmas, I took myself on a date to a Christmas concert.  I thought this would be fun – I love Christmas music, and no one judges you for going alone to an event at a church.

So, I got myself all dressed up, curled my hair around my headband (because I was going somewhere more interesting the next day, and needed time for the curls to set), sprayed on my new Dolce & Gabbana big girl perfume, and took myself out on the town.

Only the concert was actually really disappointing – so flat and emotionless.  So, then I thought about taking myself out for drinks but figured that was taking all of this a little too far, and decided instead to go put on pajamas and watch the Good Wife.  All’s well that ends well.

I did really like this outfit.  As we’ve talked about before, the monochromatic look is making a come-back and for some reason I can’t quite identify, I’m all about it.  With some red accents (including my beloved almost-ornaments necklace), some red lipstick, and eyeshadow that I included in this picture just because I thought it looked really cool, I was ready to go.

1 monochromatic ChristmasWhat do you think about the mono-chromatic look?  Are you all about the vanilla, or do you miss the neapolitan color blocking of a few years ago? Also, do you think I should always use ice cream metaphors in my writing, because I really like the direction this is heading.

  • Blouse: my granny’s closet
  • Shoes: Macy’s
  • Skirt: H&M
  • Belt: Wet Seal or somewhere like that
  • Headband: Rahab’s Rope


IBTLALC, pt. 3

Round 3 of “all dressed up with nowhere to go” brings me to my favorite type of gown – the formal one.  You’ll notice I’m wearing a fake engagement ring.  That’s because I’m beginning to think both black tie party invitations and marriage proposals are mythical creatures, so while I’m pretending, I might as well shoot for the moon.
1 - navy formalBelieve it or not, I’ve never actually worn this gown.  My mom picked it up somewhere – probably a thrift store – and kept it for a special occasion.  I inherited it to keep for my own special occasion when I tried it on and it somehow fit like a glove.  I really love its simplicity – as much as I adore sequins, there is something so elegant about a beautiful, rich, solid-colored fabric in a flattering cut.  (But, don’t be fooled – my shoes still have sequins.  You can take the girl out of the bling, but you can’t take the bling out of the girl.)

For my makeup, I wanted to do a contrasting lip to really make a statement, since the rest of my look (sequin shoes notwithstanding) is pretty understated.  My red lipstick was perfect for the occasion, coupled with a subdued neutral eye to keep from looking like a clown.

Thus concludes my study on holiday attire.  But, that is not where the conversation ends!  I want to hear all about your parties – and more importantly, your party clothes!  Write soon, send pictures! xoxo!

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