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Patriots and Politics

Y’all know I’m super patriotic, but this election is really stressing me out. More than perhaps any other (in my lifetime, anyway), I think there are really huge implications of this election, and as a non-fan of any of the candidates (including 3rd party), I am a little overwhelmed. Facebook’s non-stop political barrage does not help.

So, like the good ostrich that I am, I bury my head in the sand a little, and just pray – that I know who I should vote for, and that God has mercy on us all.

And, I wear flag cardigans, because i just can’t help myself. I actually wore this after Hillary’s speech at the DNC, which was accidental on my part, but not lost on some of my colleagues. I promise I was making no statement, except that last week’s belted-sweater over a dress look was so popular, I thought I’d try it again.

1 - patriotic polka dotsThis sweater does hang a little weird on me – it makes my shoulders look quite broad and boxy. But, it was $3, and I always get compliments on it, so I endure. And, I got a little bold with my pattern mixing here, but it works because the navy’s match and the motifs are both Americana-esque.

On Wednesday, I have another unique spin on one of my dresses that I’m excited to show you. I promised creativity, and I’m trying my best to live up to that!

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!

Holey Knees

In the spirit of moving on from winter, here is another outfit I won’t be able to wear anymore. Although I prefer the warmer weather, I do love a good cozy sweater (and scarf!), so I’m a little sad to put these two away.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but distressed jeans are all the rage now, and I kinda love this pair I have from Target. My only complaint is that I wish the holes weren’t right at both of my knees. It just kinda feels weird, and my favorite part of the distressed look is the white “strings” or whatever from the denim, and with holes at the knees, you don’t really get that look.

Guess I’ll just have to buy another pair with holes elsewhere! (Also, can we talk about how I was in elementary school the last time holey jeans were in, and I begged my mom to let me cut holes in the knees of my jeans? I’m old, guys – trends are circling back.)
1 - plaid scarf, sweaterHow do you feel about distressed jeans (or cozy sweaters)? Did you wear them the last time they were in, or is this a first for you?

Nashville (Head)Bands

Moving takes a lot out of you, guys, and so does getting a nasty cold that messes up your travel plans.  I’ve been stuck at my parents for the last couple days (which, really, is a pretty great place to be stuck when you’re sick) – however, their internet is very slow.  So, those are all my excuses for not blogging the last two days.  Mea culpa.

But, today I am on my way to Nashville!  My stuff is all safely tucked away in my storage pods and teeny-tiny car, and I should make it just in time to see my first free Nashville concert – Sam Hunt, feel free to propose to me from stage.  I’ll say yes.

Since I’ll be in the land of a billion coffee shops, I fully anticipate staying caught up on my blog. Unless, you know, I’m too busy making friends with celebs, or something.

Nothing really interesting to say about this outfit, except I think I’m doing away with my bangs the next time I get my hair done.  What do you think?
1 - headband, floral jeans

Hope you’re all staying healthy and your internet connections are strong.  Talk soon!

Tailgates & Team Colors

It’s that time again, y’all!  You know this is my favorite season of the year: football season!

While this prompt makes me think more of college, I’ve always been an NFL girl, and my love for the Indianapolis Colts runs deep.

A few days ago, I had my fantasy football draft.  Most everyone else in the league is from Rhode Island, so I got to skype in.  I could have worn whatever I wanted, of course.  I chose to wear my team colors – no time like the present!  And since it isn’t often anymore that I get to wear my Peyton jersey (it’s been mostly retired in favor of Andrew Luck), I thought it appropriate to pull out for this occasion.

Again, I tried the arm party thing…I feel like I’m getting closer. And added a long tank under the jersey to make me look a little more feminine/like I have any shape at all.

1 - tailgates and team colorsAre you excited for the start of football season?  If so, who’s your team (any level is fine!), and what are their colors?  If they’re not your favorite colors, have you figured out a way to incorporate them, anyway? (I way lucked out with blue and white.)  Let’s talk football…or the fashion of being a football fan.  Either way.

And be sure to follow me on Instagram for this weekend’s style challenge prompts.  Can’t wait to connect!

Back to her roots

I thought I’d take a break this week from the onslaught of shorts and get back to basics – aka dresses (or skirts).

I used to LIVE in dresses.  I mean, I did work in a law school, and I don’t love dress pants, so my options were somewhat limited.  But, still.  There’s just something so automatically pretty and feminine about a dress.  And I’ve never been one to mind embracing a gender stereotype now and then.

I tried to get creative with this dress.  I am a little tired of it by itself, so I needed something new to spruce it up.  I’ve had this pretty ribbon my mom gave me for some time, but never quite figured out what to do with it.  But, boredom is the mother of invention (that’s how that expression goes, right?), so drawing on the navy pattern in the dress, I added the blue and white belt, and voila!

These patterns mix well because they follow the same lines – the polka dots essentially just replace one of the stripes on the dress, and that pattern is subtle enough not to be a noticeable clash.

Of course, the blue in my shoes isn’t identical to either of the blues in the dress, and that is noticeable, particularly in these pictures.  But, in real life, the distance between the dress/belt and the shoes was enough to make the tonal differences acceptable (plus, blues are pretty easy to coordinate, anyway).

1 - yellow dress, polka dot beltWhat do you think about my creative venture?  Is it cute and “artsy” or something, or does it look like I’m trying too hard?  Have you ever taken ribbon or some other not-technically-clothing item and incorporated it into an outfit?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

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!

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!

Goodbye, Snow Queen

As I was going through some of my older outfits to see what I hadn’t yet posted,  I found this last look from winter, and I figured I’d better blog about it now.  I don’t want it sitting in my picture folder as a bad omen welcoming winter back for one last final breath.

So, here is a look I wore when it was particularly frigid a few weeks ago.  I usually reserve my knit headband for outer wear, but that just means I hardly ever wear it.  So, on this particular day, I decided to stop wasting the cuteness and wear it all day.  Other than being a little itchy, it worked out great.

I matched it with one of my knit infinity scarves (that I would love to loop, if only it were a little longer/less suffocating), and my light weight sweater with the golden thread woven through it, with gold jewelry accents.  To finish off my neutral look, I added a pair of taupe boots.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I kinda wish I’d worn winter white pants with this outfit.  I like all monotone in winter; it looks so snow queen  But, oh well – maybe next year.  I’m definitely putting these bad boys away for at least the next 8 months.

1 - knit headband, infinity scarf

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