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Summertime Blues

Guys, I’ve gained weight since I moved to Nashville, and it’s starting to stress me out.

In most of my winter clothes, I’m fine. Of course. But, now that I’ve started bringing out all of my summer shorts and t-shirts, I can no longer deny the reality. Things do not fit the way they used to.

I’ve observed about myself that when I’m busy with fun things and friends, I tend to gain weight. Perhaps that’s counter-intuitive but I a) have less time to work out, and b) most hanging out revolves around eating. Being depressed and lonely for two years did have its (one) perk…

So, as I work to get back in my summer clothes, here’s a picture from last summer when I still did fit in them. I’m using it as motivation for myself. Honestly, few things are as motivating as your clothes not fitting (she says as she finished her s’mores frappuccino).

1 - red tee, patterned shortsHave any of y’all gained the Nashville Five (or, you know, the winter/friends equivalent wherever you live)? How are you coping??? Is getting back to my normal size before a wedding in two weeks realistic? Let’s just agree that it is, k? Thanks. xoxo

TBT: Hippy Headbands

Here’s a TBT to sometime over a year ago.  Honestly, I have no idea why I didn’t blog this look before – I think I wore the dress two times pretty close together and didn’t want to feature it again so soon after the first. So, here we are, a year and a half later…

I went through a big headband-across-the-forehead phase in 2014.  It was kinda becoming my thing for a brief period, inspired in part by the fact that MEN. LOVED. IT. (Still have not figured out a reason why.) But, as quickly as this trend came, it suddenly went, at least for me. Really, I don’t know why I stopped wearing headbands like this – they just stopped looking cute on me, it seemed. Or I felt like I was getting wrinkles from them.  Regardless, this post is making me want to try again, but I think the very small window of time for the hippy headband trend has closed.

1 - headband, cream dressWhat do you think about headbands worn across the forehead – still in vogue, or past its prime (again)? Do you/did you wear them this way?

Is it Christmas without Snow?

The last time I had to figure out what to wear in a mid-70s degree December, I lived in Florida.  And I was 12, so it was really a matter of wearing the blue jumper or the yellow one (with matching platform tennis shoes, of course).

Since then, I would like to say my sartorial tastes have evolved (I think using the word “sartorial” proves that, right?), but I’ve also moved further north, and picking out Christmas-y clothes when it’s 75 degrees out is no small feat.

For this look, I took a few liberties with the typical red and green color palette, softening it with a mint-colored tee. Polka dots added a bit of warm weather flair, and the light-weight cotton in the scarf helped me look a little more seasonally appropriate, without actually adding weight or heat. A sparkly headband also created a more festive look while hiding my unwashed hair.  Men, don’t judge – you’d actually be quite surprised how infrequently we wash our hair.

1 - polka dots and mintHave you been wearing Christmas-y clothes yet?  I may love a theme a little more than the next person, but hopefully you’ve caught a little of the Christmas spirit.  How much is everyone loving the warm winter weather (sorry, Colorado). Welcome back to the work week – hope this Monday treats you well!

The SEAL and I

Yesterday, I was very encouraged to read that J.J. Watt, arguably the best defensive player in the NFL (and whom I disliked until yesterday, because he plays for one of the Colts’ rivals, the Texans), has a hard time finding dates, despite his best efforts.  If a 6’5″, attractive man who makes over $16 million a year has trouble dating, it makes me feel a little less bad about my own failed attempts.  (Sorry, J.J., but misery loves company.  And so do I, btw, should you ever somehow read this.)

Anyway, lest you think I ONLY meet inmates and rehabbers, let me assure you that – well, actually, that is true in the state of Georgia.  Elsewhere, though, I do sometimes meet guys that I genuinely like.  Like, Navy SEALs for instance.  One of my most favorite nights was spent dancing with a SEAL at my beloved honky tonk, the Banque, in Norfolk, VA.  I was determined to ignore him because although he was beautiful, obviously (every SEAL is beautiful), he knew it, and I knew he knew it.  Plus, he had tattoo sleeves and was wearing a shirt with a stupid joke on it, and I was not about to indulge his ego.

But, SEALs aren’t used to rejection, and he persisted until I finally granted him one dance…and spent the rest of the night being twirled around by big Navy SEAL arms.  For the sake of any male readers, I won’t gush further.  But, girls – it was magical.

Of course, he was being sent on a secret mission somewhere two days later, so we were relegated to texting (he somehow still had phone signal, and I’m choosing to believe that he wasn’t just hanging out in Norfolk, pretending to be in the jungle with a nearby Verizon tower). And naturally, when I got my hair done a few days later, going from a dark blonde/light brown to a brighter/more Sarah Beth blonde, I sent him a picture.

His response: “I prefer brunettes.”

So, that was the end of the SEAL.  Sad day, but marriage to the special forces is not for the faint of heart.  Nor is marriage to a blonde, I suppose.

Have you ever had “one enchanted evening” with a stranger?  Did it turn out like a perfect rom com, or more like my life? Let me hear some stories so I know I’m not alone! And have a great weekend, everyone!

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TBT: Memorial Day

I had to work on Memorial Day this year, but I wasn’t going to let that dampen my patriotism!  I wrote last week about why I love Memorial Day.  One reason I didn’t include, but since you know me, you probably assumed:  I love wearing red, white, and blue.  Like, literally, I hope to get married on a patriotic holiday weekend so that I can use that color palette without looking like a weirdo.

So, although I wasn’t participating in any festivities last Monday, I tried to make the office as festive as possible.  I might have gone a little overboard, considering blue jeans and a red shirt would have done the trick.  But, that’s not how I roll.

1 - MDW blue jumpsuitDon’t you just love those shoes?  I don’t wear them often, but I call them my Cruella de Vil shoes.  Also, apparently I never blogged my Easter outfit; I’m not really sure how or why that happened, but anyway – I wore this jumpsuit then, too.  So, just add a big floppy hat, and silver-capped black shoes, and you’ve got the idea.

How did you celebrate the holiday?  Did you wear red, white, and blue? (If not, I’ll probably judge you.  But just a little… 🙂 )

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.

Black and white and red all over

I really love this dress.  I don’t think this is the most flattering picture ever to show off how pretty it is, but is there anything more feminine than lace?  And I appreciate that the underlay is white, not nude.  I’ve never been a fan of giving the illusion of nakedness (I’m looking at you, J.Lo.)

If you can tell from the middle close-up, there is a sheer portion at the waist – subtle enough to be appropriate for (most) occasions, interesting enough to make this more than just your run of the mill black lace dress.

Normally, I probably wouldn’t wear a belt with this dress, but it’s a little big, and I happened to have one that fit the feel and style of the dress.  Necessity is the mother of invention.
1 - black and white lace, red shoesRed with black and white always seems a little overdone to me, but it’s easy and striking, so I went with it.

What do you think about the lace trend – old fashioned, or have you embraced it?  How about sheer panels?  Tacky or just flirty enough to be tasteful?  Let me know your thoughts!

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.

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

TBT: St. Paddy’s Day

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to have to throw some green outfit together for St. Patrick’s Day, since I’d left my green pants at the dry cleaner.  But, I just couldn’t do it.  Once I get an outfit idea in my head, it’s really hard for me to let go of it.  So, I got ready, threw on some jeans, drove through the dry cleaner, and changed at work.  No one was the wiser.  A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

I’ve probably mentioned to you how sometimes my outfits look better in real life than on camera.  I really can’t figure out what to attribute this to, other than my poor photography skills.  Regardless, this is one of those cases.  I didn’t want to skip showing you, as I often do with poorly photographed outfits, because it’s a holiday outfit, and I love holiday outfits!  Plus, my nails were done for the occasion, and that is so seldom the case.

So, appreciate the awesomeness that is my green pants, and don’t dwell too much on the rest.  But do please tell me about your holiday celebrations – did you remember to wear green (I reminded you, so really, no excuses…).  Did you drink green beer or eat corned beef and cabbage (that’s what people eat, right?) Let’s talk!

1 - st. patrick's day

Oh, and if you were really upset about not seeing a good picture of my shoes on Monday (or about seeing my dirty car rug), here’s another chance.  Same shoes.

Two-fer Tuesday: Pleated Skirt Edition

I bought a new skirt last week (for $14 at Dress Up), and I really love it.  Pleats are as feminine as it gets, and they’re very in right now, as is the midi-length.  Unfortunately, my legs and height are not ideally designed for that length – it makes my short frame seem even shorter.  Nevertheless, I soldiered on (remember, do as I say, not as I do; or do whatever you want, because what good is fashion if it’s not fun?!), and found two different ways to wear it.  One of them even prompted a guy to stop on the sidewalk and say, “You are dressed SO CUTE!”  (I’m pretty sure he was gay.  And also in high school.  So, no meet-cute there, but I appreciated the compliment, nevertheless).

And now without further ado, here are two different ways to wear a pleated skirt:

Look 1:

1 - pleated skirt and bowIn this outfit (the one that inspired such street-side admiration), I paired the skirt with a sweater. I don’t usually think to tuck in sweaters, but inspiration hit me on this particular morning, and the stars aligned.  I had to try a couple different options with the tights and shoes, as my first pairings looked more funeral than fun.  But, the wedges worked perfectly, and I plan to transition this skirt to spring, too, with some bright espadrilles.

Look 2:

1 - pleated skirt and chambrayAs I mentioned earlier, I really need height with this skirt to give the illusion of longer legs.  But, I wanted to pretend I was one of those cool tall girls who just wears flats with her pretty skirts, so I went for it anyway.  It’s OK…but not my most flattering look.  From the knee up, though, I really loved the styling.  I was grabbing coffee and then dinner with a friend on the day I wore this, and I was trying to go for effortless put-together casual.  Who knows if I achieved all of that, but it was a fun outfit, nevertheless.

What would you pair with this skirt?  Do you like my choices, or would you have taken a different route altogether?  Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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