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HAPPY Memorial Day

When I picked out my photos for today’s post, I forgot that it would be my pre-Memorial Day post. So, it’s not as patriotic an outfit as I would have otherwise picked, but at least I am sporting some navy, with hints of red and white.

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do this Memorial Day weekend, but I do know that I will celebrate it with gratitude and JOY. I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating. Yes, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives for all of us. But, why did they die? Did they die so that we would be sad once a year when we think about them? Or, did they die so that we could continue to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe it’s the latter, and I’m quite confident that if the men and women who sacrificed everything could be here, they would tell us to enjoy our pools and barbecues and baseball games. Having known my fair share of military members, I can’t imagine any of them wanting their friends and family to be somber. Rather, I think they want them to live the full life that they fight every day to preserve.  Even more so, those who’ve sacrificed everything for our freedom and for the “American dream” are those who, I think, would most want us to celebrate all the wonderful things that being an American means.

So, please don’t forget why we’re celebrating this weekend. The brave men and women who have passed on deserve our deepest respect and thanks. But, they also deserve recognition in the most American way possible – by enjoying the life they died to protect.

Easter Finery

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a joyful day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! Easter has become one of my favorite holidays over the past few years. It is just such a happy day: good food, spring weather, friends and family, relatively little commercialism, bright colors – and genuine happiness because Jesus didn’t stay dead but rose again to save us all. What could be more worth celebrating?

Plus…Easter is an excuse to get a pretty new dress. As if I needed one – an excuse, or a new dress. This year, though, after much searching through stacks of polyester dresses (honestly, why is that fabric even in existence anymore), I came away empty handed. Almost.

My thought process while shopping is a bit all over the place and evolves as I walk. On Friday, I painted my nails yellow, in expectation that whatever I wore for Easter would have some yellow in it. So, when I found some white dresses, I immediately envisioned yellow accents, which led me to the shoe section in search of yellow heels.

Yellow heels were not to be found, but instead, these beautiful Steve Madden soft-pastel floral sandals cried out to me, begging to be bought. Naturally, I had to oblige, and although they wouldn’t match my yellow nails, I could still imagine how pretty they’d look with the white lace dresses I’d seen in the previous store.

So, back to TJ Maxx I went to try on about 5 white lace dresses…none of which were flattering for various reasons. C’est la vie. I still had my pretty shoes, though, and knew I could build something around them, and of course, the off-white dress I already owned was perfectly suitable.

I did miss getting my Easter dress this year, but I’m sure my bank account is fine with it, and no one at my new church knew the difference. And I kinda like this Easter shoes thing…maybe a new tradition?

1 - Easter dressAre you a new-Easter-dress person, or more practical? What’s your favorite thing about the Easter holiday? Let’s share pictures and stories and traditions!

Birthday Suit

A million years ago, I had a birthday (okay, it was 2 months ago, but it seems like forever), and on my birthday, I like to wear something fun, pretty, and feminine – regardless of the fact that my birthday is in mid-January and therefore usually frigid.

This year, I wore my go-to purple satin-y skirt (seriously, that was a very good impulse buy. I get so much wear out of that pretty little skirt!), and a cute sheer floral top, with my gold Cinderella shoes (I call them Cinderella because I wore them in a Cinderella photo shoot. Obviously.).

1 - purple skirt, floral topWas I overdressed for an all-day orientation at my new job? Yes… Was I completely satisfied with my decision anyway? Absolutely.

Do you have a go-to birthday outfit/style? Do you like dressing up for your birthday, being comfortable, or have you never given birthday attire much thought? Let’s chat about marking special occasions with fashion!

Guess who’s back, back again

So, this is embarrassing…I knew I hadn’t posted in a while, but I didn’t realize the last time was before Halloween! I really thought I’d have more time on my hands in Nashville, but between moving/unpacking, job hunting/interviewing, teaching an online course, and not yet having internet in my house, I have actually been quite busy.  Estimating how long it’s going to take me to do things/how many hours are in a day is not one of my strengths.

But, most of my boxes are now unpacked and I have no money to go shopping for more things to put away, so I should have more time going forward to get into a regular routine of writing.

To update you on my life:

  • I found a place to live. It’s seriously the cutest. Here’s my closet: wpid-img_20151118_090522.jpg(Well, the shoes part of my closet.  Because duh.)

And my Christmas tree:

wpid-wp-1448740528088.jpgAlso, I have a guest bedroom, so please come visit me!

  • No job yet, but I’ve had some good leads, so I’m hopeful that will happen soon. In the meantime, thanks Mom and Dad for keeping me alive. And thanks unemployment for keeping me skinny.
  • I’ve gone on a couple dates in Nashville so far, and I have some…observations.  More on that in a future post.

I don’t know yet where I’m going to set up my camera for future outfit posts. Also, I’m really only getting dressed every day to go to a coffee shop, so my looks haven’t been super exciting so far (although the girl at Starbucks today did tell me I looked very put together.  Also, don’t judge that I’m going to Starbucks in the land of a million coffee shops.  It’s right by my house and the nicest Starbucks I’ve ever been to outside of Mumbai, India.).  All that to say, I’ll probably be posting some Georgia looks for the next couple of weeks until I get that part of my life more settled.

For now, here is my much-teased but now irrelevant Halloween costume.  My best friend Delenna and I were a construction worker and a stud finder for Halloween this year.  GET IT, GUYS??

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Please note my interpretation of “steel-toed boots” below, as well.
wpid-1031152043a.jpgThanks for sticking with me, even as I’ve been MIA, everyone. I’ve missed our chats!  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and let’s talk soon! xoxo, Sarah Beth

A Day of Remembrance – and Fun

Happy Memorial Day!

I’ve heard people talking lately about how Memorial Day is about so much more than just barbecues, the beach, and summer.  And, I couldn’t agree more!  If you know me at all, you know how much I <3 the military.  And the United States.  I cry every time I hear God Bless America, and often during the National Anthem.  Seriously.

But, that’s why I love Memorial Day, even in all of its vacation fun.  It’s not at all that the lives we are remembering are overshadowed.  But, I don’t think all the men and women who gave their lives for our safety and liberty would want us to spend a day in somber, solemn remembrance.  That’s not why they died.  They sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom to have fun and spend time with friends and family, without fear of attack or destruction of our way of life. They paid the ultimate price so that the American dream could remain alive and that people all over this country could continue to live it.

So, yes, take a moment to remember all of the people who fought and died so courageously so that we would not have to. But then, enjoy your day with friends and family, celebrating everything that it means to be an American in the summer time.

And wear pretty clothes!

1 - white summer dress, navy flats

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.

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!

Happy New Year (and new blog!)

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends.  I’m the new girl in town, so I got myself a pizza and ice cream and hunkered down, feeling only a little sorry for myself that I didn’t get to wear sequins.  There’s always another occasion for sequins.

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The occasion above was my going-away party.  You may recognize this skirt from last year’s NYE.  I wear it whenever I can find an excuse – one of the best impulse buys (and at $15, a steal!) I ever made.

Can you believe I’ve been blogging my outfits for a year now?  My first post was the one I just linked above – on January 3rd, 2013.  I’ve had so much fun with you all, and I’m so appreciative of your encouragement.

One of those encouragements was to purchase my domain name while it was still available, so i thought the new year was a perfect time for that transition.  I hope you like the new layout!  I’m still learning WordPress, so please bear with me if I make any changes mid-stream.  But, I think you’re going to like the switch.

So, with that, I wish you all a very happy new year, and I hope you’re as excited about what 2014 has in store as I am!

  • Skirt: TJMaxx
  • Top: Old Navy a million years ago
  • Shoes: DSW almost as many years ago
  • Earrings: a gift from a friend
  • Bracelet: Granny
  • Make-up: courtesy of the MAC counter.  When I asked if I looked like a drag queen, she said, “Oh, no – you’re little!”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  On this day, I’m grateful for fashion.  That’s obvious, of course, and maybe seems trite.  But, I really am grateful for the joy that the only art expression I have brings me.  Creativity is a gift, and I like the way mine manifests.  However, I am also grateful for the creativity of those of you who are photographers, painters, musicians, actors, writers, graphic designers, make-up artists, and so many many more wonderful things.  I believe every person is creative in one way or another, and that’s what makes life beautiful and fun.

Having said that, I am growing a little discontent with my sweater collection.  I’ve had this one for probably 7 years, and while I once loved it, I do think it has seen its better days.  Sadly, so have most of my sweaters.  I guess I know what I’m asking for for Christmas.

I love the warmth of Thanksgiving – from the coziness of the weather, to the abundance of hot food, to the fuzzies that come from being with those you love and gearing up for the Christmas season.  I tried to reflect that in my clothes.

I hope you all have a truly blessed time with your family and friends, and remember to be kind to yourself and grateful for who you are as a creative person.

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft
Jeans: Off Saks
Boots: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Francesca’s Boutique

Halloween Wrap-Up

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! I love social media on this holiday – so many great photos – especially of the babies!!!

Unfortunately, since the universe decided, without informing me, to celebrate Halloween last weekend instead of this weekend (despite this weekend being closer to the date of the actual holiday), I sadly did not dress up this year. I did, however, wear the following real-life outfit which prompted one man to ask if I was in my costume.  Always an ego boosting question.

I decided to not let it bother me, though, because I got so many other compliments on this look – particularly these amazing pants!  I found them on a clearance rack at Target – a legit steal at $6.88.  I don’t usually do that great at Target – I think their full-priced items are over-priced, and their clearance and I don’t usually meet at the right times.  Obviously, there is an exception to every rule.

It’s weird for me not to wear orange and purple on Halloween (I usually go that route; I just like it better than orange and black).   I guess I just wasn’t feeling festive this year.

Did you wear something Halloween-themed yesterday?  Have a great costume to share?   I’d love to see it!

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