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New Cities

Hey guys! This may be the only post I have time to write this week (and by may, I really mean 100% certainly will), but I wanted to say hi! The past two weeks have been so crazy with Labor Day travels, leaving a job, starting a new one, etc., but everything is going well. I feel very much back in my element in my new position, and I’m continually so grateful that God placed me in Nashville, the perfect city.

A friend of mine recently moved to another city, after giving Nashville a go for about 2 years. Why in the WORLD she didn’t absolutely love it here is beyond me, but she spent the past two years being miserable, much like I did in Georgia. Now that she’s been in her new home for all of about 3 days, she’s already making friends, taking in beautiful sunsets, exploring, and generally loving life. The dramatic shift in her circumstances and outlook is so similar to what I experienced when I moved to Nashville last October, that I can’t help but be excited for her to have finally found “home”. Sometimes, you’ve just got to find where you belong, even if that means taking a scary step in faith into the great unknown.

The point of my story is two-fold: one, it’s so important to not let fear hold you back from stepping out into something new. You just don’t know what will be on the other side, and it might be the very thing you’ve been hoping and praying for.

And two, joy really does come in the morning. I’m so grateful that God moves us in and out of seasons. Yes, the hard ones are important – for character building, if nothing else. But, there are also good ones on the horizon. So, if you’re in your own version of Georgia, don’t give up. Keeping moving forward, keep stepping out in faith, and one day soon, you’ll suddenly wake up and realize you’re in a new, beautiful, wonderful place that even 10 months later, still feels like a surreal vacation sometimes.

This outfit has nothing to do with any of that – or with much of anything else, for that matter. But, I like it, and my makeup game was on point that morning.

So, have a great rest of your week, everyone, and keep pressing on to the good!
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Purple, Lilac, Lavender

For a girl who loves color as much as I do, today’s “Purple, Lilac, Lavender” prompt seemed pretty easy.  But, I decided to try to get as many shades of that lovely hue in as possible.  Thanks to my cute floral infinity scarf, I think I covered all three, and my shoes (which sadly, are on their last leg, RIP) made sure no one forgot which shade of the rainbow I was highlighting.

I have a friend who wears something purple every single day.  I like that about her.  While I don’t think I have that much dedication to any one shade, I do like the idea of having a signature color (a la Elle Woods) that you can always go to when you want to feel good about yourself or celebrate something special.  For me, that color will always be pink.  I don’t really have a lot of it in my closet, but it’s a cheerful color that always makes me feel pretty and feminine.
1 - purple, lilac, lavenderDo you have a “signature color” (or, one that you just really enjoy wearing)?  If so, what is it, when do you wear it, and what do you like about it?  Let’s bring some color to this black and white Monday!

Pleats a Plenty

As I’m going through these prompts, I’m trying also to get one more use out of my summer clothing before retiring it for the fall/season (and shedding a tear…).  So, I was glad I had a summer pleated skirt for today’s prompt.

If you’ve been following my blog very long, you know I’m not usually very matchy-matchy.  I prefer to do more unexpected things with colors.  However, when you have something that matches as perfectly as this scarf does to the skirt, it’s really hard to pass up.  At least my polka-dot shoes mixed it up a little. 1 - Pleats a plentyHope you’re having a great day!  Let me know what you think about color combinations, polka dot shoes, or anything else you’d like to talk about.   Can’t wait to hear from you!

Two-fer Tuesday: Polka Dot Scarf

Today’s two-fer Tuesday looks are pretty similar: same scarf, same shoes, shorts… But, I like to think they still give completely different impressions.  And if not, whatever.  It’s a new scarf and I really like it!

In the first look, I dressed up my outfit a little with my sparkly blouse and earrings.  But, I was meeting some friends for dinner and didn’t want to look too overdone.  So, I threw on some navy shorts (blues are usually pretty easy to pair together and I didn’t want anything to compete with the scarf), and my cute, but super-hard-to-walk-in striped wedges (polka dots and stripes are my favorite pattern combination), and I was ready to go.
1 - polka dot scarf and navy shortsOutfit two was for a very casual, last-minute first date.  I had also just bought this yellow tee (Dave Ramsey is not happy with me these days), and I love cornflower blue and yellow together.  So, with the help of some white shorts (enough color was already happening), and my now go-to uncomfortable wedges, I was all set.
1 - mustard tee, polka dot scarfWhich of these versions is your favorite?  If you saw me wear these two just a few days apart would you judge me, or are they different enough to make it acceptable?  And isn’t this scarf really just the cutest?  I mean, I need another scarf like I need Georgia to get hotter this summer…but c’mon.  It’s so adorable!

What to Wear: Country Festival

Boho friends, I need help! Or, really, anyone who’s ever been to a music festival, particularly a country one.  I’m going to Shaky Boots this weekend, a big country festival near Atlanta, and I literally have NO idea what to wear.

I’ve been to a billion country concerts, so I know what to wear to those.  But this is all day, and it’s going to be super hot.  Plus, I feel like a festival brings in another element of style expectations.  I want to look cute, but I’m also supposed to be casual and young, wild, and free, right?

Since I’m not really any of those things, I’m at a bit of a loss.  Here are a couple of outfits I wore recently that while not exactly right, might be on the right track.  Maybe.

In this first one, I like two things: shorts and the scarf headband.  Probably not these shorts or this scarf, but the concept works.

1 - shorts, scarf headbandIn this one, I’m in love with the skirt.  It’s got a tribal flavor which seems appropriate for a festival, but the fit and flare still match my personality.  Of course the scarf would not go with me; I’d like to not die of heat stroke.
1 - tribal print skirt, infinity scarfSo, what do you think?  Am I headed in the right direction or way off track?  What would you wear to a music festival?   Let me know soon; I’ve got less than 48 hours to pack, and at this rate, I’ll probably need every single one of those.  Thank you! xoxo

Black and White and Pink All Over

It’s funny to me which outfits people really love.  When I wore the one below, I got a million compliments on it.  And, it’s cute – I really like the skirt.  But, I wish I were able to analyze deeply what it is about certain outfits that people really like so that I could a) capitalize on that personally, and b) write a book about it.

Maybe you can tell?  It’s hard from a picture.  To be honest, my outfits often don’t photograph as well as they look in real life.  I’m not saying that to either flatter or denigrate myself, but I’ve noticed it’s really true.  Probably about once a week, I wear something that I don’t even blog about because it just looked so bad on camera.  So, no offense taken if you’re not that “taken” with this outfit.  But, please do believe me that it was cute in real life. And so easy – cotton tee, comfy infinity scarf, flattering bubble skirt.

1 - coral tee, bubble skirtDo you have a few pieces that people love?  Have you been able to isolate what it is about them – the color, the fit, the style? Oh, and if my face looks funny, it’s just because I had literally just had my hair cut, and I always ask them to cut my bangs slightly too short.  I look weird for about a week, and then they stay the right length(s) for a lot longer.

Dressing for a Date

I mentioned last week that I’d gone on a date…and it did not go well.  I mean, he was nice and picked a good restaurant.  But, I knew before we met in real life (since we’d originally met online…of course) that it wasn’t going to be a good match.  And my suspicions were confirmed that night.

So, we soldier on, but I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about dressing for a date.  It’s always a little tricky to figure out what’s appropriate, especially for what is essentially a blind date, and even more especially if you’re going somewhere you’ve never been (i.e., everywhere I go in Georgia).  I can’t really help with a specific date outfit in a generic blog post (but feel free to email me anytime you have questions about dressing for an event, and I’ll be glad to weigh in!).  I can, however, comment on what is most important to any good date impression – confidence.

First dates are inherently awkward and nerve racking.  No matter how many I’ve been on, I still feel some sort of nerves every time.  But, confidence helps – when I feel good about myself, namely my appearance, I’m a little more at ease and can focus on the myriad other things stressing me out.

It’s really easy to pick an outfit that boosts your confidence – build it around your favorite feature!  I know we can list a billion things we each don’t like about ourselves, but I think everyone can find at least one thing they DO like about themselves (and if not, please let me know and we’ll work through that together).

For me, I like my legs.  I mean, they aren’t Carrie Underwood’s, but even as my weight has fluctuated over the years, I’ve always felt good when wearing a skirt. So, you’ll pretty much never see me wearing pants on a date.  Plus, I love looking as feminine as possible when going out for the first time (that’s not a rule – just what I personally really like.  So no condemnation if that’s not your jam.)

Maybe you really like your arms, a la Mrs. First Lady, and sleeveless tops are your go-to.  Maybe you’ve got J-Lo junk in the trunk and your favorite pair of jeans makes that really pop.  Or maybe it’s something even less obvious like your forearms – a stack of bangles highlights a pretty wrist.

Whatever it is, chances are, if you like it, other people will, too.  And there is nothing so attractive – to either sex – than confidence.  So, embrace yourself and highlight what you love!  You’ll be better off for it.

To showcase this outfit, I included two full shots – the one on the right has much better lighting and more accurate colors, but I cut off the shoes when taking it.  So, you get both.  I was pleased with this outfit – feminine and flirty, but still casual enough that I didn’t look like I was trying too hard (because, honestly, I definitely was not).  My only complaint was that I wore this infinity scarf on another first date, and I hate associations like that.  Oh well.  Can’t win ’em all.

1 - purple skirt, infinity scarfWhat do you like about yourself?  Do you dress to accent that when you’re wanting to make a good impression/feel good about yourself, or is that something you can start to work on?

Neon Lights

We interrupt this regularly scheduled programming to bring you: just a regular blog post.

I was out of town for Easter, and before that, I just had a really busy week and didn’t get to my blog as often as I would have liked.  So, at the risk of falling off the face of the earth for the 2nd week in a row, I thought I’d at least publish something today, and if I’m very lucky, even tomorrow and Friday.  This weekend, I should be able to get back on track (if I don’t run away with Tim Tebow, but I’ll save that story for now), so next Wednesday, we’ll look at another woman from the Bible.

For some reason, I’ve been on this t-shirt kick lately.  I don’t honestly know where it came from, but since I bought 5 t-shirts from H&M in a week, I guess it’s going strong.

I love this neon yellow I picked up recently.  I’m often not a fan of neon yellows and greens – I think they veer too close to snot when you have a cold.  But, I just really liked this one, so I picked it up, and then two days later, I got the cute infinity scarf I’m wearing that perfectly matched.  The purple jeans were a bit of a leap, but when I saw them in my dresser, I thought it just might work and went for it.  I also ended up completely coordinating with the bowling alley I went to later that night, so you know – that’s something.

1 - neon shirt purple jeanswpid-0327151821.jpgWhat do you think of my color combo?  Too much, or just so crazy it might work? (I did bowl the best game of my life that night and came in 2nd place – I’m pretty sure the neons are the reason.)  Also, how do you feel about bowling in general?  Or about me telling you that I once accidentally threw the ball into the next lane?

Let’s talk!

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.

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