Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

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Long Time, No See!

It’s been a while, y’all. When I went on my blogging break a little over a year ago, I wasn’t sure what the future held for Tastefully Trendy. Would I be back a week later? A month? Would I ever be back? Would anyone care either way?

Well, a few weeks ago, at least 30 of you voted in an Instagram poll that you’d like to see me back, which is way more validation than I needed. So, let’s dive right in. Here’s a look at my life since July 10, 2017 – by the numbers:

414 – approximate number of days I’ve been MIA.

8+ – pairs of shoes I’ve bought in that time period

Innumerable – Target trips

2: low-key celebs I’ve met and tried to slide into their DMs

0: times I’ve been successful

(Bobby Bones and John Crist – it’s not too late to get back to me!)

5: days spent on a beach trip to Pensacola

10: pairs of shoes I packed for said beach trip

Countless: hours it took to pack for same beach trip. Still the worst packer ever, guys.

1: Navy SEALs I’ve gone on a date with

1: Navy SEALs I’ve instantly fallen in love with (spoiler alert: San Diego and Nashville are too far apart.)

2: exes who got engaged this summer

0: chiropractors I’ve hit on

409: days I’ve been grateful to live in Nashville (I subtracted the days I was at the beach, let’s be real.)

So, as you can see – not a lot has changed. I still love clothes and going on dates and my church choir. I still waffle between being hopeful and feeling discouraged about my life trajectory – sometimes even simultaneously. And, I still hope that my little blog is both fun and encouraging to those of you who read it. Thank you so much to all of you – your existence is good for my soul.

I’m still not sure what the future holds for Tastefully Trendy. For now, I’m thinking a weekly post might be both attainable and enjoyable for me. We’ll see. In the meantime, here are my vacation outfits – even more poorly edited than usual because I took them with my phone, in a mirror. But, I left on my Snapchat captions for your reading pleasure.

Honestly, y’all, my stomach is not my greatest feature, so this is as much crop as I dare. On a related note, I’m 33 years old.

This last outfit I did not wear on vacation, but I bought it and took it with me on vacation, and I love it, so it’s a bonus.

Thank you all for reading and encouraging me to come back. Please feel free to leave comments, and let me know if you have anything you’d like me to talk about – fashion or otherwise. Or, just say hey. Have a good week!


Church Lady

For the longest time when I moved to Georgia, I didn’t go to church.  I would watch my beloved Virginia Beach church on webcast, but actually going to a church building just didn’t happen.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go, per se…I just could never find something I liked as well as what I’d left behind.

Well, the past few weeks I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just go to the church I like okay…because some community worship is better than none at all.

One of the perks of this decision, though, is that I have an excuse to wear pretty clothes on Sunday morning.  I mean, these are clothes I could wear to work, but I don’t usually dress up this much for the office.  So it still feels special.

A couple weeks ago, I broke out my blue jumpsuit (you may recognize it from my patriotic Memorial Day post) and paired it with turquoise this time, instead of red and white.  Of course, no one would be deceived by my new shoes into thinking this is a totally different outfit.  But, it feels fresh to me when I can mix and match different shoes and accessories.

1 - blue jump suitSide note, I’m pretty proud of my hair in this picture.  I don’t know what I did or if I could ever do it again.  But it was on point that day!

I used to get in fights with my dad in middle school about wearing jeans to church.  Those days are obviously long gone, but the memories make me smile.  Do you still dress up for church, or is your church super casual and progressive with a jeans-wearing pastor?  What did you and your parents fight about you wearing when you were younger?

Two-fer Tuesday: the Pink Belt

Y’all know I love a good belt.  There’s just something about that simple accessory that can really make an outfit go from just fine to totally put together.

Of course, belts are a little tricky.  The width of the belt, its position on the waist/hips, the waistline of the dress, all make for a game of trial and error.  My solution to this problem, obviously, is just to have dozens of belts.  Then there will almost always be one that fits exactly what you’re looking for.

In a lot of ways, wide belts have had their day in the sun and are being replaced by their more narrow counterparts (or no belt at all).  The long tunic with a wide belt around your hips, for example – a staple of my grad school wardrobe – is no longer en vogue.  But, with a couple trendier pieces, the wide belt can still make a statement and add a little interest (and variation to the lines – I’m all about lengthening my waist 2 inches).

So, here are two uses of one of my favorite wide belts.  I’ve worn both of these pieces multiple times with different belts/shoes/accessories (here’s a variation on the polka dots and one on the jumpsuit).  But, the pink allows me to play up different colors and create a completely new look (something that isn’t always easy with dresses and jumpsuits.  They kinda are what they are).

1 - polka dots and pinkMy cute little necklaces are from Ornaments for Orphans.  I’ve probably plugged them before, but you should totally buy from them and support their cause (after you’ve purchased everything Rahab’s Rope has for sale, of course.)

1 - jumpsuit, pink beltThis jumpsuit is super hard to photograph.  I promise it’s cuter in real life.  And the pink is really subtle – you can actually see it better in the shoe close-up, on the leg of the pant.  I like pulling out minor, unexpected colors to make an outfit more interesting.

How do you feel about belts?  A fashion staple or an unnecessary hassle?  Do you think my addition really made a difference, or was the mix and match too understated to be noticeable?  Let’s talk – I’ve missed y’all!

Georgia Peach Jumpsuit

Happy Monday, y’all!  I am, once again, out on the road for work, so I’m pre-writing a few posts.  Hopefully, I can remember to actually tell you all they’re published!

Up first is a pretty jumpsuit, one of my Altar’d State finds from last week.  I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with rompers and jumpsuits.  They’re a little inconvenient, and difficult to style very creatively (like a dress, there’s only so much mixing and matching you can do with one solid piece).  But, I love them so much, and I might cry when this trend ends.

1 - peach jumpsuitIf you think I’m standing at a weird angle…I am.  But, that’s just because I wanted to show that I was wearing pants, not a flowy skirt, and I’m the worst poser ever.

How do you feel about rompers and jumpsuits – have you been bold enough to try them yet?  Good trend, bad trend, good for other people but not for you trend?  Let’s talk about it!

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… 🙂 )

80 Days of Summer Shoes: Trendy Teal Toes

Most of the time, I’m pretty much the opposite of a hipster.  I don’t wear Toms or Warby Parkers – not because I don’t think they’re good causes.  Because they’re ugly (well, Toms are, anyway).  I like Top 40 radio and think it’s fun when people jump on the same bandwagons as me.

But, sometimes, finding a trend before it becomes a trend does make me feel a little high and mighty.  And these shoes did just that.

DSC_0252I bought these pretty teal heels from DSW a few years ago.  The next season, this look – the twisted satin knot – was EVERYWHERE – flats and heels alike.  And you’d really be surprised at just how many things this color goes with.  For a while, these were as much a staple in my closet as black shoes are to a normal person.

I like to think of myself as fashion forward.  It may not be true – but I like to think of myself that way.

Jumpsuit and green heelsIn this jumpsuit, I also like to think of myself as giving Marisa Tomei a run for her money…clearly, I just live in a world of delusion.
wpid-img_20140518_142013.jpgFashion Tip: Jumpsuits are like maxi dresses – not universally flattering, but if you’re willing to put in the patience and effort, you can definitely find one that works for you.  Pay attention to pattern and lines (where the waist hits, how the neckline sits, if the pants are cropped or wide leg), which together can make or break an outfit, even if it technically “fits”.

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