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Happy 5th Anniversary!

Time Hop tells me that today is the 5th anniversary of my little blog. That’s really hard to believe, but what a fun 5 years it has been!

In that spirit, here is a post from one of the early days – back when color-blocking was all the rage, and all my photos were mirror selfies. The fact that any of you read my blog when I had no head in any pictures is beyond me, but thank you for doing so, and for sticking with me all along. And for my new friends, consider yourself lucky that you were not around for these early days; thank you for reading now.

Happy 5th anniversary, friends! Here’s to many more, and to finding green pants like these again. I miss them!

I am not a hipster in any sense of the word. I listen to top 40 music, drive a Chevy, and wear glasses unironically. I like my men in Wranglers, not skinny jeans. But in one specific area of my life, I am just the teensy bit hipster in that I take pride in being ahead of the curve in fashion. You know, wearing a trend before it’s cool (i.e., before it’s a trend.)

Color blocking has been in for about three years now, but I’ve been mixing and matching my colors for at least five, mostly because I just really love color. This trend is a super simple one to imitate and a great way to look current, while easily staying situational and age appropriate.

The key to color blocking with separates is to stay in the same color family. For example, in my picture below, I have on a true blue blouse, with true green slacks. I call these crayon colors – the ones called “blue” and “green” in the box, not aqua, robin’s egg, or grass. I could easily mix in a true yellow or red with either of these colors, and they would coordinate well because they’re in the same family.

Another color family I love is the jewel tones. These are deeper versions of the crayon colors – your sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. All of the jewel tone colors blend well together, too – they’re in the same family.

I like to balance my colors with a good neutral so I don’t look like a rainbow. For this outfit, I chose gold as my neutral, reflected in my jewelry, which also coordinated well with my tortoise shell pumps.

And that, my friends, is how you color block.

Chantilly Lace

Sometimes I wear things only because I like them and haven’t worn them in a while. That was the case with this skirt. I tend to overlook it because it’s dressier than my office typically is. But, on this day, I decided to bring it out and toned it down with a pink and white striped button down and wedges. Or so I thought. My boss asked me why I was all dressed up, and I’m not sure she believed me when I said it was just because I hadn’t worn this skirt in a while. But really, that was it. Maybe I should work on not dressing so casually at work so this doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.
1 - pink bouse, lace skirtHave a great weekend, y’all! Wear lace, wear wedges, wear something fun and tell me about it!

Inspiration in Various Forms

On Monday, I promised another creative take on one of my dresses. I love dresses, but I have a hard time hanging on to them for long, because they are what they are – meaning, you can’t mix and match much. So, I tend to get tired of them pretty quickly.

But, the past few weeks, I’ve tried mixing things up a little by adding cardigans and belting them for a new look. Last week, I got even crazier and layered a lace top over one of my dresses – and I LOVED IT!!!! Seriously, it might be my favorite creation in a long time, and judging by the comments I got that day, I’d say others liked it, too.

1 - black and yellowThe trick to layering, of course, is necklines and sleeves. If the neck were too low or high – or a V-neck – it wouldn’t work. Likewise, if this dress had sleeves showing through the lace, it would be weird. But the fashion muses were on my side this time, and everything matched up perfectly.

Usually when I wear this top, I wear a black cami under it, so the uneven lace edge is completely lost. The yellow background really highlighted it and showed off the pretty detailing. My flower shoes added just the right touch to tie everything together.

True story: it was raining when I was picking out my clothes this morning. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I like to wear black when it rains – and pretty much only then. So, I started out my clothes-choosing process I intended to wear black, and this was the best I could do. I just can’t help myself with bright colors!

But, more importantly, way back in 2013 when I first started talking about wearing black in rainy weather, I said it sounded like it should be a song – and my friend Sage wrote one! It was one of the coolest moments for me as a blogger, but even more amazing, her band, Twisted Tapestry, now has an EP out, and you can buy “Only Wear Black” wherever fine music is sold. And you should – support local music!

Bathed in Light

I’m having some photography issues guys (because, really, when am I not). I have been trying to be better about taking pictures of my outfits before I leave for work – you know, when I look fresh and have makeup on, instead of bedraggled and work-weary. But, the light and the heat are so harsh right now that as soon as I step outside, my lens completely fogs up, and I get pictures like this:

DSC_3783Flattering soft-focus sure, but not very conducive to actually showing my outfits.

So, if there are a lot more pictures in front of my much less picturesque front door over the next month or two, please don’t hold it against me. Fall will be here before we know it.

1 - maxi and lace topI think this look is pretty straightforward, so I won’t add much. But the maxi is one that I always forget about/am not in the mood to wear, but whenever I do, it’s SO COMFORTABLE. Seriously, it’s like I’m wearing sweats, but cute and office-appropriate.

What’s your most comfortable piece of clothing? Do you wear the life out of it, or like me, find it again and again as a pleasant surprise?

CMT AOTY and Me

We interrupt this regularly schedule program to discuss one of the most exciting events of my life…

Last night, I got to attend the CMT Artist of the Year show!!!!  Here’s how it happened:

So, all these televised events in Nashville have to have full audiences so they look awesome on camera.  One of my friends told me about this when I first moved here and the “casting agencies” that are in charge of filling the audiences, so I followed these agencies on Facebook. When I saw this event come up, I applied (late) – i.e., sent in a picture of myself – and was accepted within an hour.  I felt pretty good about myself until I learned that there were 800 people accepted, and three tiers of wrist bands, and I was in the lowest tier…

No matter, though, because even sitting way up in the balcony, nowhere near a celebrity or a camera, I had an amazing time.

Picking out what to wear, though, was a different story.  As a seat filler, you’re essentially supposed to be invisible, which is, of course, not my style.  We had all these parameters about what to wear: nothing too revealing/short, no flashy jewelry, low heels, dark colors.  When I sorted through all of my clothes that fit into these categories, I found I had two options.

Option 1:

1 - CMT AOTY option 1I’ve always really liked this dress, but it’s never really flattered me that well.  Or, I should say, it looks great when I first put it on, and then as soon as I move, it turns into a sack of potatoes. And as you can see, doesn’t photograph very well.  If I somehow ended up sitting next to Sam Hunt, I needed to look good.  So, I threw out option 1.

Option 2:

This was literally the only other choice I had in my entire wardrobe, but for the most part, I was very pleased.  When I have a job again, I’ll stock up on some award show options.

1 - CMT AOTYMy little lace crop top (which, btw, I got at Rue 21 for $3), is one of my favorite dressier pieces, but I didn’t have a great black skirt to go with it…until I remembered my black slip dress!  I’ve worn this under tops on several occasions, and while it’s very form fitting, it’s not too short, so I figured it would work.  As for my gold heels, I don’t know if they’re technically considered “low”, but they are about the lowest I own, and I’m short, so I figured I could get away with it. I added a green clutch for a little Christmas flair, and some rose gold jewelry, and I was all set, if not red carpet ready.

My hair did look a little flat in these pictures, though, so I ended up putting it back.  Imagine this head on the above photos.

1202151608a-1So, I hope this helps next time you’re invited to an awards show! Or, you know, you could always move to Nashville and just go with me!!  I <3 this town.

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!

What to be when I grow up

When I announced on Friday that I am moving to Nashville, I didn’t mention that one of the reasons for the move is that my position here in Georgia was eliminated.  While I obviously was not excited about that part, I am grateful that God answered my prayers in a very clear, direct way.  In reflecting on the situation, I’ve seen God’s hand in a lot of ways, and I’m going to talk some more about it coming up.  It’s hard to know what to say, though – I’ve never been accused of being an overly private person on this public blog, and I want to talk about what I’m going through in hopes that it might help other people in similar positions.  But, I also want to do it properly.  So, bear with me if things come out piece meal over the next few weeks.  I’m still “processing” (that word kinda annoys me, but it fits) everything myself.

While starting from scratch is a bit daunting, it’s also exciting, as it allows me to really dream!  (Also, to be fair, I’ve lived in 10 states, so starting over may not intimidate me as much as some people…I’m pretty used to it.)  I’ve got lots of time on my hands right now, and with it, I’ve been dreaming about the fun I’m going to have in Nashville, the celebs I’m going to hang out with (kidding…ish), the people I’m going to meet.  I’ve also been dreaming about my new job.

Honestly, I have no idea what I’m going to do.  I have often said that people my age are told our whole lives that we can do whatever we want, so we have no trouble believing that.  It’s figuring out what we actually do want to do that no one helps us with.  Plus, my job in Georgia was, I thought, my dream job.  When it turned out not to be, I found myself feeling like I was back at square one – only this time, I’m 30, not a bright-eyed 22 year old fresh out of college.

So, I’m open.  I apply to all kinds of jobs that I think I could enjoy doing, and trust that God will lead me to the right one.  I used to think I had to be involved in a very specific area of “ministry” in order to feel fulfilled and like I was serving God. I’m no longer trying to define what field that will be – education, corporate, non-profit, government… I’m willing to explore all options, as I’ve realized that God can use me anywhere He wants, and He needs people in all arenas who will live for Him.

But, still, I try to figure out what it will be – who I’ll work with, if I’ll get to travel, what the dress code will be…  Maybe I’ll teach and wear something like this look  (only probably a little longer hemline) – an outfit which reminds me of Jess Day, my favorite television character of all time.
1 - Cardigan, lace, paisleyOr maybe I’ll be back to the business suit/dress pants attire of my former life as a law school employee.  Maybe I’ll have a uniform…(just kidding.  I can’t imagine any scenario in which I take a job requiring a uniform).  Regardless, I think it’s going to be great!

What’s the dress code at your job?  Do you like it, or do you have very strict “work clothes” that never otherwise see the light of day?  How did you get into your current line of work – straight out of college, a chance interaction, or some natural series of promotions and career switches related or not to your degree?

Blazers and Rompers

Sometime this week, I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all!  I guess I say that as a teaser, which is pretty annoying now that I think about it.  But, check back and I’ll eventually spill the beans.

In the meantime, here is an outfit I wore recently on a date.  Believe it or not, every once in a while, I do get a date with a non-inmate in Georgia.  However, since his Muslim best friend had been kicked out of the family for getting his Hindu stripper girlfriend pregnant and both of them were now living with him, this guy and I were still not a really good match.

As is often the case in my dating life, there was no second date.  Of course, I was fine with that for a number of reasons, but I can’t help but still feel a little rejection.  I know why I didn’t want to go out with you again, but why didn’t you want to go out with me?

I guess I’ll never know, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the outfit, because this is one of my new favorites (that honestly I may never wear again because I like being original with my date attire).  But, it’s cute, right?

A great way to transition some summer clothes into fall is to add a jacket.  It keeps you warm, obviously, but also tones down the summery feel, in this case, of my coral, lace romper.  I don’t have a ton of fall dresses – most of mine are very obviously summer, or wool – so, the romper was a playful alternative.

1 - lace romper, blazerWhat do you think about my date night look?  A win or a definite reason he never asked me out again?  And do you feel a little bad too when someone you didn’t like doesn’t ask you out again, or is that an issue I just personally need to work on?  Let’s talk dating lives, cute outfits, guesses at my surprise news…anything you want to share, I’m all ears!

Saturday Chic

Y’all, I’m so tired as I’m writing this, I barely can put words together, much less make them creative.  Fortunately, I put this outfit together on a day when I was (slightly) less tired, and I think it’s cute.  I was going for casual chic, as I headed to Joyce Meyer on a Saturday morning.  The lace shorts dress up the outfit a little, the preppy polka-dot button down keeps it grounded, and the black and white shoes are just fun.

Part of me thinks I look like a mom in this outfit, but I’m sure it’s at least a cool mom, right?

1 - lace shorts, polka dot shirtWhat’s your Saturday morning routine?  Do you have a uniform or is it mostly just whatever the situation dictates?  What do you think of mixing polka dots and lace?  Also, have you been getting enough sleep lately, and if so, could you send some my way?  Much love.

Ruling the Empire

I so rarely go out these days that when I do, I make the most of the opportunity.  Even if that means overdressing for dinner with girlfriends.

One of my favorite things about summer is shorts and skirts.  Paired with a cute top, you can pretty much always look stylish, without really trying that hard.

I found this shirt buried in my closet.  I haven’t worn it in probably 2-3 years (I know, you’re supposed to get rid of stuff you haven’t worn in the past year, but if I still like it, I ignore that rule).  I’ve had it for at least 7, because there is a picture of me in it with my first boyfriend (yes, I was 23 by the time I locked someone down long enough for us to have titles).
1 - black lace shortsI was having lighting issues with my camera again, but the closeup of the shorts fabric is fairly accurate – a pretty black lace, with gold thread running through.  My shoes are from India and maybe a little more casual than the rest of the look, but I liked it.

I will say this about my top – it’s cute, but if you’re thinking about looking for one similar, just be careful.  Those empire waisted tops (where the seam is right under the chest) are really not generally flattering and can easily make even the thinnest person look preggo.  So, proceed with caution.  And men, if you ever see a girl wearing one of these types of tops, do NOT ask if she is pregnant.  She probably is not and there’s no way to recover from that faux pas. Ever.

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