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With Olives Please

Today’s prompt was “With Olives Please”.  If I was one of those cool, edgy girls, I probably would have an military drab jacket in my closet that would have been perfect for such an occasion.  I’m not one of those girls.

Instead, I had this floral maxi (same effect, right?) with some olive-green leaves on it, and one of my favorite pairs of shoes (that I’ve had for so long, they really are quite worn out/hard to walk in now, but I can’t bring myself to part with them).

Yes, technically, this is a summer dress, but I believe in the right to bare arms as long as the weather (and the occasion, Mrs. Obama) support it, and florals have become a year round print these days.  Add in a black base to keep the pattern from being too Easter-y, and you can definitely make a dress like this work well into an Indian summer (that’s probably not a politically correct term, is it?  Alternatives?)
1 - with olives pleaseDo you have much olive in your wardrobe?  What would you have worn for this prompt?  If not the color, maybe a graphic tee with a martini on it?  I could totally see that being a thing.

It is fall, right?

Well, it’s 80 degrees here in Georgia – and, it’s almost November…  I would call this an Indian summer, but I’m sure that’s not politically correct. So, instead, I’ll call it ridiculous.

Dressing for 80 degrees well into PSL season is no easy task.  So, I fudged it a little.  I bought this dress on clearance at Target the other day – $15!  It’s really pretty, but definitely summer, as evidenced by the bare shoulders, the crocheted details, and the sheer overlay (which you can’t tell from this picture).  I would say the floral pattern is also a summer give-away, but florals are in this fall/winter, and since this pattern features more subdued colors on a black background (rather than bright pastels), I’m almost fooling people.

I got my hair cut the other day, and the girl did a really good job.  Except she gave me straight-across bangs.  Granted, I’d asked for them, but I always forget I don’t like them on me – I mean, looking young is an eternal goal of mine, but not middle-schooler young.  It totally worked for Cinderella, but I’m glad they can already be brushed to the side.

1 - black floral dressIs it hot where you are?  How are you dealing?  Do you love it or are you totally over it?


80 Days of Shoes: Grecian Olive

These shoes are one of my favorites for summer-to-fall transition.  They’re still breathable with the cut-outs, but the color and weight of the shoe add a more fall-ish feel and help keep an outfit grounded.
DSC_0809This dress, however, is about as summery as it gets, and since it basically hides my shoes, I don’t think I was doing the transition very well (I did, however, wear this particular look about three weeks ago when it was, you know, still summer).

One of my favorite things about this dress is the back tie.  I’m doing a terrible job of modeling it, but you get the idea.  I also kindof feel like a Greek goddess wearing my column dress – so you know, that’s cool, too
1 - blue maxi dressHave a great weekend, everyone – see you again on Monday!


One day I’ll get the hang of this blogging thing.  I’ve realized that even with my fancy camera, to get a clear picture, the choices are head-cut-off selfie, or I need to get a tripod.  I’m going to look into that.

I also have realized that if the summer theme of my blog is shoes, I probably should take a picture of the ones I am wearing…oops.  I forgot this time, which is a shame because they were super cute.  (But not really a shame because now I can wear them again and not worry about having to blog the same pair twice.)

Blue maxi dressI always complain when I wear a maxi dress about how unflattering they can be.  But, I’m convinced this dress is so beautiful anyone could wear it and no one would pay a bit of attention to the cut.  I mean, really – it ties in a bow at the back.  What’s cuter than that?

Oh, and good news – my mom fixed the lion cuff bracelet that broke the first time I wore it.  Get used to seeing this bad boy!

On another note, I’m thinking of adding a new feature to the blog – a fashion tip of the day.  What do y’all think?  I mean, realistically, these tips will probably be based on my own faux pas – like, “Fashion Tip of the Day: Don’t wear white pants when it’s raining.”  But, maybe some will actually be useful.  Yay or nay?

  • Maxi Dress: JCPenney
  • Belt: NY & Co.
  • Earrings: Francesca’s Boutique
  • Bracelet: probably Forever or Rue – we shop at both 21s quite a bit in my family


A Maxi to Build a Dream On

I’ve written about maxi dresses before. They’re the perfect summer dress, minus the whole usually-unflattering thing.  I love them in spite of myself.

So when I saw this one at JCPenney during my recent shopping spree for a mere $17 (including belt!), I just couldn’t say no.  I bought it without trying it on (something I rarely do), but I fully intended to return it if it didn’t work.  Fortunately, it did.

Now, I will say this is not the MOST flattering dress ever on  me.  I had to be assured by at least two people that I didn’t look pregnant in it.  I would also rather the belt sit just a smidge lower on my hips.  But, it’s such a pretty combination of blues and greens and I feel a little Greek goddess in it.  Also, the back ties (I don’t know why I forgot to take a picture of that), and you know I’m a suck for anything with a bow.

The one drawback to this dress is it’s a little too long for mini 5’3″ me.  I could get it tailored, but that takes away the fun of buying a $17 dress.  It also is a fabric that snags easily, which means that the shoes I chose to wore – complete with prongs holding the rhinestones in place – did not work.  So, I had to buy a new pair of shoes.  Total bummer, right?

I want a gold cuff to wear with this dress – I think it’ll really add to the goddess effect.  But, until I find one I really like, the bangles will do.

Summer is drawing to a close (tear!) and so maxis will soon be retired.  Have you gotten enough wear out of yours yet?

Dress/belt: JCPenney
Sandals: JCPenney
Unpictured sandals I bought to replace these: Target

Sometimes She’d Shop

There may be this notion out there that I’m addicted to shopping. I’m not. I really have to be in the mood, because I get depressed when nothing I try on looks good, just like everyone else. But I do enjoy shopping when that mood hits, and I do have a lot of clothes and shoes.

Today I thought I would show you how I shop, though, so you can see why I’m not completely bankrupt, despite my extensive wardrobe.

Below is a picture of my mall finds from a spontaneous shopping trip yesterday (I went to kill time for a few hours by looking and apparently I was in the mood…oops!). You will note the following:

A maxi dress
2 belts
A tank top
2 pairs of heels
2 pairs of earrings
Nail polish
5 anti-bacterial things
The cutest sweater known to man
A ring (unpictured because I’d already put it away and forgot to take it out).

That’s a lot of stuff. Want to venture a guess on how much I paid?  I’ll give you a hint – full price, the dress/gold belt, and two pairs of shoes would have been $140. 

Any guesses?  Okay, time’s up!  The answer is $107.  Yes.  I got all of that for 1/3 less than the price of three of those items.  And that was with paying full price for the sweater, even (I never do that, but seriously – cutest sweater ever). 

Now if you’re a quality over quantity person, my method may not work for you – or may, at least, require a bit more patience and delayed gratification.  However, even at cheapo stores, you can find reasonably good quality things if you are selective. 

Sometimes, my method requires that you buy the belt you mostly like instead of the one you really like because it’s a difference of $1.99 and $4.99 – those $3 differences add up.  But, some other times, if you’re patient, you get the exact shoes you tried on a few months ago when they were full price, for $13. 

Here’s the breakdown of where everything is from, if you’re interested:
A maxi dress – JCPenney
2 belts – JCP (came with the dress) and Charlotte Russe
Shorts – Forever 21
A tank top – H&M
2 pairs of heels – JCPenney (Worthington brand)
2 pairs of earrings – JCPenney (they were free with a coupon!) and Wet Seal
Sunglasses – Charlotte Russe
Nail polish – Forever 21
5 anti-bacterial things – Bath and Body Works.  I now smell like fall.
Barettes – Wet Seal
The cutest sweater known to man – Love Culture
A ring (unpictured)  – Love Culture

A Maxi A Day

Ahh, maxi dresses.  The ubiquitous summer essential and the single most universally unflattering article of clothing on the market.  I love my maxi – it’s so comfortable and easy.  But, I also tried on at least 15 before I settled on this one, and as the lower right hand picture shows, it’s still not the most amazing thing I’ve ever worn, fit wise.  Usually, people look pregnant or show way too much cleavage.  Mine just kinda makes me look fat generally. 

But, I understand the attraction, so I won’t go so far as to say maxis should be avoided.  I will say they should be purchased with care.  Don’t buy the first one right off the rack; be wiling to look around.  And don’t forget how helpful structured jackets can be (thank you, Stacey and Clinton, for pounding that into all of our heads). And, finally, remember that maxis are a great way to look put-together without much effort, so I suggest not ruining the look with old flip-flops.  Wedges (or at least “fancy” flip-flops) will do wonders for the overall impression.

My dress is from Stein-Mart, an end of the season deal a couple years ago and the hot pink blazer a swap party win.  The white wedges are actually – randomly and shamefully – from Wal-Mart (MANY years ago, for the record).  Yes, I am ashamed to have Wal-Mart shoes, mostly because I’m bitter at the store right now, but also because they’re super uncomfortable, even if they are cute.  

I was about to conclude with a play on TJ Maxx’s “be a Maxxinista” thing, but I decided I couldn’t be that cheesy.  So, just go find a great dress!

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