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Gilded Glory

There are a few items in my closet that I really like, but I never wear – either because I just forget about them, or because I’m not sure what to wear with them.

This golden skirt is one of those. I don’t know what to wear with it, SO I forget about it. But, whenever it does resurface, I really like it.

Gold skirtReally, I like it because it makes me feel like a Grecian goddess. I don’t know why – I don’t think they wore gold-threaded maxi skirts. Maybe it’s the column silhouette.

Regardless, I went a little more mono-chromatic with this outfit than I usually do. Or, rather, I should say more neutral. The gold is consistent throughout, but I let the metallic color do the heavy lifting, and kept everything else toned down. Except my lipstick, of course. 1 - gold skirt, olive shoesAlso, how cute are my little bumble bee earrings? I bought them at Christmas time because they were too adorable to pass up. I thought I’d find someone to give them to. Obviously, you can see how well that went.

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?

Maxi-mizing Time

Hey guys! How’s it been going the last month or so? A lot has happened in my life – most not exciting (I had strep throat – who knew adults got that), some possibly exciting (voice lessons?!?). Regardless, I’ve missed you all!

The next few weeks look like a dream, though. I am not teaching right now, and I have no visitors staying with me for the foreseeable future…  It’s like I have a new lease on life! This weekend I took two naps. I don’t even know what to do with myself (what I should be doing is laundry and paying bills, but that’s besides the point).

I’m going to try to get creative with my outfits while I have all this time. As you might observe over the next few posts, I’ve fallen into my usual rut of wearing a few favorites and neglecting the other 80% of my wardrobe. Wish me luck!

This outfit, though, is one that I created a few weeks ago and love, so it might be a frequent repeat. Also, this is possibly my favorite picture I’ve ever taken of myself, which was a pleasant surprise when I uploaded these pictures.

1 - blue blouse maxi skirtHope you’ve all been doing great! Oh, and p.s., while I’ve enjoyed my naps this weekend, I really do love having visitors, so don’t let my candor dissuade you from coming to Nashville!!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

The closer we get to Christmas, the more often I wear red and green (and usually gold) to any event that I possibly can. In this case: church.

I know I say this fairly often, but this is another one of those outfits that looked better in real life.  I blame it all on my photography skills.  Regardless, this is also one of those outfits my mom would say she didn’t understand because I’m wearing a tailored/conservative blouse with a “fancy” golden-sheen maxi and statement earrings.  But I love the high-low trend, and I’m going to ride it out as long as it’s acceptable (btw…I think high-low technically means mixing expensive and budget pieces. But, since everything I own is budget, and since I don’t really know what else to call this trend, I’m taking liberties with the “high-low” definition).
1 - Christmas church clothesThis will likely be my last post before Christmas, so I hope you and your loved ones enjoy a very merry Christmas! I’ll be back before the new year (theoretically…), so I’ll save my New Year’s wishes (and sequins) for a later date.  Love to all of you, and can’t wait to share our new sweater pictures!

Two-fer Tuesday: Multi-colored Tank

I probably should make Target off-limits to myself.  Honestly, I cannot go into that store and walk away without buying something.  But, when that something is this super cute multi-colored tank that I got for $8 or so, I guess I shouldn’t beat myself up too much.

The first time I wore it was for a kid’s birthday party…I might have been overdressed, but then again, this is me.  I don’t get much more casual than this outfit, and my Holy Land sandals helped keep me more grounded.

1 - multi colored tank, green shortsI don’t think I’ve talked yet about this necklace (if I have, bear with me.  I repeat stories all the time, and I’m too lazy right now to go back and see what I’ve written).  Anyway, I was in Texas over the 4th of July for a photo shoot with my dear friend Julianne (aka the most creative person I’ve ever met in my life).  The shoot featured me as Cinderella – my cartoon idol.  It was really fun, and I bought this necklace at my new favorite store, Sam Moon, as a great $3 memento of the occasion.  Pictures to come soon!

The second outfit is one of those that didn’t photograph quite as well as it looked in real life.  I don’t know how/why that happens, but trust me – it was cute.

Technically, there is no actual turquoise in this blouse, but it has every other color, and blues and greens that are close, so to the casual observer (i.e., everyone), it works just fine.  Colors can be deceptive like that – it’s pretty easy to make people see what you want them to see, if you just wear it with confidence.

1 - multi colored tank, turquoise skirtOne thing I really like about this outfit is the layered heart necklaces.  I’ve not ever been able to do the layered necklace trend quite right, but this variation works (now that the trend is on its way out, but whatever…)

Two-fer Tuesday: Acid Wash Denim

I’m supposed to be on this Dave Ramsey budget right now so that I can be a millionaire next month.  Unfortunately, though, I keep finding good deals everywhere I go!  And, even more unfortunately, I kinda have a binge mentality when it comes to saving money – like when you’re dieting and you cheat, and then you think, well, I’ve already messed up, so might as well eat the whole tub of ice cream…kinda like that. So, I’m way over budget this month.

But, this adorable acid washed denim jacket was on clearance at Target…and with my beloved Cartwheel app, I saved an additional 20%…so, it was only about $12.  And I really needed a jean jacket anyway…
1 - denim jacket, floral dressI love how versatile denim is.  I can make anything I wear instantly more casual, but still look put-together and on trend – even professional, for a business casual environment.  And, the wash just gives it a cool, 80s vibe.  But, definitely in a good way.
1 - denim jacket, mint maxiLet me also just take a quick second to talk about these earrings.  They’re from Francesca’s, and they’re perfect.  That’s really all I had to say (these were on clearance, of course, but you can find similar ones on their website.  Everything they have is cute.)

Twofer Tuesday: Mint Green Tee and Scarves

This week’s two-fer Tuesday feature my favorite mint green tee, paired with a couple different scarves…and an awkward story.

First, the maxi skirt outfit.

1 - gold maxi, coral scarfThis one is pretty straightforward.  I love mint and gold together, so it was fun to bring out the metallic sheen in my maxi.  And the pretty scarf was a birthday gift, originating from Francesca’s.  I love that store.

Now, for the genie pants.  As you might guess, this is where the awkward story comes in:

1 - genie pants, mint green, scarfI honestly really love these pants, but I could see how they could be an acquired taste.  So, when a girl on the street said, “It takes a special person to pull off those pants”, my first instinct was to thank her.  But, as the words were about to come out of my mouth, I realized she might be insulting me, and I stopped mid-sentence.  I think she also realized how it could have sounded, though, as she quickly followed up with, “You look great!”  I could tell she was sincere, but in case I wasn’t sure, the guy with her told me I looked beautiful, which then led to all of us talking at the same time, everyone assuring everyone else there was no offense…as we’re all crossing different streets.  It was a social interaction disaster.  But, they really are great pants.  I think.

What do you think?  Does it, in fact, take a special person to pull off harem pants, or do just not enough people try?  Would you be more comfortable in look A or B?  And, maybe most importantly, how do you handle awkward interactions?  I may need some lessons!

Spring Forward!

Um, can we just talk about this weekend’s weather for a minute?  (Friends in New England and the Midwest, you may want to avert your eyes).  It was almost 70 degrees and sunny the whole time!  Sure, I’ve had a headache for four days because of the weather change, and I may have gotten my first mosquito bite of the season today (thanks, Georgia…), but guys.  70 degrees.  I feel like I have a new lease on life!

So, to celebrate, of course I wore the most spring-y thing I could find in my closet.  Usually I get sick when the weather changes, not only from allergies, but I also forget that just because it’s above freezing doesn’t mean I should break out the shorts and tank tops.  Today, I at least had enough good sense to wear a cardigan, and that was sufficient.  I’m gonna be honest, I even got a little hot at one point (that last sentence was really just to brag to the Northerners).

1 - floral maxi, black cardiI used a different headband than normal for my hair, so that’s why it looks a little crazy…but I liked it in a messy, country singer kind of way.  And all I did in this outfit was go to church and then to a coffee shop, but I was wearing spring, and that was enough for me.

Did you have good weather this weekend?  If so, what did you do?  I can’t wait to hear!

Dressing for Antartica

Dear friends,

If you’re reading this, it means that I am still alive.  However, I may need to be treated for frost-bite.  Please send medical attention.  And chocolate.

My power is back on after almost 48 hours of nothing.  Ice has got to be one of the most beautiful, treacherous things God created.  I understand now why everyone hated poor Elsa so much.

With the temperatures dipping almost to the single digits again tonight, I’m finding myself running out of adequately warm clothes.  I wore a maxi skirt today, thinking the length would make it a good alternative to jeans.  That was a false assumption.  My fleece-lined leggings are going to get a lot of wear over the next few days.

Here is an outfit from a couple of weeks ago when it was cold, but not arctic tundra levels.  I wore a maxi again – the bright colors imply summer, and maybe subconsciously I was trying to woo it in.  However, instead of focusing on the pinks and oranges, I picked out the deeper shades and paired it with a blouse and cardigan.  Then I added the statement necklace in a softer version of the peach hue, tying everything together.

Every now and then, I get a new outfit that just works.  I really loved this one, and it’s one of the few ways you could wear a maxi to a more professional office setting and still be appropriate.

1 - maxi and cardiWhat’s your winter style?  Do you layer on the trendy infinity scarves or are you more of a hoodie and sweats kind?  Have you been able to keep warm over the past few days?  Leave me some stories in the comments!

80 Days of Summer Shoes: Flip Flops?

First of all, I do want you to know that since the fourth of July, I have given myself another pedicure.  I’m sure you’re sick of this one, but we’ll cycle through all these pictures from the past month eventually and then you’ll see the one I have now, which is super cute.

DSC_0458Second of all, I don’t know if I’ve ever made it abundantly clear on my blog, but I really hate flip flops. I try not to be a fashion snob about most things, but I have to draw a line somewhere, and this is it.  Flip flops are the lazy man’s shoe, and with rare exception do they belong anywhere outside of the pool or locker room.

But, I am willing to concede that rare exception, provided the flip flops are cute (see glitter sandals above), the feet are in reasonably good condition (I inserted the word reasonably b/c I don’t really think mine are all that much to brag about), and the rest of the outfit warrants the casual footwear.

In my case, I was going for the ethereal, cool-girl look, so metallic flip flops both matched my jewelry and tank embellishments, but also maintained the casual vibe.  And, maxis are actually really hard to pair with shoes.  I’m short, so my skirts are often too long for flats.  But they look funny with heels (or just too dressy), so wedges are usually the way to go. Fortunately, this skirt belonged to my grandma who was tiny and wealthy enough to have her clothes tailored, so I could get away with the flat shoes.

1 - orange maxi, gold tank

How do you feel about flip-flops?  Am I being too hard on them, or do you mostly agree with my rules?

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