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HAPPY Memorial Day

When I picked out my photos for today’s post, I forgot that it would be my pre-Memorial Day post. So, it’s not as patriotic an outfit as I would have otherwise picked, but at least I am sporting some navy, with hints of red and white.

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do this Memorial Day weekend, but I do know that I will celebrate it with gratitude and JOY. I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating. Yes, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives for all of us. But, why did they die? Did they die so that we would be sad once a year when we think about them? Or, did they die so that we could continue to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe it’s the latter, and I’m quite confident that if the men and women who sacrificed everything could be here, they would tell us to enjoy our pools and barbecues and baseball games. Having known my fair share of military members, I can’t imagine any of them wanting their friends and family to be somber. Rather, I think they want them to live the full life that they fight every day to preserve.  Even more so, those who’ve sacrificed everything for our freedom and for the “American dream” are those who, I think, would most want us to celebrate all the wonderful things that being an American means.

So, please don’t forget why we’re celebrating this weekend. The brave men and women who have passed on deserve our deepest respect and thanks. But, they also deserve recognition in the most American way possible – by enjoying the life they died to protect.

That Time I Forgot to Give My Post a Title

It’s always a weird transition for me after a serious topic to go back to talking about my clothes. But, since that is the primary purpose of this little blog, I suppose we’ll make the awkward transition. At least I have a great outfit to help smooth things over.

I love yellow. I don’t wear it a lot, really, because it’s hard to find cute clothes in a good yellow (read, not highlighter yellow or too green-tinted).

But, when I do find a really great yellow piece, I tend to wear the heck out of it. So, expect to see a lot of this skirt this summer.
I got this top at Target for like $8 or something, and I was so excited about it. I still really love the bokeh pattern and all the bring colors that can be mixed and matched in a million ways – theoretically. The problem is, the cut of the blouse is oddly assymetrical, and the side is sheer from about my waist down. So, unless I wear it tucked in, it is a) not appropriate for work (which is unfortunate, because it’s definitely a work-type blouse), and b) it just hangs weird. Even tucking it in, I have to be careful to pick an appropriate waist style, or it is still quite unflattering.

So, despite the myriad of colors, I think this top may get limited exposure. Too bad, but at least I know I have one strong showing out of it.
Have you ever bought something you were really excited about, only to discover it didn’t work as you’d envisioned, after all? Hopefully, you didn’t spend too much more than the $8 that I did!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Twofer Tuesday: The Kimono

One of my favorite pieces in my closet right now is my multi-colored kimono. There are certain types of clothing I’m very particular about: maxi dresses, yoga pants, floral rompers… I’m picky about patterns and color combinations – and about looking too generic. Kimonos are another one of those items. Despite how trendy they are, I only own one because I’ve only ever seen one I thought was worthy of purchase. But, what a good purchase it was!

Below I’ve styled it two different ways. The first is a business casual look, appropriate for most offices, I’d say. The second is an outfit I wore to church which was decidedly inappropriate…but, I wear a long, shapeless green choir robe on Sunday mornings, so I push the envelope with what goes underneath.
1 - kimono, orange pants
1 - kimono and black skirtAlso, in that 2nd picture, I was operating on VERY little sleep…I will forever be grateful for the creating of make-up [praise hands emoji].

How do you feel about kimonos? Would you wear one this bold? What’s your favorite way to style them? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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!!

Summertime Blues

Guys, I’ve gained weight since I moved to Nashville, and it’s starting to stress me out.

In most of my winter clothes, I’m fine. Of course. But, now that I’ve started bringing out all of my summer shorts and t-shirts, I can no longer deny the reality. Things do not fit the way they used to.

I’ve observed about myself that when I’m busy with fun things and friends, I tend to gain weight. Perhaps that’s counter-intuitive but I a) have less time to work out, and b) most hanging out revolves around eating. Being depressed and lonely for two years did have its (one) perk…

So, as I work to get back in my summer clothes, here’s a picture from last summer when I still did fit in them. I’m using it as motivation for myself. Honestly, few things are as motivating as your clothes not fitting (she says as she finished her s’mores frappuccino).

1 - red tee, patterned shortsHave any of y’all gained the Nashville Five (or, you know, the winter/friends equivalent wherever you live)? How are you coping??? Is getting back to my normal size before a wedding in two weeks realistic? Let’s just agree that it is, k? Thanks. xoxo

Dateless but not Desperate

Lest Tuesday’s post makes you think everything in my life is perfect, let’s talk about my dating life. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about a Match.com experience I had. I never advertised the post, because I wasn’t sure it was that entertaining. Maybe in the context of this bigger post, it fits better. Feel free to read the (one-sided) conversation, if you’d like.

I really had high hopes for Match, actually. I love Tinder, but I wasn’t finding anyone that wanted a relationship and/or shared my values. On Match, I’ve found both, but it’s the other factors that have been lacking. Like attractiveness or the ability to write a complete sentence. Here are some other actual Match.com findings:

  • An introductory message that read simply, “drinks??” At least he’s efficient.
  • A man who after sporadically talking to me for a month, finally asked for my number and then said he’d “probably” call me that weekend. And got mad when I said I’d “probably” be around.
  • Another man who suggested we go on a date next week and when I responded with my availability, SHUT DOWN. I haven’t heard from him since.
  • The Proverbs 31 guy. His message said I seemed like a Proverbs 31 woman, which was confusing to me because I didn’t talk about dyeing clothes or purchasing land anywhere in my profile.

I honestly haven’t been on a date in months, which is fine because I’ve been busy, but sad because I really like going on dates. If I did go on a date, though, I’d probably wear something like this because my colorful kimono and dressy shorts are my new favorite things.

1 - kimono, shortsInstead, I wore them to a friend’s birthday party which was also fun.

Anyone else have good dating stories? Please let me know I’m not alone in this crazy, ridiculous online dating scene. Right??

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Christmas in July?

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you all had a great holiday, enjoyed time with friends and family, and got lots of nice things. A couple of my family members gave me some money, and when I went to spend some of it (because of course it’s burning a hole in my pocket), I could have nearly wept with joy.  I didn’t totally realize how much I missed the act of shopping – not just having new pretty clothes – and the ability to shop again was the greatest gift anyone could have given me.

I did not wear this outfit on Christmas, but I could have.  Never in my life have I sweated on Christmas day until this year, and the day after, I was literally outside in shorts and a t-shirt washing my car.  As someone who likes snow, I was a little disappointed.  As someone who had to drive 5 hours each way in a Chevy Aveo…it was probably for the best.

1 - yellow tee, patterned shortsHow was Christmas for all of you?  Any cute trendy new pieces, or do you have money and gift cards to use, also?  Any ideas on what you’re going to get?  Let’s catch up!

Color Pulling

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I was out of town for work last week, and while I was in the happiest place on earth (Nashville, obvs), I didn’t have much time for blogging.  So, now for a little catch up.

This September Instagram style challenge is wrapping up, and I think I’ll take a break next month.  I enjoy the challenge, but I get a little self-conscious about annoying my followers (aka real life friends) with too many #ootd posts.  So, maybe in November I’ll try again.

In the mean time, here are two outfits (even though it’s Wednesday), neither of which are actually for today’s prompt, but both of which I like and need to blog before you all get cold just looking at my exposed feet in wedges.

In this first outfit, I pulled the mint out of the scarf and paired it with a bolder shade for a more monochromatic look.  Greens are easy to match – they seldom clash with each other.  Gold accessories (and my hair in a headband because I was doing something fun that night which required curly hair), and I was ready to go!

1 - seeing scarves
In picture 2, I pulled the blue out of the skirt (I love pulling colors out of things, as you can tell).  Really, though, I enjoy buying pieces with lots of colors in them so I can mix and match to my heart’s content.  The scarf is a regular rectangle tied at both ends to make an infinity.

1 - favorite blue hueWhich of these two now out-of-season looks do you like better?  Do you miss your summer clothes yet, or are you embracing fall (I’m finally about there)?  How about mixing and matching – do you emphasize different colors in patterned pieces, or do you tend to stay with tried-and-true combinations?  Let’s talk – it’s been too long!

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…)

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