Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

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Fall Flowers

I think Fall might be here now, guys. I’ve started dreaming about all the tights I’m going to wear and I might even be ready for my tall boots. Last weekend, we were in the mid-70s, but with that distinctive fall chill in the air. Like a dummy, I kept dressing for the summer that wouldn’t end – and I was cold. So, I’m going to make the switch.

This jacket is one piece that will probably get a lot more wear in the weeks ahead. I had a couple friends in town this weekend, and we talked about how versatile a good denim jacket is. It can take a work-inappropriate dress and make it office-ready (well, a casual office, anyway); it can dress down a more formal piece, giving your fancier clothes more use; or, as in my case, it can be a great transitional piece, extending some spring/summer clothes into a 3rd season.

1-denim-jacket-floral-dressWhile a coral, floral dress is obviously very summery, the heavier brown belt gives it a little more weight than the flowy fabric would otherwise have, and if I swapped out my nude pumps for some tall brown boots, I might even get away with wearing this one for a few more weeks (in the South; I think I would have been laughed out of New England had I tried that when I lived up North). Regardless, the denim jacket gives it a cool – and warm! – vibe that I’m eager to try on all kinds of clothes. If you get tired of seeing this acid-washed number in my posts, at least you have been warned.

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!!

Twofer Tuesday: Spotted Out and About

How convenient that the one prompt I had two outfits for happened to fall on a Tuesday – let Twofer Tuesday continue!

I’ve never been a big animal print person, so I don’t have a ton of choices for “Spotted Out and About.”  However, my mom recently gave me these pants that I actually really like.  At first, I wasn’t so sure…cropped, tan. cheetah print.  From Belk.  But, after trying them on, I thought they were cute, and with the right combinations, can seem more modern than mom (I really wanted just wanted to use alliteration there).
1 - spotted out and about 2As you can tell from the picture below, I wore this outfit a few weeks ago.  Goodbye, floral wedges.  I’ll be counting the days til I see you again.
1 - spotted out and aboutHow do you feel about animal print?  Chic or cheap (see, there’s that alliteration again!)?  Which of these variations do you like best? (I think my vote is on the yellow top, but I can’t quite decide.)  Any thoughts on mom pants from Belk?  Let’s talk about it!

Twofer Tuesday: Nude Pumps and Arm Parties

If you missed it yesterday, I’m doing a style challenge on Instagram, and trying to stay one day ahead of the prompts on my blog.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t really possible for tomorrow’s prompt, “Check Her Out”, so you’ll just have to swing by @tastefullytrendysb on Instagram to see how I interpret that and maybe I’ll blog the full outfit someday (spoiler alert: I may look like a picnic blanket).

Instead, today I’ll stick with my two-fer Tuesday theme, this time highlighting the classic nude pump and the trendy arm party (aka stacks of bracelets).

The arm party is a trend I haven’t quite mastered yet.  I get the concept – pile all kinds of random things on your arm, that are loosely connected, either by the color of the metal, or by their funkiness.  Or not at all.  I spent quite a while on Pinterest the other day trying to learn how to do this.  I think the real problem is I don’t have the right pieces.  I have a billion bangles, but to really have an arm party, you need different shapes, textures, designs, etc.  So, I’m on the right track with the looks below, but don’t copy me yet…I still need to get myself to Forever 21 for some cheap starter pieces while I master the look, before I invest in some higher quality jewelry (just kidding…since when have I ever had high quality jewelry?)

Anyway, I call this first look, Teacher Chic.  Because, a cardigan.  Duh.  And a cute dress.  It’s not quite Jessica Day, but we’re getting there.

1 - cardigan and cherry dressNext up is one of my favorite trends: the jumpsuit.  Again, I went with stacks of bangles, and again, not quite the arm party look, but since I don’t live in New York or Nashville, it’s probably okay that I’m still working through the trend.

1 - jumpsuit, nude pumpsThe nude pumps in both serve to lengthen the leg (that’s a universally understood principal of nude heels, and why they are worn by starlets everywhere), and not to distract from the more interesting elements of the outfits.

What do you think of these two looks?  Have you started having arm parties?  If so, what are some of your tips (besides get a watch…I really need a watch)?  Also, do you feel stupid calling it an arm party?  Because I do, but I’m not going to fight the system on this one.  I want to hear your thoughts!

Twofer Tuesday: Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants are definitely my favorite trend right now.  They’re so comfortable, but somehow, still look dressy and dignified (that may also be due to the fact that my height disadvantage requires me to wear heels with them so they don’t drag on the ground…but whatever).

Here are two different pairs, and two totally different stylings.  In the first, I tried to make the look a little more casual with chambray and neon.  In the second, I obviously went for a dressier look with black and white and pearls.

Which look do you like better?

1 - chambray and palazzo(Btw, I think this whole tying shirts at the waist thing is back.  If not, I’m going to try to make it happen.  Hopefully I’m more successful than Gretchen was with “fetch.”)
1 - black palazzo, pearls
It’s a little hard to tell in this picture, but my shoes are pink. I wanted to introduce a subtle color into my black and white palette, but not distract from the elegant look. Pink is always an easy addition.

Red, White, and Blue Times 2

Sometimes I feel like my fashion identity is all over the place – I’ll be bohemian one day, preppy the next, super trendy another.  I attribute this primarily to having moved so much and picking up different style characteristics from all over the country (seriously, travel the four hours from Georgia to Nashville and you’re in another world.  Go up to New England, and it changes again.  And California has always done it’s own thing, of course.)

I also just genuinely like elements of a lot of different styles and can’t bring myself to be limited to only one.  However, one of the biggest current factors in my sartorial (doesn’t that make me sound like a fancy fashion editor?) identity crisis is my job situation.  While I love being able to wear almost whatever I want to work, I did work at a law school for 6 years, and I can’t quite break the professional dress code.  So, I waffle back and forth between jeans and heels on a daily basis.

I really love dressing professionally, though.  I also really love wearing patriotic colors all summer long (why restrict celebrating the greatest country on earth to only one or two holidays?)

The irony of this first outfit is that I bought the dress in India, yet it is often part of my most patriotic outfits.  I love this red bow belt my mom gave me, too (well, it’s a bow if I wasn’t wearing it on the loosest hole…so just take my word for it), and the neutral heels allow the outfit to pull the weight, while not looking too matchy-matchy as red, white, or blue might have.
1 - polka dots, red bow beltThis second dress is so pretty – it’s a navy and white, almost tapestry fabric, and it’s a very flattering cut…if it fit properly.  Alas, I didn’t try it on and it’s too big.  I’m planning to have it taken in because it’s just too cute to give away, but in the mean time, some safety pins hidden by a cardigan kept everything in place.

1 - tapestry dress, white cardigan(Disclaimer: a lot of my skirts are probably a little too short for a truly professional environment.  I would have felt self-conscious at the law school.  So, that is one freedom I do not take for granted!)

If I had to dress only one way for the rest of my life, it would probably be this – the professional/business/business-casual look.  Thankfully, I don’t have to do that, but if the world suddenly took a cruel turn, what would be your one style of choice?

Who Am I?

To round out the week of Tim Tebow, here is one last blog post based on his message (since it’s a good point and since I don’t ever want to forget anything he said).

How do you define yourself and find your value?

I’ll be honest, this is something I’ve struggled with for years.  I know the Christian answer is, “I’m a child of God,” and value comes from knowing who you are in God’s eyes.  And I believe that is where we should find it, but it has always seemed so abstract to me.  What does that really mean and look like?

I think the answer of how we define ourselves varies for each person.  If you’re single, perhaps you define yourself by how many dates you go on, if you’re in a relationship, or even how many Tinder matches you get (guilty on all counts).  If you’re married, maybe its by how strong your relationship with your spouse seems to be on any given day.  Maybe you place all your value in your work performance (I had a college professor flat out tell me once I needed to define myself by more than just my grades, as I cried in his office over (an unfairly) low test score), or your friend network, or your fashion sense…  (I’ve shared before that I feel completely inadequate to write a fashion blog, so the value I place in myself based on that goes up and down like a roller coaster).

Tim gave an example of his own life where he was, in the same year, voted one of the most popular athletes in America and cut from his team.  Obviously, that had the potential to put him on the aforementioned proverbial roller coaster.  If he derived his value and meaning as an individual from those outside forces, he would have faced an identity crisis that year, as he was forced to choose which definition of himself to believe – that he was a beloved athlete, or that he just wasn’t good enough.

However, Tim doesn’t define himself by how other people see him.  Instead, he is confident in who he is in the Lord, knowing that God has a special purpose for his life, no matter what others may say, think, or do.  And that’s true of all of us.  Whether we are promoted or fired, His plans for us are good, to give us a future and a hope.  No matter if we have 5 facebook friends or 5,000, He promises He will never leave us or forsake us.  If our fashion taste is lauded by InStyle magazine, or bemoaned by Stacy London, God still enjoys our creativity.  And even if every Saturday night is spent at home alone watching Netflix with nary a text message alert, His opinion of us is still that we are lovely.

How are you defining yourself?  This is a journey that I am still on; even as recently as a few weeks ago, one of my friends kindly commented on my (above-average) need for validation, drawing my attention to the fact that I still have a long way to go in understanding God’s love and what that really means for my life.  But, I’m working on it.  I don’t want to be defined any more by outside forces that change with the wind.  Rather, I want to have that peace that comes from knowing you are deeply loved by a God who never changes and knows absolutely everything about you, yet still calls you His own.

Is this something you struggle with?  If so, what are some of the steps you can take to define yourself in a healthy way?  If not currently, but you’ve dealt with this in the past, what were some of the ways you learned to define yourself according to what God says, rather than what the world says?  What is your favorite promise from the Lord about how much He values you and who you are in Him?

Let’s celebrate ourselves today!  Have a good weekend everyone!

1 - patterned dress nude heels(This outfit is completely unrelated to anything else in this post.  I just wanted to have another fashion-related post this week, and I felt like this one needed a picture.)

Tastefully Trendy: Explained

I thought I’d take a moment today to explain why my blog is called Tastefully Trendy – I don’t think I have before.

A while back, a friend asked how I would describe my style using only two words. She chose for herself “feminine classic ” – a very suitable label for her.  But I was a little stumped. I thought about it for a while. I’m fairly eclectic in my taste, and I like to incorporate elements of a lot of different looks – bohemian, tailored, feminine, sporty – depending on my mood. So to narrow it down to only two words was a bit tricky!
I realized, though, that I enjoy being an early adopter of certain styles and reading up on the latest looks in InStyle magazine. Accordingly, perhaps, I could be labeled trendy.

But to be truly trendy, one needs to be a more aggressive shopper than I am – hitting the stores at the beginning of the season, rather than waiting a few months – or even a year or two – for a style to drop in price. Being totally trendy also requires having either a second closet or a job that doesn’t demand professional dress on a regular basis. And trendy girls often wear things that if we were all truly honest are just ugly (I’m looking at you, long neon mullet skirts!)

So, I decided that the best way to summarize my style would be Tastefully Trendy. I like to think of Kate Middleton as the epitome of this category (although one could argue that she’s more classic than trendy). I love that Kate incorporates elements of trends into her outfits – lace, skinny jeans, polka dots – but she always stays appropriate for the occasion and looks impeccable without trying too hard.

Since I’m not a princess, I have the luxury of erring a bit further on the side of trends while still being business and age-appropriate. Sometimes, though, I play it pretty safe and err on the side of tasteful.

One of the beauties of fashion is that there are rooms for all different types of styles.  And whether you are consistent or more governed by your mood as I am, you definitely have one.  What two words describe your style – or maybe the style you would like to have?

The One Where My Neck Was Warm

I don’t think wearing two scarves is a thing. I have not extensively researched this topic (and by extensively, I mean at all), but I can’t think of a time where I’ve ever seen someone wear two scarves at the same time.

Yesterday, though, I couldn’t decide which one of my blue scarves I liked better.  I tried the royal blue one on first, but before I took it off, I tried the floral one, just to give me an idea – I didn’t expect that idea would be to wear both.  But, I kinda liked it, unconventional though it was. 

The solid scarf is actually a pashmina and was a gift from NYC.  Gotta love street vendors!  The floral I bought for about $5 at Rue 21 – it may be a cheap juniors store, but they have some great trendy accessories – and pretty scarves.

And these lovely nude pumps (cream, maybe, but my skin is white enough, I’m calling them nude) were one of the 7 pairs I bought this weekend.  These came from Macy’s, and regrettably, you can’t see the detailing, but they are a buttery suede, faux-animal print of some sort.  And I love them.

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