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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Happy Easter, y’all! I hope everyone had a beautiful Sunday celebrating one of my most favorite holidays.

This Easter weekend was a little rough for me, but what better holiday to have a rough weekend before than Easter? It is so full of joy, and hope, and expectation. And brunch and pretty dresses! No matter what’s going on in your life, it’s pretty hard not to have your spirits lifted on Easter.

And, it DID NOT RAIN in Nashville for Easter. This is remarkable for two reasons: 1) it rains all the time here. 2) Rain was forecasted all day. You never know the miracles that will occur on this blessed day.

I’m posting this picture with my friend Hannah because although it’s a little grainy for some reason, it was taken much earlier in the day and is therefore a much better picture of me than the official outfit picture below. So, keep this one in your mind, and then proceed with caution and a forgiving eye.

I debated off-the-shoulder for church. Is that appropriate? I still don’t know. But, I figured since it wasn’t a LOW off-the-shoulder, I had my hair down, and most of the time I was wearing a choir robe, I could get away with it. Judge if you must. But, I know you can’t/won’t judge me for the florals – or at least, you shouldn’t, because I gave a very clear disclaimer that I am obsessed!

I usually love to look out in the congregation at church on Easter and see all the pretty colors, but I sort of forgot this year. Plus, I did notice a lot of white being represented. Even my own dress is more neutral than the usual bright yellow or coral I tend to be drawn to for Easter.

So, since I didn’t pay attention to people’s outfits at church, show me yours! Did you buy something new specific for the occasion, or recycle an old faithful?

Whatever you wore, I hope it was a beautiful day.

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.

Picture Day

Since starting a new job, I’ve had to have my picture taken several times for the website, my staff ID, etc.

Let me assure you – picture day is no less awful at 31 than it was at 8. I don’t know why standing against a gray background staring straight into a camera with an umbrella?? behind it (clearly I know a lot about photographic accessories) makes for such miserable pictures, but I never liked them then, and I don’t like them now.  The guy was even super nice, took about 10, and let me pick the one I liked the best. But there’s a limit to how many different ways I can tilt my head, so they pretty much all looked the same. I picked the one I hated least and called it a day. (Note: I did not order the wallet sizes to distribute to my friends and family).

At least my outfit was cute for the pictures I took of myself. If anyone ever questions why my ID is so unattractive, I can show them this picture as proof that I at least started out looking decent.

1-yellow-cardigan-white-cropped-pantsHave you had your pictures taken lately? Were you pleased with the results? For those of you with kids, is this terrible school picture thing universal, or just my lot in life? I will say, my driver’s license tends to be pretty good for some reason. Perhaps that’s God’s consolation prize to me, since He knew I would look bad in every other ID picture I ever take.

Twofer Tuesday: Little White Dress

Since it’s been a while, I thought I’d do a Twofer Tuesday! For a long time, I didn’t have enough outfits on reserve to spare two in one post, but I’m doing pretty well in catching up.

Y’all know I’ve been trying to give new life to my dresses, and mixing and matching is my favorite thing ever. I take very great pride in my skills, as evidenced in these two takes on a standard (off)white summer dress.

In look one, I took a classic chambray blouse, tied it at the waist (because that’s back in now, btw), and added my favorite boho earrings. Since I was going to work and not a music festival, I put on some pumps, but over all, the feel is very casual chic.

1 -chambray and cream Next, I’m a little obsessed with this yellow sweater. I got it on clearance at Target and it had a hole in it. So, I made my mom sew it up, and it will probably be worn until it’s threadbare. Because it’s PERFECT!!! Add in some pink accessories, because you know I like looking like an Easter egg, and I have a new favorite look.

1 - yellow dress, pink beltWhich look do you prefer? Either for me, or for yourself, if the answer is different. Have you started tying your shirts at your waist again yet, or are you not quite ready to re-embrace that look? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Easter Finery

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a joyful day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! Easter has become one of my favorite holidays over the past few years. It is just such a happy day: good food, spring weather, friends and family, relatively little commercialism, bright colors – and genuine happiness because Jesus didn’t stay dead but rose again to save us all. What could be more worth celebrating?

Plus…Easter is an excuse to get a pretty new dress. As if I needed one – an excuse, or a new dress. This year, though, after much searching through stacks of polyester dresses (honestly, why is that fabric even in existence anymore), I came away empty handed. Almost.

My thought process while shopping is a bit all over the place and evolves as I walk. On Friday, I painted my nails yellow, in expectation that whatever I wore for Easter would have some yellow in it. So, when I found some white dresses, I immediately envisioned yellow accents, which led me to the shoe section in search of yellow heels.

Yellow heels were not to be found, but instead, these beautiful Steve Madden soft-pastel floral sandals cried out to me, begging to be bought. Naturally, I had to oblige, and although they wouldn’t match my yellow nails, I could still imagine how pretty they’d look with the white lace dresses I’d seen in the previous store.

So, back to TJ Maxx I went to try on about 5 white lace dresses…none of which were flattering for various reasons. C’est la vie. I still had my pretty shoes, though, and knew I could build something around them, and of course, the off-white dress I already owned was perfectly suitable.

I did miss getting my Easter dress this year, but I’m sure my bank account is fine with it, and no one at my new church knew the difference. And I kinda like this Easter shoes thing…maybe a new tradition?

1 - Easter dressAre you a new-Easter-dress person, or more practical? What’s your favorite thing about the Easter holiday? Let’s share pictures and stories and traditions!

Painting the Town Red

A couple weeks before Christmas, I took myself on a date to a Christmas concert.  I thought this would be fun – I love Christmas music, and no one judges you for going alone to an event at a church.

So, I got myself all dressed up, curled my hair around my headband (because I was going somewhere more interesting the next day, and needed time for the curls to set), sprayed on my new Dolce & Gabbana big girl perfume, and took myself out on the town.

Only the concert was actually really disappointing – so flat and emotionless.  So, then I thought about taking myself out for drinks but figured that was taking all of this a little too far, and decided instead to go put on pajamas and watch the Good Wife.  All’s well that ends well.

I did really like this outfit.  As we’ve talked about before, the monochromatic look is making a come-back and for some reason I can’t quite identify, I’m all about it.  With some red accents (including my beloved almost-ornaments necklace), some red lipstick, and eyeshadow that I included in this picture just because I thought it looked really cool, I was ready to go.

1 monochromatic ChristmasWhat do you think about the mono-chromatic look?  Are you all about the vanilla, or do you miss the neapolitan color blocking of a few years ago? Also, do you think I should always use ice cream metaphors in my writing, because I really like the direction this is heading.

  • Blouse: my granny’s closet
  • Shoes: Macy’s
  • Skirt: H&M
  • Belt: Wet Seal or somewhere like that
  • Headband: Rahab’s Rope

 

80 Days of Shoes: Swashbuckle

I wore these boots in yesterday’s post, but I was so busy with my scarf tutorial, I didn’t really highlight them.  And let me assure you – they deserve to be highlighted.
DSC_0995I bought these a few weeks ago from Clothes Mentor – a grown up’s Plato’s Closet.  They’d never been worn, and they’re from Aldo.  Originally, they would have been at least $80 – I got them for $18.  And they’re perfect.  Here’s another view:
DSC_0996I don’t know if you can tell in this picture, but these shoes are really high. Fortunately, though, because they are well-made, they’re not hard to walk in, despite their height.  Uncomfortable, yes.  Difficult to walk in, no.
1 - white dress, tan bootsHere’s another example of my white (or off-white) after Labor Day perspective.  I don’t really like putting clothes away for seasons, so I try to use them for at least three of the four.  Again, I need some more seasonally-appropriate pieces to keep me from looking out of place, so my boots, and the fall-colored necklace helped do that.

Do you keep your clothes out past season, or are you a strict put-them-away-once-the-weather-changes kind of person?

Wanna See Some Magic?

Last week’s lace shorts outfit (which was one of my highest read posts ever, btw – y’all must have either been super bored last week or enticed by me teasing that it was an inappropriate outfit and using the word lingerie in the title…) inspired me to find a work appropriate version.  Also, these shoes inspired me to find an outfit to match.

So, when those two motivations collided, I reached the following result.  Ordinarily, I would prefer heels with this skirt, due to it’s length and style.  However, my new bow jellies (I really am a sucker for anything with a bow on it!) were still dressy and cute enough to get by with the lace.  It’s hard to tell, but the shoes are a blush color with a cream bow, so they paired perfectly with my off-white lace skirt and pink top.  I wore pink, lavender, and “diamond” jewelry, and tied it all together with a wide grey belt.

A note on wide belts – I don’t know that I’ve ever really addressed the magic of this accessory.  They really do cover a multitude of sins, particularly if you’re a person who carries weight in their mid-section (that’s me).  Skirts are also magical because they can be worn higher or lower on your waist, depending on the size of the burrito you ate the day before (or have eaten for the month before…)

But, say your skirt fits a little snug at whatever position you choose – in the case of the outfit below, mine’s sitting at the true waist.  Without the belt, you can tell that I’m a little squeezed in.  Pop on a wide-belt, and my waist looks intentionally cinched, rather than unavoidably squished.  Plus, the belt really just finishes the look.  Like a chair rail on a dining room wall (that’s a really weird analogy, but it just came to me, and I’m going with it).

Flattering belt widths and positions do vary by person, so be sure you’re playing around with what works for you.  But, they really can be the best thing for not only polishing off a look, but also hiding or distracting from things you may want hidden or distracted from.

Skirt: H&M
Top: somewhere cheap…
Shoes: Chinese Laundry by way of DSW
Rings: H&M
Earrings: Christmas stocking
Belt: NY & Co. 

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