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On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

In honor of last Friday’s showing of Mean Girls at a local brewery (seriously, if you want to sit outside, eat a delicious pizza, and watch a recent classic movie, come visit me! This happens every Friday. Because, Nashville is the best), here is my best pink outfit.

Pink striped pants, pink sweater, and some silver accents to keep me from looking too much like the girl’s toys aisle. The thing about my office is that there is no predicting whether it will be hot, or cold, or completely seasonally appropriate. So, I just wear whatever I feel like (a sweater when it’s 85 degrees outside. Sure, why not!), and hope for the best.

If you can, zoom in on the pants – they’re pink and white striped, and I love them.

Black Friday Haul

This past week, one of my best friends came to visit for Thanksgiving, and we had a great time, exploring Nashville, Black Friday shopping, EATING…

I took advantage of having a friend who I wouldn’t be embarrassed to make take pictures of me – and made her take pictures of me. Unfortunately, for a couple of these outfits, I forgot to do my accessory pictures, too, so here are outfits without the detail close-ups. Sorry!

Also, it should be noted that almost everything I’m wearing in these two pictures are Black Friday deals. I’m not one of those people who have things with tags on them in my closet. I buy it. And I wear it – immediately.

off-the-shoulder-and-floral-pantsThe highest-price thing I’m wearing in the outfit above is my shoes, which were about $20. The shirt was $7.50, the most expensive thing I bought at Old Navy that day, where I also got my pants for a whopping $4.50! It was an exciting day.

I was hesitant about the off-the-shoulder look for a while. Whenever I’d see it on someone, I thought it just looked so trendy that it was too basic. But, now that it’s been out a little while, there are some more variations on the theme, and I really like this forest green take on the boho look.

Naturally, both of these looks feature chokers. But, you all know I also love a good romper! So, when I found one I could wear in winter, I couldn’t NOT buy it (also, it was only $15, so clearly, it was meant to be). I added tights and booties and I had a simple, sophisticated evening look.

winter-romperWhat were your best Black Friday finds? Were you good at actually buying for other people, or like me every Black Friday, did you mostly just scoop up deals for yourself? It’s so hard to resist!

TBT: Yesterday

Surprise!  My green pants are back.  I actually really love these pants, so I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. I was trying to save them for a Two-fer Tuesday, but I decided I needed to clear this photo out of my queue.

So, here you go!  Totally different look – same pants.  I love chambray shirts for their ability to match with ANYTHING, and for the way they can automatically make an outfit look more casual, but still put together at the same time. My boots are super hard to walk in, but equally super cute and I’m really into tan these days as an accent color (as opposed to black, for example).  A few simple accessories, and I was done!
1 - chambray, green pantsDo you have a pair of pants that you just love (besides jeans, because duh)?  What do you love about them – fit, color, comfort, the way they look on your butt?  Let’s swap some pants love!

Creative Professional

So, here it is, January 13, and I still have my Christmas tree up. I at least unplugged my lights so my neighbors wouldn’t think I was crazy, but y’all – I have just not had any time to take it down!  At least I did take a few ornaments off today, so maybe with the long weekend, there’s hope.

But, I say all that just to say, get used to seeing my tree, as I’m not only catching up on life, but also my blog posts.  We very well may be seeing that tree into March.  Sorry…

I wore this outfit a few weeks ago when I went in to fill out some paperwork for a subbing job I never actually got to do (I’m glad about full-time work, of course, but I do really enjoy subbing).  Anyway, I’d already been offered the position, but I still wanted to look professional.  So, I danced on the line by wearing bright colored pants with an elastic ankle (does anyone know what this style is called?) and a tribal patterned top, toned down by a conservative navy blazer and gray patent (and mock croc) pumps.
1 - tribal print, green pantsHow are you doing on life in 2016?  Generally, I am really enjoying this year, but I’m just so far behind!  Have you at least gotten around to taking down the Christmas tree?  Sometime soon, I’ll write a reflection on 2015 that will be inspirational and poignant…or something.  But, it may actually come closer to 2017…we’ll see.  Let me know how things are in your world!

Twas the night before Christmas

I love dressing up for a Christmas Eve service (even if this year I was tired and feeling uninspired).  Of course, society is such that I’m now usually in the minority of those not wearing jeans, but that’s never stopped me before.

imageI had the added chore this year of having to pick from the clothes I’d haphazardly thrown into a suitcase while moving AND trying to match my brother so we could take a picture together (more on that on Monday).

Neither was an easy task, but after only two trips to my loaded-up car to look for things I’d actually already brought into the house, I managed to put together the festive look you see above.  Not too shabby, eh?

A special acknowledgement is due to the beautiful bracelet I’m wearing – a going-away gift from a dear friend in Virginia.

Do you dress up for Christmas Eve?  What did you wear, and what is your tradition for the night before Christmas?

  • Blouse: Granny
  • Pants: Target
  • Shoes: Ross
  • Bracelet: Macy’s
  • Scarf: gift
  • Pearl Earrings – my mom’s dresser

I Dream of Genie

We didn’t think it would ever happen, but it has.  The era of MC Hammer pants, once thought buried so deep only a few poorly dressed paleontologists could find it, has now returned.  Fortunately, this version of the pant has evolved to a bit slimmer look.  A bit.

Let me preface this post by saying, if you are hippy, don’t wear these pants.  There’s nothing wrong with being hippy – hips are great for things like a coveted hour glass figure.  They’re not great for pants with extra volume at the top and a tapered leg.

If you don’t have hips, though, these pants are a fun, and super comfortable (seriously, I felt like I was wearing pajama pants all day) addition to your wardrobe.  To keep them from looking like pajama pants, I wore heels and a blazer.  And, to minimize the volume at the top of the pants, I chose a blazer that hit mid-hip and broke up the lines. I’m not quite bold enough for the full-on genie look.

I know this will be a short-lived trend – if for no other reason, because most of the population can’t wear them.  But, I fully intend on wearing this look out until it’s no longer socially acceptable.
 

Harem pants: Target
Shoes: Macy’s
Blazer: H&M
Sequin Tank: Wet Seal
Earrings: a gift from my sweet friend Bonnie.  Theyr’e so pretty.
Bracelets: Boston boutique

My Two Cents: Wedges and Lilly Pulitzer

Recently, I’ve been asked my opinion on a couple different topics, so I’m going to combine them into one post.   Because you know I do have opinions!

First up, wedges.  Wedges have been back for several years now, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere (yay!).  I really had to warm up to the style, as I was convinced wedges were always clunky and un-feminine.  And they certainly sometimes can be.  But, they are also a perfect summer shoe, as they highlight those calf muscles like a heel, but are much easier to wear to backyard picnics – no sinking into the grass.  Espadrilles, the hemp rope look, are my favorite type of wedge and probably the least likely to be too heavy.  While wedges can be worn with pants, as in my outfit below, they really look best with a flowy skirt or dress.

I also heard a rumor that clogs were making a comeback.  My opinion on that?  No.

Next up is Lilly Pulitzer, favorite of sorority girls and Boca Raton retirees.  One of my longest running friends, Beth, lives in Florida and asked what I thought.  Honestly, I never had thought much about Lilly.  She’s not really in my price bracket, and I’m in neither of the aforementioned demographic groups.  However, after looking over her website a little bit more, I do really like the clothes.  They’re bright and colorful and feminine (so, pretty much everything I love in clothing).  If I were a bit wealthier, maybe I would indulge.  In the meantime, I just try to emulate her style by putting on every color in the rainbow at one time.  

Sweater: Old Navy
Pants: JCrew (and they’re too big, as you can maybe tell…but I’m not ready to let go yet)
Shoes: Hamricks
Belt: JCPenney

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