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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.

1776

I try to write my posts in advance because that is the only way I can ensure I get them written. If I sit down on a Sunday and church out the week’s writing, I’m much more successful than if I try to squeeze in something meaningful on a weeknight.

All that to say, I’m writing this before we know our new president. Like 99% of the rest of the country, I didn’t like any of our choices, but I voted because I believe it is the most important action for a citizen of our amazing country. Regardless of the outcome, I’m sure glad it’s over, and I just pray that God has mercy on us for the next 4 years until we can try again.

So, in honor of the triumphs once again of democracy and in anticipation of the peaceful transition of power that is a model to the whole world, here is a throwback picture featuring my favorite tank (and showcasing how much my photography skills have improved – hard to believe they used to be worse than they are now). God bless America, and let’s keep on running the world.

1-merica

Patriots and Politics

Y’all know I’m super patriotic, but this election is really stressing me out. More than perhaps any other (in my lifetime, anyway), I think there are really huge implications of this election, and as a non-fan of any of the candidates (including 3rd party), I am a little overwhelmed. Facebook’s non-stop political barrage does not help.

So, like the good ostrich that I am, I bury my head in the sand a little, and just pray – that I know who I should vote for, and that God has mercy on us all.

And, I wear flag cardigans, because i just can’t help myself. I actually wore this after Hillary’s speech at the DNC, which was accidental on my part, but not lost on some of my colleagues. I promise I was making no statement, except that last week’s belted-sweater over a dress look was so popular, I thought I’d try it again.

1 - patriotic polka dotsThis sweater does hang a little weird on me – it makes my shoulders look quite broad and boxy. But, it was $3, and I always get compliments on it, so I endure. And, I got a little bold with my pattern mixing here, but it works because the navy’s match and the motifs are both Americana-esque.

On Wednesday, I have another unique spin on one of my dresses that I’m excited to show you. I promised creativity, and I’m trying my best to live up to that!

Who Runs the World?

Another year, another patriotic holiday, another wearing of my favorite tank top. I paid about $30 for this shirt, which, for me, is basically an astronomical price for something that doesn’t even have sleeves. But, I’ve worn and loved it so much, I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth.

Whenever Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day roll around, I enjoy celebrating and reflecting. However, I  never quite know what to say that doesn’t sound trite – especially on Memorial Day when those who I would thank are already gone.

So, although my social media accounts did not reflect my gratitude yesterday, to all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we remember and honor you. And we celebrate in the way that you would want us to – with laughter, loved ones, good food, and freedom.

And tank tops that remind everyone that America is the greatest – because of those brave men and women who made it so.

1 - Merica

P.S. Forgive the poor lighting in this picture. I guess I need to find more than one spot to take pictures if I’m going to take them at inconsistent times.

P.P.S. If you don’t understand the shirt, please don’t tell me. My history teacher heart can’t bear it.

 

Positively Presidential

When it comes to churches, I’m more of a medium-sized church kind of girl.  Big enough to offer some fun programs/outreaches and to allow me to meet lots of different people, but small enough that I can actually find said people on any given Sunday morning.

Well, I never found that in Georgia, so I’ve been going to a giant church.  I don’t love it, but there are some perks, one of which is that big name musical artists and guest speakers come by alot.  Two weeks ago, for example, Dr. Ben Carson came.  And I wore this:
1 - red and navy dress, nude pumpsI suppose because I wore it to the State of the Union two years ago, I’ve deemed this my political dress.  But, really, it’s just perfect for the occasion – I mean, I’ve got red, white, and blue covered without looking like a flag. Perfect. Of course, I don’t really need to be patriotic to sit in an audience, but you just never know what’s going to happen, and so it’s a good idea to be prepared for any chance encounters or 15 minutes of fame possibilities (spoiler alert: nothing happened).

Have you ever been in the audience of a Presidential candidate – what did you wear?  Or what would you?

American Fall

Yesterday, we talked about my Rue 21 finds, and here’s another that I just couldn’t pass up.  Actually, I almost did miss this one and was about to put the other items back (I have this thing sometimes when I’m shopping that if I don’t REALLY want it, I’m too lazy to stand in line, even if said items are only $3 and $5 respectively).  But, as I was walking to the racks to put those items away, I came across this cardigan which was just too perfect to pass up, even with a steep $11 price tag.

So, I gathered my other clothes again, waited in line, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the tag was wrong, and this adorable baby was only $3 too!  My high-waisted button shorts (buttons not pictured) were also from that magical shopping day ($5), and of course, my Sam Moon America necklace perfected the ensemble.  With my over-the-knee boots, I was ready for a fall evening that really felt more like summer.
1 - American flag cardiganWhat do you think of this patriotic look?  Or boots with shorts?  I’m a fan of that trend, but it can look tacky if not done properly.  Have you tried it yet?

Red, White, Blue, and Black and White All Over

Hey everyone!  I haven’t updated you on my dating life in a while, and I thought it was about time I did.

Short version: nothing has changed.  I’m still single.  And, my friends still never tire of hearing my “hilarious” misadventures.

Long version: it’s not for lack of trying.  I am one of those people who believes in making yourself available so God has opportunity to bring the right guy along. I don’t want to make it any harder on Him (or him) than it needs to be, so I go to church, hang out at Starbucks, go dancing, try all the online dating apps (currently, I have 5 on my phone…don’t judge).  Yet, no luck.

Well, I shouldn’t say no luck…there is one particular demographic that LOVES me here in Georgia.  I’ll give you a hint: they look great in stripes.

That’s right, y’all – I am a big hit with the inmates.  A few months ago, I went to scope out a venue before a speaking engagement, and all the employees there were on work detail from the local prison. I had no idea, until a couple weeks later, word got back to me (by way of my boss…) that I had made quite an impression on the guys from Hall County Correctional Facility, prompting lots of jokes around the office about creating an InmatesOnly.com… (Little did anyone know that in college, my bestie and I had lamented the absence of Christian bad boys and came up with the obvious solution of starting a prison ministry.  We were only half joking.)

It’s not just prisoners, though; I could also have my choice of all the men in rehab in my area – and there are plenty.  They don’t tell you this in the brochures, but Gainesville is actually a big hub for drug rehab programs.  On two separate occasions, I’ve been talking to a group of guys at the pool or lake, wondering how all these seemingly random people were friends, only to discover that they weren’t really, and they also didn’t sound drugged because their accents were so thick…they sounded drugged because, well, they were.  The first time it happened, the guy told me they weren’t even supposed to be talking to girls.  Oops!

So, that’s the update on my dating life in Georgia, guys.  I’m basically the belle of the dysfunctional ball.  Take from it what you will – discouragement on my behalf, encouragement that your life isn’t like mine, good medicine in the form of laughter at my expense. But, remember me the next time you meet a single man not in rehab/jail.  At this point, that might be enough.  (Just kidding.  Kinda.)

And just for fun, today’s style challenge prompt is Red, White, and Blue – of course I wear patriotic clothing all the time (see my necklace below).  But, this time, I’m paying tribute to the queen of angry relationship songs – Miranda Lambert.  Fitting, I thought.

1 - red white and blue2Are you in the dating scene now?  How’s your jail pool looking?  Non-incarcerated prospects?  How much do you love my Miranda tank?!  Let’s have a Friday chat to help the day go by!  Whether you’re married, engaged, dating, or wading through the treacherous waters of being single like me – I hope you have a great weekend!

God Bless America, 2015

Happy 4th of July, y’all!  Of course, everyone knows that this is my favorite holiday.  Because, AMERICA!!!!

As you read this, I’m wrapping up my time in Florida, driving back to Georgia tomorrow, where I will do some laundry, repack, and go to bed early so I can get on a plane tomorrow and go to one of the most patriotic places on earth – Texas!

I’m sure I’ll wear a lot of red, white, and blue this weekend, and you’ll read about it eventually.  In the meantime, though, here’s one of my favorite festive blouses, featuring horseshoes – a tribute not only to our country’s colors, but also to my beloved football team.

Of course, were I wearing this particular outfit in Texas, to any 4th of July festivity, or just to a honky tonk, I’d swap out my sandals for some cowboy boots.  But, I thought my boss might make fun of me if I showed up in those to work.
1 - horseshoe blouse and white skirtI hope you all have an amazing weekend, filled with beautiful fireworks, sun and sand, grilled meat and cold beverages, and all the red, white, and blue you can handle.  Happy birthday, America!  Here’s to many more years as the greatest nation on earth.  You will always have our hearts.

TBT: Memorial Day

I had to work on Memorial Day this year, but I wasn’t going to let that dampen my patriotism!  I wrote last week about why I love Memorial Day.  One reason I didn’t include, but since you know me, you probably assumed:  I love wearing red, white, and blue.  Like, literally, I hope to get married on a patriotic holiday weekend so that I can use that color palette without looking like a weirdo.

So, although I wasn’t participating in any festivities last Monday, I tried to make the office as festive as possible.  I might have gone a little overboard, considering blue jeans and a red shirt would have done the trick.  But, that’s not how I roll.

1 - MDW blue jumpsuitDon’t you just love those shoes?  I don’t wear them often, but I call them my Cruella de Vil shoes.  Also, apparently I never blogged my Easter outfit; I’m not really sure how or why that happened, but anyway – I wore this jumpsuit then, too.  So, just add a big floppy hat, and silver-capped black shoes, and you’ve got the idea.

How did you celebrate the holiday?  Did you wear red, white, and blue? (If not, I’ll probably judge you.  But just a little… 🙂 )

A Day of Remembrance – and Fun

Happy Memorial Day!

I’ve heard people talking lately about how Memorial Day is about so much more than just barbecues, the beach, and summer.  And, I couldn’t agree more!  If you know me at all, you know how much I <3 the military.  And the United States.  I cry every time I hear God Bless America, and often during the National Anthem.  Seriously.

But, that’s why I love Memorial Day, even in all of its vacation fun.  It’s not at all that the lives we are remembering are overshadowed.  But, I don’t think all the men and women who gave their lives for our safety and liberty would want us to spend a day in somber, solemn remembrance.  That’s not why they died.  They sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom to have fun and spend time with friends and family, without fear of attack or destruction of our way of life. They paid the ultimate price so that the American dream could remain alive and that people all over this country could continue to live it.

So, yes, take a moment to remember all of the people who fought and died so courageously so that we would not have to. But then, enjoy your day with friends and family, celebrating everything that it means to be an American in the summer time.

And wear pretty clothes!

1 - white summer dress, navy flats

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