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Getting Choked Up

I debated mixing in some of my older good-camera outfits with these phone camera pictures, but I thought we’d just rip the band-aid off and get them all out of the way now. That way, whenever I do get my new good camera, we can just have all good outfits, not marred by this embarrassing photography.

My favorite trend right now is chokers, and its one that I was scared of trying when they first came back around. First of all, the last time these were in style, I was 13, and I really didn’t wear them much then. Second of all, my neck is kinda short and I was afraid they’d cut me off weird.

But, I was happy to discover that with an open neckline, and a choker of just a modest width, I could actually pull these off quite well. My middle-school self would be so proud.

Since I discovered I could wear them, I’ve fully embraced the trend and wear one several times a week. I especially like layering them with other necklaces, which, although not demonstrated in my outfit below, is the modern spin on the old trend. I think they look a little edgy, which might be part of the reason I like them. But, they also make me feel like Cinderella, let’s be honest.

cinderella-choker-necklaceSo, here’s to the choker, even if it makes me feel super old that styles I distinctly remember wearing are already back for their 2nd go-round.

1-pink-leather-trendWhat styles from your childhood have you seen come back around – that you’re either happy about, or wish had stayed in your childhood?

Patterns “off” Fleek

Sometimes when I have extra time on my hands, I try to get creative with my outfits.  Sometimes it works…sometimes it doesn’t.

I think this outfit mostly works, but I’m not a huge fan of the tights.  I love patterned tights in theory, so I always buy them on clearance at Target. But, in reality, I think they look funny on me.  Maybe I just don’t know what to wear them with.  Maybe you have to have chicken legs to pull them off.  I don’t know.  Otherwise, though, I like how this outfit came together.  It would be good for a trendy date.  I actually wore it to meet a friend for Mexican food.  Whatever.
1 - romper patterned tightsWhat do you think about patterned tights?  Only for the 12 year olds among us, or do you have some tips on how to better pull them off?  Obviously, I need the input, so please share!  And, have a great weekend!

A Valentine Reflection

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Whether you’re madly in love, happily celebrated Galentine’s Day, or were a proud participant in Singles Awareness Day, I hope you had a great day.

Before we get to my Valentine’s Day outfit, some real talk.  Being single at 30 is not what I would have picked for myself.  They say if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.  Well, I don’t know if I ever explicitly told Him, but I’m pretty sure He was aware that I was supposed to meet someone my junior year of college, get engaged right after graduation, and then be married at 24 – that seemed like a very respectable timeline to me; not too quick, not too young.  Still plenty of child bearing years.

As you know, I didn’t even date in college, much less meet the love of my life.  Here I am, 6 years past my mental expiration date, and it seems like I’m no closer to marital bliss than when I was first entering college at 17 years old.  There are days that’s hard for me.  Really hard.  But there are other days when I can see God’s grace, even in the midst of a season I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen.  In those moments, I like to pause and think about how green the grass is on my own side of the fence, being grateful and content in all things. (Lest you think I’m super holy, let me assure you I’m writing this on a “good” day.)

One of the things I’m most grateful for is that in every phase of my life, I have always had lots of single friends.  Please don’t misunderstand – I don’t mean that in a “misery loves company” kind of way at all.  I’ve just been very appreciative to have people around me who are in similar positions of life.  I love my married friends, but their priorities are different – as they should be.  Plus, being a 3rd, 5th, or 7th wheel is really not fun. I know that single friends are a rare commodity in your late 20s-mid 30s, especially among Christian circles, so I don’t take it for granted that even when I feel alone, truly, I am not alone.

Valentine’s Day is often hard for people not in a committed relationship.  This year, though, it wasn’t even a little depressing for me because I had fun things to do with fun people.  There was no reason to feel sorry for myself.  Would I have loved to go on a romantic date with a beautiful man?  Of course.  Did I have a great time dressing up, getting sushi, and dancing with some of my girls?  Absolutely.

wpid-wp-1424049099150.jpegSo be encouraged by my good day post.  Whatever stage of life you’re in – married, single, family of 5 – appreciate the people God has placed in your life to encourage, uplift, and support you in your current season, and make the most of every day, not wasting one more moment in fruitless wallowing.

Then, grab some of those friends, dress up fancy and, in the emotionally, if not fiscally, wise words of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, “Treat yo self.”

1 - Valentines day

TBT: When I was 3 months younger

Today I am at a career fair for my new job. It’s a bit surreal to be back doing what I had done pretty exclusively for the last 4 years, but from a completely different perspective and with a largely different objective.
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I pulled out the old profesh clothes, dusted off my recruiter shoes, and tried to make myself look both approachable, yet knowledgeable.  Hopefully, I was successful, because I talked to a ton of people and would hate for them to have all been disappointed.

The (professional) little black dress was always my go-to for recruiting, and I wore my teal shoes pretty often (you’d be surprised how much teal goes with) because they are comfortable, but cute and unexpected.  The tights were to keep me warm (although, they are hole-y, so they didn’t keep me THAT warm), but also to add some pizazz.  And, of course I accessorized with products from our store – that’s just good marketing sense (I know marketing – I watch Mad Men).

BTW – the scarf, headband, and shoes all have the teal accent color – that just made the 12-year-old-who-used-to-wear-all-one-color-from-head-to-toe inside of me very happy.

Greple

Based on today’s post title, green and purple should never become a celebrity couple because the name combo is not pretty.

The color combo, however, is, and yesterday, I promised another version of one of my favorite looks.  Not the best picture of the full outfit, and later, I untucked the green tank top underneath which helped the overall look, I think.  But, you still get the idea.

Both this cute cardigan with button details on the sleeves and the pretty beaded bracelet were gifts from my sister for my birthday.  The patterned tights and shoes complemented each other, and I added my favorite brooch necklace (a $5 boutique find – who finds anything for $5 in a boutique?) as a finishing touch.  I got quite a few compliments, but since I wore a skirt, heels, and patterened tights on what turned out to be one of the coldest days of the year, I felt a little silly.

Oh well – anything for fashion!

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