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TBT: St. Paddy’s Day

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to have to throw some green outfit together for St. Patrick’s Day, since I’d left my green pants at the dry cleaner.  But, I just couldn’t do it.  Once I get an outfit idea in my head, it’s really hard for me to let go of it.  So, I got ready, threw on some jeans, drove through the dry cleaner, and changed at work.  No one was the wiser.  A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

I’ve probably mentioned to you how sometimes my outfits look better in real life than on camera.  I really can’t figure out what to attribute this to, other than my poor photography skills.  Regardless, this is one of those cases.  I didn’t want to skip showing you, as I often do with poorly photographed outfits, because it’s a holiday outfit, and I love holiday outfits!  Plus, my nails were done for the occasion, and that is so seldom the case.

So, appreciate the awesomeness that is my green pants, and don’t dwell too much on the rest.  But do please tell me about your holiday celebrations – did you remember to wear green (I reminded you, so really, no excuses…).  Did you drink green beer or eat corned beef and cabbage (that’s what people eat, right?) Let’s talk!

1 - st. patrick's day

Oh, and if you were really upset about not seeing a good picture of my shoes on Monday (or about seeing my dirty car rug), here’s another chance.  Same shoes.

IBTLALC, pt. 3

Round 3 of “all dressed up with nowhere to go” brings me to my favorite type of gown – the formal one.  You’ll notice I’m wearing a fake engagement ring.  That’s because I’m beginning to think both black tie party invitations and marriage proposals are mythical creatures, so while I’m pretending, I might as well shoot for the moon.
1 - navy formalBelieve it or not, I’ve never actually worn this gown.  My mom picked it up somewhere – probably a thrift store – and kept it for a special occasion.  I inherited it to keep for my own special occasion when I tried it on and it somehow fit like a glove.  I really love its simplicity – as much as I adore sequins, there is something so elegant about a beautiful, rich, solid-colored fabric in a flattering cut.  (But, don’t be fooled – my shoes still have sequins.  You can take the girl out of the bling, but you can’t take the bling out of the girl.)

For my makeup, I wanted to do a contrasting lip to really make a statement, since the rest of my look (sequin shoes notwithstanding) is pretty understated.  My red lipstick was perfect for the occasion, coupled with a subdued neutral eye to keep from looking like a clown.

Thus concludes my study on holiday attire.  But, that is not where the conversation ends!  I want to hear all about your parties – and more importantly, your party clothes!  Write soon, send pictures! xoxo!

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?

80 Days of Summer: Ankle-Strap Espadrilles

While I’ve enjoyed this shoe-a-day project, it has caused me to turn a bit more critical eye on my shoes.  Several times, I’ve blogged a pair only to decide that was the last time I’d wear them.  Nothing like a good camera with decent lighting to show you just how poorly you treat your footwear.
DSC_0557I was particularly sad to get rid of this pair.  Ankle straps are one of my favorite shoe features – second only to bows, probably. From the picture above, you probably can’t really tell why they had to go.  But, from this angle…

DSC_0558you can see that they did.  RIP cheap but cute espadrilles.

As much as I don’t want to admit it, school is back in session, football is about to kick-off, and it’s about time to start pulling out the transition clothes.  A good shirt-dress is a great way to move from summer to fall – a plaid or other less-summery pattern conjures up images of corn mazes and bonfires.  But, a light-weight fabric and the shorter length keeps you cool when you live in Georgia where it will still be 108 degrees until October 15.
1 - Plaid shirtdress, red ankle strapsAnd, when the leaves really do start to turn, switch out your wedges for some booties, and you’re all set for autumn!

One Man’s Trash

I realize that I have a lot of clothes.  I’m most acutely aware of this when it comes time for me to move and I have to haul them all somewhere. 

But, despite my first world materialism, I find it quite easy to sleep at night.  How?  Because I get clothes for free.  All.  The. Time. 

Like this dress, I’m wearing.  Cute, right?  I got it at a swap party.  If you’re not familiar with swap parties, you should be.  It’s when you get together with friends, eat food (obviously), and swap clothes/accessories/shoes/household items you no longer use or want.  Whatever is left over goes to Goodwill, where it would have ended up, anyway, but sometimes it’s nice to know that your stuff is going to a good home. 

My friend Kim owned this dress before me, but she never quite liked how it fit her.  I usually don’t do well in shirt-dresses, either, but for some reason this one worked great.  So, I got Kim’s dress (and really, a ton of other nice things).  I don’t think Kim got anything of mine, mostly because I had just taken a bunch of clothes to Goodwill.  But, in the future, I’ll be better prepared for this brilliant party and I can bring some more desirable cast-offs for someone else to treasure. 

Since I’m seldom one for all black affairs, I made this dress a bit more colorful and springy with my favorite multi-colored flower shoes, a cute bracelet, and beaded necklace.  The ring was a Christmas gift from my mom and the pearl picks up the yellow in my other jewelry and shoes.

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