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Cool Cool

I made a comment on facebook recently that I think I might be losing people’s attention because I haven’t had any good dating stories in a while. So…it’s time to give the people what they want!

One of the reasons there has been a shortage of stories about my love life is that I deleted all of my dating apps. I decided to just give real life a chance again for a while. And real life has treated me pretty well – I can generally weed out the weirdos before I go on a date with them (that doesn’t prohibit me from doing embarrassing things like asking out my chiropractor, but it does limit the awkward interactions), and so my dating experiences are much more pleasant. Perhaps, though, pleasant isn’t as great for my blog readership.

Fortunately for all of you, the other night, a ghost from Tinder past popped up.

For you to understand this story, I need to tell you about a guy I met online back in May. He lived in Knoxville but came to Nashville a lot. We exchanged numbers, and he started texting me. His texts were not exactly stimulating, though… Almost every day, he’d ask me how my day was, I’d answer, and then he’d ask when I got off work. Everyday I’d tell him I got off at 5. Guys, 5:00. Like, that’s not a weird time to remember. But, every day we’d have the same conversation, and I’d tell him the same time. His response was always, “cool, cool.” End of conversation.

Naturally, he became the “cool, cool” guy to my friends. After a week or so of this dead end conversation, I just ghosted. People may disagree with this technique, but when we’ve never met and I’ve shared no more conversation with you then when I get off work and “cool, cool”, I think ghosting is completely appropriate.

Fast forward to last weekend, I went out with some friends for my birthday. A man I’d never seen before came up and started talking to me, and as the conversation progressed, he insisted, repeatedly, that he knew me. I knew I’d never met this guy, and I don’t usually have “one of those faces”, but he insisted. After about 5 minutes, my friends were ready to leave, and I was over the conversation, so I said my goodbyes and the guy asked for my number.

Side note: I almost always give my real number, unless the guy is REALLY creepy. It’s hard to reject someone out right like that, and I don’t like lying by giving a fake number. I figure the worst that can happen is I get a few annoying texts after. Again, you may have a different philosophy on this point than me. That’s fine.

Anyway, the guy texted me while I was standing there so I’d have his number, but I didn’t open the text then. My friends and I went on our way, and it wasn’t until a few hours later that I looked at my phone and saw the unopened text. I opened it, and much to my surprise, there was a text history from that number. And, of course, as you’ve likely guessed by now – it belonged to the “cool cool” guy.

I guess my profile pictures are super memorable, or maybe he just has a photographic memory, because I for sure did not recognize someone whose pictures I’d seen 9 months ago. But, kudos to Cool Cool for being right; technically, we had “met”.

Also, as you might have guessed, I did not ever respond to him. Sorry, buddy. Meeting you in real life had only confirmed what my intuition has previously told me.

So, the morals of the story here are 2-fold. 1) Always listen to your intuition. It will not lead you astray. And 2) never delete your text history.

I was going to show you the outfit I wore that night – it was a very cute romper/choker combo, if I do say so myself. Unfortunately, none of those pictures turned out well. So, instead, here is what I wore on my actual birthday. I told you’d I’d probably wear this tulle skirt – and, I did! (Still not my best representation of a cute outfit. I promise it looked good, though. And I was a big fan of this color combo!)

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.

CMT AOTY and Me

We interrupt this regularly schedule program to discuss one of the most exciting events of my life…

Last night, I got to attend the CMT Artist of the Year show!!!!  Here’s how it happened:

So, all these televised events in Nashville have to have full audiences so they look awesome on camera.  One of my friends told me about this when I first moved here and the “casting agencies” that are in charge of filling the audiences, so I followed these agencies on Facebook. When I saw this event come up, I applied (late) – i.e., sent in a picture of myself – and was accepted within an hour.  I felt pretty good about myself until I learned that there were 800 people accepted, and three tiers of wrist bands, and I was in the lowest tier…

No matter, though, because even sitting way up in the balcony, nowhere near a celebrity or a camera, I had an amazing time.

Picking out what to wear, though, was a different story.  As a seat filler, you’re essentially supposed to be invisible, which is, of course, not my style.  We had all these parameters about what to wear: nothing too revealing/short, no flashy jewelry, low heels, dark colors.  When I sorted through all of my clothes that fit into these categories, I found I had two options.

Option 1:

1 - CMT AOTY option 1I’ve always really liked this dress, but it’s never really flattered me that well.  Or, I should say, it looks great when I first put it on, and then as soon as I move, it turns into a sack of potatoes. And as you can see, doesn’t photograph very well.  If I somehow ended up sitting next to Sam Hunt, I needed to look good.  So, I threw out option 1.

Option 2:

This was literally the only other choice I had in my entire wardrobe, but for the most part, I was very pleased.  When I have a job again, I’ll stock up on some award show options.

1 - CMT AOTYMy little lace crop top (which, btw, I got at Rue 21 for $3), is one of my favorite dressier pieces, but I didn’t have a great black skirt to go with it…until I remembered my black slip dress!  I’ve worn this under tops on several occasions, and while it’s very form fitting, it’s not too short, so I figured it would work.  As for my gold heels, I don’t know if they’re technically considered “low”, but they are about the lowest I own, and I’m short, so I figured I could get away with it. I added a green clutch for a little Christmas flair, and some rose gold jewelry, and I was all set, if not red carpet ready.

My hair did look a little flat in these pictures, though, so I ended up putting it back.  Imagine this head on the above photos.

1202151608a-1So, I hope this helps next time you’re invited to an awards show! Or, you know, you could always move to Nashville and just go with me!!  I <3 this town.

Burgundy and Blush

During the month of September, I’m doing another style challenge on Instagram.  I like these for a few reasons:

  1. They challenge/direct my outfit picking every day.
  2. They allow me to gain more followers/friends.
  3. The potential prizes are awesome…

So, if you don’t already follow me on IG, feel free to do so now.  I’d love to connect with you @tastefullytrendysb!

My goal is to stay about a day ahead of the prompts with my blogs…then I can post on instagram with the intention of driving people back to my blog.  I know it won’t totally work as I’d planned, but I’m going to try it, anyway.

The prompt for September 1 is Burgundy and Blush.  We’re free to interpret these prompts however we’d like, but I took this one quite literally, by combining my burgundy harem pants with a pink and white striped blouse and pink pumps.

I like the tailored look of the blouse with the more free-spirited pants.  The shoes help give me height (so much blousy-ness could look quite frumpy on my short frame if I didn’t throw in some illusion), and also keep the look more on the professional than whimsical side.  Color-blocking from a years ago has been giving way over the past year or two to a more mono-chromatic look, so this outfit is more in line with that trend.

1 - Burgundy and blushWhat do you think of the monochromatic look – mine specifically, or the trend generally?  Do you miss color-blocking or appreciate the simplicity of sticking with one color?  Have you ever done a style (or similar) challenge on Instagram?  If not, want to join me – or just follow along?  Let’s talk!

Church Lady

For the longest time when I moved to Georgia, I didn’t go to church.  I would watch my beloved Virginia Beach church on webcast, but actually going to a church building just didn’t happen.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go, per se…I just could never find something I liked as well as what I’d left behind.

Well, the past few weeks I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just go to the church I like okay…because some community worship is better than none at all.

One of the perks of this decision, though, is that I have an excuse to wear pretty clothes on Sunday morning.  I mean, these are clothes I could wear to work, but I don’t usually dress up this much for the office.  So it still feels special.

A couple weeks ago, I broke out my blue jumpsuit (you may recognize it from my patriotic Memorial Day post) and paired it with turquoise this time, instead of red and white.  Of course, no one would be deceived by my new shoes into thinking this is a totally different outfit.  But, it feels fresh to me when I can mix and match different shoes and accessories.

1 - blue jump suitSide note, I’m pretty proud of my hair in this picture.  I don’t know what I did or if I could ever do it again.  But it was on point that day!

I used to get in fights with my dad in middle school about wearing jeans to church.  Those days are obviously long gone, but the memories make me smile.  Do you still dress up for church, or is your church super casual and progressive with a jeans-wearing pastor?  What did you and your parents fight about you wearing when you were younger?

What to Wear: Country Festival

Boho friends, I need help! Or, really, anyone who’s ever been to a music festival, particularly a country one.  I’m going to Shaky Boots this weekend, a big country festival near Atlanta, and I literally have NO idea what to wear.

I’ve been to a billion country concerts, so I know what to wear to those.  But this is all day, and it’s going to be super hot.  Plus, I feel like a festival brings in another element of style expectations.  I want to look cute, but I’m also supposed to be casual and young, wild, and free, right?

Since I’m not really any of those things, I’m at a bit of a loss.  Here are a couple of outfits I wore recently that while not exactly right, might be on the right track.  Maybe.

In this first one, I like two things: shorts and the scarf headband.  Probably not these shorts or this scarf, but the concept works.

1 - shorts, scarf headbandIn this one, I’m in love with the skirt.  It’s got a tribal flavor which seems appropriate for a festival, but the fit and flare still match my personality.  Of course the scarf would not go with me; I’d like to not die of heat stroke.
1 - tribal print skirt, infinity scarfSo, what do you think?  Am I headed in the right direction or way off track?  What would you wear to a music festival?   Let me know soon; I’ve got less than 48 hours to pack, and at this rate, I’ll probably need every single one of those.  Thank you! xoxo

Black all over

I’ve been wearing a lot more neutrals lately.  Whenever my style shifts a little, I wonder exactly what to attribute it to.  A more neutral palette is in style right now, so are my choices subconsciously being swayed by the latest trends?  Or are my color (or lack of color) decisions reflective of my mood? Just sheer laziness?

Whatever the reason, black is becoming one of my go-to’s, something that’s probably not weird for most people, but I have traditionally only worn it on rainy days.

I call this outfit my hairdresser look.  I mean, really, between my sequins, leggings, and booties with sassy zippers, don’t I look like I work at a fancy salon?  My hair might not be trendy enough – but it is on point, if I do say so myself.

1 - black shirt, black leggingsHave a fun, sparkly weekend, everyone!  I’ll be back next week with a couple fun surprises, so see you then!

80 Days of Shoes: Blushing Bows

I think this may be the last summer outfit still tucked away in my reservoir of previous looks. I’m surprised I haven’t blogged it yet this season, because I do really like both the shoes (bows, so duh), and the dress. However, I wore the dress so much when I first bought it, I think I got a little tired of it. Maybe next summer it’ll make a comeback.
DSC_1008The bow on these shoes is the ivory it looks like in this picture, but the rest of the shoe (i.e., the plastic – they’re fancy jellies), is a soft blush that I can never quite capture in a photo.  Oh well.
1- mint cherry dress, bow flatsTo complement the soft blush you can’t see, I chose rose gold and pink accessories.  And a sparkle belt, because I don’t get to wear sparkle belts often enough as it is.

80 Days of Summer Shoes: The Staple

If there is one summer shoe staple every woman needs, it’s a black wedge.

I bought these last summer at Belk because they were on sale and they’re comfortable.  You know comfort rarely enters a discussion about fashion with me, but for some reason, on this particular day, comfort swayed me.  Since then, I’ve gone up and down in my feelings about these shoes.  Sometimes I think they look like mom shoes.  Other times, I think they’re cute.

With this outfit, though – cuffed, polka-dot jeans, and a t-shirt with a bow on it – I decided they were cute.  But you can judge for yourselves.

1 bow shirt and polka dot jeansHave a happy, polka-dot and wedge weekend, everyone!

Disclaimer: I wore this outfit a few weeks ago before I had beds in my guest room.  The room is much neater now, I promise!

80 Days of Summer: Neon Flats

I have a couple pairs of shoes that are sure to get compliments every time I wear them.  These are one of them:

DSC_0049I never claimed to be subtle.

For this look, I paired the statement shoes with a scarf containing the same color.  One statement wasn’t enough for me, though, so I paired two different stripe patterns…stripes for days!

Obviously, I had to keep the rest of the outfit pretty tame – there was a lot going on already.  So, I cuffed some non-skinny jeans (it’s still always odd to me when I wear jeans that aren’t skinny…but looser fits are coming back, y’all!), added a couple rose gold bracelets (I’m obsessed with rose gold right now), and called it a day.

Striped scarf, neon shoesHow do you feel about neon shoes?  Do or don’t?  And what about looser jeans?  Are you excited to let your legs breathe again?

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