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Happy Birthday to Me!

Y’all, it’s my birthday!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not one of those subtle people that hopes everyone forgets about my big day. I like my birthday, and I don’t mind people celebrating with me (even if I’m not excited about the number anymore…)

On my birthday, I always like to wear something really pretty, that makes me feel very girly and fun. Last year, I wore my purple satin skirt with gold shoes (and was very overdressed for an all-day work orientation, but whatever). This year, I’m writing this before my birthday (true confession, I usually write these posts in advance – it’s the only way I can get them done!) I really want to wear one of my sequin skirts, but that’s generally frowned upon in academia. So, I’ll probably wear this pretty skirt again, because I love it, and what’s more feminine than a long tutu (let’s be realistic, that’s essentially what this is).

DSC_0035I’ve talked before about how much I love mixing high and low style – the chambray and the tulle are a perfect juxtaposition to each other. (Side note, does anyone remember that store in the mall? It took me FOREVER to learn how to say that word as a middle schooler. But that didn’t stop me from shopping there!)1 - tulle skirt, chambrayThe lavender-gray of the skirt isn’t something I have a lot of in my closet, but I think it’s a pretty color, and purples are easy to blend, as you can see with my shoes here.

How do you all celebrate your birthday? It may not be with fashion, and that’s okay! But, if you do have something particular you like to wear on your special day, I’d love to hear about it!

Flowers in Bloom

This outfit picture is so old, it’s back in season again! (insert praise hands emoji!)

There are few pieces in my closet right now I like more than the floral ones. Coupled with my perennial favorite coral mini-skirt, this is one of those outfits that will make me happy any time I wear it.

As I’m sure I’ve said before (probably lots of times), patterns are my favorite because you can pull so many different colors out of them for mixing and matching. You probably can’t quite tell, but the tank I’m wearing under the blouse is yellow, which gives a softer feel to the shirt and pairs well with the bright coral (and pop of turquoise in my earrings). I could also wear this blouse with the yellow skirt from Wednesday’s look, and if I did that, I might pick a green or navy under-shirt.  Of course, with jeans, I could go any number of routes with the color pairings, and I’d probably start with my shoes (I have a pair of blue-green wedges that would be so cute with this top!).
1 - floral blouse, coral skirtDo you have any of those great-for-mixing-and-matching pieces in your wardrobe that you just love? What makes them so great? I’d love to hear your combinations. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Trendy Tuesday: Tees

I had so many choices for today’s alliterative title, particularly considering the subject of my t-shirt.  But, Trends and Tees won over Tebow Time.  For perhaps the first and only time in my life.

Anyway, t-shirts are having a moment.  Which seems odd since, aside from jeans, t-shirts are probably the one staple of the American wardrobe that never goes away.  Functional, usually free, and long-lasting (well, at least if you’re my dad – he has t-shirts from college still.  Even if I’d been born while he was in college, that would still be 30 years ago.  I was not.)

But instead of being relegated to family reunions, youth group fundraisers, and the gym, t-shirts are now finding places in high fashion (or at least, street style of the rich and famous).  Of course, these are not the ill-fitting, over-sized, company logo shirts I’m talking about, but rather a cute graphic tee (like the bubble gum machine shirt I wanted to buy at Walgreens in Orlando.  I didn’t even care that it said Florida on it.  It was cute!), or a shirt with a witty phrase (most of which are really not that witty). And they’re being paired with all kinds of things as part of the high-low fashion trend that’s been going on for a while – and which my mom simply does not understand.

Right now, I’m obsessed with this company I just discovered on Facebook the other day called Litographs – they take classic books, print the entire text in super tiny font all over the shirt, and then add an iconic image from the story.  It might be easier if I show you.  This is the one that I want.  You can feel free to buy it too – I don’t mind being twinsies.  Just make sure they don’t sell out.

Alas, that kind of creativity isn’t free, and these tees are a cool $34.  Not a lot for a dress or shoes in my economy, but a little much for a t-shirt.  I’ll keep thinking about it until a) they run a sale; b) I can’t resist anymore; or c) one of you buys it for me! 🙂 🙂 🙂 (A woman’s small or medium would be great…)

So, I’m on the hunt for some more cute tees.  In the meantime, I think my Tebow shirt will be getting a lot of wear.  Which is fine with me.  It may be in Jets colors, which is completely irrelevant now, but the man himself will never be irrelevant.  Ever.

1 - tebow teeHow do you feel about the super casual mixing with the more dressy?  Have you tried it, or are you more like my mom and just don’t get it?

Oh, and my earrings are from Rahab’s Rope, btw.  We don’t carry this particular style anymore, but you can always order something else pretty!

80 Days of Shoes: I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

Y’all I’ve been super slacking lately.  I’m sorry.  I have been busy, but I think I’ve also just been a little uninspired.  That ends today.  (Mostly, because I’m really, REALLY excited to show you my Halloween costume, and I want to tease it before I do.)

So, consider that your teaser – my Halloween costume is coming next week.  For some reason, the party I’m going to is this Friday instead of Halloween night, so I get to wear it and you get to see it early.  If you’re my facebook/instagram friend (if you’re not, you should be), you probably already know who it is.  But, if not…get excited, because it’s CUTE!!

Ok, so with that out of the way, here’s another cute outfit I wore lately.  Not quite as exciting as my Halloween costume will be.  But, cute nevertheless.

First the shoes.  I love how they’re conservative on top, but still a mile high.  I’ll be office appro. when necessary, but don’t make me wear ugly shoes!

DSC_1216Then the blouse.  Peter Pan collars have been in for a couple of years, but this is my first foray.  My mom gave me this blouse – not sure where she found it, but she gave it to me with an acknowledgement that it look like an old lady’s tablecloth and maybe I could use it for a costume.

Because I liked the collar so much, I took it, anyway – and I’m so glad I did!  Old lady tablecloth, maybe, but floral patterns are also really in right now, and I actually think it’s quite cute on, especially with the sleeves rolled to give it a more modern feel.

What do you think?

1 - peter pan collar, green skirt Have a good weekend, everyone!  And if you’re dressing up for Halloween this year, please send me your costumes.  I can’t wait to see them!

Pineapple Paradise

I think pineapples are becoming trendy now.  I didn’t know that when I bought this shirt a couple months ago- I just thought it was cute.  But, since its purchase, I’ve seen pineapples popping up in a lot of places.  And, since it is one of nature’s most perfect foods, I’m okay with that.
1 - olive skirt, pineapple teeFor this look, I decided to keep the palette pretty neutral – golden fruit commands enough attention on its own.  I like gold with army green, though, and the military look is also a lingering trend.  Obviously, my ruffled skirt and dangly earrings are a VERY loose interpretation of the trend, but it gets the nod, nevertheless.

These shoes are a staple of my summer wardrobe – first blogged here. How would you style a pineapple?

  • Shirt: Kohl’s
  • Skirt: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Rue 21 (?? I really have no idea)
  • I know I need a haircut…Wednesday it will happen.  Don’t judge me until then!

80 Days of Summer: I Love My Flower Girl

These shoes are gorgeous.

Ruffle shoesThey’re also a little too big, but when you find shoes like this at TJ Maxx for $3, you don’t not buy them.

I’m also super excited about floral prints being in right now.  Nothing is quite as lady-like and pretty as a soft floral.  I found this great (but polyester, so not really THAT great) at a new little cheapo store at the mall.  I went in almost on accident, but walked out with this great $15 find.  The perfect outfit for a picnic and evening stroll in the park.

Floral and yellow

Long sleeve blouse

Highwaisted shorts
$30 – newlook.com

Blue shoes

Bangle bracelet

Biker Chic

I know today is Wednesday, so it should be an inspired look, but let’s not get caught up on technicalities.  I’m really just impressed with myself for blogging while I’m on the road at all.

I am planning a post in the next few days in which I show you my massive efforts at consolidation and organization on this long work trip.  Until then, I’ll be showing you some outfits I wore previously.

I LOVED this look from last week.  It’s not really a typical Sarah Beth look; a little more tough than I usually am (I say that about an outfit comprised of both a lavender ruffled jacket and a ruffled skirt).  But, the army green of the skirt (trust me, that’s what that color is), combined with the leather of the jacket, combined with the booties, gives this outfit a little edge that was a fun change from my usual cardigans (by the way…I’m getting quite tired of cardigans.  Perfectly timed for winter when I will wear them every day.).

Sometimes, fashion is the most fun when you step outside of the mold of what you usually wear.  Be bold, and join me in wearing something uncharacteristic – and then leave me a note and tell me about it!

Jacket: TJMaxx
Skirt: Old Navy
Booties: Charlotte Russe (I’m pretty sure)
Earrings: Francesca’s Boutique

My Boss’s Mini-Me

Inspiration for my outfits really can come from anywhere.

Yesterday, my boss was wearing a blouse and cardigan very similar – in both color and style – to the ones I’m wearing below.  Her outfit made me think, “I haven’t worn a good all-over neutral look in a while.”  So, I told her I was going to copy her.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or something.

I did switch up her look a little bit, by wearing a white skirt (she had one that more matched the color of the cardigan) and adding tortoise shell pumps.  But overall, we could have been twinsies!

Also, while I decided to wear this yesterday, it’s raining again today.  Of course.  So, the black is appropriate.  (Maybe not the white so much.)

Shirt: Old Navy.  I literally bought this shirt in college – which was now a long time ago.  It’s been with me through thick and thin.  Also literally.
Skirt: H&M or something in France
Cardigan: also Old Navy.  The length kinda makes me feel like Mr. Rodgers.  But in a cute way?
Pumps: Charlotte Russe

The Art of Distraction

Every girl needs at least one good black blazer.  It’s a perfect go-to piece, whether you throw it over a blouse for insta-professional, or pair it with skinny jeans and a sparkly top for a classy night-out look.

I went the more professional route for work the other day, combining the blazer with a ruffly skirt so I didn’t look too stuffy. 

The thing about this blazer is it makes me look a little boxy.  I almost didn’t buy it for that reason.  But then I realized it was $7.50 at H&M, and I’d get at least $7.50’s use out of it.  To distract from the boxy-ness, I put a scarf behind the lapels and tied a knot at both ends so it wasn’t too long.  The scarf was a Christmas present from my mom, and it was the perfect color to add to this otherwise neutral outfit of black, off-white, olive, and gray. 

The Candy Man Can

Let’s revisit my grandmother’s closet, shall we…

For reasons I will leave you to infer, I often have trouble finding button-down shirts that fit me properly.  Usually, they either won’t stay buttoned, or they are so big and boxy, I look like a man (and not in the sexy, Shania Twain, “Man, I feel like a woman” way).

However, my grandmother and I were shaped very similarly, so it only stands to reason that if a button-down shirt fit her well, it would also fit me well.  As was the case here.  While I felt a little bit like the old candy stripers at the hospital, I mostly felt genuinely professional and adult – something that can sometimes be elusive for me.  I can’t be TOO adult, though, so my skirt does have ruffles at the bottom (similar to the skirt from my grandma’s suit in the link above, but this one is a solid black skirt).  

I included a picture with my coat as homage to my New England friends who are about to be buried in snow.  Stay safe and warm, guys!

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