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That Time I Forgot to Give My Post a Title

It’s always a weird transition for me after a serious topic to go back to talking about my clothes. But, since that is the primary purpose of this little blog, I suppose we’ll make the awkward transition. At least I have a great outfit to help smooth things over.

I love yellow. I don’t wear it a lot, really, because it’s hard to find cute clothes in a good yellow (read, not highlighter yellow or too green-tinted).

But, when I do find a really great yellow piece, I tend to wear the heck out of it. So, expect to see a lot of this skirt this summer.
I got this top at Target for like $8 or something, and I was so excited about it. I still really love the bokeh pattern and all the bring colors that can be mixed and matched in a million ways – theoretically. The problem is, the cut of the blouse is oddly assymetrical, and the side is sheer from about my waist down. So, unless I wear it tucked in, it is a) not appropriate for work (which is unfortunate, because it’s definitely a work-type blouse), and b) it just hangs weird. Even tucking it in, I have to be careful to pick an appropriate waist style, or it is still quite unflattering.

So, despite the myriad of colors, I think this top may get limited exposure. Too bad, but at least I know I have one strong showing out of it.
Have you ever bought something you were really excited about, only to discover it didn’t work as you’d envisioned, after all? Hopefully, you didn’t spend too much more than the $8 that I did!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

NYE 2017

Well, we have arrived in 2017, y’all! I’m excited for the new year, as I am every January. I don’t have anything in particular that I know will happen this year – but I have hopes for lots of good things!

One of those good things is to grow this little blog of mine. I love it so much, and I’ve heard from many of you who read it, that you love it, too. (Thank you for that!)

To that end, I’ve launched a new Instagram account, dedicated solely to all things fashion. I’ve long thought hashtagging my way to a wider audience was the best method of growth for me, but I didn’t want to annoy other friends who aren’t as interested in that aspect of my life.

Now, I don’t have to worry about irritating those people, while I can also focus on meeting more insta friends who share my interests!

So, if you’re in the not-likely-to-be-annoyed category (as you probably are, if you’re reading this), please feel free to add me: Tastefully Trendy. Should be pretty easy to remember.

Now, to the matter at hand. New Year’s Eve! In my adult life, NYE has become one of my favorite holidays – in part, because it is such an optimistic night. In full reality, because I get to wear sequins.

This year, I couldn’t find ANYTHING shiny in stores. I guess I waited too late and all the sparkles sold out. So, I was forced to wear one of the three sequin skirts I already owned…and I actually was very pleased with the result.

dsc_0029-2Off-the-shoulder: check. Choker: check. Cute furry hot pink clutch (that’s actually an Ipsy makeup bag): check. And of course, sequins and shiny shoes: check and check!!

Here’s a close-up of the off-the-shoulder detail (and my makeup! My secret is great highlighter and NYX’s matte setting spray!).

1-nye-off-the-shoulderAnd the rest of the outfit (sans ring, because I forgot to take a picture of that).

1-nye-sequinsSadly, one of those cute pearl earrings were a casualty of the evening. I somehow still had the back, but the pearl itself was nowhere to be seen (insert sobbing emoji). Oh well. On a happier note, can we talk about how good my new camera is? I mean, look at those silver shoes sparkle!

Did you all have a good New Year’s Eve? Any fun plans? My party was Y2K themed, so you know it was amazing. I hope yours was, too, and that it sparkled and shined with all the magic and promise of a new year! Send me your outfit pictures – I’d love to see your shimmer!

Even So, It is Well

I’ve been reflecting lately on entitlement in our spiritual lives. In recent sermons and readings, I’ve been impressed with the idea that we’re not guaranteed a perfect life – even as Americans, something pretty hard for my western, Millennial mind to grasp. Suffering is a part of life, and those verses that say, “in this world, you will have trouble”, actually  mean it.

I don’t mean this to be a depressing post, but maybe because I’m in my 30s now, I’ve just realized that life isn’t perfect. A lot of people go through a lot of hard things. And that doesn’t mean God isn’t good. It also doesn’t mean that I’m immune.

I’ve always imagined that I would fall in love; have a good marriage with well-behaved, smart children; and live the proverbial happily ever after. And maybe I will. But, God doesn’t owe me that. He doesn’t owe me anything. He gave me life and salvation, and if that’s all He ever did, it would still be an astounding grace.

Of course, that’s not all He’s done for me (see Wednesday’s somewhat silly post about jewelry and clothing). But, He doesn’t owe me anything. Just because I was born in America instead of an Indian slum, I have special privileges. But, they aren’t owed to me. Just because I was born middle-class white, I have a lot of opportunities. But, they aren’t owed to me. Just because I was born a woman who would like to be married and have children, I have a hope that one day, I’ll get what I’ve always wanted. But, it isn’t owed to me.

So, while I work on my attitude and expectations that a Holy God cater to my whims, I continue to pray that He will give me “the desires of my heart.” But, in case that’s not what that verse actually means…or, in case that desire remains unfulfilled until I’m 82, I’m also working on making the words of the old hymn true for me, as well:

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, EVEN SO, it is well with my soul.

Maybe you can relate to a hope deferred. Maybe you can relate to feeling entitled. Maybe you can’t, but you understand what it’s like to go through challenges and still see that God is good. Regardless, I hope that everyone will be able to come to a place where they too can say, “even so, it is well.”

And, I hope that you will wear sequins. Because as my shirt (which, ironically, has no sequins on it) says – life is short. And no matter what our circumstances, we all can look for a reason to celebrate. 1 - sequins and leopard

Changing Seasons

I’ve always kept all my clothes together in my closet (as opposed to putting summer clothes away for the winter season and vice versa). I like this plan because a) I don’t have to bother with switching them out or worry about when the weather has officially turned the corner. But b) and more significantly, it gives me a lot more options and most of my clothes I can stretch to at least 3 seasons by mixing and matching.

The downside, though, is that I see my clothes all year, so I get tired of them – there’s no, “oh, I forgot I had this!” moment, because they’ve been in front of me all along.

All that to say, I’ve been trying to maximize my winter clothing wear because I’m a little tired of a lot of the spring/summer clothes I have in my wardrobe – at least the ones that are work appropriate).  I think, though, that the weather has finally turned (yay, but…), so I’m going to have to make the total switch soon.

In the meantime, here is a sweater skirt that I won’t be able to wear much longer…
1 - sweater skirt, jacketCute, though, right? I like skirts a lot, and especially love unique ones, weather because of shape, pattern, or in this case, material.

Do you switch out your clothes for the seasons every year? If so, have you done that yet? Rhode Island got a bunch of snow this weekend (and I got sunburned at brunch #sorrynotsorry), so friends up North, if you switched over, what did you wear the past few days?

Birthday Suit

A million years ago, I had a birthday (okay, it was 2 months ago, but it seems like forever), and on my birthday, I like to wear something fun, pretty, and feminine – regardless of the fact that my birthday is in mid-January and therefore usually frigid.

This year, I wore my go-to purple satin-y skirt (seriously, that was a very good impulse buy. I get so much wear out of that pretty little skirt!), and a cute sheer floral top, with my gold Cinderella shoes (I call them Cinderella because I wore them in a Cinderella photo shoot. Obviously.).

1 - purple skirt, floral topWas I overdressed for an all-day orientation at my new job? Yes… Was I completely satisfied with my decision anyway? Absolutely.

Do you have a go-to birthday outfit/style? Do you like dressing up for your birthday, being comfortable, or have you never given birthday attire much thought? Let’s chat about marking special occasions with fashion!

Twofer Tuesday Returns

Y’all, I’m struggling with my blog this year.  For one thing, I have three jobs at the moment, which means my free time is super limited.  When that happens, my blog begins to feel like more of a chore that I have to squeeze in than something fun, and I don’t want that to happen.

For another, I just can’t find the right place in my new house to take pictures. I think my backyard might be pretty, but then it’s cold, and sometimes it rains…

And, I don’t really like my hair right now.  I can’t figure out my bangs situation – someone good with hair give me advice on bangs in 2016.

All that to say, please bear with me as I try to get a routine back up. It may be slow going, but I’m not ready to give up, if you all are willing to not give up on me. <3

With that, here is a favorite outfit from sometime before I even moved to Nashville.  I don’t remember now why I needed to change my shoes, except that I wanted to transition from day to night, and this was my way of doing it.  Also, I’m counting this as a twofer Tuesday.

1 - purple skirt, flats, heelsHope you all are doing well.  Give me your thoughts on my hair dilemma, Grammy’s fashion, or whatever else you want to talk about.  Let’s get this party started again!

Workin’ Hard for the Money

So, big news from Nashville…I got a job!  And, it might be the most exciting job ever, as I’ll be working at the Country Music Hall of Fame! Basically, this job is a dream come true: living in Music City, working in country music – what could be better? Also, I’ll be in the development office, and one of our responsibilities is VIP events, all of which I’ll be required to attend.  I mean, twist my arm.

Of course, after I accepted this job, I immediately felt convicted by all the worrying and doubting I did.  Maybe one day, I’ll learn to trust God before I see the end result, but as someone very wise pointed out to me, perhaps the greater lesson is that God is faithful even when we lack.

Anyway, I chose to celebrate this good news by wearing all black the day it became official.  I really don’t know why black said party to me – it rarely does. But, the sparkly tights said party for sure, and I built from there.  Also, these boots make me feel super Nashville.

The Country Music Hall of Fame is a “creative” environment, as you might expect, and full of trendy people…so, who knows how my style and therefore blog will evolve over the coming months. But I’m excited to find out, and glad you’re along for the ride with me.

Also, I’m excited to meet celebs, but that’s neither here nor there.
1 - celebratory black dress

My perfect date is October 15 – not too hot, not too cold

Before I moved from Georgia, I actually had a couple of last minute dates.  I really don’t know why – they all knew I was moving, and for the two years I’d lived in Georgia, pretty much the entire male population hated me.  But maybe that competitive gene kicked in when they knew they had to act fast, because suddenly I was quite (relatively speaking, of course), popular.

First dates in the fall are hard, I think.  You don’t want to go all out winter with a wool skirt/tights, but you can’t wear the cotton dresses of summer. So, this is what I came up with. A light background floral is still a little un-seasonal, but with black jeans and closed toe pumps, I figured I could get away with it.  Since he wore a t-shirt and didn’t even suggest dinner, despite the fact that we were together from 5:30-8:00 pm, I guess it was fine (more on that tomorrow…)

1 - floral blouse, skinny cropsDo any of you subscribe to ipsy?  It’s one of those send-you-something-fun-every-month services, but for makeup and skin care, and it’s only $10.  Also, it’s amazing…. Seriously, I love it so much.  The fun of opening the package  each month is worth the $10, but I always get at least one or two things (and usually more) that I really like (including a full-sized bronzer from Tarte).  Plus, it comes in a cute little makeup pouch. Since I really don’t need 10,000 makeup pouches, I’ve started using them as clutches, like the one you see pictured.  Cute, right?  You all should totally subscribe.  And this is not a sponsored post, but ipsy, if you’d like to sponsor me, I had to cut back my expenses when my job was eliminated….so, help a girl out!

What do you think of my fall-ish date night look?  Have you ever used something as a purse that really wasn’t?  If you’re an ipsy subscriber, what’s the favorite thing you’ve ever received in your goody bag?  Let’s talk!

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?

Totally Tan

Today’s Instagram style challenge prompt was Totally Tan, and this one did make me think a little.  Tan is not a color I wear often (mostly because I think it’s pretty boring…), but I did manage to find some khaki shorts and seersucker (both of which have very limited lives left this year), and pulled together a look that didn’t bore me after all.  (Also, sorry about the t-shirt, guys.  At least you were warned!)

1 - Totally TanI’ve noticed I’ve been wearing flats a lot more lately.  I think this is a summer thing – when I’m wearing shorts to work (or for running around), I don’t really like to OVER-emphasize my legs with heels.  Plus, I work in a more casual environment, as you know, and sometimes I get teased for my heels.  So, I just wanted to assure you that I still love them, in case you were getting worried.  Heels will always be my first love in footwear.  Well, maybe 2nd to bows.

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