Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

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Closet A-Blaze

If you follow me on my Tastefully Trendy instagram account, you know I went through an unfortunate period in January where I had a bad cold that required me not to wear eye makeup for about a week. I felt very exposed. And very young – maybe that part wasn’t so bad.

This is one of the outfits from that period. As I talked about last week, I’ve really been lacking in creativity lately, so I can’t afford to not post a look because I’m a little vain about the #nomakeup thing. So, look through a soft filter…

Yesterday, I went through my closet, in hopes of a giant purge. While I did find some things to get rid of, I also rediscovered all of my cute blazers. When I worked at a law school, I wore blazers all the time. But, working for a non-profit and in music, I kinda fell out of the habit. Now that I’m in a more professional dress environment again, and since I’m in a fashion rut, anyway, I’m going to try to reincorporate these into my wardrobe – hopefully I can breathe new life into some of these old staples.

This camel blazer, though, has not been forgotten at all. As you might notice if you scroll back far enough, it’s been on major repeat this winter.

I’m kinda thinking that I might do more of the blazer with a t-shirt and jeans thing in this new phase of my life. Still on-trend and very Nashville, but incorporating the pieces I already own. We’ll see how the Spirit moves me.

Do you wear blazers often? What’s your favorite way to style them? I definitely need inspiration, so if you have ideas, please throw them my way!

Fringe and Leather

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’ve definitely seen my beloved “vegan leather” skirt before. It really is one of my favorites – a flirty and girly cut, with a little edge from the studs.  I wear it all the time in the fall/winter/early spring, and while I wasn’t quite ready to pull it out for this season yet, the style challenge gurus dictated that I must. At least my accessories kept me from being too fall-ish too prematurely.  I’m just not ready!
1 - leather and fringeStill working on that arm party thing, but we’re getting there.  I do love how colorful this outfit is, and my peep toe, high heeled loafers are one of my favorite pairs of of pseudo-professional shoes.

Hope you’re having a good Tuesday!  Let me know what you think about this outfit – or anything else you’d care to discuss – in the comments. I love hearing from you!

80 Days of Summer: Embellished Sandals

I promised that I’d give you all my excuses for being a bad blogger lately.  Well, I really only have one legitimate excuse – I’ve been traveling for work a lot.  Like 3 out of the last 4 weeks a lot.  So, it’s about all I can do to even keep my clothes washed, much less photographed and blogged.

Excuses out of the way, I thought I’d give you an insight into how I dress for my work travels these days. We talked about this a little bit last fall, but since my job has changed, I thought the topic could stand to be revisited.

First of all, my shoes.  Not exciting, but cute, embellished sandals that I paid about $2.50 for because I had a $10 coupon at JCPenney and they were on sale for $12.50.

DSC_0207More relevantly, I tend to wear pretty basic outfits when I’m traveling for this job (I realize my definition of basic is a little different than many).  Here’s an example:

DSC_0212Yes, the skirt is a light blue, but that can really go with a lot of different things.  So, I’m calling it a neutral.

The reason I’m wearing something so basic is that my job when I’m traveling is to sell products, so I try to model as many of them as possible.  It’s really fun dressing (and redressing) myself every day!  Here is an example of the finished product:
1- Peach scarf blue skirtThe scarf, 3 bracelets, and a headband (not pictured) are all Rahab’s Rope items.  Everything we have is so pretty, so I like to wear neutrals so I can mix and match anything that strikes my fancy for the day.

You can model similar items yourself! Check out our website for all the pretty goodies and help end human trafficking in India at the same time.

How do you dress for work?  I’d love to see some of your looks!  Please send them my way so I can feature you in a future post!

In my sweats (and studs)

I wrote last week about the mixing casual with dressy trend.  I’ve really been relying pretty heavily on this look, since I now work in a casual environment, but most of my clothes are business-y from working in a law school for 6 years.
For this outfit, I combined the dressier skirt (which, really, it’s not THAT dressy – it’s kinda short, leather, and studded) with conservative pumps, and an also very on-trend fancy sweatshirt (that’s the casual part, in case that needed explanation).  The sweatshirt is really a sweater, but the stitching gives the look of a sweatshirt without being quite so casual.

I really liked this look.  I’m slowly moving away from being so color-blocked as I have been in past years.  Don’t get me wrong – as you can see, I still had pink accents in my jewelry to complement the turquoise, but I was okay with wearing one statement color and the rest neutrals.  I’m still a far cry from the monochromatic, absolutely-everything-must-match days of my youth, but my tastes are becoming a bit more sedate these days.  Hopefully that doesn’t really mean I’m just old.

  • Skirt – Ocean City boutique (similar here)
  • Sweater – JCPenney (similar here)
  • Necklace – Charlotte Russe or somewhere similar

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