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I try to write my posts in advance because that is the only way I can ensure I get them written. If I sit down on a Sunday and church out the week’s writing, I’m much more successful than if I try to squeeze in something meaningful on a weeknight.

All that to say, I’m writing this before we know our new president. Like 99% of the rest of the country, I didn’t like any of our choices, but I voted because I believe it is the most important action for a citizen of our amazing country. Regardless of the outcome, I’m sure glad it’s over, and I just pray that God has mercy on us for the next 4 years until we can try again.

So, in honor of the triumphs once again of democracy and in anticipation of the peaceful transition of power that is a model to the whole world, here is a throwback picture featuring my favorite tank (and showcasing how much my photography skills have improved – hard to believe they used to be worse than they are now). God bless America, and let’s keep on running the world.

1-merica

Endless Summer 2.0

I should have done a two-fer Tuesday with my skirt, since I basically highlighted this same outfit on Wednesday. Unfortunately, I’ve lately had to do my makeup in the car, which means I’m not getting many blog photos before I leave (both because of time, and because, let’s be honest, no one wants to see my #Iwokeuplikethis photos. I’m convinced everyone who looks good on No Makeup Monday is 15 or used an awful lot of filters).

Anyway, I wore this outfit on my first day of work at my new job, and my boss told me I didn’t have to dress up so much. I laughed because I had intentionally tried to find something toned-down but professional, and I thought a cardigan and flats accomplished that. Maybe I should have skipped the hot pink.

Regardless, I like this take on my floral skirt, too, and while I’m ABOUT ready to retire it for the season, I’ll get excited to wear it again next season. That’s the best thing about the changing seasons, really – finding the clothes you’d forgotten you owned and feeling like you have a whole new wardrobe!

1-pink-cardigan-floral-skirtI know I’m way behind the rest of the world in switching out my clothes. So, what pieces did you find in the seasonal transition that you’d forgotten about? What are you most excited about wearing this fall? Enjoy your scarves and PSL this weekend, y’all. And happy Halloween!

Goldenrod

Y’all I am having issues right now. My dating life is currently a bit of a hot mess; my camera seems to be on its last leg, so I don’t even know what’s going on with these pictures; and I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had time to blog. If there were one redeeming quality about the two years before I moved to Nashville, it was that I could be more consistent in my writing…

Anyway, I have great plans to write this weekend and catch you up on my life, my probably now-out-of-season outfits since the camera has been on the fritz for a while, and whatever else might come to mind. I’m a free-spirited blogger.

In the meantime, it’s Friday, so let’s celebrate! I can’t vouch for the rest of the country, but in Nashville, people pretty much wear black jeans exclusively now. So, I added a classy gold tank top, with matching gold accessories (and a green necklace for a little color, although of course you can’t really tell in the picture), and I was ready for a night on the town! (Aka, dinner with two girlfriends. But, at least I was prepared should anything more exciting have happened.)

1-gold-tank-black-jeansWhat’s the black jean trend like where you live? Are you doing anything gold-tank worthy this weekend – ideally more exciting than the dinner I deemed gold-tank worthy? Anything else on your mind? Let’s talk, and have a great weekend, friends!

Who Runs the World?

Another year, another patriotic holiday, another wearing of my favorite tank top. I paid about $30 for this shirt, which, for me, is basically an astronomical price for something that doesn’t even have sleeves. But, I’ve worn and loved it so much, I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth.

Whenever Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day roll around, I enjoy celebrating and reflecting. However, I  never quite know what to say that doesn’t sound trite – especially on Memorial Day when those who I would thank are already gone.

So, although my social media accounts did not reflect my gratitude yesterday, to all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we remember and honor you. And we celebrate in the way that you would want us to – with laughter, loved ones, good food, and freedom.

And tank tops that remind everyone that America is the greatest – because of those brave men and women who made it so.

1 - Merica

P.S. Forgive the poor lighting in this picture. I guess I need to find more than one spot to take pictures if I’m going to take them at inconsistent times.

P.P.S. If you don’t understand the shirt, please don’t tell me. My history teacher heart can’t bear it.

 

Guess who’s back, back again

So, this is embarrassing…I knew I hadn’t posted in a while, but I didn’t realize the last time was before Halloween! I really thought I’d have more time on my hands in Nashville, but between moving/unpacking, job hunting/interviewing, teaching an online course, and not yet having internet in my house, I have actually been quite busy.  Estimating how long it’s going to take me to do things/how many hours are in a day is not one of my strengths.

But, most of my boxes are now unpacked and I have no money to go shopping for more things to put away, so I should have more time going forward to get into a regular routine of writing.

To update you on my life:

  • I found a place to live. It’s seriously the cutest. Here’s my closet: wpid-img_20151118_090522.jpg(Well, the shoes part of my closet.  Because duh.)

And my Christmas tree:

wpid-wp-1448740528088.jpgAlso, I have a guest bedroom, so please come visit me!

  • No job yet, but I’ve had some good leads, so I’m hopeful that will happen soon. In the meantime, thanks Mom and Dad for keeping me alive. And thanks unemployment for keeping me skinny.
  • I’ve gone on a couple dates in Nashville so far, and I have some…observations.  More on that in a future post.

I don’t know yet where I’m going to set up my camera for future outfit posts. Also, I’m really only getting dressed every day to go to a coffee shop, so my looks haven’t been super exciting so far (although the girl at Starbucks today did tell me I looked very put together.  Also, don’t judge that I’m going to Starbucks in the land of a million coffee shops.  It’s right by my house and the nicest Starbucks I’ve ever been to outside of Mumbai, India.).  All that to say, I’ll probably be posting some Georgia looks for the next couple of weeks until I get that part of my life more settled.

For now, here is my much-teased but now irrelevant Halloween costume.  My best friend Delenna and I were a construction worker and a stud finder for Halloween this year.  GET IT, GUYS??

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Please note my interpretation of “steel-toed boots” below, as well.
wpid-1031152043a.jpgThanks for sticking with me, even as I’ve been MIA, everyone. I’ve missed our chats!  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and let’s talk soon! xoxo, Sarah Beth

TBT: Polka Dot Life

For today’s #TBT post, let’s revisit a time when I went through a polka dot phase.  Just kidding – polka dots are not a phase, but my life-long love to whom I will be forever faithful.

However, as my bare shoulders and wedges make obvious, this is an outfit I wore a while ago.  I think it was actually in September, but before the weather started catching up to the calendar.

I like the basic simplicity of this outfit – good jeans, black and white dot cami, coordinating black espadrilles, and simple gold accessories.  However, it’s really hard for me not to bring SOME element of color into whatever I’m wearing, and I think the turquoise necklace does that quite nicely, don’t you?
1 - Must be good jeansHow are you honoring this Throwback Thursday?  I don’t have that many childhood pictures of myself handy, so this is the best I can do.  I’d love to see your TBTs, though – fashion related, or otherwise!

Two-fer Tuesday: Multi-colored Tank

I probably should make Target off-limits to myself.  Honestly, I cannot go into that store and walk away without buying something.  But, when that something is this super cute multi-colored tank that I got for $8 or so, I guess I shouldn’t beat myself up too much.

The first time I wore it was for a kid’s birthday party…I might have been overdressed, but then again, this is me.  I don’t get much more casual than this outfit, and my Holy Land sandals helped keep me more grounded.

1 - multi colored tank, green shortsI don’t think I’ve talked yet about this necklace (if I have, bear with me.  I repeat stories all the time, and I’m too lazy right now to go back and see what I’ve written).  Anyway, I was in Texas over the 4th of July for a photo shoot with my dear friend Julianne (aka the most creative person I’ve ever met in my life).  The shoot featured me as Cinderella – my cartoon idol.  It was really fun, and I bought this necklace at my new favorite store, Sam Moon, as a great $3 memento of the occasion.  Pictures to come soon!

The second outfit is one of those that didn’t photograph quite as well as it looked in real life.  I don’t know how/why that happens, but trust me – it was cute.

Technically, there is no actual turquoise in this blouse, but it has every other color, and blues and greens that are close, so to the casual observer (i.e., everyone), it works just fine.  Colors can be deceptive like that – it’s pretty easy to make people see what you want them to see, if you just wear it with confidence.

1 - multi colored tank, turquoise skirtOne thing I really like about this outfit is the layered heart necklaces.  I’ve not ever been able to do the layered necklace trend quite right, but this variation works (now that the trend is on its way out, but whatever…)

Two-fer Tuesday: Coral Jeans

In looking back over this week’s outfits, I realized that I wore a LOT of duplicates.  I’m not sure if I was in a funk (or just very creative with my mixing and matching), or if I was distracted and forgetful about what I’d worn earlier, but I had my pick of outfits for today’s two-fer Tuesday post (side note, I really kinda hate that title for these posts, but in the absence of something better and since I’ve stuck with it this long, it remains).

I decided to go with my coral jeans, mostly because I have had an outfit in my folder to blog for months and never got around to it.  It’s cute, though, so no time like the present.

You’ve probably heard me gush about these jeans before.  They’re the only thing I own from JCrew, and I bought them for $17 at a sample sale in NYC…so I feel pretty cool whenever I wear them.  Plus, CORAL!

The first outfit is the one from a few months ago.  You can tell by the cardigan.

1 - coral jeans, ankle wrap wedgesPerhaps not super relevant in August (unless you work in an office that blasts A/C…I do not have that problem), but this is a great way to transition from winter to spring/summer clothes.  The wedges are obviously summery (both because they’re open toe and espadrilles, but also because they are a striped/nautical cloth), and the color of the jeans automatically evokes happy warm weather thoughts, while the cardigan keeps you from actually freezing!  I liked the red accessories with the coral for a bit of an unexpected color combo.

Outfit two is much more seasonally appropriate.

1 - coral jeans, white blouseStill going with the wedges and cuffed jeans look, the strappy tank obviously adds a late-summer feel.  I just wore this outfit to Starbucks (I’ve told you before about my dressing up for Starbucks thing), but I loved the elegance my gold wedges added, and the sophisticated (but super easy) feel of the whole look.

Which of these combinations is your favorite?  Do you have a pair of jeans you can count on to always make you feel good?  Tell me what you love about them!

Vacation Shopping!

One of my friends asked me last week if I’d help her find some clothes for her trip to the beach in August.  I was, of course, more than happy to oblige.

My friend had a couple specific things in mind, so I went to work.  Let me preface this by saying, if you want something specific in a designated amount of time, it is harder to find good bargains.  Most of my clothes have been obtained by just happening upon them; not by going out with a specific item in mind.

For the first outfit, she was looking for a sequin skirt in a tribal/Aztec print to wear with a simple tank and sandals.  I’ve seen these skirts a lot, but finding them online was a little trickier than I expected.  I did manage to find a few, though – the skirts on the left are all sequined; the one on the right is the print my friend wanted; just without the bling.

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For the second outfit, my friend wanted some shorts – either lace or patterned, and preferably in blue or orange.  Well, shorts are much easier to find, and I was able to come up with quite a few choices I think she’ll like.

C's shorts

On the left are some patterned options (including one sequined Aztec print short), and the right are the lacy-options.  I realize it’s not the prettiest picture ever – cropping out models’ hands makes shorts look weird.  But, you at least get the point.

All of these items are for purchase  – just click the small pictures below each outfit.  And the shorts/skirts all come from some of my favorite stores for (fairly) reasonably-priced trendy clothes:  Dress Up (a Georgia boutique), Altar’d State (a faith-based store that gives back to the community with every purchase); Fiore (a sorority girl boutique), and Francesca’s (where my haul the other day was from).  If you’re looking for something specific and on a leaner budget, I would also recommend checking out Thread Up – it’s an online thrift store with a lot of cute clothes, a very user-friendly interface, and very affordable prices.

Also, I always feel compelled to say that I don’t really enjoy online shopping.  It takes the fun out of it for me really, plus sizing is hard.  But, if you hate malls, don’t have time to go to drive around shopping, or aren’t scared about possibly having to return something, it’s helpful.

And, if you need help shopping, I’m always happy to hassist!  At some point, I will have to start charging, but until then, let me use you as a guinea pig and we can find some great clothes together!  Happy Monday, everyone!

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Last week, I teased my Halloween costume like it was the most exciting thing to happen to my blog since its creation.  And, in my opinion, it might be.

But, this post is probably a little anti-climactic for almost all of you, since you are likely my facebook and/or instagram friend and already saw pictures.  Oh well – I’m sure my explanation of the costume will be super stimulating.

To start, here is a close-up of my face…know who I am yet? wpid-img_20141024_195306.jpgHow about when I post a side-by-side comparison:

wpid-photogrid_1414263635509.jpgI mean, really – the resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think?

Here’s a full-length shot.  My friends are a witch and a bumblebee (so all of you Steelers fans who requested a tribute to their uniforms…that’s as close as you get.)

wpid-photogrid_1414253311902.jpgI’ve always been a little obsessed with Cinderella.  First of all, she’s a blonde princess.  So, naturally five year old me was going to like the one that I most looked like.  But, she’s also a good person, and that’s how she becomes a princess.  Her beauty is just a bonus.

So, the costume choice was a no-brainer once I saw it on Pinterest.  I would never walk around downtown Atlanta where this party was in a full-on ball gown.  But, a tutu?  Totes.

I made the tutu myself, and it was actually as easy as everyone said it would be (I had strong doubts – I’m not crafty AT. ALL.)  Tutorial here. I needed four spools of tulle (honestly, I could have probably used 5, but I was over it.), which I got at Jo-Ann fabrics. I also had to buy gloves, the headband, and the tank top, but I already had the shoes; who doesn’t have a pair of silver sequin shoes lying around?  Altogether, I spent about $30.  So, I could have bought a costume for about the same price from Party City or wherever.  But, this was so much more fun.

1 - CinderellaOh, and that pretty little clutch?  My stylish grandmother’s.  I love when I get to use things of hers.

So, what do you think?  Did I capture Cinderella’s essence, or should I have gone a different route?  And what about you – will you dress up, and if so, as what?

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

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