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Happy 5th Anniversary!

Time Hop tells me that today is the 5th anniversary of my little blog. That’s really hard to believe, but what a fun 5 years it has been!

In that spirit, here is a post from one of the early days – back when color-blocking was all the rage, and all my photos were mirror selfies. The fact that any of you read my blog when I had no head in any pictures is beyond me, but thank you for doing so, and for sticking with me all along. And for my new friends, consider yourself lucky that you were not around for these early days; thank you for reading now.

Happy 5th anniversary, friends! Here’s to many more, and to finding green pants like these again. I miss them!

I am not a hipster in any sense of the word. I listen to top 40 music, drive a Chevy, and wear glasses unironically. I like my men in Wranglers, not skinny jeans. But in one specific area of my life, I am just the teensy bit hipster in that I take pride in being ahead of the curve in fashion. You know, wearing a trend before it’s cool (i.e., before it’s a trend.)

Color blocking has been in for about three years now, but I’ve been mixing and matching my colors for at least five, mostly because I just really love color. This trend is a super simple one to imitate and a great way to look current, while easily staying situational and age appropriate.

The key to color blocking with separates is to stay in the same color family. For example, in my picture below, I have on a true blue blouse, with true green slacks. I call these crayon colors – the ones called “blue” and “green” in the box, not aqua, robin’s egg, or grass. I could easily mix in a true yellow or red with either of these colors, and they would coordinate well because they’re in the same family.

Another color family I love is the jewel tones. These are deeper versions of the crayon colors – your sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. All of the jewel tone colors blend well together, too – they’re in the same family.

I like to balance my colors with a good neutral so I don’t look like a rainbow. For this outfit, I chose gold as my neutral, reflected in my jewelry, which also coordinated well with my tortoise shell pumps.

And that, my friends, is how you color block.

Twofer Tuesday: Mint Green Tee and Scarves

This week’s two-fer Tuesday feature my favorite mint green tee, paired with a couple different scarves…and an awkward story.

First, the maxi skirt outfit.

1 - gold maxi, coral scarfThis one is pretty straightforward.  I love mint and gold together, so it was fun to bring out the metallic sheen in my maxi.  And the pretty scarf was a birthday gift, originating from Francesca’s.  I love that store.

Now, for the genie pants.  As you might guess, this is where the awkward story comes in:

1 - genie pants, mint green, scarfI honestly really love these pants, but I could see how they could be an acquired taste.  So, when a girl on the street said, “It takes a special person to pull off those pants”, my first instinct was to thank her.  But, as the words were about to come out of my mouth, I realized she might be insulting me, and I stopped mid-sentence.  I think she also realized how it could have sounded, though, as she quickly followed up with, “You look great!”  I could tell she was sincere, but in case I wasn’t sure, the guy with her told me I looked beautiful, which then led to all of us talking at the same time, everyone assuring everyone else there was no offense…as we’re all crossing different streets.  It was a social interaction disaster.  But, they really are great pants.  I think.

What do you think?  Does it, in fact, take a special person to pull off harem pants, or do just not enough people try?  Would you be more comfortable in look A or B?  And, maybe most importantly, how do you handle awkward interactions?  I may need some lessons!

Part 2 of 3

You may recognize this dress as my State of the Union dress.  It really was a great buy because I can dress it up very professionally as I did for the address, switch out the jacket for a cardigan and take it down a notch, or wear it sleeveless for a date dress (you know, assuming I ever go on another date…)
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This go round, I chose to wear my tortoise-shell pumps with a more casual bracelet to match the upscale flavor of the dress but not be too fancy for my office.  Tortoise-shell is technically a print, I suppose, but it really functions as a neutral, so it went fine with the stripes of the dress.

You can’t tell from this picture, but my legs are still super white.  However, a spring day in Georgia calls for bare legs, so I decided to embrace the white and go for it.  I was glad I did.

Fingers crossed, maybe I’ll show you the third way to wear this dress someday soon.  No promises.

  • Dress – Belk (similar here)
  • Shoes – Charlotte Russe, I think – a million years ago (similar here)
  • Bracelet – Francesca’s Boutique (similar here)
  • Belt – Rue 21 (similar here)
  • Cardigan – Gap Outlet (similar here)

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

100th Post Party!

Today marks my 100th Tastefully Trendy post! (Actually, I have a few drafts hanging around, so this is probably just short of 100, but go with it.)

To celebrate, I’m wearing a festive scarf.  This scarf was a good $4 deal from one of my favorite cheapo accessories stores, Body Central (as was the belt, actually).  I feel a little like the Chiquita banana lady when I wear it, but I love the colors, and judging by the compliments I got when I wore it, so do lots of other people. 

To highlight the fun of the scarf, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple. My skirt is a linen find from France (I think it may have come from H&M, but I can’t remember).  I outgrew it and gave it to my sister, then she changed sizes, I lost weight, and it made it’s way back home. And light-weight white cardigans are one of my spring/summer staples.  This one is still pretty white, which is a miracle.  I basically have to buy a new one every year because I’m a five-year old child when it comes to keeping white clean. 

Hope there is some color in your life on this rainy Monday!

The art of color blocking

I am not a hipster in any sense of the word. I listen to top 40 music, drive a Chevy, and wear glasses unironically. I like my men in Wranglers, not skinny jeans. But in one specific area of my life, I am just the teensy bit hipster in that I take pride in being ahead of the curve in fashion. You know, wearing a trend before it’s cool (i.e., before it’s a trend.)

Color blocking has been in for about three years now, but I’ve been mixing and matching my colors for at least five, mostly because I just really love color.  This trend is a super simple one to imitate and a great way to look current, while easily staying situational and age appropriate.

The key to color blocking with separates is to stay in the same color family. For example, in my picture below, I have on a true blue blouse, with true green slacks. I call these crayon colors – the ones called “blue” and “green” in the box, not aqua, robin’s egg, or grass. I could easily mix in a true yellow or red with either of these colors, and they would coordinate well because they’re in the same family.

Another color family I love is the jewel tones. These are deeper versions of the crayon colors – your sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. All of the jewel tone colors blend well together, too – they’re in the same family.

I like to balance my colors with a good neutral so I don’t look like a rainbow. For this outfit, I chose gold as my neutral, reflected in my jewelry, which also coordinated well with my tortoise shell pumps.

And that, my friends, is how you color block.

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