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My Tribe

I told y’all last week that I am currently obsessed with chokers. And I did not lie. I only have them in black right now, which is probably a good thing because if I had other colors, I might wear them EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I’m not sure that the choker in this outfit adds a whole lot, especially since the rest of my outfit is brown. But, it’s cute, so I went with it.

Not much else to say about this that I haven’t already said – chokers are back, and I love it. Shirts tied at the waist are back, and I love it. Tribal prints are probably about on their way out, but I still love it. And the cold(er) weather is here, bringing with it tights and boots – and I love it!

1-denim-shirt-tribal-skirtAre there any trends that you refuse to let go of, even if you know they’re on their way out? Or, maybe they’ve long passed an you just don’t care – fashion is all open to interpretation, anyway! Share your favorites!

Creative Professional

So, here it is, January 13, and I still have my Christmas tree up. I at least unplugged my lights so my neighbors wouldn’t think I was crazy, but y’all – I have just not had any time to take it down!  At least I did take a few ornaments off today, so maybe with the long weekend, there’s hope.

But, I say all that just to say, get used to seeing my tree, as I’m not only catching up on life, but also my blog posts.  We very well may be seeing that tree into March.  Sorry…

I wore this outfit a few weeks ago when I went in to fill out some paperwork for a subbing job I never actually got to do (I’m glad about full-time work, of course, but I do really enjoy subbing).  Anyway, I’d already been offered the position, but I still wanted to look professional.  So, I danced on the line by wearing bright colored pants with an elastic ankle (does anyone know what this style is called?) and a tribal patterned top, toned down by a conservative navy blazer and gray patent (and mock croc) pumps.
1 - tribal print, green pantsHow are you doing on life in 2016?  Generally, I am really enjoying this year, but I’m just so far behind!  Have you at least gotten around to taking down the Christmas tree?  Sometime soon, I’ll write a reflection on 2015 that will be inspirational and poignant…or something.  But, it may actually come closer to 2017…we’ll see.  Let me know how things are in your world!

Twofer Tuesday: Nude Pumps and Arm Parties

If you missed it yesterday, I’m doing a style challenge on Instagram, and trying to stay one day ahead of the prompts on my blog.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t really possible for tomorrow’s prompt, “Check Her Out”, so you’ll just have to swing by @tastefullytrendysb on Instagram to see how I interpret that and maybe I’ll blog the full outfit someday (spoiler alert: I may look like a picnic blanket).

Instead, today I’ll stick with my two-fer Tuesday theme, this time highlighting the classic nude pump and the trendy arm party (aka stacks of bracelets).

The arm party is a trend I haven’t quite mastered yet.  I get the concept – pile all kinds of random things on your arm, that are loosely connected, either by the color of the metal, or by their funkiness.  Or not at all.  I spent quite a while on Pinterest the other day trying to learn how to do this.  I think the real problem is I don’t have the right pieces.  I have a billion bangles, but to really have an arm party, you need different shapes, textures, designs, etc.  So, I’m on the right track with the looks below, but don’t copy me yet…I still need to get myself to Forever 21 for some cheap starter pieces while I master the look, before I invest in some higher quality jewelry (just kidding…since when have I ever had high quality jewelry?)

Anyway, I call this first look, Teacher Chic.  Because, a cardigan.  Duh.  And a cute dress.  It’s not quite Jessica Day, but we’re getting there.

1 - cardigan and cherry dressNext up is one of my favorite trends: the jumpsuit.  Again, I went with stacks of bangles, and again, not quite the arm party look, but since I don’t live in New York or Nashville, it’s probably okay that I’m still working through the trend.

1 - jumpsuit, nude pumpsThe nude pumps in both serve to lengthen the leg (that’s a universally understood principal of nude heels, and why they are worn by starlets everywhere), and not to distract from the more interesting elements of the outfits.

What do you think of these two looks?  Have you started having arm parties?  If so, what are some of your tips (besides get a watch…I really need a watch)?  Also, do you feel stupid calling it an arm party?  Because I do, but I’m not going to fight the system on this one.  I want to hear your thoughts!

One-fer Tuesday

Well, I feel a little bit like a failure.  I tried really hard to find two matching outfits I could post for Two-fer Tuesday, and I had nothing in my reserves.  Not even a duplicate pair of earrings, which is really quite shocking as I tend to get in ruts with my jewelry and wear the same things over and over for weeks.

So, alas, here is simply one recent favorite outfit.  I will say this, though – my shoes don’t exactly match.  And I really love that.  While there is pink in my dress, it’s a different shade than the neon on my feet.  For the girl who used to wear head-to-toe yellow like she was a Pentecostal church lady, this was a lesson that took a while to learn.  But, the hot pink really matched the tone of the dress, and since it didn’t clash with anything – and was a good distance from any colors to which it might be compared – it was safe to mix the two shades.  Do it with confidence, and almost anything will work.  Almost.

1 - tribal print, pink shoesP.S.  My awesome sparkly earrings are from Sam Moon, my latest accessories obsession.  Don’t shop there if you want to shop ethically – everything is from China. Definitely not fair trade.  But, if you’re a sucker for cheap jewelry…your mind is about to be blown!

Just a little pick-me-up

Sunday is currently my favorite day of the week. I’ve developed a nice little routine – wake up whenever, watch my beloved Virginia Beach church on webcast, do a few chores, and get ready to go to Starbucks, where I’ll work on this blog or whatever other technological chores I might have.

I spend a lot of time on Sundays getting ready.  The people at Starbucks probably think I’m crazy, as I come in almost every week, dressed in a cute outfit, makeup flawless, and hair done (although Sunday is often my Pinterest experiment day, so the hair might look a little off) – only to sit by myself staring at a computer for a few hours.  I don’t quite match the other clientele, who are either here with friends, or dressed in comfy clothes, as is more befitting a long study or work sesh.

But, I don’t care.  I do it because getting ready is something I really enjoy.  It makes me feel good about myself and it’s a fun activity – in no way a chore.  And, Sundays have become very special to me.

When I moved to Georgia in 2014, I knew it would take some time to get established and make friends.  I didn’t realize, however, that a year and a half later, I’d still be working on it.  Don’t get me wrong – I have made a few friends, and generally, I have at least one thing to do most weekends.  But my social calendar has significantly slowed since VB, and there are days when the only human being I interact with is a cashier at 5 Guys or Ulta (honestly, those people should know me by name now).  And for this extrovert, that’s really hard.

So, I come to Starbucks.  Here, I’m not alone, even though no one is sitting across the table from me.  With my music on, I am lost in my own world of daydreaming and writing, all while people and activity bustle around me.

I spent most of 2014 depressed, quite honestly.  It was so contrary to my personality to be down, which only depressed me further – who was this person I was becoming?  So, in 2015, I decided to do something about it.  I don’t want to take all the credit, as I know God gave me grace and inspiration to get out of my funk.  But, one of the things I did was start making the most of Sundays.  Of course, I would prefer to go to the beach with all my friends, like I used to spend every Sunday, but that’s not my life right now.  So, instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to do what I enjoy, anyway – play with hair/makeup/clothes, write, and get myself a treat.  The first couple of weeks, I still felt sorry for myself, but now that I’ve made it a routine, I genuinely look forward to my Sundays of beauty, peace, and sugar.

I say this to encourage anyone who’s not 100% happy with your situation in life.  I’m confident that my season of solitary confinement will eventually pass, but in the meantime, I’ve found a way to enjoy the free time I have.  And I’m sure that your season of – whatever – will also pass.  Life ebbs and flows like that.  But what can you do for yourself in the meantime to not only improve your mood and attitude, but also just your quality of life?

Maybe you can follow my lead and dress cute to go to Starbucks.  If that’s your plan, here are a few ideas from my past Sundays:

1 - mint green everythingI’m pretty sure this cut-out dress is actually a beach cover-up, but whatever. I really like it as a dress.
1 - polka dots and lavenderThis outfit wasn’t super exciting to me, except that it was a new combo, and I love doing that.  However, I received two compliments that day (from women – which always is higher praise, I think).  That tends to be the case – the less effort I feel like I’ve put in, the better the look seems to be received.
1 - pineapples and tribal shortsI got to sit outside for a few hours on this particular Sunday – I love when that works out.  It seems the best of both worlds: sunshine and fresh air, mixed with productivity.  My legs did not get tan, but at least I didn’t look ridiculous sitting in the freezing Starbucks (I’m convinced they keep that thermostat at about 52 degrees) in my short shorts and pineapple tee.

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