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Ode to the Woman in Dillard’s

I like a lot of things about this outfit, but before we get to all that, can we please talk about how tan I look in this picture? It’s an optical illusion, but it goes well with the summery vibe of the look, and for that, I’m grateful.

So, these perfect, neon pink, Jessica Simpson heels were a recent purchase from Dillard’s on extreme clearance (and tax free, which in Tennessee is a significant savings) – I think I paid $22. And when I say perfect, I mean perfect. Seriously, look at them! (editor’s note: I’m a little disappointed with how the color appears in this picture. The shoes are really a true pink, rather than the coral they seem to be here.) 

Of course, neon shoes kinda dictate the rest of the outfit, so I started at my feet and worked up. When I was trying these on, a woman in front of me was giving me all kinds of styling ideas for them – and they were bold ideas, not the obvious little black dress suggestion. I was super impressed with her vision. One of her thoughts was a bright blue, which of course I loved. So, to the woman in Dilliard’s, thank you for today’s outfit inspiration. And don’t sell yourself short – you could totally pull these off!

1 - blue shirt pink pants and shoesMy pants are a narrow pink and white stripe, which is hard to see in this picture. I’m glad wide-leg cuts are back, because they’re very flattering, especially with leg-lenthening heels like these. I mean, my 5’3″ build looks like I have legs for days!

What is the boldest pair of shoes you own? Do you wear them often, and how do you most like to style them?

Life in the Fast Lane

Well, it has been a full month since the last time I blogged, guys…  But, I think I can resume with some regularity now, thanks to some schedule and life changes. Like this pretty organizational chart I spent all afternoon making for myself:

Org chartSo, what’s everybody been up to? Quick update on my life…I am almost out of my unemployment debt (a huge praise to the Lord that I’ll save for another time), and because of that, I can do things like highlight my hair and go shopping again. First world luxuries, of course, but luxuries for which I am very grateful.

I absolutely love living in Nashville. Even 5 months in, it still feels a little surreal – like I’m on an extended vacation. But thank goodness I’m here permanently! Everything isn’t rosy to be sure, but I love my home, my church, the friends I’m starting to make, and just the Nashville life in general. Also, the food, y’all.

Oh, and I’ve started dating here, so there will be stories… (I mean, not like good ones. Entertaining ones.)

I’m still working on adapting my style to Nashville fashion…or vice versa. I’m also still looking for the best place to take photos in my home. I don’t know why that’s been so difficult.

In the meantime, let’s clear out some older outfits to make way for the new!

1 - denim jacket, black and white topThis one is actually so old it’s back in season again – I wore it in the late summer months before I moved to Nashville, and now here we are in spring again (yay!). You can’t really tell from the picture, but these are ultra-wide leg dress pants, and the top is cropped – so, I wear it with something high waisted because I am not 16 and/or do not have 6-pack abs.

So, happy Monday, and I hope you’ve all hung in there with me! I really do enjoy my little blog world and the friends who share in the fun with me, so if you’re still willing, let’s keep this going!



We’ll Never Be Royals

This weekend, I went shopping.  I needed to pick up a couple of things legitimately.  Then I got a few more.

One of my purchases are these super fun palazzo pants.  I have several genie/harem pants, but none of these ultra wide leg trousers.  In anticipation of writing this post, I tried to figure out why they’re called palazzo pants.  Apparently, no one on the internet knows, as I spent a good 4 minutes searching and came up with nothing.  However, I did discover that palazzo means palace in Italian.  So, I’m going to assume that these pants were commonly worn among the Italian royal set, and they have since remained a symbol of casual luxury.

Seems as good an explanation as any, right?

Anyway, I got these on clearance at Target for $14.  You can find them here (although not on clearance).  We’ve talked about the Target Cartwheel app before (refresher here), and I definitely used that for 50% off some Easter candy.  But, Target was also doing a promotion where you could text for a $5 off $25 apparel/shoes/accessories coupon.  So, that happened.

I love these pants for many reasons.

1) I basically feel like I’m wearing pajamas.  Super soft, comfortable pajamas.

2) They are SO flattering!  I haven’t observed enough people in them to know if they are universally flattering, but my guess would be yes.

3) They make me look tall.  Few things make me look tall – I am not tall.  But to get these off the floor, I have to wear fairly high heels, which are still mostly covered by the pants, thus giving the illusion of height.

4) You can dress them up or down, but they always look put together.  (Well, I say always – I’m sure an over-sized, untucked freebie t-shirt could ruin the look, but I have more faith in all of you than that.)

1 - palazzo pants and teeDon’t mind the dirty floor in the shoe pictures.  I’d forgotten to take one and took it in my car.  Obviously, I don’t vacuum my car as often as I should.  #nojudgment.

Have you tried palazzo pants yet?  It actually is a season or two old, so I’m a little late to the party, but I hope it lasts a long time.  What do you think of the look?

(P.S. My tee shirt is from H&M)

The colors of the ocean

Ahh, we are slowly returning to normal temperatures.  The heat is still broken in my office, though, so I remain as bundled as possible, dreaming of warmer days and the beach.


One of the hardest things for me to leave behind in Virgina Beach was the ocean.  There’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon spent with good friends, junk food, the sun and waves.  I’m sure I’ll find a friend or two with a boat here and take advantage of Georgia’s many lakes – but it’s just not quite the same.

So, today, I reminisce with turquoise, (winter) white, and coral – beachy colors if I ever saw them!  The shirt underneath my cardigan is one of those open-in-the-back numbers that I’m never quite sure what to do with, so I was very happy to discover that my cardigan worked both color and style-wise.

Have a good weekend, everyone, and let’s pray that summer comes quickly this year!

  • Blouse: Body Central
  • Cardigan: H&M
  • Earrings: a thoughtful gift from Old Navy

The One Where My Neck Was Warm

I don’t think wearing two scarves is a thing. I have not extensively researched this topic (and by extensively, I mean at all), but I can’t think of a time where I’ve ever seen someone wear two scarves at the same time.

Yesterday, though, I couldn’t decide which one of my blue scarves I liked better.  I tried the royal blue one on first, but before I took it off, I tried the floral one, just to give me an idea – I didn’t expect that idea would be to wear both.  But, I kinda liked it, unconventional though it was. 

The solid scarf is actually a pashmina and was a gift from NYC.  Gotta love street vendors!  The floral I bought for about $5 at Rue 21 – it may be a cheap juniors store, but they have some great trendy accessories – and pretty scarves.

And these lovely nude pumps (cream, maybe, but my skin is white enough, I’m calling them nude) were one of the 7 pairs I bought this weekend.  These came from Macy’s, and regrettably, you can’t see the detailing, but they are a buttery suede, faux-animal print of some sort.  And I love them.

Green is the New Black

There is a common misconception that wearing all black is universally flattering and slimming.  This is a lie.

While dark colors do often hide imperfections and give the illusion of being thinner, assuming that the more black you wear, the more slim you look is incorrect.

Take exhibit A: the outfit below.  When I first tried it on, I had a black top underneath the blazer; I thought the pink was enough color for this particular day.  However, I am short waisted, so I don’t look very good if things hit me too high, like the jacket does.  Although the black shirt was longer than the jacket, because it blended in with the pants, the overall impression was that I was cut off at the end of the jacket.  I looked squished, frumpy, and therefore heavier.

By switching out black for a color that stood out – in this case, green – I was able to extend my torso visually, which overall made me appear taller and therefore thinner.  With this outfit on me, black was very much not more flattering or slimming.

(BTW, the pinstripe in these pants is actually red, but against the hot pink, you can’t tell.  That’s a trick I often use to expand my mix and match options.  The smaller the print, the more subtle the color and the more easily it can be swayed by whatever is against it.)

Winter Wonderland – the Remix

Yesterday, I showed you one look with my favorite could-be-mistaken-for-pajama-pants-but-they’re-not winter white pants.

Today, here they are again, reinvented. 

I really expected to get a lot more compliments on this outfit than I did, I’ll be honest.  It’s one of my favorites.  And usually, these shoes are the world’s favorites.  Maybe everyone was just busy that day.

Regardless, navy and coral is another one of my favorite color combos – it’s like a refreshing nautical twist.  I accessorized with gold again, including one of my favorite necklaces, an inexpensive find at Francesca’s Boutique.  The tank top is from H&M and the pinstripe blazer is high quality, so that probably means it was a gift from my mom. 

In my job, everyone dresses very professionally – usually in dark suits.  I hate dark suits.  This is a good alternative for those days when you do need to be professional but don’t need to look like you’re going to a funeral.  It’s also a great way to transition into spring, and as someone who is continually reminding herself that the groundhog did not see his shadow, I welcome any hints of spring, even if they are self-produced.

Winter Wonderland

I really like winter white. It’s so crisp and refreshing, and reminds me of snow (sometimes painfully, since I live in the South and rarely get to see it).

I’ve had these pants for several years now.  They’re a little too big on me, to be honest, and somewhat look like pajama pants (they’re not – I promise).  But, paired with the right things, they’re a great winter staple.

Navy (yes, that sweater is navy, believe it or not), is possibly my favorite neutral.  In my opinion, it’s both more interesting and more flattering than black.  I wanted to keep this outfit simple, maintaining the crisp effect, so I limited my colors to neutrals and accessorized with pretty golds.  The result was a very polished and classic look that was also comfortable and warm.

My sweater is from Old Navy, the scarf a gift from the friend, the shoes – I don’t remember, but they’re ridiculously hard to walk in, so you shouldn’t go look for them, anyway.  And the pants I’ve had for so long, I just can’t recall. 

Tomorrow, we’ll look at a completely different outfit based around these pants.  There’s nothing I like more than a good mix-and-match!

Where are you, Christmas?

Before I fully embrace the new year, there are a couple Christmas leftovers I need to finish.  (Not cookies…like the rest of the world, my diet started Tuesday.  Promise.)

My office believes in celebrating Christmas to the fullest.  I had at least four work parties this year, all of which called for festive apparel.  However, I still had to look professional, so I created the festive look through color and a few sparkles. 

The first picture was my outfit for a western-themed party.  As much as I love them, I couldn’t bring myself to wear cowboy boots to work, so I wore a blouse with horse shoes on it as my nod to the theme (and my NFL team – go Colts!). I belted the sweater to make the outfit look a little bit more polished and complete.

The second picture shows that you can do sequins at work.  However, to tone down the bling, I wore a conservative cardigan and trousers and minimal jewelry.

My green pants are J-Crew, and I got them for a mega-deal at a sample sale in NYC.  I was born to live in the city. My red shirt is from Old Navy, and the red sweater from the Gap Outlet.  The sequin shirt is actually from Wal-Mart – it’s hard to find clothes there that don’t look cheap and/or fit poorly, but it’s an exciting day when you do!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their loved ones and that you all got some beautiful clothes wrapped up under the tree.  On to 2013!

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