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TBT: Pineapple Shorts

So, it snows alot more in Nashville than I expected.  And I like snow, so that’s a pleasant surprise.  But, it’s mid-February now, which means I’m ready for spring.  My seasonal time-line moves quicker than the calendar.

Today’s throwback is to days when I could wear shorts with pineapples on them, combined with shoes with flowers on them.  And yellow, but really, I wear yellow anytime I want to feel cheerful.  You should try it – works like a charm.
1 - pineapple shorts, yellow shirtI’m excited for these shorts and those shoes again…what summer fashion pieces are you most looking forward to wearing again?

The Great Debate: Solved

I know you’re all dying to know about my secret life as a star of the silver screen (aka an extra…aka “background”).  However, I’m not allowed to talk about it. I could probably get away with talking about the details that were posted on facebook (i.e., wardrobe requirements), but I’ll just save all that for when the show actually airs.  So, stay tuned until probably some time in March!

In the meantime, here is an outfit which will never make it to television… But, it was cute enough for running around town in Georgia.

I don’t know why my camera stops focusing sometimes. Whenever that happens, it gets stuck that way for a while, and I don’t know how to fix it.  But, no matter.  I like the soft focus anyway – imperfections erased!

I read something recently that said leggings ARE pants, and I was afraid that once again, my age had caught up with me and the world had changed for the worse.  But, then I got my wardrobe requirements for Nashville, and the costumers said, and I quote, “LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS”.  Now that I am vindicated, and since they are not pants, I added this slip dress under my tunic sweater and was all set.
1 - turquoise and polka dot leggingsHave I finally convinced all of you leggings-lovers of the truth, now that I have professionals backing me up, or are there still some holdouts?  Let the debate rage!

Oh, P.S. – I’m working with a friend/super smart guy to develop an app for my blog.  Would you all use that?  Right now, our rough brainstorming of features would include a way for you to submit outfits for my comments, a blog feed/notifications of new posts, links to social media, our own discussion board-ish thing…and other goodies TBD.

What do you think?  I think it could be super fun and exciting, but I want to know if you agree. Yay, nay, or suggestions for features?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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!

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!

Wedges in Wonderland

Tomorrow’s Instagram style prompt is “Wedges and Wonderland”.  It would be super easy to just do an outfit with wedges for this one…after all, I wear wedges about 4 of 7 days a week.

But, I thought the Wonderland part was interesting.  When I think of Alice in Wonderland, I think of COLOR!  So, I looked for one of the most colorful pieces in my wardrobe, and came up with this look.  It also reminds me of the scene in the cartoon where Alice is in the garden of flowers – possibly the only time flowers have ever truly terrified me.  But that’s neither here nor there.

1 - Wedges in WonderlandThe days for wearing this dress, these shoes, and this belt are waning quicker than I’d ever like to admit…so I’m glad I got them in at least one more time before it’s too late for this year.  What do you think of my interpretation of Wedges in Wonderland?

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…)

Church Lady

For the longest time when I moved to Georgia, I didn’t go to church.  I would watch my beloved Virginia Beach church on webcast, but actually going to a church building just didn’t happen.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go, per se…I just could never find something I liked as well as what I’d left behind.

Well, the past few weeks I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just go to the church I like okay…because some community worship is better than none at all.

One of the perks of this decision, though, is that I have an excuse to wear pretty clothes on Sunday morning.  I mean, these are clothes I could wear to work, but I don’t usually dress up this much for the office.  So it still feels special.

A couple weeks ago, I broke out my blue jumpsuit (you may recognize it from my patriotic Memorial Day post) and paired it with turquoise this time, instead of red and white.  Of course, no one would be deceived by my new shoes into thinking this is a totally different outfit.  But, it feels fresh to me when I can mix and match different shoes and accessories.

1 - blue jump suitSide note, I’m pretty proud of my hair in this picture.  I don’t know what I did or if I could ever do it again.  But it was on point that day!

I used to get in fights with my dad in middle school about wearing jeans to church.  Those days are obviously long gone, but the memories make me smile.  Do you still dress up for church, or is your church super casual and progressive with a jeans-wearing pastor?  What did you and your parents fight about you wearing when you were younger?

Romper Room

When my grandchildren look back on pictures of me in 2015, I think the number one question they’re going to ask is, “Why did Grannie wear so many rompers and jumpsuits?”  And for that, I will have no answer except that I absolutely love them.  Maybe because they really are a new (well, new again) trend which makes them just fun.  Think about it – hem lengths change, but you’re still wearing a dress or skirt.  Cuts and washes of jeans change, but you’re still wearing jeans.  There aren’t too many entire pieces of clothing that come and go out of style. But rompers and jumpsuits are definitely only in for a limited period of time.  So, I want to take full advantage of these cuties while I can.

I bought this one (and my earrings) on sale at Francesca’s a few weeks ago, and I’m so in love.  The color is perfect, the crochet is neat and not cheap looking, and the cut seems very feminine – a little flirty without being trashy. Plus, there is a ribbon to tie a bow…and you know I’m a sucker for anything with a bow.

1 - coral romperSo, that’s my theory on why I’m obsessed with rompers.  Are you also – if so, to what do you attribute your deep love?  If not, what don’t you like about them (going to the bathroom is annoying, I’ll give you that…) Can you think of any other pieces that come and go (rather than just change like the shirt/skirt/jeans staples)?

 

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!

Fashion on a Dime

If there is only one thing you ever learn from me regarding fashion on a budget, it is this:

“Good things come to those who wait.”

If you are the type of person who always has to have something as soon as it is available (cough, cough, iPhone 6 Plus users), then you’ll probably have to spend a lot on clothing…or have a small wardrobe.  Even shopping in cheaper, “fast fashion” stores, you’ll end up paying all $34.95 for those skinny overalls, when you could wait a few months and find them for $14.99.

One of the reasons I have so many clothes is because I’ve lived by this principle my whole life.  So, even now, when I get a gift card to Francesca’s for Christmas from my favorite brother, I hold onto it for 6 months.  I love Francesca’s, but my gift card was for $60.  Full-price, that would have given me probably an item of clothing, and maybe 1/3 a pair of earrings.  By waiting, though, I was able to get all the goodies you see below (okay, fine – I threw in $12 of my own money for the extra and tax).
Granted, I do go to the mall pretty often, so the odds of me hitting the sales are pretty good.  But, the point is that you can find everything you want for a price you can afford, if you can be disciplined to be patient.

Example 2: this awesome acid washed jacket.  I’ve been wanting a denim jacket for a while and haven’t found one I really like for a price I was willing to pay.  Until this weekend, when I went to Target, Cartwheel app with 20% off women’s clearance in hand, and I picked it up for $12!
1 - pineapple shortsThe shoes were a reasonably-priced-but-not-a-steal find from my beloved college shoe store, Becky’s.  Because they’re beautiful and I had been wanting some new wedges, anyway.

What do you think about my number one rule of budget fashion?  Do you adhere to this rule, or is patience not one of your particular virtues?  What are your thoughts about my new pretty things?  I’m glad to be back after a week on the road, so let’s talk!

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