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Long Time, No See!

It’s been a while, y’all. When I went on my blogging break a little over a year ago, I wasn’t sure what the future held for Tastefully Trendy. Would I be back a week later? A month? Would I ever be back? Would anyone care either way?

Well, a few weeks ago, at least 30 of you voted in an Instagram poll that you’d like to see me back, which is way more validation than I needed. So, let’s dive right in. Here’s a look at my life since July 10, 2017 – by the numbers:

414 – approximate number of days I’ve been MIA.

8+ – pairs of shoes I’ve bought in that time period

Innumerable – Target trips

2: low-key celebs I’ve met and tried to slide into their DMs

0: times I’ve been successful

(Bobby Bones and John Crist – it’s not too late to get back to me!)

5: days spent on a beach trip to Pensacola

10: pairs of shoes I packed for said beach trip

Countless: hours it took to pack for same beach trip. Still the worst packer ever, guys.

1: Navy SEALs I’ve gone on a date with

1: Navy SEALs I’ve instantly fallen in love with (spoiler alert: San Diego and Nashville are too far apart.)

2: exes who got engaged this summer

0: chiropractors I’ve hit on

409: days I’ve been grateful to live in Nashville (I subtracted the days I was at the beach, let’s be real.)

So, as you can see – not a lot has changed. I still love clothes and going on dates and my church choir. I still waffle between being hopeful and feeling discouraged about my life trajectory – sometimes even simultaneously. And, I still hope that my little blog is both fun and encouraging to those of you who read it. Thank you so much to all of you – your existence is good for my soul.

I’m still not sure what the future holds for Tastefully Trendy. For now, I’m thinking a weekly post might be both attainable and enjoyable for me. We’ll see. In the meantime, here are my vacation outfits – even more poorly edited than usual because I took them with my phone, in a mirror. But, I left on my Snapchat captions for your reading pleasure.

Honestly, y’all, my stomach is not my greatest feature, so this is as much crop as I dare. On a related note, I’m 33 years old.

This last outfit I did not wear on vacation, but I bought it and took it with me on vacation, and I love it, so it’s a bonus.

Thank you all for reading and encouraging me to come back. Please feel free to leave comments, and let me know if you have anything you’d like me to talk about – fashion or otherwise. Or, just say hey. Have a good week!


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.

C's skirts

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!

SB’s European Vacation

On Wednesday, I talked about not wasting our preparation/waiting time by complaining or trying to wish it away.  Today, I’m going to address another side of “waiting” – the seizing the day part.  Let’s go!

The other day, I had an epiphany.

I was thinking about one of my coworkers who was traveling to Europe with her husband for her anniversary, and I thought, “I can’t wait to be married so I can go to Europe.” And then a remarkable thing happened.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m 30 and have this new self-awareness and confidence, or if I’ve just been single so long, this moment was inevitable, but it suddenly occurred to me, “wait a minute, I don’t have to have a husband to go to Europe.”  I have the funds (Dave Ramsey would say I didn’t, but whatever), and the time now – why wait?  Plus, while I do think I will get married eventually, what if I’m 85 before that happens?  I may not be able to go to Europe then, because I may have married the nice widower in the nursing home room next to me.  Or, even if I do have my health, I don’t want to be 85 with no life experiences to show for myself.

This was a big deal, guys.  I think we so often put things on hold as we’re waiting for the next chapter.  It’s not conscious.  I was not NOT going to Europe because I didn’t have a husband.  I just hadn’t thought about it because trips were always in the “next stage of life” compartment in my life.

So, I’m going to go to Europe next year – provided I can find someone to go with me (any takers? Men need not apply, simply because I don’t really believe in platonic relationships, and I don’t want one of us falling in love with the other and ruining my perfect vacation). I’ve got it all mapped out, budgeted, and planned, and I’m determined to make it happen – with or without a husband.

What have you been waiting on to do until that next chapter of your life rolls around – until you’re married, until you buy a house, until you have kids, until the kids are grown, until your parents are in better health…  What if that day never actually comes?  Or, what if it does come, but then there is some other obstacle that seems just as insurmountable.  We don’t have any guarantees in this life, so let’s carpe diem/YOLO/insert other cliche here and make the most of the time that we have.  Life is precious, so let’s not waste it waiting!

Can you relate to the putting things on hold while you wait for the next chapter?  Are any of those things you could do now, but either haven’t thought about or haven’t allowed yourself to do?  Jump on board this adventure with me and let’s start living.  What are you going to do?!

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