Well, guys, as of yesterday, I am no longer employed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Instead, on Wednesday, I’ll be the newest employee of Belmont University!
I didn’t really want to make a big deal of it, partly because I always make a big deal of my life changes, and partly because it’s not that big of a deal. I had some really great experiences at the CMHOF, but ultimately, the journey of the past three years has taught me that higher ed is where I belong. My dad has worked in it practically my whole life; I guess I should have just followed the family business. It’s where the oldest child usually ends up anyway, right?
Anyway, I’m excited to go back to admissions (if anyone wants to get a degree in physical or occupational therapy, let me know). But, a little sad that the days of wearing sequins to work are over. Sure, I’ve been told my new office is “business casual”, but I don’t think that an academic office ever defines that term with shiny things.
Saturdays, though, you can bet I’ll be rocking this combo again – it’s high-low fashion perfection.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and happy Labor Day! Here’s to boats, beers, and the last breath of summer!
Happy 4th of July, y’all! Of course, everyone knows that this is my favorite holiday. Because, AMERICA!!!!
As you read this, I’m wrapping up my time in Florida, driving back to Georgia tomorrow, where I will do some laundry, repack, and go to bed early so I can get on a plane tomorrow and go to one of the most patriotic places on earth – Texas!
I’m sure I’ll wear a lot of red, white, and blue this weekend, and you’ll read about it eventually. In the meantime, though, here’s one of my favorite festive blouses, featuring horseshoes – a tribute not only to our country’s colors, but also to my beloved football team.
Of course, were I wearing this particular outfit in Texas, to any 4th of July festivity, or just to a honky tonk, I’d swap out my sandals for some cowboy boots. But, I thought my boss might make fun of me if I showed up in those to work.
I hope you all have an amazing weekend, filled with beautiful fireworks, sun and sand, grilled meat and cold beverages, and all the red, white, and blue you can handle. Happy birthday, America! Here’s to many more years as the greatest nation on earth. You will always have our hearts.
Finally home…I love traveling, I really do. And this past week, I was in my favorite place in the world: Nashville, Tennessee. But, it’s always good to get home and back into a routine. I’m a creature of habit and glad to be back in the saddle.
A couple of weeks ago, I wore this look, and ended up really loving it, although it evolved almost by accident from a simple black dress. I was speaking for work again, so like the look I showed you last Tuesday, I started with something basic so I could add some Rahab’s Rope accessories. All of the jewelry I’m wearing, plus the headband, are from my work (which, if you don’t know, is a nonprofit that works with women and children in India who are at risk or have been victims of human trafficking; you can order some pretty things here.)
I really love this for two reasons:
1) My red lipstick actually looks good. Almost every time I wear red lipstick, I think I look like a clown or a 5 year old who got into her mom’s makeup bag. But this time, it miraculously worked.
2) My hair. I could not get this headband to work for me and not make me look like a complete flower child. But, necessity (and pinterest) are the mother of invention, so in part inspired by some old pins I’d seen, in part just plain experimentation, I ended up with this awesome braided look. If you can tell from these pictures (don’t mind the note on my mirror; it’s just a love note one of my besties left me recently, and I like it, so it stays), I wrapped the front of my hair around the headband twice on each side (like I do when I’m curling it), and then I French braided it from there, and voila. It’s probably my new bad hair day go-to.
Have you ever invented a new hair style? Share your secrets in the comments; I’m always looking for new tips!
I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but it suddenly got cold here in Georgia! I mean, not actually cold. But, I was sweating in my shorts and tank top (at the Big and Rich concert!!!) Saturday evening, and by the time I walked out of church on Sunday, I needed to change into jeans and a sweater. So something changed, and I’ve got the incessant itchy nose and sneezes to prove it.
In light of that, I’m going to try to clear out any remaining summer outfits before I get too ridiculously out of season.
These shoes are about as summery as they get – jelly plastic, embellished flip-flop, neon yellow. They’re really kinda difficult to walk in; my foot slides out. But, they’re so pretty, aren’t they?
I suppose this outfit is pretty self-explanatory – a very casual, Saturday look, made a little more exciting by lime shorts and sequins. Sequins make everything more exciting.
How’s the weather where you are? Are you ready for fall, or still hanging on to your summer wardrobe, hoping for an Indian summer? (Also, is that a politically incorrect term?)
While I’ve enjoyed this shoe-a-day project, it has caused me to turn a bit more critical eye on my shoes. Several times, I’ve blogged a pair only to decide that was the last time I’d wear them. Nothing like a good camera with decent lighting to show you just how poorly you treat your footwear.
I was particularly sad to get rid of this pair. Ankle straps are one of my favorite shoe features – second only to bows, probably. From the picture above, you probably can’t really tell why they had to go. But, from this angle…
you can see that they did. RIP cheap but cute espadrilles.
As much as I don’t want to admit it, school is back in session, football is about to kick-off, and it’s about time to start pulling out the transition clothes. A good shirt-dress is a great way to move from summer to fall – a plaid or other less-summery pattern conjures up images of corn mazes and bonfires. But, a light-weight fabric and the shorter length keeps you cool when you live in Georgia where it will still be 108 degrees until October 15.
And, when the leaves really do start to turn, switch out your wedges for some booties, and you’re all set for autumn!
I’m so far behind in blogging, y’all – I’m sorry! I’ll give my excuses tomorrow. For now, let’s wrap up the patriotism, since I’m sure you are getting tired of the same color palette.
While I was in Knoxville, I went to the “world famous” Cotton Eyed Joe to go line-dancing. My first thought while there was, “OMG, I bet Peyton Manning has danced here!” My second thought was, “Why am I getting so old – everyone here is like 12 years old.” But, ultimately, my outfit did help me feel a little better. Because, red boots.
The next day, we ran errands and took things slow, so this was my simple, casual outfit, appropriate for the day’s events. Horseshoes and red, white, and blue. All together now: Merica.
And thus concludes my marathon of 4th of July looks. Hope you had a great one! Until next year…God Bless the USA!
- Boots: gift from my mom – probably originally from a flea market
- Chambray Shirt: Old Navy
- Shorts: Charlotte Russe (but, I don’t recommend them – I got what I paid for)
- Wrap bracelet: Francesca’s Boutique
- Blouse: Old Navy
- My bad – I don’t remember any of the rest