Thursday, January 28, 2016

My Closet: Palazzo Pants

I guess it's the snow and freezing rain that has me dreaming of warmer weather and my favorite...palazzo pants. Who doesn't love pants that feel like pajamas and are perfectly acceptable to wear in public?!

These sheer black and cream chevron were my first pair and they were the perfect neutral for work/school. 

My favorite color combo with this pair seems to be peach!! 

My next pair were these #fab multi-color pair that were perfectly lightweight for summer!

I paired these with #allthecolors!! This multi-stranded blue necklace, fuchsia tunic, and bright orange tote with lime green monogram pull the entire print together. 

Clearly...I love color!! These were the perfect birthday celebratin' pants scored at Marshall's a couple of years ago.

I knew I had the perfect statement necklace to pull this outfit together!

While home last spring, I found these red, pink, and zebra print palazzo pants at Cato Fashions. These are one of the few items I actually forked out full price for (which is still a deal!).

Paired with a bright pink necklace or earrings...they can be dressed up or down.

The next couple of pairs, my Mom scored on clearance last summer and had them waiting on me during our next trip home. 

These turned out to be one of my favorite pairs!!

I love this multi color blue, yellow, orange, and green pair. 

Unfortunately, they are way too big!! I typically wear a size 8/Medium and because they were only a few bucks on clearance my Mom grabbed these in a Large anyways. I hate to get rid of them because they are so darn cute but they aren't quite as flattering. 

That is the key with palazzo pants...they need to fit correctly or they can give the illusion you are bigger than you actually are!

This super cute peach printed pair were scored at Marshall's as well.

The green tunic tied in perfectly with the green print on the hem.

My Mom...she clearly misses me and still spoils me from hundreds of miles away. She found this gorgeous pair of Ralph Lauren palazzo pants on clearance at Dillard's. This print might be my favorite of all that I own!

Again, you can't go wrong with peach in the summer time. And this statement necklace...ya'll...I die!!! I hope statement necklaces never go out of style, but even if they do...I'll still be wearing them!!

I scored this perfect pair in a darker palette for fall for less than $10 along with the matching asymmetrical tunic for less than $6!

I'm currently trying to figure out ways to style my palazzo pants in this chillier weather but with inches of snow and ice on the streets...I think I better give it another couple of months. I scored another super cute pair for $4...yes, you read that right...$4!!! on clearance at Cato Fashions at Christmas time. They are a super cute yellow, purple, and red whimsical print. I hope to style them soon so I can share a pic here on the blog!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What I Wore Wednesday

It's What I Wore Wednesday so I'm sharing my outfits from the past couple of weeks! 

Purple Gold Monogram Vest

Vest (unmonogrammed): {Belk} Turtleneck: {JCP, old} Denim: {NY&CO, old} Boots: {Payless, old}

Aztec Sweater Vest

Vest: {Cato Fashions} Denim: {Versona, old} Chambray Button-Up: {JCP, old} Fringe Booties: {Cato Fashions} Necklace: {Burke's Outlet, old} Bracelet: {Bijoux Boutique}

First Day of Teaching for the 2016 Spring Semester

Skirt: {Cato Fashions} Tank: {Banana Republic, old} Blazer: {Marshall's, old} Booties: {Kohl's, old}

Gray Polka Dots

Button-Up: {Forever 21, old} Duster Cardigan: {Cato Fashions} Denim: {NY&CO} Booties: {DSW, old} Necklace: {Bijoux Boutique, old}

Winter Fur

Fur Vest: {NY&CO, old} Blouse: {Marshall's, old} Leggings: {H&M, old} Gray Boots: {Payless, old} Necklace: {Cato Fashions, old} Watch: {Anne Klein, Macy's}

Gray & Pink

Lace Top: {Loft, old} Gray Waterfall Vest: {Marshall's, old} Denim: {NY&CO, old} Necklace: {Bijoux Boutique, old} Flats: {H&M, old} Bracelet: {Bijoux Boutique, old}

Skype Interview Ready

Skirt: {Banana Republic, old} Tweed Jacket: {Loft, old} Necklace: {Cato Fashions, old} Booties: {Kohl's, old}

Late Night Workouts

KY Home Tee: {gifted} UK Shorts: {old} Tennis Shoes: {Nike Flyknits 5.0 Free}
*These tennis shoes are the!! Love them!

Saturday Errands

UK Pullover: {gifted} UA Pants: {old}

Aztec Cape

Cape: {Target, $8!!} Denim: {NY&CO, old} Tank: {Old Navy, old} Booties: {DSW, old} Necklace: {gifted}

Sunday Style

Shearling Vest: {Altar'd State, gifted} Burgundy Tunic: {Versona Accessories, old} Olive Leggings: {H&M, old} Monogrammed Boots: {Bijoux Boutique, old} Plaid Blanket Scarf: {gifted} Burgundy Fringe Handbag: {Cato Fashions} Druzy Bracelets: {Bijoux Boutique, old}

Holiday Relaxers

Pink Athletic Pullover: {Walmart - monogram by my Mama} Joggers: {Target, gifted}

I was far too busy and preoccupied with my first big on campus academic interview to snap outfit pics the rest of the week! I'm traveling again this week but will do my best! I want to show off my fab new Calvin Klein duds!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What "My Style" Means to Me

 Today, I'm talking all about style. Specifically, what my style means to me.

beauty = uniqueness If you look like the clothing commercials, mannequins....every other person in a crowd...that's not beauty. It's a copy cat & boring as hell.:

Unfortunately, I feel frustrated about sharing all the details of my outfits here on the blog, or even on Instagram, and I want to take a brief pause to explain why. First, I never want to come across as materialistic or narcissistic. For me, clothes and accessories are my passion...hello I have multiple degrees in fashion and textiles. I understand these items are today and gone tomorrow. My self worth and identity are not defined by the latest brand or style or trend.

However, I do take pride in my ability to put together a cohesive look that uniquely expresses who I am and what I am feeling at the moment. I understand that many may be inspired by my style...and nothing is more flattering! I know that I personally am inspired by so many ladies who share their closets daily on Instagram and in the blog world. But, I don't do it for likes or compliments. I just love fashion and documenting my "creations." For me, fashion is a form of creative art.

Diana Vreeland Quote about style and to be originally. Great words:

Now that I've explained what my style means to me, maybe it will be easier for others to understand why I'm hesitant to continue sharing all the details of my pieces. Under past, and current circumstances, there have been times when others have decided that it is far easier to simply copy my style instead of being "inspired" by it. Instead of using my style as a means of gathering ideas and formulating them into original ones, they simply copy + paste directly into their own closets or worlds without a single acknowledgement that it is not their own idea. For me, it is so personal, I liken it to stealing someone's intellectual property...I know that might be taking it to the extreme...but I imagine it is just as frustrating.

When I put together an outfit with the perfect accessories: necklace, bag, earrings, shoes...just to see someone else directly copy that necklace, or hair style, or hair color, or shoes, etc. it is no longer flattering. In fact, it is the exact opposite. It does not make me want to share more but close off & shut them out. It is perfectly fine to be "inspired" by others, but sad to see others so unsure of their own identity and style that they must simply copy cat others in every area of their lives.

I want to leave this on a positive note, as expressing my thoughts regarding this topic has been helpful for me. I've gone too long feeling that I had to cover up the constant elephant in the room, or closet ;) to say. Whether this message reaches those that need to hear it, or falls on deaf ears, at least I know I have been able to share how frustrating it can be for the person who strives to creatively express themselves in a way that is unique from others.

You can mimic a result, but not the creativity.

So, if you don't see me sharing as many outfits or details, hopefully you will understand why. Please don't hesitate to ask though!!! For me, it is the covering up or playing "dumb" part that is the most frustrating, not the actual copying. All I ask is that you at least acknowledge where you got your "inspiration" from.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Life Lately: January 2016

It's been a quick start to the New Year as I wrap up the last full semester of my Ph.D. and am in the thick of the job search process. I attempted to enjoy my last full week of Christmas Break the week of New Year's but unfortunately, I let papers and interview prep get the best of me.

We enjoyed my "last weekend of freedom" by hitting up Cabela's for ammo for our handguns & catching the movie Hateful Eight. P.S. New Year's Eve is a great time to go to the crowds, no lines, and any seat in the house to choose from!

The hubs always wants one of these icee's and never treats himself. He definitely treated himself...yikes! {and no...he did not get his free refill with the large...he didn't even finish half of this!}

I wasn't looking forward to Monday morning but I knew I had a ton on my list so I went in super early, a couple of hours before everyone else arrived. It was nice to see my article in print on my desk...definitely a great motivator to continue all my hard work!

By Friday, I was done-zo!! I am trying to block out 1-2 days per week for writing, especially before my human performance wear trial begins in March. Well, January has been crazy with multiple travel weeks but I did spend this particular Friday prepping my interview presentations, working on journal article edits, and got my early morning workout in. By 4:00pm, I decided retail therapy was a necessity! Scored this super cute wrap front top with aztec print on the back for $6!! at Cato Fashions.

The hubs' and I caught a weeknight NC State basketball game on a whim. They were playing Louisville and tickets were cheap...well after being almost an hour late thanks to rush hour traffic and NC State getting whooped...the highlight was the ice cream! Still had fun with this sweet man though!

Santa was good to me this year and brought me this #fab purple handgun so I can learn to protect myself in case another criminal gets the idea they are going to try and break into our apartment while I'm home alone!

The hubs and I finally got the opportunity to hit up the shooting range. We tried the first weekend of Christmas Break but apparently everybody in America bought a handgun for Christmas this year so there was a 7 hour wait! We went back last weekend on a Saturday night and got right in. But, you'll notice...I'm shooting the hubs' glock because that pretty purple misfired after a few shots and now the trigger won't engage...grrr! So off to Ruger it goes to be fixed...hopefully it's back in time for our Conceal Carry class in a few weeks!

Instead, I shot the hubs glock which is the most finicky of small handguns to aim...apparently...or so my hubs says. I did pretty good with it though I think (see pic below)!

Not gonna lie, guns are not my thing. Growing up on a farm they were used out of necessity not for fun or sport so it took me a little while to get acclimated in the range. The noise was overwhelming and frankly, scary (I've watched too much TV!). But once I fired the first shot I was okay. 

The hubs was a great sport, very patient with this dramatic wife, and a thorough teacher! We had a great night making new memories.

I'm currently recovering from a whirlwind week with my first on campus interview and am prepping for another national conference this upcoming week. From NC to FL and back again, and now off to Texas for the first time ever!! 
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