I’m going to stand by those statements. 🙂
Now I seriously cannot imagine wearing a black shirt, black boots, and carrying a black bag all at the same time. Which is of course exactly what I would have done prior to 2013.
Now, I much prefer to mix things up and make it more interesting by wearing brown boots and carrying a brown bag! (A really pretty cognac is my favorite brown.)
For fall and winter, I also love to throw gray in the mix!
So….when I saw this next pic on the Nordstrom site (with my new favorite Madewell tee), I knew I would be recreating it.
It combines BLACK, COGNAC, AND WHITE!
The white really freshens up the combo for spring and summer, and I gotta say, I LOVED IT.
I think you will too!
Here was my inspiration picture (tee HERE):
Okay girls, before I show you how I did it, you need to brace yourselves.
I’m trying out something new today.
Last week the hubby was off on Wednesday, and we headed to Spoon’s (one of our favorite spots on the square) for lunch. I got dressed, took my outfit pics at home like I always do, and we headed out.
After we got there, I had an idea.
What if I had him take pics of me like a REAL GROWN UP BLOGGER would do?!?
Could we do that?
I mean, should we do that?
I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, and I figured it might be about time.
So I put on my big girl pants.
And we did it.
I’m going to be honest, I was a NERVOUS WRECK, but we actually had a
lot of fun (and a lot of laughs)!
So, please be kind…
I present to you,
my first GROWN UP REAL LIVE BLOGGER pictures. 🙂
Now listen, we still took them with a cell phone, so I’m not sure I can claim “grown up real live blogger”, but I’m going to anyway.
You know, just casually walking in an alley. With a smile. Not a care in the world.
Except maybe the fact that my bangs have clearly seen better days. 😉
Want the look for yourself?
Here are the sources:
MUST HAVE denim jacket HERE at Nordstrom (almost sold out), also found HERE and fully stocked at Bloomingdale’s (25% OFF today with the code FRIENDS)
Madewell v-neck tee HERE (only $19.50!) / earrings sold out 🙁
pendant necklace HERE / MK leather wrap watch HERE / bracelet HERE
my LOFT sunglasses HERE / skinny brown belt HERE / Target jeans HERE/
wedges HERE (not many sizes left) / criss cross version of wedge HERE
Barrington bag HERE
PTMTSAVE10 for 10% Off your Barrington order!
small in the jacket / small in the tee / medium in the belt / I sized up to a 6 in the jeans.
If you want to get the look for yourself,
just click on the pics you are interested in!
(Remember, the jacket is 25% OFF with the code FRIENDS.)
Make sure you use the arrows to scroll.
(The sunglasses are 40% OFF…no code needed!)
One of my favorite readers (Hi Ashley!) e-mailed me this morning to let me know that THESE are her favorite white jeans. They are from Nordstrom (I know most of you prefer ordering from Nordstrom because of their free shipping/returns and customer service), so I thought y’all might want to know about them!
And fyi, even though the above watch isn’t for sale, LOTS of MK watches are 25% OFF HERE (a reader shared she heard the price matching is ending on Tuesday).
And then just for fun, I thought I would share my favorite out take when I was looking down and adjusting my necklace when it got hung over one of the buttons on my jacket.
IS THAT MY CHIN?
IS THAT WHAT MY CHIN LOOKS LIKE EVERY TIME I LOOK DOWN?
SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!!!!!!!
Chris and I laughed and laughed at this picture. Clearly this is not a good angle for me. 😉
And in case you missed it before, you can find my Barrington Florentine leather tote HERE.
And you can use the code PTMTSAVE10 for 10% Off your Barrington order!
I carry it every. single. day.
And for a close up of my jewelry (before we left home), because we didn’t think about doing close up pics like this. We’ll know better next time!
My black leather bracelet is from Keep Collective and I love it! (Thanks again Amber!)
You can click HERE to get to Amber’s website.
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow her on instagram HERE.
watch HERE / cushion cut bracelet HERE
And before we leave today, I want to show you a Splurge Vs. Steal I first talked about a couple of weeks ago.
You girls know I love my Gorjana necklace on the left, but many of you didn’t want to spend $85 on it even though you loved it too!
This is the graphic I showed you as soon as I found the alternative online,
but I told y’all I had ordered the “steal” myself so I could compare.
Well, the “steal” version arrived! And it’s awesome!
They aren’t EXACTLY alike, but they are pretty dang close!
And since the steal version is $53 cheaper, I’m thinking many of you might even prefer it.
There are differences, but I definitely like the “steal” version too.
The original Gorjana is much more dainty. It doesn’t have as many discs, and the discs are smaller.
If you are really going for a dainty necklace, I think you should stick with the original.
But if you are just wanting the look, I think you will love the steal version too!
splurge necklace c/o Gorjana HERE (on left) /
Nordstrom Disc Collar Necklace HERE (on right)
And I’m wearing my favorite Gorjana hoops in both pics. You an find the earrings HERE. And they are still 25% OFF as of Monday morning!
And you can find my orange Madewell tee HERE.
(Oh no! I just noticed that the gold steal necklace is already sold out! The silver is still available.)
Last thing before we go today.
I really want your constructive opinions about the pictures today!
What would y’all think about me doing pictures like the ones above for some posts in the future?
Of course, many posts (let’s be honest…..most posts) will still be me in front of a mirror with my cell phone. It’s just easy to do those pics, and sometimes having Chris with me to take pictures just isn’t in the cards.
When I am able to take pics like the ones above, I think I want to try.
What are your thoughts?
I know that change is sometimes hard :), but maybe y’all are actually ready for a change?
So…..sound off in the comments!!!!!
And listen to this!
If you leave a comment, you will be entered into a contest for the Nordstrom disc necklace!
I will announce the winner on Friday and pop the gold disc necklace in the mail to you!
See y’all back here on Wednesday!
LOTS of SALES GOING ON AT LOFT RIGHT NOW…
If you are looking for some new shorts, you HAVE to check out LOFT.
I have that first pair (the black and white), and I’m sure I’ll add another patterned pair soon.
I love their shorts and have several in my closet from the last 2 years.
Click HERE for all of their shorts (available in 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″ lengths)!
And most importantly, when talking about shorts, I’ve got some GREAT NEWS!
After looking for the last several years, I’ve finally found the perfect pair of denim shorts!
LOOK NO FURTHER.
I’VE DONE THE WORK FOR YOU.
THESE BABIES ARE PERFECTION.
They are stretchy (woohoo!), comfy, a light denim, a little bit destructed…..and most importantly…..THE PERFECT LENGTH. On the left and the top right you can see how they look after being cuffed twice. On the bottom right they are cuffed once, which is how you buy them. Hooray for denim shorts that don’t show your booty!
denim shorts HERE
For size reference, I’m wearing a 26 and they still have some room (because they are so stretchy). Consider sizing down in these shorts.
j crew factory tees in other colors HERE /
Free People lace espadrilles HERE (they run small, make sure you order a size up!)/
$8 coral studs HERE
UPDATE at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning.
I just got this e-mail from a reader and it CRACKED ME UP!
I finally took your persistent advice and went to Nordy’s to try on the Natori bra you rave about. Listen, like many I detest bra shopping. Blech. I’ve been known to grab something off the clearance rack and take it home, hoping it will be “good enough”.
Honest to goodness, you’ve gone from a polite whisper in my head to giving me a virtual “FOR THE LOVE!” lecture every time I put my old saggy bra on.
Once again, you are RIGHT! I don’t know if I’ve ever said this sentence in my life, but I love this bra. So, so comfy, and the girls are happily supported and at attention again!
I wanted to wear this for a day before I committed to more than one…the sales gal said they are price-matching thru Tuesday. I’m going to order the sassy purple color right now.
Please keep bossing us around – I love it!
Thanks once again!
Leanne!!!!!!! It really is THAT GOOD! RIGHT?
“FOR THE LOVE!” made me lol!!!!!
Everybody, listen to Leanne!
Yes, these bras are expensive…BUT YOU WEAR THEM EVERYDAY! TREAT YOUR GIRLS! 🙂
Click HERE for my favorite…and click HERE for all Natori on sale!
Oh, one more thing!
We will not be doing a Pin-Spired this month. You guys have been so great linking up with us over the last 2 years, but we think it’s time for a change!
Sorry for the late notice, but we just had a brainstorm over the weekend!!!
After about 2 years of this link-up, we’ve decided to mix it up a little….
Stay tuned for details on our new link up which will be happening at the end of April!
We think y’all are going to love it! 🙂