May 2013 TOTM Challenge: YELLOW

Today is the Trend of the Month Challenge Link-Up and May’s Trend link-up is Yellow! Hop on over the Marion’s blog to link-up!

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I talked a few times about being afraid to wear yellow most of my life but since changing my hair color to red, I’ve attempted to embrace the color. A few years ago while at Target (where else?) I saw their $7 Tees and I decided to get one in yellow, hopping it would work with my red hair. I’ve worn this tee loads of different ways on the weekends throughout the summer and spring, but I’ve never really dressed it up for the office.

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White Blazer & Tee – Target, Navy Cropped Pants & Bag – Thrifted, Jade Statement Necklace – Grandmother, Bracelets – Julep, Sandals – Payless

This white blazer is the perfect way to dress up a tee in any color really, it instantly takes a casual outfit to classic! It’s has gotten loads of wear this season too. A white or colored blazer is the perfect staple in a spring/summer business wardrobe and yet can be worn casually as well.

Originally when I thought about how I could dress up my yellow tee for work, I wanted to pair it with a navy blazer and white pants, but it just didn’t work with the navy blazer I have so I reversed the colors with white on top and navy on the bottom. To help tie everything together I added my white purse and sandals, oh and a red lip!

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I have found that the simplest outfits have the most impact. I love that about this look! I got lots of compliments from Caveman and a few women at work too!

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Although you can’t really see it unless you’re in direct sunlight, my necklace is made of Jade. I’ve been looking for a way to wear it for a while now, but just never could seem to get it right. Wearing it brings me closer to my late grandmother and reminds me that she was a hard working mother too!

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Late Grandmother’s Necklace

Linking up with these lovely ladies: Trend of the Month Link-up  / WIWW @ Transaltantic BlondeKeeping It Casual / Whatever Whenever Wednesday / WIWW @ Pleated Poppy / Random Wednesday / Get Your Pretty On / Weekly Wednesday Blog Hop / Wardrobe Wednesday / Dress For the Day / My Whims Wednesday / Doing You Well / Diaries of a Bargainista Wildcard Wednesday / Whatever Works Wednesday / What We Wore, Read & Made Wednesdays / Look What I Got! / #ThrifterThrusday / Trending Pretty Wednesday / All Things Pretty Thursday!

Tuesday Style: Yellow Florals

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The Yellow Theme continues today with this pastel number.

Pink, Yellow, Floral, Belt, Ballet Flats

Sweater – old, Easy DIY Skirt – ME, Belt – Forever 21, Ballet Flats & Wooden Bracelet – Target

I started the morning off with a denim embellished jacket because it is still super cool cold here. It is supposed to warm up later this week but the past couple of mornings have been cold. OK, please forgive my complaining about the weather! Here’s a comparison, with the denim jacket and without just for fun!

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This easy DIY skirt is a more buttery pastel yellow although in these photos it is getting washed out! I’ve worn it a few different ways over the past year since making it.

Follow the links if you’d like a review:

1. Easy DIY Skirt, 2. Spring Florals Denim, 3. Monday Mingle – Floral Blush (a more sophisticated version of today’s look), 4. WWW – Minty Florals, 5. May 2012 Trend of the Month – Yellow! Do you have a favorite? Any critiques? I like today’s look or the more sophisticated version #3.

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Hope you guys are enjoying my take on the Yellow Trend this month. Check out these linky parties for some more get outfit inspiration!

Yo Lo Mondays! / Monday-Mingle / Visible Monday / Real Girl Glam Link UpDC in Style / My Style Monday / Color Blind- Thrifters Anonymous / Lowercase Letters- Miscellany Mondays / Covered in Grace- Monday Meet Up / Claire Justine oxox- Creative Mondays /Southern Sunflowers and Coffee Beans- Monday Mingle / Style Statement Tuesday / WIWW @ Transaltantic BlondeKeeping It Casual / Whatever Whenever Wednesday / WIWW @ Pleated Poppy / Random Wednesday / Get Your Pretty On / Weekly Wednesday Blog Hop / Wardrobe Wednesday / Dress For the Day / My Whims Wednesday / Doing You Well / Diaries of a Bargainista Wildcard Wednesday / Whatever Works Wednesday / What We Wore, Read & Made Wednesdays / Trending Pretty Wednesday

PS: Go read this post, it might just shock you. My hope for myself and our family is that even though we live in this ungodly world we can be “self-controlled and upright, living godly lives in the present age”! Titus 2: 11-14

God has truly blessed our family and in recent months, has been refining each of us to be more like Him. It has been a hard journey, that is by no means over, but it has also been so very good to go through the fire. We always come out better on the other side! To God be the glory!

Fashion Friday: LBD – Office Edition

I’ve been seeing loads of LBD’s (little black dresses for those not in the know) popping up all over blogland lately and I thought I’d thrown in my take on the LBD: Office Edition.

LBD, Business Casual, Office Wear, Statement Necklace, Sandals

LBD – JCP, Statement Necklace – Julep, Sandals – Payless

I’m sure you’ve all heard it before but I’m going to remind you again. If you invest in a great staple, like this linen-blend sheath, it will last you many, many years; throughout many different fashion trends. I picked up this LBD from JCP approximately 10 years ago when I became a real professional office worker! ;)

This little guy had gotten me through many meetings, after work drinks/casual dinners, Sunday’s at church and it would even work great for an afternoon out with the family.

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For this look, simplicity is key! Simple redlip, statement necklace, earrings and sandals. What do you think? For me it’s perfect for the office.

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It’s that time again!!! Each month I eagerly anticipate Marion’s announcement for the Trend of the Month challenge! Wednesday she announced the Trend of the Month for May would be Yellow! Be sure to link up your “Yellow” inspired outfits next Wednesday.

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The challenges usually push me out of my comfort zone and this month’s challenge has been no exception. You have to understand, I love the color yellow as much as the next gal but have always been afraid to wear it and therefore I do not really own anything in yellow. There are no cute yellow skirts, blouses, scarves, purses, heels, flats, necklaces or earrings in my closet and this fact has got me worried about how to play along next week. What I do own in the color yellow is one bangle, one set of hoop earrings, a DIY necklace, a yellow button up shirt and one yellow tee! Come back next week to see how I utilize what I’ve got to create a couple of different outfits!

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / Vodka Infused Lemonade Thursday Link-up! / Fridays Five / Style Me Friday

Casual Friday: Denim & Floral Capri’s

I can’t believe it’s time for another weekend already!! This year is flying by and for us, it only looks to become more hectic.

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Denim top – JCP (old), Floral Capri’s – Chadwicks (old), Sandals – Payless (old), Calvin Klein Belt – Thrifted, Aviator Sunnies – Ray Ban

With the warmer weather I couldn’t resist pairing this great denim top with my Capri’s for a casual look. Also I’m playing along with the @C2C_Central girls for the #Tucked-In #CoasttoCoastChallenge yesterday. I attempted the front tuck, but I never seem to master the look. I’m positive I’ll keep trying, LOL.
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I went with a #redlip today, although it looks pink in most of these photos, and the no-heat curls I blogged about recently.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m hoping for a relaxing weekend myself. Until next time!!

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / Vodka Infused Lemonade Thursday Link-up! / Fridays Five / Favorite Fashion Fridays

Warm Winter Style: Winter Whites

Happy Wednesday Ya’ll!! Boy is it cold out here!

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Coat – JCP, Chunky Scarf – Julep (Christmas gift), Sweater & Corduroys – Thrifted, bag – TJ Maxx, Boots – Easy Spirit

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’m getting rained on, the wind is blowing and it is cold, cold, cold! But I’m actually really warm here. I’m doing my best this winter to stay warm and hopefully dry. Layers, as always, is where it’s at and today is no exception!

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My inspiration came from Tueday’s #CoasttoCoastChallenge Winter Whites!

I really like pairing this thrifted sweater with a plain white long sleeved knit top, it really helps the sweater stand out and keeps me warm too. I layered on this chunky scarf that’s super cozy along with my wool coat and cozy thick corduroy pants to finish out the look. I bought this coat, on sale, roughly 8 years ago thinking it would be a good winter staple. It certainly has been, I’ve worn it almost every winter since.

One of the suggestions was to add black accessories and shoes. With today’s wintery weather I was really glad to have the sturdy black boots keeping me warm and dry. I added the black belt over my sweater to help tie in the black bag and shoes. What do you think, did I pull it off!

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I’m linking up with these lovely ladies today! Hop on over and check out the other great styles!!

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