Wednesday, October 29

[what I'm doing] this week [besides blogging]

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irrelevant. but I did take this from my front porch the other day, and it's an accurate portrayal of the weather.

- coordinating (& participating, passing out, and throwing up in) a Blood Drive [Tuesday]
- working on our volunteer Haunted House [Thursday]
- moving out of my house [all week]
- driving to Memphis for Halloweekend [Friday]
- celebrating my "Emmaversary" (one year at my job!) [Thursday]
- being disappointed in myself re: a Halloween costume. too. much. happening. [all week] 
- generally feeling crazy [all week]

not conducive to blogging, but you know how that is.

plus Graphic Tee Week, although fun and insightful, was a lot more blogging than I normally do in one week! so I'm taking it easy. looking forward to being back next week when my life and therefore brain are a little more in order.

wishing you ALL a fabulous, safe Halloweekend, and marvelous end to your October, full of the good stuff (included, not limited to: Reeses' Pumpkins, colored wigs, pumpkin anything really, The Monster Mash, Double Bubble, and perfect Fall weather.) 

Friday, October 24

Graphic Tee Week #5: The Foreign Gift

And now for the finale of Graphic Tee Week! We've made it to Day #5. 
If you're checking out Graphic Tee Week for the first time, you can see Day #1-4 here: The Rand-Me-Down, The HS Fave, The Forev Fave, The Band Tee
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| sweater: from Shelby | tee: from Finland | dress: secondhand UO | socks: Madewell (gift from Katie) | booties: Target |

The last category of tees that I own that came to mind were: foreign gifts. Specifically, t-shirts from India that my Uncle has sent me. Though, to be fair, this one used to belong to Amir, and we bought it at the dock market in Helsinki. For theme week's sake though, let's imagine that this tee is a foreign gift. Someone sent it to you, it reminds you of where you came from (my Mom is from Finland, for the record), and it's a great conversation starter. But how do you wear it? 
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Tying any tee over a dress is THE easiest way to wear it, especially if the tee may be a little quirky, but you don't want to disgrace your ancestors. I've also found that many of my old graphic tees are too small to be comfortable anymore, but I still love the print. Well, you could literally repeat this outfit formula every time you had nothing to wear, and never run out.

One other outfit note: Katie sent me these socks in a birthday package, and they are PERFECT for peeking out of booties, or making my clogs Fall-ready. Love 'em.
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Link up your graphic tee outfits below, be sure to check out Andi's finale, and wish her a happy 30th birthday today!

THANK YOU to everyone who made Graphic Tee week a success, by linking up, commenting, and reading along! Remember, you can link up your graphic tee looks throughout this weekend, if you're feeling a bit behind the game.

I sincerely hope this theme week gave you some ideas on how to wear old/random tees you may have in your closet! I'll plan on doing a re-cap post next week, discussing what Graphic Tee Week taught me (eye roll. Those melodramatic blogger statements always make me laugh.)

Well, I feel totally blogged out this week. Wishing you all a very nice weekend. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 22

Graphic Tee Week #4: The Band Tee

Welcome to Graphic Tee Week, Day 4 and happy little Friday! 

Ah, band tees. I've loved them since I started seriously loving music, around 7th grade. I have a host of band tees I think I would have rather worn on this day (Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, Panic! At The Disco, The Academy Is...) but they're all at my parents house. So Owl City 2009 North American Tour will just have to do (any Saltwater Room fans out there??) I should also note that this outfit appears to be the less-cool version of this outfit. 
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| glasses: Amazon | tee: merch table! | trench: Gap Factory | skirt: F21 | boots: from Carina | 

After all those disclaimers, I'm amazed you're still reading! Because of the usual "tough" nature of band tees, (I say that, and this one is baby shower yellow), I love pairing them with a sweet skirt. This juxtaposed look works out pretty much every time. The boots and trench were two variables that came together after I walked outside and it was in the 40s. 
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Other outfit completer ideas for a band tee: a leather jacket to maximize the "angsty groupie" vibe, a sparkly statement necklace that says "just like Marissa Cooper, I dress like a prep but I like good music". If anyone gets the reference (to the show, OR the specific scene I'm referring to) you win my blog forever and ever. Graphic Tee week is growing weirder by the day, it seems.  
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*photos edited with VSCOCam and taken by my Kelley Lovebug*

You can view Graphic Tee Week #1-3 here: The Rand-Me-Down // The HS Fave // The Forev Fave.
Follow along with my co-host Andi here!

Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of Graphic Tee Week: The Foreign Gift. Thanks to everyone who has linked up & been reading along so far, and don't forget, you can link up your graphic tee outfits through this weekend!

Graphic Tee Week #3: The Forev Fave

For today's installment of Graphic Tee Week, I'm featuring my forever favorite (not to be confused with my high school favorite, from yesterday.) This is a tee I have been obsessed with since I inherited/stole it from my sister, Carina; and worn throughout high school, college, and real life. I've mentioned a few times on my blog how I'm everyone's token "donut friend" (I used to work at a Donut Shop and now everyone associates donuts with me...) and I also seem to be everyone's cupcake friend. Basically, I have a monster sweet tooth and I'm obsessed with cupcakes. 
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| blazer: F21 | tee: UO | jeans: 7 For All Mankind | booties: Old Navy | purse: H&M |

So this is a tee that lands in the safe zone every time I'm trying to down-size t-shirts. I think I'll keep it forever. So though I usually wear it with the same pair of sweatpants, it was fun to try and style it for real life. I've seen some fantastic pins of blazers over graphic tees, and though I'm not really a blazer girl myself, I would agree that it instantly makes a t-shirt work appropriate. Or church appropriate, in my case for this outfit. 
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To take your favorite graphic tee of all time out of the comfort of your own home & sweatpants, try out the blazer + graphic tee combo. If your forever favorite is covered in baked goods, the structure of a blazer and skinny jeans may add the commentary "I have a sweet tooth, but I'm still professional." 
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If you missed Graphic Tee Week #1 & #2, check them out here: The Rand-Me-Down // The HS Fave. Also, Andi is co-hosting this theme week, so check out her graphic tees here!

Link up your graphic tee below, and remember, Graphic Tee Week runs 'til this Friday. Yup, that means I'll be overthinking my t-shirts for three more days.

Because I know you're dying in anticipation, tune in tomorrow for: The Band Tee.

Tuesday, October 21

Graphic Tee Week #2: The HS fave

A HUGE thank you to everyone who linked up for Day #1 of Graphic Tee Week! And we're on to Day #2, where I'll be discussing and styling: my high school favorite. 
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| sweater: from Shelby | tee: Alyssa Zukas for UO | skirt: from Carina | boots: Frye |

The hardest part about wearing a graphic tee these days is that many of mine are old, from high school or college, while now I'm out of school and working full-time. Even though I still love 'em, I find myself asking, is this shirt still relevant in my life? How can I make myself look like I'm not in high school anymore (I ask myself that question pretty much every day)? 
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And this one is probably my favorite from high school. You can't see it all that well, but it has a vintage looking airplane on the side, which always reminds me of my brother (who flies for the Marines.) 

This shirt was part of a collection Alyssa Zukas did for Urban Outfitters. I fell in love with her designs and bought several shirts, but hadn't seen anything by her since. Then in a weird turn of events, yesterday Hannah wore an Alyssa Zukas tee on her blog, and I learned Alyssa has her own fantastic Etsy shop, where her designs live on! That is some graphic tee gold. Check it out!  
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SO to answer my self-imposed question: to wear a graphic tee that was your favorite when you were young, naive, and just got your driver's license; try pairing it with some of your favorites today. I like to think of this as my "uniform" that I don't wear all that often, graphic tee + printed skirt. Add my sweater that I wear everyday, and my Fryes that I've been wearing everyday, because I paid for them. Bonus that this outfit is very Fall which, by the way, did you notice that it's Fall? 

Don't forget to check out Andi's graphic tee posts, she's rocking some Cardinals gear today! 

Link yours up below, and remember; we'll be going strong through the end of the week.
Check back in tomorrow for: The Forev Fave.

Monday, October 20

Graphic Tee Week #1: The Rand-Me-Down

Hi & welcome to Graphic Tee Week! I am so excited to be hosting my very first theme week with the wonderful Andi of Just Another Smith. Theme Weeks are an awesome way to experiment with a certain item in your closet; especially one you love but often wear in a rut. 

For me, graphic tees are the "rut I love." I just can't stop buying them and wearing them, ever since about 7th grade! I decided to approach this theme week by looking at the different categories of graphic tees I own, and how I love to style them; in hopes that you might have them in your closet too.

So, to kick us off- here's my random hand-me-down graphic tee, and how I love to wear it. 
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| tee: from Shelby | belt: thrifted in Finland | tux pants: Old Navy | flats: Old Navy |

I have to thank my roommate, Shelby, for this gem. I think I always loved it when she owned it, so when I had the chance to make it mine, I didn't think twice! It's always nice when shirts give you color options, but this one demands red and black. 

The print makes me look more studious than I am (though, note: I do remember being in India when I was eight and finding a giant volume of Sherlock Holmes stories. I read The Speckled Band and it scared me straight. Haven't tried him since.) and the drapey fit is perfect for tucking in and belting. 
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This outfit feels totally me! No doubt you have a random graphic tee in your dresser that you inherited/stole from someone. I say, because it's probably a little quirky, pair it with some classics: cuffed pants and flats. 

Also note that while both this shirt and pants are black, one looks grey, I guess I love it that much (file under: things I notice/care about that no one else will)? 
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And in case you're wondering how my boyfriend feels about red lipstick, Hunter said, "I'll take pictures for you on one condition: you have to wipe that lipstick off as soon as we're done." Ok, mom. 
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Also important to note that I'm experimenting with a middle part again, and it is going SO much better than last time! 

Link up with your graphic tee looks below, and remember, you can join us all week all week! 
Tune in tomorrow for: The HS Fave.

Thursday, October 16

The Return of Beatrix

Why hello! It's been a dreary, though busy week that hasn't involved blogging, reading blogs, or anything involving blogging. I'm ok with that! I read once somewhere and I'll never forget, "It's ok for life to get in the way of blogging, but not for blogging to get in the way of life." Disclaimer over.

After watching several of my lady-co-workers parade around in their felt hats, I broke out my own, which hasn't seen the light of day since this outfit. I lovingly refer to it as my "Beatrix Potter hat", and always feel somewhat costume-y wearing it--but I guess that's what personal style is all about...right? My theory behind the hat is to keep the rest of the outfit as simple as possible; this keeps the hat the ridiculous center of attention. 
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| hat: UO | earrings: gift | top: Old Navy | jacket: Old Navy | jeans: F21 | booties: Target | 

I paired it with a messy bun that exploded, some red lipstick [Rubylicious by Maybelline, if you're interested] and some NEW earrings my kind friend Katie sent me in a bday package last week! In her thank you card, I wrote, "The earrings are just like my old favorite pair of earrings that I lost sometime during my Senior year of high school." True story. They are pretty but simple enough to wear with everything. Thanks Katie, & three cheers for accessories. 
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I realize you can't even see the shoes, they're these booties that I've thoroughly stained but will wear anyway because I love 'em. 
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Just some simple iPhone + VSCOCam edited photos by Kelley outside our office one day last week.

Things that have happened this week: drove back from FL, endured a crazy tornado-like storm here in Nashville, met Andrea for coffee, watched some more Breaking Bad, organized a semi-chaotic work lunch, played ping-pong after work, had dinner with Trace and his parents, got a new Ipsy, and tonight I'm babysitting some of my favorite babies!

ALSO- don't forget, I am co-hosting a theme week with Andi of Just Another Smith starting Monday! The theme is Graphic Tees, so pull out your weird/fun t-shirts and get them in an outfit; we would love to have you link-up for one day or as many days as you like.

So, I will be posting outfits every day next week, which will be a bit of a learning curve...surely I will run out of things to say. Would it be more worrisome to not run out?

See you then, if not before (wishful thinking.)