I generally try to steer clear of denim-on-denim looks.
Maybe it’s residual trauma from childhood “food co-op” play-dates with all of my home-schooled friends whose moms (as well as mine) apparently thought that jeans jumpers with matching denim button-ups underneath were the de rigueur wardrobe choice for serious-minded stay-at-home educators.
Believe-you-me, by the time I got done with school, I was jeans button-upped + jeans jumpered out. (Of course, I think I might have felt this way in the womb, despite what an unfortunate family photo from 1991 might seem to imply to contrary).
Or maybe it’s because I once saw a picture of Matt Damon dressed in baggy faded blue jeans and an identically faded jeans jacket with a snarky caption about “Canadian Tuxedos” underneath (no offense, lovely Canadian readers! I didn’t coin the term!) and picked up on the fact that, maybe, just possibly, this combo wasn’t considered the most fashion-savvy choice.
Either way, I recovered from both traumas well enough to ignore all better judgment and wear two denim items…together.
Oh, the horror!
Actually, I kind of like it.
I think it’s mostly because the chambray shirt is several shades lighter with just enough distressing to offset the darker jeans, which are much more uniform in color, thus creating a welcome contrast, despite their shared denimness.
Or maybe it’s the scarf, which was a gift, I’m pretty sure (suddenly can’t remember where it came from!) and which I wasn’t wild about at first (sorry, if it was your gift…just keep reading) but have since fallen in love with!
Isn’t it funny how you can feel ambivalent (or even hostile) toward an article of clothing until you see something similar worn a certain way, and suddenly, it clicks, and you think, “I can’t believe I ever thought Canadian Tuxedos and big grandma scarves might be a bad fashion choice! What a goofy-poof I am!”
Not that that’s what happened here. Oh no. This outfit was ENTIRELY my own creation.
And just because I couldn’t get enough of my $1 Miley Cyrus Walmart steal of a denim shirt, I wore it again, only this time over a real yeeeeehaw of an outfit that is almost identical to the one I wore three years ago to my brother’s surprise 30th birthday party, which happened to be a square dance…
…which I happened to be the one calling, even though I’d never done it before…gulp! (Apparently, I did all right since a woman from one of the campuses of the church I attend called me up a few months ago offering to pay me to call a square dance for their 10th Anniversary Celebration and assured me that my reputation had preceded me! : )
Kind of made me sad to have to tell her, “Umm…I’ve only done that once for a party I planned. You probably want someone with more experience”).
Still, even with the credentials that calling one square dance surely must afford, I am sooooo not a cowgirl—despite the fact that we live in the country…in very close proximity to cows and many other elements of cowgirl-dom that would make it seem like I should be.
But regardless of my complete lack of cowgirlness, sometimes it’s just fun to put your hair in a braid and wear some boots and a big ol’ thrifted belt with a ginormous turquoise buckle.
Of course, it’s especially fun when your dress is flowy and comfy as a nightgown. See that big smile on my face?
That’s a comfy-dress smile.
And for a complete change of gears, let’s get rid of the $1 denim shirt and throw on our brand new jacket crush, shall we?
I ordered this Tulle black and white Swiss dot jacket right before Christmas when they were still running their extra 50% off all sale jackets + free shipping deal.
$37.50 shipped, people! Woot!
The funniest thing? I stumbled across a blog on The Pleated Poppy, who I link up with every week (including today!), and the girl was wearing this jacket and had a link to it in her post, and I absolutely loved it on her, so I clicked through, and. after seeing the incredible price, bought one for me too!
Too bad she didn’t get a commission, right? (Or did she? I didn’t check.)
And because, even though I’m not usually a fan of animal prints,I can still handle them in very small doses…here are what my nails look like at the moment:
The base coat is: China Glaze’s Tinsel Town, and the pattern is: Revlon’s Black Lingerie
To get your very own leopard print nails at home:
1) Paint nails with base coat,
2) Pour out a little puddle of the “dot color,”
3) Dip one end of a toothpick in your puddle, then dab on little dots at random until you’re satisfied with the results,
I know, I know. With a process that complicated and precise, I really should have done a step-by-step picture tutorial. : )
And just in case you’re wondering what kind of woman with three kids under 6 could possibly have enough time to waste on something so frivolous…
I did it while we had friends over for dinner, and the kids were all
running wild playing happily, the husbands were intensely discussing something super-technical like the gorks (geek/dorks…LOVE you, baby! : )) they both are, and Mandy and I were talking about preparation for Blissdom (squeal!).
Not a bad way to spend an evening, if I do say so myself (turtle cheesecake was also involved, so…not bad at all).
What about you guys? Do you try to be “productive” when you’re with your girls, or do you just chill?
P.S. Today, I’m sharing my master closet makeover with Becky of Organizing Made Fun! Be sure to stop by for lots of inspiration and great organizational tips. Don’t forget to say, “Hi!” to Becky while you’re there. She is suuuuper-sweet and such an encourager!