Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Spring 2015 Trend: Culottes

Well, I finally have seen it all. Now I know what my mom meant when she said everything comes back in style. I'll admit I am not a fan of these things called culottes. Hear me out: if you know me, you know that I had to wear skirts and culottes growing up- no pants. I don't think I ever wore a pair of pants until I was in my 20's. Please please please do not take this as a dig on those that only wear skirts and culottes. I follow some beautiful girls on Instagram and on blogs that only wear skirts and dresses. I love their style and I also wear a lot more skirts and dresses because I am very comfortable in them. I also personally feel more confident in them as well but I do wear pants more during the colder months. I just want you to listen to my side of the story. 

When you are a certain age, you start to notice others around you and see that you are different. While I will be the first one to tell you that we are all unique and that you should be yourself, I will also tell you that it's not cool to be so different...you get what I'm saying...My husband and I have had multiple discussions about standards and convictions and we are both comfortable with the way I dress. I think growing up in strict Baptist churches, there was so much focus placed on what you looked like and what you wore that people sometimes got caught up in other things. People see what's on the outside and God sees what's inside. So please don't think I am anti-modesty or anti-Baptist, read what I am for and that is women embracing their shapes and dressing appropriately- whether you believe in wearing only dresses or not, we should always be a testimony as Christians. 

Here's a picture of me in the 8th grade wearing my basketball uniform...its a special Throwback Thursday edition of Curvy Girl on the Run! I hope this explains some of my anxiety! 


I think I'm hung up on them also because I am used to seeing a certain style that I refer to as "frumpy-dumpy". It's a long straight denim skirt or a pair of really full beneath the knee culottes with an oversized shirt- usually a tee that is too large or a button-down. It usually looks like you have put zero effort into getting dressed- some times looking like your clothes came from off the floor. You know what else is funny? I somehow always feel that they look at me like I am doing something wrong by looking put together. You know what I said the paragraph above about being a testimony? I know I personally would look at someone who was put together than someone who was frumpy dumpy to attend church with or to want what they have. 

So, enough about all of that. Back to our trend: culottes. You might wonder why I am even wasting my time on this topic but when I saw this picture, I literally almost cried and then laughed and then cringed, etc. So many mixed emotions! Now this picture is showing a model wearing a faux leather pair of culottes- we weren't even allowed to wear anything like this because it resembled gauchos and those were not good enough. We had to wear ones right below the knee and they had to be pleated and look like a skirt. 


I actually wanted to see what I would look like so I ordered a pair from Eloquii. I took a survey on Instagram to see if people said yay or nay to this new trend just by showing the picture above.  Most people said no and thought I was crazy for even suggesting this. There were some forward thinkers who said they would possibly wear them or they would wear them if the trend took off. Thanks to you if you answered my survey! 

So I got these beauties in the mail and decided to take them for a spin. I took some pictures of them wearing heels like the model and my favorite pink jacket. I'll admit that I like the results; however, the thrifty part of me thinks that I won't really wear them enough since it's too cold now and when it warms up, I probably won't want to wear leather. I wear heels when I go out but if I'm walking around, I usually change to flats. The problem I have with that is that these culottes cut off your legs so much that it makes you look shorter and larger. I've learned enough about style to know that you want a long, lean line- especially if you're like me and carry more weight in your bottom half. I think I'm just not ready to wear something that I used to be forced to wear. Confession: these have already been sent back. I decided that I just could not do it. I wish I could, but I'm just not ready. For that matter, I don't know that I will ever be ready...

Here are a couple of pictures in my outfit featuring culottes: 





What do you all think? Yay or nay? Did you ever wear culottes? Want to wear culottes? Hate culottes? I'd love to hear your feedback about this new spring trend. I've seen a couple of magazine articles with culottes featured as well as even some segments on television shows about culottes! Seems like they are definitely coming back whether we like it or not! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae


January 2015 Week Three Recap

Hard to believe that Sunday will be February already! This month has brought colder temps, cloudy and sunny days and even snow. Mother Nature has a sense of humor at times and has been somewhat bipolar in her temperature offerings. I also participated in a fun style challenge called "Calling All Preps" and  was excited to mix and match some things up in my closet. 

Here goes the recap:

Saturday, Jan 17- no outfit post but I had to show off these pretties for Red Shoes Day! 


Shoes- Just Fab (recent)

Sunday, Jan 18- This outfit was recapped in last week's Sunday Style post. Check it out for all of the details! 



Monday, Jan 19- No work for me since it was a bank holiday but later in the day, we went out for dinner so I put on the basic blogger outfit and headed out to get some Mexican food! This was the first day of the style challenge which was Vests and Plaid. 


Scarf- Zara (old)
Vest- J Crew Factory (old)
Sweatshirt- Target (old)
Jeans- Lane Bryant (old)
Boots- DSW (old) 

Tuesday, Jan 20- Today's theme was pearls and monograms so I thought it was the perfect day to wear pink and sequins too! 



Clutch- Social Monograms (old)
Pearls- J Crew Factory (old)
Sweater- Target (last year)
Sequin tank- Old Navy (old)
Pants- JC Penney (old)
Boots- Kohl's (old)

Wednesday, Jan 21- Button downs and cardis were on the menu for this day. I chose leopard print with a polka dot shirt but brightened it up with a green necklace. This was a fun look for me! 


Cardigan- Target (last year)
Shirt- Joe Fresh via JC Penney (old)
Necklace- Stella and Dot (old)

Thursday, Jan 22- This day's challenge was all about bows and belts. I chose another outfit that I've had for a long time and added a gold bow belt and of course, bows on toes! 



Shirt- Loft (old)
Skirt- Groopdealz (old)
Belt- Target (old)
Shoes- Kohl's (old)

Friday, Jan 23- Last day of the Calling All Preps challenge was blazers and loafers. I put the loafers on for the picture but I'll admit that I changed to boots since it was too cold! 



Jacket- Banana Republic (last year)
Blouse- New York and Company (old)
Jeans- Avenue (old)
Loafers- Target (last year) 

It was a great week of dressing and this challenge helped me to really pull things out of the back of my closet! 

Hope you're having a great week! Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Style: Faux Fur and a Sweater Dress

Sometimes you see something and know that it will look as great on as it will be comfy. Why not throw on a dress and some tights and boots and be done? To me, this look was super easy to put together with stuff I already had and it took just as much effort (or maybe even less) to throw it on and get ready than some bum-around clothes. I threw the faux fur vest on top for a little more fun and visual interest. 

Here are a few pictures of this casual yet classy look today:






There you have it- super easy for Sunday! This is a different look for me but I'm not hating it and will probably try this again a different way! 

Dress- Loft (last year)
Vest- Banana Republic (old)
Boots- DSW (old)
Tights- Target (recent)
Pearls- JCrew (old)


Hope you're all having a great day! That's for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 2015 Week Two Recap

The weather has kind of been cooperating this year- not as cold or as much snow as last year. I've been enjoying the somewhat milder temps and it's also been great seeing the sun stay out for a little later in the day! Spring will be here before we know it! 

I thought I'd recap the second week of January which also included a quick weekend trip to Raleigh- no coat required! Nine whole outfits to recap this time! 


Thursday, Jan 8- I started with a Pinned It, Spinned It outfit and spinned the dress into a completely different outfit with gray, coral and burgundy. I love the way it turned out! 



Shirt, sweater, jeans and boots- Old Navy (last year)
Necklace- Viva La Jewels (online)
Fur vest- Target (last year) 
Mug- Starbucks (last year) 

Friday, Jan 9- Fair Isle Friday! Repeat outfit that is easy, comfy and warm! 


Sweater- J Crew Factory (last year)
Shirt- Joe Fresh via JC Penney (old)
Jeans- Lane Bryant (old)
Boots- emu (old)

Saturday, Jan 10- The day was finally here to travel to Raleigh! Here's my outfit selfie in the mirror...


Sweater- Old Navy (old)
Shirt- J Crew Factory (recent)
Jeans- Eloquii (last year)
Boots- DSW (old)
Purse- Target (last year)

And then we had a night out on the town! Here's a picture of all four of us waiting for our table for dinner. 


Jacket- Gap (old)
Sequin tank- Loft (old)
Jeans- Eloquii (last year)
Clutch- Forever 21 (old)

Sunday, Jan 11- I shared all of the details about the fabulous brunch and this fun dress earlier on the blog- check out last week's Sunday Style post for more details! 


Jacket- Kohl's (recent)
Dress- Gap (recent- on clearance now)
Boots- DSW (old)
Pearls- J Crew Factory (old)

Monday, Jan 12- I'm wearing this lovely paisley dress again but a different way this time- with a fur scarf and boots. I am also loving the snow background! 



Dress- Dainty Jewell's Apparel ( last year- online)
Faux fur scarf- Target (last year)
Bracelets- Lia Sophia Jewelry (old)
Boots- DSW (old)

Tuesday, Jan 13- I'm thinking spring in this outfit with bright colors! 



Sweater- H&M (recent- clearance)
Shirt- Joe Fresh via JC Penney (old)
Pants- Lands End (old)
Boots- DSW (old)
Mug- Starbucks (recent- online)

Wednesday, Jan 14- no outfit post on this day

Thursday, Jan 15- I'm ready for the weekend! I wrote that on my IG page that day too! 



Sweater and skirt- Loft (recent)
Boots- Kohls (old)

Friday, Jan 16- Finally Friday! I thought I'd wear this fun camel sweater a different way and I didn't even care that it wasn't Wednesday...



Vest- Kohl's (old)
Sweater- J Crew Factory (last year)
Pants- Old Navy (last year)
Boots- Old Navy (last year)
Pearls- J Crew Factory (old)

So there you have it! So much fun dressing this week and I'm trying to mix up things that I have and wear them different ways. I always try to wear things at least twice two different ways. That is my guide that I go by when I am looking to purchase new items- thanks to Clinton Kelly for that rule! 

Hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Style: Fair Isle and Tomato Red

I am wearing some of my favorite things in today's post: a sweater with a fun design, tomato red pants and shoes with sparkle. Let's not forget a great tote! 

I didn't want to wear too much jewelry or accessories today because I wanted to let my outfit speak for itself. It's saying "I'm fun and casual with minimal effort". This is the perfect outfit for a Sunday morning to wear to church and lunch afterwards. I'm enjoying my three day weekend and will be heading out for a massage later this afternoon too. 

Here are a few pics from today's look:








Sweater- J Crew Factory (Christmas)
Pants- Eloquii (recent)
Shoes- Old Navy (Christmas)
Reversible Tote- Under One Sky (available at target.com)

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae 


Friday, January 16, 2015

January 2015 Week One Recap

It's hard to believe we are already half way through January! So far it's been a great month and I'm feeling super positive about the new year and new possibilities. I mentioned in my last post that I am a little farther behind in blogging than usual but I plan on catching up quickly! 

Here's the first recap of 2015! 

Thursday Jan 1- no outfit post- I was super busy posting on Poshmark and not really worrying about what I was wearing...

Friday Jan 2- I found this super cute plaid vest on clearance and I loved the print so much I knew I needed to get it! Such a fun addition to my closet! 



Vest- Land's End (recent- clearance)
Sweater- J Crew Factory (fall)
Chambray shirt- Old Navy (old)
Pearls- J Crew Factory (old)
Jeans- Eloquii (summer)
Boots- DSW (old) 

Saturday Jan 3- No outfit post again for this day but I got lots of cleaning and organizing done and just wanted to enjoy the rest of my vacation! 

Sunday Jan 4- I wore this fantastic dress for my Sunday Style post on this day. Have I mentioned how much I love EShakti? 



Dress- eShakti (fall)
Shoes- DSW (old)
Clutch- Forever 21 (old)
Bangles- Jet Chic Arm Candy (online)
Navy bracelet- J Crew Factory (old)

Then I changed for a double date night out with friends! 



Sweatshirt- Kohl's (old)
Shirt- J Crew Factory (old)
Jeans- Eloquii (summer)
Boots- DSW (old)
Scarf- Express recent-sold out)
Bangles- Lilly and Ivory (online)

Monday Jan 5- Back to work! I chose this fun pattern mixing outfit for my fresh start back at work! 



Dress- Target (recent)
Sweater- Loft (old)
Belt- Target (old)
Shirt- J Crew Factory (old)
Shoes- J Crew Factory (fall)

Tuesday Jan 6- Just another Tuesday... I was trying to participate in a couple of IG style challenges but ended up just piling on layers but loving the results! 



Jacket- Banana Republic (fall)
Shirt and sweatshirt- Target (last year)
Jeans- Eloquii (summer)
Boots- DSW (old)
Bracelet- homemade gift 
Purse- Jordana Paige (online- shop link in blog)

Wednesday Jan 7- It was sooo cold! I took a quick outdoor pic-notice the mittens even! It sure was a comfy and cozy outfit though! 


Sweater- Loft (old)
Jeans- Eloquii (summer)
Blanket scarf- ebay (recent)
Boots- emu (old)
Mittens- Eddie Bauer (old)

Hope your year is off to a fashionable start! 

Sandae