Happy Anniversary

Happy three year anniversary to my cutie pie hubs.  It’s been an amazing three years and I’m excited for what’s to come.  Here are some throwback photos from our wedding published in Ceremony Magazine.  It was a beautiful day full of bright colors, family and friends, and best of all, clown noses.

The title of this blog was inspired by the colors of our wedding yellow and grey.

Wedding Wear Reworked

This post is dedicated to getting the most out of your wedding clothes.  It has been three years since my wedding, but I still wear items from that day.  I think the key to wearing your wedding items after your wedding, is first, figure out a way to tone the formal down.  My second tip is to pick the right occasion for the clothes. My third tip is be willing to take risks.

This picture was taken last Sunday, while I was leaving my apartment to attend my school’s graduation ceremony.  This outfit consists of three (yes THREE!) items that were worn on my wedding day.  Pretty good right?

Can you guess which three items? Let me give you some time to figure it out…

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The three items are the dress, the necklace, and that big white flower.  Following my tips above, let me explain what I was thinking when I put this outfit together.

Tip #1:  Figure out a way to tone the formal feel of the items down.

You may have already guessed that this dress is actually one of the bridesmaids dresses from my wedding, it is not my actual wedding gown.  (For those of you that have bridesmaids dresses just hanging in your closet, maybe this will inspire you to rework it.)  To tone this JCrew Chartreuse bridesmaids dress down, I relied on a casual short sleeve navy GAP cardigan and some white canvas Steve Madden wedges.  The casual texture of both the sweater and the shoes helped minimize the formalness (is that a word?) of my fancy dress.  I also added the white  Anthropologie flower to my sweater  and my JCrew gold and pearl necklace to act as a neutral medium to the contrasting blue and bright yellow in my outfit.  The result is an outfit centered around just three color blocks:  white, yellow, and blue.

Tip #2:  Pick the right occasion.

As I stated earlier, I was on my way to my high school’s graduation.  This was the perfect occasion for my dress because there is a range of attire during a high school graduation.  It can be as formal as a floral sheath dress with pearls to as casual as jeans and a sweater.  There is such a range in apparel at this event that it gives a lot of wiggle room for how one would dress.  I did not look or feel out of place when I arrived in this outfit.  Other occasions you can consider wearing your wedding items to are other weddings, formal dinner parties, holiday parties, charity events, evening shows such as symphonies, plays, musicals,  and dinner dates.

Tip #3:  Take a risk.

This tip doesn’t just apply to reworking your wedding items.  This tip applies to dressing yourself period.  It is important that you feel good in your clothes but to also keep yourself from being stuck in a rut.  That’s why it is good to  take risks and put yourself out there.  I admit, this dress is a loud color.  The color seemed even louder when I walked into the arena for graduation and saw mostly black and white.  But that  is ok.  I wanted to represent myself and how I was feeling.  I felt happy, cheery, and ready for summer.  When I wore this outfit I felt it was the perfect representation of those feelings.  I got a lot of compliments about the color, which further ‘brightened’ my mood. 😉

So what do you think?  Did I successfully transition my wedding wear to the ‘real world’?

Here’s a picture from my actual wedding day.  It was such a great day, I smile each time I think about it.  The wedding colors, yellow and grey, are actually the inspiration for my blog title. I hope your wedding brings lots of good memories back to you too.

Have you reworked any of your wedding items? If so, how? I would love to get your tips and tricks.

OOTD: Leopard Pants, Black Sweater, Chambray Shirt, and Black Flats

I have been staring at these pants for a few days now and today I wore them! Here’s my outfit. It includes the pants from Ann Taylor Loft, black sweater from Old Navy, chambray shirt from Old Navy, and Mossimo … Continue reading

In a feline mood

Today, I rewarded my five hours of straight grading with a stop at Ann Taylor Loft. I was happy to see a larger than usual clearance section and headed right there. To my delight and a little bit of grading coma, I found these two items: a pair of cheetah print pants and a cat print dress.

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Both items were final sale totaling a little under $25.00. After much debate, I got them knowing final sale items cannot be returned. Now, what to do with them? I have some ideas. For the cheetah pants I will try pairing them with a black button up, black blazer, and black pointy flats. For the cat dress a black belt, black tights, and black boyfriend sweater. In my mind this all works. I am hoping the black neutral colors will tone done the bold and kinda crazy prints. We will just have to see what I come up with. I will keep you posted!

Any advice for me? What would you pair these items with?

Teachers have class. Back to school teacher outfits

It’s that time of year again.  It is the week before school starts. For those of you who are not teachers, the week before school feels like one really long Sunday evening.  You know the feeling?  Where you are trying to enjoy your last hours of the weekend while knowing that you have a rough week coming up.  That’s how I feel my last week of summer break.  I am trying to squeeze out every last bit of summer fun while also having a mix of anticipation, excitement, and some dread regarding returning back to work.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being a teacher, but just like the students, when summer is about to end, I just want to lay in bed, pull my blanket over my head and yell out, “Just five more minutes mom!”  But really what I mean is, give me another week please.

One fun thing about getting back to work is ‘playing’ dress up.  My casual summer outfits that range from pjs all day to maxi skirts will now be replaced with what I consider teacher chic.  Below are some images from my pinterest board to inspire some teacher outfits. For teachers and parents out there getting ready for the new school year.  Have a great school year everyone!

StyleMint Mystery Bag Items Have Arrived

I was excited to find that my StyleMint Mystery Bag items had arrived.  The excitement quickly died when I opened the package and found the three t-shirts pictured.

I knew I took a gamble with the Mystery Bag, but I was really disappointed with what I received.  The only shirt of the three I would consider wearing is the black one.  The other two just don’t fit my style or my body very well.

Oh well.

Anyone else out there purchase the Mystery Bag? If so, what did you get and did you like it?