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polka dot shirt project!

Well hello there friends!

This just happens to be my first blog post of the new year! I hope that 2013 has been good to you so far. Ah, to remember the olden days when I could post weekly, sometimes bi-weekly. Those days are long gone and have been replaced by this tired (but very fulfilled) mom of two, a constant stream of dirty dishes, reading lessons, block building, game playing, puzzle assembling, and toys on every surface of our home. I know that there will be a day that Rich and I miss the sound of little feet running all over the house and the clutter of papers, ribbons, stickers, and other miscellaneous half completed craft projects.

And so for today, we savor the sweet chaos of life as parents of young kids. And speaking of parenting, this post is not about that at all! This is another little style project that has just been bouncing around in my brain lately and Rich was kind enough to help me bring it to fruition! I can’t say it enough…he’s so, so good to me. In the most important of ways and in the most insignificant of ways.

Well, a couple of things have changed since my last style projects. First, I turned 32 last month. Also, I had bangs cut. I enjoyed turning 32 but I can’t say the same regarding the bangs. I’ve only had them for about a week, and so far, I am not their biggest fan. Maybe I’ll appreciate them more if I actually spend some time and style my hair. Like rather than just let it air dry and be the pin-straight hair that it naturally is. Maybe curling it would help; I think I’ll try that tomorrow. But for tonight, you just get the “no effort” hair and I apologize for that.:)

And as for my previous style projects, let me just say that I DID NOT see that coming. Um, seriously, Pinterest, you made me famous and I most certainly do not deserve that kind of credit.  What I thought just a few friends and family would see somehow got “re-pinned” 20,000 times (my chambray shirt project) and 10,000 times (my red jeans project). And when I say I am shocked by this, I do not say it with pseudo humility. I’ve never considered myself a style authority or even a particularly creative consumer when it comes to coordinating clothing. But these projects have been so fun for me because I LOVE the concept of “shopping my closet,” using one piece of new clothing to mix and match new outfit ideas. It’s inspiring to consider that we don’t always need to run out and buy new things to wear with our one new thing. But, in all fairness, there are a couple of other new items in this project, since I used some babysitting, birthday, and Christmas money to buy a couple of “Academy Blazers” at Gap that I’d had my eye on. I love a good 40% off Gap promo! I’ve already worn the white blazer (with a tee, some skinnies, and heels) on a date night with my man and I looooove it! And on date night there are no sticky little hands to dirty it up:)

And so, with that said, I am excited about this polka dot shirt project! My mom was in town a few months ago and she bought this polka dot button down for me at Gap (thank you again, mom!). And since I’m seeing polka dots EVERYWHERE, I thought this top would be a super versatile way to wear the trend. I was right. I stopped at 15 outfits because, truly, I could have just kept on going. What can you NOT wear with a white button down with navy polka dots? The answer is nothing.:)

And yes, I put polka dots on polka dots. More than once.

And if you are diggin’ the polka dot top, Gap already has another (similar) version since this one sold out. It’s in stores but sold out online. Or you could go with some polka dot skinny jeans, dress, or underwear. And I noticed they also have a new Chambray shirt if you wanna jump on that train! Apparently it’s all the rage.:)

  • KR - January 26, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Gorgeous!

  • Mom - January 27, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    I think this is my favorite of your projects so far! I love the polka dots and I’m loving your new look :)

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  • Consu - March 7, 2013 - 10:17 am

    The bangs look adorable!!!
    Several months ago I was new to Pinterest and happen upon the red jean project. I loved it and spent an hour studying the looks. Then I moved on and did not pin it… horror! I tried to find it again a few days later and for whatever reason couldn’t. A few weeks later and then a couple of months later the same thing happened… then I gave up. This morning I am looking through the boards of someone who ‘liked’ one of my pins, and to my utter delight I saw she had pinned your red jeans project!!! I am back enjoying the rest of your projects and now you are bookmarked under ‘favorite blogs’ and also pinned unto ‘great style.’ Yay!!
    xo
    consu

  • jenna - March 5, 2014 - 10:29 am

    AWESOME Love it ! Can you do one for camouflage print jeans???? I need options. It hard sometimes to make an outfit without looking like you’re from the army.

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