Monday, October 31, 2011

I've Decided to Stop A-"DRESS"-ing You!

The purpose of the blog is to document my awesome fashion sense, but someone pointed out that I often wear the same "outfit." Much to my chagrin, I have to agree. It seems lately I am leaning towards my favorite combo of sweater/dress/belt/scarf/boots. Including today's outfit :/

Belt and Boot- Old Navy
Dress- Wal-Mart
Sweater- Motherhood
Scarf- The Limited

I love this look. I mean love it. And I have enough scarves, sweaters, and dresses that I could remix for weeks. But this is what we call a fashion rut, and that, my friends, is unacceptable! I have gotten too
comfortable, so it's time to shake things up!!!

For the rest of the week, I vow to avoid my go-to uniform. It's probably going to be tough. We often find ourselves resisting change, preferring to stay with what is comfortable and certain. This goes for all parts of our  lives- lunch, outfits, seats in church, so on and so on.

But I can do it!

Can we pause for a moment and admire the beauty atop my head??

I don't know what kind of wonderful bird these feathers were stolen from, but I appreciate it dearly! The BFF over at Polka Dot Pancake made it and it was love at first sight! Go check out the shop, and remember once I reach 100 likes on my Hems For Her Facebook Page, I am going to give away PDP merchandise (so go like it if you haven't already)

So say "Sayonara!" to sweaters and scarves in my blog! What do you need to say "Sayonara" to? What fashion crutches have you been depending on too long?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weekend "RAKE"- Up!

Such an awesome weekend! Saturday I went to a Mark Party hosted by Olive Photos' very own Lauryn Brook. Lauryn is one of my many cyber friends- people I don't actually know in real life, but I feel like I've known forever- and I was super excited to finally meet her. The Mark party was awesome! I haven't been to a "make- up" party in years, and now I can't wait to host my own (with LB, of course!)

The party was held at Pink Dessert Bar, a totally funky coffee/dessert shop. How awesome are these fixtures? And the food and vanilla chai tea? Delish! If you are in the Oxford area, be sure to go by and try any of their delicious drinks and desserts (and there are tons!!)

I was really glad I brought my camera for an impromptu photo shoot. Technically I wore this same outfit Thursday night to my awards ceremony, but since I didn't photograph it, I think it's safe to include it here! I cannot get enough of this peacock feather from the BFF at Polka Dot Pancake. Or the Deena and Ozzy Infinity scarf I picked up at Urban Outfitters last weekend (totally going back to get it in EVERY other color, and it's not on-line at UO for some reason or I would link it for you. It's an amazing scarf!)
Dress~ Old Navy
Tights~ Banana Republic
Shoes~ Target
Scarf~ Urban Outfitters
Peacock Feather~ Polka Dot Pancake

Here's the lovely and talented Lauryn Brook!

And here's my sister and eternally patient photographer Desiree!

Sunday morning the hubs and I got up, got dressed and headed outdoors for a quick photo shoot.

Sneaking into the neighbor's yard:

Can we just "ooh" and "aah" over the lace insets in this tunic top! Some kind of awesome!

Since we haven't raked yet, hence the "RAKE Up" blog title, we played around with some leaf photos!

Seriously, I'd be in skinny jeans every day if I had my choice! They are so comfortable and chic, and can be flattering on any body type. If you've been avoiding skinny jeans because of some imagined body flaw, do us all a favor and go buy yourself a pair (or ten).

Jeans~ Old Navy
Ballet Flats~ Old Navy
Top~ New York and Co.
Necklace~ Kohl's

Friday, October 28, 2011

"TWEED" All About It

Sometimes people will ask how I come up with outfits, and usually there's no easy answer. I spend a lot of time browsing pinterest, reading other awesome fashion blogs, admiring photos in magazines, shopping, etc., so often times, the outfit is a big conglomeration of different things I've seen. However, today's outfit was directly inspired by a February post by Emerald over at Sunday Crossbow via pinterest. Her's was one of the first blogs I discovered when I was learning how to use pinterest, and I love it. I visit every day- she is SO cute, SO quirky, and SO creative in her mixing and matching.

Here's the outfit and a link to the original post! Super chic and cute, right! Tons of patterns and fabrics. I mean it's not every day one would think to mix jeans, tweed, sailor stripes and floral together, but she does it and makes it look so stylish and polished and hip!

Now as you can guess, nearly everything (skinnies, striped boat top and scarf) came from Old Navy- they really need to start paying me!! The shoes are from Target. The jacket is thrifted, but it's a Wal-Mart brand!

I feel like this outfit would have made Emerald proud! I am so looking forward to this
Halloween-filled weekend! I left all my school work at school, so I am just going to relax and have fun!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Feeling "Cocky"?

Finally! I have broken away from the four walls of the school for a photo shoot. So I decided for the totally original, completely never duplicated train tracks ;) Technically, I'm pretty sure the tracks are on school property but beggars can't be choosers. I know everyone and their mother takes train track photos, but I really did love the pictures and I am having a tough time choosing which ones to include in the blog.

Today's outfit was another example of summer to fall layering. I added a scarf and a sweater to a summery maxi dress, and I completed the outfit with my black riding boots. But the crowning glory was this baby...

Yep, peacock feathers. Lots of 'em. In my hair. My beautiful, curly hair. How stunning is that?! It was definitely an attention-getter. I mean it can't be ignored. I felt so unbelievably elegant.

 Tonight I had to go to an awards banquet after school, so I changed into a little black dress and silver pumps, and the peacock feathers just made the outfits today! Not sure if the BFF is going to get it back anytime soon!

Major Concentration, here!

  P.S. Tomorrow is Friday! Woo hoo!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Second Job ;)

So many exciting things are going on here at Hems for Her! I've been blogging for nearly three weeks (which is no time, I realize), but already I feel so sure of myself and my mission. The early feedback I've gotten has been incredible and heart-warming, and it really reaffirms that what I am doing is worthwhile and filling a hole on the internet. I can't remember the last time I felt so passionate about a "pastime"! I scour the internet nightly- reading and commenting on other blogs, responding to my own emails and comments, learning all I can about the business, editing photos, writing content, promoting myself- it's definitely like having another job.

I already feel like I am developing a voice (a co-worker said "conversational with just the right amount of bite") and a vision. I ride through town now and scout spots for possible photo shoots. I take better pictures of other people now. This is making me more creative- I can feel it surging through my veins. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's true. Every day I wake up with a purpose (well, I still have other purposes- mother, wife, teacher, etc) and excited about what I'm going to wear. It's just awesome.

I have several secretive things in the works that I can't reveal just yet. I've got some super awesome photo shoots coming up. I've got business cards being made. I feel pretty legit, truth be told. It has been a whirlwind of activity and I am so excited to continue on this journey with you along with me. 

Today's photo shoot was outside the school (AGAIN!) and my curvy partner-in-crime Tricia from My Life as Tricia (check her out!) photographed me. The sun was bright and we struggled for inspiration but I think we did a pretty good job. We are tired of the same background, so we have a special photo shoot lined up tomorrow. I'm especially impressed with the photos I took. Like I said, I am getting better through this process.

The outfit was mostly Old Navy- instead of a traditional Kendi-style 30 for 30, I need to do 30 days of no Old Navy! Now that would be a challenge. The sweater was a hand-me-down from the BFF Callie at Polka Dot Pancake. Remember she's not just generous with me.... she's willing to giveaway merchandise to you. All you have to do is make sure you have liked the official Hems for Her Facebook page.

Eyes closed. Looks artsy, but really it's just super bright outside!

I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave! ;)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Looking Good is "Autumn-matic"

And just when you think, "Surely Katie can't come up with another pun-filled blog title..."

Autumn in the South is a fickle time. You never really know when it's safe to do the whole wardrobe switch-a-roo. One day you may find frost on your windshield, and then the next day, you're sweating in shorts and a tank top. You pack up all your tank tops with the first chill in the air, only to dig them out three weeks later when the highs are back in the 80s. Make up your mind!

This week is one of those schizophrenic weather weeks. Cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon- effective layering is essential in these situations.

I've had this cotton sundress (from Old Navy, naturally) for three years now- it's a summertime staple with gold sandals, long necklace, and a tan, but clearly it transitions beautifully into autumn and cooler months.

I used to be really afraid of layering, but it is so, so simple. Think of it like a math equation.

Summer dress + sweater/jacket/blazer + belt + scarf =

Throw in some fall accessories to polish off your look, and you're done. As you know, I'm a huge fan of gold and bronze jewelry, and anything owl-themed- so those are my go-to pieces! But truly, anything would work!

Another helpful tip: Lots of summer dresses are low-cut, not always a buxom teacher's best fashion choice, so that's where the scarf come in handy. This beautiful, fall-paletted scarf doubles as an extra layer of protection between "the girls" and the eyes of the world.  I am wearing it "Waterfall Style" and I could tell you how to do it, but then you wouldn't get the pleasure of watching Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook walk you through 25 different scarf styles in one of the most beautiful and fun tutorials ever. Of course, Wendy is beautiful and fun, so it doesn't hurt.  I watch this particular video at least once a week, and can't recommend it enough!

Really, I adore this outfit. It may be one of my all-time favorites. The only thing that flopped were the tights. I though they were so incredible. Subtly floral, super cute, but it just didn't work with the outfit.  All day, students and teachers alike asked, "What's wrong with your legs?" What was supposed to be beautiful, blooming red flowers were apparently being mistaken for horrible bruises. In every single class I fought the urge to take off my boots and show them the whole leg (in hindsight I think the whole leg is necessary to get the right effect). I wasn't going to give up on the tights, and I was preparing for the next outfit I would wear them with, but alas the fashion gods had another idea. As soon as I sat down in my car, the tights started running. Both sides simultaneously. And not little runs, but big, very top to very bottom runs. Like they couldn't wait to get off of me!! :P

I thought about naming today's blog "Every Rose has Its Thorn, Just Like Every 'Tight' has Its 'Run'", but I spared you- this time.

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Peacock Green" Acres- Country Meets City

It feels so weird to be blogging at 9 AM on a Monday morning! Right about now I should be kicking it into high gear, reflecting on what went right (and more often- what went wrong) with my first period class. But today is a special day. It's "Parenting Day" at the high school, so we don't go in until 1PM for all afternoon parent-teacher conferences. So here I am still in my pajamas, blogging about yesterday's outfit. If I had been as dedicated about working out everyday as I am about blogging every day, I'd be a real beast. Alas, this is more fun and way less sweaty ;)

Boots and Jacket- Old Navy
T-Shirt- Target
Skinny Jeans- Old Navy
Scarf- Urban Outfitters
Accessories- Polka Dot Pancake

Yesterday,the entire extended family drove up to Rogersville to visit my brother-in-law and the newest member of his sweet family, my first niece, Hermione (don't you just love that name?). I had to drive because of my terrible motion sickness, so I wanted to dress comfortably. I felt very "biker chic", and I'm not sure how I felt about that, to be honest. I coveted a moto jacket and finally bought one from Old Navy when it was on sale and I had a 40% off coupon. I struggled between the black and the brown jacket, and thought the black would be more versatile. 

Saturday night I shopped in my local Urban Outfitters for the first time ever and I immediately fell in love with this beautiful peacock green sheer infinity scarf. It reminded me instantly of this outfit over on my Pinterest, and I knew this would be my "Meet the Baby" outfit.

Brian and his lovely girlfriend Victoria live with her family in  a 
sprawling country home with beautiful claw foot tubs, rough-hewn rood timbers, chickens. dogs, coops, etc. A really wonderful, homey place. And I was especially intrigued by the juxtaposition of my "tough" outfit and the country landscape. Oh, yeah, and all the chickens. I like chickens. I tried to catch one for a photo opp, but they were a little camera shy.

Sure, Katie, climb that tree! That'll be a great photo!

My gracious sister-in-law Stephanie willingly took photos for me, humoring the fact that everyone was looking at us like we were crazy. I'm still trying to get used to this whole "modelling" thing! Taking photos is really tough for me, because I am not used to being in the center of attention. I try to channel my inner Tyra Banks (SMYZING, anyone?) but usually I just end up looking drunk or high or angry. Interesting backgrounds really help me. And ultimately I just try not to take myself too seriously!

Serious expression... or smelling something?
Who can tell?

What you can't see is the rooster behind me!

Artsy photo opp!
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