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Picture it. A dimly lit room with a long bar lining the right wall. The glass is filled with colorful, fresh fish. Behind the bar, focused chefs in black coats and hats roll intricate combinations into cylindrical packages of rice and seaweed. Odd as it may sound, if you listen closely, 90s era R&B is likely piping through the air. Staff clad in black lead you to your seat. The room is dark. The tables are dark. The food is bright - delightful contrast.
Everyone has their own opinion about what defines a "staple" in your closet. Some people never wear black, but I couldn't go a solid week without rocking a few mostly black ensembles. In this same way, some people would never wear a white lace dress - but to me, it is a classic stable.
Each time I walk into a dressing room, I think to myself “When can I wear this?” Sometimes, the answer to this question is NEVER, or NOT ENOUGH and it prevents me from buying something I really didn’t need. However, sometimes the answer to this questions is, “Jodi, you can work in this outfit, OR you can play in it.” - that is when I march straight to the checkout.
Yellow has always been my color, and I knew long ago that for me there was no summer style where there was no yellow. It is one of those vibrant hues that is rather hard to incorporate into your decor without causing your house guests to have a stroke, but I love to wear it unapologetically - and I always will.
I will always think there is something to be said for being classic, and for buying quality classic pieces for your wardrobe.
I mentioned in a previous post that I took myself on a bit of a shopping spree at Anthropologie a few weeks ago. Well, this classic denim dress is also a result of that little extravaganza.
A few weeks ago, I took myself to Anthropologie on a Friday after work. I hadn’t done a lot of shopping recently, and the wedding invitations were piling up in the mail reminding me that I will need a nice supply of dresses for weddings of all levels of formality in the coming months. For me, walking into Anthro is like setting a bag of crack down in front of an addict. The smells wafting from those perfect candles. The colors. The well thought out and creative aesthetic of the entire place. I am pretty sure if I were a shop, I would look just like this den of books, flowers and texture.
Once upon a time, summer simply made me think of flowers, sun and dips in the pool. There were no visions in my head of flower crowns, and fringe clad girls lounging on blankets listening the sounds of their favorite bands. There was no “festival season” to me. There was only summer, and the heat, and the waft of honeysuckle in the air.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of joining a new friend with a similar passion for style at Chattanooga Fashion Week. That friend is Candace Barber, and it is with great excitement that I anticipate the opening of her new clothing store here in my beloved city! Candace is opening a new location of fab'rik, and the anticipation is killing me! I have previously shopped at fab'rik locations in other cities, and I will totally sing the praises of this trendy brand.
You know just as well as I do that it is impossible to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest without finding a list of little (or big) things you’d like to have. You know it is. Among all those beautiful photos, and well-curated versions of people, places and products you are bound to develop a little lust for some girl’s cute handbag or the perfect gallery wall. It’s only human. Well, this week these are my things. You know, the things I keep meaning to run out and pick up, or add to my Amazon shopping cart. Check out my list of this week’s most coveted products below.
A few weeks ago, Julia Gillhouse of LuLaRoe reached out to me in search of a collaboration. She offered to send me something from the LuLaRoe line and told me a little about the company the she is so passionate about. After checking out the brand, and gathering that one of the major focuses is achieving style and comfort without making sacrifices (also one of my major goals and inspirations when clothing myself daily) I knew I wanted to give it a try. Several of the styles available are similar to a t-shirt dress - but, with a makeover.
I have been through so many phases with polka dots. I have loved them. I have hated them. I have felt they were generic, and ridiculous. Now, our relationship has arrived at a destination of indifference. I will pick up something with eye-catching spots in a store, and often put it down, but occasionally - it will speak to me.
I love the resurrection of old trends and fashions. I am perfectly aware that in some circles of society formal hats never went out of style, but I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t return to the masses. I love seeing stylish women promenade into churches in feathered and flowered hats. Something about wearing a nice hat makes you hold your head a little higher - or simply feel like you are attending a royal wedding! That’s how I feel when I style this fun, green number. Something about wearing a hat with a bit of flash takes a little bravery, and I love to test myself.