Growing up primarily an only child means lots of imagination and seeking sources of self-entertainment. Sure there were Beanie Babies and small pets, but when the novelty of those wore off, I always turned on my favorite movie. I never got sick of rewatching the same one every night for a week or two. Unfortunately, they were B movies and not necessarily renowned cinematic classics. Secondhand Lions, Practical Magic, Holes, School of Rock, The Holiday, the entire gamut of Disney/Pixar, the Harry Potter series, every romantic comedy and anything Hilary Duff or Shia LaBeouf was in. !?!?!?!?!?!!!! Why. There's a couple decent gems in there but... yeesh. Nevertheless, movies nearly always ended happy and I enjoyed knowing it was inevitable.
As you've (maybe?) noticed, a lot of my post titles are film related. Clueless and She's All That aren't the best representations of my current relationship with film given this week's topic, but they fit the era of my outfit. Many of you know the tv+film world was a huge part of my life for several years, and therefore it will always be a source of inspiration.
This tie-front contrast collared crop top I found in a boutique during our short stay in Siena, Italy. So many Britney Spears music video vibes. In addition: white pointed toe heels always remind me of dressing up my Barbie dolls. The entire look just screamed Cher Horowitz from Clueless delivering her internal monologue about college boys vs high school boys while walking into school. I leave you with the greatest line from that movie: "You're a virgin who can't drive." *Brittany Murphy overly exaggerated smirk*
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FIVE. ASOS A-LINE SUEDE BUTTON FRONT MINI SKIRT (50% OFF!)
My middle school summers were spent making up games to play in the neighborhood pool and bringing pockets of change for the ice cream truck. My mom used to tell me I moved so easily and looked like a mermaid (bonus points for Marcie).
Last summer, Potsy and I were staying in downtown LA for a month and decided to jet over to Catalina Island for my birthday in August. I was really excited to try snorkeling after hearing the fish weren't shy. We put on our wetsuits and bought some fish food and made our way to the edge of the dock. Potsy jumps in and I'm hesitant because I hate cold water. I finally make it in, but the current is super strong and I haven't quite adjusted to the temperature. In the midst of this, a fish leaps up and BITES MY HAND to grab the food I was holding! Needless to say, I wasn't having it. Too cold. I can't breathe through this tiny blowhole. A fish just bit me. Nope. After some coaxing, I did finally fully get in.
SO MUCH FOR BEING A MERMAID.
This summer I wanted to find other options for bottoms besides cut off jean shorts. I saw these linen vertical multi-stripe high waisted flared (so many adjectives) online at Beehive Boutique and knew they would be light enough to wear on several occasions. Unfortunately, they've sold out, but you'll still be able to snag 15% off online or in store with the code TAKE15AB at checkout! Below are some similar picks!
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ONE. 6PM / NALLY & MILLIE MULTICOLOR STRIPE PANTS
My great-grandfather was the epitome of the cat's pajamas (whatever that means, but it invokes an image). First of all, his name was Levi. I could realistically stop right there, but it gets better. He was a fighter bomber in WWII and flew supplies directly into England. They called him "Eagle Eye" because of his amazing eyesight despite hurling a hunk of metal through the air at 40,000 feet while trying not to be gunned down. He was a preacher in northern California and donated all of his land to the church before he moved to Arkansas. After moving to Magnolia, AR, he built his own house complete with a greenhouse--he was a daylily breeder! He cross-pollinated and founded two different types of daylilies that are registered in the state of Arkansas (named after him and my great-grandmother #crying). He ran a mile everyday until he was about 80. Oh, and as a late hobby, he started studying Mandarin because he knew the bulk of the population on this earth spoke the language. He died a few months before I graduated from high school at 83. Anytime I see a flower market, I think of him and the fact that he used to keep seeds and soil in his fridge.
Lately, I've been seeing this very efficient trend of wearing your swim top as a... well, regular top. With swimwear on its game at the moment, it's one of the first times I've seen fashion serve more of a practical function than a statement. Considering the state of Tennessee will spend 82% of their humid summer in some form of water, cutting down the time to change into a suit by a landslide is a win for women everywhere.
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SEVEN. J. CREW PANAMA HAT
Happy Independence Day!
I have curated a summer staple trio: a buttery soft striped tee, multifaceted vintage jeans, and a vibrant + entertaining sandal. With a cherry-topping Panama hat as a close fourth. Who knew my favored combination would be so patriotic? 🇺🇸
My beloved closet item to shop for is a great pair of heels. Something funky and unexpected to polish off an already killer outfit is nirvana. These Chiara Ferragni 'POW BANG' super hero mule sandals came to me in a American Country Music Awards show outfit-planning dream. They gave a certain "pow"--like a real "bang!"--to my orange creamsicle hued Milly dress from Rent the Runway.
I enjoy mixing and re-mixing my closet to create content, but on the go I'm normally a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. I'm not the type to wake up extra early to whip up a glamorous outfit / curl my hair / paint my face--I'm a slave to sleep. Because of this, I love finding "basics" I can throw on effortlessly when I'm supposed to have left five minutes ago. This J. Crew "perfect fit" tee has proved its candor. On board for the longer sleeve already, and set sail (never returned) when I felt the fabric. S'like buttah!
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SEVEN. DONNI CHARM 'GIGI' NECK SCARF IN INDIGO SEERSUCKER (USE CODE 'AMBERB20' AT CHECKOUT FOR 20% OFF!)
EIGHT. J. CREW PANAMA HAT (MY FAVORITE!)
When I revamped Rag Pepper back in March, I kicked off my comeback with a post discussing transitions. Back then it was a career shift, lately it's consisted of a style morph. As I've spent the last 6 months curating the composition of Rag Pepper--inspiration boards, colors, fonts, my style outlook, etc.--I realized more and more that those components have quaked. Naturally, I didn't care much for the change. Several rounds of internal dialogue resulted in diving even deeper to those sources of inspiration. Fashion blogging is soul searching. For instance? This isn't my favorite outfit Catherine and I have ever shot. Realizing that aspect is inevitable with this profession was a weight lifted. Just like I'm learning to accept my style shifts, I--like everyone--am learning to stumble without a self-sabotaging demeanor.
Potsy and I went to Las Vegas back in April for the 2017 ACM Awards. After strolling through the preserved Old Vegas, New Vegas offered up a hat shop he was dying to visit: Goorin Brothers. Unbeknownst to us we have a flagship here in Nashville, but I left Vegas with the ultimate Lemonade vibes. 🍋🐝
Below are some options for the recent, though faded, feather trim trend! It was more popular this past winter, so most of these tops are on sale.
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A few years ago, a friend of mine stated that I don't really possess a certain "style" because my closet was tent-poled by Bardot dresses, vinyl pants, 70s embroidered jeans, and everything in-between. Crippled by anxiety, I took this negatively. Am I flighty? Does this mean I then lack style if it's not definitive? My relationship with my closet has been my longest. Age has broadened my understanding that my style is ever-changing, with a few common threads connecting the phases. Sometimes I envy those who have found their "uniform" so to speak. I question whether that will ever be me. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the daily math of outfit formulas that cater to all of my personas. For instance, when I saw these Velvet Underground inspired embroidered jeans at a market in LA, they had to come home with me. The talented stitching of Tatu Gogo always warrants a compliment when I wear this pair. Normally styled with my sandy Converse high-tops and a vintage racing raglan, this time I dressed them up with a white lace-up bodysuit (a summer must-have!) and canary heels to mimic that Nashville sun.
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SIX. NET-A-PORTER / MADEWELL EMBROIDERED HIGH-RISE STRAIGHT LEG JEAN (50% OFF!)
Accessories trends are running rampant these days. Color blocked bags, fishnet socks, 90s style sunnies with tic-tac sized lenses, dirty sneakers with dresses, etc. This week I'm batting a thousand by wearing three trends at once, and letting them speak the loudest. Frisky fishnet socks balanced by vintage bulky leopard heels. Candy coated court bag side by side with a draped rugby striped sweater. Sitting on the bedrock that is a heroic boyfriend jean and a blank button-down. To me, giving these otherwise egregious and extreme trends a preppy cherry on top makes them a little easier to swallow. Meanwhile, you look like a style prodigy. Below are some options to help you master all of the accessories trends--at once.
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TWO. FOSSIL LARGE POUCH WITH COLORFUL GEMSTONES (30% OFF!)
NINE. NORDSTROM / MADEWELL PERFECT VINTAGE HIGH WAIST BOYFRIEND JEAN (MY FAVORITE PAIR!)
THIRTEEN. BROOKS BROTHERS MERINO WOOL RUGBY SWEATER IN NAVY/BLACK (70% OFF!)