Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WIWW: Carpe Sequins :)

Happy Hump Day, Friends!

First up, I heard y'alls requests after my day in the life post about the quote on my mirror in my closet asking for a printable version.... so here it is!

Feel free to right-click it, save it to your desktop and then have it printed wherever (or on your printer at home).  It's sized for 5x7 if that makes a difference if/when you decide to order prints.

It ended up being the perfect way to start my What I Wore Wednesday post because I think that as women we compare ourselves to each other A LOT... especially when it comes to appearances.  I stopped comparing my "style" to others after High School when I found my own personal style and confidence in dressing how I wanted.  I think I must worn one too many prom dresses that I really didn't love just because they were "what everyone else was wearing" that year.  I'd always been a little more bold in style (i.e. I sported a full on orange formal dress to be on Homecoming Court when every other girl showed up wearing black or navy. hahaha), but spent many years stifling my own personal style a bit for the purpose of conformity.  

I pick clothing that I love - a lot of the time my husband doesn't "get it", my mom may not understand it and it might be something that no one else is wearing - but I feel the most confident and joyful when I'm in something that I love.

Not to say that everything I wear is completely unique to me - I take LOTS of style hints from my besties - and when they find great stuff I jump on it with the rest of the Internet :)  I guess that all of my rambling is just to encourage y'all to WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE and not worry about comparing yourself.  #motivationalspeech hahahaha

On that note - when Tara Lynns got in touch with me and offered to let me pick out a couple of items from their website to review, I jumped on the Tribal Cardigan I talked about last week and for my second item I picked a gold sequin skirt.  It popped off the page and even though I didn't have a particular occasion in mind that would typically be appropriate to wear it to, I took the plunge and asked her to send it my way.  And I'm sooooo glad I did!
 

Dave asked if I would be saving it for Christmas or New Year's and my reply was, "Nope.  I'm wearing it to school on Monday". hahaha

 I paired it with Steve Madden suede wedges (mine are the Pammyy style - they're several seasons old), a black tank (this one is similar) and my favorite denim jacket.  Because I felt like the denim jacket totally made it more casual. :)

And yes.... Griffin has one pair of shoes that she is CONSTANTLY throwing on the floor of my bathroom.  Every. Single. Morning.  Apparently she's a wedge sandal kind of girl.


I had a moment of hesitation as I was walking into school and a few kids stopped, turned and stared - but it turned out to be super fun.  I definitely added a little sparkle to everyone's Monday if nothing else :)  

Life is short. Wear what you love.  Carpe Sequins.

36 comments:

  1. I really love this about you!! You are so stinkin cute! And you always look fabulous:)

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  2. I love, love, love that you're a woman who knows who she is. It's so refreshing to be around someone who truly knows who she is and isn't constantly trying to recreate herself to please the world.

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  3. I love sequins and you look fabulous in that outfit, love it! 😊

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  4. You're so cute. I could never pull that off but girl you rock it!!!!

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  5. That sequin skirt is so you!! Looks great!

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  6. They stared only because they wished they could pull that off as well as you! Anyone who can feel secure in their own skin is like a magnet. :)

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  7. I agree about dressing for yourself and not worrying about what's "in" or what other are wearing. But I do have to say I definitely take my husband's opinions into account. I want to dress in a way he finds attractive. Luckily, we have very similar tastes in that area, but I think he finds in honoring when I ask his opinion on a new outfits. Now I sound really old fashioned...not trying to sound like that, just throwing something out there.

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  8. Love your style, love your confidence! Girl you rock it all and it's so refreshing when I see women do what makes them feel good and not everyone else! Btw..love the sequin skirt!!!!! Happy wednesday

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  9. CARPE SEQUINS!!!!!!
    NEEDLEPOINT THAT ON A PILLOW! WRITE THAT ON A CHALKBOARD! BURN THAT INTO A FREAKING PIECE OF WOOD!

    That is pure genius friend! Love you!

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  10. This is so cute! If I had that skirt on I would twirl all day! Yay to being yourself and not wearing the basic mom/teacher uniform :)

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  11. Love the sequin skirt!!! Looks great! Love how you ended the post, "Life is Short. Wear what you love." Now that is a quote that should be in a frame!!!
    Have a blessed day!

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  12. You have given me the courage to donate a few big flow-y, peasant/broomstick skirts that my husband loves. If I don't LOVE them, I shouldn't have to wear them...right?

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  13. That is flipping adorable! Way to be a role model for the teens you teach everyday! It just proves that you can be a total style guru AND a math genius!

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  14. You go girl!!! You definitely have your own style and it reflects your unique free spirited personality. God made you just the way you are and you should always embrace it and be proud of his beautiful work. You are a great mom to three beautiful kids and an awsome teacher! Hold your head high and enjoy your wonderful life! Thanks allowing us to enjoy a small peek into your daily life! Take care!

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  15. Love love love the sequins. Sequins make life better! :)

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  16. Love. Love. Love. So cute, love your unique style and that you have the confidence to wear what makes you feel good. :))

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  17. Thanks for the printable! Love your style!

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  18. That skirt is to die for! I also love the polk a dot skirt you got from Groupon from them! Gorgeous!

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  19. Hi Andrea, thanks for the printable! I am going to set it as my desktop background at work. It's such a good reminder! Hope you have a nice day!!

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  20. You are so adorable, Andrea, and Carpe Sequins is going to be my new motto! I, too, wear what I like but here in small town Iowa I sometimes think that people don't get my style but my clothes make me happy

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  21. You go girl! I love that you have your own personal style. We should not dress to please others but to feel good about ourselves!

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  22. I agree with Sheaffer! But in True Andrea fashion...you need a stamped bracelet that says it! :) Kathryn

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  23. What a fun (and honest) post. And seriously - CARPE SEQUINS? Genius. Pure genius.

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  24. That skirt is awesome! And I love that you are you! Sometimes I feel like I need to dress like everyone else to fit in or feel confident, but at the end of the day I am not being me. I am just a classics girl with a sporty edge. Nothing wrong with that :)

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  25. Can "Carpe Sequins" be the next sign you design and share? :)

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  26. Girl, that skirt is to die for! You look amaze!

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  27. You are the best! I just love how you own your style and wear what you love. Thank you so much for the printable - after seeing it awhile back when you were on Sheaffer's Closet Confessions I wrote it on my bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker - it is such a great quote!

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  28. Love your style and you rock that skirt!!!

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  29. LOVE it! And it is so awesome you have this attitude as a middle school teacher! You are teaching those girls a lot more than math!

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  30. Sooo glad you shared a full-length pic of the skirt/outfit- I love love it! It looks perfect with the jean jacket! Your hair looks gorg too :) Thank you for the printable, I just love that quote. xoxo

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  31. You are adorable! I love that you have the courage and the sense to be yourself...inspiring

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  32. I absolutely adore your style and wish I had the guts to pull that off. Am so glad I found your blog a few weeks ago so I can see all the cute outfits!

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