Style and Spoons

Being stylish and chronically ill can be pretty hard. I’m guilty of falling back on sweatpants and a tee shirt so much that if I were a cartoon character, that’s what I would be drawn wearing. Now I know I’ve talked a lot about Joggers in the past, but I never talked about how to style them. So let’s look at how I’m wearing them!

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Joggers are an exercise pant in theory, so there’s nothing better than the combo of a loose tank, tight Joggers, and some cute tennis shoes. Whether you’re running errands or running a mile, this look will get you around town with no problem.

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However, if you’re feeling a little more boho, try styling joggers the same way you would normally wear palazzo pants. I like to add a bright top to a pair of loose joggers for a great look- bright printed Joggers get compliments everywhere I go, making this perfect for a Sunday at the farmer’s market or a local cafe. You could also add a tight tank and a loose kimono or cardigan.

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Shoes are make it or break it with Joggers. I like my Tevas with the boho look. However, if I’m styling it up with a cute top, especially a peplum (a bright pink one from Rue 21 is currently my favorite to pair with some slim-fit grey joggers) a pair of cute flats is a must. Pairing casual Joggers with a dressy top is a bold move, but if you do it right, it’s a great one! (Plus peplum hides bloating, perfect for those prednisone months or any time you’re having stomach symptoms.)

Clothes that are cute and comfy are a necessity in anyone’s wardrobe, but especially the chronically ill. I feel a lot better when I look cute!

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Style Sunday

When my best friend, Taylor, asked me to take a professional photo for her LinkedIn account, I sprung at the chance for a photoshoot. We used to take photos of each other all the time in high school, but after we moved apart we had a lot less time for goofy shenanigans. Yesterday was the perfect time to reconnect and have some photo fun- especially since we got to use my mom’s Canon Rebel.

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Taylor has always had a really cool sense of style. For our photoshoot, she brought a maxi-dress that she said was “her favorite” for her trip to Mexico, because she could “dress it up or down with different shoes and accessories.” The dress totally exemplifies what I’ve always liked about her style- it’s cool, it’s casual, and it’s totally her.

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Even though it was stormy and humid, we got some really great shots.

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It was great to goof around in front of a camera again! Taylor and I learned photography together, using her old point-and-shoot.

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Of course, we had to make time for an outfit change!

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Since it had been a while since Taylor was behind a real camera, she got some shots of me as well.

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The rain eliminated a lot of props we wanted to use, but we did find a step ladder!

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We had so much fun showing off our style that we’ve decided to do it again soon. After all, it’s her senior year of college, so she’s due for some super cute senior pictures, right?

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It was great to do this stylish shoot with Taylor, and it was cool how willing she was to be on the blog. I guess some people are just made for fame! 😉

Rue 21 Mini Haul

I had some rueBucks this past week that needed to be spent. I’ve already talked about how much I love Joggers, so is it any wonder that I took the opportunity to get $20 off $40 and buy some cute ones? Here’s what I got.

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These are the orange tribal chevron Joggers and the black and grey chevron Joggers. They’re both made of a thin terrycloth material, much like a beach cover up. When I tried them on, they were both comfy, and not too warm. They’ll be perfect for fall!

I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to style these, so I should probably stop buying Joggers until I figure out how I’m going to wear them. Other than that dilemma, the only thing I don’t like is that I’m currently I between sizes at Rue21. I ordered an XL but probably could have gone with a L instead. It seems like at Rue 21 and Forever 21, every single pair of pants fits differently. If I weren’t so into online shopping, I would try on every single thing I bought from Rue.

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Joggers are starting at $16.99 for both girls and guys right now, so they’re a great price compared to other places with similar items. Forever 21 has a few pairs starting at $13, but they’re thinner than the ones I got from Rue and show some serious panty lines!

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Are you loving or hating the jogger trend this year? How are you styling your Joggers?

Trend I’m Loving: Joggers

Okay, I’m a sucker for trends. Florals, orange lips, mint and coral, I’ve fallen for them all. Some of them have been less regrettable than others- I’m actually a fan of peplum now- but if it’s hit shelves since my junior year of high school, I’ve probably tried it.

This year, I’ve already found a fall trend I’m head over heels for. Joggers! Remember when yoga pants were in style? Like not just for errands and the gym, but yoga pants everywhere. At the mall, at the gym, at college campuses, at restaurants and banks across the country. I was a fan of the trend. They’re comfy, they’re flattering, and they can go from lounge wear to day wear with just a few changes.

Joggers are the new yoga pants. A bit more versatile than yoga pants, these skinny sweats come in every fabric, pattern, and color imaginable. They’re almost a modern take on the tragic harem pant trend of a few years past. (Tragic for me anyway. I do not look good in harem pants.)

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Anyway: I ordered a pair of Joggers as a treat for myself after a stressful week a bit ago. They finally arrived and I really don’t want to take them off. Mine were $13 from Forever 21, but you can find them almost everywhere right now!

So far I’ve tried them with a nice tank top and with a flowy blouse. I would definitely wear them out like that on a casual girl’s day, or during errands. I’m thinking during the winter I’ll be lounging in them with a loose sweatshirt, or wearing them out to the park with a cute sweater!

I’m thinking about ordering a pair in a less traditional sweatpants material, but we’ll see…

Two Piece Separates: The Trend.

I had always been skeptical of the two-piece dress, which felt very eighties, even as it rotated back into style. Would it make me look like a Cyndi Lauper wanna-be? Would I look like a toddler wearing one of those matching top and bottom sets that look great on little kids, but decidedly childish on adults who try to pull it off?

A sale at Rue 21 and a cute anchor print convinced me to give the trend a try. After all, with my Rue Bucks, I would be be spending next to nothing. If all else failed, I could return it for something that didn’t make me look like an overgrown toddler.

When my order arrived, the two piece dress was the first thing I tried on. And I loved it. Not only did they look great together, I could wear the top and bottom with other pieces, which expanded my wardrobe a lot- and for less than $10, once I factored in my discount!

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Ignore my puffy face- I was dealing with some serious issues with my steroids at that moment in time. This is the outfit all together. It was cute, casual, and perfect for trekking around downtown Atlanta, where everyone and their mother seems to be more stylish than you ever could dream of being.

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Back at the hotel, I was going for something a little more casual. The top and bottom together are undeniably cute, but it seems a but trendy for lounging around a Wyndham. Since it still was a little warm to pull on a pair of denim anything, I opted to pair my high-waited skater skirt with a mint tee shirt from Forever 21. The look was still cute, but it was laid-back enough to lounge on the poolside couches or grab a quick dinner at the onsite restaurant. Actually, I wore this outfit for several outings, including the time we took a golfcart through the McDonald’s drivethru window. Apparently this is a normal occurrence in Peachtree City, which has 90 miles of golf cart trails, but it was a new and exciting experience for my family and the rest of the people on the trip with us!

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As for the crop top? It went well with my high-waisted shorts and American flag shoes for the Fourth of July. I wore this outfit for a family cookout, as well as seeing fireworks at the local amusement park. The flower crown was actually used in place of a veil at my wedding, but I didn’t want to stop using it after that. The flower crown has been finding its way into a good number of outfits since then!

How do you feel about the two piece trend? Love it? Hate it? Don’t know how to wear it?

I’m not sure if I’m firmly in the love it category, but after these pieces, I’ll definitely be giving it a chance!