Thursday, August 25, 2011

Same Old, Same Old

Day 8 of the 21-Day Challenge was to mix fancy and casual. I almost skipped this challenge because I couldn't figure out what to do, and then I realized that I was doing the same old, same old.

shirt — French Dressing (Cost Co)
skirt — I.Q. & Co. (thrifted)
belt  — (thrifted)
sandalsArizona Birkenstock

You finally get to see a picture of me in my muscle shirt, which is not to be confused with seeing pictures of my muscles. (What do you call these type of tanks? Everything I want to call them seems to be derogatory, and I'm uncomfortable using them.) And I can't believe that it has taken so long to get a picture of me in my Birks! I used to live in these all summer long! I guess used to is the operative word here.

I love my belt, in all its sequined glory. It was a spur of the moment purchase, and then I regretted it because I didn't have a clue as to what to pair it with!

But I think pairing the belt with casual items worked, and I'll probably do it like this again in the future. And honestly? I would have worn this outfit to work (I'm pretty much housebound these days, so my gauge is not whether I actually wore an outfit to work, but whether I would if given the opportunity.) It's a good mix of dressy with casual. I mean what is more casual than Birks and a tank? And what is more dressy than a sequined belt and a nice skirt? It's different and fun but not so far out there that I would feel silly.

What was my same old, same old? (If you think that I was talking about what to wear, you're wrong.) No, for me the same old, same old is my perfection streak that can get in the way of making a decision. I want something to be so perfect that I think too much, and I worry too much, and I make something way more complicated than it is. It really is my Achilles' heel. And most of the time, I agonize over these silly and inconsequential matters.

So c'mon, Kari — you're a grown a** woman, as I had a friend who was prone to telling me, just do it (and there's that Nike phrase again. For somebody who once said she hated that expression, I use it an awful lot.)! Whatever you do, it's not going to be the end of the world.

Do you have trouble making decisions?  

I'm also linking my belt up to Meagan's Thursdays Are for Thrifters at Spunky Chateau.


  1. Love, love the belt, Kari! I too have trouble with small decisions. With bigger ones I usually "just do it" (sorry!) But changing brands of cat food, e.g., that can hold me up for a while : >

  2. I really like that skirt on you. Thanks for linking up!

  3. LOVE the belt!! I need one and I have no idea what I'd put it with, but I NEED it!!

  4. Great belt. And it works well with this outfit.

  5. I think it's a great skirt and belt combo. I remember when fashion went from calling them "wife beaters" to "Tanks". "Spaghetti straps" became "camisoles".

    I'm definitely bad about decisions. It becomes the worst argument between me and the DH because neither of us can make dinner decisions!

  6. You need to trust your instincts more often, with things like this belt. Admiring the necklace too AND the birks.

  7. I usually call them ribbed tanks, but muscle shirt works too.

  8. @Patti -- why is it that those little decisions that don't really matter are the ones that do us in?
    @Meagan --TY for giving us a place to link up.
    @Joy -- you're funny! TY. I'm so glad that I decided to pair it with this outfit today, otherwise I think I would be forever stymied.
    @Megan Mae -- yeah ... guinea tee and wife beater is what I have heard them called, and either of them I dunno ... but yeah, you're right ... spaghetti straps are now cammis.
    @Terri -- bad habits are hard to break (it's easier to not trust myself)
    @Rebecca -- forgot about calling it a ribbed tank


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