Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pinterest is my Muse


Since the world has conspired against me by refusing to allow my admittance into the cast of New Girl, I'm left to create my own fun.

That show. Listen. I enjoy some fine media, okay? And by "fine", I obviously mean sitcoms, reality tv and dramas that might cause you to judge me. I've made peace with it all.

Last night we were cackling our way through the part where Nick refers to Jess's bobby pins first as "a bunch of metal tooth picks" and then as "Bobby's pins" and I found myself thinking, That is the job for me.

Can you even imagine getting paid lots of cash to look pretty, eat at the craft services buffet, and hang out with a bunch of hilarious people every day?

I have missed my calling.

Goodbye, everyone! I'm headed to Hollywood. YOLO!

Okay, whatever. Moving on.

Hi, this is me in an outfit. It was carefully curated to highlight my new favorite fashionABLE scarf for this post. You've probably seen every stitch of the outfit one hundred times before, because most of my duds are pretty old, or at least tweenagers, which is old when you think about it.

A reader recently said something to me to the effect of, "All my friends would think I was so full of myself if I took pictures of myself looking cute and put them on my blog." I totally understood what she was saying and sadly, I couldn't, in good conscience, say, "Oh, no! Of course they'd never think that!"

Hear this, it is highly likely that some of the people in my life think similar things, and worse. But guess what? Oh Well. Because I happen to LOVE it when people blog about what they wear. Or what they did to their living room or their pantry or their hair. I like all the dirt and every flip-flinging detail. Give me more. Show me your face already. I like it when I can see you. It makes me feel like we're actually friends. AND it gives me great ideas to rip off.
Fall Style

Case in point.

Girl with the sun at her back: I do not know you.
But you gave me the idea to pull out my age-old American-Eagle-by-way-of-TJ-Maxx sweater and button it over my gingham. And I will love you forever for it.

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Girl in pink: I do not know you, either.
But I liked the way you wore your scarf, so I stole the idea.
You also got my wheels turning with that bag of yours... Stay tuned.
Oh, and the pink shoes with the pink sweater? It goes against everything I believe. Yet it works.
I shall ponder that further.

Long story short, I grabbed a bunch of old stuff I've owned forever, fluffed my hair, and took to the alley. In a mortifying turn, my neighbor (the one who sent a platter of chicken and beef mole two nights ago but now I'm just bragging) was sitting in her back yard, talking on the phone.

I can only imagine what she thought of the whole scene. And really, I can only imagine it. We have a major language barrier between us, one that is currently traversed only by pumpkin cakes and tamales. Times like this, I'm glad for it.

Cory took about one hundred pictures, and that's no laughing matter.

I looked redonkulous in many of them. Like, truly unphotogenic. But hallelujah, there were a few that worked.

So, do I walk around in my regular life with my hair fluffed and my scarf wound fetchingly around my neck? I do not. But now and then, it's fun to share some good ideas and I hope you'll do the same.

I don't think I'm super pretty or extra fashionable. I know not everyone has a capable photographer or a fancy camera at the ready. I'm not about being trendy or goading you to spend more money on yourself.

I'm about sharing my life and who I am, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

One last thing. This guy got his first 4-hour pass on Sunday. He spent it walking around the neighborhood, going to Wal Mart and McDonald's, and visiting his parents in the alley photoshoot. But that's not really the point of this photo.

The point is - What famous person does he look like? I mean, he's a RINGER! I died laughing and he vehemently disagreed but then Cory immediately confirmed it and I'll love you forever if you'll do the same.

Sidenote: I keep asking him if he would like a belt.

He doesn't find it particularly amusing.



67 comments:

  1. The guy from LOST?

    Also - KEEP posting your fashion/house decor stuff. I'm in complete agreement with you on this matter. I'm a bit shy about it as well but I'm standing with you. I think people want to see a face with a story... or a scarf or a blue gingham shirt.

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  2. Puff Daddy or P DIddy or Sean something...he looks just like him!! And you go girl...I think it's awesome that you walk around in an alley all done up to share your cute self with us!

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    1. Dang, someone beat me to it. Puffy,diddy, daddy... that guy. He looks just like him.

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    2. Dang, someone beat me to it. Puffy,diddy, daddy... that guy. He looks just like him.

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    3. Diddy!

      Recently saw Diddy (aka your son's twin) on The View and he's quite impressive!

      Love your pics-you give me ideas as in- I shall steal your scarf tie as you stole it. Win for us ALL!

      I have your purple sweater, but in beige. I bought mine at Goodwill last year for $6! Holla!!

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  3. Well I think you are Fan-tabulous !!! I love your Story, decor, style and you make it real !!! We all love that so thanks for sharing!

    I agree the Boy is adorable new pants/belt would be a great fit !!! But he wouldn't be in style then huh!!! Break away from the trends and step out Robert (I think that's his name right?) I sure love those lil babies of his too. Gorgeous !!!

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  4. I am seeing P Diddy. Or Sean Combs. Or whatever we must call him these days.
    I love fashion posts, too. It's just fun!

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  5. Tell Robert Leo's mom thinks he needs a belt, too. :) And also that I don't know what celeb he looks like but I do know he's handsome!

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  6. Sean Combs? Anyway, he is one handsome young man! Love your fashion posts and for the record, sure do miss your grocery shopping posts as well. They were great!!

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  7. he's got to be p-diddy's brother!! He has the exact same mouth.
    Love your outfit by the way :)

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  8. I have no idea, but he is crazy handsome!

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  9. BAH! I'm too late and I couldn't resist looking up at the comments! I was going to say Lenny Kravitz, but I see it now-it's P.Diddy! And I love you Shannan. I just do. I totally get this post about you. I joined the blogging world, (although there were so many doubts about whether or not it was vein and self centered) to be a part of a world to a world that inspired me so much and even encouraged me when I thought I couldn't cut it as a full time homemaker. And, I love you even more for making me google "good looking black celebrity men" before I've had my second cup of coffee! Bless you, scarf-ed FROG [I have decided this will be my word for a friend you have made through a blog. You're my frog. You don't know it yet. But now you do... (Now, where is that coffee?)]

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  10. I love your fashion. Seriously, you've got some kind of effortless style. I wish we lived closer, because I'd have you come poke around in my closet and fix my scarf. We could call it fashion camp. No idea who your boy looks like. I'm not good at celebrity games.
    ~FringeGirl

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  11. But that is the thing. You pull it off...it's all unassuming, just walking in my duds of the day. It doesn't bug me for a second that you're looking pretty and fashionable. Because it's you. But not all bloggers who post pics of themselves are created equal. Some have a different vibe. Maybe it's because some of your clothes are looking tweenage-ish and I could pull off the same look(!)--that's if I added a foot to my height to look even close to a model!!

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  12. 100% pdids.

    you look cute. i am not a good dresser so i opt for home pictures. i'm sure if someone saw me prepping a home photo, they would unfollow me from all forms of social media.

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  13. I thought I was your muse, Farmgirl?!?
    p.s. Will you sell me that outfit?
    p.p.s. I'm glad all these pictures include your head. You're so pretty.
    p.p.p.s. P.Dids. Twins.

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  14. I LOVE when you post your outfits - I wish I was confident enough to put together cute looks like you do! xo

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    1. My only advice: Figure out what you really love. Figure out what you're most comfortable in.
      I see other people looking cute in much cooler ways, but I know now it's not me.
      I'm jeans and layers. I'd rather be under-dressed than over-dressed.
      Knowing these things about myself takes the pressure off.

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    2. great advice. always be you to the max.

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  15. This post is FANTABULOUS in so many ways!! YES New Girl is pretty darn addicting and hilarious!! You would be a great Jess!! And YES as I've been planning to start a blog I've been debating on whether or not it's okay to make myself look awesome in fashion posts, etc. (Erika, blogger at Rouge & Whimsy, said it's totally okay in her fab workshop at Influence Conference! Yay!) And oh how I love that last pic of you with your handsome son!! Priceless! Thanks for being so genuine and letting Jesus inspire others through your courage!! xo

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  16. Do you know how hard it was for me to hold in laughter at my desk when I saw Robert holding up his pants?! Oh golly.

    Total topic change, BUT - I spent a few years in the South Bend area for law school, and just wanted to say thanks for showing me sides of the area I never got to know.

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  17. Girl, you are somethin' else! xo

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  18. He totally looks like P Diddy!!! Buttttt does need a belt. ;-) And I want to see your cute self. And have never thought you posted those pics because you're full of yourself. You're quite humble and an amazing woman. Oh, and beautiful!

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  19. P Diddy - But I think Robert is way more handsome. Roberts eyes sparkle in a way that Diddy's don't. Ya, a belt would be fabulous. But...... I get it :)

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  20. I am mailing Robert some rope ASAP.

    xxoo

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  21. I knew it was P-diddy from the word guess!! Poor Robert...why are pants worn mid thigh cool?? Love the scarf sweater combo!!

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  22. Pretty sure the girl with the sun behind her is Sydney, from www.thedaybookblog.com. She's given me lots of good ideas for outfits, too!

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  23. Totally laughing imagining the photo shoot in the alley with the neighbor observing! :-)

    None of these gals' thighs touch! WHAT??????? Maybe my skinny jeans aren't really skinny jeans at all! :-)

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  24. you are the real deal...wish we were neighbors so we could take awkward alley shots together.

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  25. I was going to say Tupac Shakur but he does look like Puff (I can call him that we're tight). And I love your relaxed style, just like your home, no pretense but pulled together somehow. I love it and wish I could copy it!

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  26. You so pulled off that gingham shirt/sweater/scarf outfit, my friend! How great to find exactly what you need in the deep dark recesses of your closet : ) I love your realness. It's refreshing!

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  27. He looks exactly like Sean P-Diddy Combs. Yep, he does.

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  28. Please keep taking pics of what you wear - totally cute. But please, whatever you do, do NOT bend over and stare at the ground with your toes pointed together. HUGE pet peeve with fashion blogger photos. Seriously, WHAT is so interesting on the ground? Oy. Also? *love* New Girl.

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    1. Hahaha! Now you KNOW I'm gonna have to do The Pigeon Toe. :)
      (I know exactly what you mean - and yes, it's weirdo!)

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  29. Ha LOVE this. Love New Girl, have always loved your posts, AND I love your pins. I too find such inspiration in pinterest. It's given me new work-outs, outfits, foods to fix, home DIY projects, and ideas for patio/home decor. It also brightens my day with funny quotes and things to think on. And I can't help but post outfits on my own blog just to keep myself accountable not to wear the same outfit over and over for work---haha! Creativity outlet :) Much love to you and that fam--it's been a long time since I've commented!

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  30. You are my fashion icon....easy....natural...and my favorite....on a budget. And P Diddy all the way!

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  31. Definitely Sean Combs...Robert is a good lookin dude. And you Shannan are beautiful and creative and I love reading what you write! Thank you for sharing yourself and your family so generously with us.

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  32. Oh this post is so perfect in many ways. I apologize in advance for not emailing you back in light years but we will talk if you still want to do that post you mentioned :) Everything you stated is my entire thought process for every post. I am pretty sure I am known by the neighbors as the girl who poses in my backyard HA! Hope all is well :)

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  33. I loved your outfit so much in the post yesterday that I purchased that same scarf from Fashion Able. Can't wait til it gets here! I have a navy gingham shirt too. And I don't know who Robert looks like, but he is handsome!

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  34. Perhaps you could get your eldest to share with us what the heck comes over young men with this pants fashion. I have never understood it.

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  35. I have a story for you. I was going to write it, anyway; now I feel inspired to hurry on up. Right in this vein. You'll appreciate it more than anyone else I know. I'll lyk. Please tell Robert I said congrats on the 4-hr pass and his responsible use of it. I think of him (and your family) a lot.

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  36. girl, you are fashion. do you even need pinterest?! i mean, i'm the one that has pinned YOUR outfits before. oh, i just started watching old seasons of new girl. i love her. i got my haircut like hers!!! anyway, welcome to blogher.

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  37. I always tell my boys: "just imagine all the things you could do if you had both hands free, rather than using one to hold up your pants! The possibilities are endless!" :-) they are also not amused.

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    1. hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
      cracked me up and I shot hot tea out of my nose!

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  38. Sean Combs better-looking, younger brother. (Seriously, dude, you could model . . .)
    *You*, Miss Shannon, are the one who inspired me to get a navy and white gingham shirt and treat it like a neutral. Take THAT you fashion icon, you.

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  39. I just pinned YOU in your outfit on my style board on Pinterest. :)

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  40. I'm sure Robby (wouldn't it be tricky to call him that) :) Would love it if you and Cory sang this song every night before dinner...or better yet...perhaps Cory should start wearing his pants like that!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw0a12geN3Q

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  41. Is it good or bad that I don't know who he resembles and that I wouldn't know p diddy if he came up and started talking to me? Not my style of music, not to mention, I think I'm getting old and out of the loop on most things. Thanks for referencing me (I think) in your post. I really am trying to muster up some "who cares" and showing a few outfits. Thanks again for the encouraging words!

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    1. It was you alllllllllllll alonggggggggggggg! (I sing)

      :)

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  42. I love the way you make me smile almost every single time I read your posts (you know, except for the times you make me cry because I have never thought of things the way you make my brain think.) You always look adorable. I would love to start posting pics of myself in cute outfits. I'll have to get over the fact that my hind end is still slightly (that's a bit of an understatement) too big to fit in my pants. I'm working on that. I'm sure my husband would jump at the chance to photograph me since he was on the yearbook staff in junior high...which makes him a semi-pro photographer...just ask him. ;)

    As for the belt, I just don't get it. It looks like a lot of work to wear pants that way.

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  43. I'm sorry. Robert is MUCH more handsome than Sean Combs.

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  44. I love your fashion photo shoots because I know that you are for real. I realize that you don't always look that way, but like you, I have my moments of outfit brilliance and I wish I had someone to document it. I'm thinking of coaching my son so he can do it sometime, but I'm not sure he'd agree to it.

    I definitely see P. Diddy, but Robert is a more handsome version. And about the lack of a belt...does he have to walk around holding up his pants all the time or just be ready to catch them should they slide down too far? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    1. Important Questions.
      In his defense, while his pants are always a bit...uh...droopy, this particular case was extreme. I think he was in his "fancy pants" for his pass, but he would KILL me for calling them that.
      So I don't normally have the pleasure of watching him walking around with the one-handed-clutch.
      I don't understand it, either. It's a head scratcher.
      But hey - imagine the laugh I got when Silas came out of the bathroom with his pants under his bum saying, "I'm like Robert!"
      Oy.

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  45. I think P. Diddy for a second, but then I kind of think he resembles Kanye West, only Robert is way cuter than both of them.


    I watch reality tv and I've totally come to terms with it, too.
    i'm pretty sure my friends wonder why I "waste" my time taking pictures and posting them on a blog....
    I'm almost done caring about that, too.

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  47. you are the main reason i google famous people. :)

    and honeychild, if i were 12 foot 2 and had your impeccable style, my blog would be a pure stream of fashion shoots. but alas, on both counts. you shall have to be my designated dresser. wearer? swoonily dressed person.

    ps i think you are coming to visit me soon. (this is my new angle: if i plant ideas in people's brains, the premise eventually travels from laughable to plausible, and voila, you are on my doorstep. please play along.) x&o.

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  48. That pretty girl on the path? I don't know you.
    But I like the way you put all your old clothes together and bear your heart with us. Wonky or not.
    I have stolen your ideas sometimes. When I remember which one, I will email you.
    Have a blessed fall weekend with all your lovelies!

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  49. That picture of you and your boy holding his pants made me smile- Because I have conversations ALL.THE.TIME with our TD about his pants. And the fact that they are a bazillion sizes too big for him. And that he looks like a goob with them hanging off his rear end.

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  50. i love you...cuz, you love Robert.
    Unconditionally.
    I was all, "Dude, what are you doing??? Pull up your pants."
    And, you? You're just being all cool.

    <3 Pinterest. And, while I really wish they made adult Garanimals...I at least have pinterest to inspire me to put together a top and bottom that sorta-kinda go together. Sorta.

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    1. Hahaha! I heart you. #Garanimals #Underoos??

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