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Two weeks ago, I had the honor of being 1 of 3 judges at my local Friday’s Bar Flair Competition.  This was the Friday’s that I worked at for 4 years!  I participated in this very contest 4 times– winning 3rd place my first year, and then taking first place the following 3 years.  If you are the first place winner at the store level, you advance to compete against the other first place store winners in your region.  The 3 times that I competed in regionals I won 3rd, 2nd, and 3rd (I think).  You can view many of my performances, here.

As a judge, I wanted to look professional.  But, I knew that I would be seeing many of my old co-workers and guests so I wanted to look good, too!  I didn’t want to look slutty or come off like I was trying too hard, but for some of the people it would be one of the first times that they had seen me out of uniform!  I had an idea for an outfit, but I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go.  Above, you can see the two versions.  I was pretty set on the animal print top and magenta cardigan.  But, I couldn’t decide if bootcut darkwash jeans or distressed boyfriend jeans looked better.  I thought that the darkwash jeans were more professional looking and the boyfriend jeans were more trendy.  I was leaning towards the distressed jeans since the darkwash bootcut jeans are practically the uniform standard for the restaurant.

Also, I had a shoe dilemma.  I knew that I wouldn’t have to do much walking around so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull out these gold, glittery, and high heels.  But, I also like the Summer-time/casual vibe of the wedges and they still gave me the height.  In the end, here’s what I went with:

July 6, 2016 W (m)

The darkwash bootcut jeans and espadrille/wedges won out.  And speaking of winning, all 4 of the participants put on a great show and brought a lot of personality to the competition.  But, the winner was the veteran bartender that had experience on his side.  He’s participated in this contest now 4 times, I think.  It’s either a total of 3 or 4.  He took home the title last year, also.  Participating in a flair show is very nerve-wracking and people often underestimate how difficult that it is.  Having a few years experience under your belt definitely helps you to get over the jitters and be more relaxed and confident.  Plus, practice makes perfect!

I’m very happy that I was able to judge the competition.  I would be lying if I said that I didn’t miss certain aspects of working at Friday’s as a bartender.




I had an outfit picked out for today but I just wasn’t psyched about it.  I put it together the other day and I was having trouble coming up with something that I felt great about.  I got to the point of “good enough” and hung it on the hanger for today.  Well, last night and this morning I just wasn’t comfortable with the idea of wearing an outfit because I needed to wear my blue dress.

Instead, I looked back through my archives and picked out a different dress that always makes me feel good and created a new outfit on the fly with that dress.  And, in the end I am glad that I did!  The dress that I went with is my sleeveless magenta shift dress from New York and Company.  When I was looking back at my archives I was looking at the different shoes that I’ve worn with it.  That is one way that I try to mix up an outfits vibe— my footwear!  I noticed that I’ve often gone with one of several black shoes, my silver shoes, leopard print pumps, and my nude pumps.  And then it hit me– I’ve never worn this dress with brown shoes!  (At least none that I can remember or find pictures of.)  That was all that it took to send me on a path to creating my outfit for today.

April 19, 2016 T (m)

I only have these pointed toe brown pumps in my collection (for now.)  I also looked at the different belts that I’ve paired with this dress.  Most of the time I go with a skinny belt– be it black, purple, or magenta.  The last time that I wore this dress I went with a medium width khaki belt with a gold buckle.  This time around I went with a wide brown belt to play off of the brown shoes.  Even though it has been lovely and warm this week, I still need to wear something over or under this sleeveless dress.  I’ve worn this dress with a lot of cardigans (black, magenta, grey, purple, gold, grey boyfriend) and twice with a blazer (black and khaki).  I could have gone with my teal or navy blazer, but I opted to go with a printed leopard cardigan to pull in more brown and neutral tones.  I added a small gold watch and some gold earrings to complete my look.  I am also wearing my hair up today which I seldom do, and TBH I don’t hate it this time!


The outfit that I wore on Wednesday is not the pre-planned outfit.  In fact, it’s not the second outfit that I tried on.  Or the third.  I think that the end result is the fourth or fifth permutation of the originally scheduled outfit.  Let me start at the beginning.

I had planned to wear my sleeveless purple geometric print blouse.  I have worn it once earlier in the semester and once recently over the weekend in a casual look.

Both times I’ve worn this top I have gone with a darker color palette.  My main goal with my outfit this time around was to accentuate the lighter colors in the blouse— blush pink, oatmeal, tan/khaki, etc.  In my mind, I had envisioned wearing this with my dark khaki skirt and my khaki blazer.  You can see each of these items in the photo’s below:

However, when I put all 3 pieces together in to an outfit I didn’t love it!  I felt like the two colors of khaki didn’t look right together and when I tucked the blouse in a lot of the lighter colors were lost– it has somewhat of an ombre effect in the coloring.  I swapped the khaki blazer out for an oatmeal cardigan and like the outfit so much more!  I finished it off with a gold necklace, nude pumps, and a gold watch.  But, when I bent down to pick up my purse my skirt broke!  It wasn’t because it is too tight– trust me, I would tell you if it was.  I think it’s just because it is old.  You can’t see it, but there is an equestrian style toggle buckle at the waist band.  One of the posts that hold the circle side broke.  In a split second I had to re-think my outfit.

I quickly changed the dark khaki skirt out for a lighter colored khaki pencil skirt.  But, then the oatmeal colored cardigan was off.  Since it was still lying out on the bed, I tried the khaki blazer on, again.  I liked it better with the lighter colored skirt.  So much so, that I took my outfit photo’s.

But, something was still off!  The outfit wasn’t popping and feeling composed and cohesive– it was feeling too haphazard and random.  At the last minute, I swapped that khaki blazer out for the maroon cardigan that I wore with this blouse over the weekend.  (It, too, was still out and easily accessible.)  I didn’t have time to re-do my outfit photo’s– I was already running late and starting to stress out.  I did, however, snap a quick photograph when I got home after a full day of teaching.  By this point my hair and makeup were pretty much kaput and I had some major creases in my skirt from sitting in the car, but I do it all for you, folks!

April 13, 2016 W (mg)

Even though it doesn’t accentuate the lighter colors of the top as much as I had originally intended, I do like this combination of skirt, blouse, and completer piece the best of all the options that I had tried that morning.  This is why I like to pre-plan my outfits!