Rainy Monday: Plaid, Vintage, and Nature

Hi y’all.

I woke up to pouring rain this morning. Don’t you love that feeling? Good night’s sleep. Comfy airy blankets. Soft pillows. Gentle light. Sound of rain. Oh! I do.

It’s Monday and I was pretty tired from the weekend. Comfy duds, blogging and coffee all morning. Bare face out of respect for no-makeup Monday. Cinnamon toast. Good tunes. Yup. That’s exactly what I had in mind.

I dove in the clothing collection and came up for air with a 100% cotton orange and pink plaid thrifted American Eagle shirt. Score! With a peachy soft XS Massimo (thrifted of course!) tunic underneath. Some free, like-new, hand-me-down Banana Republic slacks that are as soft as pajama bottoms.

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Lazy Rainy Monday. plaid & vintage. layed back

AE Plaid Shirt: thrift store- $8 (I think) Massimo tunic: thrift store- $1 Starbucks mug: also thrifted- $1-$5 (can’t remember exactly)

Starbucks cup in hand I was ready for that easy little morning I had planned.

A vintage owl necklace pretty much decided on it’s own to join the party. He matched my mug so I said yes.

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Vintage Owl Necklace: Inherited

As I’ve said before, details make all the difference in my mind. I love fun linings. Coordinating pens. Matching coffee cups. That’s one thing I love about the AE shirt, the lining is hot pink. It contrasts against the outside in a madly fashionable way. SO, I just had to have the pink nails to match. That was a perfect combo in my mind. I love the western flair of the pearl snaps, too.

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I was blog ready.

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Lazy Rainy Monday. plaid & vintage

But as I sat writing and editing photos at my aqua desk, I began staring out the window. Always the fatal mistake if you have indoor work plans. The more I stared the more my heart was struck with wanderlust.

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Lazy Rainy Monday. plaid & vintage GET OUT THERE

In the end, the wanderlust won out. I decided to take my younger brother for a Nature Walk.

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Lazy Rainy Monday. plaid & vintage Boatshoes

The idea was to culture that appreciation of the lovely creation around us.

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And check the mail. haha. The simplest of endeavors but appreciated by young and old alike. You never know what you might find in there.

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We visited the chickens.

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With a little bit of help from his big sister this boy is also culturing a very organic, rocking, sense of style. Okay… maybe a lot of help. But you know. We do what we must to pitch in on raising those younger siblings.

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I then had the idea, to work on a science project. I was thinking of trees. How we need them and how truly lovely they are. An important part of the eco-system for sure. That was when I posed the question:

“Do you see any interesting leaves.”


“Why is that one interesting..?’

Thus beginning the leaf and rock scavenger hunt.

ThisGreenEyedGirl Nature Walk

That was a fun little adventure.

I now have Seth inside doing projects with the one interesting rock and one interesting leaf he was allowed to bring in. Later we’re going to study them. That shall prove exciting, I think. Homeschooling at it’s best! 🙂

ThisGreenEyedGirl Nature Walk Leaf Study

My rainy layed back Monday has been lovely. I hope the same has been true for all of you. Don’t forget to….

Get Out There!

Take a little mini adventure and soak up some nature. Also, spend some time with the small peeps in your life. They’re so special and growing like weeds.



Fashion & Photography: Roadtrippin’ in the high-low skirt

Hi y’all,

Today I went roadtrippin’ a little bit. Spent the day heading over to Winchester Tennessee.

I happen to Adore Vintage 1969-1974 Broncos…… so yeah, I’d love one as a project vehicle some day. Something to refurbish. Some gals love the VW Busses… and I do too, but these are just that to me. They are like those cute busses but with my personality. A little bit tough and rough to go with their cuteness. They’re 4×4. I just love ’em. And guess what, I ran across a vintage bronco restoration shop in Fayetville, Tn. today.

And saw this…..

roadtripping and highlow outfit

She’s adorable. Needs some work… a paint job, but REALLY! A diamond in the rough.

Could be similar to this one day….

1970 bronco

1970 bronco AmericanListed.com

The sight-seeing was nice, too. I love roadtripping.


The scenery reminded me of sweet home Alabama. I grew up in the North Florida Lower Alabama area and love the look of the rolling fields planted with crops.

The sun lingered in the sky lovely and set lovely. I was so fascinated watching it transform the clouds. BEAUTIFUL. I took so many pictures. But… alas, I can only post so many. So here are a few of it making it’s way down to the tree line and the sky growing dark.

“His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden” -Habakkuk 3:4

roadtripping sunset

Pointing us on our way…

roadtrip arrow

“May every sunrise hold more hope and every sunset hold more peace.”

roadtrip sunset

On my mental bucket list is to ride one of these….

roadtripping hot air baloon

I spotted it coming home through Springhill.

They weren’t giving rides (a private party only) but it sure was neat to stand by and exhilarating to watch take off and flame up.  An interesting photography subject.

I wanted to wear something fun today. Something to go with my small adventure.

I was rolling with several trends here….

roadtripping outfit pic

Chambray Shirt: thrift store & price unknown High-Low Skirt: gift from my mom, Walmart (less than $20) Forever 21 Turquoise Shirt: Thrift Store- $1

The high-low trend, the belted trend, the chambray trend, and the blue/grey trend. (that last one may not be a “trend” exactly but I love the color combos right now, especially turquoise and grey.)

My shoes tend to alternate through-out the day based on the clock and my comfort level. Most of the day they were flip-flops. But I also liked these, my take on moccasins, to match the belt. These are a few of the day’s accessories… (the glasses are substituting for contacts right now, until my order comes in. But I’m trying to embrace it.)

roadtrip accesories

Belt: Rue 21- $7 (I think) Shoes: Payless- $17 (a Christmas splurge)

I was also wanting to try a hot-pink lip. The reason for this was an inspiring Pinterest image of dark hair, glasses, and pink lip. I’ve been experimenting with different makeup ideas to go with the glasses. So, I stopped at Target and picked up a fuchsia lipstick for $1.99 Wet N Wild 965 Cherry Picking

the fuchsia lip

Although, I feel a little silly posting a picture detailing my lipstick selection. Oh well.

There’s no time to be shy in a world where you just have to build your own wings.

“She took her leap and built her wings on the way down.”


I hope each and every one of you has a charmed day tomorrow and week ahead. I have to say, that I really didn’t do anything all that grand today. But, in my mind, I thought of it as an adventure, however small. It made all the difference. Perspective is everything. Knowing that I’ll never get today back and relishing every moment of it. Breathing in the laughter. Taking in the sunset. Musing in the way the clouds move. Singing along with the radio (especially when we blasted my favorite song “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, with the sunroof open & windows down driving through charming little Winchester Tennessee). All of it…. take it all in. Know life is what you make it, make it an adventure.


Aztec and Neon: Welcoming July

Hey there.

Well, it’s a slightly cloudy Monday here in middle Tennessee and currently I am home alone, drinking coffee, dwelling on how to go fourth into my week and also into a new month. July. 

Yesterday was the Lord’s day and a beautiful Lord’s day it was. We were able to celebrate the baptisms of 5 young people in our church. It brought me to tears, to be honest. Watching an 18 year old young man confess his desires to serve the Lord in so much humility and 4 young children testify that Christ saved them and they wanted to obey his command to be baptized…. wow! What a joy. It felt like we had just adopted them into our family. So real and so beautiful as if they had been orphans coming into our fold… and indeed that is just what happened. Sadly, I don’t have any photos. But I myself will carry a mental snapshot in my mind.


I’ve been slightly obsessed with two things…. among all my other obsessions. Aztec print & neon. Also, I’ve been wanting to adopt something Emerald. It’s very ‘in’ this year and a little out of my comfort zone. I believe in going to new places and trying new things, broadening your horizons… thus I intended to wear something that particular shade of green if it took me all year. However… it did not take me all year.

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Aeropostale Denim Jacket: thrift store – under $5 White tank: Ross- $4 Neon Jersey Knit shirt: Shopko- clearanced $4 Emerald Aztec Maxi: Ross $13

My Mom and I, who enjoy dressing alike sometimes with our own unique twists thrown in, have been enjoying the neon trend this summer. It took her a little while to warm up to it. First she didn’t like it but by this May she was telling me ‘I just have to find something neon… I love how it looks against tan skin. It’s so fun!’ We’ve been experimenting with matching up, too. Even the four of us, she and I and Dad and Seth, Each with a different take on the colors because we’re all different, but coordinated. It’s been a lot of fun and I think it’s a small way of expressing that we’re unified and love being a family. So, back to neon. Now we all have something neon. I have two things actually. One of them is this shirt which I bought on sale because of the color but also because I LOVE jersey fabric. How it hangs, fits, breaths, flatters. LOVE IT! I always get full use out of it when I buy it and feel it worth the price. In this case, especially because it was only $4.  I always encourage  finding something you love and figuring out exactly why you love it. It helps you in the future when shopping to not end up with things you wont wear and instead end up with items you feel comfortable in and great about wearing.

sunday outfit 1

bracelets: walmart – $1

Maxis are lovely and fun. They are classy, simple, but also can be given a modern spin. I seldom pay $13 dollars for one item… yes, I’m extremely frugal. But I decided that every now and then I will splurge on some statement pieces to punch of my wardrobe. This was one of them.

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A denim jacket is my forever-go-to. Always classy. Always in style. Always flattering. Can be dressed up or down. Gotta love it.

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I felt pretty happy about my outfit yesterday. Something about maxis just make you feel womanly and knowing that I had chosen something to wear that met all the standards I was striving  for: lovely, modest, fashionable, flattering, and fun made me feel good.

But really, it wasn’t the outfit. I just had a lovely day. I enjoyed some wonderful conversation with some wonderful friends. I witnessed a beautiful baptism. I bonded with my church family. I heard some very uplifting teaching. I was nourished and convicted. And  on the way home I saw these amazing sights:

sunday outfit 1 drive home

      I just love the sights on a Sunday drive through Tennessee!

sunday outfit 1 cattle

I love coming around the bend and seeing these Angus cattle on my ride home every Sunday evening.

sunday outfit 1 rainbow

‘I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.’ – Gen 9: 13

I hope y’all have a gorgeous week this week. Something I’ve been praying about today was relinquishing to God a relationship in my life with someone I dearly love. Praying that God would take it over and give us peace in the relationship. Me the ability to forgive and look past the faults so that I can go on loving. Loving deeply as I should. I wanted to share that and encourage you to do the same this week. If there’s someone you just can’t seem to see in love because of how they’ve hurt you. Give it up to the Lord. Ask for his help. I’m having faith that it will change my week. My life maybe. And go ahead and wear some perfume, too. Then we’re bound to have a great week ahead (and holiday weekend!)