Fanfare Wear

How do you wear your fanfare?  I don’t have too much of a life lesson or wisdom spin on this post, it will be filed in the Fancy Fashion bucket.  But, I couldn’t resist seeing a little bit of a lesson while I was gathering the outfits to show you.  We always see a variety of levels of fanship (yes, it’s a word, even if I just made it up) at games.  My personal faves are the ones that go so out loud that it cannot be denied their passion for the team.  You know, the shirtless dudes with paint. The ladies who scream their team from head to toe.  They put their whole self into showing up and playing the part that their team needs them to play.  The fan.  The supporter.  The people that show up and say, today, I believe in this team.
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See where I’m going with this?  How do you show up when your team needs you?  How much of yourself do you put out there, to show a friend “I believe in you and will shout for you, at the top of my lungs, from any bleacher”…….just something to think about. I can definitely say I have had to think about it more than ever.  Since I drafted this post (and planned to post it a month ago), my nephew has been diagnosed with brain cancer and had two brain surgeries!  To say he has needed his team, would be the understatement of the century!  And of course, as my actual post below was pointed against, we decked out in game attire (and have worn these shirts out already)!  More to come on that journey later!
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ANYWAY….on to the clothes!
I’ll be honest, this area of life is a struggle for me!  I’m not sure when it happened, but football game attire got taken up about 437 notches.  I see girls in high heels and dresses and wonder how in the world they do it.  Even at my “spryest” age, I don’t think I could’ve done it.  To each, their own.  I’m not judging. I just prefer to be more functional and comfortable if I’m going to be out on uneven tailgating ground and climbing hills all day (and indulging in things that may alter my depth perception).
Football season in Arkansas is deceiving (and I’m not just talking about how our team lures you in, then breaks your heart with losses).  Football as a whole symbolizes fall, cooler weather, etc.  Nope, not in Arkansas.  The first few games are set in temperatures that rival Satan’s playground.  I will never forget the 2014 season when I passed out from heat.  Hard to watch men throw around footballs and chase each other when every crevice of your body could double as an irrigation pipeline for rice fields. Just hook me up to a spicket and watch your plants grow. SO. MUCH. SWEAT.
So, began the hunt for clothes that accomplished all my football fan needs.  I needed to find stuff that says “I’m here for the team but I’m gonna need some pizazz and not to die while wearing it.”
We’ll start with a piece that could not be passed up.  I love humor.  I love old school rap.  I love red.  So, when A Little Southern Charm sent me these shirts, I couldn’t wait to start matchmaking them with my closet!  The front is plain and simple (which I like).  The back……it takes it up a notch and will have the beat of No Diggity in your head for the whole season!
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I had been wanting to try the DIY trick of making your own v-neck t-shirt that I have seen these days.  I usually have a knack for screwing up anything DIY, but this could not have been more easy.  All you do is cut a V (I drew mine with chalk first) and cut around the collar. voila! You just took your tshirts up a notch.  I’m hot on your tails, sorority girls with dresses and heels!
It works perfectly with jeans and my fun MK loafers……
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Life hack:  cut the seam off the bottom of the shirt first
AND, remember to actually pack the “non altered” t-shirt so that you can photograph it for it’s place in your blog 😛 and people can see exactly what the “real shirt” looks like, before you try to be a Pinterest queen!
Check out A Little Southern Charm Boutique to grab your shirt!
Next up – The basics
This shirt definitely achieves the comfort.  I don’t know what it is about adding a little criss cross up top, but I always feel like it is a huge help in making it look like I tried harder than I did.  If you’re looking for a quick look for an “after gameday” brunch, and let’s say you may be too tired to do anything with your hair…….this shirt is perfect with a hat.
I found this at Game Day Couture and was pleasantly surprised by how fast it shipped and arrived!  I do wish it was a weeeee bit longer 😃
P.S. they have an off the shoulder top that is to die for.  It took all I had not to order it (but I am trying to dial back that obsession)
The Vest
Also from Gameday Couture, this soft vest is too comfy for words.  I love it with jeans, but I couldn’t resist trying it with boots and leggings.  I love that too and will spend the weeks leading up to season, convincing myself that it’s not too short to wear with said leggings and that I will rock it.  I will not let worry of others judgement stop me!
Get it here

Ribbons and Bows
I. LOVE. THIS. SHIRT.  There really isn’t much to say past that.  It sparkles.  It has ribbon to fancy up the sleeves.  It was made for me.  That’s all.

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It lives here if you want to grab your own.

Accessories
You cannot deny these are perfect for any Razorback game!
Found these gems at Logo-N-Stitch
There ya have it!  All set for the first few football games!  The anticipation of hanging out with our newly established tailgate group (and to reconnect with all my regular faves) is almost ore than I can stand!  WPS!!!!
Winter looks to come……they just couldn’t be done right now because it’s hotter than the pits of hell here.  😛

Single Girl Super Bowl Observations

I just thought i would share observations of the super bowl from a single girl perspective. Ok, maybe the observations aren’t just because I am single but I doubt that any of these points will be brought up by any sports anchors 🙂

1. I barely know all the ins and outs of football. But i do know that a score of 29-0 in the 3rd quarter does not provide good odds for the team with zero to have a chance.

2. I seriously dread the gazillion analyzations and interviews that will follow trying to figure out what the heck happened to Denver. I still love you Peyton. You and your family are good people. I would love it if he didn’t answer to anyone.

3. There should be a commercial committee that turns down lame commercials. If you can’t bring something completely epic to the table, go home. For example, the Jordache commercial. I certainly hope they get a good return on the money they spent to run their commercial three times. Speaking of that, NO COMMERCIAL should be repeated during the Super bowl. Ever. It’s the one day that people will actually watch them so it is Fox networking fail not to fill every slot with a new commercial.

4. Due to “snowmageddon” round 2, I was unable to leave my house for a party. Now I have entirely too much dip for one person. I do not however have too much beer and am secretly glad that I am not sharing that. Neither of these scenarios are worth devastating my calorie counter app over.

5. The National Anthem. I should probably be ashamed that I don’t appreciate the way it was done by what I am sure is an amazing person. But I just felt like it was too fancy for a crowd that are shoving hot dogs and beer down their throats all while huge men will be fighting over a ball two minutes after her performance is over.

6. Best part of this whole night? JACK IS BACK! That’s right! Jack Bauer is coming back. I should probably start preparing the new friends I have met since he left us. They will see a side of me that I am not sure they are ready for. Technically this should be number one on this post but it should just be a given that no matter the placement on a list, Jack is ALWAYS number one. I have actually been texting with a new friend who is unaware of 24 or Jack and I think he thinks that I am kidding about unfriending him. I am not kidding. I am so fairly certain that 95% of anything I post socially from this point forward wi be about Jack Bauer.

7. Even if you hate Bruno and his music, the halftime show was good. There were no wardrobe malfunctions. Miley wasn’t twerking with her tongue out. Nobody was using it as a platform to shove their agendas down your throat. I don’t have to worry about explaining to my nieces what any words or movement means. It was a happy vibe. There really is nothing to complain about here. So just be nice. Some of you wouldn’t be happy no matter who was up there.

8. The Seattle uniforms really are fashioned quite nicely.

9. I LOVE all the military attention given during commercials. Wouldn’t it be nice if we really gave them that much love and attention all the time?

10. I have told everyone I know, but it’s worth repeating. Do yourself a favor and try Butterfinger Cups. They are life changing. Trust me.

11. I almost forgot to mention Joe Nameth’s fur coat. I can’t hate him for boldly wearing it like he meant to or something. And I certainly hope that when I am his age, I am so confident in myself that I am willing to wear an oversized fur coat in front of the planet on national television. You go Joe.

12. I am not even remotely ashamed to admit that I would give my left arm (or both arms) to be the girl in the commercial with John Stamos. My. My. My. I would go through a uterus transplant to have his babies if I could. Too much?

13. I am a sucker for a bald man. Even if he is as d as Bruce Willis. If he was single, I would ask him to be my Valentine.

I almost feel like watching the game alone is as bad as being an old lady with cats. This game brings people together. But I doubt I would’ve been able to provide such great insight for you had I been distracted by a party 🙂

Happy Monday! Make it a great week!!!

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