March 20, 2013 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

I Feel Pretty | Preppy

Even though it’s brand new, this navy blazer is making feel all old school.  You know, like I should be hanging at Bel Air Prep with Will and Carlton.

That’s a Fresh Prince of Bel Air reference for you youngsters.

“In West Philadelphia, born and raised…”  I dare you to not finish the rest of that in your head.

Will, of course, famously wore his blazer inside out.

It was still in dress code, right?

Although mine has a pretty lining too, I kept it on the right way.

[Blazer:  Kenar (Similar)/Jeans:  LOFT/Shirt:  H&M (Similar)/Necklace:  Target/Earrings:  Macy’s/Shoes:  Tommy Hilfiger (Similar)]

Heather tagged me yesterday in her five things post, so I thought why not?  Looks like fun!  Here goes…

Five Facts about Alison

1.  I love 90’s sitcoms (see above).  My hubby and I have watched re-runs of every episode of Fresh Prince, In Living Color, King of Queens, Golden Girls, Mama’s Family and Designing Women.  OK, so there’s some late 80’s overlap in there.

These shows are pure nostalgia.  Some of them remind me of living at home and watching with my mom, like Designing Women.  Others bring back high school memories.  My friends and I used to recap scenes of In Living Color at the lunch table the day after an episode. Fresh Prince brings me back to college days, watching with my roommate and BFF, Danielle. We’ve been best friends since we were twelve.

This is us circa 1993, crazy girls!  That’s me on the right…naturally curly big hair, the envy of all the girls back in the day.  Thank God for the flat iron.

2.  My hubby and I met on a blind date twenty one years ago when I was 18 and he was 21.  Even though we were apart for five years (of growing up!) before re-uniting and getting married, I always knew he was “the one”.   I truly believe that God created the perfect man for me.

This was taken on our anniversary last year.

3.  I grew up in a tiny town in Pennsylvania named Hopewell (population 200).  My high school graduating class had only 89 students in it.  I’m a first generation college grad.

This is the house that I lived in from the age of four.  My parents still live there, which is really cool. I love to visit and sleep in my old bedroom.  My kids have a blast there and get to make the same memories, playing in the river behind Mimi and Pappy’s house, taking hikes and doing the things that I did growing up.

4.  I’m the youngest of three girls.  My sisters both live in the Dallas area too.  My oldest sister Andrea moved here first, I followed her right after college and our middle sister Heather moved here five years ago.  We spend every holiday together.

Me, my sister Andrea and my sister Heather.

5.  Five, hmm.  I have to come up with five?  I’m just not all that interesting.  Oh, here’s one.  I was our local “fire queen” in high school.  In case you’re wondering what a fire queen is, it’s essentially an excuse to have a pageant in a small town.  I made speeches about fire safety and rode on top of fire trucks in parades. I was kind of a big deal with big hair.

There you have it.  Five captivating facts about my life.  Now onto the fun!


It’s time for this week’s I Feel Pretty link party but first let’s take a look at last week’s Pretty of the Week.

She’s Jennae of Green and Gorgeous!

Her chambray, white skirt, turquoise necklace and cobalt blue flats are perfectly tied together with the fun Aztec print clutch.  Gorgeous, indeed!


Link up your outfits or anything else that makes you feel pretty.  There are just a few simple rules:

1.  Follow GYPO. (Facebook, TwitterBloglovin‘)

2.  Link up your pretty post.

3.  Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4.  Visit other pretty peeps.

That’s it! Let the fun begin.

Getting my pretty on today with The Pleated Poppy, Shanna, Stylelixir, Aloha Friday, Wardrobe Wednesday, Fashion Informant, Six Sisters Stuff.

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  • Wow Alison!
    1. I love 90s sitcoms too! I would have to add Seinfeld to your list though.
    2. Your hubby is smokin’ with those abs! Holy cow!
    3. I want to go home with you next time and stay in your parents’ house. It’s adorable!!
    4. Your sisters are beautiful! I think it’s so neat that you all live in the Dallas area!
    5. Fire Queen sounds like a drag name. I’m just sayin’…;)

  • First, your five things is awesome! I love 90s sitcoms too, and I met and fell in love with my husband when I was 13, so I can relate. Second, thank you for featuring me! I was so surprised to see my own face looking back at me…lol. I’m flattered 🙂

  • “…….on a playground is where I spent most of my days.”
    What about The Cosby Show?!? We LOVE watching that one in reruns!!!!!!
    Your list was so much fun!
    Sheaffer 🙂

  • OMG…you are NOT 39! I thought you were a LOT younger. I love this outfit. I am trying to get myself dressed for work, so if you did not mention where you got those shoes…please email me. 🙂 I will check back tonight, though. You look like you’re going to work with me at Ralph’s!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Lulu and Daisy

  • Now I am going to be either singing the theme song to The Golden Girls or Fresh Prince the rest of the day, ha ha! It was fun reading your five things. Thanks for playing along! Heather

  • You need to see my old school blazer on my blog today! ( great minds…)
    I am trying to link but DreamHost is having issues and my site is down. ;(

    I love hearing all about you! Your small town sounds a lot like my husband’s town. And I am VERY obsessed with 90’s sitcoms too. I’ll never ever get tired of them!

    You look gorgeous as always!

    ~ Priscila

  • Oh I come from a family of three girls too! Except I’m the middle child. 🙂

  • OMG I loved Fresh Prince and In Living Color!
    Love your 90’s hair too! 🙂
    I’m lovin’ the preppy look! 🙂

  • LOVE the house you grew up in …. How wonderful its still in the family!
    Hey, great minds must think alike … we did a navy blazer on the blog today also! pippa

  • So funny! I love those shows too! Fun hearing your 5 facts!!

  • Such a cute blazer…. and WOW! I have not thought about “fresh prince” for years! Ha! I did just find a channel that re-plays some 80’s sit coms and I am watching “The facts of life” again, and when I was in law school I re-watched every single episode – and in order!- of “Different World” (that Cosby Show spinoff) because it happene to come on when I got in from school, when I needed a break. very interesting facts about you. I also met and re-met my husband, first when I was 17 and he was 23, but didn’t re-met until I was 29! Thanks again for hosting. I really enjoy seeing what others are wearing.

  • Love the blazer. Love how you paired it with red skinnies and a neon necklace. Love!

    Oh and I am a curly hair girl too. But ssshhh don’t tell anyone. They will bug me to put down the straight iron.

  • I didn’t know you were in Dallas. We take trips there every now and then to ‘get away.’ It is my favorite place to shop. LOVE your look by the way. You do look very pretty.

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  • Girl, Fresh Prince was one of my faves! I can still sing the entire song!! Man, this totally shows our age! And excuse me while I drool over that picture of your hubs…..daaaaaaaang!! 😉 You are ready for spring!!! Such a fun and easy, breezy look! 😉

  • Love this post! 🙂 And your coral earrings and floral wedges!

  • Loved getting to know a few more facts about you, Alison 🙂 Oh man, the 90’s were the best. I love Fresh Prince, haha! Also, you look great – a blazer is such an awesome staple item.

  • You’re childhood house is like something out of a movie. I love it! I graduated with a class of 60, so I feel ya on the small town stuff! Love your outfit…and I think I have all the pieces…so I might have to re-create it!

  • I love the bright colors, and the fresh prince reference 🙂 fun facts too! I had pretty sweet bangs back in the day….

  • Alison this look is wonderful! I think Will is right, you should wear your blazer inside out. 😉

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  • Danielle

    Ahhh! Great memories! I too love watching the old 90’s sitcoms! No matter how many times I have seen a show, I still laugh as if it was the first time I have ever seen it! Love your blazer….love the entire outfit!!

  • Oooooo…..the shoes are fantastic! Thanks for the blast from the past, too!

  • Oh, your family home is so, so charming! How special that your parents still live there, and that you and your sisters are not scattered all over the country.

    You do indeed look a little bit preppy, but of course, pretty best describes you! As a curlyhead, I think you’d look adorable with your curls.

    Thank you for hosting I Feel Pretty today.

    Sue xo

  • AHH-freaking-dorable!!! The coral, the navy, the chambray, the pop of yellow. Just leave that in my closet when you’re done please!

    Confession: I didn’t know his blazers were inside out! I just thought he was wearing those crazy patterned smoking jackets!

  • Ha! Now I’m doing the Carlton dance in my head! I love the bright pants. I’ve tried some printed ones but I think for me solid bright pants are going to work better. And nice big 90s hair! Would have been jealous back in the day. 🙂

  • Oh congrats Jenae! I love her blog 🙂
    We have some things in common Allison! (well, kind of) I’m the oldest of three girls, I met my hubby just before I turned 18, and I LOVE watching fresh prince and king of queens reruns! I loved reading all your facts, so fun to get to know you more!
    I love the coral skinnies and pops of color in your jewelry! And you can never go wrong with chambray or a good blazer!

  • CC

    Love this outfit. 🙂 Those wedges are awesome!
    Smell ya later!

  • Aww, I loved getting to know you better through this post. It’s fun to take a trip down memory lane.

    BTW- I love the outfit!


  • Great post. Love your first outfit. Visiting from The Pleated Poppy LInk up.


  • Thanks so much for hosting! I’m brand new to the blog world and this is my first time linking up! You have a new follower! Stop by and visit sometime!

    PS: My favorite 90s sitcom is without a doubt Full House!! 🙂

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  • Awesome outfit!! Love all the bright colors. =) You look gorgeous. =)

  • I just bought my first chambray shirt and I’m totally going to use your outfit as inspiration! You have the most relate-able style of all the style bloggers I know. And geez, your hubs has some abs! lolllll

  • Where’s the video of you doing the Carlton dance??
    Loved finding out more about you

  • I absolutely love this look, so pretty!

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  • Alison! I love your outfit, AND I loved the get to know Alison facts!
    Yes, your hubby’s smokin’! You and your sisters are gorgeous, too!

  • Oh, man! I’m going to start twitching if I don’t finish that song now!!!

    Anywho, loving the color palette of your outfit, the primaries are beautiful on you. And it was such fun reading the “fun facts” about Alison!!! ~Sarah

  • LOVE this outfit!! In fact, I’m going to try to re-create it for the April edition of Pinspired!! 🙂 I have really similar pieces, just different color shades. By the way, you look gorgeous!! My photos won’t be as professional looking as yours!

    I also loved the Fresh Prince flashback. That show was so fun!

  • Cute outfit! Love your blazer! I miss the shows from the 90’s, they were really good:) Thanks for hosting the link up and enjoy your evening.

    Lillies & Silk

  • I love a classic blazer, and this one takes the cake! I totally loved all those shows too! 90’s party!

  • I love this preppy look, the colors are stunning and those heels, hello! All the different prints look well out together! Thanks for hosting!

    XO Chelsea

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  • Alison, I love this post and 80’s sitcoms too. The best…I totally forgot about Mama’s Family until you mentioned. So funny! Loved the hair…mine was big and curly too and grew up in a small town of 300 with 12 students in my graduating class. How in the world were there so many kids in your class? Congrats on 21 years! That is fantastic:)

  • Ana

    So cute, i love those bold colors together.

  • You have the cutest smile Alison! The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was actually one of the very first shows I started to watch after I moved to the U.S. in 2006 (gotta thanks my cousins for that)!

    Thank you for hosting the link up.

  • Love this look on you. You look amazing!

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post ‘Bold in Blue’.


  • Beautiful outfit and so lovely to read more about you. Thanks for sharing!
    And your hubby… wow 😉 But I am sure he knows that he has the most wonderful wife by his side!!

    Lady of Style

  • I don’t have any pretty blog type things to share, but I’ve sure had fun looking at all of these! What a cool blog you have. I found you through six sisters and will be following you!

  • Visiting from the Aloha Hop. Now following via Twitter.

    Would love to have you link up on my Bloglovin Blog Hop:
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    Take care,
    Happy Kids, Inc

  • Love this outfit! And now I am, in fact, finishing The Fresh Prince theme song, thank you very much!

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    Did you create this website yourself or did
    you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply
    as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know
    where u got this from. thanks