Wits & Wedges: Part 3

Holy macaroni (yes, I can spell “macaroni” without spell check 😎). Here we are. After two wonderful outfits/bling things/everything else that IS happiness. Behold, part three of three. Don’t look back, (wait, no, actually the jewelry is really cute so…) try not to cry. Dude. I’m trying. I’ve already had to watch my baby cousin (he’s a baby, ok?) graduate high school this month. Now this? Geeeeeez, I need a pint of ice cream (if you want to make a donation, hit me up 🤙 😆). Join me in taking a deep breath as we embark on our final adventure (ahhhh, what?!!).

Hm…there seems to be a theme going on here. CUTE JEWELRY, AYYYYY! But, seriously…it’s quite the fetching find. For our last outfit we said “what the heck” and brought out the fun stuff. No, not beer, cuz GAG. I’m talking bout pom poms and tassels. First of all, “Poms Poms and Tassels” sounds like it could be Kanye’s hot new single, second of all, sit your tushies down cuz I have a story. When I was in the third grade, I was gluing random stuff on other random stuff to make a baller creation. Get this, I totally did. And Lilly’s beaded and brightly colored (yo, take notes, Kanye) earrings, my tassel bedazzles, and my stellar momma’s tassel/pom pom necklace was the coolest case of déjà vu that’s happened to me since…like, in a long time.

My necklace (not that anyone cares, but it reminded me of cool Indian artifacts that you would find in a museum) was my favorite piece. EVEN OVER THE TASSEL BEDAZZLES, AND THAT’S SAYING SOMETHING. Thank you, Indian artifacts, for making me look cool.

Hot pink. Ummm, hot AND pink. And that’s Lilly’s shoes in a nutshell. I mean, come on, tell me I’m wrong. And does Mrs. Christina’s top look like something straight offa Pinterest or WHAT?! Ruffles for DAYZZZZ. The two dark haired beauties looked charming with their teensy lil mugs at their teensy lil table. It made for a teensy lil picture for my teensy lil blog. Bravo, ladies. Bravo.

You look hungry. Here’s a little food for thought:

Do you or a loved one suffer from the opinions of society? Well. Don’t….give….a flying….flip. Tassel bedazzles are here for you.



P.S.: Don’t come crying to me when you have writer’s block, Kanye.

Thank you, Noonday Collection for giving us the opportunity to stand out. Not only did you challenge me and my folks to step out of our comfort zones, but you showed us that it’s not uncomfortable at all. Beauty is all around us. It’s ok to stop and stare! Sometimes, a pair of spunky earrings is all you need to be your best self.

-Jen, Lilly, Christina, and Berry


Wits & Wedges: Pt. 2

Ahhh, nothing like a good ole sundress. And it looks like everybody got the memo. And THAT is because women have super cool telepathic powers…and then there’s that whole “text message” thing, but whatever, that’s not what I’m here to talk about. We sat down, had light conversation, and forgot that there was a woman (hey Mrs. Wendy!) snapping pictures. Bro, talk about faking it til you make it. It wasn’t easy to pretend like she wasn’t there. Lucky for me, my fellas are champs. Jenny: 1, obviously posed looks: 0.

Our bling things didn’t let us down. No. They built us up. From boho to earthy, to simple to flat out BUSY, (GOOD busy…I mean duh, it’s the Noonday Collection sooooo…) we’ve gotcha covered. You know that feeling when you walk into a department store and are just OVERWHELMED with cute clothing? Yeah. That was us, but with super cute trinkets. Trinkets galore, y’all. If I had a penny for every time I said, “no, I don’t like this necklace” I would have, like…I would be broke. Anybody who read “Wits & Wedges: Pt. 1” (ok, for real, what are you even doing here if you haven’t read part 1?) knows just HOW MUCH jewelry was part of this showcase. OODLES!

First things first. The colors. The Hodges ladies put every other dress to shame in their lil black dresses. Noonday was happy to accommodate. Like mother, like daughter! I’m not sure if they planned this, (probably not, because TELEPATHY, REMEMBER?) but they looked like they were straight outta Hollywood.

Ay? Ay? Sweet Lilly and Mrs. Christina made our cold coffee hot again, if you know what I’m sayin’. The Noonday Collection rushed to their side to help them accessorize. And really, it didn’t take much to make them sparkle. GUYS, GUYS look how gosh darn cute.

And then there were two. The blonde beauty and me. We were the ones that brought the colors (TELEPATHY!). It was a tad more difficult to find bedazzles for us. But fortunately, Noonday likes a challenge. BAM!

“What is that Harry Potter-like thing hanging from your neck??” IT’S A NECKLACE, SILLY! It might be magical…it might not…aaaand that’s for you to find out. CLICK HERE TO LOOK JUST LIKE MEEEEE

Itty bitty cups for itty bitty people. We totally felt like we were at the coolest tea party EVER. Personally, I think we should have been invited to the Royal Wedding, but it’s whatever…




Lilly: @lillyhodges

Mrs. Christina: @christinahodges

The Blonde Beauty: @berrymckelvain

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Wits & Wedges: Pt. 1

So much jewelry in one place! Is being starstruck by jewelry a thing? Because that was me today. The Noonday Collection hooked us up with several stunning pieces (and made for a few pretty cool photos…get ready, Instagram). Mrs. Wendy Hogan (@endyway), the pretty lady who represents (and does a good job) this FANTABULOUS collection, laid out multiple trays packed with lovely necklaces, bracelets, AND earrings. Y’all, she EVEN supplied us with our stylin’ purses. Come on, girl… I can’t just choose ONE necklace, ONE bracelet, and ONE pair of earrings. And that, my friends, is why we took a bazillion pictures giving EVERY piece the attention it deserved. Due to the OODLES of pieces we had, this post is only going to cover a third of this selection…stay tuned for the other two thirds (hey mom, I’m good at math!) Now…time to make every jewelry lover jealous…

HEY FAM (two of them are my “metaphorical fam”). The lovely lady in the red, Lilly (@lillyhodges), came along with her (sugar, spice, and literally EVERYTHING nice) momma (@christinahodges) to help me showcase some shizzzzz. And that pretty blonde lady next to me is MY momma (@berrymckelvain). Oh my GOSH, y’all, I’m one proud fella. Aren’t my folks just totally adorbs??

We struck a few poses outside before we melted. We were totally about to sweat our “cool” off. And I don’t think anybody wants to see a bunch of pictures of under enthusiastic women who were once full of hopes and dreams drenched in sweat…oh, you do? Well. That’s weird…

The fact that we are in the shade is no accident…

Alright…what’s so special about this jewelry? Sit tight, I’ll tell ya. These pieces, (HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS, GUYS) are handcrafted in places like Haiti and Guatemala. If THAT doesn’t make these pieces even cooler (not to mention, they’re super cute), then I don’t know WHAT will (oh, oh, I wore it!! Does that help?? No?? Ok den)…

Lilly and her momma bear helped each other through the process of “omg, how do I look?” They did an excellent job because HOLY GUACAMOLE LOOK AT THESE GORGEOUS PEOPLE!!

Do our skin tones clash? Diversity, right? Gotta love it. However, there’s something that we all have in common. Our love of coffee. Our friends at Refuge Coffee (@refugecoffeefairhope) did us the solidest solid and let us shoot in their shop, rearrange their furniture, AND use their very own back room so that we could brainstorm ideas. Pretty dang solid, ay? And not to mention, they have the best gosh darn coffee in the freaking world. Still waiting for this place to become a chain and get famous. I want the world to experience this liquid energy. You would be blessed to burn your tongue on some of this jitter juice.@jenny.biggs

Going out of your comfort zone is something that you should try. It just WORKED. At the risk of sounding like a cheeseball, don’t be afraid of leaving that whole “comfort zone” thing behind. Take a risk once in a while! You may end up surprising yourself. 🤗😊



The moral floral: rompers

Flowers are pretty. I think I’ll wear them. Even though I’m not smart enough to know what kind of flower I’m wearing (roses, I believe), I walk around like I DO! For real, it’s bad. Sometimes I’ll mix up a tulip from a violet…a VIOLET! My (modest) romper made me feel like quite the important person. It was a heck of an illusion 🤫😆

My legs and I…we have a love/hate relationship. They are sooooo long, which is cool, but there are so many clothes that I can’t wear because of this (not to mention, shaving them takes forever)!! It’s hit and miss with these things. I’ll wear shorts, just NORMAL length shorts…not too short…and I MAKE them look SUPER short. It’s a challenge to find a modest pair. Now, if the suckers were already short to begin with, it’s pretty much hopeless…About the romper…it’s dark, and it makes me look even more pale than I already am, but it’s cute, ok? Online shopping is my favorite thing, and the wonderful folks of Shein have great prices, modest clothing (I’m not one for the whole “I’m going to show as much skin as I can so guys will like me” look), AND it’s cute. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a store with ALL THREE qualities? When I find a place like this, I stick with it. So…hope you’re ready to see more cute rompers.

“Hey…nice shoes. They look like they hurt.” Well. JOKE’S ON YOU CUZ THEY TOTALLY ONLY GAVE ME LIKE ONE BLISTER! So ha.

Now, please don’t be confused, men. Yes, I think rompers are cute, but I think the MALE romper (wait, that isn’t on trend, is it??) makes you look a little, what’s the word…gooberish. But hey, if that’s what you’re going for, knock yourself out.

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Cool things and time machines: The 80s

Do you remember the 80s? Well. Lucky you. I played dress up today and so many things that wouldn’t be acceptable today (denim on denim, “ugly” sweaters, shoulder pads, etc.) were TOTALLY HOT in the 80s. When people say “you’re so extra” OHHH MAN they totally don’t get it. It took me two hours to get ready. I was more extra TODAY then I’ve ever been in my entire life. Did people tease their hair every day? Or did people always have perms? I have so many questions. Here’s a few that I came up with…

1. Did everybody have those cute bug eyed cars? Or was that a different decade?

2. How many bottles of hairspray did you go through in a month?

3. I understand that the folks in the 80s appreciated tight clothing and heels. What if you just felt like having a casual day? What happened then? Was that when the Spandex and leg warmers came out to play?

4. Did anybody wear old fashion trends, such as poodle skirts or bell bottoms, and you were like, “ugh…get with the times”?

Ok, so maybe I put a modern twist on my outfit. I honestly couldn’t help it. I teased the CRAP out of my hair and I just couldn’t get the volume I wanted to achieve…*sniffle sniffle*.

Oh, and one more thing…Ok, so what are ‘Pillow People’? That sounds like some kind of horror film. And Garbage Pail Kids? Huh? What even is that? That sounds like it could be the sequel! Educate me.

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This entire generation, AMIRITE? Oh look, there’s a guy with a scarf and skinny jeans on…in the SUMMER. And oh, somebody just got offended because their acquaintance is playing Christmas music a smidge too early. And hey, look at me, I got a record player and I put black and white filters on my photos so that means I’m totally hipster. You’re not fooling anybody. Why is everybody so sensitive? Every time I turn on the news, there’s a new group of boycotting feminists because the word “man” is too much for them to handle. I think they’re waiting for the rest of the world to give them a moment of silence for being SO mistreated because somebody assumed their gender…I mean REALLY. Yo, ladies. Nobody feels bad for you. We’re over here rolling our eyes.

Here’s my proposal…we stop creating new fashion trends (or trends in general 😒) and bring back the old ones. Ay? Ay? That’s not offensive, is it? It’s almost like we’ve run out of cool ideas. “Wait, but we have cool stuff!!” Yeah, maybe like wifi and stuff…but face it, y’all. We’re kind of lazy. We wear yoga pants as ACTUAL pants (totally not judging because I’ve done it several times in the past, but hey, at least I know I’m lazy).

Soooo, my featured trend today is *drumroll* WHITE SNEAKERS (Coming at ya, Pam Beasly). White sneakers, although they shouldn’t be worn on a muddy day, make a pretty awesome partner for a pair of blue jeans…and mini skirts…and sun dresses…you know, it would probably be easier to name things that they WOULDN’T go with.

1. Prom dresses

I love these things. Almost as much as I love my Venti, soy milk, sugar free, extra shot of espresso, no foam latte. Ha, KIDDING. I’ve never been that girl. And if you are, every barista in the world hates you. But anyway…guys guys look at my shoes.

Probably showing too much arm…sorry, did I offend you? Well, that’s your fault. I said to look at my SHOES, not my arms. Ha, gotcha. Oh, and I tried to get a cute picture of me jumping but I ended up nearly decapitating myself…it’s whatever.

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Do me right, Mr. Leather

Do leather jackets make you cool? If not, I wasted my money…

I can hear it now. Aw, her jeans have holes in them!! Can she not afford a pair of new jeans? That seems to be the elderly’s favorite joke. FYI, I know that my jeans have holes, I BOUGHT them this way. But, if you still think I need some new jeans, I’m accepting donations…HA, seriously though, if you don’t like this trend, ouch, but I’m not fixin’ to change. And if I hear one more joke about my ripped jeans, I might just lose it. And probably rebel and buy MORE ripped jeans, so you better watch it. You don’t want to contribute to the problem, do you?

One of my favorite fashion trends is bringing back something retro, and putting a modern twist on it. I wasn’t alive in the 80s (FEEL BAD FOR ME) and now that things are coming back, I feel like everything is falling into place…and maybe that’s because I didn’t flunk out of college, (got my final grades back and by the grace of God, I passed my Spanish class…adios) but I’m going to say it’s because of old fashion trends coming back into style. Low key hoping that it gets cool again to describe something as “groovy” cuz that just might be my favorite adjective…

Leather (ehem…FAKE leather) isn’t just an old trend anymore. It’s hard to go wrong with one of these suckers. If you’re having trouble figuring out what you should wear with a leather jacket, pardon my French, but you’re dumb. It goes with (almost) everything. Now, if you wear it with leather pants, (and yes, that’s back in) THAT might be overkill. Be smart in your fashion decisions. I believe in you, don’t make me look like a fool.

Not to sound conceited, but I felt kinda hot in this thing…maybe the fact that it was 3 million degrees had something to do with it, but whatever.

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