Guest Blogger- Sluiter Nation

2 Jun

I can not begin to tell you my feelings for today’s guest blogger. She is such an amazing writer, mommy and e-friend. She has been here before–almost a year ago–and I was so thrilled to have her back! Please go visit her blog if you haven’t already. You will not be disappointed. She has a way with words that I only wish I could put on paper–or rather the computer.


When Torie asked me to come on over and babysit her place while she was out, I was super excited! I mean, it’s not too many people who let me blog-sit.

(I have no idea why this is…I swear I clean up after myself…huh.)

Anyway, Torie told me I could come over and talk to you about anything I wanted to talk about. So being the list person I am, I started brainstorming all the stuff that I think of when I think of Torie trying to find a fun topic.

But the thing that came up over and over? Fashion.

Torie is one of the cutest, most hip bloggers that I read.

And I am…well, not.

I look to Torie for fashion advice. She doesn’t probably know that, but it’s true. I peek at her blog every time I need a little inspiration of what to wear…or how to wear what I have (tights? Skirts? Chucky jewelry? Eek!) because she seems to do it so effortlessly.

I am a different kettle of fish altogether. In fact, I am terrifically notorious for my fashion…um…we will call them “ruts”.

My first real fashion fail was fifth grade. This was about the time I was allowed to pick my own clothes. This not-so-coincidentally also started what is known the world around as my “awkward phase”.

My love of skin-tight Guess jeans and a baggy Ocean Pacific sweatshirt had no bounds.

The “awkward phase” continued with an obsession with vests in middle school. Suede, bedazzled, leather…my bad taste had no limits.

In high school things got better…for the time period. It was the middle of the ‘90’s so grunge was king and so were the fashion trends of the Great Northwest.

I had more flannels than I could shake a stick at, and when I wasn’t wearing a flannel? The uniform called for a hugely oversized sweater…probably one of my dads.

At no other time in my life did I have such a cute little perky body and I draped it in mountains of material.

In college I was drawn to drab clothing. It was all sort of cute and in style, but I never strayed far from the color palette of my comfort zone: black, grey, and navy. At one point my best friend went shopping with me and had to forbid me from buying ANYTHING in those three colors.

And this started my trend of finding a sweater I liked and buying five of them in all different colors. So I was now branching out in my color choices, but sticking with about 2 outfit styles.

This became a problem as a school teacher because high school students? Notice when you’ve worn basically the same outfit four days in a row, just in different colors.

Lately I have been trying to take advantage of my trendy friends in bloggy land, Torie being at the top of that list.

Since finding all these cute dressing ladies, I have bought my first pair of leggings, cute boots, different styles of jeans and dress pants, and dresses.

I no longer wear the uniform of khaki or black pants and a v-neck sweater every single day. And I have also learned to accessorize, thanks to Torie.

This school year I have gotten more compliments on my outfits than I have EVER gotten.

So while I am here holding down Torie’s bloggy fort? I am going to go raid her closet for more goodies. Don’t tell her or she won’t invite me back!

It will be our secret.


21 Responses to “Guest Blogger- Sluiter Nation”

  1. Katie June 2, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Thank you, Torie, for letting me hang out in your space! Even if I am COMPLETELY jealous that you are on an AWESOME vacation! 🙂

    And just so you know? Those shoes and dresses and leggings and headbands? Were missing when I got here.


  2. Alison@Mama Wants This June 2, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Katie, I think you just described my path of fashion too. I wore the over sized tees (one memorable one had a neon smiley face on it), the baggy clothes and the flannels. Gah.

    Fortunately, in my adulthood, things looked up. It peaked the year before I quit my job.

    These days, being a SAHM, my uniform has degraded to sweats, capris and tees. Help.

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 7:53 am #

      Oh the neon!!! My childhood had SOO much neon and pastel in it. Ack!

  3. Jaime June 2, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    This line…

    “At no other time in my life did I have such a cute little perky body and I draped it in mountains of material.”

    My thoughts EXACTLY!!!!! The only time I had a nice cute body and I was wearing XL sweaters from Abercrombie and Large polos from Britches!!!

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 7:55 am #

      oh me too!

      my brother’s polos were a staple! I shake my head at those pictures now!

  4. angela June 2, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Life with Rylie is now coming to my inbox, so it’s like I have a personal fashion consultant, too 😉

    I was an oversized flannel/sweater girl myself in high school. I remember the first pair of black “bar” pants that I bought in college. I was terrified to wear them. They were from the Gap (so obviously not super club wear LOL).

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 7:55 am #

      black bar pants!!! Oh my GOSH! I totally forgot about those! I also had some of those…I called them booty pants. They were SOOOO not booty pants, but they felt like it to me! Hilarious!!!

  5. Barbara June 2, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    We must have had the same awkward phase! I too was obsessed with the Guess jeans and baggy sweatshirts.

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 7:57 am #

      ha ha! and my socks and shoe strings ALWAYS matched my sweatshirt!

  6. Teresa June 2, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I can TOTALLY relate. I was too shy to even put up a #seniorhottie pic because of the big black baggy sweater and RED tight jeans…

    Thanks for the post- you are beautiful!

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      oh girl!!!I would LOVE to see you in your tight red jeans! you would be sooo fashionable in the high school I teach in! They are all the rage again! 🙂

  7. Sherri June 2, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Katie, I feel your pain! I am SO fashion-challenged, it’s sad. And I did the flannels and sweaters thing in college. When I look back at those pictures I can’t stand it!

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      right? it’s so sad that during our best body years we were so covered up! I mean, modesty is one thing, but that was ridiculous!

  8. notsuperjustmom June 2, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    We talked about my teddy-bear backpack and knee-highs with chunky Mary Janes phase, right? (Dear god, I hope not.)

    Sigh. I am a fashion rut, too. Not IN one. I AM one.

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      oh! you were a roxy little thing, huh? NICE!!!!

  9. Kir June 2, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I love how you have embraced Fashion now Katie, you’re so pretty!!!! DRESS IT UP! I love clothes and fashion and accessories, I am so glad you do now too…because when you LOOK GOOD, YOU FEEL GOOD!!!! 🙂

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      I do love dressing myself in cute clothes rather than bummy clothes, that’s for sure!!

  10. Handflapper June 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I hate, hate, hate with the white-hot heat of a thousand supernovas clothes shopping for myself. For ten years I worked at a waterpark where my uniform was a polo and khaki shorts. I miss those days.

    • Katie June 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

      ah yes…I waitressed through high school and college. That was so much easier as far as clothes go. Sometimes I wish we had a uniform to teach in.

  11. Alexandra June 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    ADORABLE post.

    I am also challenged in the same way.

    I just have NO IDEA.


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