Monday, May 7, 2012

Inspiration Monday - Country Diva

I was super excited about this week's Inspiration Monday choice, because while I'm not really a country music fan, I adore Carrie Underwood. I love singing along to her music and I think she's a positive female role model for younger girls too. And, I had a couple of pieces to copy her sparkly and sassy outfit here, so that made it even better.

It was a rainy and yucky day on Saturday, but the Pants Monkey and I did get our golf lesson in before it started.  Then we decided to go out and have a little date night and in spite of the weather, I dressed up a little for him.  He bought me this shirt at the same time as the dress I've been wearing that he gave me for Valentine's Day but I had to wait until it got nice out to wear it.  And even though it was far from nice yesterday I just decided I wanted to pull it out.  It's a little more risque than normal Bethie wear, but I like it.

Mr. Monkey was also kind enough to snap these pictures before we went to dinner, during a brief rain hiatus.  I added the hat to the outfit both to protect my pretty head from the wet weather, but also as an ode to Carrie Underwood and the spirit of country music.

I'm also super impressed with how these pictures came out - he took them all on my iPhone!  I have to say, it has a decent little camera in it!

I added my sparkly LOFT sweater because I thought I'd freeze a bit in a halter top at the restaurant.  So, not as risque this way I guess.  You'll see this shirt again this summer I'm pretty sure, it's a great date night top and I know I'll love it when it's 90 degrees outside.

Sunday was more of the same weather wise, but the Pants Monkey set himself up a canopy and smoked us some meats.  And I'm sorry again, I have many vegetarian friends whom I respect and love, but I love me some meat and this was some outstanding meat.  I'm such a carnivore.  Mmm, meat. 

And now into the work week the weather of course has improved!  That's the way it always goes!!  Spring in Minnesota, you have to love it.

For more fun with Inspiration Monday, visit the two birds blog here.

Outfit rundown:
Halter top - VS (gift from Pants Monkey)
Sweater - LOFT (thrifted)
Jeans - Maurices
Shoes - DSW
Hat - Target
Necklace - Stella and Dot (create your own charm necklace)


  1. Sexayyy top, Beth! You put a nice spin on it with the hat too! I am a voracious meat eater myself and smoked meat sounds really good, making me hungry, even though I just had breakfast.

  2. the weather looks great! It's wonderful that you can start wearing your summer clothes, that top is very sexy and girly too. I like the pretty trimmings! The hat is cute, lovely weekend outfit! The BBQ meat makes me hungry too.


  3. Meow- this is a sexy top on you Beth! I love the hat too- it's such a fun accessory! Sounds like a great weekend )minus the rain) and I'm glad you two managed to get your golf game in! Great i-phone photos- technology eh!

  4. Risque is good for date night, you look great and I imagine your husband loved the look! I like the hat and I both rocked fedoras this weekend. :) It was so outside of my comfort zone that I really struggled, but it was fun! I'm glad you had a great weekend!


  5. these are iphone photos? WHAT WHAT? they look amazing! and you look amazing! I really like the sparkly details on that top and the neckline is va va voom!

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  6. Looking hot in the halter, Beth! Your iphone photos came out really time I'm due for a phone I'm finally getting one!

    The Tiny Heart

  7. Love your inspiration look and you look fabulous.

  8. i love the top! not too risque, especially with the sweater. it looks great on you, either way!

  9. Love your top Beth.The style suits you:) what a fun element the hat adds to it all!

  10. Pants monkey has good taste! I like that top, it's so pretty!!!! (Lovely shoes also!!!!!!). Of course, being a hat-fanatic, I approve of the addition!!!
    I love vegetarian food, especially tofu and tempe but I must admit, it's lovely to have some meat!!!

  11. That top looks great on you, and I am loving the hat.

  12. You look great in this outfit! I am especially digging the hat.
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  13. Great look! I love Carrie Underwood too and I love how you have taken inspiration from her look!

  14. Wow! Great date-night look. You pull of a halter like whoa. Also I LOVE the hat. I unapologetically love meat. I respect v*ggies opinions, but I love meat. Enjoy your delicious smoked meats!

  15. Love the white studded top for summer, so chic and breezy!

    <3 Cambria

  16. Love your outfit. So very stylish! Everything your are wearing is very flattering on you. Love the hat!


  17. I'm so jealous your husband has the skills to smoke meats! Impressive!

  18. You look lovely in that top! I really like the sparkle sweater too :)


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