Floral Off The Shoulder Top & Boyfriend Shorts: UPS Jail

floral off the shoulder top, denim boyfriend shorts, black sandals

So…I’ve got a good story for you today…


…Before I start, anyone who knows me in real life can attest to the fact that if I start a story with “So…” it’s either really good or I’m really pissed off. Always. It’s just some weird verbal habit I’ve acquired over the years. Today, I’m not really pissed off so that means it’s a good story. Well, I think it is anyway.

The other night my husband and I were watching the local news. The newscaster said that an upcoming story was from a housing development about five miles from where we live. I knew immediately, before specifics were given, which housing development it was. A few years ago, a development of beautiful government funded houses were built for low income families. Now, before anyone gets offended here allow me to remind you that I grew up on the lowest rung of the low income ladder. It would have truly been a gift if my mother and I had been provided such an opportunity. And there are many many families out there who could benefit from and would truly appreciate a beautiful new home in a nice neighborhood where they could raise their children. With that being said, a number of undeserving individuals who choose to make their living from a combination of government checks and unsavory activities somehow or another qualified for some of these homes. Hence the reason I knew exactly what housing development the newscaster was referring to.

Now for the good part of the story. The newscaster said, and I loosely quote, “An area couple was arrested today on charges of access device fraud, identity theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.” The criminal geniuses had the bulk of the merchandise shipped to their home and it included clothing, household items, car parts, 20 gallons of paint, car engines, and an estimated 30,000 plain t-shirts in various colors. Okay, car engines and 30 THOUSAND t-shirts…what the hell?

Here’s the punchline…the newscaster then stated that a neighbor called the police because…”There were always UPS trucks and FedEx trucks coming by every day as a daily routine, and then they open their garage door and there were tons of boxes.” Do you see where this is going yet? I said nothing, but I was thinking, like Barney Stinson used to say on How I Met Your Mother, “Waaaiit for it…” And boom, my husband did not disappoint. He said, “Hey, you better watch for the cops showing up at the front door to arrest you if they’re arresting people based on the number of UPS and FedEx trucks that stop at their house.” Man has a point. I’m probably currently under government surveillance. But seriously though, if you’re going to steal credit card information to feed your copious addiction to various colored t-shirts, maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t have all 30 freakin’ thousand of them delivered to your damn house.


If I do get arrested because UPS is at my house too often, I hope that I’m wearing this floral off the shoulder top because it’s so gorgeous I’m pretty sure it would make even a mugshot look good. It’s actually the exact same print that is on this tunic/dress and the same, but different color as this halter dress. Since it’s summer, it’s paired with denim boyfriend shorts, but once school starts back up in the fall it will look stellar paired with a black pencil skirt or even tulle. I added the pink belt for a little pop of color under the front tuck. I finished simple with the strappy black sandals.

Speaking of the boyfriend shorts, I have been looking for a suitable replacement for my very favorites that I mentioned last week were more “distraught” at this point than they are “distressed”. I’m happy to report that after searching for about a year, I found the perfect replacement at Old Navy. In my typical fashion, since they were absolute perfection, I ordered all three washes. And it just so happened they were on crazy insane sale at the time so I scored all three pairs and two tops for a hair over $50.


The front tuck. Definitely one of my BFF’s as far as styling tricks go. It works on everything from tee shirts to flowy tops to tunics. It gives you some definition at the waist plus a quirky touch of visual interest to the outfit. I occasionally will do an off center/almost side tuck, but more often than not it’s the front tuck. Simply take the section of your top directly below your bellybutton and loosely tuck it into the front of your pants/skirt. Pull the rest of the shirt out over the waistband so that it drapes down. Simple as that. For a more detailed “tucking tutorial” check out this article.


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Top: Shoptiques;  Shorts: Old Navy;  Sandals: Payless (Similar)



  1. 06.13.2016 / 9:24 am

    That story is EPIC!!! hahahaha literally laughing outloud on the air this morning…..erin

    • debbies
      06.13.2016 / 9:41 am

      Isn’t it hilarious Erin?! I so knew that I could count on my husband to make that exact comment…and talk about top contenders for the stupid criminals award! 🙂

  2. 06.13.2016 / 9:43 am

    Great story!!! Ha! Love the top. 🙂

    • debbies
      06.13.2016 / 10:11 am

      Thanks Jaymie! I have a total thang for this particular print… 🙂

    • debbies
      06.13.2016 / 10:12 am

      Thank you Monica!

  3. Amy Arnold
    06.13.2016 / 10:09 am

    That is too funny. I am always thinking to myself the UPS and mailman must wonder what I am doing. Love your floral top and shorts.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • debbies
      06.13.2016 / 10:11 am

      Lol! I always buy my mail lady a gift at Christmas since I make her get out of her mail truck on a regular basis to bring packages to the front porch! And I would totally recognize the UPS guy if I saw him somewhere in public… 🙂

  4. 06.13.2016 / 10:11 am

    Oh. My. Word. That is too funny. And sad. But mostly funny. Seriously, though, what’s with all the tees? I need to see an interview and get an answer to that question.

    Love that top. Just cute. I have a plain white one that I never considered pairing with shorts, just jeans or leggings. I think I’ll give the shorts a try.
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    • debbies
      06.13.2016 / 10:13 am

      Definitely mostly funny and I agree, I want an answer to the 30,000 tee shirts…lol! You should try pairing the top with shorts; especially since we’ve established that you have fabulous legs!

  5. 06.13.2016 / 11:34 am

    I always start with “so” also—in fact, my employees used to make fun of me for it! But it’s truly impossible to stop!!
    So, the question is why 30,000 tees? Even I draw the line at 29,000—ha ha!
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  6. 06.13.2016 / 11:41 am

    Your husband came back with a goodie!!! Talk about good….NO…Great, you in that cold shoulder. One of the prettiest ones I have seen and on such a pretty gal!!
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  7. 06.13.2016 / 9:54 pm

    Ooh! Ooh! Maybe I could get a place in the economically-challenged housing development and then we’d be neighbors!

    That outfit is too too summer perfect!

  8. 06.14.2016 / 5:36 am

    Love your top! And I guess I had better watch out for the police too lol
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  9. 06.14.2016 / 8:38 am

    That story is hilarious and cracked me up! I love your pretty top styled with the boyfriend jeans! I’ve been on the hunt for a pair and need to check out ON!

    Doused In Pink
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  10. 06.14.2016 / 1:08 pm

    Haha what a story. Wow I can attest to times where UPS was at my door alot several periods of my blogging and online shopping or winning giveaways haha! Thank God that isn’t the case much anymore but what a story. You look lovely in this top Debbie.
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me”
    Rachel xo

  11. 06.14.2016 / 1:19 pm

    Love your story and can definitely relate! I’ll be looking out for the Feds! Is it just me or does anyone else hope their husband is watering the backyard or just simply NOT home when Brown comes around?! Keep um’ coming Debbie!

  12. 06.14.2016 / 4:21 pm

    Oh. my. goodness. What a story! And love what your husband said! It’s true though, I get packages quite a bit-although nothing like car engines or 30,000 shirts!! Gotta love the front tuck. That blouse is fabulous!

  13. 06.14.2016 / 6:59 pm

    I am a huge fan of the front tuck. It literally transformed my entire wardrobe! Your outfit is adorable. You always look cool and amazing in your florals! And, yes, that is a fabulous story. Who needs 30,000 tee shirts? Were they selling them? Weirdos. I am not a big online shopper so I have no worries of police surveillance. Plus I am on a shopping freeze until some credit cards get paid down! Ha. We just canceled our lawn guy who charged $50 a cut, so when I just cut the lawn this weekend, I told my husband to go pay $50 on my credit card! A girls’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, I guess! It’s the price of looking fabulous! Great post and story as usual!

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  14. 06.16.2016 / 6:32 pm

    Great story Debbie! I seem to start a lot of my posts with so…but I hadn’t noticed until you said it. Anyway, you look adorable in this top and shorts combo. The tuck-in tutorail is good for novices like me. I once told my daughter her top was caught in her jeans only to be told it was intentional – oops, a tuck-in and I didn’t know it!
    Anna x
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