Sleeveless Button Down & White Blazer: Where’s Bobcat?

sleeveless striped button down, white blazer, gray pants, Converse

How many of you out there remember the television show Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom?…

THE STORY

…I remember when I was but a wee one eagerly awaiting Sunday night so that I could settle in and watch The Wonderful World of Disney and Wild Kingdom. They ran back to back, and I sat utterly enthralled for an hour in front of the television. Well my friends, who knew that a) pretty much the entire catalog of full episodes of Wild Kingdom are available on YouTube, and b) middle school kids in the year 2016 are also utterly enthralled by it? Okay, yes, perhaps my kids are at a slightly different place than other middle schoolers, but still…

We are currently studying mammals, specifically North American mammals in science class and I was puttering around one day looking for videos on the individual animals the kids were researching. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon my old buddy Marlin Perkins. When I showed the first one I figured the kids might find it hokey. Ummm…no. They became instantly obsessed. I mean obsessed. So now, every day we watch a different episode. We’ve even come up with our own game/inside joke. It’s similar to Where’s Waldo, but instead of Waldo, it’s Where’s Bobcat. I kid you not, that freakin’ bobcat has been in every damn episode that we’ve watched, with the exception of one. Every time the bobcat appears on screen, much hooting, hollering and chanting “bobcat, bobcat, bobcat…” commences. And that’s just me.

Here’s the mystery; the bobcat never, ever, ever gets a meal. Nope. He gets a sound ass kickin’ every time. He’s been beat down by raccoons, deer, badgers (although badgers are pretty bad ass), hawks, otters and beavers. Beavers. The little dude was beat down by a beaver. I kid you not. That to me is a sad commentary on bobcat hunting acumen. Actually I’ve been rather disillusioned by the bobcat. Consider the evidence. He is in every episode, and the show is not called Mutual of Omaha’s Bobcat Kingdom. He never scores any prey, yet he’s a healthy beefy guy. So here’s my theory. He lived at Marlin Perkins’ house. Not at his house so much as in his house. Snoozing on the couch in front of the fire. Getting his ears scratched while cuddled up in bed with Marlin. Eating bobcat kibble and filet mignon out of his own bowl that had “Bob” written on it in calligraphy. He was the unsung star of the show. Seems like a solid explanation for being a big scary wildcat yet getting your ass handed to you on a platter by a field mouse.

THE OUTFIT

This outfit is so me yet so not me. A blazer paired with dress pants? Uh, no; not something that happens. But, a blazer paired with dress pants and Converse and a slouchy sleeveless oxford stripe button down? There, that’s more like it. I happened upon this sleeveless button down blouse at Kohl’s while shopping with my husband on our playing hookie day. While at first glance an oxford stripe button down is so not me, the lack of sleeves and the super soft drapey material made it totally me. Because seriously, how cute is it going to be paired with destroyed denim shorts? And the lack of sleeves also makes it far easier to layer under a blazer; layers with no bulk, that’s always a good thing. Honestly, I had fully intended to wear my white kitten heel pumps, but after a weekend of working on my hands and knees in the flower beds, my problem foot was having issues from being bent in awkward positions for hours on end. Pumps were a no go and what is the most logical replacement for pumps? Converse of course.

THE TIP

When thinking about purchasing a new piece of clothing, always keep versatility in mind. Will it play well with things you already own? Can you wear it in a variety of situations i.e. work, weekend, night out? If it’s something that you wouldn’t usually wear, can you put your own personal spin on it to make it work for you?

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Shirt: Kohl’s;  Blazer: JCPenney (Similar);  Pants: GAP (Similar);  Converse: Nordstrom

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21 Comments

    • debbies
      05.11.2016 / 1:28 pm

      Lol…sorry! I fixed it. 🙂

  1. 05.11.2016 / 6:00 pm

    Marlon! I remember Marlon. Yup, right before Wonderful World of Disney. Loved both shows. I’ll have to look the show up on YouTube, I haven’t thought of it in years. YouTube is SO great for watching shows from our youth. I recently watched the entirety of the Japanese movie, Skinny & Fatty. It made such an impact on me back in the day, I saw it in school (remember the glee felt when the AV dept rolled a tv set into the classroom and you know you had a 90-minute reprieve from the usual grind?? Ahhhh….). Anyway, I digress (shocking). Love your sleeveless slouchy button down? I love a “formal” thing in a casual fabric. You have such great finds all the time!

    • debbies
      05.11.2016 / 7:54 pm

      I knew there would be someone who totally got what I was talking about! Definitely check it out…and watch for that damn bobcat…lol!

  2. 05.11.2016 / 9:29 pm

    Loved this when I saw it on IG this morning! So chic and stylish! I totally remember watching Wonderful World of Disney and Wild Kingdom! I had forgotten about those shows!

    Jill
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  3. 05.11.2016 / 10:40 pm

    First of all, I LOVE the look. So fabulous. Secondly, the bobcat story is HILARIOUS! A beaver. Lol. Sad bobcat. It’s a wonder the bobcat isn’t extinct!!!!

    -Adriele
    StyleAssisted.com

  4. 05.12.2016 / 6:46 am

    So, besides admiring you darling outfit, I started thinking about the poor bobcat!! Poor guy, I feel bad for them, getting bullied and being so afraid, easy “prey” I suppose. However, you my dear, are cute as can be and one smart cookie. What a fun outfit with the chucks, I wore mine on the blog yesterday and love them so!!
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  5. 05.12.2016 / 9:21 am

    I am so with you – I am now living my weekends in my Converse sneaks!!

    If you still haven’t, why don’t your check out & join this huge GIVEAWAY I am hosting for JEWELRY TELEVISION (JTV) where a dazzling pair of 18k gold chandelier earrings is at stake – Have a great weekend!!!

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  6. 05.13.2016 / 12:29 am

    When I saw this on IG I thought, “Woah, Debbie’s looking sharp!” And I wondered if you had to attend a board meeting or something…then I saw the Chucks and everything clicked. :o) Looooooove it!!
    JJ

  7. 05.13.2016 / 7:07 am

    Oh poor Bobcat! You have me in stitches right now! And great outfit. I love throwing on my Converse with a button down and slouchy pants. Best running around, hauling kids places, errand running outfit ever!

    Shelbee
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  8. 05.13.2016 / 11:37 am

    Girl, you have been giving me some serious inspiration lately. Love this! I have all of these pieces and will give this a try soon. I was dying about the whole bobcat story – too funny. Yes, Sunday evenings were reserved for “The Wonderful World of Disney” and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom in my home, too. Such good memories.
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  9. 05.19.2016 / 10:36 am

    I loved this look so much I featured it on my blog today. You wear those crops so well and that blazer is amazing. I love the masculine feel of this fresh look. And the story of the bobcat is funny, why don’t they eat? LOL

    A brand-new linkup is up on my blog today and I would love for you to join me this Thursday and every Thursday and share your awesome style. Thank you so much.

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    Enjoy the weekend! Ada. =)
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