Striped Men’s Button Down Shirt & Gray Pants: Spider Ninja

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I’ve mentioned a number of times that Fall is hands-down my favorite season. The changing leaves, cool but not cold temperatures, the smells, the clothes, the boots and just the overall feeling of coziness that goes along with the season. I love it all. But do you know what I don’t love?…

THE STORY

…The annual wolf spider migration, that’s what I don’t love. I’m not a fan of the arachnid family to begin with. Any type of creepy crawly freaks me out, whether it’s winged or it crawls, and spiders, wasps/bees/hornets are in a tie for number one on my list of ickiness. And at the top of the top of my list are wolf spiders. Not sure what a wolf spider is? Check this out and you’ll see why I’m not a fan.

I always have to be careful in the summer because their most favorite place to chill is in between the big rocks that border all of my flower beds. I can’t tell you how many times one has sprung out at me and I run screaming across the yard. I normally don’t kill them outside, because hey, I’m in their house. But when they come into mine? All bets are off.

Throughout the year we always run into a few in the house, but Fall? Ya, the migratory pattern of what seems to me to be all of the wolf spiders in a five mile radius ends in my house. I understand the desire to keep warm, but if they can’t hack the cold then how about heading south like the birds do? In the last two weeks alone I’ve killed and/or held hostage four of them. One in our bedroom (how terrifying is that?), two in the bathroom, and one in the computer room that as I type this, is sitting about five feet away from me trapped under an upside down jar candle. The other spiders can forget about paying up the ransom; the beastie finally died inside the candle jar and because I’m a big baby pants it’s still there.

Why is the spider under a jar to begin with? Well, here’s the thing…some of them you can step on if you’re particularly quick and agile because wolf spiders are fast my friends, but some of them are the size of my min pin’s head and stepping on them would be akin to stepping on a small rodent. Such was the case of my dead compadre under the jar. I wish you all could have seen it…talk about laughing until you pee your pants. I was sitting here typing a post and I saw her coming across the room out of the corner of my eye. And I say “her” because males aren’t so common; wolf spiders are one of those species that the female eats the male after they mate. I think it’s safe to say that the spider sex had better be damn good if that’s what the male gets when it’s done.

Anyhow, when I saw her scuttling across the floor I immediately jumped out of the chair and landed in a ninja-like stance looking around desperately for something to catch her with because I couldn’t leave the room. You see, the only thing worse then finding a wolf spider in your house is losing a wolf spider in your house. I swear to God, if they get away then they lurk and lay in wait for me. The only object handy was the jar candle so I snatched it up and ran towards her as she was running towards me, like the spider version of playing chicken I suppose. I caught her just as she attempted an evasive maneuver towards the computer desk. And there’s she’s been ever since.

THE OUTFIT

I picked up this striped men’s button down shirt at Kohl’s when I scored this white one for a grand total of $9 for both. This one is similar and currently on sale for $19.99. I borrow from my husband’s side of the closet fairly regularly, but I figured at such a fabulous price why not pick up a couple that I could call my own? My favorite way to style a men’s button down is with jeans or denim shorts, but since I was going to work I swapped out the denim for dress pants. Normally I would pair something this masculine with something frilly, like say a tulle skirt, but I kept the boy theme going until you got to my feet and then…the floral sandals. Again. I know, they pop up a lot. But I love them. And seriously, nothing throws a little girly-girl into an outfit like a pair of floral sandals/shoes/boots.

THE TIP

There’s not a thing wrong with going full-on masculine with an outfit. But if you want to throw in a curve ball, add something super feminine like floral shoes or a handbag. Or maybe add on some serious bling via a sparkly statement necklace and/or an arm party including all of your favorite bracelets.

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Shirt: Kohl’s (Similar);  Pants: GAP (Similar);  Sandals: JCPenney

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19 Comments

  1. 09.19.2016 / 6:08 am

    Ugh spiders are the worst, I hate them. Love your striped top!
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    • debbies
      09.25.2016 / 7:36 am

      Aren’t they?! Thanks Tara!

    • debbies
      09.25.2016 / 7:39 am

      Yep, apparently wolf spider sex is nasty business…lol! Aren’t the sandals the best?

  2. 09.19.2016 / 12:01 pm

    Ahhh…stripes & florals…such a great combination!!
    Whenever I see spiders in the house—it’s a call to the husband!! And he will always say, do you see any flies. And when I say no, he responds, “that’s because the spider is doing his job”.
    Well too bad—my house, my rules—and that included no spiders!!
    jodie
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    • debbies
      09.25.2016 / 7:41 am

      My husband makes fun of me all the time…sometimes after he catches them he’ll follow me around with it just to see me squeal and run…lol! Stripes and florals are one of my favorite print mixes and one of the easiest to pull off…

  3. 09.19.2016 / 1:05 pm

    Ohhh…I will not admonish you with my “spiders are our friends” spiel…(but they are). I do get the “it’s on the ceiling above my head…oh no…now where did it go” heebie jeebie thing. In my current apartment the spiders like to hang out in the shower and I don’t so mind that, plus I mostly get the cute Daddy Long Legs “delicate” type, not the gargantuan wolf creatures that you get.

    Love the casual vibe of your outfit.

    Spider sex. ha ha ha ha oh the visual. All those legs!

    Bettye

    • debbies
      09.25.2016 / 7:44 am

      I know they have a job to do, but they need to do it outside…lol! I think Daddy Long Legs are super cool. I really never see them in the house though and if I did I would have no qualms about picking them up and taking them outside. But wolfies? No way man! Those things are beasties!!!

  4. 09.19.2016 / 4:53 pm

    Nice. I like when people mix masculine and feminine pieces. The combination always works.
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    • debbies
      09.25.2016 / 7:45 am

      Thank you Ally. I agree, it does always work.

  5. 09.19.2016 / 10:50 pm

    OMG!!! Ha ha! Scary and funny!

    I hope I don’t have nightmares after reading about those.

    I am with you on the whole spider thing. I do. not. like. them. And I don’t want to kill them either, especially if they are large and might come back with their buddies in the night! They totally freak me out. I figure that is why I got married, so I’d have someone to get rid of the spiders.

    bisous
    Suzanne
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    • debbies
      09.25.2016 / 7:49 am

      That is one of the primary jobs of the male of our species….spider removal. I do try to not kill critters in the house, but those things freak me out and I am not going to attempt to remove them peacefully. We have field mice that every Fall move in,and I can hear them running amuck in the ceiling. Every Spring I find bird seed and string and tinsel and any number of other things in my off season shoe boxes in the attic. It irritates the hell out of me, but I refuse to set traps because I think they’re adorable. 🙂

  6. 09.20.2016 / 1:17 am

    I am with you on Spiders and all those creepy crawlers that spin webs in the trees at my Mom’s house. I always seem to run into them at night. Your outfit is so comfy & chic and you wear it all so very well. Enjoy!
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  7. 09.20.2016 / 5:43 pm

    Deb I love these photos taken in the wooden background. So pretty! What a nice buy, love the longer shirt over the khaki crops and of course those floral sandals for the girly girl side! I am with you on spiders or any creepy crawlies, it is amazing how much a small little nothing can scare the crap out of me too!
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
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  8. 09.20.2016 / 10:10 pm

    Yes, I love that style that says “I borrowed this from my boyfriends (or husband’s) closet”! Your floral and feminine sandals are such a perfect counterpoint to the masculine look of the shirt. I found some super creative ideas on Pinterest, by the way, of styling, with minimal sewing, of men’s shirts like yours for a woman. –Ginger

  9. 11.5.2016 / 8:24 am

    Hello Debbie, You are looking so cool in this button down shirt. I just love your sandals. It’s perfectly complements your outfit. It is such a lovely blog.