what i wore

Hi all!  Thanks for coming to my weekly outfit post.  I always feel like I need to clarify that I am not a big fashion blogger.   I clearly don’t have a professional  photographer (although that sure would be fun!), and I don’t have a huge clothing budget.  I do love shopping and finding new styles, but I also find so much satisfaction in pulling together outfits out of my own closet, with items I already own.  I am a pretty basic girl – I love jeans and a white t-shirt more than anything, but I also enjoying trying new things and getting creative.  My hope is that you can relate to me here, and maybe get some inspiration if that’s what you’re looking for!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

dress {similar} // cardigan {similar} // boots {similar} // earrings

I wore this to church on Sunday.  I am not super comfortable wearing ankle boots with dresses or skirts, but it looks better than I thought.  I picked up this dress from Old Navy when it was 40% off the whole store/site and I am so happy with the length!  The cardigan was helpful early in the morning, but we’ve had over 80* weather for the last week!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

dress {different but similar feel} // shirt // cardigan {similar & similar} // clogs {similar}

Monday was such a warm day!  This weather is wacky and it is warmer than even our summer weather typically is.  I love love love this dress – it is the epitome of comfort.  The sweater was another one of those Stitch Fix finds that was a definite keeper.

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Exterior Siding: Horizontal or Vertical

You were all so helpful (and all in complete agreement!) with my last post about our future house.  I agree, the slanted porch roof is the way to go, and it is currently getting redesigned!  Just a clarification, the porch roof would have had a slight slant to it to run the water off, but not much at all.  Also, in the part of the country we really don’t get much rain at all, so it just wasn’t a concern to me.

So now I have another question for you, and I’m quite sure you will have answers!

I was certain (CERTAIN!) I knew what kind of siding I wanted for our house.  Our last house had traditional horizontal siding, and I loved it!  Also, we have some more modern elements going on, so I wanted to make sure to keep lots of traditional as well to balance it all out.  And (see I have lots of reasons…), I am pretty sure we’ll have a metal raised seam roof, and those vertical “stripes” of the roof plus the vertical “stripes” of the other option, vertical siding, seemed like an awful lot of stripes!

horizontal siding

But… this process has been so long that I have started second guessing some of my decisions.  Now I am waffling between traditional horizontal siding and (still very traditional) board and batten. (side note: ignore the porch roof.  these designs were before the angled roof was added in)

board and batten

To clarify, this is what I consider to be traditional horizontal siding:

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And this is board and batten, the vertical siding option I would choose.

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board and batten

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board and batten

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board and batten

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board and batten

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board and batten

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board and batten

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board and batten

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We are going to have 3 structures on our property: our main house, which is attached via a second story bridge to our garage/loft for my parents, and a barn.  The barn has been set to have board and batten so I wanted something else for the house and loft.  But now we are toying with the idea of a metal sided barn (because of a possible significant cost savings), so that means I could still have the buildings with different sidings.

A bit more information to help you weigh in on your opinion: the house will be white with some wood details, with a black roof most likely.  The barn will most likely be black with wood trim and doors.  You can see all my pins for modern farmhouse exterior inspiration here.

So which do you prefer: horizontal siding or board & batten?