May 20, Grey Monday

Good morning! It’s dark and grey outside, and I have a feeling it’s going to be like this all day, so I am wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes.

However, I do have to go to work, and the outfit on the left is a little too casual. While I love my Seahawks hoodie, this is not appropriate for my workplace. The cute camo sweatshirt is a little dressier (did I just call a sweatshirt dressy? Oh my!) and the black tennis shoes make my legs look a lot longer since there is one continuous line of black. Do the half tuck to emphasize my waist, throw on some bracelets for a little sparkle, and I’m ready for you 1st graders!

A close up of my bracelets today. The 3 on the left are new- a gift from a dear friend. Love them!

Jeans- Gap

Sweatshirt- American Eagle (this is similar, mine is last season)

Shoes- Adidas

May 19, Mother Daughter Tea

One of the traditions of National Charity League is that we have a Mother & Daughter tea every year. It’s a special event in that it’s a great opportunity to get dressed up with your daughter, spend time with friends, celebrate all the accomplishments from the past year and say goodbye to our seniors who are graduating.

I have chosen this cute blue dress to wear to the tea. It’s a super comfy dress in that it is nice and loose in the tummy area and has an elastic waistband- which is always a plus. The cute laser cut lace-like fabric adds interest (see photo below for a better look), the color is a gorgeous deep blue, and the length is appropriate for someone over 40 (one inch shorter and I think it would be too short). My only issue is what shoes to wear? Originally I wanted to wear the pair on the left, but then when I saw the photos, I decided they are a bit clunky and distracting. Instead I will wear these peep toe booties. The color is a little more neutral, and they don’t seem as heavy as the wedge sandals on the left.


Dress is Laundry by Shelli Segal, it’s VERY old, but here is something sort of similar!
A really cute sandal like this would be perfect!

May 18, Black Joggers

My daughter and I are doing some volunteer work early this morning, so I want to be super casual and comfy. I chose my black joggers, and then dressed it up a bit with this cute olive/ grey blouse and black Merino wool cardigan.

Wearing a blouse with joggers is a big risk for me- but I think it works. It’s definitely better than the look on the left, which looks almost like jammies. I love this long sleeved top, just not like this.

One thing I love about the blouse on the right is that it is polyester. When I was growing up, polyester was like a bad word! But it’s come a long way since the 70’s! And maybe I am really un-cool- but I actually love polyester. It hangs well (hides lumps and bumps), washes well, and is inexpensive.

The white tennis shoes are too distracting, the black slip on ones are much cuter. Even though I’m wearing wintery colors (black and grey), I still think this looks springy due to the pushed up sleeves and the bare ankles. Happy Saturday!

Joggers- Fabletics

Blouse- Nordstrom Rack (Halogen)

Cardigan- Banana Republic

Shoes- Nordstrom Rack, Vince

May 17, Long Cardigan

On a yucky, rainy spring day such as today, what I really want to do is stay in bed all day and read or watch TV, but instead I have to go teach 5th grade. Ugh! So, I chose my dark denim jeans, a white tank and this cute pink long cardigan.

In my before photo I am wearing a tight white tank under the sweater. First off, you can totally see my bra underneath, which I don’t care for. Secondly, you can see my tummy (and believe me- I am holding it in for the photo). I would prefer breathing today, so instead I will wear this loose fit, flowy tank that is much more comfortable. Notice the cute detail of the extra layer underneath- this is actually built in to the tank. I love how it adds a little length and movement to the top. To add a little color I threw on this cute necklace and then swapped out the old loafers for booties- so that I can wear some socks and keep my feet warm! Have a great Friday!

No links today (I’m running late again), sorry!

Jeans- Paige

Tank- Anne Taylor

Cardigan- Nordstrom

Booties- Sam Edelman, Nordstrom Rack

May 16, Tennis Anyone?

For those of you who know me well, you know that I have a passion for tennis! I talk about it all the time- and if I’m lucky, I get to play 3-4 times a week. I’ve had several friends ask me to share an OOTD of me in my tennis outfit, so here you go!

The outfit on the left is actually a golf skirt, and for golf, it is sort of cute- but for tennis it is too long. Yes, the skirt on the right is super short- and yes, I have cottage cheese on the back of my legs, but honestly, it doesn’t matter! In tennis you will see women of all shapes and sizes and no one cares! And, if you are really worried, you can always wear leggings under your skirt. Or, some brands (like Lululemon) carry a long version, it’s still made for tennis, but has an extra inch or two for more coverage.

As for the top, a cute long sleeve light weight pullover is better than a bulky, unflattering fleece. I will wear this during the warm up, then take it off. Afterwards, I have a meeting and some errands to run, so I will throw it back on to give me some coverage.

This cute skirt is from Lululemon (it’s old), but I love the colors. It goes well with blue, black, white and grey- so it’s super versatile. However, if your budget really only allows to buy one tennis skirt- I would say go with black. You can pair any colored top with it- and wear it all year round.

Now for my personal thoughts on having a passion. I think it is so important for everyone to have a little hobby that is just for you. As moms we spend so much time giving to everyone else, it’s important to have something that is just yours! It can be anything you are interested in. I have a friend who just took up welding! Other friends garden, cook, take French lessons… you name it. It’s important to find something in your life that brings you joy and you look forward to. What is your passion? Feel free to share in the comments below!

May 15, Black and White Blouse

Today I have chosen my faded, distressed jeans and a cute black and white blouse. Originally I thought about wearing my flannel, but realized that it is too wintery for a spring day.

So I opted for this cute, lightweight black and white blouse instead. This blouse has cute details, I love the stripes, the collar & neckline. To style it, I rolled the sleeves, did the half tuck, added a belt and replaced the orthopedic shoes, which look so awful I can’t even believe I once wore those in real life! UGH! What was I thinking? These cute black loafers are a huge improvement. One thing I’ve really learned is that shoe choice really makes a difference in an outfit. And, truthfully, my feet hurt most of the time, so comfort is essential. These cute Vince loafers are comfy and stylish!

Jeans- Joes

Blouse- OC Style

Shoes- Vince, Nordstrom Rack

May 14, Camo Leggings

Good morning ladies! I am running late again today (I am more tired than normal and I’m having a hard time getting up. Anyone else experiencing this?) Anyhow, I’m working around the house and running errands this morning so I am extra casual in my camo leggings, cute graphic t shirt with a jacket tied around my waist.

In my before photo I have paired the leggings with a plain white sweater. To me, it just seems odd. They don’t go together. The sweater is preppy and sort of dressy, and the leggings are super casual. Why not try a graphic t shirt instead? Since the shirt is short and doesn’t cover my butt, I’ve tied this jacket around my waist. It gives me coverage, and adds a little warmth if I need it. The flip flops are also a little cuter than the old worn out running shoes.

No time for links this morning- plus my t shirt and jacket are super old. Leggings are from Nordstrom Rack, flip flops were from vacation in Hawaii a few years ago. I bought them in the gift shop! Have a great day!