March 19, Spring Dress

Todays outfit is a spring dress, although to be honest I’m not actually wearing this today (I have a tennis match, so I’ll be in my tennis clothes). But, I wanted to show you a cute dress that would be perfect for church, brunch with friends, or a baby or wedding shower… really any occasion! 

First off, I love dresses because they are so easy! No need to worry about matching your top and bottom- it’s done for you! Second, when wearing a dress- you just look nice! It looks like you put effort into your outfit. Third, in the spring and summer, dresses are a perfect alternative to wearing shorts. 

Now let’s talk about these two dresses. The one on the left is just a little too big. Look closely at my tummy area- there is extra fabric bunching out (hard to see in the photo, trust me!). This dress has a draw string waist- which means there is extra fabric that gathers here. This creates un-needed bulk in an area where you don’t want to add bulk. The dress on the right fits a lot better. See how it nips in at the waist- as well as has a deeper V neckline with the pin tuck detailing, which is more flattering. 

I also like these neutral peep toe shoes a lot better than the black ballet flats. Adding a heel (even a low heel) adds a little style to a dress. That being said- I’m a huge fan of flats- so if you are more comfortable wearing flats- go for it. Be you! Be comfortable!

If it’s still chilly where you live, throw on a cute draped faux suede jacket for instant warmth. And no comments please on my pale legs!

Dress- Banana Republic

Shoes- Unisa, Marshalls


March 18, Pattern Mixing

Well it finally felt like Spring in Seattle. This past weekend was gorgeous, and today and tomorrow are supposed to be even warmer! Thank you Mother Nature! For today’s outfit I have chosen this cute blue and white striped shirt that I recently bought at J Crew Outlet. I have always loved a blue and white striped shirt- and this one is my new all time favorite. It’s soft and comfy, and I love the little tie detail on the side.

I would describe the ‘before’ photo in one word, boring. There just isn’t anything interesting or fun about this look. So, to add some color and interest, I added this bright red statement necklace. To be honest, I’m not sure these are still in style, but I love this necklace- and I think it’s a nice touch of color. Next, I switched out the straight leg jeans for these wide leg cropped jeans. This look is coming back! Ya’ll know I love my skinny jeans- but the wide leg trend is making a comeback. To complete the look, I added my leopard flats for some fun pattern mixing. These cute shoes are an unexpected touch of style!

Shirt- J Crew Outlet

Jeans- Eddie Bauer

Shoes- Franco Sarto

Necklace- Stella and Dot

March 17, St Patrick’s Day

Instead of a before and after post for my OOTD, I’m showing 2 different versions of my St. Patrick’s Day outfit. And a quick shout out to my big sister for her Birthday! Happy Birthday Erin, I love you so much! You inspire me daily.

The outfit on the left is my normal, safe option. A cute Ireland tee shirt, ripped jeans and white tennis shoes. Festive, comfortable and easy. But then I decided to try something totally different (and a bit of a risk for me), and pair the green shirt with my geometric skirt and black peep toe heels. To be honest, I think it’s kind of fun! I love the colors together, and the skirt is such a bold, fun eye catching pattern. Which outfit do you prefer?

I bought this a few years ago at Target for a St. Patrick’s party we were going to. I think it’s so cute, but I only wear it once a year!

Skirt- Target

Jeans- Value Village, and Distressed by me (here’s how!)

Tee Shirt- Target

Shoes- Franco Sarto, Marshalls

March 16, Weekend Casual

Saturdays in my house are a day for catching up on a ton of housework.  I do laundry, clean the bathrooms, change the sheets and mop my kitchen floor. Please don’t be jealous of my glamorous life! To do all of these chores, I like to be super comfy and casual- so I opt for leggings and a cute workout top. 

As you can see- in the photo on the left I have on long leggings and a black fleece- nothing really wrong with this look, but isn’t the one on the right a little more interesting? These ¾ length leggings are a little more on trend, and the bright, long sleeve work out top adds some nice color to my outfit. 

A great detail about this top is the cinched sides. It provides a little ruching, which is great for hiding tummys. The bad thing is it’s a little short, so if I need to run an errand, I will tie a sweatshirt around my waist in order to hide my butt. Easy! 

Leggings are from Lululemon.

Enjoy your Saturday. Hopefully you have better plans that I do! 

March 15, Mad for Plaid

Yeah! It’s finally Friday. Does this seem like it’s been the longest week ever? It has to me!

For my OOTD I am wearing my ripped black jeans from Zara and this cute plaid shirt from Sanctuary.

When wearing a plaid shirt, I always feel like it’s important to not look like a lumberjack, or a cowboy, or a Seattle hipster from 1999. You want it to look cute and stylish.

So, to fix the outfit on the left- I changed from the regular black jeans to the ripped ones. Changed out the clunky black boots for these lower profile black booties- then tucked in my shirt and unbuttoned it a bit to show some skin. Rolling the sleeves and adding jewelry give some interest and style to this casual, easy outfit. Small changes = big difference!

Have a great day!

Jeans- Zara

Shoes- Nordstrom Rack

Shirt- Sanctuary, Nordstrom

March 14, Orange is the New Black

After my streak of black and white (and grey and white), I decided I needed a burst of color in my OOTD, so I chose this bright orange tank and paired it with blue jeans and a cardigan.

In my ‘before’ look my straight leg jeans and black ballet flats are a little dated, and there is something about wearing orange and black that reminds me too much of Halloween!

To fix my outfit, I changed into skinny jeans (these are my Gap ones, which seem to be my favorite), tucked in my tank, added a belt and then threw on this cute shrug cardigan. To complete my outfit, I decided to wear these fun T strap black Paul Green shoes. I am a HUGE fan of Paul Green shoes. Yes, they are expensive, but since my feet hurt all the time, these are a dream. They are very well made and incredibly comfortable. Plus, I think they add an edgy/ unexpected touch to my outfit!

This tank will be cute in the summer with white jeans, or jean shorts. Love the bright color!

Jeans- Gap

Tank- TJ Maxx

Sweater- Forever 21

Shoes- Paul Green, Nordstrom (this is similar, my shoes are a few years old)

March 13, Un-inspired

I am feeling really un-inspired in my outfit today. Not sure what my problem is, but I stood in my closet and was bored by everything I saw. When this happens, I just reach for some basics that I know are comfortable and stylish.

As you can see, I chose my grey joggers and a white top. In my before photo- these joggers are awful. The shape of the leg is weird- there is way too much going on. My boring white long sleeve shirt is not adding any interest- and the bright orange and blue tennis shoes draw your eye straight to my feet.

These cute joggers from Target are much better. They are more flattering, and truly the most comfortable pant I’ve ever owned. To replace the boring white shirt- I chose this cute Henley shirt, with the open neckline. To add a little interest, I threw on a bracelet and finished the outfit with my slip on tennis shoes. Now I have a very casual, but cute outfit to go run my errands in, similar to this outfit here that I wore last week. So remember, when you are stuck in a rut and can’t decide what to wear- stick to the basics, they’ll never let you down!