Dec 21st, 30 for 30 Day 21

I call this my Martha Stewart outfit- partly because I plan on spending the day working around the house, cooking, cleaning, wrapping presents… you know the drill!

Another reason I call this Martha Stewart is because before I started this style experiment I remember watching her show  and noticing she would wear a blouse while cooking. I remember thinking, weird! It looks so uncomfortable and stiff- and personally, I’d rather wear sweats!

However, all that has changed with this blog. Even working around the house, I am forcing myself to dress up a bit-  not that this is dressy, but at least I’ve put a little effort into my look because you never know who will ring your doorbell, right?!

Today I’m participating in Work it Wednesday only to the degree that I’m showing 3 different shoes with this very simple outfit. I’ve got on casual tennis shoes, my desert booties and leopard flats. Which are your favorite?

These casual slip on tennis shoes are a great alternative to regular tennis shoes!
I'm always a fan of the leopard flat. It brings an unexpected flair to my outfit!

I’m also linking up with The Pleated Poppy– check it out for hundreds of great style ideas!

Jeans: Nordstrom, Blouse: Target, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Boots- Kohls, Tennis Shoes- Macys, Flats- Target

Dec 20th, 30 for 30 Day 20

I’ve read that dressing from head to toe in one color is slimming, and God knows after all the junk I’ve been eating (and drinking) lately, I could use a slimming outfit- so here I go.

Unfortunately, in my outfit on the right I look a little plain and awkward. Part of it is the bulge of my belt under the sweater. It looks like I’m packing heat! I’m not, I promise!!

Since I’m pretty much all blue- it’s important to have something different about my look- hence the necklace. I picked up this little number at Forever 21- one of my favorite places for cheap jewelry. Go often though- sometimes it’s a total miss!

Just to give the outfit a bit more shape and definition, I’ve also tucked in my sweater showing off this cool braided belt. Another simple and easy outfit using only a few items from my closet!

The colors of the necklace add some interest to my otherwise plain look.

Dec 19th, 30 for 30- Day 19

This one is for my neighbor, Laurel. She asked me a long time ago if I ever wear any prints besides stripes- and ever since then I’ve been thinking a lot about that. She’s right, I really tend to avoid any other prints. So, in order to expand my horizons a bit- here you go!

I’ve paired this cute printed top with my cream jacket. The bright red color , the cute pattern and the draping of the neckline makes it interesting.

As for my jacket, I’ve said this before, but it is honestly like wearing a sweatshirt. It’s cotton, so very comfy and not restrictive at all!

I’m also wearing this gorgeous mother of pearl necklace that a dear friend made me for my birthday. It adds a nice touch to my otherwise bare neckline.

On bottom I have my skinny jeans and brown boots. A polished  and easy outfit. Now I’m off to see the Chimpmunks movie. UGH!~

Even though I'm just going to the movies today, it is still nice to put a little effort into my look.

Jeans: Madewell, Boots: Target, Top: Macy’s, Jacket: Kohls, Necklace: Gift

Dec 18th, 30 for 30- Day 18

Good morning! Another late post again today- sorry!

We are taking the kids ice skating today, so I want to dress warm and comfy (seems like I say this every day- warm and comfy are definitely my style!).

I chose a very plain outfit of jeans and a black turtleneck- and then dressed it up with a Burberry inspired scarf. Simple, casual and warm.

Enjoy your Sunday- what do you have planned?

This scarf adds a bit of polish to my plain look.

Jeans: Old Navy, Turtleneck: White House, Black Market, Scarf: DSW, Boots: Nordstrom

Dec 17th, 30 for 30- Day 17

I’m back in Seattle, and planning on spending the entire day getting ready for a party we are hosting tonight at my house.

I need clothes that are functional, cute and easy to cook/ clean in- so I’d like to be wearing my Birkenstocks and sweatpants.

But, since I have a friend coming over to help me, and I do have to run a few errands, I’m going to put a little effort into my look.

I’ve chosen my skinny black pants- these are like wearing sweatpants, they are very comfy! I’ve added a tank top- and then thrown on my denim jacket for warmth. Since I’ll be on my feet all day I’m wearing flats… and truth be told, while I’m home- I will be wearing my Birks. They are just so comfy!

Have a great Saturday…

This shimmery tank gets 'dressed down' with the addition of the denim jacket.

Pants: Gap, Tank: French Connection, Shoes: Nordstrom, Jacket: Old Navy

Dec 16th, 30 for 30- Day 16

Sorry for the delayed post. I am writing this from the hospital, my Grandpa’s asleep so I have a minute, but I’m not going to write much.

I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of what I’m wearing, so I’m just going to show you the pieces I selected and you can use your imagination.

I chose:

Love this brown leather jacket! (Marshalls)
J Crew cableknit turtleneck
Brown pencil skirt- Nordstrom

I’ve got on cream tights and my brown boots.

I also thought I’d post a picture of a very fashionanble friend Erica. She always looks amazing and inspires me every time I see her!

Erica is one of the most stylish people I know. She loves clothes, is not afraid to take risks, and has an amazing figure. Check out her shoes! Wow!

I would sprain my ankle in these, but she wears them with no problem! You go girl!

Dec 15th, 30 for 30- Day 15

One good thing about the 30 for 30 challenge is that when you have a family emergency and need to get out of town, you can pack quickly.

Such is the case with me. My grandfather is very ill and I had about 5 minutes to pack a bag and head to the airport to get a plane home.

In my panicked mind, I stood in my closet overwhelmed and not sure what to do- but then I remembered I only had a few items to chose from- so I grabbed a few things, threw them in my suitcase and off I went.

Today I’m wearing skinny jeans and my sweater (backwards again!) over this blue and white striped shirt. I’ve added a belt, necklace and cute boots.

Off to the hospital…

Have a great day.

Luckily I had taken this photo before I left town. (Thank goodness for pre-planning!)

Jeans: Madewell, Shirt: Anthropologie, Sweater: Land’s End Canvas, Boots: Marshalls

Dec 14th, Work it Wednesday

I think Work it Wednesday is so much fun- the idea is that you show 1 look 3 ways, (but to be honest I prefer seeing the actual outfits on people- as opposed to the cute outfits people put together on Polyvore.)

Clothes can look fabulous in theory, but then you put them on and it can be all wrong… That is one reason why I very seldom shop online. It just makes me nervous. Unless I know the exact brand and size, I’m afraid things won’t fit.

I’m running to Costco again today (seems like I was just there), so today’s outfit is another extremely simple look.

I’m wearing my skinny jeans, brown boots and a white shirt. For style and warmth I’ve decided to throw on my brown leather jacket and a scarf.

My dear friend, Heidi, sent me this gorgeous gold scarf (above left) for my birthday- and I truly love it. It’s hard to describe, but it’s gold- and then it also has a shimmery gold thread that runs through it. It’s perfect because it can be very versatile- cute paired with a casual outfit, or it could easily dress up something very plain.

Below I’m trying this brown infinity scarf that another dear friend, MaryAnn gave me for my birthday (great minds think alike). This one has a ton of texture- it’s a loosely knit pattern, as you can see from the photo.

Boy, am I blessed to have such sweet friends!

This scarf has lots of texture and detail, including the fringe!

Finally, I’m trying my plaid scarf from Target. This used to be my favorite, but now tht I have these new ones, I’m not so sure.

By the way, I’m pairing up with The Pleated Poppy today to- so be sure to check out all those cute gals!

I love the plaid in this scarf.
Yep, that's my new puppy in the background. Isn't she sweet?!

Dec 13th, 30 for 30- Day 13

Last week when I wore this blouse, I had it tucked in to a pencil skirt and it looked very conservative and ladylike. (The look on the right is my BEFORE look, to see the after, click on pencil skirt).

Today is my ‘glam version’! I don’t know why, but whenever I pair anything with this faux fur, I always feel like a rock star!

This afternoon I have a work luncheon, and I thought it would be fun to dress a little festive. I paired this gorgeous silk top with my dark jeans (I know, jeans again at work? Really?! I figure they sort of look like dress pants if you don’t look close!). Then to top it all off, added the fur, necklace and heels.

Who knew faux fur could be so fun?!

Fur is appropriate for daytime and nighttime. For daytime, make sure the rest of the look is conservative.

Jeans: Nordstrom, Blouse: H&M, Fur: Marshalls, Heels: Nordstrom, Necklace: Cookie Lee

Dec 12th, 30 for 30 Day 12

I really really love these pants. Because they are cords, they are soft, warm and ultra comfy. Just my style!

I also love them because I love the color- a lot of people shy away from wearing white (or off white) after Labor Day.

This is an old & outdated rule. These creamy white pants are perfectly appropriate for the season.

Today I’ve paired them with this pretty blue sweater with dolman sleeves, and then I accented with this brown and blue checked infinity scarf. An infinity scarf is a great solution if you’re unsure of how to tie a regular scarf. You can’t screw this kind up. Just put it on and loop it around as many times as you want. Voila! Super easy!

As for my shoes- I decided to go with my brown boots. At first I thought about flats- but decided it didn’t look wintery enough (plus, my feet were cold!).

Hope you have a great day.

I thought about wearing flats, but my feet were too cold!

Pants: Nordstrom, Sweater: Nordstrom, Boots: DSW, Scarf: Macy’s