Dec 11th, 30 for 30- Day 11

Sorry for the late post. I’ve spent most of my morning in my jammies, lounging by the fire and playing with my puppy.

However, I must get dressed because this afternoon I am going to the symphony to watch my daughter’s choir sing.

Since this is the local symphony- and the performance will be in a high school gym, I don’t feel the need to get really formal. However, it is a special occasion, so I’ve decided to wear a dress- but I’ve turned it into a skirt.

I’m wearing my basic black turtleneck over the dress, then added a ribbon belt to define my waist. To accessorize I’m wearing my clover necklace, black boots and tights.

I’m so excited to have found a new way to wear this summery dress! Have you ever tried this? Please send photos…

By wearing a sweater over the dress, it now looks like a skirt! Cool!

Dress: Banana Republic, Sweater: White House, Black Market, Belt: White House, Black Market, Necklace: Gift, Boots: Frye, Tights: Nordstrom

Dec 10th, 30 for 30- Day 10

 I can just hear you now, ‘Hey, didn’t you wear those jeans yesterday?’,

‘Why- yes, I did! Thanks for noticing!’ When you only have 30 items to chose from and only 5 of them are pants (or jeans) I’m a bit limited…

I really like this outfit today- it’s super warm, super comfy and oh so me!

On the right I am showing how it just doesn’t quite look right. The mom jeans are a bit dorky, the white crew neck shirt is dated, the long sleeves peeking out under the 3/4 sleeves… the whole thing is just off.

On the left I’ve switched to my more modern cute jeans, replaced the white shirt for my striped shirt, added this great colored scarf and then switched the shoes for boots. I’m trying something that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately- the high socks peaking out above the boots. I like this trend, not only do the socks keep my jeans tucked into the boots, but they also keep my toes toasty!

Off to my son’s basketball game. Wish him luck! He needs it! They got slaughtered last night 71-40. Ouch!

Dec 9th, 30 for 30- Day 9

I’m working this morning, so I want to look professional, yet it’s Friday, so I imagine most people will be in jeans.

To solve that problem, I’ll combine the two! It’s like a mullet- business in front, party in back!

Except in my case, it’s business on top, party down below. No wait, that sounds perverted! Never mind!

You get the idea…

This outfit reminds me of my Jennifer Aniston inspired outfit that I wore here.

I’m wearing my casual boyfriend style jeans (I unrolled the hem) and this cute eggplant colored draped top. I’m a big fan of draping because it hides any bulges!

To make my look more professional, I threw on this blazer and a necklace.

A casual, yet office appropriate outfit for Friday! TGIF!

Jeans: Old Navy, Top: Nordstroms, Blazer: Land’s End, Shoes: Todd’s Necklace: H&M

Dec 8th, 30 for 30- Day 8

Yikes! I am running so late today! Having a puppy is like having a newborn- I was lucky to even get a shower. I was supposed to be volunteering at school 29 minutes ago!

I’m also feeling very ‘unfashionable’ today… I stood in my closet and looked at my 30 items of clothing and thought ‘why the heck am I doing this challenge?”

I’ll admit it’s a bit boring, but this is the best I could do!

When in doubt, throw on an orange scarf!

Skinny jeans, a long sweater and a scarf. Pretty simple...

Dec 7th, 30 for 30- Day 7

 I’ve got some Christmas shopping to do today, I’m heading to University Village- (for you non locals, it’s an outdoor shopping area) and I want to be warm, stylish and comfy- so I’ve opted for my skinny black pants, my cable knit turtleneck, black flat boots and then added this cute coat. It’s wool, so it’s super warm, and the belt helps emphasize my waist.

It’s easy to look enormous in a coat- so be sure try on lots to find one that is flattering. I recently went shopping with a petite friend, and we realized that many lengths/ styles of coats just didn’t look right.  She finally found one that is hip length and belted- so it doesn’t cut her legs in half (making them look even shorter), while also emphasizing her waist. To see it, click here.

I found this great coat at Target, and recently saw that now it's on sale!

Boots: Nordstroms, Pants: Gap, Turtleneck: J Crew

Dec 6th, 30 for 30-Day 6

I’m working from home in order to take care of my new puppy! Yes, you heard me right! I am now a proud dog owner. For those of you who know me personally, I’m sure you never thought this day would come (I sure didn’t). But then again, you never know when you’ll fall in love!

The thing with working from home is that unless I get dressed in ‘work clothes’ I don’t feel like I’m working. So, although no one will probably see me (well, I might run to Safeway), I’ll still dress somewhat professionally just to set my mind in work mode!

I’ve paired my jeans with this cute chambray shirt and then to make it more professional, I’ve layered my cream blazer. Since this jacket has 3/4 sleeves, and the shirt underneath has full sleeves- I decided to roll the shirt sleeves into the blazer sleeves- so they don’t hang out below.

I also added a belt (leopard this time!) and a necklace and then threw on my leopard heels to really add some personality. Although truth be told- since I’m at home I’ll probably be wearing slippers- (or maybe even these UGGS- but I promise I will not go out in public wearing them. They look awful! )

I love the soft cotton fabric of this jacket- it makes it very comfy and easy to wear.

For anyone who is interested- here is my puppy, Sadie!

Cutest dog in the world!

Dec 5th, 30 for 30- Day 5

 Today’s outfit is another very simple look- a pencil skirt and a blouse. Nothing to it.

Well, actually there is a little to it.

As you can see on the right- when this blouse is untucked it just looks messy and makes me look huge!

In order to balance it out, I tucked the blouse in- and let me let you in on a little secret my grandma taught me- tucking your blouse into your tights! I know, it sounds nuts, and you want to be sure the waistband of your skirt is higher enough to not reveal your tights/ blouse combo- but it does work well in keeping your shirt where you want it.

To complete my look, I added a necklace and belt- kind of my signature look, right?  I told you- I am a creature of habit!

I will say, the bright color of this blouse is different for me- right? At least it’s not an earth tone!

Love this cranberry color- it is even prettier in person!

Blouse: H&M, Skirt: Gap, Necklace: Cookie Lee, Belt: Ann Taylor

Dec 4th, 30 for 30- Day 4

I never used to be a fan of the denim on denim look- but it is really growing on me, especially when paired with this cute camel  sweater, worn open.

This is very similar to what I wore last weekend, are you sensing a trend here? I am definitely a creature of habit.

For an easy weekend look- try pairing boyfriend jeans, cute socks (scrunched down) booties, a denim shirt and then throw a cardigan over it.

To complete to Rule of 3, (and add interest) I added a belt and necklace.

By the way, you’re right- this time I am wearing my sweater backwards! Don’t tell!

A reader wrote that she just found this sweater in red on clearance at Land's End.

Jeans: Old Navy, Denim shirt: Martin and Osa, Sweater: Lands End Canvas, Belt: American Eagle, Necklace: Anthropologie

Dec 3rd, 30 for 30 Day 3

Weekend wear! I’m planning on spending most of the day lounging around the house- so ideally I wouldn’t even get dressed- I’d hang out in jammies all day! Sounds heavenly.

But, my son has a basketball game, so that’s not going to work!

I decided to go with an outfit that feels as comfy as jammies- these cream cords are amazingly soft, stretchy and warm. Perfect!

On top I’ve put on this utlra comfy (loose fitting) striped shirt. To keep warm, and add a little color. I threw on my denim jacket.

As for my feet- I want to take a minute to answer a question a reader emailed! She also lives in Seattle and wondered if my feet get cold when I go without socks.

The truthful answer is that yes, if I’m outside my feet do get cold. But, when I know I’ll be mostly inside- I’m fine. Especially if the rest of me is warm!

So there you go… enjoy your weekend!

Dec 2nd, 30 for 30- Day 2

I’m off to a running start- although not sure how well yesterday went! I shouldn’t have worn jeans. We had an office open house, and I was too casual. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I swear, I feel like I always miss the mark.

Oh well, I’m trying!

Today I am wearing my black skinny pants and this incredibly soft grey sweater. I love the hemline- how it covers my bum, and has some movement to it.

To add some interest to the look I threw on this scarf. One thing about scarves- go for the largest, thickest material you can find. A skinny, anemic scarf looks awful. Wrap it around your neck a couple of times, then tie it in front. Volume is key!

Speaking of missing the mark, I’m showing a picture of some boots below- I bought these many years ago and wore them recently. I felt so dorky- the square toe seems dated. I usually wear flat boots, but I probably ought to invest in some with heels as well. They will last me for years. Any recommendations? Comfort is essential!

Is this square toe still stylish? I think not, but need advice!
Outdoors you can really see the gorgeous color of this sweater!

I should take all my pictures outside, the lighting is just so much better- sadly it is so dark here so early (and so cold) that sometimes I just have to make due with the indoor shot! Sorry!

Pants: Gap, Sweater: Louis Permilia, Scarf: Lucky, Boots: Frye