Jan 23, Black and White

Black and white is such a classic and easy go to for any outfit.

 

In the photos above you can see I have chosen black jeans, a black and white blouse and black boots. Here’s the difference: in the after picture I chose a little more fitted blouse- and I did the famous half tuck, defining my waist. I added a belt, rolled up my sleeves and added a necklace.

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One thing I love about this blouse is it has really cute detail along the shoulders (see the picture below, it’s too hard to tell above). I also rolled up the hem of my jeans revealing my ankles- and switched out my boots for a lower profile bootie. This really changes the look. To be honest, I don’t hate the before picture- I actually think this blouse is cute,  but I wanted to give you a contrast so you can see the difference. Plus, plaid is really on trend right now!

*I apologize for the grainy photo above, for some reason the bigger the photo, the more grainy it gets. I have no idea how to correct that (or how to resize the photo). I am definitely in need of advice, if you have a suggestion- please send it my way! Thank you! 🙂

Jeans- Gap

Blouse- local boutique

Boots- Nordstrom Rack

Belt- Nordstrom Rack

Necklace- Gift

Jan 22, Cozy

I don’t know where you live, but here in the Pacific Northwest it’s cold outside… nothing like what you Midwesterners or Eastcoasters are dealing with, but still- to me, it’s cold and I like nothing more than being comfy and warm!

Take my outfit above- it’s simple, just a pair of grey jeans and a very soft and cozy sweater. In the before look I have left the sweater untucked and am wearing my Uggs (which are about the coziest shoe you can own), but honestly- they aren’t the cutest!  In my ‘after’ photo I have simply done the little half tuck thing with the sweater and changed my shoes to Converse tennis shoes. They are super comfy- and less bulky looking. All in all- a very easy and basic outfit- but warm!

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Jeans- Levis (I bought them at TJ Max last year)

Sweater- OC Style

Shoes- Converse All Star

Happy Tuesday~

Megan

Jan 21, Day Off

Let’s talk about the outfits below!

It’s MLK Day, and since I am a substitute teacher- I have the day off! Yeah! I want to be comfy and cute at the same time- and this outfit does that. The before outfit on the left is just a little too sloppy. Mostly my pant legs- see how they bag and gather at the bottom? I bought these pants at Athleta a few years ago and they were expensive and incredibly comfortable. But now looking at the photo- they aren’t flattering. The after ones I just bought at Fabletics, and they are amazing. First of all, they were half the price (I got them on sale), second the fabric is fleece lined. Yum! And third, they have pockets! Oh yeah!

Other changes I made were swapping out the bright fleece for an understated grey sweater. I’m still warm and comfy, but the sweater just brings it up a notch. The detailing on the shoulders make it interesting. It’s simple, yet there is something there. I also did the famous half tuck to break up the straight line across my middle, and switched out the clunky tennis shoes for cute slip ons (which are the most comfortable shoes I think I’ve ever owned. If you don’t know this about me- here you go- my feet hurt ALL the TIME.)  It sucks- and shoes are an issue for me. So, I swear by these!! And- best of all,  I wear socks with them!

And there you go- simple changes, but a much cuter look!

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FYI- if all you are interested in is the pictures,  come see me over on Instagram! Each day I’ll post my outfit photos there as well.

Also, if you have a minute, please comment! I love hearing from you- I value your feedback and plus, it’s fun to hear from readers. It honestly brightens up my day when I receive a comment.

Pants- Fabletics (I looked online and couldn’t find them, I bought them in store, but here is a link to her site in case you have better luck than me!)

Shoes- Vince (Nordstrom Rack)

Sweater- Calson (Nordstrom, it’s OLD, sorry!)

Socks- Smart Wool 

Jan 20, I’m back!

 

 

Hello Friends! I missed you…

After a 7 year break, I have decided to start blogging again. Now that my kids are teenagers (and never home), I realize that I miss blogging! I miss putting together outfits, and to be honest, I have let my style slip a bit over the past few years. I have a closet full of clothes, yet I tend to wear the same thing every day. Does that sound familiar? If so,  I hope that this blog will inspire us to put some effort into our everyday looks.

So, if you are one of my original readers, hello! Welcome back! And if you just found me- hello and welcome.  I’m glad you’re here!

Let me briefly explain who I am and what I am doing.

I’m a mom who loves putting together simple everyday outfits. Back in 2011 I started this little fashion blog as a way to up my style… then after a year and a half I realized I needed to focus on my family for a while, so I quit. But now I am back and ready to explore how simple changes can make a boring outfit special.

As a reminder, this blog is a learning tool for me. I am not claiming to be an expert. On the contrary, I always feel like I never quite get it right. I leave the house feeling pretty good about my outfit, then when I get wherever I’m going and see other stylish women, I feel like something is slightly off. I have spent years trying to figure it all out… and while I’m still learning, there are a few tricks that I have picked up on that I want to pass along.

So, every day I will show you my before and after photo so that you can see that by making little additions and changes- you can have a cute, stylish look.

Now…let’s talk about my outfit.

It’s just a simple outfit of jeans, a tee shirt and a waffle shrug. Nothing earth shattering, but a cute, comfy outfit perfect for running errands.

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In my after picture you can see I added a cute belt, changed the boots for leopard flats and added a necklace. Three little changes, but what a difference they make.

Shoes- Sam Edelman (Nordstrom)

T Shirt- Calson (Nordstrom)

Shrug- Splendid

Jeans- Joe’s (Nordstrom Rack)

Belt (Nordstrom Rack)

Necklace- gift