June 8th, White Party

I’m playing in a tennis match today (wish me luck), so instead of showing what I’ll be wearing, I’m showing what I wore to an all white party I went to a while ago.

Ala P Diddy (or Kyle from Real Housewives), I went to a lovely party where all the guests wore white. All the decor was white, flowers were white, they even had white leather couches… it was so cool!

I didn’t have a dress, so I ran to my favorite store for dresses (Marshalls) and picked this cute little number up.

I love the jeweled neckline, love the A line cut, and love that it has such pretty details. I simply paired it with black strappy sandals- and I was ready.

Linking up for to Girlymama for Fashion Friday!

June 7th, Reader’s Request: What to Wear to Farmer’s Market

  Here’s another tough reader’s request! The reason this is tough is that the answer will totally depend on where you live!

Here in Seattle, it is unseasonably cold- so I would suggest a jacket or sweatshirt for the market.

Whatever you do, please don’t wear the outfit on the right.

This probably doesn’t even need any explanation- but just in case…

The cropped jeans are too short. By ending right below my knee- they make my legs look awkward and goofy. The cut of these jeans is also too loose, which is hard to see in the photos, but there is no shape to them. The gray fleece is so dull and boring, and lacks shape. As for the tennis shoes- you all know how I feel about them!

The outfit on the left is an improvement. The cropped jeans are a better fit, the cute quilted jacket will keep me warm, and the small details of the leopard belt and cute necklace give the impression that I made some effort.

I’ll be the first to admit, it isn’t the most fashionable outfit you’ll ever see- but keep in mind- this is for the market! Keeping is casual is key!

There are a few more important things to consider when choosing an outfit for a farmer’s market. One is that you want to be comfy, this means wearing supportive shoes (no flip flops or heels). You’ll also probably get dirty – so wear something that can handle a little dirt (those fruits and veggies come with the dirt on them), if it’s sunny- bring a hat to protect your face and lastly, you’ll need a great bag to carry your purchases in.

I’ve put together a few more looks below of suggested outfits, but please comment with your suggestions!
This fleece is a good alternative to the gray one- it’s a bright eye catching color, and has a little more shape to it.
This black fitted one is also flattering, it defines my shape and has an interesting collar.
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm- this would be a cute outfit.  It is Jennifer Aniston inspired- just a simple tank and jeans- but notice the small details (belt, necklace, fitted tank).

Jeans: Old Navy, Tank: Gap, Jacket: Nordstrom, Fleece: Old Navy, Black Sweatshirt: Lululemon, Shoes: Puma, Sandals: Dansko

June 6th, Thank you Jill

 This outfit is inspired by the ever fashionable Jill from Jill’s Good Life For Less.

Lacking inspiration, I went over to her blog to see what she was up to- and I saw this cute outfit, which I just love!

I decided to skip the scarf, and instead added a little burst of color.  But basically it’s the same idea- white skinny’s, paired with a t shirt and a short trench coat.

I’ve got on my gladiator sandals (which let me tell you, are seriously the most comfortable sandals in the world- along with my Danskos, these are the best!).

In my before picture I have my jacket buttoned all the way to the top- and also have on my bootleg jeans. This looks frumpy because the jacket has no shape.

By opening the jacket, rolling the sleeves and showing a fitted t shirt underneath, I now look more stylish. Plus, it’s fun to see the bright burst of color mixed with these neutrals.

For a change, I decided to try it with the coat belted… what do you think? Yeah or Nay?

Linking up with Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday!

Love these sandals. They are so comfy!
Better belted or not? You decide!

Jeans: J Crew, Jacket: Gap, T shirt: Gap, Shoes: Naot, Necklace: Forever 21

June 5th, June Gloom

 We actually have a term for this weather here in Seattle- June Gloom.

 After a truly gorgeous May- we have now entered into the rainy season. And by rainy, I mean RAINY.

It looks like it could be December out there… UGH! Seriously?!

So while the rest of the country is basking in the sun, we are donning our rain gear and making the best of it.

Rather than look like the picture on the right- I decided to skip the bright blue (unflattering) rain coat and tacky pink boots and instead opted for a cute mini skirt (it is summer after all) paired with my Hunter rain boots and a cute striped tank. Since it is only 55 degrees out there, I had to add a cute little black cardigan so I don’t freeze!

Even though it is very ‘un Seattle like’ to use an umbrella- today I will be doing such that!

Enjoy your day by the pool and if it makes you feel better, think of me sloshing around in the rain.

Skirt: Anthropologie, Tank: Gap, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Boots: Nordstrom

A reader asked what coat I would be wearing, so here you go! I also had to add tights because I was wrong about the temp- it’s actually 48, not 55. BRRRRRRRR!

June 4th, Polka Dot Cardigan

  If you’ve been paying attention to fashion you’ll notice that polka dots are a huge trend right now.

For some reason I just can’t seem to join in on the craze. Part of it is that I haven’t found anything polka dot that really worked for me- and looked appropriate on a 41 year old.

Then I found this cute cardigan at Target. It’s a very subtle polka dot pattern. In fact, from the photos you can barely even see them.

Which in my mind is perfect. Sometimes, I’d rather be a bit subtle than scream ‘trendy’.

On the right I’ve paired this cardigan with my old faded jeans. It looks ok, but not very polished. My closed toe shoes are also a bit off- being that it’s summer!

On the left I now have on my dark blue bootleg jeans. These are almost like dress pants- they really don’t look like jeans. For my shoes, I’ve switched out the black pumps for snakeskin wedges. Finally, I added a cute necklace to follow my ‘rule of 3’.

Pretty simple and easy changes- but they make a big difference.

Happy Monday. Go check out my friends on Monday Mingle!

Jeans: Nordstrom, Tank: Loft, Cardigan: Target, Necklace: Target, Shoes: DSW

June 3rd, Where’d You Get Those Cropped Jeans?

  Sometimes things seem so simple and self explanatory that I honestly feel ridiculous sharing them.

But then my sweet neighbor, Laurel, tells me- ‘you should write this on your blog, some people may not know…’ and so here I am doing exactly that.

And actually, truth be told- it took me a LONG time to figure out this simple little trick! I used to see girls running around in the cutest cropped jeans and wonder where the heck they bought them.

So for those of you who are still searching for the perfect cropped jean- I have news for you!

Create your own!

Easy, right?!

I just went to Old Navy and found a pair I liked- in the perfect wash- and then I simple roll them up to make cropped jeans. So simple!

As Laurel pointed out- it’s kind of perfect because then you essentially have two pairs of jeans- wear them full length- or wear them rolled- and you have two totally different looks.

As for my scarf- I know most of  you around the country are probably dying at my scarf in the summer- but here in Seattle it’s only 55 degrees, so I need it to keep warm. I like the floral pattern with the stripes too… fun pattern mixing.

Enjoy your Sunday!

One quick thing I want to add- my brother in law just ran across the entire state of Kansas to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease. He did this in only 5 days! What an incredible accomplishment. I am so proud of him I just had to share.

To read all about it- click here- And if you are compelled to donate to his cause, I know he would appreciate it!  🙂

I actually wore this yesterday!  To my local friends, if you see me today in something different- you’ll know why! Sorry this is a bit blurry- I must have moved.
In the early morning, I even threw a cardigan on- it was that chilly. Oh summer- where are you?!

Jeans: Old Navy, Striped Shirt: J Crew, Scarf: J Crew, Cardigan: White House, Black Market

June 2nd, Red, White and Blue

 I used to avoid wearing the colors red, white and blue together for fear of looking too patriotic.

Silly, I know.

Especially since these colors are meant to be together. They are so complimentary, so classic and so perfect!

Today’s outfit is based around my red jeans.

Originally, I paired them with this beige/ gray t shirt with the ruffle detail down the middle and my denim jacket. Although I liked this look at first- looking at the pictures, it seems a little blah. And I always struggle with the half tuck- it never looks right on me!

I then decided to pair it with my blue and white checked shirt- layered over a white tank- and then rolled the sleeves up a bit.

It’s a more stylish look- and I love the way the dark blue in the checks is complimented by the dark wash on the jacket.

I like the sleeves rolled up- a much ‘cooler’ look!

Jeans: Marshalls, Shirt: Land’s End Canvas, Jacket: Gap, Shoes: Nordstrom