June 17, Graduation Dress

Well, today’s the big day, my baby is graduating from high school. They say it goes by fast, and they weren’t kidding! Holy cow! For today’s ceremony, I am wearing this cute orange dress.

I love the bright color, the cute eyelet pattern, the nipped waist and the flouncy hem. I also love that it has pockets. For some reason I love a dress with pockets! I might need to stash some Kleenex in there for today’s ceremony. Sniff…

This dress is not too dressy, but dressy enough that no matter what others are wearing I should feel appropriate. Having never gone to one of these before (besides my own 30 years ago) you never know what people will be wearing! On that note, my outfit for convocation Saturday was fine. I was not over or under dressed, thank goodness! 🙂

Dress- Nordstrom Rack

June 15, Striped Dress

My son is graduating from high school on Monday, and today is their Convocation. I don’t know much about this event, and have no idea what people will be wearing, so I decided to wear a casual cotton striped dress and hope I’m not underdressed!

Colorful striped dresses are very on trend right now- but I’m not one to wear super bright colors, so instead of totally following this fad, I have opted for a more muted version that is more my style. I just found this fun dress at Nordstrom Rack, and I absolutely love it. I think this will be a perfect summer staple for any occasion. The length works for day or evening, and it’s so different than anything I own. Today it’s a bit chilly, so I am pairing it with my denim jacket (with the sleeves rolled up), but for a hot day- I could easily wear it alone with cute white slides.

And check out the cute back! Love the tie!

Here is what the tag says, which I think is awesome!

These are words to live by!

Sidenote- I was in a classroom last week and there was a poster on the wall that said ‘Grace is showing kindness when it isn’t deserved’. I thought that was such a great way to define grace. While I’d like to think kindness is always deserved, I think what this means is that even when someone is being a total jerk- you still show kindness to them. I love that our elementary school children are learning that character trait. I need to remember that in my own life!

Dress- Nordstrom Rack

White slides- Target

Brown slides- Steven (TJ Maxx)

June 14, Striped Top

Today’s outfit is my distressed jeans and a cute black and white striped dolman sleeved top.

In the before photo I am wearing straight leg jeans- and I have the top pulled down way too low. It’s much cuter scrunched up at the waist and with the sleeves pushed up. Also, if you look closely, you can also see my bra strap peeking out. If you’re wearing a shirt that has an open neckline like this, try a fun bralette instead. This looks so much better than a regular bra straps. The distressed skinny jeans are also a better option than the straight leg jeans- and the strappy sandals complete the look! Happy Friday everyone!

Jeans- 7 for All Mankind

Top- OC STyle

Shoes- Lucky Brand

Bralette- Target

June 13, Tunic Dress

I bought this cute dress last summer in Kansas City at TJ Maxx. Every year my sisters invite me to attend a White Party at their Country Club (where everyone is dressed in white) and I needed something to wear.

I love the tunic style of this comfy dress- and the cute embroidery adds interest to the otherwise plain outfit. To keep it casual I chose simple braided leather sandals. It’s perfect for a hot summer day, or a casual pool side party!

Dress- TJ Maxx

Shoes- Target (old!)

June 12, Summer’s Here

It’s going to be another hot day here in the PNW, so for my OOTD I have chosen denim shorts and this cute bright orange top.

Looking at the before photos, the denim shorts on the left are not flattering. They are too tight- and my legs look like sausages. I hate the way the fabric clings to my curvy hips, plus this is uncomfortable. The shorts on the right are a better option for me. The loose, flowy fabric fits better- and the fact that they aren’t skin tight actually makes my legs look thinner. By tucking in the top and adding cute snakeskin sandals & an armful of colorful bracelets, I have created a super casual, super summery look.

June 11, Maxi Dress

I bought this striped maxi dress a few years ago- but I rarely wear it, because I don’t love the way it looks on my curvy body!  But, it’s going to be a hot day today, so I thought I’d see if I could make some small changes to the way it looks.

 I decided to tie a white tank over the dress. This breaks up the stripes while creating the illusion of a skirt and top. Without the tank the dress is unflattering, all those stripes across my tummy area are not doing me any favors. But by tying the tank- I have created a waist, and broken up all the stripes. Adding the long necklace also helps break up the solid tank. By also tying the bottom of the dress, I have a cohesive look that is super relaxed, easy and fun to wear! Enjoy your day!

Dress- Gap (old)

Tank- Fabletics

Shoes- TJ Max

June 10, Blue and White

As you know, blue and white are one of my favorite color combos! It’s just so classic, so crisp and so easy! Today I chose my cropped white jeans and a simple blue button down blouse from Loft.

I love this blouse because it is rayon, which means it hangs really well. I hate things that cling to my tummy (my problem area), so a blouse like this is perfect because it looks nice- and is slimming at the same time! Looking at the photos, I like it better with the cropped jeans and the cuter sandals, and I suggest tucking it in and adding a fun leopard belt to really elevate the look.

It looks black in the photos, but it is actually a deep navy blue.

Jeans- Gap

Blouse- Loft, old, but here is a similar look, and another one here

Shoes- TJ Max (link is to a similar pair on Amazon)

Belt- Target