March 24th, Auction Attire

I’m volunteering at our local hospital’s huge fundraising auction tonight, so I thought I’d show you what I’m wearing.

The auction will be pretty formal- but I also need to be comfy since I’ll be running around all night.

The key to that is my shoes. I’ve opted for my black wedge heels. They are stylish, but with the wedge heel- they will make is easy to be on my feet all night.

The dress I’ve chosen is one of my favorites. It’s a gorgeous blue color, made of viscose (rayon) so it’s super soft & comfy and the draped neckline is flattering. For accessories, I’m wearing necklace, black belt and bracelet.

A black bracelet adds to the look.

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Dress: Nordstrom, Shoes: Macy’s, Necklace: Gift, Belt: Ann Taylor, Bracelet: H&M

March 23rd, Obsession

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed with stripes. I just can’t help myself.

Well, actually- you would be proud of me, I did buy a new dress today and while I contemplated buying the striped version I ended up buying the solid instead… but that’s another day, another post.

Today I’m actually showing what I wore last night to our elementary school play- which both of my kids performed in!

I’m very proud of them- and impressed with the entire cast. What a fun night!

On the right I’m showing this striped top with my old white pants- I actually think it looks pretty cute- but the pant length is a little too long and the boot leg cut is a little dated.

On the left I have my J Crew pencil jeans, which look better (and more ‘springy’). The slimmer cut and cropped leg make for a more current look.

This striped top is one of my new spring purchases.

Here’s what I like about it:

1. I like the way the waist is defined by a drawstring.

2. I love the chevron stripes. These angled stripes are slimming since they draw the eye up and down (creating a vertical line). To take this even one step further- the long necklace also creates a vertical line.

3. The V neckline is flattering for most figures.

4. The sleeves are a cute length- and also flattering if you don’t like showing your upper arms.

5. I like the long length of this top- (no muffin top).

To finish my outfit off, I have on these cute patent leather ballet flats. I love the toes on these, they are squared off and remind me of real ballet shoes. So cute!

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You know I'm always a fan of stripes- these chevron stripes are cute and slimming! (the V shape draws the eye downwards).
Love this necklace to polish off the look.

Pants: J Crew, Shoes: Nordstrom, Shirt: Marshalls, Necklace: Gift

March 22nd, Super Casual

I’ve got a super busy morning!

I’m playing tennis at 8:00, then volunteering at school, then going to the dentist, running by the grocery store, then walking my dog. I’ll even try to squeeze in a little house work when I get home (as if!).

My outfit needs to be versatile, casual and easy!

I could run around town looking like the old me (on the right), but this is just awful! My bright white tennis shoes are glaring. The loose, baggy track pants are unflattering and the plain black fleece is dull.

On the left is my re-worked look. This jacket is actually part of my tennis team uniform, so after my match today, I’ll switch out my tennis skirt for these cute cropped jeans. The fitted style of this jacket is much more flattering than the fleece. And the red tank peeking out from underneath adds some color and interest. As for my shoes- I’ve replaced my bright white shoes for my comfy Pumas.

I’m now ready to run into someone I know and not be totally embarrassed. This may not be my cutest outfit- but it’s perfect for my crazy day.

Love these Pumas- they are so comfy and so much cuter than the bright white shoes.

Jeans: Old Navy, Jacket: Lucy, Tank: Gap, Shoes: Nordstrom

March 21st, Soft and Sweet

Today’s outfit isn’t earth shattering, but come to think of it- none of mine are! 🙂

But it’s a simple outfit that I think looks soft and sweet.

I think it’s because of this silk top with the ruffle neckline. It seems very dainty and ladylike to me!

The color is a muted blush pink, and paired with this soft grey boyfriend cardigan I think it makes for a simple, but cute look.

On the right you can see my original outfit- instead of the boyfriend cardigan I tried this cropped one.

While I do love this sweater, in my opinion, this outfit looks out of proportion. With the skinny jeans, I think I need the longer sweater to help provide some balance.

On my feet I have on my Tory Burch flats. These are a great pair of neutral flats- the snakeskin goes with everything.

To finish the look, I’ve added a necklace. I seem to do this almost every day- and believe me, a year ago I never wore necklaces! EVER!

However, I’ve accumulated quite a collection over the past year and I store them on a belt rack in my closet- so I can see them all at once. It makes it so much easier to just grab one and throw it on when they are easily accessible!

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A close up of the cute neckline and my necklace (which my sweet sisters made for me).
Such a simple, yet easy outfit.

Jeans: Anthropologie, Shoes: Nordstrom, Top: J Crew, Cardigan: J Crew, Neckace: Gift

March 20, Time to Go

 Well, it’s finally time for Kara and her kiddos to head back to the midwest. It’s been a great girls week- and I hope you all enjoyed seeing pictures of someone other than me!

Today Kara is wearing greenish grey cords (from J Crew), a white button down top, black cardigan and a gorgeous scarf. She’s finished her look with these cute short Frye boots. Her look is casual, comfy and totally appropriate for her plane ride home.

I’m stuck here in rainy Seattle, so I’m sporting one of my new scores from our shopping adventures.

I finally splurged and bought the Hunter boots I’ve been coveting for so long.

Both of my sisters were shocked that I didn’t already own these- and now that I own them- I kick myself for not buying them sooner.

Yes, they are pricey. But, considering how often it rains here- they should be a staple in everyone’s closet.

Here’s why:

Unlike my checkered rain boots from Fred Meyer- these are actually WARM and COMFY (not to mention stylish).

These boots offer arch support so they are actually extremely comfy when you’re going to be on your feet all day. My old boots had absolutely no support, and after standing for about an hour, my back would ache.

Plus, I’ve talked about price per wear before- and if you take the price of these boots- and divide it by how many times you will wear them- they actually seem pretty reasonable. (I say this because although my sisters loved these- they chose not to buy them because it doesn’t rain every day in Kansas City- hence the price per wear goes up!).

I’ve paired my boots with skinny jeans with a pair of socks peeking out of the top of the boot. This is a super trendy look- and I thought I’d give it a try. I think it’s cute!

On top I have on another one of my new purchases- this black cape-like thing. It’s made of sweatshirt material, so it’s uber soft and warm. I love the asymmetrical hemline. I’ve put a grey and black striped shirt underneath to add a little pattern- and then piled on my chain necklaces to amp up the look even more.

This is a perfect rainy day outfit- and from the looks of things, I’m going to need it. I know I keep saying this- but seriously- anytime spring. We’re ready and waiting!

One more thing, I apologize for not doing more ‘before and after photos’ this week. It was so fun having my sisters here- but we were so busy we ran out of time! Sorry!  I’ll show one quick before pic below- you’ve seen this before, but just for fun I’ll show it again.

Here is what I looked like before I started caring about style. The bright blue coat, the pink boots. Not a sophisticated and stylish look.

This is not stylish at all.
Love these new boots!
The cardigan and scarf will keep her warm on the plane.

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March 19th, Mad for Plaid

 Today it’s just Kara and me… Erin had to leave yesterday. Bummer! 

Today we are showing two versions of a plaid shirt. On the right is my before look- which Kara so lovingly described as ‘you look like you are in your pajamas!’

I think she’s right!

These loose, baggy cargos have no shape and do indeed look like jammies. Maybe that’s why they’re so comfortable.

On the left I have traded out the baggys for my new skinny cargos. I’ve layered a sweater over my plaid shirt and then, to define my waist, I added a belt.

To finish the look, I threw on a necklace. Best of all, my plaid shirt is from Target (love a bargain).

Kara, on the other hand, is wearing a plaid shirt from J Crew. Hers is paired with skinny jeans, a thin wool sweater and then she’s also added a necklace.  My favorite part of her outfit is these fabulous J Crew booties. They are so comfy and so cute- and definitely on my wish list for next year…

To those of you who have been reading for a while, you know I’ve tried plaid shirts several ways and failed miserably each time. I think I finally got it right today! Go me!

An alternative to the sweater is a denim jacket. This cropped and fitted one works.

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Me: Pants: Micheal Kors, Shirt: Target, Sweater: Nordstrom, Shoes: Nordstrom

Kara: J Crew from head to toe!! (lucky girl)