Oct 23rd, Outerwear

I’ve been asked a few times to do a post on outerwear- and now that it has turned really cold in Seattle, I figured it’s time!

The important thing about outerwear for me is that since I live in a cold, wet climate- I need a coat that will not only keep me warm, but also keep me dry. This Greta coat from North Face is my favorite!

Look for a coat that fits well- and doesn’t look enormous on you! One with a belt is a great idea- because it emphasizes your waist- reducing bulk. I also like having my butt covered- so the length is important! And lastly, a hood is a must!

It’s cute to pair your coat with something sleek and skinny underneath- and a cute pair of boots always finishes off your look!

I love having a hood!
When trying on coats- wear something bulky underneath- so you can make sure that it will fit over sweaters!

I scoured Pinterest and found some really cute examples of coats- see below!

Here’s a cute option! I love it paired with the turtleneck underneath! This one is from Zara.
I love winter white- but it’s not practical for a mom (gets dirty too easily!). This one is from Zara!
A nice bright color is always cute! This one is from Land’s End.
A cute one from LLBean!

That being said- if you live in a climate that is just really cold- a cute wool peacoat would be adorable!

I love this look!

 

Oct 22nd, Tried and True

It’s nice to have an outfit in your closet that is your old standby, something that is tried and true and will look great no matter what.

It’s perfect for those days when you look in your closet and think “I have nothing to wear”!

Believe me, this happens to me all the time!

And when it does- I simply reach for one of my many striped shirts- add a pair of dark denim jeans and then throw on a cute blazer (rolling up the sleeves- of course). Finally, I add a statement necklace (or scarf) to finish the look.

It’s a simple, classic look that works for almost any occasion.  In my opinion, sometimes it’s ok to be safe!

I actually wore this over the weekend to an awards ceremony I was attending for my daughter. I was worried about wearing jeans- but being Seattle- there were many people in jeans (and some even in sweats! Really people?!).

Jeans: CABi, shirt: J Crew,(similar) Blazer: Land’s End, Booties: J Crew, Necklace: Stella and Dot

Oct 19th, Date Night

Sorry for the late post- I ran out the door early this morning and didn’t have time to write!

Instead of showing you my outfit for the day- I decided to show my outfit for tonight!

I’m going out tonight to a CCFA fundraiser- (supporting one of my good friends who has Crohn’s disease). The theme is Casino Night, so I wanted a fun outfit- similar to something I would wear in Vegas.

The invitation said ‘smart dress’, which really could mean anything. Some people might opt for dress pants and a cotton top- like the one you see on the right.

The problem is- the dress pants are boring (perfect for the office, but boring for a night out),  and the cotton long sleeve shirt is too plain. All in all, I’d say the outfit on the right is too safe.

Instead- I opted for skinny black pants, a silky top with a modern print and pointy toed black heels. It’s basically the same outfit as on the right (black pants, off white top) yet the sleek pants and silk top make it much more dressy- and the pattern adds interest.

Now I look modern, appropriate and ready for a fun night out!

Another cool top from CABi! Pants: Gap, Shoes: Nordstrom

Oct 18th, Two Toned

I’ve always loved the look of outfits that are made up of pieces all in one color family. It’s a good trick to making me look taller (by keeping the colors similar you create one long vertical line).

Today’s outfit is a good example of that.

I’ve chosen off white cords and a cable knit turtleneck in the same beige/ tan tone.

The thing is though- you don’t want your outfit to be too plain- as seen on the right. You must have something of interest in your look- maybe  it’s a pattern (like the cable knit of the turtleneck on the left), or a cool necklace, or maybe a scarf. You need something that breaks up the solid look and gives the eye a focal point.

This scarf is a great example- the red draws your eye in and the background is the same color as my sweater. The scarf has enough bulk to stand on it’s own (I HATE skinny, wimpy scarves!).

This is a very warm and comfy outfit!

As a little extra- I decided to try a third look! Here I kept the plain t shirt (less bulky under the jacket) and then added my dark denim jacket.

For a totally different look, I added my denim jacket.

Pants: Nordstrom (Kut- Diana skinny), Sweater: J Crew, Scarf: J Crew (similar), Booties: J Crew, Jacket: Gap (mine is in a dark wash)

Oct 17th, Charity Lunch

I am attending a charity lunch today- so my goal is to look professional, tasteful and appropriate.

I opted for a gray pencil skirt, a gorgeous peach toned shirt layered over a tank and my snakeskin heels.

To accessorize, I chose this cool beaded necklace- unfortunately- in the pictures it doesn’t look right- in person the colors are more similar (I swear!).

I don’t really have a before picture for you today- because I actually like the top with pants as well… in fact, if it’s cold out- these pants might be a better option.

Sorry for the bad lighting- I took these pictures so early it was still dark outside!

I’m so excited- I finally reached over 300 for my Facebook ‘likes‘!

Thank you- and if you haven’t had a chance, come like me (please!)

A closeup of this silk top- it’s very sheer- so needs a tank underneath. Don’t be afraid of this color- it is flattering on anyone!
Boots are another great option- especially for keeping warm!

Blouse: CABi, Skirt: Target, Shoes: DSW, Boots: Nordstrom, Necklace: Khol’s

Oct 16th,Working Mom


Some of you may know that I work part time- and on days when I am meeting with clients I like to dress more professional.

To me, this is the hardest outfit to put together- and I’ll admit, I stood in my closet this morning and tried on lots of different looks.

At first I chose plain black pants and a white button down shirt- but personally, I think that looks a bit like a waiter’s uniform.

I then opted for a black shirt with a cream Chanel inspired blazer over it- this jacket is a classic piece- and in my opinion- a must have piece for every gal’s wardrobe!  It works great professionally, but is also cute paired with jeans- as seen here.

To add a little spunk, I chose my leopard flats. It’s a fun mix of patterns- and since I’ll be on my feet all day, flats are perfect.

It’s a pretty typical outfit for me.  I like sticking to neutral colors and classic looks- it makes me feel comfortable and that’s important!

I bought this blazer years ago- and it has been one of my all time favorite pieces! So classic!

Pants: Nordstrom (Vince Camuto), Blazer: White House, Black Market (old), Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift

Oct 15th, Head to Toe in Target

Well, I’ve done it again- I’ve dressed head to toe in Target! I started my outfit with this cute denim shirtdress I bought at Target over the summer.

Then I decided to add a puffy vest (these are very in right now- plus they add warmth- plus the bright red adds a nice contrast color to my outfit).

I then decided to switch out the denim belt that came with the dress for this cute multicolored skinny one, lastly I opted for my light brown boots!

Before I knew it, I realized that each item I selected was from Target… how about that?

A close up of the belt.
Originally I wanted to wear these booties with this outfit- but realistically, I can’t imagine being in heels all day today (I’ll be on my feet most of the day!).
Perfect for work, running errands, going to lunch… whatever your day has in store for you!