Feb 15, Basics

Feb 15, Basics

You may notice that I took these photos before I went on vacation- a girl’s gotta plan her outfits, right? One thing I like to do when traveling is pick a few basic colors to build outfits around- then I can mix and match as needed. I usually stick to black, white and denim. They all compliment each other well, and it’s easy to come up with several different looks from just a few key pieces.

In my before look, the black t shirt’s neckline is too high- notice how in the after look the lower V neckline of my camisole shows a little skin (but not too much!). This is a great camisole as it has a cute little fold detail (see photo), which causes it to hang really well. I got this at Uniqlo, and it also comes in a bright orange color. Adding a necklace to the tank also gives it a little interest.

To change up the jacket, I rolled the sleeves, giving it a casual vibe. Lastly, I changed out my Birkenstocks for these cute summary wedges. These are from Clarks, and they are old- but what a great shoe. The color is so versatile, it goes with everything!  I usually have a hard time wearing heels, but wedges are so comfy you can wear them all day. And look how much longer my legs look!  Now I just need the desert weather to warm up a bit! It rained all day yesterday. Guess I shouldn’t complain, it’s better than snow! 

Top- Uniqlo

Jeans- Gap

Jacket- Target

Feb 13, I’m Outta Here!

Feb 13, I’m Outta Here!

I think I’ve mentioned that we have been snowed in for days, and I can’t take it anymore- so I am getting out of town! I’m heading down to Palm Desert to see my folks for a few days, and hopefully get some much needed warmth and sunshine.

The before outfit is just a little boring, so to add some interest, I’ll tuck in my shirt, put on a belt and add cute booties. Since I’ll be on an airplane, (and I’m always cold on planes) I’ll need to add a little warmth by throwing on my Mer-sea shawl. This was a gift from my sister- and let me tell you, it is fabulous! Especially for traveling. First of all, it’s like having a blanket, it’s so cozy. Next, it has pockets! Oh yeah! Plus, it’s machine washable- which will be necessary after being on a plane. And (saving the best for last), it comes with its own little pillow case and can be folded up and turned into a pillow if I want to sleep! How cute is that?

When I arrive in the desert, I will put my Mer-sea shawl in my carry-on, roll up my sleeves and throw on my flip flops. Then I’ll be ready for the sun!

First stop- getting a pedicure! 🙂

Shirt- J Crew

Jeans- Levis, Marshalls

Boots- Paul Green, Nordstrom (similar)

Scarf- Mer-sea

Feb 12, Bundled Up

Feb 12, Bundled Up

Ok Mother Nature, enough with the snow already! I’ve been trapped in my house for 4 days and need to get out! So, I’ll put on my snow boots, some jeans, a big black sweater and my black down coat- and I’m off (to shovel snow).

Problem is, in the before picture, the jeans are way to baggy, my coat is way to bulky and my overall look is messy!

So, I changed out the giant jeans for skinny ones, put on a longer and less puffy down coat (from Uniqlo) and added this cute Burberry knockoff scarf to break up all the black, and now I am good to go.

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Let’s talk quickly about these jeans. They are made by Paige- and I got them at Nordstrom Rack, so didn’t pay full price. I LOVE these jeans. First of all, I love the dark wash. Secondly, they are high waisted, which means they sit above my hips and on my natural waist. To me, this is so much more comfortable than the low rise ones. And last, they are made with 54% rayon, 23% cotton, 22% polyester and 1% spandex, which makes them super stretchy and comfy, but not in the way where by the end of the day they are 2 sizes bigger (I hate that!). These honestly feel like sweatpants, they are that comfy. I remember back in college (in the 90’s) my friend Jo Marie used to sleep in her jeans and I couldn’t imagine doing that… but these jeans- I could sleep in!

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Boots- Sorel

Sweater- Free Press, Nordstrom Rack 

Jeans- Paige, Nordstrom Rack

Down Coat- Uniqlo 

Scarf- so old I honestly don’t remember where this came from!

Feb 11, Fuzzy Sweater

Feb 11, Fuzzy Sweater

You guys, this is the FUZZIEST sweater I’ve ever owned. My sweet hubby bought this for me for my birthday and it came that way (maybe that’s the look?).  I love the color block design, but truth be told, it’s almost too fuzzy! But, it’s super warm and cozy, and on this snowy day it’s perfect.

In my before photo, I look huge! Clunky Uggs + baggy jeans+ huge sweater = unflattering look.

In my after picture, I have replaced the sloppy jeans with skinny ones, changed out my shoes for cute booties and did the half tuck to define my waist. Small changes = big difference.

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One thing that I wanted to share was this awesome little tool that I use called a sweater stone. You can get these at Nordstrom, and they work wonders at removing the pilling that so often happens on sweaters (although maybe not so much in this sweater’s case!)

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Sweater- Nordstrom

Booties- Sam Edelman, (these are close) Nordstrom Rack

Jeans- Gap 

Sweater Stone- Nordstrom

Feb 10, Athleisure Wear

Feb 10, Athleisure Wear

Athleisure is the term for clothes made for working out, but worn in other ways- such as going to work, running errands, or in my case- lounging around the house all day.

In my before photo I am wearing patterned leggings and a red sweatshirt. The sweatshirt has a giant pocket right in the middle which adds bulk to my tummy, which I definitely do not want! Instead I’ll wear this purple Lululemon top that is more slimming.

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This Lulu top is nice & long and covers me up, plus it has the cutest ruffle detail on the sleeves- see below:

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In case I decide to brave the snow and run some errands, I’ll throw on this cute quilted Moto jacket. It’s a little more fun than just a plain black North Face, which is what I normally wear.

 

Leggings- Old Navy

Top- Lululemon

Jacket- Michael Kors

Feb 9, Grateful

Feb 9, Grateful

I know you can’t read my sweatshirt (that’s the problem with taking photos in the mirror), but it says Grateful. I’m grateful we survived snowmaggedon! We did get a ton of snow… but we are all safe and cozy in the house- and here we will stay.

Since I’m just lounging around all day, I’m wearing comfy joggers and sweatshirt (and slippers, but the tennis shoes looked cuter for the photo) and watching TV, reading my book, or playing games. Has anyone played Splendor yet? It is so addictive and fun.

In my before picture these pants are messy looking. They are super wrinkly, and the pockets on the sides (cargo style) aren’t working for me- they just add weight to my legs, which no one wants. If you are going to wear cargo pants, then they need to be skinny- so the cargo pockets aren’t adding any bulk.

The hemline is also awkward. It goes up too high on one side, then is baggy on the other.

I have replaced the cargo pants with the dark grey joggers. Maybe I’m just being hopeful, but it seems like my legs look thinner in the after picture?!

 

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These joggers are from the Gap, and they may actually be pj’s… at least that’s how I’ve always worn them, but now that I study style blogs all day, I am seeing joggers everywhere, so I thought I’d give them a try.  To add a little style, I pushed up the hem a little and opted for my cute black Adidas.

As for my sweatshirt, by just doing the little half tuck I have altered the straight line across my body. For some reason, this is slimming. Check out this photo below of the exact same outfit, without the legs pushed up and the half tuck. Amazing, right?

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Now, back to my grateful sweatshirt. Not to be all preachy or anything, but years ago I was going through a time in my life where I was struggling with finding joy. Nothing serious, but I just wasn’t as happy as I felt I should have been. I decided to start a gratitude journal, where I started listing 5 things a day that I was grateful for. This really forced me to recognize how blessed I am, and to look for beauty in the world (and in people), and honestly helped me become a much happier person. I strongly suggest starting your own gratitude journal. Even if you don’t write things down, just noticing things you are thankful for will make a huge difference.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

One thing I am grateful for is this blog. I love playing with my clothes and putting together outfits, it helps me express my creative side and honestly brings me joy.  Thanks for being a part of it. xoxo, Megan

Joggers- Gap

Sweatshirt- Target

Shoes- Adidas, Nordstrom Rack 

 

Feb 8, Snowmageddon

Feb 8, Snowmageddon

As I mentioned earlier in the week, we had a snowstorm and got about 9 inches- causing all sorts of messes.  For those of you who’ve never been to Seattle, its VERY hilly and people do not have any idea how to drive in the snow.

Unfortunately, the weather experts are predicting an even bigger storm to hit this afternoon. They are calling it Snowmageddon! UGH!

Yet, I still have to go to work today (have I mentioned I’m a substitute teacher?), so I must get dressed in my warmest clothes. I started with jeans, a flannel and my Uggs. Yes, those Uggs are ugly- but boy are they warm!

Problem is, the jeans on the left are a straight leg cut- and if you look closely, you can see how they bag and gather at the knees and ankles.  The loose fitting flannel, while incredibly warm, is not flattering and a little boxy..

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So… to change it up a bit, I switched to a skinny jean. These are made by Good American, and they have a ton of stretch in them which makes them super comfortable. While there is a tiny bit of gathering around the knees, I still think the skinny cut is better.

I then added a cream knit sweater over the flannel shirt. This sweater is Vince, which I love, but is very expensive. I bought it at Nordstrom Rack, and it’s one of my favorites. I think it’s cute with the tails of the flannel peeking out. They add a bit of color and variety. I also stacked a few bracelets, just because I’m trying to be more stylish!

All in all, this is a super warm outfit for a VERY cold winter’s day.

Stay warm and safe friends!

Flannel- Uniqlo

Jeans- Good American

Sweater- Vince