Sept 9, Yoga

Today is one of those days where I am getting a lot done around my house, and in a bit I will run some errands and then finish the off with a yoga class. I used to be so religious about going to yoga- and then over the summer I completely stopped. To be honest, I miss it- and am excited to get back into the routine. If the thought of yoga scares you- don’t let it. Honestly, it’s just like stretching and breathing. Something we all probably need to do more of!

Personally, I like Hot Vinyasa flow- but there are lots of different types of yoga. My advice would be to try out as many different types and teachers as you can. When I first started yoga I went to a really weird studio. It was very hippie… we spent the entire session working on 1 pose- it was brutal and not for me. Another class I tried (at a different studio) we sat in a circle and the teacher literally talked to (and with) us for 30 minutes before doing any actual stretching. While I learned a ton from her, it still wasn’t what I was looking for. I have now found a place I love, but it took a while to find what works for me. Don’t give up!

Now, on to my outfit details… The before look is something I used to wear all the time. It’s comfy, warm and easy. But, by just making some minor changes, I can really improve this outfit. Since I am running errands before class, I’d like to look somewhat cute. The cropped leggings are more on trend than the full length ones, and this cute lilac vest over a long sleeve top is an improvement over the boring grey fleece. And since it’s yoga (which is done barefoot), my Birkenstocks make more sense instead of the clunky tennis shoes.

Leggings- Athleta

Top- Marshalls

Vest- Loft

ps- Happy Birthday to my friend Livi. I miss you.. xoxo

Sept 8, Camo Leggings

Today I’m dressing super casual in my camo leggings and a top. I actually went on Instagram for inspiration again, and this time wasn’t very lucky. I found a ton of photos of women posing in camo with their butts, their boobs or their rock hard bellies! Not really what I was looking for…

In my before outfit I tried a black v neck top with the camo leggings. I’m fine with the black, but the length is too short and overall it just seemed a little too dark. I decided to try a white tank instead. I like the contrast of the bright white with the leggings, but this top is also a little short, so I needed to add this grey cardigan to cover my butt! To add a little interest, I threw on a long necklace and my black tennis shoes finish the outfit. Definitely not my favorite outfit of all time, but it’s warm and comfy and will have to do!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Leggings- Nordstrom Rack

Tank- Fabletics

Cardigan- Target

Shoes- Adidas

Sept 6, Inspiration

One of the reasons I started this blog back in 2011 was I wanted to find ideas on how to put outfits together. I have a closet full of clothes, yet sometimes don’t know what to wear! It’s been fun discovering people with similar interests and style- and I’ve been inspired by many of them. One of those is someone I found recently over on Instagram, a teacher from Wisconsin called @Madstylestudio. She has such an effortless, casual look that I love! Today’s outfit is inspired by her outfit from yesterday!

Here is what she wore:

Straight leg jeans and a floral top. So simple, yet stylish! So… that got me to thinking about my own floral top- and decided to try it paired with 3 different bottoms.

First I tried my wide leg Levi jeans. I love the washed denim look, and I think this is cute- but I wish the jeans didn’t flare out so much at the bottom. A straighter leg would be cuter. On that note, next I tried my straight leg Lucky jeans. I definitely like this look more- but wish the jeans had a more faded, worn look like @madstylestudio

Finally, just for fun, I decided to try my new joggers. While these don’t make my legs look skinny (in fact, the opposite), I absolutely LOVE the comfort and ease of wearing them. Plus, I think it’s a fun and different look than blue jeans. The grayish color in the floral top goes well with the pants- and gives me a casual, relaxed outfit.

So thank you, @madstylestudio for inspiring me. You rock! And if you don’t currently follow her, I suggest you get yourself on over to Instagram and look her up. And let me know who else you follow! I’m always looking for more inspiration.

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!

Sept 5, Board Meeting

I have a meeting tonight for my National Charity League board , so I want to look polished and professional. Since this really isn’t a formal group, I could probably wear work out clothes and be just fine, but sometimes I like to have an excuse to get dressed.

I’m wearing jeans, a grey top and a cardigan, but my before look is FRUMPY! The jeans are boring, the loafers look like house slippers, and the giant cardigan looks like a bathrobe. It looks like I just rolled out of bed and ran outside to grab the newspaper (which I still get delivered daily!)

So.. to polish this look I will make the following changes:

  1. Dark wash skinny jeans that are slightly cropped
  2. A faux silk top in a rich grey color is an improvement over the cotton t shirt
  3. This sleek duster cardigan looks much dressier than the wool one on the left
  4. The snakeskin slingback shoes are the final touch. They are elegant and pull the entire outfit together.
  5. Looking at the photos now I’m thinking I should add a necklace as well…

Jeans- Gap

Top- Nordstrom Rack

Cardigan- Target

Shoes- Nordstrom Rack

Sept 4, Striped Camisole

Today’s OOTD is my distressed black jeans paired with a printed camisole. What I want to point out is how in the before photo the camisole has a wide band right around my tummy.

Since this is my ‘problem area’ I really don’t want to wear anything that draws the eye there. So, my solution is to tuck the top in- therefore removing the offending horizontal stripe. By switching from cropped dress pants to distressed jeans I look less dated, and the strappy sandals are an improvement over the ballet flats. Now I’m off to the dentist. Ugh! Wish me luck.

Sept 2, Fall Transition

Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

For today’s outfit I have chosen shorts and a button down plaid blouse. I think this is a good transition outfit because while it’s still warm outside (hence the shorts), I also want to recognize that summer is over and fall is on it’s way. I choose this plaid button down because to me, it is a perfect fall shirt.

But as always, it comes down to the styling. In the before outfit, I have on my denim cut off shorts and Converse All Stars. It’s a super casual, relaxed outfit. But I think it’s a little too casual, so I swapped out the denim shorts for these cute linen ones with the tie belt. Tucking in the shirt defines my waist- which as a result makes my legs look longer. Rolling the sleeves and unbuttoning one button also help make this outfit a little more stylish.

Shirt- Nordstrom

Shorts- American Eagle

Slides- Target

August 29, Back to School Shopping

I took my daughter back to school shopping today. Yes, I know- most of the country is already back at school, but in the PNW we wait until after Labor Day to start, so we still have a few more days of summer. Yeah!

I knew I wanted to wear jeans because I am always cold in the mall, and I decided to keep it simple and classic by pairing my jeans with a white button down. However- comparing the two looks above, you can see that in order for this to be a cute outfit, I need to make a few changes.

Instead of the dark straight leg jeans, I decided to go with distressed skinnies from Nordstrom (7 for all Mankind). Since a button down is a little dressy, the distressed jeans balance it out by being super casual. To keep from looking like I’m wearing my husband’s dress shirt (which I am in the before photo), I swapped out this thick starched shirt for a much thinner, casual one from Nordstrom (Treasure and Bond). Then I rolled the sleeves and unbuttoned a few buttons. To add some interest, I choose my leopard belt from Target and added a white cuff bracelet. My leather braided sandals completed the outfit.