August 15, Ankle Socks

It honestly almost pains me to post this before photo because in my opinion it is SO BAD!! And please note, I wouldn’t actually wear this- but I have seen women that do, and I feel it is my duty to point out that ankle socks with tennis shoes are a major don’t!

It’s not just the ugly socks that are wrong in my before look, the denim shorts are also a problem. They don’t fit well- they are too tight, creating almost a baby romper look! They pinch at the thigh- which is not flattering at all. The after shorts allow a little room- making my legs look thinner. I also like the lighter denim for this casual outfit.

While this is adorable on a 2 year old, it’s not so cute on me! Photo creds: Ruffle Butts!

But the problems don’t even stop there. The oversize, crew neck is also bad. As mentioned, it is too big- you can see how the shoulders drop down my arms, and I had to tuck it in or else you’d wouldn’t have even been able to see the shorts. And to be frank, it’s just a plain, boring shirt. The Michael Stars shirt in the after photo is a better option. It’s still super casual, but also has some style to it with the Henley neckline. My Converse All Stars (with no socks) complete this easy outfit.

August 14, Red and Blue Striped Dress

Thank you for the kind words of encouragement yesterday! That was really unexpected- but also so helpful for when I was doubting myself! 😄 Knowing that people enjoy my posts, makes it worth it! 🤗 No before and after today, just a super cute red and blue striped dress for another 🌞 day! I love that this dress has a tied waist – giving it some shape and definition. I also think the neckline is sweet- it’s not too low (no cleavage here). Brown braided leather sandals complete the simple look. Dress is Old Navy, but really old!! Shoes are also old, from Target.

August 13, Navy and White

Sorry I haven’t posted for a few days. I went on vacation with my son over the weekend, and decided to take some time off from blogging. I did post a couple of times over on Instagram, so if you’re not following me- than hop on over to Insta and check me out @Everydaymomstyle_ . Boy that sounds weird to say! LOL!

Truthfully, this whole posting my outfit every day is weird. I’ll be the first to admit it. And often I’m embarrassed that I even do it- but it really does force me to put effort into my look each day. Otherwise I’d probably throw on leggings and a t shirt and call it good. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Comfort is key in my book!

Anyhow… I’m showing what I wore yesterday. A simple pair of white cut off shorts paired with a navy top with a cute embroidery pattern. This is not the most stylish outfit, but I do love navy and white together, and the embroidery detail makes this top interesting. Cute brown sandals finish off the look.

August 7, Kind Words

Never underestimate the power of kind words. Let me share with you what happened to me today.

This morning when I was getting ready I looked in the mirror and thought to myself, ‘oh my gosh my hair is so dated and awful’. However, because I suck at styling hair, I didn’t do anything to change it, I just ran a brush through it and then went on to Target to run my errands.

So, I’m standing there looking at Tide Pods and this totally random girl walks up to me and says ‘You have the most beautiful hair’. Out of the blue. Seriously! Wow! Now, truthfully, I don’t have beautiful hair at all- but for some weird reason that gal said that, and it made my day. Just that simple little compliment- which cost her nothing, but totally changed my day. How amazing to have that kind of power- to make someone feel good by saying something kind. And the good news? We all have that power! Use it!

As for my outfit- I think my changes are self explanatory, but I do want to draw your attention to my new slides. I bought these yesterday at Marshalls for $20 and I think they are super cute! I built my whole outfit around them. This could have been a really boring and blah look, but the cool draping of my top and these cute shoes add interest to an otherwise very simple outfit. Which actually is cuter in person, I swear! I think?! Maybe not?!

August 6, Maxi Dress

Tonight is National Night Out and my neighborhood is having a street party & BBQ to celebrate. The idea is to gather neighbors together to get to know one another, as well as form a relationship with local police. The more you know your neighbors, the safer your community is!

I’m going to wear this cute maxi dress that I bought back in June at Nordstrom Rack. There is something retro about this dress that I love. The embroidery reminds me of something my mom would have worn in the 70’s. I love the vertical stripes because they make my legs look longer, and the cute ruffle detail at the hem adds some interest. Best of all, it has pockets. I LOVE a dress with pockets!

Since there is so much going on with the dress, I’ve kept my accessories very simple with a dainty necklace, a few bracelets and flat sandals. Once the sun goes down, I will throw on my dark denim jacket to keep warm.

Is your neighborhood celebrating National Night Out? If so, have fun! 🙂

August 4, White Tank

Today I am showing how versatile something as simple as a plain white tank can be. This tank is from Uniqlo*, which is one of my favorite stores for basic items.

If you’ve got one last vacation planned this summer, packing a white tank is a must. Throw it in the suitcase with some shorts, a patterned skirt , a maxi dress or even white jeans and you’ve got 4 easy, effortless looks. Which one is your favorite?

Shorts- Athleta, Shoes- Target
Skirt- Target, Shoes- Lucky Brand
Jeans- H & M, Shoes- Naot, Purse- I bought this in Italy 20 years ago!
Dress- Gap, Flip Flops- Havianas

*I tried to find the tank from Uniqlo to link, but couldn’t find one. Here is a link to a cute one from Target instead.

August 3, Blue and White Again

Another day, another blue and white outfit. Today I’m showing a very simple, basic look of blue jeans and a white blouse. But in the photo on the left my proportions are off.

The wide leg jeans and the boxy blouse don’t work well together. When you have big on top, you need to go skinny on bottom. So the skinny jeans on the right are an improvement. I also wanted to keep this outfit super simple with neutral shoes. But I don’t love the loafers on the left, they seem old and tired. I think the cute tie up shoes on the right are much better, don’t you?

And check out the details on this blouse- I love the pattern, and the detail on the shoulder are so cool.

Blouse- Madewell

Jeans- Lucky Brand

Shoes- Paul Green