Feb 14, Valentines

Feb 14, Valentines

Happy Valentines Day! Whether you are spending it with your sweetie, your best gal pals, your parents, your children, or whoever, I hope you have a very special day. 

In today’s look, the before outfit is a little blah. The loose blouse is not flattering, and the black dress pants are better suited for the office. To create a more special look I have swapped out my black pants for these on trend ripped black jeans from Zara. I also got rid of the boring black boots and replaced them with pointy toed heels (let’s hope I don’t have to do much walking!) and finally, replaced the baggy blouse for this cute lace top that I found at Forever 21, yes, you read that right. Forever 21.

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Normally I avoid that store like the plague, but my teenage daughter likes to shop there, so occasionally I wander in with her. On one of those wanders, I found this cute blouse for $17. I think it’s perfect for a Valentines date night!

I hope you have a great day filled with love! xoxo, Megan


Jeans- Zara

Blouse- Forever 21

Shoes- Nordstrom

Feb 7, Black and Grey

Feb 7, Black and Grey

A reader wrote to me that she doesn’t like wearing black- because it’s so dreary, and I agree with her that it can be depressing, but I think it can also be really chic.

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In my outfit today I have replaced the boring grey fleece on the left with this gorgeous grey sweater from Zara. My 17 year old son bought this for me for Christmas a few years ago, how cute is that?! One thing I love about this sweater is that it is a very thin- almost like a t shirt, but warmer. It also has great detailing on the sides- see below in the photo.

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Living in the Pacific Northwest people tend to wear a lot of fleece. And I get it, fleece is warm, but unless you are out hiking or skiing, I say skip the fleece. A nice sweater is much more stylish.

I also changed up the look by rolling the hems of my jeans, showing just a peek of skin. I also replaced my black booties with the grey suede ones from Paul Green. These boots were expensive, but worth every penny. My feet hurt ALL THE TIME, so these well made boots are amazingly comfortable and I can wear them all day.

To finish the outfit, I added a cute necklace for interest and a belt- revealed by the infamous half tuck!

To me, this is a chic look. It’s easy, effortless, yet stylish.

Jeans- Gap

Boots- Paul Grey, Nordstrom

Sweater- Zara

Belt- Nordstrom Rack

Necklace- so old I can’t remember!

Jan 23, Black and White

Black and white is such a classic and easy go to for any outfit.

 

In the photos above you can see I have chosen black jeans, a black and white blouse and black boots. Here’s the difference: in the after picture I chose a little more fitted blouse- and I did the famous half tuck, defining my waist. I added a belt, rolled up my sleeves and added a necklace.

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One thing I love about this blouse is it has really cute detail along the shoulders (see the picture below, it’s too hard to tell above). I also rolled up the hem of my jeans revealing my ankles- and switched out my boots for a lower profile bootie. This really changes the look. To be honest, I don’t hate the before picture- I actually think this blouse is cute,  but I wanted to give you a contrast so you can see the difference. Plus, plaid is really on trend right now!

*I apologize for the grainy photo above, for some reason the bigger the photo, the more grainy it gets. I have no idea how to correct that (or how to resize the photo). I am definitely in need of advice, if you have a suggestion- please send it my way! Thank you! 🙂

Jeans- Gap

Blouse- local boutique

Boots- Nordstrom Rack

Belt- Nordstrom Rack

Necklace- Gift

Jan 13th, Change is Good

 For years this outfit on the right is what I wore everyday- jeans and a solid plain t shirt.  To be honest, I dreaded getting dressed each day.

Besides the fact that this outfit is so boring and shows nothing of my personality, I hated the way my body looked in the not so flattering- plain- t shirt. I always feared a stranger would ask me when my baby was due- even though I wasn’t pregnant.

After years of dressing this way, I finally decided I’d had enough! I needed to find some style.

I started to go through magazines and tear out pictures of outfits I liked. I’d go to the mall, read magazines, or watch TV (Desperate Housewives) to find inspiration (this was all before I discovered the wonderful world of style blogs!).

Then slowly I started to build my wardrobe. I took careful stock of what I owned and what I needed and gradually added items.

This outfit today is a good example of how I’ve changed.  I’ve got on my  black skinny jeans and I’ve paired them with this cute ruffle shirt and then added a long cardigan over. I remember buying this cardigan (Anthropologie in Los Altos) and it seemed expensive at the time. Yet, when I wear it I feel great.

I love the ruffles on both the sweater and the top underneath (I never would have done that before!) and think this is a lot more interesting than a boring old solid t shirt.

Jeans: Gap, Sweater: Anthropologie, Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft, Boots: Target