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

April 11, Rainy Day

My daughter and I are on Spring Break touring colleges, and today it’s supposed to be cold and rainy, so luckily I packed a sweater and my cute Burberry raincoat.

This raincoat was another purchase by my hubby (it was a birthday gift years ago.) I live in Seattle where a stylish raincoat is an absolute essential. If you don’t have one, consider treating yourself. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, but it should be something that has a little style to it. I see so many people in the Pacific Northwest wearing North Face black jackets (which I love), but it’s also nice to have a stylish raincoat. Plus, just looking at the photo above, it’s such an improvement over the big, bulky black jacket I have on.

The Burberry coat nips in at the waist, which gives me a little shape, plus the cute signature Burberry plaid peeking out at the cuffs adds some major style to the look. I’ve paired it with a cream colored sweater that I have (of course) tucked in. I packed 3 pairs jeans for my week long trip; the black ones from the plane, the light ones that I wore on Tuesday and these dark ones by Paige. A darker denim is a little dressier, and these will be perfect if we go out for a nice dinner. For my feet, I am wearing my cute black booties instead of my ugly Uggs. While I love those Uggs for warmth and comfort, they aren’t adding anything to the outfit.

Jeans- Nordstrom

Sweater- OC Style

Raincoat- Nordstrom

Booties- Kenneth Cole, Nordstrom Rack

Jan 11th, Inspired by Pinterest

If you haven’t already discovered Pinterest, let me warn you that it is a total time suck! Plan on spending hours looking at all the amazing and creative ideas people post. You can find outfit ideas, decorating ideas, party ideas, recipes, parenting tips… basically it’s a gathering place for people to share (or discover) ANYTHING you want!

I tend to go on it when I look at my closet and think ‘I have nothing to wear’. I’m always able to find inspiration- and usually have items in my wardrobe that are close enough to copy an outfit that I like.

Hence- today’s outfit.

Below is my inspiration photo plucked from Pinterest:

Now, I don’t have the exact same sweater (wish I did though, this is cute) so I decided a turtleneck in a similar color would work. Below is my version:

DSCN6389And just cause I think it’s fun to see before and after pictures- below is my before! Please know that I would never actually wear these jeans for real. I bought them for a Halloween costume- but they are such perfect ‘mom jeans’ that I keep them in my closet purely for comparison!

DSCN6392Let’s look at them side by side:

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Nov 30th, Cream Sweater

DSCN5906dscn3222I apologize- I am lacking in creativity this week- not only in my titles (‘Cream Sweater’- come on, surely you can do better than that?) but also in my outfits..

I think I’m suffering from jet lag- or writer’s block- or maybe there’s just too much on my mind.

Is anyone else a bit Christmas crazy at this time of year? Yesterday I made a spreadsheet of all that I need (or want) to do this time of year. And truth be told- getting it all down on paper (ahem, Excel) actually made me feel better.

But back to my outfit,  I’m wearing another tried and true one today. I am really into this look this fall/ winter (bet you figured that out already).

I love the classic, polished look of a checked shirt peeking out under a cable knit sweater paired with skinny jeans and boots. It’s simple, stylish and totally me!

Be careful though- your sweater should be fitted- not loose and baggy like the look on the right. I also prefer the dark skinny jeans as opposed as the loose boyfriend style on the right (I love this style, but these are a just a little off).

Hope you have a great weekend!

Sweater: Madewell, Blouse: Land's End, Jeans: Anthropolgie, Boots: Target
Sweater: Madewell, Blouse: Land’s End, Jeans: Anthropolgie, Boots: Target

Nov 9th, Inspired by Pinterest (Again!)

I had so much fun copying a look (seen here) from Pinterest a few weeks ago- that I decided to try it again today.

I bought this sequin tunic a few years ago for a trip to Vegas, and I haven’t worn it since (luckily I found it at Marshalls, so it was not expensive).

Still- I’d like to wear it again… but was never sure how?

Part of my concern was that I thought sequins were too fancy for day wear… but according to Pinterest- not so!

They claim you can wear sequins anytime… so here I am trying it under a yellow blazer.

In the Pinterest picture she has paired hers with torn boyfriend jeans- since I’m working today, I have chosen my dark skinny jeans instead. Her blazer looks like it might be velvet, mine is plain old cotton… and while she is barefoot, I’ve chosen my Tory Burch snakeskin flats.

I really like this outfit- because it is something I would have NEVER put together on my own- so thank you Pinterest for inspiring me!

Below I am showing my sequin tunic all alone- looking at the photo you can tell it’s really too big for me. I tried to tuck it in in the pictures above, but a shorter length top would definitely work better.

And, truth be told- all alone it doesn’t look very flattering- again, probably because it’s too big! Note to self- don’t buy clothes that don’t fit (I know this seems obvious, but sometimes I am so excited to find a great deal that I think I can make it work. Not so!)

I look pregnant! I’m not, I swear!

I figured this top doesn’t need any necklace- I let the sequins get all the attention!

Jeans: Anthropologie, Blazer: Nordstroms, Tunic: Marshalls, Shoes: Nordstrom

Oct 4th, Layers Upon Layers

One of the things I love about the cooler weather is that you can dress in layers. This outfit is a good example of that. It started off with a pair of bootleg jeans and a plain v neck sweater… but that alone is just too boring.

So, I added a layer. I added a purple tank under the sweater, and added a necklace on top.

But that wasn’t enough so then I added this cool jacket over that- and voila- a layered and interesting outfit.

So easy…

Layer 1- add a tank underneath and a necklace on top

Layer 2- to complete the look, the jacket ties all the colors in and adds texture

I’ve had lots of readers ask me about bootleg jeans- so here they are! They honestly aren’t my favorite style- but for work they can be a nice substitute for trousers. Notice I wore them with a heel, which is a must with bootleg!

Jacket: Nordstrom (Free People), Tank: Nordstrom (Hinge), Jeans: Nordstrom (Paige Premium Denim), Shoes: Loft, Necklace: Stella and Dot