Feb 11th, Saturday Market

 Greetings from sunny southern Cal (which is a real treat considering the sun is a rarity during the winter in Seattle.) I’m heading to the local street market today, so I wanted something that is super comfy, yet stylish.

I’ve chosen white jeans and a denim shirt.

On the right I have on my old white jeans. With the bootleg style, they look a little dated and frumpy. My buttoned up denim shirt isn’t helping much either.

On the left I’ve switched out the old jeans for these cute toothpick ones from J Crew. I’ve also added a tank under my denim shirt, and rolled the sleeves up to give it a casual vibe. To add some color I’m wearing my new favorite necklace- which gives the whole outfit a focal point.

Now for my feet, this may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever written- I have been on the lookout for a cute casual shoe that is extremely comfy (keep in mind this is coming from someone who wore Birkenstocks everyday before this style experiment.)

Well, my search is finally over- I think I have found the perfect shoe.

Introducing the Puma slip on. They are sneakers that look like ballet flats.

I’m serious, rush to Nordstroms right now and get yourself some before they sell out.  They are sublimely comfy and stylish- what more can an everyday mom want?

These shoes are absolutely perfect for me- comfy and stylish!
Even Sadie is checking out my new shoes! LOL

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Jeans: J Crew, Shirt: Martin and Osa, Tank: Gap, Shoes: Nordstrom, Necklace: Stella and Dot

Feb 1st, Work It Wednesday

Today I am participating in Work it Wednesday and showing a pencil skirt worn 3 different ways.

I’ll be totally honest here- when I first became a stay at home mom, I wore sweats every day. It was so easy to just wear comfy, lounge type clothes all day.

However, I’d go to the grocery store or a playgroup and see moms that looked adorable and stylish and I would feel insecure.

That was when I decided I was going to put some effort into my look. I was tired of looking and feeling frumpy.

I felt a bit weird getting dressed up when all I was doing was running errands. But after a while, I started to enjoy creating outfits- and I enjoyed the way I felt put together when I was out and about.

So if you’re stuck in a rut and needing some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Hopefully you will find some tips and suggestions on how to update your wardrobe and how to wear your clothes no matter where you are going!

Here are my different outfits using a brown pencil skirt as a base:

I’ve paired it first with a white tank, and then added this pink ruffled cardigan and a belt.

The next look is my favorite. Here I’ve paired the skirt with a crisp white button down layered over a tank and my leopard belt. It’s so simple and so classic and I love it.

Be sure to invest in a good white shirt- this one is wrinkle free fabric from Brooks Brothers, which I love! This is a classic piece that I will wear for years.

Isn’t it interesting to compare how much longer my legs look when the shirt is tucked in (middle picture)  as opposed to with the cardigan (on left). Amazing!

The third look is with a denim shirt and brown braided belt. This is a much more casual version, perfect for someone who doesn’t want to seem too dressy!

So hard to see the detail of this cute skirt in this lighting. Sorry!

Skirt: Nordstrom, Cardigan: J Crew, White Shirt: Brooks Brothers, Denim Shirt: Martin and Osa, Boots: DSW, Leopard Belt: Target, Braided Belt: American Eagle

Jan 23rd, A Skirt for All Seasons

 I bought this skirt a year ago- and before this experiment,  would have only worn it in the summer.

But, I’m trying to stretch myself and try new things. So far, I’ve worn it in the summer- as seen here, and the fall as seen here. Now it’s winter’s turn.

To make it appropriate, I’ve  paired it with tights, boots and a chunky sweater that I picked up at J Crew on sale.

Instead of wearing the sweater plain,  I’ve layered it over my denim shirt.

It’s my first day back to work after week of snow days… wish me luck!

Would it be wrong to wish for another huge snowstorm to hit?

This sweater would also look cute with jeans!

Skirt: Anthropologie, Denim Shirt: Martin & Osa, Sweater: J Crew, Boots: Target

Jan 11th, Work it Wednesday

It’s another edition of Work it Wednesday– where I link up with Jill’s Good Life- and show 1 item worn 3 ways. I’ve also linked with What I Wore Wednesday– so you can get lots of great ideas!

I really love this challenge because I love seeing how versatile a piece can be.

I read in Jessica Quirk’s book “What I Wore‘ that when shopping, she always makes sure that she can wear an item several ways before buying it.

I’ve also heard from readers who say when they shop they buy an entire outfit- but then later- they don’t know how to use the separate pieces from the ‘ready made’ outfit with other items in their closet.

One thing I learned (and shared) from my 30 for 30- was that you really don’t need a ton of clothes- you just need some great versatile pieces that can be worn several ways.

So, on that note- today’s staple piece is my light blue denim shirt. I’m showing it plain (and tucked in ) on the right- just paired with darker denim jeans and leopard flats. This is a look I would have NEVER tried a few months ago, but it actually quite stylish (or so I’m told!)

But, you know me- I like to layer. I like to be warm, I like the rule of 3… so here goes:

My first version is untucking the shirt and adding my faux fur vest, the one I call ‘the dog’. Notice my dog checking out my other dog! I think she’s jealous!

Love this vest! It adds a rugged, yet glamorous spin to the look.

My next look is my vintage sweater, this is a great cozy, weekend look!

This sweater is 50 years old!

My last look is with a scarf and boots.

Love the way an infinity scarf is easy to wear!

Dec 23rd, 30 for 30- Day 23

I wore this brown pencil skirt last Friday, but since I was on a plane all day, no one saw me.

I decided to wear it again, but this time I paired it with my denim shirt layered over a tank.

You can barely see it, but I’m wearing this gorgeous bracelet that my sister gave me for my birthday. I absolutely love it- and would wear it every day if I could!

Have a great Christmas Eve Eve… are you done with your shopping?  I’m going to a white elephant party tonight and need a gift. Any suggestions?

I love this bracelet! Thanks Kara!!
The lighting outside is so bad you can't see the pattern in this skirt.

Skirt: Nordstrom, Denim shirt: Martin and Osa, Leather Jacket: Marshalls, Boots: DSW, Bracelet: J Crew

I’ve linked up with Fashion Friday. Be sure to click here for some other cute fashion ideas!

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Dec 4th, 30 for 30- Day 4

I never used to be a fan of the denim on denim look- but it is really growing on me, especially when paired with this cute camel  sweater, worn open.

This is very similar to what I wore last weekend, are you sensing a trend here? I am definitely a creature of habit.

For an easy weekend look- try pairing boyfriend jeans, cute socks (scrunched down) booties, a denim shirt and then throw a cardigan over it.

To complete to Rule of 3, (and add interest) I added a belt and necklace.

By the way, you’re right- this time I am wearing my sweater backwards! Don’t tell!

A reader wrote that she just found this sweater in red on clearance at Land's End.

Jeans: Old Navy, Denim shirt: Martin and Osa, Sweater: Lands End Canvas, Belt: American Eagle, Necklace: Anthropologie

Nov 27th, Home Again

After a lovely week in Hawaii, I’m now happy to be home. Maybe ’cause I’m a Kansas girl, but to me, there’s no place like home!

Today’s outfit is a weekend, casual look. I’ve paired a denim shirt with a classic cable knit sweater and my boyfriend jeans. I then added my wedge boots to give the outfit an unexpected kick.

On the right you can see how this over-size sweater is not quite working for me. Similar to what I showed a few weeks ago- dressing in large clothes is not flattering, no matter what size you are- it will make you look enormous. Instead, opt for something more fitted- something that works with your figure- not against it!

The sweater on the left is a great example of why to always buy quality when it comes to a classic piece like this. This sweater was purchased by my grandfather in approx 1955 in Ireland. It was given to my mother- who then passed it down to me. It’s been sitting on the top shelf of my closet for years- and then I finally pulled it down, tried it on and wow!

I am so excited- it’s a beautiful piece that maybe I’ll pass down to my daughter one day… you think?

Love the leather covered buttons- such beautiful craftsmanship. They don't make them like this anymore!

Sweater: Gift from Mom, Jeans: Gap, Denim Shirt: Martin and Osa, Boots: Marshalls