Nov 8th, Three for Thursday

I’d like to start a new thing (well, not really that new since Jill from Good Life For Less used to do this every Wed), but basically once a week I’ll show 1 item worn 3 ways.

I think these are always really helpful posts because they show how pieces in your closet can be worn several different ways, and it also helps me think outside the box.

Today’s item is this deep purple, draped neck top. I bought this several years ago (at Nordstroms) and to be honest, I don’t wear it all that often. It’s such a gorgeous color and I love the ruching- so I’m not really sure why I don’t wear it.

My first look is what I’m calling the ‘typical mom’ look. Here I’ve paired the top with a cable knit gray sweater. I love this sweater because it is so warm, it’s long enough to cover my bum and the dark gray color goes with everything! To tie the purple color in, I chose my Stella and Dot necklace and wrapped it around my neck twice. For my bottom half, I chose my James jeans and my black boots. I think this is a great everyday outfit- it’s warm, comfy and cute!

My next look is the ‘office look’. Here I have paired the top with dress pants and pointy shoes. You’ll notice I changed the chunky cable knit cardigan for a light gray cotton sweater. I also changed out my necklace for something with a little more texture and interest. If you work in a conservative office, this look is perfect for you!

My last look is the ‘trendy mom look’.  Here I am wearing my skinny cargo pants and let the top shine on it’s own. Looking at the pictures though, it seems a little too plain… maybe my fur vest would complete the look?

I don’t know why my arm looks cut off in the photo. I’ll admit, it looks a little strange.

Jeans: Anthropologie, Top: Nordstrom: Classiques, Entier, Cable kbit cardigan: White House, Black Market, Cargos: Michael Kors, Shoes: DSW, Boots: Nordstrom (Frye)

Oct 19th, Date Night

Sorry for the late post- I ran out the door early this morning and didn’t have time to write!

Instead of showing you my outfit for the day- I decided to show my outfit for tonight!

I’m going out tonight to a CCFA fundraiser- (supporting one of my good friends who has Crohn’s disease). The theme is Casino Night, so I wanted a fun outfit- similar to something I would wear in Vegas.

The invitation said ‘smart dress’, which really could mean anything. Some people might opt for dress pants and a cotton top- like the one you see on the right.

The problem is- the dress pants are boring (perfect for the office, but boring for a night out),  and the cotton long sleeve shirt is too plain. All in all, I’d say the outfit on the right is too safe.

Instead- I opted for skinny black pants, a silky top with a modern print and pointy toed black heels. It’s basically the same outfit as on the right (black pants, off white top) yet the sleek pants and silk top make it much more dressy- and the pattern adds interest.

Now I look modern, appropriate and ready for a fun night out!

Another cool top from CABi! Pants: Gap, Shoes: Nordstrom

Oct 16th,Working Mom


Some of you may know that I work part time- and on days when I am meeting with clients I like to dress more professional.

To me, this is the hardest outfit to put together- and I’ll admit, I stood in my closet this morning and tried on lots of different looks.

At first I chose plain black pants and a white button down shirt- but personally, I think that looks a bit like a waiter’s uniform.

I then opted for a black shirt with a cream Chanel inspired blazer over it- this jacket is a classic piece- and in my opinion- a must have piece for every gal’s wardrobe!  It works great professionally, but is also cute paired with jeans- as seen here.

To add a little spunk, I chose my leopard flats. It’s a fun mix of patterns- and since I’ll be on my feet all day, flats are perfect.

It’s a pretty typical outfit for me.  I like sticking to neutral colors and classic looks- it makes me feel comfortable and that’s important!

I bought this blazer years ago- and it has been one of my all time favorite pieces! So classic!

Pants: Nordstrom (Vince Camuto), Blazer: White House, Black Market (old), Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift

Oct 10th, Dress Pants!

I have a business meeting this morning- and the old me would have worn a plain top with dress pants (on the right). Looking at the picture- you can tell these pants aren’t doing anything for my figure.

First off, they are way too long. Look at the way they puddle around my ankles.

Next is the cut- look at the way they skim my hips, then get narrow towards the knee then flare out around the calves. It makes me look like I have saddlebags!

Worst of all- look at those weird crease marks in the crotch area- that is not where I want to draw people’s eyes!

Let’s not even talk about my boring round toed black boots…

On the left is my re-do.

Here I decided to try a different purple top with my green cargos- the slimmer skinny cut makes my legs look much leaner- and this style pants are much more fashionable.

I used to feel like cargo pants weren’t appropriate for the work place- and depending on where you live, and where you work- they may not be!  Luckily in the Pacific Northwest, almost anything goes- so I am going for it.

To keep the look polished and professional, I replaced the boring black boots with these cute pointy toed snake skin heels.

Many fashion forward gals will tell you that you MUST own a pair of neutral heels- and many chose those in flesh tones-which are really pretty.  Personally, I love the snakeskin. These shoes act as a neutral and look great with any outfit. The best part is- they are actually comfy! I swear! They are Anne Klein Flex- and they are meant for working women- so there is a little extra something in there for comfort.

Pants: Michael Kors, Sweater: Nordstrom, (similar) Shoes: DSW (similar) Necklace: Stella and Dot

March 13th, Faking It

Ok, this is ridiculous. We have snow on the ground here this morning. Seriously?! It’s mid March!

I’ve given up on the real spring appearing- so I’ve decided to fake it.

I’m wearing my new pink cropped pants*- and then paired them with a grey turtleneck to keep warm.

I could have worn this turtleneck with boring old dress pants- as seen on the right, but isn’t the pink more fun and more springy?

I think so!

What’s the weather like where you live? Am I all alone in the cold?

 

*** Outfit update! The snow is really coming down hard now, so I have taken off my flats and replaced them with my black booties and socks… Sorry I don’t have time to post a picture, gotta get to work.

Darn you Mother Nature!

Yes, my feet might get a little cold- but oh well! I need a break from my boots!

By the way, my sisters arrive today, so be sure to check back tomorrow for my first ever ‘Sister’s Week’ post. We have some really fun ideas planned!

Lastly, don’t forget to check out my Facebook page and ‘like’ me. Thanks! 🙂

*I used color enhance on my IPhoto and the color of these pants appears a lot brighter than they really are. I swear!

These are from Nordstrom, Vince Camuto brand and I bought 2 pair- one in black and one pink. (FYI I checked online and they aren’t showing the pink anymore.. Check in store if you’re interested.)

Pants: Nordstrom, Sweater: J Crew, Flats: Nordstrom, Necklace: Forever 21

Sept 27th, I Spy With My Little Eye

This busy pattern works with a solid base.
Untucked seems messy to me.

Yesterday I talked about how Jessica Quirk, from What I Wore, said to always dress in 3’s, and then here I am today breaking the rule, or am I? Today I’m wearing a patterned blouse, black dress pants and pointy toed heels. But, if you look closely- I have still followed the rule of dressing in 3’s by adding 3 accessories.  I added a skinny belt, a black bracelet and a Van cleef Arpels knock off necklace that my mom picked up at the Palm Desert flea market- (thanks mom!).

In the photo on the right I show this blouse just worn plain- untucked. Nothing special…

On the left layered it over a black tank, tucked the blouse in, added accessories and now I’m ready for work. This blouse I bought at Marshalls for $15. I have mixed feelings about it. I think it’s fun because I rarely wear patterns, and I almost never wear green- but the pattern is a little wild. I think it works?! What do you think? Is this pattern ugly? Or is it ugly/ cute?

Sometimes even the smallest details make a difference.

Heels: Nordstrom, Pants: Nordstrom, Blouse: Marshalls, Bracelet: Kohls, Belt: Ann Taylor