May 22, Head to Toe

One trick for looking slimmer is wearing the same color from head to toe. It creates a long vertical line- which in turn, makes you look thinner! Today I have chosen shades of grey.

In my before picture I have paired my grey jeans with a light grey t shirt and my black Birkenstocks. Nothing wrong with this- but honestly it’s a little dull. And since it is two different shades of grey, it doesn’t really do the trick of slimming. So, to add some interest (and a little edge to the look), I have replaced the tight grey t shirt with this cool metallic t shirt. The color is a better match for the head to toe look. This shirt drapes better (doesn’t cling to my stomach) and has a cute side slit & longer back. Little details like that add interest to the outfit. The peep toe block heel shoes also add more style.

Since it’s chilly this morning, I will throw on my pink satin bomber jacket. It also adds to the edgy look, plus keeps me warm and is cuter than a cardigan.

Gotta run, no time for links this am, my sweet sister (Kara) called and we just chatted for a bit, so I ran out of time to do the links. But honestly, I’d rather talk to my sister. 🙂 Have a great day…

March 26, So Basic

Last week I wore a plain white blouse with blue jeans- just a simple, basic outfit. Well, today I’m doing a similar look, except this time I’m wearing my grey jeans and a grey and white striped blouse.

I’ll be the first to admit there is nothing earth shattering about today’s look. But on a day when you’re rushed to get out the door, go for the basics! A classic button-down shirt is always in style. Try tucking it in and adding a belt. Or, try unbuttoning a few buttons and layering it over a colored tank. How about colored jeans instead of blue jeans? Add some bracelets or a necklace. Roll up the sleeves. Wear cute shoes (sorry Uggs). There are many ways to add a little style to an otherwise simple and plain outfit.

Now, if you’re going to wear a button down shirt- here’s a little tip from my mom- buy a good iron. The best you can afford! My iron is a Rowenta- and I love it! It’s super heavy and solid- and does a really good job. It was expensive, but it isn’t even top of the line (my mom has the top of the line one and it’s even better). Plus, a newer model is on sale right now on Amazon (please note that I receive zero compensation for any links on my site. I do this just for fun!). Also, rather than having to drag out the ironing board and set the whole darn thing up- if you have room, keep your board set up and ready to go at all times. It makes a big difference!

I bought this iron about 10 years ago. I love it!

Blouse- Nordstrom Rack

Jeans- Marshalls, Levi’s

Boots- Paul Green, Nordstrom

March 6, Duster Cardigan

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that all the rage this winter has been the duster cardigan, which for those of you who are wondering is one that falls somewhere below your knee. Today my OOTD is my cream duster paired with grey jeans and a cute patterned top.

In my before look, my cardigan looks a little too much like a bathrobe, and the plain t shirt underneath doesn’t add much interest. My bulky UGGS also aren’t helping! I look like I just rolled out of bed!

For my after look, I replaced the bathrobe sweater with this cute lightweight duster from Target. You may have noticed, but I seem to be finding A LOT of really cute clothes at Target lately. I’m warning you, be careful, you go to buy toilet paper and come out with a new wardrobe!

This cute silk top is perfect under the cardigan. The pattern is subtle, yet interesting and the colors are perfect. I bought this in a local boutique a few years ago, which sadly is now out of business. Swapping out the Uggs for my cute grey booties completes the look. I wear these grey booties all the time- grey is my new ‘go to’ color, and having grey shoes is really coming in handy. I will need to look for some for spring! Any suggestions?!



Feb 21, Patterned Camisole

Feb 21, Patterned Camisole

One thing you may have noticed about me is that I very rarely wear any patterns, except for stripes. However, occasionally I like wearing a patterned  camisole as a way to add a little color and interest to my outfit.

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In my before picture I am wearing a printed t shirt (and for you eagle eyed readers that is from Free State Brewery in Lawrence, Kansas. That shirt is from back when I was in college, it is almost 30 years old and I still have it).

As much as I love it for the memories, the T shirt does not look good in this outfit. The neckline is way to high, it is super wrinkly and way too big. In my after look, I have replaced the t shirt with this cute printed camisole. Yes, it’s 40 degrees outside, but layered under this cozy long cardigan I am warm. The pattern on the tank is fun- and the neckline is more flattering.

Instead of blue jeans, I am wearing grey ones- and as you can see, I rolled up the hems a little. For my feet I replaced the orthopedic Danskos with my cute Paul Green booties.

One thing I’m trying to be better at is wearing more jewelry. I love the look of stacked bracelets, yet rarely wear them, so today I’ve added a few.

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Jeans- Marshalls

Tank- OC Style

Cardigan- Nordstrom

Boots- Paul Green, Nordstrom

Feb 13, I’m Outta Here!

Feb 13, I’m Outta Here!

I think I’ve mentioned that we have been snowed in for days, and I can’t take it anymore- so I am getting out of town! I’m heading down to Palm Desert to see my folks for a few days, and hopefully get some much needed warmth and sunshine.

The before outfit is just a little boring, so to add some interest, I’ll tuck in my shirt, put on a belt and add cute booties. Since I’ll be on an airplane, (and I’m always cold on planes) I’ll need to add a little warmth by throwing on my Mer-sea shawl. This was a gift from my sister- and let me tell you, it is fabulous! Especially for traveling. First of all, it’s like having a blanket, it’s so cozy. Next, it has pockets! Oh yeah! Plus, it’s machine washable- which will be necessary after being on a plane. And (saving the best for last), it comes with its own little pillow case and can be folded up and turned into a pillow if I want to sleep! How cute is that?

When I arrive in the desert, I will put my Mer-sea shawl in my carry-on, roll up my sleeves and throw on my flip flops. Then I’ll be ready for the sun!

First stop- getting a pedicure! 🙂

Shirt- J Crew

Jeans- Levis, Marshalls

Boots- Paul Green, Nordstrom (similar)

Scarf- Mer-sea

Jan 30th, T Shirt and Jeans

It’s a t shirt and jeans kind of day. However, to be honest, I’m not huge fan of wearing this kind of t shirt. Do you know what I mean? I’m talking about t shirts that have some sort of logo or company name on them. It just seems weird to me to wear this unless I am working out or sleeping. Now a plain t shirt… I’ll wear one of those every day.

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In my ‘after’ look, I have swapped out the branded t shirt for a much cuter top in the same gorgeous color. This top has dolman sleeves and a very subtle stripe pattern which give it interest. I also like the way the top gathers around my middle- which hides my tummy. Have I talked about my grey jeans yet? I bought these last year at TJ Maxx, or maybe Marshalls- I get those two confused. Anyhow, I can’t believe how much I wear them. The grey is a fun alternative to blue jeans- and since I already wear so many neutrals- they go with most of my closet! This purply/ red top works well with the grey.

You may have noticed I changed from my orthopedic grey tennis shoes to some cute grey suede booties- which also happen to be super comfy. These boots were expensive, but so worth it since they are incredibly comfortable.

All in all, it’s a super easy- but cute look.

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Jeans- Levis- TJ Maxx

Shoes- Paul Green- Nordstrom

Top- OC Style