July 18, Concert in the Park

One of the things I love about the community I live in is they do outdoor concerts in the park during the summer. It’s a fun, free event that is perfect for all ages. When my kids were little, I used to take them every week. But, tonight it’s a girls night out!

It’s going to be about 60 degrees this evening, so I want jeans to stay warm. We are meeting at my friend’s house and walking to the park, so I need comfy shoes. However, the outfit on the left looks really awkward and weird. The length of the jeans is off- and the shoes are awful. The casual, faded, distressed jeans on the right are a much better option. As for my blouse, by unbuttoning an extra button, rolling the sleeves and loosely tucking it in- I have created a much more casual, and in my opinion, cuter outfit.

Jeans- Target

Blouse- Nordstrom Rack

Shoes- Dr. Scholls, TJ Maxx

July 17, Graphic T & Moto Jacket

This outfit is a bit of a stretch for me (and a bit of a risk as well), but I love the way a cool graphic t shirt and jeans look on everyone else, so I thought I’d give it a try.

However, it’s a bit chilly, so I wanted a jacket. I think the blazer on the left is too formal, and didn’t feel like ‘me’, so I decided to try this more casual jacket with a Moto collar. I also thought the booties were too wintery, so the4se t strap sandals add some edge to the look and keep it summery. My shirt says ‘build bridges, not walls’ in case you wondered!

May 17, Long Cardigan

On a yucky, rainy spring day such as today, what I really want to do is stay in bed all day and read or watch TV, but instead I have to go teach 5th grade. Ugh! So, I chose my dark denim jeans, a white tank and this cute pink long cardigan.

In my before photo I am wearing a tight white tank under the sweater. First off, you can totally see my bra underneath, which I don’t care for. Secondly, you can see my tummy (and believe me- I am holding it in for the photo). I would prefer breathing today, so instead I will wear this loose fit, flowy tank that is much more comfortable. Notice the cute detail of the extra layer underneath- this is actually built in to the tank. I love how it adds a little length and movement to the top. To add a little color I threw on this cute necklace and then swapped out the old loafers for booties- so that I can wear some socks and keep my feet warm! Have a great Friday!

No links today (I’m running late again), sorry!

Jeans- Paige

Tank- Anne Taylor

Cardigan- Nordstrom

Booties- Sam Edelman, Nordstrom Rack

April 22, Rainy Monday

It’s supposed to be gray and rainy today- so for my OOTD I’ve chosen a very casual, easy look of a black tank, jeans and a cardigan. I call this my grandpa cardi, because it reminds me of something my grandpa would have worn! The heathered cotton creates a great neutral color that literally goes with everything. Sometimes I keep this in my bag to have in case I get cold while I’m out.

All I’ve done to change up my before look is swap out the wool cardigan for this lighter weight one. The one on the left is too wintery, and also looks a bit like a bathrobe! I then rolled up my jeans to show a little ankle. Last, I threw on a long necklace to break up the solid black.

I love this sweater! It’s old (from 2015) and I tried to find something similar to link to- but failed. Sorry!

Super easy, super casual and so me! I love outfits that are comfy, relaxed and warm.

Jeans- Rich and Skinny (similar)

Tank- Gap

Cardigan- Gap (old, no link- sorry!)

Shoes- Vince

April 19, T Shirt and Jeans

Sometimes the best outfits are the ones you literally throw on and walk out the door. The effortless, easy and casual look of a t shirt and jeans will never go out of style.

When wearing a simple t shirt- look for fun details to help it stand out. In this case, this shirt has this interesting twisted hemline. It adds a cool touch to and otherwise very plain shirt. I also added long necklace to break up the solid color- and then swapped out my tennis shoes for my cute pointy toed leopard flats. I went from a blah outfit, to a fun and stylish one. So easy!

It will be chilly this morning, so I’ll start the day with this cute blue jacket over my t shirt. Wearing the same color from top to bottom is a good trick to look slimmer.

Shirt- Nordstrom (similar)

Jeans- Joe’s Nordstrom Rack

Shoes- Franco Sarto, Nordstrom Rack

Jacket- H & M (similar)

April 12, Green Jacket

Today for our tour I’m wearing my olive green jacket with a cute black patterned top (they are actually little stars, but they look like polka dots) and my faded Joe’s jeans. It’s a simple casual look that’s comfy and perfect for walking around a college campus.

As you can see in my before photo I have on the same top, but it’s untucked & paired it with a cargo style jacket, boyfriend jeans and clunky tennis shoes. The untucked shirt and boxy jacket paired with these baggy jeans makes for an overall messy look. By just making some small changes- I have really improved my outfit.

April 9, Patterned T Shirt

Sometimes I feel like I say the same thing over and over again (kind of like parenting, am I right?) but ladies, if you are still wearing oversize t shirts from college (like the one below), it’s time to get rid of it!

Try a cute printed t shirt instead. You will still be comfortable, but much more stylish. I like this one because the print is something different for me, and of course I always love black and white! By changing out the t shirt, tucking it in, adding a belt and swapping out the clunky tennis shoes for black booties, I now have a cute and stylish look. And, if it get’s chilly on our college tour today- I will throw on a black bomber jacket to keep warm.

Shirt- TJ Maxx

Jeans- Joe’s, Nordstrom Rack

Bomber- H&M

Booties- Nordstrom Rack