Oct 29, Mom Jeans

I’ve been wanting a pair of straight leg mom jeans for a while now- and I actually bought a pair at Target about a month ago, but never really felt comfortable wearing them. Something was just off. Then I decided to splurge and get the Madewell ones that I kept seeing on Instagram. So today I am showing you the difference between the two.

As you can see, the Madewell ones are a tad longer on me- which actually makes big difference. The legs are also straighter- there is some weird bunching going on in the Target ones. The Madewell ones also are VERY high waisted- I mean above my belly button high, which may take some getting used to! One thing to keep in mind is that the sizing is way off! I am normally a 28 in most brands, in these I am in a 26, which makes me think what size are the skinny girls wearing?!

I’ve paired my mom jeans with a cute J Crew button down blouse that I tied at the waist and then for warmth added a green jacket. The pointy booties are more current than the worn out loafers.

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

July 27, Coffee Date

I had a coffee date this morning with a friend who I haven’t seen all summer. It was great to catch up with her and a good reminder that I often get so busy that I forget (or don’t take the time) to nurture friendships. Gotta get better about that!

It’s a lot cooler here today, so I wore jeans and a cotton top, but my dark jeans and plain grey t shirt on the left look frumpy. The cropped and lightly distressed jeans on the right are an improvement. The sleeveless, v neck grey t shirt is more stylish than an oversize t shirt from my husband’s closet! The silver bracelets and cute sandals add some interest to the simple look.

Another outfit idea with this top is to pair it with black joggers- see below.

This is a super casual and comfy outfit that I love! If it’s chilly I can throw on a denim jacket!

T shirt- Madewell

Jeans- Joe’s

Joggers- Fabletics

Sandals- Lucky Brand

Feb 6th, How to Wear all one Color

DSCN6451DSCN6033You may have noticed this about me- but in case you haven’t, I’ll state the obvious. I love neutrals! I feel very comfortable in neutrals- and especially love wearing clothes in the same color family. The only problem is that it can be really plain and boring- as seen on the right!

In my ‘after’ look, I replaced the tan t shirt with a cable knit sweater. The cable knit adds a subtle pattern, and the denim shirt underneath is a nice contrast. I especially like the tails hanging out below the sweater (breaks up the solid cream) and the sleeves rolled up (another place to add a bit of color).  As for my feet- I chose my loafers.

Now I have a comfy, warm and cute outfit- too bad I’m just heading back to lay on my couch! LOL!

Pants: Nordstrom, Shirt: J Crew, Sweater: Madewell, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift
Pants: Nordstrom, Shirt: J Crew, Sweater: Madewell, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift

Jan 8th, Faux Suit

DSCN6374I have a work meeting this morning, so I want to look somewhat professional- but notdscn6038 too formal. I decided to go with a pencil skirt and my leather jacket- to make sort of a ‘faux suit’.

I paired my brown pencil skirt with my lace t shirt and then layered my leather jacket over the top (instead of a suit jacket). To complete the look I opted for my brown boots.

Looking at the photos, I don’t like seeing my bare legs peeking out, I may need to go put some tights on. What do you think? Should I add tights?

Skirt: Nordstrom, Top: Madewell, Jacket: Nordstrom, Boots: DSW
Skirt: Nordstrom, Top: Madewell, Jacket: Nordstrom, Boots: DSW

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 5th, Grey Sweatshirt

For those of you who are regular readers- you know that for me- comfort is key.

Rarely do I wear something that is not comfortable. I’m happiest when I’m wearing something that doesn’t require me holding in my tummy, keeps me warm and my feet are comfy.

With these requirements, it would be easy to spend every day in the outfit on the right- wouldn’t it?

However, I do care about style- so the baggy, oversize sweatshirt is not going to cut it. The tennis shoes are another ‘no no’ in my book (with jeans), and the baggy ‘mom jeans’ are not the best look.

Luckily, I can still achieve the same level of comfort with a similar, yet more stylish version of this outfit -as seen on the left.

Here I have replaced the mom jeans with Madewell skinny skinny jeans. No matter what size you are- you can wear skinny jeans. I promise. Just remember to balance it all out by wearing something larger on top. Here I’ve chosen something loose and flowy, and it’s important to make sure your top covers your hips and butt.

Let me briefly tell you about these jeans. The cotton is the softest cotton I’ve ever felt. These jeans feel like sweatpants- they are so soft, so warm and so stretchy. I got them at Madewell (cousin of J Crew).

Instead of the tennis shoes- I’ve opted for my black boots. I have socks under, so my feet are toasty and the heel is flat, so I can walk all day.

I love this loose, flowy top from Target! It’s a great alternative to a sweat shirt!

Jeans: Madewell, Top: Target, Tank: Gap, Boots: Nordstrom (Frye), Necklace: Forever 21