May 26, Blue and White

As you may have noticed, blue and white is one of my favorite color combos. There is just something so crisp, clean and classic about it. Today I’ve chosen my white distressed jeans and a cute patterned blue and white top.

The difference between the before and after is very subtle- but it matters. In the before look my jeans are too baggy. Look closely, you can see how there is extra fabric around my knees and thigh area, which looks odd. The skinny jeans on the right have enough stretch in them that they are tight, but still comfortable and allow for some movement.

The other changes I made (obviously) are adding a belt, doing the half tuck and changing into cuter shoes. All together, it’s a more polished look.

I love this print, it’s sort of like an animal print, but in blue and white. Fun!

*Full disclosure- I am not actually wearing this today, instead I am in my grubby clothes helping my hubby paint our bedroom. But, if I were going to do something fun today, this would be a cute outfit to wear. Hope you’re having more fun today than I am! 🙂

Feb 11, Fuzzy Sweater

Feb 11, Fuzzy Sweater

You guys, this is the FUZZIEST sweater I’ve ever owned. My sweet hubby bought this for me for my birthday and it came that way (maybe that’s the look?).  I love the color block design, but truth be told, it’s almost too fuzzy! But, it’s super warm and cozy, and on this snowy day it’s perfect.

In my before photo, I look huge! Clunky Uggs + baggy jeans+ huge sweater = unflattering look.

In my after picture, I have replaced the sloppy jeans with skinny ones, changed out my shoes for cute booties and did the half tuck to define my waist. Small changes = big difference.

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One thing that I wanted to share was this awesome little tool that I use called a sweater stone. You can get these at Nordstrom, and they work wonders at removing the pilling that so often happens on sweaters (although maybe not so much in this sweater’s case!)

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Sweater- Nordstrom

Booties- Sam Edelman, (these are close) Nordstrom Rack

Jeans- Gap 

Sweater Stone- Nordstrom

Feb 5, More Leggings

Feb 5, More Leggings

I was so comfy and cozy in my leggings yesterday, and since we have another snow day, I’ve decided to wear a different pair today. There’s just something about wearing leggings- it’s sort of like staying in your jammies all day! Heaven!

Originally, I was planning on wearing black jeans, a black top and this fun faux shearling vest (as seen on the left). To be honest, I like this outfit, it’s a little plain, but that’s sort of my style! But since it is so snowy and cold outside, I decided that I’d rather wear my camo leggings and this cream sweater, topped off with the vest.

As for my shoes- yes, I am wearing my Uggs. I know I’ve been a little mean to them lately, and I still think they are large and clunky looking, but with the camo leggings I don’t mind them as much. Plus, they are nice and warm!

Truth be told, what I really wanted to wear are my Sorels– as seen below, but my 15 year old daughter said no. What do you think? Are they still in style? They are the perfect snow boot- warm, furry inside, non slip soles… but they are HUGE! If I were to actually go outside and tromp around in the snow- I would definitely wear them. Instead, I’ll sit inside by the fire and watch Bosch on Amazon Prime video! 🙂 Chime in with what you are watching on Netflix or Prime- I’m always looking for a new show!

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Leggings- Nordstrom Rack 

Uggs- Nordstrom

Sorel Boots- Nordstrom

Sweater- OC Style

Vest- Nordstrom Rack 

 

Feb 4, Snow Day

Feb 4, Snow Day

Well, I guess it was finally our turn for the cold bitter winter weather to hit. We got a snow storm last night in the good old Pacific Northwest, which means everything will be shut down today, including school! Can you say ‘Snow Day’?!

For this cold, snowy day I want an outfit that is comfy, cozy and casual. The 3 C’s if you will.

So I’ve chosen my black leggings AGAIN! I swear, if you don’t own a good pair of leggings you need to go get some asap. These should be a staple in everyone’s closet- no matter what size you are. Think of leggings as you do jeans- a perfect bottom for any outfit. They are not just for going to the gym.

Buy expensive ones, ones that are thick and absolutely NOTHING shows through. When you try them on, sit down and see what happens, does the fabric stretch so much that you can sort of see skin? If so, do not buy them. You also want some with some spandex in them to hold you in and hide lumps. Cheap, thin ones will not do the trick. I love my Athleta ones- as seen below.

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In my ‘before’ look, my denim shirt is too short to wear with leggings. I know I say this a lot- but for us more mature women, we need to wear longer tops that cover more.

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I have replaced the chambray shirt in the before picture with a longer version. I like how it is peeking out under this big chunky black knit sweater. I just got this shirt at American Eagle. It is super soft, a great color- and I love the length.  To add a little interest, I threw on a long necklace. It breaks up all the black a little bit.

The Hunter Boots are perfect for walking through wet snow or rain. Plus, they are cuter than the Uggs. Don’t get me wrong though- I do love those Uggs… they just aren’t as cute. But boy are they warm…

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Feb 2nd, Weekend Wear

Feb 2nd, Weekend Wear

Has this seemed like the longest week ever? It sure has to me. I traveled last weekend- and it literally took me until Wednesday to catch up on my sleep. I don’t know how people travel for work every week.

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Today’s look is a great, easy weekend staple- leggings and a sweater. In my ‘before’ look my sweater (which I LOVE by the way) is too short for leggings. Also, my grey Uggs make my feet look clunky.

In my ‘after’ look, I have a striped sweater that is longer and covers me up more. I love this sweater because of the cute different stripe patterns  (the sleeves, the sides and the front are all different). Not sure if you’ve noticed this about me yet, but I wear very few patterns. But stripes- oh yeah! I LOVE strips and can’t get enough of them.

The black tennis shoes take the attention away from my feet- and the continual black makes my legs look longer.

This is cute, casual and cozy! Perfect way to spend a Saturday.

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Leggings- Athleta

Sweater- OC Style

Shoes- Adidas (Nordstrom Rack)

Jan 29th, Casual Day

Jan 29th, Casual Day

These North Face leggings are a dream.

 

They are so incredibly warm and soft. Some days as soon as I get home from work I put these on- they are just so comfy. The pattern is subtle, but a little more fun than just plain black. Today I’ve paired them with this cute asymmetrical waffle top from Costco! Seriously! Costco!  I never shop for clothes at Costco but a friend of mine had this top and I thought it was so cute! I love the fun hemline- and while I don’t hate my before look- I do like the way this asymmetrical top covers me up a bit more!

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Leggings- North Face- REI

Top- Costco

Shoes- Adidas- Nordstrom Rack