March 29th, 12 Ways to Wear a Striped Shirt

Ask my close friends, and they will tell you I am always on the hunt for a striped shirt.  And as many of you regular readers know, I now have quite the collection!

I’m telling you though, this is such a versatile wardrobe piece that today I decided to show you 12 different ways to wear it. I could probably have done 20, but my family started to wonder where I disappeared to so I had to cut myself off.

I hate it when that happens!

I can’t decide which look is my favorite- but it might just be the one with the Hunter boots and red vest. This just seems so Seattle to me!

Please take a minute to comment and let me know which is your favorite!

March 3rd, Soccer (or Lacrosse) Mom

 Well, tis the season for outdoor children’s sports. For some, it’s soccer season- for me it’s lacrosse.

Whatever the sport, if you’re going to be outdoors in Seattle, it’s important to dress warm. In the Pacific Northwest, lacrosse season means 45 degrees and rain.

On the right is my old raincoat my mom gave me when I moved here.

Sorry Mom, but this style is just not at all fashionable. Paired with this goofy scarf (that would look better on a snowman) I look dated and frumpy.

On the left is my updated version, and to be honest this is best I can do. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s hard to be stylish when you’re trying to stay warm!

I’ve replaced my bright blue raincoat with this cute down coat from North Face.

With a coat this big, it’s easy to look enormous, so having the belt to define my waist is essential. I also keep it smaller on the bottom by wearing my skinny jeans. Lastly, I’ve added a bright scarf to bring some color into the outfit.

As for my rain boots- to be honest, I’m not a fan of these- but they do keep my toes dry. I thought the checkered pattern was sort of cute, but now I’m second guessing myself.

Come to think of it- I think I’ll wear my Sorel’s from last weekend. (Sorry, it’s too late to take another picture, use your imagination!)

Now, for the good part (just kidding- but I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine)!

When I know I’m going to be outdoors for long periods of time, I wear long underwear under my clothes.

I wear Cuddle Duds that I get at Kohl’s. I know, the name is ridiculous, but they are the softest and warmest things out there. They come in all styles (short sleeve, long sleeve, tank) and are silky soft and super warm. They also have  long underwear pants that fit under my jeans- keeping my legs extra toasty. I pair them with Smart Wool knee socks. So, there you go- now you know my dirty little secret!  Laugh all you want, but I’m warm!

The boots aren't the most stylish ones out there- but at least my feet will stay dry. Paired with Smart Wool socks, they are warm too.

Boots: Fred Meyer, Jacket: REI, Jeans: Anthropologie, Scarf: Gift

Dec 1st, Who Doesn’t Love A Challenge?

Ever since I started blogging- and reading other blogs- I keep seeing this thing called ‘30 for 30 Challenge’. I may be wrong, but I think it was created by a well known blogger named Kendi.

Another thing that keeps happening is that I get asked a lot ‘have you had to buy a ton of new clothes?’ The answer is NO!

Although I’d love to- it’s simply not feasible or realistic. Of course I’ve picked up a few cute things here and there- but what I really want to do is wear the clothes I already own!

One of my goals of this blog is to show real moms that it is possible to look great without having to buy an entire new wardrobe. A few key pieces and some great accessories are all you need!

So…….. with that in mind and since it is the season of giving- I decided that instead of buying anything new for myself this month, I would try this 30 for 30 challenge– but on my terms!

Here are my rules:

1. I picked 30 items from my closet to wear over the next 30 days (I cheated and picked 32… couldn’t help it)

2. Shoes, scarves, tights and other accessories don’t count! Plan on seeing a lot!

3. White or off white tanks don’t count ( I consider this my base layer to keep me warm!)

4. For holiday parties I may wear a cocktail dress, which doesn’t count!

Bear with me, this could be a long month…

Here are the clothes I picked:

Amazing how few items there are here...

Here’s the breakdown:

5 pants

Skinny jeans (Madewell)

Dressy Jeans for wearing with heels (Paige Premium Denim)

Boyfriend Jeans (Old Navy)

Black skinny (Gap)

Cream cords (Nordstrom)

3 skirts

Black pencil skirt- Gap
Brown pencil skirt- Nordstrom (this is what I wore yesterday.)
Pink skirt- J Crew

1 Dress

Dress- Banana Republic

2 Jackets

Brown leather jacket- Marshalls
Jean jacket- Old Navy

2 Blazers

Cream blazer- Kohls
Blue Blazer- Land's End (I may end up switching this for my black blazer... haven't decided)

Fur vest

Fur vest: Marshalls

4 Sweaters:

Blue dolman sleeve- Nordstrom
Black turtleneck: Black Market, White House
Oatmeal cableknit; J Crew
Gray sweater- Louis Permilia

4 Cardigans

Cream with details on neckline- Nordstrom
Buttons down the back- Lands End
Pink- 3/4 sleeve: Nordstrom
Gray grandpa sweater: J Crew

9 Blouses/ Tops

Painter's shirt- H&M
Chambray shirt- Target
Denim shirt- Martin and Osa


Shimmery tank- French Connection
Striped shirt- J Crew
Patterned shell- Macy's
Striped shirt- Anthropologie
White v neck- Nordstroms
Animal print tank- Express

So here we go! Wish me luck and feel free to send in suggestions or pictures of your own cute outfits!

My first 30 in 30 outfit! I decided to go with my Paige jeans, this shimmery tank and the off white cardigan. I’ve added pearls and snakeskin heels to make it modern and youthful.

The shimmery tank works for day because I've kept it conservative with the pearls and cardigan.
A close up so you can see the details on the collar.
I avoided this cardigan for a long time because I considered it too matronly. Buttoned up and with dress pants, it does look a little dated and old fashioned.