July 20, Date Night

We have a rare weekend where both kids are gone- so my hubby and I are having a date night tonight.

One of my favorite Insta style gals is @Fashion_Jackson. She wears a ton of neutrals and always looks amazing! So, with her as my inspiration, I have chosen black jeans and a simple white top. However, as you can see- there is a huge difference between the outfit on the left and the right. On the right I have replaced the regular jeans with a distressed pair. This gives the outfit a little attitude and edge. I also replaced the orthopedic sandals with my pointy toed heels. I’ll be honest, these kill my feet and I will only wear them if I know I will be sitting most of the night. But don’t they look good?! Lastly, I swapped out the thin white tank for this cute faux silk draped tank. It’s a dressier, and dare I say, sexier look. I purposely kept the neckline clean- I have on a delicate necklace (hard to see in photos, sorry) but to add some interest, I am wearing a statement bracelet.

Jeans- Zara

Top- Uniqlo

Shoes- Kenneth Cole, Nordstrom

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!

July 15, Polka Dot Top

Blue and white are one of my favorite color combos. Today’s outfit is white jeans and a blue tank.

The changes I made to my OOTD are simple- first, I replaced the long white jeans with my cropped at the ankle distressed pair*. Already this looks a lot more summery.

Then I replaced the skin tight blue tank with a silk polka dot one. The pattern is fun, and I like the way the silk top hangs instead of clinging to my tummy. A cute brown braided belt and my slip on white sandals from Target complete the look.

*As a reminder, these are the jeans I distressed myself- it’s so easy to do! I bought these jeans at Value Village (sort of like Goodwill) and then distressed them to make them look more current. To read how, check out my post here.

July 14, Fake Romper

Rompers are all the rage right now, and while I think they are super cute on teenagers, I personally don’t think someone over 40 should wear one. I was out last night at a wine tasting event and saw a woman who was well over 40 wearing a romper that was so short her butt cheeks were literally peeking out. Yes, she had a great butt- but GROSS! No one wants to see that.

But, it’s hot outside and I need an outfit that will keep me cool, so, today is my version of a romper for someone over 40. And actually, it’s not even a romper, it’s shorts and a top. But it sort of looks like a romper, right?!

To keep my outfit from looking like pj’s (as it does on the left) I have made a few slight changes. One, I pulled the shorts down a bit to rest on my hips instead of my natural waist. Then, instead of a plain cotton t shirt, I am wearing a silky halter neck top that is a bit dressier. To complete the look, I chose neutral sandals with a heel- that not only dress up the look, but they also make my legs look a lot longer than they actually are. Now I have an outfit that is appropriate for a summer backyard party where I have to say goodbye to my dear friends who are moving to North Carolina. I will miss you Livi. xoxo

June 24, Black Bomber

I can’t say enough how much I love this black bomber jacket. I bought it at H&M a few years ago, and it is such a great staple in my closet. It’s the perfect alternative to a cardigan for a chilly day.

In the picture on the left, I am wearing an American Eagle grey v neck t shirt with a zip up workout jacket from Lucy. This little jacket is perfect for when I’m playing tennis, but paired with a regular outfit it looks out of date. Instead, I’ll wear a black bomber jacket with the sleeves pushed up. This is a little more stylish, and just as warm. I’ve also replaced the white tennis shoes with my black Adidas- they don’t draw as much attention to my feet- and pair nicely with the black jacket. Tuck in my shirt, add a belt and some jewelry and I am set!

June 22, White Jeans

Today my sister, her kids and I explored downtown Seattle- so I wanted to show this picture of us standing in front of this cute pink wall near Pike Place Market.

We both chose white jeans- mine distressed, and hers not. Kara paired her jeans with a classic button down chambray shirt from a little KC boutique. I wore a camo v neck t shirt from American Eagle. These shirts are so soft and comfy! I tucked it in and added a brown braided leather belt. For my feet, I wore Birkenstocks since we were doing a lot of walking!

Happy Saturday friends!