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 18, Black Dress

I bought this black cotton dress at Nordstrom three years ago when my hubby and I were going to Europe to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I thought it would be a great staple to have on vacation- since it is a perfect base piece that you can add anything to!

Today I’m keeping it super simple and easy by just throwing on a cute long chenille cardigan and my slip on tennis shoes. This is such a comfortable outfit, the cotton dress is not too snug, my feet are in heaven and the sweater is keeping me nice and warm. I love outfits like this!

Dress- Nordstrom here is a similar one! And another! (these are actually cuter than mine!)

Sweater- TJ Maxx, here is a similar one!

Shoes- TJ Maxx (Dr Scholl’s brand!)

April 17, Ruffle Sleeves

After yesterday’s long post where I shared my deep personal thoughts, today I am keeping it short and sweet. I’m wearing white jeans and this cute ruffle sleeve blouse.

I could have just paired my white jeans with a simple blue t shirt and neutral flats, which is perfectly fine, but wouldn’t you agree that the outfit on the right is a little more fun?

I love the details on the this blouse. It’s a very subtle blue and white stripe, plus the ruffle sleeve is a fun detail that makes this top stand out.

I kind of look pregnant in this shot- I swear I’m not! But I wanted you to see how the back dips down, covering my butt!

Look how cute the ruffle on the sleeve is!

Blouse- Anthropologie

Jeans- Gap

Shoes- Marshalls, Unisa

April 16, Shop your Closet

One of the things that bugs me about fashion is the idea that you have to constantly be buying new stuff.  It seems like everyone is trying to sell you something- and that you have to have this top, or these jeans, or this purse for your life to be complete. Let me fill you in on a little secret. YOU DON’T!  

Your life will not be better because of new clothes, new shoes, or new anything. In my opinion, the secret to happiness is threefold. 

  1. Finding fulfillment through work, hobbies, exercise or whatever excites you
  2. Service to others 
  3. Gratitude 

That’s it!  Period. 

What you do for that fulfillment is up to you. For me, it’s doing this blog, practicing yoga, playing tennis, volunteering, reading books, getting lots of sleep and spending time with my family and friends (not in that order!!) 

So why do I bother with this blog? Because I do think taking care of myself and putting some effort into my appearance is important. And, strange as this may sound- playing with my clothes is fun for me! I love looking in my closet and seeing potential. It’s sort of like my friends who are excellent cooks who can look in their fridge or pantry and whip up a gourmet meal (I could NEVER do that! And I admire those of you who can!)   

Anyhow… enough of my preaching, let’s talk about my outfit! Today’s look is my ripped jeans and a bright yellow silk tank. I used to wear this top paired with this grey cardigan, but doesn’t the blazer look a little more polished? So what if I don’t work in an office? A blazer can be worn anywhere- it adds instant style to an otherwise simple outfit. And, it helps dress up these very casual ripped jeans! My cute neutral Paul Green flats complete the look.

So- back to the idea that we have to be constantly buying stuff… my challenge for you (and me) the next month is to not buy anything new to wear. I have a ton of clothes already, so I’m going to ‘shop my closet’. Can I really last a month without buying anything? I’ll admit- this will be really hard for me. But I’ll give it a try.  Who’s with me? (Do I sound like Jerry Maguire?!)

Jeans- Seven

Top- Banana Republic

Blazer- Nordstrom

Shoes- Paul Green

April 14, Athleisure

I’m finally home from my weeklong college tour trip. What a fun week with my daughter, but boy, I’m exhausted! Today I will be doing laundry, cleaning the house and stocking up on groceries… and probably sleeping a lot! 

I could wear the all black outfit on the left, but wouldn’t it be more fun to wear the cute leggings on the right? Patterned leggings are a stylish way to wear athleisurewear- and the cropped style is a little more on trend than the long ones on the left.  Notice the details on my jacket. Do you see how the vertical stitching defines my shape? It’s subtle, but those tiny details do make a difference. And the black tennis shoes look better than the pink and grey ones. 

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 11, Rainy Day

My daughter and I are on Spring Break touring colleges, and today it’s supposed to be cold and rainy, so luckily I packed a sweater and my cute Burberry raincoat.

This raincoat was another purchase by my hubby (it was a birthday gift years ago.) I live in Seattle where a stylish raincoat is an absolute essential. If you don’t have one, consider treating yourself. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, but it should be something that has a little style to it. I see so many people in the Pacific Northwest wearing North Face black jackets (which I love), but it’s also nice to have a stylish raincoat. Plus, just looking at the photo above, it’s such an improvement over the big, bulky black jacket I have on.

The Burberry coat nips in at the waist, which gives me a little shape, plus the cute signature Burberry plaid peeking out at the cuffs adds some major style to the look. I’ve paired it with a cream colored sweater that I have (of course) tucked in. I packed 3 pairs jeans for my week long trip; the black ones from the plane, the light ones that I wore on Tuesday and these dark ones by Paige. A darker denim is a little dressier, and these will be perfect if we go out for a nice dinner. For my feet, I am wearing my cute black booties instead of my ugly Uggs. While I love those Uggs for warmth and comfort, they aren’t adding anything to the outfit.

Jeans- Nordstrom

Sweater- OC Style

Raincoat- Nordstrom

Booties- Kenneth Cole, Nordstrom Rack