June 21, Sisters

I feel so blessed to have 2 amazing sisters. I honestly consider them to be my best friends! Unfortunately, they both live far away (in Kansas City) so I only get to see them about 4 or 5 times year. This week, my little sister is visiting to help celebrate my son’s graduation and my daughter’s 16th birthday, so I thought I’d post a sister’s photo.

My little sister is very stylish- she totally inspires me! She has a very classic, polished look- and isn’t afraid to spend a lot on clothes (unlike me- who is a cheapskate!)

Here she is wearing white on white- which can be hard to pull off, but she makes it work by choosing stylish white jeans with a frayed hem and a cute white cotton t-shirt with a ruffle detail on the sleeves. By tucking the shirt in and revealing the cute brown belt she breaks up the white and keeps her outfit from looking too plain. To add a little more interest & fun, she choose cute leopard slides and added some jewelry.

As for me, I’ve chosen my dark skinny jeans and paired them with a cute floral blouse. I NEVER wear floral, so this is a stretch for me, but I think it looks feminine and sweet. I’ve been looking for a floral top for a while, and found this cute one at Nordstrom Rack the other day, and I really like it!

To complete my outfit, I chose my block heel slides and added a couple of bracelets.

Happy Friday everyone!

June 11, Maxi Dress

I bought this striped maxi dress a few years ago- but I rarely wear it, because I don’t love the way it looks on my curvy body!  But, it’s going to be a hot day today, so I thought I’d see if I could make some small changes to the way it looks.

 I decided to tie a white tank over the dress. This breaks up the stripes while creating the illusion of a skirt and top. Without the tank the dress is unflattering, all those stripes across my tummy area are not doing me any favors. But by tying the tank- I have created a waist, and broken up all the stripes. Adding the long necklace also helps break up the solid tank. By also tying the bottom of the dress, I have a cohesive look that is super relaxed, easy and fun to wear! Enjoy your day!

Dress- Gap (old)

Tank- Fabletics

Shoes- TJ Max

June 10, Blue and White

As you know, blue and white are one of my favorite color combos! It’s just so classic, so crisp and so easy! Today I chose my cropped white jeans and a simple blue button down blouse from Loft.

I love this blouse because it is rayon, which means it hangs really well. I hate things that cling to my tummy (my problem area), so a blouse like this is perfect because it looks nice- and is slimming at the same time! Looking at the photos, I like it better with the cropped jeans and the cuter sandals, and I suggest tucking it in and adding a fun leopard belt to really elevate the look.

It looks black in the photos, but it is actually a deep navy blue.

Jeans- Gap

Blouse- Loft, old, but here is a similar look, and another one here

Shoes- TJ Max (link is to a similar pair on Amazon)

Belt- Target

June 9, What to Pack for a European Vacation

A friend of mine (and loyal reader!), Marilyn, recently wrote asking what to pack for a 2 week trip to Europe- so this post is for her- and for anyone else who might be traveling this summer.

My suggestion is to pack as light as possible, especially if you are moving from place to place. When we went, we did 2 different cities, and even that was a pain! I brought my enormous suitcase- and believe me I regretted it every day. Dragging in on the metro was a pain, then dragging it on the old and bumpy streets was a pain, and to top it off, the Air B&B we rented was on the 5th floor of a very old building with no elevator and a teeny tiny winding staircase and it was almost impossible to get that damn suitcase up the stairs! Plus, I didn’t need most of the clothes I brought!

So… my ideal packing list is as follows:

Tops- Black tank (or t shirt), White tank (or t shirt), Striped tank, 1 or 2 patterned tops, chambray shirt, solid sweater

Jackets- Bomber jacket or Denim jacket, Utility style Jacket with pockets and hood 

Bottoms- Dark wash jeans, Black Jeans, skirt, black dress

Shoes– sporty tennis shoes, brown leather comfy sandals, black sandals . Make sure your shoes are SUPER comfortable. You may walk 10 miles a day!

Purses– 1 cross body bag

Scarves– 2 scarves (I brought 1, and then bought one there! Which made for a fun souvenir)

Hat– 1 baseball hat 

Jammies– leggings (that could be worn in the day in a pinch) + tank or t shirt

Socks– If you want to wear socks with your tennis shoes, I would suggest bringing no show Smart Wool socks. They are my favorite!

** Bring slip shorts to wear under skirt and dress to prevent chafing 

Here are 3 different versions of a black dress to bring. Any of these would work!

Outfit combos: 

  1. Dark jeans + striped top + sweater + tennis shoes
  2. Dark jeans + printed top + utility Jacket + tennis shoes 
  3. Dark jeans + white tank + scarf + sandals
  4. Dark jeans + black tank + bomber jacket + black sandals 
  5. Black jeans + black tank + denim shirt + statement necklace 
  6. Black jeans + printed top + sandals 
  7. Black jeans + white tank + bomber jacket + scarf
  8. Skirt + striped tank + utility Jacket + tennis shoes
  9. Skirt + white tank + denim shirt + leather sandals 
  10. Skirt + white tank + scarf + sweater 
  11. Black Dress alone
  12. Black Dress with denim jacket, hat and tennis shoes 
  13. Black dress with scarf
  14. I’m sure you could come up with even more combos than I show here

The idea is to chose basic colors that work well together- then add a few fun prints in to mix things up a bit.

You may also want to bring a pair of black shorts in case it is warm! Keep in mind that very few places in Europe have air conditioning, but depending on what time of year you go this may not be a problem. We went to London and Paris in late June and July, and it was actually very pleasant, low 70’s. Also, a bathing suit is probably not necessary, depending on where you are going- and unless you know your hotel has a pool. 

Another idea is instead of the cross body bag, is to consider a backpack. I used one when we went to Europe, and I could throw my coat and/or scarf in there in case I needed it, plus it held snacks, my map, guidebook, bottle of water… you name it. Yes, I looked like a tourist, but so what!

Lastly, remember to wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane!

Have a fabulous trip- and let me know if you have any suggestions that I may have missed. I love hearing good ideas for traveling light! Even though we aren’t headed to Europe this summer, I am headed to Kansas for 2 weeks and would love to hear your tips!

June 7, June Gloom

It always amazes me how most of the country seems to be in full summer swing, and yet here in the PNW we are still in school, and the weather is crappy. We call it June Gloom.

It’s supposed to storm all day, so I have chosen jeans, a white long sleeve top and a cute purple vest. This vest will do a nice job of keeping me warm today- yet doesn’t look super wintery. Other changes include swapping out the plain white top for a cute henley style one, rolling the jeans and my white tennis shoes complete the look.

I apologize for two days in a row of me showing super casual, not so stylish (or inspiring) outfits. I want to keep things real over here on Everyday Mom Style, and in reality, this is what I am actually wearing! I worked from home all day yesterday getting ready for my son’s graduation party, and today I’m teaching 2nd grade- so casual it is!

Happy Friday everyone!

June 5, Green Bomber

In today’s OOTD I started with my white jeans and added this cute patterned tank. I love the design down the front- and think that the contrast of the dark top and the white jeans works well. I know I’ll be cold this morning, so I need to layer. I could wear this grey cardigan, but to me- this is too basic, and a little frumpy. Instead, I’ll wear my green tencil bomber. If you’re a regular reader, you are probably aware of how much I love this green bomber jacket. It’s just such a comfortable, versatile and easy to wear piece! I’ll also roll up my jeans a little to show some skin, and I’ll finish the outfit with my brown leather braided sandals. A big improvement over the original look, huh?!

Top- OC Style

Jeans- J Brand

Jacket- Kenneth Cole

Shoes- Target

*everything is OLD, so no links today, sorry!

June 4, Just Peachy

Ok, I’ll admit it- this is the lamest title ever, but I was stuck and the top I’m wearing today is a peachy color… and I made a delicious peach salad last night that I just have to share. I know I promised I would not give cooking advice on the blog- but this salad is so yummy, and so easy that I just have to share… more on that later.

I’ve had this cute silk top with a ruffle collar from J Crew for years- and yet I rarely wear it, so today I tried it with my wide leg jeans. Since it’s still chilly in the mornings, I threw on this cardigan and then decided my leopard flats would complete the look. Then I took my photo- and I did not like what I saw! The wide leg jeans and this loose fitting top are not flattering together.

I feel like I look like a middle aged woman. Wait, I am a middle aged woman! But I don’t have to dress frumpy- and this look to me is a bit on the frumpy side. So… I swapped out the wide leg jeans for skinny jeans. Replaced the dark cardigan with this cream duster and changed the shoes to my pointy toed snakeskin. Much better, don’t you think?!

When it warms up this afternoon I can remove the cardigan.

Ok, now for my salad recipe (sorry, I don’t have photos because I honestly didn’t think I would be sharing this) but it’s too good not to share!

Take 2-3 peaches, remove skin and chop up into pieces

slice 1 English cucumber into tiny pieces

slice 1/2 jalapeno into little pieces (remove the seeds)

add juice of 1 lime

throw in some chopped cilantro

add salt and pepper

Mix all together in a bowl and serve. So yummy! Weird, colorful and delicious. Let me know if you try it!

Jeans- Gap

Blouse- J Crew

Sweater- Target

Shoes- Franco Sarto, Nordstrom Rack