April 23, Grey and White

Even though it’s technically spring, it is still pretty chilly here in the PNW, so I need an outfit that looks springy, but is still warm and cozy! So today, I’m wearing white ripped jeans and a grey ribbed V neck sweater.

In the before photo, I have paired the sweater with dark jeans and Uggs. This could be a cute outfit in the winter, but today I’m thinking the white jeans are a fresher/ springier look. I’ve also done my half tuck to give my waist some definition, as well as swapped out the Uggs for cute grey booties. Pushing up the sleeves and adding some jewelry are small details that make a difference.

White Jeans- Mine are from H&M that I distressed myself here!

Sweater- Gap (old), but here is a similar one. And another!

Shoes- Paul Green, Nordstrom, mine are old- so here is something similar!

Jan 20, I’m back!

 

 

Hello Friends! I missed you…

After a 7 year break, I have decided to start blogging again. Now that my kids are teenagers (and never home), I realize that I miss blogging! I miss putting together outfits, and to be honest, I have let my style slip a bit over the past few years. I have a closet full of clothes, yet I tend to wear the same thing every day. Does that sound familiar? If so,  I hope that this blog will inspire us to put some effort into our everyday looks.

So, if you are one of my original readers, hello! Welcome back! And if you just found me- hello and welcome.  I’m glad you’re here!

Let me briefly explain who I am and what I am doing.

I’m a mom who loves putting together simple everyday outfits. Back in 2011 I started this little fashion blog as a way to up my style… then after a year and a half I realized I needed to focus on my family for a while, so I quit. But now I am back and ready to explore how simple changes can make a boring outfit special.

As a reminder, this blog is a learning tool for me. I am not claiming to be an expert. On the contrary, I always feel like I never quite get it right. I leave the house feeling pretty good about my outfit, then when I get wherever I’m going and see other stylish women, I feel like something is slightly off. I have spent years trying to figure it all out… and while I’m still learning, there are a few tricks that I have picked up on that I want to pass along.

So, every day I will show you my before and after photo so that you can see that by making little additions and changes- you can have a cute, stylish look.

Now…let’s talk about my outfit.

It’s just a simple outfit of jeans, a tee shirt and a waffle shrug. Nothing earth shattering, but a cute, comfy outfit perfect for running errands.

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In my after picture you can see I added a cute belt, changed the boots for leopard flats and added a necklace. Three little changes, but what a difference they make.

Shoes- Sam Edelman (Nordstrom)

T Shirt- Calson (Nordstrom)

Shrug- Splendid

Jeans- Joe’s (Nordstrom Rack)

Belt (Nordstrom Rack)

Necklace- gift

Jan 23rd, Recyling

DSCN3904DSCN5929Hello friends! Today I am actually recycling an outfit that I showed you all last Jan. Since so many of you are new readers- you probably wouldn’t have even noticed- but just in case you did I thought I better come clean!

Unfortunately, my back pain continues to bother me- so I am now on bedrest for the next month (or so). That being said, I will try to get dressed and show you a cute outfit each day- even if all I do is take it off, put back on my sweats and get back in bed.

Anyhow- enough about me- let’s talk about this outfit!

This is a dress I bought a LONG time ago at Anthropologie. I actually think it is a nightgown, but I wear it as a dress. It is super soft and super comfy! All alone it isn’t anything special, but it is a great base for layering!

Today I have turned it into a skirt by adding a long sleeve black t shirt over the top, then layering a cute sweater over the top. To keep my legs warm, I have on black tights (one reader from Minnesota suggested that she wears fur lined tights. I haven’t ever seen those, but boy do they sound warm!), and black boots.

This would be a cute outfit for lunch with friends, work, volunteering at school… really anything!

The long necklace finishes off the look. A long necklace like this makes you look thinner- it draws the eye down, creating a longer- leaner look (or so I've read!).
The long necklace finishes off the look. A long necklace like this makes you look thinner- it draws the eye down, creating a longer- leaner look (or so I’ve read!).

Jan 15th, Needing Some Color

DSCN6423 DSCN4356As I look back over my outfits these past few weeks, I noticed that I haven’t been wearing much color (which shouldn’t be a surprise since I feel most comfortable in neutrals). But today I decided I needed a little burst of color~ something about the grey skies and lack of sunshine I guess!

That being said- here is today’s look. I’ve decided to wear jeans and a bright orange top. I love this top- it’s a great color and super comfy. For my first look I simply paired it with jeans, added my orange bracelet and brown boots- easy does it.

Then I decided that I should maybe add another layer- especially for working moms- so I tucked the shirt in and added a blue blazer. Instead of the boots, I chose ballet flats (and yes, my feet will probably freeze- this look is for you lucky moms who live in warmer climates). I also chose my leopard belt as a fun little surprise.

Now let’s take a moment to discuss my ‘before’ look. I chose an old one for you today (so I apologize if you’ve seen it before) but it’s perfect to compare with today’s look.

This is another example of how to wear a bright shirt- yet this outfit isn’t working for several reasons. The tight orange shirt with the high collar and strange cuffs looks awful (especially tucked in), and the mid calf cropped jeans are really unflattering for many reasons. The high waist being one of them. Lastly, the tennis shoes- please, please don’t wear tennis shoes with jeans. It’s not cute. We’ll talk more about that another day…

Adding this blazer polishes the outfit up a bit.
Adding this blazer polishes the outfit up a bit.

I love this orange bracelet, thank you Julie!
I love this orange bracelet, thank you Julie!

The leopard belts adds a little flair!
The leopard belts adds a little flair!

Jeans: J Crew, Blouse: Nordstrom, Blazer: Land’s End, Belt: Target, Boots: Target, Ballet Flats: Frye

 

Looking Back

Hello Readers-Sorry it’s been a while since I wrote.

The holiday season was so busy for me (as I’m sure it was for you too!) that I just couldn’t find time to write.

Today I will simply be showing a bunch of outfits that I wore in Dec. Some I blogged about, others I just wore and took a picture of. Enjoy!

I hope you had a safe and happy New Year!