April 7, Wide Stripes

I bought this striped top years ago, but rarely wore it because it always made me feel frumpy, but I couldn’t put my finger on why- until today!

Now looking at the photos, I think it’s the super wide stripe right around my tummy! I’ve always heard to avoid horizontal stripes because they make you look big- and here is evidence of that.

So, to fix that, I’ve done the half tuck. This breaks up the big stripe- and gives the top some movement. Pairing it with trendy joggers and cute peep toe booties completes the look. Now I don’t feel like a frumpy mom, I feel like a fashionista! (just kidding!) But it is better, right?

Top- Nordstrom

Joggers- Target

Shoes- TJ Maxx

March 17, St Patrick’s Day

Instead of a before and after post for my OOTD, I’m showing 2 different versions of my St. Patrick’s Day outfit. And a quick shout out to my big sister for her Birthday! Happy Birthday Erin, I love you so much! You inspire me daily.

The outfit on the left is my normal, safe option. A cute Ireland tee shirt, ripped jeans and white tennis shoes. Festive, comfortable and easy. But then I decided to try something totally different (and a bit of a risk for me), and pair the green shirt with my geometric skirt and black peep toe heels. To be honest, I think it’s kind of fun! I love the colors together, and the skirt is such a bold, fun eye catching pattern. Which outfit do you prefer?

I bought this a few years ago at Target for a St. Patrick’s party we were going to. I think it’s so cute, but I only wear it once a year!

Skirt- Target

Jeans- Value Village, and Distressed by me (here’s how!)

Tee Shirt- Target

Shoes- Franco Sarto, Marshalls

Sept 16th, Fashion Friday, How to Build an Outfit

Pencil skirt, top, scarf and sweater make this outfit complete.

Not bad, but a little boring, right?

I’m showing an outfit I wore a year ago on the right- I thought it was sort of cute
at the time- but now looking back I see it’s a little blah! On the left I am showing that by just adding a few simple touches, you can really change a look or add instant style to it.

I’m wearing a classic pencil skirt with a ruffled top. The ruffles add some interest to the look, but to really bring it up a notch- I’ve added a cute infinity scarf. An infinity scarf is one that is actually a huge loop- so you don’t have to worry about how to tie it. You just loop it over your head a few times, and voila, it looks great. I’ve also layered an off white cardigan that has a ruffle around the neckline and then finally, I have on my black heels with open toes.

A polished and professional outfit.

Skirt: Gap, Top: J Crew, Scarf: Old Navy, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Nordstrom