Sept 2, Fall Transition

Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

For today’s outfit I have chosen shorts and a button down plaid blouse. I think this is a good transition outfit because while it’s still warm outside (hence the shorts), I also want to recognize that summer is over and fall is on it’s way. I choose this plaid button down because to me, it is a perfect fall shirt.

But as always, it comes down to the styling. In the before outfit, I have on my denim cut off shorts and Converse All Stars. It’s a super casual, relaxed outfit. But I think it’s a little too casual, so I swapped out the denim shorts for these cute linen ones with the tie belt. Tucking in the shirt defines my waist- which as a result makes my legs look longer. Rolling the sleeves and unbuttoning one button also help make this outfit a little more stylish.

Shirt- Nordstrom

Shorts- American Eagle

Slides- Target

May 2nd, Plaid Gone Bad

 Today’s look is a simple look- that shows how just a plaid shirt and jeans can be a cute outfit… or not.

I’ve used the picture on the right once before, but wanted to show it again because it’s a good example of how even a simple outfit like this can go wrong.

First off, look at the cut of the shirt on the right. It’s boxy and not fitted at all. This is not flattering.

Paired with the white t shirt underneath, faded mom jeans and tennis shoes- this look does nothing but scream ‘dated’. And yes, I know I’ve said to dress in all one color to look slimmer- but this is too dull.

On the left is my revamped look.  This plaid shirt is more fitted (it has darts under the bustline and in the back to make it more feminine and fitted) and the 3/4 sleeves are a nice touch. As for the shirt underneath, instead of the high neckline of the white t shirt, a white tank (with a lower neckline) looks fresher. It’s a small detail, but having that extra skin showing around the neckline does make a difference.

My dark skinny jeans and cute (and comfy) ballet flats finish the look. To add a little something extra, I’ve got on a few silver bracelets and a very dainty and simple necklace.

It’s Wednesday- so linking up to Pleated Poppy and her fun link up party. Hundreds of cute ideas await…

This very simple and understated necklace is the perfect touch.

Jeans: Anthropologie (James Jeans), Shirt: Land’s End Canvas, Shoes: Nordstrom (Frye)

March 30th, Preppy Mom, Take 2

I like the idea of a simple plaid shirt and a pair of jeans, but as you can see- it isn’t always a great look.

This shirt on the right is a little too ‘country’ for my style. The faded, baggy jeans aren’t stylish- and do I even need to mention the ugly black shoes?

To improve the outfit, I’ve switched to this cute pink and orange checked shirt. I’m wearing my dark blue skinny jeans and some cute ballet flats (they are tan- although in the picture they look red).

I’ve worn this shirt already once, see here. But since this blog is a real reflection of things in my closet- I’m wearing it again.

I’ve changed it up a bit; last time I wore it over a tank- today I have on a long sleeve white shirt underneath. I’ve also tucked in my shirt, added a cute belt, and gotten rid of the cardigan.

Last, I’ve added a necklace and white bracelet. All of these small details give the impression that I’ve made an effort with this outfit, and helps me look pulled together.

Hooking up with cute Melissa from Girlymama for Fashion Friday!

I love the bright color of this top- it feels perfect for spring.

Shirt: Land’s End, Jeans: Anthropologie, Shoes: Nordstrom, White Shirt: Gap

March 19th, Mad for Plaid

 Today it’s just Kara and me… Erin had to leave yesterday. Bummer! 

Today we are showing two versions of a plaid shirt. On the right is my before look- which Kara so lovingly described as ‘you look like you are in your pajamas!’

I think she’s right!

These loose, baggy cargos have no shape and do indeed look like jammies. Maybe that’s why they’re so comfortable.

On the left I have traded out the baggys for my new skinny cargos. I’ve layered a sweater over my plaid shirt and then, to define my waist, I added a belt.

To finish the look, I threw on a necklace. Best of all, my plaid shirt is from Target (love a bargain).

Kara, on the other hand, is wearing a plaid shirt from J Crew. Hers is paired with skinny jeans, a thin wool sweater and then she’s also added a necklace.  My favorite part of her outfit is these fabulous J Crew booties. They are so comfy and so cute- and definitely on my wish list for next year…

To those of you who have been reading for a while, you know I’ve tried plaid shirts several ways and failed miserably each time. I think I finally got it right today! Go me!

An alternative to the sweater is a denim jacket. This cropped and fitted one works.

By the way, it’s monday Mingle, so be sure to check out those cute Bonbon Rose Girls!

Me: Pants: Micheal Kors, Shirt: Target, Sweater: Nordstrom, Shoes: Nordstrom

Kara: J Crew from head to toe!! (lucky girl)

Jan 26th, Preppy Mom

I know I keep showing this ‘before’ pic on the right, but it’s just so bad and so easy to fix- that I can’t help myself!

I apologize to those of you who have already seen it!

Today’s outfit is yet another plaid shirt paired with a sweater (this seems to be my favorite new outfit!).

As you can see though, this combo does not always guarantee a great look. On the right my buttoned cardigan looks awkward and dated, the faded jeans are also dated and the tennis shoes. Need I say more?

On the left I have replaced the mom jeans with dark skinny jeans and then replaced the tennis shoes with red flats. I’m wearing a colorful plaid shirt and topped it with a bright pink cardigan.

Yes- I am wearing red shoes and a pink cardigan. Seriously?!

This is the new color pairing trend of this season- and while I’m not quite ready to wear it in large doses (like red pants with a pink top), this small touch reflects the style- without me appearing overly ‘trendy’. 

I really like this bright, colorful outfit. Such a change from my normally neutral colors! My arms look very bare. I think I need some bracelets… 

Jeans: Anthropolgie, Shirt: Land’s End, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Target

Nov 5th, You Look Familiar

I seem to be drawn to this look! I wore a similar outfit a few weeks ago, as seen here. But this is my weekend (much more casual) version!

It all starts with this cute plaid shirt and jeans- as seen on the right. Alone, this outfit could be cute, but you know me and my rule of 3!

My 3 changes are adding a colored tank under the button down and adding the utility jacket on top. I also rolled my jeans and switched out my shoes for these cute and trendy booties.

My theory is, if you find a look you like- don’t be afraid to try different versions of it it over and over again.

I love this jacket even more than my utility vest because of it's long length!

Jeans: Gap, Tank: Nordstroms, Shirt: Target, Vest: Marshalls, Booties: Marshalls, Necklace: Jewel Kade

Oct. 14th, Blue Jean Lady

The flats and the skinny jeans make this outfit a little more stylish.

Surely this doesn't even require a comment. It should be very obvious why this doesn't work!

Two words: Oh dear! I imagine the picture on the right doesn’t really need much more explanation than that, but just in case- let me start by saying I have actually seen women wearing this (including the tennis shoes).

While yesterday’s post was on not being too trendy and trying too hard- today’s post is about at least making a little effort. The clothes we wear are often the first impression people have of us, and sadly the outfit on the right leaves the impression that you are out of date. Luckily, all it takes is a few small changes to make this outfit look a bit better.

Let’s start with the jeans. I know you all are pretty sick of seeing me in my skinny jeans. But honestly, they work so well with most of my tops- and the dark color is a more current look. The length is perfect for ballet flats, which is the perfect shoe for us busy moms. And, the best part is that they are very comfy! Be sure to buy jeans with stretch (spandex) in them.

Now for the shoes- seriously, unless you are running a marathon, please DO NOT wear your tennis shoes out of the house. I understand the whole ‘my feet hurt’ thing, I get it- my feet hurt too! But, if you invest in some great flats (Cole Haan’s are my favorite) they will actually be extremely comfortable and WAY more stylish than tennis shoes.

Lastly, let’s talk about the cardigan. I know, on Monday I shunned the basic boring cardy- and then here I am today wearing one. The reason this works is because: 1) I unbuttoned it, 2) it’s layered over a button down plaid shirt (which is over a tank top- and unbuttoned a bit- so it looks fresh and modern). 3) Because my plaid shirt is the focus of the outfit, the cardigan simply acts as a supporting piece. It ties in the color from my bottom half- having 1 uniform color from head to toe is a great way to appear slimmer.

Ok that’s it- I’m off to wake the kids up for school. Wish me luck!

See you tomorrow! Shirt: Target, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Anthrolopologie, Ballet Flats: Target


This would even work without the cardigan, expect I'm always cold!