Jan 14th, Cargo Style

DSCN6414DSCN6418 If you are a long time reader you’ll remember that a while back I was on the hunt for some skinny cargos. My sister ended up finding these for me- they are Michael Kors (did you know he had a clothing line in addition to purses and shoes?!).

I really love these pants- they are exactly what I was looking for- soft cotton, enough stretch that I can actually move in them, and I love the skinny style.

Now my only problem is what to wear them with?!

Today I decided to go with a blue open knit sweater. Like the pants, this sweater is super soft- and the long length is perfect for skinny pants (read: my bum is covered). It’s really hard to see in the photos- but this sweater actually has a cute striped pattern to it. I tried to take a close up photo- but it didn’t translate very well (sorry!).  For my shoes I opted for my black wedge booties*. And to finish the whole look off, I chose this Stella and Dot necklace.

I think this a much better outfit than the one on the right- the short cardigan is too plain on it’s own- and the length doesn’t work with the skinny cargos (absolutely no bum coverage here). The black sneakers are also a distraction- they seem dated and frumpy.

Kind of a weird pose, but I wanted you to see the cute slit on the sides!
Kind of a weird pose, but I wanted you to see the cute slit on the sides!
I tried to take a close up so you could see the subtle pattern.
I tried to take a close up so you could see the subtle pattern.

Sweater: Banana Republic, Pants: Michael Kors, Necklace: Stella and Dot, Shoes: DSW

*Full disclosure- I’m actually working from home today- so I’m not wearing these heels around the house. I have on my comfy Birkenstocks- but I know you don’t want to see those! 🙂

Nov 21st, Disneyworld: Day 3

We did Epcot yesterday, and I am exhausted! I loved every minute of it though… friends had told me that it wasn’t that great- and to even skip it- but boy am I glad we didn’t! We had so much fun, saw so many things, and did some amazing rides!

Here is what I wore:

Again, I dressed in layers- and am glad I did! I kept changing my outfit throughout the day- it would be warm, then cold and windy, then warm again… crazy!

I wore my skinny cargo pants, a tank top, a white waffle style cotton shirt over the tank and then my denim shirt on top. As you can see, I have a small black cross body bag to hold my essentials (lip stick, sunglasses, map and tickets) and then on my back I have my backpack with the bigger stuff. I’m wearing my Puma’s- which proved again to be a great choice! My feet never hurt!

As I stated on the first day- I know this isn’t the most fashionable look in the world- but it is cute enough to not embarrass my family!

Pants: Micheal Kors, Shirt: Micheal Stars, Denim shirt: J Crew, Shoes: Puma

Not to be mean- but I did see some things I would advise not to wear.

It’s a horrible picture, but can you see this gal’s stretch pants? I wonder if she looked in the mirror before she left the hotel room? This is awful!
This family decided to wear matching tie dyed shirts…
It’s hard to see, but this gal has little Winnie the Pooh on the back of her socks… seriously?!

Today we are hitting Universal Studios! I’ll post my outfit from today tomorrow!

June 12th, Better Late than Never

 So sorry for the late post today! It’s been one of those days where I have been on the run since 8:00 am.

Today I’m wearing my skinny cargos and a blue tank with a striped short sleeve vest over the top.

At first I tried it with blue jeans, a button down shirt and brown boots. I even attempted to belt it- thinking it would define my waist.

However, you can see from the photos, this outfit doesn’t work. The button down seems awkward under the vest- not sure why, but it just doesn’t seem natural.

The blue jeans are fine (although they are bunching at the knee- which I hate), but I like the contrast of the cargos better. The boots- well,if it were winter they would be fine. However, it’s June- and not matter how cold it is outside, I’m wearing sandals, dammit!

As for the belt! Yikes! Instead of defining my waist, it actually makes me look large and hippy! The belt draws your eye to my middle- and then sees the diagonal stripes covering my hips- making me look huge!

By opening the vest and then adding the pendant necklace, I am now creating a slimmer look.

Ok, there you have it! Now I’m going to start cooking dinner! Hope you had a great day.

Pants: Michael Kors, Tank: American Eagle, Vest: Marshalls, Shoes: Naot

May 23rd, Homesick

Today I’m feeling a little homesick for the midwest. Even though I haven’t lived there in 18 years,  I still miss their gorgeous spring/ summer weather.

Adding to my gloom is the fact it’s my nephew’s last day of school today- which means his summer starts tomorrow.

Meanwhile, here in the cold and rainy Northwest, we still have a full month of school left. ARGH!

Can you blame me for being depressed?

Anyhoo… my outfit today is based on my cargos. (By the way, I keep the pair on the right in my closet purely for comparison). The loose baggy fit makes them really comfy pants, but they are not flattering at all!

To improve the look I have swapped them out for my skinny cargos. I’ve also switched out the plain boring shoes for these booties. Now, most people in the country are probably wearing sandals today. BUT, if you live in a climate like mine- it’s too darn cold for sandals- hence the booties (with socks)!

I have paired my cargos with a white tank and a purple open cardigan. I’m showing a close up below so you can really see the color and the texture of this sweater. It’s pretty cool. Also, it’s a small detail, but on the right I have on a plain tank, and on the left I’ve switched it up for a tank with a cute little sheer panel and ruffle at the top. Small details like this make a big difference. Of course, to top it all off- I’ve added a necklace.

Enjoy your day… I’m going to try to enjoy mine. By the way, if you’re looking for summer looks- check out The Pleated Poppy. I bet there’s a bunch of cute (and summery) outfits over there…

Also, I apologize for the quality of these photos. The auto focus seems to not be working. Not sure why?!

The little ruffle at the top of this tank makes it interesting.
Purple and army green are a cool color combination!

Pants: Michael Kors, Tank: Express, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Necklace: H&M, Booties: DSW

May 8th, Construction Worker

 I have always steered clear of pairing these two colors together (army green and orange) for fear of looking like a construction worker.

I’m not sure why?! I actually think these colors compliment each other- and this top is such a fun, bright spring color- who can resist?

On the right I’m showing my old cargos- paired with this plaid shirt. The old cargos were too loose, too baggy and not flattering.

The plaid shirt is ok- but isn’t working here.

The skinny cargos, the bright, solid top and the fun leopard flats make for a more polished and put together look.


Cargos: Micheal Kors, Top: Nordstrom, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Forever 21

April 10th, Cargos with Some Color

 Today I’m wearing my cargo skinnys with a cute bright tank and my blue blazer- which is all tied together with this colorful belt, that I’m wearing backwards!

It may be a little strange, but I wanted to really show the colors on the belt, and when it is on the normal way, you can only see the leather buckle.

So I figured, turn it around, the jacket hides the buckle part, and now you can see the colors!

For my before picture I’m showing my old cargos AGAIN! I know I should donate these to Goodwill, but there are just so perfect for comparing to the skinny cargos that I have to keep them. The loose, baggy fit isn’t current and looks sloppy.

In the before picture, I kept the tank white- just to compare how different the bright tank under the blazer looks. Then to break up the solid pink, I added a necklace.  Finally, for my shoes- I chose these off white wedge heels- they are perfect for spring- and being a wedge- very comfy!

The belt is on backwards- and looking at the picture it isn't fitting quite right, but maybe if I loosened it a tiny bit it might fit better.
Sadie wanted to be in the picture!

Cargos: Michael Kors, Tank: Gap, Blazer: Land’s End, Shoes: Nordstrom, Necklace: Gift

April 5th, Missing Something?

I’ve worn this asymmetrical sweatshirt top with skinny jeans, but today I’ve paired it with my skinny cargos.

While I really love this top- it’s warm, comfy and interesting with the cool hemline… something is definitely missing!

I think I need a necklace! Something to tie the look together!

At least it’s better than my original look on the right.

These are my old cargos- and they are just too baggy and shapeless (sort of like my khakis from yesterday).

I have to say, this outfit is cuter in person… I swear!

I really love these pants- they are so comfy and a great alternative to jeans!

Outfit update! Great minds think alike- my sister saw my posting for today and emailed me a pic of herself- totally by coincidence she is wearing basically the same outfit as me today! LOL! I actually like hers with the red jeans better! So cute!

Here is Erin wearing the same top and red skinnys. Strangely, she opted to skip a necklace as well- although I still think I need one!

Pants: Michael Kors, Top: Nordstrom, Shoes: Cole Haan