Jan 7th, Doing the Polka!

DSCN6368 DSCN6371Another lame title by me- but surely by now you’ve come to expect a lame title, right?

I’m actually showing what I wore on Saturday, since today I have to go to Physical Therapy for a little sciatic nerve problem I’m suffering from. So, if you see me out and about today in sweats, you’ll know why!

On Saturday I went to my daughter’s indoor soccer game- so technically, this is a soccer mom outfit!

I wore my dark skinny jeans, a cute polka dot blouse and a bright pink (or is this purple?) cardigan. I liked the bright cardigan over the neutral blouse- it’s a good contrast, and so much better than the outfit on the right (do you notice that you can see right through this blouse? Yikes! Hello belly button!  I need to add a tank underneath!).

I decided that since the blouse has so much going on (between the polka dots and the ties) that I should skip a necklace. What do you think? Should I have added a necklace?

DSCN6370Jeans: Anthropologie (James jeans) old, Blouse: Target, Cardigan: Target, Flats: Cole Haan

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Sept 23rd, Rainy Day Soccer Mom

 This post is for a reader, Shannon, who wrote yesterday asking what to wear to a soccer game when it’s raining.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I’m pretty much a self proclaimed expert on rainy day wear!

The key component is having the right boots!

I coveted these rain boots (on the left!) for several months before I finally splurged and bought them. I will tell you- it was so worth it. Not only are they super comfy and stylish- but paired with knee socks- they are very warm!

I wearing black stretch pants (go for ones that are really thick & warm), and then I decided to go with a cream turtleneck and my trench coat in the same color. It’s a very mono-chromatic look- but I liked it- and I was very warm- and so much better than the look on the right. Luckily, it didn’t end up raining- but a cute umbrella would have been the final touch to keep me totally dry!

On the right (in case you are wondering) my jeans are too baggy for boots (see how they gather around the knee), the bright pink boots are a little dorky, and this coat isn’t doing much for me. Yes, I’m warm and dry- but I can also be warm and dry and look good too, right?!

I do wonder if I was a little overdressed though? I did get a bit of teasing by a dad (ahem, Jeff B you know who you are!), but I think he was just jealous that I was warm!

Pants: Nordstrom, Trench: Target, Turtleneck: J Crew, Boots: Nordstrom

Sept 9th, Soccer Mom

I debated about even showing you my outfit from yesterday- because really- it isn’t that fashionable!  I just thought it was sort of cute…and definitely better than the outfit on the right.

But then I remembered that pre- Everyday Mom Style–  knowing what to wear to children’s sporting events used to be a struggle for me. Do I go with yoga pants and a sweatshirt? Jeans and a cardigan? What do people wear to these things?!

I figured if there are other moms out there wondering what to wear to their kids games- than maybe I should go ahead and post my outfit.

Luckily, yesterday it was over 80 degrees, so I didn’t need multiple layers (like I usually do), so I opted for a simple shorts and tank combo.

To make the outfit bright and interesting, I went with these cute madras plaid shorts and a pink tank. To keep my look polished, I added a long necklace and cute leather sandals.

It was cute, comfy and weather appropriate. Too bad my daughter’s team lost… oh well, there’s always next week! Go Flyers!

Shorts and tank from Old Navy, Shoes from Target

March 10, Weekend/ Workout Clothes

I’ve been asked by several readers to show workout clothes, so today I decided that’s what I would do.

Some days after my workout I might not have time to change before running errands, so I at least want to look sort of cute, right?

On the right is my example of a not so cute look. The pants with the white stripes down the side are too loose, they’re dated and not flattering at all.  Also worth noting is how much shorter my legs look in these pants compared to the picture on the left.

The plain black fleece is also boring and the bright white tennis shoes are U-G-L-Y!

On the left is my new look.

I’m wearing Lululemon pants. If you don’t own any of these- seriously consider buying some. They are expensive- but so worth it.  I love the way they fit.

There is something very special about the fabric, it seems to suck me in where I need to be sucked- and thick enough to hide the cottage cheese underneath (and I do have cottage cheese).

I’ve then layered a pink fitted pullover over my white work out tank- and for extra warmth added a black quilted vest on top. To add even more interest, I have on my pink tennis shoes (much cuter than the plain white ones on the right- these look like nurse shoes!).

This would also be a cute side-line outfit for all you soccer (or lacrosse) moms!

Enjoy your Saturday! Go Wolves!

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March 3rd, Soccer (or Lacrosse) Mom

 Well, tis the season for outdoor children’s sports. For some, it’s soccer season- for me it’s lacrosse.

Whatever the sport, if you’re going to be outdoors in Seattle, it’s important to dress warm. In the Pacific Northwest, lacrosse season means 45 degrees and rain.

On the right is my old raincoat my mom gave me when I moved here.

Sorry Mom, but this style is just not at all fashionable. Paired with this goofy scarf (that would look better on a snowman) I look dated and frumpy.

On the left is my updated version, and to be honest this is best I can do. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s hard to be stylish when you’re trying to stay warm!

I’ve replaced my bright blue raincoat with this cute down coat from North Face.

With a coat this big, it’s easy to look enormous, so having the belt to define my waist is essential. I also keep it smaller on the bottom by wearing my skinny jeans. Lastly, I’ve added a bright scarf to bring some color into the outfit.

As for my rain boots- to be honest, I’m not a fan of these- but they do keep my toes dry. I thought the checkered pattern was sort of cute, but now I’m second guessing myself.

Come to think of it- I think I’ll wear my Sorel’s from last weekend. (Sorry, it’s too late to take another picture, use your imagination!)

Now, for the good part (just kidding- but I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine)!

When I know I’m going to be outdoors for long periods of time, I wear long underwear under my clothes.

I wear Cuddle Duds that I get at Kohl’s. I know, the name is ridiculous, but they are the softest and warmest things out there. They come in all styles (short sleeve, long sleeve, tank) and are silky soft and super warm. They also have  long underwear pants that fit under my jeans- keeping my legs extra toasty. I pair them with Smart Wool knee socks. So, there you go- now you know my dirty little secret!  Laugh all you want, but I’m warm!

The boots aren't the most stylish ones out there- but at least my feet will stay dry. Paired with Smart Wool socks, they are warm too.

Boots: Fred Meyer, Jacket: REI, Jeans: Anthropologie, Scarf: Gift

Oct. 1st- Soccer Mom

Does this even need a caption? We've all seen this mom on the sidelines! It was me!
The fitted jacket is so much more flattering than the big baggy one on the right!

I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years now- and I’ve had children playing outdoor soccer for the past 6 years, and while I love watching those cute little kiddos running around in a wet sloppy field chasing after a ball- I don’t love being covered in mud afterwards, and yet it took me years to realize I needed rain boots! What took me so long? Who knows? I guess I’m a slow learner! Luckily, my local Fred Meyer carries tons of rain boots- and cheap too! I will say though, now that I’m making more of an effort with style- I’m currently coveting the Hunter boots. Does that make me shallow? Probably!

On the right I’m showing my original soccer mom outfit. Seriously- I wore something like this for 5 years. Yikes!  It wasn’t until my friend Heidi was visiting from out of town and it was pouring rain- and I loaned her this blue thing. When I took one look at her I thought “Oh my gosh- is that what I look like?” This coat is much too large, the hood is goofy and the pink floral boots would be cute on a 6 year old.

I immediately headed straight to REI and picked up this fabulous and fitted North Face rain jacket. It is totally rainproof- and yes, it also has a hood, however I prefer to wear a cute hat. (See below).  I then stopped at Freddies and got myself some cuter boots- black and white checks are always stylish. Underneath I’m wearing a lot of layers- 2 tank tops and a zip up hoodie in bright pink (team colors). Now, let’s just hope they win! Go Flyers!

A cute alternative to a regular baseball cap- although I do wear lots of those too!
Is is possible to stay dry and look cute too!

Boots: Fred Meyer, Jeans: Nordstrom Rack, Hoodie: Target, Northface: REI