Feb 3rd, Super Bowl

Feb 3rd, Super Bowl

Since the Seahawks aren’t in the Super Bowl this year, I think I’ll skip wearing the team sweatshirt and go for a cute and VERY cozy striped cardigan instead.  The loose tank under the cardigan is perfect for a Super Bowl party. There is plenty of room for me to eat to my hearts content. Which I will be doing since I could care less about the actual game!

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Now here’s a little secret about what’s underneath my tank- another tank!

I wear a tank top almost every day under my clothes. I love this one that I found at Uniqlo. It keeps me warm- and also helps hold my tummy in. Plus, with the built in bra, it is an easy and comfy way to get the support I need (for those of you who want to know,  I am a B cup, so this may not work for you bigger breasted gals).

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Sweater- Marshalls

Tank- Uniqlo

Tank- Anne Taylor

Shoes- Marshalls

Jeans- Nordstrom

Oct 4th, Layers Upon Layers

One of the things I love about the cooler weather is that you can dress in layers. This outfit is a good example of that. It started off with a pair of bootleg jeans and a plain v neck sweater… but that alone is just too boring.

So, I added a layer. I added a purple tank under the sweater, and added a necklace on top.

But that wasn’t enough so then I added this cool jacket over that- and voila- a layered and interesting outfit.

So easy…

Layer 1- add a tank underneath and a necklace on top
Layer 2- to complete the look, the jacket ties all the colors in and adds texture

I’ve had lots of readers ask me about bootleg jeans- so here they are! They honestly aren’t my favorite style- but for work they can be a nice substitute for trousers. Notice I wore them with a heel, which is a must with bootleg!

Jacket: Nordstrom (Free People), Tank: Nordstrom (Hinge), Jeans: Nordstrom (Paige Premium Denim), Shoes: Loft, Necklace: Stella and Dot

Sept 4th, Jeans and a Shirt

I’m a huge fans of jeans and a shirt- it’s an easy, comfy, ‘go to’ mom outfit for me.

The thing is, I see so many moms wearing a similar look (jeans and a tee), but instead of looking cute- it can be frumpy.

A big, boxy t shirt is not flattering and tennis shoes with jeans just isn’t a good look.

Trust me.

Truthfully, if you still own any t shirts from college- it’s time to get rid of them. Unless you are really sentimental about one (like the one I’m wearing on the right was my waitress uniform back when I met my hubby)… I’d say get rid of all of them.

On the left is my re-worked outfit. It’s the same pair of jeans- but with this interesting tank and grey cardigan- my outfit seems more stylish, and yet it’s just as comfy.

You’ll notice I’ve replaced the tennis shoes with my Naot sandals- but my Puma flats would have worked here as well.

This time I tied the tails of the tank.
Here is the tank all alone. I picked this up at a flea market in Palm Desert last spring. I loved the color and the pattern.

June 7th, Reader’s Request: What to Wear to Farmer’s Market

  Here’s another tough reader’s request! The reason this is tough is that the answer will totally depend on where you live!

Here in Seattle, it is unseasonably cold- so I would suggest a jacket or sweatshirt for the market.

Whatever you do, please don’t wear the outfit on the right.

This probably doesn’t even need any explanation- but just in case…

The cropped jeans are too short. By ending right below my knee- they make my legs look awkward and goofy. The cut of these jeans is also too loose, which is hard to see in the photos, but there is no shape to them. The gray fleece is so dull and boring, and lacks shape. As for the tennis shoes- you all know how I feel about them!

The outfit on the left is an improvement. The cropped jeans are a better fit, the cute quilted jacket will keep me warm, and the small details of the leopard belt and cute necklace give the impression that I made some effort.

I’ll be the first to admit, it isn’t the most fashionable outfit you’ll ever see- but keep in mind- this is for the market! Keeping is casual is key!

There are a few more important things to consider when choosing an outfit for a farmer’s market. One is that you want to be comfy, this means wearing supportive shoes (no flip flops or heels). You’ll also probably get dirty – so wear something that can handle a little dirt (those fruits and veggies come with the dirt on them), if it’s sunny- bring a hat to protect your face and lastly, you’ll need a great bag to carry your purchases in.

I’ve put together a few more looks below of suggested outfits, but please comment with your suggestions!
This fleece is a good alternative to the gray one- it’s a bright eye catching color, and has a little more shape to it.
This black fitted one is also flattering, it defines my shape and has an interesting collar.
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm- this would be a cute outfit.  It is Jennifer Aniston inspired- just a simple tank and jeans- but notice the small details (belt, necklace, fitted tank).

Jeans: Old Navy, Tank: Gap, Jacket: Nordstrom, Fleece: Old Navy, Black Sweatshirt: Lululemon, Shoes: Puma, Sandals: Dansko

June 4th, Polka Dot Cardigan

  If you’ve been paying attention to fashion you’ll notice that polka dots are a huge trend right now.

For some reason I just can’t seem to join in on the craze. Part of it is that I haven’t found anything polka dot that really worked for me- and looked appropriate on a 41 year old.

Then I found this cute cardigan at Target. It’s a very subtle polka dot pattern. In fact, from the photos you can barely even see them.

Which in my mind is perfect. Sometimes, I’d rather be a bit subtle than scream ‘trendy’.

On the right I’ve paired this cardigan with my old faded jeans. It looks ok, but not very polished. My closed toe shoes are also a bit off- being that it’s summer!

On the left I now have on my dark blue bootleg jeans. These are almost like dress pants- they really don’t look like jeans. For my shoes, I’ve switched out the black pumps for snakeskin wedges. Finally, I added a cute necklace to follow my ‘rule of 3’.

Pretty simple and easy changes- but they make a big difference.

Happy Monday. Go check out my friends on Monday Mingle!

Jeans: Nordstrom, Tank: Loft, Cardigan: Target, Necklace: Target, Shoes: DSW

April 14th- Weekend Casual Gone Wrong

 Today I’m combining 2 of my favorite color combos- blue and orange.

I’m wearing cropped blue jeans with an orange top. but the outfit on the right isn’t working.

There is a lot wrong with this look, but let’s start with the tight orange shirt.

The high neckline isn’t flattering, having the shirt tucked in makes it even worse, the  3 inch cuffs on the sleeves are strange…

As for the jeans- where do I begin?

First off, the length is unflattering- compare the way my legs look on the right to the way they look on the left. Because the crop on the right ends mid calf- my legs look short.

The wide cut of the leg is also not as flattering, look at my saddlebags!  The skinner (straight leg) cut of the jeans on the left are more slimming.

Next is the high waistband- this makes my middle area look bigger than it really is (especially since the top is tucked in- as previously mentioned).

A lower waist is more current and flattering- keep in mind though- I’m not talking so low my underwear are hanging out!

Last is the tennis shoes. I’ve talked about this so many times- so forgive me for repeating myself.

Please- DO NOT wear tennis shoes with jeans. Honestly, it doesn’t look good.

Yes, I know tennis shoes are really comfy. My feet ache all the time (that’s why I wear flats so much), but tennis shoes are not the answer.

A great alternative is Puma’s which are as comfy as tennis shoes- but so much cuter.

The animal print tank under the orange cardigan gives the outfit a little unexpected twist!
I decided to unbutton the top button and added a necklace!

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Jeans: Old Navy, Cardigan, Gap, Tank: Express, Shoes: Nordstrom

Feb 23rd, Found: Skinny Cargos!

 Thanks to the astute shopping eye of my younger sister (love ya K), I am now the proud  owner of skinny cargos! Whoot Hoot!

They were a little more than I planned on spending- but since I’ve been wanting them for a while (and was able to pay cash for them), I decided to splurge.

However, as you can see on the right- paired with this frumpy cardigan and black shoes the outfit isn’t quite working for me.

On the left I have replaced the cardigan with this fabulous cotton blazer from Kohl’s. I love this blazer- it’s made of french terry  & honestly feels like a sweatshirt.  It moves with my body and is comfy and warm! Plus, peplums are all the rage this season!

Other changes: I’ve added a necklace to help break up the solid blue of the tank and switched out my awful black shoes for my cute ballet flats.

Lastly I have on this cute bracelet from Stella and Dot. My friend, Carrie, sells this jewelry and she graciously gave me this fun bracelet. I love that it looks like a stack of bracelets (arm party), yet it’s actually only 1 piece! Cool!

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I would have NEVER worn a blazer with cargos before this. This is a risk for me and I actually really like the way it looks!

Cargos: Michael Kors, Tank: Express: Blazer: Kohl’s, Shoes: Nordstrom, Necklace: Gift, Bracelet: Stella and Dot