Oct 5th, A Day Off

 I apologize for the delayed post today! My kids have the day off from school, so I have taken the day off as well.

It’s been lovely! I slept in until 8:30, took my dog for a long walk, and just went and played tennis with my kids.

Even though it’s really not that stylish or fashionable, I decided to show my work-out outfit- since realistically many, MANY, moms spend their days dressed in this type of clothing (don’t get me wrong, on my days off I am in my yoga pants too!)

The thing with exercise clothes is that it is so easy to look really outdated and frumpy- and it’s so easy to look cute. It’s your choice!

Take the outfit on the right- these baggy black pants- with the white stripes down the sides- do nothing for me. They look like something my mom might have worn in the 70’s. The black fleece is also shapeless. While sometimes I like dressing on all one color- in this case, it’s boring. To make matters even worse, my bright white tennis shoes are also a little out of style.

On the left is my new look- I’ve switched out the dated track pants for fitted Lululemon workout pants. I swear by these- yes, they are expensive, but it is worth it. They are so thick that they hide my cottage cheese- and they are so comfortable!  For my top, I have also selected Lululemon- this gray and white striped top is cute- and the bright purple jacket adds some style. My colored tennis shoes (with the bright orange laces) finish the look off.

I bought this jacket at Nordstroms (Zella), off the sale rack! I love the pattern (it’s very subtle) and the bright color really pops!
I can remove the jacket and still look cute!

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.

May 19th, Denim on Denim

In my opinion, there is something very cool about denim on denim, I just love it!

The important thing to keep in mind when wearing it is to make sure you have two totally different shades of blue.

As you can see on the right- the top and jeans are too similar and it looks awful. To make matters worse, these jeans are too long (see how they puddle around my ankles) and then the tennis shoes complete the look of awfulness (is that a word?).

On the left I have replaced the poor fitting jeans with my skinnys and replaced the tennis shoes with these cute ballet flats by Frye. I like the neutral colored shoe with this outfit. And, as opposed to the dark blue on the right, this denim shirt is a nice light blue, contrasting perfect with the dark jeans. I’ve unbuttoned it a few buttons, rolled the sleeves and added a tank- (remember my rule of 3? Shirt, tank, necklace)!

Just for fun, I added a little touch of color with this pink necklace.

Shirt on left: J Crew, Shirt on Right: Martin and Osa, Jeans: Anthropologie (James Jeans), Shoes: Nordstrom (Frye), Necklace: Target

April 7th, Weekend Casual

 My friend Stacey and I were talking the other day and she mentioned how hard it must be to dress cute everyday.

And she’s right, not only is it hard, but it’s unrealistic.

Some days I’m planning on working in the garage, or the yard, or whatever- and I don’t get dressed up.

Today is one of those days.

I’m planning on working around the house most of the day- and I want to be extremely comfortable- so I’ve opted for work out pants, a top and a jacket.

On the right you can see what the old me might have worn. This enormous over size sweatshirt does nothing for my figure- and the jeans and tennis shoes- surely we don’t have to go there again!

On the left I’m wearing my Lululemon grey yoga pants, a white tank, then a pink shirt over the tank and finally- a zip up sweatshirt to keep me warm. (Did I mention it’s 45 degrees here? ARGH!)

The fitted yoga pants and fitted sweatshirt are a much more pulled together look. The soft pink shirt adds some color to the outfit.

I know it’s not very fashionable, and I know no one will be inspired by this casual look- but I wanted to show what I really am wearing today!

Have a great day!

Jan 29th, You Be The Judge

Before I talk about this outfit, I have some exciting news! My blog has been chosen to be on Top Mommy Blogs! Please take a minute to click the link where it says ‘like my blog?’ (on the right) to vote for my blog! Thank You!!!

This is one of those outfits that I think is really cute, but my husband hates it. Not sure what exactly about it that he hates- he just does.

So, I’ve decided to let you all decide. Is this cute? Is it awful? What could I do to make it cuter (if anything)?, or is it time for the Goodwill?

Originally I had it on as you see on the right, but I decided the white t shirt underneath takes away from the cute neckline of this smock, so I changed it out for a 3/4 sleeve, v neck shirt, and added a necklace.

My favorite part of the entire outfit are these new shoes I just picked up at Nordstrom. As you may know- I hate tennis shoes (unless I’m working out), but love comfort. These cute little Puma’s are the perfect solution. They feel like tennis shoes, but look like ballet flats!

Where have they been all my life?! Prepare to see these babies a lot!

What do you say, is this a keeper?

Shirt: Anthropologie, Pants: Marshalls, T Shirt: Nordstrom, Shoes: Nordstrom, Necklace: Jewel Kade

Jan 19th, Here We Go Again

My title refers not only to the snow- which is still coming down (as sleet), nor to the fact the kids are off school AGAIN today, but to my outfit- which seems to be a new favorite style of mine (as seen here and here).

Once again, I’ve paired a checked shirt under a sweater. How can I go wrong?

Well, depending on how you do it- you could go really wrong!

If anything, PLEASE do not wear it like I did on the right (which I have shown before- and did not actually wear, this was simply for an example of what not to wear).

On the left I’ve switched out the faded mom jeans for my dark skinnys. I replaced my awful tennis shoes with these cute boots. I’ve also taken off this horrid v neck cardigan and put on this cute purple sweater. As always, a necklace completes the look.

Oh my gosh, my feet look enormous! Wow! Bad angle!

Boots: Target, Jeans: Madewell, Shirt: Target, Sweater: Nordstrom, Necklace: Kohl’s

Dec 21st, 30 for 30 Day 21

I call this my Martha Stewart outfit- partly because I plan on spending the day working around the house, cooking, cleaning, wrapping presents… you know the drill!

Another reason I call this Martha Stewart is because before I started this style experiment I remember watching her show  and noticing she would wear a blouse while cooking. I remember thinking, weird! It looks so uncomfortable and stiff- and personally, I’d rather wear sweats!

However, all that has changed with this blog. Even working around the house, I am forcing myself to dress up a bit-  not that this is dressy, but at least I’ve put a little effort into my look because you never know who will ring your doorbell, right?!

Today I’m participating in Work it Wednesday only to the degree that I’m showing 3 different shoes with this very simple outfit. I’ve got on casual tennis shoes, my desert booties and leopard flats. Which are your favorite?

These casual slip on tennis shoes are a great alternative to regular tennis shoes!
I'm always a fan of the leopard flat. It brings an unexpected flair to my outfit!

I’m also linking up with The Pleated Poppy– check it out for hundreds of great style ideas!

Jeans: Nordstrom, Blouse: Target, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Boots- Kohls, Tennis Shoes- Macys, Flats- Target