Oct 29, Mom Jeans

I’ve been wanting a pair of straight leg mom jeans for a while now- and I actually bought a pair at Target about a month ago, but never really felt comfortable wearing them. Something was just off. Then I decided to splurge and get the Madewell ones that I kept seeing on Instagram. So today I am showing you the difference between the two.

As you can see, the Madewell ones are a tad longer on me- which actually makes big difference. The legs are also straighter- there is some weird bunching going on in the Target ones. The Madewell ones also are VERY high waisted- I mean above my belly button high, which may take some getting used to! One thing to keep in mind is that the sizing is way off! I am normally a 28 in most brands, in these I am in a 26, which makes me think what size are the skinny girls wearing?!

I’ve paired my mom jeans with a cute J Crew button down blouse that I tied at the waist and then for warmth added a green jacket. The pointy booties are more current than the worn out loafers.

Oct 14, Cozy Flannel

I had so much fun last week with my Nordstrom inspired theme week, that I’ve decided to do another one- but on my own terms! It really does make getting dressed easier when you have a point of reference to start. So, here are my plans for the week: Monday: Cozy Flannel, Tuesday: Camo, Wednesday: Dress or skirt, Thursday: Athleisure Wear, Friday: Weekend Ready Graphic T shirt

What could be more fall than a flannel? I mean seriously! It’s like the quintessential fall outfit. My first look was ripped jeans, the flannel and tennis shoes, but that is a little plain.

So then I decided to tye the flannel around my waist and pair it with a white henley long sleeve shirt. I really like this look- it’s a great casual, weekend outfit! For a little less casual version, I thought I’d add this cute utility jacket. This jacket is perfect for chilly fall mornings, it’s not too heavy, but adds a bit of warmth and style at the same time. I swapped out the tennis shoes for my slip on ones, and made sure to roll the sleeves of the jacket. I think the last look would be appropriate for school- but I would not wear the distressed jeans. No school for me today though (it’s conferences, so no substitutes needed), so I’m off to have some fun with girlfriends! 🙂

Flannel- Target

Jeans- Nordstrom (7 for all Mankind)

Jacket- Khol’s

Shoes- Vince, Nordstrom Rack & Adidas, Nordstrom Rack

May 6, Blue and White Stripes

Yesterday it was black and white stripes, today I’m going for blue and white. If you haven’t noticed, I am big fan of stripes!

I’m teaching 3rd grade today, so I want to be casual and comfy, and since it’s chilly in the morning, I need to start the day with a jacket, that I can remove later as it gets warmer. The plain white tank under the jacket on the left doesn’t add any interest to the outfit, so I switched it up for this blue and white one . I then rolled the hems of my jeans to show off a little ankle and make them look a little more current. I swapped out my bulky tennis shoes for my Superga’s to complete the look. As for the jacket, I rolled the sleeves and cinched the waist. This makes the jacket a little more flattering and more styled looking.

I know I promised links today, but I’m running late and don’t have time to include them. Sorry! I can tell you the blue and white shirt is Banana Republic (old), jacket is from Ross , Jeans are Rich and Skinny and shoes are Superega. Gotta run, have a great day.

Nov 20th, Day 2 of Disneyworld

Well, we’ve made it through 2 whole days of touring Disneyworld, my goodness this place is HUGE!

I wanted to share with you some more tips about what to wear. As I mentioned yesterday, layering is the absolute key. It is very chilly in the morning- and as it warms up (or cools down) you want to have appropriate clothes.

Today’s outfit is actually what I wore yesterday- and it worked out great. It was cold all day and I never even needed to remove any layers- but had the sun come out- I could have removed the jacket- or the leggings, or the scarf…

I took a simple cotton black dress (black works because it will hide dirt- in the heat of summer I wouldn’t wear black- but for Nov it works). Underneath, I wore black stretch pants, then on top wore a cardigan (not pictured- I had to add it because it was so cold- these pictures were taken before I left), then on top of the cardigan I wore this utility jacket. To top the whole thing off, I added a scarf. I love this outfit because of the many layers- and because this jacket has large- deep pockets perfect for holding my map, my phone, anything!

As for my shoes- these are my Dansko sandals- and they worked perfectly! My feet were incredibly comfortable, my back never ached (as it usually does after a lot of walking) and let me tell you- we did A LOT of standing in lines and walking around!  Comfortable shoes are an absolute MUST for Disneyworld.

My cross body bag ended up being too heavy to use, so instead I opted for a plain black backpack. I carried snacks, a bottle of water, my guide book and camera. Not super stylish- but it certainly worked to carry the essentials!

Drink lots of water to stay hydrated!

If you are visiting Disneyworld in the winter, be sure to pack warm clothes! Even thought the forecast was 72 degrees, it was 58 today! Very chilly, I can’t tell you how many people we saw who had to make an ’emergency purchase’ in the gift store of a dorky Disneyworld sweatshirt. Plan for chilly weather- I’d rather be over dressed than freezing! Keep in mind, every item pictured above is rolled up and stashed inside my bag on the picture on the right.

Dress: Macy’s, Jacket: Marshalls, Shoes: Dansko, Scarf: Boutique in Yakima

May 17th, One Dress, Two Ways

 Today I’m showing this plain blue dress worn two totally different ways.

First off, is my ‘work’ look. All I did was add a bright pink belt. So simple, yet it works. The belt defines my waist and the bright burst of color works keeps it current.

Taking it even one step further, below I’ve added my ever favorite J Crew grey cardigan (it gets chilly in my office).

Again, I’ve opted to keep the neckline very simple. I didn’t want anything competing with the  belt!

The solid grey cardigan adds to the color block look.

Now, for those of you who don’t work- but still want to wear a dress (because they are so comfy), you can easily dress it down. Below I have added a safari style jacket over the dress, swapped out the heels for flats and added a necklace. These small changes completely alter the look- making it totally appropriate for running errands!

(Sorry about the blurry picture)

The big slouchy handbag helps dress down this shift dress.

Dress: Marshalls, Belt: Target, Shoes: Marshalls, Cargo jacket: Marshalls, Flats: Nordstrom, Necklace: Forever 21, Bag: Boden

Feb 2nd, Striped Day Dress

If you are a regular reader, you know I’m a huge fan of stripes. So when I saw this dress on sale, I just had to have it- even though it looked like this picture on right.

It’s shapeless and unflattering and the wrong length- and my shoes aren’t helping much!

However, I knew with some minor tweaking, I could make this dress stylish.

I’ve added a belt- which helps define my waist- and also shortens the dress to above the knee.

Then I added this utility style jacket. I love this jacket- it is so easy to throw on over anything to add warmth, texture and style.

I’m wearing my desert booties, which is a bit of a risk for me. I would have NEVER worn these shoes with a dress a year ago- but I honestly think they are perfect for this outfit. If you’re not feeling adventurous, below I’m also showing the same outfit with my brown boots.

The brown boots are a safe alternative to the booties.

This jacket is a good piece to transition an outfit for all year long.

Dress: Land’s End, Jacket: Marshalls, Belt: American Eagle, Necklace: Kohl’s, Booties: Kohl’s, Boots: DSW

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