June 7, June Gloom

It always amazes me how most of the country seems to be in full summer swing, and yet here in the PNW we are still in school, and the weather is crappy. We call it June Gloom.

It’s supposed to storm all day, so I have chosen jeans, a white long sleeve top and a cute purple vest. This vest will do a nice job of keeping me warm today- yet doesn’t look super wintery. Other changes include swapping out the plain white top for a cute henley style one, rolling the jeans and my white tennis shoes complete the look.

I apologize for two days in a row of me showing super casual, not so stylish (or inspiring) outfits. I want to keep things real over here on Everyday Mom Style, and in reality, this is what I am actually wearing! I worked from home all day yesterday getting ready for my son’s graduation party, and today I’m teaching 2nd grade- so casual it is!

Happy Friday everyone!

Feb 23, Weekend Casual

Feb 23, Weekend Casual

It’s finally the weekend, and I have a lot to do around the house today, so I want to be comfy and casual. I’ve chosen leggings and a top, but in my before look my plain black leggings and black top aren’t very interesting. There’s nothing really wrong with the look, it’s just a little boring. To add interest and color, instead I will wear these patterned leggings from North Face.

I’ve then replaced the fleece with this great long sleeved work out top I found at Marshalls. It has detail at the neckline (see below). I like the length of this top because it covers my butt, which is important when wearing leggings!

To add warmth and color I threw on this vest I just bought at Loft outlet. I love the color (I seem to be into purple these days!), and I like that it’s not bulky at all, so it doesn’t make me look top heavy. To complete the outfit, I’m wearing my black Adidas. I swear, these are one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I got them at Nordstrom Rack, and I wear them all the time! I just think they better than my old tennis shoes, and they are so comfy!

Have a great day everyone!

Leggings- North Face, REI

Shirt- Marshalls

Vest- Loft Outlet

Shoes- Adidas, Nordstrom Rack

August 24th, I’m Back!

Hello Friends! Guess what? I’m back! (Obviously!).

I’m not sure how much I’m really ready to do yet… but I actually missed my little old blog this summer- so I’ve decided to come back- but on a not so regular basis (meaning I won’t be posting my outfits every day!).

So here goes…

Today I’m wearing the simple and ever classic combo of black and white. I’ve paired skinny black leggings with a white loose tank and then to add interest (and to hide my hips a bit) I’ve thrown on this drapey grey vest. I’ve decided to keep my shoes really simple- and opted for my black patent Birkenstocks. (Missey- these are for you!). And, naturally, I’ve added a necklace to complete the look (which follows my rule of 3!)

I like this outfit because it’s easy, comfy, looks effortless and yet seems somewhat stylish!?

Now for the before! I actually took 2 before pictures- because it’s so easy to go so wrong.

In my first before I am wearing cropped black pants.

These cropped pants make my legs look so short!

Ladies- PLEASE get rid of any pants you have that are cropped the mid calf. They are not flattering and make your legs look really short. The other problem is my white t shirt  is matronly with the high neckline. Lastly, these shoes are also awful! I bought these last year when the menswear trend was so popular- and let that be a lesson- don’t follow every trend. These shoes are goofy & clunky looking- not sleek and stylish (which is what I aspire for! 🙂

My second ‘before’ look is the slim black pants, but paired with a regular tank. I’m showing this because the tank alone is not flattering. Not only can you can see my pooch- but the short length doesn’t provide enough coverage of my hips and butt- and no one needs to see that! Opt instead for a loose fitting, longer flowy tank that provides more coverage.

This fitted tank emphasizes every bump and the length is too short with this tight of pants. Cover your bums ladies!

So there you have it- I hope you have had a great summer- and thanks for visiting me today!

April 13th, Cheap Thrill

Let me tell you a little story about a mom who wandered into a consignment shop and found a cheap thrill!

My son was getting his hair cut the other day- and lo and behold right next door was a consignment shop, so of course I had to go in and explore.

Let me tell you- it was SO MUCH FUN!

I’ve always been a fan of bargains- and love finding something on sale, but I never imagined the thrill I would get in a re-sale shop!

Who knew?

Yes, it smelled a little funny in there.

Yes, there were a lot of awful clothes.

Yes, I felt a little weird looking at other people’s discards.

But- there were also some great finds and great prices- including this fun little vest I’m wearing today.

Now, here’s the weird part.

Just the other day I was at an intersection and saw a cute gal walking by. She had on workout pants, a t shirt and the coolest vest.

I wondered where she got it- I thought it was so unique and so interesting.

I walked into the consignment shop and the first thing I find- I swear- is this vest.

It is almost the exact same vest as the one I saw!  It was fate!

And it was only $12!!

I brought it home, washed it in hot water (twice) and now here it is, complimenting a white V neck shirt and paired with red jeans. It adds so much interest to what otherwise would have been a boring outfit (as seen on the right).

The morale of the story is- if you are wanting to re-fresh your wardrobe, and don’t want to spend a fortune- consider checking out your local consignment store. You may be surprised by what you find.

A piece of advice, go with an idea in mind of what you are looking for- and it’s ok to leave empty handed. The thrill is in the hunt!

And for a good laugh, check out this post on jeans I found at the Goodwill! It shows some really bad Mom jeans!

This vest was meant to be mine!

These pockets are perfectly placed!

Don’t forget to check out Fashion Friday over at Girlymama!

I’m being profiled on Mommypage.com today- so if you want to see my face, here is your chance! LOL! Click here!

Nov 13th, Can’t Seem to Get Over You

I’m not sure what it is about this stupid flannel shirt, but I really want to make it work. I’ve tried and had failure several times- but I’m stubborn and I swear I will find a way to make this shirt work… maybe?

Part of why I won’t give up is that I see other people wearing flannel and it always looks great on them, plus- it is so warm and comfy, I just hate to think I can’t find a way to make this look good.

So, here’s what I tried today. I layered the shirt under a vest- so that you don’t see too much flannel. The black quilted vest breaks up the pattern a bit.

Here’s what I did wrong- on the right I am also wearing a scarf- which you know I’m a fan of scarves, but this paired with the chunky vest is just too much! Also, I’m wearing faded ‘mom jeans’ that look a bit dated. Paired with my round toe boots- this just doesn’t look fashionable.

On the left I’ve tried to improve it by switching to darker, skinny jeans, cute ballet flats and then I added a pearl necklace- just to give it a more feminine look.

I am torn about this look though. I seem to be off this week… maybe I’m in a slump?! Time to go shopping! 🙂

I tried tucking the shirt in to make it a bit more polished but I need a belt!

Oct 30th, Weekend Casual

I’m dressing today for a casual Sunday of running errands and getting ready for Halloweeen. Lots to do between today and tomorrow- so I need an outfit that is functional, comfy and cute!

Since I wore my jeans 2 days in a row, I decided to go with my cargo pants. I’ve said this before, but these pants are seriously comfy. They are like wearing sweat pants- but cuter! My only issue is I never know what to wear on top.

Today I’ve chosen a cute, long sleeve orange and white striped shirt.

Alone, it looks a little dumpy and frumpy, so I paired it with this cute white vest. The vest breaks up the stripes and adds a layer of warmth. To really change up the look, I’ve rolled up my hemline, changed out my shoes and added a necklace.

I’ll admit- this isn’t the cutest or the most stylish outfit you’ll ever see- but at least I’m making an effort.

I love the way rolling the hems really changes shows off these cute booties.

Pants: Louis Permilia, Shirt: Gap, Vest: Nordstrom, Shoes: Marshalls, Necklace: Kohls