Oct 6th, American Classic

It’s another gorgeous day here in the Pacific Northwest!

We are having the best summer/ fall I can remember (according to my friend who runs the local farmer’s market, we are on 20 weeks straight of sunshine)! Thank you Mother Nature!

I’m wearing one of my favorite fall looks today- cropped jeans, ballet flats and a cozy wool sweater. It’s a good outfit for running errands, attending soccer games, going out to lunch… whatever the day has in store for you!

I know I’ve shown this before pic already- but I think it does a good job of showing how easy it is to change small details- and yet have a much better look.

Let’s start with the jeans-  the cut of these jeans is too wide- making my legs look wider than they are- and the length is all wrong (cutting off mid- calf is awkward). Next we have these goofy black shoes- which make my feet look strange. As for my top- this plain crew neck top is a boring color, and you can see the outline of my potbelly (gasp). To make matters worse, the open cardigan is actually drawing your eye right to my belly- almost framing it if you will…

On the left is my re-do. These cropped CABi jeans are a much more modern look. Here is how the Cabi describes them:

The new wash is a bit more beat up with subtle whiskering and a slight blue-grey cast. Strategic hand sanding is slightly darker on the sides to create a longer, leaner look.  This denim is a nice weight with a touch of spandex for great recovery.

On top is a camel wool sweater layered over a denim shirt (yes, you can do denim on denim- I swear). One of the things I love about this sweater is the back (hence the picture of me from behind!). It’s a small detail, but I think it adds interest to the look (not to mention a few comments of “did you know you have your sweater on backwards?”.  As for my shoes- these ballet flats match the color of the sweater- tying the whole outfit together. And of course, a necklace finishes the look.

No it’s not on backwards, I swear!

Jeans: CABi, Shirt: J Crew, Sweater: Lands End, Shoes: Nordstrom (Frye), Necklace: Lia Sophia

Jan 28th, Biker Girl

While I love my North Face jacket a lot- it’s not the most fashionable look. It’s perfect for certain occasions (like camping!), but if you want to be a little more stylish, consider trying a motorcycle jacket like the one on the left.

Here I’ve replaced my North Face with this cute Michael Kors motorcycle style jacket.  It’s warm and perfect for my casual weekend look.

This outfit is really all about the jacket- but in order to look like I’ve put a little effort into my look I decided a striped shirt would be cuter than the plain white one on the right.  I also added this bright cranberry colored scarf. I love having just this burst of color- it gives the outfit a focal point.  As usual, I’m wearing my black wedge booties. I know, I seem to be wearing these every day, but they are so comfy and I think they are super cute!
I love the collar of this jacket.
I love these wedges... are you sick of them? Sorry!

Jeans: Old Navy, Jacket: Nordstrom, Shirt: Macy’s, Scarf: Gift, Shoes: DSW

Jan 8th, Weekend Casual- Layering

Today I need to run a few errands, and then I’m planning on doing some essential work around the house- so I’m ultra casual- just jeans and a t shirt!

But alone- it’s a little boring.

Here’s a tip I’ve learned- layering is key! It adds texture and interest to any outfit!

You can see I have a white tank under the pink shirt, and then on top  I decided to add this cute utility jacket.

I love this jacket- love the length (covers my butt), love the ruggedness of the look (compared to this sweet pink shirt), and love the deep pockets! You never know what you’ll find in there!

In addition to adding the jacket,  I switched out my Uggs for my wedge heeled boots and rolled my cuffs. Again, very simple- not ultra stylish- but at least I’ve made a little effort!

I like the pairing of the pink shirt with the green jacket. Fun color combo!

The other day I asked what is your ‘go to’ shoe for the season? Clearly, mine are these cute boots!

Well, my sweet neighbor, Laurel, sent me this link. I don’t think these are her ‘go to’ shoes, but for a great laugh- check out this hilarious website with high heeled tennis shoes.

For real!

Please, just promise me you won’t buy any! 🙂

Shirt: Michael Stars, Jeans: Gap, Jacket: Marshalls, Boots: Khol’s