March 30, Subtle Changes

Today’s OOTD is a super easy, casual weekend outfit . And just by making a few subtle changes, I have completely altered the look of the before photo .

Swapping out the shoes is probably the biggest/ most important change. The bright white and blue tennis shoes attract to much attention to my feet. The black tennis shoes look more natural with the black joggers. Then I pushed up the legs of the joggers a bit to show some skin, tucked in my shirt and pushed up my sleeves. Such small changes, but a big difference!

Joggers- Fabletics

Shoes- Adidas, Nordstrom Rack

Shirt- Michael Stars, Nordstrom Rack

March 9th, Black and White Flannel

A cute outfit for the weekend is a casual flannel and some ripped jeans.

The problem in the before look is the ripped jeans are not flattering at all. The buttoned up flannel looks dull this way, and the heavy black boots add weight to the outfit.

In the after version, the skinny jeans are more flattering, and to improve the boxy look of the flannel- I tucked it in and rolled the sleeves. Similar to this outfit here. I also replaced the dark boots with these cute black slip on loafers. These are a great spring shoe- and so comfy!

As for my ripped jeans I did not make them myself (as I did here)- they are 7 for Mankind, and I love them. They have a lot of elastic in them, so they are stretchy and comfy… and I got them at Nordstrom Rack (my favorite store!)

Jeans- Nordstrom

Flannel- Old Navy

Have a great weekend!

March 8, Good Vibes

It is very unusual for me to wear a graphic tee for my OOTD, but after yesterday- I need some good vibes and good karma! More about that later…

There really isn’t anything wrong with the before look- but I like the after look better. I think the darker jacket instead of the grey cardigan adds a nice contrast- same with the darker jeans. As for my shoes- I wanted to keep with the ultra casual vibe- so I opted for these Chuck Taylors. They don’t offer a ton of arch support, but they are perfect for an easy, casual look. I do think they make my feet look huge though! Maybe I’ll go back to the slip ons?!

Notice how I knotted the tank to give it a little shape at the waistline.

This tank is so old I can’t remember where it’s from. Maybe Old Navy or Target?!
This cute jacket is from Evereve, it has a ton of stretch in it, making it super comfy!

Now- if you’re still reading I will tell you about my day. I had a shit day yesterday, literally. The toilet in my powder room exploded- filthy water was gushing out all over the floor. My son and I grabbed as many towels as we could to mop it all up- but the water just kept coming. It was like something out of a horror movie. I finally had the sense to turn the main water off (do you know how to do that in your house? If not, learn quick!). Needless to say, I called a plumber and spent the rest of my day waiting around for him to come. Fun times. And now I have to go buy all new towels… not to mention pay a HUGE plumbing bill.

Hope you’re day is better than mine. Happy Friday!


Feb 26, Camo Leggings

We all know how much I love my camo leggings! If not, check out these posts here and here. But I do want to say, there is such thing as too much camo- as seen in the photo below!

I would have never really worn the outfit on the left, but I wanted to demonstrate how a little camo goes a long way. This pattern is so strong that the outfit it much cuter with this plain top and bomber jacket.

I love this top because of the length and neckline. It covers my butt- plus has draping in it to give it interest and shape. See photo below-

The draping is great for hiding my tummy!

This bomber jacket I bought at H&M and I love it.! It’s a nice alternative to a cardigan, plus it’s warmer! Best of all, it’s fun to wear! In the next few months I will pair it with jeans, joggers or even over a dress. It’s a perfect staple piece.

What is one of your wardrobe staples? I love hearing from readers to get inspiration. Have a great day!

Leggings- Nordstrom Rack

Top- this top is very old. I bought it about 6 years ago!

Jacket- H&M

Shoes- Adidas- Nordstrom Rack

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

Feb 10, Athleisure Wear

Feb 10, Athleisure Wear

Athleisure is the term for clothes made for working out, but worn in other ways- such as going to work, running errands, or in my case- lounging around the house all day.

In my before photo I am wearing patterned leggings and a red sweatshirt. The sweatshirt has a giant pocket right in the middle which adds bulk to my tummy, which I definitely do not want! Instead I’ll wear this purple Lululemon top that is more slimming.

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This Lulu top is nice & long and covers me up, plus it has the cutest ruffle detail on the sleeves- see below:

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In case I decide to brave the snow and run some errands, I’ll throw on this cute quilted Moto jacket. It’s a little more fun than just a plain black North Face, which is what I normally wear.

 

Leggings- Old Navy

Top- Lululemon

Jacket- Michael Kors

Nov 27th, Home Again

After a lovely week in Hawaii, I’m now happy to be home. Maybe ’cause I’m a Kansas girl, but to me, there’s no place like home!

Today’s outfit is a weekend, casual look. I’ve paired a denim shirt with a classic cable knit sweater and my boyfriend jeans. I then added my wedge boots to give the outfit an unexpected kick.

On the right you can see how this over-size sweater is not quite working for me. Similar to what I showed a few weeks ago- dressing in large clothes is not flattering, no matter what size you are- it will make you look enormous. Instead, opt for something more fitted- something that works with your figure- not against it!

The sweater on the left is a great example of why to always buy quality when it comes to a classic piece like this. This sweater was purchased by my grandfather in approx 1955 in Ireland. It was given to my mother- who then passed it down to me. It’s been sitting on the top shelf of my closet for years- and then I finally pulled it down, tried it on and wow!

I am so excited- it’s a beautiful piece that maybe I’ll pass down to my daughter one day… you think?

Love the leather covered buttons- such beautiful craftsmanship. They don't make them like this anymore!

Sweater: Gift from Mom, Jeans: Gap, Denim Shirt: Martin and Osa, Boots: Marshalls