March 2, Weekend Casual

Today’s OOTD is what I call weekend casual: jeans, t shirt and tennis shoes. 

There’s nothing wrong with the outfit on the left, but it isn’t very stylish. The outfit on the right is a better version of the same idea.

In my opinion, broken in jeans is the epitome of relaxed style! (As seen here and here) Even if they aren’t old, these ripped ones sure look the part!  Best news is- they are from Target! And they are as soft as sweat pants. Seriously! Paired with this cute and comfy long sleeved Michael Stars t shirt- I’ve got an easy, casual weekend outfit. Happy Saturday!

Jan 26, Camo Leggings

I have had camo jeans for years, I have both a camo sweatshirt and t shirt that I love, a camo hat that I adore… but these camo leggings are my absolute FAVORITE!

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I originally saw these on a blog that I love (Pinterestingplans) and immediately wanted them for myself. Then, about a day later I was at Anthropology and saw the exact leggings she was wearing. However, they were about $75. YIKES! So as much as I loved them, I was not about to spring $75. Fast forward a few days and I was at my all time favorite store- Nordstrom Rack- and lo and behold, there they were (different brand) for $20, now that’s more my style!

I immediately snatched them up and came home and started playing around with all the different tops I could think of to wear these with. These leggings are so soft and comfy- I just know I’m going to get a lot of use out of them. Plus, I read on another blog that camo is the new black- which means they go with everything!

Today I’m playing it safe, pairing them with white, black and grey

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In my before photo I am wearing a tight V Neck white sweater with the leggings. While I love this sweater, it doesn’t work with leggings. When you are in your 40’s (or older) it is essential to cover up your lady parts. The younger gals can get away with a crop top and leggings, but for us more mature women, we need to keep it covered! Front and back. Just saying.

In my after look #1 I have replaced the white sweater with a cute loose fitting tank from Ann Taylor. I love this tank because it has a built in extra little chiffon layer at the bottom- which adds detail and length. Underneath I have on this cute lace bralette from Target. I added a necklace for variety, and since I’m living out of a suitcase for a few days, I will re-wear my giant grey sweater that I wore on the plane. This covers my parts, adds warmth and looks cute.

Another option is to pair the leggings with a white top.

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In this option I am sticking with a white top, but instead of the sweater I have chosen a cute waffle shirt. These shirts seem to be all the rage right now. This one is OLD and needs to be replaced, but it works. The cute button detail and neckline add interest, the length is better and the thermal fabric will keep me warm. The only change I will make it that I will add a tank underneath, I don’t love that you can see the leggings underneath.

 

So… which would you suggest I wear? Option #1 or Option #2? Chime in- I’d love to hear from you, or hear what you pair camo with.

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Leggings- Nordstrom Rack

Black top- Ann Taylor Loft

Bralette- Target

Sweater- Free People- Nordstrom

White waffle shirt- Michael Stars- Mercer (local boutique)

Shoes- Adidas- Nordstrom Rack

Necklace- Forever 21

 

April 21st, Saturday Casual

 I know I used this same before picture last weekend– but it is so bad- and yet I see women dressed like this all the time- that I had to show it again.

Since I pointed out all the flaws last week- I won’t waste your time today.

Let’s just say that there isn’t anything redeeming about this look on the right (well, except for the color combo of orange and blue- which is one of my favorites!).

For a similar, yet a little more stylish look- try skinny jeans, ballet flats and a cute tissue t shirt from the gap.

Because it’s still chilly here in the Northwest, I’ve added this cute military style jacket. I love this piece- you can throw it on for casual wear- or layer it over a dress- it’s that versatile! Best part- I bought it at Marshalls!

What are your plans for today? I have NONE! Weird!! I’m not sure what to do with myself!

I've got on lots of layers today- a tank, a t shirt and then this jacket.

Jeans: Anthropologie, Shirt: Gap, Jacket: Marshalls, Shoes: Nordstrom

April 16th, How to Lose 5 Pounds in 5 Seconds

Ok, so my title is a little misleading. You won’t really lose 5 pounds in 5 seconds-  but look at my picture on the right compared to the left.

A belt makes all the difference!

I hesitated belting the sweater- but as soon as I saw the photo I knew it was the right choice.

The sweater is a bit shapeless, and by adding the belt I am now defining my waist- and also making my legs look longer- how is that possible?

Let me explain. Basically it’s all about balance.

Outfits need to be divided into thirds- not halves.

In the picture on the right my body is divided into half- the top half and the bottom half.

By adding the belt- the balance changes- and now the bottom half (below the belt) is larger- 2/3 of the outfit, while above the belt is 1/3.

I know, I know math on a Sunday morning- it’s too much!

Go enjoy your day. And a quick thank you to Mother Nature for another sunny day. I love you!

By defining my waist I look thinner.

Skirt: Nordstrom, Sweater: Old Navy, Shoes: Target, Belt: so old I can’t remember! LOL!

 
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March 4, All About the Footwear

 One of the most common questions I get from readers is ‘don’t your feet get cold in ballet flats?’.

The simple answer is ‘it depends’.

As long as I am going to be indoors most of the day, then my feet are fine in flats. If I’m going to be in and out a lot, then my feet definitely get cold, and I am much happier in my boots.

So, that being said- this outfit was designed around my shoes.

To be honest, most mornings that is how I plan my outfit. I think to myself; ‘What is my plan for today? Where will I be? What am I doing?” and then I go from there.

If I’m going to be on my feet all day- definitely flats, if I’m just going to work and will be sitting at my desk- I’ll wear heels, if it’s cold- boots with socks.

Last winter I wore my black boots almost everyday. This year I’ve been trying to change things up.

The one shoe I am trying to avoid are my ugly Uggs. Yes, they are warm and comfy- and if you ask the moms at the school bus stop- they will tell you that occasionally I will have them on- gasp! It’s early and they are easy to slip on, but as soon as I get home, shower and get dressed I chose a cuter shoe.

Now for my outfit today- on the right I am wearing head to toe blue- which I just said on Friday is a great way for petite gals to look taller- but in this case, it’s too boring and isn’t very flattering.

On the left I’ve switched out the Uggs for my brown boots and traded my blue button down for this cute grey and blue striped turtleneck. To add some style and warmth I’ve thrown on my brown leather jacket. It’s an easy and stylish way to keep warm while running errands.

I know, you don't even have to say it- these jeans are to baggy around the knee.

Shirt: J Crew, Jeans: Nordstrom, Jacket: Marshalls, Boots: DSW

Feb 19th, Bright Cardigan

I talked yesterday about working with what you have. Today is about hiding what you don’t! I don’t have a flat tummy.

I wish I did, but I don’t. And truthfully, at this point I don’t care anymore.

I used to obsess about it, but then I realized there are much more important things to worry about- and that I should be grateful for the healthy body that I have. So I am.

Today I’m wearing just jeans and a cardigan.

On the right I’m showing my cardigan layered over a tight white tank. You can see my lumps and bumps- (and I’m actually sucking it in) and nothing is left to the imagination. A looser plain white shirt and necklace would be cute; or:

This cute (and loose) ruffled shirt does a nice job of hiding any flaws. It’s a pretty grey color- and it looks nice paired with this bright pink cardigan.

I’m telling you now- bright colors are the trend for the spring. If you go to the mall, be warned neon’s and brights are everywhere!  

This bright cardigan is very on trend for spring

Be careful though, as we learned the other day, not all style tops are flattering to hide  the stomach. As you may remember, the one from Target (baby doll style)  looked maternity.

 Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shirt: J Crew, Jeans: Nordstrom, Shoes: Nordstrom

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