May 9th, Shoe Issue

Bad news, I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, which means I have to be really careful about what shoes I wear.

However, no matter how bad it gets, you will not see me in the outfit on the right*. I promise!

I don’t even know where to begin on this look- but let’s start with the shirt tucked in to the high waisted mom jeans.

This is not flattering at all. The cut of these jeans is really bad- the length is too short, making my legs look short), the waistband is way too high and the wide hip/ thigh area is also not doing me any favors. All in all, YIKES! All that and I haven’t even mentioned the tennis shoes, which complete the look- making it ugly from head to toe.

That being said, for the next few days I will only be wearing supportive shoes that help my foot heel. I may even break out the Birkenstocks- so if you see me out and about- please don’t laugh- or judge!

The good news is that because of my ‘shoe issue’ I’ve learned a little lesson about judging other people’s shoes.

I know, if makes me sound like a horrible person, but sometimes when I’d see someone wearing ugly shoes- I would judge them. Not in a mean way, but I would wonder about their shoe choice!

Now I realize, who knows what feet issues they may be dealing with?

So, on that note- I will no longer judge people because of their footwear.

However, if you have foot pain- and you must wear your orthopedic/ comfy/ ugly shoes, please promise me to put some effort into the rest of your outfit!

Speaking of cute outfits- linking up to Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday! Check it out!

I love this bright green top, and paired with the cropped jeans it makes for a cute, casual outfit.

Shirt: Marshalls, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: Puma

*Yes, I’ve shown this photo before- but it bears repeating.

It looks like many of us suffer from foot pain! Thanks so much to all of you who have shared your stories! I’ve spent the last hour on The Walking Company website looking for a cute, supportive shoe. Here is one I found- and may order! Tell me what you think!

May 8th, Construction Worker

 I have always steered clear of pairing these two colors together (army green and orange) for fear of looking like a construction worker.

I’m not sure why?! I actually think these colors compliment each other- and this top is such a fun, bright spring color- who can resist?

On the right I’m showing my old cargos- paired with this plaid shirt. The old cargos were too loose, too baggy and not flattering.

The plaid shirt is ok- but isn’t working here.

The skinny cargos, the bright, solid top and the fun leopard flats make for a more polished and put together look.


Cargos: Micheal Kors, Top: Nordstrom, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Forever 21

May 7th, Cocktail Dress

Every gal needs a ‘go to’ staple dress in her closet. One that at a moments notice she can throw on and feel like a million bucks!

This dress does that for me. It has such a fun feel to it. I’ve worn it several times- and always have a really great night!

Do you have a cocktail dress in your closet that you LOVE? Send me a picture!!

And, no, I am not actually wearing this today. I’m playing tennis all day, and didn’t think you’d want to see me in my tennis gear!

Happy Monday, linking up to Monday Mingle.

If it’s chilly, throw on a blazer! These probably aren’t the cutest shoes- but I wanted to by comfy!

I have to share a photo a reader sent me- this is Susan wearing a great dress! She looks fabulous and is totally ‘owning’ her look! I love this pretty purple color, love the cardigan over it and love her great shoes! Way to go Susan, and thanks so much for sharing! 

May 6th, Leggings with a Tunic

I was so comfy the other day when I wore my leggings with a dress, that I wanted to try it again today. It’s amazing how comfy and warm this is!

Last summer I picked up this fun printed dress off the clearance rack at Target. It’s really too short (for someone my age) to wear all alone- so I paired it with black cropped leggings, a black cardigan and black sandals. Now it’s more age appropriate and a great casual and comfy weekend outfit.

As you know, I rarely wear prints- so this a stretch for me- but I like it!

May 5, Cinco De Mayo

 Happy Cinco de Mayo! Hope you’re sitting somewhere enjoying a big bowl of guacamole and sipping a margarita! (My 2 favorite things!)

I’m wearing another maxi dress today. Last time I wore this- it was a miss, (remember this?)

So today I played it safe and just added a neutral cardigan and a bright fun necklace. Very simple, very easy, very me!

You might have noticed I wear this cardigan ALL THE TIME! It is a light shade of grey, and I bought it at J Crew abut 2 years ago. I remember balking a bit because of the price (it was probably around $80), but it was so worth it. It goes with everything and is a great basic piece to have. Because of the good quality, it has lasted a long time!

I think a maxi dress is my new favorite look! I love the ease and comfort of it.

If you want to change things up a bit, a denim jacket also works well!

A denim jacket is perfect over a maxi dress!

Dress: TJ Maxx, Sweater: J Crew, Denim jacket: Gap, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Stella and Dot

May 4th, Oh So Plain

 Today’s look is another extremely simple, yet stylish (in my opinion) outfit.

I’ve simply paired skinny jeans with a plain white shirt. Nothing to it.

Well, there’s something to it.

I’ve said this before- but please don’t wear golf shirts- or polo style shirts- (unless of course you are golfing). They really aren’t stylish or fashionable at all.

On the left is a much better version. I’ve got on this cute white button down shirt layered over a white tank and then added this cute necklace. It’s a super casual, super easy look that comes down to small details.

This shirt’s details are in the side panels, the breast pockets and the 3/4 sleeves.

A cool pair of sandals finish the look.

It’s Fashion Friday, so I’m linking up with Melissa over at Girlymama! Have a great weekend!

*I realize this outfit is very similar to Wednesday’s outfit. I seem to be lacking creativity this week. I apologize!

This shirt is made of very soft cotton and has stretchy panels in the sides- making it super comfy!
Here is another option- a crisp white shirt.

Shirt: James Perse, Jeans: Madewell, Shoes: Target, Crisp White Shirt: Brook’s Brothers

May 3rd, Faux Pas

I know, I know- this is really tacky- some might even consider it a ‘faux pas’. I wore these pants Monday and here I am wearing them again- but you know what, I don’t care!

Originally I was planning on wearing this cute bright yellow top with a black pencil skirt and black blazer- but then I walked into my closet and saw these pants from the other day and I thought- oh wow- the buttons on this top match these pants perfectly.

But, I thought- I can’t wear them again, I just wore them.

Then I thought- who cares!

It seems so much more ‘spring like’ than the dark black skirt and blazer- that outfit just seems so boring and predictable. The yellow paired with the white pants is a crisper, fresher look. Plus, look how much longer my legs look in the pants. Crazy, right?

The only concern would be ‘what shoes do you wear with this?’- and my answer is snakeskin! They are the perfect neutral shoe to blend this whole look together.

So, don’t judge me for the repeat pants, please?!!

Can you see the pearl buttons? They are the same shade of creamy white as these pants. I also have a necklace on that ties the colors together… sorry you can’t see it.

I love this silky bright top- it is a color I never really wear- and neon’s are really in this spring.  This is as close to neon as I’m willing to get! I know, my arms are bare and I need a belt- but hey, I never said I was a fashion expert!

Top: Loft, Pants: Express, Shoes: DSW

May 2nd, Plaid Gone Bad

 Today’s look is a simple look- that shows how just a plaid shirt and jeans can be a cute outfit… or not.

I’ve used the picture on the right once before, but wanted to show it again because it’s a good example of how even a simple outfit like this can go wrong.

First off, look at the cut of the shirt on the right. It’s boxy and not fitted at all. This is not flattering.

Paired with the white t shirt underneath, faded mom jeans and tennis shoes- this look does nothing but scream ‘dated’. And yes, I know I’ve said to dress in all one color to look slimmer- but this is too dull.

On the left is my revamped look.  This plaid shirt is more fitted (it has darts under the bustline and in the back to make it more feminine and fitted) and the 3/4 sleeves are a nice touch. As for the shirt underneath, instead of the high neckline of the white t shirt, a white tank (with a lower neckline) looks fresher. It’s a small detail, but having that extra skin showing around the neckline does make a difference.

My dark skinny jeans and cute (and comfy) ballet flats finish the look. To add a little something extra, I’ve got on a few silver bracelets and a very dainty and simple necklace.

It’s Wednesday- so linking up to Pleated Poppy and her fun link up party. Hundreds of cute ideas await…

This very simple and understated necklace is the perfect touch.

Jeans: Anthropologie (James Jeans), Shirt: Land’s End Canvas, Shoes: Nordstrom (Frye)

May 1st- Black and White

Today’s outfit is plain and simple, just white pants and a black t shirt. It’s a classic look that is easy to wear.

BUT- as you can see on the right- you do need to put a little effort into the look.

The plain black crew neck t shirt is too boring, and the ballet flats aren’t working (my pants are too long for flats).

On the left is my new look. I have on my favorite shirt (you may recognize this one, I have it in 3 colors! Got them at Nordstrom last year!). The neckline is slightly different, the ruching around the waist is more flattering, and the cute sleeves add interest.

Also adding interest is this cool statement necklace. It gives the whole outfit a focal point- and is a great conversation piece (my husband bought this for me at a flower shop in Seattle!).

I get asked by readers all the time about the bootleg cut- and so today I wanted to show that the bootleg cut still works, just be sure to pair it with wedges- NO FLATS!

I love the way black and white look together.

Pants: Express, Shirt: Nordstrom, Shoes: DSW