Nov 16th, Polka Dots!

I bought this cute polka dot blouse at Target a while ago- and haven’t had the chance to wear it yet.

Has anyone else noticed that I have found some really cute things at Target lately! Gotta love Target!

Polka dots are really trendy right now- and I will say that personally, I only like them in small doses! On younger (or perhaps hipper) women- they can look lovely- but on the other hand- you DO NOT want to look like Minnie Mouse!

However, a nice, subtle polka dot can be a great addition to your wardrobe.  I’m wearing black work pants today- this is a very typical working mom staple. I prefer the pants on the left (even in the winter) than the long, baggy version on the right. Yes, my ankles look a little cold- but I’ll survive (as long as I am inside most of the day).

I also think by tucking the blouse in I look more polished- and the pink belt is a fun way to add a little color into the look.

Pants: Nordstom (Vince Camuto), Shoes: Macy’s, Blouse: Target, Belt: Target

Nov 15th, Three for Thursday, Utility Vest

Welcome to another edition of Three for Thursday, where I show 1 item worn 3 ways!

Today I am highlighting my utility vest.

I first saw this vest all over style blogs last summer. I immediately drove to my local Old Navy and snatched one up! It is a fun piece to have, and I continue to see women wearing it, so this trend is going to be around for a while.

My first look I have paired the vest with jeans, a striped shirt and a scarf. This look is super casual, easy and fun. Don’t be afraid to mix a striped shirt with a floral pattern scarf. Pattern mixing is another trend that is here to stay. Quick note about my scarf- please make sure you buy scarves that are large and have some bulk to them. A scrawny scarf will not look cute, instead it will look like you are trying to hard- and missing the mark.

This scarf is one of my favorites! I love the floral pattern!

My next look is a fun one- I decided to pair the rugged vest with a dainty lace shirt. To add a little more  interest I chose my red jeans and my Tory Burch flats. I think a necklace might be the perfect final touch!

Contrasting the feminine lace top and the rugged vest is a fun way to mix things up.

My last look is one you’ve probably seen me do before (and will see a different version of next week).  Here I have layered my vest over a dress. It’s a fun way to make a dress casual enough for day use (you could wear this anywhere!). To keep warm, I have on socks and boots. To add a little color and interest, I chose my Stella and Dot statement necklace.

I love this necklace, but not sure it’s totally right for this look… hmmm…

Top Picture: Jeans: Nordstrom, Shirt: J Crew, Vest: Old Navy, Scarf: Boutique in Yakima, WA

Middle Picture: Jeans: TJMaxx, Lace shirt: Madewell, Vest: Old Navy, Shoes: Nordstrom

Bottom Picture: Dress: Land’s End, Boots: DSW, Necklace: Stella and Dot

Nov 14th, Brown and Blue Together?

A year ago I would have never combined brown and blue together.

When wearing brown (or gray) pants or skirt I always took the safe route and opted for a white or an off white shirt on top. But how boring is that?!

On the left I have replaced the white shirt with this bright blue silk top.

I love this silk shirt- it can be worn un-tucked over skinny pants as a tunic, or tucked into a skirt as shown here.

As for my shoes, instead of the matronly heels on the right, I decided to go for my brown boots. I also added a belt (following my rule of 3).

To finish it off, I added this cool beaded necklace to tie the blue and brown  together.

This statement necklace ties the skirt and blouse together.
Don’t be afraid to mix brown and blue (or brown and black as we saw the other day!)

Blouse: Nordstrom, Skirt: Nordstrom, Boots: DSW, Necklace: Forever 21

Nov 13th, Bold Stripes

As you all know I have an obsession with stripes! I just can’t get enough of them- and I apologize if you are getting bored with seeing me in stripes day after day…

Today I am wearing a blue and camel colored striped sweater. As you can see- the stripes on this sweater are much wider than I usually wear- and I will warn you that you have to be careful with stripes this wide- they can add bulk to your frame. That’s why I went with the skinny jeans- the contrast of large on top means the bottom must be small. It’s all about balance.

On the right I have left the sweater all alone- and simply paired it with skinny jeans and flats. I think this works- its plain, simple, yet I like it.

On the left I have added a light blue oxford shirt under the sweater, and then also switched out the ballet flats for my ever present Target brown boots! By adding the shirt underneath I have added a layer of interest- and warmth. I like the shirt tails peeking out under the sweater- and I love the boots because I can wear socks and my feet will be toasty warm all day!

Which do you like better?!

Sweater: J Crew, Shirt; Target, Jeans: CABi, Boots: Target

Nov 12th, Cream Cords

Sorry for the late post- I was having some technical difficulties this morning!

And, truth be told- I played in a tennis match this afternoon (I lost), so I am just now getting dressed for the day.

I’m wearing my cream cords and a gray sweater. To add a little interest- and to tie the pants and sweater together, I added this cute scarf. It is not an infinity scarf- but I safety pinned the ends together to make it into one. I then looped the whole thing around my head 3 times. So easy!

Hope you’re having a great Monday!

I love the asymmetrical hemline of this sweater- it is so much more interesting than a straight hemline!

Pants: Nordstrom (Kut), Sweater: Louis Permilia, Scarf: Target, Booties: J Crew

Nov 10th, Footwear?

No time to write today, I’m rushing out the door for yet another basketball tournament!

I can’t decide which shoes to wear…  I like the all black look on the left- they make my legs look longer, but then again the brown boots on the right are a fun alternative!

What do you think?

I love this oversize sweater, it’s so cozy!
Sometimes it’s fun to mix brown and black together!

Sweater: Banana Republic, Pants: Gap, Booties: DSW, Boots: Target, Necklace: Lia Sophia

Nov 9th, Inspired by Pinterest (Again!)

I had so much fun copying a look (seen here) from Pinterest a few weeks ago- that I decided to try it again today.

I bought this sequin tunic a few years ago for a trip to Vegas, and I haven’t worn it since (luckily I found it at Marshalls, so it was not expensive).

Still- I’d like to wear it again… but was never sure how?

Part of my concern was that I thought sequins were too fancy for day wear… but according to Pinterest- not so!

They claim you can wear sequins anytime… so here I am trying it under a yellow blazer.

In the Pinterest picture she has paired hers with torn boyfriend jeans- since I’m working today, I have chosen my dark skinny jeans instead. Her blazer looks like it might be velvet, mine is plain old cotton… and while she is barefoot, I’ve chosen my Tory Burch snakeskin flats.

I really like this outfit- because it is something I would have NEVER put together on my own- so thank you Pinterest for inspiring me!

Below I am showing my sequin tunic all alone- looking at the photo you can tell it’s really too big for me. I tried to tuck it in in the pictures above, but a shorter length top would definitely work better.

And, truth be told- all alone it doesn’t look very flattering- again, probably because it’s too big! Note to self- don’t buy clothes that don’t fit (I know this seems obvious, but sometimes I am so excited to find a great deal that I think I can make it work. Not so!)

I look pregnant! I’m not, I swear!
I figured this top doesn’t need any necklace- I let the sequins get all the attention!

Jeans: Anthropologie, Blazer: Nordstroms, Tunic: Marshalls, Shoes: Nordstrom

Nov 8th, Three for Thursday

I’d like to start a new thing (well, not really that new since Jill from Good Life For Less used to do this every Wed), but basically once a week I’ll show 1 item worn 3 ways.

I think these are always really helpful posts because they show how pieces in your closet can be worn several different ways, and it also helps me think outside the box.

Today’s item is this deep purple, draped neck top. I bought this several years ago (at Nordstroms) and to be honest, I don’t wear it all that often. It’s such a gorgeous color and I love the ruching- so I’m not really sure why I don’t wear it.

My first look is what I’m calling the ‘typical mom’ look. Here I’ve paired the top with a cable knit gray sweater. I love this sweater because it is so warm, it’s long enough to cover my bum and the dark gray color goes with everything! To tie the purple color in, I chose my Stella and Dot necklace and wrapped it around my neck twice. For my bottom half, I chose my James jeans and my black boots. I think this is a great everyday outfit- it’s warm, comfy and cute!

My next look is the ‘office look’. Here I have paired the top with dress pants and pointy shoes. You’ll notice I changed the chunky cable knit cardigan for a light gray cotton sweater. I also changed out my necklace for something with a little more texture and interest. If you work in a conservative office, this look is perfect for you!

My last look is the ‘trendy mom look’.  Here I am wearing my skinny cargo pants and let the top shine on it’s own. Looking at the pictures though, it seems a little too plain… maybe my fur vest would complete the look?

I don’t know why my arm looks cut off in the photo. I’ll admit, it looks a little strange.

Jeans: Anthropologie, Top: Nordstrom: Classiques, Entier, Cable kbit cardigan: White House, Black Market, Cargos: Michael Kors, Shoes: DSW, Boots: Nordstrom (Frye)

Nov 7th, Feeling Patriotic

 I probably should have worn this outfit yesterday- but I didn’t- so here I am feeling very patriotic today.

The thing is though, wearing red jeans can be tricky. They are so attention seeking, it’s important that the top doesn’t compete too much with the bottom. On the other hand you don’t want to be too boring!

As you can see on the right- the white t shirt and the jean jacket are a little too plain. Plus, the jean jacket sleeves are too long and the fit is too boxy. Finally, my red shoes are a little to ‘matchy, matchy’!

On the left is my reworked outfit. Here I’ve selected a blue and white silk tank with an interesting print. I layered it under a more fitted jacket and rolled the sleeves up.

I love the loose, flowy style of this tank because it allows my tummy plenty of room to breathe- and the jacket ads a layer of warmth and texture. To complete the look I chose my Stella and Dot statement necklace. As for my shoes, instead of the matching red shoes I chose my wedge loafers. Now I can wear socks and my feet are toasty warm.

Jeans: Marshalls, Tank: Banana Republic, Jacket: Gap, Shoes: J Crew, Necklace: Stella and Dot

Nov 6th, Back in Black

Ever since the movie, Four Christmases with Reece Witherspoon I have been obsessed with wearing all black!

I tried to find a photo of her outfit from the movie- but couldn’t find one- so I’m sorry if you don’t know what I’m talking about!

Basically she is wearing a black pencil skirt, a black blouse and a black belt throughout most of the movie. It’s such a classic and stylish look- and I love it!

Today I am showing my version. I’ve chosen a stretchy black pencil skirt, a black cashmere v neck sweater, black tights and black wedge heels. In order to break up the all black- and add a splash of unexpected color- I added a pink skinny belt. I kept my jewelry very simple- a dainty little necklace and a silver cuff bracelet.

It’s a perfect outfit for me to wear to work today!

Be careful though… the outfit on the right is an example of all black gone wrong. Here I’m wearing my old black pencil skirt- which is too long- as you can see it goes below my knees! I’ve also chosen a short sleeve, crew neck black t shirt. Personally, A t shirt seems too casual for work, and the high crew neck is too matronly. Lastly, my loafer type heels are clunky looking- don’t you think?

I wanted to take a minute to give a special shout out to one of my regular readers- Susan. Her son is in the hospital recovering from a very intense surgery, and I want her to know that I’m thinking about her- and sending prayers and positive thoughts her way. If you have a minute today- please say a little prayer for Susan and her family. Thank you.

Skirt: Gap, Sweater: Ann Taylor, Belt: Target, Shoes: Macy’s