Sept. 18th, Hot (Pink) Pants

 I bought these bright pink pants last year- and was a bit nervous about the color, they are so bright!

But it turns out, I love wearing them! Truth be told, I feel a bit like a barbie doll when I do.

They are just so pink- and so bright- and so attention seeking! With that in mind, I figured my top must be a bit subdued- which is why I chose my off white blazer.

I figured a blazer would help my outfit look a bit more professional- and the neutral color is a perfect balance for the bright pants.

Underneath the blazer, I opted for this cute black and white polka dot top- with a cute V neck.

Let me tell you about this top- I bought it at Target (God, I love Target) thinking it was a great piece- but as you can see on the right, paired with the black cropped pants and worn untucked-something didn’t feel right. Part of the problem is the cut- it is a very loose, flowy top- and with these pants the whole outfit is too baggy. A pair of skinny jeans or leggings and it might work.

As for the cropped pants– I say this over and over again- but ladies- please don’t wear cropped pants that end mid-calf. It makes your legs look short! Go for the ankle length- much more flattering!

Back to the ‘after’ picture. Just to add a bit more polish and complete the look, I added a black skinny belt, a statement necklace and a pair of black wedges.

This outfit would be appropriate for work or for a night out on the town (I wore it out to dinner with friends Saturday night).

A close up so you can see the detail of this cute top!

For another crazy before picture- check out this one- where I had color overload!

Pants: Nordstrom, Shoes: Macy’s, Blazer: Nordstrom, Shirt: Target, Necklace: Kohl’s

Sept 17th, Shirt Dress

I mentioned last week that one of my Top 10 items for fall is a shirt dress- so I thought I’d show you today what I mean!

I bought this cute dress this summer at Off 5th. It’s made by Laundry by Shelli Segal.

When looking for a shirt dress, look for something with:

1. details from a man’s shirt (collar, pockets, button front, cuffed sleeves)

2. Looser fit, waist defined by belt

3. Usually in crisp fabric like cotton

Since I love seeing comparisons, today I’m showing some ‘before’ pictures that I pulled from Pinterest, just to show what in my opinion is not working!

Let’s take photo #1- this gorgeous gal looks like she forgot her pants! To me, this shirt is too loose- and it honestly looks like she borrowed it from her boyfriend and called it good. I do love her sandals though!

Photo #2- This gal also didn’t add a belt to define her waist, which makes this dress a little too shapeless. While I love purple, something about this color seems a little off to me. I also do not like these shoes with this dress. A heel or strappy sandal would have been better.

Photo #3- This gal looks dated. I’m all for vintage- but this pattern just looks frumpy- not modern at all- even her sandals look dated. I do like the cute cardigan and matching belt though…

Photo #4 (ME!) I like this dress because it is in classic black- I can easily add color by adding a cardigan, jewelry or even shoes. Basic black will always be in style! I also love the draping in the front, it is loose- but not too loose and is very comfy! I do notice that something is funky with my belt- I think it got twisted and truth be told- when looking at the photos- I don’t like my shoes much either! They seem a little dated. Time to go shopping! 🙂

Linking up with BonBon Rose girls for Monday Mingle!

 

Sept 14th, Oh Yes You Can!

No, this isn’t an Obama rally cry- I’m referring to wearing white jeans after labor day.

Old school style mavens will tell you that it’s against the ‘rules’. Well, I’m here to tell you that those are outdated rules and white looks gorgeous all year long.

One of my favorite ways to wear white is with other neutral colors. I just think there is something so classic about this look.

Today I’ve chosen a cream tank and layered this open weave sweater (in the same tone) over the top.

Take a look at my outfit on the left compared to the right.

I’m wearing the exact same sweater in both pictures (duh!), but on the left I’ve paired it with these cute cropped white jeans- as opposed to the bootcut pair on the right. I’ve then swapped out my dark, boring boots for these cute ballet flats in the same tone as my sweater.

By simply changing the cut of the jeans- and shoes- I have totally changed the entire look. To follow my rule of 3, I’ve added a necklace.

A quick note about this outfit: by pairing J Crew jeans & Tory Burch shoes I am able to throw in this Target sweater and yet still have my outfit look ‘expensive’!

Keep in mind, if you are nervous about wearing white- go for a creamy white, or even an off white.

It’s Fashion Friday, so I’m linking up with All Things Chic today! Be sure to check it out!

Sept 13th, 10 Fall Trends for Everyday Moms

Hello Everyday Moms!

Below is my personal list of 10 Fall Trends- and let me warn you- it may not be the most fashionable list around town- but it is a realistic and practical shopping list for anyone who wants to update their closet -as opposed to buying an entire new wardrobe with each new season- (yeah right?!).

First on the list:

1. Boots that can be worn with socks. My feet are cold all fall/ winter and while I love my ballet flats- a great pair of comfy boots can be an everyday staple.

2. Desert booties to alternate on the days when I’m not wearing the boots above!

Last year I bought 2 pairs- one from Khol’s, one from DSW. This year I am splurging and going for the J Crew ones!

3. A perfect chambray shirt- can be worn as a jacket, over a t shirt, under a sweater, thrown over a tank, layered under a cardigan… so many options and it goes with EVERYTHING!

4. Colored denim- last year I bought a gorgeous pair of plum skinny jeans at Anthropologie- then I chickened out and returned them. This year I am much braver (plus I found a pair at Target- so it wasn’t much of an investment). I can’t wait to wear them!

5. A scarf- that can be worn with anything! I love how a scarf adds so much personality to an outfit. It makes a plain boring shirt have some personality, plus it keeps me warm! Keep in mind- buy a scarf that has some bulk. Nothing is worse than an anemic scarf! I love floral patterns, but sometimes a nice neutral one is fun too!

6. A slouchy sweater- throw this on with some black leggings, a pair of boots and you are set for the weekend. I love the effortless, casual- yet stylish look!

Photo from Pinterest.

7. A striped shirt! Yes, big surprise, huh?! I am a serious stripe fanatic and can’t seem to get enough of them. That’s ok… stripes are a classic look and you can never have too many!

8. A cool leather jacket! Last year I bought one at Marshalls, and I think I made a mistake. I was so excited about the price, that I sacrificed fit-as seen here! Find one that fits like a glove- is comfy- and is real leather. Nothing worse than a pleather jacket!

9. A shirt dress- I love this look! Paired with tights, boots, maybe a scarf and a cool handbag and you can run errands, attend meetings, go to lunch and look cool the whole time!

Notice how she has a shirt under her dress… interesting?!
Photo from Pinterest.

10. A cable knit sweater- again, this one is a classic. It goes with anything- is comfy and warm- and will never go out of style.

In looking over this list- I realize I have really been quite boring- nothing to flashy, to trendy, to daring… oh well, let’s face it- my style is American Classic and I can’t change who I am! All I can say is: love it or leave it! If you love it- thanks~ please take a minute to write me a little comment! You have NO IDEA how much they mean to me! Seriously, every time I hear from a reader I am thrilled that someone has actually read my blog, liked what they saw and taken the time to write me! 🙂

If I forgot something- please let me know that too… I’ll happily update my list- or create another one in a few months!

Linking up to Pleated Poppy for What I wore Wednesday! Be sure to check out all the other cute sites!

Sept 11th, Inspired by Friends

Do you have super stylish friends whose style you’d like to copy?

I do!

I swear, sometimes I feel like such a joke having a style blog when I look around at all my friends and realize they are FAR more stylish than I am.

For example, I had a friend over the other day- and she looked adorable- I should have taken her picture, but I didn’t. Darn!

Instead I went to pinterest to find pictures of what she was wearing! See below:

She had on skinny jeans, a black and white polka dot J crew top and a bright green cardigan accessorized by these gorgeous Stella and Dot earrings.

I decided to try to copy her look- but using items I already have in my closet. My look isn’t as cute as hers, but at least it inspired me to combine a few pieces I already own and wear them in a totally new way.

Because I’m working today, I chose gray skinny pants instead of jeans, then I added my black and white checked shirt and a bright green cardigan. My shoes are not nearly as stylish- but I have to be on my feet all day today, so these Puma’s will have to do.

If you’re looking for inspiration- check out Pinterest– there are literally millions of ‘friends’ for you to be inspired by!

Pants: Banana Republic, Shirt: J Crew, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Puma

Sept 10th, Dinner With Friends

When you get invited to a friend’s house for dinner do you struggle with what to wear? I do!

You don’t want to be too dressy, but you don’t want to look like a slob either.

It’s so hard to get it right!

I wore this outfit to a friend’s house last weekend- and I thought it was pretty cute- with the exception of the shoes.

Don’t get me wrong- I really love these shoes- but for the occasion they seemed a little off. Most of the gals were wearing strappy sandals- and having closed toe shoes on felt a little too wintery, but oh well- what can you do?

Just for fun, let’s compare outfits on the right and left- and why the outfit on the right, although similar, doesn’t quite work.

Start with the cardigan- I bought this at Nordstrom’s a few years ago- at the insistence of the sales gal- and I have regretted it ever since. It just seems so ‘old lady-ish’ to me. The collar hangs funny and seems droopy.

The jeans are too long (see how the gather at my ankles) and the light blue color isn’t right for evening. The plain black flats are boring.

As for the left- I switched out the cardigan for this fun blazer. It provides the same warmth as a cardigan, but appears so much more polished. The dark cropped jeans are also more trendy and stylish. Lastly, my shoes- I opted for these cute snakeskin pointy toed heels. Lke I said before- I LOVE these shoes, but am not sure they were the best choice for a summer evening event. I would definitely wear this to work though!

This pale pink shell looks nice under the white blazer.

Shell and jeans- J Crew, Blazer- Nordstrom, Shoes: DSW, necklace- gift from my sisters

Linked up to Momtrends for Monday Mingle.

Sept 9th, Soccer Mom

I debated about even showing you my outfit from yesterday- because really- it isn’t that fashionable!  I just thought it was sort of cute…and definitely better than the outfit on the right.

But then I remembered that pre- Everyday Mom Style–  knowing what to wear to children’s sporting events used to be a struggle for me. Do I go with yoga pants and a sweatshirt? Jeans and a cardigan? What do people wear to these things?!

I figured if there are other moms out there wondering what to wear to their kids games- than maybe I should go ahead and post my outfit.

Luckily, yesterday it was over 80 degrees, so I didn’t need multiple layers (like I usually do), so I opted for a simple shorts and tank combo.

To make the outfit bright and interesting, I went with these cute madras plaid shorts and a pink tank. To keep my look polished, I added a long necklace and cute leather sandals.

It was cute, comfy and weather appropriate. Too bad my daughter’s team lost… oh well, there’s always next week! Go Flyers!

Shorts and tank from Old Navy, Shoes from Target

September 6th, Khaki and White

I apologize for my before picture- but I had to do it. 

In the past few days I have seen several moms sporting the ‘socks with sandals’ look- and it has got to stop!

Yes, I know I live in the Pacific Northwest- where some people consider this to be ok… but honestly, it’s not.

Trust me.

As for my outfit- I love the simple, classic look of khaki and white together- as seen here and here.

These 2 colors are always in style.  However- as usual, I must tell you that you can’t just throw on a white golf shirt and a pair of cropped khakis and call it good.

In my opinion a collared shirt should only be worn on the golf course.

As for the knee length cropped khakis- surely the picture says it all. These are not flattering- they are frumpy!

On the left you can see my re-worked outfit. This cute cargo style skirt is a great alternative to the cropped khaki pant. The pockets give it some detail, and the leopard belt peeking out adds an interesting pattern.  On that same note, instead of a plain white shirt, I have chosen this cool waffle texture shirt. It has these cute buttons down the front- which also add some visual interest.

Lastly- I’m wearing my orthopedic sandals by Naot. I LOVE these shoes!! They are truly one of the most comfortable shoes I have EVER owned. I’ll be sad when summer is over and I can’t wear them anymore. I need to see if Naot makes boots?!  Anyone?!

I went for the half tuck… wanted to show off my belt.

Sept 4th, Jeans and a Shirt

I’m a huge fans of jeans and a shirt- it’s an easy, comfy, ‘go to’ mom outfit for me.

The thing is, I see so many moms wearing a similar look (jeans and a tee), but instead of looking cute- it can be frumpy.

A big, boxy t shirt is not flattering and tennis shoes with jeans just isn’t a good look.

Trust me.

Truthfully, if you still own any t shirts from college- it’s time to get rid of them. Unless you are really sentimental about one (like the one I’m wearing on the right was my waitress uniform back when I met my hubby)… I’d say get rid of all of them.

On the left is my re-worked outfit. It’s the same pair of jeans- but with this interesting tank and grey cardigan- my outfit seems more stylish, and yet it’s just as comfy.

You’ll notice I’ve replaced the tennis shoes with my Naot sandals- but my Puma flats would have worked here as well.

This time I tied the tails of the tank.

Here is the tank all alone. I picked this up at a flea market in Palm Desert last spring. I loved the color and the pattern.

Sept 1st, Ikat Tunic

 I stumbled across this cool Ikat top at World Market- of all places!

Sometimes I like to poke around there to find cool wrapping paper, cards and such- but then I saw this fun top and snapped it up thinking it would be a great swim suit cover up!

Needless to say, for the 3 weeks I was in Kansas (in the 100 degree heat) I never wore it, but actually, here in the Pacific Northwest, one does need a LONG SLEEVED cover up! Go figure!

Today I decided to try it a new way- as a tunic. Layered over my white jeans, I simply belted the top, (to give it a little more shape) added cute necklace and sandals and off we went to the mall to do back to school shopping.

I was so comfy- and will definitely be wearing this again!

I’m not usually a fan of prints- but I love the Ikat print- especially in my favorite colors, blue and white!

Shirt: World Market, Jeans: J Crew, Sandals: Naot

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