Sept 14th, Black and Blue

A silky top and comfy pants. A perfect outfit for lots of errands.

Untucked just doesn't seem to look as polished.

I never used to wear black and blue together- partly because they were my high school colors (go Lancers!), and partly because I was worried I’d look like a giant bruise! Thankfully, I’m over that- because these 2 colors actually really work well together.

I am going to be in and out of my car a bunch today, so I wanted something that was easy to wear, comfortable and I can maneuver easily in. I went with one of my favorite pants- these cute black ankle length ones. They are made of rayon, lycra and nylon- so the fabric literally bends with my body~ I love it! I also love that they are ankle length. In my mind there is something very Audrey Hepburn about these. Maybe not?!

I paired them with a bright blue silk top. Again- I went with comfort first. This top, being silk, feels like heaven! I have always worn it untucked- but today tried tucking it in (loosely) and actually like it so much better. To complete the look I threw on a skinny belt, a necklace and black flats. I then decided to change things up a bit and tried my new leopard flats. Which is cuter? You tell me!

I love having one unexpected item in an outfit. Today it's the leopard shoes!

Shirt: Nordstrom (Bellatrix), Pants: Express, Shoes (leopard): Target, Shoes (Black): Tory Burch, Necklace: Target, Belt: Ann Taylor

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Sept 13th, Down on the Farm

Striped shirt and jeans- an easy and cute outfit.

I'm calling foul for this look!

Today is my farm day- each Tuesday I head over to a local farm to pick up my
produce for the week. It’s a great way to support local farmers, and eat fresh fruits and veggies. During the summer I’d take my kids and they would enjoy picking the berries.

Since I’ll be out there doing the picking myself today- I need an outfit that will work. I chose comfy jeans and a striped top. I’m showing 2 versions of a striped top- one that works (in my opinion) and one that doesn’t. On the right my black and white striped shirt looks a little too much like a referee. I also don’t care for the large black cuffs and the fit is tight- and horizontal stripes already make people look wide- in a tight fit this can be made worse.

On the left I am wearing a cuter striped shirt. This one has a better fit, a cute boatneck and the stripes are further apart. I’ve rolled my jeans again- I seem to really like that look, and for shoes I went with ultra comfortable- ballet flats.

I decided to not wear any jewelry- do you think I should add a necklace? What’s missing?

I looked for several months to find a cute striped t shirt- now they are everywhere! This one is from J Crew.

Jeans: Nordstrom Rack (It Brand- style Pepper), Shoes: Tod’s, Shirt: J Crew

Sept 7th, Indian Summer

Black and white doesn't have to be boring. It's the small details that make this interesting.

It was 82 degrees here yesterday! What a perfect day. My only complaint is that we waited all summer for that kind of day- and now that summer is over, we finally get it. Seriously!

Today is supposed to be another hot one, so I am wearing a sleeveless top and cropped black capris. Since my outfit is black and white- I decided to add a little pop of color with red shoes and a red necklace. The other thing that keeps this outfit interesting is the asymmetrical hemline of this top. It also has a gathering detail that adds interest and the flowy fabric is perfect to hide my tummy.

I love the hemline and gathers in this top.

The red shoes from Target add a pop of color. And they are comfy!

Pants: Nordstroms, Tank: Black Dog Boutique, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Cookie Lee

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