Feb 1st, Outerwear

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Hi friends, and happy Friday! For today’s post I decided today to focus on outwear.

Since so many of us are running errands all day- dashing in and out of the car from one shop to the next we might actually never even take our coats off!

That being said, it’s easy to look dated and frumpy in a coat- and it’s also easy to look pulled together, so basically it’s your choice!

How much do you really care? For me- I care, only because I feel better when I feel pulled together. I feel more energized, more spunky (I know, stupid word- but I couldn’t think of anything else to say!) and I just feel polished.

When I’m out running errands dressed in frumpy clothes- I honestly feel like I don’t get as good of service as when I have put a little effort into my look. Call it superficial, but in my opinion, it’s true.

Let’s look at my photos. In my ‘before’ look I am wearing this enormous shapeless coat (which actually is my hubby’s) but I wanted to show you a before picture of a coat that is so large it literally is overwhelming me- making me look far larger than I am.  The baggy jeans and Uggs (while incredibly comfortable) are also adding to the frumpy look.

In my ‘after’ shot you’ll notice I replaced the baggy, frumpy jeans for my skinnies. I know, I know, you want to be comfortable. I hear ya! But let me tell you, these skinny jeans are truly the most comfortable pair of jeans I have EVER owned. The brand is Madewell- and I don’t know how they do it- but the cotton is so incredibly soft and stretchy, these jeans feel like yoga pants! I promise.

I’ve also replaced the ugly Uggs with my Frye boots. Again, I hear ya, you’re running errands and on your feet all day and you want to be comfortable. I feel your pain! It is so important for me to be comfortable too! By investing in these more expensive boots, I have made an investment into my foot comfort. These Frye boots are so comfy that I could wear them all day and my feet will not hurt. Plus, they look so much more stylish than the Uggs, don’t you think?

Lastly- my coat. This coat is such an improvement over the one on the right- simply because rather than swallow me up- it emphasizes my shape- while keeping me nice and toasty. The best part? I bought this coat at Target! It’s perfect for me because it covers my butt (which is essential both for keeping warm and for when wearing skinny jeans) and because of the cute belt. A belt on a coat is a must- it helps define your waist and makes you look more polished.

Finally, since this outfit is so devoid of personality (and color) I added this gorgeous bright scarf. It completes the look- and adds a nice focal point for the outfit.

Coat: Target, scarf: J Crew

Coat: Target, scarf: J Crew

Here are some good examples I pulled from Zappos. All of these coats are cute, but in my opinion, the belted ones are more flattering.

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This is the same model as above, but doesn't she look a lot thinner in this belted coat?

This is the same model as above, but doesn’t she look a lot thinner in this belted coat?

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Again, same model as above- the belted coat just makes her look thinner.

Again, same model as above- the belted coat just makes her look thinner.

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March 3rd, Soccer (or Lacrosse) Mom

 Well, tis the season for outdoor children’s sports. For some, it’s soccer season- for me it’s lacrosse.

Whatever the sport, if you’re going to be outdoors in Seattle, it’s important to dress warm. In the Pacific Northwest, lacrosse season means 45 degrees and rain.

On the right is my old raincoat my mom gave me when I moved here.

Sorry Mom, but this style is just not at all fashionable. Paired with this goofy scarf (that would look better on a snowman) I look dated and frumpy.

On the left is my updated version, and to be honest this is best I can do. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s hard to be stylish when you’re trying to stay warm!

I’ve replaced my bright blue raincoat with this cute down coat from North Face.

With a coat this big, it’s easy to look enormous, so having the belt to define my waist is essential. I also keep it smaller on the bottom by wearing my skinny jeans. Lastly, I’ve added a bright scarf to bring some color into the outfit.

As for my rain boots- to be honest, I’m not a fan of these- but they do keep my toes dry. I thought the checkered pattern was sort of cute, but now I’m second guessing myself.

Come to think of it- I think I’ll wear my Sorel’s from last weekend. (Sorry, it’s too late to take another picture, use your imagination!)

Now, for the good part (just kidding- but I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine)!

When I know I’m going to be outdoors for long periods of time, I wear long underwear under my clothes.

I wear Cuddle Duds that I get at Kohl’s. I know, the name is ridiculous, but they are the softest and warmest things out there. They come in all styles (short sleeve, long sleeve, tank) and are silky soft and super warm. They also have  long underwear pants that fit under my jeans- keeping my legs extra toasty. I pair them with Smart Wool knee socks. So, there you go- now you know my dirty little secret!  Laugh all you want, but I’m warm!

The boots aren't the most stylish ones out there- but at least my feet will stay dry. Paired with Smart Wool socks, they are warm too.

Boots: Fred Meyer, Jacket: REI, Jeans: Anthropologie, Scarf: Gift