Jan 21st, Rub A Dub Dub

 Silly title, I know, but I’m at a loss for something better and this sweater sort of reminds me of my bathrobe.

It’s big and comfy but there’s something about this belt that isn’t quite working.

So what to do? Donate the sweater to the Goodwill.

Heck no! I’ll just untie the belt- and re-tie it in the back- opening up the sweater to make it look less like a robe and more like a fashionable over-size sweater.

To keep from looking enormous, be sure to pair it with skinny jeans or pants. (These look black in the picture, but they are actually very dark blue). Add a gorgeous scarf from J Crew,  I am all set for a cozy weekend by the fire!

I should take my own advice and cut the tags off my scarf- it would look a lot cuter!

Jeans: Madewell, Sweater: Anthropologie, Scarf: J Crew, White T Shirt: Nordstrom, Boots: DSW

Enjoy!

Dec 10th, 30 for 30- Day 10

 I can just hear you now, ‘Hey, didn’t you wear those jeans yesterday?’,

‘Why- yes, I did! Thanks for noticing!’ When you only have 30 items to chose from and only 5 of them are pants (or jeans) I’m a bit limited…

I really like this outfit today- it’s super warm, super comfy and oh so me!

On the right I am showing how it just doesn’t quite look right. The mom jeans are a bit dorky, the white crew neck shirt is dated, the long sleeves peeking out under the 3/4 sleeves… the whole thing is just off.

On the left I’ve switched to my more modern cute jeans, replaced the white shirt for my striped shirt, added this great colored scarf and then switched the shoes for boots. I’m trying something that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately- the high socks peaking out above the boots. I like this trend, not only do the socks keep my jeans tucked into the boots, but they also keep my toes toasty!

Off to my son’s basketball game. Wish him luck! He needs it! They got slaughtered last night 71-40. Ouch!

Nov 27th, Home Again

After a lovely week in Hawaii, I’m now happy to be home. Maybe ’cause I’m a Kansas girl, but to me, there’s no place like home!

Today’s outfit is a weekend, casual look. I’ve paired a denim shirt with a classic cable knit sweater and my boyfriend jeans. I then added my wedge boots to give the outfit an unexpected kick.

On the right you can see how this over-size sweater is not quite working for me. Similar to what I showed a few weeks ago- dressing in large clothes is not flattering, no matter what size you are- it will make you look enormous. Instead, opt for something more fitted- something that works with your figure- not against it!

The sweater on the left is a great example of why to always buy quality when it comes to a classic piece like this. This sweater was purchased by my grandfather in approx 1955 in Ireland. It was given to my mother- who then passed it down to me. It’s been sitting on the top shelf of my closet for years- and then I finally pulled it down, tried it on and wow!

I am so excited- it’s a beautiful piece that maybe I’ll pass down to my daughter one day… you think?

Love the leather covered buttons- such beautiful craftsmanship. They don't make them like this anymore!

Sweater: Gift from Mom, Jeans: Gap, Denim Shirt: Martin and Osa, Boots: Marshalls

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I feel like I have so much to be thankful for, and rather than list them here- just know that I am extremely grateful for all my blessing and full of love for my family.

Today I’m showing an outfit that I took photos of a few weeks ago.

I’m showing how to take a cocktail dress and turn it in the a more casual and everyday outfit.

I bought this dress at Marshalls for an all white party I was going to last summer.

I haven’t worn it since but decided to try to tone it down a bit by pairing it with a denim jacket, scarf and boots. Now it’s a cute outfit for work or lunch with friends.

Looking at the photos- it would be better with boots that come up a little higher. Oh well…

Hope you have a wonderful day, enjoy your family and take a moment to be aware of all your blessings.

Nov 23rd, Guest Post #2

For today’s  guest post I’m showing 2 cute outfits sent by a reader. They aren’t before and after shots- but just 2 outfits, one cute- one not so cute. The first outfit is this cute striped shirt and skinny jeans. To compliment the look she has added this cool scarf (love the holes), a leopard belt and boots! Great mix of patterns! The only thing I would change is I would have looped the scarf one more time around my neck- just so the tail doesn’t hang down so low.

Love the scarf, the belt and the boots! Very cute look!

The outfit below didn’t work out for her- in fact, because if the ruffled shirt her husband jokingly said she looked like George Washington! I don’t think he meant it as a compliment. I will say though- I’ve been seeing these shirts all over the place- but that still doesn’t make them cute. This is a good example of how just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s right.

I do like her colored cords- not sure if they are brown or purple- but they look great! Thanks so much for sending these pics! Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

This ruffle shirt just isn't doing it for me.

Nov 7th, Frilly and Fun


Have you noticed that I tend to wear skirts or dresses on Monday? I guess after a casual weekend, I’m ready to look dressed up again.
Plus, I say this each time, but it’s true- I think they are so comfortable.

Especially today’s choice. Maybe it’s because I think it’s actually a nightgown. I’m not positive, but I did buy it in the pajama section at Anthropologie! Oh well… I guess my secret’s out!

One thing in particular that drew me to this dress is this frilly skirt part. Every time I wear it people actually ask if they can pet me! Seriously! I don’t blame them though- the texture is so fun!

On the right I’m showing how this dress looks all alone. It’s cute, but it actually does look like it needs more.

On the left I’ve added a bright pink cardigan and a necklace. Paired with tights and my black boots- I now have a complete and extremely comfy outfit. Have a great Monday!

This hot pink is one of the trendy colors of the season. Plus, it brightens up a gray outfit!

Dress: Anthropologie, Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack, Boots: Nordstrom, Necklace: Cookie Lee

Oct. 18th, My Perfect Dress

I love the way this dress hangs- it just has such a casual and comfy feel to it!
This works- but it's so expected!

I read somewhere that when you are shopping and looking for the perfect dress- you will know it as soon as you try it on. This isn’t always true- but for this dress it was!

There is something I just really love about it! It fits well, I love the stripes and it is super comfy- yet there is something more…

I think part of it is the long sleeves! I’ve mentioned before how I am always cold- so long sleeves is a great way to keep my arms warm!

I also love the way this dress has elastic around the waistline- giving the top this lovely drapey look- and then giving the bottom half a more slender look.

To make this look a little more stylish-and not too predictable- I added a braided brown leather belt, some grey colored tights (I’m liking these colored tights more than I thought), and brown boots. To compliment the entire outfit- I added a necklace (this makes a V and draws the eye down- competing with the whole horizontal thing). As an added bonus- I just happened to have a purse that matches my boots- so thought you’d like seeing that as well.

This dress is ideal to me because it can be worn to work, to a PTSA meeting (as in today!) to run errands in, or even for the weekend- throw a cute denim jacket and scarf over it!

I’m telling ya, you’ll be seeing this new friend again!

I like the brown and black together- it's a great color combo

Dress: Nordstrom, Boots: Target, Tights: DSW, Purse: Michael Kors, Necklace: gift from mom!