No time for a before and after post this morning, I am running late and need to get out the door- but I wanted to quickly show my outfit that was inspired by @CBStyled over on Instagram. She did a cute post yesterday showing how to wear joggers 13 different ways- and they were all adorable! As you know, I love my joggers- they are seriously the most comfortable pant on earth, so I was excited to see her post and find some cute ideas. Below is my quick take on building an outfit around my grey joggers from Target. I added a cropped knit sweater (Vince) and then threw on a scarf to tie the colors together. For my feet I am wearing wedge heel booties from J Crew that I have had for years. Gotta run, sorry for the quickie!
Oct 10, Denim Shirt
Today’s OOTD is another Nordstrom inspired look from the email marketing campaign I received over the weekend.
The advice for today was to build a look around a classic accessory like a wool felt hat, which is adorable on some people, but not me! Instead I decided to build my outfit around a classic piece- my denim shirt.
I’ve had a denim shirt for years now, and if you don’t own one- I highly suggest you buy one asap. Either that or a denim jacket, which may be my all time favorite! A denim shirt (or jacket) is so versatile, it literally goes with everything. I always pack one when I travel, as it is the perfect layering piece. The one I’m wearing today is from American Eagle, but I also have one from J Crew that is more fitted.
Today I have paired my shirt with joggers. I like the casual, loose fit, but I don’t want to look messy, so I needed to tuck it in and roll the sleeves. To really add some style I have chosen snakeskin slides. While it’s tempting to just wear my comfy slip on sneakers, these shoes are a statement piece and truly complete the look.
Shoes- Nordstrom Rack
Shirt- American Eagle
Oct 3, Athleisure Wear
This casual outfit is a combination of an athletic top paired with joggers, perfect for running errands.
I have a tennis match today, so need to be wearing this top, but wanted to show how it could be paired with casual joggers as an alternative look.
The joggers on the left are made of 100% cotton, and they don’t fit well. They are too loose. See how they bag at the knees? They also are too long- notice how they meet my shoes? The joggers on the right, which are made of polyester and spandex, are a more flattering fit. The rolled cuffs allow for a peek at my ankles and my cute slip on tennis shoes. As for the top, the way it flares out right at my hips makes me look a wider. By tying it in the back- and defining my waist- I look slimmer.
If it’s chilly, I will throw on a denim jacket with the sleeves rolled up.
Shoes- Dr Scholl’s (Marshalls)
Sept 15, Black Joggers
When I think of wearing joggers, I immediately think of a very casual outfit, but today I am showing a way to actually dress your joggers up a bit- and perhaps wear them to work, church, or even out to dinner.
I started with this gorgeous wine colored polyester blouse from Nordstrom (similar). Growing up in the 70’s, when I hear ‘polyester’ I think of the Brady Bunch- but honestly, it’s come a long way since then. It’s a great (and more affordable) alternative to silk, plus it washes easily. Tip of the day, don’t be afraid of polyester!
Here is how I improved the before look. I tucked in the blouse, added a cool necklace, rolled the hem of my joggers and swapped out the boots for these cute peep toe booties. Now have a cute outfit that is super comfy while also being stylish.
*full disclosure I’m not actually wearing this today, but I totally would! Instead I’m heading to yoga 🙂
Sept 6, Inspiration
One of the reasons I started this blog back in 2011 was I wanted to find ideas on how to put outfits together. I have a closet full of clothes, yet sometimes don’t know what to wear! It’s been fun discovering people with similar interests and style- and I’ve been inspired by many of them. One of those is someone I found recently over on Instagram, a teacher from Wisconsin called @Madstylestudio. She has such an effortless, casual look that I love! Today’s outfit is inspired by her outfit from yesterday!
Here is what she wore:
Straight leg jeans and a floral top. So simple, yet stylish! So… that got me to thinking about my own floral top- and decided to try it paired with 3 different bottoms.
First I tried my wide leg Levi jeans. I love the washed denim look, and I think this is cute- but I wish the jeans didn’t flare out so much at the bottom. A straighter leg would be cuter. On that note, next I tried my straight leg Lucky jeans. I definitely like this look more- but wish the jeans had a more faded, worn look like @madstylestudio
Finally, just for fun, I decided to try my new joggers. While these don’t make my legs look skinny (in fact, the opposite), I absolutely LOVE the comfort and ease of wearing them. Plus, I think it’s a fun and different look than blue jeans. The grayish color in the floral top goes well with the pants- and gives me a casual, relaxed outfit.
So thank you, @madstylestudio for inspiring me. You rock! And if you don’t currently follow her, I suggest you get yourself on over to Instagram and look her up. And let me know who else you follow! I’m always looking for more inspiration.
Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!
August 20, New Joggers
You all know I love my joggers, and today I am super excited about this brand new pair I just bought at Marshalls. They are Tencel, which is one of my favorite fabrics because it is so soft, and I LOVE the color! Gorgeous!! It’s sort of olive green/ grey, which will be a great neutral going into the fall.
One thing I like about these joggers is the length, they are just a tiny bit cropped, which gives them a super relaxed look. I also love the cargo pockets- which is a fun detail. The joggers in my before photo are too long (see how they actually cover my shoes?), plus they have this weird puckering thing going on down the sides. Not sure what that is all about?! To make matters worse, the logo t shirt isn’t adding any style. In my after photo, I have paired my new joggers with this super cute striped silk top from Ann Taylor (old). I’m always a HUGE fan of stripes, and I love how this top looks like a t shirt, but is actually silk- so fun! My Target slides complete the look.
Friends, I need your love and support for the next few days. I’m dropping my son off at his first year of college 2000 miles from home, and my heart is literally breaking. But, I’m super proud of him- and know he will have a fabulous time. It’s just hard to leave him. Please send virtual hugs my way… thanks!
August 19, Trendy
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a super trendy person. My style is more classic, plus I’m not a huge risk taker. And some trends I just can’t get on board with. Biker shorts? No thanks! Fanny pack? Not for me! But this is one trend that I absolutely fell in love with the first time I saw it. It’s a woven guitar style purse strap.
I first read about this cute strap here, but being the frugal shopper that I am, I refuse to fork out $140 just for an accessory on my purse. However, a few months went by and I kept thinking about that cute strap. Then, finally it dawned on me- I could probably find something similar on Amazon- and lo and behold, I did!
What I love about this strap is that it personalizes my otherwise generic handbag. It’s funky, it’s cool, it’s fun! There are a ton of different styles to choose from. I played it safe and went for black and white, but there are lots of bold, colorful ones as well. Check out these cute ones I found on Amazon and Etsy.
Blouse- Stitch Fix
Shoes- Lucky Brand
July 27, Coffee Date
I had a coffee date this morning with a friend who I haven’t seen all summer. It was great to catch up with her and a good reminder that I often get so busy that I forget (or don’t take the time) to nurture friendships. Gotta get better about that!
It’s a lot cooler here today, so I wore jeans and a cotton top, but my dark jeans and plain grey t shirt on the left look frumpy. The cropped and lightly distressed jeans on the right are an improvement. The sleeveless, v neck grey t shirt is more stylish than an oversize t shirt from my husband’s closet! The silver bracelets and cute sandals add some interest to the simple look.
Another outfit idea with this top is to pair it with black joggers- see below.
This is a super casual and comfy outfit that I love! If it’s chilly I can throw on a denim jacket!
T shirt- Madewell
Sandals- Lucky Brand
July 9, Comfy Sweater
I’ve been back in town for 2 days now- and have been busy working around my house, and not getting dressed in anything cute (hence no posts lately) but I had to go to the grocery store yesterday and below (on the left) is what I wore. Seriously. It’s like Everyday Mom Style revealed! YIKES!
Luckily I didn’t see anyone I knew, phew! But as I was walking out of the store, I did see a very glamorous (super tall, skinny and gorgeous) gal in black cropped leggings, a black top and then a white fur shrug draped over her shoulders. I know it sounds weird, but it was SO COOL looking and stylish. I literally thought to myself ‘what the heck am I doing writing fashion advice looking like this- when there are people like her walking around?’ She was the epitome of style. And I was the epitome of a frumpy mom.
So… instead of my frumpy outfit, today I am trying to put a little more style back into my life with my grey joggers (have I mentioned how much I love these pants) and an off the shoulder comfy sweater. I’m wearing a cute purple bralette under the sweater, which adds a little sas to the look. For my feet, I’m just wearing flip flops (which I never do), but I like the way they look with this casual outfit.
Sweater- OC Style
Flip Flops- Havaianas
June 18, Grateful
After a very busy 3 days (Convocation, 16th birthday for my daughter, Father’s Day and Graduation) I am GRATEFUL it’s all over! Today I want to chill in my comfy clothes. It’s grey and drizzly outside- so joggers and a sweatshirt are perfect for today.
In my before photo I am wearing my super comfy (but not very stylish fleece lined Lululemon pants. While these truly are the warmest and most comfy pants ever (and they were great when my kids played soccer), they aren’t flattering. The way the leg flares out below the knee is awkward, plus they are too long. My grey joggers are much cuter and fit better! My new white slides (Target) are also a cuter option than the white Birkenstocks (don’t get me wrong, I love my Birks, but the slides add a more stylish!) and the Grateful sweatshirt is a little more flattering than the big white hoodie on the left. The hoodie has a pocket in the tummy area, which adds bulk in a place where I do not need any!
This whole outfit is from Target!! Gotta love that!