Nov 18th, What to Wear at Disneyworld

Over the past year and a half of blogging, one question I hear over and over is ‘what should I wear at Disneyworld?’.

Well, this week my family is on vacation at Disneyworld, so I thought it was the perfect time to share with you my suggestions!

Here are my top 5 things not to do:

1. Wear new shoes

2. Wear high heels (think of Gloria from Modern Family)

3. Wear a bikini top as a shirt (I’ve seen this on hot days).

4. Wear a fanny pack (See picture below for further proof)

5. Dress your entire family in matching outfits

Now that I’ve gone over the “dont’s” let’s talk about some “do’s”!

In my opinion, the 2 most important “do’s” are: 1) comfort, 2) layering.

The weather in Florida can change quickly- so you want to be prepared for anything! Also, you will be walking ALOT so you definitely need shoes that are ultra comfy.

Let’s look at the photos above. As you can see from my picture on the right I am wearing a colorful t shirt, cropped jeans and my comfy tennis shoes. Problem is, I look like a total dork!

On the left I have on much cuter cropped jeans (ankle length is much more flattering than mid calf), a striped tank and a bright zipped hoodie. During the day when it’s warm, I can take off the hoodie and the tank is cute enough to stand on it’s own. In the evening, I’ll throw the sweatshirt back on.

As for my feet- I have replaced the clunky (and dorky) tennis shoes with my Puma’s. These are as comfy as tennis shoes, but much sleeker and stylish.

The last item I would recommend is either a cute backpack (especially if you have small children who can’t carry their own stuff) or a large cross body purse. I’ve opted for the purse option. My kids are old enough now (9 & 11) that they can carry their own drawstring bags with sweatshirt, sunglasses, water bottle, hat, snack). That leaves me to carry wallet, camera, guide book, scarf and a bottle of water.

My aim isn’t to be the most fashionable person in Disneyworld- but I at least want to look somewhat cute- espcecially since we will be looking at the photos from this trip for years to come…

This large, cross body bag will hold my phone, camera, water bottle, scarf… the essentials!

Surely this picture doesn’t even need an explanation.

By the end of the episode, Gloria was in slippers!

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April 28th, Sports Mom

I’m on the run!

My son has 3 games today, so I’ve opted for a casual, layered outfit of cargo pants, a tank and a cardigan (this seems to be my uniform these days).

On the right I have on my old loose black cargos. Paired with this baggy tank, I look frumpy- and large in the middle.

The bright pink cardigan is cute- but it’s lost in this outfit. Everything just looks too big.

On the left I have slimmed the look down. The first thing I did was match my tank to my pants (almost). This creates a long vertical line, making me look taller and thinner.

The cut of these cargos is skinny, which also helps create a more slimming look. This tank (in this cool shiny fabric) is also more fitted- and partially tucked in.  To add some brightness to the outfit, I topped it with an orange cardigan.

The small details of the belt and dainty necklace help create a more pulled together look.  To finish it off, I’ve got on my leopard ballet flats. It’s a fun way to add an unexpected pattern into the outfit.

Go enjoy your Saturday! I see sunshine in Seattle! Yippee!

Strange pose, I know- but I wanted to show this cute belt- from Target! It's also a great way to see how large my caboose is! My girlfriend commented the other day, 'wow! you've got junk in your trunk!'. Thanks to JLo I don't mind having a big butt!

Technically, my shoes don't match- but since they are leopard- it works. Think of leopard as a neutral- it goes with anything!

Pants: Michael Kors, Tank: French Connection, Cardigan: Target, Shoes: Target, Belt: Target, Necklace: made by my sisters!

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Feb 18th, What a Lovely Clavicle you Have!

 I remember when I was trying on wedding dresses (years ago) the salesperson commented that I had a lovely clavicle and should show it off.

At the time, I had no idea what my clavicle was- so the strange compliment went over my head.

I’m not sure why I even shared that, except that when you have a part of your body that you are proud of- it’s ok to show it off. (Not that I’m actually proud of my clavicle- but you get the point).

If you have lovely long legs- wear mini skirts, fabulous arms- wear sleeveless tops, great cleavage- a v neck top, a lovely clavicle- an open neckline.

This top shows off my lovely clavicle (such that it is).

All kidding aside, I actually really love this outfit- it is so simple, yet it works. I love outfits in neutral colors- they seem so natural, easy and effortless to me.

However, even a neutral outfit can go wrong.  On the right I’ve got on a plain long sleeve shirt- and it just doesn’t do anything for this outfit. There is nothing interesting standing out in this look.

On the left I have switched out the plain shirt for this cute sweater with the flattering neckline. I’ve layered a purple tank under the sweater (which is a stretch for me- I usually always just wear a plain white tank- but I thought this little hint of color might be fun). I’ve then added a long necklace and a bracelet (rule of 3) and finished the look with my booties.

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A solid color sweater doesn't have to be boring. This ruffled neckline gives it a little interest.

Sweater: Loft, Pants: Nordstrom, Shoes: Kohl’s, Necklace: Lia Sophia, Bracelet: H&M

Jan 31st, Chic Blog of the Week, Who Me?!

 Oh my gosh, this is so exciting. Sweet Melissa (I love that song by the way) of All Things Chic, has selected Everyday Mom Style to be the Chic Blog of the Week!

I am so flattered! Thank you Melissa for highlighting my little project! It means the world to me- not only because I am a huge fan of your blog but also because I love getting style tips and ideas from you!

If you want to check out her post, and if you were ever curious what my face looks like click here (I swear this is not a mug shot- although I don’t blame you for wondering. Now you know why I chop my head off in all my pics!).

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In celebration of today I have decided to dress in my alter ego- rocker chic! I bought this tweedy, Chanel inspired jacket thinking it was a very serious jacket and would be perfect for work. In the picture on the right you can see how I had it zipped up and paired with baggy black trousers. I didn’t look like a serious employee- I looked old fashioned!

On the left I have updated my look. By unzipping the jacket and pairing it with these sexy skinny pants and boots- then adding a oversize, flowy tank layered with lots of silver chains- I have made my outfit more current and stylish. Rock on!

From dowdy gal to rocker mom!

Pants: Gap, Tank: H&M, Jacket: Nordstrom, Boots: Nordstrom, Necklace: Kohl’s

Jan 8th, Weekend Casual- Layering

Today I need to run a few errands, and then I’m planning on doing some essential work around the house- so I’m ultra casual- just jeans and a t shirt!

But alone- it’s a little boring.

Here’s a tip I’ve learned- layering is key! It adds texture and interest to any outfit!

You can see I have a white tank under the pink shirt, and then on top  I decided to add this cute utility jacket.

I love this jacket- love the length (covers my butt), love the ruggedness of the look (compared to this sweet pink shirt), and love the deep pockets! You never know what you’ll find in there!

In addition to adding the jacket,  I switched out my Uggs for my wedge heeled boots and rolled my cuffs. Again, very simple- not ultra stylish- but at least I’ve made a little effort!

I like the pairing of the pink shirt with the green jacket. Fun color combo!

The other day I asked what is your ‘go to’ shoe for the season? Clearly, mine are these cute boots!

Well, my sweet neighbor, Laurel, sent me this link. I don’t think these are her ‘go to’ shoes, but for a great laugh- check out this hilarious website with high heeled tennis shoes.

For real!

Please, just promise me you won’t buy any! 🙂

Shirt: Michael Stars, Jeans: Gap, Jacket: Marshalls, Boots: Khol’s

Nov 5th, You Look Familiar

I seem to be drawn to this look! I wore a similar outfit a few weeks ago, as seen here. But this is my weekend (much more casual) version!

It all starts with this cute plaid shirt and jeans- as seen on the right. Alone, this outfit could be cute, but you know me and my rule of 3!

My 3 changes are adding a colored tank under the button down and adding the utility jacket on top. I also rolled my jeans and switched out my shoes for these cute and trendy booties.

My theory is, if you find a look you like- don’t be afraid to try different versions of it it over and over again.

I love this jacket even more than my utility vest because of it's long length!

Jeans: Gap, Tank: Nordstroms, Shirt: Target, Vest: Marshalls, Booties: Marshalls, Necklace: Jewel Kade

Oct 22nd, Weekend Wear

 Finally the weekend! Today’s outfit is a typical weekend outfit- cargo khakis and a white shirt (again). This time I’ve paired it with a cute red vest to add warmth. For a mild fall day, a vest is a great substitute for a coat.

On the right I’m showing a before look- complete with tennis shoes. I know I’ve shown this before- but it needs repeating. Not only do tennis shoes make me look dated, but they are not flattering! Look how short and stubby my legs look! Weird!

On the left is my re-do. I’ve swapped the tennies for my cute wedge desert booties. I’ve added warmth and color by layering a denim shirt over the white shirt- and then also thrown a striped scarf on to top the whole look off.

Not only is the scarf a cute addition, but it will keep me warm during yet another soccer game! Thank goodness the season's almost over!

Pants: Louis Permilia, Vest: Target, White shirt: Anthropologie, Denim shirt: Martin and Osa, Scarf: Sears, Booties: Kohl’s

Sept 26th, Falling In Love

When you think about dressing in 3's you'll never look boring!

This just seems a little boring!

I love fall- and it seems like most people do. What is it? The cooler weather? Back to school? College football? For me, it’s the clothes! Today is a typical fall day in the Pacific Northwest- it’s grey, rainy and mild temperature.

Once again, I am showing how to build an outfit. I started with my skinny jeans and a purple shirt. Just these 2 items alone are boring! So, I’m taking advice from Jessica Quirk- of What I Wore. She advises you always dress in 3’s. I knew this to be true when decorating (group collections of things in three’s), but it’s also true for building an outfit.

Following this advice I added a grey grandpa style cardigan. I’ll admit- when the salesgirl at J Crew suggested I buy this, I hesitated. I thought there was no way I would wear that. Luckily, she convinced me and I’m so glad. I’ve had this sweater for almost 2 years now and I wear it all the time. The grey is a great neutral color and I can throw this sweater on over any skinny pants and add style and hide my butt at the same time. Genius!

Building on the purple top and the grey sweater, this new scarf from Target is the perfect final touch. I love the colors- and it seems to tie the whole look together. To complete the look, I have on black ballet flats (to match the black in the scarf) and a very small arm party 0f silver bracelets (to match the grey sweater). That’s it… now I’m off to work! Have a great Monday!

In this picture I left the scarf untied. Not sure which is better? What do you think?

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Jeans: Anthropologie, Top: Nordstrom, Cardigan: J Crew, Scarf: Target, Shoes: Nordstrom (Tory Burch)