Jan 24th, White Jeans in Winter

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I bought these white cropped skinny jeans at J Crew a while ago. Lots of people are afraid to wear white after Labor Day- but personally, I love it! From everything I have read, that is an old, outdated rule that you do not have to follow!

White jeans are easy to wear because they go with anything- but I really love pairing them with neutrals.

In this picture I chose a brown tank and this cute cropped trench coat. To tie it all together I wore a Tiger’s eye necklace (from Forever 21- great place for cheap trendy jewelry) and my favorite leopard belt (from Target). 

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Sept 21st, White Jeans Again!

If you ever wondered what my favorite item in my closet was- just look back over a few months worth of posts and you’ll probably notice I LOVE my white jeans and I LOVE stripes!

I just can’t help myself!! There is something so crisp about them, and as I said last Friday- the old rule of no white after labor day is no longer true.

In fact, Lloyd Boston*, author of Before You Put That On says: “Ladies, wear your creams and whites straight through the fall and winter. Those rules are gone.”

Today my before picture is one I’ve used before, sorry! I’m showing my white jeans with this collared long sleeve pink shirt. While I love the bright pink color- the long sleeves are covering up too much and the collar needs to go! I tend to repeat myself, but I really have a thing against collared shirts!

On the left I have replaced my golf shirt with this cute blue and white striped shirt from J Crew. I have rolled the sleeves to expose a little skin, and added this cute coral Stella and Dot necklace that my friend, Carrie gave me. I also added my leopard flats as a little unexpected pattern mixing.

Jeans: J Crew, Top: J Crew, Shoes: Target

To my local friends- yes, I wore this yesterday! Today I am working from home and wearing sweats… oh yes I am!

*Read more: http://www.oprah.com/style/Dressing-for-Your-Age/5#ixzz2772c91M7

Sept 14th, Oh Yes You Can!

No, this isn’t an Obama rally cry- I’m referring to wearing white jeans after labor day.

Old school style mavens will tell you that it’s against the ‘rules’. Well, I’m here to tell you that those are outdated rules and white looks gorgeous all year long.

One of my favorite ways to wear white is with other neutral colors. I just think there is something so classic about this look.

Today I’ve chosen a cream tank and layered this open weave sweater (in the same tone) over the top.

Take a look at my outfit on the left compared to the right.

I’m wearing the exact same sweater in both pictures (duh!), but on the left I’ve paired it with these cute cropped white jeans- as opposed to the bootcut pair on the right. I’ve then swapped out my dark, boring boots for these cute ballet flats in the same tone as my sweater.

By simply changing the cut of the jeans- and shoes- I have totally changed the entire look. To follow my rule of 3, I’ve added a necklace.

A quick note about this outfit: by pairing J Crew jeans & Tory Burch shoes I am able to throw in this Target sweater and yet still have my outfit look ‘expensive’!

Keep in mind, if you are nervous about wearing white- go for a creamy white, or even an off white.

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Sept 1st, Ikat Tunic

 I stumbled across this cool Ikat top at World Market- of all places!

Sometimes I like to poke around there to find cool wrapping paper, cards and such- but then I saw this fun top and snapped it up thinking it would be a great swim suit cover up!

Needless to say, for the 3 weeks I was in Kansas (in the 100 degree heat) I never wore it, but actually, here in the Pacific Northwest, one does need a LONG SLEEVED cover up! Go figure!

Today I decided to try it a new way- as a tunic. Layered over my white jeans, I simply belted the top, (to give it a little more shape) added cute necklace and sandals and off we went to the mall to do back to school shopping.

I was so comfy- and will definitely be wearing this again!

I’m not usually a fan of prints- but I love the Ikat print- especially in my favorite colors, blue and white!

Shirt: World Market, Jeans: J Crew, Sandals: Naot

June 6th, Thank you Jill

 This outfit is inspired by the ever fashionable Jill from Jill’s Good Life For Less.

Lacking inspiration, I went over to her blog to see what she was up to- and I saw this cute outfit, which I just love!

I decided to skip the scarf, and instead added a little burst of color.  But basically it’s the same idea- white skinny’s, paired with a t shirt and a short trench coat.

I’ve got on my gladiator sandals (which let me tell you, are seriously the most comfortable sandals in the world- along with my Danskos, these are the best!).

In my before picture I have my jacket buttoned all the way to the top- and also have on my bootleg jeans. This looks frumpy because the jacket has no shape.

By opening the jacket, rolling the sleeves and showing a fitted t shirt underneath, I now look more stylish. Plus, it’s fun to see the bright burst of color mixed with these neutrals.

For a change, I decided to try it with the coat belted… what do you think? Yeah or Nay?

Linking up with Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday!

Love these sandals. They are so comfy!

Better belted or not? You decide!

Jeans: J Crew, Jacket: Gap, T shirt: Gap, Shoes: Naot, Necklace: Forever 21

May 27th, Orange Tank

I know, I know, I said I wasn’t going to write while on vacation. But I just can’t help myself! Here is my friend Heidi wearing a cute orange tank, white jeans and a denim jacket. Best of all are her fabulous new shoes. They are made by Clark’s- Indigo. They are super comfy and stylish at the same time! Love that!

Tank: Joie, Jeans: J Brand, Jacket: Nordstom

May 13th, Happy Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day I thought I’d show some pictures of my favorite moms! First off is my own mom, followed by my mother in law and then my sisters (taken when they were here in March!) I love you guys! 🙂

A simple outfit of a white shirt, a cute cardigan and a great necklace!

My Mother in Law- love that top!

Here is Erin wearing cute cuffed white pants with a solid top accessorized with an amazing necklace and cute sandals.

Love the white trim and mandarin collar on Kara’s blouse!

Now here are two of my friends (who are also awesome moms) who are looking adorable! Love this top on Julie (on left)- such a pretty pink pattern. I also love MaryAnn’s heeled espadrilles paired with shorts and a cute black and white top- so cute!

May 10th, Black Patent Birks

Thanks to everyone for their comments yesterday. I really appreciate hearing all the suggestions of comfortable shoes and brands! I’m excited to have learned of so many new options and it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my foot issues.

I will admit though- finding a way to wear supportive shoes combined with an outfit for work is a challenge!

I decided to go with my patent leather Birks- these aren’t the cutest shoe out there- but they aren’t the ugliest either. They are vey comfortable and offer the arch support I need to help with my planter fasciitis.

Today I’m wearing white skinny jeans paired with a black and white checked shirt. Alone, this looks a little plain and needed a little something to make it more stylish.

The outfit on the left is a major improvement.  Here I’ve tucked in the shirt, unbuttoned a few buttons (I have a white tank on underneath) and added a pink braided belt & this bright pink cardigan. Now it looks cute- and no one will even notice my shoes!

Sorry these pictures are so blurry, not sure what the problem is.

The black Birks are comfy- and offer the arch support I need.

Sweater: Nordstrom, Jeans: J Crew, Shirt: J Crew, Belt: Target, Shoes: Birkenstock

April 20th, Girl’s Night Out


I’m playing tennis today, so instead of showing my tennis skirt, I decided to show you what I wore the other night for a Girl’s Night Out!

I decided to pair my white toothpick jeans with a bright pink top.

However, the look on the right is not what I had in mind.

While I love the cute shoes and the pants- the pink collared shirt is more appropriate for a round of golf than a round of drinks!

Honestly, it’s very hard to make this type of shirt look stylish.

On the left I have replaced the golf shirt with this cute salmon colored top. This shirt is so much cuter than the one on the right- not only is the color fabulous- but it has great details. The 3/4 sleeves, the asymmetrical hemline, the v neck- all make for an interesting shirt.

To complete my ‘rule of 3’ I’ve threw on a turquoise necklace and a stack of bracelets.  For shoes I chose these cute snakeskin wedges that I bought at Marshalls last summer.

This outfit definitely says 'spring!'- even if it's only 45 degrees out! And, yes- my feet were a little cold. Oh well...

One thing I want to mention is that when my sister was here she had a gorgeous top in almost the same color- but her’s was Diane Von Furstenberg and was probably around $200! Yikes!

I’m too cheap (and poor) to spend that kind of cash on one top- so this shirt is a great alternative. It is from Point Of View section in Nordstrom and cost around $60.

Below is Kara’s pricey top! Can you tell the difference?

Kara's top is made of silk- so a much nicer fabric, but otherwise, it's pretty similar to mine.

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my ‘ugly’ blouse from yesterday. I loved hearing everyone’s feedback- you all had some great suggestions!

That being said- I just didn’t feel very cute in the top- so it will go in the donation pile. My theory is I should feel great everyday- and this top didn’t make me feel great! Oh well… I tried. This is definitely a learning process for me too!

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