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What I’m Wearing While On The Road

I’ll be honest … figuring out what clothes to pack for a four month journey occupied a good chunk of my brain leading up to our departure date.

stack-of-clothes When selecting what clothes to bring I had to consider a handful of factors:

VERY MINIMAL CLOSET SPACE 

Our airstream has two small wardrobe closets on either side of the bed in the back; I have one side and Ryan uses the other. My closet is about 14 inches wide (it holds about 20 of these thin hangers) and there is a shelf above our bed for folded clothes.

VARIOUS CLIMATES

Our travels were taking us down the west coast during the end of rainy spring, into the high desert where it can be chilly and windy in early May, and then to the south and east coast during the peak of summer. The majority of our time would be spent in hot and humid places, but we still needed some warm layers.

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES 

I needed clothes appropriate for camping and hiking, and also for touring cities, going out to dinner, laying on a beach, visiting museums, and riding for hours in a car. Comfort was big, but I also wanted clothes that felt nice-ish and looked good in our millions of sight-seeing photographs.

HIGH QUALITY/LOW MAINTENANCE

Everything I packed would be worn over and over again so it felt important that each item held up well to multiple wears and washes. And no ironing allowed (since we didn’t even bring an iron).

Keeping all four factors in mind, a small mix-and-match wardrobe was created.
outfits I’ve been so intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe and now I can say I am giving it a try! Before we left, I was on a major purging kick and gave at least half of my clothes away. I was wearing the same things over and over even with an entire closet full of clothes and so I decided to cut way back and see if I missed anything. The answer: not at all. I couldn’t even remember what I gave away! It was great practice for living with a super limited wardrobe while on the road.

Ready to see what I brought?

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shoes There it is. My entire road trip wardrobe. 37 pieces in all.

  • 10 casual shirts
  • 5 nicer shirts
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 raincoat
  • 3 dresses
  • 3 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 5 pair of shorts
  • 4 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of slip ons
  • 1 pair of rain boots

(Plus a few extras like pajamas, swim suits and cover ups).

Most of the items came from my existing closet with a few additions bought specifically for the trip.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows my fashion preferences that everything (except for that pretty green top and orangey-red hunter wellies) fit into a neutral color palette of gray, denim, blues and white.

While not totally intentional, my limited color preferences proved to be super helpful in the mix and match wardrobe concept. Everything goes together and combinations of tops and bottoms is endless.

Let me show you some of the outfits I’ve been wearing:
outfits2 outfits5 outfits6 outfits1 outfits3 outfits4 See what I mean? So many combos using the same items over and over again. I am totally in to this method of wardrobe-making.

Now that we are halfway through our trip (sad! I don’t ever want it to end!), I have some reflections on what I packed:

+ During the first few weeks, I stressed out about not having enough warm clothes. I was not expecting rain and cold for as long as we experienced it and felt like I was wearing the same thing over and over. It turns out, I was just fine wearing the same thing over and over.

+ While in the National Parks, we did a small amount of hiking. Packing a pair of regular tennis shoes proved perfectly adequate.

+ I promise you I did not mean to pack this way, but every day our entire family is wearing some combination of blue/gray/white. Even Ryan (who does his own packing) has a coordinating wardrobe. Apparently we are a blue/gray/white kind of family.

+ I need another dress or two. The heat and humidity haven’t been terrible, but now I understand why sundresses are a thing. I’ll be adding a few more to my wardrobe soon.


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NOTE: Not all of the items in my road trip wardrobe are new or currently in stores. Below are the items that are available with links for where to buy.

If you pick anything off the list, grab#3 on the Bottoms list. The most comfortable shorts ever (coming from a girl who doesn’t usually like shorts).

topssources 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7

bottoms 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5

dressessources 1  |  2

shoessources 1  |  2  |  3

There you have it. What I’m wearing on the road trip. In every photo you see of me on the road trip, you’ll find some combo of the 37-piece mix and match wardrobe!

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Current Go-To Accessories

accessories I brought along just a few of my favorite accessories. Three bags, a couple of hats, a pair of sunglasses. I’ve used them over and over again these past three weeks. Well, except the sun hat. That one hasn’t been needed quite yet, but I’m sure I’ll get to it soon.

THE SLING BACKPACK

emstanding This little bag has been the best purchase I’ve made in a while.

slingdessert You may remember I was thinking about getting a fanny pack (this darling leather one). Then a reader-friend suggested a Kavu bag and after a little bit of research, I decided it would be a good choice for our trip.

What I wanted was a place to keep my good camera, a few snacks, chapstick and my phone. This bag fits all of this, is super comfortable and not too bulky.

The bag comes in a handful of colors and patterns. I was thinking about going with plain black, but then decided to go with this polka dot version because I liked the green trim so much. It is canvas and will get dirty, but the fabric is very thick and durable and should come clean with a damp cloth.
yosemitesling Here it is from the front:

slingfront

 

FIND THE BAG HERE

THE LEATHER TOTE

overlook This big, soft caramel leather tote is the perfect catchall bag. It can hold a ton, but I usually just pop in my wallet, phone, lipgloss and a journal/notebook.

leather On the day we were in L.A., the weather was weird and so I threw a soft cardigan in the bag to bring along. It was nice to have a bag big enough to bring along a few extras.  buoyleather The bag is from Love 41 and I received it as a gift when I did the Mother’s Day special with Jamie Ivey on her Happy Hour Podcast (#84).

FIND THE TOTE HERE

THE TRUCKER HAT

emilysmiling I can’t stop wearing this hat. Lindsey posted about it last year (?) and I went out and found one for myself right away. It’s from the Old Navy boys section, was about $7 and fits my small head perfectly.

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I saw this hat in a store in Moab this week and almost bought it. This one is super cute, too.

THE BEACH BAG

I bought my big canvas bag when we went to Maui a few years ago. It’s been my go-to beach bag ever since. There is sad permanently stuck to the bottom and it’s always filled with some strange assortment of goggles, sunscreen, dive toys and a stray hairband.

Land’s End and L.L. Bean make the best canvas bags. You can’t go wrong.

THE SUN HAT

The sun hat in the photo above (the cute blue and white geometric) is from Target in the dollar section. It is not well made, but it sure is cute!

sunhat

I also brought along this crushable white ribbon large brim hat. It’s my old standby.

I’m on the hunt for a new pair of sunglasses – aviators that don’t cost a million dollars and fit my small face. Any suggestions?

What are your current go-to accessories?

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Six Classically Casual Looks For Spring

Six Casually Classic Looks For Spring / jones design company

The weather is changing, flowers are blooming and it’s time to switch out our chunky sweaters and cozy layers for easy, cheerful casual spring looks.

Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together six of my favorite looks for spring. And BONUS! most items are recent purchases and not crazy-expensive.  I’ve linked to everything that is currently available and similar items if what I show is older or out of stock.

You can use this as a great shopping list if you’re needing a few new pieces this Spring, or maybe an outfit will spark some ideas of how you can mix items you already have in your closet.

(Just for reference: I am 5’7)

Here we go!

OUTFIT ONE Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - striped button up, jeans, booties

I have decided that jeans + a button up is my favorite go-to combination for everyday. It looks put together, but still perfectly comfortable for my work-at-home/regular mom lifestyle. Sometimes I’ll wear the button up untucked; sometimes with a half-tuck. I just read a cute post about how to roll your jeans – which I didn’t actually do here, but it is a great little tutorial if you’re struggling with how to get a messy cuff look.

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - striped button up, jeans, booties

shirt | jeans | booties (similar) | necklace | watch

OUTFIT TWO

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - olive chinos, white shirt, graphic slip-ons

This is my attempt to force myself to wear something other than jeans. It’s been a while since I’ve worn non-jean pants (besides leggings) and I actually really love how these fit and feel on. They are super lightweight, have a flattering cut and come in a few different colors.

I bought the tshirt last fall and it has proven to be a great wardrobe staple. A good white tshirt with a soft, drapey fit works with everything.

And let’s talk about the shoes. Slip-ons are a great (updated?) alternative to my beloved ballet flats and I just couldn’t pass up this sweet graphic floral pattern.

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - olive chinos, white shirt, graphic slip-ons

pants | tshirt (similar) | shoes | watch | necklace

OUTFIT THREE

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - chambray shirt, white jeans, floral rain boots

This outfit is a variation on my everyday uniform: jeans + button up. I splurged on this chambray shirt and it was 100% worth it. Classic, fits perfectly, can be worn with everything.

I live in the Seattle area where Spring weather can’t decide if it wants to be a lion or a lamb. For a few minutes the sun will be out and the next thing you know it’s pouring down rain. Therefore, adding rain boots to any outfit is a smart idea. I just ordered a bunch of boots to try out and two stood out as my clear favorites (I’ll share all of the boots in another post). These black and white floral boots are feminine, fit great and feel classic and unexpected at the same time.

If it’s not a rainy day, switch out the boots for flats. I’m such a neutral dresser and so I like to add a little bit of color or pattern in my shoes.  These kelly green flats are some of my favorites.

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - chambray shirt, white jeans, green flats

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - chambray shirt, white jeans, floral rain boots

shirt | jeans | rain boots | watch

OUTFIT FOUR

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - gray stripe hoodie with jeans and ballet flats

As much as I’d love my closet to be filled with button ups and nicer tops, I know that some days I just want to wear a sweatshirt.  Instead of reaching for my oldie, cozy, unflattering favorites, I like to have a few options for updated sweatshirts to throw on with jeans. You’ve probably seen me wearing this striped one; this darling double hooded version with floral cuffs is from the same online shop. It’s light weight, fits long and slim (I could honestly go for a little less slim) and the sleeves are nice and long. (For reference, I’m wearing a size small).

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - gray stripe hoodie with jeans and ballet flats

jeans | sweatshirt | ballet flats (similar) | watch

OUTFIT FIVE

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - Kelly Green flutter sleeve top with bootcut jeans and heels

For you ladies living in warmer climates, you should get this top. It is soft, has those cute ruffle sleeves and I’m a big fan of this green color (it also comes in a pretty peach that would not look great on me, but if you have darker skin than this pale girl, it would be gorgeous!).

The bootcut jeans are 10 years old. I have an identical pair that has been worn so many times they have legitimate holes worn in the knees (non of this new-fangled factory distressing!). I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: invest in a few good pair of jeans. Find a brand that fits you (I love 7 for All Mankind and Paige) and all you need are two or three different styles/washes. Just repeat the same jeans over and over. They’ll last and look good wear after wear. I buy cheaper jeans (like the ones in outfit #1) for more trendier cuts and find they never quite fit as well as the more expensive variety.

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - Kelly Green flutter sleeve top with bootcut jeans and heels

top | jeans (similar) | heels  | watch

OUTFIT SIX
Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - Short sleeved blouse with skirt and short hunter wellies

Isn’t this a cute outfit?! I think it’s my favorite of the six.

Pairing a classic skirt (with pockets!) with a crisp short-sleeved shirt is casual enough for my normal life but could work great for a coffee date with a friend, sunday morning church or a trip to the farmer’s market.

I ADORE these short Hunter wellies. I have tall ones, which I wear often, and these new shorties will be on regular rotation. The bright red/orange is a fun dose of color to my otherwise neutral wardrobe.

Six Casually Classic Looks for Spring / Jones Design Company - Short sleeved blouse with skirt and short hunter wellies

shirt | skirt (similar) | boots | watch


So there you go. Six casually classic looks for Spring. I hope these outfits help inspire you to try new combinations of things you already own and maybe add in a few new pieces that you love.

Six Casually Classic Looks For Spring / jones design company

Do you have a favorite look?

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A Sweet Vintage Easter Dress for Audrey

I couldn’t help it.

Boden was having a sale + Audrey is growing like crazy + this print was just too darling to pass up. bodeneasterdress

When the dress arrived in the mail, it was even better than I imagined. The pattern is perfectly sweet and poppy, the fit is classic and twirly, and it even comes with a separate net underskirt to make it poof out even more.

Plus, Easter is right around the corner (so early this year!) and a new Easter dress is a tradition that must be upheld.

I’m technically breaking tradition with this store-bought dress. My mom is an expert seamstress and sewed us girls our Easter dresses every year. One year, she got all fancy and made french handsewn lace for our obnoxiously large collars. Tradition in our family was to wake up on Easter morning with our new (finished late the night before) dresses hanging up in the hallway on display. It was always so special for my sisters and me.

Well, since I can’t really sew and the available selection of girls’ dresses has vastly increased since 1989, I’m feeling confident about my decision to choose this dress for my Audrey-girl.

Easter outfit for Audrey / jones design company

We’ll add a few accessories and she’ll be a colorful little Easter blossom.

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dress / sweater / necklace / shoes / tights

Now to find outfits for the boys … which is not quite as easy since their clothing preferences lean heavily toward things you’d see in a gym.

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What to Wear to Work Out

Ryan and I went to the gym on Monday morning.

It was packed.

All us New-Year-Resolution-types who are determined that this is the year to get in shape! found ourselves working up a sweat next to one another.

Our family joined the local YMCA last fall and I’ve been loving, loving, loving the barre classes. I skipped a few weeks during Christmas break, but I’m back at it (in fuller-than-normal classes) and ready to be consistent in this great year of 2016. I was a ballerina as a girl and can’t help but love the ballet-inspired workout I get in barre class. Plus, I come home sore in all the right places every time, so I know it’s doing something!

Since going outside of my house to work out, I’ve realized that my workout wardrobe could use an update. There’s something about feeling cute while working out that makes you want to do it again (I know, ridiculous, but true. At least for me.) so investing a little bit into well-fitting, non-see-through, comfortable pieces feels worthwhile.

I did some quick online shopping and found just what I’d like to wear to barre class:

What To Wear to Barre Class / jones design company

Seamless Tank: I like a tank to keep me cool, and while I don’t want skin-tight, it is nice to wear something more fitted to check your body for correct position. This seamless tank looks long (a big plus in my book) and flattering.

Funnel-Neck Wrap Top: this looks like a great, easy top to throw on over leggings and a tank for warmth and coverage while coming and going from the gym

Seamless Double Strap Bra: just a sweet nod to ballerina pink. And the double straps are cute in the back.

Leggings: First of all, why are leggings go expensive? Second, I ordered these because they are currently on sale and also they claim to have blackout technology that allows you to bend with complete confidence. I like that.

No-Slip Socks: I typically do class barefoot, but I’ve been wanting to try out socks and see if I like it better.

I ordered a few of these pieces as well as a couple of other tops and I’m excited to see how they look in person and how having a few updated workout clothes inspires me to go to class.

Do you have any favorite sources for fitness gear?

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5 Looks For Holiday Parties

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties / jones design company

There is something extra special about dressing up for the holidays. Whether you have a fancy party, a big work event, or you just want to dress up for Christmas Eve service or a New Year’s Eve spent at home, putting on something a bit dressier than usual adds to the holiday magic.

For my everyday style I tend towards jeans, layers, classic pieces in blues, grays, whites (click on the links to see my favorite looks for fall 2014 and fall 2015 and summer 2015).

To up the fancy-factor for the holidays, I’ve (unintentionally) geared towards black, white and gold. I’ve pulled already-owned items to go with newer pieces for five looks for holiday parties. Hopefully these outfits will inspire party outfit choices for you this season!

HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK ONE

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT ONE: skirt + classic black turtleneck, black tights, heels and sparkly necklace / jones design company

Festive skirt + sleek black turtleneck + opaque tights and heels is a classic (see this post for more skirt outfit ideas).  I found this skirt at Target and you’ll be surprised at what the fabric feels like. It’s stretchy, super thick and very comfortable. (I can’t find the link online, but I just bought it a few days ago, so it should be in your store).

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT ONE: skirt + classic black turtleneck, black tights, heels and sparkly necklace / jones design company

turtleneck sweater / skirt (target) / tights / heels / necklace / watch

HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK TWO

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT TWO: jeans + silk blouse and heels / jones design company

For the more casual event … I paired a favorite pair of slightly distressed skinny jeans with a silk blouse with the prettiest ruffles along the front and down the arms. Add some heels and that’s it!

I wore this exact outfit for Thanksgiving with my family and my little (and much more fashionable) sister excitedly complimented my ensemble and said, ” Cute! Can we wear pointy heels again?”. Since I’m not so on top of fashion, I didn’t even know they went out :) I say, yes. Yes, we can wear pointy heels.

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT TWO: jeans + silk blouse and heels / jones design company

jeans (similar) / blouse / heels / watch

HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK THREE

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT THREE: black ankle pants, sheer blouse, statement necklace / jones design company

Sometimes wearing pants is just the right choice and I like pairing cropped classic black pants with a pretty shirt and sparkly necklace to dress them up.

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT THREE: black ankle pants, sheer blouse, statement necklace / jones design company

blouse (similar) / pants / heels (similar) / necklace (similar) / watch

HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK FOUR

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT FOUR: sequin pencil skirt, white button down, heels / jones design company

For a big dose of holiday sparkle, this sequin pencil skirt is perfect. You could go all out and pair it with a fancier top (maybe something little and black?), but I like the juxtaposition of a classic white button down with the sequins. It could be cute with a white tee shirt and flats, too.

(If you’d like to switch it up, you could also go for the silver pencil skirt, gold sequin pants or swingy skirt. All super cute!)

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT FOUR: sequin pencil skirt, white button down, heels / jones design company

shirt / skirt /heels (similar) / watch

HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK FIVE

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT FIVE: shift dress + heels / jones design company

I am always drawn to an a-line shift dress and fell for this one fast with it’s funky geometric pattern. If your weather does not permit bare legs, just add opaque tights.

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties OUTFIT FIVE: shift dress + heels / jones design company

shift dress /heels /necklace (similar) / bracelet (similar)

5 Festive Looks for Holiday Parties (with all the sources) / jones design company

So there we are. Five looks for holiday parties. I hope you enjoy this season of celebrating and feel inspired to shop your closet and add in a piece or two to fancy up your wardrobe.

Happy Party Season!

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Tips on choosing outfits for your family photos

Every year, like many of you, we have family photos taken.

And every year, like many of you, I obsess over what to dress my family in for said photos.

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Okay, maybe obsess is too strong a word, but I do think about it for a while.

Choosing clothes that coordinate and allow personalities to show and don’t require purchasing entirely new wardrobes is a process. Fun for some, stressful for others. It falls into the fun camp for me and so I thought I’d throw out a few tips for choosing outfits for your family photos.

start with a consistent color palette

You don’t need everyone to match, but it always looks most aesthetically pleasing when colors coordinate. Choose one color and vary the tones (as we did this year with monochromatic grays), or several colors that work well together (like jewel tones or classic red and green).

Keep your setting in mind when picking outfits

Choosing outfits based on location seems pretty obvious, but it can also be a source of inspiration.

Last year, we had photos taken at a Christmas tree farm and so I added accessories like scarves and hats and cookies and hot cocoa in cute cups as props (see a photo here). This year, we were at a more formal location and I love the gray and white of the steps, so it inspired a slightly fancier outfit selection. Let your location help you decide on a color/style direction.

choose clothes that are not completely out of the norm, but maybe a little special

My boys wear athletic shorts and sweatshirts everyday so stepping it up to jeans is a big move. My nephew, on the other hand, is a fashionable thing and doesn’t think twice when he’s asked to wear a suit and tie. How formal/informal you go depends on your family, personalities and how much bribing you’re willing to do to get your kids to wear what you’ve picked out. I’m all about dressing nicely for pictures, but I also don’t want to completely lose the kids’ personalities.

On the morning of our photos, our No.3 would having nothing to do with the sweater I bought for him. It was a fight I fought for a minute and then (wisely) Ryan reminded me to let it go. If he’s wearing something completely uncomfortable, he won’t be himself in the pictures. That’s not what I want. So we compromised and pulled a sweatshirt from his closet that still worked with our colors and made him happy.

shop your closets and fill in the gaps with an item or two

Sure, buying a whole new family wardrobe sounds fun, but if you are limited by budget, try shopping your closets first and then fill in with a few purchases.

I like to start by choosing my outfit first (because I’m vain and want to wear something I feel good in), and think of husband/kid options that will coordinate, taking into account what we already have in our closets and drawers. If you don’t have much budget, try adding a new accessory like a cute hat or pair of tights (like Audrey’s polkadotty ones).

And most of all, smile and be yourself – which also means letting your kids be themselves (said the mom who does a whole lot of bossing and hold still and smile normal, please! every single time).

Happy picture taking!

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How to Wear An Ankle Bootie

I was late to the ankle bootie party. When they first came into fashion a few years ago, I thought they were odd looking and I had no idea how to wear them in my regular work-at-home mom life.

Last fall, I finally came around and bought my first pair.

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As with most new-to-me trends, it takes a few times wearing an outfit that feels awkward and forced before it becomes comfortable. The first few times I wore these booties, I didn’t know quite how to wear them. Do you cuff your jeans? Or double roll them? What kind of socks? Can you wear them with a dress? Bare legs or with tights?  I really wasn’t sure.

If you look around on pinterest or in magazines, you’ll find countless examples of bootie-wearers. Some outfits are great and mimic-able for the everyday; many are not.

So since I’m a busy mama who likes to look cute, but doesn’t work too hard at putting together fancy or unrealistic outfits, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on how to wear an ankle bootie. If you haven’t taken the bootie plunge, perhaps these simple suggestions will win you over.

How To Wear Ankle Booties / jones design company

WITH SKINNY JEANS

This is the way I wear my booties most often. I appreciate that the chunkier boot adds balance to a skinny jean that tapers down (balancing out the hip/thigh region). I find booties are often times more comfortable and casual looking than skinnies paired with tall boots (although still a look I like).

To wear, cuff once or roll twice to expose just a bit of your ankle.

With slightly taller ankle boots, there’s no need to cuff – just tuck your jeans in like you would tall boots. This will elongate the line of your legs which is always a plus.
rolled skinny jeans + liner socks + ankle booties / jones design company

SOURCES:  skinny jeans / old navy liner socks / toms wedge booties

   

WITH BOOTCUT JEANS

Hooray for bootcut and flare jeans coming back. I suppose they never fully went away, but we’re seeing many more outfits and options with bootcut jeans than we did even a year ago.

I remember wearing ankle boots in high school with jeans, and this is really no different now. Add height with a heel, or go with flats but just make sure the hem of your jeans hit the base of the shoe. Steer clear of the high-waters.

bootcut jeans + trouser socks + ankle booties

SOURCES:  bootcut jeans / gap trouser socks / ankle booties

   

WITH A DRESS OR SKIRT

Admittedly it has taken me a while to feel comfortable wearing ankle booties with a dress or skirt. Now that I’ve crossed that bridge, I find booties to be a very practical choice for the fall and a great (more casual) alternative to heels.

Wear bare-legged, with ankle socks (a bit more fashion-forward and probably just for the younger crowd) or opaque tights that match your booties to make your legs look extra long.  shift dress + tights + ankle boots / jones design company

SOURCES:  dress / opaque tights / wedge booties

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Seven Favorite Wearable Outfits For Fall (with current sources!)

7 Favorite Outfits for Fall (with sources) / jones design company

If I could only dress for one season, I would always and forever choose fall. As much as I love the sun, what I love even more are jeans and layers and boots and sweaters.

Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together seven of my favorite looks for fall. And BONUS! many items are recent purchases and not crazy-expensive.  Everything that is currently available is linked in the sources. Use this as a great shopping list for basics and layering pieces, or maybe a few outfits will spark some ideas of how you can mix items you already have in your closet.

OUTFIT ONE

gray-sweater

I’m pretty sure this will be my most worn outfit of the fall. The soft tee is the perfect layering piece (I like that it is longer than a normal tee) and the sweater is the coziest thing ever.  It’s a little more expensive than I would normally go for (I bought it on sale at the Nordstrom Sale) but I’m starting to limit my purchases to classic, quality items I can wear season after season. This cardigan is one of them.

This is my first pair of toms wedges and I like them. Not too high, good color, mostly comfortable. Ryan bought me this fancy new watch for our anniversary. I wear it everyday.

gray-hoodie

sweater | tee | jeans (similar) | booties | watch | purse (old, from tj maxx)

OUTFIT TWO

pink-sweater

None of these items are current, just fyi. But sometimes you can take older things from your closet and mix them up/layer them for a good wearable outfit. I’m all about a long tunic-y shirt under a sweater so a little can peek out.  And you better believe I’m excited about bootcut, flare and wideleg jeans making a comeback.

pink-sweater

jeans (similar) | shirt (similar) | sweater (similar) | booties | necklace

OUTFIT THREE
blue-sweater

I work at home. The temptation is to stay in my pj’s all day but I try to put on actual clothes every day. It makes me feel more put together and productive. However, I still want to be comfortable and not overly dressed-up, so stretch skinnies, a soft sweater and slippers is what you’ll often find me wearing. Still super comfy, but with a little more style than the leggings and tee I slept in.

blue-sweater-

sweater | tank | jeans | slippers

OUTFIT FOUR

vest

This is another oh, so comfortable ensemble – leggings (thick and therefore non-see-through), a long tunic sweatshirt and the cutest buffalo check vest.

Here’s a view from behind – because I very much value some coverage back there and this sweatshirt does the trick. (Sidenote: did you read Jen Hatmaker’s chapter about leggings-as-pants in her new book? Hilarious.)

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vest

vest | sweatshirt (similar) | leggings | boots (similar)

OUTFIT FIVE

jacket

Wide leg jeans. I’m a fan. And also a thin sweater with this mid-weight jacket. At least once per week my hair ends up in a messy side bun (see my how-to video here) and I like that it shows off the popped collar of the jacket.

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jacket | sweater | jeans | wedges | necklace

OUTFIT SIX

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If you buy anything you’ve seen in these outfits, choose this sweatshirt. It’s so cute, fits slim and long, is lightweight and not bulky and did I mention it’s cute? So cute. My sister had it on while we were on vacation together this summer and I immediately knew I needed one, too. They come in a few different stripe combos and a camo version, too.

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sweatshirt  | jeans | boots

OUTFIT SIX

black-dress

Do you have the iconic little black dress in your wardrobe? I did not until this cutie arrived. It fits great – not too snug, a good length, comfortable to move around it – and could be worn dressed down (as shown) or up with tights and heels and jewelry. I don’t wear a ton of everyday dresses, but this one might sway me.
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dress (sold out, but be sure to add your name to the wait list!) | booties | watch

So there they are, seven of my favorite totally wearable fall outfits. Do you have a favorite?

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Doing the half-tuck (how to wear your shirt)

How to wear your shirt with a half tuck / jones design company

My friend Julie and I have a joke: every time she texts me with a question, the answer appears on the blog a few days later. So either she asks questions that I’m totally thinking about at the same time OR her question spurs on a blog post topic (hint: it’s probably the latter).

A few days ago she texted me with a fashion question:

I have seen you with your shirt tucked a bit in the front, sometimes to the side. When I try it, I just look silly! It’s either too much tuck, too little, maybe to the left or right. Advice?

Of course I answered her over text, but I thought I’d answer here, too. It’s a great question and while there is no ‘right’ way to do it, the half-tuck is a good little trick for wearing oversized shirts in a more polished, flattering way.

The key to a good half-tuck is to make it look effortless and a bit haphazard by only tucking in a small portion of the front. I like to tuck in the side rather than the middle, but that’s up to you. You can wear a belt, or not – again, up to you. By tucking in just a bit of your shirt, it allows your waist line to be seen, keeps loose-fitting tops from hanging on your figure and gives a nonchalant, casual feel.

One of my favorite fashion bloggers, Merrick from Merrick’s Art did a great photo tutorial showing how to do the half-tuck.

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1. Pull your sweater tight and flat at the hem with your hands.
2. Barely tuck it in to the top of your jeans, making sure the fabric is completely flat, and the top only gets tucked about an inch under the waistband.
3. Blouse your top gently to make the top billowy and loose.

Again, you can choose to tuck straight in the middle, or off to the side a bit.

Here’s how the half-tuck looks on her with a longer blouse:

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And a tshirt: shirt-half-tuck

(P.S. Merrick has really great legs)

So that, my friends, is the art of the half-tuck. Nothing super difficult or technical about it, just a quick grab-tuck-blouse technique to get that polished yet casual look.

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what I bought at the nordstrom anniversary sale

Every summer when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog came out, my sisters and I would spend hours looking at all the clothes, circling what we hoped for. Then on day-one, my mom and us girls met our aunt, grandma and cousins for a day of chaotic shopping for a few back to school things. Shoes, stretch pants, sweater vests, anything by Esprit (I got a whole cherry ensemble one year that I adored – which included socks, skirt, shirt, jacket and a bandana. #espritoverkill).  ‘Twas a fun tradition.

Since becoming a grown up and moving to the country where the closest Nordstrom is 45 minutes away, and with the very convenient addition of online shopping, I no longer brave the crowds at the Nordstrom Sale. Schlepping my non-shopping kids to a busy mall just doesn’t sound appealing, so instead I took a few minutes this afternoon to browse and buy from the comfort of my couch.

Here’s what I bought:

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Roll Sleeve Swiss Dot Cotton Shirt / Space Dye Tunic Sweatshirt / Scoop Neck Long Sleeve Tee / Zip Detail Pullover Sweater / Toms Desert Wedge Bootie / Open Front Hooded Cardigan

Because I just can’t help it, I stuck with my regular blue/gray/white/brown shoe combo. No surprise there.

Are you a Nordstrom Sale shopper? Find anything great?

P.S. happy weekend!

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eight favorite outfits for summer

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Summer fashion means light-weight, fresh, easy and casual. I’m a Pacific Northwest girl and our summer temperatures typically max out around the high 80’s, so I switch between jeans (forever my favorite), shorts (not my fave, but I’m learning to embrace them), basic dresses (always an easy go-to) and a few simple tees + tanks to round things out.

Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together 8 favorite outfits for summer. The concise color palette of these eight looks was totally unintentional but it just goes to show how much I’m drawn to blues, grays, denim and white! For most of the looks, I just shopped my closet, but I’ve linked to everything that is currently available as well as a few similar items if you’re wanting to re-create any of the looks for you.

SUMMER OUTFIT No. 1

8 favorite outfits for summer - white jeans, gray linen tee + wedges / jones design company

White jeans + a boxy tee feels light and airy and summery. This shirt is more expensive than I normally go for, but it is a true staple and totally worth the price.

(PS. I just bought a curling wand and did my hair with it for the first time in this photo. I like!)

8 favorite outfits for summer - white jeans, gray linen tee + wedges / jones design company

white jeans / linen tee / wedges / sunglasses (similar) / watch (similar)

      

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 2

8 favorite outfits for summer - jersey dress, sandals + bright necklace / jones design company

A simple cotton jersey dress is the perfect throw-on-and-look-somewhat-put-together choice for summer. This basic dress is great for throwing over a swim suit or dressing up with a necklace. Plus, it has pockets and pockets in dresses make me happy.

8 favorite outfits for summer - jersey dress, sandals + bright necklace / jones design company

dress / sandals (similar) / necklace (similar)

      

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 3

8 favorite outfits for summer - denim shirt, cropped denim jeans, flats + light weight scarf / jones design company

Okay, so for all of you southern/mid-western/east coast dwellers, this outfit probably doesn’t look all that summery. But on this particular day, I was headed to my 9 year old’s end of the year field trip and the sun wasn’t going to make it’s appearance until later in the day. At which I removed the scarf and denim shirt and switched into a tee. On the days when it’s a little on the chilly side, a denim shirt is a great option for layering. And light-weight scarves are great, too. (Especially this one that my mom + dad brought back from Italy. It makes me feel fancy).

8 favorite outfits for summer - denim shirt, cropped denim jeans, flats + light weight scarf / jones design company

denim shirt / jeans (I bought mine at Nordstrom Rack, but don’t see a link) / scarf (similar – and a great cause!) / ballet flats (similar) / sunglasses (similar)

      

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 4

8 favorite outfits for summer - striped shirt, shorts + wedge sandals / jones design company

This shirt. I wear it all the time. Usually with jeans, but I like it with these chambray shorts, too. It’s super baggy so you have to do a little side tuck to make it less tent-like, but it is soft and light-weight and striped. And the wedges. Totally a stray for me, but I’m kinda in to them. I bought them at Nordstrom Rack and you know how that goes – they are last year’s style and impossible to track down. Sorry. There’s a link below to an ebay shop with a few sizes available.

8 favorite outfits for summer - striped shirt, shorts + wedge sandals / jones design company

striped tee / chambray shorts (similar) / wedges / necklace (similar) / watch (similar)

      

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 5

8 favorite outfits for summer - eyelet shorts, white shirt + striped flats / jones design company

More shorts. I’m telling you, my pale legs don’t find themselves in shorts very often, but I do like these navy eyelet ones (old, from gap, but there is a cute pair linked below). Pair them with a basic white tee or tank for a more casual look, or a class white button up for a more dressed-up feel.

8 favorite outfits for summer - eyelet shorts, white shirt + striped flats / jones design company

eyelet shorts (similar) / white button-up / striped flats (similar) / sunglasses (similar) / watch (similar)

      

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 6

8 favorite outfits for summer - dress + jeans  / jones design company

Dress + jeans. Kinda different, but it turns those too-short dresses into tunics and allows me to feel like I’m wearing a dress, but still move around like a mom.

8 favorite outfits for summer - dress + jeans  / jones design company

jeans (similar or these) / dress (similar) / sandals (similar)

      

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 7

8 favorite outfits for summer - jeans, gray tee, hat + flip flops / jones design company

Let’s be honest. This is my most often throw-on outfit. Jeans, v-neck t-shirt, flip flops. The hat (from the boy’s section at old navy – no longer available, but check the link below for another super cute option) makes a great coverup for extra dirty hair.

8 favorite outfits for summer - jeans, gray tee, hat + flip flops / jones design company

v-neck t-shirt / jeans(similar or these) / flip flops / hat (similar) / sunglasses (similar)

      

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 8

8 favorite outfits for summer - linen pants, tank + flip flops / jones design company

I bought these white linen pants for our beach vacation this spring, but I see myself wearing them a lot this summer. They are thicker than I expected and not see-through.

8 favorite outfits for summer - linen pants, tank + flip flops / jones design company

tank / linen pants /flip flops / sunglasses (similar)

      

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So there are 8 favorite outfits for summer. Do you have a favorite?!

8 Favorite Outfits for Summer (with links for sources!) / jones design company

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closet confessions

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Today I’m over at my blog-friend Sheaffer’s place sharing my closet confessions.

She asked fun questions like what’s the most embarrassing thing in your closet? and what are your go-to style staples? 

My closet is way too dark and un-photogenic, so I borrowed this diy clothing rack and brought in a bunch of clothes to photograph in my office. I pulled up the front blinds to let in light, turned on big studio lights (why do we have them? I do not know. But they work great on dark days) and everything not in the shot was a complete disaster of clothes and hangers and pushed out furniture. So I basically played photo shoot for an hour thoroughly enjoyed myself.

You can see the whole post over at Pinterest Told Me To.

P.S. If you don’t read PTMT, you should. Sheaffer is hilarious, has great style and shares shopping deals every day. And if you are a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan, you have got to read her weekly recaps. I die of laughter every single time.

Okay, head on over to check out my CLOSET CONFESSIONS!

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what to wear: swim + beachwear

So, we’re headed to the beach. The beautiful, gorgeous hawaiian island sands of Maui. I can’t wait.

We took a trip to Maui three years ago with our group of friends and somehow we’ve all convinced our parents and friends to watch our many small children again so we can get away for round two.

In prepping for this vacation, I’ve been searching high and low for favorites to wear on the beach and in the water. Here are a handful of my top picks. Maybe a few will make their way into your wardrobe for the summer:

 

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1. J.Crew Beach Tunic. Lightweight, darling, covers the bum.

2. Bobbi Brown sunglasses. I have a petite face and her designs are made especially for us small-headed women. I still look a bit like a bug in them, but what can you do.

3. Starbucks Gradient Gold Cup Tumbler . For proper hydration, of course.

4. San Diego Hat Company Ribbon Hat. I like a wide-brim hat to shield my face from the sun and this one works great because it is packable without messing up the shape.

5. Turkish blanket. Thin and perfect for pool or beach. I’ve been wanting to switch out our bath towels to these thin ones, too. Anyone have any recommendations?

6. Reef flip flops. I like a thin, leather flip flop that molds to my feet. Reefs are great.

7. Roxy Oceanside Beach Pants. Light, breezy, great to throw on over a swimsuit. I can’t wait to wear these.

Okay, and now for swimwear. I’ll be honest and say putting on a swimsuit is not my fave. It’s just so much skin! And I’m just so pale! And this poor body has birthed four children and I just like sugar too much. I’ve been working out (using this method and GUESS WHAT?! I just tried yesterday and I reached my goal of 10 real push-ups! That Tracy. She’s the best.) to get myself more beach ready and I’ve shopped around for the best suits to suit my body. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

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1. Athleta Pacifica Rash Guard. To throw on over a two-piece while snorkling. Or to just wear because it fits really cute.

2. Anthropologie Ruffled Halter Maillot I actually bought this last year in blue (no longer available) and love how it covers, but still feels fun and flirty.

3. Athleta Shirrendipity Halter Tankini. Have you ever tried Athleta swimwear? It’s super thick and stretchy and holds you in nicely. I highly recommend.

4. Anthropologie Ruched Maillot. Another purchase from last year (in blue with white polka dots – seen in this photo). I actually really like it in black, though, too.

5. Gap hipster bikini bottoms. I bought them in stripes as shown and in solid navy. They are the perfect fit for me.

6. Seafolly Goddess Bandeau top + hipster bottoms. This is my one risky/slightly uncomfortable choice. But I’m going with it. This swimsuit fits nicely and is well made (hence the price) and Ryan likes it, so I’m going with it.

There’s my go-to list of beach + swimwear. Do you have any favorites for summer? Do share!

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12 great holiday skirts

 We’re mid-holiday party season which means us ladies get to figure out what to wear. Festive, but comfortable, pretty and classic. At least that’s what I prefer when choosing party outfits.

This season, I’m all about skirts. I love the look of a full skirt, sleek black turtleneck, opaque tights and statement necklace.

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 The best part about this outfit is that a girl can sit, move, dance, and eat without having to constantly adjust and worry about wardrobe malfunctions. So if you’re looking for ideas for what to throw on for a party this season, look no further …

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ONE / zara pleated short skirt $69.90
TWO / h&m brocade skirt $29.90
THREE / boden walbrook wool skirt $59.00
FOUR / zara sequined mini skirt $59.90
FIVE / h&m imitation leather skirt $24.95
SIX / h&m jacquard weave skirt $49.95
SEVEN / boden jersey jacquard skirt $70.40
EIGHT / boden flock spot ponte skirt $52.80
NINE / boden ella skirt $138.60
TEN / zara midi skirt $59.90
ELEVEN / jcrew factory sequin mini $47.50
TWELVE / boden olivia skirt $59.00

Just add a black turtleneck (like this merino wool one or a super soft cashmere option), opaque tights (love these), and a statement necklace (like this or this).

What are you wearing to your holiday parties?

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