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18 white t-shirts to wear this Spring

Just as I love decorating with neutrals in our house, I like dressing myself in them as well. Jeans everyday paired with gray, blue or (my favorite) white. You should see my closet … it’s not very interesting.

I’ve heard before that wearing white when you are as pale-skinned as I am is not really the most flattering look, but I pay no attention to that rule. I like white. I like how crisp it is, how it pairs so well with denim, how classic it feels and the neutral base it offers.

A white tee paired with jeans means you can add your personality through accessories. Put on a pair of colored ballet flats, cute earrings, a hat or cardigan or jacket and you’re set.

I ordered this cute scallop neck top for Spring and love the sweet detail. It reminded me how much I adore a good white tee.

As winter begins to melt away, I’m feeling ready to add some Spring back into my wardrobe. A white tee shirt is just the way to do that.

Here is a collection of 18 good ones to add to your closet (and mine!).

SHOPPING LINKS:

1 | Gap Softspun Short Sleeve Tie-Back T-shirt $34.95 (use code HAPPY for 40% off)

2 | Madewell Whisper Cotton Crew Neck Tee $19.50

3 | Target Universal Thread Crew Neck Tee $8 (on sale for $5!)

4 | Nordstrom Halogen Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee $32

5 | Loft Vintage Soft Tee $24.50 (on sale for $20)

6 | J.Crew Factory Vintage Cotton V-Neck reg. $19.50 sale $16.50

7 | Scalloped T-Shirt reg. 42.50 sale $29.50 (this is the one I’m wearing above)

8 | Nordstrom Caslon Slub Crew Neck $19

9 | J.Crew Ruffle Sleeve T-shirt $49.50 (up to 40% off with code NEWNEW)

10 | Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Cotton Tee $19.50

11 | Everlane The Cotton V $15

12 | Nordstrom B.P. Twist Hem Tee reg. $29 sale $14.90

13 | Target Universal Thread Pocket V-Neck $8 (on sale for $5!)

14 | Gap Linen Scoop Neck $29.95 (use code HAPPY for 40% off)

15 | Nordstrom B.P. Twist Front Tee $22 (I love this shirt!, runs big)

16 | Loft Lace Ruffle Cuff Tee $ 34.50

17 | Gap Softspun Ribbed Boatneck Top $39.95 (use code HAPPY for 40% off)

18 | Old Navy Linen Blend Tee $16.99

 

That is a good assortment!

If you find that white tees are a little see-through, don’t forget to grab a couple of camisoles to wear under. I have a few of these inexpensive camis in nude and white that I wear under almost everything. I’m on the hunt for a cute lacy tank and so far this is the front-runner.

Are you ready for spring?!

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7 Cozy-Casual Outfits for Late Fall / Early Winter

A few times per year, I put together a new fashion post with a handful of looks appropriate for the season. I didn’t mean to start this tradition, but it is one of the most popular posts I put out every time.

What I’ve discovered through these outfit posts is that you are probably very similar to me: you want to look cute, but you also want to be comfortable, casual and keep to a moderate budget. So that’s what this post is all about.

It always feels so silly taking pictures of myself for these posts. It’s just me in an outfit smiling at myself through a mirror into my phone. Ryan walked in while I was taking these photos and I was mildly embarrassed standing there posing :) But I do it for you, my friends.

I know how helpful it is to see how others put outfits together – especially casual, everyday outfits. My hope is that you can use this as a great shopping list for basics and layering pieces, and maybe a few outfits will spark some ideas of how you can mix items you already have in your closet.

A few thoughts before we jump in:

I’m a work from home mom and dressing up isn’t always practical or necessary. My go-to outfits are always a mix of that formula up there (cute, comfortable, casual). I do my best to fill my closet with classic, basic pieces that are easy to wear and can be mixed and matched again and again.

Of course there are days when I wear leggings and sweatshirts (see below) and sometimes that is the right choice. But if you find yourself in a fashion rut, if you have the same frumpy college hoody on repeat or you don’t remember the last time you felt cute in your clothes, maybe now is the time to pay attention to you. I really do believe that getting dressed makes a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and the confidence we have as we go about our days.

I hope you can use this post as outfit inspiration and a reminder to put on clothes that make you feel cute.

Let’s get started!

OUTFIT NO. 1

A poncho is my current favorite easy layer that elevates any outfit. I’ve worn this one on repeat – with jeans for casual days and with black pants and heels for fancier events. I topped it in this outfit over a simple black jersey turtleneck. I’m drawn to tops with high necks and while turtlenecks do remind me a lot of the patterned versions my mom and aunts used to wear in the late 80’s, I still wear this more updated version proudly.

poncho (similar) | turtleneck | jeans | bag | booties | earrings

OUTFIT NO. 2

I go to barre class at a local studio twice per week and wanted to up my workout/athleisure game. These olive leggings are fun with the x detail at the side and may I kindly and firmly suggest that you get this sweatshirt. It’s thick and soft and covers up the bum.

sweatshirt | leggings | shoes

OUTFIT NO. 3

I have lived in Seattle for all of my adult life (minus a 4-year stint in southern California for college) and have never owned a real raincoat. I have a current crush on olive green and when this went on sale, I ordered it (it’s still on sale!). So far, I’ve worn it to the kids’ football games, to a concert, to church, to dinner, to the bus stop. It was such a good purchase.

Under the jacket for these pictures are a few of my favorite basics: a soft button-up, distressed jeans and copper-colored suede flats.

jeans | boyfriend shirt | rain jacket | flats | earrings | watch (similar)

OUTFIT NO. 4

Of all the outfits in today’s post, this one feels most like me on a normal day. Jeans, t-shirt, puffy vest (to keep me warm) and a hat. When I’m at home, I’m always wearing slippers, but the rain boots are easy to throw on when I head out.

And let’s talk about the hat. I ordered this one as a sample thinking maybe I’d put them in the shop. We decided not to, but I still wear this sample hat all the time. I prefer this trucker style and have a surprisingly difficult time finding a small enough hat for my small head. I linked a similar style below that is a close-ish match to my jdc hat.

striped shirt | down vest (another option)| jeans | hat (similar) | rain boots | earrings

OUTFIT NO. 5

As the days get chillier, I like to wear easy layers. A t-shirt, a soft sweater, a warm jacket. This coat is just polyfill, so it’s not as warm as a down-filled coat, but it works great for our mildly cold late fall/early winter days. Plus, the color is different and decidedly fall-ish.

gold jacket | sweater | jeans | booties | hat

OUTFIT NO. 6

It’s rare, but sometimes I wear something other than jeans :)

I am trying to add more casual dresses into my wardrobe and this one is the newest addition. It fits slim on the top with lots of extra fabric on the bottom (I might have mine taken in a little bit), but isn’t the neckline and fabric a great combo?

dress | boots (similar) | necklace | earrings

OUTFIT NO. 7

These wide leg jeans have been in my closet for several years and I’ve decided to bring them back. I like skinny jeans, but I do think a wider cut like this is more flattering on me. This outfit is another chance to layer, with a denim shirt (I wear mine all the time) and sweater.

sweater | denim shirt | wide leg jeans | boots (similar) | earrings

BONUS!

On those ‘I don’t feel like getting dressed’ days, this is what you’ll find me wearing. Leggings, t-shirt, comfy sweatshirt (I adore this one) and my UGG slippers.


So there you go. Seven favorite outfits to wear this fall/winter. 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!

Do you have any favorites?

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I’m officially an earring-wearer | 12 styles under $50

One of the 40 by 40 items on my list is to wear earrings.

I had this moment this summer when I realized earrings were missing from my life. I’m not traditionally much of a jewelry wearer – usually just my wedding rings, a watch and sometimes I’ll put on a necklace.

There are so many fabulous earrings out there. Big. Colorful. Statement-making. I have tried and I always felt so unlike myself wearing bold earrings.

Then one day while scrolling through instagram, a picture caught my eye with a cute woman with her hair in a messy ponytail wearing simple hoop earrings. That felt like a look I could pull off.

At the moment I declared I wanted to start wearing earrings I had three pair in my jewelry box.

Since then, I’ve acquired quite a few new styles and I’m a happily convert to the world of earrings. Well, at least simple ones.

 

A couple of these I’ve bought for myself, one was a surprise gift from my sister, I received a few from small companies that make great earrings (thank you to Love Me Some Leather, Noonday and Shelly Dolen!). All are neutral and wearable with almost anything.

1 | Cowhorn Hoops $28  2 | Cubed Studs $42  3 | Burlap Embossed Leather Signature $20  4 | Leather Bar $15  5 | Mod Marble Studs $36  6 | Gold Hoops $7.99  7 | Small Square Stud Earrings $30  8 | Crystal Trio $9.50  9 | Metallic Teardrop $48  10 | Camel Signature Leather $20  11 | Column Earrings $48  12 | Hexagon Hoops $7.99

And that is my new earring collection. I’ll probably keep adding to it and maybe I’ll add more color at some point, but for now, I am loving all these basics in various sizes and shapes and tones of white, gold and a touch of black.

 

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Still looking for a mom-appropriate swimsuit? Try one of these

Finding a good swimsuit that fits well, is flattering and mom-appropriate can be a little tricky.

Here’s the thing: I don’t know many women (or any at all?) who feel awesome in a swimsuit. We all have our insecurities. We all have our perceived flaws. We all wish we ate fewer donuts and spent more time working out months ago to prepare for baring so much skin in the summertime.

And yet, here we are with the sun out and the beach/pool/patio calling our swimsuit-clad names.

We have a choice: stay comfortably covered and out of the water or put on a swimsuit and just go with it. I’m picking the latter.

P.S. have you seen this hilarious swimsuit video? So funny and so true.

For this summer, I found two new swimsuits that are surprisingly flattering, comfortable and modest (no cheeky bums or cutout waists for this pale-skinned, soft-tummied mama … I feel best in more coverage).

Perhaps you’ve already found your suits for this summer, but if you’re still hunting for a mom-appropriate swimsuit, may I suggest one of these:

SLOUCHY TANKINI + SHIRRED SHORT

I know, it looks a little maternity in this flat photo, but look how cute it is on the model:


It’s a fun change from the typical tankini top and perfect if you have a little extra fluff in your middle that you’d rather not reveal. I paired mine with the shirred shorts, and I’ll mix and match with other regular swim bottoms I have to switch it up.

GRACE SWIMSUIT

I have this suit in blue that I bought from Anthropologie two years ago (see it in this post) but I love this version from Jessica Rey Swimwear so much more. The material is thicker (which holds everything in better) and the cups are lined (a definite plus for me). The suit comes in a few different colors/patterns – I just happen to adore this emerald green.

Look how pretty the model looks in it:

To top off the swimsuit look, I love a lightweight linen coverup to throw on (this one is perfect – and on sale!) and a big hat to keep shade on my face.

Swimsuit shopping can be not-so-fun, but hopefully these suggestions will help!

Have you found a suit this summer that you’re loving? Please share …

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Seven favorite outfits for the summer

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 7 favorite outfits for summer.

Big shocker: the pieces fit nicely into my go-to color palette of neutrals + blues.

My go-to outfits are always casual, comfortable and I try to keep things cute. I do my best to fill my closet with classic, basic pieces that are easy to wear and can be mixed and matched again and again. Most of the items in this collection of outfits are currently available online, so I’ve linked them all below to make shopping easier.

It always feels so silly taking pictures of myself for these posts, but I do it for you. I know how helpful it is to see how others put outfits together – especially casual, everyday outfits. My hope is that you can use this as a great shopping list for basics and layering pieces, and maybe a few outfits will spark some ideas of how you can mix items you already have in your closet.

Let’s get started!

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 1

Friends. Before we get any further, can I just acknowledge that my knees are weird? They are strangely turned in (I blame ballet!) and bumpy. And carrying my four children caused unsightly veins to pop out on my already pale legs. Perhaps this is why I am not a fan of shorts, but as I mentioned above, I’m learning to embrace them. We all have our insecurities, right? I’m putting my funky legs out there for all the internet to see. Enjoy.

Okay, let’s talk instead about the cute chambray cami and easy shorts (with an elastic waistband!). This combo is super comfortable and still looks pulled together. If you’re in need of a new strapless bra, give this one a try. It is smooth and works great under a top like this.

chambray tank | linen shorts | sandals (similar)

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 2

I’m a fan of anything gingham/buffalo check and these shorts caught my eye. They fit a little large, so I recommend ordering a size down. And this shirt is the best. It is a linen blend, so it’s lightweight and has a nice, flattering fit. It is currently on major clearance, so grab one before they are gone.

You’ll may notice I wear the same sandals again and again. These are a year old, which replaced a pair almost identical that I wore for a few years before. I just like a cognac leather shoe with almost any outfit. The sandals I linked to are the most current version.

gingham shorts | linen capsleeve tee | sandals (similar) | sunglasses

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 3

This outfit is my ‘going to the beach’ look. Cuffed denim shorts that are not super short because I just can’t, a super soft tank, the perfect flip flops and a cute hat. Throw it all on over a swim suit and you’re ready to go.

tank | denim shorts | flip flops | hat

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 4

This is for sure my most go-to look for this time of year. I know, all you ladies who live anywhere but up here are thinking I’m crazy for wearing jeans in the summer, but we have a lovely temperate climate where jeans are still comfortable on the average 70’s summer day. I kept seeing frayed hem jeans and so I bought this pair. They are not expensive and fit great.

jeans | shirt (I can not find it online. Bought it last week at Target) | sandals

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 5

All last summer while traveling around the country, I reached for breezy dresses. I like an a-line, with pockets, please. I just picked this one up at Target last week and it will be regularly worn this summer.

dress | sandals (similar) | sunglasses

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 6

I know, it’s a funny pose. But I wanted you to see how cute the back of this tank is! It’s a little shorter in the front and has those fun tiers in the back. Ryan told me once that he loves me in this blue color and so I keep adding more to my wardrobe.

tank | jeans | shoes (these would be a cute alternative)

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 7

A good white tshirt goes with everything. This one has a fun twist detail in the front. It runs a little big (I’m wearing a small and it’s very roomy). The scallop shorts feel nautical and sweet.

twist front shirt | scallop shorts | sandals


So there you go. Seven favorite outfits to wear this summer. 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!

Do you have a favorite?

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10 classic Winter-to-Spring pieces to add to your wardrobe

It snowed here this week (which doesn’t often happen). While I have Spring on my mind, the weather is reminding me we still have a ways to go.

Until then, I’ve been eyeing a few pieces to add to my wardrobe that will work now, but also carry over into spring.

The key, I think, is to choose layerable pieces in classic styles and colors that can easily be mixed and matched. It seems I love a neutral wardrobe just as much as neutral home decor, and value comfortable, realistic outfits that suit my work-from-home casual lifestyle.

Ready to see my 10 Winter-to-Spring picks?

1. Excursion Quilted Vest | J.Crew | $79.99
Throw this over a thick sweater on chilly days and a light-weight one when it starts to warm up for an extra layer and a touch of pretty olive green (or navy, white, black, poppy and emerald).

2. Softspun Dolman-Sleeve Tee | Gap | $29.99
I have this tee in gray and white and wear them on regular rotation.

3. Textured Toggle-Front Cardigan | Gap | $89.95 (40% off with code FORYOU)
This cozy cardigan keeps catching my eye when I’m shopping online. It is a great layering piece – wouldn’t it be cute with white jeans and tee?

4. Crosshatch Tunic | J.Crew Factor | $44.50
A classic button-up paired with jeans is a go-to look. I like the tunic style and while it can be worn alone, it would also be great layered under a light-weight cardigan (like this one).

5. White Toothpick Jean | J.Crew | $115
My search continues for the perfect white denim. I have these jeans in gray and love the fabric and how they fit, so I’m thinking I’ll give these a try.

6. Girlfriend Jeans | Banana Republic | $98
Add a cuff to the bottom of these jeans and pair them with flats for a casual, early-Spring look.

7. Skinny 5-Pocket Pant | J.Crew Factory | $54.50
Green jeans? Why not. They act as a neutral and look fresh as we move into Spring.

8. Cognac Ballet Flats | Gap | $59.95
Once the weather warms up enough to skip socks, these simple ballet flats are my go-to shoe. They add a feminine, easy look to any outfit.

9. Topshop Sneaker | Nordstrom | $40
I’m on a bit of a green kick, as you can see. These sneakers keep things casual and would be cute with those white jeans.

10. Fritan Bootie | Nordstrom | $149
A good bootie is a wardrobe staple. I like the subtle cutouts and slightly gray suede of this pair.


There is still so much winter weather ahead, but these 10 items have me thinking it might be time to bring in a few transition pieces to my wardrobe.

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Nine Favorite Fall Outfits

ninefalloutfits 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 nine of my favorite looks for fall.A few thoughts:

I’m a work-from-home mom and dressing up isn’t always practical or necessary. My go-to outfits are always casual, comfortable and I try to keep things cute. I’m such a believer that dressing well makes a huge difference in how we feel about ourselves and truly impacts our day. I do my best to fill my closet with classic, basic pieces that are easy to wear and can be mixed and matched again and again.

It always feels so silly taking pictures of myself for these posts, but I do it for you. I know how helpful it is to see how others put outfits together – especially casual, everyday outfits. My hope is that you can use this as a great shopping list for basics and layering pieces, and maybe a few outfits will spark some ideas of how you can mix items you already have in your closet.

Let’s get started!

OUTFIT ONE

greyjeans As you may know, I wear jeans pretty much every day. This year, I decided to go wild and switch things up with a pair of gray jeans. They work as a great basic, go with everything and this particular pair is as comfortable as they come. I like to pair skinny jeans with a longer/looser fitting sweater and booties for balance.

grayjeans

gray jeans | black sweater | necklace | booties (same style, different color)

OUTFIT TWO

sweatshirt Because sometimes a cozy, casual outfit consisting of a sweatshirt, jeans and slippers is absolutely the right choice. What I love so much about this particular sweatshirt is that it is comfy and also cute. I now have a small collection of these double hooded sweatshirts and will say this this one is my favorite. They now have front pockets, thumb holes and are extra long. I order a size up since they run pretty trim and I like some room.

sweatshirt

sweatshirt | jeans | slippers

OUTFIT THREE

skirt2 I have been wanting a classic cable knit turtleneck sweater for a long time. I grabbed this one on sale earlier this fall and have worn it approximately four thousand times. I’m a big fan of choosing classic pieces (even if they are a bit pricier than usual) that don’t go out of style. (P.S. the sweater is currently on sale!)

The sweater is paired with this easy skirt and my very broken-in boots.

skirt

skirt | cable knit sweater | boots (old)

OUTFIT FOUR

poncho I call this outfit “heading out to shepherd my llamas” because the poncho just has that look, and yet, I’m still a fan. I’m not sure if we are still doing denim on denim, but I still like it. The key (in my mind) is to make sure there is a difference in wash.

poncho

poncho | denim shirt | jeans | boots

OUTFIT FIVE

ginghamshirt For all my friends who live in warmer climate places … you must get this shirt. It is light-weight, has a fantastic blousy sleeve, buttons down the back and the gingham is just so cute. This is such an easy outfit.

gingham

gingham shirt | jeans (very old, from Old Navy) | booties

OUTFIT SIX

leggings Leggings + tshirt + long cardigan + scarf is an outfit formula that hits all the marks: comfortable, casual, cute.

longsweater

long cardigan | white tshirt | scarf (similar) | leggings | boots

OUTFIT SEVEN

dress

Every season, I think to myself that I want to wear dresses. Very rarely do I find one that feels everyday wearable. This sweatshirt dress, however, totally works. It is cut slim, is made of sweatshirt material and looks pretty cute with a puffy vest (like this one) over it.

dress

sweatshirt dress | socks (similar) | boots

OUTFIT EIGHT

sweaterandhat

I found this sweater this past weekend and couldn’t pass it up. Black and white striped sleeves?! So cute. I threw it on with old bootcut jeans and a cozy hat (which makes my head look even smaller than it is, but whatev).

hat

sweater | jeans (old) | socks (similar) | hat (similar) | booties

OUTFIT NINE

blanketscarf One very simple way to dress up jeans and a white tshirt: add a scarf, belt and flats. I wear the leopard belt with everything and am still figuring out how to wear a blanket scarf :)

blanket-scarf
blanket scarf | white tshirt | jeans | belt | shoes


So there you go. Nine favorite outfits to wear this fall. 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!

9-favoriteoutfits Do you have any favorites?

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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?

tops

pantsdresses
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.


SOURCES

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.

SOURCES

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.

booties

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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