Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Wants - Casual Chic Pants

 You all know how much I love my jeans. I pretty much wear them on a daily basis, but I try to switch out my styles as often as I can. I do adore my distressed boyfriend jeans, but I've been trying to wear nicer pairs with my casual looks as well. However, I'm growing weary of wearing them all the time. 

That's the thing about winter, my options are kind of limited. I can't wear legging and sweaters all the time, I don't have that many sweaters that are long enough for leggings, and I don't own that many leggings! Remember this look from a couple of weeks ago? I loved the idea of still having a denim look without truly being in jeans. But with warmer weather on the horizon, I know my dresses, skirts, and shorts are coming back into rotation soon.

In the meantime, I've been looking for pants that can replace jeans from time to time, that are casual enough for the zoo and other kid friendly outings, and still chic. I think I've found some pretty good pieces! Check them out!


What is your go-to item when you tire of jeans? Do you ever tire of jeans? 

I have to say my favs are the striped jumpsuit from Loft, the navy floral pants from Zara, and the cullotte jeans from the new Olivia Palermo line at Nordstrom.

Here's hoping your week is going fashionably well!

XOXO 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sailing

Jacket: Banana Republic (similar); Sweater: Boden (navy only); Tank: Loft; 
Jeans: Joe's Jeans; Handbag: J.Crew (similar); Booties: Sole Society
Jewels: Stella & Dot; Lip Color: Revlon HD Obsession

 I wish I were sailing because that would mean I was on the water, in the sunshine, and soaking up a little bit for warm weather. But instead, I spent an awesome Friday afternoon with my son at Crown Center and Union Station, the destination of his choice. We had lunch at his favorite place, hit the toy store for him to browse, and then walked over to Union Station to watch the model trains for what seemed like hours. It was a lovely day.

How cute it is this sweater? I love the pale pink shade, the navy blue waves, and darling little sailboat. It's a light weight wool, so I definitely needed something a little warmer, so I paired it with my favorite cream leather jacket. It was the perfect layering piece. I think the sweater will be a great early spring item as the weather finally turns warm.




The Jacket: Before and After


     
 


I realize it's only Tuesday, but how is your week going? Things here are a little choppy, just like the waves can be, but I'm hoping for a calmer week ahead.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Monster Love

Sweater: Free People; T-Neck: Target; Jeans: Loft; Boots: Rockport;
Handbag: Steve Madden; Shades: Karen Walker; Jewels: Stella & Dot

Saturday afternoon was definitely a first for me. Actually, it was something I never ever imagined I would I do. My husband and I took our son to Monster Jam and that little four year old was in heaven! We purchased pit passes where we were able to go down on the track and see the monster trucks up close and personal. It was entertaining, to say the least, but experiencing it with McKinley was truly priceless!

So what does one wear to Monster Jam? My husband suggested a hoodie and I asked him if he had ever met me! Nothing against a good hoodie, but I wasn't going to get that casual. Instead, I reached for one of my favorite sweaters, one I've had roughly nine years, and by favorite casual pair of jeans. That's dressed down, right? I added my flat heeled boots, I knew enough not to wear heels, and grabbed a cross-body bag to hold all the stuff that mama's have to cart around for an afternoon outing, and we were out the door! Word to the wise, if you ever find yourself on the track for pit passes to Monster Jam, beware of clay like mud! Again, smart enough to wear flats!


 


The Sweater: Before and After

  

How lovely are these ear jacket earrings? I love them. And they are incredibly versatile. They come with two different pairs of studs that can be worn though the jacket! Ask me how to order a pair!

 


How was your weekend? Do anything out of the ordinary? If so, share!

Hope you're having a fabulous Monday!

Friday, February 5, 2016

I Like Very Much....

Sweater: Target (cute option); Button Down: Land's End (super cute); Jeans: Loft (similar); 
Booties: Sam Edelman; Handbag: MbyMJ; Shades: Target; Jewelry: Stella & Dot; 
Lip Color Revlon HD Obsession

When you look up the meaning of j'adore, you get some many definitions. But what I can come up with is this, I like very much. Well guess what? I like very much this sweater! It's simple, sweet, and perfect for this month of love! 

I love pairing it with button downs, and this time around, I added my fav checked flannel shirt. I'm tellin' ya, Land's End should pay me for all the times I've worn it, including the times not photographed. I honestly wear it that often! Distressed boyfriends jeans, gray suede booties, and a pink bag complete this well liked look!




The Sweater: Before and After

        


 

Happy Friday, Fashionista's! We've made it through another week. Next week is the week leading up to Valentine's Day and I might just have to go all lovey with my posts. Or, just go with what I love and express my adoration for my wardrobe in photos! We shall see what happens.

We have an extremely busy weekend ahead and I can't wait to share the details. I hope you have a fabulous one planned as well.

XOXO

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Wants - Valentine's Day Finds

As it currently stands, I am a hopeless romantic. I love romantic comedies, Danielle Steele and Nicolas Sparks novels, entire Twilight Saga for obvious reasons, and though I'm not a daily heart wearer, I do love to sport them during February in honor of Valentine's Day! Red is my favorite color, but I've been adding pink to the mix, and this month is the best reason to wear those colors often! And I love adding lips to the mix. A fun print that's a little wink, you know!

However, I've been on the hunt for some extra cute pieces for Valentine's Day and I found some of the most darling things! And I'm sharing them with you. I am especially in love with the Talbot's sweater! It's so sweet!

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When it comes to Valentine's Day, what is typically on your wishlist? Flowers? Chocolate? Diamonds? For this girl, chocolate is always in the list. Sometimes roses because I never get them, but they are entirely too costly for just one day. As for this year, I will take any of the above!
Maybe you should start sharing your wishlist with your special someone now! And, if you're a girl who loves to simply shop for yourself, well you are a girl after my own heart.... 

Happy Wednesday, Lovelies! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Capeness

Cape: Boden (other colors); T-Neck: French Connection (similar); Jeans: Loft
Booties: Sam Edelman (similar); Handbag: MbyMJ (fun option); Shades: Prada; 
Jewels: Stella & Dot; Lip Color: NARS Heat Wave

 Sunday was a mama day, and when I say mama day, I mean I got to spend the afternoon with my mama! I was way overdue for an afternoon that was just for me. And when I found out that I was going to get the chance to do mama stuff, I called my mom and filled her in. We met at Town Center and shopped for shoes, bras, and spring pieces for our wardrobes. We then hit Loft for jean shopping! I walked away with new jeans, without holes, yet are casual and chi enough for days at the zoo, farmstead, and other McKinley friendly outings. It was a lovely afternoon.

Speaking of lovely, the weather was lovely as well. I didn't need a coat, but I knew I wanted something with a little coverage. I also knew it was time to break out the cape that I have dubbed Capeness. It's greatness in a cape. It's the perfect weight, the color is gorg and so cheerful, and it's simply classic in design. Dark jeans, a cream t-neck, and leopard booties completed this mama look!






 There are times when I take a mama afternoon and feel guilty while doing so. This time, I didn't! I really enjoyed my time alone, well with the company of my mom. I could shop, browse, and have a conversation without being interrupted and told how much someone doesn't like going to mama stores. You know, sometimes mama's just need a break!

Can you believe we are in February? I feel like this color combo is a nod to the Valentine's Day celebration that's on the horizon! I can't wait to start sharing some of my heart day finds with you! 

Have a great day, Fashionista's!

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Home Office Reno

Things are really starting to take shape in the home office reno department. My mom and I have been shopping for my desk, chair, and other accessories to help the space pop. I'm really going for it in the color department, something that will make my office a cheerful space on a daily basis. I purchased the paint over the weekend and can't wait to start putting it on the wall. But before all that, my dad has been working on some minor wall repair. We had a leak from my husband's shower last year and it did a little damage to the corner of the wall. Nothing big, but enough to get it fixed. And after that, it will be time to paint. I'm so excited!!

Remember back to the photo of the space in my den that I'm going to make my office?


Well, I thought I would share a little more insight into my current working conditions so you can see why I'm in need of an "office". My den is long and narrow, but bright and homey. However, the space where I work isn't really all that conducive to working. Here is the other half of the room from where I will eventually work.

This is my current desk! It's my coffee table. And as you can see, it's really a large piece of furniture that allows me to spread all of my stuff out and really dig into work. Did you hear the sarcasm dripping out of that statement?


And don't you love my computer stand? The floor is the perfect place to print from, right?


So you can see why I need a space of my own? This isn't an office. This isn't a motivational place to get my juices flowing. This is a place where I lose focus. Where I get lost. And I can't wait to move over to a place that gets me excited!

Here is a glance into the colors of my space. I'm in love!


As for the wall color, you all know I'm dying to have a gray room, so I'm going with a gray accent wall. I love the color of my nails, Essie Petal Pushers, and it was a bit of inspiration when choosing a color! However, I decided it might be a little dark for the room, so I went with Winter Solstice. Love!


And that's it! My home office space, color scheme, and wall color. Again, it's taking shape, from a visual standpoint, and it will start taking muscle shape this week! Stay tuned for more updates!

Happy Monday!