Friday, May 29, 2015

I Don't Wear Shorts. So What?

I haven't owned a pair of shorts since high school, which was a really long time ago folks.  I just hate them, and have never found a pair that I thought fit the way I think they should.  They are either way too short, or too tight, or whatever.  There are so many reasons why I hate shorts and I refuse to wear them.  I wear jeans a lot, but I spend many of my summer days in skirts and dresses.  I more often than not, choose dresses, but every now and then I find a skirt that I really like.  I'm 5'8" and finding skirts and dresses that aren't super short can be a little tricky.  I have to try things on, there is no way I'd order online because I have to be able to see how the length will be on me.

I found this skirt at Old Navy a few months ago before we went on our Disney Cruise (packing list and other posts on that here), and I loved it.  It was the perfect thing for a cruise casual dinner.  It has little pleats, is lightweight, and it makes me feel like I should twirl around like my six year old daughter does when she wears dresses.  I have a really short waist, and never quite know what kind of top to wear with skirts (hence why I wear dresses a lot).  I choose to wear this skirt higher on my waist, and then tuck in a tight tank (I'm wearing my favorite brand/style tank of all time) or t-shirt and put a stretchy wide belt over the waistband.  Visually, doing this helps pull your waist in and gives you some great curves.  I always try to throw a little color into my outfits, so I paired this one with some floral ballet flats that I just love.  I've worn them for this blog post as well.

Tank Top - Target
Skirt - Old Navy (very similar)
Shoes - Target
Belt - Target (similar)
Necklace - Screaming Owl (no longer available)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Casual Dresses are Perfect for Summer!

I wear a ton of dresses in the summer.  I hate shorts, so skirts and dresses are always my go to items in the summer.  I have a graduation to go to today and a comfortable dress was definitely what I wanted to wear.  I stick with stretchy knit dresses because they wear well, are super comfortable, and you can always dress them up a bit or make them more casual.

I love this scoop neck, high waist dress from Old Navy.  I bought it in the fall, but they have similar styles out for summer.  Add to it a belt, basic black gladiator sandals, great earrings, and a colorful bag for a pop of color and I'm ready to go!

Dress - Old Navy (similar)
Shoes - Target
Earrings - Target
Belt - Target - (similar)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Step Out of Your Style Comfort Zone

I tend to stick to tried and true favorites when it comes to clothes.  I find things that I know work well for my body, and I don't often stray from that.  This is why I own the same style of jeans in four different washes, the same tanks and t-shirts in every color they come in, the same maxi skirts in a variety of prints, and the same shoes in multiple colors.  I tend to shy away from totally new things, but this week I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a bit.  

For the past few months, I've been eyeing the new "jogger" style pants that have popped up in every store I go to.  I've seen them on people in person and in ads, but convinced myself that they'd never work on me.  I'm relatively tall, but definitely not stick thin.  I have muscle in my legs and butt (thank you barre classes!) and so the idea of wearing something that wasn't completely form fitting scared me because extra fabric makes you look bigger.  Having once weighed 100lbs more than I currently weigh (read my weight loss story here), I'm always fearful of wearing anything that adds bulk and makes me look larger than I am.  I spent years hiding behind clothes, and don't want to do that anymore.  I finally broke down this week and tried a pair of the "jogger" pants on at Old Navy (because I had free money to spend thanks to Shopkick!) and I was shocked that I didn't hate them.  I'm not 100% convinced that they look great on me, but I was ready to add some variety to my wardrobe.  If nothing else, they are super comfortable!  I wanted to dress them up a bit, and I love these wedge sandals with them.  Really, I love most pairs of wedges, but I absolutely love this pair.  I actually think I hugged them when I found them in the store in my size.  

Pants - Old Navy
Tank top - Target
Shoes - Steve Madden
Necklaces - Old, but from Premier Designs Jewelry (Use access code - bling)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Casual, Comfortable Style

I spend a lot of time running kids from school to practices, to games, to activities, etc.  As much as I'd love to wear fun fancy heels and be super put together all the time, it just wouldn't be comfortable.  I like to dress up, but it just doesn't work with my life all that often.  That being said, I hate sweat pants, yoga pants, and the like.  I have days where I'm in workout gear all day, but it pains me greatly to go out and about in workout clothes.  Today I got my workout in early in the morning, and get to spend the rest of my day in regular (but comfortable) clothes.  Yay!

As I've mentioned before, shoes are my greatest weakness.  Converse Chuck Taylor's are my absolute go to sneaker.  Currently, I have them in eight different colors, and I'd happily add more to my collection.  The bright pink pair I'm wearing today are one of my favorites!  I'm headed to my son's soccer game this afternoon, so I threw on my trusty Chuck's, jeans, and a 3/4 length sleeve t-shirt.  I had $60 in gift cards to Old Navy that I earned through Shopkick, and the shirt is one I just recently bought on my shopping trip to spend my gift cards.  If you haven't heard of Shopkick, you should try it out!  It is a free app that you download on your phone, and you earn "kicks" by walking into stores, by scanning products, and also when you make purchases.  Super easy and you can choose gift cards from a ton of stores.  I love it!

T-Shirt - Old Navy
Jeans - The Buckle
Shoes - Converse
Bracelet - KEEP Collective

Even with jeans and a t-shirt, I usually add some jewelry of some sort.  A friend of mine recently started selling some really cool jewelry from KEEP Collective, and I was excited to wear my new bracelet for the first time today.  You pick out a "keeper" which is either a band for a bracelet or a necklace, and then you can choose "keys" which care the little charms that go on it.  It took me days of looking to decide on what I wanted, and I'm going to eventually get some other "keys" to change out and mix things up.  I love that the bracelet is reversible, so I can have different color options depending on what outfit I'm wearing.  I got the Single Leather Band in Mint/Steel Gray, and I love it!

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