Thursday, July 24, 2014

my everyday style: striped dress combo!

Who me in stripes? I know… monumental. This is the thing. I just wear the stuff I like, not the clothes that I think people will ohh and ahh over.  I don't pull a lot of punches with clothes. I just like what is comfortable and what is easy to wear.  That is not going to make me the most popular blogger but I hope it makes me a relatable one.

I seriously try to keep these outfit photos super real.  As a blogger I have found that it can be easy to try and over do it with the photos or to make my outfits into something ultra styled and nothing like what I would wear in real life.  Or to buy a bunch of new clothes to keep the photos fresh.  But that's just not me. This dress is over a year old - I've worn it here and here - and this vest is from last fall.  But the reason I show outfits here on the blog is to show you that a dress from two springs ago and a fall vest can be remixed into a great new summer look.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Striped Dress, J.Crew (similar, similar or similar)
Vest, Old Navy ℅ - last year (similar)
Clutch, Deux Lux - my favorite handbag this summer! (similar less expensive, similar, or similar with a chain)
Shoes, Loeffler Randall via Zappos ℅ - on sale (or in gold on sale, in black/brown on sale and in silver on sale)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (aka. Christmas in July!)

It's the most wonderful (shopping) season of them all… the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is upon us.  And if any one knows how to have a sale… It's Nordie's.  They take the hottest pieces from the best designers for the upcoming season (yes, you read that right the UPCOMING season) and seriously slash prices on covet worthy pieces left and right.

The newest Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs bags!?!? On sale.  The boots you crave for fall?!?! On sale. Your most favorite designer jeans?!?! Yep, on sale too.  You get the picture.  It's the one sale not to miss all year.  In my opinion it's the best time to buy investment pieces like bags, jewelry, shoes and jeans.  But other awesome items like beauty sets and accessories and outerwear are all on sale too.

Bottom line: don't miss this sale!  Here are a few of the pieces I have my eye on… I think you will like them too.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

my everyday style: summer blouse!

My wardrobe absolutely depends on items that can be worn for multiple seasons.  This top is the perfect example.  I wore this top this winter as a layering piece (seen here and here) and through out the spring with blazers for a few events as well.  Here I paired this airy silk top with denim shorts for a surprisingly summer appropriate look as well.

Versatile pieces like this help keep my closet minimalist and help justify investment pieces because they can be worn so many times.   When worn with these distressed denim shorts it still has a laid back vibe - one that fits my lifestyle best.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Blouse, J.Crew Factory - on sale!
Shorts, Gap (similar or similar)
Wedges, Sole Society (similar or similar on sale!)
Clutch, Deux Lux (similar or similar)
Necklace, Baublebar
Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Monday, July 21, 2014

personal style: find yours (featuring Robin Long and what to wear to BlogHer)!

Last month I re-launched my wardrobe consultation services in conjunction with a new series here on the blog all about finding your personal style. This month I am featuring one of my awesome clients to maybe give you some inspiration and also to show you how the process works!

Robin Long runs the Pilates lifestyle blog The Balanced Life.  I am a HUGE fan of her work (and her workouts!) and when she came to me for style inspiration I was thrilled to work with her.  Robin is heading to BlogHer this weekend and she asked what likely a lot of other bloggers ask when they get set to go to conferences.  The dreaded "what to wear to BlogHer!?!?" problem!  She wanted looks that reflected her blogger/mother/Pilates instructor/business woman lifestyle and that can be difficult especially when your work uniform is fitness clothes and you have to make the jump to "regular" clothes.

For Robin I worked to choose pieces that fit her stated boho/preppy style with the requirement of comfortable shoes and then split those outfits into day looks and then night looks.  When packing for blogging conferences you want clear outfits laid out for each day and night (usually conference events call for an outfit change) and have those outfits semi set in stone because you will be so busy learning, meeting and networking the last thing you want to think about is clothes.  It's important not to go overboard or over think dressing for a conference.  Wear clothes that feel good to you and are a good reflection of you and you will look great!  (Please note I usually do not put wardrobe consults on the blog, but Robin agreed to it - thanks Robin!)

Here are her "day" looks:

And here are her "night" looks:

Have a great BlogHer trip Robin!!! Be sure to check out her blog The Balanced Life - her workouts are awesome and her blog is so down to Earth and real.  You feel like you are chatting or working out with a girlfriend!

Friday, July 18, 2014

my everyday style: une belle vie!

I don't usually hop onto trends too easily… but I admit, I am in deep with the graphic tee trend.  Every time one of these babies goes on sale at J.Crew I just can't resist buying them.  The day that these guys go "out of style" will be a sad one… but I will say that I get so much wear out of them this is one 'trend' that is also quite practical.  

Here I did a sporty/dressed up look for the "une belle vie" tee.  This is a great look for a busy mom… comfortable enough for running errands or outings with the kids but it doesn't feel sloppy or too casual at the same time.  And I don't know if we have talked about these jeans yet, but people: Madewell jeans. For serious, my new favorite!  These babies wash well and wear well and I've been wearing them non stop this summer, the cropped length is perfect for wearing with sandals and letting some ankle show!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit details:
"une belle vie" top, J.Crew - on sale! (only $20!!!!)
Sneakers, Superga
Necklace, Baublebar
Clutch, Deux Lux (similar)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

current obsession: mark & graham

Have you checked out the preppy monogrammed goodness that is Mark & Graham? I randomly got a catalog in the mail from the recently and every page I was ohing and ahhing! They feature ultra simple accessories (with a few striped tops and dresses thrown in) that can all be monogrammed.  So they make for timeless and classic gifts for yourself or loved ones.  I imagine that if you invested in some of these gorgeous pieces you would own them forever.  Here are a few of my favorite picks!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

my everyday style: little white dress!

Like I've said before… I've got a thing for little white dresses this season.  This shift dress is so easy and comfortable to wear.  I had it absolutely set in my mind that I wanted to style this dress with a denim jacket - I mean, it totally works, right!?!? However the weather had other plans… it was absolutely sweltering when we took these photos.  Just my luck, right?

So I will say I highly recommend pairing a white dress with a denim jacket… just check the weather forecast first so you don't end up carrying around your jacket all day instead of wearing it!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Dress, Gap (similar, similar or similar)
Jacket, American Eagle (℅ - last season)
Shoes, Gap (similar, similar or similar)
Bag, Sole Society (similar or similar)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

my everyday style: double stripes!

Who can resist a double dose of stripes in the summer? And why even try to resist? Layers have been key this summer for chilly mornings or rainy afternoons and recently I couldn't resist layering an extra set of stripes for a fun summer look.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Striped Top, Gap (similar or similar)
Striped Sweater (at waist), American Eagle (℅ - last year, similar or similar)
Shorts, Gap - on sale! (similar)
Shoes, Superga
Bag, Sole Society (similar)
Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Monday, July 14, 2014

how to style: the little white dress!

A summer closet staple for sure… a little white dress is effortless and fun to wear all summer long.  Here are some great tips on how to style a little white dress for summer. 

at the beach: dress, hat, earrings, sandals, bag

casual friday: dress, blazer, wedges, earrings, tote

girls night out: dress, sunglasses, scarf, bracelet, shoes

Will you be sporting a little white dress this summer? 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

my everyday style: chambray!

Chambray and I have a thing going on, I can't quit it. But you knew that already if you have read this blog for more than 5 minutes. Next thing I can't quit: wearing long sleeve tops with shorts. It seems to be my jam this summer. 

If you want to know how to stay on your toes as a blogger try doing photos in park where the sprinklers keep randomly popping up in random locations - eek!  Thankfully they didn't get me… but you can see them make their cameo in a few shots below.  Oh the life of a blogger… sometimes I wonder how I ever got myself into this mess. 

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Chambray Top, J.Crew Factory - on sale!
Shorts, Gap - on sale! (or similar)
Earrings, J.Crew Factory - on sale!
Bag, Madewell - on sale!
Shoes, J.Crew (similar, similar or similar)
Sunglasses, Kate Spade (similar)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

on my radar… july!

Since July is my birthday month I always like to do a little extra window shopping this time of year for potential birthday presents… this month I've got earrings on the brain (who wants to wear necklaces in this heat?), distressed denim, sassy tee shirts, the bag I am currently coveting and a super simple summer dress… among other things on my radar.

This dress looks so comfortable and cute.

I am craving a new pair of sunniesthis pair is high on the list.

I think someone stole my thoughts when they designed this t-shirt. I want a nap today, and tomorrow. Thankyouverymuch.

My new dream bag… come to mama!

Striped shorts. Yes ma'am.

I seriously need to just buy a pair of Kendra Scott earrings. I've been wanting a pair for so long.

This cozy cotton cashmere tee has my name written all over it.

What is on your radar lately?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

my everyday style: red stripes!

This is another patriotic look that I had hoped to have on the blog before the 4th but I ran out of time!  But let's be honest… doesn't all of July feel a little patriotic? I think so.  In fact I think you can justify red, white and blue for pretty much the whole summer.

I hope you gals had a great long holiday weekend… I know it's Tuesday already, but I am still in mourning that the holiday weekend is over.  I mean, we don't get to celebrate the Fourth for another year? That seems so sad to me.  That is reason right there to keep sporting the red, white and blue…

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Sunglasses, Ray Ban
Top, J.Crew Factory - on sale!
Jeans, Gap - on sale! (or similar)
Sandals, Gap
Bag, Sole Society