Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Got the Blues

I feel like I've hit my style groove finally. There was the adjustment of working out of the home to not, mild climate to four definite seasons, and two kids to three. My sweet spot is clothing that is comfortable to run errands and chase kids in, with the ability to slap on a few accessories and a pair of shoes and feel stylish.

I had to build a base of everyday items, mostly from Madewell (for the slouchy tomboy stuff), H&M (for trendy pieces and I love their organic line for both me and the girls), and Free People (for the cozy stuff). I rely on thrifted and designer things mostly for adding interest to my outfits. At least for right now everything is in good proportion and it's fairly easy to get dressed in the morning. Yay!

Sweater: Madewell (here - the color I'm wearing is on sale)
Hat: thrifted (similar here)
Jeans: Mother (here or here)
Clogs: Tory Burch (check here)

Off topic, but sometimes when I'm taking pictures of my outfits I see things that I'm more interested in photographing than myself. A fog bank rolled in this afternoon and I thought it'd be fun to share what I was looking at:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Faux Bird

This hat is something that Gap should re-issue again. Same with these Sam Edelman booties. I've owned both for 4 years and every time I wear either I get asked where I found them. Good thing other companies are stepping up with some great faux fur hats and lace-up booties.

Wow, third post in a row where Andrew took the photos and it's just so much better! Too bad I can't hire him full-time.

Hat: Gap (similar here, here, here, or here. How many dramatic faux fur hats does one need? Because I am seriously tempted by this white one.)
Sweater: H&M (similar here, here, or here)
Lace tank: H&M (here)
Pants: H&M (here) [whoa - did not realize I was wearing so much H&M!]
Boots: Sam Edelman (cute alternatives here, here, or here)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I went for a "freelance lumberjack" look today. I think I do a version of this outfit every year. Things get worn out and replaced, or the cut of jean is different, but the idea is always the same. See, here it is as a maternity look, and last year at the pumpkin patch.

We took these pictures at the Arctic Valley Ski Area. Andrew did a great job taking photos today. It is so much easier to just have someone else take the picture! Just do your thing (albeit a little more posed), photos get taken, and you can go on doing your thing.

Hat: vintage (almost exact here or here
Cardigan: vintage (similar here)
Flannel: Madewell (different colors here)
Lace tank: H&M (here)
Jeans: 3x1 (more distressed here or similar here)
Boots: Sam Edelman (cute alternatives here or here)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sporty With a Hint of Fluorescent

Sometimes I come across brands in the thrift store - like Abercrombie & Fitch - that I would usually never purchase new. As in, I wouldn't ever even be in the store to give myself a chance to purchase something brand-new. I'm not being a snob, more like I hate feeling like an old, grumpy person. And nothing makes me feel like an old grumpy person like loud music, too much perfume, and a dimly lit shopping area. Throw in tiny clothing and lithe teens everywhere and I'm two seconds from telling everyone to get the hell off my lawn.

But some of the stuff is cute. And since I can actually see it under the bright lights of the thrift store, sometimes it comes home with me. This sweatshirt is so freaking soft I would have bought it even as a lounge top! After obliterating all outside evidence of the brand I decided it was OK to wear out of the house as well. I went with a sporty look - a touch of fluoro, a beanie, and some shiny pants.

Sweatshirt: thrifted Abercrombie & Fitch (similar in grey here or pink here)
Top: Target (similar)
Pants: H&M (here)
Heels: thrifted (similar here or here)
Hat: eBay (here)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Roundup: Fuzzy Clothing Edition

Sweater: thrifted vintage (similar here, here, or here)  | Hat: Target (not online, recent in-store purchase) | Jeans: H&M (here)| Shoes: MIA (similar here, or these are so wrong they're right) 

My lack of black boots is already becoming apparent when I'm in my closet trying to find something to wear. For now I'm layering socks with these clogs which should work until the snow flies. And I just thrifted this top! I'm so excited. We dropped off an enormous donation the other day and I felt I should reward myself with a trip inside. You know, just to look around. :)

Hat: Target (not online, try stores) | Coat: thrifted (cute alternative here, or similar here)  | Sweater: Target (similar here or here) | Jeans: H&M (here)| Boots: Steve Madden (similar here)
If I don't show up on the blog or Instagram for a few days, I'm probably wearing this outfit. The summer version is here. Also, I bought this hat in the women's section at Target and it actually fits my (apparently) huge head. Just an FYI for you other big-headed ladies. And I guess a warning for those of you with petite noggins.

Sweater: thrifted | T-shirt: Madewell (here) | Jeans: BDG (here)
I highly recommend these Madewell tees. They wear nice, they wash nice, I can even put them in the dryer. That's pretty much all I ask for in a t-shirt.

Cardigan: Zara (here) | Dress: Isabel Marant (here) | Boots: Colin Stuart (similar here, super-fringe here, and ohmygoshiwantthesesobad here)
This is what I wore to go run errands. By myself. In my 20's a good Saturday was sleeping in, eating a late brunch, meeting up with friends to get ready to go out bar-hopping or to a show. . . OK, that still sounds like a pretty good Saturday. But let's be honest - I'm 36 and I have 3 young kids. Grocery shopping by myself is pretty awesome, too.
I hope you guys have an excellent weekend! We have sun in the forecast so I've got a few hikes planned. Yay!