The Best Winter to Spring Transition Shoes

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a good weekend. I keep getting questions about the best spring transition shoes, so I thought I’d post a roundup!

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If you live in the southern United States, you probably wear your “spring transition shoes” all winter, but this time of year is tough for those of us in colder climates. The days are getting longer, it feels like spring is near, and we’re tired of our boots, but it’s too chilly yet to break out the sandals.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about when to put away the boots and what to wear while we wait for warmer temperatures to arrive, and my answer is always, “loafers and ballet flats!”

And these days, the fashion sneaker trend adds some variety to the mix.

Spring Transition Outfit with Fashion Sneakers

I get it — not all of you are experiencing weather conducive to bare ankles just yet, but many of us are! If you aren’t quite there yet, just tuck this post away for future reference. I promise, spring WILL come… eventually!

So, what’s trending for spring transition shoes this year?

Pointy Toe Flats

Transition Shoes for Spring 2020: Pointy Toe Flats in Leopard Calf Hair

Pointy toe flats are making a comeback this spring, and while they may not be quite as comfy as ballet flats, I like the air of sophistication. They also tend to be more flattering because they visually elongate the line of the leg.

The J.Crew leopard flats pictured above have been a favorite of mine for a few seasons, and they’re finally on sale! They have such a flattering silhouette, and they add polish to the most basic outfit. They seemed stiff at first but broke in very easily. I recommend sizing up half to accommodate for the pointy toe.

I also have the Linea Paolo pair with the notched topline (the pink ones in the picture at the top of this post) and they’re comfortable and flattering as well. They come in a bunch of neutrals and bright hues, depending on your preference. These run TTS ; I have the 8.

Shop Pointy Toe Flats for Spring:


Mules are having a moment right now, and I’m not mad about it. I especially like the loafer-inspired mules like the ones pictured above. A traditional loafer can skew a little too masculine for my tastes, but the backless loafer mule is tailored with a touch of femininity.

I’ve been jonesing for those white Gucci Princetown loafer mules for ages, but I just can’t bring myself to spend that much, so I settled for the Sam Edelman Laurna mules. They look nice, but they’re a little stiff.

Everlane came out with The Day Loafer Mule just a few weeks ago, and I ordered it immediately. It is so good, you guys! I love the low profile, and the leather is soft and supple. The sole is flexible, and they way they’re designed, they actually stay on the foot. In fact, it’s so good that I already ordered another color. Definitely my #1 spring transition shoe this season! You can see them in Friday’s Try-On Haul.

STYLE TIP: Mules looks best with cropped and ankle length jeans and pants.

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Loafers are a classic style that is also trending at the moment. We’re seeing everything from super preppy menswear-inspired penny loafers to casual drivers, and everything in between.

My current fave is the Everlane Day Loafer because of the low profile and how soft and flexible they are. The Sam Edelman Lior Loafer is more of a classic style with the horsebit hardware, and they are deceivingly comfortable! They have a cushioned footbed, and the leather is super soft.

If you don’t care for the menswear vibe, we are also seeing a lot of the more feminine pointy-toe loafer right now. And of course, smoking slippers and driving shoes are classics that never go out of style.

Shop Spring Loafers:

Fashion Sneakers

Veja Esplar white leather sneakers are one of my favorite transition shoes for spring 2020

Fashion sneakers definitely sticking around for a while, and this is one of my favorite ways to make that spring transition chic and effortless. There are tons of options out there right now, so choose a style that works for you and your wardrobe.

I’m a huge fan of my Veja Esplars, and the new Everlane Court sneakers are supremely comfortable and very much on trend.

For a less spendy style that’s also trendy, check out these Amazon fashion sneaks.

They don’t have to be white either. I love my Vince snake print slip-ons.

I’ll be updating my Fashion Sneaker Review next week, so stay tuned for that!

STYLE TIP: When wearing trendy sneakers, it looks best to leave your ankles exposed, which means no visible socks. If you can’t bear to go without, try a no-show sock.

Shop Fashion Sneakers:


Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille Flats

These are sort of a loafer, but I’ll give them their own category because I love espadrilles during the springtime! I mean, I wear them all summer long, but they are particularly nice this time of year becasue they usually have a closed toe, but the jute sole makes them summery.

The leather espadrille flats I’m wearing above are suuuuper comfortable. I was really impressed by these last summer, and I can’t wait to bring them out again! The leather straps add interest, and help keep them on your feet. Eileen Fisher is a sustainable brand, too, if that’s important to you. These also come in black and taupe.

Shop Espadrilles for Spring:

I hope this post helps make your winter to spring transition a whole lot easier!

For the Pinners…

The best spring transition shoes for 2020, including product links and style tips!

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Happy Daylight Savings Sunday! Who’s dragging this morning?

Oddly, I woke up at my usual 5:30 AM and didn’t even realize it was really 4:30 because my phone automatically changed times during the night. It wasn’t until I got downstairs and started making my coffee that I noticed how dark it was outside.

I’m sure I’ll feel it as the day wears on, but for now, I’m going to roll with it.

We’ve had nice weekend, how about you?

Our kitchen backsplash got installed on Friday, and the guys were here till dinnertime, so we just ordered pizza and hung out at home and watched TV.

Yesterday morning, I went to a Bible study with the ladies at church, and then I ran to the mall for a few things I needed. We got together with friends last night, and today we have our usual church plans.

My son has Spring Break this week, so he’ll be coming in sometime this afternoon. The girls have school as usual, so we didn’t plan any travel. It’s a good thing, since everyone seems to be in a tizzy over this virus.

Speaking of which, my mom and I are debating changing our plans to fly to Boston in two weeks. We may just drive it after all, which is a bummer, because I was looking forward to hopping on a plane and being there in 90 minutes.

Oh, well. The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…

I’m not worried about contracting the virus, but I am worried about getting stuck in a quarantine situation. Although it seems like most cases are self-quarantines, so maybe we’d be okay. We’re going to wait a few more days to decide.

In other news, I’ve had a few requests for an update on my intermittent fasting journey, so I thought I’d make that the focus of today’s Coffee Talk.

Intermittent Fasting Update

I’m well into my third month, and I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of IF! (If you’re just tuning in, you can read my first few posts about IF to get caught up.)

First, a few disclaimers.

#1. This is not advice; it’s simply my personal story. I am not an expert on intermittent fasting… or much of anything, really. Please do your own research and make the best decision for you.

#2. If you are a naysayer, there is no need to lecture or warn me. I have done my research, and I’m quite confident in what I’m doing. You can certainly ask respectful questions, but I will not approve contentious comments.

#3. If you are curious, skeptical (trust me, I was too!) or just want to know more, I highly recommend reading Dr. Fung’s The Obesity Code. I also found Gin Stephens’ Delay, Don’t Deny extremely helpful.

Dr. Fung is a nephrologist who has successfully treated hundreds of patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes, and Gin Stephens is a former science teacher with an academic doctorate who is really good at breaking down and explaining the research around intermittent fasting.

Plus, Gin has experienced personal success and victory over obesity with intermittent fasting, so it’s nice to get both perspectives.

As for me, let’s start with a little backstory.

You may think I’m naturally thin, but while I was blessed with a good metabolism, I’ve been in a life-long battle with the scale, and I had a love/hate relationship with food for many years.

While I’ve always been a healthy weight by medical standards, it has fluctuated quite a bit over the years, and verrrry gradually gotten higher as I’ve gotten older. Like most Americans, I came to accept that gradual weight gain as we age is just part of life, and I tried to make peace with it.

I’ve done Jenny Craig, Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, 1-on-1 diet counseling, the 21 Day Sugar Detox, Whole30, FASTer Way To Fat Loss… and probably more diets that I can’t recall right now. They all worked for a time (except I never got the hang of FWTFL) but nothing gave me long-lasting success. Until I discovered IF, I figured that’s just the way it goes.

I don’t regret any of those experiences, though. Every diet I did taught me something, and even though I’m 25 pounds heavier than I was 25 years ago, I’m a heckuva lot healthier — both mentally and physically. And even though my weight crept up over the years, I developed better eating habits along the way, retrained my sweet tooth, and learned to pay more attention to my satiety signals.

Still, I wasn’t comfortable at the weight I kept coming back to, which was the 140-143 range, and it was getting harder and harder to drop even a few pounds.

I knew it was only going to get worse with age and menopause, and I desperately wanted to find a solution that’s healthy and sustainable and won’t make me feel deprived.

Enter intermittent fasting.

After dabbling in IF last summer and fall, I finally decided to commit at the end of last year. I joined the Delay, Don’t Deny Facebook Group, but that brought up even more questions.

I’m the kind of person who needs to dive into the research and really understand what I’m doing to give me the motivation to do something whole-heartedly and stick with it, so I ordered Delay, Don’t Deny and read it in less than a week. That gave me the information I needed to proceed with confidence.

After that, I read Dr. Fung’s book, and that’s really when it all came together.

I also found it extremely helpful to listen to episodes of the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast. I learn so much from hearing people’s unique stories, and it helped me stay motivated to keep going and trust the process when I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted.

Three Month Update

At this point, I’m well into month three, and while I started IF for weight loss, I’ve learned that there are tons of related health benefits as well. People often find their cholesterol numbers get better, some can reduce their thyroid medication, some experience relief from migraines, to name a few.

The amount of energy I have is incredible, and I don’t lose mental focus throughout the day like I used to. I no longer get tired in the afternoons, and I remain productive all day.

This is very common with IF. Everyone Gin interviews in her podcast mentions the energy and mental focus as some of their first results. This is because digesting food takes a lot of energy.

When you aren’t constantly eating and asking your body to digest food all day long, you have more energy for other things… like living! Even if the scale never budged, I’d keep doing IF for the energy alone.

At first, I had difficulty sleeping, but that has evened out, and now I’m sleeping better than I have in months.

I’m hopeful that I will see other health benefits as I get further along, but aside from the increased energy, the most notable difference at this point is the number on the scale. That number is further supported by the inches I’ve lost and my smaller clothing size.

At this point, I’ve lost about 6 pounds, as well as 1.5 inches in my bust, waist, and hips. I’ve also gone down a pants size.

Most of that happened during the first couple of weeks, and I have to be honest, I was disappointed to see my weight loss level off and actually seesaw back and forth a bit during month two.

My measurements stayed about the same too, and I was also dealing with some unpleasant intestinal issues and bloating.

It wasn’t fun, but fortunately I was listening to the podcasts and lurking in the Facebook Group, and I knew that was often a normal part of the process. I was determined to stay the course and trust the process, and sure enough, things have finally leveled off, and the scale started moving again during month three.

I’ve been keeping a weight chart, as Gin suggests, and I only compare my weekly averages.

Oh, how I wish I’d known about this method years ago!!! I mean, we all KNOW the scale can fluctuate a few pounds day to day, and we KNOW better than to get caught up in that number, but it can really mess with your mind.

Now that I’m only comparing weekly averages, the number on the scale doesn’t make or break my day, and I am looking at true fat loss, not just daily fluctuations due to water weight and other random factors.

Several people have asked, and I’m sure more are wondering: What was my starting weight, and what is my goal weight?

My official starting weight was 142.

I kept trying to get the scale back under 140, and no matter what I did (before IF) it wasn’t happening. I saw numbers on the scale as low as 135 during the first month, but it hovered mostly in the 137-138 range during month two.

Right now, as I’m starting my third week of month three, I’m seesawing between 134 and 136. Last week’s average was the lowest one yet — 135.8.

So basically, I’ve gone from 142 to 136 in 11 weeks.

As for my goal weight? I don’t really have one.

I feel really good right now, and I don’t need to lose more weight to be content, but I wouldn’t mind being in the 132-135 range. I was pretty happy in that range for a large chunk of my 30s, and it wouldn’t mean going down another pants size. It would just make me more comfortable in the size 28 that I’m wearing right now.

I’m being very transparent about numbers because sharing clothes and how they fit is part of my job, and many of you depend on knowing those numbers to make your own purchasing decisions.

I also share these numbers because I want you to have realistic goals if you’re considering IF.

This is not a rapid weight loss plan.

This is a lifestyle change that will help you find and maintain your ideal weight, if you stick with it long enough. You also need to know that you may have to tweak your diet, especially if you don’t have a ton of weight to lose.

Which brings me to another question I get asked a lot: Can you really eat whatever you want during your eating window and lose weight?

The short answer is no.

When someone who practices IF says they eat whatever they want, that just means they don’t restrict certain foods. “Eat whatever you want” is not permission to eat all the things at once.

What and how much you can eat and still see weight loss results depends on your body, how insulin resistant you are, and how much weight you have to lose. It also changes over time.

Everyone’s IF journey is different, and what works for one person won’t work for someone else, so you really have to experiment and figure out what works for you.

What fasting does is enable you to listen to your body, and it eventually helps reset your satiety signals, so you aren’t as tempted to overeat.

The “whatever you want” part changes as you get more weeks and months behind you. Believe it or not, you will actually start to want foods that actually nourish and fuel your body with what it needs, and the ones that don’t become less and less appealing over time.

I was beginning to think that I was never going to get to that point, but within the past week or two, I finally have started to have those moments.

Another question I get a lot is: What is your eating:fasting window, and what times do you eat?

What I’m learning works best for me is what I intuitively knew from the start. I’ve played around with longer and shorter windows, but my happy place is 19:5 or 20:4.

That varies depending on how I feel and what my social schedule looks like, but I have the app on my phone set to 19:5. (I use the Zero app.)

I usually fast from 7PM until 2 or 3PM the next day. I usually break my fast with a small lunch or a snack, and then I eat dinner with the family. After dinner, I have a small piece of chocolate or a cookie, and I close my eating window.

I do not, however, recommend staring out with that small of an eating window. It’s generally advised to do 16:8 for the first month or so and gradually increase the fasting window if you want to.

Most people end up doing 18:6 or shorter eating windows because deep fat burning sets in between fasting hours of 16-24 hours. A lot of people play around with occasional longer fasts to optimize autophagy, but I haven’t done any of that yet and don’t really plan on it.

To answer another question I get a lot, I don’t know how many calories I eat, and I don’t count.

I haven’t significantly changed the foods that I eat, although I find myself avoiding cheese (formerly a favorite) because of some of those intestinal issues I mentioned earlier. I’ve also added Magnesium Citrate to my daily regimen. I take pills because the stuff you stir into drinks grosses me out.

The only other major change I’ve made since starting IF is committing to the clean fast. I think I mentioned this in one of my former updates, but I realized early on that the little bit of cream I was allowing myself to have in my coffee could be sabotaging my success, so I went to black coffee.

That or water is all I have while fasting. No stevia or cream in my coffee, no lemon in my water, just plain water or black coffee. Gin explains why this is important in her book, so I’ll just refer you to that.

It’s taken me this long, but I finally enjoy the taste of black coffee. Another victory for month three!

I could say so much more, but it’s time for me to get ready for church, and this post is already over 2,000 words!

If you aren’t an intermittent faster, this probably sounds hokey or faddish, and I get it. But fasting is nothing new, and there is a lot of science to back it up.

We are the only culture in the world that thinks snacking all day long is necessary or healthy, and that has only become a thing over the past 40-50 years. Think about it. Or better yet, read about it. I cannot recommend The Obesity Code highly enough.

I probably didn’t answer all of the questions people have, but hopefully I hit the highlights.

Basically, I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride with IF, and I’m so glad I stayed the course through a few rough weeks.

When I listen to people on Gin’s podcasts who are 6 and 12 months in, I get really eager to find out where IF will take me.

I think I’m finally fat adapted, and I’m happy with the weight loss I’ve seen so far and how easy it is to fast. I hope to start reaping more health benefits as I continue with this lifestyle.


Early Spring Try-On Haul: Shopbop, Nordstrom, J.Crew, Banana & More

Greetings, friends! Today I’ve got an early spring try-on haul with some fab finds from Shopbop, Nordstrom, J.Crew, Madewell, Talbots, Banana Republic, and more!

I’ve been saving up pictures for a couple of weeks, so this is a bit of a doozie. Grab a cup of coffee, and sit for a bit!

Sizing Notes: I’m 5’5″ and currently right around 135 pounds. I take a small in tops, 28 in jeans, 8 in dresses, and I wear a size 8 shoe.

First up, a few of my Shopbop sale purchases!

Shopbop Try-On Sesh

I placed a Shopbop order… actually several, because they’re having their Spring Event. You can see my full Shopbop sale coverage HERE, but basically, it’s a tiered sale where you can save up to 25% off depending on how much you spend.

I’m planning to hop on their live chat later today to ask them to combine my orders, so I get the max savings. In the past, they’ve always been happy to do that.

This sale ends March 8, 2020 at 11:59pm PST, and it only applies to products labeled “SPRING”.

Mother The Insider Crop Jeans (size 28) // I actually had these last fall, styled them for this post, and returned them because I wasn’t sure I’d get my money’s worth out of them. In a nutshell, I wasn’t QUITE ready to embrace this silhouette.

This spring, however, I’m ready to give them a try again. I really like them with these sandals, actually (also a Shopbop sale purchase.)

AG Farrah Skinny Ankle Jeans in Mastic (size 28) // AG Farrah skinnies are my ride-or-die denim, and I really like the wash on this pair, as well as the slit hem. These have the same fit and feel as my other Farrahs. They have a 9.75″ rise, a 28″ inseam, and a 9.5″ leg opening.

This pair is really nice as well, if you like a lighter wash. I had these in the 29, and I wore them a ton over the past winter until I lost weight.

rag & bone Nina High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans in White (size 29) // I’ve been wanting some white skinnies that are a little shorter than the Madewell ones that I have, so I ordered these because I like my other Rag & Bone jeans a lot. These have a 10.5″ rise, 27″ inseam, and 10″ leg opening.

I usually size up in white denim because I don’t like them too tight, so I ordered the 29, but they’re still suuuuuper snug. I would need a 30 in these. Otherwise, I really like the fit, especially the 27″ inseam. They’re not terribly see-through either. I’d like to see how the 30 looks on.

Sam Edelman Tesma Slides (size 8) // I love these snake print wedge slides!!! They are just so fun, and they fit my foot really well… except I need to size down half. I often do in slides, so I’m not sure why I didn’t order the 7.5, but they’re on their way.

These are leather with a padded footbed, and they have a comfortable 2.75″ heel. They’re soft around the edges, and feel smooth against the foot, and they actually stay on when I walk. Score! They also come in black suede and pink croc.

Sam Edelman Stacey Flats (size 8.5) // I don’t know why I only have one picture of these, but I remember trying everything on late in the afternoon, and my lighting wasn’t best. I really like them, though!

Pointy toe flats are on trend this fall, and as I like to say, I’ve never met a snake print I don’t like! I’m trying not to overdo it, but it’s a problem. (Wait till you see the wedge sandals I found…)

These are comfortable, but they run narrow. I recommend sizing up half.

Tory Burch Eddie Ballet Flats in Bright Samba (size 8) // I’ve been wearing the Tory Burch Minnie travel flats for years, and I love them, but I’m kind of over the big medallion on the toe. I’m really liking this more minimalist style for a change.

They still have the Tory Burch comfort, soft leather, padded footbed, etc. This color is definitely bold, but I like it! I’m getting tired of neutrals all the time, and bright colors are on trend this spring.

These shoes do fit a bit snug, so I’ve ordered the 8.5 to try.

Tory Burch Eddie Ballet Flats in Goan Sand (size 8) // I like these a lot, and this color is far more versatile than the Bright Samba above, but the patent leather isn’t as soft and flexible.

As with the ones above, they run narrow and perhaps a bit small as well. I’d consider sizing up or going with the larger of your two “normal” sizes.

rag & bone The Vee Tee (size M) // This tee was part of my massive white t-shirt review, but I wanted to re-order in the medium because the small was pretty snug. The medium is definitely the right fit, and I LOVE this tee.

I love the seam down the back, the subtle slub texture, the great drape, the shape of the v-neck with some trim to elevate it above your boyfriend’s undershirt. And given all that, it’s still not see-through. It really is the unicorn I was looking for.

I know, the price tag is insane, but I was able to get it for 25% off during this sale, so there’s that. If ordering, I definitely recommend sizing up.

If you like this tee, but it’s out of budget, I highly recommend the Banana Republic slub cotton-modal v-neck tee, which I also re-ordered in the medium after publishing my white t-shirt review. See below…

Banana Republic Slub Cotton-Modal V-Neck T-Shirt (size M) // There’s a lot to like about this tee, including the price tag. I actually like the shape and cut of the v-neck better than the Rag & Bone, and it is very similar in every other way — subtle slub texture, seam down the back, trim around the v-neck, nice drape.

It’s also a bit shorter — both in overall length, as well as the arms and v-neck. See the comparison right here. The Rag & Bone is on the left, and the Banana is on the right.

My only issue is, it’s very thin. But if you can get past that, it’s a great tee at a great price. I definitely recommend sizing up one.

It also comes in a scoop neck version…

Banana Republic Slub Cotton-Modal Scoop-Neck T-Shirt (size M) // This is the scoop neck version of the v-neck above. I’m actually keeping this and not the v-neck (since I’m keeping the Rag & Bone v-neck.)

I like a scoop neck best layered under a denim jacket or blazer, and the thinness won’t be as much of an issue if I use it primarily as a layering tee.

J.Crew Slim Perfect Scoopneck T-Shirt in White (size M) // I think a lot of you will like this one! It’s thicker and stretchier than the slub tees, and the elbow-length sleeves are a nice feature.

J.Crew Slim Perfect Scoopneck T-Shirt in Brilliant Sunset (size M) // Same tee in a bold orange. I think this color is so much fun for spring and summer!

Banana Republic Sandwash Modal Cowl-Neck Top (size S) // This top is a winner! I love the washed black color and sandwash fabric, and the cowl neck with short dolman sleeves are perfection.

This can be worn layered or alone, and it also comes in ivory. It’s true to size, and the fabric is 65% modal, 35% polyester. You can wash and dry it too!

also wearing: Madewell layered necklace and Lucky Brand earrings

J.Crew Short-sleeve tee in Re-Imagined Silk (size S) // I’m not quite as excited about this one, but it’s cute too. It would make a good layering piece for the office.

This top comes in other colors too, and it’s silk, which is nice. It’s also a sustainable pick. Bonus, it’s 40% off today!

J.Crew Ribbed bateau neckline T-shirt (size M) // I thought this was a fun piece for transition season. I really like the boat neck and ribbed texture.

And bonus, this top is an extra 40% off today! Definitely size up, though. The medium is a perfect fit.

Talbots Side Zip Stripe Pullover (size S) // I picked this up when I ordered the Talbots t-shirts for my white t-shirt review, and I really like it! Very cute transition top, nice sturdy fabric, and some fun details. The zip on the side is cute, and the navy trim is a nice touch.

This top also comes in petite, plus, and plus petite sizes; and it’s 30% off today!

Everlane The Court Sneaker in White/Mustard (size W8.5) // These are a new sneaker style for Everlane, and I pre-ordered as soon as they were available. When they came in, I thought they looked a little geriatric, but once I got them on, I think I sort of like them. Honestly, I can’t decide.

I will say this, though. They are incredibly comfortable. They feel so good against the foot (I usually wear my sneakers barefoot) and the quality is really solid. They run TTS for sneakers, I typically wear an 8.5 or even 9 in some sneakers.

Pardon my lily-white feet, but I also ordered some sandals to try…

Steve by Steve Madden Hades Strappy Slide Sandals (size 8) // These also come in snake print and a few solid colors, but I thought this rhinestone fabric was nice for when you want a dressy flat sandal to wear with dresses or white jeans and dressier tops. They’re comfortable for the price point, and they fit true to size.

Steve Madden Honey Slide Sandals (size 8) // The two-strap sandals are popular this season, and I love the chunky wood grained heel. These also come in tan and tortoise. They run a bit big; I need to size down to the 7.5.

also wearing: French Connection Sweet Stripe Long Sleeve Sweater Dress (wearing a medium — super cute but very body-con; size up)

Vince Camuto Marybell Platform Wedge Sandals (size 8) // I love, love, LOVE this pair! They’re super comfortable, and the snake print is the perfect neutral. Plus, I love how they designed the jute wedge with layers of fabric.

I know not everyone wears heels, but if you do, these are so good. (They have a 4 1/4″ heel with a 1 1/4″ platform, so that’s a 3″ heel drop.) They’re TTS and also on sale!

Madewell Ridgeton Pullover Sweater (also at Nordstrom) (size S) // I love this sweater for transition season, and it’s 25% off now! I’ve already worn it, and I shared it in my last daily looks post, but I wanted to include it here as well. Great details, flattering, nice length, comfortable… A+ for Madewell!

Sanctuary Harmony Balloon Sleeve Floral Top (size S) // This top is really cute, but I wish it wasn’t so long in the back. I like the shorter front length, but it’s almost too short, at 24″. The colors are gorgeous, though, and it pairs beautifully with black, white, or blue jeans.

NYDJ Pleat Back Blouse in Evening Ditsy (size S) // Well, this top easily adds 10 lbs! It’s not terrible when front-tucked, but I still don’t think it does much for me. It may work for someone reading along, though!

also wearing: LOFT Chewed Hem Slim Pocket Skinny Crop Jeans in White (size 28)

BP. Crewneck Tee (size M) // This is actually pretty impressive for a $15 tee! I’m not big on crewnecks, but sometimes I like the way they layer under certain jackets, and this one isn’t as high in the neck as some.

It’s a nice, smooth cotton/modal blend, so it drapes pretty well. It’s on the shorter side, at 24″ but that’s nice for the higher rise styles that are trending right now. They do recommend drying flat, so be aware of that, but otherwise, this is a nice classic wardrobe piece at a great price.

also wearing: P448 leather and suede sneakers (LOVE!)

J.Crew Garment-dyed V-neck hoodie in original cotton terry (size S) // This is another piece I already shared when I wore it, but I’ll keep it in here because I have these pictures from my original try-on sesh.

I actually didn’t wear this navy one because it’s too small, but I love the white one below.

J.Crew Garment-dyed V-neck hoodie in original cotton terry (size M) // The medium fits so much better than the small, and I really like the shorter (23″) length on this one.

These sweatshirts are garment-dyed and distressed for a cool, lived-in look, and I love how they wrapped the drawstring tips with bright threads. I can see wearing this with shorts in the summer too. Definitely a keeper!

Eliza J Floral Print Maxi Dress (size 8) // I have a wedding coming up, so I’ve been on the lookout for a dress to wear. I’m not crazy about this one, though. It’s not too big for me, because I can’t wear it any smaller, but it looks too big. It’s definitely too long throughout (including the bodice.) If you’re tall, this one might be worth a shot!

T Tahari Tonya Pleat-Shoulder Dress (size 8) // And finally, this is kind of random. I actually own this dress and have for a few years, but it’s still available so I thought I’d share it. (If it looks weird in the back, it’s b/c I didn’t have it zipped all the way. It actually fits nicely in the back.) I’ve worn this to several funerals, and it’s a nice dinner out dress too.

This was my go-to LBD until I added the Ann Taylor scoop neck sheath to my closet a few weeks ago. I think they both have a place because sometimes you don’t want to wear sleeveless, but sometimes it’s appropriate.

I tried it on because I was curious to see how it fits since I’ve lost weight. It was on the snug side when I was at my upper weight, but it’s almost too big now. I don’t know if I should rejoice, or be sad because I really like this dress!

Anyway, if you need a classic LBD, this one is definitely worthy of your consideration.

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My Daily Looks: What I Wore Lately Vol. 7

Happy hump day, friends! It’s time for an another edition of What I Wore Lately.

Every other week on Wednesdays, I post my daily outfits. This post is the answer to a question I often get: But what do you really wear?

What I Wore Lately: Everyday Outfit Ideas for Women Over 40

I have to admit, I get really bored with my winter wardrobe around this time of year, plus so much has sold out, so I don’t always have exact links to what I’m wearing. But I’ll do my best!


As a reminder, I’m 5’5″ and usually wear a 28 or 29 in jeans and a small in tops. I’ll try to remember to give sizing notes where appropriate, but always feel free to ask! (TTS = True To Size)

This first look is one that I wore working from home on a weekday. This was the day my countertops were installed! I knew I’d be home all day, so I just wanted to be cozy and comfortable. This certainly qualifies!

Reformation sweater in Oatmeal (size M) // AG Farrah jeans (TTS) // Vince sneaks (size down) // hoops

This was another day at home, and once again, comfort and warmth were key.

This cashmere turtleneck is old, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s hard to see, but it has contrasting cuffs and hem, which are a subtle but very nice added detail. I grabbed it on an end of season sale a few winters ago, and I settled for the medium because the small was sold out.

If you’re looking for investment pieces on sale, Shopbop has some black cashmere turtlenecks as part of their Spring Event. My grey jeans are also part of the Shopbop Sale.

cashmere turtleneck (old) // Frame grey jeans (TTS and on sale!) // Vince smoking slippers // hoops

That night, a friend and I took our girls out for sushi and then to a prom fashion show at the high school. It was really cold out, so I switched into socks and booties, and I threw on this leopard sweater for a little more pizazz.

leopard sweater // grey jeans (TTS and on sale!) // booties (major sale, limited sizes) // hoops

The next night was Saturday, and Paul and I went out for drinks and then met friends for dinner. It was another cold night, but this time I braved it with bare ankles.

similar white sweater // Rag & Bone skinnies (TTS and 25% off) // booties // hoops

Paul and I picked up friends at the airport on Sunday morning and then went out to grab a bite to eat. The weather was finally warming up a bit, so I broke out some cropped jeans and my leather sneakers.

I’m really liking this oatmeal/washed black color combo these days.

Reformation sweater in Oatmeal (wearing medium) // Everlane skinnies (wearing ankle length) // Veja sneakers // studs

On Monday, I met a friend for lunch, and I decided to wear a dress for a change! See more of this look in this post.

floral wrap dress at Lord + Taylor or Nordstrom // similar taupe boots // hoops // necklace

I guess this was Tuesday. I wore this to run some errands and to work from home, and then I wore this exact outfit again last night to a meeting at my daughter’s school.

My stripe sweater finally went on sale, so it’s under $100. I recommend sizing up one from your normal, and be aware that it’s a bit cropped.

Reformation stripe sweater (size up; on sale!) // AG jeans (TTS) // Everlane loafers (size up) // hoops

This was another day at home — I’m not sure if it was Wednesday or Thursday. Somewhere along the way, I spent a day or two in workout gear.

I love this pink sweater for transition season, and it’s currently an extra 20% off with code LIKEALION. Plus, my Agolde jeans are part of the Shopbop sale!

Madewell sweater // Agolde jeans at Nordstrom and Shopbop (TTS) // snake print mules // hoops // necklace

On Friday night, we took the girls to see Footloose at a local theater. I dressed up my favorite jeans with pumps and a ribbed cashmere sweater.

These pumps are old, but I love the oxblood color, and the heel is a bit lower than some, which is nice.

Naadam sweater // AG jeans (TTS) // L.K. Bennett pumps (similar) // layer necklace // similar earrings

I spent most of Saturday at home, but we went out in the afternoon to our daughter’s jazz fest at a local high school.

It was a cold, blustery day, and I broke out one of my old favorite cozy sweaters and my OTK boots. I tend to forget about these boots, but they’re so comfortable and warm too.

grey sweater (old // AG jeans (TTS) // Blondo boots // necklace // earrings

That brings us to Sunday! We had church, and then we took Paul out to lunch for his birthday.

This sweater sold out, but I can’t stop wearing it. It’s so cozy, and the color is the perfect not-a-neutral but not-a-color either.

I recently heard somewhere that smartphone pictures look better if you take them upside down… so I had to try it! What do you think?

360Cashmere sweater // black jeans // black suede pumps

I spent Monday and most of yesterday wearing this… and at least one day last week as well. This time of year, I have such little motivation to get dressed unless I’m going somewhere.

Last night I threw on the stripe Reformation sweater outfit (shown above) to go to a meeting.

Sweaty Betty hoodie (on sale) // Lululemon tank // Sweaty Betty leggings (on sale) // Nikes // Adidas cap

And this is a bonus outfit. I wore it for part of a day, and I don’t even remember which one. I ended up changing because I was cold.

I love these sneakers, but after having them on for a few minutes, I realized they’re too big, so I took them off and ordered the next smaller size. They’re supposed to arrive today, so I’ll report back. They’re also on sale today — $50 off with code FASHION.

I’m actually working on updating my fashion sneaker review from last spring, so stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, this hoodie is really cute for spring and summer. It runs small, so I recommend sizing up. I’m wearing the medium.

J.Crew v-neck hoodie (size up) // AG jeans (TTS) // P448 sneakers ($50 OFF with code FASHION) // similar earrings

And that’s a wrap!

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Top Ten in February

Good morning! I’m finally getting around to posting my Top Ten in February 2020. This is a regular feature on the blog, and I always find it interesting to see what resonated most with you all. I hope you find it interesting as well!

These were the most popular blog posts and retail products among JLS readers during the month of February.


You know the drill. Based on Google Analytics, these were my top 10 posts from last month. I’m listing these in typical Top Ten order, with the most popular post last.

I am beyond shocked that the white t-shirt review didn’t rank higher this month. What the What!?!

Otherwise, this is pretty much what I’ve come to expect… 3 of the top 4 were Try-On Hauls! 😂

#10. Valentine’s Day Dinner Outfit Idea

#9. My Daily Looks: What I Wore Lately

#8. February Q&A

#7. Galentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

White T-Shirt Review - I tried 20 T-Shirts for 2020 and I'm sharing the best white t-shirts for women!

#6. 2020 White T-Shirt Review

#5. 5 Favorites: Denim Edition

#4. Try-On Haul: Loft, Chico’s, Gap, Nordstrom, Madewell & J.Crew

#3. Try-On Haul: Nordstrom, Loft & Gap

#2. Try-On Haul: Ann Taylor, Amazon, Nordstrom, Everlane & Boden

2020 Spring Wardrobe Essentials

#1. Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Okay, moving on to popular products…


Based on my ShopStyle analytics, these were the 10 most popular products across my blog and social channels last month.

#10. Amazon Essentials Brushed Tech Stretch Full-Zip Hoodie // Such a good sweatshirt. Soft, flattering, perfect with yoga pants or jeans.

#9. 1901 4-Way Stretch Ankle Skinny Pants // These versatile pants are perfect for work wear, church, and other dressy events, but they can be dressed down too. Also, notable mention, these pumps are so good.

#8. Chelsea28 Cowl Neck Sweater // So nice, I bought it twice. I also have this cozy sweater in ivory. It comes in a bunch of colors, and I love the relaxed styling and wide cuffs.

#7. Classic Two Tone Star Lace up Fashion Sneakers // Really cute and comfortable for cheap sneaks! Size up. Mine are the Gold.

#6. AG The Farrah High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans // My ride or die denim brand, and the Farrah is my current favorite style. Plus, this wash is perfection. See all my denim favorites.

#5. Chelsea28 Raw Edge Tank // I actually have this one in THREE colors. It’s such a good fit, can stand alone, and layers beautifully under cardigans and jackets.

#4. Lucky Brand Coin Collar Necklace // I’ve been wearing this so much — it has a bit of an edgy vibe that I love. The larger scale balances out more rugged looks, but it can look classy as well.

#3. BlankNYC Suede Moto // I love a good moto, and BlankNYC makes my favorites. I also have this in taupe and stone. SO GOOD. See one way I styled this jacket HERE.

#2. Banana Republic Devon Skinny Pants // Such good pants — dress them up or down, great for travel, work wear, etc. See how I styled these pants (and the 1901 pair above) 5 ways!

#1. Boden Robyn Tee (more sizes at Boden) // I love this elevated graphic tee for spring and summer. I had it last year in a different pattern, and I had to add this one to my closet this year. There are tons more to choose from in different colors with different sentiments. See how I styled this tee HERE.

And that’s a wrap! Which posts from February were your favorites, and did you score any of these Top 10 products? 

I love getting feedback from you all when you purchase from my site. It’s good to know what resonates, and I always want to be sure my recommendations are spot-on. It makes me so happy to hear when you’re pleased with a purchase; and of course if you aren’t, that’s helpful to know too.

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Classy Tweed Jacket Outfit for Date Night

Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m wrapping up my style series on 3 Ways to Wear a Tweed Jacket with a classy tweed jacket outfit for date night or business casual events.

I love how this tweed sweater jacket pairs with black jeans or pants and an ivory blouse.

Classy Tweed Jacket Outfit for Date Night or Work

For those just tuning in, this jacket has the structure of a blazer with the comfort of a cardigan, and I love the classic Jackie O vibes.

It has a flattering tailored fit and a one-button closure. I also appreciate that the shoulders aren’t super padded, and the sleeves are nice and long. All of these features help keep this jacket from looking too masculine, which is a risk with blazers.

Also, the black trim and faux flap pockets are nice details.

Classy Tweed Jacket Outfit for Date Night or Work

In the past two posts, I had a few questions about buttoning this jacket. It does button comfortably, but I think it looks more feminine and relaxed to leave a blazer unbuttoned. That said, you can definitely button it if that’s your preference.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures that way, but I will try to take a mirror selfie at some point and share that… maybe in this Friday’s try-on haul.

This jacket runs true to size. For reference, I have the small.

Classy Tweed Jacket Outfit for Date Night or Work

My mixed jersey tank is also from Ann Taylor, and I love how it pairs with this jacket. The rounded neck is the perfect complement to the structure of the jacket (and v-neck, should you decide to button it.)

I always think a top like this looks more feminine with a jacket than a button-up blouse, but you could certainly wear one of those too.

In that case, I recommend leaving the top few buttons unbuttoned to your comfort level. It’s slimming and elongating to the neck to show some skin in this area — especially if you have a larger chest.

Classy Tweed Jacket Outfit for Date Night or Work

My earrings and necklace are both Kendra Scott pieces. She makes higher end costume jewelry, which always wears well and lasts a long time.

These drop earrings are feminine and pretty, but they don’t overpower the look. And this delicate adjustable pendant with the black stone coordinates beautifully.

Classy Tweed Jacket Outfit for Date Night or Work

I wore black skinny jeans with this outfit because I was styling it for more of a date night look, but this could also work for a business casual dress code, and I might even wear it to church!

You can certainly swap out the jeans for black trousers to make it office appropriate, or if you want to take it down a notch, wear a white t-shirt instead of this silky shell.

It all depends on the occasion and your personal style, but this is a versatile outfit that can easily be tweaked for a variety of situations.

Classy Tweed Jacket Outfit for Date Night or Work

Outfit Details:

tweed jacket // ivory tank // black jeans (option) // suede pumps (option) // tote (option/option) // necklace // earrings (also at Nordstrom)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on 3 Ways to Wear a Tweed Jacket. By way of reminder, here are the other  outfits I shared during this series:

Work Wear: Tweed Sweater Jacket with LBD

a casual way to wear a tweed jacket with jeans

A Casual Way To Wear A Tweed Jacket

And this is for the pinners…

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COFFEE TALK 03.01.20 ☕️

Well, friends. It’s March, the longest month of the year! I’m hoping for an early spring this year, but March is a fickle woman, and one never knows what we’re going to get.

We haven’t had any snow at all in Philly this winter, so I have this funny feeling… but let’s not think about that!

Today is also my husband’s birthday, so my son is home for the weekend, and we’re going out for lunch after church with good friends. Which we do almost every Sunday, but today we actually made a plan in advance, so that makes it special, right?

All three kids are coming out too, which really does make it special. Even when they’re all here, they don’t always go to lunch with us.

Are my kids the only ones who don’t find going out to eat to be a treat? I guess we’ve made it too common.

So let’s see… What else do I have to tell you today?

I’ve had a few questions about my hip progress. For anyone not aware, I have an anterior labral tear in my right hip.

It’s not really getting better, so I’m a little anxious to hear what my doctor wants to do next.

I’ve been taking the anti-inflammatory he prescribed, I stopped running, and my walking has been sporadic because our weather has been pretty frightful as of late. I’m still working out, but we’ve been modifying things and doing mostly arm and core work. (This was approved by my doctor.)

I got a new desk chair and this convertible desk so I can sit or stand, and I like them both, but neither seems to be helping my hip issue very much.

If anything, I’m experiencing some lower back pain from the standing. I’ve probably been standing too much. It feels good to get a break from the sitting, but I’ve been advised not to stand too much at first, and gradually build up to it. Makes sense, but I wish I’d known that sooner.

Anyway! I see my doctor next week, so for now I’m just waiting to see what he wants to do.

In other news, the kitchen is coming along, but our progress has stalled a bit.

My backsplash tile didn’t arrive in time to be installed yesterday, and that will delay our vent hood from going in on Wednesday because that was supposed to go over the tile.

But, the good news is, we have paint!!! 

My brown kitchen is officially a thing of the past.

R and I were sitting on the family room couch last night, where we have a full view of the kitchen, looking through old pictures on my phone. We came across one of the kitchen before we started remodeling just a couple weeks ago, and she remarked, “Look how orange our kitchen was!!!”

That made me laugh, but it really was startling to see that picture, and it’s only been a few days. It’s funny how quickly you get used to new things.

As of right now, all of our new appliances are in and working, my quartzite counters are in, and the drink station is pretty much complete (minus the built-in wine rack.) That’s getting painted and will be installed at a later date.

My island and the boxes to my cabinets and the decorative trim over the cooktop have all been painted, but my cabinets don’t have any doors and drawers because they were taken off-site to be sprayed. I originally thought they would come back tomorrow, but it’s looking more like Wednesday at this point.

And the backsplash, which I thought would be installed yesterday, is on hold until the tile arrives and I get my contractor to reschedule.

It’s a small job compared to the others he’s working on, so I’m hoping he’ll be able to fit us in sooner rather than later. I need to touch base with him tomorrow and get that squared away. Then I’ll need to reschedule the vent hood installation.

So right now our kitchen is in a state of flux, but I’m finding it easier to be patient than I thought it would be.

We’re seeing some progress almost every day, and it already looks drastically different than it did a week ago, to say nothing of the week before that.

I also got my new counter stools yesterday, which was a fun surprise. The website said they were on backorder until mid-March, but they showed up yesterday!

They’re a great addition to the space, and it’s so nice not to have to maneuver around the heavy, high-backed chairs I had there before.

This is how my kitchen looks as of today.

Before you ask, we painted the island Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, and the cabinets Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.

I thought the Iron Ore was going to be darker, closer to black, but I’m happy with it. Although, now that it’s painted, I’m wishing I’d replaced the columns and corbels with something more modern.

I did go ahead and order a set of corbels that I like better, but I’m not sure how feasible it is to replace them at this point. They’re definitely providing support, along with the columns underneath, and I don’t want to risk upsetting the countertop. If it were to crack, I would be sick.

I’m also wondering about building boxes around the columns to streamline those a bit, so I need to see what, if anything, can be done at this point. I was going to ask the contractor yesterday when he was here to do the backsplash, but of course he didn’t come.

I wish I’d thought about doing this before, but I didn’t mind them so much in the old kitchen.

Oh, well. I’m sure I can learn to ignore them if I find out it’s too risky to mess with them, but I’m hoping we can figure out how to jerry-rig something that’s more inline with my style.

And if that’s not enough drama, I’m beginning to wonder what’s going to happen to our Paris trip.

If you’re just tuning in, Paul and I are planning a trip to Paris in May to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Of course, I was super excited, and yet I had this funny feeling that something was going to happen to prevent us from going.

I’m not usually a pessimist, but I was feeling a little gun-shy after we had to cancel our trip to Austin last spring when I was suffering from vertigo, and that isn’t our only experience with a highly anticipated trip going awry. A few years ago, our big family vacation out west to see the Grand Canyon was derailed by a case of the flu.

All that to say, this coronavirus has me a little bit on edge.

I’m not one to get caught up in all the hype, and I’m not really worried about contracting the virus, but I am worried about businesses and tourist destinations getting shut down for a time, or even worse, getting stuck in a quarantine situation. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

If one of us were traveling alone, it wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I don’t want to risk the both of us being separated from our kids for a long period of time.

We aren’t making any decisions yet — the trip is still two months away, and a lot can happen between now and then. But I can’t help but think about it.

As of right now, we have booked our plane tickets, our apartment, and all of our excursions. It would be a real pain to have to reverse all of that, but we do have trip insurance, so we’re just biding our time until we see how it all plays out.

So, yeah, I feel like all I’m doing these days is waiting. Waiting for spring, waiting for the kitchen to come together, waiting for my hip to get better, waiting to see what happens to our epic vacation… but these are all fun things!

Well, the hip isn’t fun, but it’s still minor in the grand scheme of things.

I know people right now who are waiting on test results and major surgeries and scary medical diagnoses. I am grateful that most of what I’m waiting on is fun stuff.

Spring will come, my kitchen will come together, my hip will heal, and if we have to cancel or postpone our trip, we will find something else fun to do to celebrate. It’s all good.

And the sun is shining today, so there’s that!

Unfortunately, it’s also 30 degrees and windy, so I’m going to skip my walk again.

I probably should take up yoga. At least I can do that inside. Anyone have a good resource for that? YouTube or something? I don’t even know. I never work out to videos.

Before I let you go, I want to be sure you don’t miss the white t-shirt review I posted yesterday!

I’ve been trying not to post on Saturdays, but I couldn’t get this one ready in time for Friday, and I didn’t want to put it off any longer, so I went ahead and published it yesterday.

So far, the feedback has been very positive. I did put many hours into it, so I sure hope it’s helpful to many of you!

Okay, that’s it for me. I’m off to get ready for church.

Have a great day!

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