What I Wore Lately vol. 11

Wow, the last two weeks have flown. I feel like I just posted one of these, and it’s already time again! I actually double checked the calendar to make sure it’s been two weeks.

Every other week on Wednesdays, I share what I’ve been wearing, and today’s the day! I also have an outfit evolution for you.

Mother Nature is still being a fickle woman, and these cozy looks are very unusual for late April, but it is what it is!

Okay, let’s get started!

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135-ish, and I typically wear a small in tops, 28 in jeans, a 6 or 8 in dresses, and a size 8 shoe. I will give sizing notes, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.


I wore this first look to take a few packages to the UPS store, and we stopped through the Chick-Fil-A drive through for lunch.

This cardigan is more sweatshirt than sweater, but it’s cozy and comfy and perfect for super casual days when I still want to look put-together.

cardigan (TTS) // tee (size up) // jeans (TTS) // espadrilles (size up half) // necklace

I’m sort of on an every other day routine for getting dressed and putting myself together. This was clearly an off day.

These are my favorite leggings — so soft and comfy-cozy. I put them on almost every morning now, when I get up with the dog, and wear them until I shower and get dressed for the day… that is if I shower and get dressed for the day.

sweatshirt // tank // leggings (more sizes) // sneakers // hat // specs

This was another day at home… I know, so unusual!

This tee is plush and soft, but it’s pretty much sold out. Watch it for restocks, though, as returns are taking longer to process these days.

ringer tee (TTS) // jeans (TTS) // sneakers

Another at-home day… evidently I didn’t even bother to pretend to put on real shoes.

LOFT is doing 60% off when you buy 5 or more full-price styles, and I highly recommend snapping up this sweatshirt and sweatpants, if you don’t already have them.

I have the black, and my 17 y/o has the grey, and we both love them and wear them a ton. They’re TTS, or size down if in between. I have a small in both.

Lou & Grey softblend sweatshirt // softblend sweatpants // thong slippers (TTS)

This was a rainy Sunday, and I don’t think I ventured outside all day. In fact, that’s my pajama shirt. (Yes, I wore it to sleep in the night before.) I just put on a bra and threw on this cardigan and joggers.

I guess I put on the sneakers and necklace to look put-together? I dunno… but I do recall wearing these Adidas sneakers all day, and they’re very comfortable.

cardigan // graphic tee // joggers // sneakers // necklace

This is the day we got Ozzy… it was sunny but chilly, so I wore this cozy sweater — definitely one of my top 5 #NSale purchases last summer.

sweater // jeans // sneakers // earrings // necklace

And, you guessed it… another day at home! No clue why I added earrings and a necklace. I must have run out to the grocery store or something. Oh, wait. I remember. This was the day of my Facebook Live.

This front is super cute and cozy, and my leopard slip-on sneakers are 40% off right now! This is as low as I’ve seen them.

twist front top // jeans // sneakers // earrings // necklace

The next day was Wednesday, and I didn’t grab a picture. I’m sure I was wearing leggings and a sweatshirt all day.

Then on Thursday, I put myself together again to do a bunch of try-ons for my Friday try-on haul. After that, I ended up wearing this cozy cardigan for the rest of the day.

I don’t normally like hoods on my cardigans, but this one is lightweight, and I think it’s a fun feature. I also like that it has a slim fit and skinny sleeves — both features that make it very flattering for a long cardigan! (Read more of my frump-fighting tips for wearing cardigans.)

This tank is great for layering under cardigans. Remember, LOFT is doing 60% off when you buy 5 items or more, so this is a good time to stock up on basics like these tanks.

cardigan // tank // jeans // espadrilles // earrings

And then, the off-day… Oh, well. I’m nothing if not predictable.

This Athleta hoodie has a slightly cropped fit, and it’s nice and lightweight for spring. I love this opal green, but it comes in some other fun colors too. It also comes in petite, tall, and plus sizes.

hoodie // joggers // sneakers

Okay, now I have an outfit evolution for you. In last week’s try-on haul, I was debating about keeping these jeans. They were 40% off at the time, so the price was pretty good for Paige.

I was drawn to the straight style and retro wash with destroyed details, but I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off or which shoes worked best with them.

Last Saturday, we had a “pandemic birthday parade” for one of my daughter’s friends. If you aren’t familiar, this is when people line up and drive by the home of the person having a birthday with signs and balloons. I decided to get dressed as I would if I was going to a real birthday party, so I started playing around with these jeans.

I had already tried them on with a bunch of different sandal options, but I wanted to see how they would look with sneakers, so I threw them on with my trusty Veja sneakers and a white tee.

It works, but it’s plain, plus it was too chilly to go out without a long sleeve layer.

First, I tried on the leopard utility jacket. (I got it for $74 thru Trunk Club, but I can only find it now at Revolve for full price.)

The plain beige is 50% off at Nordstrom, and there are some other colors marked way down at Nordstrom, plus that sage green is 25% off and fully stocked at Neimans.

I like this look better in these pictures than I did in person. At the time, I just wasn’t quite feeling it.

It didn’t help that my 14-year-old daughter hated the whole ensemble. She told me the jacket looks like something the guys on Duck Dynasty would wear, and the jeans… well, she just thinks they’re ridiculous. (Both my teenage girls are still #teamskinnyjeans all the way.)

Okay, I really need to steam the back of this jacket…

I decided to ty it with the Madewell cardigan instead… the jacket makes a bit of a statement, and the jeans are a new look for me, and altogether it seemed a little bit much for the occasion.

This cardigan is a little more casual than the jacket and tones down the jeans a bit, but I really didn’t care for it with the jeans and sneakers. I can’t say exactly why.

I decided to see how it looked with the Birks.

I like the rose color of the sweater with the sandals, but I think the sandals and the jeans together are too boho for my personal style.

They work, just not for me. It may be time to give up on these Birks.

At this point, my daughter was telling me it was time to go, so I decided to resort to my comfort zone — skinny jeans and mules.

This works, but I really wanted to wear that cheetah jacket, so I swapped the sweater for the jacket, and then I was happy.

This was exactly the look I was going for. The jacket brings just the right amount of edgy to the simple white tee and jeans, and the loafer mules keep it modern.

Altogether it’s casual but polished, classic but trendy. I will definitely be wearing this combination again!

As for the Paige jeans, I ended up keeping them. When it was time to return my box to Trunk Club on Monday morning, I couldn’t bring myself to include them.

I learned a long time ago to trust my gut on matters such as this. There have been a lot of times over the years that I was unsure about a new style or an article of clothing that seemed a little too edgy or trendy or rugged or something… but I kept feeling drawn to it. When I finally decided to just wear it and own it, the next thing I knew, it was my new favorite. I have a feeling these jeans are one of those times.

While they didn’t quite work with the jacket or the cardigan, I like these jeans with the t-shirt and sneakers. I think they’re more of a summer jean, and I have a feeling I’ll enjoy them once the weather warms up and I can wear them with casual t-shirts and sandals, so I’m holding onto them for now. (With Trunk Club, you can return them later if you change your mind, as long as the tags are still on.)

Okay, that was a long one!

Next up, a simple athleisure look for another day at home. This is what I wore on Sunday.

hoodie // tank // joggers // sneakers // specs

Monday was a crazy day. I was up early with the dog, threw on the same joggers and a different sweatshirt, and never even put on makeup. I meant to, but it just didn’t work out. I won’t bore you with the details, but sometimes I wonder how I got everything done when I wasn’t on stay-at-home orders.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, and I got dressed and put on makeup so we could shoot a few looks for the blog… coming soon!

After that, I wanted to see how the Ann Taylor sage green jeans looked with a sweatshirt for more of a dressed-down look, so I threw them on with my white J.Crew hoodie and my Vejas.

I’m holding my purse and a Post-It note with a grocery list because I was on my way out to the store. (I always leave my purse in the car and stick my car key and credit card in a pocket to go into the store, but I still like to bring my purse unless I need something when I’m out. Plus, it’s my habit, and it helps me feel somewhat normal, even though the situation is anything but.)

These jeans are marked down to $35, by the way — that’s 65% off, and the sale ends today.

Someone asked to see them from the back, so here you go. They fit great — the rear pockets are perfectly centered both vertically and horizontally, and they don’t bag out. This was after wearing them for several hours.

I believe I said earlier that they run big, and I could have sized down to a 4. After putting them on again yesterday, I realized I could not wear the 4.

They do fit a little looser in the leg than I’m used to, but the fit is perfect in the hips and waist.

They have a comfortable 10″ rise with those “magic pockets” to help keep things in check, and they don’t bind at all, so they’re great for those of us who carry a little extra fluff in the belly area.

Overall, I’m very impressed with these jeans for the price point, although I’m considering cutting off that fluffy fringe and leaving a raw hem.

hoodie // jeans // sneakers // earrings // necklace

And that’s a wrap! I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

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At-Home Workout / Work-At-Home Outfits with Athleta

While we’re staying home and doing our part to keep this pandemic contained, self-care is super important to keeping spirits up, and that includes staying active.

I may not be able to run (due to a hip injury) or get to the gym to work out with my trainer (pandemic problems), but I try to get outside and walk at least once a day, and I’ve recently taken up yoga. What did we do before YouTube?

As much as I miss going to the gym, I have to admit, working out at home has its advantages. I really like how easy it is to fit exercise in around my other daily activities, and I can justify buying more activewear since I’m wearing it so often!

I’m loving the styles this spring at Athleta, so I was thrilled when they reached out about partnering on another post to share their At Home Workout line.

Here are a few of my favorite at-home workout/work-at-home outfit formulas that keep me feeling stylish and put-together all day, whether I’m working or working out.

Let’s HIIT It

Whether you’re streaming a sweaty HIIT workout or your next Netflix marathon, you’ll be cool and comfortable in these capri leggings and super soft tee.

Work At Home / At-Home Workout Outfit

#1. Athleta Cloudlight Stratus Tee // This tee is beyond soft, plus super lightweight and breathable, with a longer length to cover your assets. The scoop neck and relaxed fit are flattering and comfortable, and you can wear it alone for a workout or layered under your favorite wrap for a lazy afternoon with a good book.

#2. Ultimate Bra in SuperSonic D-DD // This bra is designed for medium-impact workouts with D/DD sizes in mind. I love the racerback design for mobility and airflow.

 #3. Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket Capri  // Perfect for everything from your sweatiest HIIT workout to a zen yoga practice, these capris have a comfortable high waistband, and they’re made of a sleek and supportive compression fabric that stays in place and feels great against the skin. Plus, they have two bonded side stash pockets and one back waistband key/card pocket for all your stuff.

#4. Athleta Pranayama Wrap // Athleta thought of everything when they designed this soft and sumptuous wrap — side pockets for your stuff, extra long sleeves thumbholes, a clean open front, and longer in the back to cover the bum. It comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, including petite, tall, and plus sizes.

Run With It

I’m dreaming of the day I’m running again.  You don’t realize how much you love it until you can’t do it.  For now, I hope this look will inspire some of my fellow runners to get out there.

At-Home Workout Looks with Athleta

#1. Lightweight Run Cap // I like to a cap when I run, especially in wooded areas, and I love that this one has UPF sun protection. Plus, cute!

#2. Ultimate Train Tee // A lightweight tee with a relaxed fit and a high neck for ultimate coverage while working out, and UPF 30 for sun protection. I love the raglan sleeves and subtle contrast seaming and the way it dips a little lower in the back. It comes in a great assortment of colors. This is going right into my cart!

#3. Cushion No Show Sock by Bombas // I have one pair of Bombas, and I love them, so I just added these to my cart. I love that for every pair purchased, one pair is donated to a shelter in need.

#4. Gel Quantum 90 2 F Sneaker By Asics // These sneakers are recommended for long distance, short distance, and trail running. They have a seamless upper for added comfort and the Asics Rearfoot Gel Technology Cushioning System, plus they look great too.

#5. Run With It Shorts // Even though I’m not running yet, I ordered these running shorts. They’re a true split short for optimal mobility, with a secure zip pocket in the back. (I always need a place to stash my car key when I’m running on a trail.) The material is recycled polyester/spandex that is lightweight and silky and moisture-wicking, and they have targeted ventilation to keep you cool.

WFH to Yoga

For days I’m working from home and trying to fit in a yoga workout at lunchtime, this outfit covers all the bases.

At-Home Workout / Work At Home Outfits

#1. Momentum Tank // This is my favorite style of top for yoga and gym workouts because it stays in place and doesn’t fly up when you bend over. It comes in tons of colors, and the seamless construction minimizes chafing, plus it has anti-odor technology. #yesplease

#2. Nirvana Wear Two Ways Wrap // I love how you can wear this super soft wrap two ways.

#3. Athleta Studio Joggers // These relaxed joggers are perfect for yoga practice, or life off the mat. They are designed to wick moisture away as you sweat and dry in a flash for ultimate comfort, plus they pack down small for travel without wrinkling. These also come in petite and tall sizes.

#4. Gizeh Birko-Flor By Birkenstock // Slip on these stylish Birks when you need to take the dog out or run to the grocery store for more TP, or just wear them around the house to give your feet more support.

#5. eKO 4Mm 71″ Mat By Manduka // If you’re just starting out as I am, or it’s time to update your yoga mat, this 71″ mat is lightweight with plush cushion and unparalleled grip. #addtocart

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I looked at my calendar when I got up this morning and realized that Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away!

It’s going to be a strange Mother’s Day this year, to be sure. So many families are unable to be together, and I especially feel for those with parents in retirement homes and assisted living situations who have no contact at all. We are fortunate that we can at least FaceTime with our parents.

Whether we are together or apart, at least we can honor our moms, daughters who are moms, and other special mother figures in our lives with a thoughtful gift to let them know how much we appreciate them. Here are some ideas.

Just remember, with shipping delays due to COVID-19, it’s best to place your Mother’s Day orders ASAP!

Sparkly Mother’s Day Gifts

14k gold-plated sun necklace with pearl $69.50 (+ 25% off ) // Delicate and classic, this necklace goes with everything and is sure to be a keepsake for whomever receives it.

Kendra Scott Simon Drop Earrings $68 // These are one of my favorite earrings for dressier looks, or when I want to add a little more bling to the everyday, and they’re a versatile style that so many women can wear. They come in gold, silver, rose gold, or a mixed metal style.

Anna Beck Gold Disc Necklace $160 (+ 25% off) // 18k Gold-plated over sterling silver, this is the perfect everyday necklace. I love that it’s reversible so you can wear it on the two-tone side or the silver side.

Victoria Emerson Bracelets // You already know I’m a huge fan of her boho cuffs and wrap bracelets, and these make great gifts. Shop My Favorites:

Pretty & Practical

LOFT Shirttail Open Cardigan $49.50 (+ 50% off ) // This feminine yet practical cardigan is perfect for keeping on the back of her office chair to throw on over her work wear looks, or for topping off a jeans and t-shirt for casual days at home.

This sweater runs true to size, and it also comes in black, green, pink, and white.

Sorel Ella Slip-On $42.30 $89.95 53% off!) // These slip-ons make a great indoor/outdoor shoe for this #stayhome life. They’re the perfect slipper upgrade, or they pair well with casual outfit when out and about.

I love the warm gold pictured above, but they come in several neutrals other and some fun colors as well.

Talbots Textured Linen Blend Sweater $79.50 (+ 40% off) // This pretty pullover will keep her stylish and put-together during her time at home, and when she eventually goes back to work. Also available in blue.

Kate Spade Tote $228 (+50% off) // A classic tote perfect for work or travel, or for the busy young mom who needs to be prepared at all times with snacks and toys.

It’s lightweight and durable, and it comes with a removable pouch that snaps in and out for even more storage space. I love this lychee color with the floral lining, but it also comes in a classic black and pretty pale pink.

Cozy Mother’s Day Gifts

Soma Sleep Set $49 sleep sets (+ 30% off) // Soma pajamas are my favorites, and these $49 sleep sets make great gifts. They come in short, regular, and tall lengths, so there’s something for everyone. You can layer the 30% off, which brings them down to $34!

Soma Cool Nights Robe $60 // I love my Soma Cool Nights Robe; I wear it every morning after my shower while I’m doing my hair and makeup. It’s lightweight and soft and super comfy.

Unfortunately, it seems to be excluded from the 30% off sale, but it’s still a reasonable price and makes a nice gift.

Acorn Spa Thong Slippers $37.95 // The perfect summer slipper, with the super soft and velvety moisture-wicking fabric, a memory foam insole, and a raised heel counter for stability. They also have a weatherproof outsole for quick trips to the mailbox.

Daily Ritual Terry Open Sweatshirt // This will be her new favorite — I love mine for throwing on over pajamas in the mornings, and for wearing with a t-shirt and jeans on casual errands (or on these long days at home.)

Prices vary by size and color, but most are right at $30 and ship free with Prime.

Lou & Grey Softblend Sweatpants and Softblend Sweatshirt 50% off with code 24HOURS // Purchased together or separately, these pieces are as soft and luxe as it gets, and they mix and match with other wardrobe staples. They run TTS; I have the small in both.

Self Care

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm $60 // This deep cleansing cleansing balm is like bringing the spa home. It dissolves make-up, daily grime, and pollutants for a nourished and glowing complexion. I love the scent and that it comes with a gentle cleansing cloth.

I also just started using the Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask, which makes the perfect pairing to the cleansing balm for a pampering gift.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask $20 // Love this lip balm for keeping my lips soft and supple, and it’s not just for nighttime. I often use it during the day over my lipstick.

Mer-Sea & Co. Hand Cream $18 // This lightweight cream from sea-sourced ingredients is formulated to deeply nourish and protect your hands.

It comes in 3 scents; this Aloe Agave smells of freshly picked apples mixed with fresh aloe, berries, and sparkling lemon.

OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs $30 // Treat her to a special bath with these fizzy, jasmine-scented bath bombs formulated with a blend of hemp, jojoba, and safflower seed oil to help her chill.

Voluspa Maison Mini Candle Set $24 // This pretty candle set makes such a nice gift, and they keep the home smelling wonderful.

Active Mother’s Day Gifts

Athleta Cloudlight Stratus Tee $54 // This tee is beyond soft, plus super lightweight and breathable, with a longer length to cover her assets.

The scoop neck and relaxed fit are flattering and comfortable, and she can wear it alone or layered under her favorite wrap. Also, the TENCEL Modal fabric makes this a sustainable choice.

Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket Capri $79 // Perfect for everything from her sweatiest HIIT workout to a zen yoga practice, these capris have a comfortable high waistband, and they’re made of a sleek and supportive compression fabric that stays in place and feels great against the skin.

Plus, they have two bonded side stash pockets and one back waistband key/card pocket for all her stuff, and they’re made of recycled nylon, making them a sustainable pick.

Athleta Pranayama Wrap $89 // This sublimely soft and sumptuous wrap comes in a wide range of colors, plus it’s available in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes.

Athleta truly thought of everything when they designed this one — side pockets for your stuff, extra long sleeves thumbholes, a clean open front, and longer in the back to cover the bum. Also, the TENCEL Modal fabric makes this a sustainable choice.

Vuori Performance Joggers $84 // These joggers have a slim but relaxed fit with a slightly cropped leg, side pockets, and a drawstring waist; and they’re made of the softest stretch fabric. Perfect for yoga, walking the dog, lounging, travel, or her next Netflix marathon.

Vuori Performance Hoodie $89 // This jacket pairs perfectly with the Vuori joggers (above), or with her go-to leggings. It’s the same buttery soft fabric as the joggers, and the contrasting trim makes it a stylish and practical choice for all your activities.

Luxe Mother’s Day Gifts

Gucci 51 mm Cat Eye Sunglasses $224 $320 30% off// The Gucci sunglasses that came in my trunk just went 30% off, so I thought I’d add them in here.

These are so chic and gorgeous, and the modified cat-eye silhouette is classic — they make a great splurge-worthy gift for the glam mom in your life, or treat yo’ self!

D Yurman X Crossover Ring $295 // An extra special gift for an extra special mom or perhaps a milestone Mother’s Day… This D Yurman ring is a classic she can wear every day for years. I love the two-tone design, so it goes with all her jewelry.

Everlane loafers $155 // Buttery soft, luxe, and sustainable… these make a lovely gift for the mindful woman with classic style.

I hope these Mother’s Day gift ideas are helpful!

I’d love to hear what’s on your Mother’s Day wish list this year . . . besides health and wellness, of course. I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy as we ride out this crazy pandemic, and thank you for your support during these uncertain times.

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Greetings, friends! I hope you all are faring okay. It’s been quite a week in the news, and here in the Shane household.

I don’t really care to dwell on the news, so let’s talk about the newest member of our family.

Meet Ozzy

If you’re not interested in puppy talk, you may want to skip this post. #fairwarning

For anyone just tuning in, Ozzy is a mini goldendoodle, and he’s 9 weeks old today. He will be 20-30 pounds, fully grown.

We brought him home on Monday, so we’ve had him now for almost a week. I’m head over heels in love, and all three kids adore him. Paul tolerates him, haha!

Here are some pictures from the day we brought him home.

I’d say he’s doing great, all things considered. He’s very smart. The girls have already taught him to sit and lay down on command, and when I say “git it!!!” he knows that means to grab a toy or ball and play a light game of tug-of-war.

He knows that he’s supposed to do his business outside, and he will usually signal to us that he needs to go out. Some of us are more in tune to those signals than others, so there have been a few accidents, but not many, and they really weren’t his fault.

The puppy pen in the kitchen has worked out pretty well, since there is no easy way to barricade the entire kitchen due to our open floor plan. At first, he wanted someone with him or right beside him at all times, but he’s gotten better about entertaining himself.

Of course, we are never far away, and we play with him a lot — both outside and in the family room, and sometimes we just get in the pen with him.

He plays hard, but fortunately, he also sleeps hard. He loves his bed, and we find him sleeping in all manner of adorable positions. I can never resist snapping a picture . . .

Is there anything cuter than a sleeping puppy? I think not.

He sleeps pretty well at night, and he seems to like his crate. During the day, we move it downstairs and attach it to the pen in the kitchen, so he can go in and out. At night, we take it upstairs to one of our bedrooms.

I know some are opposed to that idea, but it’s right beside someone’s bed, and we don’t let him get worked up. He may whine a little bit when we shut the door, but he always settles quickly if we talk to him.

Of course, he wakes up and needs to go out a couple times a night, but that’s to be expected. He will usually sleep from midnight or 1AM to 5AM or so.

R is totally smitten with her new charge, and she’s been taking great care of him, but she was only able to keep him in her room for a few nights before the lack of sleep finally started taking its toll.

I fully expected that, so C and I each took him for one of the last two nights, and the three of us will probably continue to take turns.

D isn’t interested in being on all-night puppy duty, but he has offered to take Ozzy outside during the night if someone asks, since he is usually awake until 3AM anyway.

I may take him up on that. I don’t mind getting up, but going outside in the dark and the cold is not my idea of fun.

Fortunately, Paul has no trouble sleeping through all of it.

And then there’s Savannah . . .

Our Savannah is about 10 years old, and she’s quite the prissy old lady. She’s not too sure about this rambunctious young pup who has joined the household where she has ruled the roost for the past 8 years.

I love this picture. Look at her looking at him like, WHO are YOU?

If you want a blast from the past, here is the post I wrote when I introduced Savannah… look how little my kids were!

And how short my hair was… and let’s not talk about how young I looked.

Also, remember when we all used those Instagram frames? Too funny.

Savannah is slowly becoming accustomed to having Ozzy around. If he doesn’t approach her, she pretty much ignores him, and when he crosses her path, they will sniff each other and start circling.

From there, it goes one of two ways. Either Ozzy gets distracted with something else, so she moves on her merry way.

Or, he decides he wants to play, and that’s when things go south fast. Savannah only plays with humans. In fact, I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s one of us.

Ozzy does the best he can — he will roll over on his back or get down low, obviously trying to be submissive, but it doesn’t seem to placate her. And when he gets really hyper and playful and bats at her, she becomes agitated and growls and snaps at him.

So yeah, they need a lot of supervision, but I think they will come to accept each other in time.

This happened one night after I went to bed. R took the picture of both dogs asleep on the couch with C.

I mean, if they can both fall asleep that close to each other, surely they will eventually be friends, right?

C is the dog whisperer. If anyone can convince these two little critters to become friends, she can.

Okay, here’s one more random sleeping puppy picture, and then I’m done. This time he was on R’s lap.

In other news, R and I were able to get out of the house yesterday for a few hours, and that was refreshing. She had a drive-by birthday party for a friend, and we stopped at the store first to pick up balloons and a present.

It was a beautiful day for a change — sunny and mild with no wind at all. The rain is back today, but I keep telling myself, April showers bring May flowers!

Fortunately Ozzy seems impervious to the rain, because he’s been out in it a lot. Savannah is a prissy one, and she avoids the rain at all costs, so I was relieved that it doesn’t phase him.

Well, that’s all I’ve got! I won’t be regaling you with Ozzy updates every Sunday, I promise, but he has pretty much consumed our lives this week, and a lot of you have been asking about him.

He’s a lot of work, but it’s been nice to have a distraction during this crazy time, and I’m so glad we found him.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Crushing On Pastels for Spring

Well, friends! It’s been six weeks since our schools were closed and we were put on official stay-at-home orders here in Pennsylvania, and I’m itching to wear real clothes again.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed more than my fair share of lazy days spent in sweats, but they’ve had their moment. I miss pants that button and zip, structured moto jackets, high heels, and dresses… Yes, I think I might even miss wearing dresses!

I was super excited when Ann Taylor reached out about styling some of their new arrivals for spring.

Ann Taylor is known for taking a sophisticated, feminine approach to modern essentials, and I found some great pieces that will add quality and versatility to my wardrobe when we’re given the go-ahead to start getting out and about.

Meanwhile, I had fun playing dress-up in my backyard last week. I’m absolutely loving these pastel hues right now, especially after all of the neutrals I’ve been wearing lately.

Best of all, everything I’m wearing in this post is 60% off this weekend with code STYLELOVE!

This keyhole sheath is perfect for so many spring and summer occasions… weddings, bridal showers, Mother’s Day celebrations, etc.

It has a sleek, tailored fit with perfectly placed darts and flattering seaming details, and the hem falls right to the knee on my 5’5″ frame. It runs true to size, or size down if in between; I’m wearing the 6, for reference.

I also picked up this woven straw clutch and gold embossed cuff bracelet.

These versatile accessories complement this dress perfectly, and I’ll also be able to wear them with my more casual looks.

The geo earrings add a fun, modern flair, and I topped it all off with a linen blend cardigan.

I’m so excited to see shorter cardigans trending again. This is the perfect ladylike topper to this smart, sleek outfit.

I also added this smart linen moto jacket to my spring wardrobe.

I wear lots of structured jackets in fall and winter, but I often find myself struggling a bit during the spring and summer. Sometimes I want a completer piece that’s a little sassier than a cardigan, and this jacket fits the bill perfectly.

I love how Ann Taylor took what is typically edgy piece and made it refined and classy, and also lightened it up for springtime. It’s an outfit maker, for sure!

It runs large, so I sized down to the 4.

I paired the linen moto jacket with this mixed jersey tank that has long been a mainstay in my wardrobe, and then I added these frayed hem jeans in a fresh icy sage. I’m telling you, I cannot get enough of this pastel green right now!

These jeans are nice and thick, and they have sculpting pockets that smooth, flatter and hold your shape. They have a comfortable mid-rise, and the 26 1/2″ inseam is the perfect cropped length.

They run TTS, or size down if in between. I’m wearing the 6, and I could probably get away with the 4.

The geo earrings and woven straw clutch from the first look work just as well with this more casual outfit.

Unfortunately, my suede wedge sandals sold out, but here are some more neutral sandals worth checking out.

This is exactly the type of outfit I love to wear in the spring and summer for church or date nights or lunch with a girlfriend. And if you’re planning to get dressed up for Mother’s Day, these outfits would be perfect for that too.

As soon as we’re given the go-ahead to start getting out and about, I’m going to start making good use of these versatile pieces.

Outfit Details:

keyhole sheath // linen blend cardigan // linen moto jacket // mixed jersey tank // frayed hem jeans // neutral sandals // woven straw clutch // geo earrings // embossed cuff bracelet

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Trunk Club Unboxing & Try-On Haul

Happy Friday, friends! It’s a rainy one here, but that makes it a good day to stay at home, I guess.

Today I have a new try-on haul for you! I have some styles from Madewell and Treasure & Bond, as well as a Trunk Club unboxing.

I’m organizing this post differently this week. I’m going to link each item FIRST, and then talk through my thoughts on each piece.

I tried a few of these items multiple ways, and I want to talk you through my thought process. I think it will be easier if I link the item first and then share my thoughts and styling options. Let me know which way you prefer!

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight hourglass shape. I typically wear a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a small or 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.

Trunk Club Unboxing

If you’re unfamiliar, Trunk Club is a styling service owned and sourced by Nordstrom. You can tell your stylist what brands and styles you like, what particular items you’re looking for with each Trunk, and you can set your price point.

My stylist likes to tempt me with higher end brands, especially when they’re on sale, because she knows I will sometimes splurge if I think I’ll get a good cost per wear. However, you can ask for whatever price point fits your budget.

This time, she filled my Trunk with a bunch of transition pieces that are on sale.

FRAME Puff Sleeve Top $120 $72

This stretch-knit top has puffed, elbow-length sleeves, and a jewel neck. It comes in white, navy, and black; and it’s 40% off right now. The material is 90% viscose, 10% spandex; and it’s 24″ long. I recommend sizing up; I’m wearing the small, but I could use a medium.

Puff sleeves are trending right now, and while they’re not the best for busty gals like me, they’re cute and fun for a change.

This Frame top is really nice quality, and I love the fabric, but I don’t love the tight crewneck, and it’s a little snug. I think it’s supposed to fit snug, but I felt like it highlighted my lumps and bumps, which were exaggerated by these jeans that are also a little too small.

It would be more on-trend if I tucked it in, but that’s generally a bad look for me because I’m so short-waisted.

I will say, though, this style top is very cute with these crop straight jeans because the extra volume in the puff sleeves offsets the width of the straight leg jeans, and the body-con fit of the top flatters my waist… or it would if the pants weren’t so tight.

VERDICT: Returning; I think I can do better, and the price is a bit high for what it is, even on sale.

MOTHER The Tomcat High Waist Crop Straight Jeans $208 $158

These white straight crop jeans have a 26 1/2″ inseam with a 11 1/4″ front rise and a 14 1/2″ leg opening; and the fabric is 98% cotton, 2% elastane.

They’re 20% off at Nordstrom and Shopbop, and they run small; I’m wearing the 28 but need the 29.

I’ve been wanting a pair of white crop straight jeans, so I was excited to find these in my Trunk. Unfortunately, they are verrrry snug in the waist — too snug, I think.

That’s unfortunate because I like how they fit in the legs, and I’m afraid sizing up would make them too wide and long for me.

Otherwise, I love these jeans. The white denim is nice and thick and not see-through, and as I said, I like the length on me and the fit through the legs.

The rear view isn’t half-bad either. The pockets are spaced a little wider apart that I prefer, but that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker if they fit perfectly everywhere else.

Just to compare, this is how the Madewell skinnies that I love so much fit from the rear — the pockets are straighter and just a little more centered…

I feel like this outfit is so close to being really cute and on trend for spring 2020… but unfortunately, the fit is just a little off in both pieces.

VERDICT: Returning; too small.

Madewell Kiera Block Heel Slide $138

These sandals have a 2″ heel with a slightly cushioned footbed and a leather upper and lining. I love the yellow croc embossed pattern, but they also come in snake print and solid cognac and black.

You can find them at Nordstrom, Madewell, and Zappo’s; and they run TTS. I’m wearing my usual size 8.

These sandals are right on trend with the two-strap styling on a block heel, and I really like the yellow croc-embossed leather for an alternative to the neutral shoes I normally wear.

I think they’re super cute with the navy top and white jeans.

They’re true to size, in that the size 8 fits my foot, and they do stay on when I walk. My feet are flat and thin, so a lot of slides don’t work for me, but these are okay.

VERDICT: Undecided… I like them, and they’re a decent price, but I’m not sure I’d wear them much.

Joie Chaylse Blouse $278 $166

This peasant blouse is made of a sheer floral burnout fabric, and dry cleaning is recommended. It’s 24″ long, and it runs TTS; I’m wearing the small.

It also comes in white, and it’s 40% off right now at Nordstrom. You can also find it at Saks, and Shopbop.

This top is fun, and it’s nice quality, but it’s not my style at all. Between the peasant style and the burnout floral fabric, it has an upscale boho vibe that would be gorgeous on someone… just not me.

I’m also not a fan of how sheer it is; I would definitely have to wear a cami underneath.

I paired it with the white Tomcat jeans because I felt like the boho style needed a more modern crop straight jean, and that’s how my Trunk Club stylist intended me to wear them, but I like these jeans better with a more fitted top.

Overall, this just isn’t really my style, and the shoes don’t help. A neutral wedge with more of a heel would complement the style of the top much better.

VERDICT: Returning; not my style.

Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal $90 $45

These sandals have a 1 1/4″ heel with a 1″ jute platform and a leather upper, and they’re currently 50% off at Nordstrom.

They come in several colors (this is the blue nubuck), and they run a little big. I’m wearing the 8, and I need the 7.5.

These are the stylish comfort sandals you’ve been looking for… if you’ve been looking for comfort sandals. The footbed feels ah-mazing — so cushy and soft, and the straps are soft and stretchy.

They do run a little big; my feet were swimming in them.

It’s hard to say if a 7.5 would fit me or not; they may still be too roomy on my flat feet, but these are a great option for ladies needing sandals for wider feet and higher arches.

VERDICT: Returning; too big, and I don’t really need them right now.

FRAME Le Mid Rise V-Neck Tee $85 $51

This elevated tee is made from supersoft Peruvian pima cotton, and it’s 25″ long with a deep-cut V-neck.

The white is 40% off at Nordstrom, and you can also find it in grey and black (but not on sale) at Saks. It runs TTS; I’m wearing the small.

I wanted to love this tee, and I’m still on the fence, but the neckline is just a little too low for my comfort level.

Not only do I have a larger chest, but I think I have a short chest, if that makes any sense. In other words, my cleavage starts really high, so necklines that look great on other ladies don’t always work for me.

That said, I love the fabric and quality of this tee; the details set it apart and elevate it above a typical white t-shirt.

I love the way the sleeves are cut, and it’s the perfect length with a nice relaxed fit and a great drape. It also looks great with these jeans… of course, it would look great with any jeans. It’s a white tee!

VERDICT: Undecided; probably keeping. I will just have to make sure I don’t bend over in front of anyone, ha!

PAIGE Cindy Destroyed Hem Straight Leg Jeans $219

These high-waisted stretch-denim jeans have 3D whiskers and trendy chewed hems with minor distressing and hand sanding through the thighs.

They have a 27″ inseam with an 11″ front rise and a 14″ leg opening; and the material is 93% cotton, 5% polyester, 2% spandex. You can find them at Nordstrom, Verishop, and Shopbop; and they’re TTS. The 28 fits me perfectly.

When we talked about how to tell high quality jeans, I mentioned that the more expensive jeans are sanded and whiskered by hand, and those details along with fit and fabric are what drives the price up. Plus, they’re made in the USA.

These jeans are a perfect example of that, although I really don’t care for the look of the whiskering. Even though I know it was done by hand, it looks too uniform to me, which is generally a sign of a lesser quality product.

Otherwise, they have an amazing fit and feel; they are soooo soft. I just love how they feel on, and I like the chewed hems and the straight cut.

I could probably overlook the whiskering, except I think they’re about an inch too long for me. And I wouldn’t want to cut the hems because that’s a work of art, people.

I know some of you are going to say the hems look ridiculous, and that’s fine, I get it. But I think they’re trendy and fun, and they work for my ultra casual lifestyle. I can see wearing these all summer long… if only they weren’t quite so long.

I even like how they look from the rear. The pocket placement is perfect, and they hang perfectly straight without being too loose in the thighs, or too flared at the hem.

And you know, they don’t even look too long from the back, so maybe it’s these shoes. I decided to try some others…

These Vince snake print platform wedge slides are super luxe and comfortable, and I like how they add some height; but I think they cover too much of the foot, since the jeans are already a little too long.

Next, I tried the Everlane crossover slides because I felt like they had a similar vibe as the jeans — uber casual but a little luxe.

While they cover a lot of my foot, the cream color is so close to my skin tone, they sort of just extend the line of the leg.

I think they work, but I can’t say I love them. What about something more delicate?

These Vince Hazen slingback sandals with the cork sole have a bit of a retro vibe that sort of works, and they allow more of my foot to show, which works better with the length of the jeans.

I don’t know why I didn’t take more pictures of these. I think at the time, I didn’t really like them with the jeans. (Although I love the sandals!)

There’s always the old stand-by… my Tory Burch Miller sandals. I mean, don’t they go with everything?

Eh, no. Not feeling it at all. The medallion is definitely not working with the length of the jeans.

What about Birks? I shared these in last week’s try-on haul, and while I’m still undecided, I haven’t been able to bring myself to return them.

These may be my best bet. They have a lower vamp, so they show more of my foot, but they also have a casual boho vibe that works well with the retro, distressed jeans.

And they’re more of a chunky sandal, which helps offset the straight leg. (These are the Brandy Nubuck.)

I’m still trying to decide which color of these sandals I like best. (These are the Old Rose Nubuck.)

If I keep the jeans, I’ll definitely keep one of the Birks.

VERDICT: Undecided; I’d like to play around with them a bit more. They were 40% off when they were sent to me, so Trunk Club will honor that price, and they’re different than anything I have, so I’m tempted to keep them..

Sometimes I hem and haw like this over an item, and once I decide to keep it, I love them and wear them a ton. Other times, they hang in my closet unworn. I wish there was a way to really KNOW, you know??? LOL!!!

Okay, let’s move on. I have a completer piece to add to this outfit.

Rails Collins Military Jacket $198

This lightweight jacket features military-inspired details such as epaulets, back flap, and cargo chest pockets; and it has a drawstring hem with toggles.

The material is 60% tencel, 40% linen; and it runs a bit big. I’m in the small, and it’s plenty roomy.

This jacket is really fun. I love the bomber style — utility jackets never really excited me, but this shorter style is really easy to wear.

It’s soft and has a nice drape, and the subtle cheetah print adds a nice element of interest to this neutral look.

Here’s a rear view — so cute, right?

Unfortunately, this jacket is no longer available in the White Mini Cheetah print at Nordstrom, but I found it at Revolve for full price.

Also, Nordstrom has a solid bone for 60% off and a really pretty sage green for 70% off in limited sizes. Oooh, Revolve has the sage green in more sizes for 30% off.

I’m loving this look, and it’s making me even more tempted to keep the jeans and tee, but these sandals just aren’t cutting it.

Once again, I started trying on all the shoes…

I actually don’t mind the Vince Sarria snake print wedges so much with the jacket on top. I like how the cream stripe on the wedge plays into the cream in the jacket, although I was planning to return these sandals since I have sneakers in the same snake print.

These Madewell Boardwalk sandals are just okay.

The Birk Madrid isn’t awful, but seems too casual for this jacket, somehow. I feel like I need a heel, so I actually want to play around with this more.

VERDICT: I’m keeping the jacket, because I can still get it for the Nordstrom sale price through Trunk Club. I wouldn’t pay $198 for it, but I think it’s well worth the $56.

Gucci 51mm Cat Eye Sunglasses $320

When my stylist told me she was sending these, I knew I was in trouble. They are absolutely gorgeous.

I don’t know how a plain black plastic frame can be so gorgeous, but it is. Even my 17-year-old daughter mentioned it.

They’re just so elegant and classy, and I love how they fit my face.

VERDICT: Keeping! They’re full price at Nordstrom, but when my stylist sent them, they were 30% off, so she can honor that price. Still a splurge, but as often as I wear sunglasses, the cost per wear will definitely work itself out in time.

Okay, that’s it for my Trunk!

Madewell Try-Ons

I placed a Madewell order a couple weeks ago during one of their sales, and my order finally came in.

Madewell Bradley Cardigan Sweater

This lightweight cardigan has a relaxed fit with a 26 1/2″ length, and the fabric is 71% cotton, 29% polyester.

I love this pink, but it also comes in cream, gold and black. It’s 70% off at Madewell and Nordstrom, and it runs TTS; I have the small.

I really like the length on this cardigan — its shorter than the longline cardigans that have been trending for the past few years, but it’s not cropped either.

The relaxed styling makes it really easy to throw on over a tank or tee with your favorite jeans, and I can see it with shorts too when it gets warmer.

I also like the rolled ribbed trim on the pockets and down the front. Very cute with great details, plus it’s soft and comfortable.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: LOFT tank with AG Farrah skinnies and Eileen Fisher Lee espadrilles

Madewell Deville Cardigan Sweater

This cardigan has a boxy fit with a cropped 20″ length; and the fabric is 87% cotton, 13% polyamide.

It also comes in cream and gold and black, but all sizes are very limited.

The navy is 60% off at Nordstrom, and you can find the cream and gold deeply discounted at Madewell. It runs TTS; I have the small.

I really like the texture of this sweater as well as the button front and the ribbed cuffs and hem. I’m just not sure I’m digging the cropped length.

I tried it buttoned-up as well, because sometimes that’s fun, but I definitely like it unbuttoned best.

I styled it first over a white tank with white jeans, but I think it would look better with two different colors so you can see where the tank ends — it’s longer than the sweater, of course.

Here it is over a striped tank… this looks better, but I’d like to try it with blue jeans for more contrast between the tank and the pants.

I like how the tank shows under the back of the sweater; it helps to visually elongate the upper body, and it also adds interest.

VERDICT: Keeping! With this cold spring, I’ll probably get quite a bit of wear out of it, and it may be cute with shorts in the summer too. For the price, it’s hard to pass up!

Madewell The Boardwalk Double-Strap Slide Sandal

I thought these could be a fun addition to my sandal wardrobe this spring. The double strap design is on trend, and this Desert Camel color is super versatile.

They fit my flat, narrow feet pretty well, but I still found myself walking out of them. I’m sure they will fit most medium sized feet perfectly.

These were marked WAY down when I ordered them, but they’re back to full price now. If you want them, I’d wait for a sale unless you absolutely love them and can’t wait.

VERDICT: Returning.

Madewell Tomboy V-Neck Tank Top

This drapey v-neck tank top is made from a recycled cotton-blend jersey, and it comes in a ton of colors. It’s currently marked down to $19.50 + 50% off that. It’s TTS; I’m wearing the small.

This is pretty much the perfect tank. In fact, I’m getting ready to order it in a few other colors. It looks great worn alone, but it will also layer nicely under jackets and cardigans.

The material is soft and thick, and it has the perfect relaxed shape — not baggy, but not tight either.

The straps are nice and wide, so they cover the bra straps, and the armholes are cut perfectly — no gaping or bra showing.

I also love the 24 1/4″ length because I can leave it untucked or front tuck it.

Also, I think I just decided to keep these sandals! I love how they work with these jeans. (They were 30% off when I ordered them, by the way. I’ll keep an eye on them for future sales.)

Thinking ahead to summer, look at how nicely this tank pairs with shorts.

My only complaint with the tank is how close this Faded Rosebud color is to my skin tone. I’d prefer more contrast, so I ordered the Etruscan Clay. I wanted the black too, but it’s sold out in my size.

VERDICT: I think I’ll keep it even though the color is a little blah on me. I can layer it under a denim jacket or white or navy cardigan to make it work, and it’s such a pretty shade of pink.

also wearing: GAP 3″ mid-rise jean shorts and Marc Fisher Fianna sandals

Madewell Tomboy V-Neck Tank Top in Stripe

This is the same top as the one above, but in a navy stripe. The background of this is very cream, not white, and I love it, but I just looked it up, and it’s almost sold out. Boo.

VERDICT: Keeping.

also wearing: GAP 3″ mid-rise jean shorts and Madewell Boardwalk slides

Treasure & Bond Try-Ons

Okay, home stretch! The last two items are Treasure & Bond from Nordstrom.

Treasure & Bond is one of the Nordstrom Made brands, and every Treasure & Bond purchase supports organizations that empower youth, which is pretty cool.

Treasure & Bond Print Front Button Top

This button-up blouse has a flattering split neckline and a slightly curved high/low hem with short sleeves. It’s 100% viscose, and it’s machine washable, but you should hang it to dry. It runs big; I think I could use the XS.

Well, now I’m getting cranky. Evidently this is sold out too. I love the print, and the fit is really cute, although I’d like to try the XS. They have a few sizes left in the solid black, if you like that.

I tried it on first with the Mother Tomcat white jeans

It looks a little better font-tucked, I think.

I also tried it on with my favorite Madewell skinnies, and I like it better because of the way the skinny jean offsets the more voluminous top.

I also like it better with the Vince Hazen sandals — both because they’re more delicate and flattering on the foot, and I also like how the black sandals bookend the look.

I still haven’t decided if I’m keeping these sandals in the black or brown. I can’t justify both, but I like each of them with different outfits.

Treasure & Bond Side Ruched Body-Con Dress

Finally, an item that is still fully stocked! It’s also 55% off, and it runs TTS; I’m wearing the small.

This soft stretch-jersey dress is cut with a simple silhouette and ruching on one side, and it’s 42 1/2″ long. The material is 76% polyester, 19% rayon, 5% spandex; and it also comes in black.

This is such a cute, casual summer dress. I love the longer length and the ruching on the side; I just wish it had a wider neckline.

It fits kind of snugly through the chest, but it’s fine through the waist and hips, so I think it’s TTS; I’m just busty.

I don’t love it with the Madewell Boardwalk sandals, so I tried my P448 sneakers. Totally love it styled this way!!!

It also looks cute with the Eileen Fisher espadrilles.

And with a white denim jacket on top.

Oooooh, and my white denim jacket is 30% off! I like this one a lot; it has great structure, and it’s thin and stretchy and comfortable. I recommend sizing up, though. I have this jacket in the medium.

FYI, the white Vince Camuto (which I have in blue) is 40% off. This one is TTS, or size down if in between. I have the blue in the small.

And just for fun… tied around the waist.

VERDICT: Keeping!!! If I wore dresses more, I’d get it in black too.

Okay, that was a doozie, y’all. And I thought I didn’t have much for you today. If you’re still with me, thanks for reading along, and sorry this post went out so late today. It always takes me an age to write these Try-On Hauls, and I didn’t get started until this morning.

If I forgot to mention anything, feel free to ask in the comments!

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April Favorites

Happy Thursday, friends! I’ve got my April Favorites for you today. These are some new finds and old favorites I’m particularly loving this month.

I also rounded up my top picks from the Sephora Beauty Insider Spring Savings Event at the end of this post.

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April 2020 Favorites

We are having an unusually cold April this year, so while I’m dying to break out some new spring items, I’m reverting to a lot of my favorite cozies right now.

one // My denim jacket is usually a spring staple, but since I’m not going many places right now, I haven’t worn it as much as I usually do. I still included it in this roundup because it’s a great price right now and somehow still fully stocked!

two // I wore these a ton in the fall, and now that I’ve put my boots away for spring, I find myself wearing them more again. They’re so comfortable and luxe, and I love the interest they add to my casual neutral outfits. If you’ve had your eye on them, they just went 40% off. (Size down; I have the 7.5.)

three // My new go-to joggers. I love how they have the waistband of a legging and the leg of a jogger. Spendy, but #worthit.

four // Such a cute hoodie to pair with jeans for now and jean shorts for later. Size up in this one; I have the medium.

five // My new spring slippers. On warmer days, these are slippers I wear before I get dressed in the mornings and when I change into pajamas or loungewear in the evenings.

six // This floral blouse is so pretty with both blue and white jeans, and it layers nicely too. I can’t wait for it to get warm enough to wear it.

I also should have included this draped faux suede moto jacket in my April Favorites. Even though I don’t really have anywhere to wear it yet, it’s such a great piece for spring.

seven // The stretchy light wash jeans I’ve been wearing non-stop. And I’m laughing b/c I just looked back at my March and February Favorites posts, and I included these jeans in both. #ooops #yestheyarethatgood

eight // This is the perfect casual cardigan for throwing on with jeans or joggers on these long days at home. It’s soft and cozy and more of a sweatshirt than sweater. It also has pockets! Plus, it’s a great price. It’s TTS; I have the small.

nine // This is a last minute add-on, so it didn’t make the graphic. I’m really loving this Gibson fleece twist front top right now. The v-neckline is so flattering, and it’s soft and cozy for wearing around the house.

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What to Wear with Each Denim Wash

I get this question in various forms from time to time — basically what to wear with each denim wash.

While denim is a neutral and goes with everything, it comes in a variety of washes and shades of blue, and certain washes do look better with certain colors. Let’s break it down.

What to Wear with Dark Wash Jeans

Dark wash jeans are probably the easiest to dress up or down, but I don’t feel they’re the most versatile. I actually find myself gravitating to my dark wash jeans the least. That said, they definitely have a purpose in my wardrobe.

Dark wash jeans pair really well with bright colors like red and hot pink because they create pleasing contrast.

Kelly green looks great with dark was jeans too, especially in the springtime.

And I love wearing burgundy and rust with dark wash jeans in fall and winter.

Dark was jeans are also a lovely match for florals. In this case, the floral print had a navy background, allowing the floral pattern to really pop.

And here I paired dark wash jeans with a lighter floral pattern that also had some navy sprinkled throughout.

I also like to pair dark wash jeans with light neutrals such as white, camel, or taupe for smart-casual outfits.

Here’s an example of dark wash jeans with a camel sweater and cognac boots. This outfit is a few years old, but it’s always been one of my favorites.

And don’t forget about stripes! For some reason, I really like dark wash jeans with stripes — especially navy and white stripes.

But any stripe pattern that has navy in it works.

In this case, this pretty sweater has shades of pink and white, and I wore blush colored shoes to bookend the look.

Striped Sweater Outfit for Spring: Caslon Side Slit Sweater with Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans and Stuart Weitzman Marabella Wedge Mules

In this next look, I paired dark wash jeans with an ivory sweater with navy and yellow stripes — this seemed like an obvious pairing because the navy stripes pick up the dark blue from the jeans, and the ivory background creates a nice contrast to the darker bottoms.

I chose white sneakers to give it a more casual vibe, but I’ve also worn this outfit with navy suede flats. (These jeans are 55% off, by the way!)

I rarely pair navy with mid or dark wash jeans because it doesn’t provide much contrast. If I do pair navy with a darker wash, it’s with the intent of looking nonchalant and a little undone.

I don’t know if I should consider these jeans dark wash or mid-wash… they’re definitely on the darker side of mid-wash, but they have quite a bit of distressing for a dark wash.

I probably wouldn’t wear this navy sweater with the super dark wash jeans above, but I like it with these.

I also like pairing darker wash jeans with a lighter shade of blue. The neutral shoes and bag look effortlessly chic against the shades of blue.

Dark wash jeans also are perfect for pairing with a dressy top or blazer when you want an edgier dressed-up vibe, and they always look good with red.

In this case, I added leopard pumps for another element of interest.

How to Rock a White T-Shirt and Jeans: with a red blazer and leopard pumps

And sometimes I wear a black top with dark wash jeans for date night; it creates an almost monochromatic outfit that looks effortlessly chic. Again, I’ll often pop this look with a statement bag or shoe… like red or leopard.

I came across this blast from the past looking for a good example of this look… this was the winter of 2018, just before we moved.

It seems like this pairing would be boring, but I think it’s super chic, and I like how it allows the red bag and gold accessories to shine.

What to Wear with Light Wash Jeans

Light wash jeans are the most casual of the denim washes, and they’re very on trend right now. I like my light wash jeans best in the warmer months, but I wear them all year-round.

I think light wash jeans look great with navy blue . . . I’m dying to give this white tee a front tuck.

I wore this navy linen top a ton last summer with these light wash crop skinnies.

And black looks great with light wash jeans as well.

This outfit is one of my all-time favorites.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing VEJA Esplar with AG Raw Hem The Legging Ankle Jeans, black Bernardo leather moto jacket, and Everlane cashmere scarf

Light wash jeans also look amazing with light neutrals like white, khaki, and camel.

I love the simplicity of this look — ripped light wash jeans with a white sweatshirt and white leather sneakers. The taupe bag is another light neutral, so it keeps the look casual and low contrast.

In this next outfit, the snakeskin booties take the simple pairing of a white sweater and light wash jeans up a notch or two.

And this is another oldie but goodie… I was playing around with pairing camel and grey, and I chose light wash jeans for the low contrast against the other light neutrals in the outfit.

Light wash jeans also pair well with pastels, especially pink and blush.

This sporty look pairs light wash boyfriend jeans with a color block tee in white, blush, and grey. I also wore light grey slip-on sneakers and carried a light grey bag.

I’ve been wearing this mauve sweater with mid and light wash jeans on repeat all spring.

This darker shade of pink looks great with lighter wash jeans too.

What to Wear with Mid-Wash Jeans

In a nutshell: EVERYTHING! There’s a wide range of shades that can be included under the umbrella of mid-wash jeans, and pretty much anything goes with them. They’re definitely the most versatile of the three washes.

I love grey with mid-wash denim, and mixing neutrals (grey and beige) instantly elevates this basic grey tee and blue jeans outfit. I also added a stack of bracelets for extra interest.

In this case, I wore a grey sweater with mid-wash jeans and navy suede loafers… again, a simple combination elevated with a few bold accessories.

The warmer neutrals like camel work great with mid-wash jeans too.

And I love ivory and mid-wash denim together.

Of course there’s always white. I love this combination of a white shimmer sweater, mid-wash jeans, and black suede OTK boots for a casual holiday date night.

And you can never go wrong with black and denim. I wear black with all denim washes, depending on the look I’m going for, but I think I like it best with mid-wash blue jeans. There’s just enough contrast without being too stark.

I often add a leopard accessory for a pop of pattern and texture… leopard calf hair flats always work.

Or a leopard scarf in the wintertime.

Like all shades of denim, mid-wash jeans look great with bold, bright colors like magenta.

Mid-wash jeans also look good with navy and white stripes.

And with florals

Pretty much any print works! Here I wore a leopard print cami with mid-wash jeans and a black leather jacket to attend a concert with Paul.

Pastels work with mid-wash jeans as well.

And let’s not forget mustard yellow.

Again, I love to pop this pairing with a leopard accessory.

Ultimately, it all comes back to preference and personal style — there’s no right or wrong when it comes to what to wear with each denim wash — but I hope it helps for me to explain why I put things together the way I do.

There are so many more examples I could share — my daily outfits are full of various denim combinations, if you want more denim style inspiration!

Shop My Favorite Denim

Obviously, there is some overlap between the different categories, but I tried to order these from light to dark.

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April Q&A: Fashion, Beauty, Food & Life

Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ve got my April Q&A for you today. I was planning to start doing these monthly, but I guess I missed March. Oooops!

I put out a call for questions, and I got quite a few, so I’m answering those, as well as some common ones that I tend to get asked regularly.

Fashion Questions

Q // I ordered the BlancNYC Moto Jacket and I love it. It’s a sand/taupe color. I’m wondering if it’s appropriate to wear a suede jacket in spring (if I ever go anywhere! LOL)

A // I believe you are talking about this one. I have it in pink and taupe and will definitely wear mine this spring… or I would if I had somewhere to wear it.

Q // Since my calves are heavy in comparison to the rest of my body, a lower vamp shoes generally is more slimming. However, I like a lot of the styles with a cute ankle strap. I feel like that ankle strap just draws attention to my calves. If I got a pair of ankle strap shoes in a nude color, would that be the best of both worlds? Slimming but still a cute current style??

A // I think so… of course, I’d have to see the whole outfit, but I do think that logic makes sense. If they’re your skin color, they should blend in, and vamp and straps shouldn’t matter much.

Q // Are driving mocs “out”?

A // I’d say they’re a classic, and if they work with your personal style aesthetic, go for it. My mom has worn them forever, and they work for her.

I’ve also seen other young fashion bloggers rock the Tod’s. I always think I want to get a pair when I see them wearing them.

I absolutely love this pair, but it’s spendy. UGG makes a good one for under $100, although I prefer the ones with the more traditional pebbled sole.

Q // Seeing Dr. Birx at the daily covid briefings, she wears silk scarves. Are silk scarves in or out? They seem out to me. No offense meant to her!! 🙂

A // I think Dr. Birx is a great example of a classy woman rocking her personal style and looking amazing, despite the trends. I couldn’t get away with it, but they look amazing on her.

Q // Please comment on classic handbag styles. I can’t figure out what style of bag to buy other than I recall you said cognac, grey or wine were classic colors. Cognac is my favorite. I want a medium sectioned tote or satchel, but I don’t like multiple floppy handles and straps.

A // Handbags are such a personal choice… I love a good tote, and they are always in style.

Some ladies prefer a satchel, but those are fussy for me, unless they have an optional shoulder strap. I prefer a bag I can sling over my shoulder.

Hobos are fun, but they tend to go in and out of style a bit more than totes and satchels. They lean a little more casual because of the slouchy style, although some are more structured than others… like this Tory Burch that I have in ivory. Such a good bag!

Of course, a crossbody is always useful, and great for those times when you want to be hands-free.

You mentioned liking the sectioned bags.

This one is a nice classic choice, and it comes in cognac. This one is a more versatile medium size with two sections, and I love that Devon Sand color.

Of course, there are less expensive options, those are just two that came to mind.

Nordstrom Rack is having a Dooney & Bourke event right now, and they have some nice choices. Also, this Cuyana satchel is gorgeous, and you can get it monogrammed.

Q // Shorter length sweaters…I see you are showing them in your try on hauls. I like that cut. Do you think it will continue Into fall?

A // I hope so! I definitely see why they’re making a comeback — they work so well with higher rise jeans that are also trending.

Q // My question is how to look human while wearing a face mask. (The Bay Area in California is requiring them). I’ve tried using scarves, but they move too much. I kept touching my face. I purchased some mask from Los Angeles Apparel over the internet (no affiliation – it’s just really hard to get any washable mask and need to leave real masks for professionals). Amazon hasn’t been a reliable mask source and on Etsy, it’s hard to tell the mask quality.

A // Haha! I think we are all going to be looking for stylish face masks here shortly! I had a friend make one for each of us girls, but I hate to bug her for more. I need to start looking for some other resources, if we are going to be wearing them for a few months. I’d like to have several options so I can coordinate with my outfits.

One of my friends is supporting this company, but they’re all solid black, and they make me think of a bank robber, haha!

I follow this classy German lady on Instagram, and I actually took a screenshot of her wearing a gorgeous scarf as a face mask, for future reference. Maybe this would be a better use for Dr. Birx’s gorgeous scarf collection. 😉

Q // Do you match the wallet to each purse? What’s a good basic color that’s not black? (So sick of black purses and wallets!)

A // I never used to. I always figured it’s enough trouble to swap out your purse with each outfit, but to switch out a wallet seemed really extra. That said, I have recently fallen into the “trap” of buying a few different wallets to go with different bags.

At this point, I basically have a large “winter wallet” and a mid-size “summer wallet” — they’re both Louis Vuitton, and they match my Neverfull (Damier Ebene) and my Graceful (Damier Azur). Then I recently picked up a smaller black wallet that I use with my smaller crossbody bags.

I don’t switch out my wallets nearly as often as I do my bags, but I may change it every few weeks. It depends on which bag(s) I’m gravitating to the most at a given time.

Q // Who is your favorite fashion designer and which celebrity has a personal style that you admire?

A // I can’t really say I have a favorite fashion designer. I’m pretty basic when it comes to designers — Tory Burch, Vince, Rag & Bone, AG Jeans, AllSaints… the usual suspects.

As far as celebrities go, in keeping with my basic white girl style (ha!), I identify most with Jennifer Aniston’s style, but I also have mad respect and admiration for Kate Middleton. I love how she keeps it tailored and classic, yet never the least bit frumpy.

Beauty Questions

Q // What’s a good eyeshadow crease color for mature eyes? Should lids be neutral cream/wheat/champagne? I’ve read that champagne pencil is both good on brow bone AND aging on brow bone, depending on the blogger. Give us the straight scoop!!!!

A // I’m really not an expert on makeup, so I don’t have strong opinion. I just know what I like on myself, and I stick to gray tones that aren’t too shimmery.

Q // False eyelash tutorial. I love them but haven’t tried application. Totally intimidated.

A // Again, not my wheelhouse. I’ve never applied false eyelashes.

I’m pretty much a plain Jane when it comes to makeup. I recently did a demo on IG Story, and it’s saved to my highlights under Makeup Routine, if you want to check it out.

Life/Food/Relationship Questions

Q // What types of extra-curriculars were you involved in while in high school? (Band or band front, sports, dance, girl scouts, church youth activities, etc)

A // Now, that’s one I don’t believe I was ever asked before! I was in the concert choir in middle school, high school, and college, as well as at church. And our church youth group was very active and probably my biggest social outlet aside from choir when I was in high school.

My closest friends were at church youth group, and in the high school choir. I went to church in a neighboring city, so the two social circles didn’t overlap much, although my best friend from school often joined me for youth group activities.

I also played the violin in the church orchestra, which was quite large. (We went to a big southern Baptist church.)

I never did sports of any kind until I found running in my late 30s, and I never did girl scouts or dance or anything like that. So basically, music was my life! The youth choir was even a big part of our church’s youth group — we put on a musical every year, and we went on a week-long choir tour in the summertime.

Q // Very curious about what IF looks like for you. Can you share what you eat in a typical day?

A // This could be a post in and of itself, but I’ll try to be succinct… haha. As if!

Every day is different, but I basically drink black coffee or water from the time I wake up until I break my fast, which is usually sometime between 2 and 4PM, depending on how I’m feeling and our schedule for the day.

During my eating window, I usually have a snack, then dinner, and then a cookie or a few Hershey kisses. It doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, I eat a lot during that time — probably too much. I’m still tweaking what I eat during my window as I figure out how much I need and what foods work best for me. I close my window as soon as I take that last bite of dessert — usually around 7 and 8PM.

As far as what I eat, that varies greatly, but I eat a lot of meat (probably too much) and cheese and carbs. I know I need more veggies in my life, and I’m working on that.

I’ve never bought into the low-fat fad, so real butter, whole milk, bacon, and eggs are food staples in our household. We buy mostly organic, locally raised milk, meat, and eggs. I don’t buy breakfast cereal — even the “healthy” ones are mostly just sugar and highly processed carbohydrates — worthless at best, but probably slowly killing us as a nation. I blame them for the obesity epidemic, but that’s another post for another time.

The kids don’t really eat breakfast, or they will make a smoothie or toast or yogurt or something. Paul usually makes oatmeal for breakfast, and when I used to eat breakfast, it was usually eggs — either scrambled or fried. Or if I was in a rush, a breakfast bar. (Which is crap, I know. One thing I love about intermittent fasting is I don’t end up grabbing bars and crappy snacks when I’m too busy to prepare a good breakfast or lunch.)

Lunch was usually leftover dinner (soup/chili/casserole/cold chicken or pork loin) or a salad with protein on it (tuna from a can, or leftover chicken from dinner.) I usually make my own dressing — this lemon vinaigrette is my favorite.

I miss salads, and I think my body needs them, so one of my goals this month is to start breaking my fast with a salad in the mid-afternoon, instead of a carbalicious snack.

Kale Salad with Cranberries & Almonds

For meals, I usually prepare a protein, rice or potatoes, and a green vegetable. Or I’ll make soup or stew or a casserole of some sort, with a green vegetable on the side. Tacos, chili, and shepherd’s pie are popular in the wintertime. When in doubt, I’ll usually cook one of those. In the summer, I do a lot of grilling.

We always eat dinner together as a family, unless Paul and I have somewhere to be. I would say we have a family dinner 4 or 5 nights a week, and then do takeout or go out to eat once or twice a week. (Lately, it’s just takeout.)

I usually keep popcorn and chips around for snacking, as well as Mary’s Gone Crackers and fixin’s for a cheese and charcuterie plate, and there’s always something sweet in the house. I keep a candy bowl with Hershey Kisses — they are the perfect little hit to satisfy my sugar/chocolate cravings, and I often pick up organic cookies or gluten-free Tate’s cookies at the store.

In addition to that, C bakes a lot from scratch. She makes all kinds of goodies, but homemade chocolate chip cookies get baked almost every night. I usually go to bed before that, which is a good thing because they are hard to resist!

I still eat 95% gluten-free, and when I get careless, I always end up regretting it. And as I said, I’m currently working on getting a better ratio of vegetables to protein and carbs in my diet. I’m a work in progress, like everyone else!

Q // How did you meet your husband?

A // This one actually IS a post in and of itself. I will just refer you to this: How I Met My Hubby.

Q // How is it going with the new puppy?

A // I had so many questions and requests for pictures yesterday! I think some of you are as excited about our new puppy as we are. So, without further ado, meet Ozzy!

I shared quite a bit in my email newsletter this morning, and I don’t want to be too repetitive, but basically, things are going as well as can be expected. Ozzy is a sweetheart and loves to be held and cuddled. He’s also very playful and likes his toys, but he’s happiest when he’s chasing someone around the front yard.

Savannah, however, was not at all amused by this intruder. When we introduced them in the front yard yesterday, he kept rolling on his back and trying to play with her, and she just growled at him. Eventually she settled down and started sniffing at him, and they appeared to come to some sort of uneasy truce.

When we’re inside, he’s usually in his puppy pen, and she has total freedom to move about as she pleases, so she doesn’t seem to mind him as much. But this morning, they went at it again when C let Savannah out of her room and Ozzy wasn’t in his pen — that was bad timing! He’s almost always in his pen but R had just had him outside, I guess.

For now, we’re keeping them separated most of the time, and keeping their interactions brief (and well-supervised.)

R took care of Ozzy last night, and he did great. So far, he’s only had one accident in the house, and fortunately that was in his pen on the puppy pads, which are there for that purpose.

So yeah, all in all, it’s going very well so far!

I’m planning to hop on a Facebook Live at 1PM EST, so if you have any more questions, you can ask me there, or in the comments below.

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#WIWIWW (What I Wish I Was Wearing)

Happy Monday, friends! I have a good, old-fashioned outfit post for you today. I’m calling this post What I Wish I Was Wearing… or #WIWIWW.

Maybe we can make this a new trending hashtag!

I fell in love with this top when I saw this pretty floral print. It’s the perfect medium-size floral pattern grounded on a dark background, and I think the muted pink, taupe, and white shades make such a pretty contrast against the navy.

The flutter sleeves and gently flowing silhouette are feminine without being too froo-froo, for lack of a better word! I have to be careful with ruffles and florals, but this blouse hits all the right notes. It’s the perfect blend of classic and flirty.

This top runs true to size (I’m in the small) and it’s currently 40% off at Nordstrom! You can find more sizes at Zappo’s and Revolve, but it isn’t on sale at those retailers.

I paired this top with my favorite white skinnies and neutral heeled sandals, as if I was going out for drinks with girlfriends or a date night with my husband.

Don’t you like how I’m striding along by the pool, like I’m actually going somewhere? Hey, a girl can pretend!

These jeans are amazing, by the way, and currently 20% off with code VERYRARE. I have the 28 regular, for reference. They also come in petite and tall sizes.

If you don’t care for the button front and/or the 10″ rise, I have this 9″ pair from last year, and they’re just as good — nice, thick white denim that isn’t see-through at all. They’re also 20% off, and they come in tall sizes as well.

Sizes are limited, though, so another option is the 9″ toothpick jeans at J.Crew. (Did you know that J.Crew owns Madewell?) These are very similar to the 9″ Madewell skinnies, and they’re 30% off with code 5DAYs. These also come in petite and tall sizes.

These sandals are from last year, and I was super excited to find them on sale at Nordstrom Rack because they were one of my favorites. The leather straps are soft and pliable and feel really good against the skin, and the block heel is stable and easy to walk in.

I like this nude color a lot, but they also come in a nice cognac color, as well as white and a snake print that is calling my name… #toomuchsnakeprint #mustresist

I recommend sizing down half in these. I have a 7.5.

I accessorized with a few of my designer favorites — these D Yurman earrings were a Christmas gift from Paul, and the Lagos necklace was a birthday gift from my mom. Yes, I know, they spoil me!

I rounded up some similar-for-less options to the jewelry I’m wearing in the shopping widget at the end of the post.

Also, Nordstrom Rack is actually doing a Lagos event right now, and you can get some really good deals on this gorgeous silver jewelry. I rounded up some of my favorites in Saturday’s pajama post. (I know, so random! But I didn’t want you to miss out. They would make lovely Mother’s Day or grad gifts.)

I left the blouse untucked, and I think it works — especially with the heels. They help create a longer bottom half, even though the hem of the white jeans are where the eye actually stops.

A front tuck would give me a better overall proportion, but it’s fussy with a button placket, and I prefer to let it hang in this case.

Actually, I took this picture to Photoshop and drew the lines, and it is pretty close to that ideal 1/3 to 2/3 ratio, even untucked!

Anyway! If I had somewhere to dress up and go right now, and that’s a big IF (because we all know I don’t!), this is exactly what I’d wear.

For now, this blouse also looks really cute dressed down with blue jeans and flats, so that’s how I’ll be wearing it in the meantime.

I also love it with this draped faux suede jacket on top!

Outfit Details:

floral top (more sizes here and here) // white jeans (9″ option) // sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet // blue jeans // flats // draped jacket

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Coffee Talk & IF Update

Good morning! We are over halfway through April, can you believe it?

For today’s Coffee Talk I’ve got a newsy life update, some things we’re doing to keep ourselves distracted while on quarantine, as well as the latest on my IF journey for those who were asking.

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It’s funny, when our lockdowns started back on March 13th, I was thinking it wouldn’t be too bad at all to be “stuck” at home. We were headed into warmer weather, our pool was about to open, and I’m a self-proclaimed homebody even when I’m free to go wherever I want.

Well, the pool is pretty to look at, but we’re still waiting for that warmer weather to arrive, so we won’t be swimming in it anytime soon. And while I’m generally pretty content to be at home, I’m really starting to miss everyday interactions with people.

Zoom group chats are nice, but they just aren’t the same as in-person get togethers. Maybe I’m not such an introvert after all!

I’m thankful not to be struggling with the emotions a lot of people are talking about dealing with right now, and I know better days are around the corner, so I’m trying to keep my sights set on that and not get bogged down in the monotony of the day to day.

In the meantime, we’re trying to do little things to keep our spirits up, and the latest was joining a wine club.

I’ve always been curious to try one, but I’m pretty picky about my wine, so I typically prefer to pick out my own. Paul is more adventurous than I am, so he was definitely open to it.

Now that our state stores are closed, and we aren’t supposed to be grocery shopping unless we have to, I figured it was a good time to try out a wine club delivery service. We looked at a few and decided to go with First Leaf Wine.

I liked their questionnaire because we were able to choose brands and varieties that we know we like, and they will make their selections for us based on that information.

Some other wine clubs I looked at asked a bunch of loosey-goosey questions about your palette and flavors you like, but that doesn’t really take into account what you like in wine. I also like the price point of the First Leaf wines, so I think this is going to be a good fit.

Our first shipment arrived on Friday, and we’re super excited to start trying them out. Best of all, our new wine rack is almost full!

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I absolutely love having this drink station, and I’m so glad we decided to redesign this space when we did our kitchen makeover.

It would have been a lot easier to leave it as-is, but it’s so much more functional for us this way. The desk situation that we had before didn’t feel like it was really part of the kitchen, although we did use it for drinks when we had big get-togethers.

But with the microwave and coffee maker and all the coffee paraphernalia moved over there, and of course the drink fridge and all of our wine and cocktail glasses, now it feels like an extension of the kitchen.

And once again, I’m so thankful we finished up the kitchen project before we went into lockdown. That was very good timing!

The other thing we’re doing to keep our spirts up while staying home is getting a puppy.

Notice, I didn’t call this one a “little” thing, haha!

I know it’s a far bigger commitment than a wine club, but we are all very excited. We’ve been talking about adding a second dog to our family for some time, and I had summer in mind. But now that we’re all at home for the foreseeable future, we decided to go ahead and expedite the process.

We visited him last week to make sure everything checked out, and it was love at first sight. We get to pick up little Ozzy and bring him home tomorrow afternoon!

I’m curious to see how much he’s grown in the past 10 days, and very interested to see how Savannah takes to him.

I know it may be rough for a few weeks, but I think it’s going to be a nice distraction for our family and hopefully bring everyone out of their respective corners of the house.

Again, not to suggest that we are getting a dog just to keep us entertained for the next few months. I realize this is a longterm commitment, and we’re all very excited about adding a second dog to the family.

Okay, switching gears….

I’ve had a few requests for an IF update.

I’m never sure quite what to say when I get asked for an update, because not much has changed. It’s just what I do now, although I am making some tweaks to my diet along the way.

Please understand, when I say “diet,” I am not referring to intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting refers to how and when I eat; my diet is what I eat.

I answered a bunch of general questions about IF in this post back in January: In Which I Answer All The Intermittent Fasting Questions. And then this IF Update was written in early March, before we went on lockdown due to Coronavirus. Both are worth a re-read for context, as I don’t want to repeat all that here.

I’m still consistently fasting for 18-20 hours a day, and I’m still 100% committed to the clean fast (I drink only black coffee or water during my fasting window.)

Where I’m struggling right now is with what I’m eating during my eating window.

Now that we’re at home so much, I’m tempted to eat way too much and snack constantly while my eating window is open, and it doesn’t help that I always struggle with controlling my eating this time of year.

I tend to get into a major funk in the springtime because of the weather, and I end up eating more out of boredom and as a way of self-soothing, and now that is compounded by this stupid coronavirus crisis.

In addition to that, I have a 17-year-old daughter who loves to cook and bake, and she often makes high-calorie, high-carb treats that are hard to resist. She’s doing a lot more baking now that she’s not as busy with extra curricular activities.

Add it all up — more time at home, more opportunities to eat calorie-dense foods, the craptastic weather and my tendency to self-soothe with food, and let’s not forget, a nationwide pandemic — and it stands to reason that I’d be struggling a bit.

I’m not upset about it. I understand what is happening, but it means I have to tweak my eating habits a bit if I’m going to maintain this weight loss.

Sometimes you will hear people say that IF means you can eat anything you want during your eating window. Yeah, sort of. But “anything” and “everything” are two very different things.

I am not restricted to certain foods, and I don’t count calories or macros, but I still can’t eat everything under the sun during my 5-hour eating window and expect to lose weight.

Intermittent fasting helps you listen to your body, and you may need to eliminate certain foods that don’t agree with you. (I still don’t do well with gluten, for example.)

IF also helps you be more in tune to your satiety signals so you can stop eating when you’re full (or perhaps choose not to start eating when your window is open, if you aren’t hungry yet.)

But you still have to tweak your diet (what you eat) as you go along, and as you learn what works and doesn’t work for you. And it is entirely possible to ignore those satiety signals and still overeat, or to choose junk that makes you feel crappy over the foods that make you feel good.

And that’s where I am in this whole journey.

I’m still following the IF way of eating (restricting my eating hours to a certain time of day), but I’m struggling a bit with my diet (what and how much I’m eating.)

To put it all in perspective, I’m still maintaining a 6-7 pound weight loss, but my weekly average has actually gone up a pound or two over the past few weeks.

My goal is to lose a few more, for a total of 10, and I think that will happen, but it’s happening verrrrry slowwwwwly. That’s okay, though. It is to be expected.

As I’ve said before, IF is not a quick weight loss plan, and I have yet to see the full results of intermittent fasting on my body. It takes a lot longer than 4 months to see the optimal benefits, especially when I’m not doing longer fasts.

What IF does and what I love about it, is the way it has simplified my life and given me confidence in controlling my weight.

I’m no longer a slave to the scale, and I have the tools I need to lose and maintain a comfortable weight without allowing every fluctuation to make or break my day.

I also love how IF has freed me from decision making all day long. Strangely, I’m not usually tempted to eat before my window opens — not to say that those beignets don’t smell delicious when C pulls them out of the oven, but I know I can have one later, if I decide to.

So I’m not always thinking about food, and about what to eat, and how much to eat, and if I should eat or not. When my window isn’t open, I just don’t eat. Easy.

When my window is open, I need to be more intentional about choosing good-for-me foods, and avoid situations that encourage mindless snacking (bringing a bowl of chips to the computer when 4:00 rolls around.)

It’s a work in progress, and it probably always will be to some extent, but IF makes it a lot simpler. Plus, over time, IF is helping my body process sugars and fats more efficiently and providing other health benefits that will be more evident over time.

For now, I’m just trying to enjoy the extra energy and the simplified lifestyle while I continue to tweak what I eat and how much I eat until I find what works best for me. And I’m giving myself heaping amounts of grace during this crazy time of quarantine/stay-home orders/coronavirus madness.

Q&A Coming Up!

I’m planning my April Q&A post for later this week. I’ll be including some of the questions I’ve been asked a few times lately, but if you’d like to submit any questions for me to address in that post, feel free to email me with Q&A in the subject line. It can be about anything fashion or life related.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


Summer Pajamas Roundup + My New Summer Slippers

A few weeks back, I rounded up a bunch of stylish spring slippers, and I ordered a few to try out for myself. Today I’m sharing the pair I decided to keep, and I also rounded up a bunch of summer pajamas for your shopping inspiration.

I love my cozy UGG Dakotas, but they were getting too warm for our weather; so I set out to find something just as comfy that would allow my toes to breathe a little.

My packages trickled in slowly, and eventually I ended up trying the UGG Cozette, the Vionic Gracie, and the Acorn New Spa Thong.

The winner, believe it or not, was the New Spa Thong by Acorn!

I say believe it or not because I almost never pick the least expensive option, and these are less than $40!

When given a choice, I have this uncanny knack for sniffing out out the most expensive option, even if I have no idea the brand or the price tag… almost every. single. time.

It doesn’t matter if it’s clothes, shoes, furniture, wine, or food, I will almost always like the spendiest one best. It’s a bit of a curse, if you ask my husband.

But this time, I much prefer the Acorn New Spa Thong to the other two.

In fact, I like them so much, I may order a second pair in another color. I went with the grey for this first pair because it’s such a great neutral that goes with everything, but I’ve got my eye on that pretty Azalea color.

I’m not the only one who loves them — with almost 1000 5-star reviews, they’re clearly a hit with almost everyone who orders them.

They have velvety, moisture-wicking terry fabric uppers, with weatherproof outsoles and a skid resistant tread, so you can wear them outside to get the mail without ruining them.

And they have a memory foam insole for lightweight support as well as a raised heel counter and gentle arch support for stability — so your foot doesn’t slide off the side when you walk.

Best of all, you can just throw them in the washer and dryer if they get dirty, and they clean up great!

If you’re looking for a lightweight, soft and cozy spring/summer slipper, I highly recommend giving these slippers a try.

See how happy I am about them? Don’t I look like I’m having fun?

Yeah, it was like 45 degrees when we shot these looks. Fortunately the sun was shining and there was no wind to speak of. I can’t wait until it’s nice enough to sit outside every day with my morning coffee!

Unfortunately, the pajamas I’m wearing in these pictures sold out. I ordered them several weeks ago from Nordstrom Rack, and they took an age to arrive. By the time I got them, they had sold out. Womp, womp…

But speaking of Nordstrom Rack, they’re having a HUGE Lagos event, and I cannot believe the prices. I have a few of his pieces, and they are gorgeous and such high quality. Comparable to Yurman, but not quite as spendy.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Also, fun fact, Steven Lagos is a Philadelphia-based designer.

Okay, back to summer pajamas!

I asked in my Facebook Group where people like to shop for pajamas, and I got a lot of good responses, but a few places were mentioned over and over: Soma, Nordstrom,  Target, and Kohl’s came up over and over; but Soma won, hands-down.

I have to agree — my Soma pajamas are among my favorites. The cool nights fabric is amazing.

Also, my favorite robe that I wear every morning while I do my hair and makeup is from Soma.

Shop Soma Pajamas & Robes:

Beyond that, I’d say my PJ Salvage pieces are a close runner up — I’m wearing PJ Salvage pajamas in the pictures above. You can find them at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. I usually look at the Rack first, and then I may check Nordstrom.

A lot of people also like the Nordstrom Moonlight pajamas. I tried a couple pairs of those in last week’s try-on  haul, and they do feel amazing — very similar to the Soma cool nights.

Target and Kohl’s are great for those who don’t like to spend a lot on pajamas — the Target Stars Above line was mentioned a few times, as was the Vera Wang pajamas at Kohl’s.

I rounded up a bunch of my favorite picks for summer pajamas below. Happy shopping!

Summer Pajamas Roundup

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