Hello, friends! Happy weekend!
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Instagram roundups so to keep it from getting too long, I’m only posting outfits, not the fun landscape pictures from California. If you want to see my entire Instagram feed, you can do that HERE. You don’t even have to join Instagram to scroll through my most recent pictures.
First things first, that “perfect summer t-shirt” I posted on Thursday is back in ALL the pretty colors!!! I’m thinking of ordering the Pink Cyclamen and maybe Yellow Mimosa too.
lace blouse $48 (I’m wearing a medium) // Emma legging jeans //Baja Kuhf
Lexington wedge (I also love these for $89!) // similar Kate Spade Crossbody
mother of pearl cuff // Arabesque Chandeliers via my Stella & Dot boutique
I like the IDEA of this navy off-the-shoulder top from Splendid, but it’s too fussy for me. I got a tip for keeping off-the-shoulder tops off the shoulder with a safety pin and a hairband. I need to try that out and see if it really works.
I wore this outfit to church a couple of weeks ago — pale pink jeans with a pleat back blouse and my nude wedges. I think I need more structure in the top, but it’s really cute for someone with the right body type. The pleat back detail on the top is really pretty.
Here’s that outfit with the Kuhfs again. This was our official photo shoot.
I wore this outfit on the plane on my way to California. I LOOOVE this thermal hoodie. I was afraid I wouldn’t wear it much this spring because it’s black, but I’ve been getting a ton of wear out of it, and it was perfect for the plane. The sleeves are super long, and I could pull them way down over my hands and stayed cozy warm. I love it so much that I ordered one in the Swan color for summer.
This is the outfit I wore for the second day of the conference. I’m not sure what happened to the pictures of the outfits from the first day. My mint jeans are on sale for $113 at Nordstrom, but sizes are limited. They are price matching, so I went sleuthing and found them also at at Saks. These SAY they are mint mojito but the picture looks white, so I’m not sure what to make of that. They’re only $70 at Lord & Taylor, but again, in limited sizes. Anyway, if they’re on your wish list, perhaps one of these retailers will have your size!
Oh, look! Here’s my day one outfit. I guess they got out of order somehow. This royal blue top is from Leave Nothing But Footprints, but it’s old and no longer available. So sad. It’s adorable. I find myself wearing these Lexington Wedges a ton. I almost didn’t buy them b/c I’d already splurged on the Stuart Weitzmans earlier this year, but I am finding they really do have different uses.
If I were only going to have one pair in my closet, I’d choose the Lexington Wedges because I find them more versatile, and they are 3-season shoes. They were a little bit stiff at first, so not immediately as comfortable as the Stuarts, but it didn’t take long to break them in, and I find them very comfortable now and easy to walk in.
This is what I wore the last night of the Mom 2.0 Summit to the Iris Awards party. You’ve seen this before, but isn’t it prettier in California??? These Sam Edelman Patti Sandals are the PERFECT dressy summer sandals. They’re actually quite comfortable to walk in, but so feminine. I love them.
If it seems like I’ve bought a lot of shoes this spring, I have! That’s because I’m rebuilding my shoe wardrobe after not being able to wear heels the past two years. I plan for all of these to last me quite a few years.
Ali & Jay Lace Sheath Dress (also available in black) $128 // Sam Edelman Patti Sandals
Lawson Openwork Wrist Cuff c/o Kendra Scott // Alila Lace Chandeliers
Kate Spade Gamercy Watch // similar Kate Spade crossbody
I wore this out to lunch on Sunday. It was raining (obvi) so I wore rain boots.
If you missed this outfit, you can get the deets HERE. I’m still irritated that kimono blouse sold out so fast. Bah humbug.
I didn’t actually wear this next outfit anywhere because the weather’s been so crappy this week, but I was trying it on because I got the chambray henley in the mail from LOFT and I wanted to style it. It’s on sale for $35. I love that it doesn’t have a collar. It’s replacing the similar one that I have with the collar because that one always annoyed me. I think I’ll wear this one a lot more. The pink bag is discontinued, but it’s available in these colors — I love the Light Oak.
This is a new workout outfit that came this week from Nordstrom. I love their Zella brand. So comfy and cute.
This is a sneak peek of a photo shoot we took last week. The whale scarf is currently on sale for $23, and I love this shirred shoulder blouse. It cost a bit more than I wanted to spend at $69, but its thicker than so many of the blouses I ordered (I ordered like 10, lol!!) and it fits a little closer to the body, which I like, so it’s a keeper.
Finally, I got this striped dress in the mail yesterday so I threw it on to see how it fit. I’m pleased! I have a hard time wearing dresses like this because my body shape needs structure, but this one has just enough shape to it to make it work for me. It’s $29 at Target.
Taking Kelly’s Adore Your Wardrobe course and finally realizing after all these years that I have a curvy figure has been life changing! I look at every piece of clothing differently now. I used to think I needed structure because I have a chest and hips and tend to carry extra weight in my middle so I needed to create a waist.
Now I realize, I actually have a waist, and when I don’t have structure in an outfit, it gets lost. I know it’s a minor difference, but for some reason it has been a lightbulb moment for me. It’s like everything I’ve been figuring out about what works for me suddenly clicks now that I see WHY.
I also find myself counting to four every time I put an outfit together. Kelly’s rule of four, again, is so simple, but when you have a formula to work with, it makes putting outfits together so much easier. (Can you tell I’m left brain dominant? LOL!) Understanding the WHY behind why something works or doesn’t seems to make the whole process easier, and it eliminates the “misses.”
I’ve been using her worksheets to plan my outfits so I won’t be scrambling when it’s time to get dressed and go somewhere, and that’s been super helpful as well — especially when I photograph my outfits, and I want to be able to throw one on and go when my photographer-husband proclaims the lighting is just right and we must take pictures right. this. second. or lose our window of opportunity. (Yes, such is my life.)
Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. My daughter is still sick, so I expect I’ll be spending Mother’s Day here at home. I’m hoping we get a reprieve in this horrid rain we’ve been having all week. It looks like it MIGHT brighten up tomorrow. I’m hopeful!!!