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Mother-Daughter Spring Looks

Happy hump day, friends! Caroline is joining me today to share some casual spring looks.

I’ve been holding onto these pictures for a couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe we shot these looks before we realized how crazy things were going to get in the world.

These were originally going to be “Spring Break Looks,” but maybe some of you working from home teleconferencing or teaching classes online are looking for a few spring tops or casual dresses to add to your new work-from-home wardrobe.

I’ll start with Caroline’s outfit. She loves wearing dresses in spring and summer, so she picked out this jersey knit midi dress.

I love the smocking at the waist and the subtle ruffle details in the skirt. It’s such an easy breezy spring/summer look.

Knowing her, this dress will be on constant repeat all summer long. She can wear it around the house as well as to church or at the beach . . . hopefully we will get to the beach at some point this summer!

I like how it has thicker straps, keeping it regular bra-friendly.

For size reference, Caroline is 5’6″ and typically wears an XS. This dress runs true to size, and fits her perfectly in the XS. It also comes in black.

Of course, it will be a while before it’s warm enough for a sleeveless dress around here, so she threw a denim jacket on top.

We actually decided to show it with both a blue and a white denim jacket.

The white jacket is a little dressier, and I like the crisp combo of navy and white with her neutral sandals.

But it’s also cute with a blue jean jacket too. This look has a slightly more casual vibe.

She’s also a big fan of these Circus by Sam Edelman sandals. She says they have a bit of padding in the footbed, and they stay on her feet easily when she walks.

My floral blouse is from LOFT, and I styled it two ways for this post as well. I love this large scale daisy print grounded on black.

I’ve talked before about how to choose a floral that isn’t frumpy, and I think this one is really fresh and modern.

It has a woven front and soft knit back, with a boatneck and cap sleeves, and it’s a nice versatile length at 25″. I felt like it looked a little sloppy left out, so I gave it a front tuck.

This blouse runs true to size, and today it’s 40% off + free shipping with code SMILE!

For this first look, I paired the blouse with chewed hem cropped white skinny jeans, also from LOFT. These are also 40% off + free shipping!

They aren’t see-through, they have the extra slimming and stretchy pockets, and the chewed hem is a fun detail. These jeans have a 10 1/4″ rise with a 26 1/2″ inseam.

I like these a lot, but I think I need to size down. I’m wearing the 6. They come in regular, petite, plus, and tall sizes; and they’re available in both modern and curvy fit!

I kept this look casual with gold Tory Burch Miller sandals.

These sandals are part of the Tory Burch Spring Event, where you can save up to 30% off with qualifying orders!

See all my Tory Burch sale favorites HERE.

I also added these filigree drop earrings. They’re silver, as is my bracelet, but the gold sandals are light enough that they don’t really clash.

I also wanted to show this blouse dressed up a bit with black crop straight jeans and strappy sandals for more of a date night look.

These are the Mother Insider crop jeans that I picked up during the Shopbop sale. I can’t find them anywhere on sale now, but I’ll keep an eye on them.

I styled these jeans last fall for a winter look, but they’re also really cute with strappy sandals for spring and summer. They have a 10″ rise and a 25.5″ inseam with a bit of a flared leg.

These sandals are by Steve Madden, so they’re pretty affordable.

I love the chunky wood grained heel, and the straps are soft and comfortable against the foot. They’re very easy to walk in too.

Here’s another closer shot of the blouse, this time with the black jeans. I should have thrown a denim jacket on top to show this look with a completer piece.

I think it would look great with white or blue denim, or even a lightweight cardigan. I’ve got this one on order in the black. I’ll let you know how I like it!

I can’t wait until I have the occasion to wear a look like this again. The second our restaurants open up again, Paul and I are going OUT!

Meanwhile, this top is perfect for those of you who are looking for nice tops for working from home and teleconferencing. Throw it on with your favorite joggers, and no one will be any the wiser!

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32 thoughts on “Mother-Daughter Spring Looks

  1. I use the down dog app on my iphone….its got a little white dog….it is free and with that can customize your workout to a certain extent……give it a try…..

  2. Caroline wow she really is embracing her style now!
    Love both looks!,,
    As soon as we hear if we still have jobs at the airlines….
    Would love both!,,
    Thank you for continuing to blog!

  3. You and Caroline look so nice in your outfits!  I like that you showed, in the same post, how to dress the top up or down.  Since you and Paul can’t go out for dinner, I have a great idea – Caroline can prepare a nice dinner and y’all can eat on the patio by the pool!  We’ve got to stay creative to keep it together now!  Have a good day!

  4. I really like Caroline’s dress. I am only 5’1, so it would be a maxi on me, but still cute. I just spent quite a lot during the 25%off sale, but I did get a Nordstrom note, so girl math says I should definitely get it, right?
    I had to add a little levity, because I am feeling very down today. The Covid-19 virus just became very real. I got word that a friend from church is in the hospital with the virus. Her health has not been great the last few months beginning with back surgery in December, so I know she is compromised and in addition is around 65, which makes it worse. And her husband can’t be with her, because he’s now been exposed and has to quarantine himself at home. To make matters even worse, his father died yesterday. What a terrible time this is. I am pretty sure she was exposed at a doctor’s appointment, and that is scary. Everyone, please stay home and put off all unnecessary doctor visits. I have one next week, and if her office doesn’t cancel, I will. 

    1. Gotta love girl math! I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. I’ve got a bad feeling this thing is going to touch every one of us in one way, shape, or form before all is said and done.

      I’m glad my docs are canceling most appts. I was supposed to go today about my hip, but I told them to give my appt to someone who needs it more. I can wait.

  5. You and Caroline look so cute together… Love both of your outfits.  Keep ’em coming, it makes life feel normal. (From the mom perspective…I also think these posts are so special).

    You look great!  Your IF discipline has had terrific results…yay you!

    I wish my kiddos were interested in making fresh pasta!  Aside from how hungry the mere thought is making me, pasta in the kitchen is MUCH less disruptive than the boxing workout equipment (x2) that has just appeared in my basement.  #coronaworkouts 🤷🏻‍♀️

  6. I love that Loft floral blouse–I must have it! Love this post with your daughter. As the mother of a 14 year old, it it nice to see outfits for both of us. Just a suggestion, but I regularly do workouts from fitnessblender.com, they have hundreds of free videos on Youtube. You can also purchase workout plans, but it is not needed. They are offering 70% off a few of their plans for those stuck at home (Think I paid about $5 for a 4 week plan.) Lots of the videos you don’t even need equipment. It has been a huge game changer for me when it comes to building strength. 30 minutes every morning and I am done. I mute it and play some fun music to get me going. I even have my daughter doing it now:) Lots of great stretching, Pilates and yoga videos too in addition to strength and HIIT. Just a suggestion if you are looking for something to motivate you:)

  7. Your daughter is so cute in these photos, and you too! You all have the same smile. And I love the blouse you have on. I like the suggestion of wearing it with joggers for teleconferencing – that’s totally me right now with online teaching. Business from the waist up! LOL

  8. It’s always so fun when Caroline joins you!  She looks so pretty in that dress.  I didn’t think I’d be tempted until you highlighted that shirttail cardigan.  That pink is going to make me happy this spring and summer even if I just wear it around the house to fight the air conditioning.   
    It’s good to see some normalcy even if we’re not living it yet.

    I heard a doctor on mainstream news saying we shouldn’t do all the immune boosters.  If they actually work (which most don’t), you can kick off auto immune problems.  He said we optimize our immunity by getting 8-9 hours of sleep and having a generally healthy lifestyle – food, exercise, low/no alcohol, etc.     Just passing it on  😉

  9. Such cute pics and glad the sun was out when you took these 😃 Unfortunately the white jeans are sold out in my petite size but I’m sure they will restock them soon. 

  10. Kudos to you, Jo-Lynne, for praying for all the front-line workers everyday! Wouldn’t it be great if all your followers did the same. We too, cancelled all nonessential medical appointments and I will put off having routine blood work until this passes. Here in Canada, our doctors are having phone consultations with patients, rather than seeing them in the clinic, whenever that’s a viable option. As well, they’ll  renew prescriptions over the phone.

  11. So nice to see a post with your daughter again.. I really like the white loft jeans.. it’s just that their sizing seems to be all over the map and unfortunately they don’t offer us Canadians the same great deals and free shipping. I usually rely on a cross border trio but that won’t be happening anytime soon:(

  12. You ladies look gorgeous!! Caroline is such a stunning young lady. She looks like a model, and i love her style. 
    Jo-Lynne, you look beautiful! I love both ways you styled your outfit.  
    You truly brighten my day! Thank you for all that you do! 

  13. You and your daughter look absolutely beautiful! I love her style, and she’s truly looks like a model. 
    I love your pretty top, and really like how you styled it two ways. 
    I think it’s great to exercise and to keep moving. I’ve been playing music everyday and it really helps. 

  14. Love Caroline’s dress. She wears it so well. I also love the black cropped pants, I’m really liking that new silhouette. It looks modern. 

  15. Hi!
    About Tory Burch sandals. I actually lost weight in my feet. Can you believe that? They are the same size as before, heel to toe, but they are smaller around. I guess that makes perfect sense since my waist went from a 14w to a 10 without stopping at 12 on the way. I do have a lot of too big cute 12s sadly enough. But it’s better to not be chubby around the middle. We are about the same size overall but I’m a tad bit curvier. Anyway ALL my cute little flip flops are impossible to walk in because they are too loose. I’ve bought a whole new wardrobe of cute and sassy strappy wedges and espadrilles and block heel sandals to replace them but I’ve run into a snag. Must sit on chair to put on buckles. Sling backs don’t seem to want to fit and they are a bit too dressy. So I’m going to you, my favorite IF friend (😀) for advice. It looks as though there’s a lot of material in the upper of the sandals, as opposed to my 3 – 10 yr old collection of Aerosoles, UGG, Börn, etc. 

    Another style blogger I follow who is closer to me in age is Susan Street at Susan at 60. She’s a bit more buttoned up than me – but I truly love her wit and humor and I’m sure we’d be close friends if not separated by a continent. She said she only wears flip flops to go to get pedis because they won’t stay on her feet. She’s skinned down a lot as well. Most inexpensive flip flops don’t come in widths or I’d find some. I’ll keep a few for camping and boating but it’s embarrassing when you go shopping with a friend and you have to take teeny mincing steps or your foot wear sails ahead of you! 

    I like the look of those a lot. And I do have a Nordy nearby. If, that is, I ever get to leave again and go to a real store. That I drive to in my car. 

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