Friday, April 29, 2016

Ways to Wear White Slip-On Sneakers

My favorite white shoes just got restocked, and in honor of that, let's do a spring remix with them!

These white sneakers have changed my world.  Being white, they really know how to brighten up an outfit.  I also love how they add a sporty twist without looking like workout gear.  You can't tell in any of these pics, but this pair has a cool perforated texture, and that detail keeps the shoe and outfit more interesting than a plain, smooth alternative.  (See it better HERE.)  

I often get asked how to keep these clean, and while I need to scrub the soles, the material on the top is a synthetic upper, not cloth, which wipes clean.  Yeah, it's easy!  I own both the white perforated pair and the black snakeskin ones, which also come in grey and white.  The white perforated pair is really soft and comfortable, and they didn't need breaking in.  If you get the white snakeskin pair the material is a little different.  It's still wipeable, but just be warned it's not as soft--assuming the black snakeskin is the same material as the white snakeskin.  

Anyway, you can wear white sneakers with a LOT of different kinds of outfits.  Here are just a few ways I've worn them in the past to give you some ideas.

Skinny Jeans + Striped Tee
We'll start with basics--skinny jeans and a tee.  I throw on this outfit often when I need to get dressed quickly to run errands or drop off Addie.  It's casual but looks like a "real" outfit, hehe.  And it's effortless.

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Tee: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o Sela Designs (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)

Jersey Dress 
I said earlier this week that while I could have worn tan flats or sandals with this outfit (any shoe, really), white sneakers give it a fresher, sportier look and turn it into casual cool.  This slip-on style is good for dresses because it keeps the silhouette sleek, unlike a clunky running shoe.  Even a cool running shoe is more difficult to pair with a dress than slip-on sneakers.

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar Target, similar H&M)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)

Darker Colors
White is a nice contrast to dark jeans and a medium dark grey sweatshirt.  If I'd worn black sneakers it would have matched my jeans, but I think it would have dragged down the look a little.  I prefer how the white ends the outfit on an upbeat note instead.

Shop for the Look:
Sweatshirt: Everlane (exact)
Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)

Blazer and/or Boyfriend Jeans 
I love pairing slip-on sneakers with a blazer!  I typically think of blazers as polishing up a look, but wearing one with slip-on sneakers adds that fun sporty twist.  This blazer is stretchy jersey which lends itself to an even more casual vibe (read more about that HERE), but you could totally do this with a nicer blazer.   That would make the contrast between polished and sporty even more significant and more fun!
Shop for the Look:
Tee: Everlane (exact)
Blazer: Shade (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Necklace: c/o Sela Designs (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)

Button Up Shirt
A button up shirt can often feel preppy or classic, so like the blazer above, it's fun to contrast it with sneakers.

Shop for the Look:
Shirt: J.Crew Factory (exact--on sale!)
Vest: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)

Lastly I just wanted to add another everyday casual look, mixing neutrals to keep things interesting.

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Everlane (exact)
Jacket: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar)
Jeans: Target 
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)

These really can be worn with so much.  I highly recommend a pair if you want to add something to your casual attire!

Here are a few options, ranging from $39 to $90.  Shoes in the first row are all perforated like the ones I'm wearing here (except you can't tell in these pics!).

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

All You Need to Do

Tons of people write asking how they can look put together.  So here's one VERY EASY thing you can do that I say often but is now buried in the archive of 4 years of blog posts.  Ready?  Add a statement necklace.  Even some statement earrings or a statement bracelet will do.  

You can take some plain pieces and turn them into something that looks pulled together by adding a piece of statement jewelry.  In this case, it's a plain grey dress with a staple denim jacket.  Neither of those are fancy.  But, add any type of statement necklace, and voila--you've got an outfit!  (See my list of accessories that pack a punch if you need some ideas.)

Adding a statement necklace works with dresses and even a plain t-shirt + jeans.  There are two things I try to be mindful of regarding my clothes to make this work.  First, they need to fit well or else things will still probably look sloppy.  (See HERE for why and how)

Second, the shoes.  At the very least, wear a "real" shoe, aka not a workout sneaker or flip flops.  Tan flats like THESE go with almost anything.  However, you could elevate the outfit even more with alternatives.  Sleek slip-on sneakers like these with dresses get the thumbs up right now, so milk it!  I could have worn tan flats, but white sneakers freshen up the vibe of the whole outfit.  Plus, they're more comfortable!  But I could also have done sandals or wedges or a heel to dress up the look more.  Whatever it is, just make sure it's a "real" shoe.  Add that necklace, and you should be good to go!

BTW, my sneaker is FINALLY back in stock HERE.  Or, the updated version is, anyway.  $39!  I normally wear 8.5-9 and got these in 8.5.

Below are a bunch of plain grey dresses that would serve as a great base for a bunch of different outfits.  All are from Old Navy, Target, or Nordstrom, and range from $12 to $45.  Option 6 is the most similar to mine in shape and color.  Option 1 is similar in shape and I own it in black--it's super comfy!  Option 4 looks promising for curvier women.  Options 2 and 3 are a nice plain medium grey, close to the color of my dress.  And option 5 has pockets!

P.S. Remember to enter the Nordstrom giveaway HERE!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (most similar, similar--I own this in another color and it's super soft)
Jacket: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Shoes: Zappos (exact updated version, similar with laces)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD

Monday, April 25, 2016

$200 Nordstrom Giveaway ($100 x 2 winners) + My 15 Absolute Favorites and Why

My 33rd birthday is tomorrow, and I want to celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

Today's outfit is one of my favorites lately, made up of some of my very favorite pieces--most of which are from Nordstrom.  In fact, a LOT of my favorite pieces are from Nordstrom which is kind of weird to think since it wasn't until last year that I started shopping at Nordstrom regularly.  I used to find it overwhelming, but reading other bloggers' recommendations, trying a piece here or there and loving them, and knowing they offered free shipping AND free return shipping slowly got me more comfortable.

Anyway, since there are so many great pieces there, in light of my upcoming birthday I want to give away TWO $100 gift cards to Nordstrom!

Because I find recommendations very helpful I'm highlighting my very favorite Nordstrom pieces.  If you're a regular blog reader most of these should be familiar.  I've already written about most of them in depth, but often the posts are written when I first get the items and don't speak to longevity or how much I actually use them.  This is basically one big follow up to let you know which items have held their places over time.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Cardigan: Tilly's
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD

For sizing reference, I'm normally S/M or 6/8.  In shoes, 8.5-9.  

1.  White Tunic (size M) - I've honestly been surprised how much I've gravitated toward this one.  I own this in white and mauve/blush, the latter which is no longer available.  It drapes in a way that makes your style seem effortless and can be casual, a little dressy, or business casual with a pencil skirt or blazer.  Seen HERE, on IG, and blush HERE.  Note: It says dry clean, but I hand wash.  A couple readers said they've machine washed it and it looks new.

2.  Cognac Reversible Tote - I've used this thing and love it so much that I feel like it's an extension of me, haha!  I've had this for almost 2 years, use it almost daily, have set it on dirty floors, including cement (I'm so mean to my items!) and it's only recently started showing scuffing.  It's not that structured, though it usually holds heavy contents like my laptop and 32oz water bottle.  I use a base shaper to keep it in tact with that kind of weight.  It's also reversible, so you get two colors in one bag.  Comes in 4 color combos.  

3.  Black Maxi Dress (size S) - Comfy jersey pajama-like material in a dress!  The top is lined, so I don't feel like I need a cami under this, which is good considering it's a spaghetti strap.  I've only shown this once on the blog (HERE) though I repeatedly wear it with a denim jacket + statement necklace.  

4.  Tan Cut-Out Cross Body Bag - Worn HERE.  I LOVED this bag last spring and summer.  SO many readers asked me about it but it was sold out, so I'm really glad it's back again!  It's kind of pricey, but very sturdy.  It's small and only holds the essentials, but it's such a fun bag that gives any spring or summer outfit more character.  

5.  Lace Up Flats - Okay, so I don't own these, but they are soooo pretty and are very well reviewed.  Come in 5 sophisticated and perfect-for-spring colors.    

6.  Dark Skinny Jeans - Worn HERE and all over my IG.  :)  It was hard for me to find jeans that I didn't have to hem (I'm 5'6") and that were fitted around my ankle without cutting off my circulation.  I was so happy about these!  My only gripe is that they don't have front pockets, but besides that, I love them.  

7.  Black Bucket Bag - This has a pebbled texture, which I really love because it seems a little more durable.  I also love that it holds structure even when it's empty, which is not true of the cognac one that I'll talk about below.  I originally bought it last summer as kind of a "splurge" (see my def HERE) since I didn't know how much I'd use it.  It became my go-to black bag! 

8.  Leggings (size S) - I wear these everyday to sleep...and then a lot of the day if I work from home, haha!  I told Benson a few days ago, "I need another pair of these," given how often I wear them.  His response, "Yeah, there's no question about that."  Haha!  They are not completely opaque, like if you bent over without your rear covered something *might* show through, though I'm not sure.  They're pretty tight on me after washing, but stretch out minimally to something more comfortable.  However, they never stretch out so much that the material bags.  In that sense they hold shape.  

9.  Eyeshadow Palette - This is a makeup staple for many people, along with its counterpart palette HERE.  I finally moved off of drugstore eyeshadow to this and can see why people love it!  Pigmentation is good, they apply really smoothly, they are matte and not shimmery, and they stay on all day!  The extended set with a ton more shades is HERE

10.  Sneakers - I only recently got these but having had New Balance sneakers in the past I know they'll last for a long time.  I *still* have that pair from 10+ years ago I talked about last week!  

11.  Olive Blouse (size M) - Worn HERE.  Also a fairly recent purchase, but it's just a modified version of the white blouse, #1, so I know it'll be a favorite as well.  Wear it with white jeans or lighter/medium wash distressed jeans and sandals for spring!  Note: It says dry clean, but I hand wash.  

12.  Black Tote - Shown HERE.  This bag can fit a surprising amount.  It's not labeled as a tote, but it might as well be.  I carry my laptop and water bottle in this as well when I need a black tote.  It feels more durable than the cognac tote because the handle is thick, so I'm not worried about overloading it with too much.  

13.  Floral Top (size S) - Worn HERE.  Unfortunately this is sold out online, but I included it anyway because I love it THAT MUCH and want you to try to find it in store or see if it comes back in stock.  It is the same comfort as a cotton tee (actually more comfy since it's loosely fitted) but looks more put together.  It's been my favorite top ever since I got it!  

14.  Cognac Bucket Bag - After how much I used the black bucket bag I wanted a tan one too because black didn't work with some of my outfits.  I had my eye on this one and finally got it when it went on sale.  It goes with so much and can hold quite a lot.  It feels buttery, though that also makes me careful not to scuff it.  So far it's been fine though!

15.  Tan Wedges (size 8.5) - I repeat: Most comfortable wedges I've ever worn!  Are you tired of me saying it yet?  Heel height is easy to walk in.  The cork footbed is soft and the shoe bends a little when you walk, whereas other wedges I've worn can be stiff.  I don't want to hype them up like they're a bed of clouds on your feet, but I trudged around Target, Costco, and IKEA in these and didn't skip a beat.  I walk FAST, and these didn't slow me down just because they have a heel.  And my soles never got sore.  Just saying.

In reflection, apparently I love Nordstrom bags!  I used to use mostly Target bags, but they all ended up breaking somehow.  :(  All the Nordstrom bags have been slightly more expensive but are made better.  I basically have a tote and a cross body in each tan and black.  Keep it simple, man!

Ones I really like so far but haven't gotten much use yet due to lack of circumstances, or ones that are currently sold out.  
  • Stretchy Slacks - So comfy!  I love these, but they didn't make the list above because I just got them and haven't had enough time with them yet.  See them on me HERE.  I got size 8.
  • Board Shorts - I also love these, but haven't actually used them yet.  Definitely worth looking into if you have a pool/beach trip planned!  Got these in M.
  • Bootcut Jeans - These are out of stock, but they're soooooo comfy so maybe check your store for them.  They feel like yoga pants!  Stretchy legs AND stretchy waistband!  Worn HERE, size 8.
  • Black Skinny Jeans - Great fitting jeans that never stretch out!  Worn HERE.
  • Leopard Flats - These are also sold out but are really cute and have pretty good reviews.  However, they are a little uncomfortable on my feet, though most reviewers don't seem ot have that problem.  
  • Floppy Hat - Material feels pretty sturdy, and I was surprised it looks good on me!  Worn HERE.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Shoes I'm Into This Spring

Want a super easy way to freshen up your wardrobe this season?  SHOES.  I currently have a spring wardrobe that I love full of staples, older pieces, and a few newer pieces (shown HERE).  But, I remember when I created that list I kept thinking, "The tan ballet flats work with almost everything, BUT a blush pair of lace up flats (like THESE) would really, really make my basics look current--and they go with so much!"  

It is it quite amazing how much just changing a pair of shoes can impact your outfit.  They can take an outfit from casual to dressy just by going from flats to heels.  An outfit ordinary can become classic-with-a-cute-twist by switching a pair of neutral flats for colored flats.  Amp up jeans and a tee by swapping old sneakers or even a cute basic flat for a more current sneaker or a flat with more character.   Or, make an outfit full of older basics kinda trendy, just by swapping shoes!

It's on my list to create a post illustrating this, but in the meanwhile just trust me that shoes can really make a difference.  For today Nordstrom asked me to share some of my favorite spring styles, and I chose to feature shoes because I've been loving their shoes!  I want to focus on 3 shoes that will make your style look current and fresh, but are also practical, comfortable, and will have longevity.  (Well, at least 2/3 of them I'm positive will have longevity!)  

Both athletic and sleek slip-on sneakers are getting a lot of attention, and I LOVE it!  You can be comfortable and have good support while still looking current and stylish.  You've seen me in my white and black slip-ons, but it's taken a while to decide on which athletic sneakers to get.  I've narrowed it down to a few, and this pair was one of them! 

New Balance sneakers were my go-to shoes about 10 years ago.  I wore them with blouses and even a blazer, and somehow it worked back then even though I don't think I was on-trend at all, haha!  I love love love loved them, so when I saw New Balance sneakers gaining attention lately in such stylish ways, I was like "YESSSSS!" with a praise hands emoji.  

One tip I have for choosing athletic sneakers for everyday wear is to either choose one with two neutral colors (black/white, grey/white, white/gold, tan/white, etc.) OR with a neutral + a color that you have a lot of in your closet (grey/green, maroon/white, grey/pink, white/blue, etc.)  That's not a rule of any sort, rather it's the easiest place to start because they'll go with more of your clothes.

Today I styled these for casual everyday wear because I think that'd be the starting place for most of us.  Cute, casual, and comfy all around.  I've also seen people look stylish in these with athleisure, jeans and a tee, leather jackets, and jeans with dressier tops.  More versatile than you'd think!  

The pair I'm wearing (HERE) is more than the two-color tip I said above, but a great, great, great alternative is a classic grey/white pair HERE.  I also tried grey/white Nikes (HERE), which is a cool sleek sneaker.  They were nice and lightweight, but sadly the arch was too high for me.  I'm normally size 8.5-9 and the 8.5s fit me for both New Balance and Nikes.  

I don't think this trend is going away anytime soon, so don't be scared to get on board!  Especially because this one is so comfortable!  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: gift (similar)
Jacket: Old Navy
Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

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Wedges - Cork, Wooden, or Espadrille 
Any wedge with a cork, wooden, or espadrille heel is great for spring.  My personal favorite is the pair above (found HERE).  I've already talked gushed about them, but to reiterate, they are expensive but they are the most comfortable pair of wedges I've ever set foot in.  I ran errands in them on Wednesday and didn't feel slowed down ONE BIT, despite the heel.  It makes me so happy that a few of you told me you got them and love them too!

See them worn 3 ways HERE, and another outfit HERE.  I'm normally 8.5-9 and both worked, but I kept 8.5.  

This is another style that's not going away because I don't think it's actually a trend.  I think these kinds of wedges are spring staples and will be around for years and years.  

More below that I love!  Most of them come in multiple colors like tan, black, and white.  

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact)
Hat: Old Navy (exact)

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Lace Up Flats
These are particularly trendy right now, which is not the reason I care about them.  Most of my friends don't give a crap about trends, so I get no cool points for wearing trendy things.  I care about them because they're CUTE!  Knowing that they're trendy has actually made me slower to buy any because I don't know how long it'll be until they're outdated and I didn't know how much use I'd get.

But like I said earlier, when I was making my spring wardrobe list I just kept wishing I had blush lace up flats!  I saw a number of different outfit possibilities and saw how a pair of these would amp up any of my pieces.  So, I went for it!  Blush is a pseudo neutral and goes with a surprising number of colors because it's soft and like nude.  I paired them with a blush top above, but I'm ready to wear them with green, olive, navy, grey, coral, white, mustard--anything really!  I also posted them in another outfit on Instagram last night HERE.  I got three compliments on them the first day I wore them, and even Benson keeps telling me how much he likes them!  

I linked a few different lace up flats from Nordstrom that are quite popular.  I really, really like THIS grey pair too.  Unfortunately the ones I linked below are on the pricier side, between $60-$90, because they're the ones with better reviews.  Lower priced pairs had worse reviews, though one solid pair under $50 is these cute laser cutout ones in black or blush (HERE)!  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exactvery similar)
Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Shoes: Amazon (very similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

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I LOVE 'em!  These shoes make me excited for spring style!

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