Hi ladies! So I got a little excited about back to school shopping this year…for myself. Shopping for my kindergarten girl can be tricky since we have very different um, aesthetics? Her love of rainbow and animal print rivals mine for black and stripes. Living with her creative fashion choices must be rubbing off on me though, especially in the shoe department. While I’m not going to be pairing tutus and rain boots anytime soon these leopard high tops and silver booties are going to be on replay all fall. Want to see how I’m mixing interesting shoes with classic cooler weather pieces?
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And sometimes…you get to eat ice cream on the job!
This hot hot day in Portland we decided to go to what would become my new favorite ice cream shop. At the suggestion of my friend and insanely talented photographer, Posy Quarterman, we headed over to Fifty Licks for a fun afternoon of delicious treats.
The Outfit Formula
Ok, so in the interest of fashion and not wanting to make you jealous by describing all of the ridiculously delicious ice cream flavors, on to talking about a new favorite outfit combo of mine: black & white and olive.
A new contributor? Nope, it’s me, Amanda! (yay…?) Some of you have been asking for work wear ideas, so I braved the camera and tried on a bunch of new arrivals at Loft. Postpartum mamas headed back to work, this one’s for you, too! Most of the tops and jackets I’m wearing conceal mum tums with a flowy plus structured formula. Overall there were some really great pieces and a few misses – I’ll give you details on fit, cut, quality and my absolute favorite piece that makes you look taller and slimmer and instantly put together. Bonus – most of these are on sale for 40% off right now!
Note: It might not look like it, but I swear I was having fun! It was really ridiculously hard for me to figure out where to position the phone to capture the neckline area so I was concentrating on the shot, not mah face – if you can’t tell, I’m a virgin dressing room selfie snapper. Also, wee case of resting b face (b for business?)
Also – this post isn’t sponsored, it’s just me and my opinions of Loft’s work wear.
(all photography by the insanely talented Vafa-Coffman Photography)
I know layering is big thing in fashion-blogger land, but sometimes I just want to be all Pants. Shirt. Done. You know?
“I have eighteen layers of clothes on. I’m wearing a shirt and a tie and a sweater and a suede jacket that just seals in all the heat. Seals in all the juices. I’m just…it’s all sweat under here. This is just sweat from here down.” -Steve Carell in Crazy Stupid Love
We’ve talked before about interesting basics, and a pair of patterned heels is one of my go-to methods to make…well…any outfit better. Especially if you are firmly planted in the shirt-pants-done camp.
tee: old James Perse (here’s the new James Perse tee…I bought mine in both size 1 and 3 – I’m wearing the 3 in this pic.)
jacket: Free People Oversized Knit Jacket, size XS
skirt: Nasty Gal Ruched Knot Skirt, size S (on sale for $26)
shoes: Sole Society Olyvia Heels in black white
watch: Mike’s Tissot watch
Patterned heels are often my answer for boring work outfits, too. And when those patterned heels also happen to be of that magic height where they’re walkable, yet sexy? And affordable, to boot? Well. The Shopping Enabler rests her case.
A graphic tee + skinny suit is a combo I will love forever…but I’m especially digging the contrast of the tomboyish outfit with the ladylike heels. This is right up my alley.
Someone asked about my tattoo. It is new. My sister has the exact same one. It’s in my mother’s handwriting, and reads, “I love you lots” in shorthand. It’s what my mom wrote on our lunchbags (brown paper ones, thankyouverymuch) until we graduated, and on my Dad’s lunchbag until he retired. I’ve been thinking about a tattoo for years (decades??), and I couldn’t be happier with the result. (Of course, the fact that Dan at Sacred Tattoo Studio in Marquette is some kind of miracle no-pain tattoo artist helped a whole bunch.)
jacket: J.Crew blazer (size 0)
pants: old Vince ponte pants…but these ponte pants by NYDJ look promising (and are 50% off). I suggest hemming them so they hit right above your ankle bone for that 60’s mod vibe.
shoes: Sole Society Olyvia Heels in black white
sunglasses: Ray-Ban folding wayfers in blue
Now onto the fun part! SHOPPING.
Sole Society has some ah-mazing patterned shoes at the moment. Including (SWOON) plaid. Here are my favorites:
Lastly, here are a few seriously cool bags for the office, as well as some fun baubles for date night. (And a scarf. Just because I love it and it happens to be on sale for $12.)
You with me on the patterned heels/flats/shoes in general?
A HUGE thank you to Sole Society for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts, opinions and product choices are my own. (And I was seriously excited about this one…I know several of you have been asking for more workwear articles. And more to come!)
ps. It looks like Sole Society just kicked off their labor day sale…yessssss…..
So my sister-in-law, Jen, was in town with her boys a few weeks ago. (Ugh, we needed mittens. Sigh.)
Despite the weather, each day she wore some version of this kicky little outfit.
wearing (similar items):
jacket: Military Jacket
sweatshirt: Forever 21 Boxy Marled Top
denim: love the wash on the Big Star Mid-Rise Slim Bootcut in 15 Yr Cardova
boots: love these Frye look-alikes from the Vintage Shoe Co (and made in USA!)
scarf: this scarf from Forever21 would be cute
One of the (many) things I love about Jen is she is totally and completely her own person. She is uninfluenced by trends or labels, and is always unapologetically herself.
When I asked her about the dress-over-pants "uniform", she remarked "Oh this? Yes – it's my favorite look. I got the idea from watching how little girls dress."
Um. That's AWESOME.
Coincidentally, I received an email from Megan. She writes:
I have been seeing the man repeller doing the whole dress over pants look and this is my suburban mom version. It was super comfy and nice not to have to worry about my bum showing while sitting on my heels at story time.
HA! And look how well this works:
dress: Gap Shirtdress
jeans: J Brand
shoes: Oscar de la Renta…try this straw-and-leather ballet flat by Cole Haan
Megan, I LOVE this look (and your email). Someone should seriously start a tumblr: Suburban Mom Does Man-Repeller.
Thanks to you both for the inspiration!
Mamas! One of the very biggest trends this Fall is to wear multiple patterns at once. This "mixed print" styling trick started a few years back, and is still gaining momentum. So. If there was one. thing. a Mama could do to easily update her whole look…this is it.
From time-to-time I've gotten reader questions about styling mixed prints, so I thought I'd start with the basics. There are four prints that mix so easily they should be considered neutrals. In fact, if you're a little mixed-print-crazy (yup)…you can wear all four at once.
I've been working away on a 2013 Fall Essentials list for moms (coming out soon!!) but one trend* became very clear:
The 90's are back.
(*it could be argued that 'the 90's', are, in fact, multiple trends and yes OK fine. Agreed.)
But it's the best of the 90's. It's minimalist-grunge with twists of glamour…and a 70's influence thrown in. It's fabulous fur-lined army parkas and flannel shirts worn as jackets and wool beanies and cozy sweaters (oh, the cozy sweaters Mamas) and streamlined cargo pants and monochromatic head-to-toe black, buffalo check everything and corduroy flare fabulousness.
And really. I could go on and on but instead I'll just shut up and show you:
Bust out your Doc Martaans, Mamas. I may even find an upgraded turtleneck this year. I know!!
And pregnant Mamas who are looking for a sleek, super-stretchy black pant…J.Crew just announced the Maternity Minnie. Yesss.
ps. The next time we chat, I will have new, 18-year-old boobs. Just sayin'.
Mamas. I've been meaning to post my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks, but with summer and three babies at home. All. The. Time. It's been tough to get a thought out, let alone a word. Typed, no less. So, with three days to spare, and many of my favs mostly sold out (I mourn thee Hanky Pankys (WAIT! Now restocked!!) and leather leggings and drool-worthy field jackets!), here goes:
You may know how I loathe the conventional diaper bag from (long) past posts, but Nordies offers a shockingly affordable, fab non-diaper bag from Deux Lux for $70 ($105 after sale). I'm really loving the Gray Leopard with Gunmetal Hardware.
For the baby man in your life, check out these retro puma sneaks for $25 ($40 after sale). They are light and flexible and soft, and franky, according to my hooligan boys, cah-razy-super-fast. Perfecto for the challenges of starting preschool or kindergarten.
For little mamas, these girls floral print Joes Jeggings can't be beat for $42 ($64 after sale).
Are you drooling over all the leather but gasping at price tags given that, if you're anything like me, you're lucky to get out of the house once every other month? Faux-it, Mothers, with this yummy leather t-shirt $45 ($68 after sale). Pair it with skinny denim or a girly skirt and rockin' non-mom heels for full effect.
For daytime infusion of edgy leather style, throw on the Vince Camuto faux leather sleeve jacket over your everyday mom wardrobe of tees and jeans $106 ($160 after sale).
You know what they say about converts, right? Such is my devotion as a late-comer to Downton Abbey. Come fall, I'll be Mary, cavorting (in mourning!? WTF. Seriously.) all over Yorkshire in these prim, subtly detailed Sam Edelman lace up riding boots $150 ($225 after sale).
Gah! I cannot believe summer (and the Nordies sale) is almost over. Life is reeling ever faster along. I suddenly want to home-school Hen instead of sending him off two-whole-blocks-away to kindergarten. Eat it up mamas, and get while the gettin' is good.
Goodness. Could Grace get any cuter?
After our recent article on puffer vests, Grace wrote:
I was SO excited to see your post on puffers following your post on maternity coats because vests have been a wardrobe staple/workhorse for me all winter. I had my third baby on December 30th and didn't want to buy a maternity coat (so I didn't) but lived in a slew of vests (some puffy and some faux furry) that I found on eBay (all for less than $10!). Hopefully I'm not the only pregnant lady that looks pregnant around the lovely handles (which is why I was so convinced I was having a GIRL …. not the case!) but a vest really helps that situation out so very nicely.
Um. Wow. Pregnancy induced love-handles? Yeah. I knew them well. You make a really, really good point, Grace.
Hunh. Jill, this camo vest has been on my mind lately. Initially, when I first read your email, I didn't love it…but…well…it's growing on me. The vest is growing on me! And I always like a challenge. So: I thought I'd try styling it up for a final verdict. And you know what? I think this vest could work!