May 10, 2017

10 Modern Preppy Essentials for Summer

While I’ve never attended prep school, as a New Englander I’m no stranger to the occasional popped collar or monogrammed accessory. Preppy style just goes so naturally with this coastal area, like dropping “r”from the end of words and complaining about the weather. Windswept beaches and Hunter boots? Madras plaid and Cape Cod? Nude flats and…everything? All the yes.

But it’s too easy to go overboard and start looking like a Stepford wife in head-to-toe classics. So I started with ten essential preppy pieces and found updated versions with a twist or maybe a teeny bit of edge. Traditional can be a good thing, but shaking things up is refreshing – let’s give it the old college try, shall we?

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May 9, 2017

Spring Jackets

Spring! Look how springy these photos are! Sunny! Gorgeous! (Crying face emoji here) NO. Gray. Still gray. But this jacket makes me happy. It’s brighter and lighter yet provides that bit of warmth we inevitably need in the PNW this time of year. And it’s not a raincoat. So I’m stoked about that. Light jackets are my jam and I’ve found some gems for spring that are easy to throw on with anything for that transitional weather…

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May 4, 2017

Styling Spring Work Wear Pieces for the Weekend

Ok. Confession time, y’all. Can you believe this tattooed, Portlander, artist girl was once in a sorority? Hahaha. I can’t either. Kappa Kappa Gamma, ladies. But that was just what you did in the South in college. And parts of it were a serious blast. And we wore all the preppy 90’s clothing you can imagine.

These days I don’t work in an office or have the need (or desire) to dress the same way I once did, but I still find myself drawn to a few things you’d consider preppy…like crisp cotton tops in blue and white stripe. I die over them. I cannot quit the stripes. Ever. But I always have to play with ways to make these structured, put-together pieces more me. That usually means black or ripped denim and, in this case, it meant both!

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April 28, 2017

Cozy Neutrals to Transition Your Home to Spring

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The longer days and the way the air smells after a cold spring rain (aiming for a positive spin on current New England weather, how am I doing?) call for opening the windows wide and throwing off the once comforting, now suffocating heavy flannel sheets and velvet throws. I see you, 7 PM sunset, and I’m glad you’re here. Like a lot of us, I was so inspired by A’s ode to decorating with white and the clean, airy images of spring home decor flooding online shops right now. Bring on the light and bright, whether it’s cottony soft, nubby knit, or heavenly sheepskin to warm still chilly morning floors, all in soft, neutral hues to usher in a new season. Here’s what’s tempting me to “refresh my nest” this season.

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April 14, 2017

An Easy Spring Outfit and An Everyday Adventure

I have a poster framed in our guest room that reads “I do believe it’s time for another adventure.” I crave exploring, travel and finding new places. I’m always amazed when I find out about an incredible new spot right here at home.

How did I not know about this epic location here in Portland? Gorgeous, right? It’s called Rocky Butte and it was the site of a little day adventure for me. Yes, a rainy day adventure, but fortunately the downpours held off while I looked around and snapped a few pictures and took a minute to myself to clear my head.

I want to be a laid-back person, a laid-back mom. I really do. I’m not overly emotional most of the time and I approach a lot of life in a pretty matter-of-fact way, but I’m a perfectionist and a serial do-er. Idle hands and all, I guess. I have a frantic need to check off that to-do list everyday.  And I have a bad habit of making myself feel guilty if I don’t get through that list. I mistakenly think because I enjoy my work or because I’m not going 100mph every second of the day that I don’t need to set aside time to myself. It’s so hard not to listen to those voices all the time, right?

But, on this morning, I ventured out, ignored those voices and that to-do list and just enjoyed a spectacular view of the city I love. Yes, I’ll bring Sienna here sometime, but this day was just for me…

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April 5, 2017

Colorful Spring Athleisure Picks

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As much as I love gray and black, at this point in the year I’m in desperate need for some color. The longer days and patches of grass peeking through are encouragement that there’s a light at the end of the winter tunnel and I’m feeling festive. Since you can find me wearing leggings and a hoodie most days (it’s the perfect outfit for working from home and toddler wrangling!), I guess I’m the designated ‘Sporty Spice’ around here. Good thing, because I had so much fun browsing all the new spring athleisure and putting together fun color combos. Easiest way to add color: start with a pair of wild pants and pick one of the colors for a hoodie, like I did with these bright blue Zella live in leggings (aka party pants) and dusty pink Superdry hoodie. Unexpected and definitely a mood booster! Check out the other yummy new spring colors I found…

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March 14, 2017

Choker Tops: Necklace and Top in One Easy Piece

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Friends. You most likely know by now I don’t accessorize a lot. I wear the same earrings most days, my wedding and engagement rings and sunglasses on a good day. Necklaces? Um, I have some that mostly spend their time in my closet. I’ve recently discovered a solution to my laziness or inability to choose the right necklace for the outfit…buy a top with the necklace built-in! Voila. Look at me, accessorizing. Does this count? I think so. Not only are these tops easy, but they’re just the right amount of sexy, too. Comfy and appropriate for a night out? My sweet spot. I found two tops that I love…check it.

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February 27, 2017

Style Challenge: Athleisure to (Casual) Glam

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Since this week the blog is like one big ‘introduction to the opposites’ sketch, this athleisure queen was tasked with finding my inner glam. Immediately I started trolling Scotti’s posts for inspiration since she’s the resident glamazon around here. (And it’s not just in blog posts. Fun story: the first time I met Scotti in person was at the hotel we were staying at for Shana’s surprise birthday last year. It seriously felt like a celebrity sighting, she is that put together even on weekend morning – gorgeous makeup, hair did, heels. Me, on the other hand? Pretty sure my outfit involved stretchy pants and sneakers, and maybe tinted lip balm if I was feeling extra fancy.) I alternated between panic and avoidance for a week or so, until Shana asked how it was going on our weekly call. I said, quite seriously, “How about glam sweatshirts?” Shana replied, even more seriously, “I think it’s time to make an appointment with a Nordstrom stylist”. Gulp.  Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of what happened when I did.

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February 16, 2017

Are These Shoes Mules or Flats? (And Graphic Tees Always)

Motherhood is a balance between doing what’s good and doing what keeps everyone sane. Some days you’re right on time everywhere, everything falls in place, no one has a meltdown… and some days you’re just trying to make it until bedtime without completely losing it.

And while a pair of shoes isn’t going to do school pick-up for you or anything, a slip-on style might just save you a few seconds when you’re already running late (says #worldsokayestmom). Sole Society has some lovely, quality slip on flats that I checked out…while spoiling Sienna with Valentine’s Day donuts. And I have to say, I’m in love.

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February 6, 2017

Go-To Outfit: Stripes, Moto Jacket + Flat Boots

Finally. Y’all, I’ve struggled since the holidays to find a new outfit I love. It was probably all the snow days I’ve spent in leggings and Uggs, but um, ugh. The creativity was gone. But…I’m back, baby! I randomly threw this outfit together for a kid’s birthday party (in all fairness, he is a pretty stylish 5 year old) last weekend and I’m loving it. I wanted comfortable but cool and I’ve landed on a new favorite…striped tee, moto jacket, blanket scarf & flat black boots. Check it.

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