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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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.
If you’re still clicking around, looking for something to wear to that wedding…
…you can stop right here. I’ve got that somethin’ somethin’ para tuuuu. My espanol is spot on (yo sey).
I’ve been stalking online stores, updating our Weddings & Parties Boutique, and everything is so good, I thought I’d share my favorites. Keep reading for the best maternity, tall girl, and shoooes.
1. ASOS Maternity Midi Skater Dress w/ Iridescent Embellishment – darling. I love it and want a reason to wear it (and a bump would help, I guess – ha)
2. Maternity Debutante Skater Dress (w/ double layer) – sunshine and happiness all wrapped up into a dress. Also, the name of it is pretty funny…debutante? Yep, if you’re “coming out” in this dress…you’re coming waaaaaay out in a big way. Haaaaaa.
3. Maternity Maxi Dress w/ Contrast Panels – so ever loving cool. It looks comfortable, too…which is always a plus.
5. Isabella Oliver Ellis Maternity Tank Dress – I have this dress and love it. I felt like a million bucks every time I put it on, because it’s made well and well, it’s Isabella Oliver and not much more needs to be said. Also, it can be dressed up our down (always a plus for mamas-to-be with a more limited wardrobe). For a wedding, these Emerita caged heels would look rockin’.
6. LOFT Maternity Stripeblock Shirtdress – I have the non-maternity version of this dress (have it on now!) and it’s a favorite. It is another more casual dress, but paired with a colorful heel like these fringe Steve Maddens and a fun clutch like this embroidered one…definitely ups the dressy factor.
I have figured out a foolproof combo for Springifying (#notaword) your black: STRIPES. And by “foolproof” I mean that I’ve worn this combo several different ways over the last few weeks and while it’s leaning dangerously close to what one might call a rut….we’re going with “well-researched uniform” aka…foolproof.
It’s so foolproof, in fact, I have three different outfits to show you (including some super-casual options) as well as a few pics I pulled from the #myeveryday edit community. Clearly this idea is hardly original, but whatever – it works.
Stripes And Black (like my mood) While House Hunting
As you can see, I was SUPER EXCITED about what we found. #no
Did you guys DIE over my sister’s “nursing-friendly”, sequin mini dress? So freaking hot, right? But she comes by the glam honestly – even at three she would do just. about. anything. for a copy of Bride magazine. My 8 year old tomboy self thought she was SO WEIRD. I mean OK – nowadays I love a sequin as much as my sister does, but I’m more likely to stick them on my feet. Overall, I prefer a, um….how should I say this?….cozier take on glamour. And by cozy I mean wool. No need to mince words: I won’t suffer cold for beauty.
My friend Shannon recently remarked that her favorite date nights always tend to be the spontaneous ones, the ones were you roll down to the corner dive in your sweats because there’s no food in the house and then one laugh leads to another and suddenly you find yourself Partying, with a capital P, in the manner of rockstars. High-five, us!
Shannon, obviously, doesn’t have kids. Our date nights require a little more advanced planning these days (unless we’re using the ipod-at-the-restaurant babysitter, which is great for dinner but eventually puts a damper on Partying), but the spontaneity and casual nature she describes is right up our alley. We work too much and are (frankly) to damn tired to always be Going Out All Fancy, and my pretty-pretty dresses aren’t typically part of our usual date-night rotation.
(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…..
Let’s call these what they are: glorified pajama pants.
But the folks over at Hurley call these “Beach Pants” which makes them sound more like real pants. And for those of you who have asked about options for covering pregnancy-induced (or not) varicose veins…..YES, THESE.
(note: links below have been updated for Summer 2015)
Earlier this summer I actually threw these pants on with a pair of heels to entertain at home. I think it worked OK.
top: Everlane’s Ryan Tank
shoes: Dolce Vita Hexen
Hope you are all enjoying the last little bit of summer!!
Silky tops, boyfriend jeans, killer heels: my fav combination. But with lows in the 50’s….hello sweater.
sweater: Marc Jacobs James Sweater, $198 (part of the Nordstrom Anni Sale – ends Sunday!!)
silk top: J.Crew Striped Carrie cami, 40% off already reduced merchandise, so….$35ish)
jeans: Blank Denim Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans, $88
heels: Sam Edelman Palma Sandal, $99 (part of Nordstrom Anni Sale)
bag: Antik Batik Buffalo Clutch, $149 (on sale at Shopbop)
It’s the last weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Some of you have asked what I actually ended up buying. Other than the pieces I’m wearing, I’m still deciding on boots (those Rag and Bones are wonderfully flat and comfortable – especially with super thick socks, but I do wear the heck out of rainboots on the east coast) and how many expensive sweaters I can actually afford. That turtleneck cashmere sweater fits SO nicely under coats, which is a rarity for swingy sweaters. And so does the Marc Jacobs, actually. I keep staring at variations of faux-leather pants, and I may pick up a pair of the sweatpants despite my current, erhm, sweatpant collection because so many of you have asked about styling them, there’s typically one final random purchase Sunday night and oh! The Steve Madden snake skin sneakers – I have those, and yeah. I’m rambling. But we’re in the final days of the most exciting sale of the year so…… [incoherent mumbling]