I’ve been thinking a lot lately about personal style and fashion. What is personal style? What is my personal style? Yes, friends, these are the first world problems rattling around my head. My style has constantly been in a state of flux. Always pushing forward and still holding on tightly to some constant vibes. I know my look is definitely a little more “edgy” — though I don’t like self proclaiming that. But, I’ll probably always have that element. Nothing makes my heart beat fast like some chunky accessories on a tattooed surfer chick. An all black outfit will always have my name on it. Skinny jeans and booties?…yep my go-to for always. And I’ve never met a pair of distressed denim I didn’t love.
But lately I’ve been feeling the pull to push myself. To lean in to my flux. To practice what I preach and try harder. Try something new. Study fashion. Learn trends. Learn designers. And just clean up my vibe. Mostly because, a lot of you have commented and sent me messages encouraging just that. Or have sent me ideas. Or told me that you think the smaller shoes look better than my oversized Uggs (my husband thanks you for that one).
So, while I will always be a hippie at heart, I’m trying something new this week. And trying to be a little more pulled together. Baby steps!
So here’s what I’m loving and trying out!
I wore this to our photoshoot with the kids for my Nordstrom Anniversary Kids and Baby post. Easy to move in. Comfortable. But still more effort than my ripped up jeans and tee. Also PSA: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates end tomorrow so if there is anything left on your list better get it today! Check out our shop with all our top picks here!
Top: This top is super old. But these have a similar vibe and I am seriously crushing on them! I had to include the Free People top because it is gorgeous and even better when I saw it in person but super expensive. (similar- Free People) (similar-Urban Outfitters) (also similar- Urban Outfitters)
Boots: My boots that I hacked off the top! I am especially loving these with shorts! Pre-hack
So Miss Roman had the stomach flu the week before. Seriously, is there anything worse?! Yes. Yes there is. That week happened to coincide perfectly with Dave having a big pitch at work. So while my man was MIA all week at work, I was holding down the home front. You know. Running out of every last drop of food and milk. And throwing all kids in PJs in the car to drive to the grocery store down the street for Milk and
wine food. Then (of course) Roman vomited all over herself. And the boys. So I turned around and came home empty handed and forced Dave to leave his work and bring me groceries! The next day I took her to the doctor with both boys in tow. This time she projectile vomited on the drive. I mean, it hit the front windshield from her seat in the back. For this vomit episode I stopped at Walgreens next to her doctor and we ran in, covered in puke, and bought new clothes. My personal favorite was Miss Roman’s shirt that said, “I Work Out. Just kidding. I take naps.” (Not bad Walgreens… not bad)
So yeah, after a week of being covered in puke Dave finally finished his pitch, I took a long uninterrupted shower, finally washed my hair, and got dressed in something that made me feel pulled together. More girl. Less mom with a sick kid. And we did what was best for a sensitive stomach post-flu — got donuts. And of course I ate one myself. Then took a bite of each of the boys. Then finished off Roman’s chocolate with extra sprinkles. Guess I am really celebrating the new week!
Top: Madewell grid-mix short-sleeve shirt ON SALE!
Shoes: Old (But totally crushing on these with fringe instead of a fold)
Bag: My mom’s Vintage Chanel Clutch (similar Kate Spade at a much better price point)
We’ve had a couple rainy cooler mornings here. Reason #6543 I love Colorado (every kind of weather you can imagine — but mostly sunshine). I am obsessed with this whole oversized sweater with shorts look. I’ve seen it a bunch but actually just tried it for the first time this week. And, I am thinking this is going to be my go-to for the transition into fall/winter. And the lace on the shorts matched the sweater which just kind of pulled the look together IMO.
Shorts: Free People Lacey Denim Cutoffs
Sunglasses: Free People Twiggy Round Sunglass
Eek! Trying something oh-so-new for me: A dress. I Never wear dresses. But, like I said, I am pushing myself. I mentioned on Instagram how this dress was hard to photograph. I almost feel like it needed a video to really show how it looked on. But I can’t praise this shift dress enough. The cut on the shoulders is super flattering and the POCKETS! I die. And like most shift dresses, to really get the “no-shape” look to work, it’s all about accessories and shoes. Even how you wear your hair can make a huge difference. I’d think this would be a great dress for early pregnancy and postpartum too. It hides a multitude of sins.
Dress: Free People Getaway Shift Dress – Available in 3 colors!
Boots: My favorite go-to boots that I hacked off the top! Pre-hack
Sunglasses: Free People Twiggy Round Sunglass
Earrings: J.Crew Neon Tassel Earrings ON SALE! These are amazing! Hands down my favorite jewelry right now.
Clutch: Cleobella Mexicana Clutch
Casual Sunday with my family. We’ve got big plans for today that include TV and laundry and deep cleaning the bathrooms after church… which we quickly abandoned for a train ride to Downtown for burgers and scooters through the fountains. Man, every time I write these #everydayedits I realize how much of my life is centered around adventures where the destination is food. FOOD! WHY DO I WORSHIP YOU?!
Boots: ONCE AGAIN, my boots that I hacked off the top! Pre-hack
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples Emmy
As always, you guys have been awesome!
@elletrain Girl! Your boots hack seriously made my day! You look so good and you cut them right at the perfect spot for your leg! I seriously love seeing this!
@tanreni Why do I never remember how perfect a classic white shirt can be!? I have pulled mine out and have rocked it twice since seeing this pic.Thanks for the inspiration girl!
@chrissiesunshowers This outfit is great. The pops of color with the bright white. You nailed it! And girl, where is your bag from?! I need that in my life!
@madabymada Ok Love this — obviously totally my vibe. I just found this girl on #myeverydayedit and am loving her. I swear, I feel like we’d be BFF’s in real life! And guys check out her blog post to go with this picture. She lists 26 great pieces of advice!
Thanks for reading and for coming along with me on my fashion journeys! Can’t wait to see what next month brings. I’m always a little surprised how much my style is evolving just being a part of this blog community!
peace ’n love — OE