This week I reached deep into my closet and wore some very basic items that I’ve held on to for years and years, but haven’t worn much. I also got a chance to wear some fun new items and try a new (to me) style of clothing. I also mixed in some of my summer favorites, which may not make for the most exciting blogging, but I sure do love wearing my items over and over and knowing I’m really getting use out of everything in my closet.
The best part about getting dressed more regularly is that I’m really able to identify the items I don’t like to wear. I think every week I’ve discovered something that I’m ready to purge. Next on the chopping block are these shorts. They just don’t do it for me. And I don’t want to keep them hanging around because then I wear them out of obligation when I would have been much more comfortable wearing a different pair. I like the bit of color they add to my summer wardrobe, but I don’t love the wrinkles and they sit low around my waist, which I find I’m always having to pull up to make sure everything is properly covered.
Tee (c/o Tapered Collection) // Shorts (Old Navy via Poshmark // Flip flops (Rainbow) // Bag (old from Old Navy, cool backpack option, love this crossbody) // Necklace (c/o Classy Mama Designs) // Watch (c/o JORD)
We did a couple of family outings today and it was another super hot day. Summer is definitely not my favorite season style-wise, but I’m trying to embrace how easy it is to throw on a dress and some sandals and look pulled together. I added a long-sleeve tee around my waist just to change up the look a bit, but it also adds some shape to the dress.
This is the linen jumpsuit Andrea (of Seasons and Salt) sent me, and I sent her my Magnolia dress. It’s a style I’ve loved on others, but wasn’t ready to commit to myself. I just wasn’t sure it was necessarily my style or if it would look ok since I’m on the shorter side. Doing a trade with a friend is an awesome way to test out a new look without the ‘risk’ of purchasing something and not feeling great in it.
As it turns out, I really liked the jumpsuit. It’s as easy to wear as a dress, but it makes me feel a little more fashion-forward. I was a little nervous about the light color and hanging around with my kids, but I also know linen naturally repels stains and it’s washable, so I took the risk. I look forward to trying a few different ways to style the jumpsuit, especially for work.
I decided on my Birkenstocks since they are more substantial than my flip flops and helped balance out the wide legs of the jumpsuit. The neckline was perfect for my Tabitha necklace from Natalie Borton and I wore a leopard print wrap bracelet to tie in the black and tan.
For a morning at the salon I decided to dress it up just a bit and wore my Vetta wrap top with some strappy sandals. I don’t think these jeans are the best pairing for this top as they both have slightly fuller proportions, but my Levi’s feel too thick and constricting for summertime wear. This pair is a thinner cotton denim and fit loosely, so they don’t drive me crazy when it warms up outside. I loved the ease of the wrap top and it was so comfortable and felt very classic and chic.
After a full year, I finally got my hair cut today. It was never my intention to grow it out, but time kept on passing and I kept forgetting to schedule an appointment and the next thing I knew my hair was long and I hadn’t been to the salon in a year! My hair isn’t necessarily thin, but it’s fine, so the longer I grow it the thinner and more straggly it starts looking. I went back to my go-to style…the graduated bob. I like that I can wear it sleek and straight or add some waves on days I don’t want to shampoo.
This afternoon we had family over for dinner and drinks and the humidity was high. It was too warm to stay in my jeans once the temperature rose, so I changed into my jogger shorts and a basic black tank to stay cool and not risk ruining any clothes with food. For some reason social events + kids makes me so nervous about getting food stains, so I always play it safe. I have had this basic tank for as long as I can remember, but I haven’t worn it on it’s own, it’s always been reserved as a layering piece. I really, really love this simplicity of this outfit.
Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here)
The plan for today was supposed to be a girls’ day out at the pool to celebrate my 39th birthday, but….Mother Nature had other plans. It was cloudy, rained off and on, and there was no sign of clearing up for the entire day. Instead, my best gal pals and I gathered at a friend’s for some beverages, card games, walking to local bars, and tons of laughs. I loved the simple tank I wore earlier in the week, so I chose another simple olive green tank with my jeans and flip flops. It was a perfect option for a day of hanging with my friends and our open-ended plans.
After staying out too late and enjoying maybe a few too many birthday beverages I was all about comfort for breakfast with my in-laws this morning. This dress is probably the most comfortable dress I own, it’s made of a super soft, lightweight sweatshirt material. It was a bit cool still this morning, so I added my longline cardigan. Typically my cardigan is slightly longer or the same length at the dresses I layer it over, so this pairing was different, but the hemlines are close enough and the colors of the sweater and dress are similar enough that I think it works.