Archive | May, 2014

Outfits: Wedding Attire (Wearing What I’ve Got)


This past weekend friends and family celebrated my niece’s wedding at a beautiful party in my sister’s backyard.  It was the perfect setting: my sister is a master gardener with fruit trees and flowers aplenty with a well-manicured lawn.  In addition, imagine large paper lanterns, soft guitar music and delicious refreshments.  A fun fete in honor of a wonderful couple.  Congratulations Kelly & Rob!


I’ve just finished a major closet refresh, which includes assessing what I have been wearing…rather, what I have NOT been wearing.  I either sell or donate pieces that are not in rotation and, most importantly for this shopaholic, make a habit of “wearing what I’ve got” rather than purchasing new clothes.  This dress is a perfect example of  WWIG…a J.Crew Factory purchase from a couple of years ago.  One of those: “who doesn’t need a dress…and at this price?”  But when it sat idle in my closet, it became an expensive purchase.  In the spirit of WWIG, I dusted the dress off and made it current by adding my favorite belt.  So thrifty, I’m really quite proud of myself!


Shoes: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal


Dress {J.Crew Factory 2012} Similar: J.Crew Factory | Betsey Johnson | BB Dakota


Belt {Anthropologie 2013} Similar: Anthropologie | Free People


Earrings: Lucia K Jewelry {not currently in production}


Stay tuned for more on “wearing what I’ve got” (rather what YOU’VE got) including tips for purging items from of your closet and ideas for updating pieces you keep in the rotation. Thanks for reading!

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Oh…and this was my date for the evening.  What better way to break the ice at a wedding than a rousing game of tag?! We had a fabulous mom-and-son weekend just the two of us; visiting with our family, having some semi-serious conversations and going on many “big kid” adventures.  While we missed the girls and dad back home in Seattle, it was wonderful to spend time just the two of us.

Photos courtesy of my sister, Laura.





What I’m Lovin’: Wedding Looks


Following last week’s post about ‘How-To’ shop for a dress, this week I am styling three different wedding looks that vary based on wedding-type.


Typically a daytime event and often outdoors, casual weddings can be in venues such as a garden, beach or restaurant.  Therefore, your attire should be fun and flirty to reflect the relaxed atmosphere. Just be careful not to be too casual – jeans or flip flops are never appropriate wedding attire. When selecting a shoe, be particularly mindful of the ground or flooring (for example, if the event is on sand or grass, you won’t want to wear heels that can sink into the earth.  Likewise, decks can be tricky in heels too).  Also, be aware of the weather forecast.  If it is warm, you may need a hat or some shades.  And, if it is windy, you won’t want to be clinging to your flowy skirt all afternoon.

 Dress: Anthropologie | Clutch: Anthropologie | Wedges: Tory Burch | Earrings: BaubleBar


A semi-formal wedding begs for a fun party dress (think cocktail attire).  Shorter-hemlines are appropriate and live-it-up with some “wow” factor – intricate details such as lace or beading and interesting accessories can make your outfit more festive.  Just be sure that you keep things appropriate by not showing too much skin or wearing something too tight.  If your outfit reads “club wear,” then it’s likely not appropriate.  Conversely, you want to be dressy, so you shouldn’t wear something that you could otherwise wear to work.

Dress: Adrianna Papell | Sandals: Joie | Earrings: Banana Republic | Wrap: Nordstrom


A formal wedding is generally hosted in a hotel, ballroom or banquet facility and, given the setting, usually requires a gown (a longer dress).  Beading, sequins and lace can add extra sparkle and be sure to pour it on – how often do you get to dress up like this?! This is also a great opportunity to wear your hair-up and amplify your makeup to compliment your formal attire. Just be careful that your look doesn’t read too bridal, you don’t want to be mistaken for the wedding party or, worse yet, compete with the bride!

Dress: Erin Fetherston | Sandal: Badgley Mischka | Minaudiere: Santi | Hair Clip: Tasha

I’m off to the Bay Area for a wedding this weekend – stay tuned for an outfit post to follow. Tell me…what are you wearing to weddings this summer?

Also, please let me know if I can help with any of your styling questions. I’ve updated my “About” page with my contact information as well as provided links to my Instagram and Pinterest board.  Please follow along for daily inspiration and a glimpse into my wardrobe, wish lists and general chaos!


How To: Shop for a Dress


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It’s approaching summer, which for many of us means it’s wedding season!  And, what better occasion than a wedding to don a dress? Given our more casual daily lives (I’m as guilty as the next – notice all the posts on t-shirts and lounge pants?!), it’s nice to step-it-up notch and wear something special to celebrate such a significant occasion.

I have 3 family weddings in the coming months. Therefore, wedding preparation has inspired me to create a 3-part series dedicated to shopping for and styling a dress based both on body-type and wedding venue.  Stay-tuned, more to come in the coming weeks.  This first post; however, will focus on selecting the best dress shape for your figure.

Because I am focused on wedding-worthy frocks, you will see no black or white dresses in my selections.  That being said, depending on the event, a black or a white dress can be perfectly appropriate wedding attire.  Black can look great for an evening wedding or a more formal affair.  White can still be tricky.  While I’m definitely not one to adhere to “fashion rules”, I would generally stay away from white unless specifically stated in the invitation (a black & white event, for example) or you know the bride well (and she thinks it’s ok).  Wearing white can still be considered rude and the last thing you want to do at a wedding is anger the bride!

Sheath: The sheath is a classic shape that can be universally flattering. In particular, a sheath dress can compliment a straight figure, as it hugs the body with well-placed darts or seaming to enhance curves.  Likewise, a sheath in a structured material with strategic tailoring can be absolutely stunning on a curvy figure.  And, a strapless version would look excellent on those with a larger bust – just be sure you have appropriate undergarments for care-free grooving on the dance floor!

Anthropologie | J.Crew | Mason by Michelle Mason

Shift: Characterized by it’s loose shape, the shift dress can be perfect for those with a straight figure or an athletic build.  Although the dress is meant to be roomy, be careful of the volume and show off some skin (shoulders, legs, or both).  A curvy shape can get lost and appear bigger (especially if you have a large bust), while a petite frame can be overwhelmed by the material.  Unless you are tall, I would generally do a mini version rather than a longer dress.

Piperlime | Velvet by Graham & Spencer | Trina Turk

Fit & Flare: An ideal cut for a curvy figure, the fit & flare style flaunts your assets by accentuating your curves while whittling the waist. Meanwhile the skirt glides away from the body, disguising hips.  But pay particular attention to the neckline.  For example, if you should have a larger chest – a v-neck or strapless dress will be the most complimentary.

J.Crew | French Connection | Shoshanna

Maxi: The maxi dress is perfect for showing off shoulders, while still disguising your lower half (and remaining comfortable).  A maxi can work for any body type, just be mindful of proportions…especially if you are petite.  Choose a strapless version, a slim tank or small straps on the top; showing some skin while the skirt gracefully falls to the ground.

Anthropologie | Parker | Amanda Uprichard

Let me know your favorite – I welcome your feedback.  And please stay tuned…next week I will be styling several outfits based on different wedding venues.  Thanks for reading!

Outfits: Continuing to Lounge


I wasn’t kidding about the lounge pant being my new go-to pant. Particularly as the thermometer climbs, bringing unseasonably warmer days here in Seattle (really – above 80), my jeans feel too heavy, restrictive…and tight.  Yet my legs haven’t seen the light of day in many months, so shorts remain out of the question!


 Jacket: Free People

In my last post, I made note of 3 rules (if you will) for bringing lounge pants out from behind closed doors.  In this outfit, I am following all of them in an effort to make this comfortable pant stylish – ready to meet friends for a drink (an icy cold one!).


 Tank: Stem

Define your waist: Loose pants paired with an oversized top read too comfy, bordering on sloppy.  Tuck, tie or add a belt to create some shape.


Shoes: Banana Republic

Pair with a polished shoe: A heel is unexpected and the dichotomy lends interest to the outfit.  While your lounge pants may be begging to be paired with their best friend, the flip flop; adding a heel or detailed sandal can take the pant away from the beach and all the way to happy hour.


Earrings: Anthropologie (similar)

Accessorize: Not to be overlooked!  The addition of thoughtful details make your outfit look planned rather than plucked from your jammy drawer.  Notice here, I have added a pop of color with the bright pink then tied it in with all of my accessories while my clothes remain in a neutral pallet.


Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff

Your outfit should tell a story – each piece complimenting the other, adding interest and, most importantly, reflecting who you are.  Trends change and so do you.  The clothes we choose and the outfits we put together are a reflection of how we are feeling.  And…right now, I’m feeling comfortable.


Pants: Joie (mine are from last year)


Bralette: Free People

Thanks for continuing with me on this journey! Please leave a comment or reach out to me directly with any feedback including ideas, questions and commentary.  Or…tell me how you style your favorite lounge pant.  I would love to hear from you!  You can also follow me on Instagram for a glimpse into my daily inspiration (and chaos).


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