3 ways to wear shorts.

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Okay guys.  This post is a long time coming.  I’ve shared in the past that I am not a lover of shorts on my body.  They’re just not super flattering on my stubby legs, and it doesn’t get hot enough very often in the Pacific Northwest to make me want to brave a style that I feel doesn’t flatter me.   But I’ve had lots of messages from ladies living in hotter climates that wanted some ideas for styling shorts, so I thought I would get to work finding a style I liked that I felt worked for us shorter girls, and then figure out a few ways to style them.   It was actually quite fun.

I’ve tried these J.Crew Factory shorts in the past, which I love in theory.  They look so cute on taller longer legged girls, but just not on me.  Then I discovered these boyfriend shorts and oh my goodness, guys.  (I should have known the boyfriend style would never fail me.) I am obsessed.  Once I found the right shorts, styling them was a cinch.  I had a ton of different ideas, but I decided to show you my three favorite ways to style these great distressed boyfriend shorts.

So here we go, 3 ways to wear shorts.

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Shorts: Nordstrom. Top: Madewell. (similar here and here.) Shoes: Steve Madden.  Bag: Nordstrom. Sunglasses: Kate Spade.

First, I went a little boho for a day at the farmers market so I paired the shorts with my favorite peasant top, these fun red fringed sandals and this Apolis tote that I am seriously obsessed with.  It was perfect for a casual day.

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Top: Nordstrom. (on sale) Shorts: Nordstrom. Wedges: Steve Madden. (similar here.) Bag: Nordstrom.(similar here.) Sunglasses: Kate Spade.

Second, I paired them with a pretty striped button up (on sale) and a pair of neutral wedges.  If you want to look taller and still wear shorts, my best piece of advice would be a comfy pair of wedges in a nude shade.  The heel and color both help to make your legs look longer, plus everyone feels a little more fab in heels.

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Shorts: Nordstrom. Sweatshirt: JCrew. Shoes: Nordstrom. Hat: Nordstrom. (similar.)

And third, I went with a fun sporty look for a day crabbing with my family.  I will never quit my Chuck Taylors and I love how they look paired with these fun boyfriend shorts.  I know this sweatshirt doesn’t look super summer friendly but it’s very lightweight and really soft.  It’s pretty perfect for PNW summers where it doesn’t typically get over 80, but it would be great for summer evenings even in a warmer climate.

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So there you have it!  Don’t forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is still going, and you can shop it until August 8th. ;-)

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instagram lately.

instagram collage  copy Just a few highlights from over on instagram lately… come over and say hi!



top. jeans. watch. similar bag. shoes.

I’m not usually a huge fan of tribal print pieces, but I really feel them in the summer, and this top is so great.


dress. sweater. lipstick. (color-snob)

From a mid-day date a few weeks ago.  Have you ever tried a day time date with your significant other?  It’s so fun.  Also, this Kate Spade dress is the funnest and I cannot stop wearing it…


sweatshirt. boyfriend shorts. jacket. shoes. hat.

From our day on Whidbey island.  You all know I’m not much of shorts person, but boyfriend shorts have totally won me over.  This pair is the bomb dot com.


shorts. sweatshirt. shoes. hat.


Another from our day on Whidbey.  I just love him. He is so wonderful.  Best daddy.


skirt. top. shoes.

Have you seen all the fun watermelon print pieces this year?  So perfect for summer and so much fun.  Also, go try watermelon and mint lemonade and then thank me later…


similar pieces: here, here, here, here, here and here.

There are some stores that I basically want to live in, and I found another one a few weeks ago on Bainbridge island.  If you visit Seattle, do yourself a favor, grab a ferry over to the island and pop into Salt House Mercantile, you will LOOOOOOVE it.


sunglasses. bag.

It took awhile to sell me on the tassel trend, but I’m completely loving it now.  This bag is so perfect and fun.  Great size, awesome price.


white lace tunic.(good option here.)  jeans. shoes.

I am in love with white lace tops this summer, and this tunic was literally the first thing I hunted out when I shopped the Nordstrom anniversary sale this year.  I wish it was still in stock(!) but this dress is lovely and works great as a tunic is great if you are a little taller than me.


sweater. jeans. (both on sale right now!)

Who’s excited to start dressing for fall?!  Bordeaux is totally my color guys (all the bordeaux things) and this sweater made my chunky sweater dreams come true.  I’ve had so much fun shopping the NSale this year guys.  The pieces have been so good.


Shoes. duvet.

Speaking of bordeaux!  These shoes guys… Dreamy, dreamy…


dress. bag.

Drop waist dresses are another style I’m really loving this year.  They’re perfect to go from summer to fall and I love the casual vibe of the silhouette. This one is on sale right now…


dress. bag. similar shoes.


dress. hat. watch. camera. bag. sunglasses. book.

I packed the kids up and headed east on Sunday morning.  We’re spending the week having fun and visiting family while my sweet husband stays back to work. (Sorry babe!)  Here are a few of my road trip essentials.  (I’ll be sharing a comprehensive list later this week, because I am a road trip ninja!) I’ve wanted a Tory Burch bag for years and I mulled and mulled over which one until I settled on this one.  It is perfect.  I’ve needed a cognac bag for years and this one is the perfect color, size (large tote) and so pretty.  All my sisters have been swooning over it, and it’s the perfect travel tote, but I love it for everyday use too. Plus at under $300 its a super reasonable price for a designer bag.  Also this dress was the best thing ever to wear while driving the 800+ miles from Seattle to Utah.  It’s maternity but you totally can’t even tell, and also no, #notpregnant.


booties. watch. duvet.

It’s almost booties season guys!  Have you seen the shoes for the Nordstrom anniversary sale?  This is just one of many, many gorgeous styles.



I need a galvanized steel washbasin in my laundry room, stat.  Who’s with me on this one??  Check out my laundry room pinterest board here.


pants. shoes. tee. jacket. bag. hat.

My little doll is getting so big.  She’s so much fun now, I just love love love three.  Best age ever.  Also, these pants you guys, are miraculous.  Best summer pants ever (but they’ll be super cute with booties in the fall too.)


bag. top. sandals. shorts.

Anyone who knows me, knows that for me, in the summer, happiness is a farmer’s market.  I have this semi-nerdy dream of one day opening my own stall at a farmer’s market and selling veggies and flowers I’ve grown myself.  Big dreams, I know.  I probably should try to overcome my black thumb first.  In the meantime, this tote is a dream come true and I love what they’re doing as a company.  I’ve worn this peasant top all summer and now I’m like asking myself why do I not have a bunch more peasant tops??


jeans. shoes.

Ripped jeans and bordeaux lace up flats.  Enough said.


top. info on makeup here.

I told you I wear this top all the time… ;-)


sweater. jeans. shirt. shoes.

Little try-on sesh, during the first day madness of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  So glad I brought those jeans and that sweater home with me.  Still crying about the moto jacket I stupidly didn’t snag when I could have… WHAT WAS I THINKING!

C’est la vie.

Make sure and follow along over on instagram to see what we’re up to each day while we travel.


best of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.

Okay guys, this is it!  The Nordstrom anniversary sale is live for everyone now, and I have rounded up all the best items that are still in stock.  I’ve done my homework on most of these items, trying them on and/or checking them out in-store and they get two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me!

Make sure and check Nordstrom often today as many pieces will be restocked for the general public sale.

 Happy Friday and Happy Shopping!

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one dress: day to night.

One dress two ways

Day look: Dress. Bag. Flats. (similar.) Sunglasses.  Night look: Dress. Bag. Sunglasses. Wedges. (similar.)

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You know what I love about summer?  Getting dressed is so much simpler.  Well, simpler in some ways.  For a layers girl, like me, it can be trickier to feel put together.  But on the other hand, dresses.  Dresses are fashion’s gift to summer.  They can be so simple, and yet, you always look a little more put together when you put on a dress.  I picked up this pretty lightweight dress the other day while shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  At the time I thought it would be so perfect for fall paired with riding boots or booties, but then I decided I didn’t want to wait that long because it totally works for a summer dress too.

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I also love that it’s a looser silhouette, up until this summer I had almost nothing in my closet like it, but I’ve been adding some pretty drop waist dresses and I just love how easy and casual they are.  I love the fit on this one.  It looks super short on the model, but for a petite girl like me, it works great and goes all the way to my knees.  I actually tried it on layered with jeans in-store and I can’t wait to wear it like that during the fall (or maybe just on one of our many lame cold summer days lately.) It’s super cute.  If I were taller, it would totally work at a tunic.

I thought it would be fun to show how simple and easy this dress transitions from  day to night, even in the summer when I don’t want to add any extra layers.  (Like a jacket or sweater.)

For the day look, I paired it with some comfy cognac flats, and this great cross body bag I picked up for under $40.  Double benefit-the strap on the bag tucks in to become a clutch.  So all you have to do is throw on a pair of tall wedges and voila`, date night.   casual dress with wedges 6

PS. this is the last day to shop early access on the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  Flood gates open to everyone else tomorrow, so if you’re a cardholder and there’s something you’ve been stalking, consider yourself warned. ;-)

favorite dresses from the sale:

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