mix and match.

matching shorts and top from jcrew

black and cream tropical top and matching shorts

tropical jcrew top and matching shorts

mix and match tropical outfit
tropical outfit with a sun hat

tropical top and sun hat

Top, Shorts: J.Crew. (sleeves added and shorts lengthened by me.) Bag: Old. (similar here.) Hat: H&M. (similar.) Shoes: ASOS. (similar here.) Sunglasses: Kate Spade.

I’m a real sucker for matching tops and bottoms.  If you’ve been reading this blog since the very beginning you might remember I used to make myself matching skirt/top sets.  I loved the way they ended up looking like a dress but you can also wear them apart, mixing and matching them with other pieces from your closet.  I called them dress separates.  That’s basically what I love about this set.  Except, you know, short separates.  I can’t wait to mix and match these with other pieces in my closet.  Also, I love the tropical print on this set, A. Because it’s black and cream with a little neon (I love that it’s a bold print in an understated color) and B. It doesn’t look kitsch.

 I added sleeves and lengthened the shorts to make them work for me by buying a spare set of shorts in the largest size I could find and taking them apart to use the material.  The set is on a deep discount so I felt fine buying another pair of shorts since I snagged them for around $12.  I love that I can now wear this top without having to layer it.  It’s been such a hot summer in Seattle, that’s become a requirement for me.  The less layers, the better.

Hope your weekend was lovely!  Onward!

tropical shell and shorts set jcrew

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Last Call.

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Okay guys, today and tomorrow are literally your last two days to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!

 I’ve rounded up a bunch of the best pieces still left in stock, that still have a lot or all of the sizes left above.  This dress and this dress are probably my two favorite clothing pieces (no surprise, I love dresses), and they can be worn now with strappy heels, and later with tights.  I’ve heard these leggings are worth dying for, but I’ve never tried them.  Anyone know??

 As I’ve said before, this Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote is a magic bag (fits your whole world plus more).  And of course Kate Spade handbags have my heart.  There are still tons of great beauty pieces left in stock, and I’m loving this Kate Spade watch for a steal.  I’ve worn these sunglasses daily since I bought them and I. AM. OBSESSED.

I also picked up a new set of taupe booties for fall (I can’t wait till it cools off enough to wear them!) and there are a lot of other pretty options still available in the boot department.  And this felt hat is perfect for fall.

I have a feeling long drapey sweaters are going to be big again this year, and i’m loving this one and this one.  Don’t forget about the jeans section too.  I picked up two new pairs, because jeans are an investment I’m always ready to make. Especially ripped boyfriend jeans… ;-)

And of course, coats.  Coats, coats, coats.  This is the time to get your winter coat for a steal. (otherwise January is the time for coat buying- everything is discounted.)

  Okay, I think that covers it. Let me know if you have any questions about sizing or any of the products I mentioned, and I’ll do my best to get them answered.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve had so much fun shopping the sale this year.  (probably too much… haha) I’ve been to Nordstrom like 10 times.  They’re like, oh no it’s her and her 4 kids again…

Hope you’re all enjoying a lovely weekend!

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3 tips for wearing comfy pants and still feeling put together.

JCrew Ikat pants

ikat pants and wedges

leather jacket and comfy pants

cognac jacket

Pants: J.Crew. Tee: Everlane. Jacket: Anthro. (last fall, similar here.) Bag: Target. Shoes: Forever21 (old. similar here and here.) Necklace: Maya Brenner designs. (c/o)

So this pull-on pant trend gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.  Especially since it’s been hotter than hades lately. (disclaimer: these pictures were taken last weekend when the weather was much much cooler-hence the jacket)  Anyway, these pants are so comfortable they feel like pajamas.  And while I’m basically doing mental cartwheels that “comfy pants” are popular right now, I’m not going to lie, sometimes I feel like I’m one step away from frumpy.

I’ve come up with three simple tricks for staying this side of the frump aisle when it comes to these kinds of slouchy pantaloons.

1. Pattern play.  Pick up a pair with a pattern (I prefer Ikat myself, and the subtle tribal feel it gives off).  A pair of patterned comfy pants (when done right) can make an outfit look deliberately relaxed and chic instead of just, you know, looking like you rolled out of bed.

2. Heels.  (or wedges.) They instantly glam up any outfit.  Just ask my boyfriend jeans

3. Add a third piece, like a leather jacket or (if it’s smoldering like it is here) a statement necklace.  It will look intentional and it will make your outfit look and feel finished.

So are you on board with the comfy pants trend?  How do you make them work for you?

comfy pants and a leather jacket

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twirly.

panama hat and pleated skirt

chambray and pleats

chambray polka dots

skirt with a tied shirt

Skirt: Nordstrom. (on sale for a few more days.) Top: J.Crew Factory.  Panama Hat: J.Crew. Clutch: ASOS. (sold out. similar here.) Shoes: ASOS.  Sunglasses: Kate Spade. (on sale for a few more days.)

Just a simple little summery outfit for your Thursday.  This skirt is so twirly.

Hope you’re having a lovely week.  Make sure and check out my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts, the sale ends in just a few days!

polka dot  skirt

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