Signature style

Do you have an outfit formula or certain type of clothing that feels like “you”? For me, it’s dresses and cream or ivory tops. I love cream-colored tops and sweaters of all styles–it’s a wardrobe piece that I’m always drawn to, and can’t get enough of! I saw this chic and detailed version on the beautiful Mara of M Loves M, and immediately knew I needed it. It’s from J. Crew, and currently on sale for $35 from $98!! I’m tempted to order it in more colors, but wonder if it’s too much of a “statement” piece to have in multiples?? I love all of the colors, but I ended up picking the cream because I knew I could wear it with jeans, wide-leg pants, shorts and more.

These jeans are some I’ve had for a while, but they are another pair by my new favorite jeans brand–Abercrombie. Their denim fits my shape without the always-annoying “gap” or that embarrassing feeling when you bend over… They’re stretchy without being baggy, but I would recommend sticking to your true size even if they feel snug at first. The wash I have is the “medium wash” and it’s a perfect high-rise, stretch skinny jean with no distressing.

These wedges are long-times favorites from Nordstrom by the brand Treasure and Bond, and they go with EVERYTHING. Dresses, jumpsuits, rompers, jeans, shorts…they are super versatile and leg-lengthening. And they are definitely the most comfortable wedges I’ve ever worn. They’re genuine leather so they mold to your feet, and nothing rubs or is uncomfortable. I wouldn’t walk miles in them, but you can definitely be on your feet for hours and be fine!

Top: J. Crew

Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch (in Medium Wash)

Wedges: Nordstrom (50% off!)

Earrings: Kendra Scott

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WFH style

Everyone’s doing it…working from home, you know 🤪 The first couple of weeks, I was wearing the comfy clothes every day, not doing my hair and going mostly make-up free. But you can really only wear yoga pants or lounge clothes for so many days…as good as that sounds. As we learned that we wouldn’t be working from home for only two or three weeks, I realized that it’s better for me to create a new normal and not just feel in limbo. One of the top work-from-home tips I have read is that you should get dressed every day, and for me, that’s true. I teach online or have online meetings or events every day of the week except Saturday, and I have started getting dressed again for “work”—mostly minus my heels!

I love these little heels by BP, which have been marked down more than 50% in the Nordstrom sale! The square toe is so trendy and cute, and the heel height is very manageable and chic. Considering that I’m not wearing heels for a whole day right now, they’ve been very comfortable for the couple of hours at a time that I’ve worn them.

This sweater is probably my favorite Amazon clothing purchase ever, thanks to the wonderful Kendi from Kendi Everyday—whose blog I started following over 10 years ago. I’ve worn this cardigan a million different ways…with cream jeans, black jeans, Spanx faux-leather leggings, and black slim leg trousers to dress them up. The quality is so good, it’s the perfect weight, and it washes beautifully.

These cute spring jeans with the chewed hem are from Abercrombie, which have become one of my go-to places to buy jeans. They run very true to size and come in regular and short inseams, perfect for petites!

Cardigan: Amazon

Jeans: Abercrombie (frequently go on sale, so watch for one!)

Heels: Nordstrom

Easter parade

Has anyone ever heard the old Irving Berlin song “Easter Bonnet”? “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade!” My grandmother used to sing it, and I think I even have her sheet music for it somewhere…

We may not wear Easter hats much anymore, but Easter dresses are one of my favorite traditions that I’ve kept over the years. I was excited because I had actually shopped ahead of time this year for once, and then…Easter shaped up to look a little different. Fortunately, I’ll still get to wear my Easter dress to play for our live-stream Easter morning service—but even if you’re home having brunch this Sunday, you can still make it as special as you would like! Easter is not cancelled—even if our celebrations look a little different this year!

I love all three of these dresses, but I’ll start with this beautiful printed wrap dress. It is a faux wrap so there’s no risk of a wardrobe malfunction, and the fit so flattering! It comes in several colors if the floral print isn’t your thing, and the fabric has a nice weight and feels good. You can’t help but feel happy when you wear it!

Dress: A New Day
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Heels: Nordstrom (40% off!) Target Similar

This next dress is just so pretty and feminine. The cut is a bit retro and unexpected with the asymmetrical hem, but the fit on this one is beautiful, too! It is easy to wear and very comfortable, and would also be a great office or special occasion dress. You could style this many different ways, but I paired it with some white mule pumps for a bit of a modern and fresh spring look.

Dress: Sold out 😦 Floral midi dress Cap sleeve midi dress Polka dot tie-back dress
Mules: Banana Republic Nordstrom (similar)
Earrings: Bauble Bar (similar)

This last dress is the perfect Easter mint green. Green is such a trend this spring in general, and I adore this elegant color and cut. This dress is forgiving and easy to wear, so perfect for a big Easter meal ha! It feels lovely and dressy, and would also be perfect for showers, graduations or a wedding guest dress.

Dress: Prologue
Heels: Target Nordstrom (40% off)
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (thrifted)

World turned upside down

Hi friends,

How our world has changed in the last few days. I don’t think any of us could have imagined where we would be at this point this week. I’m thinking of all of you as we adjust to this “new normal”. Hope you are finding peace and a new routine, and are provided for in jobs and health. 💜 I am acutely aware right now of how much I have to be grateful for, and of how much I take for granted.

My style has leaned a little more comfortable as I adjust to video-teaching and working from home, but I have found that I need to wear more than loungewear every day to feel good. I LOVE good comfy clothes at the end of the day, but I need to feel somewhat cleaned up and human most days—even if I never leave the house!

This day was quite chilly but still a beautiful blooming spring day. I bought this sweater from Express a couple of months ago, and I love the amazing puffed sleeves. These are so on trend for spring this year and very fun. If you have never given Abercrombie jeans a try, they are fantastic. They go on sale every so often, the quality is great, they are soft and stretchy, and they have so many cute styles. Light wash jeans are big this year, and I love the button-front detail and cute distressed hem on these. I think these will be perfect all spring and even on cooler summer days with different tops and tees, and they run very true to size.

Sweater: (Similar) Express, (Also similar and beautiful) Express

Jeans: Abercrombie (50% off!)

Mules: DSW (similar)

Earrings: Kendra Scott (found here on eBay)

Spotted in dots

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! Mine was lovely because we had good times with friends—celebrating a milestone, making music and catching up while enjoying the beautiful weather. We also went to a Roaring 20s symphony event on Saturday, and dressing up for it was so fun! I ordered a couple of 1920s accessories on Amazon, watched a YouTube tutorial for how to do the makeup, and wore a sparkly cocktail dress I’ve had for years. I also wore my grandmother’s earrings which are special to me. Loved seeing everyone’s beautiful looks, and putting together something a little bit different and creative!

This dress is just beautiful with its irregular polka dot print, floaty skirt and elegant cuffed sleeves. It’s a perfect weight with the long sleeves—it can easily be layered in colder weather, but will also be lovely with a chic pair of mules or heeled sandals when it’s warmer. I wore it with tights and booties yesterday, but I already can’t wait to wear this for events later this spring. I got my normal size and it was very comfortable with plenty of room, so I would say it runs true to size. Side note: I haven’t been liking any of my tights lately…I need to look for some new ones that are actually opaque, and I also want a sheer pair for dressier occasions. Let me know if you have any favorite brands or recommendations!

Dress: Who What Wear.

Purse (treasured gift from my family and purchased on sale—I found it here at full price): Tory Burch

Cozy new year

Happy New Year, everyone! 2020 has gotten off to both a good and challenging start for me, personally–a couple of hospitalizations and declining health for my dad, but also positive goals personally and for work. For some strange reason, I tend to like even-numbered years…I graduated with my masters in 2014, my wedding was in 2016, etc. So here’s to this beautiful year and whatever it may hold. It will all be part of the journey. My goal is to approach the year with intentionality–to not merely be swept along, but to embrace and create opportunities and meaningful times. (I know we all say that, but who doesn’t love a fresh start?)

My mom gave me the famous Spanx faux-leather leggings for Christmas, and I have to say…they really do live up to the hype! I am definitely planning to wear them for my next travel/plane day. Stylish and incredibly comfortable and easy to wear! I can’t wait to put together more outfits with them.

I bought this oversized sweater at Target earlier this fall, and absolutely love it. It’s the perfect dusty rose/blush shade, and very warm–easily layered underneath. I paired it with the snakeskin booties from my last post–also from Target. Still loving those and amazed at how much they go with. An ensemble of favorites on a rainy day!

Sweater: A New Day

Faux-leather leggings: Spanx (I’m wearing the petite inseam, and I do recommend going up a size)

Snakeskin booties: Target

It’s fall y’all

This weekend was probably the peak of fall colors in our area of North Carolina, and it was beautiful! I so look forward to the colorful landscape of the trees making their appearance every year. My parents were here for a wonderful visit this weekend, and we got to take some beautiful drives to Asheville and Bristol and back– perfect Blue Ridge Mountains views!

I have been loving some fresh fall outfits the last few weeks, too, and I’m ready to share some! I feel like I’m always most inspired with fall outfits and trends (although my wallet might say this is a bad time of year!) After a month or two of sweaters and booties, though, I tend to feel like every outfit is a variation on the same theme. So my goal this year is to work on my layering and be a little more creative with the outfit formulas. As much as I love a good sweater, rocking them with jeans or black stretchy pants on the daily can feel a little dull. I’m going to try to incorporate more dresses and skirts with tights and boots this fall and winter as well.

Fortunately, this day was absolutely gorgeous with 50 degree weather, so no tights needed! This sweater has a nice little detail with the button cuffs, but sadly is old from Loft so no longer available. I’ll see if I can find anything similar to link. The sweater skirt and booties are both recent purchases from Target when they were having Target Circle sales, and I love them! The skirt is just so fun and feminine and very high quality! I can’t wait to find different ways to style it. The booties are a great, budget-friendly way to get in on the incredibly popular snakeskin trend, and I’ve been surprised just how many outfits they go with! They are actually incredibly versatile! While they are comfortable for running errands or light everyday wear, I wouldn’t wear them for heavy sightseeing or shopping days when you’re going to be racking up a lot of steps. They are a great value and wardrobe addition, though!

Skirt: Pleated sweater skirt

Booties: Faux snake booties

Earrings: Kendra Scott Elle earrings

Summer turns to Fall

It’s been a while, friends. Way too long, actually! I’ve been missing posting in my little space, and even my husband has been periodically telling me that we really need to get back to the blog! I lost my first [fur] baby, Chia, unexpectedly almost 6 weeks ago, and the only positive outcome of grieving is that sometimes you’re inspired to do new things, or get back to passions that you have let go. I ran/walked my first 5K last weekend, and here I am back to my little blog!

I found this dress at Target at the beginning of the summer, and it has been one of my favorites pieces of the year. It’s just lovely and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. It always gets compliments and feels like one of those dresses that give you an extra boost. The colors are still perfect for fall, especially for those days when it gets warm in the afternoon, and I think it could easily be layered up with a great little suede or leather jacket.

Spring shoes at Target

Happy Saturday, friends! I thought I would do something a little different today and show you all my favorite shoe finds at Target lately–in case you’re in the mood for a little Saturday shoe shopping 😉

If you’ve ever asked me where I got a pair of shoes, you might have been surprised when I said Target! Target shoes are diamonds in the rough. There may Be no good ones at all for a while, and then one day you’ve got five pairs of shoes waiting to come home with you! My favorite time to refresh my shoe wardrobe is when they run their periodic BOGO 50% shoe sales.

For a heels girl, I have been so into mules and loafers this spring! They feel fresh and chic and I’m enjoying the change. I don’t have all of these pairs yet; but if I don’t have them, they are definitely on my wish list!

White mules– $22.99

These are easily my most-worn shoes of the past two months! They go with everything…jeans, dresses, spring sweaters, you name it. I’d even consider buying a back-up pair (crazy as that sounds!)

Blush pink mules – $22.99

I loove this color. You see it everywhere, but blush pink anything (“millennial pink”) is so chic and on-trend right now. Can’t wait to wear these with white jeans and light colors this spring!

Black or tan open-weave mules $22.99

These mules are by the new Universal Threads Line at Target, which has definite Free People themes. These are understated and chic and very summer-appropriate with the open-weave, breathable design. Would be cute with shorts and dresses!

Red kitten-heel mules – $37.99

Kitten heels are back, people! It’s hard to believe because they seemed so dated for a while, but I think these are lovely! So elegant and expensive-looking for the price.

Tan leather slides – $24.99

Another Universal Threads design which just screams summer. Perfect for vacations, Saturdays, shorts or denim dresses…and couldn’t be more comfortable!

Shades of Nude pointy-toe pumps – $29.99

These may not look that exciting, but I bought these a few months ago and they are currently my go-to pump. I also love the “Shades of Nude” concept behind them– if you look online, these pumps come in a range of “nude” colors for all different skin tones which is brilliant. Bravo, Target!

Strappy black heels – $27.99

Another great basic heel that will go with so much this spring and summer! They would be perfect with jeans or dresses.

White sock bootie – $37.99

These may be a “love it or hate it” shoe, but they are so trendy and at an excellent price! The original white sock booties all over Instagram were over $300 and even the Naturalizer version are nearly $150. For less than $40, I’d love to try these out with summer dresses and skirts, and see if I’m cool enough to rock them! 😉

Mountain day

It is officially spring break here…hooray! After Easter Sunday service, we headed to the mountains for Asheville for a refreshing and lovely couple of days. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful and we loved walking around town. I wore this outfit on our last day, but by far the most memorable thing I wore on the trip was apparently this bag!

If you saw the original version by Cult Gaia that took Instagram by storm last summer, it hasn’t gone anywhere! This bag is back and more popular than ever this spring; and fortunately for us, there are some wonderful dupes to be had. This particular version came from Amazon (for less than a third of the price) and it attracted the most random attention all weekend long! Nearly every place we went, someone (guys and girls) would make a comment. It cracked me up, but J got into it and told everyone where they could find one!

I love all the other elements of this outfit, too…especially these white mules which I have been wearing non-stop the last few weeks. Everyone who knows me in person knows that I am a heels girl, so I have been so surprised how much I loved these comfortable and chic slip-ons!

P.S. If you have never been to French Broad Chocolate Lounge in downtown Asheville, it is soo worth it! It’s one of our must-stops whenever we’re there. Our favorites are the liquid truffle, the pots de creme, the mocha stout cake…you can’t go wrong! 😉

Sweater: Loft (extra 50% off!)

Embroidered Jeans: WHBM (available in Regular and Petite)

Mules: Target (only $22.99!)

Arc bag: Amazon