Posts Tagged ‘design inspiration’


Thursday, October 16th, 2014

mom uniform rainy day field trip

And the rainy season is upon us here in the Northwest.  Lucky me, I am chaperoning an outdoor field trip next week.  70% chance of rain, means a high likelihood our trip is going to be soggy.  Even a rainy day field trip deserves a great uniform.  This time of year it is all about layers.  The temperature is not extremely cold, but the damp can cut right through.

The uniform::

A long ribbed tank and a plaid flannel shirt under a rain shell to guarantee staying dry and warm.  Mid-rise skinnies with lots of stretch.  Lace-up rain boots.  I am seriously coveting these beauties.  I appreciate that they are low and would be easy to walk in all day.  A colorblock wool hat- a necessity for me!  Curly haired girls loathe a rainy day.  Throw on a hat and tie your hair into a low knot and no one needs to see a big, frizzy head of hair.  A backpack to carry all of the essentials.  And finally, a bright lip stain.  While the day may be dreary and the clothes neutral-your lips can be cherry red!

Plaid Shirt//Ribbed Tank//Colorblock Cap//Backpack//Rain Jacket//Rain boots//Lip Stain//Skinny Jeans

Need another uniform??

Concert Cool

Mixed Prints

Road Trip

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

ted baker london

Whoa!  I was buzzing through Nordstrom yesterday on a mission to get a pair of jeans to alterations.  I was literally stopped dead in my tracks by the most gorgeous leather jacket ever!  The exposed zippers, the fur collar, the delicious silk floral lining.  It is just too much!  The sleeves actually zip off and it converts to a vest-to make it even more amazing.  I had to try it on and snap a picture.  Ted Baker London is 100% outside my price point, but the clothes are magnificent.  I now have a major crush on this design house.

Sometimes a girl just has to dream.

Wallet//Print Top//Sandal//Skirt

Oh, and I literally couldn’t find THE jacket anywhere on the Nordstrom or Ted Baker London websites.  If you find it, let me know!  xo


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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Oiselle Bird Machine

Do you follow fashion shows?  If you do, I am sure your social media feeds have been one image after another for the Spring/Summer trends for 2015.  If fashion isn’t your passion, just know that Fashion Weeks {first New York, then London, Paris and Milan to follow} happen in September.  Most of the clothes are either something I could never wear or could not afford.  However, for me it is fun to see new designs and how designers push the envelope.

The most inspiring show was New York Fashion Week like you have never seen it.  Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company, had real athletes walk the runway instead of professional models.  They walked the runway at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City last week debuting they spring/summer line for next year!  These girls are the real deal.  A hammer thrower, marathoners, moms, and all-together bad ass runners.  True elite athletes. Just check out those toned legs, amazing abs, and ridiculous muscles.

oiselle birdmachine

These women represent the best of what we can be.  Beautiful, confident, strong and successful.  I love the energy and spirit of this company. Who better to model your gear than the women who it is made for?  Just keep running, Oiselle!

Oiselle Nolcha Fashion Week


To read a first hand account of the experience, read Dr. Sarah Lesko’s blog post about NWFW.

The New York Times took notice as well.  Read their article about Oiselle and Fashion Week.

Catch a glimpse of all the looks from the show.

Pictures courtesy of Oiselle.  Follow them @oiselle.



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Friday, September 12th, 2014

mom uniform concert cool

This girl is going to concert tomorrow.  Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went to a show.  Since I am not out partying like a rock star most nights, why not take this chance to dress up a bit?  I always love the challenge of finding age appropriate clothes that still maintain just a bit of edge.  Girls of a certain age {and yes, I fall into the category} need to be careful.  There is an extremely fine line between rocking cool and “trying too hard”.

In an effort to try to wear more skirts and dresses, let’s start with a brown leather skirt.  {While the one pictured above is breathtakingly beautiful, REDValentino is not in my budget.  I would go with this skirt instead.  I love the rough edges and flirty length-which isn’t too short when you are 5’0″!}  Pair it with a simple, black silk tank.  The accessories add the edge.  An awesome pair of black heels, a snake clutch, and over-the-top wing ear cuffs!

I can’t wait to see Katy Perry’s amazing costumes and her sets.  OH, and the music too, of course!

Leather Skirt//Black Tank//Black Heels//Snake Clutch//Wing Ear Cuffs

Need other Mom Uniforms?

Mixed Prints

Modern Cocktail

Road Trip

Camo Fun

Have a great weekend! Rock on, my sisters.


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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014


Brooks Running Company is turning 100 and they are celebrating with a collection of fantastic throw back sneakers!  It is hard to resist these retro cool styles in bright fun colors.  Check out the entire Heritage Collection.

Which is your favorite?

brooks running heritage

I actually loved the colors from the Men’s collection but my feet are too small. My top pick would be the Women’s Vantage in green.


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Friday, July 11th, 2014

sunny long weekend

It is a legitimate heat wave! When temperatures hover around 90 degrees in Seattle, things get a little nutty.  I, for one, L O V E it!  We are heading into another GORGEOUS weekend and it is shaping up to be an amazing summer.

I came across the blog of illustrator Cindy Mangomini.  Her fashion illustrations are fantastic. { I wish I had an ounce of her artistic talent.}  Check out how she styled and sketched the must haves for a sunny long weekend {above} and a day at the beach {below}.  I am taking notes!

day at the beach

Check out the rest of her perfectly styled work.

Have a great weekend.  Stay cool. xoxo


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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

street style

Do I dare where white?  It is a risk when you are raising two boys!  I am totally in love with two looks I have been spotting as I stalk the web.  The first is white on white.  It looks crisp and put together, even if it is jeans and a casual top. The second is white denim and sneakers.  Why not combine the two for my latest Street Style // My Style? I am all in!  My lifestyle is 100% casual, so I am thinking the perfect white T, cropped white denim, and sneakers.  You could totally justify having three different pair of sneakers, right?  Well, that is three different looks just by changing your shoes.  I am nothing if not practical.

white on white

What do you think?  Will you wear white on white plus sneaks?  And by the way.  Perforated high tops.  They are now on my wish list.

 V-Neck T//Ankle Jeans//Chuck Taylor:All Stars//Leopard Print Slip On//Gold Slip On//Gray High Tops//Black High Tops

{Top images via my Street Style Pinterest board}

P.S. The first Street Style // My Style and a Spring Uniform.



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Friday, March 28th, 2014

cut and cuffed

All winter I wore a pair of Old Navy Rockstar skinnies.  The price is right-on and they are super comfortable.  Since I am only 5′ {with heels} they wore really long, but I liked the look with my boots.  Now that spring has arrived, the length was bugging me.  At full-price they are under $35, so I didn’t want to pay to get them hemmed.  While I am no seamstress, I can use a pair of scissors.  My solution to the length problem was just to cut and cuff them!

Step 1: Cuff jeans to the desired length.

Good lord!  Yes, I am ridiculously short!  A cuff that big would look comical.  {They needed to be cut!}

step 1 cuff

Step 2:  Measure for the length of the desired cuff.

I wanted my cuff to be about 2″, so I used my trusty sewing ruler.

step 2 measure

Step 3:  Draw a straight line and flip inside out.

Using a straight edge, I drew a line 2″ higher {than the desired length} on each leg and then flipped the jeans inside out.

step 3 flip inside out

Step 4:  Cut and wash.

Using sharp sewing scissors I cut both legs at the measured line.  It is important to wash the jeans or they won’t fray.  {And it just looks silly if they are cut and not frayed.}

step 4 cut and wash

I am so happy with the finished look that I am going to do the same thing with a pair of Rockstar White Super Skinny Jeans.  If you didn’t want to cuff the jeans, just cut at the desired length and wash.  Easiest and least expensive alterations you will ever find.  ROCK ON!

P.S.  So here’s the deal.  I am not a fashion blogger.  I totally get that!  Rest assured, there will not be future posts of me modeling my outfit of the day.  Yesterday I needed a shot of my finished project so I set up my handy tri-pod and snapped the top photo.  Self-timer action was in full effect.  It was pure entertainment for the landscaping crew working next door.  I can only imagine what they were saying about me!  xoxo


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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

my perfect white T

Everyone needs the basic wardrobe staple, a plain white T.  I love denim paired with a white t-shirt.  Add a few accessories and you have the perfect no fuss outfit!   While it may seem ridiculous, I have four STEADFAST requirements for t-shirts {of any color}.  Everyone’s body type calls for a different type of t-shirt.

The following describes my perfect white T:

A “V” or scoop neckline.  I am quite busty.  These two necklines are the most flattering for girls with curves up top.

Light weight cotton.  The lighter material the better. Heavy cotton T’s add bulk, which no one wants.  Be careful when buying thin white T’s.  Unless you plan to wear a bright, colorful bra {a bold move} you don’t want the T to be see through.  Make sure to try it on with the bra you plan to wear.

Short/cap sleeve.  A cap sleeve is the most flattering on me.  The sleeve hem hits right at the thinnest part of my arm. I don’t know about you, but I usually judge a picture a “keeper” if my arms look good.

A loose but feminine cut.   Thanks to my children and middle-age my mid-section is the least favorite part of my body.  If the t-shirt is too tight, it only accentuates this “problem area” {God, I hate that term!}.  I prefer a loose, but feminine, cut that skims my body but doesn’t cling to my tummy.

So that is my perfect T.  If I had a different body type I would love to play with the classic T and tons of layered necklaces or a boat neck t-shirt paired with classic trousers.  But I don’t, so I stick to what looks best on me.

Have you thought about it?   What are the requirements for YOUR perfect white T?

Top T-shirt:  James Perse V-Neck

Bottom T-shirt:  Splendid Very Light Jersey Scoop Neck


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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

sprung for spring

Oh, man.  It’s time!  Time to forget about all the black and grey, put away the boots, and shed our winter coat.  Springing forward is always an awesome shock to the system.  We instantly earn an extra hour of daylight at the end of our day and suddenly everyone feels lighter.  It also helps that the buckets and buckets of rain seem to be on pause for a bit here in Seattle.  We actually are catching glimpses of beautiful sunny, spring days.  Doesn’t it make you want to add something “springy” to your arsenal?  This girl is sprung for spring!

A few spring items that make me smile:

bkr glass water bottle in dive//DV by Dolce Vita ‘Cho’ Wedge sandals {ON SALE!}// Ear buddies in Perfect Pink/Canteloupe//Gap Fluid tank in New Dark Orange// Rain or Shine umbrella in Dottie//


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