After taking most of the summer off from blogging, I am back! The hiatus was nice but it feels good to be productive again. I minimized the summer camps, and my kids and I spent a lot of time together. A lot! At ages 4 and 7, their favorite activity is relentlessly aggravating each other ALL DAY LONG, so I can’t say I was all that disappointed when school rolled back around! We had fun though, and my youngest can now swim….it’s HUGE to be at the point where I can at least sort of relax poolside. Other summer milestones included a lost front tooth, mastering the perfect front flip into the pool, and surviving a roughly 2,000 mile (round trip) family road trip to Aspen. Although we’ve been back to school for a month now, I feel like we’re still getting into the routine. My daughter missed three days of school this week due to pneumonia, and it has just really thrown us all off our schedule! She’s feeling much better, though, and I’m banking on next week being THE week it all falls into place…..I mean, that’s a real thing, right?? #wishfulthinking
It’s no secret that the difference between a cute look and a REALLY cute look is how you wear it. Styling an outfit is what makes the look “you” and defines the statement you want to make. Shopping for clothes is the easy part; putting a great look together is why there is a market for stylists. 😉
As much as I love dressing up in cute dresses and fancy shoes, the truth is, my life is decidedly un-glamorous 99% of the time. My days are spent carpooling kids to and from school and activities, practicing a little law from my laptop at home, trying to fit in a workout, and deciding if running out of cashews is really cause for a Costco run. Yoga pants sound like the obvious choice, but I have made a promise to myself to put on real clothes at least four out of the five weekdays! I’m not judging…swear! I just feel better about myself and the day when I get dressed. Same with making my bed, but my success rate is a little lower on that goal!
I took these pictures with one of my favorite fashion photogs, Justin James, a few months ago. I adore everything about this outfit, but I haven’t posted it here yet because I was waiting for the right time…a relevant fashion moment I suppose. I feel like most fashion blog posts are driven by the weather or holidays and events, and this outfit is really just for fun! I decided that most everyone will be dealing with a case of the Mondays as we approach Thanksgiving break, so I figure now is as good a time as any to post about something that is just for fun, no?!
I know crop tops give most anyone over 25 a slight wave of anxiety, and I am no exception. First of all, baring your whole belly is not very ladylike, and more importantly, who has that kind of time to dedicate to the requisite ab work? The solution is simple: pair your crop with a high waisted bottom and keep the details ladylike and the belly button covered. Truth be told, the belly button should never be seen in public outside of the beach or pool scene unless you’re performing in Vegas…and even then, your name better start with Britney!
A pencil skirt always fits the bill for ladylike, and it is a staple in my closet for those days I am practicing law (a little bit more lately!!), Sunday church services, and really any event where I want a classic, pulled together look. The one I’m wearing is the black version of this Derek Lam skirt. If you want to go slightly edgier, the zipper detail on this 5th & Mercer option is so good.
Crop tops are a dime a dozen these days, but before you pull the trigger, make sure you’re choosing a top that is well made and otherwise modest. The last thing you want is a plunging neckline, spaghetti straps, AND a bare belly! The pretty lace, long sleeves, and high neck of this Asilio crop keep it feminine and flirty without crossing into “too much skin” territory! I linked a few other options I’m currently crushing on below.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Just don’t consider this look for your Turkey Day festivities; drawstring waist pants are a much better choice for pumpkin pie!
Photos by Justin James Photography
Lace Top: Asilio (similar looks by Asilio and Saylor, and this version by Stone Cold Fox is pretty too) | Skirt: Derek Lam (Black no longer available. I also love this Black Halo option, and the zipper detail on this 5th & Mercer skirt is so fun!) | Bag: Chanel (similar and less expensive option by Rebecca Minkoff) | Cage booties: Zara (these are old, but there are several similar and super cute options by Sam Edelman, Schutz, and Vince Camuto) | Earrings: Impressions of Santa Fe