Although they are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, black pants are definitely not all created equally. This Enza Costa pleated “Easy Pant,” however, has earned the title of current favorite! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a pair of go-to black pants. Thinking back on how my favorite styles have evolved, I get a little tickled (and maybe a tad embarrassed) as I recall the trends! The first pair of LBPs I remember having a relationship with was a wide-leg pair from Banana Republic my senior year of high school. My sister gave them to me for Christmas, and I thought they were just so chic. With the faintest hint of a pinstripe on the draped silk (or more likely, rayon) fabric, those pants made me feel like I was going places!
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
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
I know I’m really late to the boyfriend jean party, but the truth is, I just wasn’t feeling this vibe for so long. I remember Katie Holmes was the trailblazer for this look back when she was still Mrs. Cruise, and I was so very confused when it actually caught on!
As I gradually warmed up to the idea of boyfriend jeans, I started trying them on in shops here and there, and I inevitably ended up disappointed and empty-handed. The problem was mostly in the booty. I don’t have a lot of junk in my trunk, so when pants are designed to fit baggy and saggy, it usually does not bode well for my rearview! Just like anything else, the boyfriend jean needs to fit your body properly in order to avoid looking schlumpy. I was delighted when I found this pair of Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans by Citizens of Humanity while shopping at Tootsie’s. Instead of a literal “boyfriend” translation, they have a more streamlined, slim cut than the pioneer boyfriend jeans, while still maintaining the requisite relaxed look. As a result, these jeans give me the boyfriend look and feel without drowning my frame (and rump!). Love them! Wear them every day! Want them in every wash! (Including this distressed wash.)
This pretty little Club Monaco camisole top was a great find because it goes with practically every single bottom in my closet. And it’s on sale to boot! My daily errands and school runs, as well as weekends full of playing with my kids, call for simple looks like this. It’s a much better option than yoga pants, no? 😉 I opted for my fave Schutz gladiators, but as fall approaches, I will be switching them out with my Rag & Bone Margot booties and adding a leather moto jacket, like this one from Madewell.
My fun statement necklace is from local designer, Panache By B. This chic and affordable line features handcrafted pieces “sourced from artisans in local and international women’s co-ops through Fair Trade organizations.” For every $75 purchase, Panache By B donates $11 to carefully selected non-profit organizations promoting social justice. I sure love supporting local artists, especially those with a philanthropic heart!
Another great way to transition this look into fall is of course with a colorful scarf that doubles as a wrap! The one I’m wearing is from the Houston-based accessories line Manoosh. Partnering with different artists, Manoosh transfers their abstract artwork onto fabric, creating these stunning silk and cashmere blend scarves. Each scarf is truly a work of art!
And as if these scarves aren’t fabulous enough on their own, Manoosh also collaborated with the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation to honor their namesake who passed away last year by creating the “Susan Scarf.” The gorgeous teal watercolor scarf features the work of local abstract artist Marilyn Biles, and all proceeds go directly to SBP to fund ovarian cancer research. Join us next Wednesday, September 16, at Tootsie’s to celebrate the launch of the “Susan Scarf!”
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (I also love the distressed wash on this Citizens pair.) | Top: Club Monaco — ON SALE! | Scarf: Manoosh | Sandals: Schutz | Necklace: Panache By B | Clutch: Aspiga (similar styles by Alice + Olivia and Berry) Feather Bangle: similar by Max & Chloe and Melinda Maria | Gold Ball Bangle: Marco Bicego | Gold Bangles: similar by Express