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!
It is a rare occurrence when I find a piece of clothing I wear five times in less than two weeks….but that is just what happened with this rose gold Polder blouse! I spotted this beauty hanging from the racks of the gorgeous new Abejas space (Go now to check out the new digs if you haven’t yet been; it is truly one of the prettiest boutiques I’ve ever seen!), and I thought it was stunning but not necessarily “me.” So on to the fitting room I went without it. But I kept thinking about it! Thinking about how even though it is metallic and shiny and bright and totally a statement piece, it is actually quite versatile and probably just what I needed for all of the fun holiday events on my calendar. I really love when I prove myself right! I have since worn it to a luncheon, a friend’s birthday party, a holiday cocktail party, dinner with friends, and even Sunday church services with a black blazer to tone down the bling. And the holidays aren’t even close to being over yet!
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
Summer appears to be here, and I personally think there’s no better excuse to be playful with our fashion! Crops have been all over for the past year or so, and we’ve all figured out that pairing them with high-waisted skirts or pants allows us to rock this trend while saving us from going full 90s-style midriff exposure. In keeping with the free-spirited nature of summertime fun, I decided to try something different. I pulled out my comfy overalls, usually reserved for mom duty and errand running, and paired them with a sexy pair of strappy evening heels and this chic Asilio crop top for a playground-inspired going out look. It is such a no brainer, I really can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before! The front panel conceals your tummy (to avoid humiliating your children), while allowing a tiny peek of skin on the sides. The lace and heels class it up a bit, and this ADORABLE embroidered jute clutch by Moyna not only provides the color pop, but also helps bridge the gap between playful and sophisticated. Now I just need to work on my summer playlist!
Overalls: Similar by Black Orchid and Cheap Monday | Lace top: Asilio black version (similar by Missguided, Forever 21, Nanette Lapore, and Bardot) | Clutch: Moyna, also in plum velvet (similar by Star Mela, Moyna, Mar Y Sol, and Kelly Fields | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman (affordable option by Steve Madden)
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. 😉