Happy Friday! It’s time for me to post my daily outfits for the past week. I have to confess, as I reviewed these photos I decided that I desperately need to infuse more color into my outfits. But then I also think the clothing I choose to wear often reflects my disposition, and that would certainly be true of this week’s outfits. I’ve had the blahs this week. Not quite the blues, but the blahs. Make sense? So I love the clothes I wore, but I’m encouraging myself to make some brighter choices this next week.
Just for reference, I’m 5’8″ and weigh about 155. I generally wear a size 8 or medium in dresses, tops, jackets and pants (or 29 or 30 in jeans), so that’s what I’m wearing in these looks unless I tell you otherwise. That way you can assume everything I show you is true to size unless I alert you to sizing up or down. I wear a size 9.5 shoe and, again, I’ll just let you know if I sized up or down in a shoe, otherwise it’s true to size.
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I want to focus more on styling tips and less on the products. So please assume everything I’m wearing is true to size and fits and feels great unless I tell you otherwise. After all, these are the things I’m choosing to wear in real life.
I’m providing shopping widgets after each outfit, and a lot of what I’m showing you is still available. I’m also trying to include more economical options where that’s appropriate. But if I forget to do that, just ask.
Since I posted last week’s How I Really Dressed for My Day post on Saturday, this week’s outfits begin on Saturday instead of Friday.
How I Really Dressed for Saturday at Home
I don’t think I ever managed to get out for more than a good long walk last Saturday. So I wore these lightweight L.L.Bean camp pants and a 3/4 length sleeve tee for a day around the house. Well, at least I do have on some color here!
I really like these lightweight L.L.Bean camp pants. They’re made from an abrasion-resistant nylon and spandex for just-right stretch, and they also offer 50+ UPF protection. So they’re a great pant for outdoor activities, but also comfortable enough for indoors or even travel.
Uh oh. The following photo reveals that my mirror needs to be cleaned. But I wanted you to get a close up look at these pants, so bear with me.
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How I Really Dressed for Easter
Well, I really did get to wear my pretty blue and white dolman sleeve shirt dress for Easter. The weather was absolutely perfect for it. And while I carried my blue cardigan along just in case (since I was serving brownies outdoors between services), I don’t think I ever needed to put it on. I felt pretty and appropriately festive for the day.
Because I never managed to get that pedicure on Saturday, I wore my classic nude pumps. And I actually like the way that looked anyhow. One thing is for sure. My legs never look better than when I’m wearing these classic pumps. Ha!
I don’t think I’ve said enough about these Ally Bossy Beige leather pumps. Ally reached out and sent them to me a couple of months ago so I could share them with you. I was a little hesitant because of the price. But I have to tell you, I wore these heels from 9 a.m. until almost 4 p.m. and was on my feet much of that time. And I could have walked another mile in them easily. They are THE most comfortable pump I’ve ever worn…and so classic in appearance.
Ally Shoes also carries other heels and flats, too. You can use coupon code KAYHEELS to get $40 off your first pair of heels or KAYFLATS to receive 10% off your first order of flats.
We had church in the morning and then went out for brunch with another family. It was a lovely day. And my cotton dolman sleeve shirt dress was perfect for the day. I also wore my Veronica hoop earrings and my baroque pearl necklace, stretch bracelet and ring. I carried my chalk white Cassie bag and my blue cardigan.
How I Really Dressed Monday
Admittedly I spent half of Monday in my workout clothes. So I snapped a photo! Plus, I have to tell you. I love my Athleta workout clothes. They’re definitely a little pricey, but they hold up to wear and they move with you so well. There’s never any binding or slipping or gaping… Anyhow I just wanted to share. I wear these or other similar workout clothes from Athleta almost every morning.
Then I did get dressed in my black barrel pants, just like the walnut colored ones I shared in Monday’s post. One of the things I love about these lightweight full leg but tapered pants is that they have a high waist. So a cropped tee works perfectly with them.
I know this kind of earthy look is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the vibes going on in this outfit. I like the retro look of the baby blue raglan sleeve t-shirt, the edgy modern silhouette of the black barrel pants and the earthy feel of these Teva sandals.
I tried giving the raglan sleeve t-shirt a little front tuck, as you can see in the photo below.
But then I decided that with the high waist of the pants and the cropped tee, it just wasn’t necessary. The front tuck has two purposes, basically. One is to add interest. But the main purpose really is to create the right proportions. Here that just wasn’t necessary because the shirt is cropped and ends right where I need it to for those perfect proportions. And because the shirt is short, it just looked a little awkward tucked in.
I took the photo above so you could see the platform height of these Teva multi blue and green sandals. They are extremely comfortable. I took several walks around the block in them that day. And I also wanted you to see the barrel shape of these pants a little better. Cool, huh?
The barrel pants are sold out in the walnut, going fast in this black, but still pretty well stocked in the bay leaf green. I sized up to a 10 in them.
I liked the way my Kendra Scott customized Alex pendant necklace looked with this black and blue and green ensemble. My stone is the bronze veined teal magnesite, by the way. My earrings are no longer available, but I’ll find some to include in the shopping widget. And my Nordgreen the Native watch is still available for 15% off with code KAYHRMS. It’s not in the shopping widget, by the way.
What I Wore Tuesday
Tuesdays are video editing days most weeks, and I pretty much sit at my desk all day. But I want to be dressed to walk out the door for quick walks throughout the day, too. That’s the only way I get exercise in on those jam packed days.
So Tuesday I wore my Nic+Zoe tech stretch pants and seam detail shirt with a white linen blend tank. I hadn’t worn these since last fall, and it was so fun to put them on again.
My tech stretch pants are in navy, and they no longer carry that color. But I love the new tarnish grey and they’re marked down 40%. I’m wearing a TTS medium. They no longer carry the light blue shirt either. But they have it in other colors, including black and the dark indigo in 3X only.
So yeah, Nordstrom does carry the tech stretch pieces from Nic+Zoe. But honestly it’s easier to me to shop on the Nic+Zoe website because they have a wider selection. This stuff is pricey. I purchased mine about a year ago when I thought I was going to be traveling to India during the summer. Well, you know how that went! But I’m still happy I have the Nic+Zoe tech stretch pieces because they’re so classic, well crafted and lightweight. They’re perfect for travel…or just dashing out the door for a walk!
If you’re interested in shopping the Nic+Zoe website for tech stretch, just look for it under the CLOTHING tab under “collections.” I find it to run true to size. I have mediums in everything. (I also have a jacket and another pair of pants in black.) Oh, and I just noticed they do still have my blue snap front shirt on their website and it’s marked down.
My Outfit on Wednesday
Since I published my How to Wear White Jeans Like a Boss video on Wednesday, I felt inspired to wear my white jeans. Ha! I styled them with the column of white I talked about in the video, topping the column with a subtle white and sandbar striped linen shirt. (Looks like I should have steamed the shirt!)
I liked the way this outfit came together with my suede platform espadrilles. Unfortunately Talbots has sold out of this toasted sesame color. But I found some nice options that I’ve included in the shopping widget below.
I had purchased these Paradise Cove starfish earrings from Brighton with my Birthday discount, and I thought they seemed appropriate with this outfit. Starfish…linen…see the connection? Ha! Well, I guess that’s just how my mind works. Anyhow, aren’t they pretty? They have just a touch of seaside blue in them. The only other jewelry I wore was my demi multi strand necklace.
By the way, my tank is not available from Chico’s right now. But expect we’ll see it as we get closer to summer. Or at least I hope so. These linen blend tanks are perfect for layering or wearing alone.
Well, as I’m writing this up and looking at these photos again, I’m not as down on my color choices as I was at the beginning of the post. I definitely chose subtle colors, but I actually like the looks they created.
How I Really Dressed for Thursday
Hahaha! Maybe the reason I feel like I didn’t have much color in this week’s outfits is because right now I’m wearing oatmeal as I type up this post. Ha! But when I received this driftwood heather shaker stitch cardigan in the mail this morning, I just had to put it on. I love the chunky texture and the caramel color of this cotton/acrylic blend cardi. It’s from Talbots’ Haven Well Within lounge collection, and it was 40% off when I purchased it last weekend.
Anyhow I wore it over that same white tank (this is third time I wore it this week!) and my canyon khaki cropped cargo chinos. So, yep. No color here. But I do like this white and caramel combo. I find myself gravitating more and more to neutrals. Maybe they feel peaceful to me.
And there’s just something sort of rich about white and caramel. Maybe it reminds me of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce??? Anyhow I didn’t even have this color in my wardrobe a year ago. But now I seem to have lots of it. It’s definitely become part of my color palette, and I’m enjoying it.
What color combos are you enjoying this spring? Pastels? Neutrals? Bold colors of the tropics? Jewel tones? Or the trending colors of milky sherbet? I’d love to hear from you today.
Well, would you know it? I ended up spilling some of my lunch on my pants, so I swapped into my cuffed jeans for the afternoon and evening. I thought it was only fair to share!
Thanks so much for dropping in today. I hope you have a great Friday!
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Blessed for My Day
Do you ever get a little blue? Statistically the average person has about three “blue days” per month. I’ve lived enough years to know that generally my blue days come and then go. So I don’t worry that I’ve sunk into despair; I just assume the funk will lift as quickly and quietly as it settled upon me. I wait it out, but I also lean into the Lord and ask Him to encourage me and lift my countenance on those days. When we feel a little blue we can draw near to “the help of our countenance and our God” by reading His Word, remembering how He has carried us through difficult times, counting our blessings and recounting the amazing attributes of God.
But if your blue days last longer than a week, I encourage you to tell someone whom you can trust. Seek out the counsel of a wise friend or mentor. Share with your pastor or small group leader. Talk to your healthcare provider. Maybe even make an appointment with a Christian counselor. I’ve done all of those things in the past. There is no shame in seeking help. And God can work through those people to lift your countenance, too.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God. ~ Psalm 42:11