Happy Friday! I have to tell you, I’m feeling pretty happy today. My energy level is going back up and I’m excited about my work again. Maybe I was just exhausted from writing extra posts for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It is a pretty crazy time of the year for bloggers who cover it. Yeah, I’m pretty glad that thing is over. Ha! But today I’m thrilled to be showing you my outfits for the week because I thought they were all pretty fun. Let’s check out how I really dressed this for my day this week.
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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.
What I Wore Friday
I looked deep into my closet Friday and found my white jeans . I don’t think I’ve worn them in months! I wore them a lot in spring, but they must have gotten hidden in my closet this summer because I just plum forgot about them. And I love white jeans!
I’ve gotten to where I prefer my white jeans or pants with light colored tops, keeping the contrast in intensity low to match that in my personal attributes. You might want to check out this post on contrast in intensity if you’re not familiar with the term. I also pulled the pale pink shell from between other shirts that had swallowed it up. Hahaha! By the way, size down in the top. It comes in a lot of other pretty colors, too. And I guess I was feeling like layering on the bling that day because I definitely wore more jewelry, albeit dainty, than I have been most days this summer.
That evening I slipped on my white linen blazer and grabbed my ivory colored satchel for dinner out. My Coach bag is sold out, but I’ve provided some similar options at a full range of prices in the shopping widget below.
How I Dressed for Saturday
After getting in my first leg strength training workout in a couple of months Saturday morning, I headed out to the grocery store. Then I spent rest of the day just working around the house on domestic chores. It was hot, hot, hot. so this shirttail tank dress was a good choice for running to the store and working around the house. I’ve definitely reached for this shirttail tank dress a lot this summer. It runs true to size and is available in other colors, too.
While you’ll see me in other shoes with all of my outfits, I actually wear these platform flip flops almost every day while I work at home. They are so comfortable. I keep wanting to purchase the ivory or black pair, too, but I’m resisting because I know I’ll be buying new ones next year (for the job).
My crossbody phone organizer is always a good choice for a grocery run because it holds my essentials and stays out of my way while I shop. Of course, its fun to carry for other occasions when you want to be light and hands-free, too. The phone organizer is not in the widget below, but you can shop it through my text links if you’re interested.
What I Wore Sunday to Church
Sunday I attended our more contemporary service, so I took the opportunity to wear my seersucker easy pants and coordinating blazer. These 43% recycled polyester, 32% polyester, 24% rayon, 1% spandex blend pieces are very lightweight and have nice stretch to them, but keep their shape. I’ve really enjoyed this little “suit” this summer and will probably continue to wear it into early fall, maybe with black instead of this linen blend sweater tank .
These Banana Republic seersucker easy pants are marked down and you get an additional 50% off. However, it is final sale. But I can tell you that they run true to size. The coordinating blazer is not marked down. And linen blend sweater tank is marked down but it doesn’t look like you get the extra 50% off on it. Hmm. It also runs true to size and it’s a great little layering or wear alone piece for summer.
My Outfit for Monday
These modern ankle jeans have been favorites this summer. Not only do I prefer to wear lighter wash jeans in the summer, but it’s also trending into fall. So I’ll certainly be wearing these for a couple more months. I should have sized down to a small in the v-neck tee, but the way. This medium is way to big. But I do love the scallop pink color. It’s available in other colors, too. Again, I wore a little more jewelry than I’ve been wearing. I guess I’ve just been in the mood!
How I Dressed for Tuesday
On Tuesdays I’m pretty much glued to my desk editing Wednesday’s YouTube video. So I try to dress comfortably and in something that I can get outside in for quick walks throughout the day. I didn’t even put makeup on that day. And I’m not sure I’d combed my hair in these photos. Ha! Maybe I’d just gotten in from a walk.
I wore my sagebrush green stretch wrap hem crops and tie front stripe tee. These are very comfortable and lightweight pieces, so they fit the bill perfectly. I’m sure I wore those citrine yellow platform flip flops above when I wasn’t out walking.
What I Wore Wednesday
Wednesday I intended to just get out and get my blood tests and then return home to work. But the lab close to me was closed for renovations and I had to drive in closer to the mall. So I ended up doing the mall run I’d planned for Thursday, which worked out better anyhow. And I enjoyed wearing my black Parklet shirtdress so much. I got compliments in almost every single store I went into. Plus, I was comfortable and cool.
Did you catch this week’s video, 5 Ways to Wear Black in the Summer?
What I Wore Thursday
Thursday I resorted to jeans and a tee again. Oh! And I’d gotten in my size 6 in the Talbots relaxed everyday jeans. I showed these jeans in this previous post, but I was wearing my usual size 8 there. I love these jeans so much that I quickly ripped the tags off and wore them. But later I suspected that I should have sized down. So I tried the 6 in the store. You can see that, if you’re interested, in this try-on session post. Anyhow, they weren’t on sale that day so I ordered them and the darker wash everyday jeans when they went 25% off. They fit so much better, but they still have a nice relaxed look.
Also, a reader emailed me yesterday morning asking why I hadn’t shown these relaxed everyday jeans cuffed in that previous try-on post or the other post either. They’re cuffed on the Talbots website. I answered that they didn’t look right on me at my height (because they fit shorter) and with my thick calves. But right after that, these arrived and I put them on. Voila! They actually do look fine cuffed on me. I’m so glad, because I do think this is a fun way to wear them.
When I was in J.Crew Wednesday (picking up these jeans for a video this weekend), I met the store manager and we talked and talked about my blog (and about you wonderful ladies!). She was so interested and impressed with what we’re doing here; it did my heart good. Anyhow… she was wearing cropped relaxed fit jeans, a tee, a blazer, pearls!!!! and trainers similar to my Madewell trainers above (lots more options here). She looked amazing! So that inspired me to pull my trainers out of the back of the closet and wear them yesterday. So fun!
(By the way, if Jamie’s mom is reading, welcome! Your daughter is beautiful and lovely. I had such fun shopping and talking with her.)
Well that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for joining me for this weekly wrap up of my daily outfits. I hope you got a little style inspiration and enjoyed a respite from the everyday stresses of life. Fashion should be fun. Let’s keep it that way!
PS – One more thing! I’ll be joined by my daughter Abigail (of Mornings with My Dear Abby) for an Instagram Live THIS afternoon at 3 p.m. EDT. Join us for a quick discussion about how we work together, her fashion essence and more. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram so the LIVE will pop up in your story feed. Oh, and if you have any questions for her or us, leave them in the comments here below.
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Blessed for My Day
Some assume that peer pressure ends once we finish school. But I find that the pressure to conform to the ways of this world are even stronger these days. No, I’m not tempted to re-enter the party scene, sleep in all day or use foul language. The temptations to conform to societal norms are much more subtle and even “sophisticated” than that these days.
I find I must be vigilant to know and submerge myself in the truth of God’s Word in order to have a heightened awareness of what is of this world and what is of God. God desires to conform us to the image of His Son. And for that to happen we must spend ample time reading His Word, meditating on it and even memorizing it.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:2