Happy Friday! And guess what? I’m getting back on schedule today with sharing my weekly outfits. Well, actually bi-weekly outfits. For the next month or so anyhow I’ll be sharing my most recent outfits on every other Friday. Then when we get into fall, I’ll share these “how I really dressed for my day” posts weekly. Right now I’m wearing lots of repeats, so I think it’s best to just share every other week. So here we go!
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The biggest lesson I learned from looking back over these photos this week is that, indeed, I need to lay off the eyeliner. I haven’t worn any eyeliner in well over a year. I know it sometimes looks like I do, but I think that’s because my very light green eyes just look lined when I wear any mascara at all. Anyhow, Saturday I went to a beauty event at Nordstrom and the makeup artist there put eyeliner on me. He even convinced me that I needed to wear it and I purchased some. So you’ll see me in a couple of photos where my eyes look even more lined. Those are the ones where I’m wearing liner. Lesson learned. I’m putting the eyeliner away. Ha!
But in this first photo, no eyeliner. In fact, I think my makeup looks unusually good here. Hmm. My hair, too. Why oh why can we not duplicate our appearance from one day to the next more easily? Or am I the only one who struggles with this? Boy, I sure am chatty today! I’ll reign it in.
I wore the below outfit to church one recent Sunday. I love this oatmeal beige outfit with the splash of coral pink. The sweater is from last year, as are the shoes. But I’ll see what I can find to link. They are pricey…which is why I’m still wearing them frequently. Ha!
But those linen pants (regularly $119) are an amazing $39.50 today. In fact, it looks like Talbots has select summer essentials marked down just through the weekend. You’ll find wear now tees for $29.50 and up, shorts for $34.50 and up and cropped pants (including these ankle length linen demi boot pants) starting at $39.50. They also come in navy, Biscayne blue and aqua.
It looks like the next day I just put on something very similar. I tend to do that. If I really enjoy wearing something, I just wear it again! Especially in the summer when I don’t enjoy putting outfits together quite as much.
I’m loving wearing soft tones this summer. I think the key for me is to add a splash of soft color, such as this soft pink coral tie neck top. By the way, those sneakers above are sooo comfortable. They come in other colors, but I think the nude is quite nice. Oh, and those Victoria Emerson boho cuff bracelets are on a great sale right now. I think mine finally sold out, but they have so many similar ones. They’re a great accessory, especially for summer.
Yeah, I’m loving the linen this summer. I’m wearing my white linen pants from Garnet Hill below. They seem to be sold out in the white, but still available in other colors. These pants fit true to size; I’m wearing an 8. I’m only sharing that because I don’t share Garnet Hill very often. They’re not part of any of the affiliate programs. But if you shop through this link you should be able to get a 20% discount on your order of $100 or more.
I’m learning that the key to wearing these fuller leg trousers (and eventually jeans) is to pair them with a more fitted top. It doesn’t have to be tight, but just skim the body.
I’m really enjoying these summer sweaters this year. Well, I’ve always enjoyed a good summer sweater really. I wear them alone sometimes at home, but tend to add a button up shirt if I’m heading out. Oh, and I just noticed this summer sweater is marked down now.
I think the photo above is from the day I got my hair cut. Such an easy breezy summer look!
And then I took things darker. Ha! Well, I’m excited about brown trending this fall. And so I added a few brown items to my summer wardrobe, too. This espresso brown tank is so lovely for layering. I’m just bummed that they sold out of the white so quickly. I think I wore this one evening when James and I took in a matinee and then had dinner at a little diner on the Ohio River.
I think the outfit above looks nice because I wore the espresso brown linen tank and espresso brown linen blend cardigan with a nice midwash jean. Keeping that contrast in intensity low works well for me. But if your own contrast in intensity is more pronounced you’ll do well in outfits that reflect that.
I know I wore other outfits that I neglected to take photos of because I have worn the ribbed silk blend polo in natural, black or pink at least once a week this summer. I love these tops! I saw the manager of our J.Crew the other day and put in my request that they have similar options this fall. We’ll see if they listen to me. Ha! Of course, they’re sold out (I think you all bought them all!), but they have these (and I have two of them). But really I think I’d go for one of these silk cashmere tops that are on sale right now.
I picked up these cropped length straight leg olive jeans in Chico’s sale. They are really comfortable and I love the olive green. They fit true to size.
And here’s where I went to the beauty event at Nordstrom and got talked into wearing eyeliner. Ha! I wore my Veronica Beard white jeans (or at Veronica Beard) and a simple pink tee (mine’s the pink flamingo).
And that was with a professional putting it on. Nope. Won’t be wearing that anymore. But…I did wear it the next day. Anyhow! Let’s move on past the eyeliner and talk about this simple outfit. I was working with the children in church Sunday, so I went very casual and easy. Plus, I really love these stovepipe navy pants. Ooh! And they’re also $39.50. My only complaint about these is that the navy does hold onto dust. But I bet the rattan wouldn’t do that.
I think this outfit inspired me to write Thursday’s blog post, So Many Ways to Wear Your Linen Button-Up Shirt. But then I don’t think I even remembered to put this outfit in that post. Ha! Anyhow, I’m loving these neutrals, you know.
Tuesdays are always busy days and comfort is the key. So I wore my Athleta Brooklyn ankle pants and black Avenue tee. I sized up to a 10 in those Brooklyn ankle pants, by the way, because I don’t want mine to be as tight as the girl is wearing on the website.
I’m wearing my Rothy’s sneakers here. I do love the look of these sleek slip-ons, but I’ll be honest and tell you the Sonoma Goods for Life sneakers at Kohl’s are actually more padded and comfortable.
Wednesday I wore these new Pistola cigarette slim jeans I picked up in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (going through August 31). These are really comfortable and slenderizing jeans at a great price, but they’re almost sold out. They run true to size. I topped them with my other summer sweater and my Rails gauze shirt (more economical option).
I picked up those sandals by LifeStride at Kohl’s recently in preparation for next week’s collaboration. And I’m loving them. They actually look cuter in person, I think, than they do in these photographs. They’re a pretty, light gold and that ankle band is very sheer. And of course they are comfortable, too. True to size.
Well, that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for dropping in. I’m giving you my word that I’ll have another daily outfits post in two weeks. Have a great weekend!
Blessed for My Day
Are you going through something that just doesn’t make sense to you? Maybe a relationship is strained or even broken and you don’t know how to put things back together…or if you even should. Or maybe you just can’t seem to get on top of a stressful situation or challenge, try as you may. I know that feeling. I bet we all do. It can be so frustrating to try and try to fix things or resolve an issue, but keep running into additional obstacles instead.
Let me remind you today, however, that you are not without resource or guidance in this. Even when challenges compound challenges, you can trust that God is indeed at work. And you must choose to trust in His name. God’s name is synonymous with His character. So we trust in God’s name when we trust that He is still be who He says He is and who He has proven Himself to be over and over again. So lean into Him today. Even if things are unresolved and the path seems unclear, trust Him.
Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness
and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God. ~ Isaiah 50:10