Okay, I’m done with this quarantine. Ha! Not really, of course. I’ll definitely continue to stay home and out of harm’s way. Plus, I feel very strongly about each of us doing our part collectively to defeat this silent enemy. But on the inside I’m meeting friends for lunch today! LOL! Seriously, I’m getting a little stir crazy. What about you?
I think my discontent stems from the fact that it rained absolutely all day yesterday, so I didn’t have the opportunity to get out for a walk. Yeah, I think daily walks are going to be my saving grace. Unfortunately, we’re supposed to have rain today and tomorrow, too. But if I were getting out to have lunch with friends and then stopping by a local park for a stroll…this is what I’d wear!
I have to tell you, I was absolutely freezing the day we snapped these pictures. So while James took great photos, I feel like I appear uncomfortable and awkward in most of them. And I certainly didn’t do a great job of relaxing so that you could see this outfit very well. While I was in the house, I felt comfortable and stylish in this simple duo of cropped black jeans and a relaxed fit summer sweater. I just wish that had translated a little better in these photos.
Oh, and note to self: wear your sunglasses!!!
Anyhow, I absolutely love the combination of black, grey and white. Really, this color palette is a year round winner. But during these transitional seasons, I think black and grey, pulled together with touches of white as a nod to warmer days on the horizon, seem especially appropriate.
I could have easily worn my black flats and elevated this look a bit, but I decided to keep it super casual by wearing my white canvas sneakers. By the way, these Superga sneakers are 25% off (along with most of the store!) at Nordstrom right now. (See my Shop My Nordstrom Favorites Page.) They’re available in other colors, too. While I love my leather sneakers, I do seem to wear these canvas ones more often than not. I’m wearing my normal size, and they have a roomy fit.
Style Tip: Black, grey and white work beautifully together in any combination. Let those colors create a pleasing look to the eye by wearing no other colors to compete with them.
My black wide leg crop jeans have a slim fit and a high rise. They’re extremely comfortable but do run small. The website suggests sizing up, and that’s exactly what I did. I’m wearing a 30, which is the higher of the two sizes I generally wear in jeans. If you’d like more of a skinny jean silhouette, I suggest these button fly black jeans.
By the way, I wore this super soft Paulson Sweater Tee untucked all day, but I tucked it in partially here mainly so you could see the rise of the jeans. The summer weight sweater runs a little large and has a slightly cropped boxy fit, but a nice drape.
I love the relaxed drop shoulders and the banded edges of the sleeves and waistline on this summer sweater. Plus, it’s super versatile. This is the kind of top that will be on constant rotation in my spring and summer wardrobe.
My link collar necklace and compass coin pendant necklace are also 25% off at Nordstrom. And they’re both available in gold plated, too. My earrings are from Brighton, but I just ordered these tear drop earrings in rhodium from Nordstrom. I have them in gold wear them constantly.
Style Tip: When wearing the trio of black, grey and white, I love wearing silver jewelry to keep my look cool and understated. Silver jewelry pairs well with colors with cool undertones.
My black Tory Burch McGraw leather hobo is 25% off at Nordstrom right now. I have this bag in moose brown, too, and I’m having to sit on my hands to keep myself from ordering it in this Devon Sand, which is also 25% off. #dontbesurprisedifido What do I love about it? The boxy, open shape, the interior side pockets, the perfect length of the removable strap and especially the soft pebbled leather.
Style Tip: A simple way to really pull your outfit together is to wear the same color on top and bottom. So you could wear the same color you’re wearing in your shoes in a jacket, necklace, scarf or earrings.
Not only is this look easy on the eyes, but it’s extremely comfortable and easy to wear. This is the kind of outfit I’d wear out to run errands, but also to grab lunch with girlfriends…some day!
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By the way, I also ordered and received some jeans from Everlane recently. I’ll be showing them to you soon. But meanwhile, they’ve marked down most of their denim to $50 in a goodwill gesture during this difficult time. And they’ve promised more specials to come. Everlane rarely if ever offers markdowns, so it’s worth checking out their offerings. Naturally the pair I ordered is not included in the sale (but they’re only $68). Still they have many other great jeans and denim skirts that are marked down to just $50.
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Hope. Joy. Peace. These are the ingredients of a satisfied soul that I crave right now. You, too? While we can practice positive self-talk, go on walks for a reset and try to limit our exposure to the news of the day, but the only way we’ll really maintain a state of hope, joy and peace is through God’s Holy Spirit.
I’ve found that abiding in the Spirit requires me to relinquish control and give it to Him. When I’m tempted to ponder things that I can’t control, I have to prompt myself to release those thoughts to God and settle into His promises instead. Today let’s hand all of our anxieties over to Him and gladly accept the joy and peace He fills us with instead. It’s really a choice we have to make.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~ Romans 15:13