Leisure Clothes

I share a lot of outfits that are more for dinners, parties, drinks, etc. But if I’m not at work, honestly I wear leisure clothes probably 90% of the time! Especially in January when its colder out. So I’ve done a little round up of clothes I like to wear to run errands or lounge around in.

Pants:

I have these sweatpants. THEY. ARE. SO. SOFT. Seriously wear these on a day when you’re staying home on a cold or rainy day. On sale right now and come in a ton of colors. They run big. I usually wear an xs or s and have the xxs.

I wear these joggers just about every single day. Not kidding. Obsessed with them. #comfycute

Leggings:

These leggings have to be the softest leggings ever. I don’t have the full-length in black yet, but I want them. I have a camo print and a pretty blue color I got on sale. I have the black in the cropped length, however. Pricey for leggings but so worth it. Look for sales! (Although black will rarely, if ever, go on sale. You may find some other cute colors on sale.)

My girlfriend collective black leggings are what I’ve been wearing for years! They are about the closest feeling to the lulu aligns in terms of softness and not too compressing. They have so many colors now. Made ethically and out of recycled materials. I actually first got my pair when the company was launching a few years ago and they were GIVING OUT their leggings for free, just payed shipping. I still have the pair I got a few years ago, so they hold up well! Not to mention if you want workout clothes, their sports bras are so cute to make a matching set. (I’m eyeing the Topanga and Paloma styles.)  NOTE: I have to roll the bottom of the legging under because the full length is too long on me (I’m 5’3″).

Tops:

I saw this cropped sweatshirt on Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes and ordered immediately. #influenced I’ll probably wear it most with leggings and then shorts in the spring. (I LOVE shorts and long sleeves.) Wearing in the picture here.

I wear a lot of graphic tees when I’m just out running errands. Some are Butler tees (go dawgs!), and here are some others I like right now:

  • Be Kind Tee
  • Tie-dye is going to be very trendy this spring/summer!
  • Long sleeve tee
  • This whole Topeshop collection of tee’s with a few short sayings on them is very cute and simple
  •  A friend of mine makes these tanks and they are SO CUTE! (I have the “happy lil’ thang” tank). I want the “strong” next. Also great to wear as a work out tank or over a sports bra.

You can’t really go wrong with the define jacket from lululemon. It’s a great jacket to throw on over a tee or tank.

I also recommend a denim jacket once its warm enough. I’ll wear my joggers or leggings and then a denim jacket over a tee.

Shoes:

I got these for my birthday and LOVE them. I wear them all the time.

Always a classic tennis shoe. I’ve worn mine for years!

If it’s cold/snowy where you live, how cute are these!? And on sale right now. I haven’t had much need for cold weather wear yet this winter, but when it is cold I wear my classic Uggs all the time the run errands.

Exact Outfit in Picture:

Top, Leggings, Shoes, Bag

I LOVE getting dressed up, but in reality, this is what I wear most of the time. What’s your go-to outfit to run errands in?

How I Prep for a New Year

A new year is approaching, and with that is a sense of new beginnings. Although I don’t really like the term “resolution,” I do like to make a few goals for myself in the coming year. Anyone else?

So I did a little research to get a better sense of the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing. According to my sources (google lol), it looks like making New Year’s Resolutions has been around since the Babylonians, some FOUR THOUSAND YEARS AGO. And the most common resolutions now adays?? You could probably guess most if not all of these: diet or exercise more, lose weight, save more and spend less, quit smoking, spend more time with family, learn a new skill or hobby, be less stress (I have to laugh at this one), get organized, travel more, read more, exercise more, and my personal favorite *drum roll please*: live life to the fullest.  I don’t mean to pick on anyone if this are some things you would normally make as a resolution. Really! I just need a little more direction than these general ideas. This can seem so general and directionless.

I think making new years resolutions is a bit “wishy-washy.” So I don’t call them resolutions. I prefer to make “goals” of ways that I can improve aspects of myself: physical, mental, spiritual, etc.

Last year, I wrote down a few goals in my planner. I didn’t have to be achieving my goal right away; I slowly work at them over weeks or months. Last year’s goals were:

  1. Read more books
  2. Pray every day (like really PRAY and talk to God for some time)
  3. Workout a minimum of 4 days/week
  4. Form healthful eating habits

Within these, I made some specifics or examples of where I wanted to see myself. This year, my goals seem to be a lot of the same. I don’t think that means I “failed” at my goals last year, but some were still a little hard. So here they are:

Goals for 2020:
  1. Stretch every day- an idea from Sam actually when we were stretching before a run and both realized it’s hard to touch our toes/felt very tight. This goal we are going to work on together. Whether just a few minutes of stretching or taking a yoga class, we want to stretch every day.
  2. Read at least 1 book per month – I did read more last year! Before last year, I didn’t really read much for pleasure because of being in school and taking my boards… everything I read was school/professional related! So 2019 was just a year to get back to reading more for myself. I didn’t read quite as much as I wanted, so I’m setting a more specific goal this year that I think if achievable. If it gets too easy, I’ll modify my goal later on.
  3. Grow in faith – pray daily and use a daily devotional. I just ordered this devotional. It’s recommended by both Chronicles of Frivolity and Lonestar Southern so I’m sure it’s good! Very excited to try something new to hopefully improve my spiritual life.
  4. Form healthy eating and workout habits. A few of the specifics under this category:
    1. Eat fewer processed foods
    2. Workout at least 4 days/week (this was a good goal last year for me. Some weeks it was hard to work out that much, once I was training for my half-marathon it was an easy goal. Four days a week is a good balance, personally.)
    3. Eat healthy portions
  5. Write more blog posts – I’ve sort of fallen off the writing portion of this whole “blog journey,” but I want to get better at it. It may start small with once a week but maybe I’ll really challenge myself to share even more. This will definitely be one of those goals that will change over the course of the year. So stay tuned!

Who else is ready for a new year?? What are your resolutions or goals?

Over-sized Sweater, Three Ways

There’s not much worse than having an item of clothing in your closet that you can only wear with one other thing! Or for only one occasion! So I try to only buy items I can wear with most of the items I already have in my closet. Additionally, I like to be able to dress up or dress down the piece. And to get a bargain on whatever that clothing item is?? Jackpot.

A few weeks back I shared on my Instagram stories that I found this Free People sweater for such a bargain at Marshall’s. (In case you missed it, it sells for $168 and I found it on clearance for $44.) I would’ve paid full price for it because I liked it that much!

A few reasons why I love it? In my opinion, an over-sized sweater is a versatile piece to begin with! It’s long; so it can be worn with leggings as well as other bottoms like pants and skirts. This sweater was a solid color, so I don’t have to worry about only wearing it with solids if it were a print. I love neutrals, and this sweater is a great brown color that will go with most of what I already have at home in my closet. So here are a few ways I would wear this sweater.

Casual (jeans)

I tucked the front of the long sweater into my light wash jeans for a casual, everyday look. A pair of tennis shoes and fun crossbody bag make this exactly something I would wear to run errands, meeting friends for lunch, or just a Saturday around town.

Shop: sweater (my color is last season that I found at Marshall’s), similar sweater, jeans, shoes

Fun but Relaxed (leather leggings)

For this look, I wanted something that would be cute for dinner or drinks but still very casual and comfy. As it gets colder, the comfier the better! I kept the sweater long because I was wearing the leggings. Maybe its just me but I feel so EXPOSED if I’m wearing leggings and my top doesn’t cover my bum and front side. I paired the look with some little black booties.

Shop: leggings (and similar), shoes

Dressy/Date Night (skirt)

This midi skirt is one of my favorite things right now. H&M seriously KILLS the midi skirt game for all you petite girls like me. Now I didn’t tuck my skirt into my skirt because I didn’t want an unflattering bulge with the slip skirt. So instead, I actually tucked my sweater into my bra. If this sounds crazy to you, that’s ok. I only just found out about it too. If you already know this trick, great! But it’s a thing,trust me. (maybe google it? I know that few influencers recently shared how they do, with video). I threw my hair in a little low bun; put on some simple heels, and then a little more jewelry and voila! The sweater is now going to date night or a fun party.

Shop: skirt, heels, sunglasses

Which is your favorite way to wear an oversized sweater?

Cheetah Print

Animal print! I’ve already touched on snakeskin booties (see post here), but now I’m having a moment with cheetah.

I’m more of a classic style kind of gal. And animal print has never been quite my thing. But it’s having a moment! And I’ve finally warmed up to wearing animal prints more. No, you probably won’t see me rocking a cheetah jump suit… But I’ve actually been finding animal print pieces that I love!

The easiest way to wear a trend without straying too far from your usual style is to wear the trend (especially if it’s a color or pattern) as an accessory. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and scarves are a GREAT way to incorporate a trendy piece like animal print. Here I found a pair of cheetah print heels that add the perfect little punch to this otherwise neutral outfit. 

Here’s a few cheetah print items I’m coveting:
  • This flowy dress is so cute.
  • I just bought this skirt! I love the pink.
  • This clutch is such a good price! the perfect little pop of cheetah print.
  • If I was to wear a leopard button down, it would be this one. And the way they style it on Tuckernuck is always so classy.
  • There’s something about a slingback pointed toe flat that never fails. These are so pretty (work-wear appropriate)
  • If I was a little bit bolder, I would buy these in a heartbeat! Still adding them to my wish list though.
  • For those messy hair days when you just throw your hair in a topknot and still want to look cute??? A headband it is. The “neutral” might be my favorite color, but I love them all.
  • This scarf is DEFINITELY going on my birthday/Christmas list.
  • Mare fall-appropriate scarf (and you can’t beat that price for something you may only wear a few times while it’s in style)
  • I love this coat!
My Outfit:

my shoes, similar shoes, jeans, bag, similar sweater

I’m so glad I’ve warmed up to cheetah print. I’ll definitely be wearing more this season! So what’s your favorite? Snakeskin or cheetah?

Flannel for Fall

What’s a few things that come to mind when I say fall style staples? Is flannel on that list? Well if it’s not, it should be! And if it is, let’s be besties.

Maybe it’s my Midwestern roots or that I tend to gravitate toward “classic” styles, but I love wearing flannel for fall and winter! Flannels can be worn under a sweater with just the collar and sleeves showing, worn open over a tee, or by itself. There are endless color options as well. And patterns? There’s plaid, gingham, checked… With all of these options, what’s not to love!?

I’ll most commonly wear my flannels with jeans. I like to tuck the middle front of my shirt in to my jeans (as seen in my photos) to elongate my legs. And once it starts to get REALLY cold, I’ll throw my flannel on under a sweater. Roll the sleeves of the sweater a bit to see the flannel at the ends and make sure your collar can be seen. If your sweater and flannel are a little long just put on some leggings and keep it comfy. Another option, that I don’t tend to do as often is throw on a flannel over a little graphic tee and keep it unbuttoned.This look adds layers but requires very little thinking. (Great for feeling put together!)

Some of my Flannel Picks Right Now:

  • I have this exact one from a couple seasons ago
  • Love these colors, and doesn’t button all the way down
  • Obsessed with the colors in this one and the over-sized top button. Boxier fit.
  • The little ruffle collar is so cute

Here I wore my Topshop flannel (old) with wide-leg jeans for a trendy touch. Dressed down with tennis shoes, or throw on some booties or heels for a dressier look. Wear a classic colored flannel with some brown riding boots and you’ll pull off the preppy look with ease! A flannel shirt is so versatile, there’s no way to go wrong.

Other Clothing Links

jeans, shoes, bag, necklace

Snakeskin Booties

If you’ve seen anything about trends for fall, you probably know that animal print is HUGE. Now I’m usually someone who prefers classic and simple pieces that I can mix and match with anything, but I also try to mix in some trends to keep my look young and fashionable. So here, I’m going to share with you one of the first fall trend pieces I purchased and CANNOT wait to start wearing!

Let’s take this back a couple of months. If you’re like me, you probably saw numerous bloggers/influencers shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July. As someone who loves fall and loves Nordstrom, I’m a die-hard follower of what goes on during this sale. This year, I purchased a couple of items that I can’t wait to start wearing. (Once the weather cooperates, you’ll start seeing these pieces.) But one item that I fell in love with were a pair of snakeskin booties… that probably 90% of the influencers I follow shared. However, I didn’t see the exact color of the booties online that these ladies kept linking. I knew if this trend was going to be big I’d easily be able to find some similar booties elsewhere. So I passed on the booties and began my hunt.

Oh and also important that I mention this: I generally do not like to spend a lot of money on “trendy” pieces that I may only wear for a year. That just doesn’t seem practical to me. I would rather spend more on items I can wear for years to come. And by “spend more,” it’s still what I would consider middle of the line at most, and I love a good deal! 🙂

So back to looking for these booties. BOY ARE THERE OPTIONS! I comprised a list of various snakeskin booties below that are pretty excellent finds. But before that, I’ll also give you a few of my tips on how I plan to wear this trend for fall:

  1. Neutral lovin’: Although snakeskin is a print, it’s still neutral colored. I have a lot (I mean A LOT) of black, white, cream, and camel colored pieces. I love an all neutral outfit! I’m going to pair these booties most often with dark skinny and wide leg jeans and a neutral top so that the booties are the statement piece.
  2. Go bold: Yes I love all neutrals, but I also think a bold colored sweater (also big for fall) and a little snakeskin will make a great statement.
  3. Wear them with a skirt or dress: I love how booties look with skirts and dresses. Go boho or ultra-girly. You’ll have no problem dressing up your booties with a little dress or skirt for a fun look. **Super Trend Alert: pair your booties with a skirt/dress that is midi length and you’ll have everyone asking you where you got your outfit.

My Picks for Snakeskin Booties

  • These Marc Fisher booties with snakeskin down the heel
  • These have a little shorter heel, and brown snakeskin
  • LOVE these little ones with a skinny heel
  • Skinny heel, great price, brown color. I might need to get these too!
  • I WANT THESE IN EVERY SINGLE COLOR (I’m not joking. I would buy them in every color if that was not super excessive)
  • My pair ! Super comfortable and good price
  • Same exact as mine but more sizes available

Are you going to get any snakeskin pieces for fall? 

Wide-Leg Jean Trend

One trend I want to stay around forever: WIDE-LEG JEANS

I can’t even believe how much I love this trend! I have to admit when I first saw this trend appearing I wasn’t sure if it was for me. Because of my smaller frame, clothing that is larger or flowy can sometimes overwhelm me. So in all honesty, I was a little slow to jump on the wide-leg jean train. But now I’m fully on board and wear wide-leg jeans almost exclusively. Here’s why:

First off, wide-leg pants are super flattering. Wider at the bottom means smaller in your waist. (who doesn’t want that?!) Most of the wide-leg jeans out right now are also slightly cropped. As someone who went to Catholic school and our socks had to cover our ankle bone (yes, this was part of our uniform), it’s super scandalous to show my ankles. Jk on feeling scandalous! But the cropped hem does keep the look young, fun, and trendy. Not to mention your legs can breathe with the wide leg. Sorry skinny jeans, I still love ya. But sometimes a girl just needs a little space (pun intended).

There are also a lot of cuts of wide-leg jeans! These jeans here are called the “slim wide-leg jeans.” The slim fit definitely fits smaller in the waist and hips than other wide-legs jeans I have. I like looser fitting jeans as well, but this fit felt super flattering for most body shapes and a good transition jean if you still aren’t sure if the wide-leg could look baggy. So there are a ton of options for people looking for different fits of wide-leg jeans.

Now what do you pair wide-leg jeans with, you ask? On a normal “day-to-day” outfit/running errands, I usually just throw on a smaller or regular fit tee. I say “smaller or regular fit” to mean “not over-sized.” I like to try to balance the larger fit on bottom with smaller on top. Once it cools off I’ll pair them with a pullover sweater or cardigan. But here I paired them with this blue floral blouse and tucked the front in a little. I was surprised I liked the loose on top and wide leg on bottom! I think it works really well here (likely because of the slim fit in the hips). Wide-leg jeans also look KILLER with a bodysuit for date-night.

And now for shoes. I swear almost ANYTHING looks great. Tennis shoes, sandals, little heels, mules, loafers, booties… there are almost limitless options. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes you’re eyeing or your favorite pair you’ve been rocking for seasons, they’ll probably look awesome with wide-leg jeans. Your shoes can also be such a simple way to transition your jeans from day to night.

I know this was a pretty lengthy post about a single fit of jeans, but as you can see I absolutely love wide-leg jeans! So in conclusion, I am a huge fan of the versatility and comfort of the wide-leg jeans trend. There are so many fits, styles, colors, and  lengths that you can totally find a pair (or a few) for you. Keep it casual or dress it up, I know I’ll be rocking this trend until the very end.

How do you wear wide-leg jeans? Were you unsure at first like I was?

Outfit Links

Jeans, Top, Purse (other, other, designer)

Wear White After Labor Day

The old rule “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is long gone. And even though it’s super normal to continue to wear white through fall and winter, part of me really thinks it can feel super summery. (anyone else?!) So here’s a few of my tips to take white into a fall without feeling summery.

First, pair it with something that is fall colored (like I did here). These white jeans were a summer staple of mine, but they can so easily be worn with endless “fall” tops like blouses, sweaters, jackets, etc. This long sleeve maroon top I have on feels super fall-ish! The sleeves are also lightweight. (Perfect considering its still in the 90s outside.)

Secondly, wear a heavier material (like a sweater) with white jeans. Once the weather eventually decides to cooperate and agree that it’s fall (any day now!), I’ll be sporting these jeans with sweaters and mules or booties!

Lastly, start incorporating your fall accessories such as a darker purse, shoes, and jewelry. I’m all about finding the perfect fall shoes right now. I can’t stay away from the mules, loafers, and booties. And throw it with a dark bag and neutral jewelry. Remember it’s the little things that can make the difference in your outfit!

How are you wearing white past Labor Day??

Clothing Links

Jeans, Espadrilles, Sunglasses (and higher quality), top is old Anthropologie

PS: I just this new hair waver and I sort of feel like a mermaid.. and I absolutely LOVE it

Half-Marathon Training

I’d say I’m an “avid runner,” meaning that with my schedule I typically run about 3 or 4 days a week (depending on the season and what I have going on). I’m usually pretty happy with this; it keeps me pretty content with my fitness level and endurance. BUT then some crazy part of me thinks, “let’s run a race!” And here we are…

I’ve been a runner for pretty much my entire life because my parents are both runners. I ran cross country and track from 5th grade through my senior year of high school. I even thought about running in college! But when faced with more “serious” ideas about what I wanted to do in college and even after college, I decided running could be something I do on my own, in a less serious atmosphere. I still stuck with running though! As it turned out, my sophomore year of college I got the crazy idea to run a marathon. YES, THAT’S RIGHT. A full marathon. The competitive side of me saw people who weren’t really “runners” signing up for half-marathons. So then I had the brilliant idea to say “well if they can run a half, I can run a full.”

I ran a marathon that year under the guidance and coaching of my dad, then ran 2 more half marathons over the next couple of years. Then school got busy and life took me to a whole new part of the country. I didn’t run many races, if any for a couple years. But now that I feel more settled in my new home, I decided I want to train for something. It’s hard to exercise and work out when the only reason I do it is “to be healthy.”  So, CHARLOTTE HALF-MARATHON, here I come!

Luckily Charlotte is close enough to Winston that I shouldn’t have to deal with any major weather differences between training and race day. Additionally, my dad was kind enough to make me a training schedule. I know you can find tons of sample training guides on line, but knowing that my dad took the time to help me means so much to me. We used to run together all the time. Running is something really special that we share.

So training is underway and I’ve been trying to beat the heat and run as early as the sun is up. I can’t wait for the weather to cool down (Please God, any day now!) Before you know it, November will be here and I’ll be lined up at the starting line! Follow along and I will share more updates on training and prepping for race day.

The Maxi Dress I’m Transitioning from Summer to Fall

dress: H&M, bag: Anthropologie, earrings, sandals: old J. Crew, sunglasses: old H&M

Who else loves a maxi dress?? (me!) And who else is usually SWIMMING in one? (yep, also me) The idea of a maxi dress is just so effortless and can be fun and stylish, but for a while I gave up on them because they never seem to fit my 5’3″ frame. However, I stumbled upon this dress and could not pass it up!

I found this black and brown maxi dress while looking for my sister’s birthday present (don’t worry, I found her something equally as cute) at H&M. I saw it and the usual question I ask myself when I see something I like popped in my head: “where would I wear this?” Endless options crossed my mind like “to dinner! to church! summer and fall because look at these colors!” and finally “to the beach!” We had a trip planned to Charleston about 5 weeks away and I knew immediately that if this dress fit it would be perfect for Charleston. I already envisioned wearing it to brunch. So back to the dressing room I went. And maybe by a miracle, his dress fit perfectly! And even better, it was about $45. I couldn’t (shouldn’t) say no.

Now for my review of the dress: first, such a good price. The colors and pattern make this so easy to transition from summer to fall with a little jacket. It’s also super flowy, which added to the beachy, casual feel I was looking for. However, I will say the dress is not lined. Now for the price, I wouldn’t expect it to be. This was a positive in the hot Charleston summer heat, but I definitely recommend nude undergarments.

It’s perfect to wear alone with a simple sandal and gold hoops. And now that it’s starting to turn into fall, I am already planning how to change up the look with a jacket, maybe darker bag, and other shoes. A maxi dress can be the one of the easiest ways to create a simple yet stylish look! With a few accessories you look totally put together and it probably takes less than 2 minutes to get ready. That’s a win-win in my book.