Saturday, July 22, 2017

Inspired Outfits

I have a Wardrobe Inspirations board on Pinterest,
and I decided to make as many outfits as I could in a week that were inspired by outfits
in that board.
See the board here.

1.  White dotted blouse + tan skirt

My version:

blouse: Maison Jules (Macy's)
skirt: Max Studio (Amazon)
Bag: Betsey Johnson (Ross)

2. Pink top + burgundy bottom
Mademoiselle R, collection Automne-Hiver 2014

My version: 

I didn't have a solid pink blouse and I wasn't about to wear pants on a day 
when it was going to be 110 or so, so this is what I assembled!
 blouse: Eden & Olivia (Ross)
camisiole: JKY by Jockey (Target)
skirt: Rekuci (Amazon)
shoes: Target
bag: The Sac (Ross)

3.  Dotted blouse + black skirt + denim jacketVeste VIVIEN, chemise CHABADA, jupe SYLVIA

link here

My version: 

Again, I didn't wear this full outfit because of the heat,
but it was fun to put it together!
blouse: Maison Jules (Macy's)
skirt: Rekucci (Amazon)
jacket: Highway Jeans (Ross)

4. Chambray shirt + navy bottom#PromodxHast

link here

My version: 

I don't like shorts much, and I needed a lighter layer than the chambray shirt above,
so this is what I wore.  I like the look of the two colors together!
 blouse: Eden & Olivia (Ross)
camisole: JKY by Jockey (Target)
skirt: Calvin Klein (Macy's)
bag: The Sac (Ross)
shoes: Bandolino

5. Gingham top + solid bottom La Belle Lutetia - Mercerie Discount - Tissus :

My version:

I didn't have any black gingham, so I used navy!
And again I substituted a skirt in lieu of shorts
(though I like the idea of the heavy shorts with tights in the winter!)
blouse: Eden & Olivia (Ross)
skirt: Maison Jules (Macy's)
shoes: Bandolino
bag: The Sac (Ross)

6. Striped tee, black a-line skirt + jacketThe shape of this skirt is perfect, though perhaps a bit longer. Like it with the striped top. No leather jacket, though, unless faux!

My version:

I added a denim jacket, since I don't have a faux leather one,
and since it's summer, I added a textured bag for beachy fun.
t-shirt: Target
skirt: Rekucci (Amazon)
shoes: Target
jacket: ABS (TJMaxx)
bag: The Sac (Ross)

7. Black dotted blouse + brown skirtSézane / Morgane Sézalory - Direction Marseille - Silk Tomboy Shirt

My version:

blouse: Eden & Olivia (Ross)
skirt: Max Studio (Amazon)
shoes: Target
bag: The Sac (Ross)

There you have it:
SEVEN DAYS of inspired style!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Seven Days Of Style: Summer Skirts

Enjoy the latest Seven Days Of Style from my Life In Specs YouTube channel!

I am LOVING skirts this summer!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Outfits & Summer Snuggles

Here's what I'm wearing RIGHT THIS MINUTE!
Top: Karl Lagerfeld (TJ Maxx)
Skirt: Rekuzzi (Amazon)
Bag: Betsy Johnson (Ross)
Shoes: Target

It was a great outfit for playing with kids this morning and I really enjoyed the monochrome look today.  I've mentioned before that I feel monochrome when I'm not feeling especially energetic, but I think it might just be one of those style evolutions happening to me.  I just don't feel like wearing as much color right now. 

On Friday, I had dinner and a little shopping with my friend Jen.
Here's what I wore:

Blouse: Eden & Olivia
Camisole: JKY by Jockey (Target)
Bag: Betsey Johnson (eBay)
Shoes: Target

At one store, I found Bob Ross socks!
Don't worry about anything - it's just a happy little accident!

They also had a Bob Ross Chia Pet!

When we left the mall (where, sadly, a LOT of store fronts were empty!),
it was WINDY and spitting tiny bits of rain.
I tried to get a photo, but the drops were evaporating before they hit the ground.

Here's another item of clothing that didn't work for me.
I LOVE the pattern of this lace blous.

I LOVE the sleeves.

But it's extremely short and boxy, and it didn't look good tucked in OR left out.
I'm sad they didn't alter the design slightly so that it would have been more flattering!
It's from GAP.

Greg and I had a quiet Independence Day.
I made burgers and fruit salad.
My burgers were sweet potato rice burgers and Greg's were beef.

Yum yum!

I made a few online orders from GAP lately.
They just suddenly came to mind when I was trying to find an a-line, button-front denim skirt.
The skirt on the left is from Ann Taylor, and the other three are from GAP.
The floral one has the cutest little print, but it was shaped like a bubble and flared out in a very unflattering way, so I'm returning it.

Here are some outfits I made from those skirts.
I wore this first one on the 4th of July.
It's festively-colored!

Red, white, and blue striped top: Maison Jules (Macy's)
Skirt: Ann Taylor

Isn't the little bow cute?
It needed some ironing.

The next day, I wore this cute little number.
T-shirt: Target
Skirt: GAP
Bag: ABage (Amazon)

Here's another outfit, this one from last Sunday.
Blouse: Target
Skirt: GAP

There I am in the poorly-lit bathroom at church!
Bag: Betsey Johnson (Ross)
shoes: Target

On to the cats portion of this post!

Allistair does NOT like bubbles in my glass!
When he was a kitten, he knocked over countless glasses/cans of bubbly liquids.
Happily, now he just needs to OBSERVE CAREFULLY.

Claude likes lying on my desk right beside the monitor so I can appreciate her beauty while I work.

Stephen likes to show how comfy he is by flipping upside down and squinting his cute little eyes.

Stephen, Juvy, and Allistair liked sleeping in Daddy's clean socks.

Hope you had a happy Independence Day!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Canyon Lake Solo

I headed out solo for a wander near Canyon Lake.
It might be my new favorite hike because it's pretty and not too strenuous.
Also, I've never seen other hikers besides my group on the path we take.

The drive there is beautiful.

And it's surprising and exciting every time to come around the bend and see the big
cool lake, surrounded by mountains!

I parked right by the lake.
The "trail" (directions say to follow the route of the water drainage)
starts right across the road from where I park.

This time of year there was a lot of singed yellow grass.

Cool texture!

Really cool lichen, too.

I love how different the lake looks from the lakes I grew up with in Minnesota.
Both types are gorgeous, just in different ways.
I must admit that the dry, yellow & brown beauty of the desert took some years to grow on me.

Look at this cool yellow lichen growing on the rock overlooking the lake! 

I found some quartz.  Nice & sparkly.

After a bit of a wander, it was time to head home.

I stopped a couple of times along the side of the road to take photos because the views are incredible.

I probably won't see these views again until at least October,
when the weather typically starts to cool down a bit!