Guys, my fantasies are getting out of control. Blue skies, bare feet (heck, bare ankles would do!), breezy layers, bare skin. I am suffering from spring fever. I’m ready to dodge these gray skies and slip under some vibrant ones.
Unfortunately, my spring fantasies will remain just that – this year at least – but a girl can dream, right?
Today, I’m dreaming of Italy. I traveled there with Mr. Seasons almost ten years ago, and of course I’ve been dying to go back. Alas, three kids and a mortgage later, it hasn’t been in the cards. Hopefully it will be in the next handful of years (lest we get waylaid by braces and home repairs). For now, I dream of hill towns in central Italy and whitewashed abodes in southern Italy. And of course half the fun is figuring out… what I would pack for a week in this beloved european destination.
MY SPRING-DREAMING ITALIAN PACKING LIST:
When I pack, I usually start with my bags and shoes, and then start adding around those pieces. I like to dress in ways that are pleasing to me when I travel – just like at home. But I think long and hard about functionality, because I usually spend a lot of time outdoors and do a lot of walking. It’s important that everything works together to maximize space and wearability.
1 – Tote (c/o Cuyana) – This is the quintessential travel piece. It doubles as a carry on, holds lots of stuff and is incredibly lightweight.
2 – Crossbody (vintage Dooney) – I love having my hands free during daytime excursions. This is a very classic bag, and I love that it’s big enough to still hold my phone, wallet, sunglass case, lipsticks and more.
3 – Crossbody Clutch (c/o Velé) – This slim little number is another hands-free option, but it also doubles as a clutch. It’s great for nights out when I only need to carry a few essentials.
1- One piece swimsuit (c/o Hackwith Design House) – In my ideal, dreamy, vacation world, I would get to sun myself on the southern coast of Italy. And I could do it feeling like a million bucks in this olive one-piece. It could also double as cute top with the wide pants, or linen shorts.
1 – Tunic (c/o Hackwith Design House) – Breezy fabric and a loose drape make this an ideal option to beat the heat. Plus, it’s hard to beat the super cute stripes.
2 – Linen Crop (Only Child x Seasons + Salt – same in oatmeal) – I love the structure of linen in cropped tops. It lends a geometric shape to an outfit, perfect for pairing with high-waisted pants or skirts (or throwing atop a dress!).
3 – Silk Tank (c/o Grana) – Nothing says vacation like luxurious fabrics, right? A loose silky tank on a warm summer night sounds about perfect.
4 – Linen Long Sleeve (Everlane, sold out) – A great option for throwing over dresses or skirts when heading indoors to tour museums.
1 – Linen Shorts (Elizabeth Suzann) – Shorts are not my first choice for warm-weather wear, but sometimes they are the most practical. My motto is always this: if I need to be practical, at least I can do it in style. It’s hard to go wrong with breezy, black shorts.
3 – Wide Pants (Elizabeth Suzann) – I don’t actually own these pants… yet. I am seriously considering them. Since I’m practicing ‘slow-shopping’ these days, I’ll keep thinking about it for awhile.
4 – Vintage Levi’s (similar, on sale!) – I wouldn’t go anywhere without these bad boys!
1 – Linen Jumpsuit (REIFhaus) – One of my very favorite items in my closet. Instant cool-factor, and always makes me feel like myself.
2 – Reversible Shift Dress (Hackwith Design House) – A black dress seems like a no-brainer for Italy. The beauty of this one is that it works for both daytime and evening. The V can be worn in the front and paired with flat sandals or sneakers for exploring, and at night, the V can be worn in the back for a sexy, evening out look.
3 – Linen Dress (Pyne & Smith, see new option with sleeves!) – Effortless and timeless, perfect for Italy. Also, very comfortable and dries fast if I have to hand wash it in a pinch.
4 – Bandana (Only Child, sold out) – a simple way to add color to an outfit, tie it around your neck, or tie it around the handle of your purse.
1 – Jean Jacket (Levi’s) – Easy, warm option that goes with everything.
2 – Cashmere Cardigan (Cuyana) – Lightweight but still warm. Goes with everything, which makes outfit building and keeping warm very simple.
1 – Cons (USA made option) – Sneakers for dirty streets to keep my feet comfortable.
2 – Pons (Avarcas) – Leather sandal with rubber sole. I hope these would be great for navigating uneven cobblestone streets, but I have yet to put them to that test. I expect the rubber + leather on the bottoms would make them more comfortable with each passing day.
3 – Birkenstocks – These are feet-savers for me. Though last time I wore them on the cobblestones in Italy they hurt my arches because the uneven ground drove the footbeds into my feet. I would still bring them, at the very least just to wear them around the villa before bed.
We are officially in that weird limbo weather where it’s kind of cool in the mornings, but still hot in the afternoon, which makes for some tricky styling! I wanted to share a quick glimpse at what I’ve been wearing because there are a few new items I thought you’d like to see. And, so you can watch me muddle through ‘transition’ dressing. Ha!
After today’s post I will be letting my regular 7 Days of Outfits series take a breather for a month or so because I have some other (super fun!) content planned. Stay tuned!
My Elizabeth Suzann Clyde shorts arrived just in time for the last heat wave of the summer! I ordered a size up from my Clyde Pants, (pants = 4, shorts =6) and they are still a little shorter and narrower than I expected! But after a few days of wear the linen has loosened up and they feel a little more ‘flowy’ like I was hoping they would. The quality of the fabric is outstanding. Beautiful, sturdy, soft, breathable linen. I wore these shorts to a super hot soccer game at a big stadium, and they did an excellent job helping me stay comfortable. The airflow in linen shorts is hard to beat.
I’ve been wearing my Pons a lot lately, more than my huaraches, which have gotten loose on my heels again (despite sizing down and pads on the inside of the heel). I think I prefer the look of the huaraches, but the Pons perform better. I’m sad to start tucking these items away for the winter, but excited to wear them next summer!
This top from Only Child has been a big hit for me this summer. It’s one of those instant-outfit type tops, and I love how well it pairs with high-waisted bottoms. I will see if I can wear it through fall, but I think the fabric might be a little light.
Style Score: 9 – I really love the balanced, slightly-hourglass shape of this look!
Real talk: I wore these shorts for the better part of a week when they arrived. I didn’t photograph all of the outfits because I didn’t want to bore you guys. They are extremely functional, and comfortable, and cool, and good-looking. I typically feel more dressed down than I want to be when I wear shorts, but I wear them anyway because life as a mom of young kids sometimes demands it. However, adding this leather tote really helped take my look up a few notches. I’m a big fan of casual/dressy contrast in an outfit.
The bag is the new Day Market Tote by Everlane, which they sent me as a gift. At first, I was kind of underwhelmed, and the tote felt so serious. But, to my surprise, I now love it! It’s a very classic bag in a sturdy, structured leather, that has loosened up nicely with some use. I love that I can just toss it on the floor with all my things, and not have to worry about it getting stained or scuffed up. For a hot minute I wished I had gotten the navy instead, but I love the simplicity of black.
Style Score: 7 – This look is pretty snoozable in my opinion. It is really functional, but not as unique as I typically like.
A cooler day allowed me to test out these Everlane jeans a little more. They are definitely tighter than I like, which makes me glad I (re)ordered a size up. I quite like the mid blue wash because it works well with all the white and cream in my closet. This blouse is one of my oldest and most favorite shirts. I love the detailing on the sleeves. I don’t wear it a ton, but when I do it always makes me happy. Do you have pieces like that?
Style Score: 9 – I like the contrast of the sporty black backpack and the soft, feminine top.
This outfit is 100% comfortable, and 100% my style. And it makes me totally happy! The fitted shirt is a nice balance to the wide bottoms, and the subtle shoe lets the pants be the star.
Style Score: 10 – Love this look so much! That’s why you’ve probably already seen it.
Linen Square Top, c/o Everlane (sold out, similar) | Modern Boyfriend Jeans (27), c/o Everlane (sold out in black) | Sandals, Everlane (old, try this option, currently on sale!) | Bag, Cuyana
I really like these jeans! They are a fabulous fit. Snug, but not too snug. I wish I would have tried them on in my true size, but I was so close-minded to the ‘boyfriend’ label on them. I also didn’t like the droopy-crotch look I’d seen in the press release. I don’t mind that look on others, but it’s not usually for me.
Style Score: 7 – Feeling underwhelmed by this look. For some reason it didn’t feel quite ‘me.’ I’ll have to do some soul-searching on that one.
LESSONS: Keep contrast in mind when building outfits, particularly the casual/dressy combo. Transition dressing is not my jam, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that summer + fall clothes = too many choices!
I thought I’d share one more outfit roundup before I head out the door on vacation. This week is short, because, by the time the weekend hit, I was busy packing and cleaning and getting ready to head out of town. But here’s what we’ve got for the first five days of the week…
Utilizing a few lesser-worn items in my closet today. This shirt is uber soft, but I often struggle with what to pair it with. It feels a little dark for summer; I’ve been leaning toward light colors this season. We’ll see if I can make better use of it in the fall. I saw that Everlane released a slew of new colors in these pants, including gorgeous tan and olive shades. If I needed pants to wear to an office, or some sort of professional environment, I’d totally snatch up another pair. For my casual life, they seem a tad ‘dressy.’ But they are very soft and comfortable, not like the pants I’ve worn to work in years past. A note on fit: If you are between sizes, I recommend sizing down. These pants stretch out quite a bit after several hours or repeated days of wearing them.
Styling Note: I was wearing my Birks around the house, and I was planning on changing to something else before we left, but when I saw my reflection in the mirror I was surprised by how much I liked the look, so I kept the Birks on even though they’re kind of unexpected!
I’m so pumped about these shoes! The sustainable footwear brand Veja popped on my radar quite awhile ago. I can’t remember how I first heard of them. I love their unique Euro styles. However, I wasn’t in the market for a new pair of sneakers until just recently, and I finally popped for a pair! I love that these are all leather, so they will hold up in the rain, and be warmer than some of my other favorite canvas sneakers. And sometimes, in the winter, my style feels so serious with all the boots and sweaters, I think these will be the perfect balance! A note on fit: I took my usual Euro size in these, and they feel great, and I have plenty of room in the toe area, which makes them good for walking!.
Today is the day I started to feel a tiny bit bored with my summer wardrobe. I’ll admit it, I’m ready to start mixing things up! Simple dressing has been wonderful lately, but I’m starting to get excited to experiment with layers again.
Today was a two outfit kind of day. For the first half I wore this shirt dress, which is awesome because it’s an instant outfit (that almost always attracts a compliment). I paired it with my Birkenstocks because 1) I wanted the overall look to be casual, and 2) These shoes make my feet so happy and I want to wear them as much as I can before fall comes.
Later in the day I put on something warmer because we were heading out for the evening. More on that in Thursday’s blog post!
Effortless Factor – 10 (I didn’t even iron it!)
LESSONS: I don’t feel like I had any big takeaways this week. Mostly I noticed that I’m starting to get a little tired of my simple outfit formulas. I guess it’s good that I live in a place with seasons where I get to experience a variety of temperatures to dress for! I’ll try to keep this perspective in mind when I feel like whining about the rain in the future. ;)
Looking at my week in photos, I see a nice, impromptu color palette. There are five main hues: black, blue, white, tan and orangey-brown. It’s safe to say these are the foundation of which my entire wardrobe is built, and essentially in that order too. I own a lot of black and white, and those are my favorite ‘colors’ to wear, but I rarely wear them together. Instead I prefer to mix in shades of blue and brown.
Blue and white. This outfit was mostly functional and not super inspired. However it was very comfortable! These are two of my easiest pieces to wear, so it was only natural that I put them together. The result might not have been the chicest, but it made for a super easy/cozy Monday look.
A quick inventory note… This top will only be available until the 29th of this month, so if it’s on your list, don’t delay!
A rare day without white or black, instead a blue-orangey brown combo. (Always gotta throw in my black bag to ‘ground’ it.) I love life in this shirt. It’s at the top of my favorites list right now. The shape works well for my frame, and the color is dynamite. See how I last paired this top and skirt.
On Thursday, I had a night out with friends planned. I was hustling around all day trying to get stuff done wearing my grubby clothes. When it was time to get ready, picking out my outfit was a no-brainer. I was comfortable in the heat, and chic to boot. I am pretty sure I will go into jumpsuit withdrawals when fall hits.
I finally ended my lazy streak and busted out my iron. I keep looking at this shirt (and a few more) in my closet, wanting to wear them, but never wanting to invest the time in ironing, but I’m so glad I did. I spent a couple of hot hours on the playground, and stayed pretty comfortable in this breezy top, which also kept the sun off my (already too tan) shoulders.
Yes! all the favorite things going on here. Ironically, I wore my (very sturdy) jeans and a t-shirt to do house chores – throwing out old boxes of college notes and moving things around the garage – and felt like a hot mess. But when I put on lipstick and had my husband take my picture before we headed out to grab a bite to eat, I was pretty impressed! It was by far the most effortless thing I’ve worn lately! It truly pays off to make sure you clean the ‘excess’ and ‘mildly-wanted’ out of your closet.
Rain! 60 degrees! It felt like a true Oregon day. I put together this outfit and then promptly decided I needed to size down in these pants. Sad face. Thankfully they have a pretty good re-sale value, and crossing my finger they go quickly. I am trying to decide if I want to stick with this color or switch to midnight. Light colored pants feel like such a liability!
Effortless Factor: 7 – Because my pants are a bit roomie, I have to tug them down quite a bit, which is extra hard given there are no side-seams or roomy pockets!
FAVORITES: Wednesday + Saturday
LESSONS: If you want getting dressed to be easy, keep these two things in mind when building your closet: 1) Stick to colors you love, not colors you feel like you ‘should buy to branch out,’ and 2) Don’t keep pieces you’re lukewarm about. It will only make getting dressed more difficult.
Is it just me, or does it suddenly feel like late summer? Maybe it’s because my kids go back to school this month and I see the span of our free time shrinking. Maybe it’s because we’ve been in summer for a solid six weeks now, and are riding a legit heat wave. Either way, I feel like I’m staring down the barrel at the end of summer and I don’t like it.
I had to get ready in about 8 minutes flat today (mostly due to lingering too long around my coffee), so it was grab, grab go. But later, when I brought my husband lunch, he kept complimenting me on how I looked, which was really nice to hear, considering my ultra minimal efforts. As always, it reminds me how having a well-curated closet truly makes getting dressed easy.
It’s hard to turn down the chance to give yourself extra long legs, so I took the bait and wore my Nisolo wedge sandals with shorts. However, I’m not really loving this look. The shorts are throwing it for me. I thrifted them a few months ago, they’re pretty retro, and I don’t think the pleats do me any favors, time to move them on!
Effortless Factor: 6, These shoes are a little fancy for my ‘everyday’ life, and I didn’t like my bunchy shorts.
Today I spent loads of time at the pool (the morning for lessons and the afternoon for fun) so casual-humpday it was! No time to do hair or makeup, etc, etc. Just a little summer playtime. It turns out this dress doubles as a great swimsuit coverup! Also, a note on fit. Fresh out the package, it felt a little snug, and I was unsure at first. But Paige advised me that it loosens up, and it sure does! It’s much more comfortable now, and less body con.
On a side note, the vampire bite on my chest? It’s from my son, who did it in his sleep. So strange, right?!
One of the really nice perks of being a blogger – or influencer, as the industry term goes – is that cool people who make beautiful things invite you to share their goods with your audience. Sometimes I work with big companies with marketing budgets, and sometimes I work with small owner-operated businesses who don’t even use the word marketing. I always choose carefully who I work with, ensuring their ethics and aesthetics align with mine.
Today I’m honored to share my pieces from Claus jewelry with you. I posted my necklace on Instagram last week (you can also see it above in Tuesday’s outfit), and you can see the Arch Hoops above. They are simple, and ultra lightweight (a must for me + dangly earrings) and made from recycled materials. Erin Claus’s minimalist aesthetic is one you won’t soon forget, just like the signet rings she’s known for. I hope you’ll check out Claus Jewelry.
Styling Notes: I love the simplicity of this outfit. Also, I’m wearing shorts, and I don’t feel like a kid (like I unfortunately did on Saturday). I think the sleek sandals and silky blue shirt are a nice contrast to the old, broken-in shorts. And speaking of broken-in, these sandals finally feel really good! It only took me two years to break them in. The leather on these, both the straps and soles, is thick. And it’s finally molded to my feet and feeling nice and comfortable!
For some reason I kept pushing past this dress in my closet, thinking it was too ‘dressy’ for weekdays. Turns out, I am way wrong. This was my favorite outfit from the week. The simple, shift style of this dress is one of my favorite silhouettes to wear. I just feel so cool without the effort to get there. And I was literally cool too! Ha!
Nope. Can I rewind? This outfit is not working for me. I didn’t like it when I wore it, I don’t like it in the pictures. It just doesn’t feel like me. Not to mention those short-shorts, not my style either. I would have been better off with a linen dress again. I was feeling a little bored with my summer clothes and pulled these shorts out of the archives, and out of the house they will go. I had a good run with them, but now they must move on.
Ah, much better. You had me at black and jumpsuit. Two of my favorite things. I’ve been wearing my REIFhaus jumpsuit a lot lately, and it was nice to don this one instead. It’s soft, swishy, and a compliment-magnet. I loved wearing this outfit. And I spent plenty of time on the floor with grubby toddlers (duty calls at church) and this jumpsuit was perfect for the job. It’s sturdy, moves with me as I play on the floor, and then afterwards I can toss it in the hamper for mindless machine washing. No fuss here.
Effortless Factor: 9 – I had to untie my sash when using the restroom.
FAVORITES: Thursday + Friday
LESSONS: Don’t neglect items in your closet, even if you think they’re ‘too dressy’ for everyday. With the right styling you might change your mind.
My satisfaction rate for outfits this week is sitting at a jolly 90%!
I’ve felt really good in my clothes. As I said last week, I think summer dressing is significantly easier. This week I’m happily repeating my favorite dresses, jumpsuit, shorts etc. We even had a semi-formal event over the weekend and I wore one of my regular-rotation dresses for the night out, and I felt great. For someone who struggles with dressy events, it felt good to hit a home run.
Yay! Today was the day I finally reunited with my husband. He has a thing for white dresses, so I wore this one. I love the way I feel in this, and the longer hemline (which I was unsure about at first), has certainly come in handy. It adds a touch of modesty to a dress that borders on sheer, and I just think the longer hemline is chic. If it was shorter, it would seem a little more average and a little less interesting. I am also pleased how this dress functions. I wash, line dry and wear. I don’t even bother with the iron. The texture adds character.
Styling Notes: This is the first time I wore brown shoes with this dress, and I kind of like it. Had to sneak in some edginess with my black backpack though.
Finally, a cut-off combo that I felt good in! This outfit was a big winner for me. I love the lines, from the top down to the shoe. This terra cotta-blush color is beautiful! It makes me wish I had loads of clothes in this color, but then, I digress to Erin’s post about owning duplicates. I love this shirt because of the confluence of factors: fabric, texture, cut and color. If I ran out and bought more clothes in this color I might like them, but I probably wouldn’t love them like this one. More isn’t always better.
Styling Notes: I added a feminine touch to these shorts with the almond-toe huaraches. Sometimes wearing Birkenstocks with cut-offs feels a little too casual for me. These shoes are a nice alternative. This backpack isn’t super ideal for hot days (because it adds heat to my back), but some days I’m too lazy to switch bags.
Feeling a little ‘mod’ in this look, with the high neckline, and one-strap sandals. This top is super fun, even though it is a little out of my norm. The arm holes are low, and it swings in the back, plus the obvious cropped hemline. But those subtle details make me feel youthful (oh man, making myself feel old now!) and I like that.
Styling Notes: These pants work best when having the waistline defined, and this cropped top helps show it off nicely. Additionally the combination of a cropped top and high-waist bottoms is a great way to add length to the legs.
Another favorite from the week! I love the juxtaposition of Birkenstocks and dresses – it’s probably my favorite summer combo. These taupe Birkenstocks have been a nice update from my much-adored black ones. They blend in nicely when I want a lighter color palette. More on this bag down in Sunday’s outfit details.
Reunion time! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this outfit already. Kevin and I got dressed up to head out to his 20 Year High School Reunion. Yes, I married an old man. ;) It’s funny though, once we got there, some people were super casual!
I wore these wedges all night, and I was surprised how happy my feet were. I didn’t think about my shoes once! They definitely surpassed my expectations for comfort factor.
This was the first time I wore this dress with the V in the back, and I loved it! It was the perfect canvas for a statement necklace, and I felt super chic. As my friend Dacy commented, “I love how people stress so much about having the perfect outfit for these things, but if you just stick with simple and classic, you’ll be the most sophisticated one there.” Such true words! I definitely felt good in what I wore. Simplicity prevails again.
Shopping Notes: If you need a chic, basic dress, I highly recommend this one! I bought it back in November, and have worn it in cold months (layered) and in the heat. It’s a gorgeous, reversible, shift design, the V can be worn in the front or the back. Right now HDH is having a sitewide summer sale, so you can get this dress for $66.50, a steal! (I’m not getting paid to say this, nor am I getting a commission, I just really like the dress!)
Whoops! This is what happens you forget to take your daily pic until 9:15 PM.
We were visiting with friends and family for the better part of the day, and it was quite hot (but breezy). I was very happy in this airy caftan, and received lots of compliments! In the last few weeks I bought and sold a few bags. I parted with my beloved Baggu bucket bag, because I purchased this Madewell Crossbody Transport Tote off e-bay. I still really liked the bucket bag, but having the two felt redundant. I have mixed feelings about buying a Madewell item for the first time in two years. I just kept coming back to this style, and I finally decided if I could find it second-hand, I would buy it. So, I found it on e-bay, and bought it, though it was still new enough to have tags on it. An ethical gray area I suppose. I almost opted for the Fashionable version, but I wasn’t sure if it would be as small and structured as I wanted.
FAVORITES: Wednesday + Friday
LESSONS: Don’t overthink your formal events. Most people do. If you stick to simple and chic, you’ll make a statement.
Honestly, getting dressed this week has felt easy.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort for me to feel good about how I look in the summer. I’m tanned, it’s warm enough to show some skin, and I don’t have to wear layers upon layers to be comfortable. Overall things are just simpler. For the most part, these factors make getting dressed an effortless task. The real challenge comes when we go back to wearing layers and items that can be subject to the relentless rain.
I haven’t purchased anything for fall yet, but my mind has certainly wandered toward fall styles. Last year I got excited and made the mistake of making my purchases too early. I was ‘finished’ shopping by the time some of my favorite designers released their fall lines. Once the season was in full swing (weather-wise), I realized there were some holes in my closet that would have been best filled first. This year I’ll be taking my fall purchases really slow so I don’t repeat the same mistake!
Now, back to the present. I don’t want to rush summer in any way. It’s been wonderfully sunny and 80+ degrees on most days lately and it feels great. This is the season we Oregonians wait all year for and I’m trying my hardest to soak it all up.
A little cropped action! I love the way this cropped tank from IMBY pairs with these pants. At first, I was unsure of how it would look because of the swing hemline of the tank. But when I put it on, I loved it — even if it didn’t quite follow the ‘rules.’ Typically, I’d shy away from a wider fit shirt with these pants, but the loose x2 detail here gives this outfit a really cool feel.
These pants have been major players in my closet this month. I am a denim girl at heart, and these blend my denim passion with my affinity for wide leg pants. It doesn’t hurt that they are seriously comfortable as well. The airflow on these is almost as good as shorts on a hot day.
Style Notes: I have found the generous proportions of these pants require strategic styling to keep them balanced. As I mentioned, I went with a wider top to help bring balance to the sizable amounts of fabric. I wore the most minimal shoes I own. However, sometimes I do get the urge to buck all the styling strategies and just wear what I want (see Thursday).
Yes! This was such a winning outfit for me. I had forgotten how much I liked this dress. Sadly, it kind of got buried in the back of my closet, which is another reason why less is more in your closet! I’m currently working on trying to get back to less. I got this dress last summer, and I’m thrilled that Everlane still sells it. Mine is black, but they still have it in blue, plus a gorgeous updated version.
Style Notes: Because the overall shape of this dress is very boxy and rectangular, I prefer to style it with more dainty/shapely shoes (than my usual Birkenstocks). This helps give shape to my legs and contrast to the overall look.
All my inner hippie bits are coming out today! Linen, stringy jeans, old school Birkenstocks. And I loved how it came together. I think it looked even better in person than it did in the photos. I haven’t worn these DIY cropped flares in quite some time and I forgot how much I liked them! They worked perfectly to balance out my boxy, linen top. The only thing I’m not sold on is the bag. I’m not sure what a better option would have been though.
This is my favorite look from the week. It sort of bucks all rules and conventions, but I felt great in it. Everything is soft and comfortable, I’m wearing all my favorite ‘creamy neutrals’ and I love the overall look. If I were traveling anytime soon, I’d definitely wear this on the plane. I’m a big fan of the combination of drapey shirt/cardigan over the soft drapey pants. I might be tiptoeing toward old lady status here, but I’m not mad about it.
This is probably my least favorite look from the week. I don’t love this hat as much as I’d hoped to. It’s mostly utilitarian for me, keeping the sun off my face or hiding dirty hair. I really don’t know what I’d want in a hat. I would need to go somewhere and try several of them on. Something that’s hard to do over the internet!
On a more positive note, I’m sporting the size medium in this beautiful shirt from Tradlands and it fits great! It’s looser throughout, but not too loose. Excited to pair it with jeans in the fall.
My dearest Paige and I are doing a mid-summer clothing swap! We sent each other our pieces from Sotela, just for fun! I’m wearing her beautiful, blue linen dress, and I sent her my Mara Jumpsuit. It will be a fun experiment to see how we style each other’s pieces. I love blue and black, so this was an easy combo for me. I think this dress would also look super cute with black or burgundy clogs! It’s 100% linen and has super handy big pockets. Two things that make summer days with a trio of kids a little easier.
On a personal note, Sunday was kind of a bummer for me. My husband was supposed to fly home after being gone for two weeks on a job-related trip, only to be delayed one more full day. I was feeling a little down, so I barely covered the bases when getting ready for the day. Read: one dress, zero makeup and barely combed hair. But the kids and I got out to the park in the sun, so it was all good. And we very happily picked him up from the airport the following day. :)
FAVORITES: Tuesday + Thursday
KEY LESSON: Style rules are meant to be broken… in moderation.
What have you been wearing on repeat this summer? Just said no to any style rules lately?
Date night. It’s become such a clichéd term, I almost hesitate to use it. It always sounds cheesy coming out of my mouth. But for lack of better phrase, there it is. Kevin and I are fortunate enough to have two sets of parents who are usually very willing to watch our kids so we can catch our breath, take a break from parenting and have a conversation that’s longer than three minutes.
The only problem with having time for a date out in Portland? Decision paralysis. I’m not joking. I can’t even tell you how often I’ve changed my mind or agonized over where to go in effort to not squander my time. There are so many amazing restaurants, breweries and bars, the pressure is real.
When it comes to my closet though, I am doing all I can to stave off decision paralysis. I am weeding it down (constantly) and working hard to remain critical about what I let in. This makes getting dressed for a casual date night a no-brainer.
Statement dress. Check.
Sleek bag. Check.
Smile in anticipation of what’s to come? Heck yeah.
I tend to shy away from heels in the summer — it often feels too hot to constrict my feet — and while most people might be thinking ‘bodycon’ for a date, I love to make a statement by wearing something a little more unexpected.
On this hot, summer night, my husband and I just said no to wringing our hands over where to go, and headed out for some place comfortable, and familiar, with food we were craving. It’s not the coolest place in town, but it’s so easy. I don’t even have to look at the menu before ordering.
Good beer. Check.
Gorgonzola cheese fries. Check.
Surprise live music with a band playing covers of Dave Matthews Band, cha ching!
Worthy date night. Worth the cheesy title. Worth the money spent.
A GIVEAWAY WITH EMERSON FRY
And now for some extra fun! Emerson Fry is giving away one of these beautiful (one size) caftans to one lucky Seasons + Salt reader! The dress is hand block printed with low impact dye on organic cotton. It has a deep v-neck (as seen on the model on their site), which can be worn closed with hook-eye-closures (as seen on me). It measures 48.5″ inches in length (in the back) and is super fun to wear! All you have to do to enter, is fill in your email down below. [Edited to add: Entering the contest signs you up for Emerson Fry’s mailing list. If you would like to opt out, they can easily remove you down the road.]
Good luck friends!
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This post is in partnership with Tradlands, the creator of menswear inspired women’s staples, guaranteed to last and meant to be lived in.
In April I had the chance to formally introduce you to the wonderful, American-made brand, Tradlands. They are a company who puts their money where their mouth is, creating timeless, quality designs with a modern spin. They don’t compromise ethics for style, nor do they compromise style for ethics. Hands down, it’s one of the best places to find a well-fitting, well-made shirt.
This summer, the team at Tradlands is at it again, creating lust-worthy shirts that are destined to be staples in your closet and my closet. They recently launched a new warm weather collection – including some new designs (hello stripes!), linen tunics and minimalist prints.
The Ess caught my eye because I love, love the understated figure eight print. It’s almost a throwback to something my dad might have worn when I was a kid. It’s super clean looking and super minimal. A subtle spin on a white shirt.
Notes on Fit: I found this top to fit me slightly smaller than my striped Tradlands shirt, and upon comparing this shirt with others, I think I’m squarely between a Small and Medium in this style of fitted button up. I am wearing a Small here and ended up swapping it for a Medium.
Notes on Styling: I styled it here with my mainstay shorts, these DIY vintage Levi’s (cut from an old pair of relaxed-fit jeans) and my thrifted, white Cons. It’s kind of a sporty look for me, but I like it. I look forward to styling the Ess knotted at the waist with my favorite Lauren Winter Wide Pants (which I almost wore for this shoot) and of course my Kamm Pants. I’m hoping this top can pull winter duty as well, under some of my favorite sweaters.
The Martha Pebble
The Martha Pebble is a long, breezy linen tunic. I think it will work well as a top layer to shade from the sun on hot days, or worn as a beach cover up. And here, it doubles as a great shirt to wear knotted at the waist thanks to the long length. The texture in this top is fantastic, and the linen drapes beautifully.
Notes on Fit The Martha Pebble is cut in a relaxed, almost slouchy style. I am wearing a size Small, and it is quite comfortable. Untied, the top falls almost to my fingertips and is slightly longer in the back. (You can see how I wore it unknotted here.) The shoulders are relaxed, the arm width is relaxed and the sleeves are nice and long. It’s the kind of shirt you can wear all day, and have plenty of room to move around in, sort of like a button up shirt masquerading in the comfort of a t-shirt.
Notes on Styling I like this shirt knotted, obviously, but I look forward to donning it as a simple third layer too – thrown on over shorts and a white tank, or atop my black tank dress. The texture from the linen weave is an excellent way to add visual interest to a look.
My husband was the one who suggested I try this shirt, and I’m so glad he did. Online it looked nice, but when I got a chance to try it on, I loved it. The fabric is a super soft cotton, which works so well tucked in. One of my favorite parts is the contrasting pocket, a detail that elevates the design of this pullover.
Notes on Fit
Just like the BCN, I am wearing the Alamere in a small, and it fits just right. It sits away from my body without being too wide or loose. It’s a very lightweight fabric, and is soft right off the rack.
Notes on Styling
I tried this top on with a few combos before I settled on styling it with these black, wide leg pants and warm-tone clogs. I love a good tuck and wide leg line, but I also think this shirt will look great worn loose over slim-fitting jeans. Next up I plan to wear it tucked into my black linen skirt, and in the winter I’ll try it under my charcoal cardigan with jeans and cognac boots.
Let’s hear it. Do you have any favorites from Tradlands’ warm weather collection? I’d love to know what you think. If anything catches your eye, use the code ‘SALT’ to save 15% off your order – including sale items – through the end of July.
This post is in partnership with Tradlands. As always, all opinions and ideas expressed here are mine. Thank you for supporting great brands like Tradlands who make this blog possible and who are doing their part to change the apparel world for the better.
Now that the 30×30 is over, you might be wondering, what on earth is Andrea wearing?! With the conspicuous absence of my 7 Days of Outfits posts, I have felt pretty darn anonymous in my outfits lately, and it’s a a little bit weird. But the reprieve from daily documentation has been nice. We’ve been running around doing summer things, like visiting family in other cities, but I managed to snag a few days of outfits to share with you you guys.
We jetted down to my parents for the Fourth of July, for some small town parade action and a lot of BBQ. I tried out this linen dress by Everlane for the first time, and I really like it…. except for the racerback detail. I love how breezy it feels, but I am struggling to come up with a good bra to wear with it. On this day I opted for a sports bra, and it was a little uncomfortable to wear it for so many hours. If you have a favorite racerback bra, let me know! Otherwise the dress is super breezy and comfortable.
This is my, I-have-to-go-grocery-shopping-and-I’m-not-thrilled-about-it face. I grabbed this shirt as a layer in case the stores I was going to were AC-heavy, but I didn’t end up needing it. It’s new, from Tradlands, and I’m excited to share more about it in Friday’s post.
Testing out this Only Child x Seasons + Salt Alta top in a new combo with this black skirt, and I love it! I’m a big fan of the trapeze hemline, which gives the impression of a smaller waist (I can use all the help I can get this summer because of three little letters – IPA). On a side note, I’ve been blown away by how many of you have ordered this top! It’s been such a great staple for me, and I hope it is for you too. On this day I wore it fresh off the clothes line, no time to iron, and I love the textured look.
Oh, hello there taupe Birks. I did something very indulgent and bought myself another pair of new Birkenstocks. And then I promptly overthought my decision, and wrung my little hands wondering if I had made the right choice. (Did I really need another pair? Should I have gotten white?) Let me back up a minute. I love my black ones, and Birkenstocks are usually the first shoes I reach for any given summer day, especially as the temperature climbs. I had been feeling a desire for a lighter version of the style I love so much. In fact, I twice bought and returned the same style in tobacco, trying to convince myself not to add another pair. Ultimately, I gave in and bought the suede taupe. I’ve been overanalyzing my purchase for the last 24 hours, and I hope it was the right one. This color and style combo definitely harkens to the classic, grungy Birkenstock of days gone by. I’m not sure how I feel it that yet. About that patchouli…
Happy summer my friends! Be sure to get some sun on your face and some dirt on your toes this week. xo!