The Only Four Jackets You Need

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Where does your love for jackets fall on a scale of one to THEY ARE EVERYTHING?

Because for me…THEY ARE EVERYTHING.

Recently I was putting together a look in my head for an event I have coming up. I asked myself a question to help determine what look I would go with. The question I asked is one you should often ask yourself, because your answer is a great tool!

I asked myself, “What article of clothing do I feel the most ‘me’ in?”

The answer? A jacket.

So if your love for jackets couldn’t fill the ocean like mine can (ok maybe a really, really big lake), then you only need these four jackets. Otherwise, buy all the jackets!!!

The two blazers pictured are from Banana Republic (which is one of my favorite stops in West Town Mall). You don’t have to buy a pink blazer, but one that’s a pop of color would do wonders for all your neutrals. Not to mention the possibilities it holds when paired with boyfriend jeans, heels and a graphic tee.

The gingham pattern is a fun one too! Throw it over an all black ensemble with some gold jewelry and leopard heels – OH MAMA.

The denim jacket and army green casual jacket are from GAP (another great stop in the mall). Each can get thrown over a multitude of sun dresses. Which is one of my favorite ways to create a spring look…that I use well into summer. Truly, throw either of these on with most things in your closet and it will work. Especially if you’re going for the athleisure look.

I will do whatever it takes to make you a believer in the power of jackets. Start with any of these this spring and you’ll soon be salivating as you shop for them like I do! …Or…er I mean, some really crazy people do that need to calm it down…not me though. Good.

Psst: I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to jackets!! 

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You Need to Master This Trend

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It’s for your own good.

Putting your own spin on the Athleisure trend, will save you time when getting dressed to run simple errands, make you look good while you’re out and about, and keep you comfortable when running after little people.

If we could just get calories to not count when wearing it, we’d be living in heaven and I would be eating a lot of doughnuts and bagels. And pizza. And macaroni and cheese. Now I want a doughnut.

I’ve gathered some more examples for you. Just to reiterate that the trend is mostly a mix of casual and athletic pieces. I’m surprised they didn’t go with “Cathletic” or “Leisletic”. #noimnot

In this first example (source), girl is wearing a hoodie and tennies. But look how a few elevated pieces can bring it into more of a sophisticated look and less like you’ve spend your life on the couch.

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I love the sweater this next girl has on. LOVE. IT.

But all it is is black pants (which, in this instance you can getaway with tights because the sweater is covering her bum – but ONLY because it’s covering her bum) and a black shirt!

Simple. Classy. Comfortable. (Words often used to describe me in high school ;)

The look comes from a pretty neat website called SexyModest Boutique. Check it out!

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Finally, this is a look I came across on Pinterest. Within seconds of seeing it, I had an outfit worked out in my head that I could put together with things I already owned. Which is the funnest epiphany of them all!

Notice that she’s worked in work out pants – proving what I’ve been saying all  week…it’s a mix!

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Try it yourself this weekend!

If you get stuck, check out my board on Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Glamorous Comfort – For Your Feet!

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If anyone is willing to put up with a little discomfort in order to look good – it’s me.

I refuse to dismantle my look in anyway, no matter how painful it is, until I’m in the car. Earrings stay in. Heels stay on. Hair stays in place. I am very firm with myself on this.

Which is why, if I can find something that makes me look good without having to grin and bear it, I’m all in. Athleisure? Sign me up!

The shoes I featured on the show this week posses a balance of glamour and comfort. They all came from Dillard’s in West Town Mall. I want each pair to become a part of my life, but since that’s not feasible, I hope at least one or two pairs can become a part of yours ;)

Ok you have the shoes, now what? I believe you can easily nail the athleisure trend, with a few simple tweaks.

Also, I’ve started a new board that will help with this on Pinterest. Follow me there for more!

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How to Nail the Athleisure Trend

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I try to leave the house looking like I’m a TV Star.

Not a celebrity or a movie star. A TV star on a reality show like on a cable network. I’m not dripping in diamonds or high heeled boots. More like Joanna Gaines (God bless that woman). You know how she always looks pulled together but still comfortable and real? Like that.

I aim for the athleisure look most of the time, which allows me to have polish without sacrificing comfort.

Here are my rules for nailing this look every time…

1. Mix workout wear with comfortable clothing.

If you mix something polished (like work out pants) with something comfortable (like a loose top) you’re more likely to grab it. An outfit of loose sweats looks too sloppy, while tight activewear doesn’t always fit your mood. Mix the two and you’ve got a presentable and comfortable look you’ll always reach for

2. Monochromatic looks = instant polish.

The more you mix mash colors and patterns in this scenario – the less pulled together you appear. I’m not saying everything you put on to run errands must be all black. But notice how I look more dressed up than if those pants were to be pink and my top a patterned blue. And don’t hear me say you need to wear all pink, just consider outfits that flow and match more so than your regular workout wear.

3. Save some pants just for running around…town.

Saving pants for errands will help you in two ways: first, it will give you an immediate pile to choose from which will help you to get dressed faster. Second, your pants won’t look worn. Regular wear and wash cycles tends to show on clothes after a while, so if you save some of your favorite pants for just errands, you’ll have them much longer and help you cause to look more polished as you go.

4. Purposeful hair: You care.

I know “messy hair don’t care” is a thing. But if you make a quick small effort with your hair – i.e: a braid, half up style, controlled bun – it will elevate your whole look and give you the illusion of style. And trust me, when your child has just spilled something everywhere and you’re trying to clean it up, keep your eye on him while saying hi to the person you haven’t seen in five years, you want, NEED, the illusion of style in your life.

5. Take a bag you’ve cared for.

A great bag makes a big difference in your whole look. Notice I didn’t say an “expensive” bag. You can have a great bag you paid $15 for and because you’ve taken care of it, it looks like a $50 bag. Or at the very least, it looks clean and neat.

Your bag can become like your body language – a subliminal message you send out that you don’t notice but others do. Send a good message with your bag. Wipe it down, make sure nothing is poking out. Organize it, and keep it neat. Here’s a post with my tips for keeping a diaper bag organized. It makes a big difference on how you look and feel about yourself, I promise.

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The Two Pieces that Determine Your Style

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I contend that a bag is the most important thing you put on. Followed closely by your coat, but lets unpack the bag statement first (ha! …unpack the bag).

A bag, be it diaper, laptop or hand, is something we are constantly reaching into. It’s also the one thing we always have with us no matter what level of put-together we are.

Because it’s with us so often, we become blind to the coffee stains, the loose papers, the empty packets and receipts. We just see our lifeline. The thing we reach into for snacks, money, wipes, work. It’s our babysitter in restaurants, it’s our powder room before a meeting.

But it isn’t until we start digging through it in a crisis that the dirt and disarray become all too apparent. When the baby is screaming and the coffee is overflowing onto your lap, the last thing you want to be reminded of is that your bag is a mess.

I’ve got two ways to help you with this. First, this post on the Knoxville Families Magazine website.

It’s here I talk about this brilliant bag (and it’s beautiful under-$30-price tag). Even if this one doesn’t suit your style, there plenty out there. I believe I’ve combed through them all finding this one, so I KNOW. It also proves that a nice bag doesn’t have to have a fancy name brand. It can and believe me, I wouldn’t kick it off my shoulder if it did. But nice bags can be cost effective too.

And here is where I share how to keep your bag neat and organized. In this case it was a diaper but my points can really be applied to any bag.

Finally, coats.

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It seems silly to talk about coats while I sit in an air conditioned space (trust me, when I hit the AC button I complained to my 18-month-old how ridiculous it was for it being February).

But whether we wear them again this season or not, we will at some point before the year is out. And having a nice one makes all the difference in the world.

I make that full case here. 

I hope this helps you look and feel spiffy all weekend! See you back here next week!

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