Overcoming the fear to ‘tuck’…

I have been weary of the tucked in look since I birthed my two children. I have a visible ‘mummy tummy’ and it’s honestly annoying how much I worry about it. Self-conscious is an extreme understatement! Usually I wear tops that cover my pockets and fall mid-zipper to completely hide my stomach entirely. Nothing form fitting and tucked in… are you kidding?! NOPE. I always felt that it accentuated every lump and bump that I was worried about….

Today when I was getting dressed I had envisioned the cutest outfit and when I put it on I realized that the top needed to be tucked in for sure. I always try it, never end up wearing it! Today… I wore it. And I’m SO happy I did!

Today’s outfit has had me glowing all day! This top is from J.Crew last season, but I linked this years version. I currently have it sitting in my cart because I like the no collar look better! Collars tend to get my hair all in a fuss! Chambray is always such a casual clean look and so comfortable that I love wearing it! It’s such a versatile look!

My favorite white denim from Loft of course had to make an appearance… it’s been a while since I’ve worn them! I love these in petite and think that they’re the perfect addition to the chambray top! Always comfortable, completely wash and wearable! Which is a big deal when you’re talking white denim!

I snagged these adorable platform wedges while we lived in Japan and they’re some of my favorites… so well made too! I’ve never been able to locate them online, however I did link some of my favorites down below! I’m on a total neutral wedge think right now honey and I think they’re going to be a constant all summer!

This Loeffler Randall pompom trim circular tote is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen and just radiates the beachy fun vibes I’m looking for! The tassels are just everything and surprisingly it fits everything I need! Wallet, sunnies and a few lippies! Perfect!

What do you guys think?? Should this momma start rocking the ‘tuck’ again?!

COLD yet stylish…

Of course, I wanted nothing more than to stay horizontal on the couch underneath blankets ALL DAY. I’m talking Fixer Upper marathons, fire and hot cocoa kind of day. But no… I had about a million errands to run, I was showing the house AND mail yesterday was phenomenal. I got this amazing tunnelneck boxy top from J.Crew (on sale HERE for just $34.50) and it has been calling my name ever since it showed up on my doorstep. Yesterday it was so beautiful outside, a breezy Spring day is what it felt like… today, we’re back to the frozen tundra.

After my shower, I was so unsure about what to wear… when it’s so cold outside that even Bailey doesn’t want to go out… it’s cold. I almost decided to forego my cute new top and throw on a giant hoodie instead…. but I’m so glad I quickly talked myself out of it! I pulled out my white jeans and this new boxy top and started with a black and white plain canvas…. what to wear with it?!

I just got this amazing Tara Jarmon Wide Cuff Coat from Rent the Runway and I instantly fell in love! The color is cream but it almost has like a delicate pink hue which is a subtle feminine touch on this strong, heavy coat. I’m so glad I gave this coat a chance because I think I’m going to have to buy it… it’s that good. The fabric is quality and heavy, just feels luxurious and I love it. The detail in the trim and the pockets is gorgeous and takes it from plain and simple to sexy and sophisticated! You could wear this back and forth to work or over a LBD for an evening out!

With such monochromatic pieces I wanted a punch of color so of course I went with dashing deep red for my bag! This cherry Jamie Clutch is the perfect size and the color is the perfect true red! I love Tory Burch and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint! When I’m running errands and hopping in and out of the car, I want a stylish but useful crossbody bag! I have carried some hideous ones… I know quite a few people that will be happy to see that I’ve stepped up the crossbody game!

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Lastly I’ll boast about these adorable leopard shoes. They’re from my Chic Little Shop and absolutely my favorite flats right now. The leopard was the little touch of fun that I needed to complete the look. They also fall into the category of ‘wear all day’ shoes and I knew I wouldn’t end up limping before the day was through…. HA! In all seriousness I almost wore boots because it was so cold, but again glad I talked myself into wearing a little spunk on my feet. I felt like they were the perfect touch!

The simplicity of this outfit was perfect for today. I was SO warm and cozy all day… I felt like I was cuddled up on the couch with my hot cocoa… the soft sweatshirt kept me warm and since the neck was high I skipped the bulky scarf. The coat kept me warm without being too hot and I found uses for all four perfectly placed pockets today, they saved me a time or two!

I think that we can easily throw on a pair of sweats or the biggest sweatshirt we own when it’s cold out… but we don’t always have to! Today I SLAYED my to-do list… I felt confident yet comfortable. I also somehow managed to keep my white pants and cream color jacket free of stains! Which was a task considering my day consisted of two cups of cappuccino, a filthy park bench, cleaning the kitchen and laundry, running errands, Bailey and cooking/enjoying incredibly messy taco boats. This never happens! But I’ll take it!

Until tomorrow, ciao!

casual FriYAY

Outfit, Casual Style, Jeans, Boots Of course it’s Friday, I usually do all my running around on Fridays… it feels good to get out of the house! Today I needed to run to Nordstrom and I knew I’d be trying on clothes… primarily bridesmaids dresses! I’m in a very special wedding this April and I ordered a dress but think I’m changing my mind on style. I keep going back to try on another! Lol! That’s another story for another day…

A little about me… I HATE trying on clothes. I love getting dressed don’t get me wrong, but trying on clothes in a dressing room under those horrible fluorescent lights is the worst! But when I go I like to wear my hair straight, because I end up putting it a top knot. Lol! I also like to go feeling fabulous!!! Because confidence Kate is sexy! If I’m feeling grumpy or wearing sweats I leave not liking anything… having a fresh face and feeling good makes a world of difference!

Outfit, look, style, fashion, jeans, ootd, casual styleToday I wanted to wear a new fave that I got in for the shop, this surprise top!! It’s the most gorgeous navy and has little sweet red polka dots!! Adorable! It’s back in stock HERE and just $32! Sizes S-3XL!!

My jeans are from American Eagle which is a go to for me because they have stretch and fit my ‘mom bod’… hugs the curves I’ve got to flaunt and smoothes the rest! Which is perfect! I love skinny jeans, distressed jeans and they always have a great mix of colors. Today I chose white because… why not?! It looked great with the navy blue! And I’m SO ready for spring…

Outfit, fun, style, blog, casual style, American styleMy boots, I love these… they’re Lucky Brand and from a while ago. But I did find similar and linked them above! They’re also adorable and I love the detail!

My bag is by Anya Hindmarch and her bags are not only quality but the Eyes Collection adds fun personality! I found her on Rent the Runway and I’m so glad! The leather is remarkable! Thank you Rent the Runway! I am loving my Unlimited monthly membership and it is an awesome way to add fun fashionable pieces to your closet! Sometimes even trying things I would have never otherwise tried and surprisingly falling in LOVE! So you even have the option to buy! YES!

I’m trying to decide what to wear this weekend… Of course it’s FREEZING again in Virginia and rain. BLAH. Anyone else ready for winter to be over?! C’mon… Spring!! Anyway! Hope you enjoyed todays outfit of the day! It was incredibly… almost comically windy while I was trying to take these photos. 10min prior I was driving through rain and snow… crazy weather. LOL!

Xo

 

ath-leisure….

Who isn’t looking for an outfit that fits a multitude of their most frequent moods?! I know that when I pick up a piece for my personal wardrobe, I’m asking myself what I could wear it with or for! Bonus if it fits into more than one purpose, more than one mood AND it’s comfortable.
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Here’s where we talk about athlesiure. Athletic wear is obviously best for working out… fitness… running, sports and everything active! But for a busy mom on the go it’s a great way to be insanely comfortable, ready for ANYTHING and maybe even fit in that occasional work out!
My favorite combos’ are a strong athletic legging that is durable enough to handle my busy days and thick enough to combat any wardrobe malfunction that could occur. I love a pullover or a sweater that is soft and comfortable, warm in the summer and cool and breezy in the summer. I love long sleeves so this is also a must, even when it gets hot… The sun freckles me so fast I try to stay covered when I can.
When I think about these looks I’m thinking about all I get into during the day… I wake up, rushing to get the boys fed and out the door on time. I’m usually rushing to get orders filled and out the door, also on time. It’s usually rush, rush… I need something that I can throw on and pull my hair up, throw on a hat and out the door. If I’m running up to the boys school or anything… I just put a minimal dash of make-up on and GO!
Here’s the leisure to the mix. I’m comfortable and even though I can dress it up a little to make it cute… it feels effortless. I like effortless. It gives this busy momma time to think about everything else on my plate. And also a little added bonus… effortless and comfortable means I’m also feeling confident and if you know me or follow this blog… confident is the new black. It’s sexy!
Give me ALL the athleisure wear!
Now something that is a total bummer about athletic wear is that it can cost you a pretty penny. But y’all I’ve found some recent favorites that I’m LOVING. They fit into your budget without breaking the bank and they’re still just as cute as some of the expensive dupes that they’re fashioned after!
So let’s talk about some of these finds:
Old Navy.
cn13789521While I think there are some things that this big box could improve on… they really are killing it with their active wear. It’s affordable and it’s fashionable. I have an older version of this KILLER cowl neck coat and I have worn it slap to death. I always get compliments on it and it’s ‘workout’ wear. Right!? How many of you wear a band or restaurant t-shirt with holes in it to work out?? Yea. I can’tsay I haven’t. So throw on this cute jacket over it… who’s gonna know?! HA! Get it HERE for just $35 for another 20% off today!
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These leggings are perfect for pounding the pavement and equally amazing for just running errands. Get them HERE. They’re under $30 and again another 20% off today! AND if you’re a military family… you can also enjoy an additional %15 off in-store! YA!
Target.
52891093Next I want to highlight Target… Targè as I like to call it. They make it simple by highlighting our desired look in its own athleisure category online! Effortless I tell ya! Let’s start with THIS adorable hoodie… I’m a
sucker for a good hoodie. The front pocket is perfect when I need another hand, they’re snuggly on movie night and super washable when I am covered in whatever mess the day brought! Now the athleisure look you’re going to have to be careful and not lose your figure. We’re not going for frumpy… we’re going for that comfy, cute right?! So this hoodie happens to have a cute side lace up detail which I love! It not only is going to be great for creating shape, but it’s also adding this simple added femininity that we crave! So cute! At a cool $20, give it to me!
52218343Now for pants to match! My boys wear joggers constantly… now I finally have seen the comfort and style possibility for myself. The fitted ankle can highlight anything cute on your feet AND provide a look more casual than a tight, figure hugging legging. These also feature a must have pocket… so now I have what?! 5 hands?! YES! #momwin Grab these cuties for just $20 bucks too! #target also has great sports bras too… SO perfect for everyday or when you’re heading out to run miles!
Shoes…
FreeRNFK1710_FX_v1These are a total splurge, but I feel like what you put on your feet is important. It’s carrying you… impacts your posture and if you care about what they look like, they can be pricey! These are adorable and would literally match everything! Nike is mixing the look of chic neutrals and the quality of a good shoe! I also love Nike Free because they are SO lightweight… Grab these for a cool $150. DM me if you find dupes!! But I doubt it, these are just gorgeous! Find them HERE!
I hope this shed a little light into my new favorite fashionable finds… I’m in love with this athleisure look. I know that it’s just necessary for the sanity of any busy women and especially moms to have the ability to grab and go without looking like a hot mess express! Confidently beYOUtiful ladies… Monday-Friday… it’s ok to be comfortable AND confident!
Xo,
Kate
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essentials…

I get asked a lot… ‘what are essential pieces you recommend in a closet?’ I always have the same answer… there’s not just one response either, it’s going to be unique to the person. I think that it has a lot to do with anything that makes you feel confident and sexy! Because those pieces are the essential wardrobe additions that you’ll mix with other pieces over time to create look after look.
Let me explain by sharing some of my favorite go-to pieces:

denim

IMG_0629You need good denim in your closet… a few pair in a variety of washes and silhouettes. They do not have to be expensive, but quality so that they are comfortable and wearable. You want a waistband that is flattering, comfortable and a good fit! No gaps or cinching too tight! Find a good fit! I recommend denim with spandex so that it looks almost tailored to the curves of your body. Some of my favorites are these pictured above, American Eagle $50. A new favorite that’s actually in the shop here. They’re only $35 and even though they’re skinny pencil fit they’re flattering and don’t cut me in two! Huge bonus for jeans and a hard to find feature for those of us rocking the mom bod!

tops

IMG_0269 2Having comfortable and flattering tops is just as important as your denim! You want staple solids so that you can change up the looks with accessory pieces! Like this simple sweater! I can totally change the look with a printed jacket or a floral print skinny pant! Statement jewelry is also an easy outfit update! You can change the look of any outfit with a simple switch of your necklace or throw on a different pair of earrings! I love playing with fun pieces! Do NOT be afraid to try different things with these staple solids… they’re meant to be a blank canvas of color you can pair with anything fun! I challenge you to find your favorite solid piece and pair it with something NEW and fun from your closet this week!

leggings

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Ok, ok I hear you. Leggings to some of you aren’t pants. BUT worn correctly they are a key piece in your wardrobe. Let me explain… Leggings are my favorite when worn under a long
flowing top that doesn’t always look good over a bulky pair of jeans. When you’re looking to flatter your waistline instead of draw unnecessary attention to it, go for the leggings. Wear a longer tunic style top that covers your booty and maybe even add a cute cardigan… long ones are my favorite. Especially ones like this one to make me appear taller and slimmer. It’s the play on lines! Love! A good pair of leggings should also NOT be sheer… those are tights. Leggings are thicker and more durable… Look for some awesome solids coming to the shop soon! This duster is back in stock here.

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Your closet should reflect some of your personality… don’t be afraid to rock something other than a plain-t every now and then! I love a quick witty top or tanks with cute graphics on them to layer underneath other pieces. It’s just something that can again, change things up! Now these pieces I tend to shop for in solid colors so that I can piece them with some of those fun patterns in my closet… so if you ask me, a good graphic top falls into the same category as a solid!

Details

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Fun fashionable details such as lace and embroidery are just timeless if you ask me. They can be just another simple accessory or layer pulling an outfit together! I love v’s in fashion… they’re flattering and appeal to all body types so of course I had to have this one! It’s old, from the Limited, but the idea and concept can be found anywhere… still super popular. Don’t be afraid to go for the pieces with detail. Especially if you think it’s beautiful! Try it on! Remember that these pieces that are staples in your closet need to make you feel sexy and confident! This top (lower left) is another staple with embroidery details and cutouts. I usually can’t stand this type of shirt especially with it being linen (type A to the max)… BUT I put it on and fell in love. Now it’s one that I reach for all the time. It was a snag off the clearance rack at LOFT, but again… tops like this are everywhere. Don’t be afraid to try them! I’ll be adding new and unexpected style pieces in the shop soon…
I hope this helps explain my methodology when talking about closet staples… I choose things that fall into these categories sure!! But most importantly I choose things that make me feel comfortable, confident and sexy! Because when you feel good, you feel confident. Confidence is sexy! You know when your friends feel good, your significant other, your kids – we can tell! So the next time you know… SAY something! Tell that person… you’re workin’ it! You look great today! Give them the confidence to do it again tomorrow! Now, go take a look in your closet… a different look. What can I help you with?!
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Be bold, be you and beYOUtiful!
Xo,
Kate
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