Style Files

Style Files

In 2016, I noticed a big shift in my blog reading preferences: I became less interested in aspirational style blogs that post 15 photos of the same $$$ outfit, and instead found myself bookmarking lifestyle-focused sites by women who post casual snaps of their everyday outfits, review makeup and skin care products, share delicious recipes, and provide helpful tutorials. You know the blogs that feel like you’re getting honest advice and inspiration from a good friend? Those are my jam. They’re more inspirational for my lifestyle and budget, and remind me of the good ol’ days of personal style blogging, before the era of curated Instagram feeds, $700 over-the-knee boots (where are you wearing those on a Tuesday, gurrl?) and seemingly bottomless wardrobes.

Since I’m enjoying these “real-life” style blogs and I don’t have much time to take my own outfit photos these days, I started to snap quick photos of my outfits in our foyer mirror before I run out the door in the morning. I thought I’d round them up in a post now and then to share what I wear to work and play. Get ready to see how much I love a comfy uniform for days at the flower shop — easy top + cut-off skinnies + ballet flats — and get to know my favorite versatile pieces that I wear on repeat. (Lookin’ at you, $50 black hi-rise jeggings.)

LOFT utility blouse + AE hi-rise jeggings + old Hautelook sandals (try these) + ‘ohh la la’ canvas tote c/o my momma (this one’s cute!)
LOFT jeans + Lou & Gray cardi + Victoria’s Secret tank + TJ Maxx denim sandals
m.marie dress (try this) + Stan Smith sneakers
LOFT sateen leggings + Marshall’s asymmetric sweater (similar) + TJ Maxx denim sandals (try these)
Sparing you my shiny no-makeup-Saturday face (ha!) + Billabong shirt + AE hi-rise jeggings + Steve Madden sandals via TJ Maxx
m.marie sweater + LOFT sateen leggings + Cynthia Vincent flats via Hautelook (old, try these) + Cuyana small carryall in ‘sable’

DIY Step-Hem Jeans

DIY Step-Hem Jeans

Step-hem jeans are a big trend right now, with raw hems that are cut higher in the front than the back. (Think: mullet jeans.) You could get the look for $229 with Paige’s Jaqueline jeans, or find a pair of straight jeans in your closet and make your own.

I’m taking scissors to most of my denim these days. At 5’4″, I’m somewhere between regular and petite sizes, but usually stick to the former because they fit me better through the torso, waist, and hips. I’m too lazy/cheap to take my non-designer jeans to the tailor to be hemmed, so I just snip an inch or two off the bottom to make them work. I thought I’d jump on the uneven hem trend bandwagon with a pair of straight jeans I bought on sale at LOFT last year.

DIY step hem jeans

The best thing about this denim DIY is it doesn’t have to be perfect: if you want to get technical you can plan things out with a ruler and fabric pen before you make your cuts, or just eyeball it and snip (which is what I did).

Before you get started, try on your jeans to get an idea of how much length you want to remove. I generally cut my jeans about an inch above the ankle;  it’s a comfortable and flattering length for my frame — anything higher and I’m in dangerous capri pant territory — and it works with both flats and heels.

DIY step hem jeans, denim trends 2017

Using sharp fabric shears, cut off the bottom hem of both legs to your desired length. Remember, less is more: cut off small amounts at a time so you have room to even things out or fix any mistakes; much like bad haircuts, you can’t put it back if you hack off too much.

Then cut up the side seams, and across the front. Done. 

DIY step hem jeans |

My Top 10 LOFT Cyber Monday Picks

My Top 10 LOFT Cyber Monday Picks

I was going to tell you to run to and snag this sweater before the holiday weekend sale-a-palooza ends, but alas, it’s sold out. {womp-womp}.

I’m really loving LOFT lately; it’s my go-to destination for versatile basics and cute casual pieces for work. Everything is 50% off during their Cyber Monday sale — including sale items — so I rounded up 10 of my favorite LOFT picks, from my own closet and my shopping cart, that are still available online. Just click the images to shop! (Full disclosure: sizing is limited on a few of these.)

Sweaters & Jackets

I love this throw-it-over-anything cozy cardigan. It’s super soft, and feels like you’re wrapped in a blanket. I wear mine over tees with my favorite hi-rise black skinnies.
This drape-front sweater was on my wish list for a while, so I happily scooped it up with a birthday gift card earlier this month.
I could use a casual jacket in my closet this winter, and like the color and faux fur detail of this easy anorak.


I love everything about this: the warm white color, subtle texture, and easy fit; this is exactly the kind of top I want to live in this season.
I don’t have any off-the-shoulder tops in my closet, but I’m on board with the trend (in moderation).
This feels really versatile: I love the way it’s styled simply here with jeans, and it would work just as well with a pencil skirt or velvet skinnies for a holiday party.

Jeans & Pants

I love these pants so much I bought them in five colors. Now’s the perfect time to stockpile them while they’re on sale. (A note: they’re cut slim through the hips; I went up two sizes from what I typically wear in their jeans.)
These straight cropped jeans would be a nice alternative to black skinnies with ankle boots and sweaters.

Dresses & Skirts

I bought this dress in solid black to wear to my husband’s high school reunion, and I love how versatile it is. It’s the perfect day-to-night LBD.
Casual day dresses are on my winter wardrobe wish list, and this feels like the perfect “swingy” frock for ankle boots, ballet flats, sweaters, and scarves this season.

#OOTD: Tweed Mini Skirt

#OOTD: Tweed Mini Skirt
LOFT tweed skirt (clearance find, SIMILAR) + utility blouse + Cuyana bag

I don’t have a lot of skirts in my closet because they aren’t super practical for running around the flower shop all day. But when I find a cute one on clearance — like this black and white tweed number from LOFT — I can’t resist scooping it up. I thought this mini skirt would work year-round: with a white tee and sandals in the warmer months, and a sweater and black tights when the temp drops.

Today I’m wearing it with a LOFT utility blouse, one of my favorite basic staples; I buy a couple colors and/or prints each season when they go on sale.