Serendipity in Stripes.

Patterned Denim for Spring...and fish or efficiency?

Well we are currently on Spring Break, which in my mind every year means 9 days to get my act together.  This year this includes editing my closet and listing items on Poshmark, gutting the basement and boys room - and forcing them to help me, because in my mind I am teaching them to fish right?  but in reality it's the worst idea, I am so much more efficient on my own.  Fish?  or Efficiency?  

I have a love/hate with efficiency.  I LOVE it when I am efficient, but I hate that I am always striving for it, and too often measuring my success by it.  It's a silly goal adapted from a too busy life, at least this is the case for me.  

So maybe we just sit and fish.  I will probably need an afternoon nap, and an evening cocktail, because the other side to letting them fish is maddening.  update:  because this post took 5 days to actually post, we are only conquering their bedroom, why bite off more than we can chew, and it also took mid-cleaning rootbeer float breaks and the promise of extra screen time, now i know what movitates... and folks, we.are.almost.done!

Of course you know I am mixing into spring break several movie nights and snuggling, also ice cream sundaes, sleeping in, and mini adventures - like helping mama make returns and buying our kitten a collar - hey it's all how you spin it, because it's also raining for the next 8 days straight.  

We got this.  

Oddly enough as I was going through past photos (another spring break goal is organizing and figuring out a storage system that will last for decades, UGH - anyone else find this completely overwhelming.)  I happened upon these from last year, and outfit shoot that was never posted, AND just so happen to be wearing these exact pants today, different denim jacket.  Serendipity in stripes?  I think so.  Pretty much every time you add stripes the odds are in your favor.

serendipity:  an unplanned, fortunate event.  the occorrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.   

They are definitely going in the keep pile.  

Patterned denim is popping up a lot this spring, I saw a pair of floral print denim jeans just last week and I was immediately transported back to some timeframe before I had a mortgage payment, can't quite pinpoint when I was rocking those but I totally did, it was totally nostalgic.  How about a matching floral print denim jacket?  Oh now that would be fun.  And a scrunchy in my hair.  

If you aren't quite ready for leopard or floral print denim, just stick to stripes.  Not sure how to wear them, well in the warmer months it's easy peasy - just add a white, coral, blue, turquoise, floral, black, gray...tee or tank, and a fave sneaker or sandal.  Done.

Even a comfy sweatshirt works with this one, and sneakers.  That's what I wore today.  

They really are so easy and I love the interest they add to my outfit.  

t-shirt - Not Monday c/o
jeans - Lucky Brand, you can still find them here.
sandals - Cocobelle c/o

and a few more striped situations to tempt you...

thanks for reading my rambles today.



Light As A Feather. 4-way Friday Style Series

After The Rain Pant Set by Traffic People.  

I just got home form a very wet baseball game.  Wait, wait, wait - who plays baseball in the rain you ask, well the rain started half way through, and there's no rain delay in AAA.  I will have you know our team manager, which also happens to share a home with me, got a piece of my soggy mind.

I'm tired.  Ready to crawl into bed.  Not ready to sit and write a blog post, but by golly I've committed to 3 this week, yes 3!  Thankfully this post is the best kind, with lots of laughter behind it and great fashion.

It's all because of this pantsuit set, well the 3 committed posts are, aptly name After The Rain - no seriously you can't make this stuff up, and it's a fan favorite.  Oh my gosh the puns just keep coming.  Now that I'm snuggled under a blanket and the feeling is coming back into my fingers my happy thoughts are returning.  And how could they not with this get up?  When Jenn and I were separately cruising through the latest Traffic People Spring Line, this one caught both of us big time, and a 4-Way Friday Style Series was crafted.

And in our humble opinions, everyone should have a pantsuit set in their closet, if you want to know why check out our posts this week 1, 2, 3, & 4.  This set in particular has a wonderfully flattering trouser, high-waisted with pockets, and slightly flared legs.  The top has a modern crop and soft fluttery sleeves.  The print is sophisticated and playful.  What more could you ask for?  Hmmmm a foot rub?  World Peace?  Ok I should have been more specific with that question.


Glam In a Mini Van?

Birds of a feather stick together.

Our style series originated long ago as blog newbies, wanting to share some of the ways we were wearing the same items, showcasing how versatile a favorite piece can be, and let's be honest, fashion is WAY MORE FUN WITH FRIENDS.  There is a lot of laughter, um I think I took 100+ photos, thank you Sarah for your patience and not so gentle guidance, to land 15-20 respectable shots.  But honestly the goofy ones have come to be some of my faves.  Also some creative outfit changes happen in the back of a minivan, hello cracker crumbs.  And I wonder why I find undergarments in the straaaaangest places.  We usually swap lipsticks and maybe earrings, wish we could swap shoes *sigh* darnit different sizes.  People on the street either think we are famous or just totally annoying.  Just kidding, mostly annoying but also freakin hilarious.  Well at least I think so.

And man I love to laugh, I need to laugh more in fact.

And then its  typically race off to school pickup to grab kiddos, turning back into pumpkins you say?  No way!  This is where the fun really happens, and yes mamas can still sport matching pant sets while mothering - or old sweats if that’s what the mood is calling for.

this is why you don't see my face in most of the photos.

 Caption this one??

What, no cocktails?  Well it's only 11 am on a school day sooo.

Pantsuit here, c/o Traffic People.  
You can also find this brand locally at Queen Anne Dispatch.

So two key take aways here:  Find a fashion buddy.  and fill your closet with items that make you feel light as air and happy, Traffic People is a great place to start.

Happiest Friday.


photos by SWolfe.


Put A Bird On It

And then wear it...  A 4-way Styled Series With What Jenn Wore and Traffic People.

One of my favorite things about Traffic People is the bold and playful prints they use each season.  They are those pieces in my closet that bring a smile to my face, satisfying that inner child, and feeling fabulously grown up.  Some how they accomplish both.

This week Jenn and I are showcasing the versatility of our Traffic People pantsuit.  See Tuesday's look here.  For this look with just the top from the pantsuit I chose a casual eclectic look, with a knit pleated skirt and vintage cowboy boots.  Since this shirt could be worn many many ways, I wanted to get creative and share just how versatile this piece was.  Of course any kind of denim would work.  No brainer.  I thought this Crane print with it's slight vintage feel would work so well with a knit skirt that has a bit of a Grandma Chic nod - oh yeah, and vintage boots.    

I would wear this outfit for an everyday look, and plan to.   

shirt - Traffic People c/o
skirt - Numph DK c/o.  no longer avail.
boots - Goodwill 
earrings & turquoise ring - Queen Anne Frame

Thank you for reading. Head over to Jenn's blog to see her look today.  In tomorrow's post I'm sharing some of the fun behind our 4-way shoots, lets just say it takes a lot of photos to get just a few winners.


photos by SWolfe.


The Pantsuit: A Best Kept Fashion Secret.

My strong suite.  A 4-way styled series with Traffic People & What Jenn Wore.

Things that make me look WAY more put together than you are...

dinner in a crockpot.  a stylish hat.  a chilled bottle of champagne in the fridge.  root powder.  orange lipstick.  pantsuits.

Pantsuits are currently one of the favorite items in my closet.  It's versatile - is it one, is it two, top/bottom, just a bottom, and now just a top... and interesting - every time I wear a pantsuit people comment on how much they love my outfit.  Somehow I seem WAY more put together than I actually am.  You see, a pantsuit takes NO TIME at all, you don't have to think about it, just put it on because it already matches.  It's like a dress.  But better because if the mood strikes you, you can separate them into other pairings.  And do cartwheels if you want to.  I'll pass, vertigo.  It's just the best fashion hack.  Although what does that actually mean?  I don't think I totally get the meaning of a "hack."  I'm gonna go with fashion secret...but it's not really a secret either.

After this shoot I went home and changed into sneakers and threw on a jean jacket and went to school pickup.  I know - I should have photographed it, but sometimes you just have to take my word for it, I can't document it all folks.

Don't you worry though I did take plenty of other photos, to demonstrate the rad versatility and style of this pantsuit, Jenn and I are going to share 4 ways we are styling this set on our blogs this week.  This pantsuit is by Traffic People.  If you don't know this brand, it's worth noting.  Several of my favorite pieces on current rotation are from Traffic People...this one, this one, & this one, which is also this one.  You can find this line at Queen Anne Dispatch, you can also order directly from their website.

This line originates in London, I love the vintage style mixed with street trends, bright bold prints and contemporary details.  In particular the details of this pantsuit immediately caught my eye...the bold bird print, high waisted pants with pockets, and slightly fluttered sleeves. 

shoes - oldies.
earrings, turquoise ring, gold necklaces - Queen Anne Frame & Gift

head on over to Jenn's blog to see her suit styling.  And check back in throughout the week - there is more goodness to come.


photos by SWolfe.


Cocktail Curls. The Curl Files

An easy, elegant naturally curly hairstyle for an evening out.  

SO, for obvious reasons that I think are pretty obvious, it's important to me that people don't just think of straight hair and smooth wand-created curls when they need to be fancy.  Why can't we all just be a little bit more unruly and dare I say frizzy.  Natural curls are professional, elequeont (even if I can't spell it) and fancy.

To me, big fluffy hair is the perfect accompaniment to a cocktail dress.  Black tie event?  Go big.  Fluff it up.

Variations of this curly hair style are my go-to for evenings out.  Side swept always adds interest, is super forgiving - making crazy runaway curls look intentional.  Plus you just pick the side that is looking best that day and pin the other side back.

I am loving the trend right now of multiple barrettes.  Why should bobby pins be so boring.  I dug through my bathroom vanity and found all my old favorites.  There's no rules here folks.  To get you inspired check out here, here and here.  Honestly I am obsessed with all of her barrettes.   And more simple but still stackably fabulous here and here.

natural curls black tie hair

naturally curly fancy hairstyle

The Not Really Directions, Directions...
step 1.  decide your part, I like to part my hair different then how it is laying that day, this way it creates instant volume at the root.  I have been wearing my part more towards the middle lately, so for this look I pulled pieces over from the left.
step 2.  I used a little bit of Beautiful Mess to smooth down the side that I was going to pin back, especially all the little baby hairs, a little goes a long way.  I also used a touch on the pieces I re-parted - to keep them from flipping back to the original part line.
step 3.  pin back with barrettes, make the side swept more dramatic by pinning it back further.  I just did a little bit because my curls were behaving (I just washed it yesterday.)  If my hair was on a further wash day I would have pinned if further back - maybe all the way to the left side. 
step 4.  fluff it up and spray with Innersense I Create Finish.  Get Dramatic.

evening style for curly hair

What do you think?  Did I mention that this hairstyle also takes less than 10 mins.  Fantastic, because if I am having a night out, there's usually dinner for the kids and a home that needs picked up, and getting dressed and picking up the babysitter.  Already exhausted. 

Here are some of my favorite barrettes right now...

Every day styles

Fancy it up a bit.

Happy Fluffing.