Summer '17 Instastories

I love Instagram for it's curated photos and witty comments.  What I love about Instastories is how true to the moment it can be.  Instastories is a bit more unplugged, less is left on the cutting room floor.  Edits are minimal and posting is prompt.

This summer as a family we have committed to adventuring, soaking up as much of every moment as we can, while we can.  Getting outside, gathering more with friends, planting an urban garden, heading to the farmers market, exploring Seattle, even camping.  Yes, this last one is crazy for me.

My hope is to blog about as much of it as possible, but often times life gets in the way.  And this summer I am okay with that to some extent, because my boys are growing ever too fast and I want to be present.

In the meantime, this is my stream from yesterday's Instastories and you can follow along on my Instagram to see more.  Please do!  and share your thoughts and adventures with me.  I'd love to know what summer looks like for my readers.  

Happiest Summer!

thank you for reading,


My Momiform.

Rails Shirt

curly hair

mom uniform

When the weather starts to cool down and school activities kick into gear, this is my uniform.  I love a great button up shirt, this one is no exception.  Rails shirts are always super soft and I love the slim fit.  Add a great pair of jeans, for sure of the high-waisted style and cropped length, because cropped is perfect for fall - no soggy bottoms from the rain - they pair perfectly with flats.  

The finishing touch is a cute comfortable pair of shoes, and maybe a simple necklace or two.  

My favorite look currently is to pair a choker and simple long necklace.  I love the row of gold spikelike charms on this choker, giving the momiform a bit of an edge.  And this necklace is currently my favorite, it's delicate in nature but dresses up a button up shirt oh so nicely.  It's also adjustable which works well with my mood.  Choker is Stella & Dot.  Necklace is Rocksbox, a monthly jewelry subscription - use code thekirstyfilesxoxo for a free month.

These are my favorite momiforms from the Nordstrom Sale.  

stella and dot choker

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

shirt - Rails, Nordstrom.
jeans - Rag & Bone.  similar in Nordstrom Sale
shoes - Vince.  similar in Nordstrom Sale
sunglasses - Kate Spade
necklace - Gorjana, Rocksbox c/o.  similar in Nordstrom Sale

photos by Jessica.

Happy Monday.


Summer into Fall, the Perfect Oversized Cardigan.

topshop cardigan

On Wednesday I wore this tank and jeans with stacked heel sandals - the perfect summer date night outfit.  I wanted to share how easily I will transition those pieces into fall with the addition of a wonderful oversized cardigan and my favorite booties.

These boots were an investment purchase for me a few years back, I love them.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has a great pair of Rag & Bone boots on sale, if you are looking and in the market these are fab, I love the double zippers and tassels and the tan suede leather.  Otherwise prepare to pay full price because the regular Harrow booties rarely go on sale.

If you find a cardigan that you love, you will effortlessly reach for it all fall and winter (when it's not downpouring) long.  Make sure you love it.  Oversized cardigans are awesome if they fit you right and the oversize belongs to the cardigan, not adding bulk to the person.  I love this one because it has a bit of Charlie Brown charm.

Bottom line:  if it doesn't look right, it's the article of clothing - not you.  Shrug it off, we are all made differently, and simply try a different one.  But try this one.  I was pleasantly surprised.

frame denim

long curly hair

anniversary sale
cardigan - Topshop, Nordstrom
jeans - Frame, Nordstrom
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry
glasses - Quay Australia

Photos by Jessica.



Because Why Shouldn't It Be The Best Day Ever.

nordstrom anniversary sale

good hyouman graphic tank

I gushed about these jeans on Monday, how flattering they are.  This is further proof as I step out of my comfort zone in the same fitted skinny jeans and an almost cropped top.  It's a lot of exposed property if you know what I mean.

Along with my amazing jeans, 3 pieces I want to talk about that make me happy.

First, my sunglasses.  I just recently discovered Quay Sunglasses.  I love their oversized designer styles at affordable prices, and since these happen to be part of the Nordstrom sale, seriously affordable.

Second, my top.  Good Hyouman.  This company delivers smartly designed tees and tanks, made in the USA.  Many as collaborations with a proceed going to charity.  I love this tank, the fit and for sure the theme.  My youngest son found an old fishing lure in the lake when he was 4, treasure above treasures, and to this day it is still his best day ever.   What a great memory and reminder.

These are just a few of the ones I love...

Third, the shoes.  I found these at the Rack and they have been my summer heel of choice.  How perfect do they go with these jeans??  The stacked heel makes walking much more stable.  And I love the simple black toe strap and extra high ankle strap.  During the sale Dolce Vita has released an updated version, swapping out the summer cork for serious studs.  I so dig them, if I didn't already own these they'd be in my cart!

curly hair

frame denim anniversary sale
tank - Good Hyouman.  mine is from Queen Anne Dispatch.
jeans - Frame, Nordstrom.
shoes - Dolce Vita, Similar Anniversary Sale.  black is sold out check back Friday for updates on inventory, although I am loving the smoke.
sunglasses - Quay Australia, Nordstrom

So that's today's outfit.  I am typing this on a tiny little iPad as I sit outside at 10pm next to our tent trying to soak up every minute of life, and thinking of moments that made today best day ever.   Because why not?

And seriously I think this one needs to happen.

Photos by Jessica.

Tomorrow I will take this outfit into fall fabulousness so please check back.



Don't Forget the Kids

What these shoes are to me, these sweatshirts are to my boys.

The Nordstrom Sale is a great place to find shoes, jeans, jackets...so many back to school finds.   Here's some of my faves...

Okay back to summer.