Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekend Casual

You guys seriously rock.  I was feeling so down about my hair when I first got it done and I was sure you'd be all, "poor girl" but you were anything but and totally lifted my spirits.  I was honestly surprised to hear so many of you say you actually prefer my hair darker!  Lots of you said it was classier and made me look younger. #Illtakeit! 

Of course, I know hair is a true first world problem and there are much bigger concerns in the world. But I do appreciate you taking the time to comment and give me your thumbs up, compliments and suggestions for my hair future.  I have decided to just let it be for now.  I'm curious to see how it will look as it grows out and my true natural color comes through because I can always tell how shiny, new and healthy that hair feels before I color it.  You guys actually gave me the confidence to hold my brunette-ish head high.  Thank you!! 

One thing I actually do like about my hair, is that when I pull it up, there's no big root line showing now.  It's been crazy humid here, so my hair lasts all of 10 minutes when I curl it and even then, I still put it up often because Jordan is at that hair-pulling stage.  Would y'all believe she's 6 months old already?!  It has flown by and I'm planning a baby update post soon!  I have to admit, it's kind of surreal to be in the baby stage again, after going so long between kids.  But more on that another time . . . 

For today, I'm sharing two easy to wear looks that are perfect for your weekend or casual days. First up, I'm ready for that "transitioning to fall" feel with a plaid button-down top, but this one is extra special because it has the cutest frayed edge hem.  And it's higher on the sides, so it doesn't cut you in half visually.  If you're short like me (and even if you're not) the higher sides are super flattering to your leg line. 

fringe hem plaid top (XS) similar jean shorts (& here) | booties (similar) | bagnecklace | hoop earrings | watch | sunglasses (58 mm duplicates $24

Because we're not quite in fall temps yet, I wore my button down with jean shorts and booties to make it late-summer appropriate.  Come fall, it will be great with leggings and tall boots.  These leggings have great reviews for the wide, comfy waistband and come in 3 colors for only $36!

The shirt fits true to size, and I'm wearing XS.  I used to think that if you wore a button-down shirt, your necklace needed to be short, up near your collar, so it didn't compete with the buttons.  But, when I put on this long Kendra Scott pendant necklace with this shirt, I really liked how it looked! #youCANteachanolddognewtricks

Now that I see these pics, it makes me think the bag in black might have looked better.  I should've gotten both since it's under $40!  But the creamy 'grey' one adds some lightness to the outfit.  

You can see a little better in the picture below the hem and how long it is in the back.  These booties sold out in a hot minute, so I found a very similar pair here.  They have come back in stock a few times, so I'd check back though.  

This button-down is more than I'd normally spend on a top, but the frayed hem and cut side details made it worth it to me and I reasoned I'd rather have one top I love in my closet in this style that I'll surely wear over and over, than 10 I'm not 100% crazy about.  It's 100% cotton and really soft too.  In fact, I already styled it 4 other ways, and I'll show you those next week!

That said, there are alternative plaid button downs for less that you might be crazy for herehere and here (that last one with a fun pop of gingham inside).

Next up is another casual look that's even better from behind.  I'm all about a simple grey tank and jeans for getting out the door quick. We all love our skinny jeans, but sometimes it's nice to pull out the bootcut for something different and a comfortable, relaxed fit. 

*UPDATE 8/25/16:  I just realized I linked the wrong bootcut jeans here! #oops! So sorry for my mistake!  I'm actually wearing years old Citizens of Humanity 'Dita' Petite, which I only found here (but in a darker wash).  The Citizens of Humanity 'Emmanuelle' is very similar and they do come in petite (but a darker wash).  I love the darker wash for the office or when you want to look more polished.

This Kut from the Kloth bootcut jean is a great option for less and also come in regular and petite.  They got lots of positive reviews.  I'll keep the Joe's bootcut jeans links in below because they are also so similar to what I'm wearing that I thought that's what they were! 

This tank extra interest from behind with the adorable floral printed flyaway back.  So cute, right?!  

You can easily wear this lightweight tank now while it's hot, and then add a jacket for when the temps cool down. 

I searched a long time and ordered some that went back before choosing this this military vest as a great "it's not yet hot, but I want another layer" piece.  It also comes in army green, but I love this dark grey version.  Be warned that it runs big, so size down. I'm in XXS.  

And it's got usable pockets!

Sorry for the last butt-in-your face shot, but I thought you might want to see how the top looks from behind with a full view.  #nopunintended  I've had these Joe's bootcut jeans for years.  I love them so much I have them in two sizes, 25 and 26 and I'm wearing the 26 here because the 25 are fitting a little too tight lately.  

Below are some sales worth checking out this weekend! 


ANN TAYLOR | 40% off your purchase, code FRIENDS40
GAP |   40% off til noon, 35% off noon-midnight, code TGIF
JCREW | 25% off amazing styles & extra 30% off sale, code REFRESH
LOFT |  Buy 1, Get 1 50% off tops & sweaters (See my dressing room edition here & here)
NORDSTROM | FREE shipping & FREE returns 
OLD NAVY | Back to School sale, up to 60% off, all jeans up to 50% off

Have a great weekend friends!  And for those of you heading back to school on Monday, best wishes for a great start! 

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  1. LOVE these outfits! Especially the bootcut. I think you have introduced them wonderfully to the blog world, and it makes me want to buy a pair! I always look forward to your posts with my morning cup of coffee and you never disappoint!

    XO Melissa

    1. That makes me smile to hear that Melissa! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. I so enjoy your blog! You have inspired me in the outfit and home decor departments, and you have inspired me to get my booty into shape (literally)! I think the new hair color is sophisticated and pretty on you. I have dark brunette hair and got really light highlights a few years ago. I had a cry in the mirror moment when I got home and immediately drove to Walgreens to buy a box of hair dye. Seriously. I happened to run into a friend on the way in, and she complimented my hair. When I told her I hated it and was there to buy hair dye, she told me I should give it a week and see how I felt. I did --and it grew on me! Now I do lighter highlights in the spring and summer and then go dark again for fall and winter. I think it's a little jarring when you don't look like yourself and it takes time to get used to it. You are gorgeous with either color! Your blog is always a bright spot in my day!

    1. I'm like you, the darker hair is growing on me. I decided to wait a few weeks before changing it and see how it looks then. Since you like the fitness posts, you'll be happy to hear I have some new fitness content coming soon. I'm ready to get back into better shape now that Jordan is 6 months old and we're on a pretty good routine! Thanks so much for reading!

  3. Your hair has definitely faded since having it done. It really is a pretty dark BLONDE. Looks great. Love those boot cut jeans and the cute tank.

  4. Love that frayed shirt! But also LOVE your hair!!! It looks gorgeous!! Happy Friday :-)

    1. The hair is growing on me, but that frayed shirt I fell in love with immediately! I'm sharing several ways to style it tomorrow!

  5. CAsual is always a great choicce and adding changing some accessories is perfect from morning till late night!!!

  6. I love your hair- but it is probably a big change for you to get used to! Whenever I have changed my hair and might not be feeling it as much as I thought I would I will change up my makeup. Believe it or not this helps a lot. When you change the tones in your hair it won't always look right with your current makeup choices. I love thee blog and the outfits you post are always amazing!

    1. I know what you mean! I can already tell my makeup looks different, now I'm ready to see how different lipsticks look.

  7. Love these looks Megan. Such a nice read over a morning coffee. That plaid shirt is amazing. Must have. Xxx

    1. Thanks so much Sara! Tomorrow I'm posting more ways to wear that plaid shirt. See you then! :)

  8. Love your hair! Put that dish soap away! The new color looks so fresh on you! I'm 60 and love your blog!


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