Again, I have to open this blog post with a heartfelt THANK YOU for the birthday wishes! It never ceases to amaze me how thoughtful you are to take time out of your day to send me a sweet message, so I want to let you know that I genuinely appreciate it!
My friends took me out for a patio birthday dinner (with drinks!) and that girl time is so crucial for our well being! I’m truly blessed to have such a great group of friends to enjoy, encourage, and laugh ’til it hurts with!
And Ali-Shaun brought mini cupcakes!
For as long as I can remember, Ali-Shaun has been saying, “Megan, you should do a Style A Friend series on your blog!” So I finally made her put her money where her mouth is and said, “How about I style YOU?!” She’s such a good sport and was all for it, so we packed up and went to Nordstrom on a Sunday afternoon! If you follow my Instagram Stories, I’m sure you saw our adventure unfold. It was so much fun! I had originally planned to go to more stores, but after a couple hours in, we called it a day and went to lunch at the Nordstrom Cafe! As you know, shopping is hard work!
By way of background, Ali-Shaun and I have been friends since our boys started Pre-K3 together and we were both room moms for their class. I liked her immediately, and over the years, she has become one of my most favorite people! If you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you’ve heard of Ali-Shaun. She’s the one who introduced me to the Vietnamese Iced Coffee I talk about ALL.THE.TIME. #dangher!!! #addicted Ali-Shaun also has a younger daughter and is a passionate baseball mom – always at a ball field for school and neighborhood leagues.
Ali-Shaun Style Wishes
She works full-time for a law firm and her office requires mostly professional-ish attire. She often has meetings after work so day-to-night outfits are important. As for style, Ali-Shaun describes herself as classic. She’s been looking for something cute to wear that she won’t want to rip off as soon as she gets home. When she walks into a room, she wants people to think, “oh, she looks put together and cute.”
Before this trip, Ali-Shaun wore only white, blue and grey and, aside from her heart pajamas, not a lot of patterns.
Here we are with our friend Angela in New Orleans on a couples trip this past summer… in a bath tub of course. 😉
Bye Bye Spanx & White Tank
It was exciting to get Ali-Shaun out of her comfort zone – and I mean this very literally. She’s known for wearing Spanx with EVERYTHING. This isn’t a bad thing and the first thing about style is you have to feel confident, so if Spanx help you do that- go for it! But, I wanted to nudge her a bit since I swear she doesn’t need that extra layer. I asked Ali-Shaun to go “sans Spanx” and she did it and SHE SAID it was life changing! She looked amazing and felt comfortable in her skin!
Another major player in Ali-Shaun’s comfort zone is her white tank. We all have them – but she likes to wear it under everything. No white tank was allowed when trying everything on!!
IN THE DRESSING ROOM
We started by looking for new pair of jeans that she could wear comfortably on the weekends and also dress up for a date night with her sweetheart of a husband.
Good American Jeans were the first pair we tried on. Good American are the Khloe Kardashian jeans and we all agreed she is our favorite Kardashian, so it was no surprise that she really loved these jeans that fit her figure! They’re made for girls with a smaller waist and fuller hips. They’re very comfortable and the high waist didn’t feel TOO high, just right. They’re more of a leggings base, just a little stretchy without any gaping in the waist. And the wash was awesome! They fit TTS and needed to be hemmed on her.
I’ve recently added this shirt as one of my must haves and I had to get it on Ali-Shaun!! She said she can’t remember ever wearing a v-neck without a cami underneath and she’s totally digging it! It was very comfortable. WINNER!!!
These jeans you may recognize as my favorite AG Jeans. These are Ali-Shaun approved as she likes the feel of the REAL jeans. They’re TTS and the length doesn’t need any help. Ali-Shaun doesn’t have a need for the distressing on this pair (which are currently 20% off), but you can find them online without the rips
The Black Frame Jeans gave her legs for days, especially when she added a heel. They fit more like a legging with some stretch, but are very slimming.
The grey twist-front top was so soft she said it felt like a blanket! It was perhaps a little long in the back, but that’s being picky. We’re going skiing together for Spring Break – this would be a great shirt to bring for traveling to and from since it will probably be 70 when we leave town and 30 at our destination!! I might wear mine too… perhaps we’ll be #twinning!!
Like anyone who has tried this tunic, Ali-Shaun loved it!! It’s soft and it hides the tummy – which makes it a big win. She commented that it’s smart and dressy like a button-down but way more comfortable. This color is also really pretty and something she said she wouldn’t have picked out for herself!!
These pants are a bit long and needed alterations, but the overall fit is awesome (TTS)! They’re also comfortable and bonus – they don’t have to be dry cleaned!! They’re fitted through the waist and hip and flare out to create a long leg look. These were just so very flattering on her and she knew she’d get so much wear out of them year round.
We tried this asymmetrical peplum top (size down) in a solid blue and a printed floral. It would look good with a jacket or cardigan for work or white or black jeans for the weekend.
Ultimately, the blue shirt won. But how cute is this print?! It was a hard decision.
OMG this long cardi for the win! Ali-Shaun said she felt very sophisticated and comfortable – to be more specific, this is the kind of item she felt like she could walk into anywhere and say “What up?!” This falls under the “Would Not Have Picked This Out On My Own” category because of how long it is, but she felt longer and leaner in this cardigan.
We added shoes! These classic style pumps are a must have in both black and nude. Ali-Shaun said she’s been looking for shoes that are comfortable and nice but can be worn for all occasions. These are great shoes – you can feel the padding in the soles. They fit TTS and come in a variety of colors!!
Next in the “Would never pick this out on my own” category is these black pants WITH a heel. Ali-Shaun typically wears flats with a pant like this and that’s fine, but look how cute this is with the heel! And they are a reasonable price!
Here’s that Cardigan again!! I love it with the skinny crop pants and heels. It’s professional but cozy all at the same time. This cardi comes in a lot of colors too – so if stripes aren’t your thing there are options!!
This is a great, fun work dress! Easy to just pop on and head to the office! The tie sleeves are hard to see in the picture, but add a nice touch!! It fits loose and comfortable and it’s a good length! She said she could definitely wear this color and feel great in it!
This dress is the same fit as the pink one, with a shorter sleeve and a more dramatic bow/tie situation. If your workplace is a little more muted, this black dress is a great option. These mules are a comfortable, stylish alternative to a pump. The suede may throw you off at first, but we learned that suede is becoming something we’ll be seeing year-round. Which is good news for these pointy suede mules!!
After seeing Ali-Shaun in a wrap dress, I told her she needs to wear them more often to compliment her hourglass shape! They accentuate the smallest part of her-that tiny waist! She almost got this dress, but felt it was a little short. Otherwise, it fit TTS.
I loved this dress so much on her! This color is so beautiful in person and the cut was polished and professional, without being stuffy. It would also be great with a tailored blazer.
And now for the dress that looks great on everyone! She said she loves that this dress was so easy to put on and go!
In Real Life
I ran into Ali-Shaun at school drop off on Tuesday, and look what she was wearing?! Doesn’t she look great!
That night, she took me out for my birthday dinner and dressed up the outfit with different earrings and a long necklace!
And here are the black pants with a grey sweater she had from JCrew.
I absolutely LOVED getting to put Ali-Shaun in clothes that she not only looked great in, but felt great wearing! She said that since we went shopping her confidence has soared! Isn’t it amazing how what you wear can affect your attitude?!
So tell me, did you like this Style-A-Friend? Would you want to see more?
Let me know in the comments!
P.S. . . . from the Nordstrom GIVEAWAY, the winner is Julie Bachkora! Congratulations! Check your email for a message from me!
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