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OOTD :: of Friday and feels

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I have all kinds of feels for leggings. I truly think they trump jeans as the go-to bottom for busy moms everywhere.

Now, this may just be residual college-in-the-90s love, but you really can’t go wrong with leggings, especially these fleece-lined ones I scored on eBay. They’re comfortable, versatile, not black and survivors of a trip through regular cycle in both washer and dryer. In a minute, I’m gonna show you how to make it “in motion” appropriate, which will then fulfill all of JMC’s requirements.

First, though, I need to point out that this ensemble is a bit risqué because the top is a wee bit short for the leggings. It barely covers my derriere, but I’m allowing myself to showcase it here because a) this is my “at home” look, b) I’m short and so the top-to-bottom ratio isn’t as egregiously apparent, and c) I have no derriere to speak of.

Now if you must leave the house, I strongly suggest you throw on something that overtly and deliberately covers your behind, like a super comfy boyfriend cardigan. It may seem like a cop-out maneuver, but trust me that it’s fashionable. How? Let me count the ways:

1.  By choosing the exact same color for both cardi and leggings, you are totally rocking the monochrome and give the appearance that you actually thought about what you threw on.

2.  By pairing the slouchy cardi with bodycon leggings, you’ve mitigated the potential frump. Adding a pointy-toed metallic flat also diminishes the sloppy factor.

3.  And if you’re still not convinced, how about choosing one of the three accessories I’ve utilized all week as your final layer?

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I’ve had fun playing at SAH motherhood this week, my friends. I deliberately created outfits around items that I’m sure most of you already own, but I also managed to stay true to the spirit of style. I hope I didn’t come off as patronizing or clueless or obvious in any way, and I hope I managed to inspire you to experiment with your own closet.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Cardi – F21 (different colors)
Hat – F21 (similar)
Scarf – gift from my mom
Necklace – Payless

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OOTD :: of Thursday and thwarting taboos

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I think if I was a SAHM, I would totally denounce every fashion taboo I’d ever set out for myself.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’d do that in a heartbeat even if I wasn’t a SAHM. Thing is, ever since I started this blog, I’ve begun to realize that the key to not stagnating – both in blogging and in fashion – is to never stop experimenting. And another thing is that my lovely pre-menopause body is constantly changing, so all the style rules get thrown out the window in what seems like a weekly basis anyway.

Take today’s offering: I’m wearing a crew neck graphic tee with words on it and pairing it with a midi skirt and flats. How many fashion no-nos can you spot in that sentence?

But it looks good, doesn’t it? I mean, if I do say so myself. Perhaps it’s the Doctor Who-themed shirt. Perhaps it’s the skirt pockets. Perhaps I’m just getting less judgy in my old age. Regardless, I think my “at rest” outfit could actually stand on its own as an “in motion” ensemble, fashion faux pas notwithstanding.

If you want to kick it up a notch, though, you can never go wrong with tucking and layering. Besides accessorizing, these two tricks of the trade can truly elevate any outfit and make you feel polished and put together in a matter of effortless seconds.

thursday motion

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Teeturtle
Skirt – Banana Republic @ eBay
Cardi – Mossimo @ Target
FlatsOld Navy

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OOTD :: of wordless Wednesday

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Happy New Year, everyone! Gotta love how I start off 2014 in TARDIS blue!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Jeans – Jennifer Lopez @ Kohl’s
Cardi Modcloth
Hat – F21 (similar)
Necklace – Payless

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OOTD :: of Tuesdays and tribulations

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So it’s Tuesday. You’re officially entrenched in the week. You can’t get away with “it’s Monday” excuses. You’ve got a buttload of chores to complete. You’ve got to empty out the dishwasher, refill the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, make beds, sift through junk mail, pay some bills, and oh, yeah. The kids. And perhaps even an animal or three. As these things run through your mind like Satan’s roll call, you tumble out of bed and think: plaid.

Yeah, that happens to me on a daily basis. Honestly. Because plaid is cool. Plaid originated in Scotland, which is also cool. Plaid screams punk and comfort at the same time. Plaid is invariably cotton flannel which does not wrinkle, and even if it did, the pattern masks the wrinkles. Plaid never goes out of style.

Plaid is your fashion savior.

Coz lookie above. See me in yesterday’s boyfriend jeans and no shoes? See me in my oversized plaid shirt? Yeah, I’m ready to make those household chores my beeyatch!

But, wait! I suddenly remember I’ve got a parent/teacher conference in a few hours. Or my husband texted and wants me to drop off  that important work document he left at home. Or my mother called and wants to take me out to lunch. You fill in your own unplanned crisis here. But whatever you choose, something happens that will require you to not only leave the house but also interact with people who may or may not care about whether you look like a lumberjack.

Fine. Challenge accepted. Look below.

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See what I did there? Two layers and the same shoes from yesterday and all of a sudden I’m ready to do a power lunch meeting! Now I like this look inspired by this one, but I didn’t have a tee so I used a cami as that second layer instead. Since you may have to take off that blazer at some point and since wearing a cami over a long-sleeved shirt might not be as fashion forward as I think it is, you may want to switch it up by doing the  orthodox thing and wearing the cami under the plaid shirt then layer with the blazer.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21 (similar)
Jeans – Jennifer Lopez @ Kohl’s
Cami F21
BlazerCalvin Klein @ Ross
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

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