Outfit Post: Better to be overdressed

Lately I've been saying a lot that it is better to be over dressed than under dressed. Today I felt like covering my legs, but didn't want to wear something heavy like jeans due to how hot it was. I chose the outfit above, but when I showed up at a family gathering I was asked why I was dressed so formally. Made me wonder if my motto really should be my motto. I thought a maxi skirt was a casual look if paired with a casual shoe and a casual top.

I wish I could get it exactly right every time.

Top - Banana Republic - thrifted $3
Skirt - Gap - $9
Wedges - Nine West - gifted
Bangles - gifted
Shell earrings - Target - $1


Outfit Post: Laid Back

Made it through the weekend and through the funeral. Time to relax with the family and get used to this new kind of normal.

Everything is from J.Crew but the shoes are Nine West. 


Outfit Post: Weeping may remain for a night...

It has been a sad time for us. Thursday afternoon my husband's Grandfather passed away. He has been ill for several years now, and his death was expected, but somehow that knowledge didn't make his passing any easier.

I plan on wearing one of my black dresses for the viewing tomorrow and another black dress for the funeral on Monday. I won't take outfit pictures because I won't add any pizzaz to the outfits. I prefer to look simple for an occasion like that when I'll be crying for most of the day anyhow. An LBD and pearls with classic black pumps is all that is needed.

We aren't sad for Grandpa. We know where he is and we know he is finally pain free and happy to be with his Savior. We just miss him.

Today was spent lounging by the pool and visiting with family so shorts and sandals were appropriate.

Top - thrifted - $3
Shorts - Dillard's - $7
Belt - Banana Republic - $3
Espadrilles - DSW - $9
CZ studs - gifted


Outfit Post: H&M T-shirt Dress

I bought this dress in Italy when I thought my luggage was lost. For only 9.95 euro, this gave me a whole outfit that was comfy, washable, packable, cool, cute, and would hide stains well. I realized those were all good criteria for "mom" clothes. I've actually worn this dress several times since being home, and just haven't gotten around to posting it until now. This dress works great as a bathing suit cover-up, too!

Dress - H&M - 9.95 E
Flats - Dillards - gifted
Earrings - gifted

Answer to a reader question...

Lovely summer combo! I'm having issues with belts. I've tried the open cardigan over a dress or top and belting it and adding a belt to tops like you have done with this one, but when I do it, my hips look a mile wide. I'm wondering if it's the positioning of the belt and if I should wear it a bit higher. What's your advice? I really like how belts can dress up an outfit or pull it together, but it makes my hips look so wide. Also how do you keep a belt from moving all around if you add one to a top or dress that doesn't have belt loops? Thanks!

Thank you for your kind comment!

Belts will accentuate your hips, but in so doing your waist will look itty bitty--that's a pretty good trade off in my opinion! However, if you're shy about showing off your hips, I would only belt a dress or skirt that is gathered and avoid belting cardigans over the tops.  Or, you could try belting a voluminous top that creates a peplum shape when belted. The peplum shape can sometimes camouflage the hips depending on your exact body shape. Also, if the cardigan or top hits higher on your hip, instead of the hem ending right at the largest part of your hips, you might see some improvement.  

image via stylelist.com - dress is Dolce & Gabana - $995 at Nordstrom

If you want to experiment more with belting tops, cardigans or jackets, try different size belts. Depending on the length of your torso, you may need to opt only for a skinny belt or a wide belt (nothing in between). Longer torsos can handle the wider belts and shorter look best with the skinny. 
 image via thebaglady.tv

To keep the belt in place you will have to wear the belt snug to your body. And then, lastly, yes, you need to wear your belt high. It should be at the smallest part of your waist, which on many women is two inches or more above the belly button. 

Good luck! And thanks for reading!


eShakti Promo Code

eShakti is offering my readers a 10% discount code which can be used in addition to the up to 40% off discounts that are already on the site.

I've gotten to review eShakti's products myself and love the concept and the dresses. You get made to order, custom sized clothes for the price of a dress you could get at Macy's. But you don't have to get your dress made to order, you can purchase anything in a standard size and cut - the alterations and custom designs are all optional.

Use the promo code DX30LEY (created especially for Domestic Sophisticate readers) to get 10% off! The code is valid till Tuesday, July 31st, 2012. This code can be used in addition to the existing 'up to 40% OFF Sale'

Happy shopping!

Outfit Post: Lilac and Black

Top - J.Crew (thrifted) - $7
Bermudas - thrifted - $3
Belt - Kohl's - $3
Sandals - DSW - $9
CZ studs - gifted


Outfit Post: When Will It Rain?

The heat is starting to really get to me. I wake up early to get out and run by 6:30 or earlier and it's already 80+ degrees and high humidity. Everything is dying - farms are struggling, everywhere you look what once was green is now brown and to top it all off it's uncomfortably hot. Thankfully, I have a few pools available to me, so if I can't come up with something to do inside where it's cool, the kids and I have been at the pool. We really need rain, though.

Here's to staying cool.

Shorts - Dillards - $6
Top - Nordstrom Rack - $11
Espadrilles - Target - $6
 Earrings - Target - $1
Necklace - gifted


J.Crew Swimwear

Did you know that J.Crew offers free shipping (and return shipping) on all of their swimwear? That means you could put all their swimsuits on your credit card, have them shipped to youf or free, try all of the swimsuits on, return all of them and never have to pay off the balance of your credit card. Then you just have to wait for the one you want to go on sale and you will know exactly what size and shape you want.

Even better? J.Crew is also offering 40% off all of their final sale swimwear (free shipping, you just can't return it).

I ordered the tankini top with matching bottoms below in Shallow Sea and can't wait till it arrives!


Outfit Post: Chambray and Plaid

My husband was with me when I found this skirt and insisted that I needed to get it. I was shocked. I didn't find the plaid to be very flattering, and wasn't sure what I would wear with it. For his sake, I bought it, but it has been sitting in my closet for months. Since I've worn a dress almost everyday this summer, I thought it was time to try something else and digged out my skirts. It took me a while to pick out what to wear with the skirt, but I'm very pleased with the result and am now happy I bought the skirt.

I watched Marilyn Monroe's Niagara this week, and feel very Marilyn in my pencil skirt that hits just below the knee with my t-strap pumps. The casual chambray shirt makes this ensemble a little more 2012, so I don't feel too old fashioned.

And I'm definitely on a roll here. Yesterday I used a curling iron and today I actually blow dried my hair (haven't done that in a year or more) and straightened it. Thought I'd show off the new cut a bit.

Skirt - Goodwill - $2.50
Shirt - Gap from Goodwill - $3.25
T-strap pumps - Aerosoles - $20
Earrings - Target - gifted
Belt - Gap - $24.50 (bought 8 years ago)


Outfit Post: Blue Linen

White linen is my favorite, but this blue linen is really pretty for summer, too. If you remember, I bought this dress in Italy at the United Colors of Benetton, because my luggage hadn't arrived. I wore it to the Colosseum tour and to see the Sistine Chapel. Good times.

I think I'm going back to using a curling iron. My new haircut doesn't look the best with just an air dried wash and go look. In about two or three months it should be fine without being styled, but for now, I think I'll have to bite the bullet and get that curling iron out everyday.

Dress - United Colors of Benetton - $60
Belt - Kohl's - $2
Espadrilles - Target - $6
Earrings - gifted


Outfit Post: The Diaper Dress

My son calls this dress my "diaper" dress. I found it at Goodwill (surprise, surprise), and while I was inspecting it for stains at the store with my son right beside me, I found that the top part of the dress fits like a bodysuit with snaps underneath the skirt part of the dress. That translates to "diaper" for my son apparently.

I thought the dress looked so comfortable and the fit so flattering I had to buy it even though it was covered in some reddish stain on the side. I brought it home and immediately soaked it in Oxyclean and the stains came right out. After a good washing and drying (even though it was supposed to be air dried), it shrunk to the absolute perfect length for me.

Another thing I love about this dress is that it's a knit (comfy) and the color is oatmeal heather. Any kind of heather finish works miracles on hiding stains which are bound to appear when two kids are crawling over me at all times. Yep, this diaper dress is a keeper.

I'm having company for dinner tonight and thought this comfy/casual dress would be the perfect hostess dress. Will definitely have to wear some cute aprons all day while I cook and bake and hope that the dress makes it stain free through today and this evening!

Dress - Goodwill - $5
Necklace - gifted
Espadrilles - Target - $6


Outfit Post: Green

This morning I decided to take the kids to the movies. Our local theatre has free showings for children at 10:00 on Wednesday mornings. So these are the photos I got straight from the shower, before I fixed my hair and as I was rushing out the door. Last night when I got home from the salon, my hair looked smooth and perfect like this.
 I know, very blurry photo. Gone are the days when I have the time to actually use a real camera. Droid camera photos are all I take these days.

After the theatre I was able to curl my hair (gasp). Something I haven't done in ages it seems. I just curled the ends of a few pieces since I am again on the run for more outings today. Here are the lovely headshots of my new haircut. Now, you are all probably not seeing any difference whatsoever. But bear with me. The last time I stepped foot in a salon was 7 years ago. While I've always had my hair done by a professional, it was always inside their home, so I haven't had the full wash treatment in quite a while. I felt completely pampered for two and a half hours last night and can't wait to go back. It may look the same, but it feels totally different. I am a new woman I tell you.

This green dress I won a long time ago from a blog giveaway. It's from Target. The leather belt is from my trip to Florence, and the shoes are Nine West. The faux emerald cuff and earrings are vintage and gifted.


Outfit Post: White Jeans and Black Hearts

I started out with this outfit, only to find on my way to a friend's Birthday party, that it was just too hot out for this vest. I couldn't just take the vest off because my shirt was transparent, so I stopped at Goodwill on my way to the party and quickly changed into the blouse you see below. Yes, I'm addicted to Goodwill and will use any excuse to stop there.

 The little black dots are little black hearts for the record. Cute, right?
Jeans - Zara - $30
Top - Goodwill - $3
Necklace - gifted
Heels - Nine West - gifted


To The Hair Salon

I called my husband the other day to tell him I was going to make an appointment for a hair trim. I normally have my Mom cut my hair, but I won't have the opportunity to have her cut it until Thanksgiving and am too impatient. His response was that I should do something different if I was going to go to a salon. He didn't want any drastic color changes and nothing short. I don't see how I can really do anything different with those restrictions, but this is my idea for the color:

 Some caramel/honey hues added to my hair with reddish undertones.
 For the cut, just the same cut I always get. Lots of face framing layers.
If my husband didn't care I think a bob with lots of layers might be fun. Maybe one day. 


Outfit Post: $2.50

Bought this dress from the 50% off Goodwill sale. $2.50 is not a bad price for a Bebe dress. The shoes are Nine West that I got from DSW for $15.


Outfit Post: Poppy and Turquoise

I found this dress in my 17 year old sister's closet over the weekend and decided to steal it right away. This dress is a little bit mature for a 17 year old, don't you think? I gave her this dress in exchange, since it is more suited for a 17 year old than a 30 year old like me. I think we're even now.

The dress is Bisou Bisou from JCPenney, the necklace is J.Crew via eBay, and the gladiator wedges are Nine West via DSW. 


Beach Weekend - and Happy Fourth of July!

I didn't post over the weekend because I was at Lake Michigan with my family. Such a beautiful weekend and relaxing visit!

Hope to spend today at the pond and the pool with family and friends and LOTS of food! Hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!


Outfit Post: Summer Evening Wedding

Do you remember this dress? I decided to wear it for a wedding I went to this weekend. I paired it with some very decidedly modern shoes, and an old vintage pearl clutch that was gifted to me for my Birthday. I also wore some pearl bracelets and rose gold earrings and painted my toenails mint green. It was a charming wedding, and I can't wait to pull out some new dresses for two other summer weddings I'll be attending.