The Dressing Room – Basic Essentials

I’ve been a bit of a plain Jane lately.  Besides momiform #1, my other go to outfit is the classic T-shirt and jeans combo.  Some of you may say that the quintessential t-shirt and jeans outfit is boring but I LOVE it.  Something so simple is such a great base to some eye-popping accessories, like a detailed scarf, statement necklace, statement shoes, etc.  I especially love the white T-shirt and jeans combo, even if it isn’t baby friendly.  It’s crisp, chic and clean (well, clean until baby gets into something).  It’s an easy look to put together and on when trying to run errands with baby girl in tow.

My go-to places for basic tees are American Apparel (my favorite since they’re not as see through as other brands), H&M, Target (they constantly have deals for $5), and the classic Hanes packets.  While the crew neckline is classic and essential for this mommy, I prefer a V neckline, which can be impractical when running after baby girl (not trying to flash anyone here).

Here’s what I wore during a quick photography lesson with Laurie.  I dressed a basic outfit with my FAVORITE scarf and statement shoes.  It may be a bit too matchy, but my outfit was plain and created a great canvas for these accessories.  And the purse, let’s talk about this purse.  A big purse is such a necessity when I don’t want to carry around Eva’s big-ginormous-space-taking diaper bag (It’s a necessity but they’re just SO big, it’s like an overnight bag.).  If I know I’ll be gone for two to four hours with her, I’ll bring a big purse with us and pack the essentials instead of taking the diaper bag.  Her essentials?  2 diapers, wipes, changing mat, nursing cover, bottle, a toy, and maybe a change of clothes.  This way I can have a hand free while toting her around plus I only have to carry 1 bag instead of 2 (Or perhaps a smaller bag than her ginormous diaper bag.  Yes, this purse is smaller than her diaper bag!)

THE DRESSING ROOM OUTFIT

T-shirt:  H&M
Jeans:  Levi’s 524 Skinny Jeans
Shoes:  Target
Scarf:  H&M (old) | similar here
Purse:  H&M (old)
Watch:  Michael Kors

In my opinion, leopard ballet flats are a closet essential.  Rawr!

Testing out my camera.  Some of my other closet essentials:  leopard scarf and a men’s watch.

And to dress it up plus keep warm (which is necessary especially at night in the Bay Area), a leather jacket (from H&M a couple seasons ago).  

What are you closet basic essentials?

Photos by Laurie

lazy girl

and welcome back to the week after labor day.  such a lazy week.

hope you all had a fabulous relaxing weekend.  i know i did.  i did completely nothing and it was GREAT.  lounged by the pool, church, dinner out with the hubs, outlet shopping, sleeping in, card games, and cocktails.  there wasn’t much for an outfit post these past couple of days.  basically wore shorts and a blousy shirt like i did the last outfit post.  or jeans and a tshirt.

during my outlet shopping adventure i did manage to grab a couple goodies.  all shoes.  unfortunately there were no clothes that interested me.  the price wasn’t worth it or they didn’t fit right.  My body proportions are weird right now after I lost weight for the wedding.  I can’t find clothes that fit me properly.  Perhaps its a sign that I shouldn’t be buying clothes.

I have been coveting Kim Kardashian’s Christian Louboutin laceup platforms/booties for a while now.  Co-vet-ting.  Hard.  I love this look here.  The army green romper with the booties.  FAB-U-LOUS.  I love a great army green military look.  I’ve always been a girl in love with the combination of femininity with a touch of masculinity/roughness with clothes.  BIG FAN!  If only I could find my army green dress I left at my mother’s house a year ago, I’d have the perfect outfit, but somehow it got misplaced it.  I say my sister stole it or my mother gave it away to the Salvation Army.  Anyhow, after seeing this and knowing that the military trend with a hint of femininity was going to be a big thing in the fall I was on the search for some shoes that looked similar.

Wasn’t really feeling these Chinese Laundry ones though.  Something about the faux wooden heel that turns me off.  While a pretty affordable alternative, it’s not my style that is until I walked into the Nine West outlet and saw these beauties.  I have a plan to have a lookbook post with these shoes soon.  SO SO IN LOVE with these shoes!

I also got a pair of flats.  I’m not a huge fan of flats but I needed something a little more girly than my chucks (Which I love but get the weirdest looks when I wear them out for dinner and ask for alcohol drinks.  BOO to look like I’m 18.).  I’ve been a big fan of Cole Haan, especially with their Nike Air insoles.  Some of their shoes are more geared to the fashionable woman who want comfort but don’t want that Naturalizer look.  When I went to Napa a couple weeks ago the Hubs and I went to the Vacaville outlets and I wanted a pair of black Cole Haan flats but alas they didn’t have my size.  DAMN my small feet.  So when we went to the outlets this weekend and I was thoroughly expecting not to find anything in my size.  I didn’t find any black flats but I did find these Gray Nubuck flats, even better.  Everyone and their mom has black flats, so these flats are a nice change.  The husband isn’t a fan of flats either but he said these are much better than the black flats I was originally trying to buy.  Simple yet neutral and with Nike Air insoles.  YAY!  

I’m still on the prowl for peep-toe booties but I don’t know if its something I need at this point.  Although, Target has a couple that are pretty affordable.  Maybe I’ll check those out this weekend.  But I am still on the prowl for a lot of stuff.  Hoping to go to the thrift shop sometime soon and find some treasures.  Haven’t been in a while and haven’t been to a thrift shop that isn’t super overpriced here.  We shall see.  Hopefully the yelp reviews won’t let me down when I do finally go.