This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Levi’s® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
BLOUSE // JEANS // SHOES // BAG // SUNNIES // EARRINGS (coming soon)
Photo credit- Sarah Sweeney
Every once and a while I'll get text from a friend as they are trying to put together an outfit or as they are trying to shop for some new clothes. And sometimes they apologize for asking for help, but I actually love it! I love helping someone go through their closet or shop for some new basics. As long as they are willing to purge the outdated stuff and fill in the needs in their closet, I really enjoy spending time with them updating their wardrobe. Shopping with someone elses money is almost as good or better than shopping for yourself!
A cluttered and overstuffed closet happens to the best of us. We get sucked into the sale racks, seasonal trends and deals that we can't pass up, but sometimes that leaves us with a whole lot of ill fitting, wrinkly-after-the-first-wash, wrong color clothes. That's what I find with my friends' closets and it happens to me too! But when we fill up our closet with the cheap, just okay stuff, we end up hating our closet. It's the only explanation for having a closet full of clothes, but still feeling like we have nothing to wear. Anyone, anyone?
As I've purged and filled my closest and purged and filled my friends' closet, I've found that I'm tired of the sale rack stuff. Sometimes the perfect thing goes on sale, but what really makes you want to get dressed is having great basics that work together and help you build an outfit. Today I've styled three basics into this Spring outfit that I will also be repeating and building into outfits almost everyday. And I recommend them to my friends too! They are a great fitting pair of dark skinny jeans, a colored shoe/sandal, and a classic bag.
Dark skinny jeans are such a staple in my wardrobe. Levi’s® 711 Skinny denim in this Indigo Ridge wash are my favorites. There will always be trendy denim, but everyone needs a pair of dark denim that make you feel good and can make any outfit current. If this piece is missing in your closet, it's the first one I would suggest adding. Even if you keep all of your old tops and shoes, new dark denim will refresh every outfit possibility. This pair from Levi’s® is my go-to pair. They fit really well and the wash is perfect and they are available at Macy's. These skinny jeans are slimming, have a little stretch and they don't stretch out. Plus they are a great price!
A colored sandal or shoe is another way to update your Spring and Summer outfits. I prefer and espadrille style, but you can also find some cute flat sandals or if you are daring try a wood block heeled sandal. Pick a color like red, coral, or turquoise depending on what other colors are consistent in your wardrobe. You'll be surprised how much they add to a basic pair of jeans and tee shirt.
A classic, good looking bag is another essential for every woman. I change my purse out for date night and other short events, but most of the time I carry the same bag everywhere for months at a time. Designer bags aren't a great fit in my life, but I do love bags that are leather and stand the test of mom-life. A leather bag will stay looking great and even look better with time. Figure out what shape of bag you prefer and then invest in one that will keep you looking good no matter what you are wearing.
Now it's time for you to evaluate your closet. Are you missing a great pair of dark skinny denim? What about a colored shoe or an everyday bag you love? Give these Levi’s® 711 Skinny a try and fill in your basics with just the right pieces.
If you missed it last week, I'm on a mission to get life organized. Last week I organized my closet and my makeup drawer and these last few weeks I've been working on getting my kids organized. I'm not talking about organizing toys or labeling shelves and bins in their room. Rather, I've been working on creating a schedule for them to help them get their tasks done and have them help me more.
It's important to Soren and I to have our kids learn how to work and to pitch in around the house. We've struggled with anything consistent in that regard so this is my first strong effort in that direction. We want our kids to work and our kids want to earn money so a job chart was a great place to start helping the kids gain new habits and routines. (I've also created lists for myself and Soren and we didn't want to leave the kids out.)
For each boy I made a list of things they needed to do every morning and night. They differed a little based on age and ability, but Easton and Kesler are so close in age that the charts are mostly the same. (Easton is 6 in First Grade and Kesler is 5 and starts Kindergarten in the Fall.) You can see the charts below.
Kesler can't read yet, so after I printed his list I drew little pictures next to each task to help him figure them out. I didn't make this a big list of jobs, but instead some tasks that they do already and others that we wanted added in. The papers go in a plastic sleeve, taped on the back of their door and they cross each task off with a magic marker as they do it each day. They check in with us at the end of the day and then wash it clean for the next morning. If they do all of their list for the week they get paid $2.50 on Saturdays with the potential of doing extra jobs during the week to earn more money.
We've done this for three weeks so far and while it hasn't been perfect, things have gone much better than they used to! Having the kids empty the dishwasher for me in the mornings makes it so easy for me to load it up all day long and then run it at night. The boys picking up 15 things each at the end of the day lessens the number of things I have to pick up. (And no, 15 little Legos don't count!) They are also required to put away their laundry so I'm motivated to get it folded for them in anticipation of their job.
This last week we fell off the wagon a little bit and the kids didn't do their jobs everyday. They either didn't get up early enough or didn't do them after school. And so they only got paid $1 each. They were bummed, but they knew they didn't meet the requirements so it made sense to them. This plan does require everyone to stay on target and work together which I love, but if I fall apart, they do too. So we are learning and are back at it again this week. What I love is that we can keep modifying the list or the plan as new challenges arrive, but the most important thing will be consistency.
How do you help your kids with a routine and jobs? Any tips for making things even better? Check out last week's organization post here and stay tuned for next week when I share all of my new lists and plans for me!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Levi’s®. All opinions are 100% mine.
Photo Credit - Sarah Sweeney
As a Mom, I try to stay away from the yoga pants trap. I may work from home and certainly don’t get dressed EVERY day, but I love denim and jeans are what you'll find me wearing 99% of the time. They are the perfect thing to dress up or down and they fit my casual-chic style. That being said I try new jeans all of the time and finding good jeans is exciting. In my mind the perfect pair of skinny jeans is slimming, slightly stretchy, either super dark or distressed and it doesn't break the bank. It's really hard to find all of those things in a pair of jeans. Believe me, I have a closet full of denim that meets one or two or three, but not all of those requirements.
So when Levi's® reached out to me to try their new Levi’s® 711 Skinny jeans, I was all ears... or...legs. I was happy to try them and I had high hopes for finding a new favorite. And I'm here to say they've been approved for entering my current denim rotation.
These are skinny jean winners and regardless of whether flares or cropped denim styles are coming back in, every girl needs some good skinny jeans. I tried these jeans in this light and distressed wash, as well as in a super dark wash. I love the wash on both pairs as they are perfect for Spring tops and shoes.
As you can see, I’ve styled them today with an over sized tee and wedges with a wide cuff at the ankle. This light pair will also go great with graphic tees, stripes, sneakers and Birks. They don't stretch out, but they do stretch. They hold you in and up in the right places, but they don't feel restrictive. I've actually been frustrated for the last few days because they've been in the laundry and every time I go to get dressed I'm cursing for not having washed them yet.
And remember how I said I want jeans that don't break the bank? These pants are only $40 which makes them affordable and easy to say yes to. I know you know that it’s hard to find jeans that make you look and feel good for under $50. This fit and style is available at Macy's in store and online. If you don't get out much, like myself, order them online and try them out at home.
My goals is to always share outfits that moms and busy women can wear that don’t require a lot of fuss, but still keep you feeling unique and put together. This requires great staples and well-fitting basics. Levi's® has always had that effortless and cool style that fits with that goal and you'll be seeing more of these as I style outfits this season.
When was the last time you bought skinny jeans that you felt great in?