Swooning over Jcrews Spring Collection

Today I am wearing rainboots and a winter down jacket. I then open my Facebook to see Jcrew posted this beautiful image.


I can’t wait for Spring. You will see me back in my teacher wardrobe of a-line dresses and fun flats. How are you feeling? Are you over winter like I am?


StyleMint Mystery Bag

I have been eyeing StyleMint for the past few months.  One of my most fashionable friends introduced me to the site when she came over wearing a great shirt with zipper detailing on the sides.  Since that day, I have been debating whether or not to try out the service.  Each month you buy a credit for $29.99.  For that amount you purchase one or more items designed by the Olsen twins.  You aren’t obligated to buy every month.  Within the first five days of each month you have the option of skipping.   After browsing their collection, I saw several items I would have loved but had a hard time justifying $29.99 for something I am not sure will fit well.

This month they have the StyleMint Mystery Bag.  It is $29.99 and promises to have at least three items in it.  I figure this is a gamble, but after doing some research and reading StyleMint Mystery Bag reviews, I decided to try it out.  I ordered my first item and am excited.  Once I receive it I will do a review.

Have you tried StyleMint?  What are your thoughts?



Pumping but stylish

Becoming a mother has affected my life in so many ways. One that I didn’t really consider before becoming a breastfeeding mom was how it would affect how I dress.  Everyday, I make sure the tops I wear are breastfeeding friendly.  Now that I will be returning to work, I have to consider breastmilk pumping friendly clothes.  Here are my tips for stylish working moms who like me, have to pump at work.

  • Wear separates.  It is much easier to pump if you only have to take off a top, rather than a one piece dress.
  • If you are choosing to wear a one piece dress, consider a wrap dress or a button down shirt dress.
  • For tops, consider button down shirts, cardigans and blazers over nursing tops, and lightweight tops that are easy to take off and put on.
  • Keep an extra neutral top at work, just in case you leak through your clothes.

Here are some great options for pumping working moms out there:

Ann Taylor Loft Utility Blouse $49.50 with Textured Canvas A-Line Skirt $49.50

Banana Republic Safari Shirt Dress $110.00

Forever 21 Double Breasted Jacket $32.80 

Gap Long-sleeve Crossover Nursing T $24.95

Any pumping style tips you would like to share?  I would love to hear them.

How to wear green jeans

We’ve had some unseasonably warm weather these past few weeks in Chicago.  I have busted out my Spring wardrobe much earlier than usual.  To welcome Spring, I have embraced the colored jean trend.  Today, I am wearing my green jeans and a striped dark blue and white tank top.  I was ready to take the little guy out for our daily walk when it started to rain.  Looks like April showers came early.  Instead, here I sit, with my cup of tea, browsing the internet.  Excited about my green jeans, I asked myself, “What else can I wear with my green jeans?”  Here is what I found:

Wear your green jeans with a striped black and white shirt, black blazer, and camel pumps as inspired by The Style Sample

Wear your green jeans with a loose white blouse and leopard pumps as inspired by The Concrete Catwalk

Wear your green jeans with a loose polka dot black and white blouse, a great looking hat, and black pumps as inspired by Superficial Girls

Wear your green jeans with a tan and white striped top and some fun color block shoes as inspired by Anthropolgie clothing catalog

and lastly…

Wear your green jeans with a yellow top, red bag, and red pumps as inspired by Eat, Live, Run

How do you wear your green jeans?

Am I too old for colored jeans?

When I was pregnant, I watched as the fashion blogging world modeled their new colored jeans.  Red, green, purple, yellow, hot pink, I was in love and secretly hoped the colored jean trend would hold strong after I had my little guy.  I am happy to see it isn’t just holding strong, it has taken over.

While chatting online with my 23 year old sister, I linked her to some Forever 21 colored skinny jeans. I proceeded to write, “I’m totally feeling the purple and hot pink ones!”  My loving sister then wrote, “Ya, I like those too, but I’m too old for those colors.”  At that moment I reconsidered my rainbow jean dream.  Before our conversation I had in my online shopping cart a jean in every color of the rainbow.  I had visions of a different colored jean each day of the week, painting my legs with bright hues and candy colored goodness. I then closed my Forever 21 window and replaced it with my Google search terms, “too old for colored jeans”.

I found some interesting posts, many of whom were from women in their 40s and 50s considering the colored jean trend for themselves.  But I’m in my 30s, so that wasn’t helpful.  I then turned to the trusty fashion bloggers I follow.  Many of them are around my age group and rock a mean colored jean.  Below is a list and links to some of my favorite bloggers who aren’t afraid of a little (or a lot) of color.

Sydney from The Daybook, who happens to also be a new mom, looks great in her colbalt jeans.

Linda from Little Tin Soldier, who is also a teacher, instructs her readers how to color block in her green jeans and blue sweater.

Jean from Extra Petite, has extra large style in her russet brown jeans and leopard cardigan.

Jiye from Pearls and Green Tea, who I just learned is also a Chicago mom, looks so fresh in these mint green jeans and striped sweater.

Chloe from the(chloe)conspiracy, can’t hide how great she looks in her lavender jeans.

and finally, Keiko Lynn from Keiko Lynn, looks hot in her red cords.

So what’s the answer to my question, “Am I too old for colored jeans”?  Let’s just say that while writing this post, I also planned my outfit for tomorrow, a pair of green jeans and a striped neutral top.

What do you think?  Is there an age you consider too old for colored jeans?

Here’s an image of some celebrities looking colorful.