Sheer to See Through

Full disclosure, I was not aware of  how see through this top was until I reviewed the pictures. And I’ve had it for years! Even my husband/photog didn’t think it was quite this sheer until he looked at the pics on my computer. Keep in mind all this is after I spent an hour on the side of the Freeway waiting to see the firefighters’ procession.

I thought this would be a good topic to explore here on the blog. Here’s a great illustration of the sheer/not so sheer look, depending on lighting:

Have you ever had that happen? It’s actually pretty common. Full daylight can make things look a lot different than indoor lighting. Additionally, cameras – especially when you use a flash – can sometimes cause one to look overexposed. There are many articles online that show sheer blouse mishaps. Google it, the pics are great hehe.

This really made me think. Would I choose to wear the same outfit again, knowing that it was basically see through? It seems like a simple question, but it brings up a lot of variables: confidence, social standards, etc. To my  surprise, I realized that I would wear it again. I guess I’m getting ballsier in my old age 😉

Of course I initially thought, “but I don’t have a model’s body” and all those other things that run through one’s mind. But I like the outfit, Leo liked the outfit, and I felt good in it so…as long as the sun is down or going down I’d do a repeat.

This outfit is so “covered up” that I felt it worked overall, but generally speaking full daylight is not the time to go super sheer. And of course it goes without saying that this is NOT office appropriate. If one does wear something sheer I also think it’s important to limit it to one item per outfit and avoid wearing a lacy/patterned bra to keep it from being overly sexy. Unless you’re in Vegas of course!

I’d love to hear if you agree or your counter argument in the comments.

Unfortunately this top is too old to find online, but I found this sheer bodysuit and I am obsessed! I already put it in my cart for later. And this is an adorable short sleeved option, while this is a super cute plus size option. If you’re thinking you need a base layer I highly recommend this cami, it’s a steal. If you have room in your budget, Cami NYC is universally recognized as being “the” place to buy quality camisoles.

You can still grab these (waterproof!!) OTK boots here. They are amazing! Not only are they stretchy, so they fit a wide array of ladies, but they also stay up and are crazy comfortable. I was stoked I had room to layer them over my fav, fully opaque Zella leggings (currently 25% of!). Buy these, you won’t regret it! I might just get a backup pair while they’re on sale…

You can still find this bag a few places online, even though I bought it over a year ago. It is amazing! I am still in love with the classic look, braided details, and the fact that it still looks brand new.

My necklace is no longer available, but this one is very similar and here’s a whole page of layered necklaces at a realistic price point. I want this one, but I’m trying very hard to resist. Layered necklaces is a trend I can for sure get behind!

Yep, that’s a see through shirt right there lol

Merry Christmas Eve, if you celebrate it. If not, happy Sunday! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

All Out Comfort Without Sacrificing Style

Like any other girl I have days when I just want to be as comfortable as possible. I very rarely sacrifice comfort for a cute look anyway, but certain times of the month (ahem) I want to basically live in my pj’s (you can probably relate!). In order to avoid looking like I actually am wearing pajamas I usually reach for my absolute favorite leggings, an oversized tee, and a plaid shirt.

If paying $50+ for leggings scares you (I get it, I thought that way at first too), keep in mind these are thick enough to avoid the dreaded VPL, they suck you in without being uncomfortable, and they are equally suited to working out and lounging. Tip: check Nordstromrack every so often, they usually have quite a few discounted Zella options. I am allergic to paying full price and I’ve scored some great deals there!

This plaid shirt is made by B.P. (Nordstrom’s junior line – nope, I am not ashamed to shop the juniors section in my 30’s) and no longer available, but if you have the budget for it PAIGE and Rails make awesome plaid button downsCaslon, Sanctuary, and American Eagle are my go-to’s as they are at a lower price point, but still high quality.

I discovered Free People’s 757 tee a few years ago and fell so hard for the style that I bought it in 5 (!!) colors when they went on sale. Sadly they are no longer widely available, but this one (70% off!) and this one (I have it in white and love it!) are also great options. This particular one was a Poshmark find – I’ve had such great luck finding items there that are out of stock at the major retailers.

It’s funny how often people tell me I’m “dressed up,” yet I’m wearing the most casual of outfits. Seriously, what’s more casual than jeans or leggings and a tee? I think they’re reacting to the fact that even my casual clothes have a little something special about them. I know myself well enough to realize that even my most basic clothes have to get me excited if I want to actually wear them. Do you find yourself returning to the same  favorite items over and over as well?

IMO the highest style achievement one can make is getting to the point where they enjoy wearing – and feel confident in – everything in their closet. I am proud to say I am finally there and it’s ah-mazing! How do you feel when you look in your closet? If you could use a little help developing your personal style or refining your wardrobe give me a shout in the comments. I’ve developed a workbook you might find helpful.

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses 🙂

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Cardiff Bike Ride

Hiya! I hope you’re staying warm and dry – I was just about to go for a walk when it started pouring out of nowhere! I guess that’s a sign it’s time for another blog post! Haha

Recently my friend Sarah and I took advantage of a gorgeous day and biked up and down the Pacific Coast Highway. It was so much fun! I got the usual “you’re wearing that?!” I can’t seem to ever be casual/dressed down enough for my friends. Maybe it’s just because we live in such a casual place? San Diego is flip flop central, after all. Does anyone else get any flak from their friends about their outfit choices or is it just me??

Yes, I did wear my Sam Edelman suede booties (still available in grey suede, saddle suede, and black and saddle leather – all on sale!!) to bike around town and I am not ashamed! When I converted to barefoot shoes I tossed all of my sneakers so I don’t have a lot of options to choose from and the barefoot shoes just aren’t a good fit for the platform pedals.

BTW if anyone reading this is interested in barefoot shoes I highly recommend them, but there are things one should know before transitioning from regular athletic shoes. I’ll do a post with my new fav pair and some tips soon, but just leave me a comment if you have any questions until then. They have completely solved my ankle issues and I love the stability and comfort they offer. Bye bye blisters!!

Sorry the pics are a little dark, we tried a few angles and full sun ended up being too sunny and the shade was a little too dark. We just couldn’t win!

I’m not sure if you can see the detail, but my booties actually have some color in the fringe. It’s a mix of black suede, burgundy suede, and silver. I love how it adds a little oomph to an otherwise fairly basic pair of ankle boots. Sarah compared my boots’ fringe to a grown up version of bike streamers. Remember those?? Fun!

My Zella “Live in Leggings” were a perfect match for the ride and kept me oh so comfy. I paired my leggings with my trusty H&M tank top, which is old, but here’s a similar option. Just size up for a more relaxed fit. I LOVE H&M’s basics section, I get so much use out of my tees and tanks and they are very affordable.

Side note: how cute is this cardi? I saw it as I was getting the link for the tank and I want it!! Grr, not shopping is really hard.

My sweater has sold out, but I’ve linked some similar options here, here, and here. It was always oversized, but it keeps growing every time I wear it. The hazards of knitwear, eh? Ha! I wouldn’t say it’s super warm, but it is super cute and well-suited for the mild SD climate.

I got my Smith sunnies earlier this year and I really like them. The gold on the bottom of the lenses are a nice little touch. I also threw on a necklace from Forever 21. What they have available is always changing, but I can almost always find a cute boho necklace for a ridiculously cheap price.

Well, I gotta get to making some dinner, so farewell and see ya next time! Thanks for visiting!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Double the (Faux) Fur Fun

Hi there! I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures from a trip to the mountains a couple of weekends back.  With all the rain we’ve been getting lately I couldn’t not go (sorry for the double negative) and see the snow. I love that in San Diego we have the beach, mountains, and so many other beautiful places all just a short drive away!

I recently found out about Zella, a Nordstrom brand, which is pretty widely known for being similar to Lululemon at much better prices. A blogger that I love, Jean from Extra Petite, tipped me off to them and I am so glad she did! While she and I have totally different body types, I love her posts and style. Check her out if you get a chance! The Live In Leggings really live up to their name. They are pricier than I usually go for, but I find myself reaching for them constantly! They are most substantial than your typical leggings, so they can be used for workouts if desired.

It was a ton of fun seeing the snow capped mountains up close, but man was it busy up there! People congregated at every little patch of snow we drove by. The snow is something quite special for us So Cal folks! I guess everyone else had the same bright idea we did.

Leo laughed at me for this, but honestly more than anything I was excited to break out my Sorel snow boots! They are about $180 at full price, which is pretty expensive for something I might only use a few times each year, but of course I got a great deal. Plus I justified the purchase by thinking, “well, now I have them if I need them for a spontaneous trip!” Right?Right?! Lol

I didn’t realize quite how bulky my trusty American Eagle parka (old, similar) was until I took a look at these pictures, but it’s lined with faux fur so it’s a little hard not to look a little lumpy I guess. Luckily it has an inner drawstring that allows for a little shape.

It sure did keep me warm and toasty and it’s proved to be a great purchase. I’ve had it for at least 5 years (bought at a super discount, natch) and it never disappoints! Here it is 2 years ago when we went on a ghost tour of San Diego for my bithday, which was soo much fun! That’s my beautiful bestie Tonya with me in the pic, btw 🙂

Have a wonderful day!