Is it just me, or does it suddenly feel like late summer? Maybe it’s because my kids go back to school this month and I see the span of our free time shrinking. Maybe it’s because we’ve been in summer for a solid six weeks now, and are riding a legit heat wave. Either way, I feel like I’m staring down the barrel at the end of summer and I don’t like it.
I had to get ready in about 8 minutes flat today (mostly due to lingering too long around my coffee), so it was grab, grab go. But later, when I brought my husband lunch, he kept complimenting me on how I looked, which was really nice to hear, considering my ultra minimal efforts. As always, it reminds me how having a well-curated closet truly makes getting dressed easy.
Effortless Factor: 10
It’s hard to turn down the chance to give yourself extra long legs, so I took the bait and wore my Nisolo wedge sandals with shorts. However, I’m not really loving this look. The shorts are throwing it for me. I thrifted them a few months ago, they’re pretty retro, and I don’t think the pleats do me any favors, time to move them on!
Effortless Factor: 6, These shoes are a little fancy for my ‘everyday’ life, and I didn’t like my bunchy shorts.
Today I spent loads of time at the pool (the morning for lessons and the afternoon for fun) so casual-humpday it was! No time to do hair or makeup, etc, etc. Just a little summer playtime. It turns out this dress doubles as a great swimsuit coverup! Also, a note on fit. Fresh out the package, it felt a little snug, and I was unsure at first. But Paige advised me that it loosens up, and it sure does! It’s much more comfortable now, and less body con.
On a side note, the vampire bite on my chest? It’s from my son, who did it in his sleep. So strange, right?!
Effortless Factor – 10
One of the really nice perks of being a blogger – or influencer, as the industry term goes – is that cool people who make beautiful things invite you to share their goods with your audience. Sometimes I work with big companies with marketing budgets, and sometimes I work with small owner-operated businesses who don’t even use the word marketing. I always choose carefully who I work with, ensuring their ethics and aesthetics align with mine.
Today I’m honored to share my pieces from Claus jewelry with you. I posted my necklace on Instagram last week (you can also see it above in Tuesday’s outfit), and you can see the Arch Hoops above. They are simple, and ultra lightweight (a must for me + dangly earrings) and made from recycled materials. Erin Claus’s minimalist aesthetic is one you won’t soon forget, just like the signet rings she’s known for. I hope you’ll check out Claus Jewelry.
Styling Notes: I love the simplicity of this outfit. Also, I’m wearing shorts, and I don’t feel like a kid (like I unfortunately did on Saturday). I think the sleek sandals and silky blue shirt are a nice contrast to the old, broken-in shorts. And speaking of broken-in, these sandals finally feel really good! It only took me two years to break them in. The leather on these, both the straps and soles, is thick. And it’s finally molded to my feet and feeling nice and comfortable!
Effortless Factor – 10
For some reason I kept pushing past this dress in my closet, thinking it was too ‘dressy’ for weekdays. Turns out, I am way wrong. This was my favorite outfit from the week. The simple, shift style of this dress is one of my favorite silhouettes to wear. I just feel so cool without the effort to get there. And I was literally cool too! Ha!
Effortless Factor – 10
Nope. Can I rewind? 🙅 This outfit is not working for me. I didn’t like it when I wore it, I don’t like it in the pictures. It just doesn’t feel like me. Not to mention those short-shorts, not my style either. I would have been better off with a linen dress again. I was feeling a little bored with my summer clothes and pulled these shorts out of the archives, and out of the house they will go. I had a good run with them, but now they must move on.
Effortless Factor: Not even gonna…
Ah, much better. You had me at black and jumpsuit. Two of my favorite things. I’ve been wearing my REIFhaus jumpsuit a lot lately, and it was nice to don this one instead. It’s soft, swishy, and a compliment-magnet. I loved wearing this outfit. And I spent plenty of time on the floor with grubby toddlers (duty calls at church) and this jumpsuit was perfect for the job. It’s sturdy, moves with me as I play on the floor, and then afterwards I can toss it in the hamper for mindless machine washing. No fuss here.
Effortless Factor: 9 – I had to untie my sash when using the restroom.
FAVORITES: Thursday + Friday
LESSONS: Don’t neglect items in your closet, even if you think they’re ‘too dressy’ for everyday. With the right styling you might change your mind.