Showing posts with label Outfits for all occasions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Outfits for all occasions. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Levi's 501 CT - A Return To Classic Denim




I'm returning to my first denim love - Levi's 501s.

Jeans: Levi's 501 CT in Surfer Girl
Blazer: Ben Sherman (similar)
Tank: Target
Belt: vintage
Heels: Nine West (similar)

I flipped through some old photos this summer from my high school and college days. In every picture, I'm wearing my faded, well-loved men's 501 jeans. The waistbands and button flies were higher and longer in those days. I'm not sure the phrase "muffin top" had been invented yet because we were all nicely tucked into our five button fly denim. Somewhere in the timeline of my twenties, I gravitated towards lower waistlines and designer lines. But I loved my 501s! They are classics - the brand is iconic and never goes out of style. If I could have my beat up, hole-ridden jeans from my youth back, they'd be the staple of my wardrobe today.

I recently read an article about the new Levi's 501 CT (stands for Customized and Tapered) style and I knew I had to give them a try. And just as I suspected, I love them wholeheartedly. They can be worn in so many ways - date night (that's what I was going for here), weekend warrior, beach time, or in the fall with ankle boots. What I love about them is that you can size down from your natural size for a tight, ankle length fit or you can size up for a baggier, boyfriend style fit. I chose my natural size and they are exactly the style I was looking for: a boyfriend jean that feels lived in but not like I'm swimming in them. Next time I wear them, I'll probably give them an extra roll up at the hem, but I appreciate the versatility in cuffing them differently. I might even get another pair in a lighter color a size smaller to get a snug fit.

And I will not make the same mistake twice. I will hold onto these jeans until the seams fall apart!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Lifespan of a Favorite Shirt


Blouse: H&M (similar)
Shorts: Target
Shades: Ray-Ban
Sandals: Birkenstock

As I slid this red and white blouse over my head before heading out to the local farmers' market this past weekend, I realized this might be my favorite shirt. It certainly has staying power. I've had it since I started this blog - that is over five years! It cost me $9.99 when I purchased it from H&M and I constantly lament that I wish I had more blouses in this flowing style. What's that old saying? The best things in life are right under your nose....yeah, I think I made that up just now, but it still applies to my point.



I brought this blouse out for the 4th of July this year. It was unbearably hot as we waited for the local parade, but this shirt covered me both on coolness and color-necessity for the day.

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Speaking of the 4th of July, this blouse made an appearance on the blog in 2012 to celebrate our nation. Clearly, my love of deconstructed denim has not waned.


Even as far back as one of my earliest blog posts, while 18 weeks pregnant with my son, I rocked the flowy blouse with wide leg jeans. There is nothing like a full blouse to help you get through those early maternity clothes struggles. Perhaps this should also be part of my "From Maternity To Now" series...

The point is: if you love something, don't set it free. Hold on tight to that favorite shirt. I plan on wearing this shirt until the threads fall off!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sweet Summertime


Tank: Old Navy (on sale now!)
Shorts: Ann Taylor (similar)
Aviators: Ray-Ban
Flip flops: Havaianas

Blogging is not my day job, people. It's not even my second job. It falls a distant third behind the job that pays the bills and the job that I love the most - being a mom. I know, ew. Calm down on the sugar 'cuz I'm giving you cavities.

I can't help but feel extra connected to my family right now. It's summer and I've got little pockets of vacation and free time to lift my mood into the stratosphere. I'm like a lizard on a rock when the sun comes out, my face pointed to the sky with a smile. This combination sends me sprinting out the door with the kids to find outdoor activities for us to enjoy together. Summer is the best for its abundance of fairs, festivals and farmer's markets. My favorite kind of F words!

With my increased desire to fill my time with family moments, I remember less and less to take photos of what this blog was initially all about - clothes. What I wear has taken a back seat to what I'm doing, like refinishing our dining furniture (more to come in a future post) and searching for my next 5-or-10K race.

So when I stop mid-way through our trip to the Marin County Fair and think, "Oh yeah. I should take a picture for the blog," I realize it isn't going to be posed and polished. It will be me laughing at my son wearing a banana on his head and at my daughter doing her best Gene Simmons impression. It will be me in shorts and a tank, feeling cute and comfortable, but not at all fashion forward. And fortunately, it will produce one of my favorite all-time photos that best represents my daily reality and the true personalities of my children.

But, to stay blog-centric, I'll say this: I love my Old Navy tank top and I wear it constantly. And I instantly regretted my shoe choice the minute we entered the petting zoo.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Birthday Wisdom




It's my birthday and I'll wear giraffe prints and drink wine at noon if I want to.

Blouse: H&M
Jeans: Gap
Belt: vintage
Hat: Forever 21(similar)
Bag: Banana Republic
Shades: Ray-Ban
Sandals: Target

With age comes wisdom. At age 37, I've learned a few things. I've learned that the key to a nice birthday celebration is to just chill. It's dropping the kids off with the grandparents for the day. It's sitting in the sun eating soft cheeses and drinking some sauvignon blanc. It's catching up on conversations with your significant other when the speed of life slows down a bit. It's wearing a hat because you never get the chance to wear hats anymore and you are totally a hat kind of girl.

Yep, I've got it all figured out until life's next curve ball. I mean, as my son told me this past weekend, "Mommy, you are almost 38 now." Slow down, kid. Chill.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Combining Trends With Functionality



It's been a long time since I've done an outfit post. These are my play clothes.

Vest: Banana Republic
Tee: Old Navy (similar)
Jeans: Gap
Shades: Ray-Ban
Flats: Target

I follow a lot of style blogs. When I see some blogs with moms with young kids wearing sky-high heels and adorable mini-dresses, I'm in awe of their fashion sense and I'm inspired by their trends. I'm also terrified for them in their lack of practicality. It's a strange dichotomy.

When I started this blog, I swore up and down that I wouldn't lose my sense of personal style just because I was transitioning into mommyhood. Yet as of late, I find myself gravitating away from the styles I used to covet. Beautiful stilettos have been shelved - on most occasions outside of work, I'm racing with my son across grass park fields. I haven't bought a dress that doesn't hit at the knee or lower in fear that I will show all my lady business to the world every time I bend over to pick up my daughter. Earrings other than studs? Forget about it. I'd like to avoid a trip to the ER to get my lobes stitched back on.

So where does that leave me? Honestly, it leaves me in a bit of a style rut which is maybe why I don't post on outfits as often anymore. I want what I showcase to be truly what I wear, not just something I dolled up in for photos before throwing on my actual outfit of jeans and a tee. In other words, I want to give it the old college try (although by that definition, it would mean I'm hungover in sweat pants, so maybe that doesn't apply here...) and find clothes that feel cute, fashionable and put together while still serving the one thing I truly need: FUNCTION. I need pockets for Kleenex and random toys. I need coverage for whatever obstacle I may have to leap over, bend down for or twist towards. I need stability and agility when my kids brush against my full coffee cup that teeters precariously on the living room side table.

While I would love to embrace stacked heels and thigh-length dresses, I am trying to instead incorporate trends that work with my lifestyle. That is why I love this military vest. I expect to wear it quite a bit through the year with tees, tanks, shorts, you name it. If I can feel somewhat trendy while climbing through a jungle gym, it's a win-win.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Recreating My Youth Through Vintage Tees

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Last week, I dug a photo of my seven year old self out of the archives, sharing my mission to find the adult size version of my favorite childhood t-shirt. I'm back to report my success!

I haven't aged a day, right? Riiiight. Though I may be a few feet taller and blonde (although my roots tell the true story), the look of determination I employed while skating in the '80s is the same one I had today when I searched for my new Thriller iron-on vintage tee.

And may I say, it is, like, totally awesome.


My new rule of thumb is when in doubt, go to Etsy. It was there that I discovered Dazed and Vintage, a store that specializes in vintage tees from the '70's and '80's. My childhood icons and favorite bands leaped out at me in tee-shirt form. Wonder Woman! Pat Benetar! Ghostbusters! All of the iron-on decals of my youth were laid out before me.

And there was my beloved Michael Jackson decal on a perfectly sized ringer tee. I was sold before I could say "Sch'mon". I want to give an extra shout out to Monica at Dazed and Vintage (who you can follow on Twitter, along with following Teal In Motion!). There was a hold up in the shipping due to big southern storms and Monica was ready and willing to replace the missing shirt at no extra charge. She was so quick to communicate with me and for that, she has earned a repeat customer. Fortunately, the original package came through and I ended up with this happy face:


I'm not sure if I'm moonwalking or trying to get up on my tip toes here, but I do know that this tee is just the right dose of nostalgia needed to bring happiness to the heart of this P.Y.T.

Disclosure: I was not compensated or gifted for this post. I am simply spreading the word about an awesome product. In other words...Dazed and Vintage is not my sponsor. It's just a store that sold me my faaaaaaaa-vorite shirt! But my opinions are my own. (See what I did there?)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Personal Style Posts

I have all kinds of excuses as to why I've dropped off the map when it comes to style posts. My kids broke my tripod. I have no time to stop to take photos in between school drop offs and commuting to and from work. And so on...and so on.

The truth is I've gotten lazy about documenting my what-I-wore fashion escapades. I've resorted to a downward cell phone selfie in order to showcase my favorite new items and then called it a day. I'm still working hard to wear cute clothes! I've just become really lazy about sharing. For example:


I was grateful for the rain, not only for water-starved California but for the fact that I could finally wear my new Hunter rain boots.


It is well documented that I love stripes. It was love at first site when I found these slip on flats from Target for $16.


Speaking of stripes, here are some more! This Old Navy shift dress called to me from across the store and it is my current favorite piece in my closet.


I take it back. This bulldog sweater from Target is my current favorite thing. It is a men's small sweater and when I saw my little Turbo smiling at me from under a derby hat, I knew it had to be mine. It is sold out online but you can likely still find it in stores now.

You see? I still wear clothes. I just need to do a better job of turning the camera back around in my direction.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Play Time




Gingham and plaid - your go-to prints for Pumpkin Patch photos.

Button up: Banana Republic
Jeans: Old Navy
Oxfords: Naturalizers

Pumpkin patch photos are obligatory this time of year. You see them all over your Facebook feed and populating the blogs, with hues of orange, yellow and green popping on your screen. I'm no different. I succumb to the madness and the happiness of the whole scene. We are a funny bunch in California, though. I looked around the little patch we chose this past weekend and saw all of the patrons dresssed in jeans, sweaters and long sleeves in 75 degree heat. Let's just pretend it is fall, OK?

It is on moments like these where I realize that I've dressed up for the day, I've done my hair in something other than a ponytail and I've put on makeup. In other words, it is a momentous day. I realize, I should take outfit photos! I hand the camera over to my husband and tell him to quickly and awkwardly snap away while the rest of the public wonders why I'm standing there alone and posing.

I've fallen out of the "outfit of the day posts" for a number of reasons. First, I don't have the time to stop and snap some photos. My day begins at 5 AM when my daughter wakes and ends at 7:30 PM when my son goes to bed. By 7:30 PM, there is a solid chance I'm already in my pajamas. Second, I'm in a bit of a clothes funk. I've been trying to lose all my baby weight and I'm getting close to my end goal. Everything piece of clothing I own is either way too tight or way too big. I'm looking at the picture I posted above and as cute as I felt that day, I'm now wondering how I survived drowning in that shirt.

My new plan is to post outfit photos maybe twice a month, when I'm feeling super cute or if I have a purpose in sharing a specific item. Then again, maybe it is better to demonstrate reality - that sometimes, you just have to put on a button up and some jeans and call it a day, and that is totally OK and, in most cases, preferable to chasing the latest trends. I'll work on walking that fine line while I enjoy the moment with my sweet family.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Finding a Bridesmaid Dress You Can Wear Again


I'm one of the lucky ones - I was in a wedding where the bride let me pick my own dress.

Dress: Ralph Lauren
Heels: Madden Girl
Clutch: Banana Republic

The only direction the bridal party was given was blue. Not teal (lovely color, though), not sky, but true blue. When given the green light to pick my own bridesmaid dress, I was thrilled to be unleashed into the shopping world. Your average bridesmaid dress does not come cheap and I love to find dresses that will have some longevity. I tend to drift toward classic silhouettes so that five years from now, should the occasion arise, I have a dress on hand that doesn't look dated.

It was not hard to fall in love with this Ralph Lauren one shoulder dress. It felt sleek (though I'm not gonna lie - I broke out the Spanx for this one), the color was vibrant and Ralph Lauren seems to remain pretty timeless. Plus, I scored it on sale for about $110 so it didn't break the bank. If you are in a wedding where the bride is as cool as mine and let's you pick your own dress, I highly recommend this one. I see it reappearing in future fancy events!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crushing on Roland Mouret for Banana Republic and Faux Hawks


I'm not gonna lie. I was feeling pretty good about myself last Friday night. The trip to Santa Monica for my best girl's wedding was made solo. Just me, no husband (sadly), no kids (not as sadly). When I showed up to the rehearsal dinner all done up in my new Roland Mouret for Banana Republic dress, my response to people's kind compliments was to be slightly embarrassed and reply "Mama doesn't get out of the house much." I guess that when I do, I like to get fancy.


Dress: Banana Republic
Heels: Steve Madden
Clutch: Banana Republic
Earrings: Stella & Dot

I'm obsessed with this dress. I haven't felt compelled to wear anything body-con since giving birth to my daughter. My ongoing tummy pooch was not ready and many clothes these days cause me to feel self-conscious, regardless of how proud I am for creeping ever closer to my pre-pregnancy weight. However, this dress feels like it has its own built in Spanx system. The stretch material sucks you in and curves in all the right places. At $150 (or less if you can time a great 40% off sale - I bought the dress for about $100 during a weekend promotion), you are investing in a dress with a true designer feel. It has leaped into first place in my closet - you can't go wrong with a beautiful little black dress for the long haul. I'm debating buying a couple other dresses while the collection is still in stores.

But while I have you here, can I please brag about my hair for a moment? I worked my butt off to get it just right and finally nailed a Pinterest hair obsession - the faux hawk.


If I had a spare hour, I would do this every day! It really wasn't as hard as I thought it might be. All it took was lots of curling, bobby pins, helmet head hair spray and patience. Breaking out of my dirty ponytail mode was such a joy. Granted, I had to be a few hundred miles away from my kids to have the time to do it, but I'll take it. I think I may have to start venturing into Pinterest searches again in the near future!

Cheers to celebrating with great friends and taking the time to break out of the mom mode with a fun new look!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Planning a Zoo Outfit


I think I made the cutoff for the rides.

Sweater: Gap
Jeans: Target
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Flats: Steve Madden

Not a lot to see here. Just a 5'11" woman casually hanging out in a casual outfit with a cartoon giraffe. You know, your basic Sunday at the zoo.

I find myself at the zoo a lot lately. Giraffes, elephants, zebras and monkeys are a constant part of my two-year-old son's conversation. We went to the Oakland Zoo, which is light years better in terms of space for the animals in comparison to the San Francisco Zoo, on a little adventure outside of the city. When I dress for the zoo, a few questions must be answered affirmatively before I decide on an outfit:

1) Are my shoes comfortable ?

2) Can I chase around after my son without fear of things peeking or poking out in appropriately when I bend over to pick him up?

3) Do I have pockets for Kleenex?

4) Am I animal-print free? (Because I feel like that might be highly offensive to some of the animals. How would you feel if someone came to visit you wearing a human-skin jacket? Gross, right?)

5) Will I be OK if this gets covered in dirt/crumbs/sticky unnamed stuff? That is a pretty standard question for most outfits these days, but especially applicable to zoo excitement.

If I have a solid five out of five, then we have a winner.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Multiple Exposures




I jumped to new levels of bravery in taking these photos.

Jacket: Banana Republic (similar)
Sweater: MNGO (similar)
Jeans: GAP
Bag: H&M
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Boots: Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)

It has always been a little bit uncomfortable for me to share that I have a blog with people that I meet in real life. To actually verbalize, "Yes, I have a blog in which I share pictures of myself" has always struck me as, well, vain. And truthfully, there is a certain amount of vanity involved in the creation of a lifestyle blog. You want to make it aesthetically pleasing and you post shots where you are at your visual best. To lend to this, I'm currently taking a photography class. I want my camera to be more than a point and shoot, to actually understand what aperture means.

My photography class took a field trip to Golden Gate Park to tinker with our cameras. In this session, I admitted to my classmates that I own a blog. Since my little secret was out, I decided to lose all inhibition and take my tripod-posed photos in front of them. My teacher saw me going back and forth from the tripod to the stairs, running and posing in between a 10 second timer. "Oh, is this Teal In Motion?" he said, smiling. I turned bright red, mumbled something about over exposure and said yep, this is pretty much it.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Simple Styling





Sometimes it is the simplest outfit in which I feel the absolute best.

Chambray shirt: Target (similar)
Tee: Gap
Jeans: Gap
Necklace: Anthropologie
Watch: Michael Kors (similar)
Boots: Kenneth Cole (similar)

 I had such aspirations this past weekend. Dinner with friends. A trip to the zoo. Grocery shopping. I only accomplished the least fun one (take a guess) of these plans since I came down with a wicked cold. I didn't have energy for anything more than jeans and a tee - my best Gap basics. Yet, I felt good. Dare I say, I felt put together. I'm at my best with simple combinations. Black, gray and denim - it pairs nicely with my yellow cabinet I found on Craigslist for $50, doesn't it? When I'm sick, I like to accessorize with my house.

Monday, January 14, 2013



Whether a trend is still in or on its way out, if it is on sale, I'm sold.

Sweater: Old Navy
Button Up: Express
Pants: Target
Heels: Urban Outfitters
Glasses: Warby Parker

I've been wanting to get an animal sweater for quite some time - as far back as September. As time passed, I never felt inclined to spend $30+ for a sweater that would surely be a fading trend. I prefer to purchase staples with staying power. When I saw this sweater on sale at Old Navy for $12, I couldn't resist. Is this trend over? Perhaps. But when my son gives it his seal of approval ("Oooh! Fox!") and I spent the equivalent of a what a fancy salad might cost me at lunch to get it, I feel like I made a wise choice.

Then, I did some light Googling to provide you with a link so you can get your own sweater on sale. Guess what? You can't. It is sold out and it is going for $69 or more on eBay! Are you kidding me? Maybe I really did outfox the fashion competition by digging through the sale racks. And maybe that is my last pun of the day. Maybe.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Chunky Sweaters




Nope. Not pregnant. But this sweater seems to think otherwise.

Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Button-up: Target
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Frye
Wayfarers: Ray-Ban (similar)

Chunky sweaters can be deceiving. When my husband gave me this sweater for Christmas, I was thrilled because chunky sweaters have been my thing lately. I love the patchwork elbows and the toffee color. I wanted to wear it so badly on our date night during our holiday vacation in wine country that I paired it with the only jeans and boots I had on hand, the ability to match completely disregarded. Subbing in black boots or indigo denim would have been the right move here, but I was without. Despite all of this, I was feeling pretty cute.

You know how they say the camera adds 10 lbs? Well, apparently, this sweater adds another twenty. Kevin swore up and down that in person the sweater didn't make me look wide, but I think a picture is worth a thousand of my husband's lies sweet words.  He offered to take the sweater back but I opted to keep it because a) I totally love it and him for knowing what I love, and b) if I get pregnant again anytime in the near future, I've got a sweater on hand to cover it.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Breaking and Keeping New Year's Resolutions




My New Year's resolution is to post my pictures to the blog in a timely manner.

Vest: Old Navy
Chambray button-up: Target
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Target
Hat: H&M (similar)
Boots: Nine West (similar)

Oops, already broke a resolution. I also resolved to eat less aged cheese, but I think we all know how that one will turn out as well.

The weather was pretty chilly during the holidays. In the days before the new year, I started to get claustrophobic in the house. As much as I like a long break, I can't sit still for long. This is a trait my son has inherited as well, so we bundled up and headed to the zoo. It is fair to say that I am obsessed with this puffer vest from Old Navy (which I purchased in size Tall because I learned things in 2012). I wore it no less than five days in a row over Christmas. Considering it was only $15, I'm thinking I might need one in every color and I'll rename the blog "Expecting Puffers" because that is all I will wear from now on. Staying as warm and cozy as possible - that's a New Year's resolution I can keep.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Peacoat Perfection





'Tis the season to find the perfect winter coat.

Coat: c/o GigaSavvy
Shirt: Target
Jeans: Target (similar)
Necklace: H&M
Boots: Frye

I was offered a dream opportunity - pick a coat, any coat.  Have you ever heard the phrase like a kid in a candy store? Just call me Violet Beauregard because I felt like a glutton when scrolling through their selections. I've been on the hunt for an all-purpose peacoat. When it comes to wardrobe staples, I look for three things: versatility, quality and affordability. I think I found all three with this navy wool Tommy Hilfilger coat.

During this holiday season, I have visions of new coat combinations dancing in my head. Not only do I love the deep navy color that will go with nearly everything, but I also love the lining, as demonstrated by my flasher-like pose. Surprise! The coat is awesome inside AND out. Plus, it is on sale in a huge way right now. It may be a bit of a budget stretch, but from a cost-per-wear perspective, you can't beat this price for the level of quality. This is a coat I will have for years. I highly recommend you check out the online sales and find the coat that works for you!

Disclosure: My coat was supplied by GigaSavvy but the opinions expressed here are solely my own. I fully dig that coat lining and I'm not afraid to show it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

IKEA Logo, Realized

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It's that moment when you are shopping at IKEA and you realize that you are wearing the exact colors of the logo of IKEA. You will notice that even my son is too embarrassed to look at me.