Showing posts with label What to Wear. Show all posts
Showing posts with label What to Wear. Show all posts

Friday, April 22, 2016

Rent The Runway - My Pretty Woman Moment



Oh, hello, everyone. Perhaps you thought that I fell off the planet since last Thanksgiving. Nope. I've just been attending fancy galas and such.

Dress: Jill Stuart via Rent The Runway
Clutch:  Whiting and Davis Hollywood Boulevard Clutch via Rent the Runway
Necklace and earrings: vintage Christian Dior

OK, not really. Life got the better of me over the past few months. The holidays happened. Work got nuts. I cut off my hair. We sold our house. We are buying a house. I start to stress eat when I think about packing and moving. The good news? There has been lots of fun in between with family and friends.

I thought I would re-emerge from my blog silence with a fancy pants photo. Well, not pants...but fancy, to be sure. My husband's work event was a gala and I used the opportunity to try out Rent The Runway for the first time. The theme was "Hollywood" and I agonized over what that meant. Old glamour? Red carpet realness? Dressing like a movie character?

I decided to blend all three and get my Pretty Woman know, minus the prostitution. When I found this Jill Stuart "Red Academy Gown" on Rent the Runway, the name alone told me it was the right choice. Never have I felt better suited than in this gown. I strongly considered figuring out a way to buy it for myself so it could live in my closet forever. The process for renting and returning was so simple - you can choose your size and a back up size based on the reviews from others. And the reviews were the most helpful part. I was able to look at real people in similar sizes and heights to get a sense of how the gown might fit on my frame. To contribute to the cause, I wrote a full review on Rent the Runway.

The clutch worked well, but it was smaller than I anticipated. I had to remove my cover on my iPhone 6 Plus to get it to fit inside, and even then, the latch was struggling to stay closed. However, the design and color was exactly what I was looking for: chic and simple.

If you have a special event but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a gown you may wear one time, I would highly recommend Rent The Runway!



Note: I was not compensated at all by Rent The Runway. I wrote this on my own because when I find a great company, I go all in!

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!

Monday, August 24, 2015

What To Wear: The Mom Uniform

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the midst of an ongoing chat with a group of women about parenting, kid-gear and other mom-based encounters. A new question came up that got me really thinking. That question was:

What do you wear on weekend when you are running errands?

It's so easy to fall back into yoga pants and a comfy tee. Or in my case, a dirty tee shirt that is covered with my daughter's breakfast and crayon marks. My original inspiration for this blog touches on this topic: you don't have to lose your sense of style when you become a mom. Here are a few looks for all you weekend warriors to consider when planning your jaunt to Target or your trip to a local park based on stuff that is in my current closet.

The Military-Inspired Look:

This is one of my favorite, go-to outfits. A military jacket provides lots of pocket space for keys, Kleenex, snacks or whatever else you need for quick access. Sneakers give you solid footing and classic Chuck Taylors never go out of style. Throw on aviators and a few necklaces to pull a bit of femininity into the look. I wore a vested-version of this look back in April.

Summer Accessories:

There is no reason you can't leave the house in a tank top and torn shorts. To dress things up, swap out your flip flops for sandals and throw a straw fedora over a pony tail (or unwashed hair - yeah, it happens). Statement shades in a bright color will spice up the look.

Maxi Ease:

There is nothing like a maxi for comfort and coverage. I've talked in the past about the transition from maternity to now with a maxi dress. I prefer maxis that come up high on the neckline with wider straps. I also like an elastic waist for some definition. With fall around the corner, you can throw on some booties and grab a multi-purpose bag - I love Timi and Leslie's Charlie bag if you really want to invest in a diaper bag. Pull your hair back and people will really think you've got it together!

I'd love to hear in the comments some of your favorite, easy looks!

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.

4th 2012

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!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: 2 Legged Mermaid Custom Hats



During the hot 4th of July weekend, I got to really test out my 2 Legged Mermaid trucker hat. I know that this hat was made with love because it was designed and created by one of my best friends, Tia May. She sells her custom designed hats on Etsy.

Even though I love the creator, I can also unabashedly say I am obsessed with my Wave Heart hat. I wear it everywhere - the pool, weekend jaunts to the coffee shop, the beach, trips to Target. What I like about it best is that the hat sits perfectly above my ears. Some ball hats seem to ride up on my head, like they are perched on my noggin rather than resting comfortably over my face. The glitter on this hat really sparkles, too! I feel dolled up even when my hair underneath the hat hasn't seen a shower in a day (or two). Hey, it's summer...don't judge.

2 Legged Mermaid will custom design your color combo, whether it is made in a solid or glitter design. She also makes hats in infant and youth sizes. I have so many hats that I want to get - my next one will be the surfing bear with a color combo of a gray hat and red solid.

2 Legged Mermaid is offering a special deal to Teal In Motion readers. Enter the promo code TEALIM15 at checkout and received 15% off. The offer is good for the entire month of July!

Just because you were born with legs doesn't mean that you aren't a mermaid - happy shopping!


Disclosure: I received a free hat from 2 Legged Mermaid in exchange for this review, but my thoughts and opinions are real. Just like the struggle I have in deciding which hat I want next. The struggle is real.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Boden Activewear - Fashion and Function!


When Boden contacted me to review their new Activewear line, my response was: "Perfect timing!" After two kids who are now both walking, my last excuse keeping me from working out is that I don't have any new running gear. I've signed up for a 10K in November and I have a sweet new outfit to sport while I train. I love the dynamic pattern and the leg lengthening stripe down the side.


I'm not joking when I say that this is the most comfortable gear I've ever worn. With most work out gear I own, I face two common issues - shirts that ride up over my belly button and the length of the pants. With Boden Activewear, I had a perfect fit.

In my jog around the neighborhood, the shirt stayed put. It has a built-in bra, though busty gals can easily double up with a sports bra. I'm comfortably wearing a racer back bra in this photo. And the leggings actually go to my ankles! The ankle zippers are tight and the material is thick and very high quality. Plus, there is a hidden zipper on the back just below the waistband that opens to a large pocket. If you need to carry a key, cash or even a cell phone, it provides the perfect space.


The Run Faster Sweatshirt is going to see heavy rotation this fall, from my training runs to my weekend jaunts out to get coffee. Like the pants, it has a thick, heavy feel that is perfect for warming up against the fall wind. One of my favorite things about this jacket and the entire line is that it is sized 2-18, rather than your typical S-M-L offerings, which can be hard to fit. I am wearing my current true size and the fit is spectacular.


And guess what? You can pick up your own gear at 15% off between now and November 9! Just use the promo code YOGA at checkout when you visit Boden Activewear. I enthusiastically recommend this line. It is priced right - the same that you would pay for Nike or Adidas - and you know you are buying a quality product for the long-term in a fashion-forward style. If you aren't into patterns, Boden is adding basic black to the collection in a few short weeks, so stay tuned!

Thank you, Boden, for letting me try out your gear!

Disclosure: Boden hooked me up with this fantastic gear, but the opinions expressed are my own and totally legit. I love this line!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ASOS Maternity Line

During my pregnancy, I was on the search for maternity clothes that had personality, style and affordability. Feel free to browse through all my maternity looks.

I discovered that ASOS, an online brand I already loved, had a maternity line. Hurray! They make quality clothes at a great price for all shapes and sizes! It almost makes me wish I was 7 months pregnant right now so I could rock these looks. swollen ankle memories aren't that far out of mind yet.

Today, I'm partnering with ASOS to share some of my favorite pieces currently for sale. Stay tuned for the end - we have a giveaway in progress!

Here is what I'm spying and recommending...

Gorgeous dresses:

Wide-strap maxis: I tried to pull of non-maternity maxis when I was pregnant, but always found that thin straps became a major issue. When you are holding onto some extra weight in the bust, wide straps will make a self-conscious mama feel much more at ease.

Crepe midi-dress: If you don't like clingy fabrics on your bump, crepe is a nice compromise. It hangs and flows beautifully and makes a dress look much more expensive than most maternity dresses in jersey stretch. I would wear this dress to work because of the high neckline and long length to feel completely stylish and appropriate.

Shirt dress: This dress caught my eye because the floral feels very on trend and the sleeves give maximum coverage while still being flirty. It strikes me as very vintage inspired.

The Essentials:

Long sleeve tees: There is little more timeless than a long sleeved Breton striped tee. I'm not one to subscribe to the idea of avoiding stripes when pregnant. I find stripes to be a compliment to a pregnant belly. You've got it there for all the world to see - flaunt it!

Leggings: They might seem like the lazy way out, but a quality pair of thick leggings can be a staple in your styling. Long tees and tunics work well with leggings. Basic black is slimming, comfortable and if paired with boots, they are your new favorite pants.

Nursing tanks: I lived in my nursing tanks after my son was born to the point where they felt like they became part of my body. Next time around, I'm running to pick this tank up. The longer length is great for women of average to tall height or just for those looking for a little extra coverage as your body settles back into place post-partum.

My personal style:

Rocker tee: I would wear this shirt this coming weekend if I had it in my size. Rock it, mama.

Distressed maternity skinny jeans: I lived in boots at the end of my pregnancy because of terrible edema. A cool pair of skinnies would get a lot of wear in my house.

Black pencil skirt: Staying work appropriate and stylish is a challenge. This black pencil skirt could be paired with any variety of blouses for office attire. It is on my list for #2!

ASOS is offering three - that's right, THREE winners - 20% off coupon codes. The codes are good for the entire ASOS site, so you don't have to be pregnant to get a good deal. All you have to do to enter is:

1.  Visit ASOS and share your favorite maternity piece in the comments.

Bonus entries (leave one comment for each action taken):

2. Follow Teal In Motion on Facebook, Twitter, Google Friend Connect (see sidebar) and/or Pinterest. Just comment and let me know!

Winners will be announced February 5th. Good luck!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What To Wear: Late Summer Sun

It is attributed to Mark Twain that he once said, "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." In September and October in San Francisco, something magic happens. The fog parts and the sun comes out...and stays out. We are treated to a rise in temperatures and a reprieve from the cold. While the rest of the country is preparing for fall by throwing on scarves and jackets, we in San Francisco are getting our last wear out of sandals and tank tops. However, this city can be a fickle little lady and the cold can sneak right back at you without a moment's notice. Above is my ideal September outfit - just enough layering to peel off and beat the heat and a few pieces thrown in that could transition nicely into fall.

And of course, as I type this, the fog is rolling ominously by my window. Stupid Mother Nature. Where's my sun?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Choosing The Right Running Shoe


Shoes: Asics Women's Gel Evolution 6

You might find it odd to learn that someone who runs a personal style blog hates shoe shopping. There are a variety of reasons for this. Primarily it is because I wear a size 11 shoe.  It is a tough size to find available. Shopping for heels and flats takes lots of strategic planning to find the stores that might deem to create something that doesn't look like a nursing shoe or that even bothered to make shoes in that size at all. I always end up frustrated.  A store clerk once told me that in a bad economy, size 11 shoes are the first to diminish because no one wants to spend the extra money to produce a shoe size that so few people wear. Let's hope that times don't get any tougher because I will end up walking around barefoot, leaving giant footprints behind.

With dress shoes, I usually end up taking what is available or trying to stuff my foot into a size 10. This inevitably leads me to giving my brand new, unworn shoes to my best girl friend, much to her glee. However, when it comes to running shoes, I put in a lot of thought.

I'm running my third half marathon in September. You may ask, Teal, how do you find time to train? The answer is that I don't. Fitting in 5 miles is a luxury and a major event these days. I'm winging it, hoping that the glory days of my runner's past will carry me through. And if that fails, I need good shoes to support me while I limp to the finish line.

When looking for a running shoe that will work for your foot, consider the following:

1) Your pronation - this refers to where your stride hits on the bottom of your foot. I'm a severe over pronator. My feet are as flat as the pavement they hit. If you saw my footprints, you'd wonder what kind of duck-human hybrid just passed by. It is important that I have strong arch support and I buy shoes that work with my weakness.

2) Your width - This is an important consideration. If you have the wrong shoe width, you will be that much more prone to blisters. If your feet are wide, look for shoes in D width or even consider men's shoes, which tend to run wider. Adding to the reasons I hate my feet, not only are they flat, but they are pencil narrow. I wish I could buy easily accessible men's shoes, but my narrow little sticks would just slide right out of them. Seriously, it's a feet freak show over here.

3) Shoe length - Go up a half a size. You want to have that half-inch of room at the end of your toe to make way for your gait. If you stick with your normal size, you risk your toes banging into the top repeatedly. Let me tell you - getting a pedicure over a lost toenail is NOT pretty.

4)  Every day wear-ability - While I may take pictures of myself in colorful heels, you will most often find me in running shoes after work. If you wear them as often as I do, you want versatility. That is why I purchased the gray Asics pictured above. Their neutral coloring will go with everything. 

Asics are my go to shoes, but every foot is different. What do you look for in a great running shoe?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

What To Wear: Mother's Day Brunch

I ventured into The Limited about a month ago and tried on the dress shown above. I'm now experiencing buyer's remorse because it would be the perfect little dress to wear to brunch on Mother's Day. Shoulda, woulda, coulda....good thing it is still available online.

What are you doing to celebrate Mother's Day this year?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One Style, Two Ways


I find that once I wear an outfit I really like, I want to wear it over and over again.  Such is the case with the first picture. The combination of bold black and white stripes against mustard worked for me. However, while I have no problem wearing the same pair of yoga pants two days in a row on the weekend (don't judge me), I will chide myself when repeating the exact same combination within a few days later. 

Above is my re-interpretation of a recent favorite outfit. The stripes are extended through a dress and tights take the place of jeans. Throw on a big belt for some shape and voila - a new outfit is born.

1st outfit: see here

2nd outfit:
Cardigan: LOFT
Dress: Old Navy
Belt: Macy's
Tights: Macy's
Sunglasses: H&M
Wedges: Payless

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What To Wear - The Sports Fan

News flash about me: I'm a sports fan. It's not something I blog about much, but sports are a major part of my world. I've been known to cancel a flight in order to stay in a sports bar to celebrate a big playoff win. Since my dad raised me to be a die-hard Lakers fan (sorry, Warriors), I have an extensive collection of vintage Lakers tee. My husband is an encyclopedia of sports knowledge. Sports Center is a constant fixture on the TV at home and while living in Seattle, we paid out the nose to get all the DirecTV sports packages just so we could watch Bay Area sports. Now that we are back in San Francisco, it is only fitting that the 49ers are vying for the NFC championship this Sunday. It's almost like a welcome home present, just for us.

Since our entire weekend revolves around plunking down on the couch for the big game with giant sandwiches, chips and ice-cold Diet Cokes, I might as well plan out my super-fan outfit as well. I'm keeping it casual - vintage-style tee, hoodie to snuggle up in, comfy jeans and Chuck Taylors. I tossed the watch into the mix because I spotted it, loved the TV shaped-face and I'm now obsessed with it.

Go Niners!

P.S.....have you entered the Shabby Apple giveaway yet?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What To Wear: Christmas Tree Hunting!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, not yet in my house. Right now, it looks like a bundle of boxes from Amazon and exploded in my living room. Online shopping has been the only way to go this year. But I have aspirations of taking all those boxes out to our recycling bin and replacing them with Christmas decorations this weekend!

Since this is Keagan's first Christmas, getting our Christmas tree will be a huge deal, complete with tons of picture snapping and photo ops. This means I'm already thinking about clothes. I bought a fantastic snowman sweater from Gymboree for Keagan - now it's my turn to outfit plan. This is my ideal winter wonderland, tree-farm, shopping excursion outfit. Stay tuned for a future post to see how it all turns out!

Is anyone else getting their tree this weekend?