October 7, 2015



Over the last year or so as I've discovered my personal style, I've found myself drawn toward more and more basics. They're the foundation of my wardrobe, and as much fun as dressing up can be, basics are practical for my lifestyle and work for all occasions. There's also something so effortless about basics, and that's always what I'm looking for in my style -- never looking too "done up" or like I'm trying too hard. I just want to be me.

Jeans and t-shirts are two of my most worn basics. And paired together, they're a great base outfit and can easily go from day to night. I picked up these new 700 Series Levi's jeans from Zappos a few weeks ago, and although I'm typically drawn toward distressed jeans, I love that these ones aren't distressed so they can transition a little more easily for any occasion. And I love that with Zappos I can order them and then with their fast, free shipping they can be at my doorstep as fast as the next day (but if they don't fit, you can send it back for free with their 365 day return policy).

These jeans are currently taking me from errands in the morning with Fos while B is in school, to date nights in the evenings with Philip. During the day, throw a chambray (or gingham or plaid) shirt around your waist, slip on some converse, and add a casual bag. For night time, take the same basic jeans and tee and dress it up with black heels, a leather jacket, and dressier purse, and a statement necklace. Easiest (and most comfortable) day to night outfit you'll ever wear!

photos by jana laurene  |  created in partnership with zappos and levi's

October 6, 2015


Yesterday, I mentioned that this week is Modern Girl's Halloween week! A few months ago my best friend, Leanne, and I launched an online sewing course, The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing. We have two courses, Beginner and Intermediate, where we teach you every one of our sewing skills. 

Well that fun part about taking our courses and learning to sew is that you can make your own wardrobe, but ALSO you can make Halloween costumes! 

Our Beginner's Course covers the basics of sewing and gives you all the skills to make a pretty little A-line skirt, so today we're showing you how to take that tutorial a little farther and make yourself a Halloween costume.

Yesterday Leanne shared a gorgeous Tinkerbell costume, and today I'm excited to share a costume for Mary Poppins! 

Hop over to ModernGirlSewing.com and check out the Beginner's course where you'll learn all the skills to make yourself this skirt. Then click through after the page break to find the rest of the tutorial to put together this easy DIY Mary Poppins costume.

October 5, 2015


A leather jacket is a staple in my closet. At first I was afraid I'd look like a biker chick in black leather, but I discovered over the last few years how chic and modern a leather jacket can look, as long as you get one that has a modern cut and fits you like a glove. An oversized leather jacket can still put you in danger of the biker feel.

During the fall and winter, they're the perfect jacket choice with a pair of black jeans, a feminine dress, boyfriend jeans, a pencil skirt. . .or pretty much anything in your closet.

A real leather jacket is a pretty hefty investment, but there are so many faux leather jacket choices out there that look and feel pretty real and give you the closet staple without breaking the bank. I've rounded up a few of my favorites from around the web, all under $100, but some as low as $40!

one || two || three 
four || five || six 

And there are even more of my favorites in the widget below, still all under $100. Click the images to shop!

Also, I've pinned about a thousand leather jacket outfits to my "Dressing Myself" pinterest board, so if you're in need of some inspiration once you snag yourself a jacket!

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in other news, this week starts our Modern Girl's Halloween week! Leanne and I are sharing a costume idea every day using the sewing tutorials from The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing

Hop over to her blog and find the first one of the week -- it's so cute, you definitely don't want to miss it! 
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