Day Trip :: Oregon Coast

About two weeks ago, my parents came out to visit us during their Spring Break. It was probably the rainiest week we’ve had here in Oregon so far, and Judah was getting over his ten thousandth sickness of the winter. But for a few hours one day, we were able to make it over to the coast, and the sun poked its face through the clouds for the short time we were there.

I usually don’t do photo-heavy posts, but I figured the pictures would do the best job of telling you all about our day (minus the part where we shoved our faces with Mo’s clam chowder). That being said, I apologize in advance…my camera and I have not been together as much as we should be and my photog skills are a bit rusty.

This is the first picture Judah has legitimately smiled for, on cue. Pops has that affect on him.

This is the first picture Judah has legitimately smiled for, on cue. Pops has that affect on him.

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This boy LOVES boots (like his mommy). He was over the moon to wear these suckers. But..unfortunately a huge wave came and took one of boots with it.

This boy LOVES boots (like his mommy). He was over the moon to wear these suckers. But..unfortunately a huge wave came and took one of those boots with it. May she rest in peace in the great Pacific.

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This was his post boot-loss face. Every time he looked at the ocean for the rest of the day, it was with this face.

This was his post boot-loss face. Every time he looked at the ocean for the rest of the day, it was with this face.

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These two.

These two. Love them so.

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Still totally ticked about that boot.

Still totally ticked about that boot.

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It was a good day, and an even better visit. We love you Neena and Pops!

Style File: Kyle’s closet

So…every year around this time, or as my husband would say most times of the year, I want to shop. I love clothes and fashion and am always interested and inspired by what other people are wearing. However, shopping isn’t something that’s typically in our budget, other than for Judah. I mean come on, who can resist buying baby/toddler clothes?? Usually, other than relying on Christmas lists and birthday gifts, we shop about twice a year, once for a few pick me ups, and another time more seriously. So, in the mean time, I have to get creative. 

First, I obsessively look at Pinterest. That usually gives me a good fix for shopping without actually being able to buy anything. It also inspires me to be a little more creative and try out some new mixtures with the clothes already in my closet. Then, I move on and actually want some different clothes. But what’s a girl to do when a whole new wardrobe isn’t really possible? Shop on your husband’s side of the closet of course!

I wear Kyle’s clothes quite frequently, but was actually inspired to write this post thanks to my friend, Alex. She’s got such a cute style and always looks awesome in whatever it is she wears. Last weekend, she was over at my house and was wearing her boyfriend’s t-shirt and cardigan. If she hadn’t mentioned it was his, I would have never known. And it just got me thinking, you know, there’s no shame in sharing. And, if your main squeeze has some great style and a love for cardigans, like mine does, why not benefit from it?

The two things I borrow most from Kyle are his t-shirts and cardigans. Lucky for me, I love baggy and flowy tops, so his oversized sweaters and shirts are perfect for my individual taste. Also, they are super comfy. And, did I mention menswear is in?

However, there is one caveat to wearing your counterpart’s duds: Don’t pair their baggy jeans with their baggy shirts or sweaters. Instead, if you’re going to rock his extra comfortable cardigan, pair it with some skinny jeans and boots, same goes for the t-shirts. You do want to highlight some of your feminine features while sporting those baggier tops. Vice versa with the bottoms. If you go for the boyfriend jean look and take it literally, wear a woman’s shirt, something that fits well and flatters your shape. Also, take the time to put on some makeup that day, do your hair, or both if you have time. I’m all for going natural, but wearing oversized clothes comes at a fine line of looking sloppy, so taking an extra five minutes to throw on some mascara or blow-dry your hair, will help you look styled without being overdone, especially when dressing casual, something I do every day. 

Here are a few “bathroom selfies” I snagged while Judah was napping. Excuse the hair–it hasn’t been washed…I opted for eyeliner today instead 😉 

The t-shirt:

photo 1Paired with some bangles and leggings or skinny jeans, this is an ultra-comfy look that’s pretty easy to pull off. Also, I sometimes like to do the “half-tuck” to give my outfit some more shape, like this:

photo 2The cardigan:

photo 4I gotta say, I lucked out when scoring a man who likes a good cardigan. I LOVE baggy sweaters. They are so easy and great for transitional seasons. Just roll or scrunch the sleeves a bit, pair with a feminine tank or blouse, (not like the t-shirt I have on in this photo) and you’re set. 

The Sweater:

photo 3Again, roll or scrunch the sleeves and you’re set!

I do feel that if you’re going to wear men’s clothes, there must be some feminine touches. Bangles, earrings, rings, or a necklace, and I’m a huge fan of a good pair of black skinny jeans. You can dress them up or down. I wear mine at least twice a week. And the shoes are important. I’m not a huge heels girl. I’m 5’7″ so when I wear heels I feel self-consciously tall, plus I’m terrible at walking in them, so these are perfect. They are not flats and they have a great point without being uncomfortable, plus they make me feel a little more feminine when I wear them.

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What do you do when you need a shopping fix?