Monday, April 28, 2014

Casual Chic Style - Bright Bags

Happy Spring!

And Happy Almost-Summer too.

Seattle is usually rainy during April and May, but we're blessed with sun this week. The kiddos and I spent the morning at Juanita Beach -- a serene neighborhood on the northeastern border of Lake Washington. We had a delightful day playing on the beach and walking the board walk.

All this sunshine put bright ideas in my head. 

I just can't resist sharing these beautiful, bright bags with you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Casual Chic Outfit - At the Beach

Total Cost: $129

About the Casual Chic Outfit

Boots with summer tank aren't a theoretic match, but today's casual chic outfit worked, because I spent the day on the breezy California seaside. The sun was hot but the wind was cold, so I dressed in easy, breezy layers. Sometimes you just got-ta put comfort before style.

About the Day

What a gorgeous morning in Southern California! Our family was on vacation there. After two exhausting days in Disneyland (for the kids), we drove along the coast, down to San Diego, and enjoyed one of the beaches on our way down.

We ate ice-cream, chilled by the beach, and walked along the sand.

Life is beautiful -- but only when you're able to stop and enjoy it.

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Casual Chic Outfit - Chinese New Year Red

Total Cost: $67

About the Casual Chic Outfit

This weekend is Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Horse. It's customary to wear red on Chinese New Year. This is my outfit for the weekend's celebration. I like the red jacket.

About the Day

It's also Super Bowl Weekend. The Seattle Sea Hawks made it to Super Bowl this year. There's much to celebrate in Seattle this weekend.

With two kids, it's hard to make time to enjoy New Year's festivities Downtown, or watch the game, but I'm sure we'll still have fun.

Thank you for your time.

Happy Super Bowl Weekend!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Casual Chic Outfit of the Day - Mixing Patterns

Total Cost: $105

About the Casual Chic Outfit

Mixing patterns is a fine skill that even casual chic style incorporates. I'm no good at it, but I try. Today's somewhat successful mixing of leopard and Aztec gave me a dose of confidence. I stuck with the same color theme -- in today's case, gray -- and it worked.

Perhaps a more difficult combo next time?

Eventually I'll become a pro at mixing prints and patterns, but I'll settle for good enough for today.

About the Day

Sun was out. In Seattle, in January, that means go outside. My family and I spent the day at the park. It was a good day to be outside.

Thanks for reading.


If you have advice about mixing patterns, please share them in a comment below.


Have a nice day!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Womens Tweed Jackets - Casual Chic Style Recommendations

You can't get through winter without tweeds. Women's Tweed jackets have come a long way -- a far cry from the secretarial style of the 1950's. Today's tweed jackets are edgy, fun, and represents the modern woman who's always dressed to the nine, and ready to take on the world.

Cape Style Tweed Coat with Faux Fur Hood (OASAP Limited)

I like this tweed jacket because it's a cape. This unique design resonates a certain fashion-forwardness.

Cape Style Tweed Coat with Faux Fur Hood

Double Breasted Coat with Pleated Hem (OASAP Limited)

A military-style, with double breasted feature, offers toughness - a fantastic look for winter. Add feminine pleats on the bottom, and you're given a well-balanced and approachable appeal.

Double Breasted Coat with Pleated Hem

Plaid Tweed Coat (OASAP Limited)

Give it up for plaids! It's casual; it's easy-going; and it's been coming back every season. Some people argue that plaid is "old man style." I feel they are wrong. With the right cut, like the long and lean jacket below, a well-designed plaid women's tweed jacket fits anyone.

Plaid Tweed Coat

Faux Leather Tweed Jacket (Forever 21)

The appeal of this jacket lies in its edginess. I like its asymmetry; I like its faux leather; and I like how it looks cool and sexy. It's a good jacket for everyday.

Faux Leather & Tweed Jacket

Calvin Klein Metallic Tweed Jacket (Amazon)

This tweed jacket has such a clean cut -- simple yet stylish. It can be styled with both jeans and formal outfits. A great addition to your closet.

Calvin Klein Metallic Tweed Jacket

Thank you for reading.

How do you feel about womens tweed jackets?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Casual Chic Outfit of the Day - All Gray in Seattle

Total Cost: $88

About the Casual Chic Outfit

Seattle is notorious for its year-round rain. Newcomers complain about it all the time. Some have even fled the city because of it. Truthfully, the rain doesn't bother me. I like the rain; I like the gray skies; and I like to wear gray as well.

Today's outfit represents Seattle's 50 shades of gray. It may be a colorless outfit, but it sure is slimming in head-to-toe dark.

About the Day

This picture was taken in our new neighborhood. We've moved to the Seattle suburb. Our kids grew, and they no longer fit into a tiny townhouse. We are sad to leave the city, but look forward to building a life in a quieter, more affordable part of town.

Thank you for reading!

And you? How do you feel about wearing head-to-toe dark?

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Casual Chic Outfit - Gone Green

Total Cost: $75

About the Casual Chic Outfit

I don't usually wear green. But when I saw this green shirt on sale (at Express), I was drawn to both the price and the color. It has such a lovely shade, I had to put it on. To my advantage, the color looked becoming against my skin.

I like this green shirt. I should get more things in green.

About the Day

With all the sunshine Seattle has been receiving, it's hard to believe that we're in the dead of winter.

The day was Christmas, and sunshine was high and mighty.

We were blessed with a beautiful holiday.

 Happy belated Christmas to you!

How was your holiday?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Casual Chic Style Outfit - Simple Does It

Total Cost: $57

About the Casual Chic Outfit

As a mom of two little ones, I don't have time to dress to the nine. (Hence, a fashion blog about casual chic style.) For my current life style, simple does it, like today's layering of long top over leggings with a dark cardigan. To save more time, I color blocked instead of matching patterns.

Hey. Whatever works.

About the Day

Speaking of simple, life has simplified too. No more fancy outings with the Mr. -- just visits to the play ground or hiking nearby trails. Even lunch at Grandma and Grandpa's today was a big event.

People without kids might not understand, but the simple life truly is just as sweet.

How do you feel about living the simple life?

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