What I Wore

Happy Wednesday!  Today feels like a Monday here because we had a long weekend – Monday and Tuesday off of school! Long weekend + short week = happy family!

If you’re new here and wondering why in the world am I showing what I wore this week, well here goes: years ago, when my 3 kids were really little, I basically lived in either pj’s or sweats.  I put very little effort into myself and just felt blah.  When I did get dressed in real clothes, I realized I felt much better about myself.  So I began posting pictures of myself, good or bad (lots of bad), in an effort to keep myself accountable to getting dressed each day most days.  Over the years, I have started to figure out my style, while allowing a lot of variety, and am figuring out what looks best on my body.  I’ve hosted this weekly post as a linky party so if YOU want to join me, you can link up!  All the details on how to do that will be at the end of this post.

Also, almost everything I am wearing in this post is older and no longer available.  I do my best to find similar items for you if you want to find them (I do use affiliate links where I can), but my hope is that you can pull pieces from your own closet to make them work for you in a new way.

what i wore at the pleated poppy

field coat {similar} // shirt {similar & similar} // white jeans {similar} // ankle boots {similar} // earrings

I’ve got 2 Sunday’s worth of outfits to share!  Last Sunday I wore this outfit – super casual, but still nice enough for church.  The field coat is from Stitch Fix and its one of those staple items that I wear all the time.  This shirt is super soft and I love the wider boat neck.

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

cardigan {similar} // t-shirt {similar} // jeans // boots {similar} // necklace // cuff {similar}

On Mondays, the kids are at school and I head into the thrift store for a couple hours to work (I’m the store supervisor and display lead).  It’s a nice excuse to get dressed (where on home school days I have a harder time).  I love a good cardigan and this inexpensive one I picked up a couple years ago from Forever 21 does not disappoint.  And again with these super soft jeans from Old Navy – they are like pajamas, you guys!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

sweater {similar & similar} // jeans {similar} // heels // earrings (size small) // cuff

Date night!!! We’re at a really funny stage of our life right now.  Our kids are old enough that for the most part we don’t have to get a sitter in order to go out on a date.  But we’re old enough that many nights we don’t want to stay out very late!  So we went on a date last weekend and were home by 8:00 – we walked in, told the kids our date wasn’t over (as in “put yourselves to bed at a reasonable time”), and we went and watched a movie in bed!

This outfit was easy and comfortable.  Good fitting jeans, a loose sweater, and block heeled sandals, and a little jewelry.

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

jacket // sweater // jeans {similar} // wedge ankle boots //earrings (size small) // cuff

And this Sunday, I wore this outfit for church.  This jacket is from Stitch Fix (I shared it last week in my Stitch Fix review), and it is already proving to be a great item in my closet (I think I’ve worn it 3 times already!).  I usually wear this lightweight sweater with leggings of skinny jeans as its pretty long, but I also like it tucked in like this!  I mostly love the color of this sweater – kind of a caramel-y brown.  These jeans are some of my favorites (I wear them a lot).

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

longline cardigan {similar} // shirt {similar} // ponte pants // converse // glasses

This outfit was from a lounge-y stay at home day.  We had playdates and sleepovers and crafts and baking and on these days I go for comfort!  Who am I kidding? I always go for comfort!  Both these pants and sweater were from long ago Stitch Fixes.

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Do you wanna join me for “what i wore“?  Yay!  Just follow the rules:

1. Link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. Ex: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/09/what-i-wore-wednesday-fall-inspiration/ not http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/.

2. Please only link outfit related posts. Your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you!  ps – I WILL delete the super random posts that have nothing to do with outfits

3. Please please please link back here to me so all this wiw stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)

4. Check out as many links as possible! I am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! And you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

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Casual Fridays

I love Fridays!  Even thought its a homeschool day for us, its generally a lighter load and so close to the weekend that it almost feels weekendish.  I’m less stressed knowing that relaxation (or fun) (or both!) are coming soon!  So these posts are filled with random, not super important, Friday-esque details: lighter topic, no stress, things that I find funny, and I hope you do, too!

I’m on the hunt for a new pair of athletic shoes, but not for actually being athletic in!  I have a pair of shoes I work out in now, and want to just have another fun pair for wearing around.  I love New Balance, their fun colors, and retro vibe, but I can’t decide which pair I like best!  Will you weigh in for me?  I’m open to other colors, too, but these were the first ones I found.

new balance

New Balance 697 Sneaker (rose) New Balance 696 (sage) New Balance 520 70’s Running (pink) 574 Serpent Plus (dusted peach)

pink sneakers

Actually, while I was working on this post, I found a really cute pair of sneakers that I’m going to try for a fraction of the price, from Target!  They haven’t arrived yet, but I sure hope they fit right!

Also, I swear I wear things that are colors other than pink!

dance biscuits

One of the perks of having older kids is introducing them to things that Sean & I find hilarious, but when they are little just wouldn’t make sense.  Around here, we’re big fans of stupid humor! Like The Three Amigos.  Also, random videos, like the SNL skit on Beyonce’s Single Ladies video, featuring Justin Timberlake.  I think this video is hilarious!  My 12 year old, Lily, got a letter board for Christmas and quoted the best lines from the skit on it (above).

On the topic of movies and videos for older kids, I would love some suggestions from you guys!  We generally go pretty clean with our movies, but are relaxing a bit with language for our oldest.  If there’s any sexual material, we either skip it or pass on the movie or show entirely.  Abbie from M is for Mama gave me a bunch of recommendations recently, but I’d love more!  My girls and I recently watched You’ve Got Mail (per Abbie’s suggestion) and they loved it and it was so clean!  As a family, we have been watching the old reruns of Tool Time.  While Tim makes some slightly more adult remarks, they are generally above the kids’ understanding, and we all enjoy watching it.  A friend recommended a short series recently called Dr. Thorne (its free with Amazon Prime!) and our whole family enjoyed it, even our 10 year old son.  So what about you – do you have any good clean shows you can suggest?

Any weekend plans?  We have a 4 day weekend (woohooo!) with very few plans – my favorite!  I always have several projects running at once, so maybe I’ll get to finish one of them…