Saturday Style 2.0

Obviously this blog is about home renovation and building houses, with some interior design thrown in for good measure. That ain’t changing.

But do you know what?

There are some things I’d love to chat about with you guys. Real life struggles and drama.  Like…trying not to give into the urge to wear yoga pants every day.  ;)

Color & Graphic Style

Did I just lose you? Stick with me here!

The last time I wrote a Saturday Style post I was just a sweet young thing (ha!) that had just turned 30 and was care – and kid – free.  Oh, it feels like an eternity!.

These days I’m just a few weeks shy of being officially in my mid-30s. Time, along with having carried two babies, has taken a bit of a toll that is becoming pretty obvious when I look in the mirror.  Womp womp.

So what’s a girl to do? Work with what she’s got.

“Work” being the key term. All of a sudden I’ve realized that (duh) looking your best takes some effort! Since I first started the series I’ve made sure to actually get dressed every day, even though I work from home and could get away with solely wearing stretchy pants (although I do have those days, too) – I feel better, and I’m sure the people around me prefer it this way. But I want to start doing more than just going through the motions of getting dressed – I’d like to feel cute and put together.

Maybe you feel that way, too?

Neutral Style

So, I’ve decided to resurrect the Saturday Style series for a few reasons.  I’d love to be held accountable for making myself look presentable – nothing like putting it out there on the Internet!  ;)  I hope this series will be a great way to visually take note of what I’m drawn to, and maybe that will keep me from veering off course and buying a bunch of stuff I’ll never wear.  I’d also like to chat with you guys about style, and find out what you’re into these days!  Does that sound good to you?

So that’s the current plan – once a week on Saturdays I’ll give you guys a little peek at what I throw on throughout the week (the rest of the week will still be all-renovation-all-the-time).  I’m not quite brave enough to actually post photos of myself for the Internet to judge, so I’ll go for the #flatlay so you get the idea. ;)  Hopefully putting my outfits out there for the world to see will make me put some extra thought into how I present myself each day. (Or maybe my daughters will just have something to laugh at in 10 years – “Mom, you wore THAT?!?!” Ha!)

My day-to-day activities range from chasing toddlers to tromping through construction sites to showing houses to sitting at a desk – so my outfits all center around comfort and an attempt to look pulled together. Want to see what that looks like for me? Here we go!

olive vest + polka dot sweater + black skinny jeans + black booties polka dot sweater – Old Navy (similar) // drapey utility vest – American Eagle (similar) // black skinny jeans – American Eagle // black booties – Lucky Brand // silver drop earrings – similar

I haven’t worn this polka dot sweater in years – for some reason I’d deemed it “not my style” anymore and it’s just been sitting in my closet. I think it seemed too prim and proper? So I tried to toughen it up a little bit with this olive vest, which I’ve become obsessed with, and all black on the bottom. (Question – would it be weird to wear the same vest 7 days a week…? Maybe.) I wore this outfit on a workday, and ran some errands around town – I felt pretty cute! Maybe the ol’ sweater gets to stay in my closet awhile longer.

white tunic + distressed skinny jeans + leather crossover sandals + boho clutch

white linen tunic (worn with this white tunic tank underneath) – Old Navy // distressed skinny jeans – Blank NYC // crossover sandals – Old Navy // boho clutch – World Market (similar and similar), gold studs (not pictured) – Etsy

This was such a great Saturday!! The weather was just gorgeous so we got to have a family brunch at our favorite restaurant on the patio, and then we played at the playground at a neighborhood school. We had an impromptu soccer match with the girls, and it was so adorable to watch our 3 and 1-year olds try to play – so sweet! Later I took the girls to my parents’ house for some fun with their grandparents and cousins.

olive button down + denim cutoffs + camel leather sneakers

army green button down – American Eagle // denim cutoffs – Target // camel leather slip-on sneakers – Keds // black tank top – Old Navy // gold drop earrings – similar

It turns out that I am just not mentally prepared for shorts yet. (And don’t hate me for the shorts-weather – Texas has its perks!) The shorts only lasted about half of the day, then I switched into these black skinnies and leopard espadrilles for a kiddo birthday party – much better and far less naked.

blue plaid flannel shirt + white tank top + distressed skinny jeans + Vans hi-tops

plaid flannel shirt – American Eagle (similar) // white tank – Loft // distressed skinny jeans – Blank NYC // high tops – Vans // silver bar studs (not pictured) – Etsy

My 9th-grade self loved this outfit, and it turns out that my almost-35-year-old self does, too. :) It’s kind of fun to wear the sorts of things that you did in high school! I remembered I wanted a pair of Vans SO BADLY as a teenager – somehow they were the epitome of cool to me.  I did feel a bit like a man in this outfit, though – am I the only one that feels that way when wearing flannel and/or button downs? I think next time I’ll try to girl it up a little bit with different shoes.

olive vest + black top + sorel boots + black skinny jeans

black top – Old Navy // olive vest – Old Navy // black high-rise skinny jeans – Old Navy // duck boots – Sorel // silver bar studs (not pictured) – Etsy

We had such a cold, rainy day – the weather was so gross! However, things improved greatly after the kids went to bed because the hubby and I got to watch 2 episodes of our newest obsession – Breaking Bad. I know we’re a few years behind but OMG!!!!!!! OBSESSED.

poncho + turtleneck + flare jeans + booties

poncho – Loft (similar and similar) // turtleneck – Target (similar) // flare jeans – Target // black booties – Lucky Brand // gold studs (not pictured) – Etsy

I got to meet my good friend’s new baby girl today! Goodness, she was sweet! This was the first time I’ve worn this poncho-thing, even though I bought it before Christmas. I’ve been a bit intimidated by it – how the heck do you wear this thing without looking like you’re wearing a giant blankie? I finally took the plunge and I liked the outfit, but I think next time I’ll try a white button down, skinny jeans and brown boots – right? Oh, and I randomly stopped by the jobsite and holyheck, these are just about the worst shoes ever to wear in a mud pit. I was quite a sight.  #unprepared

sweater + striped tank + skinny jeans + sneakers

pink sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) // striped tank – Target // infinity scarf – Target // skinny jeans – J. Brand (similar) // sneakers – Clarks (similar) // silver drop earrings – similar

Today was pretty much a desk day, staring at spreadsheets and doing bookkeeping. Woo. I think this sweater might finally get retired – I’ve never quite been able to make it look right since the fit is a bit boxy. But I threw it on anyway today because, looking back at this week of outfits, I thought I needed a little color in my life! :)

What do you guys think – is this Saturday Style thing kinda fun, or would you rather I just keep it to renovations?  Is anyone else completely obsessed with Breaking Bad, or recovering from a BB addiction?  DON’T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS!!!

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  1. Alexis says:

    I love this! We have similar style (I have some of the items you picture) so this is great. More!

  2. kristin says:

    OK. First–finished BB eons ago and loved it. We just finished Just Call Saul. VERY good. Not what you would expect! I am assuming you have Netflix? OK…then you have to watch Dexter and Six Feet Under as well. Then you will fall in love with “Nate” and then have to watch Parenthood as well. I watch one episode an evening with my husband and did Parenthood on my own (too “chicky”)—Soooo good! OK…onto clothes. I like your simple and cute looks. I am not a jewelry girl–do you wear jewelry? It really makes an outfit as best shown by the lady at Hi Sugarplum. That lady does the cutest mixes and simple pieces put together look fab and fun. If I were not me that is how I would dress. :)

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      You’re totally right, Cassie at Hi Sugarplum has it down! I’m not much of a jewelry girl, either – usually simple earrings for day to day, and maybe a little more for an occasion. That’s party because I still have a toddler that’s VERY interested in pulling earrings and necklaces – yikes!

      Better Call Saul is next on our list, and I’ll add your other ones, too! Gotta love having an entire series at your fingertips. ;)

  3. Linda Z says:

    Cute outfits! I think we pretty much shop the same places!! :) I recently discovered a site called Raise. You can buy discounted gift cards to use at many places. I have bought some for Old Navy, American Eagle, Dress Barn, and The Loft and used the codes online. Sometimes I can find them for over 30% off, so when I shop stuff that’s already on sale, it’s discounted even more. I’ve gotten some amazing deals, so just thought I’d pass on that trick! :)

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I’m totally going to check out Raise, I’ve never heard of it! Thanks for the tip!

  4. Emily S. says:

    Liz, I’m pro-outfit discussion. It’s inspiring to me, and I *don’t* have kids! I love it! :)

  5. Kelly P says:

    I’m in favor of outfit discussions. I get totally stuck in a rut and basically wear the same thing every day. My colleagues must think I have no clothes, when in fact the opposite is true! I like what you put together this week!

    As for Breaking Bad, my husband and I are on the last season and we’re losing our minds! No spoilers, but it is GOOD. LIke so good, all the way through.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Eeek! We’re at the beginning of the last season and I’m already starting to get sad that it will be over….

  6. Kim says:

    I love your style. I totally need those keds in my life. And I have those Lucky booties in camel and they are awesome.

  7. Great post, love the casual style posts. I’m similar to Young Soul Rebel, I tend towards the more casual side of trad/Ivy. The office I work in is very casual dress so I wouldn’t feel comfortable in blazer tie etc and also most of my time outside of work is spent in fairly casual environments.

  8. No thing is perfect as this one.

  9. Pamela Tibbs says:

    Love your taste abut style. Great post. I used to read your blogs and this one is as awesome as your all blogs.