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Hey lovelies, welcome to SDB! I'm Natasha. I am a walking, talking mombie fueled by coffee. I am obsessed with shoes, all things glittery and/or sparkly, and I have an owl obsession. We talk about everything from motherhood, lifestyle, and all things inbetween. I am a mom of three kids and we reside in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for tagging along! Now lets sit back and sip on a cup of coffee in the AM or wine in the PM and lets relax.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Autumn Causal Wear for the Fashion Savvy: Men's Wear

This post is brought to you by Tommy John. I was not financially compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am excited to share my second style post with you thanks to my new friends over at Tommy John. If you have never heard about Tommy John than I am glad that I can help you out and introduce you to their company. Tommy John is changing the game when it comes to men's undergarments. They guarantee that shirts stay tucked, underwear keeps everything in place, and that socks don't fall down as you move! How does Tommy John do this you ask? By understanding how the male body moves and with their innovative fabric technologies. They offer five different fabric materials to choose from: Cool, Soft, Light, Move, and Warm. There philosophy is simple. They focus on fabric, fit, and function. They want to make sure that their customers are comfortable as they go about their day.
I decided to do this post specifically on men's wear. These are a few casual outfits for the fall season that I have come up with. I based all of these looks off what my colleagues wear to work and added my own personal style.       

 Outfit #1 - Modern Day Newsboy

I am a fan of that late 1800's and early 1900's newsboy style. There is something about that time period and era that screams timeless style to me. Growing up my favorite movie was the musical the Newsies! [yes, one of Christian Bale's first movies] There is just something about the simplicity of slacks, a plain shirt, and a newsboy hat. I paired a simple V-neck with gray slacks and added a burgundy colored sweater to add a rich pop of color. A brown belt, shoes, and plaid newsboy hat complete the look for effortless style.

Cardigan | Shirt | Tommy John Shirt, Underwear, Similar Socks | Belt | Pants | Shoes SOLD OUT | Hat

Outfit #2 - Noir et Olive

One can ever go wrong with an almost, "all black everything" inspired look. Black is an elegant hue in my eyes and it complements everyone in my opinion. I paired a plan V-neck with an olive button-up and dark wash denim for a laid back but cool look for work. An outfit like this would work great for a man who is a teacher or works in an office type setting where one does not have to dress to the nines. A lot of my colleagues wear similar outfits like this for work only I added dress shoes and a fedora for a more hipster-type look.

Button-Up | Shirt | Tommy John Undershirt and Underwear | Belt | WatchShoes | Jeans | Hat | Glasses  

Outfit #3 - Navy and Browns

This entire outfit is based around the shoes... I wish they made a similar pair for women. I just love them. I paired khaki's with a plaid button-up and added a light colored cardigan in a similar color for some depth. Brown accessories complete the look. If my male colleague's were visiting a school or meeting with DSH caseworkers they would wear an outfit like this one.

Similar Button-Up | Cardigan | Pants | Tommy John Undershirt, Similar Socks, Underwear, | Belt | Watch | Glasses | Shoes

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"Don't let your shirt be your undoing."
- As quoted by Tommy John

Monday, September 12, 2016

Autumn Causal Wear for the Fashion Savvy: Women's Wear

This post has been brought to you by Tommy John. I was not financially compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It has been a while since I last had to wear professional attire for work. I used to work in higher education and had to wear suits and heels everyday. When I left my job and started my new career working as a professional mentor my style changed drastically. I don't have to dress to the nines anymore. No more suits, dresses, or high heels for me five days a week. In fact, if I come  into the office wearing a blazer and heels I am pretty sure my colleagues would ask me if I was doing a mission moment or meeting with a donor. My style may have changed over the past five years but I do love fashion and being taken seriously by my colleagues and other working professionals that I have contact with throughout the work week. I am in and out of schools every day and sometimes have to attend court hearings to support my youth and their families. In my line of work I want to look professional in a causal sense but still be comfortable when I am with my youth. I would say that my style is casual but still fashion savvy and affordable.

I was asked by Tommy John to create a post with a few casual outfits for the autumn season. I decided to do this post in two parts. All the styles I created are outfits that I would actually  wear for work. This post focuses specifically on women's wear.

Outfit #1 - Neutrals with Pops of Wine

I have always been a fan of layering since my college days. I am obsessed with oversized cardigans and sweaters. I am in love with this cardigan and it comes in two colors and is currently on sale for $23. It pairs nicely with a plain tee. Every woman should have a basic white and black tee in their closet. I consider olive pants to be a neutral and I like the overall look of the slim trousers with a black tee and grey cardi. Wine is one of my go to colors for autumn. The open toed booties and cross body purse add a nice pop of color to the neutrals. I keep my accessories simple most of the time and gold just compliments my complexion. This outfit is super easy to put together and perfect for that summer to fall transition. 

 Cardigan | Shirt similar here | Pants similar here | Booties | Necklace similar here | Earrings similar here| Bracelets similar here| Bag
Outfit #2 - Sweater Dress and Boots

Camel and olive have been two of my it colors for this fall. I used to shy away from camel cause I thought it blended in with my Carmel complexion. I was totally wrong. I love the simplicity of this sweater dress and it comes in four colors. It's perfect for work and weekend wear. I added a belt to define the waist and add some color. Pair it with knee-high boots or booties. When it gets cooler here in October I would added colored leggings or wool tights to keep my legs warm. I also added color with a floppy olive hat and handbag. My favorite matte lipstick in Chihuahua by Too Faced is flattering for all skin types. 

Dress | Belt sold old but a cute one here | Hat similar here | Bag | Boots | Lipstick | Earrings | Necklace similar here
Outfit # 3 - Classic B&W

If you don't have black trousers for your work wear, get them. They go good with everything and on days when you feel like you have nothing to wear they will come in handy. Pair it with a white blouse for a chic and clean look and a burgundy cardigan to complete the look. I consider animal print to be a neutral and leopard print flats dress up this look and allow the utmost comfort for busy work days when you are on the go. I finished off the look with simple jewelry in silver and black and an oversized handbag. 

Cardigan | Shirt | Pants similar here | Flats | Bag | Earrings sold out but cute ones here | Bangle

Thursday, September 1, 2016

My Fall Must Haves

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Autumn is just around the corner and I already have fall on the brain. I've been looking through my closet for outfit ideas as well as combing through Pinterest and fashion blogs I follow and have found a few key items that I need in my fall wardrobe. Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it. Honestly, I personally think that fall fashion is better than all the other seasons. I love boots, sweaters, and jeans. To me, its all about comfort and staying cozy. These are my six fall must haves that every woman needs in her wardrobe.


Yes, flares. I haven't had a pair since '09 but find myself really wanting them. I have checked a few stores but haven't had any luck. I feel that flares are a classic style and can be dressed up with a pair of heels or dressed down with boots or wedges. Old Navy is my favorite place to buy jeans and they have a lot of flares right now.


I have both of these in my closet. Pair it with a basic white tee, skinny jeans, and boots and your good to go. Toss it over a dress with knee-high boots for work. I found my military vest at Ross for less than $20 and I absolutely love it.


Yup, I need one. It rains a lot her in Portland so it makes sense. I'm still deciding between black, wine, or cognac but I will rock a floppy hat this season.


I just donated all my old black purses and have been on a hunt to find a replacement. I feel in love with Coach's fall collection. The shape is perfect and it comes in a bunch of different colors. A girl can never go wrong with a classic black bag.


I have yet to have a pair of cognac boots in my closet. They are perfect for work and the weekends. They can be worn with jeans, leggings, skirts, and dresses. I have silver, black, and tan in my closet but cognac will be joining them soon.


I love sweater weather! Recently I have purchased pumpkin and burgundy cardigans. A girl can never have too many sweaters right? They are fall staples and spruce up every outfit. Throw it over a dress with tights and leggings or wear it with an oversized tunic and boots. I have a lot of sweaters. I suggest that every woman needs neutrals like black, gray, and cream in their wardrobe as well as a few autumn hues like burgundy, olive, or camel.

Jeans | Similar Vest | Floppy Hat | Purse | Similar Booties | Somewhat Similar Sweater