Daily Style – Day To Night Date Night

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I’m having a lot of mixed feelings these days about my personal style posts. I’m feeling increasingly strange posing in front of the camera, and reached out to Facebook last week for suggestions on ways I could still share my outfits, in a not so aspiring-model type of way. I feel a big shift coming in the way of personal style blogs, and I guess I’m both trying to stay ahead of the curve, and feel more comfortable with these posts.

To be honest there’s very few style blogs I read anymore. I do click over on sewing DIY style blogs, not because I think I’ll ever refashion anything, but because I do love the ingenuity and creativity that comes along with these type of posts. I love reading what bloggers who feel like friends are up to, and Carly comes to mind. And of course I still enjoy street style blogs, and the blogs much like mine, who blog about personal style, along with a bunch of other wonderful topics. All this to say, I do think sharing personal style is fun and important in a way, but I think there may eventually be a shift in how we share that style. Don’t ask me how as I can’t predict, but I do predict something will be changing in the next year or so.

So for now, I’ve decided to scale back a bit on the style posts, until I can figure out how the heck I can share in a meaningful way that I feel comfortable doing. For now, I think I’ll try to stick with posts like this one here, and other similar ones I’ve done in the past, where I show my style through what we do and see. Sort of style-in-action shoots. They’re harder to do and in a way, even more uncomfortable to shoot, but the results are in my worth it, because the reader gets to see an outfit as it was really worn throughout the day.

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Blazer - Club Monaco; Jeans – Gap Sexy Boyfriend; Shoes – ShoeMint (no longer available); Bag – c/o Lily Jade

Blah blah blah, enough of me thinking out loud. Onto the outfit. I bought this blazer during Club Monaco’s amazing sale they had in January. I originally wore it to the Friday night mini parties at Alt Summit, but before I made the purchase I did a mental run through to determine if I’d be able to make it work for something other than a night out. I knew it would look great with jeans and heels, and the sales guy had a great idea of pairing it back with denim, oxfords and a gray t-shirt.  Knowing it would be a piece that could work in multiple ways, I made the plunge and so far have had no buyer’s remorse. Please tell me you always think through the outfit possibilities before you buy something. It’s my number one piece of advice for you all.

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This is how I styled the blazer for date night, which started at about 4 pm. I wanted to style it in a way that would be good for day into evening, so I wore it back to a simple black shirt, my distressed boyfriend jeans, and a pair of heels. Honestly where we were going was pretty laid back and casual, as is most of Southern California, but I always like to get dressed up for dinner out.

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Our night consisted of drinks at a wine bar in Long Beach, followed by dinner at a new pasta restaurant which makes their own pasts by hand each day, and then coffee at a coffee shop next door. Drinks, dinner, and coffee all within a 1 block 1– yard radius. It was a pretty nice night reconnecting with my best friend.

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A night out in Long Beach:
4th Street Vine – A Neighborhood Wine & Beer Bar. I got the organic wine flight which featured a wines from Chile, and Art got the Dechutes IPA. Nice casual atmosphere with plenty of comfortable seating and within walking distance of lots of quirky and vintage shops.

Dinner at P3 Artisan Pasta – we got the mushroom ravioli (to die for) and the salmon with spinach fettuccine. The caprese salad was amazing.

After dinner coffee at Portfolio, right next door. A nice huge coffee shop much like the coffee shops we grew to love before Starbucks took over every street corner. Lots of college kids, and local art hung on walls. The Mexican Mocha is delicious.



Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

  • Veronica says:

    Awww I really love your style and outfit posts! I’m a mom but I still want to look nice and like I’ve put in effort but also not ridiculously over done. I think you’ve done an excellent job and realistic chic dressing! Hopefully you can figure out a way to keep your style posts in the rotation!

  • Catie says:

    Oh no! Please don’t stop the style posts! They’re the reason I started following your blog in the first place and although I LOVE all the healthy eating posts, I would really miss your POV on outfit creation, especially as someone who, like me, no longer shops in the juniors department. :-)

  • Jessica Rose says:

    I love style posts……lots of women like myself read your blog for the style posts…;((

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Shelly says:

    My nephew told us about that pasta place and I’ve been dying to try it! Carbo loading for the big race Saturday, so I think we will have to go there. Love the outfit! I’ve had my white tux jacket for a few years now and I love that it goes with so much in my closet. I love it over dresses with booties!

  • If you didn’t write about it I wouldn’t have guess you felt odd about posing. Your poses look great and natural and not awkward at all.
    I too tend to ‘read’ only blogs that write about their life and show their own personality thru the posts. I only ‘view’ the outfits of other blogs simply for inspiration ideas.
    My husband thinks I share too much on my own blog but it feel natural to me.
    Visiting from Monday MIngle.
    Daphne.

  • Jeanne says:

    I LOVE those shoes. Everytime you wear them I covet them! Is there any chance a similar pair is out there? great chunky heel and more covered toe. I like this new styling in a “location”. Never heard of club monoco but looked up the blazer. Great price. Does it run true to size? What else will you wear it with besides jeans? Also really like the food posts. Got the GP book at the library and into quinoa now. I like your approach. Not trying to be vegan, but trying to make healthy choices.

  • Carly says:

    I am SO glad that everyone doesn’t want you to stop either! I love your style…I have had said it many a time before….but will continue to say it until you GET IT! Ha!

    Firstly thank you for the shout out…you can make a girl sure feel special :))))
    Second…I am OBSESSED with this blazer…and now you have me searching for one…I need another blazer like I need a hole in the head…but the white …it is JUST SO CHIC! Looking fabulous and effortless!
    Hope we continue to see posts like these….
    C

  • What a great outfit! You can never go wrong with black and white.

    Have a great week!

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2014/02/nyfw-fall-2014-best-of-runway.html

  • this is a great outfit! I love a great pair of denim and a nice blazer. very cute!
    Stopped by from Style Elixir as well as my own website alyssabarnettbeauty.com

  • Amanda says:

    I’ve been having the same vague-ish thoughts about my style posts. I haven’t come to any conclusions about it either, other than to know I’d like to change it up somehow. I think the outfit-in-action idea is a good one, though you’re right that it’d be more uncomfortable to shoot as you’d be out in public and not the privacy of your house/backyard. Things to mull over.

    All that said, I do love this outfit! It’s simple but put together, and looks comfy. :)

  • Really like your blazer! Stopping by from Pleated Poppy WIWW

  • Hannah Avery says:

    I love blogs that do both lifestyle and outfit posts. It gives a good feel to how you wear things. I think you did a great job in this post! I love dates. They are the best. I got to go on a rare one with my husband this last weekend, and we had a great time!

  • i hear you on the style posts! i’ve always been pretty simple, just having my kids or husband taking my pictures, but i’ve even scaled back to bathroom mirror shots. i feel more comfortable with them – they are more “me” – but i love looking at the styled, professional looking shots! its hard to find the balance, isn’t it? i love how you did this post, but i imagine these pictures were hard to take, too! lovely as always!

  • Melaina25 says:

    I love the look! Super cute! Please grab/add the badge to your post and comment on the main post plus one more. Thanks for linking up to What I Wore!

    ✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

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