Beauty and Versatility in a Blouse

Good Monday morning friends! A new week, a clean slate, a do-over of sorts. That’s what every Monday brings with it. I guess if you can look at it that way, then it’s not so bad that the weekend is over.

There are still days of summer left to enjoy, but for a lot of you, your kids are already going back to school. This is the first time in almost 20 years I haven’t had that milestone. While Katie will be starting back to college next Monday it’s different because she wasn’t here this summer. I’ve gotta’ be ?honest with y’all and tell you that the first two weeks when she should have been home I struggled just a little, it really hit me that this is it. WE ARE EMPTY NESTERS.

I couldn’t be more thrilled that my kids are thriving and living their best lives.  You know what they say….

Now let’s talk fashion. During the recent sale that shall remain nameless?(because aren’t you just sick to death of hearing about it?) I picked up a great piece that can be worn in summer and then into fall giving you more bang for your buck, and who doesn’t want that?!

While I was quickly filling my cart with all sorts of sale goodness, this navy blouse caught my eye. I had a hot pink one almost identical too it but with short sleeves several years ago that I loved. I love a v-neck line as I previously talked about in this post, where I shared about how your face shape affects your wardrobe choices.

My first instinct was to pair it with my white jeans. White and navy are so classic and clean and since this blouse has a more polished feel I took it one step further adding heels. It has taken me a while to embrace wearing heels with jeans. Back in the day, if you wore heels with jeans it meant you were a hussie. Well now it’s totally acceptable and makes those jeans more versatile than ever. My favorite sandals are these Nine West Nora block heels. The heel is 3 1/4″ making it tall enough to be pretty, but short enough to be manageable to walk in. I have 3 pairs. Yes, they are that good.

I love my white jeans. Once I found a pair that was thick enough to cover my many indiscretions I was in business. Loft is my go to for white jeans. They have a “curvy” fit that is great for women like me with a little more booty and thicker thighs. #nothighgaphere I’ve bought a new pair the last two years because they keep coming up with cute new hems and I am a sucker for a fun hemline on jeans.

This top could be a real workhorse for your closet. I mean literally, you could wear it to work. HA! So not only can you pair it with jeans, but it will look beautiful with dress pants or a pencil skirt.

Don’t overlook the power of a good statement necklace or print accessory. A bold piece of jewelry can totally transform a more conservative feeling outfit to something with a little more flair. I kept seeing this necklace on a Kellyann and was afraid I wouldn’t be able to carry it off, but I just couldn’t resist, so I finally ordered it. Let me just say that I love it! Mine is no longer available but I am linking some similar options. My leopard clutch is always fun to add into the mix and add some interest. This one has been around for quite a while and has some real stamina. It’s the perfect size. Not so small that you can’t fit all the necessities for an evening out in it, but still small enough to not be your daily bag.

You can shop all these items below, or similar ones for those no longer available. As always, thank you for shopping through my links, as it does make me a little commission enabling me to continue to shop and bring things to you that I think you might like.




  1. Stacey Keeling
    August 13, 2018 / 11:14 am

    I can’t live without Loft curvy jeans! They are definitely the best for girls with a booty – and isn’t that how we are meant to be made? That navy top is gorgeous!

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:18 am

      You are so right Stacey! God designed us that way for a purpose. Have a great week!! XO

  2. August 13, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    Oh sista, you’re looking fab-u-lous! So classily glam. Love this look on you. This outfit says “take me on a date”! Hugs, x.

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:16 am

      You’re too kind my friend. Every day is a date around here. LOL XOXO

  3. Biana Perez
    August 13, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    The wrap around tie front is just the best!! I love this top! xo, Biana- BlovedBoston

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:16 am

      It would be perfect for nursing too. Thanks Biana! Congrats on that precious little angel! XO

  4. Living on Cloud Nine
    August 13, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Such a great, classy and timeless blouse. This is the BIG week for us! Moving 2 back and I’m already exhausted just going through stuff. Lol. This is when I wish they went to the same college. Next Year we will be moving 3!!!! But anything goes so I’ll just go with the flow. Lol. Looking fab my fine friend!

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Thanks Andrea. Navy and white make it hard to go wrong. I can’t imagine having to juggle the boys at different schools. It has been such a ginormous blessing for us to have ours in the same place, especially since we’re so far away. One stop shop kinda. I’m heading there next week for a visit. Yippee!!! Good luck with the move-ins. XOXO

  5. Kellyann
    August 13, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Call me a hussie! I’ve been wearing heels with jeans forever – no wonder the boys in high school never asked me out! Ha! You look stunning in this my friend! That top is gorgeous and your hair up like that is so pretty – you look like you’re ready for a formal event! Very elegant indeed. That necklace is terrific on you too and I’m so happy you got it!

    • August 13, 2018 / 3:54 pm

      LOL! I just read your comment, Kellyann! I told Lisa she was a Southern Diva after my own heart for that little comment!

      • Kellyann
        August 14, 2018 / 4:11 am

        Oh you girls would not have been friends with me in my jeans and heels all hussie like!!! Hahahaha!!!

        • August 14, 2018 / 7:12 am

          LOL. Well you know I’m kind of a goody two shoes…you were probably FUN!?

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:14 am

      My favorite hussie! I’m just trying to catch up to you popular girls now that I’m 50. LOL Thanks friend!

  6. August 13, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    This whole ensemble is flawless, Lisa! I love a good statement necklace, especially because I tend to err on the side of simple, classic, and relatively uninteresting pieces haha But seriously, you’re right. That’s a classic and timeless combo of colors – and you’re ageless 🙂

    Also, cheers to being empty-nesters! I think it’ll probably take some getting used to, but I bet you’ll love it!

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:17 am

      Thank you so much. Have I mentioned you’re my favorite? I think you see me through rose colored glasses and I’m so glad you do. I can tell you that going out to eat is whole lot cheaper now that it’s just the two of us. There’s one upside. HA! XOXO

  7. leaculp
    August 13, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Well, we’ve been empty nesters for 20 + years now and we sure do enjoy it. It did take some adjusted but once we adjusted it was all good.

    I love that top, in fact, the whole look. I have that necklace, thanks to you. :o))

    Have a great week!

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:14 am

      Thank you Lea! I didn’t think it would bother me when she was really gone and I’ve adjusted, it was just took a few minutes. XO

  8. August 13, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Wow! You look stunning in this outfit. I love the wrap style of that top. Great choice with the leopard clutch.

  9. August 13, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Lol! “Hussie!” A Southern Diva after my own heart! I love navy and white, too. And I have that same necklace, but can you believe I haven’t even worn it yet? Look great, Lady!

    • August 14, 2018 / 7:12 am

      Yeah, I just told Kellyann that was a “goody two shoes”…pretty much still am. Such a rule follower. LOL

  10. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    August 14, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    So cute! I love this navy blouse, especially the v-neck (very flattering!) and the fringe on the white denim is really nice! I also STILL need to get that necklace. I just want too many things (#alwaysaproblem). I am sure it was hard not to have her back, it seems we always need to get used to a new rhythm… and change is not always bad, just different! It seems you two keep in touch via text/etc., thank goodness for the digital age!


    • August 14, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      YES, thank heavens for technology. Sometimes I FaceTime her when I’m cooking or putting on makeup and chat. Love that.

  11. Laura
    August 14, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    You have a gorgeous golden glow in these photos! That navy blouse is beautiful on you and I love your hair this way! Hope you are having a great week!

    • August 22, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks Laura. I’m trying to keep it touched up by lying out in the sun at least once a week. Happy Wednesday! XO

  12. Cathy Lawdanski
    August 14, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    I love everything about your look. That navy is just gorgeous! I need more navy! Love your heels, necklace and bag. Just perfect. You look wonderful!

    • August 22, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much Cathy! You’re so sweet! Hope you’re having a great week. XO

  13. August 14, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Really great top on you! Great job pulling this one together. I cannot even imagine the day when we are empty nesters. Seems like we’ve had kids around forever. Hopefully I’ll have some grandbabies before Carly Jo leaves!

    • August 22, 2018 / 1:09 pm

      Thanks Shelly. I ended up returning because it was too big and my boobs were hanging out. ? Nobody wants to see that.

  14. Gina Daily
    August 15, 2018 / 7:05 am

    This top is gorgeous! You paired it perfectly with the white jeans and nude sandals. Love it and the pretty gold necklace, too. I was thinking it looked familiar and then you mentioned Kellyann had it. Duh. LOL. It’s such a great piece!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • August 22, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks Gina! I think navy and white are so classic. Hope you’re having a great week. XO

    • August 22, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks Ruth! It’s such a great piece to have and add in for interest. Hope you’re having a great week.

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