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I know that most of the styled posts that are featured here are with full makeup, styled hair and a complete look, but sometimes it’s nice to take it back a few steps and have some real talk.  I don’t always have 45 minutes to get ready. In fact, I usually spend about 15 minutes getting ready and it goes a little something like this –

Unstyled hair in a ponytail or top knot with a little bronzer, blush, concealer and lip balm.  If I have the time for mascara – awesome, if not, I curl my lashes and grab some cute sunglasses and head out the door. This look was from Sunday when I did just this and pulled out a “hero” piece I wanted to wear – the trench vest (only $40!).  From there I decided on a crisp pair of white denim shorts and was torn between a tee or chambray top.  Ultimately I chose the chambray (because it’s crazy soft and comfortable), threw on some booties that go with everything and voila! Instant outfit.

A simple beauty routine + choosing a hero piece and dressing around it is almost always how I get dressed day-to-day, and I thought it would be fun to share a more casual (and realistic) post with you guys!

kathleen barnes michele watch hermes kelly look for less carrie bradshaw lied bella dahl chambray topvince addie bootie white cutoff shorts designer handbag look alikestyling a trench vest

vest – runs big, I sized down | chambray top (on sale!) | denim shorts | bag c/o, also love this one | booties c/o, similar look for less here | gold bangle 1, 2 c/o | chainlink bracelet c/o | watch c/o, similar look for less here | similar sunnies here and here | hoop earrings c/o

If you guys liked this more casual look – let me know! I’d be happy to share some more dressed down posts if y’all would be into it! Thanks so much for reading – XO –

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  1. I look forward to dress down days! Usually Sundays are little to no make up and a casual comfortable outfit.
    I love all of your looks… Love to see you mix it up with dressy to casual. Thanks for your style inspirations!

  2. Love seeing the more casual everyday outfit – it’s super similar to what I try to do every day too. I’d much rather have my extra 20 minutes of sleep and do a simple and easy routine while getting ready! Love this look, too!


  3. I absolutely love everything you put together, but I think this is my favorite one! I honestly think every blogger I follow, puts on a full face of makeup everyday or makes it look like they do! I don’t think I look this pulled together (fave wise) in the 30+ mins it takes me hahaha. I think I need to go invest in this vest (!! Hahaha). But, I would love to see more ‘dress down/more casual looks’ on the blog.

    1. Ha! Thank you for the feedback Bianca! Girl please – I’m sure you look fab! I’m going to try to sprinkle in some more dressed down looks – thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Kathleen, I haven’t ever commented but have read your blog for over 3 years now. This was the post I had to pipe up and say- you’re gorgeous! I like blogs for inspiration, ideas, and ways to keep on the pulse of fashion outside the Midwest :). It’s refreshing to see things “the way they are” because it makes things tangible- easier to try for the normal gal. You look fantastic every day- this day especially. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Oh my gosh you have NO idea how much your words mean to me! I love that you related to this post and it’s totally the inspiration I need to bring some more day-to-day style to CBL. You rock. I so appreciate you!

  5. Really digging your style and the your entire look here! I’m obsessed with your heels – so chic!
    And, I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that gets ready in a dash. Most of the time is spent finishing my makeup in the car haha.


  6. So obsessed with your heels and top! Such a chic look.

    And, I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets ready in a dash in the morning. Most of the time, I’m finishing up my makeup in the car haha.


  7. I LOVE this look! I’m really into the long vests this season! I just posted about one recently too. I am a long time follower, but I don’t always comment. Your dressed up looks are gorgeous and you have some of the most beautiful dresses but I love these laid-back looks too and would love to see more! Keep it up lady! 🙂


  8. I totally agree! A simple beauty look is my daily staple routine. I think when people see me {like on snapchat} before/during shoots, they’re like that girl looks like a drag queen…but day-to-day, I typically have 10 minutes to get ready, yet somehow always manage to fill in my eyebrows #priorities. Love this look on you pretty lady!

    A Southern Drawl

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