Casual Sunday: Pastels and distressed denim

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Loeffler Randall rider bag, Burberry trench sz 2 (similar), Gap real straight jeans (similar)
Louboutin heels, H&M; blouse and blazer

I last posted this bag as a handheld satchel, and wanted to show a more casual look using the strap. Usually, unadjustable cross-body styles fall closer to my lower thighs, but the length of this works well for shorter ladies. I love how the look can go from more ladylike and formal, to hands-free for running errands. Paired it here simply with distressed denim and my favorite trench (layered over a blazer for extra warmth).
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There’s a mini version of this bag in the same mint leather with pretty silk citrus print. I wouldn’t be able to get much use out of that style, but was inspired to recreate the color and print combo using this pastel floral blouse.
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The strap is convertible from 32″ to 42″ (measured from the points that touch each side of the bag) by a few metal stubs, as shown above. You can also snap off the 4 stubs and remove the strap altogether. 42″ on me (I’m ~5 feet tall) is shown above cross-body messenger style, and 32″ works on me as a regular shoulder bag, shown below:
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Looking forward to milder days when I can rent bikes around the city and on the cape – will be sure to put the backside handlebar straps to good use!
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This post was sponsored by Nordstrom.

34 thoughts on “Casual Sunday: Pastels and distressed denim

  • Reply EM March 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I love how relaxed this look is, and I especially love the flowy top!

  • Reply Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Love it. Very chic and functional.

  • Reply Joy March 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Lovely blouse and beautiful pastel purse!

  • Reply Le monde des petites March 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Love this outfit!!!! Love the pastel colors and your jean's! I am also looking for a jean's for Petite but can't find anything!!!! Is the H&M; blouse from the current collection? Love it!!! The print is amazing!!!!
    Thanks for your reply!


    Le monde des petites

  • Reply Jessy T March 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Love this casual, yet polished look. These soft colours look beautiful on you. : ) I wish the snow would hurry up and leave Toronto already. So jealous that you're already in springtime attire!

  • Reply Suzie Q March 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Love the look of this outfit, simply classic and chic! I can't get enough of relaxed fit jeans since they're so comfy and yet still look chic with heels. The color of the bag is so perfect for spring!

    Suzie Q

  • Reply Mei Fleming March 3, 2014 at 12:42 am

    You've got me craving spring!!! Beautiful blouse and colors. The rider is seriously such a go-to bag. Love it in mint. Have it in black and craving another color. You look simply refreshing and beautiful!

    NEW POST up…

  • Reply Diana March 3, 2014 at 2:49 am

    i love your trench coat!

  • Reply k come karolina March 3, 2014 at 4:15 am

    fantastic look!!

    xoxo from rome

  • Reply Dressed with soul March 3, 2014 at 4:25 am

    I like both, too, especially because at the moment I´m really into pastel 🙂

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Anonymous March 3, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I'm not quite sure why but I find this such a Sherlock Holmes-esque outfit! Super chic ♥

  • Reply Patrícia M. March 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Those bags are really perfect designs! Love the perfect mix between cute patterns and a work model.


  • Reply Rachel @ Grok Grub March 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I like how you let a different bag's print inspire your outfit combo. I do the same thing with food blogging: get inspiration for recipes from different flavor combinations. 🙂

  • Reply Kárin Styles March 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful outfit! Love that top with the coat


  • Reply Sheez Petite March 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Love this causal styling!

  • Reply Iv March 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    This bag is impressively versatile! Right now I have a bag from Hobo that I wish had an adjustable messenger strap. The strap is way, way too long. (I'm 5' too!) I used to use just the short straps but I've been running errands a lot lately and need a hands-free from bag.

    Currently.. as I walk, it goes *bop…bop..bop* as it hits me mid thigh, with the lowest point hitting nearly my knee. Sigh. New investment piece time!

    xo Ivche

  • Reply Arts March 3, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Jean

    Can you give some suggestions on a comfortable yet stylish laptop bags, preferably a rolling one.


  • Reply Emily March 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I feel so cold looking at you.

  • Reply Kstylick March 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Thumbs up! XD I hope that maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin, GFC or Facebook.

    Please leave a comment on my blog and follow by blog!

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    I will follow you back! 🙂

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  • Reply Christine de Leon March 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

    love the loeffler randal. so simple and beautiful! I wonder if the bike straps bother you while you wear the purse though (especially as a cross body)..?

    from–The Lion's Den

  • Reply Dice March 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Love the look of this outfit! So classy and chic!

  • Reply Janna Dana March 5, 2014 at 5:15 am

    You are very beautiful. I love all of your outfits, and I follow you since 1 year.

    You are in my favorites blog on my website.

    Come and see when you have the time.

    Bye !


  • Reply Gigi Katz March 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

    love that bag! cant wait for spring now! xx. gigi.

  • Reply DontBlameTheKids March 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Ooohh, pretty spring eye candy to get me through (another) snow! Warm weather cannot come fast enough!

  • Reply Giovanna March 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Cute look! Loving that blouse and bag!


  • Reply Kai-Li March 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Grace March 6, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Hey Jean, never posted on here, but have been following you for some time. Love your style and tips. Just saw your picture in Redbook magazine, page 58. I remember the outfit from your post 🙂

  • Reply Jean March 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Hi Arts, unfortunately I have no experience shopping rolling laptop bags. If you're looking for a slim crossbody or shoulder bag though, I like how these look (with handle and straps) by MBMJ:;=marc+jacobs+commuter+bag&searchSuggestion;=false

  • Reply Jean March 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Hi Christine – you don't feel them : )

  • Reply Jean March 6, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Grace, thanks so much for your first-time comment and for letting me know! I will have to go look for a copy : )

  • Reply Anonymous March 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Hi jean, love your blog and am a big fan! The gap jeans look great on you. What size did you get them in since they run small?

  • Reply Jean March 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi there – I ordered 00P/24P and they fit as shown. For a casual look I could've have sized up, in hindsight (had no idea how they'd run before ordering and they are final sale) especially if they shrink at all in the dryer.

  • Reply Anonymous March 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I think you made the right choice in size as they look great on you. I never thought I could wear the cuffed style til I saw this post! Thx for the quick response!

  • Reply KrisMercado March 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Jean, I love your casual outfit posts. I am also petite and find it hard to dress casual with out looking like a kid. Hopefully you can post more outfits with denim or outfits for going to the mall or running errands. I find it the most difficult finding jeans that fit. Thanks Jean.

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