Next week I’m taking off for New Orleans and Mom Blog conference Mom 2.0.  Per my norm with any blogging event, I’ve got the whole “what will I wear?!” thing going on.  I don’t panic so much as get a bunch of happy anticipation over the whole thing.  I actually really love to have the excuse to figure out some fun work-related outfits and to maybe *cough,cough* shop for something new.

But also around the time that the conference nears, I see a lot of people truly getting worked up about what to wear.  Going to a blogging conference can be stressful for a lot of reasons, especially when you’re mixed in with a bunch of very fashionable and forward-thinking Moms.

I stopped truly feeling nervous ages ago and started going with what I’m comfortable with and embracing my own sense of style.  The best advice one can receive – be yourself.  I’m not saying you should wear a pair of sweat pants if that’s what you like to do when you’re on the couch, but there’s also no reason to bust yourself in a pair of four inch heels when you never wear high heels.

And when all else fails, I go with something classic and simple.

Black Pants are my go-to when I just can’t figure anything out or want to just be 100% smart-looking.  I have these Marisa Pants from Ann Taylor Loft.

They’re $69.50 but if you use this week’s 30% off Friends and Family discount, well, you’ll get more money off.  Use coupon code FRIENDSAF to receive your 30% off by end of day April 10th.

Paired with this Pleat Neck Blouse from the Gap – it looks sharp and smart. Gap also has a great coupon code going on right now – use coupon code GAPNEW to receive 20% off your order.

The Pencil Skirt is a elegant and slimming.  This Presentation Skirt in Linen from J. Crew is $98.00 and would work with a number of tops.  It must be the week for coupon codes because J. Crew has one out too – use coupon code SUNNY to receive 20% off your order of $150 or more on

And wouldn’t this Skylark Blouse from Anthropologie ($88) look perfect with the J. Crew skirt?

Plus these Me Too Piper Pumps in Nude from for $59.95 and you’re good to go!  Use coupon code PUDDLE through April 11th to receive a free umbrella with purchase through April 11.

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  1. I love those pants! I will see you there- I’m having fun hanging my outfits in my closet to prep for the trip!


  2. I always take black pants to a conference! (and a black skirt that I can literally roll into a ball, toss in a corner, and then put on.)

  3. And Steph – woohoo. I’ve just started laying mine out as well. I think prepping for it (and shopping) is half the fun.

    Jamie – me too! Black pants are my staple for sure.

  4. Great advice. It sounds cliche, but “be yourself” really IS the key.

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