Athleisure Faux leather leggings Three Ways to Wear

Friday Favorites 1/10/20

This week was the first week back to work, school, and after-school activities around here and it was a doozy! I was ready to call it quits on Monday by 5 PM, but life had other plans. I struggled through the next few days, and all I can say is that I’m more than ready for the weekend! Hopefully the routine will start to feel normal soon and next week won’t feel as long as this one did. Comfort was key in my outfits this week, so I’m starting off Friday Favorites with some of my athleisure favorites that I wore this week to power through the post-holiday slump.

Athleisure Favorites:
Spell check always tries to tell me that athleisure is not a word, but come on. It’s 2020. Time to get up to speed with 21st century attire! Plus, it’s always hard for me to tell whether I have actually made a typo on that word since it remains underlined no matter how I spell it!

Velvet Jacket + Joggers:

Yep, this is my third time sharing this velvet jacket. What can I say? I really love it! It’s comfortable, I love the color, and makes my joggers look a little nicer than wearing them with a sweatshirt. This is more of a lightweight jacket, which was perfect for some warmer days we had earlier this week (highs in the low 70s…I’ll take it!). However if you live in a colder climate, you might like this Teddy Bear Fleece Version from the same brand in the same color. It looks like it would be a bit warmer than the velvet jacket.

Grey Fleece Longline Jacket:

This jacket looks a little awkward from the top since it is so long (it makes my proportions look off), but the length was the exact reason I wanted it. Sometimes if I’m wearing leggings and a t-shirt, I want a long jacket to throw on and have it cover my backside completely. Most of my jackets are shorter length, like the ones above and below. It was hard to find a longer jacket, so I tried a new-to-me retailer for this since it met my criteria. It’s true to size (I’m wearing XS in the jacket), a nice soft fleece, and plenty long as you’ll see in the front view below. I wouldn’t say it’s a super-warm fleece jacket…maybe medium warmth. Slightly warmer than they other two jackets I’m sharing today, but not as warm as a teddy bear fleece style. It also has drawstrings on the inside so you can cinch the waist for a little more shape if you prefer.

Ballerina Jacket + Joggers:

So I’ve talked about my love for the Core 10 Ballerina Leggings from Amazon…and I decided to try the Ballerina jacket too. I did receive my leggings as sponsored items but the jacket was something I purchased myself, just to be clear. I was pleasantly surprised by how soft it is on the inside! I probably won’t pair it with the matching leggings, but I thought it made for a nice polished athleisure look with these joggers. I originally had the Cropped Version of the joggers, but found that I didn’t like wearing them because the lower half of my legs would get cold! And if it’s warm enough for cropped pants, I just end up wearing shorts. So I decided to get the full length version and I’m glad I did since I like having another color of joggers in addition to black. These are called “navy” but they’re not a super dark navy, and they have flecks of black in them. I find that makes them work a little better with black, rather than looking like I mismatched my colors.

And here’s the front view of this week’s athleisure favorites:

Before I move on, I want mention that these sneakers have become my favorite “slippers” to wear around the house  I like the way they give my foot a little more support than slippers. Plus, even when I’m just at home, I like the way they make me look a little more put together than if I wear my actual slippers! While they’re designed to be worn without socks, my feet are always freezing indoors, so I wear black ankle socks with mine for extra warmth and they blend right in. Size reviews are all over the place, but I took my normal 7.5 and they fit great. They also have a men’s version, which I got for my 14 year old son. He is also loving them! When we’re headed out to music lessons or some other activity at night they’re super easy for him to throw-on-and-go.

Favorite Tops for Leggings:
My second favorite this week are my tunic tops from White House Black Market. I shared the burgundy version in this post, then I shared Six Ways to Wear the grey version in this post. The price was a little steep at first, but now they’re on sale for under $30! It’s not that easy to find “nicer” tops that pair well with leggings (if you prefer having your backside covered, that is), and these are perfection. They’re easy to dress up or down and the material is extremely soft and comfortable.

Even though I haven’t styled it six ways, I think the burgundy version is just as versatile as the grey one. I also think the saturated burgundy lends itself to dressier outfits a little better, like the option with the blazer below.

LEFT: Similar Jacket | Tunic Top | Leggings (Similar w/ more sizes) | Boots (c/o) 

RIGHT:  Jacket (c/o) | Tunic Top | Leggings | Boots (c/o)

Also, FYI White House Black Market is a ShopRunner partner, so if you have a Paypal Account, Amex or certain types of MasterCard you can get these tops with 2 Day Shipping and Free Returns. That is always a favorite for me!

Nails of the Week:


My nails in all photos above are CND Vinylux Masquerade. It was a favorite for the holiday season but after wearing it for a few weeks I’m ready to switch it up for the New Year. Also, if you’re a new reader (welcome!), I shared all of my DIY Manicure staples plus tips and techniques in this post

Thanks for stopping by today! Next week on the blog I’m planning to share a few ways to wear some of my other recent favorite items, so I hope to see you here. And Book Reviews are coming up on Tuesday for my fellow bookworms. I had some very enjoyable reads this month so make sure to check those out if you need a recommendation!

Linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for Friday Favorites!