Style Series: We Got It From Our Mamas

We always say that we are best friends. But that’s actually a lie.

Our moms actually fill that #1 slot for each of us. We’ve both always been close with our moms (although a few of those teenage years may have been a challenge for our poor mamas, ha!), and we feel so fortunate to consider our moms to be our besties.

Mother_Daughter_Date-jan-patAnd even though our moms are friends with one another, we rarely get together the 4 us. In fact, we don’t believe we’ve ever done an outing with just us gals all together! In honor of Mother’s Day, we decided to change that.brunch-summerhouse-santa-monic

We planned a mother-daughter day and invited the moms for brunch and activities in Chicago. We started with brunch at Summer House Santa Monica. If you’re in Chicago (or visiting!) we hope you add it to your list of restaurants. They have delicious food and you really feel like you’re in California instead of Chicago.

Lincoln-park-conservatory-chicago-illinoisAfter mimosas, coffee and plenty of catching up, we decided to hit up the Lincoln Park Conservatory to check out the botanic garden. Wow, another gorgeous spot to add to your Chicago bucket list (the Garfield Park Conservatory is just as amazing and even bigger. So put that one on your list too!).

Mother_Daughter_Date-jan-pat-girls-dayWe also decided to do a little photo shoot to show how fabulous our mothers truly are and to chat about their style when it comes to fashion! Plus, everyone says we both look just like our moms and we figured we’d see if you guys agree.

Jan & Casey

Even though my mom has dark hair & dark eyes (compared to my blonde & blue), we’ve ALWAYS gotten comments about how much we look alike.


When I was younger, I didn’t really see the resemblance. Now that I’m older…I totally see it, and I love it! How could I not love looking like such a gorgeous gal?!

But Jan isn’t just a beautiful woman, she also has some serious style. jan-lincoln-park-conservatory

Dress (similar) // Shoes // Necklace // Purse (similar)

She found this Michael Kors dress at Nordstrom, and she absolutely adores it. Gotta love the lightweight material and classic color palette! shoes-lincoln-park-jan

I was with my mom when we picked out these new sandals for summer. She said, “for shoes that look like they could be a torture device, they sure are comfy!” Ha! The color is perfect since it can go with just about anything. And the heel height isn’t too high so you can walk all around in these bad boys all day long.jan-ohalloran
Just like me, Jan has an affinity for long necklaces and this one from Kendra Scott is a winner. Again…a piece that can go with just about anything! I have this one in white and wear it just about every other day!

We certainly coordinated for our Mother’s Day out! You really just can’t go wrong with navy, white, and cognac. casey-white-jeans-spring

White Jeans // Sandals // Striped Top // Purse (similar) // Earrings // Watch // Cuff Bracelet

My new favorite white jeans have been on repeat lately and I feel like I’m constantly wearing them with my new block heel sandals. The shoes are good for work or weekends and I’ve already gotten lots of miles out of them. casey-purse-white-jeansThe one-shoulder top is a fun new item I just added to my spring wardrobe. And when it’s a little chilly, I just throw a jean jacket on top. casey-white-jeans-jackeet


Pat & Bridget

People tell me I look just like my mom… ALL. THE. TIME. While others may cringe at the thought of looking or acting just like their mother, I take it as the biggest compliment.
Mother_Daughter_DateEven I see the resemblance! Sometimes when I glance in the mirror quickly, I think it’s my mom staring back at me. So yes, when people tell me I look just like my mom… I believe it and definitely agree with them. I also think it’s such an amazing compliment because, how gorgeous is this amazing woman?! Mother_Daughter_Date-pat-dress

If I look this young, gorgeous, and HAPPY as my mom when I’m a grandma like her, I’ll be extremely grateful. I could go on and on about her inner-beauty, which is what I admire the most about her, but because this post is all about fashion and style, I’ll stick to her style.

My mom scored this dress on sale for $30 (similar here and $24 option here). She says it’s super comfy and she loves that it’s age-appropriately “off the shoulder”. Plus she can wear this versatile item all spring/summer/fall long by dressing it up (like today) or dressing it down by pairing it with her favorite sandals or converse.

She paired it with a black clutch, the tassel necklace and these peep-toe booties for our day out. Pat says she loves all three of these accessories because they can go with so many pieces in her closet.


And I couldn’t agree more about finding items that are versatile for the upcoming warmer weather! How fun is this cold-shoulder ruffled tank (similar one I’m loving here)? I also scored it on sale for under $25. What can I say, I shop sales just like my mama! I love this versatile piece because I can wear it with regular jeans, white jeans, or shorts all summer long.

On this day I paired it with my favorite jeans, comfy heels, watch and a purse I scored from Marshall’s. And remember when I talked about putting Sephora’s $14 lip stain on my shopping list after Casey’s glowing reviews?! I bought it and am really loving it because it lasts all day long… even after eating!Mother_Daughter_Date_Bridget_Pat

I hope our moms come back for another style post soon because we love how both of them prove that you can be stylish and on-trend at any age! Plus, having an excuse to spend the day with these two and snap a few photos is such a treat.Mother_Daughter_Date-moms-laughing

A very happy Mother’s Day to 2 very special women. Not only are we so lucky to have such amazing role models in our lives but we are even more grateful to call these women our best friends. Love you Jan & Pat!!


The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.