the same but different

I’ve been blogging long enough now that I sometimes draw outfit inspiration from myself. Case in point: I wore an outfit very similar to this about two years ago, right after my son was born.

I remembered that outfit recently and decided to re-create it with newer items in my wardrobe. I traded out the wool skirt (which has since been donated–it wasn’t very practical for our mild winters) for a suede skirt in the same color; I also switched out the booties for some comfy mules. The end result was an outfit in which I felt comfortable and relatively put together. Unfortunately, campus was pretty deserted due to the holiday, so no one got to see my outfit…guess I’ll just have to wear it again next week!

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar, similar // faux suede skirt: Sanctuary, similar, similar // black mule booties: dv by Dolce Vita, similar, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar, similar


feeling that itch…

I’m not sure if anyone will even read this, but I just wanted to give anyone who is still kind enough to check in the heads up that I’m planning on blogging more regularly in the near future. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been feeling that itch to blog again. Specifically, I might endeavor to do another Take One, Pass It On, or some other, similar style challenge in July (check out last year’s Take One, Pass It On HERE). I attempted to take outfit photos today for the first time in our new-ish house, and let’s just say there were a lot of obstacles (a broken tripod, a dead remote, and an uncharged camera battery to name a few)…but I’m willing to give this thing a go again.

I’m excited to get my creative juices flowing again! Let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see here.

I’ll leave you with a particularly fetching blog blooper from earlier today:

closet inventory: january 2017

I’ve been meaning to conduct a closet inventory for a while now, as I think it’s a useful exercise to visualize the pieces already present in one’s wardrobe; it helps to identify patterns and develop a broader perspective on personal style. Plus, now that I’ve been using the Stylebook app for over a year now, I now have a digital (and thus very convenient!) means of cataloguing and sharing the items in my closet. 

So here’s a look at my wardrobe by the numbers:

144 tops

  • 7 sleeveless tops
  • 35 short sleeve tees
  • 18 blouses
  • 11 blazers
  • 2 sweatshirts
  • 15 long sleeve tees
  • 28 button up shirts
  • 22 cardigans

74 bottoms

  • 16 pairs of jeans
  • 13 pairs of shorts
  • 14 pairs of pants
  • 31 skirts

53 pairs of shoes

  • 12 pairs of boots
  • 8 pairs of sandals
  • 10 pairs of flats
  • 3 pairs of wedges
  • 3 pairs of sneakers

28 dresses

  • 25 short sleeved + sleeveless dresses
  • 3 long sleeved dresses

19 bags

  • 11 totes
  • 5 clutches
  • 2 crossbody bags
  • 1 backpack

114 accessories 

  • 6 pairs of sunglasses
  • 30 belts
  • 22 necklaces
  • 6 bracelets
  • 11 watches
  • 17 pairs of earrings
  • 22 scarves

28 outerwear items

  • 7 coats
  • 13 jackets
  • 8 vests

TOTAL: 460 items

Oof, the fact that there are almost 500 items in my closet is a little astounding. Minimalist, I am not! However, to be fair, almost a third of those items are bags and accessories rather than actual garments of clothing. Nonetheless, seeing the enormity of my wardrobe will hopefully give me pause on my next shopping excursion. The two categories that surprised me in their extensive variety were skirts and button-up shirts. I think I likely added several items in each category over the past year in particular because my breastfeeding-friendly uniform consisted of–you guessed it–a button-up shirt and a skirt. 

I’ll try to make this closet inventory at least an annual (perhaps seasonal?) event to encourage me to see the sartorial possibilities already present in my closet. 

casual glam

DSC_9098I’ve been meaning to create my own version of this pin for quite some time now–I really like the contrast of the casual tee with glam accessories. I finally got around to it a few weeks ago…and I’m not so sure I love it.

DSC_9093Perhaps it’s the length of the skirt or simply the fact that I’m too dorky, but for whatever reason, I don’t really like┬áthis look on me. I almost didn’t post it, but I decided to ahead and share it, mostly because I just like the pretty hydrangeas in the background.

DSC_9104Plus, this outfit presented the opportunity to play with a bolder lip color!


hello tee: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // black pleated skirt: Gap, exact, similar // red pumps: MICHAEL by Michael Kors, similar, similar // crystal cluster earrings: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar