birthday outfit

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a pleasant holiday season. Before we move on to 2018, I wanted to be sure to post one last outfit from a few weeks ago–my birthday outfit!

My family got together at my parents’ house for dinner (and dessert, of course) to celebrate my special day, and I opted to wear an outfit that’s been lingering on my Pinterest board for a year now. I traded the flats for heels and skipped the necklace, but otherwise I’d say my rendition was pretty close to the original. Had I been going somewhere fancier, I might have added my gold clutch to make a little more special.

Looking forward to the adventures 2018 may hold!

black lace top: J.Crew, similar, similar // green ankle pants: Banana Republic, similar, similar // leopard heels: INC, exact, similar

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black on black

I’m not sure why, but I rarely wear a top and bottom in the same color family. I just never think to go the monochrome route. When I saw this pin showing several different ways to wear a black tee, I decided to give it a try though.

I really like the look! The only thing I’m unsure about is the watch you see in the above picture. It’s technically “unisex,” but it looks so big on my wrist (40mm diameter). If only it were about 5mm smaller, it would be perfect! For the record, it’s the same one I featured in my most recent wishlist. I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble of returning it through the mail though, so I might just make it one of Seth’s stocking stuffers.

black turtleneck tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // black skinny jeans: Wit & Wisdom, exact, similar // cognac wedge booties: White Mountain, almost exact, similar // leopard blanket scarf: BP, similar, similar // black + tan watch: Timex, exact, similar

the leopard blanket scarf

As I mentioned in the budget post when I bought this scarf, I’ve been stalking it for YEARS. So you better believe that once the temperature dipped low enough to merit wearing a blanket scarf, I pulled it out pretty darn quick.

I love how this scarf looks with burgundy, but I’m second-guessing my decision to wear the ivory vest–it might have looked more cohesive to wear a black “completer piece.” Still, I was pretty comfy and cozy. I’m publishing this post on Thanksgiving Day here in the US, and this outfit would be perfectly appropriate for a casual Turkey Day gathering.

Speaking of…Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get a chance to count your blessings with a side of pumpkin pie!

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact, similar // burgundy skinny jeans: exact, similar // tan mule booties: Dolce Vita, exact, similar // ivory quilted vest: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // leopard blanket scarf: BP, similar, similar

common threads challenge: week 4

We’ve made it to the end of the Common Threads Challenge! This last week wasn’t much of a struggle actually, mostly because colder weather finally arrived–that opened up all sorts of layering options!

Monday: chambray shirt

I had an important presentation to give on this day, so I wanted to wear a dress, but I also wanted to wear my chambray shirt…so I wore both! I think this ended up being a nice balance between being “put together” but still casual. I need to remember to layer with dresses more often.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // striped dress: J.Crew Factory, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact

Tuesday: black knit blazer

Red is an accent color I typically wear quite often, but I’ve been neglecting it for this whole challenge. So, I decided to bust out my bright red pants for a change of pace. I love the vibrant color of these pants (I think Loft called them “fireball red”), but it means I need to keep the rest of the outfit pretty neutral.

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // white lace top: J.Crew Factory, similar // red pants: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Wednesday: cognac booties

I find myself pinning a lot of looks that involve pink, ivory, and olive, so I decided to put that color palette into action. I’m pretty psyched that it’s finally blanket scarf season 😉

ivory open cardigan: Merona, similar // ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // pink blanket scarf: Ann Taylor, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Thursday: olive tee

I wasn’t totally pleased with my olive tee outfit last week, so I decided to try again with slightly different pieces. This time, I subbed the skinny jeans for white jeans and traded the cardigan for my field jacket. I like this look much better!

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // purple field jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Friday: burgundy skirt

Camel is one of my favorite colors to wear this time of year, particularly because it pairs well with so many other fall colors, including burgundy. And it delights me to no end that my sweater matches my leopard flats so perfectly.

camel sweater: J.Crew, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar

Monday: burgundy skirt

Another Monday, another “professional occasion”–this time, a conference on metabolism and cancer. I wanted to try a new color combination involving burgundy, so tried out gray.

gray sweater: J.Crew, similar // polka dot shirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black dial watch: Wristology, exact

Tuesday: chambray shirt

Seeing as it was Halloween and all, I decided that I needed some orange in my outfit. I’ve had this pin sitting on my “what to wear” board forever, and this seemed like a good occasion to try it out.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // orange cardigan: J.Crew, similar // black pants: Banana Republic Factory, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar


I had a lot of fun choosing this week’s outfits–so that’s definitely a win! I plan on posting a final re-cap with all 22 of my CTC outfits and a few reflections on the experience.

If you’ve been participating in the Common Threads Challenge, please link up with the button below–we’d love to see your outfits!