one-trick pony

First outfit, post-challenge…and I’m sticking with my beloved neutral + red + leopard combination. I’m a one-trick pony, apparently.

I bought this top in early July, and for some reason I am just now getting around to wearing it. Verdict: it’s a winner. I love the color, lightweight material, and adorable button detail:

I wish they had it in some other colors, like black or ivory.

Anyway, this will likely be the last time I wear anything “blog-worthy” for a few days, as we are taking a short vacation down to a nearby lake. While there, I tend to wear nothing but workout clothes, or maybe jean shorts + a tee, if I’m feel fancy. Although I won’t be taking outfit photos, hopefully I’ll remember to document a few of our adventures on IG!

red button detail top: Loft, exact, similar // white ankle pants: MICHAEL by Michael Kors, exact, similar // tan + leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar, similar

take one, pass it on 2017: days 22-25

These past few days have ended up being extraordinarily eventful–let’s just say a gas leak, a daycare evacuation, and a febrile seizure were involved. On days like those, I am very glad that I already had my outfits planned out so that I can devote my mental energy to the tasks at hand!

day twenty-two:

white lace blouse: J.Crew Factory, similar // red skirt: Loft, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

day twenty-three:

gray tee: J.Crew Factory, exact // red skirt: Loft, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholls, exact // black crossbody bag: Sole Society, exact //  black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, similar

day twenty-four:

gray tee: J.Crew Factory, exact // skinny jeans: BP, similar // tan jeweled sandals: Mossimo, similar // pink crossbody bag: Old Navy, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, similar

day twenty-five:

olive dress: Amazon, exact // light chambray button-up: Old Navy, similar // nude wedge sandals: Merona, similar // pink crossbody bag: Old Navy, similar

This round had a few surprises in that some of the items were unexpectedly difficult to re-mix. For some reason, I had the hardest time coming up with ideas for the gray tee. I could have chosen something else, but it was kind of annoying me that I couldn’t get creative. I eventually came up with the two looks you see here, but neither is something I am likely to repeat again. Just a few more days of this challenge left!

take one, pass it on 2017: days 19-21

The longer I do this challenge, the more I realize the seasonality of my wardrobe. What I mean by that is that I’m finding myself re-mixing a lot of the same items as I did in last year’s TOPIO challenge (e.g., olive skirt, lace top), which just goes to show that although I might have hundreds of items in my closet (eek!), I reach for the same 10-20 pieces during a given season. It’s giving me the itch to do another closet purge…

day nineteen:

red striped tee: J.Crew Factory, exact // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // black skirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // leopard flat sandals: Urban Outfitters, exact

day twenty:

denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // black maxi dress: Lands’ End, exact // turquoise pendant necklace: Kendra Scott, similar // gold wedge sandals: Lauren Ralph Lauren, exact

day twenty-one:

white lace tee: J.Crew Factory, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar // tan clog sandals: Lotta from Stockholm, exact // turquoise pendant necklace: Kendra Scott, similar

I think my favorite look from this batch is the one with the black maxi dress–I was kind of burned out on maxi dresses for a while after pregnancy, as I wore them A LOT that summer (check the maternity style category), but I’m now remembering how comfy they are for summertime. That being said, I’m still not brave enough to re-mix a dress two days in a row; I feel like my co-workers would notice!

TOPIO days 19-21

take one, pass it on 2017: days 12-14

I’ve made it two weeks into this challenge, and I think I’ve hit my groove. I’m no longer grumpy about being limited in what I can wear and instead delighted by the opportunity to get creative with my closet. I guess it’s true what they say–it takes two weeks to form a new habit! Here’s a look at what I’ve worn over the past few days:

day twelve:

black striped tank: J.Crew Factory, similar // mustard skirt: Loft (I dyed it from a brighter shade of yellow, seen here), similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact

day thirteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // mustard skirt: Loft, similar // leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar

day fourteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // red crossbody bag: Ann Taylor, similar // black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

I think one key strategy in my attitude shift for this challenge is the fact that I set aside a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan out my looks. Up until this point, I had kind of been haphazardly choosing an item to re-mix each day, and the end result was a mish-mash of boring outfits that I didn’t really like that much. I used my handy-dandy garment rack that my husband bought me for Christmas–check out a pic on IG!