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.

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DSC_9836I’ve been deriving outfit inspiration from Pinterest for quite some time now, but I’ve just recently starting getting fashion help from Instagram. Specifically, I saw this look from The Double Take Girls, and I knew I had to re-create it (OK, so it helped that I own the exact same blazer).

DSC_9834At first, I tried copying the outfit quite literally with my snow leopard top, but the cowl-neck just seemed weird with a blazer. So instead, I went with trusty polka dots.

DSC_9843As you’ll see below, I did stay true to the inspiration for my shoe choice–I’m still loving my $9 silver pumps!

DSC_9802purple piped blazer: Gap via Poshmark*, similar, similar // black + white polka dot blouse: J.Crew Factory via Poshmark*, similar, similar // straight jeans: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // silver pumps: Christian Siriano for Payless, similar, similar

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Linking up with Bri for Third Thursday Threads!


DSC_9289In case you haven’t noticed, I tend to gravitate toward simple outfits: neutrals + one pop of color + one piece of jewelry–done.Occasionally, I’ll come up with a look that is outside of my prescribed formula, and I’ll start to doubt myself. “Will I look like a weirdo if I wear this?” (Yes, my inner monologue has the vocabulary of a nine-year-old).

DSC_9276But then, I have to remind myself: What would Stacy and Clinton say (WWSACS)?



I’ve watched hundreds of episodes of What Not to Wear, and I don’t think they ever said that you can only have one “pop” of color. So, today I’m wearing bright blue AND bright pink AND a fun print.

DSC_9273black + white polka dot blouse: J.Crew Factory via Poshmark*, similar, similar // cobalt ankle pants: Michael Kors via Belk, similar, similar // fuschia pumps: Old Navy, exact, similar // multistrand pearl necklace: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar

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