common threads challenge: week 1

It’s been awhile since I last posted! My husband accidentally broke my tripod (not really sure how–I just know that the pressure washer was involved…), and I’m entering into serious writing season for my PhD; the combination of the two has put blogging on the back-burner. All that being said, I am still participating in the Common Threads Challenge, and I wanted to be sure to share my first few outfits with you.

Monday: olive tee

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // black skinny jeans: Loft, similar // black leather flats: BCBGeneration, similar // leopard scarf: Joe Fresh, similar

To be honest, I really wanted to copy this exact outfit, but I decided I should try to put my own spin on it. Plus, I was just really in the mood to wear a scarf! Olive + leopard is definitely a go-to around here.

Tuesday: burgundy skirt

black stripe 3/4 sleeve tee: Merona, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black leather flats: BCBGeneration, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

I think this look is the winner of the week. I say that because a stranger stopped me on my way in to work and said, “You look cute!” I almost wish that I had a neck scarf or something to give the outfit a little French girl flair.

Wednesday: chambray shirt

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // mustard jeans: Loft, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // reversible tote: Street Level, exact // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact

I’ve actually worn some version of this outfit several times, although I most often wear it with my striped chambray popover. I was tempted to wear my cognac booties with this outfit, but ultimately decided I would go one CTC item at a time, at least for this first week.

Thursday: black knit blazer

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // spotted blouse: Loft, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

I’ve had this pin sitting on my “must re-create” list for a long time now. I finally got around to it, but I’m not so excited about the end result. For starters, why does my blazer look lopsided?! And perhaps I should have left the top untucked. Oh, well.

Friday: cognac booties

plum tee: Banana Republic Factory, similar // ivory cardigan: Merona, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar // gold pendant necklace: J.Crew, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Let me just be honest and say that this outfit was completely weather inappropriate. The day started off cool, but by mid-day, it was up to the 80s–not exactly sweater and bootie temps. This sweater is gigantic (and hence, not very flattering), partially because I bought it when I was pregnant two years ago…but I think I love it a little more just because it’s so over-sized.

This first week hasn’t been too difficult–we’re just beginning with our five pieces! That being said, I think the item I’ll have the most trouble re-wearing is the burgundy skirt. Any suggestions are welcome…


If you’re following along in the challenge, please link up your posts below!

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the blush blanket scarf

DSC_9155In my last budget post, I mentioned that I had stalked this blush blanket scarf for months before finally getting it for a steal. I had presumed that I would have to wait until next winter to wear it, but as luck would have it, there was a rare cold snap last month–so obviously I wore the scarf that day.

DSC_9150I am a big fan of the black + white + blush color combination, so don’t be surprised if you see it often (particularly in light of how many blush items I bought last month!).


black striped tee: Merona via Target, exact, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar // blush blanket scarf: Ann Taylor, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact, similar

rough day

DSC_7062I’ll be honest–the day that I wore this outfit was a rough one. Caleb was a crank-pot all morning, and just as I got him calmed down, it was time to take him to the pediatrician’s office. Well, as you might imagine, he did not enjoy being poked and prodded and proceeded to cry wail through the whole appointment. By the end of the day, I was pretty wiped.

DSC_7050The silver lining is that the doctor recommended something for the little dude’s distress (probiotics for colicky babies = magic!). Oh, and I got to wear an outfit that had been lingering on my Pinterest board for months. So there’s that.


striped boatneck tee: Merona via Target, similar, similar // cognac jacket: NY & Co., similar, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, exact, similar, similar // leopard pumps: INC via eBay, similar, similar // mustard scarf: Amazon, similar, similar

date night

DSC_6622Last week, my in-laws were kind enough to offer to babysit Caleb for an evening so that Seth and I could enjoy some alone time. Considering we hadn’t had a “date night” since early December, we happily agreed!

DSC_6614I seized the opportunity to wear something other than leggings or jeans–I opted for this shift skirt I bought last month from Loft.

DSC_6627I must admit though that I was a little nervous about wearing such a “waist-conscious” outfit; my midsection isn’t exactly what I’d like it to be right now. Nonetheless, my desire to wear new clothes won out in the end 🙂


striped boatneck tee: Merona via Target, similar, similar // camel shift skirt: Loft, exact in petites, similar // black leather booties: Michael Kors via eBay, similar, similar // elephant necklace: Ann Taylor, this year’s version, similar