take one, pass it on 2017: days 26-28

Welp, we’ve officially made it to the part of the summer when it’s completely unbearable to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time. Translation: I’ve been dressing for the heat. Lightweight dresses and skirts from now until October, friends!

day twenty-six:

olive green dress: Amazon, exact // black round sunglasses: Amazon, exact // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar

day twenty-seven:

ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // black lace skirt: Banana Republic Factory, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact

day twenty-eight:

black striped tee: Mossimo, similar // black lace skirt: Banana Republic Factory, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar

Yet another benefit of these style challenges is that it’s encouraging me to wear pieces that I’ve long neglected. Case in point: the black lace skirt. It has sat in my closet for 2.5 years, and I just pulled the tags off yesterday. You would think it would be relatively versatile (and I think it is), but it’s just a wee bit tight in the waist and a bit too short for work, which is probably why I never reach for it. Debating whether it deserves to stay in my closet…

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!

take one pass it on 2017: days 1-4

Hello, friends! As I mentioned in my last post, I’m endeavoring to do another Take One, Pass It On challenge this summer as a way to reinvigorate my interest in my closet and this blog. Here we are, four days into the month already (Happy Fourth!), and I’ve yet to post an update–off to a great start, huh? Despite my silence, I have indeed been re-mixing my wardrobe. Days 1-4 below!

day one:

black tee: Banana Republic Factory, almost exact // red stripe skirt: J.Crew Factory, exact // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar// black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

day two:

black tee: Banana Republic Factory, almost exact // white skinny jeans: Loft, exact // leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar // gold mesh band watch: BP, similar

day three:

magnolia print top: Banana Republic Factory, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, exact // gold wedge sandals: Lauren Ralph Lauren, exact // white leather band watch: Timex, similar

day four:

magnolia print top: Banana Republic Factory, similar // black skirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact /

The first few days of re-mixing always seem to flow the most freely, so I haven’t found this round of Take One, Pass It On too challenging yet. The day one outfit is one I’ve worn quite a few times this summer, and I can see myself wearing again–I find myself gravitating toward a lot of red lately. The magnolia print top seen in days three and four is a recent purchase, so I’m glad it’s proving to be somewhat versatile.

Take One, Pass It On: Day 26

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To keep things from being completely boring, I opted not to remix my navy skirt yesterday and instead “pass on” the olive cardigan. I’m a big fan of olive + black + white, so I went for that color palette today.

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This look served me well through a pretty routine day of data collection and phone calls. My one gripe is that in looking at these photos, this dress is a wee bit shorter than I would prefer for work. I honestly think that it’s my boobs that are taking up extra fabric and thus bringing up the hem a bit. So once I stop breastfeeding, maybe I’ll feelĀ a bit less scandalous in this dress.

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olive cardigan: Loft, similar, similar // black + white striped dress: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, exact, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar

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