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!

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on buying multiples

DSC_7977It seems as though it might be a bit taboo in blog-land to admit this, but here goes: I like to buy multiples. When I find an item of clothing that fits me well, I tend to buy a few of them (once the price is right, of course!). Loft’s modern skinny jeans, Banana Republic’s Luxe tees, and, most pertinent to this post, J.Crew’s schoolboy blazers are just a few examples.

DSC_7923I had some extra cash in my PayPal account from eBay sales this month, and I decided to spend it on a new camel blazer. My orangey-red blazer is J.Crew’s schoolboy cut, and it seems to fit me quite well. I scoured eBay until I found a camel version in my size and in excellent condition…and for a fraction of the $200 retail price! I really like its warmer camel color compared to my old one, and I feel like it will last for years to come.

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camel blazer: J.Crew, similar, similar // navy gingham button-up: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, similar, similar // navy pumps: Frye, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil, exact, similar, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

a blazer…just because

DSC_7008These days, I really don’t have to look professional. I only have to be on campus one day per week during my maternity leave, and even then, I can get away with wearing jeans. However, I am still pretty jazzed about being able to wear all my normal (i.e., non-maternity) clothes again, so I find myself reaching for professional clothing…just because.

DSC_6984Specifically, I am loving my blazer collection. On this particular day, I decided to show some love for my camel blazer, which I haven’t worn since my second trimester.

DSC_7013Once again, I paired it with a few other neutrals, plus my burgundy pumps. I’m thinking next time around it would be fun to pair this blazer with some navy gingham!

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camel blazer: Merona via Target, very similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar, similar // polka dot shirt: LC Lauren Conrad, similar, similar // burgundy pumps: Merona via Target, similar, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Tuesday!

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 🙂

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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