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…

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the balding shoes

Well, I learned something new this week: apparently shoes can go bald. My beloved leopard flats are showing their age these days, most notably by the fact that there are a few areas where the calfhair is missing. Not to worry though–I have a back-up pair that I bought with Amazon rewards points last spring. I know you were concerned.

I still managed to get one more wear out of them though. This outfit ended up being quite comfy for my day of manuscript writing, cross-campus treks, and grocery shopping. To be repeated, for sure!

chambray button-up: J.Crew, similar, similar // red skirt: Loft, similar, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact, similar // gold mesh strap watch: BP, similar, similar // black round sunglasses: Amazon, similar, similar

miracle skirt

I bought this skirt on a whim last year, and it has turned out to be a very wise purchase. Not only have I worn it A LOT (see it previously worn here), but it’s also kind of a miracle skirt.

First, it seems to fit now matter what weight I am–in the time I’ve owned it, my weight has fluctuated a full 10 pounds, and it always fits. Second, this skirt is virtually impossible to wrinkle. I took these photos after sitting at my desk all day, and there’s nary a crease in sight! As a woman who hates to iron (but really, who doesn’t?), this is a feature that I wish all my skirts had. Oh, and maybe all my chambray shirts too…

chambray button-up: J.Crew, similar, similar // tribal skirt: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // black round sunglasses: Amazon, similar, similar // reversible tote: exact, similar

shades of blue

Yet another set of pictures taken in wet and sticky weather. It has been raining non-stop around here, which presents me with a serious footwear dilemma: what shoes do you wear on a rainy summer day? Rain boots aren’t ideal since it’s so hot, and sandals seem entirely impractical.

On this occasion, I went with my leather slip-ons. Not super cute, but functional. On another note, I’ve been wearing my light chambray shirt tied up like this so often (see here and here) that I’m thinking maybe it would be useful to have a lightweight, light wash denim jacket. Thoughts? I like the looks of this one, but it’s not available at any stores near me to try on.

blue and white striped dress: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // light chambray button up: Old Navy, similar, similar // leather slip on sneakers: Keds, exact, similar // cognac leather band watch: Wristology, exact, similar