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!

Also linking up with Thursday Moda!


the boyfriend jeans

DSC_6512I know I’m a little late to the party, but I finally decided to try out boyfriend jeans. Technically, Loft refers to these jeans as “relaxed skinny jeans,” which sounds like an oxymoron to me, but they seem to fit me like boyfriend jeans.

DSC_6503As you might have noticed by now, I tend to stick to skinny or straight leg styles when it comes to jeans, so these were a bit of a departure for me. I’m generally not a fan of “distressing” on jeans, but it was so minimal on this pair that I was willing to make an exception. My only complaint is that I can’t really figure out what kind of shoes to wear with them. I went for ankle boots this time around, but I’m not sure they’re working here. Maybe I’ll try a more dressed up look with heels next time. Perhaps Pinterest will give me some inspiration…


red + green plaid shirt: Old Navy, similar, similar // red quilted vest: Crown + Ivy via Belk, similar, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, exact, similar // cognac ankle boots: Jessica Simpson via Amazon, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!

weekend favorite

DSC_6204Today’s outfit is actually one I’ve probably worn at least five times over the course of the past few months. I tend to settle into lazy girl mode during the weekends and skip outfit pictures, which is why this is the first time it has shown up here on the blog. Now that we’re entering the final countdown of this pregnancy (!), I figured now is as good a time as any to finally show it to you here in blog-land.

DSC_6188Clearly, it’s not the most exciting outfit, but it has continued to be comfortable throughout both the second and third trimesters, which makes it a big winner in my book.

DSC_6193And because we’re so close to my due date, here’s one last bump picture. This photo was taken at 38 weeks + 4 days, although I’m currently 39 weeks + 4 days. We can’t wait to meet our baby boy!


floral sweatshirt: Matty M, similar, non-maternity // skinny jeans: A Pea in the Pod, similar, non-maternity // cognac ankle boots: Jessica Simpson, similar, similar, similar // horn watch: Michael Kors, exact, similar

^Taken at 38 weeks

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!

holiday classics

DSC_6000Typically, my Thanksgiving outfits are centered around comfortable clothing (gotta make room for all that turkey!), but that was especially the case this year due to the fact that I was 37 weeks pregnant for the occasion. Oof.

DSC_5987Initially, I hadn’t planned on taking any outfit photos for that day, but after the parade was over, I found myself with some spare time, so here ya go. This is my very comfy, very classic Thanksgiving outfit…two weeks later 🙂 A button front shirt and pearl studs are appropriate for pretty much any occasion in my book!


blue button up shirt: Lands’ End, exact, non-maternity // skinny jeans: A Pea in the Pod, similar, non-maternity // cognac ankle boots: Jessica Simpson via Amazon, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

^Taken at 37 weeks