common threads challenge: week 3

I’ve got another round of outfits from the Common Threads Challenge to share with you today! The further along we get in this challenge, the more I’m relying on Pinterest and other bloggers for styling ideas–my own creativity is just about tapped out at this point. But I’m actually enjoying looking to others for inspiration!

Monday: black knit blazer

Chilly fall temperatures arrived rather abruptly last week, so I struggled a bit with how to wear this blazer. It was a typical fall day in that it started out in the 40s, but was in the mid-70s by the afternoon, so I decided that a thick knit dress with knee-high boots was a good compromise between the two temperature extremes. It’s difficult to see, but I also added my elephant necklace for fun. (You can see a closer picture of the necklace in this post).

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // striped sweatshirt dress: Merona, similar // cognac knee-high boots: Timberland, similar // gold elephant necklace: Ann Taylor, similar

Tuesday: cognac booties

I actually stole the outfit for this idea from Alex–I loved how the navy gingham, olive, and white denim looked together, so I pretty much copied the look exactly. I hope she doesn’t mind 😉 I liked the way this outfit turned out, and it makes me want to incorporate white jeans into more of my outfits this winter.

navy gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory, almost exact // olive utility jacket: Old Navy, exact // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Wednesday: olive tee

I’ll be real here and say this is my least favorite outfit of the week. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to devote to planning this outfit (or photographing it…) due to a sick toddler and a gynecologist appointment I really didn’t want to skip. The cardigan has more of a burgundy hue to it than these pictures suggest (this seems to be a recurring problem with my camera). The cardigan is also just not in good shape and shorter than I prefer…so it might be destined for the donate pile.

burgundy open front cardigan: Merona, similar // olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // skinny jeans: BP, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Thursday: burgundy skirt

For this outfit, I turned to Pinterest for a little guidance. I found this pin, and I liked the look of black heels with the blue shirt and burgundy pants. I tried out the color combination myself, and I think it works! I went full-on preppy with some pearl earrings and my Kate Spade watch.

blue button-up shirt: Lands’ End, exact // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Friday: chambray shirt

I decided to get a bit more creative with how I wore my chambray shirt this week by layering it under another tee. It’s hard to go wrong with stripes, right?

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar // chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // black skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac suede wedge booties: White Mountain, almost exact // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar

So, I think I’ve reached the sweet spot of the challenge–the point when I’ve exhausted my “standard” combinations and start trying new things. It’s at this point that I start to realize the versatility of each item in my closet. Here’s hoping the trend continues for these last few days of the CTC!

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Linking up with Thursday Moda. 


the cozy cranberry

DSC_5968In my most recent budget post, I mentioned my new ivory cardigan. Here it is, in all its lovely cream-colored coziness.

DSC_5953It’s the perfect size (I’m wearing a medium), and I love how I can throw it on over pretty much anything and still feel put together (well, at least more so than if I had opted for my ratty old fleece jacket).


Another new item in this look is my tortoise shell earrings. I was a little disappointed when they arrived because the tortoise piece had fallen out of one of the backings, but it was nothing a little trusty super glue couldn’t fix. Still, I would have expected better quality from Ralph Lauren. At least they were only $12! As for the rest of the look, I wore my burgundy cranberry dress yet again, plus my cognac boots. I’m so glad fall has finally decided to show up in Alabama!


burgundy dress: Motherhood Maternity, similar, non-maternity// ivory open cardigan: Merona via Target, exact, similar // cognac leather boots: Timberland, similar, similar // tortoise earrings: Lauren Ralph Lauren, similar, similar

^Taken at 36 weeks

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday.

good job, past caroline

DSC_8722So I really wanted to wear my navy ponte dress this week (what else is new?), but the temperatures were not exactly conducive to running around with bare legs. I was all set to make an emergency trip to Target for some opaque navy tights…but I decided to check my sock drawer first. Aha! Apparently, I bought a pair last winter that got lost in the layers of socks and leggings. Good job, past Caroline!

DSC_8716As nice as it was to not have to run to the store, that doesn’t remedy the fact that I’m still wearing tights, and it’s almost March. Unacceptable.

DSC_8829As for the outfit, I decided to layer again, this time with a pink gingham button-up. I also added a belt in honor of this week’s PMT Style Challenge.

DSC_8838navy ponte dress: Merona via Target, similar, similar // pink gingham button-up: jcp, similar, similar // cognac belt: Merona via Target, similar, similar // cognac leather boots: Timberland, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar

Linking up with Audrey for the PMT Style Challenge!

hail, snow, + pink

DSC_8605Just as I stepped outside to take these outfit photos, something began falling from the sky. Truthfully, I have no idea whether it was hail, snow, or frozen rain (really, what’s the difference?). Ask me about tornadoes, and I can tell you all about the Fujita Damage Scale, but when it comes to this winter nonsense, I’m clueless.

DSC_8578So when I returned ran back inside to my comfortably heated living room, I turned on the news. You would think it was the end of the world: “SNOW FLURRIES REPORTED IN BIRMINGHAM.” I guess after last year’s snowpocalypse, everyone is on high alert.

DSC_8629OK, weather rant over. I’m sure you’re tired of reading those. My outfit today was another rendition of vest + jeans + boots, although at least this time I wore an interesting necklace too.

DSC_8558navy + white striped 3/4 sleeve tee: thrifted Old Navy, similar, similar // pink quilted vest: Mindy Mae’s Market, similar, similar // dark wash straight jeans: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // cognac leather boots: Timberland, similar, similar // tortoise link necklace: Etsy, similar, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!