blazer of the week

As I mentioned last week, I’m trying to wear my blazers more often. This week’s pick is my black wool one. I chose it because I figured the wool blazer would be warm enough so that I wouldn’t have to wear a coat too…and I was very WRONG. I was freezing on my 6-block walk to and from my office!

I might have been cold, but at least my outfit was cute, right? Well, at least I think so. I have so many plaid shirts, and all too often I just wear them on the weekend with jeans and booties. It’s kind of fun to dress them up a little bit more with a blazer or a pencil skirt (like I did here). Already contemplating which blazer I should wear next week…

black wool blazer: J.Crew, similar, similar // red plaid ruffle shirt: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // skinny jeans: Wit & Wisdom, exact, similar // cognac leather boots: Timberland, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact, similar


buffalo plaid at last

Just about a year ago, I spotted this look and loved it but didn’t have the pieces to re-create it. I kind of forgot about it for a while (as is typical for the outfits I save on Pinterest) until this fall when J.Crew Factory featured this skirt a few months ago. I waited patiently for a good sale and bought it.

Obviously, for the first wear I had to re-create the aforementioned look. I was just wearing it to a casual dinner with family, so skipped the necklace and clutch. I really like the way it turned out! I have a few more ideas for how to wear this skirt, so be prepared to see it again in the future. How would you wear a buffalo plaid skirt?

black turtleneck tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // buffalo plaid skirt: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // cognac leather boots: Timberland, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact, similar

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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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

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