common threads challenge: week 2

I’m back for another Common Threads Challenge check-in! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this post should help!) I’m really starting to enjoy the challenge, as it simplifies getting dressed in the morning. Evidently, limiting my options is key to streamlining the process.

Monday: cognac booties

I just recently got this chambray shirt dress, so naturally, I’ve been eager to wear it. I knew I wanted to wear the dress with my cognac booties, but those two items alone seemed a bit too plain. It was really too warm to wear a scarf, but I wore one anyway. I’m just going to pretend it’s fall now, OK?

chambray shirt dress: Old Navy, exact // blue tapestry scarf: Old Navy, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Tuesday: olive tee

Once again, I knew I wanted to wear two specific pieces together: my olive tee and this black + ivory skirt. Technically, I wore those two exact pieces together last summer (during my first Take One, Pass It On challenge), so I tried to “fall-ify” the outfit a bit with some booties and a light jacket. I really liked the end result–I think this might be my favorite look from the week!

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // denim jacket: Old Navy, exact // tribal skirt: Loft Outlet, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar

Wednesday: burgundy skirt

As predicted in my last week, I struggled with this item a bit this time around. I like the combination of ivory, burgundy, and cognac, but I couldn’t quite find the right pieces to execute what I had in mind. Next time, I might try mixing in camel and blue, as shown in this pin.

ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // pearl tassel necklace: Loft, similar

Thursday: chambray shirt

This look is the most boring one of the week, for sure…but at least I tried to add some interest with my gold flats.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // black ankle pants: Banana Republic Factory, exact // gold flats: Summit by White Mountain, exact// black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Friday: black blazer

I always like looks that involve a chic blazer with jeans, but I’m not terribly at pulling off such looks myself. I gave it a go for casual Friday, adding in some red stripes and leopard for fun. The outfit kind of fell apart by the end of the day though–I had to take off my blazer once the temperature reached the 80s, and I traded my heels for flats after work to go grocery shopping. So I guess this type of outfit is not terribly practical for my current lifestyle.

red stripe tee: J.Crew Factory, similar // black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar // leopard pumps: I.N.C., almost exact // black round sunglasses: Amazon, similar


Except for the burgundy skirt, I haven’t had too much trouble generating new outfit ideas. One thing I am conscious of is mixing up which day of the week I wear each item, as I tend to see the same people on various days of the week. For example, I attend a weekly seminar every Tuesday, and I want to be sure I’m not wear the same skirt four weeks in a row! I doubt anyone would notice (or care!), but I’m just a little obsessive like that.

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i love olive

In case you haven’t noticed, olive green is fast becoming one of my favorite colors. I think it complements my eye color quite nicely (they’re green-ish hazel), plus it coordinates with practically every other color.

Not everyone feels this way, however–my mom loathes it. She doesn’t understand how I can like “such muddy colors.” To each her own, I guess 🙂 How do you feel about olive green? Love it or hate it?

olive dress: Loft, exact, similar // denim jacket: Old Navy, exact, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

such a rebel

It’s now past Labor Day…so does that mean all articles of white clothing are now prohibited? Or is it just white shoes? I was never clear on that rule. Regardless, I’m choosing to ignore it.

I’m convinced that this quilted white dress is my new all-seasons dress (much like my old gray quilted dress)–it’s thick enough to be worn in chillier weather, plus the shade of ivory makes it passable as “winter white” (I think). So be prepared to see this dress on repeat, friends.

ivory quilted dress: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // denim jacket: Old Navy, exact, similar // tan clog sandals: Lotta from Stockholm, exact, similar // pink crossbody bag: Old Navy, similar, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact, similar

keep, sell, or donate?

In an effort to maintain a reasonably sized wardrobe and also indulge in shopping as a hobby, I am perpetually playing a game of keep, sell, or donate–and two items in this look are being called into question.

First, the denim jacket: I bought it over a year and a half ago, and have worn it several times (see them here, here, here, here, here), but I’m not sure it’s the ideal denim jacket. It’s a smidge too big, which is nice for the rare occasion I need to layer a sweater underneath, but otherwise just annoying. I also kind of wish it was either a little lighter in its wash (like this one I used to have–why did I ever get rid of that?!) or a little darker. The mid-wash is somewhat more difficult to style sometimes. I like it, it’s just not perfect for me. I have it listed on Poshmark, so I guess it’s in the “sell” category for now.

Second is the skirt I’m wearing. It’s unlike anything in my closet, which is good in the sense that it adds some interest to my wardrobe. However, it makes my wardrobe a little less cohesive, and I can’t think of a lot of different ways to wear it (I’ve worn it once before on the blog here). Ultimately, I think I like its kaleidoscopic effect enough to keep it for now…I mean, it does have pockets, after all.

white tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // blue and white print skirt: Joe Fresh, similar, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, same style in a different wash, similar // brown wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact, similar