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. 


Take One, Pass It On: Week 2 Recap

As I mentioned earlier this week, my enthusiasm for this challenge has started to wane. I was under a lot of stress, and wearing pre-planned (somewhat boring) outfits kind of bummed me out. That being said, I am still enjoying the extra time that the pre-planning affords me during the week, so I think I’ll continue the challenge with that approach. Here’s hoping this week will be better!

tan jewel sandals

tan jewel sandals: Mossimo, similar, similar

chambray peplum top

chambray peplum top: similar, similar

black pants

black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar

striped tee

black and white striped tee: Mossimo, similar, similar

black sandals

black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact, similar

olive tee

olive tee: Style & Co., similar, similar

taupe wedge sandals

taupe wedge sandals: Merona, exact, similar

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best decision ever

DSC_7121A few months ago, I bought a big, cozy ivory cardigan from Target. At the time, I was a little miffed that I had to pay full price for it (well, minus the 5% discount for using my Red Card), but I have to say, I’m so glad I bought it when I had the chance. As it turns out, the ivory color was pretty popular and sold out quickly in my local store and online.

DSC_7117I wore this sweater a few times while I was pregnant (see it here), but I’m finding that I wear it far more often these days. It’s just so oversized and perfect for the chilly weather we’ve been having. My only regret now is that I wish I had bought one in every color!


On this particular day, I wore the cardigan with some hunter green, gold, and cognac. I just love the touch of whimsy that my elephant necklace adds to the outfit 🙂


dark green tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact in different colors, similar, similar // ivory open cardigan: Merona via Target, similar, similar // skinny jeans: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar // gold elephant necklace: Ann Taylor, almost exact, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!


date night

DSC_6622Last week, my in-laws were kind enough to offer to babysit Caleb for an evening so that Seth and I could enjoy some alone time. Considering we hadn’t had a “date night” since early December, we happily agreed!

DSC_6614I seized the opportunity to wear something other than leggings or jeans–I opted for this shift skirt I bought last month from Loft.

DSC_6627I must admit though that I was a little nervous about wearing such a “waist-conscious” outfit; my midsection isn’t exactly what I’d like it to be right now. Nonetheless, my desire to wear new clothes won out in the end 🙂


striped boatneck tee: Merona via Target, similar, similar // camel shift skirt: Loft, exact in petites, similar // black leather booties: Michael Kors via eBay, similar, similar // elephant necklace: Ann Taylor, this year’s version, similar