the shoes i can’t quit

If you’re a long-time reader, then you’ve probably seen these shoes about a gazillion times. I’ve worn them so much that they’re starting to look a little ragged. They’ve sat in the “donate” pile in our spare bedroom for the past month, but I couldn’t help but dig them out the other day for this outfit. They’re just such a perfect combination of go-with-everything and casual with a bit of a heel.

In other news, on the day I wore this, I actually was cold for part of the day (and not because of air conditioning). We’ve been blessed with some beautiful, fall weather this week–I just wish it would stay like this forever!

black gingham tank: J.Crew via Poshmark, similar, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, exact, similar

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the shirt for all seasons

Although nothing can ever compare to my beloved stripes, gingham is a close second in my eyes when it comes to favorite patterns. I have owned several gingham shirts over the years, but this navy one probably gets the most love–check it out here, here, here, and here.

If you clicked through those posts, you’ll notice that I wear this thing year-round–it’s great for layering in the cooler months, and it’s lightweight enough for 95-degree days like this one. Maybe someday it will be cool enough to wear it with jeans again…is it fall yet?

navy gingham button-up: J.Crew Factory, very similar, similar // navy skirt: J.Crew Factory,  similar, similar // tan belt: Merona, similar, similar // tan leather flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact, similar

the gingham struggle

When I got dressed on this particular morning, I wanted to combine my black gingham dress and olive green. But I just couldn’t make it work, for whatever reason. The contrast of the feminine cut of the dress and a utility jacket/vest just seemed a little weird to me. Better luck in the fall with my black gingham button up, perhaps.

Instead, I went for my other favorite neutrals: tan and denim. I wore this for my dad’s birthday celebration. With all these grandkids around (6 in total between my sisters and me), it was a pretty crazy night that involved a bathroom being flooded and crying over coconut cake. Oof.

black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar, similar // black leather belt: Uniqlo, similar, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // reversible tote: Street Level, exact, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

take one, pass it on 2017: days 12-14

I’ve made it two weeks into this challenge, and I think I’ve hit my groove. I’m no longer grumpy about being limited in what I can wear and instead delighted by the opportunity to get creative with my closet. I guess it’s true what they say–it takes two weeks to form a new habit! Here’s a look at what I’ve worn over the past few days:

day twelve:

black striped tank: J.Crew Factory, similar // mustard skirt: Loft (I dyed it from a brighter shade of yellow, seen here), similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact

day thirteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // mustard skirt: Loft, similar // leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar

day fourteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // red crossbody bag: Ann Taylor, similar // black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

I think one key strategy in my attitude shift for this challenge is the fact that I set aside a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan out my looks. Up until this point, I had kind of been haphazardly choosing an item to re-mix each day, and the end result was a mish-mash of boring outfits that I didn’t really like that much. I used my handy-dandy garment rack that my husband bought me for Christmas–check out a pic on IG!