common threads challenge: week 1

It’s been awhile since I last posted! My husband accidentally broke my tripod (not really sure how–I just know that the pressure washer was involved…), and I’m entering into serious writing season for my PhD; the combination of the two has put blogging on the back-burner. All that being said, I am still participating in the Common Threads Challenge, and I wanted to be sure to share my first few outfits with you.

Monday: olive tee

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // black skinny jeans: Loft, similar // black leather flats: BCBGeneration, similar // leopard scarf: Joe Fresh, similar

To be honest, I really wanted to copy this exact outfit, but I decided I should try to put my own spin on it. Plus, I was just really in the mood to wear a scarf! Olive + leopard is definitely a go-to around here.

Tuesday: burgundy skirt

black stripe 3/4 sleeve tee: Merona, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black leather flats: BCBGeneration, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

I think this look is the winner of the week. I say that because a stranger stopped me on my way in to work and said, “You look cute!” I almost wish that I had a neck scarf or something to give the outfit a little French girl flair.

Wednesday: chambray shirt

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // mustard jeans: Loft, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // reversible tote: Street Level, exact // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact

I’ve actually worn some version of this outfit several times, although I most often wear it with my striped chambray popover. I was tempted to wear my cognac booties with this outfit, but ultimately decided I would go one CTC item at a time, at least for this first week.

Thursday: black knit blazer

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // spotted blouse: Loft, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

I’ve had this pin sitting on my “must re-create” list for a long time now. I finally got around to it, but I’m not so excited about the end result. For starters, why does my blazer look lopsided?! And perhaps I should have left the top untucked. Oh, well.

Friday: cognac booties

plum tee: Banana Republic Factory, similar // ivory cardigan: Merona, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar // gold pendant necklace: J.Crew, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Let me just be honest and say that this outfit was completely weather inappropriate. The day started off cool, but by mid-day, it was up to the 80s–not exactly sweater and bootie temps. This sweater is gigantic (and hence, not very flattering), partially because I bought it when I was pregnant two years ago…but I think I love it a little more just because it’s so over-sized.

This first week hasn’t been too difficult–we’re just beginning with our five pieces! That being said, I think the item I’ll have the most trouble re-wearing is the burgundy skirt. Any suggestions are welcome…


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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


As cliche as it might sound, I’m beginning the process of “transitioning” my outfits from summer to fall. Summer is probably my least favorite season to dress for (which is unfortunate, as it’s definitely the longest one around here…), so I am eager to bring back some of my favorite clothing items and color combinations for the new season.

Burgundy, ivory, and leopard is definitely a trio that I repeat often in the fall and winter (see here, here, here, here, and here) that will no doubt continue to be the case this year. I really liked this outfit, even if the expression on my face doesn’t really convey that fact–I’ve been battling a cold all week, and it’s wearing me down!

ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, similar, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar

the vest hoarder

I, like, many others, have discovered the wonders of a good vest–they’re so perfect for layering and plenty versatile for the mild winters we have around here. I wear them pretty often (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here…and a lot more!)–often enough that even my fashion-clueless dad has picked up on the trend. He bought me a cozy vest on clearance not too long ago because “it looked like something I would wear.” Indeed, Daddio.

Anyway, it’s still hot as ever around here, so I’ll have to make do for now with my lightest weight vest–my utility vest. The thing I love about this one is that it as a built in hood for those sporadic rain showers we get so often in the South. Plus, this thing has about a gazillion pockets; I feel like I should be packing some Goldfish for Caleb in them or something. #momwin

black maxi dress: Lands’ End, exactsimilar // olive utility vest: J.Crew, similar, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // two-tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // black round sunglasses: Amazon, similar, similar