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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Take One, Pass It On: Day 30

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Oh, hey striped skirt. It’s been a while.

In my house, I have a bit of a reputation of being anti-clutter–several times per year, I get into “a mood,” and I purge items from my closet, the attic, even the filing cabinet. We don’t have much storage in our current house, so this ritual is a means of survival. So when an item of clothing such as this skirt remains in my closet for years, there must be something special about it. In this case, I just think that a striped pencil skirt is a classic–it will never go out of style, so I keep hanging onto it. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s quite stretchy, which has made it quite forgiving of all my weight fluctuations over the past few years.

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I brought it out today for the first day of class…on which I have no classes. I am “advanced” old enough that I am done with taking classes for my PhDizzle–it’s just research from here on out. No matter how old I get though, I still get a wee bit excited when selecting my outfit for the first day of school 🙂

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chambray shirt: J.Crew, similar, similar // black + white striped pencil skirt: Loft, similar, similar // leopard pumps: INC via eBay, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, similar, similar

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polished basics

DSC_8379All the elements in this outfit are ones you’d find on those lists that dictate “the items that must be in every woman’s closet.” A trench, a crisp white shirt, and black pants. Basic but polished.

DSC_8363This outfit actually came out of a desire to wear my trench coat more often. I received it as a Christmas gift a few years ago, but I’ve worn it just a handful of times. For something that’s supposed to be a “wardrobe staple,” I hardly wear it.

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My leopard pumps are a different story. I wear these all the time! I love the way they look with slim ankle pants.

How would you wear a trench coat?

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trench coat: MICHAEL by Michael Kors, similar, similar // white button up shirt: Lands’ End, exact, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar // leopard pumps: INC via eBay, similar, similar // black satchel: Phillip Lim for Target, similar, similar // crystal cluster earrings: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar

the pearl tassel necklace

DSC_7302This pearl tassel necklace will be making many appearances on the blog, friends. Why? Because it took so much effort to make it mine.

DSC_7296I admired it throughout the holiday season but didn’t order it until I received a gift card for Christmas. When my package arrived, it was the wrong necklace. Bummer. So I returned it and requested an exchange for the correct item…but it was out of stock. This whole process was repeated (wrong item sent; correct necklace was out of stock). I had given up when I stumbled upon it in my local Loft store. Even better? It was on clearance for less than $10. Yes, please. 

DSC_7312So clearly there was quite a saga behind obtaining this necklace. I quite like the way it looks with this powder pink sweater, but I’m thinking it would pair nicely with pretty much any other color of the rainbow. Stay tuned!

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blush pink sweater: J.Crew, similar, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar, similar, similar // leopard pumps: INC via eBay, similar, similar // pearl tassel necklace: Loft, similar, similar

Linking up with Bri for Third Thursday Threads!