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…


If you’re following along in the challenge, please link up your posts below!

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bootie season

DSC_5547I gotta say–I’m pretty excited that it’s finally cool enough around here to wear boots and booties! I was getting pretty bored with my usual sandals and wedges.

DSC_5542For the momentous occasion of “first time wearing boots since March,” I chose my beloved cognac ankle boots. They always pair well with leopard, so I threw on a leopard scarf, along with my neutral staples. I actually kind of regretted the scarf in the end–I had to give a presentation that day, and I was so sweaty by the end of it! Performance anxiety + scarves = bad combination.¬†


black lace detail top: Liz Lange for Target, similar, non-maternity // olive pants: Loft, exact, non-maternity // cognac ankle boots: Jessica Simpson via Amazon, similar, similar // leopard scarf: Joe Fresh, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar

^Taken at 32 weeks

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!

fading fast

DSC_5075I would consider my black jeans a wardrobe staple–I’ve worn them no less than 20 times here on the blog. In fact, I’m actually on my second pair as of last February, and they’re already starting to fade into gray. I love the way Loft’s jeans fit me…not so wild about how quickly their black jeans fade!

DSC_5072I’m contemplating dyeing them to refresh the black color, but the process sounds like it could get messy. Anyone have experience with this? Alternatively, I might just buy another pair and wash them only in Woolite Darks…


blue tee: Bump Starts, exact, non-maternity// black jeans: Loft, skinny version, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson via 6pm, exact, similar // leopard scarf: Joe Fresh, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar

^Taken at 30 weeks

bold enough for booties

DSC_4604Now that it’s officially fall, I’m starting to see ladies around blog-land and campus wear booties with dresses + skirts. It’s a look that I love, but I’ve always been hesitant to try myself. The closest I’ve come is last winter when I wore my black booties with tights a few times. Otherwise, I haven’t been bold enough to try the booties + skirt look.

DSC_4596Then I saw Audrey’s post last week with lots of tips for rocking this look.

DSC_4609I decided it was worth a try…and I don’t hate the results. I think the key is making sure my ankles are showing, as I have larger, muscular calves. We’ll see if I can try this look in a few other ways over the next few months!


chambray shirtdress: Gap via Poshmark*, similar, similar // taupe booties: Carlos by Carlos Santana, similar, similar // leopard scarf: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar

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^Taken at 28 weeks