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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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!

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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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Take One, Pass It On: Day 12

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Hooray! It’s Friday! As indicated by my level of dishevelment in these photos, this week has been rough. Let’s just say that an interdisciplinary project makes for lots e-mails…and lots of stress.

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As for this outfit, I think I liked it in theory better than in reality. There’s just a bit too much fabric in the top, which accounts for the weird way it drapes on me in these photos (that, and I didn’t look in the mirror before I took photos…). I’m also not sold on the detail on the sleeves. I know I’m boring–but I just like things to be plain sometimes. Harumph.

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olive tee: Style & Co., similar, similar // tribal skirt: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact, similar // black sunglasses: C.Wonder, similar, similar

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