buffalo plaid at last

Just about a year ago, I spotted this look and loved it but didn’t have the pieces to re-create it. I kind of forgot about it for a while (as is typical for the outfits I save on Pinterest) until this fall when J.Crew Factory featured this skirt a few months ago. I waited patiently for a good sale and bought it.

Obviously, for the first wear I had to re-create the aforementioned look. I was just wearing it to a casual dinner with family, so skipped the necklace and clutch. I really like the way it turned out! I have a few more ideas for how to wear this skirt, so be prepared to see it again in the future. How would you wear a buffalo plaid skirt?

black turtleneck tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // buffalo plaid skirt: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // cognac leather boots: Timberland, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact, similar

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common threads challenge: week 4

We’ve made it to the end of the Common Threads Challenge! This last week wasn’t much of a struggle actually, mostly because colder weather finally arrived–that opened up all sorts of layering options!

Monday: chambray shirt

I had an important presentation to give on this day, so I wanted to wear a dress, but I also wanted to wear my chambray shirt…so I wore both! I think this ended up being a nice balance between being “put together” but still casual. I need to remember to layer with dresses more often.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // striped dress: J.Crew Factory, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact

Tuesday: black knit blazer

Red is an accent color I typically wear quite often, but I’ve been neglecting it for this whole challenge. So, I decided to bust out my bright red pants for a change of pace. I love the vibrant color of these pants (I think Loft called them “fireball red”), but it means I need to keep the rest of the outfit pretty neutral.

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // white lace top: J.Crew Factory, similar // red pants: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Wednesday: cognac booties

I find myself pinning a lot of looks that involve pink, ivory, and olive, so I decided to put that color palette into action. I’m pretty psyched that it’s finally blanket scarf season 😉

ivory open cardigan: Merona, similar // ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // pink blanket scarf: Ann Taylor, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Thursday: olive tee

I wasn’t totally pleased with my olive tee outfit last week, so I decided to try again with slightly different pieces. This time, I subbed the skinny jeans for white jeans and traded the cardigan for my field jacket. I like this look much better!

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // purple field jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Friday: burgundy skirt

Camel is one of my favorite colors to wear this time of year, particularly because it pairs well with so many other fall colors, including burgundy. And it delights me to no end that my sweater matches my leopard flats so perfectly.

camel sweater: J.Crew, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar

Monday: burgundy skirt

Another Monday, another “professional occasion”–this time, a conference on metabolism and cancer. I wanted to try a new color combination involving burgundy, so tried out gray.

gray sweater: J.Crew, similar // polka dot shirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black dial watch: Wristology, exact

Tuesday: chambray shirt

Seeing as it was Halloween and all, I decided that I needed some orange in my outfit. I’ve had this pin sitting on my “what to wear” board forever, and this seemed like a good occasion to try it out.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // orange cardigan: J.Crew, similar // black pants: Banana Republic Factory, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar


I had a lot of fun choosing this week’s outfits–so that’s definitely a win! I plan on posting a final re-cap with all 22 of my CTC outfits and a few reflections on the experience.

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common threads challenge: week 3

I’ve got another round of outfits from the Common Threads Challenge to share with you today! The further along we get in this challenge, the more I’m relying on Pinterest and other bloggers for styling ideas–my own creativity is just about tapped out at this point. But I’m actually enjoying looking to others for inspiration!

Monday: black knit blazer

Chilly fall temperatures arrived rather abruptly last week, so I struggled a bit with how to wear this blazer. It was a typical fall day in that it started out in the 40s, but was in the mid-70s by the afternoon, so I decided that a thick knit dress with knee-high boots was a good compromise between the two temperature extremes. It’s difficult to see, but I also added my elephant necklace for fun. (You can see a closer picture of the necklace in this post).

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // striped sweatshirt dress: Merona, similar // cognac knee-high boots: Timberland, similar // gold elephant necklace: Ann Taylor, similar

Tuesday: cognac booties

I actually stole the outfit for this idea from Alex–I loved how the navy gingham, olive, and white denim looked together, so I pretty much copied the look exactly. I hope she doesn’t mind 😉 I liked the way this outfit turned out, and it makes me want to incorporate white jeans into more of my outfits this winter.

navy gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory, almost exact // olive utility jacket: Old Navy, exact // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Wednesday: olive tee

I’ll be real here and say this is my least favorite outfit of the week. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to devote to planning this outfit (or photographing it…) due to a sick toddler and a gynecologist appointment I really didn’t want to skip. The cardigan has more of a burgundy hue to it than these pictures suggest (this seems to be a recurring problem with my camera). The cardigan is also just not in good shape and shorter than I prefer…so it might be destined for the donate pile.

burgundy open front cardigan: Merona, similar // olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // skinny jeans: BP, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Thursday: burgundy skirt

For this outfit, I turned to Pinterest for a little guidance. I found this pin, and I liked the look of black heels with the blue shirt and burgundy pants. I tried out the color combination myself, and I think it works! I went full-on preppy with some pearl earrings and my Kate Spade watch.

blue button-up shirt: Lands’ End, exact // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Friday: chambray shirt

I decided to get a bit more creative with how I wore my chambray shirt this week by layering it under another tee. It’s hard to go wrong with stripes, right?

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar // chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // black skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac suede wedge booties: White Mountain, almost exact // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar


So, I think I’ve reached the sweet spot of the challenge–the point when I’ve exhausted my “standard” combinations and start trying new things. It’s at this point that I start to realize the versatility of each item in my closet. Here’s hoping the trend continues for these last few days of the CTC!

If you’ve been participating in the Common Threads Challenge, please link up with the button below–we’d love to see your outfits!

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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.

If you’ve been participating in the Common Threads Challenge, please link up with the button below–we’d love to see your outfits!

Linking up with Thursday Moda.