the gingham struggle

When I got dressed on this particular morning, I wanted to combine my black gingham dress and olive green. But I just couldn’t make it work, for whatever reason. The contrast of the feminine cut of the dress and a utility jacket/vest just seemed a little weird to me. Better luck in the fall with my black gingham button up, perhaps.

Instead, I went for my other favorite neutrals: tan and denim. I wore this for my dad’s birthday celebration. With all these grandkids around (6 in total between my sisters and me), it was a pretty crazy night that involved a bathroom being flooded and crying over coconut cake. Oof.

black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar, similar // black leather belt: Uniqlo, similar, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // reversible tote: Street Level, exact, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

take one, pass it on 2017: days 12-14

I’ve made it two weeks into this challenge, and I think I’ve hit my groove. I’m no longer grumpy about being limited in what I can wear and instead delighted by the opportunity to get creative with my closet. I guess it’s true what they say–it takes two weeks to form a new habit! Here’s a look at what I’ve worn over the past few days:

day twelve:

black striped tank: J.Crew Factory, similar // mustard skirt: Loft (I dyed it from a brighter shade of yellow, seen here), similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact

day thirteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // mustard skirt: Loft, similar // leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar

day fourteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // red crossbody bag: Ann Taylor, similar // black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

I think one key strategy in my attitude shift for this challenge is the fact that I set aside a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan out my looks. Up until this point, I had kind of been haphazardly choosing an item to re-mix each day, and the end result was a mish-mash of boring outfits that I didn’t really like that much. I used my handy-dandy garment rack that my husband bought me for Christmas–check out a pic on IG!

rainy day uniform

DSC_8310I don’t know about you, but rain kind of kills my creativity for getting dressed. Wet shoes and muddy hems? No thanks.

DSC_8302So, I’ve adopted a rainy day uniform…that’s full of blogger cliches: rain boots, pattern mixing, and a J.Crew jacket. All I’m missing is a Starbucks cup. But, hey, it keeps me warm and dry.

What do you wear on rainy days?


field jacket: J.Crew, exact, similar // striped tee: Old Navy, similar, similar // plaid scarf: gift, similar, similar // skinny jeans: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // green rain boots: Hunter, exact, similar // horn watch: Michael Kors, similar, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!

last chance

DSC_8172I don’t know about you, but March kind of snuck up on me! All the sudden, I feel like I need to get one last wear out of all my winter clothing. In particular, I really wanted to get some wear out of my vests. I have several of them, but they didn’t get much wear this year due to pregnancy–they looked pretty terrible on me last fall when I was in the last trimester.

DSC_8166I decided to blend a little winter with spring by wearing my navy quilted vest with white jeans a few weeks ago. Add in a little pink gingham, and you have a cheery outfit…even if it did rain all day that day. I’m ready for some sunshine!


navy quilted vest: Crown & Ivy via Belk, similar, similar // pink gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory, almost exact, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar, similar, similar // cognac satchel: Lauren Ralph Lauren via DSW, almost exact, similar