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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plum and plaid

When I bought this tee, I could have sworn it was more burgundy than purple…but these pictures indicate otherwise. Oh, well–it’s a good thing I appreciate all jewel tones!

The weather has continued to be decidedly summer-y around here, but I’m really tired of my summer clothes…so I’m trying to bring in a few more autumnal colors (burgundy, plum, etc.) while still wearing clothes that won’t make sweat all day. I’d love to bust out my booties and jeans one of these days!

purple tee: Banana Republic Factory, similar, similar // ivory plaid skirt: Loft, similar, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar

olive + floral

DSC_9136As I’ve mentioned several times before, I used to really hate floral prints. It didn’t matter what the color scheme or pattern was, if there was a flower on it, I hated it. I assumed that all floral prints belonged on my grandmother’s couch and not on my body.

DSC_9121Well, fast-forward 10 years, and here I am loving on some florals–clearly, I’ve gotten over my aversion to them. For this floral button-up, I went a little tomboy by pairing it with my utility jacket and boyfriend jeans. Next time around, maybe I’ll try it with a skirt? Any suggestions are welcome!

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olive utility jacket: Kiki La Rue, similar, similar // floral button-up: H&M, similar, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, similar, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar // reversible tote: exact, similar

human again

DSC_8333It’s been a while since my last post–we can thank a wicked cold for that. I don’t get sick very often, but I always seem to get one bad bout with a stuffy nose every year to keep me humble. Last week marked my annual feel-cruddy event. As you might imagine, I didn’t feel much like showering, much less taking outfit photos or blogging last week.

DSC_8327I’m feeling like a human again today, so I’ll share an outfit I’ve actually worn several times over the past month or so.

DSC_8340It’s hard to tell in these photos, but this ivory peplum top has little gold flecks mixed into the ponte material. I always thought that aspect made it appropriate only for special occasions, but I’ve decided to embrace the glitter and just wear it as an everyday top. A little glitter never hurt anyone, right?

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ivory peplum top: thrifted Banana Republic, similar, similar // purple skinny jeans: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar // tortoise necklace: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!