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: Day 18

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After my ode to this striped skirt yesterday, it should come as no surprise that it’s the item I chose to remix for today. I actually kind of struggled to think of another way to wear it, as I really wanted to pair it with a chambray shirt. But it’s just too dang hot for that right now. Instead, I went with a flowy navy top and a touch of burgundy.

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This look worked fine for a day with minimal walking, but these pumps are just a smidge too small, which is why I don’t wear them all that often. I might have to add “comfy burgundy shoes” to my fall wishlist…

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navy blouse: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // navy and white striped skirt: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // burgundy pumps: Merona, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

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DSC_8211Although I try to buy clothing items that can be remixed easily, occasionally I do buy something just because it makes me happy. Case in point: this patterned gray top.

DSC_8203There isn’t much gray in my closet, and I really liked the “deco” print on this tee, so I figured that was sufficient justification when I bought it last December. The trouble is, I’ve found it a bit difficult to style since it arrived. Pairing it with black pants is about all I can think of at this point. How would you wear this top?

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gray deco top: Loft, similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar // burgundy pumps: Merona via Target: similar, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact, similar // gold stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!

a blazer…just because

DSC_7008These days, I really don’t have to look professional. I only have to be on campus one day per week during my maternity leave, and even then, I can get away with wearing jeans. However, I am still pretty jazzed about being able to wear all my normal (i.e., non-maternity) clothes again, so I find myself reaching for professional clothing…just because.

DSC_6984Specifically, I am loving my blazer collection. On this particular day, I decided to show some love for my camel blazer, which I haven’t worn since my second trimester.

DSC_7013Once again, I paired it with a few other neutrals, plus my burgundy pumps. I’m thinking next time around it would be fun to pair this blazer with some navy gingham!

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camel blazer: Merona via Target, very similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar, similar // polka dot shirt: LC Lauren Conrad, similar, similar // burgundy pumps: Merona via Target, similar, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact, similar

Linking up with Laura for Confident Tuesday!