Blogging Besties :: Old and New

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!


Last week Selah was the queen of interesting pairings: masculine with feminine and old with new.

I admit I was in a bit of a bind getting this post done so I wasn’t as creative as I would have liked with Selah’s prompts.  I wanted to attempt mixing masculine and feminine but I ultimately decided to go with “old and new!”
I’m wearing the absolute newest piece in my closet, this fun baseball style tee from LuLaRoe.  Have you tried LuLaRoe yet?  I’m totally addicted! I will be doing a fun post about the company soon complete with a giveaway.  Make sure you stay tuned!  Anyways, I paired my new top with my favorite, old jeans.  They are so old, in fact, that they need to be replaced soon!
So I have a good reason for working on this post at the last minute.  It’s Homecoming week in my district.  Along with teaching, I have so many commitments as cheer coach that my head is spinning! At least we get fun dress-up days to lighten the mood!  I wore this outfit for Hawaiian Day!
So Alex, your prompts for next week are: a raglan tee, Hawaiian, Converse or your oldest jeans!

Blogging Besties :: Layered

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The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Maricel showed off her sewing skills with this amazing book print skirt:

The prompts she gave me were “a midi skirt, a silky top, or something layered.”

The calendar says September, but it’s still 95 degrees and humid in the Southeast, so I’m going to show off some Summer “layering” – in the form of a double layered blouse, consisting of lace and georgette. I paired this ultra feminine blouse with brand new boyfriend jeans and old kitten heels.

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Next week, I challenge Whitney with: masculine and feminine, old and new, lace, and aqua.

Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Blogging Besties :: a Fall Transitional Look

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Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catalogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

 

Last week, Alex trusted her sister (and rightly so!) to style her into a comfy/chic ensemble:

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This week is brought to you by: “lace-up shoes, lace, chinos, or a fall transition look”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a fall transition look.

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Now, let’s be honest: Southern California isn’t exactly known for its seasonal changes. Plus, we spend a majority of our time in air-conditioned, climate-controlled environments so really, any day can be a “fall” day.

So perhaps I’m cheating just a bit with today’s outfit because I don’t really consider it much of a “transition”. I do, however, feel it’s very “fall”-ish.

Note, if you will, the top paired with a cardigan. Not only is the top’s structure reminiscent of cooler days (long-sleeved), its fabric (a silky charmeuse) is as well. The cardigan is an obvious fall transition layering piece, made more so by its autumnal, mustard color.

The midi skirt is my nod to the “transition” portion of the prompt. I suppose, in colder climes, wearing a skirt is probably not apropos when the weather turns, so pairing a warm-weather piece with cool-weather pieces makes me prompt compliant.

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Speaking of the skirt, what do you think of my first attempt at sewing?

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Yep, that’s my newest obsession. Sewing.

I taught myself this summer because I was tired of coveting vintage clothes that are so vintage they don’t fit my 21st century-sized bod and/or coveting repro vintage clothes that cost an arm and a leg. So I sat down in front of the machine we bought for my husband to hem his own pants, made my MIL teach me how to thread the darned thing (both the top needle and the bottom bobbin), and watched scads of YouTube tutes.

To date, I’ve crafted one unfortunate top, two midi skirts, one successful top, a half pair of leggings and a plaid skirt (for my daughter), and a summer dress.

I know, right.

I’m nothing if not prolific.

I’d actually toyed with switching over from a style blog to a sewing blog – even renaming it to “Mad Clothier’s Chronicles” just so I can keep the acronym – but then I came to my senses and realized I wasn’t quite ready to broadcast to the world my defeats. Plus, blogging about sewing would open up a whole can of responsibilities and expectations and stress, so I think I’d rather keep my hobbies separate for now.

I would like to share my successes from time to time, though, so expect more outfits with personally hand-crafted pieces in the future.

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: a midi skirt, a silky top, or something layered.

Vive le vendredi!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Skirt  – made by me!
Heels – Cobb Hill

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Still Into You by Paramore

Blogging Besties :: Styled By Someone Else


Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!
Last week, Whitney wore a lovely summer outfit styled by her sister! My sister and I share a love of fashion and regularly steal each others’ clothes, so it was only natural to pass on the element “styled by someone else” and have her craft an outfit for me! 
My sister is a bit more trendy and edgy than me when it comes to style, so I wasn’t surprised that this outfit revolved around my new lace-up flats! She styled a work outfit for me with chinos and a lace top, finishing off the look with a purple statement necklace. I love the contrast between the plum in the necklace and the olive color of the pants! Overall–I’d say she did a pretty great job🙂

The elements that Maricel can pass on next week are: lace-up shoes, lace, chinos, or a fall transition look! 
Top: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: Old Navy (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: thrifted via Plato’s Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)