Blogging Besties :: Close Enough

image The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ Undergraduate Style 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 wore a lovely navy and pink floral top and counted it good for the prompt “lilac”. Hey it’s floral!

The prompts she gave me were “a dark floral print, ribbons, ruching, or something close enough”.

I grew up with two very Southern sayings, “close enough for country picking” and “close only counts for horseshoes and hand grenades.” I think when it comes to fashion, I’ll go with the former.😉

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The lattice detail on the shoulders of my shirt are close enough to ribbons, yeah? I can’t decide what color this top is. Nordstrom called it Burgundy, but it’s too washed out for that. Mauve? Rose? I don’t know.

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Next week, Whitney gets the following prompts: fun detail, metallic shoes, favorite shorts, and indeterminate color.

Top: Nordstrom (SIMILAR)
Shorts: Old Navy (SIMILAR)
Necklace: Gingersnaps (EXACT PENDANT, EXACT SNAP)
Sandals: Payless (SIMILAR)
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Blogging Besties :: Lilac

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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 proved you can be both thoroughly professional and fashionably au courant with her fab color combo:

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This week is brought to you by: “lace, lilac, and leopard”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: lilac.

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Okay, okay, before I get berated, I’ll just come out and admit that I know absolutely nothing about flowers.

One would think that after having participated in Anne‘s multiple floral challenges, I’d have learned a thing or two. But one would be wrong. At the end of the day, a flower is a flower is a flower to me, and if I can’t keep one alive, I can at least sport them happily in my wardrobe.

So please forgive me for calling this top challenge-compliant to “lilac”, but it’s the closest floral piece I could come up with that’s also fitting with my retro aesthetic. And I’m sure you can get over the inaccuracy in the face of all its cunning details: ruched shoulders, happy bows, the perfect color contrast of navy and pink.

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Also, upon further perusal, I realize that my skirt is very similar to Alex’s, albeit a more vintage-y version. So although it wasn’t part of her challenge per se, I think that should count for some points, eh?

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For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: a dark floral print, ribbons, ruching, or something close enough.

Vive le vendredi!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Skirt  – Elie Tahari via eBay
Heels – Marimba by Aerosoles

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
I Only Have Eyes For You by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie

Blogging Besties :: Copycat Piece

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, 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 featured a fun summer look. I loved her pretty tank and I think that teething necklace is so nifty while still being cute! 

 

Whitney challenged me with a “copycat piece.” So, I thought, who better to copy than the woman herself? I happened to have a nice lace top that is quite similar in color to Whitney’s! In contrast to Whitney’s fun casual look, I styled mine for work with a neutral cardigan and a pencil skirt. Add a statement necklace and leopard flats for a little fun and I was good to go!

Next week, Maricel can choose from the following: lace, lilac, or leopard! (See what I did there?)
Top: Thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)

Skirt: Thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Thrifted via Plato’s Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)

Blogging Besties :: Favorite Accessory

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, 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!


Didn’t Selah look lovely last week in her floral skirt with her pretty pink handbag?  From her ensemble, she gave me these ideas from which to create my outfit this week: pink, quilting, handbag or favorite accessory.

I decided to pass on my favorite accessory…even though I don’t have a favorite accessory.  Because that makes total sense, right?!  I really don’t have just one accessory that I constantly reach for but I do favor my jewelry pieces that carry sentimental value.
Both the necklace and the ring that I’m wearing hold a special place in my heart.  The necklace was a gift from my niece (ahem, my sister).  It is actually from a company called Chewable Charm that makes jewelry that is safe for babies to put in their mouths.  Since Eloise is always drawn to my statement necklaces, my sister purchased this for me to wear on dates with my niece.  It is so cute that I wear it even when I’m not visiting with little ones!

My ring is extra special because it used to belong to my Great-Grandma Winnie.  She was an amazing, strong woman who loved to travel and was kind, generous and sharp until the end.  Wearing her spoon ring is a daily reminder to be like her!

Moving on from jewelry, let’s talk about this tank really quickly.  The material is so soft and the fit is super comfortable.  My friend wore this very top in another color when we went to a Dixie Chicks concert a few weeks ago and when I saw this pretty lilac version on sale, I knew it had to be mine!  So basically I’m a big copycat!

Which brings me to Alex’s prompts for next week: a copycat piece, color blocked, an interesting hemline or espadrilles!

What I’m Wearing:
Tank: (exact)
Pants: Loft (similar)
Necklace: Chewable Charm (exact)
Espadrille Flats: Target (similar)
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