Blogging Besties :: Midi Skirt

imageThe 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 was bright and sunny in her spring pastels:

The prompts she gave me were “a midi skirt, yellow, comfy shoes, or a splurge item.”

The timing was perfect as I am currently pulling my summer items out of storage, including this coral skirt. The shortest part hits me just below the knee and the longer portions make it a true midi skirt.

I paired my asymmetrical skirt with a floral blouse, pearls, and nude sandals.

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Whitney’s prompts are: asymmetrical hem, pearls, coral, floral, or a rhyming outfit ( 😆 ).

Floral Top: Dressbarn (Similar)
Skirt: Walmart (SIMILAR)
Sandals: BAretraps via Marshalls (EXACT)
Bracelet: Hand-me-down (SIMILAR)
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Blogging Besties :: a Spring Cardigan

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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 ramped up her layering mojo by doing that oft-envied accessorizing trick: belting a cardi. And she left me with an almost improbable challenge.

 

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Because this week is brought to you by: “a belted cardigan/jacket/outerwear, coordinated leather pieces, a tortoiseshell accessory, or a spring cardigan”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: the spring cardigan.

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What’s so improbable about a spring cardigan, you say? Well, nothing. It was just the rest of the components that threw me for a loop. I don’t really belt since my short-waistedness prevents that option from being attractive, and the other bits don’t easily lend themselves to outfit creation in my current aesthetic.

So, huzzah for the spring cardigan! Because they had both spring and cardigans back in the day, right? And by pairing this sunny yellow number with a coordinating silk button down and midi skirt, not to mention my latest uber comfy footwear from Hotter (yes, I splurged and bought these Donnas), I’m compliant with both the Blogging Besties mandate and my own 1940s style niche.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have anything more pithy or clever to say about this ensemble. (I find that when the weather starts to warm, the clothing becomes simpler. And the simpler the clothing, the less I have to comment on.)

But we can talk a bit about my new ‘do? Did I Photoshop it properly? Can y’all tell that I went from blondish/caramel highlights to red?!

I was feeling tired and washed out with my old color. When you don’t pay the money for regular upkeep, even the best treatment takes on a brassy, cheap hue when the color fades, which is what happened to me. Now, I dunno about you, but I believe bad hair starts you on that slippery slope that leads to bad makeup then bad nails, and finally, bad outfits.

And I was having none of that!

So I took advantage of Spring Break to spend a good four hours with my stylist, and voilà! I feel like a new gal. And a sassy redhead at that. Who knows – this could be the gateway color to my being a true ginger someday.

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: a midi skirt, yellow, comfy shoes, or a splurge item.

Vive le vendredi!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Diane von Furstenberg via eBay
Cardi – Merona @ Target
Skirt  – American Eagle via Poshmark
Heels – Donna @ Hotter

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Stuck by Caro Emerald

Blogging Besties :: Matching necklace and shoes

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 looked adorable and rain-ready in her spring outfit! She had a matching necklace and shoes, which I chose to pass on! I matched my tortoise shell necklace, which I matched to my cognac boots (and cognac belt to boot!)

Tank: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Boots: Target (exact)
Necklace: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilar)

For next week, I challenge Maricel to pass on a belted cardigan/jacket/outerwear, coordinated leather pieces, a tortoiseshell accessory, or a spring cardigan! 

Blogging Besties :: Heather Grey

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!


Selah wore this outfit when we met in real life during my recent trip to North Carolina.  I love that she wore an Eiffel Tower shirt just for me!  From this outfit, she gave me the following prompts: heather grey, pattern mixing, resurgent trend, and waffle knit!

I really tried to think of a resurgent trend to work with but ended up opting for heather grey (and I incorporated the stripes)!
I’ve only worn this tunic over skinny jeans in the past but I like how it worked tucked into my favorite skirt.  Plus, I usually wear black and white stripes with this skirt so I like how the heather grey created a softer look!

A colorful necklace and matching flats really pulled this outfit together!  I’ve been loving bright colors lately as I’m trying to channel spring!

Alright Alex, here are your choices for next week: spring outerwear, matching necklace and shoes, or a tunic not as a tunic!

What I’m Wearing:
Top: Banana Republic (similar, similar)
Necklace: Gift (similar, similar)
Skirt: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Flats: Hand-Me-Downs (similar, similar)
Jacket: Gap (exact)