Blogging Besties :: A Contradiction in Shorts

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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 fabulous handmade sweater:

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The prompts she gave me were “something red, something striped, something contradictory, or a handmade item”.

As challenging as “something contradictory” sounds, I actually thought of these shorts rights away (probably because I was wearing them when I got the email of her post). The shorts are contradictory in two ways. First, they are grey bouclé tweed, which is a fabric that screams COLD WEATHER, but they’re shorts, a decidedly warm weather article of clothing. Secondly, the fabric and style of the shorts are on the dressy side, but they’re actually so stretchy and comfortable that they feel like pajamas.

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I leave Whitney the following prompts: pajama clothes (clothes that feel like pajamas, unless she wants to show us her actual pajamas), eyelet lace, floral jewelry, or new hair!

Eyelet Tank: Kohl’s (Similar)
Shorts: Old Navy (Similar)
Pendant: Michael’s (Similar)
Sandals: Payless (Similar)
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Blogging Besties :: Knits

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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 looked utterly adorbs in one of my favorite ensembles of hers to date:

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So this week is brought to you by: “monochromatic, knits, skater skirt, or tortoiseshell jewelry”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a knit.

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Yes, my friends, I knit that!

Here is proof positive that I didn’t just abandon my regular blogging activities to loll about with slothful abandon. I am doing productive things with my finite spare time. Not only have I rediscovered reading again (currently have 30 books checked out from the library), but I also pulled out ye ol’ knitting paraphernalia and whipped up this bad boy in a week.

The knitting obsession was reborn partly due to a paucity of 40s inspired knits. I was looking for a specific length and sleeve style and neckline and I couldn’t find anything on eBay or Poshmark that suited my fancy. In frustration, I turned to Ravelry and queued up over thirty knitting patterns that worked for me.

And because we’d experienced a brief cold spell when this all went down, this was the first project I attempted.

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It’s 50% wool/50% alpaca, but the design is more apropos for warm weather, and although seemingly contradictory, I made this choice on purpose. It means the piece is warm enough for So.Cal cold spells (especially if I layer; imagine this over a fun long-sleeved button down top!) but cool enough to do double duty on milder spring days (hence the short sleeves and boat neckline).

Since it was decidedly warm on the day of my photo shoot, you see it styled here with a flirty trumpet-esque skirt and Mary Janes sans stockings.

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: something red, something striped, something contradictory, or a handmade item.

Vive le vendredi!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – handmade by moi
Skirt  – Banana Republic via eBay
Heels – Marimba by Aerosoles

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald

Blogging Besties :: Preppy

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, Whitney wore a trendy all-white outfit! I chose to pass on the “preppy” element from her look. I went with a monochromatic theme, pairing a mint sweater with a teal skirt, layering a crisp white button-down and tights underneath for warmth as it was a rather chilly spring day! 

 

For next week, Maricel can pass on one of the following elements: monochromatic, knits, skater skirt, or tortoiseshell jewelry.

Sweater: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shirt: Ralph Lauren Polo (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Flats: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (Tory Burch versionsimilar)
Necklace: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilar)

Blogging Besties :: Rhyming

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, Selah looked beautiful in an outfit perfect for spring!  She gave me these prompts from which to work: asymmetrical hem, pearls, coral, floral or a rhyming outfit.

I love a good closet challenge so I knew immediately that I wanted to create a rhyming outfit.  This is easier said than done, though.  I walked around for days thinking thoughts like, “Alright, I wear a lot of tassels.  What rhymes with tassels?  Castles!  I don’t have any clothes with castles on them.  On to polka dots!  What rhymes with polka dots?”  This went on and on until I finally found my rhyming ensemble!
Lovelies, I present to you “Striped and Typed!”

Once I had the rhyme, then I had to actually create the outfit.  This was a bit of a challenge because most of my striped items are either tops or dresses and all of my typed pieces are tops.  A girl needs to wear some bottoms!

Alas, I tried the trick of wearing a top over a dress to create a top + skirt effect.  Oftentimes I find that this doesn’t work due to the proportions of the pieces but I lucked out this time!

I feel that the vibe of this outfit is very preppy in an “I summer in the Hamptons and play lots of tennis” kind of a way.  I have no actual basis for this opinion given I’ve never summered in the Hamptons but I felt very posh all day.  Ha!

Alright Alex, here are your prompts for next week: striped, typed, a top over a dress, Chucks or preppy!

What I’m Wearing:
Sweatshirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar)
Dress: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Converse: DSW (exact)