Blogging Besties :: Recent Acquisition

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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 stunned in this blue and white floral dress:

The prompts she gave me were “something floral, something navy, something light and airy, or a recent acquisition”.

I’m on a self imposed clothes shopping ban. However, my beloved purple purse was on it’s last legs, so I recently replaced it. This pink, quilted, dome satchel is my recent acquisition.

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Whitney, I challenge you with the following prompts: pink (not really a challenge, I know), quilting, handbag, or favorite accessory.

Eyelet Tank: Kohl’s (Similar)
Skort: Asos (Option, Option)
Necklace: Gingersnaps (Exact)
Wedges: Payless (Similar)
Handbag: Scarleton via Amazon (Exact)
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Blogging Besties :: a Last-Minute Spring Outfit

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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 sported super fun, book-ended cognac:

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And this week is brought to you by: “lace, leather, booties, or a last-minute spring outfit”.

So for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a last-minute spring outfit.

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It’s actually summertime for me right now. My last day of school with kids was June 9th. Sadly, I still have through the 24th completing professional development, so a break is still long in coming.

The only good thing about this extended work period is that I get to wear fun dresses and not look overly made up as I go about my day. This one is a beaut and a recent acquisition and is so light and airy, it is indeed reminiscent of spring.

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It’s a breathable, forgiving cotton blend and I feel like a fairy princess when I twirl or when the wind catches it at just the right time. And yet it’s weighty and substantial enough that I don’t need a slip even though it’s white.

Oh, and those pumps? They’re actually navy, not black (curse you, Marfa filter!) and they’re the first pair of Aerosoles I’ve tried that actually live up to the brand’s reputation of being both cute and comfy. I guess I just have to remember to get wide width in this label.

Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: something floral, something navy, something light and airy, or a recent acquisition.

Vive le vendredi!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Penelope Vintage
Pumps  Marimba by Aerosoles

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Nice and Easy by Frank Sinatra

Blogging Besties :: White Bottoms

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 was a straight STUNNER with her neat Michigan wall and cute outfit! I cannot resist an opportunity to wear my white jeans, so today I’m “passing on” white bottoms!I wore this spring outfit for my photo shoot with the legendary photographer James Hoyt–white jeans paired with cognac leather and a pretty lavender lace blouse.

 

 

photos by: James Hoyt
Blouse: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Next week: Maricel has the following choices to pass on: lace, leather, booties, or a last-minute spring outfit!

Blogging Besties :: Pajama Clothes

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 oh so ready for summer in her shorts and eyelet top!  She gave me the following prompts from which to work: pajama clothes, eyelet lace, floral jewelry or new hair.

I always enjoy Selah’s creative prompts that motivate me to think about my wardrobe in a different way!  While Selah’s inspiration didn’t disappoint, I feel like my execution fell a little bit flat this week.  I decided to go with “pajama clothes” as my prompt since this peplum is just so darn comfortable!
Alex, here are your choices to pass on for next week’s Blogging Besties: a peplum, stripes, white bottoms, metallic shoes, a glitzy necklace or a state-themed background!
While I could have taken Selah’s prompt and run a bit further with it, I did double up on challenges today.  I am also participating in The Blended Blog‘s Create28 Summer Challenge.  Today is my day to wear a “pretty peplum!”  So here you go: a pretty peplum that feels like pajamas!
I think this top will be a staple this summer.  The stripes and peplum detail give it enough interest that the top can stand on its own without lots of layers.  It is also really light-weight and rather swing-like so it will keep you cool in the summer sun.  The top is currently on sale in navy stripes and peach!
While I think the peplum is pretty on its own, I really tried to run with the “pretty” part of my prompt.  Instead of blue jeans and casual sandals, I dressed the top up with white jeans, metallic flats and a little bit of sparkle!

Isn’t this background fun?!  It is one of the walls of a delicious restaurant in Lansing, Michigan called the Soup Spoon.  Delicious food and fun blogging backgrounds?!  My kind of place!  They even have a fun gratitude wall where diners can use chalk to express their thanks.  It just so happened that the wall already had an entry about birthday dinners and I was there to celebrate my birthday with one of my best friends!

If you are wearing a pretty peplum today, make sure to show us on Instagram with #theblendedblogstyle and by linking-up with us on Wednesday.  You can find the daily prompts below if you want to play along!  And please visit Sheila at Making the Most of Every Day to see how she styles “nautical navy” for day three of Create28!

What I’m Wearing:
Top: Old Navy (exact)
Necklace: Rocksbox
Jeans: LOFT (simliar)
Shoes: DSW (similar)

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