Blogging Besties :: Black Jeans

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!

We took a brief intermission from Blogging Besties last week, but the elements Maricel gave me to choose from were an oversized grey top, black velvet boyfriend blazer, black jeans and knee-high boots.”

This is another older one from last fall, but I loved the outfit so much I just had to save it! I pulled out the maroon of the tank and the blue of the necklace from the print on the trim of the kimono. I finished it off with a black hat, black skinnies, and booties!

Tank: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Kimono: Forever XXI, thrifted (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: Leith (similar, similarsimilar)
Next week, Whitney can choose from the following elements: a kimono, maroon, a hat, or something with a fun trim! 
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Blogging Besties :: Mustard

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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, Whitney looked fabulous in floral:

The prompts she gave me were “mustard, floral print, or a piece purchased in a bind”.

In all honesty, this was my initial reaction:

While on a trip to Old Navy, I stumbled across this mustard top in the clearance section, and thought “why not?”

I paired my new top with a bracelet in complimentary purple:

When I woke up to 52° F this morning, I decided a Fall look was in order as well!

Next week, Maricel can choose from summer-to-fall transition, complimentary colors, and “why not?”.

Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Blogging Besties :: Unique Sleeves

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 Catalogue and 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 SLAYED in a cool vintage maxi with a statement paisley pattern. For my turn this week, I chose to pass on unique sleeves. In Maricel’s honor, I also went with a vintage vibe!
I styled a textured blouse with puffy sleeves (you can get a better view of the sleeve detailing in the last photo.) The structured sleeves give it a vintage look, so I styled it with a classic pencil skirt, polished wedges, and a multistrand pearl necklace. I love the ’60s chic aesthetic of this outfit!

Blouse: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Next week, Whitney can choose from a pencil skirt, a vintage-inspired outfit, or pearl jewelry.

Blogging Besties :: Flowing Silhouette


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 yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and 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, Selah stayed svelte and sassy in mint green:

This week is brought to you by: “flowing silhouette, mint green, feathers, or a throwback piece”.

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

It’s been a while since I’ve rocked a maxi. My recent foray into 40s and 50s vintage didn’t really allow for the silhouette. But I continue to evolve and as my aesthetic started trending into later decades, I simply couldn’t resist this delicious dress.

It just ticked all the boxes for me: vibrant color, stunning print, an empire cut that de-emphasized all the wrong bits while emphasizing all the right ones. I especially love the fabric’s drape; whoever said polyester was a horrible textile had obviously never met this dress before.

Now, I don’t know if I have the audacity to wear this to work – it’s a bit in-your-face, even for me. My students could have a hard time focusing on my words as they become mesmerized by the raucous design. Add to that a decidedly bold ruffled neckline and butterfly sleeves, and I may just end up courting distraction disaster.

It does, however, fit this week’s prompt of “flowing silhouette”. It’s long and elegant and it’s got loads of ruffles at the hem that punctuate the overall billowy-ness. And maybe someday I can find an occasion to wear it beyond the confines of my sitting room.

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: ruffles, fall colors, or unique sleeves/neckline.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eBay
Wedges – Dexflex @ Payless

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
One Hundred Sleepless Nights by Pierce the Veil