Common Threads Challenge :: Rock ‘n Roll/Androgyny

Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my third batch of outfits!

If you haven’t already done so, hop on over to join our private Facebook group, post your outfits on IG and use the hashtag #commonthreadschallenge, or just link up using the blue froggy.

Many ways to participate and have fun! But let’s get on with the show…

The essentials of rock style are no big mystery: jeans and leather pants, a boyish biker jacket, some wicked-looking Portobello Road boots.  But it’s all a matter of combining these with a lot of slink and style and balancing the tough with the ethereal, the strict with the sensuous.

 

The third week of October was probably my most favorite because rock ‘n roll. That’s my jam. My default style niche. I guess I’m just a frustrated roadie at heart.

For Monday, a Basquiat blouse overlaid with a structured vest and completed by a pair of Chucks made my black trousers Panic! at the Disco concert worthy.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer got the rock ‘n roll treatment with knee-high stiletto boots and a quintessential black tee (nerded it up, though, with Doctor Who rather than the expected band tee).

 

Speaking of Doctor Who, on Wednesday, the classic white button-up got the 10th Doctor treatment with yet another vest, casually loosened tie, striped trousers and a pair of Doc Marten oxfords. (I always did maintain that 10 had that rocker vibe, even if 12 was the one with the electric guitar).

 

On Thursday, the Breton tee stumped me for a rock ‘n roll/androgyny vibe, so I went a bit rogue and did gamine by pairing it with white capris, ankle-tie espadrilles and a classic trench. (Hey, at least the trench gives the ensemble a Sam Spade masculinity.)

 

On Friday, skinny jeans was a must to complete this very casual – perhaps too casual? – foray into androgyny. I borrowed my son’s Foo Fighters tee, but the plaid and Chucks are all my own. It’s the first time I’ve ever put all these elements together and it made my daughter exclaim, “Mom, you look just like Stiles on Teen Wolf!” I have no idea if that’s a bad thing or a good thing, but I think, at the very least, Stiles is a male character so I stayed true to my weekly theme. ;p

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

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Blogging Besties :: Something Sensible


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, Maricel challenged me to wear something white, something oversized, or something sensible. I am nothing if not sensible, so for this week I styled one of the most sensible pieces I own–my interview dress.
Rather than the conservative way I usually style it for interviews (neutral blazer w/ matching wedges) I went for more “fun” this time since it was just a regular workday! I pulled out colors from the pattern and chose my accessories/completer piece in those colors–the pink of the cardigan, the navy of the necklace, and the maroon of the flats.

Dress: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Francesca’s (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar
Next week, Whitney can choose from the following: stripes, hot pink, or a statement necklace! 

Common Threads Challenge :: California Casual/Bohemian

Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my second batch of outfits!

If you haven’t already done so, hop on over to join our private Facebook group, post your outfits on IG and use the hashtag #commonthreadschallenge, or just link up using the blue froggy.

Many ways to participate and have fun! But let’s get on with the show…

This is a look that is grounded in a time and place that may never have existed outside of our collective imagination: the tawny, golden-edged Malibu of the ’70s – possibly embodied by Farrah Fawcett in a white halter dress at sunset, glass of wine in hand…  [I]t is the combination of dreamy sexuality and surfer-girl vitality that makes this look [California Casual] so distinct – and so distinctly American.

 

That…high-low mesh of earthy and flashy is key to the Bohemian look. It’s all about wearing rich pieces capriciously – frayed jeans and ornate jewelry, rough-hewn sandals with a delicate dress.

 

The second week of October found me reveling in the comfort and ease of my chosen themes. For Monday, a simple peasant blouse and gladiator wedges transformed black trousers from board room to boardwalk beach cool.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer got equally downgraded when styled with a light, breezy chiffon sundress.

 

On Wednesday, the classic white button-up hinted at themes to come with knee-high boots, but managed to retain this week’s Cali casual/Bohemian vibe when paired with an oversized sweater coat.

 

On Thursday, the Breton tee got a bit of ye ole pattern mixing treatment with my fave floral kimono which kept it relatively theme-compliant and I also opted for my driving moccasins to complete the look.

 

On Friday, skinny jeans gets a true Cali makeover with a boyfriend cardi, boat shoes, and a pseudo op-art top that used to be a peplum but I ripped the elastic out and transformed it into a more flowy tunic to keep up with my ever-changing body.

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

Blogging Besties :: Plaid


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 looked ready to transition into fall, Daylight Savings time notwithstanding:

This week is brought to you by: “a current favorite accessory, feathers, and plaid”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: plaid (of course).

I’m cheating a bit because, if you’ve been following my other posts, you’ll notice something familiar about this outfit.

Yes, you’re not experiencing déja vu; this ensemble is actually part of my Common Threads challenge, the one I used for my Euro Chic/Posh Eclectic classic white button up look.

I really appreciate how this screams professional yet accessible at the same time. The top is crisp and sharp, but is softened by my go-to slouchy cardi. The skirt – potentially severe and school-marm because of the plaid – is mitigated by its being a wraparound, making it reminiscent of British gentry and heathered fields instead.

That said, I did give a nod to my academic inclinations by completing the look with pearls and sensible shoes, making the overall vibe lean heavily into teacher territory, but I figure I’m in education stepped in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er. Might as well work it, eh?

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: something white, something oversized, or something sensible.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Shirt – Old Navy
Cardi – Target
Skirt – eBay
Sensible shoes – Hotter

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Champion by Fall Out Boy

 

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