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! 

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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

 

Common Threads Challenge :: Euro Chic/Posh Eclectic

Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my first, official outfits post!

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…

Bianca Jagger.  Catherine Deneuve.  Princess Caroline of Monaco. These are the women for whom the word “chic” was invented…There’s a sense of selectiveness and couture to everything they wear – expensive or not – and to how they wear it… “The thing that is different about European chic is that it is effortless and sophisticated,” says designer Diane Von Furstenberg.  “The important part is the eclectic part – not what you wear, what you punctuate things with.”

 

“There’s a lot more eclecticism and experimentation in Britain than [there is in] French or Italian fashion,” says former Chloé designer Pheobe Philo. “Although we’re huge snobs, people are into wearing clothes that don’t conform.” Indeed, when it comes to this category [Posh Eclectic], ordinary conventions of dressing simply do not apply. Instead, there’s a certain madcap glamour, made up of equal parts country-estate frump and the black- sheep aristocrat’s disregard for what’s acceptable.

Last week’s theme was Euro Chic/Posh Eclectic which I felt was apropos as I got ready for my new principal’s observation of me on Monday. I was dressed to the nines, sporting my professional black trousers, but showing off a bit of my quirky side by pairing it with a red, velvet blazer and a pleat-front, tie-neck blouse. Sadly, I was still suffering from a bad case of the “I’m sick but no one can tell because I’m doped up on Nyquil”, so my observation did not go as swimmingly as I’d intended.

 

For the Tuesday black blazer look, I opted to be monochromatic and chose my “pop” to be less about color but more about textures, as evinced by the pearl collar of my black tee and the lace overlay of my pencil skirt. Still trying for Euro chic-ness.

 

Wednesday found me and my classic white button-up channeling my inner librarian as I styled it with my favorite grey cardi (a workhorse in my wardrobe), wool plaid wrap skirt, and sensible shoes. Let’s not forget the pearls either – my bid at being a “mum”.

 

Thursday’s Breton tee ensemble takes the literal approach to Euro chic/posh eclectic as I pair it with a midi circle skirt that proudly and brazenly displays the UK in all its red phone booth/lorry glory.

 

Friday and the skinny jeans is perhaps my most posh eclectic ensemble. My daughter gifted me with a quizzical look – like she was questioning my sanity – and even I paused a bit in the mirror before I did my “happy dance” and deemed the outfit okay for public consumption. I guess I really just wanted a reason to wear the velvet, Harry Potter-esque cape/coat that has been moldering in the depths of my closet.

So how do you think my pieces fared with this week’s theme and the challenge overall? Lemme know by commenting below…