Saturday, July 22, 2017

summer 10x10 recap

Summer 10x10 outfit recap
original posts: look 1  |  look 2  |  look 3  |  look 4  |  look 5  |  look 6  |  look 7  |  look 8  |  look 9  |  look 10

I did it, I completed the #Summer10x10 remix challenge! Overall it was a really positive experience, and I'm glad I participated, though I'm beyond excited to have access to the rest of my closet again. I'm learning that while a mini challenge is fun, I'm not sure a capsule wardrobe would work long term. I'm impressed and a bit envious of the folks who can keep it up for the long haul. But I'd definitely would be willing to try another mini challenge like this again. :)

For those of you just tuning in, the Style Bee started this style challenge as a way to become more creative with your closet. Using the Instagram hashtag #Summer10x10, it's a fun way to connect with other folks exploring their style. Basically, you pick out 10 items and wear them for 10 days. Tops, pants, dresses, layering pieces and shoes count toward the items, but accessories do not. You can do 10 consecutive days, but I chose to do 10 business days. I was a cheater and added an 11th item - a cream open weave cardigan - so technically I should be calling this a 11x10 remix...

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* On the second day of the remix, I added an 11th - an open weave cream cardigan.

The pros:
  • Finding new ways to wear my clothing. My favorite was knotting my dotted tee over a dress. So simple, but it really made for a fun and comfortable outfit. 
  • Not having to stress about what to wear. Oh, man how I loved having that extra 5-10 minutes in the morning to sleep in the mornings. Between not that and not drying/fixing my hair, I've been sleeping in a good 15-20 minutes and it's been freaking amazing. That alone made the challenge worth it. 
  • Consistency in posting. This challenge made sure that I took outfit photos everyday and posted every day. Which means I'll have posted more in July than I have any other month during the past year! 
  • Learning the value of simplicity. While I missed the rest of my closet, sometimes it's nice not to have so many choices. While I didn't love everything I wore, it did have a consistent look and feel, which I can appreciate. :)
  • The value of quality pieces. Sometimes it's worth it to spend a little bit more on items that are going last. Ugh, the saga of the poor black Old Navy dress that looked great in pictures but horrible in real-life. It was so pilled by the end of the challenge and honestly I didn't feel very professional wearing it to work. But my nice J. Crew cardigan held up beautifully, and well as my years old chambray. Lesson learned - go for quality. 

Summer 10x10 favorite looks
favorite #Summer10x10 looks: one  |  two  |  three 

The cons (challenges):
  • Lack of flexibility. There were a couple of days where I didn't like a combination of what I was wearing, but felt like if I changed up the outfit, then I'd be wearing something from the day before, or something I planned to wear the next day and I was *trying* to keep it from looking like I was wearing the same thing over and over. 
  • Outfit fatigue. I think this really hit on day seven. I wore all my favorite outfit combinations the first week, so I just wasn't excited about what I was wearing for the second half of the challenge (though oddly, looking back it turned into one of my favorite looks). In retrospect, I would have mixed it up so my favorite outfits were more spread out. Also, toward the end we had some really hot, miserable days in Florida and and all I wanted to wear was one of my jersey dresses, but I wanted to stay faithful to the challenge, so I stuck with it. 
  • Dressing while pregnant. I felt like I was limited on items I could pick for this challenge since they had to fit the baby bump as well as have the ability to be remixed. So I didn't choose some of my favorite maternity items because I couldn't think of enough ways to wear them. 
  • More laundry. Sundays are my usual big laundry haul day, but I found myself doing mid-week loads both weeks since I could only wear an item once before it smelled. Yuck.

Summer 10x10 least favorite looks
least favorite #Summer10x10 looks: one  |  two  |  three

Going into the challenge, I worried that people in real-life would notice that I was wearing the same thing over and over, but to my surprise no one did. Or if they did, they didn't say anything. As I've mentioned before, I did really like who this challenge forced me to think about my wardrobe in a new ways. Though summer might not have been the best time to try it for the first time, only because you can't layer like you would in the fall/winter, which I think would have really helped make the outfits look a bit more unique. A cargo jacket, or another button up that could have been worn by itself or layered would have really helped with outfit longevity. I do believe the Style Bee is hosting another remix in the fall, but I probably won't participate this time around since it's so close to the baby's due date. I have a feeling I'll have my hands full! But, if I wasn't pregnant, I could definitely be down to try this again. :)

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Friday, July 21, 2017

summer remix 10x10: look 10

black and white pencil skirt, chambray top, nudge wedge sandals 2

This is it - the last look from the #Summer10x10 remix! While it's been interesting finding new ways to wear my clothes, part of me is really looking forward to having access to the rest of my closet. :) For today's final look I paired my Old Navy striped midi skirt with a knotted chambray top - a bit reminiscent of look #7, but somehow not quite as comfortable. I think because the top and skirt hitting at the same place above my pregnant belly made everything tight and uncomfortable. At least it's the last day and as soon as work as over I'm changing into stretchy leggings and a tee. #bliss

Speaking of weekends, I'm really looking forward to this one. Everyone's in my family's been a bit under the weather, not exactly sick but just run down enough to feel lousy all week. Husband's been working a side job for the past couple of weeks that has meant 10+ hours days and working on the weekends leaving him especially tired, poor kiddo has a lingering cough and I'm having trouble sleeping from sciatic nerve pain. I think what we all need is a nice, quite weekend to recharge! Then next weekend might be a good one to start working on the baby's room - only 12 weeks (give or take) until he's here. Crazy.

black and white pencil skirt, chambray top, nudge wedge sandals 7
top: Loft (similar)  |  skirt: Old Navy (exact)  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |   necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (similar)

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 9

maternity black pants, white and black polka dot tee, long cream cardigan 7

This almost could be subtitled "how to be hot and miserable in photos." Because I was. But I wanted to show you the ninth #Summer10x10 remix outfit as I wore it - mostly in the glorious AC - but I was dying outside while taking photos, it's so hot and humid. Thankfully these photos didn't pick up the fine sheen of sweat I had going on.

I'm seriously thinking about pulling out little bit's kiddo pool this weekend and just rolling around in cold water...from now until the heat breaks in September. :) We've had a few weeks of overcast/rainy weather, so today was the first time in awhile to be hit with the full humidity - definitely not cardigan weather.

maternity black pants, white and black polka dot tee, long cream cardigan 6
top: Forever21 + (similar)  |  pants: Loft maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |   cardigan: Loft (exact)  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties (exact)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

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Today makes 28 weeks pregnant and the beginning of the third trimester! Baby and I had a good appointment with the OBGYN - even if I did have to take the gestational diabetes test, which all three times I've taken it has left me feeling a bit less than stellar. Baby boy's heartbeat is strong at 155 and everything is tracking as it should. He's approximately the size of a large eggplant, weights about 2 1/4 pounds and 14.8 inches long. Random tidbit, at this point he can now blink and has eyelashes. I'm getting more and more excited to see what he's going to look like - fair like his sister with her momma's hair and complexion and daddy's blue eyes, a polar opposite with daddy's dark hair and momma's brown eyes or a mix somewhere between?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 8

tan boyfriend cardigan, maternity black dress, nude wedge sandals 7_NEW

This outfit is kinda of a snooze-fest isn't it? I felt pretty cute in it, until I saw it in photos. It just photographed so blah. I needs me some color, stat! A bright sandal, a different color cardigan, a punchy necklace...something...

...or maybe it's the dress' fault? I'm beyond excited this is the last time I'll ever wear this dress. Not bad in photos, but it looks horribly worn out in real-life. While it proved to be versatile piece for the #Summer10x10 remix - layered under cardigans, with knotted tees and chambray - it just didn't hold up against multiple washing and wearings. Lesson learned: if you're going to do a remix, make sure you use good, quality pieces that can endure extended wear and tear.

While this particular dress was a bit of a disappointment, a stretchy black jersey dress is a pretty great maternity wardrobe staple. I'll definitely be on the lookout for a decent replacement. Any suggestions? While I hesitate to go with Old Navy again, I'm still tempted to order their black jersey tank dress. Only because last month I bought it's twin in navy and it's held up pretty well, the material is a bit thicker and there's been no pilling even though I've washed and worn it several times. I hate to spend a lot of money on something that I'm only going to need for a few more months. We'll see...

tan boyfriend cardigan, maternity black dress, nude wedge sandals 3_NEW
dress: Old Navy (exact, non-maternity version)  |  cardigan: J. Crew (similar)  |  sandals: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)

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summer 10x10 remix: look 7

black maternity dress, chambray top, strappy sandals 7

I had every intention of posting this outfit yesterday, but time got away from me, so look 7 of the #Summer10x10 remix is a day late. Of all the outfits, this was the one I was the least excited about. As I mentioned a few posts back, this dress is not holding up - it doesn't look bad in photos, but in real-life it's horribly pilled. I'm wearing it one last time today then it's going directly into the trash. Which is a shame, because I really like the shape of it.

So yesterday, I was feeling a bit bitter about wearing a dress I really didn't want to wear and beginning to feel outfit fatigue. While it's nice not to have to stress about what to wear every morning, I am missing the rest of my closet! Maybe picking different items would have helped with that, or maybe I should have allowed for a little bit more outfit freedom, but I'm starting to get that feeling that I'm wearing the same thing over and over. It probably doesn't help that I wore all my favorite outfit combinations last week leaving me with nothing but the unwanted leftovers this week. So, while this is not a bad outfit, it just wasn't want I wanted to wear. So not feeling it.

black maternity dress, chambray top, strappy sandals 4
top: Loft (similar) | dress: Old Navy  (exactnon-maternity option)  |  cardigan: (similar)  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (similar)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

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Monday, July 17, 2017

summer 10x10 remix: look 6

black and white stripe pencil skirt, blush tee, tan cardigan and blush strappy sandals 3

One week left of the #Summer10x10 remix! This look is pretty reminiscent of look 1, since I'm re-wearing my striped midi pencil skirt and long tan cardigan, but switched to a blush top and flat sandals. But still, basically the same look.

I decided not to do the challenge over the weekend since most of the time I'm rocking leggings and an oversized tee, but I had family come over Saturday so I decided to wear real clothes. :) And though I could have worn anything I wanted, I ended up defaulting to a version of look 3 - blush tee, strappy sandals and cream cardigan, but substituted the black pants for a pair of maternity shorts. A better blogger would have taken a picture, but I didn't even think about it. Opps.

black and white stripe pencil skirt, blush tee, tan cardigan and blush strappy sandals 4
top: GAP maternity (exact, non-maternity option)  |  skirt: Old Navy (exact)  |  cardigan: J. Crew (similar)  |  sandals: Old Navy (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  necklaces: Kendra Scott (exact long)  Baublebar (similar curved bar)  |  bracelet: Baublebar (similar)  |  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)

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monday musings: week 28

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Welcome to Monday Musings! Each Monday I share a different "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well.

Q: Are you usually early, on-time or late?

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all the watches can't keep me on time: one  |  two  |  three

A: I used to be an on-time kind of gal - never early, but detested being late - but since becoming a momma, I'm always a good 10-15 minutes to everything. Thank goodness I have an understanding boss! Work starts at 8 a.m., but I usually don't make it in until 8:10, but I almost always still beat my boss to work who comes in around 8:30/9 a.m. It doesn't seem to matter what time we get up and going - I can get up 20 minutes early to try to get everyone out the door on time - we're still late. I'm sure I'm not the only one. :) Any advice on how to be more timely? Or just accept the fact that sometimes being late in inevitable?

What about you? Are you usually on-time, early or late? Let me know in the comments below.