30 for 30 items of clothing

I am one post into the 30 for 30 challenge and I have already learned something about my wardrobe. I live in a world of blue, purple, and gray. Apparently these are the only colors that register on my radar because I seem to have a lot of these. When photographing my 30 picks I had to make some adjustments because there wasn’t much color variation. Gold, rust, and fuchsia to the rescue!

It was actually extremely difficult to narrow down my choices. I was worried about having enough warm clothes because it is still really cold, but I still wanted the option to play with my maxi skirt and purple pencil skirt. And I had to throw in a dress for a bridal shower I am attending this month as well as a jersey for the Superbowl.

Strange story. I won a pair of James Jeans, which I will be without for the first couple of days because I ordered the wrong size. Despite that I had to include them because they are amazing and look much better on than the photo gives them credit for.

So here we are! Let the games begin! If you are participating in the challenge fill me in.

50 classics for our closets and 30 for 30 challenge

Hopefully you haven’t been living under a rock, and you have heard of and witnessed the charming online lifestyle magazine Matchbook. It just launched on Wednesday. In the pages of the premier issue they give us a 50 classics for your closet checklist. This is something that I could not love more because for a while now I have been trying to build what I consider to be the ultimate closet. One that is not filled with outdated trends and disposable cheap clothing, but one that is equipped with the classics that will pull through for me time and time again.

I have some of the things on this list, but there are definitely gaps that need to be filled. A lot of that has to do with my instant gratification shopping habits. I realize I need to slow down my spending and focus on saving for these clutch wardrobe pieces.

To help with that mindset, I am participating in Kendi Everyday’s 30 for 30 challenge. The idea is to restrict yourself to wear 30 pieces of clothing from your wardrobe (including shoes) for 30 days. Sound hard? The real kicker is there will be no shopping for 30 days as well. Goodbye spring shopping!

During this challenge I hope to:

1. Appreciate what is in my own closet.
2. Find new ways to wear my clothes.
3. Figure out what is not working and purge. 
4. Save money.
5. Focus on purchasing items that are evergreen.

I will be taking you along for the ride and you will see a lot of repeat outfits in the month of February. Just be warned. I will be sharing the 30 items I pick. So stay tuned.

Wish me luck! And let me know if you decide to participate! The more support the better!

Lady-like winner announcements!!!

I just realized I never announced the winners of the lady-like week giveaways. Congratulations! You may come up to the podium and accept your award. Or just check your inbox because I emailed you!

Rebecca from Sweet Moonnlight won the vintage pin from My Crochet Garden.

Clare from Teacup of Whimsy won a gift valued at $32 from Natural Fashionista by Rachelle D.

 Michelle from Another Day Another Outfit won the vintage earring and pin set from Moondog Cottage.

Classic inspiration

J.Crew is channeling a laid back LA vibe with their recent photo shoot featuring Hollywood landmarks. I love all of the runway looks for spring, but this is the first campaign that really has me excited for summer. I think I will take that trip with them…In my mind at least. (P.S. check out this archive of the blog J.Crewing—Goldmine!!)

I am loving this simple outfit featured on Le Fashion. White trousers, white t-shirt, red lipstick, side-swept bang—it’s all you need.

Girly details in the great tundra that is Cleveland…

Ok so this is kind of the look we came up with together last week when I said I wanted to pair this polka dot top with flare jeans. The boots and the sweater kind of take away that 70s feel, but that’s because it was probably one of the coldest days of the year last Friday. I really wanted to see what this shirt would look like tucked into a pair of pants, and it turns out I love it just the same. The polka dots can do no wrong. And a healthy dose of red lipstick doesn’t hurt either. There is just something fun about pairing a big chunky sweater with a feminine little bow tie shirt.
H&M sweater, top, earrings; Gap jeans; Wanted Royalty boots (Piperlime); H&M; Nars Heatwave lipstick

Camel and red ambitions

I was trying to figure out what my big camel and red moment would be (because I have been taunted with hundreds of images of this beautiful combo, See example), when I remembered that I bought this camel poncho earlier this fall, and I have had this bold print skirt since my days as a sales associate at Loft. I am mad that I didn’t think of my particular creation sooner. I really like that the poncho itself is evocative of the old west and the bright print skirt is probably more appropriate for a garden tea party. Despite their contrasting purposes, I think they look oddly good together. And I think the wine colored boots, which can go with either piece separately, helped tie the look together.
H&M poncho ($20); Ann Taylor blouse ($14); Loft skirt; Franco Sarto boots; Charming Charlie earrings (gift)