Dec 2nd, 30 for 30- Day 2

I’m off to a running start- although not sure how well yesterday went! I shouldn’t have worn jeans. We had an office open house, and I was too casual. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I swear, I feel like I always miss the mark.

Oh well, I’m trying!

Today I am wearing my black skinny pants and this incredibly soft grey sweater. I love the hemline- how it covers my bum, and has some movement to it.

To add some interest to the look I threw on this scarf. One thing about scarves- go for the largest, thickest material you can find. A skinny, anemic scarf looks awful. Wrap it around your neck a couple of times, then tie it in front. Volume is key!

Speaking of missing the mark, I’m showing a picture of some boots below- I bought these many years ago and wore them recently. I felt so dorky- the square toe seems dated. I usually wear flat boots, but I probably ought to invest in some with heels as well. They will last me for years. Any recommendations? Comfort is essential!

Is this square toe still stylish? I think not, but need advice!
Outdoors you can really see the gorgeous color of this sweater!

I should take all my pictures outside, the lighting is just so much better- sadly it is so dark here so early (and so cold) that sometimes I just have to make due with the indoor shot! Sorry!

Pants: Gap, Sweater: Louis Permilia, Scarf: Lucky, Boots: Frye

Dec 1st, Who Doesn’t Love A Challenge?

Ever since I started blogging- and reading other blogs- I keep seeing this thing called ‘30 for 30 Challenge’. I may be wrong, but I think it was created by a well known blogger named Kendi.

Another thing that keeps happening is that I get asked a lot ‘have you had to buy a ton of new clothes?’ The answer is NO!

Although I’d love to- it’s simply not feasible or realistic. Of course I’ve picked up a few cute things here and there- but what I really want to do is wear the clothes I already own!

One of my goals of this blog is to show real moms that it is possible to look great without having to buy an entire new wardrobe. A few key pieces and some great accessories are all you need!

So…….. with that in mind and since it is the season of giving- I decided that instead of buying anything new for myself this month, I would try this 30 for 30 challenge– but on my terms!

Here are my rules:

1. I picked 30 items from my closet to wear over the next 30 days (I cheated and picked 32… couldn’t help it)

2. Shoes, scarves, tights and other accessories don’t count! Plan on seeing a lot!

3. White or off white tanks don’t count ( I consider this my base layer to keep me warm!)

4. For holiday parties I may wear a cocktail dress, which doesn’t count!

Bear with me, this could be a long month…

Here are the clothes I picked:

Amazing how few items there are here...

Here’s the breakdown:

5 pants

Skinny jeans (Madewell)

Dressy Jeans for wearing with heels (Paige Premium Denim)

Boyfriend Jeans (Old Navy)

Black skinny (Gap)

Cream cords (Nordstrom)

3 skirts

Black pencil skirt- Gap
Brown pencil skirt- Nordstrom (this is what I wore yesterday.)
Pink skirt- J Crew

1 Dress

Dress- Banana Republic

2 Jackets

Brown leather jacket- Marshalls
Jean jacket- Old Navy

2 Blazers

Cream blazer- Kohls
Blue Blazer- Land's End (I may end up switching this for my black blazer... haven't decided)

Fur vest

Fur vest: Marshalls

4 Sweaters:

Blue dolman sleeve- Nordstrom
Black turtleneck: Black Market, White House
Oatmeal cableknit; J Crew
Gray sweater- Louis Permilia

4 Cardigans

Cream with details on neckline- Nordstrom
Buttons down the back- Lands End
Pink- 3/4 sleeve: Nordstrom
Gray grandpa sweater: J Crew

9 Blouses/ Tops

Painter's shirt- H&M
Chambray shirt- Target
Denim shirt- Martin and Osa


Shimmery tank- French Connection
Striped shirt- J Crew
Patterned shell- Macy's
Striped shirt- Anthropologie
White v neck- Nordstroms
Animal print tank- Express

So here we go! Wish me luck and feel free to send in suggestions or pictures of your own cute outfits!

My first 30 in 30 outfit! I decided to go with my Paige jeans, this shimmery tank and the off white cardigan. I’ve added pearls and snakeskin heels to make it modern and youthful.

The shimmery tank works for day because I've kept it conservative with the pearls and cardigan.
A close up so you can see the details on the collar.
I avoided this cardigan for a long time because I considered it too matronly. Buttoned up and with dress pants, it does look a little dated and old fashioned.
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