Mar 1, 2017

Currently: March

watching: Once Upon a Time on Netflix (I'm only on Season 3 so no spoilers, please)!  My best friend and I have been working our way through the series at the same time.  It's fun to have someone to talk to about the crazy story lines.  We just love how so many characters are woven into the story.

eating: broccoli tots like it's my job!  Have you tried these from Green Giant!?  They are so good and one portion equals an entire serving of broccoli!

saying: lots of goofy things in French!  I'm back to using the TPRS method of teaching language to my 7th graders (my youngest group).  The method involves using vocabulary to tell really crazy stories.  Lately I've been talking a lot about wolves...

wearing: Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray.  I received it in my very first Birchbox and love it!  I've been washing my hair at night, letting it air dry, using a straightening iron to curl it in the morning and then using the spray to make pretty, shiny waves!  As an added bonus, the spray smells amazing!

posting: fewer outfits this month!  My Create28 series with Carrie got to be quite the bit of work there at the end of February!  I will be cutting myself some slack this month with fewer (but still some) outfit posts.

Linking-Up with Anne and Carrie!

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Feb 28, 2017

Create28: Whitney's Recap

And just like that, Create28Winter17 has come to an end!  I'm really proud of how I've done this time around.  I truly shopped my closet without adding any new pieces and went back to my roots of remixing.  This focus has really helped me to feel cleansed of my constant need for more and I've put together some really fun new outfits!

That being said, the every-other-day posting of outfit photos got to be quite the challenge there at the end of the month!  I'm happy to take that pressure away and to give myself a little bit of grace in regards to photographing outfits in March.

How did you do with our Create28 challenge this month?  Did you participate?  Were the outfit prompts helpful in getting you to remix your wardrobe?  Or did you just enjoy following along?  Do you feel indifferently towards the series?  I would really value your feedback so feel free to comment below!

Before wrapping-up completely, I want to showcase my favorite looks that I put together this month as well as my favorite looks that Carrie featured!

I think the common theme across my three favorite posts this month is pride.  For the first two looks, I'm so proud of my remixing.  Most of these pieces have been in my closet for years but I put-together completely new looks that I absolutely love and that really feel like me.  Remixing doesn't have to be boring!  You really can find looks you adore!

I'm also proud of my scarf-tying tutorial.  I always imagine writing helpful posts like this but usually chicken-out because I don't want to come across as a know-it-all.  But I went for it!  And I like the way it turned-out!  Hopefully you found the post useful but didn't get the feeling that I was being boastful.

I chose these three outfits of Carrie's from this month's challenge as my favorites because they are so very her!  For the past month or so, Carrie and I have been trying to help each other to really define our personal styles (other bloggers, do you find yourselves overthinking this sometimes as well?).  We definitely still have work to do and will hopefully be posting about our process in the future.  But until then, I want to applaud Carrie for nailing her style in these looks!

Well, friends, that's about it!  Make sure you hop on over to Carrie's blog to read her recap.  And thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing along with us!

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Feb 27, 2017

Create28: Remixing a Scarf

My initial idea for this post was to feature one scarf with a bunch of different outfit ideas, but then I had a light bulb moment!  You see, I purchased this bright and vibrant silk scarf from a silk factory during my fall trip to China.  But have I worn it since I brought it home with me in November?  Nope!  I know that square silk scarves are in style these days and I know that I love the style and memories associated with this scarf.  But what I didn't know was how to style a silk scarf.

After spending a little bit of time on Pinterest, I am now ready to wear the heck out of this scarf and to share my new scarf-tying knowledge with you!  For reference, I learned from this pin and am using its style names!

Style #1: Like a Bandit

To wear this style, you fold your silk scarf in half into a triangle.  Grab the two triangle edges that are along the crease and wrap them once around your neck.  Tie the ends together and tuck them under the scarf hanging in front.  I loved the simple look of this style and think this is a great way to dip your toes into silk scarf wearing.  My one struggle was getting the scarf to stay in place.  The material is so slippery and the look is loose so it just wouldn't stay in place.  I think I'll try safety pins next time to help!

Style #2: Like a Classic Rich Girl

This look is super easy to achieve.  First, fold your scarf into a triangle like you did for the bandit look.  Then roll/fold the scarf into a long strip.  From there, wrap the strip around your neck a few times and then tie into a knot!

Style #3: Bowed

For this feminine look, create the folded strip of a scarf that you used in the last look.  From there, drape the strip around your neck with the loose sides hanging in front.  Then tie the ends into a pretty bow!

Style #4: Like a Classic French Girl

I think this might be my favorite of the looks!  Of course I always want to look like a French girl, plus it's just the quintessential silk scarf style, don't you think?  To achieve this style, start with the bandit look.  Instead of tying the ends and tucking them, though, wrap them one more time around your neck and then tie a tighter knot at the side.  Keep the knot and the ends out overtop of the scarf.

What do you think?  Which of the four styles are your favorite?  Are you ready to take on the silk scarf?

And while you're here, don't forget to link-up for the last of our Create28Winter17 link-ups!

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Feb 26, 2017

Create28: Remixing a Skirt

Happy Sunday, lovelies!  What does today have in store for you?  Right now I'm relaxing with a cup of coffee and Izzo the cat.  A little bit later I'm headed out for wings and a basketball game where I'll watch Izzo the coach and my Spartans!

Today's Create28 prompt is to remix a skirt.  I decided to feature the bright maxi that I wore for my Red and Pink post earlier this month.  I scored this skirt for about $10 at Old Navy a few years ago (more years than I realized when I looked back into my blog archives).  Since then, it has been an easy and comfy piece to reach for when I'm feeling stuck style-wise.

In today's post, you can see how I've styled the skirt with different color schemes, in the first photo I've used darker tones and neutrals for a more fall-appropriate look.  In the second look I've used pastels to compliment the skirt.  And in the latest ensemble it's all about the bright colors!

If you're feeling stuck in the remixing department, definitely look into different color schemes and combinations to freshen-up a look!

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Feb 25, 2017

Create28: Camo

I started to love camo when my hubby was in the military. For me, that was just a way to be supportive. Little did I realize that camo can be quite fashionable. It took me a while to take camo seriously for looks other than just for fun. Once I purchased my first pair of camo pants I was hooked and worn them often. When I worked in a casual environment I wore them more than I do now but I have a favorite look for the office.
  camo pants

Again, this is a look that bring confidence out in me. I think it’s the high-heeled wedges and the pearls if I’m completely honest. You can take some of things out of your casual wear and change them up to be workwear. It's the little details that all the difference. Not one person questioned me that these were not workwear appropriate when I wore them to the office.
  camo pants

This sweater has perfect back detail too.
  navy sweater

My favorite casual look featuring these camo pants has been on the blog before in this post.
  Camo & Coral


 Hope you're having a great weekend! Carrie ~ xoxo Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save
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Feb 24, 2017

Create28: Boots Boots Boots

The title of this post should really be, "Boots and Wrinkles."

Well friends, this is what I look like after a day of teaching!  I really do wear all of the outfits I feature here on the blog.  Most of the time I attempt to photograph them before I wear them but sometimes life says otherwise.  Oh well, this is me, wrinkles and all!

I'm really happy that Carrie and I included boots in one of our Create28 prompts.  These riding boots are some all-time favorites of mine but I'm finding that they are getting less love this year.  This challenge gave me the perfect reason to pull them out of hiding.

I combined the boots with some other old classics, my chambray dress and cognac bow belt, to create a look that I actually love!  Isn't it funny how a new combination can make you fall in love with pieces all over again?!

How are you wearing your boots this winter?  Show us on Instagram (#create28winter17)!  And pop back tomorrow to see how Carrie styles camo!

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Blogging Besties: Pastel Pink

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 Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, 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!
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