End of Summer Challenge to Myself: Day Four

End of Summer Challenge to Myself (dress in something I have hardly worn all summer) Day Four

Color Blocking is actually one of my favorite looks, I mean most of the crayons really do look good together. To be honest for a while color wasn’t my thing, even my mom told me I wear too much black and gray, since then I have worn more and more colors. Actually for a while as I was reintroducing color into my wardrobe my coworkers would comment, “wow, color”. However now I am on the color bandwagon and nothing is more fun than pairing multiple colors together.

Today’s outfit is especially bright, mainly because I have three pieces on that are up for donation consideration; yellow cardigan, green skirt, and Aldo flats. I knew that I wanted to wear this cardi for today’s 21 Day Challenge, I just didn’t realize that I would be looking so cheerleaderish (brown and gold were my high school colors).

I think I scratched my eye, because it feels like there is a Tali hair in it all the time. Sorry about glasses on a sunny day.

Outfit Breakdown: Cardigan (Thrifted), Tee (Old Navy, Skirt (Thrifted Target), Belt (borrowed from John, thank you), Shoes (Aldo)

Okay, I love this cardigan… but I never wear it. I finally figured out why. It’s kinda small, it fits snug on the arms. NOT KEEPING. The skirt was in the line up for donation too, but I’m still not sure. It is currently fitting nicely but it normally gets so stretched out, we will see how I feel at the end of the day. And finally these shoes were once my staple, but they have definitely seen a better day. They are outtie mainly so I will stop wearing them!

Oh, if your interested. Even though this week has been dedicated to my Fashion Thoughts. I’ve got a slew of other projects around the home to update you on next week. Oh, and don’t worry I will keep up with the 21 Day Challenge, it just will be only a portion of the blog.

Want to check out everyone elses color blocked outfits? click here

Anyone else having a ton of fun reading new blogs through the 21 Day  Challenge?

Do you ever feel a sense of school pride in your work wear?

Have you been cleaning your closet too?


End of Summer Challenge to Myself: Day Three

End of Summer Challenge to Myself (dress in something I have hardly worn all summer) Day Three

Today I’m rocking this Isaac Mizrahi (for Target) gingham button up. I love gingham and I am always drawn to it. However, I struggle with s style blouses. Oxford blouses usually have the cutest prints, but I hardly ever wear them because they can look so formal. In looking at this look I beg to differ! This top looks so cute and casual layered.  I actually had a tough time trying to mix this neglected summer top into today’s 21 Day Challenge Pattern Mixing.

See the pattern mixing? I love to mix it up.

Outfit Breakdown: Gingham button up (Target), Striped Tee (Gap), Belt (who knows how long I’ve had it, let alone where it’s from), Linen Khakis (Gap) Shoes (Macy’s), Necklace (Thrifted)

Consensus: Another keeper! I am already imagining mixing this gingham check top with other prints for more pattern mixing, or wearing it tucked in with a high-waisted skirt.


Curious about the 21 Day Challenge? Check it out here.

Is this outfit too patriotic? Who cares, America is great!

End of Summer Challenge to Myself: Day Two

End of Summer Challenge to Myself (dress in something I have hardly worn all summer) Day Two

Today I sported a pair of summer pants that I haven’t even tried to wear… These super cute aqua American Eagle Khakis.

It's all about these aqua (John says more sky blue) pants.

I'm not sure why I haven't worn them, but I haven't even tried to wear them. I had to wash the creases out of these before I even tried to iron them.

Okay, I like them. A LOT! They were super comfy all day (they did get a hair stretched at the end of the day) and I felt really pulled together in this bright summery outfit.

And I loved mixing them with this bright fuscia scarf.

Consensus... They get to continue to live in my closet. I just need to remember to wear them.

Outfit Breakdown: Aqua Khakis (Thrifted American Eagle (yup these cuties were under $4 last summer at a Goodwill), Cardigan (Banana Republic Outlet),  Scarf (Target), Shoes (same as yesterday DSW), Necklace (Had forever, but I think I originally borrowed it from my pal Carly).

What do you think? Is the aqua (sky blue) to bright or is it just right?

Oh, and my friend Jenni convinced me to join in on the 21 Day Challenge with Freckles in April’s 21 Day Challenge. I’m such a sucker when someone suggests I do something. I mean really just a simple ask and I buy the appetizer or the pedicure upgrade.  So anyway, I will be adding another layer of difficulty to my End of Summer Challenge to Myself.  Stay tuned for my 19 Day Challenge (the real challenge started on Monday).

End of Summer Challenge to Myself: Day One

End of Summer Challenge to Myself (dress in something I have hardly worn all summer) Day One.

I only have two more weeks until my End of Summer I Heart Michigan Vacation, and as my pal Michelle (hey girl, I know your reading this) was telling me, “If you haven’t really worn it this summer. Get rid of it.”  So, I’ve decided that for at least the next week I will take my minimally worn summer clothes for a test drive. If I like it after a full work day (yes, most of my clothes can be worn as work clothes) then I will keep it until next summer.  I am going to wear as many seasonally specific things as I can. Which might actually be tough, as for the most part I like to buy clothes that can be worn in at least 2 seasons.

I love this skirt, but I never wear it.

I remember why I don't wear it... It is too big. (SORRY THIS IS BLURRY)

I do really love it. Maybe if I knew someone who could bring it in...

Decision: I'm keeping it. It is a bit big, but I am already imagining it a bit smaller and worn with maybe some western inspired boots... Yup, keeping it, I know my face doesn't say it but I do LOVE the pattern of this skirt.

Outfit Breakdown: Jean Jacket (Gap), Skirt (second-hand American Eagle), Belt (Target), Black Tee (H&M), Shoes (DSW), Bracelet (New York & Company), Necklace (Gift)

She seems mildly interested in it.

Anyone else needs to do some summer purging?

FYI I am only featuring things here, that I was going to keep, but never wore, so before I keep it I am ensuring I love it. I do have a pile already started that I am giving to my pal Michelle to donate to a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Garage Sale Fundraiser.

Summer your days are numbered

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I’m just so over it! Bring on some cooler temps and the days where air conditioning is not needed. I still have another summer vacation and a few outfits that I haven’t worn, so I guess I don’t wont summer over yet, I just am counting the days until it’s completion.

Summer isn't over quite yet.

So I'm still thinking of summer combos

John loved this picture, so it made it to the blog.

I love the light colors of this outfit, and the jacket worked well for a low humidity 77 degree day in August.

Oh, and if you’re wondering… my hair is a bit darker. I was at Splurge Salon last night and Amanda fixed me all up.

Outfit run down: Jacket (Marshall’s), Blouse (J Crew), Skirt (Thrifted Target), Belt (Target), Shoes (Macy’s)

Anyone else over summer?

Do you love seersucker as much as I do?

Anyone else boyfriend take embarrassing photos?

Love a girls weekend

Have you met my BFF Alison yet? She is so great, such an awesome person to be friends with, totally makes a rainy day at an outdoor festival fun! Alison is also the reason I started running (I don’t consider it a hobby, but it is an excercise I don’t despise), shes the reason I ever watched Sex in the City,  a huge foodie inspiration to me, the best person to watch Love Actually (favorite movie) with…  Love her, we’ve been friends for 9 years, only bummer is, she lives 3 hours away.

Cutest girl I know.

Anyway, over the weekend Alison was here in Grand Haven (she hails from the  Chicago suburbs) and we took in some great casual weekend activities. You know girls night out in Grand Rapids, a craft fair, window shopping in Grand Haven, lakeside wine drinking, and a little wedding planing. Did I tell you that Alison is getting married next summer to a great guy (hey Greg). So happy for them both. Anyway, we spent hours talking about all of her wedding plans and she has even asked me to be a bridesmaid in the wedding. I can’t wait!

Do you love our new summer hats? I even wore mine to our lakeside dinner.

 This is my straw hat inspiration… just gotta get the swimsuit (yuck swimsuit shopping) here is the link to where  I found my inspiration.

Back on about the weekend. We both bought our new sea grass summer hats at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Art Fair. Wow, I have never seen so many people in Grand Haven, EVER.  I can’t believe GH puts on a party that big every year and the art fair was class act! Lots of local and non local vendors, yummy street food (shout out to my chili cheese dog) and even though it poured down rain nearly the entire time I had a great day.

No idea on what is up with the dragon, but when in Holland do as the Hollanders do, pose next to it.

Late night wedding planning. Their wedding is going to be gorgeous.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Bad news, is today is Monday and it is back to the grind. Good news, Friday is just a few days away. We can make it my fellow working peeps!!

Anyone else get the honor of becoming a bridesmaid this past weekend?
Have any great stories about being outside on a rainy summer day?
Did anyone else have to pay $5 to park 6 blocks away from their own small downtown area? (Love you tourists.)

Vacation Recap- IDAHO

Two girls and the mountains

Gorgeous! love the snow

Happy Kyle

Dang can my Mom take a photo

Have you ever been to Idaho?

Have you ever been to the Sawtooth Mountains?

It is gorgeous, truly amazing. Each day we were there we watched the snow melt on the mountains in the 80 degree temperatures. The Sawtooths range in elevation and have heavy and late spring snowfall, so even though it was July there is tons of snow. Actually, there is still so much snow that we weren’t able to access a few of the alpine lakes and mountain passes that we originally intended on backpacking to.

What else, well my vacation was with my Mom (my friends refer to her as Jody J). She is a great travel partner, we’ve been doing these mother & daughter backpacking adventures for years. Where have we gone? Paria River Canyon, The Olympic Peninsula, Isle Royale, North Manitou, The High Uintas… and a ton more. Any suggestions on where we should go next year?

Have you been on a mother daughter trip lately? Have you even been backpacking? or seen a place this beautiful?

Hope you are having a great summer. I know I am, and you can tell because this post took me a week to do. I’m not really sorry, I like being busy in the summer.