Friday, January 27, 2017

A few casual outfits

It's been a busy week, mostly working from home, and wrapping up the 10x10 challenge means I didn't have quite the motivation to post as much!  I have been trying to take daily photos still though, to keep a record of what I wore.  Here are a few casual outfits from this week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).  Nothing earth-shattering, but my favorite is probably the red vest option.  I've been wearing something like this a lot this winter.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mix and Match

I bought a turquoise tweed blazer a few years ago, which I love dearly.  I stick too much to wearing it with black and white, so in my fall sewing plans, I had a few turquoise items to add into the wardrobe.  I posted my sewing plans on the wall and stacked the fabric there, and it worked - I've now completed three of the six items (including two turquoise ones)!

I've already gone into all the details on tie-dye silk blouse in my post from yesterday, but here is how I wore it!  Sunday was a bit on the warmer side, so I just wore my blazer without another coat.  Initially I wasn't sure I was going to like it after I made up the blouse, since the jacket is more muted, but I think it does work well together.

10x10 Wrap Up!

As I mentioned in my day 9 post, I ran out of steam and ideas, and decided 9 days was enough.  Sure, I could have phoned it in and worn my basic uniform of black turtleneck and jeans (which strangely, I never did in the challenge), but I decided it was good enough.



In no particular order, here are some of my main take-aways from this experience:

1) While it's fun to "style" something, it's just not something I'm good at, and I typically over-do it when I try.  It's better to just go with my gut, and I'll end up more comfortable and with a look I'm happy with.

2) Taking number 1 a step further, I'm feeling sleek and simple these days, particularly when it comes to jewelry and accessories.  I planned on using scarves quite a bit, but not a single one made an appearance.

3) When it comes to sewing, I should focus on wearable items, rather than just the fancy fabrics that make me smile, but then I never wear.  Despite having more me-made items in my closet now than I ever have in the past, they just aren't very mix-and-match.  I have been working on being more intentional in planning, now I just need to follow through.

4) I was able to wear every item at least twice, in different ways, which I wasn't sure would happen.  I would like to focus more on making sure items are more versatile in my wardrobe, and plan out different ways to wear things.

5) It might just be a factor of only having skinny pants in my 10 items, but I was definitely tired of skinnies by the end of the two weeks!  While I love the idea of uniform dressing, and I do slightly do so currently (it's turtleneck season), I do like some variety in silhouettes.

That's about it for this girl in terms of the 10x10 challenge!  It was fun, but tough at times - I don't think I could do it much longer than that!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Back at the Sewing Machine - blue tie-dye blouse

I was actually super productive at the end of 2016 in the sewing realm, but I haven't documented any of it!  I made a plan, where I was only allowed to sew any of six pre-selected projects, which were left over from my fall sewing plans.  I made my way through three of them, and added in some fancy pants to wear for my birthday.  In no particular order, I decided I need to actually get them down in the archives, and I started with this shirt because I wore it the other day. :)  I've decided I have a hole in my wardrobe when it comes to shirts I can wear to work and dress up a bit, so this was intended for that category.  It was still a simple piece, with no closures and just a straightforward blouse, but I wanted it that way to really let the fabric shine.

One thing I have been keeping up with, which is super helpful, is taking notes while I'm sewing and then entering everything into a little sewing journal I've started.  It's fun to have a physical notebook to flip through and see all my creations, and in the past I've not taken notes while sewing, so I'm always having to try to remember what I did the last time, if I make a pattern again.  Anyway, here is my completed page for this shirt:

If you can decipher my hand-writing, you can figure out my thoughts, but I'll add a few for posterity here.  I used the Megan Nielsen Dove blouse as my base, using the version without the flared sleeves, and I did a jewel neckline instead of the v-neck in the pattern.  I just wanted a basic blouse to start with, and I really like the fit of this pattern.  I actually prefer a v-neck, but this blouse was a part of my fall sewing plans, where I intended to make things that actually go together, and another piece is a wool jumper, which you will see shortly, and I made the necklines to match.  

The fabric was a beautiful silk from Emma One Sock, which is no longer available because I waited months to actually sew it!  Since it was a bit squirrely to work with, I broke out one of the tricks I've picked up along the way, which is to pre-wash it (even if the label says hand-wash, I tend to live dangerously and wash on the gentle cycle), dry it, and then spray it with Sullivan's Stabilizer Spray.  After the spray dries, it stiffens up the fabric just enough that it doesn't slide around when cutting it out or sewing.  The spray is expensive stuff, but it's worth it to me when dealing with pricier fabric which has such a dramatic pattern, which I don't want to mess up.

I spent a lot of time laying out the pattern pieces, as I could have had some accidental headlights quite easily with this fabric.  I'm pretty proud of how the central column lays perfectly on both the front and the back.  I also used the selvage edges as hems for both the body and the sleeves, since I didn't want to deal with hemming it.  It's a bit lazy I know, but I like the way it looks.  Because of this, I just did a straight-across hem instead of the curved version in the Dove blouse.  But if you notice, I'm wearing it tucked in in the front, because it just looks better a little shorter in front.  I may eventually get around to hemming it, but I do like it with the front-tuck for now.

The fit was spot on without any adjustments, but one thing that could just be due to my inattention to detail is that the sleeve caps are a little poofy for my taste.  I rarely mark notches (the horror!), and unfortunately, I think that I could have used it in this case.  I have another version cut out, and I'll see how it looks if I'm more careful.

Because I changed the neckline, I re-drafted the facing, and used a really cool technique, from What Katie Sews, which basically is to sew the facings into the armsyce seam, and it keeps it from flipping.  She has a detailed tutorial up on her blog, so it was really easy to follow along.  I will definitely be using that one again!   

There you have it folks - I've added a super wearable blouse in a needed category that I made myself!  I'm so proud of myself. :)  Stay tuned for my ideas about mixing and matching it with my wardrobe.

10x10 challenge - day 9

We've come to day 9 of the 10x10 challenge (read here if you have no idea what I'm talking about)!  I actually decided to cut it short at 9 days instead of 10, since I really did run out of ideas, but I'm happy with how far I made it, and I definitely had some take-aways.  Day 9 fell on last Friday, which was an office day for me.

Outfit Details:
J.Crew white tee (new/online), wool long vest (old, me made), Born tall boots (old/online), silver belt (old/Macy's), black/silver watch (really old/Target), tiny silver hoops (old/Sundance)

Initial Thoughts:
I was excited to wear my vest as I originally wore it (as a dress), as I hadn't done that in quite a while and wanted to show its versatility.  It wasn't a bad idea, except for one thing.  It was a bit warmer that day, so I thought I would just wear knee-high socks instead of tights.  I don't know how I used to do it before, but let's just say it works when I'm standing still, not so well when walking around.  I had to spend a decent amount of my day walking around holding my skirt closed.  Oops.  If I would have been in tights, it wouldn't have been as big a deal, but live and learn.

Style Notes:
I wore the vest as a dress by belting it closed, but bad idea.  Simple jewelry and a tonal belt keep it sleek and simple, which are things I do like about this outfit.

Stay  tuned for a wrap-up post, where I will share everything I learned!

Friday, January 20, 2017

10x10 challenge - day 8

Tuesday was an incredibly busy day, in which I thought I would go running, so I wore workout clothes all day and never actually got around to either running or putting on real clothes.  Day 8 was then put off until Wednesday, where I worked from home and met up with friends in the evening.

Outfit Details:
Calvin Klein brown wrap sweater (old/thrifted), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted), J.Crew black cami (new/online), Superga sneakers (old/online?)

Initial Thoughts:
Not my favorite, but it was an experiment, so I was ok with it.  I probably will not be repeating this one.  I think if I would have worn my black pants it would have visually looked better, instead of the multiple break points.  This is a lesson I've learned before with other crop shirt + longer shirt combos, but apparently I didn't remember that.

Style Notes:
When I wore this sweater back on the first day of the challenge, I thought for sure there wasn't another way to wear it, but I was bound and determined to figure it out!  I tried a few different things, and ended up tying up the two corners of the wrap front up with a hair tie.  I tried first to tie it in an actual knot, but it was super bulky, so the hair tie kept things a little more manageable.  I'm not a huge brown person, but I kinda like the mix of black and brown here as well.  It's not a combo I usually do.

10x10 challenge - day 7

Day 7 was Monday, which was back in the office for me!  Wow, I'm really behind, but I think I should be able to pick it back up today, and get caught up.

Outfit Details:
Boden wool blazer (newish/online), Uniqlo black turtleneck (new/in store),Uniqlo black skinny pants (new/in store), Born tall boots (old/online)

Initial Thoughts:
I really feel like I just need to add a horse crop to this outfit - it's definitely strongly equestrian-esque.  I do like it a lot though, it's pretty classic Laura style.

Style Notes:
I guess the major styling tip here is mostly black with a statement color piece in the jacket, which is something I like to do a decent amount.  I kept it pretty minimalistic with jewelry and it does feel more like me, less forced than some of the other options.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

10x10 challenge - day 6

I'm slowly coming out of my busy last couple of days, and catching up on the rest of my life.  I took a break on Saturday from the 10x10 challenge because I was prepping my dining room for painting, and didn't change out of work clothes all day.  I picked back up with day 6 on Sunday, which was church and then home to change back into work clothes and actually paint, so I didn't wear this outfit long, but I wanted to see how I could mix up this top into a new outfit.

Outfit Details:
Free People sleeveless tunic (new/thrifted), black cardigan (old/thrifted), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted),  J.Crew black cami (new/online), Superga sneakers (old/online?)

Initial Thoughts:
This one was not a winner for me, as I felt a little silly.  It was a combination of things - I'm not a huge fan of the dress over jeans look, and I thought the tunic shirt worked better over the black skinny pants.  I also had to knot up the ties at the bottom of the cardigan, because they were really long otherwise, and they were still a bit long for my tastes.  Another thing to note is that I switched out a shoe option - previously I had a pair of brown booties in the mix, but I hadn't worn them yet, and didn't see many opportunities going forward, so I switched them out for my black sneakers.

Style Notes:
I tried, I really did!  I unbuttoned my cardigan (worn on day 2 buttoned-up), I unbuttoned the shirt more, I rolled my jeans (not gonna lie, they've been rolled the whole time, I probably should unroll them!), and I casualified things with the sneakers.  Maybe it's just too many things at once and trying to hard?  One style piece that I didn't like was the length of the cardigan with the tunic.  I thought the shorter blazer from day 3 just hit at a better spot.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

10x10 challenge - day 5

Life has gotten a little crazy the past few days, and I haven't had time to document my 10x10 challenge, but I've been keeping up with it!  Day 5 was last Friday, and it was another office day for me.

Outfit Details:
Uniqlo black turtleneck (new/in store), wool long vest (old, me made), Uniqlo black skinny pants (new/in store), Born tall boots (old/online), long silver beaded necklace (old/Filene's Basement - RIP my bargain hunting ground)

Initial Thoughts:
I like this outfit a lot, although the back view photo lets me know I should probably iron a bit more. :)  This vest is the only me-made item in my 10 items, which leads me to another conclusion, which is that I tend to sew bright and colorful and patternful things, because I'm a magpie and attracted to all the flashy fabrics, but at least when I'm trying to operate on a mix and match basis, I tend to stick to more neutrals and solids.  In terms of me-made items in my closet overall, this one has probably lasted about the longest as well, since I looked back and it turns out I made it four years ago.

Style Notes:
I made this vest using a jacket pattern, but I initially mostly wore it as a dress, by belting it.  I like that it's versatile, but I do think it works better as a vest.  I'm planning on wearing it as a dress later this week, so you'll see what I mean.  I also tend to stay away from longer tops, but I think this works because it's open in the front, and therefore you can see my body and it's not super overwhelming.  The long necklace works well with the overall vibe too, I think.

Funny side note - since I posted that I was unhappy with my hair, it has been behaving properly and I'm ok with it again.  We'll see how long this lasts, but when it's short, it changes character about weekly.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Full Circle

Since I've been focused on my hair lately, I got to thinking the last time I had a color conundrum. About three years ago, when we were planning our move from the DC area to the Philly area (the urbanist in me cringes at having to add "area" to those - darn suburbs), I decided to pick a color and stick with it, so I tried out several colors in the months leading up to the move.  The most daring (and not actually what was planned) was what John dubbed "Shiny Pumpkin".  It lasts for about three days before I procured the necessary supplies to change it, but it makes me laugh to look at it.  Funny aside though, my hair cut is basically identical to what it is now.


10x10 challenge - day 4

I hesitated to include yesterday in the challenge, as I literally left the house only once, to go get the trash can off the sidewalk, but I figured, hey, I did wear challenge clothes, so let's throw it in there.  A lot of my life is days like this, so it works!  I definitely did not get too creative though, in part because it was close to 70 degrees out, and most of my challenge clothes didn't work.

Outfit Details: 
J.Crew white tee (new/online), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted)

Initial Thoughts: 
This is about as basic as you can get, and overall is not a bad look, but not one of my favorites.  I think the major thing contributing to it is the fit of the tee.  I bought this tee in both black and white, and I feel like I've had it before, but the fit is not quite right.  I probably should have gone up a size to avoid all the horizontal wrinkles.  Another thing that bothers me is that I hang it up in my closet, but the shoulders get weird and don't relax once I put it on.  I was mostly intending it as a base layer under other things, so I think it's probably best to leave it in that category, rather than a stand-alone piece.

Style Notes:
Hmmm...what can I say here?  I rolled my jeans, that counts, right?  One thing I did do differently that I haven't done in a while is leave my bangs down.  I'm in a bit of a hair rut, and want to grow it out, but it's in the midst of the really painful stage where my bangs are having an existentialist crisis.  My hair kind of has a life of its own - it's super thick and it knows what it wants to do, which is take over the world (or my head), so I've been taming it via barrettes.  It's funny though, I'm always pleasantly surprised in the photos that it doesn't look at bad as it does in my head/the mirror.  Maybe I'm just less critical of photos?  I don't know, but it's been a good experience for me learning to chill a bit and do something different.  

Side note:  Anyone have any ideas on what to do with my hair?  My current idea is to grow it out to a one-length bob just under my ears, but that will take a while, as my hair grows super slow.  I also haven't dyed it in probably about 2 years at this point, but I'm getting the itch bad.  One the reasons I've been holding out is that I've accepted that I should be a grown up and leave the dying to professionals, and I haven't found a place I really like yet or figured out what I want exactly.  I think my days of bleach blond are behind me (again, with the whole grown up thing), but beyond that, I'm pretty open!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

10x10 challenge - day 3

I've been operating a day behind on my 10x10 posts, so figured I would catch up today!  If nothing else, the challenge has been great for my blog posting. :)  I typically go into the office once or maybe twice a week, but the challenge has caught me on an office kick - I'm heading into the office three times this week, and two or three next week.  The weather is also on a bit of an upswing, with highs around 50 today, so I don't have to bundle up quite as much.  I took a little liberty today as well, of introducing an eleventh item into the mix, but it's basically outerwear.  I have several blazers, but since I don't go into the office much, I've been struggling to wear them lately.  I wanted to add them into my styling practice, and give me another option for office-appropriate wear.  I wore it as my jacket on my commute and have barely had it on in the office, so I guess it pretty much is outerwear for today!

Outfit Details:
Boden wool blazer (newish/online), Free People sleeveless tunic (new/thrifted), Uniqlo black skinny pants (new/in store), Born tall boots (old/online), J.Crew black cami (new/online)

Initial Thoughts:
I originally intended to wear this tunic with the cardigan from yesterday unbuttoned, but I wanted to dress things up a bit, and I'm glad I did.  The jacket isn't quite a perfect color match, but it helps ground the tunic and make it more formal looking, as well as cinch my waist a bit more.

The tunic is a different shape for me, as I've tried to do the gathered thing several times, and I never have been happy with it.  I think there is something about the looseness of it and the location of the waistline that I really like about this version, and I think I'm going to try to replicate it.  I also really like the fabric of the tunic.  I believe it's technically called a voile, which is a loose-weave, somewhat sheer fabric, which reminds me a bit of cheesecloth, but it's soft and breathable in an easy way.

Style Notes:
I've already discussed a bit the blazer over tunic look.  I actually hesitate whether this is a dress or a tunic, but it's somewhat sheerness leave me to place it in the tunic category, making pants appropriate (vs. tights).  I think I might actually shorten it a touch, as it has a raw hem to begin with, which I'm not a huge fan of, but that will make it more obvious it's not a dress.

I also added in some delicate gold jewelry, with a link necklace and large gold hoops.  I go through phases of chunky vs. delicate jewelry, but I'm pretty happy in the delicate camp right now.  I also am pretty neutral-toned I think, so I mix it up a bit between silver and gold.  I do tend to just stick to metals though, with not a lot of stones/color.  With all my weird color-matching tendencies, it just gets to be a bit too much to add color in the jewelry.

What do you think, is this outfit a keeper, or a bit crazy?  I'm leaning towards keeper, but it's definitely outside of my normal style.

10x10 Challenge - day 2

Day 2 of the challenge was more on the casual side, as I mostly worked from home and then went out to dinner for a friend's birthday.  I didn't end up taking photos until I got home at night, so excuse the lighting!

Outfit Details:
black cardigan (old/thrifted), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted), Born tall flat boots (old/online), J.Crew white cami (new/online)

Initial Thoughts:
This is the level of comfy vs. stylish that I like for at home/errand days.  Too often I fall into the tee and jeans rut, and I like that the cardigan has a bit more detail to it with the twisted button band and tie at the bottom.  While I love my tall boots with black pants, I'm not as crazy about them with jeans any more (this used to be my staple winter look).

Style Notes:
I tried multiple things with this outfit (before I went out, not for just hanging out at home), but I really just liked it on the plainer side.  My main ideas were adding a scarf (which I didn't like how much it covered up the neckline) and a long necklace (again, it looked wierd with the neckline), so I just added some large silver hoops and called it a day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10x10 Challenge - day 1

So somewhat confusing, but I'm switching up my numbering system to keep in step with the 10x10 challenge, and I'm going to add a bit more detail to my notes, a la Style Bee and Un-Fancy.  Day 1 started off with a bang of being one of the coldest days so far this winter, so I bundled up and headed into the office!

Outfit Details:
Calvin Klein brown wrap sweater (old/thrifted), black skinny pants (newish/Uniqlo), Born tall boots (old/online)

Initial Thoughts:
Overall, I was pretty happy with the outfit.  It could have been a touch dressier for work, but I struggled a bit to cover the broad range of office to home in my 10 pieces.  The dark color scheme is what gives it the work-appropriate vibe, I think.  I wore this sweater for my first outfit of the year, and knew I pretty happy with it and wanted to wear it more.

Style Notes:
There isn't a lot of styling going on here, which is kinda my goal for this challenge, but I find it hard when wearing a statement piece like this sweater (it's really hard to wear it different ways!).  With such a voluminous sweater, I do find it necessary to wear skinny pants to balance it out, but this time I broke out my tall boots to deal with snow.  Having my shoes the same color as my pants does help them fade into the background a bit, and makes the sweater really the focus.

The past few days I've been wearing this orange-red lipstick and it's really been brightening up my face, I think.  Particularly with such a dark, neutral outfit, I need a splash of color!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter 10x10 Challenge

Fitting in nicely with my daily outfits is the Winter 10x10 challenge.  I followed along with the the Style Bee and Unfancy 10x10 challenge back in September and am happy to dive in once again!

What is it? 
The basic idea is to select 10 articles of clothing to wear for 10 days (includes shoes, but not accessories).  I'm not including things like camisoles/tights, or outerwear.  There can be several reasons for doing so, but my primary motivation is to force myself out of my rut of wearing the same things the same way all the time.

How did I select my items?
Last time around I had a fancy spreadsheet and I planned every outfit in advance, but I ended up throwing a bunch of it to the wind, so I went with a more casual approach this time.  I checked the weather to make sure I wasn't being totally inappropriate, thought about how many days I was planning to go the office and any other activities, and then selected some clothes.  I actually started with my shoes, as I knew I wanted to have two pairs and for them to be different enough to mix things up.  I then added in a pair of jeans (for home) and a pair of black pants (for the office), and then a selection of shirts/cardigans/vests.  I stuck to a pretty bland color combo to make it all work together, but I had to add a dash of bright in at the end - we'll see how this all plays out.  Without further ado - I give you my wardrobe for the next ten days!

The shoes:
Born tall black leather flat boots (had forever, but haven't worn in a while) - these need a little TLC after tromping around in the snow over the weekend, but I'll have them spiffed up shortly
Sam Edelman brown lace-up booties (new/TJ Maxx)

The pants:
Madewell jeans (new/thrifted from ThredUp)
Uniqlo black skinny pants (new/in store)

The basic shirts:
J.Crew white tee (new/online)
Uniqlo black turtleneck (new/in store)

The style-makers:
Me-made grey vest/dress (old)
Calvin Klein wrap sweater (old/thrifted)
Free People colorful tunic (new/thrifted from ThredUp)
black cardigan (old/thrifted)


We'll see how this goes - stay tuned for semi-daily updates!

A year of outfits - weekend editions (days 7 and 8)

I promise I'm going to mix up the posts eventually, but this daily outfit thing is keeping me busy!  I tend to stay away from the computer on the weekends, so every Monday will see a weekend edition.

Saturday, Jan 7 - errand running and having friends over for dinner

Outfit details:  J.Crew grey turtleneck (new/online), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted)

I've given into my winter uniform of turtlenecks, and I have no regrets. :)  Nothing too exciting here, but I like the slimmer fit, and I added a bit of spice with bright lipstick.  It was a snowy day and needed some brightening!

Sunday, Jan 8 - Church

Outfit details:  Elle striped sweater jacket (new/Kohls), Merona black long-sleeved tee (old/Target), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted), Born tall boots (old/online)

I love this sweater coat so much, but it is heavy and fluffy, so I only wear it on the coldest of days.  I do think it is pretty central to my style, and makes me feel chic.  Because of the snow, I broke out my tall leather boots, which I've realized I've neglected so far this fall/winter!  I've had these for several years, and in the past I wore them basically every other day in the cold seasons, but this year I've opted for shorter shoes/booties.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

A year of outfits - day 6

Friday, Jan 6 - work from home

Outfit details:  Marine Layer white long-sleeve tee (newish/online), Lululemon silky jogger pants (new/thrifted)

I just got these pants in an attempt to spice up my at-home wardrobe, but I have no idea how to wear them.  I tend to stay away from this silhouette (baggy up top), because they aren't the most flattering, but I think this pair doesn't look too bad, actually.  I literally could not figure out a top or shoes though, without going the super basic white tee route.  Any suggestions?  I'm not even sure what style of shirt would look good, except a tee.  

A common thread about outfits/articles of clothes that I'm not super happy with is sloppiness, I've also decided.  This tee for example is just a bit too sloppy, and I should have gone with a more fitted version.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A year of outfits - day 5

Thursday, Jan 5 - work from home

Outfit Details:  Me-made wool kimono vest (old), J.Crew navy long-sleeve tee (old/thrifted), Joe's Jeans jeans (old/Rue La La)

If nothing else, the last post made me want to step up my game a little and wear something a bit more interesting!  I love the fabric of this vest thing, but it's one of those things I always pass over in my closet, and I'm not sure why.  I actually think it looks a lot better on in the picture than when I look in the mirror, so maybe I'm just being too critical.  I do think it's a bit sloppy looking though, and I probably could have adjusted the fit a bit, but I'm too lazy to figure it out now. :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A year of outfits - the first four days

I've decided to get back into my daily outfit postings, and I've actually taken pictures all four days so far this year, but haven't gotten them up yet, so today is a catch-up!  Nothing too exciting, as it's mostly just been hanging out at home clothes, but a good look at my hibernation style, since I've decided to post it all - the good, the bad, and the boring.

Sunday, Jan 1 - Church

Outfit Details:  Calvin Klein brown wrap sweater (old/I think thrifted), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted), Sam Edelman brown "suede" boots (new/TJ Maxx)

One thing I've finally accepted is that my body is really bad at moderating it's own temperature, so thick sweaters (that aren't cardigans) are tricky for me, as I just get really hot too easily.  This sweater is a great compromise, because it's on the thinner side, but is really wide, so there is a lot of fabric I can cuddle up in if I need to.  It also has a wrap front, so it has air flow.  Madewell is my go-to jeans brand now, and I just got three new-to-me pairs from Thredup.  It's great to find a brand that fits well, and it makes it a lot easier to buy them online (both I know the fit will work, and it's really easy to filter out the jeans by size/brand and just look at the few that show up).  A final note about this outfit - I very rarely wear brown, especially not a cool-toned brown, but I've come to realize I think it actually looks good on me (more so than the caramel/tan brown I typically wear).  It's basically a softer version of the black that I wear every other day. :)

  Monday, Jan 2 - Stayed at home

Outfit Details:  Merona black long-sleeve tee (old/Target), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted), Guatemalan hand-woven scarf (last year/Guatemala), Birkenstock clogs (old/Amazon)

Nothing too exciting to say here.  This is a classic easy stay-at-home outfit.  

Tuesday, Jan 3 - Worked at home

Outfit Details:  Liz Claibourne striped tunic (old/JC Penny), Joe's Jeans jeans (oldish, Rue La La)

Another basic outfit.  Joe's Jeans is my other brand that I love, and this was another case of me ordering a similar pair online to what I already owned, so I knew they would work.

Wednesday, Jan 4 - Worked from home, met with friends

Outfit Details:  J. Crew navy/tan striped turtleneck (new/online), Madewell jeans (new/thrifted), Saucony navy sneakers (old/Zappos?)

A few years ago I banned drop shoulders from my wardrobe, but I'm slowly adding them back in, as I realized it's really the drop shoulder + loose sleeves combo I don't like.  I think a set-in sleeve does look better on me in general, but if the sleeves are tight, I can get away with the drop shoulder.  It's all a matter of knowing the specifics of what isn't working.