Friday, April 18, 2014

pantone challenge :: freesia

Today is the fifth and final day of Heidi and Marissa's Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge. The color of the day is "freesia". I interpret it as a friendly yellow. It's not in your face. It's perfect for dipping your toes in the yellow water, and it seems to be flattering for any skin tone. Even my fair-skinned friend was wearing this same color today, and it looked great on her.

I recently read an article about how to be the best blogger you can be, and one point of advice was to not publish posts that do not show off your best self. That advice might be better reserved for blogs with thousands of followers. I will publish my outfits, regardless of how much I dislike them. This one is no exception.

Top: The Limited | option
Scarf: The Limited | save, spend
Cardigan: The Limited (gift) | option
Ankle Pants: The Limited | option
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

pantone challenge :: hemlock

Today's color for Heidi and Marissa's Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge is "hemlock". I interpret "hemlock" as a sad mint, as one that lost its pizzazz. Or maybe it's just a more tame, less bold version of mint. Regardless, I feel like out of all the colors in this week's challenge, "hemlock" is one that I actually have in my closet. Truth be told, this top wasn't actually in my closet. It was in a bag, ready to be donated. After wearing it today to run errands, I am thinking I am going to hold on to it, at least for a little longer. Have you ever put something in a donate pile, but ended up keeping it?

Top: The Limited | option
Cardigan: (taken from mom) Charter Club | option
Jeans: The Limited | last worn
Flats: Old Navy | option

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

pantone challenge :: dazzling blue

This post could also be titled "lost in translation". I wanted to make this pin {via Hello, Gorgeous} my own, since I had the elements to recreate it. I considered adding a blue bubble necklace ("dazzling blue" is today's color for Heidi and Marissa's Pantone-Inspired Color challenge), but the necklace and glitter belt together seemed like too much. I ditched the necklace and let my heels fit the "dazzling blue" bill. It seemed to work... in theory. Something just feels off about this outfit.

But then again, it could just be that I am incomplete without my watch. I could have sworn I put it on this morning, but when I got to my office, I realized it wasn't on my wrist. I have no clue where it is. I'm lost without it. I really hope it turns up. My husband got it for me for Christmas in 2010, and I've worn it nearly every day since. Has your world been turned upside-down from losing something?

Dress: Forever 21 | option 
Cardigan: Merona via Target | option
Belt: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | sim, sim
Heels: J. Crew Factory | option

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

pantone challenge :: paloma

"Paloma" is today's color for the Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge (hosted by Heidi and Marissa). While others may see it as just plain old grey, I think of it as a means between the extremes of light grey and dark grey. The color "paloma" makes me think of a top my aunt gave me years ago (worn today), although the word "paloma" itself makes me think of Palmolive and getting my hair washed with it when I was younger to combat the grease. Did your mom ever try any odd home remedies on you when you were younger?

Scarf: J. Crew Factory | option
Cardigan: Old Navy | last worn
Top: Banana Republic (gift) | last worn
Pants: Old Navy
Flats: via Target

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Monday, April 14, 2014

pantone challenge :: radiant orchid

If you didn't already know, I love participating in challenges and theme weeks. Last week: Floral Week. This week: the Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge (hosted by Heidi and Marissa). I don't have anything in "radiant orchid" (which is surprising, considering how much purple I have in my closet), but it made me immediately think of this neglected sweater. Even if this is a loose interpretation of "radiant orchid", it's a win for no longer neglecting this sweater, and for getting to wear my new favorite scarf again! 

Scarf: The Limited | option
Sweater: via Target (gift) | option
Pants: The Limited
Flats: via Target

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