Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#20 - Two-Thirds Done

Outfit #20!  Which means only 10 more outfits in the challenge.  Here are my middle ten looks.

I think my favorites are the floral skirt and the pink blazer (#11 and #13).  Which one do you like the best?

Also, if you haven't yet, please take my blog survey!  

Cardigan: Gap (optionoption)
Necklace: F21 (similarsimilar)
Tee: Gap (optionoptionoption)
Skirt: Loft (similar maxisimilar minisimilar knee length)
Shoes: Old Navy (optionoption)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#19 - Survey Says

Most of you probably don't know this, but my day job is at a market research company.  I deal with surveys a lot, so I'm kind of surprised I haven't done a blog reader survey before.  Most recently, Ashley's post reminded me that I wanted to do one of these.  It's pretty short, because Survey Monkey is only free if you keep it to 10 questions!  I'd really appreciate you taking a couple minutes to answer the questions, so I can then have data to be nerdy about.  And then I'll probably share the results, and be like "what, 99% of my readers are female!"

I'm linking up with Laura for Confident Twosday!

Top: Gap (option)
Skirt : Banana Republic (similarsimilar)
Belt : Gap (similar)
Sandals : Target (exactsimilar)

Monday, August 18, 2014

#18 - Weekend Wrap-Up

Happy Monday!  Since Navy Week is over (but you can still link up until midnight!), here's a rare 30x30 outfit that doesn't actually feature anything navy.  Pretty sure it is the first one of the challenge so far.

Anyway, how about a little weekend update?

Friday evening, we went to a cookout for John's department.  We played croquet and I was terrible.  It seemed like it was going to rain all night, but never actually did.  And my hair grew fluffier and fluffier as the night progressed.

Saturday morning, I had a long overdue phone date with one of my sweet friends from high school.  It was so great to catch up with her.  I really need to prioritize keeping in touch with friends!  Then I spent the rest of the day doing random household chores - this pretty much happens every weekend if I don't want my house to spiral into a complete mess.  Saturday evening, we went over to John's parents' house for dinner and games.  We hadn't seen them in forever, so it was fun to catch up!

Sunday we had church, and then did more miscellaneous chores around the house in the afternoon.  After evening service, we had a Sunday school class get-together, which is always a good time.

All in all, it was a pretty good weekend - a nice mix of socializing and productivity.  How was your weekend?

Jacket: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Scarf: H&M (similar)
Dress: Ann Taylor (similarsimilar)
Belt: Steve Madden (similar)
Sandals: Target (exactsimilar)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#17 - Lady Plume

For the majority of my life, I have had one hairstyle - parted in the middle, long, air-dried curls.  Recently, I've been pinning the middle back like in these pictures, just for something a little different.  John calls this hairstyle "Lady Plume." I searched on Pinterest to see if this is really a plume hairstyle, and it's really not.  Maybe if I added a feather.  But then I'd probably get even more Pocahontas comments.    

Posting every day for the 30x30 really has me throwing out some weird stories, huh?

Sweater: Loft (similarsimilar)
Dress: Target (similar)
Necklace: F21 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Old Navy (optionoption)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

#16 - Item Counts

Since I like keeping track of things in spreadsheets, I'm again using Excel to keep track of my 30x30.  I have a tab where I'm keeping a count of how many times I've worn each item, and a tab where I have my full list of outfit ideas, and mark off when I wore it and when I blogged it.  It's really handy!  I'm considering doing this all the time, but it is a bit time consuming.  

Just for fun (because I'm so fun!), I looked at my item counts from last time and compared to this time.  I thought the results were interesting.  Without planning it, I have almost the exact same numbers as last time:

item typeLast timeThis time

Considering that it is summer now, instead of the dead of winter, I have shorts instead of jeans, and more skirts than layers.  But I thought it was funny that I had the exact same number of tops.  I guess 9 is the magic number!  If you've done a 30x30, I must know if you chose 9 tops!

Shirt: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Shorts: Old Navy (exact)
Shoes: Sperry (exact)

Friday, August 15, 2014

#15 - Navy Week - Floral Top

Navy Week is coming to a close, but never fear!  My 30x30 continues, and most of my outfits for the rest of August will have navy in them.  And you can still link up with me or Kate until Monday.  Be sure to check out all the links and visit each other!  It's a great way to find new blogs to read.

I kicked off Navy Week with a floral skirt, and I'm finishing it out with a floral top.  I really love this print from Target last summer.  I know quite a few bloggers had the skirt, which I wanted but never saw.  I really like the top, but it's starting to get a little faded, so I'm thinking it might need to be retired after this summer.  I hate it when my favorite items start to wear out!

Anyway, happy weekend!  And happy midpoint of the 30X30.  In real life, I'm wearing my final outfit today, so I'm officially done!

Top: Target (similar)
Scarf: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Shorts: Gap (exactsimilar)
Shoes: Sperry (exact)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

#14 - Navy Week - Throwback Navy

In the last few years, navy has become one of my favorite neutrals.  I used to wear a lot of black, but navy seems like the less goth/emo cousin, and still goes with everything.  So I've been drawn to it more and more. Prior to about 2012, I don't think I had anything navy in my wardrobe, except maybe a Cardinals t-shirt (this one).  

I blame my previous aversion to navy on my private school uniform.  I had to wear a navy jumper every day from 2nd-5th grade.  And then in middle school and high school, my options were either a khaki skirt or a navy skirt.  The high school navy option was plaid.  (and no, it wasn't a cute Catholic school uniform.  It was very unflattering, midi-length before midi-length was a thing).  But anyway, I dug through my photo albums and found this fantastic Throwback Thursday picture.

I would guess this is the first day of 4th grade.  I obviously hadn't gotten the hang of smiling like a normal person (am I trying to wink?  I don't even know what is happening).  I cropped my brother out, because I don't want him to hate me (not saying he looks bad - I don't think he had an awkward phase).  And I'm not sharing the first day of 5th grade picture that I found, because it's really really bad.  I'm not really sure why I had any friends that year, because I looked ridiculous.  I must have had a great personality or something.  Or I was very blessed with non-shallow classmates.

Judy Greer talks about this in her book.  When you go through a phase where you are super awkward looking, and then you think you are pretty much gorgeous once you start to look normal.  I mean, I might be average looking now, but I've improved exponentially since I was 10!

Anyway, what are we even talking about anymore?  Navy!  I used to have to wear navy, so I didn't like that.  Then after about 10 years of not having to wear navy, I started liking it again.  Great story, Andi!

Do you wear navy?  Link up with us below!!

Cardigan: Gap (similar)
Tee: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Skirt: J.Crew (exact)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar without captoe)