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Over this past weekend, my brilliant friend E imparted to me the following wisdom: once you have kids, you never finish anything. She went on to explain that since her twins were born, she's never completed any task, as she's always being interrupted and moving on to the next thing without finishing whatever she's doing.

Being the overachiever that I am, I am apparently already exercising expertise in this area of mom-dom. It's not about distraction, though--this one is intentional. I'm quitting the Third Trimester 30 for 30.

Why? Lots of reasons. Dressing my rapidly expanding body in consistently inconsistent spring weather is hard enough without further limiting my options. My feet are currently so swollen that I can't wear any shoes besides flip flops. I'm so unwieldy and look and feel so little like myself that taking daily pictures feels a bit like being tortured, especially since I still can't get the self timer on my camera to take a decent shot. And I feel like I am taking up precious time blogging really boring outfits when I could be posting about more interesting topics. Basically, it's just not fun anymore, and I'm not learning anything, so I'm ditching it.

There is also a possibility that I'm going to be housebound, or something close to it, before the 30 for 30 period ends. I had some concerning test results yesterday that have my midwives thinking I may be developing pre-eclampsia. There is more testing happening over the next couple of days, so I should know more by the end of the week, but if I do have pre-e, it's possible I'm going to end up on bed rest for a few weeks, and then induced at 36 or 37 weeks gestation. Nerve wracking, and not exactly a great fashion opportunity.

Thanks for your support during my attempt at a 3rd Trimester 30 for 30! Hope nobody is horribly disappointed not to see the muumuus I will be wearing from here on in. ;)

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I commend you for even trying the 30x30! At the end of my pregnancy, if I wore something fancier than gym shorts, something truly big was going down. So sorry about your pre-eclampsia problems! I had to do the 24 hour protein test and that was not so fun, but I was glad that they caught it so that we could take the proper precautions during labor.

Ugh- so sorry about the possible pre-e! I didn't have that, but I did have hypertension. I had to go on "modified" bed rest for the last month of pregnancy, and had to induce both times at 37 weeks. It was totally manageable (but bed rest, even "modified," is really challenging with a toddler!). If you want to vent or talk privately, feel free to email me! There were some things that my midwives and doula did that made the induction process a lot more bearable than I thought it would be.

No worries about the 30 for 30- I totally agree with your friend. Nothing is ever done.

I hope you don't develop pre-eclampsia! Swollen feet are so annoying. I think it's great to stop doing something you're not enjoying. Makes room for you to do other things you enjoy more.

"once you have kids, you never finish anything"

that is way more true than I wish it was. sigh.

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I really love this top. I hope it fits after pregnancy. It's not maternity--it's Jones New York, and I picked it up at the thrift store. The asymetrical hemline and drape of it just makes me really happy. I've been trying to wear it for weeks, but it looks odd with any of the cardigans I chose for the 30 for 30, and it hasn't been warm enough to wear it without another layer. Finally!

And I still don't like these pants.

Also? Atticus wanted to make an appearance in the pictures this morning. I think his tabby pattern compliments my outfit nicely.

Also also? I kinda hate how I look with my hair pulled back.

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Don't I look hilariously stern in this one?

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I'm wearing:
-#1: Old Navy Fold-Over Wide-Legged Linen Pants, gray
-#21: Jones New York asymetrical hem sleeveless top, black, thrifted
-#24: Nine West leopard print flats

with:
-Mossimo Long & Lean tank top, black
-resin bangle bracelets (gift)

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I agree on the top and the slacks. I don't know how to wear loose-fitting things anymore. The slacks look like they're soooooo comfortable, though.

I love the shirt, especially the little ruffly things at the bottom. :) And the cat too!

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 17: 5+13+26

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Warm weather makes this SO much easier. I wasn't sure I'd like the sort of dull purple color of this shirt with the navy and white skirt, but I do. Also, I cannot say enough good things about this skirt. I LOVE it. So much, in fact, that I bought it in two more colors, and think it will be my late pregnancy staple item. Pretty good for a non-maternity skirt, right?

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I'm wearing:
-#5: Land's End Pattern Knit Convertible Skirt, navy stripe
-#13: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Flat Iris
-#26: Me Too bronze wedges

with:
-H&M white tank top
-Forever 21 charm necklace

So why only one picture today? Well, the rest of them all looked like this one:

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Bet I wouldn't have had such a smug look on my face if I'd know my necklace was caught on my boob...

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I love today's outfit! I have that problem with long necklaces all the time, which makes me sad, because I want to love them.

It's really interesting to see how different you look with the different colors (I'm not fashionable, I do alot of black, grey, and other dark colors!). Something I must ponder ;)

Re: the necklace - I think you can just tell people, "I spun around so quickly from the last pose, the necklace hadn't caught up with me yet when we snapped the picture!" ;) Then you can stay as smug as you like!

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Yay for some warm weather on May 1! I'm hoping I can go completely crazy later and take my cardigan off!

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I'm wearing:
-#8: Merona Draped Neck Value Dress, Xavier Navy
-#9: Old Navy short-sleeved open-front cardigan, cream
-#24: Nine West leopard print flats

with:
-painted shell necklace (gift shop)
-brown bangles and wooden beaded bracelet (Ebay or Etsy...)

This dress has been pregnancy gold. I've been wearing it for several months, it seems to grow with me, and it is SUPER comfortable. I kind of wish I'd gone with my initial impulse and bought it in several colors.

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Gotta say, one of my favorite outfits so far! You look happy and comfortable, the outfit looks nice, big win all around!

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 15: 4+11+20+25

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I dunno about today. I was going for that sorta flowy Eileen Fisher look, but I think I missed the mark. Maybe by a lot.

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I'm wearing:
-#4: Mossimo Convertible Maxi Skirt, black
-#11: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, seaweed
-#20: m.e. sleeveless tunic, white (Marshall's)
-#25: Aerosoles Laser Printz Ballet Flats, dark orange

with:
-teal, green, and blue striped linen scarf (thrifted)

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Confession: I'm not actually wearing 30 for 30 clothes today. Why? Because every single bottom half-covering option is in the laundry. I'm not leaving the house anyway, so I don't suppose it much matters. However, I wore TWO 30 for 30 outfits yesterday--one for during the day, when I went thrifting, and another for an evening spent having dinner with friends. So we're still on track.

During the day I wore:

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I'm wearing:
-#1: Old Navy Fold-Over Wide-Legged Linen Pants, gray
-#10: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, coral
-#13: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Flat Iris
-#28: Teva Mandalyn Wedge Flip Flops

with:
-H&M tank top, black
-Broken Plate Pendant Company necklace

Then, in the evening:

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I'm wearing:
-#6: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Sleeveless Maxi Dress, gray/red/purple (belt removed)
-#(alternate)10: Old Navy open-front short-sleeved cardigan, cream
-#25: Aerosoles Laser Printz Ballet Flats, dark orange

with:
-gold concentric circles necklace (gift)
-gold, pink, and purple beaded wrap bracelet (Forever 21, I think)

I don't like these shoes with this, but it was raining too hard for sandals last night, so they were the best of bad options. The cardigan isn't really right, either, but none of the 30 for 30 cardis work very well with it. I really, really love the dress, though. So, of course, I spilled something on it last night. Hopefully it will come out in the laundry today.

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Love the dress!

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 12: 3+18+24+29

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I think today's outfit is kind of cute. This skirt has really become a staple. I also added item #29 today, another cardigan, since the weather is insisting on layers.

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I'm wearing:
-#3: Thyme Maternity denim skirt (hand-me-down)
-#18: Old Navy short-sleeved notch-collar tunic, black
-#24: Nine West leopard print flats
-#29: Old Navy gray jersey open cardigan (thrifted)

with:
-Mossimo Long & Lean tank top, gray
-Superhero necklaces

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 11: 7+(alternate)9+15+27

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So has anybody else noticed how big I am starting to look? Wow.

This cardigan is a substitution. The black cropped one from H&M that I'd included as my original #9 item doesn't fasten across my chest anymore, even though it did less than two weeks ago. Ah, pregnancy boobs.

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I'm wearing:
-#7: Mossimo Color-Block Maxi Dress, navy/orange/white (from last year)
-(alternate)#9: Old Navy open short-sleeved cardigan, cream (from last year)
-#15: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Vermillion Red (really coral)
-#27: Bass Joanne Sandals, Cinnamon

with:
-Missoni for Target striped scarf
-wooden and bead wrap bracelet (no idea where I got it)

This outfit solves a problem I've been having--using the dress as a skirt by layering a shirt over it allows me to wear an ever-shortening (I keep telling myself they're shrinking, but I don't think they are) shirt without worrying about layering over a tank or exposing belly. Nice. Other than that, though, I can't say I'm a huge fan of this outfit. I just look so...big.

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 10: 5+11+26+25

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Yawn. I'm sorry, y'all. I'd like for these 3rd trimester 30 for 30 posts to be more interesting, but they just...aren't. I am rather absurdly proud of how the colors of my sweater and shoes are repeated in my necklace today, though.

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I'm wearing:
-#5: Land's End Pattern Knit Convertible Skirt, navy stripe
-#11: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, seaweed
-#16: Old Navy Maternity Slub-Knit V-Neck Tee, white
-#25: Aerosoles Laser Printz Ballet Flats, dark orange

With:
-H&M white tank top
-orange and dark green stone necklace (gift)

This shirt? Too short. And it's a maternity tee. Life is hard for the long-of-torso, folks.

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 9: 8+10+25

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The Mary Tyler Moore-ness of these pictures cracks me up. I'm not sure about this scarf--I got it from the free swag room at BlogHer, and I like it a lot, but it's just not the right color for me. At least it's bring and spring-y, though, right? Unfortunately, the rest of this outfit really isn't--it looked a lot better without the leggings, but it was 40 degrees at my house this morning, so warmth won out.

Also? Interestingly, at this point in pregnancy, none of the things I am wearing today are maternity clothes.

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I'm wearing:
-#8: Merona Draped Neck Value Dress, Xavier Navy
-#10: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, coral
-#25: Aerosoles Laser Printz Ballet Flats, dark orange

With:
-Victoria's Secret Yoga Leggings, gray
-Boden polka dot scarf

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 8: 4+9+19+26

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Wow, I look seriously unthrilled in these pictures. And to be honest, I was. It is gray and raining and cold and nasty here, and probably not a good day for me to have chosen a monochromatic ensemble like this one. That said, I didn't choose many cool-weather clothes for my 30 for 30, so I had to make due with what I had.

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I'm really starting to hate these shoes...

I'm wearing:
-#4: Mossimo Convertible Maxi Skirt, black
-#12: Merona Pointelle Cardigan, elephant gray
-#19: Motherhood 3/4 sleeved tunic, black/white striped
-#26: Me Too bronze wedges

with:
-hinged silver owl necklace (Ebay)

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 7: 2+11+14

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It is a rainy, dreary day here in NoVA. It's quite likely that I will not leave the house. In which case, I see no reason to even pretend I'm going to wear shoes.

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I'm wearing:
-#2: Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Super Stretch Boot Cut Maternity Jeans
-#11: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, seaweed
-#14: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Haywire Purple

with:
-H&M tank top, gray
-three strand red, lavender, and green necklace (gift)

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you may not have been wearing shoes, but I love that outfit.

I love this outfit - you look very comfortable and I love the colors.

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 6: 2+20+28

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Yay, weekend! Today's planned activities include a trip to Babies R Us and a manicure/pedicure appointment. The weather is probably not going to cooperate with this outfit all day, but it's nice right now, so I'm going to risk it.

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These pictures are really weird. Sorry about that.

I'm wearing:
-#2: Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Super Stretch Boot Cut Maternity Jeans
-#20: m.e. sleeveless tunic, white (Marshall's, I think it may be a swimsuit cover-up)
-#28: Teva Mandalyn Wedge Flip Flops

with:
-Old Navy Maternity black tank top
-red shell circle necklace (no idea)
-turquoise threaded bangle bracelets (from last summer...Ebay, I think?)

I really like this top/tunic/whatever. I'm not sure how actually useful it's going to be, as far as wearing it lots of different ways, but I think it's cute like this, and it makes me feel less like a house. So there's my maternity fashion advice for the day--don't neglect to look at the swimsuit cover ups!

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 5: 3+11+23+24

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When I pictured myself pregnant, this is the kind of outfit I assumed I'd wear. It's cute, right? Like normal clothes, only with a big belly. So, of course, this is the kind of outfit that I rarely wear. I just bought this shirt, though, and I love it (yay Target!). It's comfortable, long enough, flattering, and seems on-trend. I am tempted to get a navy and white one as well.

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How huge does my belly look in that right picture? I kinda love it.

I'm wearing:
-#3: Thyme Maternity denim skirt (hand-me-down)
-#11: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, seaweed (why yes, this IS the same sweater as Day 3 in a different color!)
-#23: Merona Maternity Scoop-Neck Shirred Side Fashion Tank, Ebony/Cocoa striped
-#24: Nine West leopard print flats

with:
-H&M black tank top (hand-me-down)
-wooden beaded wrap bracelet (no idea)
-yellow paper bead necklace (gift)

My feet are really too swollen for these shoes. :(

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I like this one. You look comfortable and cute. And yes, quite babyful :)

Give yourself a break - give up on the uncomfortable shoes. It happens, it's not a comment on you -- just a reality of pregnancy.

Gestatin's too short to have painful feet (well, if it can be avoided!).

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 4: 7+12+25

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I am now apparently losing quality when I crop/resize my photos. Why is this so hard for me?

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I'm wearing:
-#7: Mossimo Color-Block Maxi Dress, navy/orange/white
-#12: Merona Pointelle Cardigan, elephant gray
-#25: Aerosoles Laser Printz Ballet Flats, dark orange

with:
-H&M white tank top
-Forever 21 tassel necklace
-Chico's bangle bracelets (gift)

This dress has become one of my favorite maternity pieces. It's not a maternity dress--I bought it from the regular section at Target last summer--but it's always been a bit big in the chest. Which means it fits perfectly now. I think the orange band under the bust is really flattering for the pregnant bod, too, since it serves as a delineation between my chest and my belly and I look less like one large blob.

I don't like these shoes with this, as they are orange, but not the same orange as the band on the dress, but I'm just about out of shoe options, even if I were willing to add another pair or two to my 30for30 lineup. My feet are staying swollen most of the day/night now, and most of my shoes simply do not fit. These ones only barely fit--they aren't comfortable. It really is flip flops time, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Still, I'd lay money that by the end of this 30for30, unless something changes drastically, you're going to be seeing flip flops with most outfits.

It's only Day 4 and I am already frustrated with my 30 for 30 choices. I don't know if it's that I chose badly or just that I don't have a lot of options at this size/shape, but nothing seems quite right, and I know I don't have enough bottoms, with only three skirts and one pair of ill-fitting pants to get me through a week. So...yeah. I'm going to try to stick this challenge out, but I'm not feeling terribly confident today.

Also, I don't know if you can see it well in these pictures, but I am wearing Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in the new coral color, and I LOVE it.

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Grace, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this look today! You look stylie and glowing.

I LOVE this dress. It is absolutely fantastic on you.

This is my favorite so far. It also looks much more comfortable. The good thing about the flip-flops is that it's spring and your feets probably won't get too cold. Be comfortable!!!!

Grace - you look so beautiful in this dress (and shoes too) - healthy and "glowing" - only two+ months to go, hang in there....we can't wait!!

I loved this dress on you when you weren't pregnant and it's great how it's lent itself so well to your changing figure! Shoes while pregnant - ugh. I only wore this one pair of Steve Madden platform shoes that had a super wide elastic top. Like flip flops but with no toe thingy. I don't know what this kind of shoe is actually called but it was comfortable! I could just slip them on and off and the elastic expanded with my swelling feet so they fit through my whole pregnancy.

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 3: 1+10+19+26

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I did not know how bad these pants looked until I saw today's pictures. Eek. And the pictures are still not good--how can it be this difficult to get a decent timer picture from an auto-focus camera??

Anyway.

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These pictures are making me absolutely crazy. And I can't find online help for the issue I am having. And of course I can't find the manual for the camera. Ideas?

I'm wearing:
-#1: Old Navy Fold-Over Wide-Legged Linen Pants, gray
-#10: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, coral
-#19: Motherhood 3/4 sleeved tunic, black/white striped
-#26: Me Too bronze wedges

with:
-Missoni for Target chevron striped silk scarf
-Jewelmint Honey Bee ring

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I think you look cute! The pants are a bit too short (and only just a bit). The outfit as a whole is nice!

I'll give you the lack of clarity on the pictures, but I don't see anything wrong with the pants.

I commend you for working with a timer, your pics are clearer than I could ever get. And I love the ensemble!

I really like the pants too! I think they're cute, and nicer than what I usually wear ;)

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 2: 4+17+24

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OK, Day 2! It's still pretty warm here, so I'm keeping myself pretty well un-layered. I love this shirt--this one is not coral, but true red, and red clothes always make me feel better. And I am curious to see if the shoes are going to last all day, as the vamp is kind of low and my feet are very swollen...

Also, the pictures. Are terrible. I know. I'm working on it, I promise.

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I'm wearing:
-#4: Mossimo Convertible Maxi Skirt, black
-#17: Merona Maternity Short-Sleeved Tuxedo Front Fashion Top, Ruby Hill
-#24: Nine West leopard print flats

with:
-concentric circles silver necklace, Ebay
-agate pendant, Ebay

Notice a Target theme at all? Yep. Target is my spot for maternity clothes.

Now, about this skirt and flats combo--does it read super frumpy to you? I love maxi length skirts/dresses, but wearing them with flats is just NOT working for me. I feel SO frumpy! Unfortunately, the sandals I wore yesterday are out for bad swelling days, as the straps cut off my circulation. I miss heels.

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3rd Trimester 30for30 Day 1: 5+15+27

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Here we go! As I warned, it may not be the most cutting edge style ever...

Today is predicted to be in the mid-to-high 80s here (yay!), so it seemed like an excellent time for a spring-y start to my 30for30 challenge.

Apologies in advance for the quality of my pictures--my new camera and I are still having some trouble getting used to one another. I hope to spend some time with the manual tonight and figure out how to take a better shot.

I'm wearing:
-#5, Land's End Pattern Knit Convertible Skirt, navy stripe
-#15, Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Vermillion Red (but it's actually coral, as it appears, not red at all)
-#27, Bass Joanne Sandals, Cinnamon

with:
-H&M navy and white pin-striped tank
-Jewelmint Paramour Bracelet
-Broken Plate Pendant Co. necklace

To me, the most notable things about this outfit are the sandals and the color of the shirt. Both are, for me, departures. Orange/tangerine/coral are the rage right now, and they are not colors I've ever found to be flattering before. However, I'm trying them out now, and I'm happily surprised with how they look! When I ordered this shirt, I thought it was going to be red, and a year ago I would have sent it back for not being red. This year, I kept it, and I think I like it! The coral color is more fresh with the navy and white skirt than red would be, and less "patriotic." The sandals are something I have wanted for years--these classic Bass styles just remind me of the 70s, in a good way. But I've always avoided them because I thought they would come off as frumpy, especially on my boat-feet. Right now, though, when comfort really is job #1, seemed like a great time to try them, and now that I have them on, I'm not sure they're anywhere near as frumpy as I'd worried. If they are? Screw it, I'm a pregnant lady!

This outfit is incredibly comfortable, all soft jersey material, easily adapting to my shape. I'm sure a variation on it will be a staple for this 30for30.

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Really love the coral on you, it's a great color.

Yay! I loved your previous 30for30s. I think this one is going to be really interesting, and fun. I like the coral on you.

Gorgeous! I love 30 for 30!

I kind of hate you right now for looking that good when pregnant. Hehe.

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Third Trimester 30for30

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Tomorrow, I will be 30 week weeks pregnant. In celebration of this milestone, it seems an excellent time to start the Maternity 30for30 I've been threatening. Since I'm in my least-attractive-stage-of-pregnancy third trimester, and for the sake of alliteration, I'm calling in the 3rd Trimester 30for30.

Don't remember what a 30for30 is? The 30for30 challenge is the brainchild of fashion blogger extraordinaire Kendi. The idea is simple--restrict yourself to 30 items from your closet for 30 days, don't repeat any outfits. Generally, Kendi hosts these events a few times a year and lots of other bloggers play along with her. I've done it twice myself, in February-March and June-July, 2011. There isn't a 30for30 going on right now, so I can't join up with a group, but I'm going to do my own, using the same rules.

So why on Earth would I make dressing my changing-daily body even more difficult at this point in pregnancy? A few reasons. First, a part of the 30for30 is to stop shopping for 30 days, since you can't wear anything you buy anyway. I need that. I keep buying maternity clothes, not because they're so great, but because I keep thinking there has to be something out there that is better than what I've got. Which is, I know, faulty logic. I'm also interested in keeping closer tabs on how my body is changing during this late pregnancy stage, and taking daily pictures of myself wearing the same clothes will make that easy. In my previous 30for30 attempts, by body was changing via diet and exercise, and it was fun to document that. This ought to be even more dramatic. Another reason is that this will give me a way to organize my thoughts around maternity dressing, of which there are many and most are not kind. I've been trying to write posts about it for the past few weeks and haven't come up with much, so hopefully a daily reckoning will help with that. It's also, honestly, an exercise in humility. This is certainly not the most attractive, or the most fashionable, I have ever felt. My options, even without limiting myself to only 30 items, are pretty darn limited right now, and seem to be getting more so every day. So I set myself this challenge, and think it will be something fun to look back on when I am back in my regular clothes.

I am giving myself a bit of 30for30 leeway, though, on account of being pregnant. I currently need to wear a base layer (typically a tank top) under a lot of things I normally wouldn't, and I am not going to count those tank tops among my 30 items. Same goes with leggings, though I don't think I'll be needing those as much now as the weather gets warmer. I'm also making a rule that if something has not yet been worn and, upon my first attempt to wear it, I find I've already outgrown it, I can replace it--I tried to pick things that have a bit of room left in, so that won't happen, but no guarantees. There is also the shoe issue. I am having a lot of problems with foot swelling, and it's possible that my feet will swell out of any or all of the shoes I picked for this challenge. If that happens, I'm not going to go barefoot. Probably not, anyway. Finally, I left myself a couple of "wild card" spots, where I'll fill in my 29th and 30th items later. I'm guessing these spots are going to be filled with shoes, but I'm allowing myself to fill then however I need to as time goes on.

Fair?

Tomorrow will be Day 1, and you'll see my first outfit. Until then, here is what I am working with:

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#1: Old Navy Fold-Over Wide-Legged Linen Pants, gray
#2: Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Super Stretch Boot Cut Maternity Jeans

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#3: Thyme Maternity denim skirt (hand-me-down)
#4: Mossimo Convertible Maxi Skirt, black
#5: Land's End Pattern Knit Convertible Skirt, navy stripe

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#6: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Sleeveless Maxi Dress, gray/red/purple
#7: Mossimo Color-Block Maxi Dress, navy/orange/white
#8: Merona Draped Neck Value Dress, Xavier Navy

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#9: H&M short-sleeved shrug, black
#10: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, coral
#11: Mossimo Ultra-Soft Cocoon Sweater, seaweed
#12: Merona Pointelle Cardigan, elephant gray

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#13: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Flat Iris
#14: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Haywire Purple
#15: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Short-Sleeved Ruched Basic Tee, Vermillion Red (really coral)
#16: Old Navy Maternity Slub-Knit V-Neck Tee, white

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#17: Merona Maternity Short-Sleeved Tuxedo Front Fashion Top, Ruby Hill
#18: Old Navy short-sleeved notch-collar tunic, black
#19: Motherhood 3/4 sleeved tunic, black/white striped

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#20: m.e. sleeveless tunic, white (Marshall's, I think it may be a swimsuit cover-up)
#21: Jones New York asymetrical hem sleeveless top, black, thrifted
#22: Calypso for Target sleeveless silk and crochet top, purple patterned
#23: Merona Maternity Scoop-Neck Shirred Side Fashion Tank, Ebony/Cocoa striped

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#24: Nine West leopard print flats
#25: Aerosoles Laser Printz Ballet Flats, dark orange
#26: Me Too bronze wedges
#27: Bass Joanne Sandals, Cinnamon
#28: Teva Mandalyn Wedge Flip Flops

Choosing the clothes was interesting, as it really drove home that the pieces I'm relying on are largely from Target, and a lot of them are not maternity clothes. These are both things that surprise me--I wouldn't have guessed either to be true when I started gathering maternity clothes. Another thing that was weird when I was picking these out was realizing that a lot of the first round of maternity clothes I purchased over the winter don't fit anymore. That is why this collection is so short on pants--I don't have any that fit comfortably. Constant evolution.

I am not overwhelmingly excited about these choices. They seem pretty blah to me, honestly, and the shoes just depress me. But I tried to be realistic about what I could wear comfortably and still be at least marginally work-appropriate, so we'll see how it goes.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 30: 4 + 20 + 25/EBEW Yellow

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So I don't wear yellow. The scarf I have used as a belt in this outfit is literally the only item of clothing I could find in my expansive closet with any yellow in it. I really, really don't wear yellow. But this month's Everybody Everywear challenge was yellow, so I did what I could.

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I'm wearing:
#4 Merona black, tan, white, and gray patterned skirt (thrifted)
#20 Ann Taylor sleeveless pin-collar black top (thrifted)
#25 Aerosoles mint green strappy sandals

with:
-Gustav Klimt scarf as cumberbund (gift)
-vintage green beaded necklace (thrifted)
-wooden wrap bracelet (Forever 21)

AND today is also the last day of the Summer 30 for 30, at least for me! Can't say I'm going to be sad to see it go--just like last time, 30 days seemed like about 5 days too many, but it was a good exercise. Should we look back?

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What was my best outfit?

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The maxi days were my favorite. Also, the day you wore the white button up with the skinny belt, and the black skirt.

Congrats on finishing!

I'm so glad you posted this even though you don't normally wear yellow. I think yellow would actually look really great on you!
-Meagan
http://spunkychateau.blogspot.com

I love seeing the recap with all the pics together. And I totally dig the scarf as cummerbund.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 27-29

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So I had a major weekend Summer 30 for 30 fail. I wore 30 for 30 clothes, but I never took pictures. I was out of town all weekend, visiting a friend with infant twins, and I just didn't get to the picture taking portion of my days. I thought just skipping them altogether and making today Day 27, but honestly, I am sick to death of my 30 for 30 clothes and ready for this whole thing to be over, so you're just going to have to take my word for the boring outfits I wore:

Day 27: 30 (black Merona shorts) + 19 (purple Converse One-Star top) + 28 (red Naturalizer flats)

Day 28: 30 (black Merona shorts) + 21 (Old Navy floral ruffle front shirt) + 28 (red Naturalizer flats)

Which brings us to today, Day 29. In which my camera is once again malfunctioning.

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I'm wearing:
#9 gray Loft pants (thrifted)
#18 black and blue patterned Gap dolman sleeve shirt
#24 Antia black wedges

with:
-Old Navy blue camisole
-Betsey Johnson charm necklace (Ebay)
-Jewelmint Scarab ring

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Just be done with it and enjoy fashion again. I won't judge, especially since I failed much earlier in the game. Weekend trips seem to be the downfall for a 30 for 30 challenge. When I visited my girlfriend a couple weeks ago, I just couldn't fathom stopping our festivities just to have a photo shoot. Friends and fun first, then fashion. ; )

Great outfit! And I'm jealous of your weekend trip!

have you gotten any other jewelmint stuff? I have one of their things I really love.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 26: 6 + 23 + 24

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The weather has moved past what I'd call appropriate for using jeans to signify the importance of a Friday, so today I decided to make a more subtle "yay, weekend!" gesture with my clothing. I'm celebrating Friday with a short skirt. And earrings, just because I'm a rebel like that.

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I'm wearing:
#6 St. John's Bay navy skirt with flower pattern (thrifted)
#23 NY & Company gray-green cowl neck sleeveless shirt
#24 Antia black wedges

with:
-Liberty of London for Target brown belt (thrifted)
-chunky jade necklace (gift)
-small jade earrings (gift)

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 25: 8 + 22 +25

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If today's outfit says to you "I overslept and I am getting really tired of this 30 for 30 and oh by the way I need to do some laundry," then you're not wrong.

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I'm wearing:
#8 AT Loft black pants
#22 J. Crew pintuck neckline lavender floral sleeveless top (thrifted)
#25 Aerosoles green high-heeled sandals

with:
-Forever 21 tassel necklace
-threaded bangle bracelets (Etsy)
-round bead bracelets (gift)

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Actually I think you look really cute and put together! Sorry you had a rough morning.

Ok, I quite like that outfit. :) Just goes to show that you've got great style even in a rush with limited options!

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 24: 3 + 20 + 24

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Today's outfit may not seem risky, but it was indeed one of my "try something new" 30 for 30 combinations. What I was trying here was mixing neutrals, which I've heard a million times is doable, but haven't done much of myself. I think it worked, though! In this outfit, I've got navy, cream, black, and brown going on!

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I'm wearing:
#3: navy and cream patterned silk skirt (thrifted)
#20: Ann Taylor pin-tuck neck sleeveless black top (thrifted)
#24: Antia black wedges

with:
-Liberty of London for Target brown leather belt (thrifted)
-turquoise threaded bangles (Ebay)
-painted shell on ribbon necklace (gift)

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You look very dressy and comfortable in this one. Definitely a favourite!

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 22 & 23: All about stripes

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Apparently, stripes are Americana to me, as I wore them for both the 4th and the 5th of July!

Day 22: 4 + 16 + 28

This outfit was worn for a little thrifting and and at-home dinner. Nothing fancy, but comfortable, and I am kinda digging the pattern mixing.

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I'm wearing:
#4 Merona tan, black, gray, and white printed skirt (thrifted)
#16 Old Navy white with red stripe scoop neck t-shirt
#28 Naturalizer red flats

No accessories!

Day 23: 15 + 26 + 29

This is a work outfit, albeit a casual one. I like the pink tank layered under this white shirt--I find the shirt too sheer on its own, and the pop of color is fun.

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I'm wearing:
#15 Gap white v-neck t-shirt (thrifted)
#26 Sofft black wedge sandals
#29 black and white striped maxi skirt (Nordstrom Rack)

with:
-Banana Republic hot pink camisole (outlet store)
-silver faux vintage owl necklace (Ebay)
-braided leather bangle bracelets (Ebay)

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I love 30 for 30. My favourite outfit is the top one, but I feel like the second outfit is more 'you'.

I really, really love the striped maxi skirt outfit. The pink pop of color works so well. And the owl pendant? LOVE.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 20: 2 + 27

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Today's outfit is courtesy of date night, without which I never would have changed out of my exercise clothes. I think it turned out very nicely.

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I'm wearing:
#2 New York & Company black ruffle-front maxi dress
#27 A. Marinelli studded green high-heeled sandals

with:
-purple and silver dangly earrings (Anika Burke)

Shall we have a look at Day 11-20? Which was your favorite? Least?

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Favorite? 18. Definitely. Least favorite is probably 15. I am just not digging the silhouette.

You are *stunning* in that dress! That and the outfit with the white jacket are my favourites.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 19: 7 + 19 + 28

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At first glance, there is absolutely nothing exciting about this outfit. But I do find it exciting. Why? This purple shirt, #19 in my 30 for 30 items? It was the only thing I hadn't worn yet. With this outfit, I have worn every single item I picked out at least once. That totally feels like victory.

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What am I doing with my feet in this picture? I have no idea.

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And here, this picture taking is suddenly very. serious. business. Also, I am pointing at...my thighs? Again, no idea.

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I'm wearing:
#7 Eddie Bauer curvy bootcut jeans (thrifted)
#19 Converse purple embroidered detail shirt (Target)
#28 Naturalizer red flats

with:
-Steinveka enamel pendant necklace (Etsy)
-three string glass bead necklace (gift)

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That's a really nice outfit! I love how the red shoes and the purple top go.

I love the red and purple together! You look beautiful, as always!

Am I really commenting on those red flats again? LOL! They reminded me to tell you that I found a super cute pair of red sandals yesterday, but I'm still on the hunt for flats. I love this outfit so much. Purple + red = awesome!

Really like this outfit!!

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 18: 2 + 11 + 24

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Two days of maxis in a row? Do you think perhaps someone is avoiding shaving her legs? Just a thought.

I kinda love this outfit. I wasn't sure it would work to button the jacket up over the ruffle front of the dress, but it does. I feel very boho-yet-put-together in this.

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I'm wearing:
#2 NY & Company ruffle-front black maxi dress
#11 NY & Company white safari shirt/jacket
#24 Antia black wedges

with:
-silver chain and leaf necklace (Ebay)
-lavender, teal, and magenta silk wrapped bangles (Etsy)
-Liz Claiborne faux blue snakeskin belt (thrifted)

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You look amazing. Sincerely.

I love every bit of this outfit. You look great.

I absolutely LOVE this. I think this is my favourite outfit I've seen (so far). The bracelets are great, too!

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 17: 29 + 17 + 28

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What, 29? 29? There is no item 29! That, kittens, is because I stood in front of my clothes rack this morning and went "ug, really? I have to wear this stuff?" and decided that it was time to bring in a ringer. I'm using one of my wild-card spots, #29, on this striped maxi skirt. I think it's a good decision.

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I'm wearing:
#29 black and white striped maxi skirt (Nordstrom Rack)
#17 Ann Taylor black scoopneck t-shirt (thrifted)
#28 Naturalizer red flats

with:
-purple wooden beaded bracelet (Anika Burke)
-peacock feather necklace (Forever 21)

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That skirt does nice things to your butt :) You look great!

Every single time I see those red flats, I realize how very badly I want some of my very own!! Love the maxi skirt!

I love the striped maxi skirt. Furthermore black and white works with any bright shades. Beautiful!

Ditto Jennifer! ;) I love this outfit!

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I've been going back and forth for days about what body part to feature for Academichic's Dress Your Best blog event this week. As I tried to decided, I noticed that several of Academichic's posters chose to feature body parts they'd once loved less, including pregnancy-induced body changes and a delightfully uneven face. Coincidentally, I'd been in a discussion elsewhere online about learning to embrace and even love body parts you used to dislike, so I decided that would be a good guiding principle for my Dress Your Best contribution.

From there, it wasn't hard.

I have really big arms. It's hereditary--all of the women in my mother's family have big arms, even the ones who are thin. My grandmother has what my grandfather referred to as "blacksmith arms." She's a big, strong woman and she's got natural guns. Apparently it's a strong gene.

Having big arms is something hard to love as a woman, at least early on. For one thing, nothing about you (with the exception, to a point, of your breasts) is supposed to be big. For another, it's a hassle--shirt-sleeves quite often to do not fit around my upper arms, even in shirt sizes that are otherwise too big. I can't take my blood pressure with the machine at the drugstore, because my arm doesn't fit properly in the cuff. These are small things, but the annoyances add up.

I've never hated my arms enough to try to hide them--I wear sleeveless shirts more than most people do, and certainly more than a lot of people my size do (in part because of the aforementioned sleeve fitting issue). But they've never really been something I fully embraced.

Until now. Over the past six months, as I've spent more time and the gym and lifted higher weights, my arms have changed. They've--no joke--gotten bigger. They've also gotten much more developed musculature, and they've gotten stronger. Suddenly, it's clear what an asset they are. I have a greater natural strength than many, many women. I have the ability to fairly easily build serious muscle. And I like that.

I like that a lot, actually. Muscular arms have always been a back-of-my-mind goal, ever since, as a pre-teen, I saw Linda Hamilton doing pull-ups in Terminator 2. While I know I'll never be built like Linda Hamilton, I've since noticed some other really impressive arms that are more within my reach:


Photo via Fitness Magazine

And so, I'm inspired, today, to celebrate my arms.

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Who needs subtle?

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I'm wearing:
#8 Loft black cotton pants
#20 Ann Taylor black sleeveless pintuck collar top (thrifted)
#26 Sofft black wedges

with:
-Forever 21 rhinestone and feather bib necklace

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Grace - you look AMAZING. And I love those shoes, want.

I have the same "issue" and have decided I no longer care. I have always had muscular arms and I'm not going to hide them.

I love your positivity! Your arms look fab.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 15: 5 + 14 + 24

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Woohoo, the halfway point! I decided to celebrate with an outfit that looked a whole lot better in my head. Subtle pattern mixing, paperbagging a too-big skirt waist...it may just be too much for me.

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I think the sad truth is that this skirt needs to be either altered or retired. It's way, way too big. But I had to try.

I'm wearing:
#5 Anne Klein black with white polka dots full pleated skirt (thrifted)
#14 Apt. 9 pink with white pin dots cowl neck (thrifted)
#24 Antia wedges

with:
-Old Navy pink camisole
-black stretchy belt (can't remember where it's from)
-silver charm bracelets (Ebay)
-antique typewriter key necklace (gift)

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I love high waisted skirts with belts. Maybe wear the skirt with your top tucked in - then the waistline detail will be looked upon as intentional and accentuate your lovely figure. I love the soft hues together.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 14: 8 + 18 + 28

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I did not want to wear 30 for 30 clothes today. In fact, I didn't want to wear clothes at all. Had it not been for 30 for 30, I would almost certainly be headed to Target in yoga pants with dog hair on the ass. Though they'll never know it, the folks at my Target owe 30 for 30 their gratitude for that.

Instead, I came up with this casual weekend ensemble. Nothing ground-breaking, but a pretty big step up from what I would have worn if left to my own devices.

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I'm wearing:
#8 Loft black cotton pants
#18 Gap black and blue patterned dolman sleeve shirt
#28 Naturalizer red flats

with:
-Lucky charm necklace (Ebay)
-turquoise print headband/head scard (Cost Plus World Market)

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Dog hair, I can so relate. But I love the little creatures.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 13: 4 + 23 + 26

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When I did the 30 for 30 last time, I didn't do weekends--it was work week only. And so, it took over six weeks to finish. I didn't like that. So, this time, I'm including weekends, at least if I leave the house. Today, I left the house to run some errands and do some shopping.

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I'm wearing:
#4 Merona black, tan, gray, and white printed skirt (a total MVP item so far!)
#23 NY & Company green-gray cowl neck sleeveless shirt
#26 Sofft black wedge sandals

with:
-Forever 21 wooden beaded wrap bracelet
-gold owl pendant (Ebay)

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 12: 7 + 22 + 26

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I woke up this morning with what I think of as "free-range hair"--that is, hair I went to sleep on while it was wet and is now huge and unruly. Usually, when this happens, I attempt to tame it, or at least put it up. Today I decided to consider it a style opportunity and dress to compliment it, in as 70s an ensemble as my job and my 30 for 30 choices allow.

And I kinda love it.

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Look at that hair!

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I'm wearing:
#7 Eddie Bauer curvy bootcut jeans (thrifted)
#22 J. Crew sleeveless lavender and white floral top (thrifted)
#26 Sofft black wedge sandals (Nordstrom Rack)

with:
-Forever 21 True Feathers necklace
-large purple stone pendant (Ebay)
-Forever 21 Gypsy Wrap bracelet (no longer available)
-Exotic Bangles magenta wrap bangles (Etsy)

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My hair is at about the same length these days and it's driving me a bit nutty! I'm used to having much shorter hair.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 11: 9 + 21 + 27

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I put this outfit on intending to use it for my submission to Academichic's Dress Your Best event. With the long straight line of the pants and the high-heeled sandals, I thought the outfit would work very well to highlight my height, which is something I am trying to not only make peace with, but embrace (it's a process, people). But looking at the photographs, I don't think this came off at all the way I'd envisioned. So I'm going to try again later.

In the meantime, here I am in my nearly 6'4" glory.

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I don't know what's going on with this one, sorry for the pissy face.

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Since I forgot to take a detail shot, these are the shoes:

I'm wearing:
#9 Loft gray trousers (thrifted)
#21 Old Navy floral ruffle-front sleeveless top
#27 A. Marinelli Rayne green studded high-heeled sandals (6pm)

with:
-Exotic Bangles purple and henna striped wrapped bangles (Etsy)

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Let's face it - the 30 for 30 isn't called a challenge for nothing. It's difficult some days -- okay, most. Smile. I had a couple down days too.

Oh wow! I love those shoes...

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 10: 1 + 24

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Yay, vintage! This vintage 1950s dress is one I put in my 30 for 30 because I've been holding on to it for months, looking for a perfect time to wear it. This forces me to make Wednesday a perfect time! I love this style more than any other in the world, and could quite happily wear it every day.

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Look at that 5 yard skirt!

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And I couldn't resist a motion shot:

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I'm wearing:
#1 vintage 1950s pink print dress (Eons Vintage in Pittsburgh)
#24 Antia black wedges

with:
-Etienne Atigner slim black leather belt (thrifted)
-silver charm bracelets (Ebay)

Day 10 already! Let's look at where we've been:

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What's your favorite so far? Least favorite?

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Love this style, love this dress, love it all on you.

This dress is gorgeous! It looks so good on you. I don't know if I could resist wearing it just about every day.

Love the vintage dress, especially since it's button down. You can also wear it open (almost like a coat) over shorts/pants and a tee. Very versatile piece. I think I missed day 7, but my memory sucks. Love your skirt!

My favourite is still day number one - that shirt is gorgeous on you! Today's dress runs a close second though - I loved the little girl twirl. lol

I think I like the one with the skirt with the big white polka dots best.

Today's dress is also great though!

I can't pick a favorite because you look great every single day. I swear I would pay a million dollars to be as cute as you are!!

I love 2,3,6 and 9. You're always so cute though!

Favourites are today and Day 4, but you are really having a beautiful month.

I like 1 & 3 the best, 5 & 6 a lot as well. 8 is my least favorite.

I love all the pictures of you in this style of dress and skirt! You look amazing in it!

5 and 7. Apparently you with your hair up/wearing teal is an eye catcher. Those were the ones that drew my eyes.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 9: 4 + 17 + 28

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I hope you all like this outfit, because I'm pretty sure modifications on it are what is going to get me through this 30 for 30. Full skirt + fitted shirt + red flats. It may not be the summer look I cultivated, but it's the one I got!

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I'm wearing:
#4 Merona black, gray, tan, and white print cotton skirt (thrifted)
#17 Ann Taylor black scoop neck t-shirt (thrifted)
#28 red Naturalizer flats

with:
-chunky jade necklace (gift)
-circular beaded bracelets (gift)

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Glad you posted this skirt today. I thought about you last night (sounds creepy - sorry) while doing some fashion research. Seems Michael Kors had what I think a spectacular line in Fall 2008. Similar skirt to yours is featured, and worn with lavender. Check out style.com. Jade necklace is sweet.

really like this outfit!

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 8: 8 + 13 + 16 + 24

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I was not feeling it this morning, y'all. It's raining, I'm exhausted after the weekend, and getting dressed was just not all that inspired an experience. Some days are like that.

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I'm wearing:
#10 Loft black pants
#13 August Silk short-sleeved ruffle collar black cardigan (Nordstrom Rack)
#16 Old Navy red and white striped scoop neck t-shirt
#24 Antia black wedges (Shoebuy)

with:
Lucky charm bracelet (Ebay)

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 6 & 7

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We had a busy out-of-town weekend, and I have to say, having only by 30 for 30 options while packing made things a lot easier!

On Saturday, we had a memorial picnic for Mark's grandmother, who passed away this spring, followed by dinner at a Spanish restaurant with Mark's parents.

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I was really happy with this outfit. It was comfortable for the 4+ hours I spent in the car in the morning, and appropriate for both the outdoor picnic in the afternoon and dinner in the evening. I felt like I looked really cute, too!

I wore:
#2 New York & Company Ruffle-Front Maxi Dress
#28 red Naturalizer flats

with:
-Forever 21 Boho necklace
-Frosted Williow woodland bangle bracelets (Etsy)

On Sunday, we had a nice Father's Day brunch with Mark's parents, brother, and SIL, and headed back home. I needed something appropriate for a nice brunch in the city that I could still wear in the car, and what I wore worked out OK. I didn't take these pictures until we got home at around 11pm, though, after I'd had it on all day, so it comes off a bit sloppier than it actually was. Earlier in the day my shirt was tucked in, and I was wearing a belt.

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I'm wearing:
#6 St. John's Bay blue skirt with floral pattern (thrifted)
#10 Loft short-sleeved teal cardigan (thrifted)
#28 red Naturalizer flats

with:
-green tank top (Target)
-Exotic Bangles teal wrapped bangles (Etsy)
-Betsey Johnson charm necklace (Ebay)

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Beautiful, Grace!

Cute weekend garb!

want those shoes! except I can't wear flats. i wouldn't have thought of them with that skirt and yet I love it.

I think that second outfit is the favourite thing I've ever seen you in!

The black dress is magnifique! So gorgeous and sophisticated.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 5: 7 + 18 + 24

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I was very thankful for casual Friday when I woke up this morning. Apparently it's going to be warm later, but it stormed last night and was still plenty wet and gray when I left the house, so jeans seemed just right.

This outfit irritates me, because I have that compulsion not to wear jeans with blue shirts. Still, I like more than I dislike about it. I look kinda strange with my hair up, though.

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Emo downward stare!

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And some details:

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I'm wearing:
#7 Eddie Bauer Curvy bootcut jeans (thrifted)
#18 Gap blue and black patterned dolman shirt (outlet)
#24 Antia black wedges (also worn on Day 4)

with:
-Forever 21 Boho necklace (no longer available?)
-blue and turquoise beaded earrings (LBB)
-braided leather bracelets (Ebay)

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I like your hair up, shoes your beautiful face! I'm trying not to wear jeans at all, but it's tough. Blue on blue is fine - looks great on you.

I'm so excited these 30-for-30 outfit posts are back. They are inspiring. That said, I agree that blue w/blue jeans is not very exciting.

I love this outfit. I think it's probably one of my favorites that you've ever posted. It's casual, but classy, and very very you.

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 4: 5 + 13 + 24

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So I looked at my clothes rack this morning, loaded with its meager fewer-than-30 items, and groaned. I did not want to wear ANY of this stuff. How long does it take to get sick of 30 for 30? Apparently, for me, 4 days.

But I knew this would happen, and had decided upon two coping strategies for days like today well in advance:

1. Wear old standbys. A day like today is a bad time to try to be creative. Just get something I know works on my body and get out of the house.

2. Cheat. Just a little.

Today, I employed both strategies. Both the skirt and the shoes are old standbys--pieces I have worn a lot and know I am comfortable with. The tank top is a cheat--it's not a 30 for 30 item. I decided at the beginning that since tanks under things are a summer wardrobe staple for me and I wear so many of them, it wasn't going to be reasonable to include them in my 30 for 30 items unless I wanted to wear the same one over and over. So, the rule I set is that as long as I am not going to wear them alone, with nothing over them, tanks are freebies.

And it all turned out OK.

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Plus? This skirt has pockets. That improves everything, pretty much. Which is apparently why I felt the need to smirk about it in this picture.

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I'm wearing:
#5 Anne Klein full polka-dot skirt (thrifted)
#13 August Silk short sleeved black cardigan (Nordstrom Rack)
#24 Antia black wedges (Shoebuy)

with:
-Banana Republic red tank top (outlet)
-Forever 21 Matte Bead Necklace
-silver concentric circles necklace as bracelet (thrifted)

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I love this skirt!

That is a GREAT outfit. That could totally be a day into evening outfit if you had plans for an after-work event.

That is an OSM outfit -- I love the skirt so much!

LOVE the skirt!

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 3: 3 + 23 + 25

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This skirt is one of the challenge pieces for me in this 30 for 30--I thrifted it recently, and I love it--the silk fabric, the pattern, the drape, it's great. However, I haven't quite figured out to wear it yet. It's navy and white, and those aren't colors I use much, and it's silk, a fabric I don't wear that much, so I am not quite sure how to pair it yet. So I decided to add it to my 30 for 30 set to force myself to wear it.

And I think this kinda works. What do you think?

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In this one, I think I'm trying to show you how impressed I am with myself that it took 3 days for me to pull out the wide elastic belts:

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I'm wearing:
#3 blue and white silk skirt (no tag, thrifted)
#23 New York & Company green-gray sleeveless cowl neck (old)
#25 Aerosoles Women's South Role sandals (Shoes.com)

with:
-cream and blue Forever 21 stretchy belt (no longer available, from what I can tell)
-Exotic Bangles brown and burgundy silk wrapped bangles (Etsy)
-Superhero Chlorine necklace

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Good luck on the 30 for 30 challenge! It looks like you are off to a great start. 3 down, only 27 to go. - Katy

A look that could easily translate into an evening out, very nice!

Love this look on you. The skirt it great and I love the shoes.

This looks spectacular! I love the belt, too, very sexy. Am I the only geek who is adding the numbers together, literally? Today is a 51, which has factors of 1,3,17, and 51. Also, all three components are odd numbers, and two of them are primes.

(Pay no attention to that geek behind the curtain!)

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 2: 4 + 15 + 28

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Things are looking much better today! I'm happier with this outfit, the pictures are in focus, and I am even feeling a little bit better.

I like the sorta 80s vibe of this, without going too ridiculously 80s. I am also really loving my new jewelry, which is from Forever 21! I never would have guessed they'd have so much fun stuff, but they really do.I made a pretty big order recently, so look for more pieces from them in future posts.

Also, I wanted to give a shout-out of thanks to Kris at A Thrifty LA Life for adding me to her Go-To 30 for 30-ers list! Kris' blog is a recent favorite of mine, and I am really excited to see how she remixes her mostly-thrifted and totally fabulous wardrobe for this challenge. I definitely recommend checking in on her, and I'll be having a look at the other blogs on her list, as well.

Now, the outfit:

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I'm wearing:
#4 Merona black, tan, white, and gray full printed skirt (thrifted)
#15 Gap white v-neck t-shirt (thrifted)
#28 Naturalizer red flats (Zappos or Shoebuy)

with:
-Forever 21 Outback Spiral Bracelet
-Forever 21 Assorted Charms Necklace

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So sweet. Thanks for the shout out. Perfect skirt for remixing - love the colors.

I LOVE that skirt! You look great!

Love the combo of solid tee and floral skirt. I've planned to do the combo as well. So chic yet frugal! :)

J.

Cute outfit! I really like the necklace also.
Lately I've been quite into Forever 21 jewelry as well. They have a huge selection and the prices are really reasonable.
Good luck with the next 28 days:)

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Summer 30 for 30 Day 1: 9 + 14 + 26

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Since today is the first day of the summer 30 for 30, and I want to make a good impression, I thought I'd take arty photos! Just kidding. In reality, I forgot to take the macro setting off the camera and my pictures are very out-of-focus. Sorry about that. Not exactly an auspicious beginning.

But it's not exactly an auspicious outfit, either, so I guess that works. The reality is that I woke up late, I have a cold, and this is what I threw on. It will only go up from here, right?

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I'm wearing:
#9 AT Loft gray wide legged pants (thrifted)
#14 Apt. 9 pink pin-dot cowl neck (thrifted)
#26 Sofft black wedge sandals

with:
-Mossimo white tank top (Target)
-silver bangle (no idea)
-white and silver bib necklace (NY & Company)

Not that you can tell in these pictures, but I also got a really good haircut this weekend, at a new salon. So I'll be reviewing that place later--if you happen to be local to me, keep an eye out for that!

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Hey Grace, the pink top is super cool! Love that you are mixing thrift store stuff in (and that you are dressed in thrifted stuff & proud) Very cool project idea!

Pretty in pink.

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30 for 30, Summer Style

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I'm doing it again! Kendi Everyday's 30 for 30 Remix Challenge! Starting tomorrow, I'll be making 30 outfits out of the 30 items I picked from my closet, no repeat outfits, no clothes shopping!

I wish I had the photographic talent and was willing to put in the effort to show you the pieces I am going to use, like Kendi and others do, but I don't, so some hasty shots taken on my bed will have to suffice:

2 dresses:
30for30 dresses
1. Vintage dress I bought on my last trip to Pittsburgh
2. Ruffle-front black maxi dress (NY & Company)

4 skirts:
30for30 skirts
3. blue and white silk skirt (no tag, thrifted)
4. black, gray, and tan print cotton skirt (Merona, thrifted)
5. black and white polka dot full skirt (Anne Klein, thrifted)
6. blue skirt with floral pattern (St. John's Bay, thrifted)

3 pants:
30for30 pants
7. bootcut jeans (Eddie Bauer, thrifted)
8. black pants (Loft)
9. gray pants (Loft, thrifted)

3 top layers/cardigans:
30for30 covers
10. teal short-sleeved cardigan (Loft, thrifted)
11. white safari shirt/jacket (NY & Company)
13. black short-sleeved cardigan (August Silk via Nordstrom Rack)

6 sleeved tops:
30for30 sleeved tops
14. pink pin-dot cowl neck (Apt. 9, thrifted)
15. white v-neck t-shirt (Gap, thrifted)
16. red and white striped scoop neck t-shirt (Old Navy)
17. black scoop neck t-shirt (Ann Taylor, thrifted)
18. black and blue patterned dolman shirt (Gap Outlet)
19. purple embroidered front shirt (Converse One-Star via Target)

4 sleeveless tops:
30for30 sleeveless tops
20. black pin-tuck collar top (Ann Taylor, thrifted)
21. floral ruffle-front shirt (Old Navy)
22. lavender and white floral pin-tuck collar top (J. Crew, thrifted)
23. green-gray cowl neckline top (NY & Company)

5 pairs of shoes:
30for30 shoes
24. black wedges (Antia, only repeat from my last 30-for-30!)
25. light green strappy heels (Aerosoles)
26. black wedge sandals (Sofft)
27. green high-heeled sandals with studs (A. Marinelli)
28. red flats (Naturalizer)

I left myself two wild-card slots to add things later that I can't foresee needing now, which is kind of a cheat, but I'm OK with that.

Last time I did this, I noticed that I could have used more shoe options, and that I didn't include enough basic layering tops in my choices. I am attempting to fix that this time. Do you see any holes? Any outfit suggestions? Hit me with your ideas in the comments!


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Great choices, I can't wait to see how you put them together!

All I can really see is that you might want a solid-color skirt. All your skirts have very distinctive prints.

Linking you up on my blog for my special 30 for 30 section. Let's get thru this together.

You are so organized. You numbered your items. Good luck with your 30 for 30.

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30for30 Day 30

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I'm finished!!!

Today I went with classic, since the only way I was going to get any green in was with accessories. What is most amazing to me, though, is the way these pants fit today, versus when I started this 30for30.

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I'm wearing:
#10 Ann Taylor short sleeved ruched black sweater (also worn on Day #4, Day #6, Day #19, Day #23, and Day #26)
#7 Ann Taylor Loft Ann black and white mini houndstooth wide leg trousers (also worn on Day #3, Day #9, Day #13, and Day #24)
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (also worn on Day #4, Day #9, Day #11, Day #14, Day #18, Day #19, Day #23, and Day #29)

With:
-green plaid Land's End scarf (thrifted)
-black Tommy Hilfiger belt (Ross)
-green stone necklace (worn as bracelet, thrifted)

Let's see how all 30 days have looked, shall we?

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What did you like? What did you hate and I should never ever wear it again?

I wondered, as I was going along, what my 30for30 MVPs would be--I suspected the short sleeved AT sweater I am wearing today, since it was one of my only layering pieces, and my tall black boots. I was right on those counts, but I wore other things nearly as much. Here are my most worn items:

#25 Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots--worn 10 of 30 days
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges--worn 9 of 30 days
#8 Ann Taylor Loft Ann charcoal pinstripe wide leg pants--worn 6 of 30 days
#10 Ann Taylor short sleeved ruched black sweater--worn 5 of 30 days

The shoes aren't surprising, but I was sorta shocked at how much I depended on pants. I don't think of myself as a pants person. That might be partially seasonal, though--it was cold here for most of the challenge.

I'm relieved to be finished, but happy to have done this. I definitely learned something about my wardrobe (it's way more extensive than I thought, and less may actually be more). The most interesting thing for me, though, has been watching my body change through the six weeks or so I took me to string together 30 days of work outfits. It's encouraging!

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Congrats on finishing your 30x30!! I have to say I love the days that you wore skirts and dresses. But that may just be because I love skirts and dresses!!
You did wonderfully!

Way to go! There is not anything that I wouldn't wear myself. Except, I'd leave the scarves out, but that's just because I feel wierd wearing them.

The piece I like least is the red/black shorty sweater on day 20.

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30for30 Day 29

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I gave myself a pep talk this morning about finishing strong. I have no idea what I'm going to do about tomorrow (St. Patrick's Day, as well as the last day of my 30for30!), but today, I'm wearing an outfit that I out-and-out love.

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I'm wearing:
#2: Navy and white Dockers floral shirt dress (also worn on Day #8)
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (also worn on Day #4, Day #9, Day #11, Day #14, Day #18, Day #19, and Day #23)

With:
-red grommeted belt (thrifted)
-vintage silver flower brooch (thrifted)
-Superhero necklace
-silver cuff earrings (gift)

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I love this as well!

I love that dress on you!

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30for30 Day 28

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I'll admit it, I phoned it in today. I'm sick of these clothes, I have a cold, and I'm tired of it being cold. But I'll shake the cold, we're expecting to see 70 degrees by the end of the week, and there are only two 30for30 outfits left!

What I didn't realize this morning, which is embarrassing, is that I wore these pants in snowy/salty Buffalo last week, and there are salt marks all around the hems. Classy.

And in today's photos? Mark makes coffee!

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I'm wearing:
#18 Ann Taylor Loft burgundy scoop neck sweater (also worn on Day #9 and Day #16)
#8 Ann Taylor Loft Ann charcoal pinstripe wide leg pants (also worn on Day #5, Day #11, Day #18, and Day #22)
-#28 Softspots purple suede wedges (also worn on Day #3, Day #7, Day #12, Day #17, Day #22, and Day #26)

With:
-black leather Coach belt (thrifted)
-vintage floral silk scarf (thrifted)
-silver and purple bead earrings (LBB)

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That salt is such a scourge. I mean, thank goodness for it, but also it's such a mess! I can't wait for this winter to be O.V.E.R.

You always look so amazing Grace! And as always, I am PEA GREEN with envy at your bodacious butt ;). I'm itching to put on some of my new spring clothes too, hopefully this wkend!

Get a taller tripod or something that can put the camera at eye level! The rock star/hitler low angle thing is only awesome if you lean forward and go "rawk rawk rawk genocide!" and that doesn't quite seem like your style.

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30for30 Day 27

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Nothing like time change to make your Monday feel extra Monday-ish. Why don't we spring forward on Friday afternoon? Wouldn't that make more sense?

Anyway, I'm in the home stretch. Four more days of 30for30, including today. Today's outfit is one I had in mind early on and didn't particularly care for, but I'm down to dire straights (half of my 30for30 clothes are in desperate need of a dry cleaning), so here it is:

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I'm wearing:
#11 Old Navy printed button down shirt in pink ditzy floral (also worn on Day #7 and Day #12)
#6 Anne Klein taupe fluted skirt (also worn on Day #6 and Day #17)
#25 Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (also worn on Day #1, Day #5, Day #6, Day #10, Day #13, Day #16, Day #21, Day #24, and Day #25)

With:
-pink camisole (Old Navy)
-black studded Betsey Johnson stretch belt (Ross)
-circular bronze beaded bracelets (gift)
-Broken Plate Pendant Company necklace (gift)
-black knee socks (no idea)

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I like this outfit the only thing I would do if you have the ability is make the belt a little wider for a better balance otherwise, perfect!

This is a pretty cool outfit for one you don't care for. The skirt is especially fab, that's one of my favorite shapes.

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30for30 Day 26

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I was thinking of Allie when I got dressed today. Allie is a huge advocate of well-made, well-fitting basic, classic pieces. For me, this Ann Taylor short-sleeved black sweater fits the bill. It's been a tireless workhorse during this 30for30, and I am sure I'll still be wearing it a lot after next week. It's comfortable, flattering, and professional looking. The details (neckline, side ruching) are very well done. And it's cotton/silk blend, so it is an easy season-hopper. Love it.

These pants, on the other hand...they'd fit the bill if they fit. I don't think they ever really fit quite right, and they seem to be getting worse all the time. Too bad, too--I love the color and fabric.

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I'm wearing:
#10 Ann Taylor short sleeved ruched black sweater (also worn on Day #4, Day #6, Day #19, and Day #23)
#9 Banana Republic Jackson wide-leg suit pants in gray alloy (also worn on Day #7, Day #15, and Day #20)
-#28 Softspots purple suede wedges (also worn on Day #3, Day #7, Day #12, Day #17, and Day #22)

With:
-black leather Coach belt (thrifted)
-pink multi-strand seed bead necklace (thrifted)
-silver matte bangles (not sure)
-silver hoop earrings (not sure)

Burlesque by Smashbox.jpgAlso, a makeup note--most of what I am wearing today (well, the eyeshadows and lip gloss, anyway) comes from the Smashbox Burlesque kit. Which is on sale now. I bought it at full price and have no regrets--it's been my go-to for months for this sorta soft femme look. Run. Don't walk.

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Get thee to a good tailor, woman, and have those pants taken in to fit. Unless you want to wait and see if you keep reshaping...

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30for30 Day 25

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Today, my criteria for getting dressed was very simple: what will feel the most like pajamas? In a really fantastic conflation of circumstances, I have a cold, it's pouring rain, I'm going to be sitting in a training session all day, and it's that one day of the month where the idea of clothes touching me at all, especially anywhere near my mid-section, is revolting. Definitely no belts or buttons today. Nothing that doesn't stretch if I can get away with it.

And so, this:

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I'm wearing:
#4 Ann Taylor teal ponte shift dress (also worn on Day #10)
#22 Purple v-neck cardigan (also worn on Day #15)
#25 Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (also worn on Day #1, Day #5, Day #6, Day #10, Day #13, Day #16, Day #21, and Day #24)

With:
-purple paisley silk scarf (thrifted)
-black leggings (Long Tall Sally)
-silver charm bracelet (Ebay)
-butterfly earrings (LBB)

Wearing purple and teal together always makes me think I'm dressing like The Joker. And I don't love the proportions in this outfit, either. But it looks better than my pajamas, and nothing is pinching or pulling at me, so I'm going to call it a success.

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It may be the Joker's colour palette of choice...but I very much approve! ;) Give me rich colours anytime.

I think I might need to invest in some shifts. I have to go clothes shopping in a week or two because I have ONE pair of slacks that fits. Most of my skirts are too big as well, but I can make do with those. Maybe you should dress me up!

I love dresses with cardigans. What's the trick though? I always look like a marshmallow when I try to wear them together.

I like this one! You look all put together, but kind of cozy at the same time.

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This is a pretty brilliant outfit. The actual dress and the actual cardigan are just meh, but the outfit's totally built around the scarf and the boots, so instead of looking comfy it actually looks really polished.

I am taking notes from you on this "professional dressing" thing.

Very pulled-together. The color palette is awesome on you, too.

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30fo30 Day 24

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Back in town and back to your regularly scheduled early morning kitchen pictures! I had intended to wear this shirt and this sweater together from the beginning of the 30for30, since the necklines work so well, and time is (thank God) running out, so today seemed like a good day to do it!

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I'm wearing:
#15 Ann Taylor chunky black short sleeved sweater (also worn on Day #7 and Day #21)
#14 Banana Republic green and black cowl neck top (also worn on Day #11)
#7 Ann Taylor Loft Ann black and white mini houndstooth wide leg trousers (also worn on Day #3, Day #9, and Day #13)
#25 Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (also worn on Day #1, Day #5, Day #6, Day #10, Day #13, Day #16, and Day #21)

With:
-black leather Coach belt (thrifted)
-jade and agate chunky necklace (gift)
-bronze circular beaded bracelets (gift)

I am not 100% happy with this. I think it needs a different belt. And these pants, like the gray ones, are fast becoming too big. But it's not too bad.

The question: do you all want to keep seeing my clothes when this 30for30 is over? Should I keep doing outfit posts?

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I always like seeing outfit posts - especially from other tallies!

I like it but for some reason I feel like the neckline and the necklace don't work.

I like it. I agree with you that it could use a different belt, but I think it works like this too.

I like the clothes posts.

This is one of my favorites so far.

-It simultaneously makes you look like grown-up, AND look young. In other words, it neatly sidesteps the "dressing too young" problem, while at the same time making you look ACTUALLY young. Since a bit of my problem with your wardrobe is that it goes the opposite way, and is a little bit college-girl-at-an-internship (IE young trying to look grown-up), this is brilliant. I realize there's a backhanded critique in this, but take it for what it's worth, we all have our fashion crosses to bear and yours is really, really not a bad one.

-THe waist hits you at an amazingly good spot, as does the length of the top.

-That neckline is so unbelievably flattering that you should take a photo of it with you whenever you shop.

-This is a use of a belt that looks natural. The problem with emulating all those cute uses of belts we all see on fashion blogs is that at this point it screams "Look!!! A belt!!! Cute!!! Like a fashion blogger!!! Look!!! I'm a skinny belt in some color like red, over a cardigan, on a dress, around a sweatshirt, with a camisole, over a hazmat suit, any-freaking-where!!! There is no place I don't go!!! I'm a kicky belt worn by a fashion blogger!!! Wheeeeee!!!" If I wanted to make a spoof blog where people were naked, or in bandages, or wearing sacks, except for the kicky little fashion-blogger touches, those skinny belts would be this year's legwarmers, and I'd put them on everybody. Your belt? Doesn't say that to me.

-Awesome curves. Slouchy jersey fabric. Yet suitably conservative for work. Yes.

Ha! I disagreed with everyone on the belt and the neckline. I am SO not current. Disregard me! (But I still think you look delish).

I really like this one. Yes, the pants are a bit big, but that, my friend, is a good thing! They aren't to the point of looking sloppy, so I say celebrate your thin-ness and show it off with the pants.

I also absolutely loooooove the necklace! I think posting when you have an especially interesting outfit or one you are really excited about would be fantastic.

The neckline is awesome, maybe an extender to bring the necklace down about two inches. Otherwise, it kind of cuts that space in half. And the belt is perfect, though one with a little color would be fine, too.

Yes, PLEASE keep doing these! Love 'em.

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30for30 Day 23

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Polka Dots | Everybody, EverywearToday's outfit had to meet a lot of complicated criteria. It had to be appropriate for a meeting. It had to be packable in a small bag without wrinkling. It had to use 30for30 clothes. And it had to contain polka dots. Polka dots? Yep. Why? Because it's March 8, Polka Dot Day for Everybody, Everywhere!

My 30for30 items contained two polka dotted contenders, the black with white polka dots shirt dress and the black with white polka dots cardigan. I also have a black with white polka dot scarf. I considered wearing them all together, but decided that might not make the best impression on new co-workers. So instead, I played it safe and went with a very slight variation on an outfit I already wore:

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I'm wearing:
-#5 Josephine Chaus black a-line skirt (also worn on Day #4, Day #16, and Day #19)
#10 Ann Taylor short sleeved ruched black sweater (also worn on Day #4, Day #6, and Day #19)
#19 reversible black and white polka dot cardigan (also worn on Day #4)
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (also worn on Day #4, Day #9, Day #11, Day #14, Day #18, and Day #19)

With:
-blue faux snakeskin belt (thrifted)
-black patterned tights (Norway)
-red circle shell necklace (somewhere in Austin)
-silver charm bracelet (Ebay)

This is a near replica of my Day #4 outfit--same shoes, skirt, sweater, and cardigan. It's also pretty close to my Day #19 outfit--same shoes, skirt, sweater, and belt. At this point, though, I'm considering myself lucky if I don't wear exact duplicates, accessories and all. Only seven more days.

Again, odd looking pictures are due to being photographed in advance, on Sunday night, without makeup and in fairly terrible light. My apologies.

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retread or not, it's really cute. I had no idea about polka dot day. I guess it's just luck that I'm wearing my polka dot underwear today!

You're ROCKING that polka girl!!! :D Greetings from a fellow polka girl from EBEW!
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This is white with black spots? I like that it's different look from black with white spots.
Thanks for joining us at EBEW.
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Love the bold polka dot print on the cardi

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30for30 Day 22

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I really want to quit. And I was presented with a perfect excuse--a last minute two-day business trip! I couldn't possibly wear the same tired 30for30 clothes on a business trip, could I?

I thought about throwing in the towel. And I thought about taking a two day break for the trip. And then I decided I wanted to complete the challenge more than I wanted to quit, and I wanted to complete it as soon as possible more than I wanted to take a break. So I am pushing on.

Today is the first day, which is a regular work day and then a travel day. I'm dressed for comfort and plane coziness:

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I'm wearing:
-#16 Calypso blue Banana Republic whipstitch v-neck sweater (also worn on Day #3 and DAy #13)
#8 Ann Taylor Loft Ann charcoal pinstripe wide leg pants (also worn on Day #5, Day #11, and Day #18)
-#28 Softspots purple suede wedges (also worn on Day #3, Day #7, Day #12, and Day #17)

With:
-black Coach leather belt (thrifted)
-green and blue striped cotton and linen scarf (thrifted)
-turquoise glass bead and silver earrings (LBB)

If these pictures look strange, by the way, it's because they were taken in advance, on Sunday night--and I'm not wearing any makeup!

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30for30 Day 21

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By now, you all are used to my vintage-inspired outfits. I love the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Today, however, I thought I'd try something different. How about...the 80s?

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I'm wearing:
#15 Ann Taylor chunky black short sleeved sweater (also worn on Day #7)
#30 NY&Co skinny jeans (also worn on Day #2 and Day #13)
#25: Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (also worn on Day #1, Day #5, Day #6, Day #10, Day #13, and Day #16)

With:
-red grommeted belt (thrifted)
-black cotton camisole (Old Navy)
-teal pashmina (Ebay)
-wooden bead wrap bracelet (AJ Wright)
-orange glass bead and copper earrings (LBB)

Mark had the nerve to LAUGH at this ensemble this morning. Then he said he liked the scarf. Whatever. He doesn't understand my hawt 80s style. I wish I could have feathered my hair.

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Cute, Cute, Cute!

I wish you could have feathered Mark's hair...

The color of that scarf is really beautiful on you.

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30for30 Day 20

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This is just a hot mess. It's a I-got-up-late mess. It's a I'm-sick-of-these-clothes mess. It's a these-pants-don't-fit mess. That's really all I have to say about it.

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So there.

30for30 Day 20

I'm wearing:
#20 Charter Club red and black cropped cardigan (also worn on Day #6 and Day #14)
#9 Banana Republic Jackson wide-leg suit pants in gray alloy (also worn on Day #7 and Day #15)
-#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (also worn on Day #4, Day #9, Day #11, Day #14, Day #18, and Day #19)

With:
-gray and black paisley Ann Taylor camisole (outlet store)
-black leather Coach belt (thrifted)
-black stone earrings and necklace set (A.J. Wright)

So let's get on to something more fun! It's Day 20, so let's look at the last ten days of outfits.

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Which is your favorite? How about a poll!




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Hmmm I can't decide! Also I do not think your outfit is a hot mess. Pretty good for having to rush, I think :D Ok I picked 17, but I think I like 18 just as much. Love those jeans in the second pic, those look awesome on you.

Dang it, I wanted to pick 3. I think you just look rushed to put together. I wouldn't say hot mess. lol. I'd like that sweater better over a dress or a long shirt that wasn't tucked in, there's too much going on in your middle.

I think what makes or breaks this outfit is attitude and posture. Your posture and facial expression in these shots clearly convey that you aren't happy with the look -- but I think it looks fine! If you'd suck in the gut, stand up straight, and smile with confidence, you'd look marvelous!

Don't really have a favorite look; I just found this blog today, due to a link from Dawn Friedman (This Woman's Work). But I'll be back...

Now if I could only figure out how to get to page 2...

Love day 15 and day 17. In the end, I voted for 17. You look really great in purple.

11 is my very favorite, but I liked 16 and 17 a lot too.

I absolutely love Day 11 and Day 1. I chose 11 because I think it is super flattering to your figure- I thought "OMG I wish I could look that skinny in something!"

What I love most about 15 is your smile. You look like you are confident and happy, and that makes the whole outfit look the same.

Great job of your remix! I like how diverse your outfits are! I wish I had chosen my 30 items a bit differently. Almost at the finish line! :)

I actually think Day 20 is cute; red is a fabulous color for you! I voted for Day 18 because the layers at waist/hip area lengthen you out nicely - very sleek. Straight leg jeans on Day 12 look great on you. Kong on floor in Days 19-20 gave me a chuckle!

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30for30 Day 19: Inspired by Gloria

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As sick as I am getting of my 30for30 clothes (which are really 28for30, since I've declared two of my pieces unwearable), some days it's still fun to put things together. Today was one of those days. This outfit is dead simple, but I think it looks good, and it feels great. I love the super subtle pattern mixing, too (tights, belt, scarf).

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I'm wearing:
#5 Josephine Chaus black a-line skirt (also worn on Day #4)
#10 Ann Taylor short sleeved ruched black sweater (also worn on Day #4 and Day #6)
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (also worn on Day #4, Day #9, Day #11, Day #14, and Day #18)

With:
-Land's End teal and black silk scarf (thrifted)
-narrow blue faux snakeskin belt (thrifted)
-silver matte bangle bracelets (no idea...)
-black patterned tights (DKNY, I think)

Now, will you believe me if I tell you that this outfit is inspired by Gloria Steinem? It totally is. There's this group called the Feminist Fashion Bloggers, which I have recently joined, and they hold blog events (days where the members all blog about the same thing). Today's event is "Fashionable Feminist Icon." So, we're all to post about a fashionable feminist icon. And I was so excited about mine I decided to try to create an outfit inspired by her today as well!

How, exactly, is this outfit inspired by Steinem? Well, I spent a good chunk of time last night going through pictures of her, and these were the common threads I found:

1. Gloria loves an all-black ensemble.
This seems to be true no matter what decade it is.

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In all black in 2008, photo via StyleHive

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In all black in the late 60s, photo via Smith College

2. Gloria always rocks a great belt.

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In a wide conch shell belt in 2010, photo via The Harvard Gazette


In a 1970s macrame belt, photo via Gifted

3. Gloria has been wearing straight, center parted hair for 50 years.

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Gloria's amazing mane in the 1970s, photo via Life Magazine

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The 2009 version of the same style, photo via Minnesota Public Radio

4. Gloria embraces glasses.

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Rocking huge aviators in the 70s, photo via Life Magazine

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Round frames, but still making a statement in 1993, photo via Getty Images

5. Gloria likes a nice scarf.

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An around-the-shoulders scarf in 2010, photo via Day Life

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A flowy, neck-looped number in 2008, photo via Digital Journal

So, when I got dressed this morning, I put these elements together. All black+great belt+long straight hair+glasses+a scarf. And that is how this outfit became a tribute to Gloria Steinem.

Power to women!

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Wanna check out the rest of the Feminist Fashion Bloggers' Feminist Style Icons?
Björk - Oranges and Apples

Christine Lagarde- Rags Against the Machine

Cindy Sherman - Mrs Bossa Does the Do

Claude Cahun - Cervixosaurus

Diane Von Furstenberg - For Those About to Shop

Elizabeth Smith Miller - Techie Style

Ellen Page - SK{ru}SH

Frida Kahlo - La Historiadora de Moda from Fashionable Academics

Frida Kahlo - Knitting Up the Ravelled Sleeve of Care

Gloria Steinem - Ef for Effort

Gloria Trevi - Feministified

Grandmother - The House in the Clouds

Griselda Pollock - Magic Square Foundation

Hedy Lamarr - Adventures in Refashioning

Marjane Satrapi - Jean of all Trades

Joan of Arc - Interrobangs Anonymous

Julia de Burgos - Mad Dress Game

Margaret Cho - What Are Years?

Oroma Elewa - Fishmonkey

P.J.Harvey - Northwest is Best

Rachel Carson - Aly en France

Siouxsie Sioux - Yo Ladies

Sydney Fox - My Illustrative Life

Vivienne Westwood - Seamstress Stories

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This is such a great idea! I love the variety in all the FFB posts I've read today... and your outfit is also great, seemingly conservative-chic but subtly subversive in its allusion to a feminist icon!

Cheers,
poet

Oh, nicely documented!

So glad you put this together! Most people wouldn't view Steinem as a fashion icon, but she is in her own right.

Congrats on the shoutout on Twitter!
http://twitter.com/#!/YoLadies/status/43000972821270528

And a wonderful post and look!

Great outfit, great icon. Rock on!

It's an outfit victory!

Great ensemble and great inspiration! I totally have to recreate that look now. :)

#5 is from an event I was at to benefit the Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (wrrap.org), a group I was on the Board of for 5 years!! Gloria was absolutely amazing that night.

From your boredom came a beautifully inspired look! (is there .html for a French accent?) "SUPERB!"

Great post! How did you manage to plan your 30 for 30 and make sure you had a Gloria Steinem outfit in the mix? Well done :) I like how you dressed the part today.

You rock! What a great post, and power right back at you. Sometimes simple is chic. I love the look!

HOLLA! I love the angle you took for this, and it's fortunate that you selected someone with such definable style. My pick for an icon was Ellen Page, and I'm planning to do a outfit inspired by her style for tomorrow.

I wonder if Gloria would say that boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses? Because I don't care - her glasses are bomb. =) Great work here!

What a great choice! Love how you analyzed Gloria's style elements, and especially love how you made that style your own for a day!

Also, thanks for stopping by my post on Hedy Lamarr! Disqus commenting was down (for a lot of people, I think) much of yesterday, so the comment box disappeared. Fun with tech gremlins.

Nice pick! She looks great - professional yet approachable. And so do you!

Ha, love the last photo! So glad you decided to join the group. Gloria is so cool - and that is definitely a successful wardrobe formula!

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30for30 Day 18

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I had a rough night last night--I am having some very painful problems with my foot and they kept me awake for hours. My hope is that skillful makeup application (ha!) and an outfit I both like and feel comfortable in masks my exhaustion this morning. What say you?

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And my emo picture:

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I'm wearing:
#8 Ann Taylor Loft Ann charcoal pinstripe wide leg pants (also worn on Day #5 and Day #11)
#21 Cream cardigan with black beading (also worn on Day #8)
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (also worn on Day #4, Day #9, Day #11, and Day #14)

With:
-gray ribbed tank (Target)
-black leather Coach belt (thrifted)
-gold concentric circles necklace (thrifted)

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This is absolutely cute and comfortable looking! Love.

That is really cute.

Cute cardigan! Sorry you're having foot pain, hope it's resolved soon!

Absolutely love it.

Me say Yes! Love this look - classic, smart, elegant and crisp!

I think this is my favorite outfit of them all! VERY classic. Makes you look so willow-y. :)

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30for30 Day 17

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In the mirror, I liked this outfit a lot. In the photos, it doesn't work for me at all. I can't quite tell you why, except to say that I feel blocky in it. I also don't think the belt works, but the skirt doesn't have belt loops and definitely requires a belt, so I'm not sure how I could have done it better.

Oh well. It feels like spring here today,and that has me daydreaming about wearing clothes that are as far away from my 30for30 selections as possible!

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I'm wearing:
#29 Banana Republic navy blue boatneck long-sleeved tee (thrifted, also worn on Day #2)
#6 Anne Klein taupe fluted stirt (thrifted, also worn on Day #6)
#28 Softspots purple suede wedges (also worn on Day #3, Day #7, and Day #12)

Accessories:
-cocoa brown tights (Hue, TJ Maxx)
-tan wide elastic belt (thrifted)
-recycled sari scarf (gift)
-silver charm bracelet (Ebay)
-silver and turquoise bead earrings (LBB)

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i like it! good colors, i like the belt thingy (is that a belt? whatever it is, i like it) and the skirt is very flattering. i think it works. but i know the feeling of thinking your outfit is awesomesauce and then taking pictures and thinking wtf happened?

I love it from the side, but not so much from the front. :(

I think the belt itself would be ok if it were a different color. It just doesn't match. If it were a darker brown I think it would look much better.

Something about the colors don't wor for me and I think it would be better without the scarf.

I like the whole outfit. I think the colors work very well together and it looks good on you, too.

I actually like the whole shebang, but you will be hard pressed to get me to tell you that you look bad in anything, given how gorgeous you are ;). The only thing I would change would be the... hmmm... placement of the belt, maybe. Also, your butt looks great!

I actually really like this and think you look great! The blue is great on you.

You look great from the waist up & from the knees down. I kwym about the blocky (it drives me crazy when I have it, too). My thought is have the skirt altered if possible, or donate it.

I think it looks really fabulous. It really accentuates your great bod.

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30for30 Day 16

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This morning was one of those mornings where just getting out of the house with clothes on was an accomplishment, so I'm thinking I get bonus points if I look at all cute.

This outfit, like the majority of those I've worn this week, brings two things to mind:
1. I am getting really sick of these clothes.
2. A scarf makes everything better. Seriously, this is what I am taking away from the 30for30--if anything is wrong, just add a scarf.

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I'm wearing:
#18 Ann Taylor Loft burgundy scoop neck sweater (also worn on Day #9)
#5 Josephine Chaus black a-line skirt (also worn on Day #4)
#25 Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (also worn on Day #1, Day #5, Day #6, Day #10, and Day #13)

With:
-purple paisley silk scarf (thrifted)
-wide black elastic belt with leather buckle (Steve Madden via TJ Maxx)
-black tights (Hue)
-green glass bead and silver earrings (LBB)

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This is one of my favorites that you've put together it's fabulous! Love the color and the accessories it's a win all around.

If this is what you can pull off on a bad morning, you are my hero!

I think you look fantastic. That color is great on you.

I love this! You look amazing.

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30for30 Day 15

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Over the course of the first half of the 30for30, I've identified three items in my 30 that I just don't like. This cardigan is one of them. It's just...not quite right. It should be longer, the neckline shouldn't be so wide, it should have different buttons, and so on. I'm attempting to wear it anyway, and I'm not particularly happy with the results.

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Rest assured that I did re-tie my scarf after I took these pictures. Sorry about that.

I'm wearing:
#22 Purple v-neck cardigan (thrifted)
#9 Banana Republic Jackson wide-leg suit pants in gray alloy (also worn on on Day #7)
#27 Franco Sarto Moto brown boots (also worn on Day #2 and Day #8)

With:
-lavender floral tank top (Target, counting this as a freebie, like tights, since it's basically underwear)
-lavender and gray striped linen and cotton scarf (thrifted)
-bronze circular beaded bracelets (gift)

So tell me what you think--does this sweater look awkward to you? Should it go in my "to donate" bag?

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I don't think it looks awkward in fact it looks great but if you don't like the sweater and it makes you FEEL awkward then you should donate.

I don't think it looks awkward either, but if it feels awkward then it's probably should go! Maybe try it with a skirt? For some reason, I find certain cardigans are great with skirts and not pants, and vice versa!

I have to agree with Melissa. The cardigan is SO cute, but what really matters is how it makes you feel.

I love this outfit. The sweater is really cute on you. Maybe because it's a lighter color than you've been wearing? Maybe you just look great in purple? I don't know, but I think that if you don't like it, pitch it. Also, I love your hair pulled back--it looks so youthful and fun.

I love the color combo here. I think I have this outfit, actually.

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So some days, it's a chilly Wednesday morning and you just wake up with that va-va-voom feeling. I say go with that.

However, it would behoove you (you meaning me, of course) not to balance your camera on a stack of shiny vintage saucers to photograph your hawtness. Because glare? Not hot.

Sorry about these pictures. I just didn't have time to re-do them.

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And, because it is cold, the cardigan contingency plan. With pattern mixing, even!

30for30 Day 14

I'm wearing:
#1 Charter Club black with white mini polka dot straight shirt dress (thrifted)
#20 Charter Club red and black cropped cardigan (thrifted, also worn on Day #6)
#26 Antia black laced wedges (also worn on Day #4, Day #9, and Day #11)

With:
-brick red elastic belt with brass bird closure (Ross, I think)
-silver hoop earrings (some little shop in Boston)
-black tights (Hue, TJ Maxx or Marshall's)

Now, on to my rant. Yesterday, I had the displeasure of overhearing one of those "she was so fat..." conversations. It was, of course, couched in polite terms, like "not good for her health," but it was really your basic judging talk about how some woman had "let herself go." And the kicker? The part where one of the conversants said, "she must weigh close to 200 pounds."

OK. Go back up to the top and look at my pictures. The woman in those shots, as of this morning, weighs 223.6 pounds. Yes, I am also six feet tall, but even at my height, that puts my (bullshit) body mass index at 30.3. Obesity is a BMI of 30 or greater.

I have been working very hard over the past seven weeks to improve my physical condition. I attend the gym 3-5 days a week (shoot for 5, insist on 3, usually end up with 4) for 60-90 minutes. I do a trainer-created weight routine and a 30 minute cardio routine at each visit. I can feel myself getting stronger, and I'm observing changes in my body (and needing belts for my pants). What I am not doing, however, is losing any weight. I have been fluctuating between 220 and 225 lbs the whole time, depending on time of day/place of day in cycle. I haven't lost an ounce. Still just as "obese" as I was seven weeks ago.

I'm realizing, the more I get into feeling better and being stronger, that it really doesn't make a whole lot of difference if I ever lose any weight. I like the way I look, and the more I work out, the better I like the way I feel. As a clotheshorse, I would like to go down 1-2 clothing sizes, just for the sake of easier availability, but if I can do that without ever getting below that dreaded 200 lb. mark, that is totally fine with me.

My point, I guess, is two-fold. First, this is what a 223.6 lb woman looks like. I think some people are confused. Second, the number has almost no relationship with how you feel. I feel miles better than I did when I started trying to get into shape. I've made huge progress. And the scale just isn't any part of that.

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You look fantastic.

Wooohhhoooo Gracie!! Yer killin me with your hottness!

I love this post. You look fantastic.

The gorgeous-factor between you and Skye was a little overwhelming to me when I met you! It would never have occurred to me to guess the weight of anyone and I completely agree that it's about how you feel that counts the most.

I am not six feet tall and weigh quite a bit more than you. I lost a little weight before the holidays (have since gained it back) and the one thing I really appreciated about it was that lightening up made it easier to do Kung Fu. I have been more focused on physical stamina than on weight (being able to ride my bicycle downtown and back without being exhausted, getting through an hour and fifteen minute combat circuit training Kung Fu class, etc)

To feel strong is so amazing. The day I finally could do five full push-ups made me ridiculously happy.

I do miss being able to wear great clothes.

Grace you are so right people are so connected to the number they have no idea what it looks like. You look fabulous, just radiant. Feeling strong is an amazing power knowing you can do things like lift weight or run for 30 minutes is such a huge boost to our self image.

This is a lovely post and was quite encouraging for me :-) Thanks. You rawk.

DAAAMMMMNNNN!! *whistles* You are Hawt!

Love this post, Grace. As an ACTIVE plus size woman I can relate to just about everything in it.

I love this dress on you. You are tall, confident, and beautiful. We are real people blogging about fashion - what could be more beautiful than that. Women who support other women rule!

I stumbled upon your blog somehow while looking at pictures of puppies and couldn't stop reading. Your comments here about weight are absolutely amazing, and I love you for them!

As a plus-size girl who can't get a break when it comes to the terror of the scale, I am inspired by your pictures and your honesty. :D

From one "Obese" girl to another, thanks!

You look great - I LOVE that dress!!
I have overhead many of those same coversations and they bother me on so many levels. For starters, the assumption that anything more than a size 6 is fat, as well as the assumption that "fat" is bad or unattractive.

As someone who weighs close to 200 lbs and is a size 12, I can relate. No one ever believes I weigh as much as I do because "You're not fat! There's no way you weigh that much."

Really? Tell that to my scale and my the scale at the doctor's office.

My BMI is pretty high too, but I have never had a doctor tell me I need to lose weight. Would I like to be in better shape? Absolutely! I'm exercising and eating better with being healthier in mind. If I lose weight in the process that's fine. If not, oh well.

175 here, at 5'7". NOT fat, not even close. YOU, my dear are an Amazon, and totally hot! The number doesn't matter. IF you are trying to be in better shape, you are doing exactly the right thing. And muscle tissue is much denser than fat, so the numbers are not likely to go south. I'd be much more concerned with someone who looked down, than someone who has put on weight. That's what I think of as "having let one's self go."

And that red cardigan, is the perfect color for you!

I think the glare was actually steam because you were looking so hot! Thanks so much for your honesty about money and weight. It is refreshing and why are a role model to so many of your readers!

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30for30 Day 13

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A little tease of spring and now we're right back to winter. More sweaters and scarves, at least for a few days.

30for30 Day 13

30for30 Day 13

Showing you how cold it is:

30for30 Day 13

Today I'm wearing:
#7 Ann Taylor Loft Ann black and white mini houndstooth wide leg trousers (also worn on Day #3 and Day #9)
#16 Calypso blue Banana Republic whipstitch v-neck sweater (also worn on Day #3)
#25 Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (also worn on Day #1, Day #5, Day #6, and Day #10)

Did your sharp eyes catch me? Yep, I'm (unintentionally) wearing the same basic outfit (sweater and slacks) I did on Day #3. Different shoes and accessories, though, so hopefully I'm still OK with 30-for-30 rules!

Accessories:
-blue plaid and floral scarf (Topshop)
-Coach black leather belt (thrifted)
-turquoise and wooden beaded earrings (Little Black Box)

Have you noticed that 90% of my earrings are from the LBB? They are. I never buy earrings, but I almost always keep the ones that come with the LBB.

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30for30 Day 12

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The other day, my friend Emily and I were discussing whether or not it is appropriate to wear skinny jeans to work--on a casual day, obviously. We have casual Fridays at my office (though I so far haven't typically participated in them), so I decided to try it out today.

Appropriate?

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Personally, I'm not loving this. I think it makes me look a bit bottom heavy.

I'm wearing:
#30 NY & Co. skinny jeans (also worn on Day #2)
#11 Old Navy printed button down shirt in pink ditzy floral (also worn on Day #7)
#28 Softspots purple suede wedges (also worn on Day #3 and Day #7)

Accessories:
-chunky jade choker (gift)
-purple jade earrings (gift)

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They look GREAT on you! Not a bottom-heavy look at all. I am encouraged now, because I really thought they'd only look good on the size 6s of the world, which we are NOT. And I think they are both tailored-looking, and have a crisp enough coloring to be perfectly apropos for a casual day.

I feel like a well-cut and fitted pair of jeans is more appropriate for the workplace than a whole lot of what passes off as business casual. You look great.

I think these are very well fitting jeans, and you look great in them. If you had a bunch of distressing or whiskering, I think it would be less appealing. The look is good, but you might be for comfortable in a more conservative blouse or sweater. You look great, Grace!

I like the jeans, but the shirt isn't doing anything for me. I think the jeans are ok, but you need a more fitted top to go with them. Or belt the shirt.

I vote with Jennifer. The jeans look great, but the top is too blousey.

At this moment I am wearing a camo baseball cap and a t-shirt with a tiger on it, though, so perhaps I'm not qualified for this consult.

The jeans are perfect, but I'd throw a blazer or a sweater over the top. It's cute, but the proportions aren't quite right--I think that's where you get the idea that you look bottom-heavy. Which you don't, not at all, but still.

You look great! I really like this outfit.

I like the outfit!

I don't think they look too bottom heavy at all! But for work I've found that skinny jeans work best with boots. They still look flattering, but for some reason the boots even out the leg or something and make it more work appropriate.
I love when the 30 for 30 gets people to try new things!

The Auspicious Life

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30for30 Day 11

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This shirt is another one of those wardrobe problem pieces that I added to the 30for30 to force myself to figure out a way to wear. I like it--the print is great and I like the style--but the shininess always strikes me as suspect, and it's both too short to tuck in and not structured enough to leave out.

I think this works, though. What do you think?

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And are you tired of my new love of belts yet?

30for30 Day 11

I'm wearing:
#14 Banana Republic green and black cowl neck top (outlet store)
#8 Ann Taylor Loft Ann charcoal pinstripe wide leg pants (also worn on Day #5)
#26 Antia black laced wedges (also worn on Day #4 and Day #9)

Accessories:
-Betsy Johnson studded black stretch belt (Ross)
-silver matte bangle bracelets (no idea...)
-silver concentric circles necklace (Ebay)

And a question: I'm really starting to hate my hair. Should I change it? How?

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I love it! I love that outfit and that is saying a lot since I generally don't like that shade of green.

I LOVE this outfit. I think it's my favorite so far. That color looks great on you and I like the shiny fabric.

I may have to try the belt thing. I see a lot of unstructured shirts that I like but I feel like they're too "floppy" or something. This is a neat compromise.

This may be my favorite look yet...you look wonderful!

Agreed with everyone else on the love of this outfit.

Love this one! And I agree the color is beautiful on you. I'm also loving the belts! It's making want to go out and get some for myself. Not sure I could pull it off as well as you though.

As for hair, have you tried different hairstyles with your current cut? I've started watching a lot of youtube hair tutorials to give me some ideas on what to do with my hair. This one is one of my favorites, it has 10 different quick styles for med-long hair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8N3s7O8l6k

This is a wonderful look!

I think this is my favourite of all the outfits you've posted :)

I love that shirt!

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30for30 Day 10

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This outfit is one of the reasons I decided to do 30for30. It's something I've put on before, decided was cute, and then not worn because other things seemed easier, or because I was afraid it wasn't really work appropriate. When he saw me this morning, Mark asked if I was channeling Joan (from Mad Men). So what do you think--appropriate for the office?

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I'm wearing:
#4 Ann Taylor teal ponte shift dress
#23 Lapis black swing jacket (thrifted)
#25 Ro Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (also worn on Day1, Day 5, and Day 6)

With:
-black tights (Long Tall Sally)
-silver and amethyst chip necklace (Overstock.com)

And it's Day 10! I'm 1/3 of the way there! Shall we take a look at the first 10 days?

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30for30 Day 630for30 Day 730for30 Day 830for20 Day 930for30 Day 10

Which is your favorite look so far? Least favorite?

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I think you look terrific! Very nice for an office job. You go girl!

Love all the pics lined up next to each other. Really shows how hard you're working to change it up each day. You look great!!!

kris

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This is my favorite. This is totally a me outfit. I would wear this outfit. I think I HAVE this outfit, in several blue-dress-boxy-black-jacket-knee-high-boots variations, both vintage and non.

Tell Mark that Joan actually hasn't followed the boxy, non "wiggle" trend into the mid-60s, and would never wear this because she's still in her Mamie van Doren dresses, which now that she's "Mrs. Harris" and older are starting to make her look dated. It's an actual conscious choice the wardrobe people made for her--she's not moving past 1959, because it worked so well for her.

Betty would wear this. Betty was also trapped in the 50s, style-wise, until her divorce, but now has an entirely new wardrobe built along these mid-sixties lines. I know way too disgustingly much about this because I read obsessively about it when I need to be studying.

Favorites day 5,6, 8.
Least Favorite: Today, it just doesn't flatter your best asset, which is your beautiful curves.

100% appropriate, and only mildly bootylicious.

Work appropriate but I don't really like the jacket. It is a bit too boxy and I don't like the short jacket look. The colors are fantastic though!

I really like the simple black dress with the scarf around the waist.

This look is ok, but not your best. I agree with Rachel that this look hides your curvy assets.

Also? My least fav (so far) is the white stocking look. My fav (so far) is the gray skirt, boots and red blouse.

I like it, though I think it would look even better if the jacket were a touch shorter - ideally it should hit right above your waist for maximum emphasis.

My fav is the 1st pic and the gray slacks with maroon top. But today's outfit is totally app for work!
It's classy.
And thrifted jacket?! My kinda thing.

Ooh. I just noticed the skirt and red top combo. Really, really like that one.

Grace, my favorite is day 9! They all look real nice on you. Are you losing weight?

# 8 is my favorite. Although I think you look fantastic in all of them. I am so envious of your ability to create gorgeous, flattering outfits. I need to take lessons from you!

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30for30 Day 9

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Apparently, my camera had its special "double chin" feature on this morning...

Do you think I'm becoming obsessed with the belts?

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Wearing:
#7 Ann Taylor Loft Ann black and white mini houndstooth wide leg trousers (also worn on Day 3)
#18 Ann Taylor Loft burgundy scoop neck sweater
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (also worn on Day 4)

Accessories:
-narrow blue faux snakeskin belt (thrifted)
-turquoise, amber, and purple silk drip-dyed scarf (gift)

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30for30 Day 8

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Today's outfit is a study in mixing neutrals, and I gotta tell you all--it works for me. What do you think? Too much neutral mixing? Does it seem intentional?

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And a Valentine's Day kiss for all of you!

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Today's is also an almost-all thrifted outfit! I'm wearing:
#2: Navy and white Dockers floral shirt dress (thrifted)
#21: Cream cardigan with black beading (thrifted)
#27: Franco Sarto Moto brown boots

And accessories:
-wide tan belt (thrifted)
-gray tights (Hue via TJ Maxx)
-Banana Republic gold interlocking circles necklace (gift)

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Again with the cute high belt! Good work.

I think this is my favorite so far!

Perfect blend of neutrals. I totally see this look with a fancy pair of heels or flats and a cute clutch. Perfect day to evening wear outfit.

I love it! I've never thought of mixing neutrals like this. I must remedy my wardrobe now. My favorite colors are black, grey and charcoal grey. I'm sure I could add some tan, cream and chocolate brown in there somewhere and make it work!

I'm really not a color person - this outfit is super cute. :)

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30for30 Day 7

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I didn't really want to wear pants today, but it's freezing here, so I made a last minute change. I'm realizing just how limited my options are as I keep trying to reach for things that aren't included in my 30for30. I guess that's part of the challenge. I do wish I'd bothered to try everything on before I started, though, so I could at least reject items that don't fit well!

Today, though, I'm looking pretty cute and feeling pretty cozy:

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Wearing:
#9 Banana Republic Jackson wide-leg suit pants in gray alloy
#11 Old Navy printed button down shirt in pink ditzy floral
#15 Ann Taylor chunky black short sleeved sweater (outlet store)
#28 Softspots purple suede wedges (also worn on Day 3)

With:
Ling Glass pink stained glass pendant necklace
dela chic crocheted green leaf earrings (via Little Black Box)

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Ha! I have those earrings as well, except in a beigey green, via little black box. :)

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30for30 Day 6

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Does this outfit look challenging? It really was. I love the shape of this skirt, but it has two major flaws: first, it's too big around the waist, even though it's a size smaller than I typically take these days, and secondly, it's brown. I just don't do brown. Earth tones are my least favorite. So I'm never quite sure how to style it.

All that said, I think this worked out OK in the end. The belt helps a ton with the waist problem, and in reality, wearing it with black (which I know some people frown on!) is the only way I'm ever going to make this skirt work.

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Showing off my belt:
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WHAT is going on with my hair (with gratuitous Illy sighting)?
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The players:
#6 Anne Klein taupe fluted skirt (thrifted)
#10 Ann Taylor short sleeved ruched black sweater (also seen on Day 4, this is going to be a workhorse item)
#20 Charter Club red and black cropped cardigan (thrifted)
#25 Ros Hommerson Sidney tall flat black boots (also seen on Day 1 and Day 5)

The supporting cast:
-thick black tights (another buy on my trip to Norway, I think)
-Betsy Johnson studded black elastic belt (Ross)
-copper and bronze tubular beaded bracelets (gift)
-resin butterfly earrings (via Little Black Box)

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I love it! My fav. work pants are brown. I wear them with reds, pinks, purples. And today I'm wearing them with a bright cerulean blue sweater.

I love that skirt. :)

Great outfit! Love the shape and color of the skirt. The pattern and color of your cardi is pretty. I think cats know when we're taking pics for our blogs!
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30for30 Day 5

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I woke up this morning, put on this outfit, and immediately fell back to sleep. Seriously, this one is boring. I was hoping the addition of a bit of turquoise jewelry would wake it up a little bit, but the pictures aren't giving me much confidence in that.

And I have officially started to freak out about the 30-for-30. I made some TERRIBLE choices, particularly in the "I don't have enough shirts" and "why the hell did I include two jackets?" departments. Turns out that picking mostly clothes you don't typically wear is probably not the smartest novice move.

Anyway, here's today:

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I'm wearing:
#8: Ann Taylor Loft Ann charcoal pinstripe wide leg pants
#17: Martin & Osa red cashmere and silk v-neck sweater (I miss Martin & Osa)
#25: Ros Hommerson Sidney flat black boots (Amazon, my first duplicate item, also worn on Day 1)

And also:
-Ann Taylor black, white, and gray patterned camisole (outlet store)
-Tommy Hilfiger black leather belt (Ross)
-silver and turquoise beaded earrings (Gems by Jerri via Little Black Box)
-silver chain and turquoise bead necklace (A.J. Wright)

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I need you to shop for me. Not boring. Safe maybe, but never boring.

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30for30 Day 4

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First, my apologies for the pictures. They're getting worse every day!

This is my inspired-by-fashion-bloggers outfit, I think. It all started with my love of Erin's bright pink tights. I don't have tights quite so bright, but I do have pink tights, so I thought it was time to show them off. Then I picked shoes inspired by Sal's awesome architectural collection, and took her advice to bring a pop of color into an outfit multiple times to make it intentional. Finally, I thought of how all four ladies at Academichic make such judicious and flattering use of belts (especially over cardigans!).

This is what I came up with:

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Love that last picture. Apparently, I'd like you to notice my shoes.

I'm wearing:
#5 Josephine Chaus black a-line skirt (Ross)
#10 Ann Taylor short sleeved ruched black sweater
#19 reversible black and white polka dot cardigan (vintage, I think, thrifted)
#26 Antia black lace-up wedges (Shoebuy.com)

Accessories are:
-candy pink tights (We Love Colors)
-vintage pink seed beaded necklace (thrifted)
-narrow black Etienne Aigner belt (thrifted)

And WHAT is going on with my hair??

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Very cute! I still can't figure out how to do the belt-over-sweater thing. You've convinced me that it can look good on girls who are bigger than twigs, though. Thanks for the inspiration!

I think you look fabulous! I am so envious of anyone who can "do" fashion. I think I am lacking a critical gene for that.

the pink tights are PERFECT! so cute! :)

I love this outfit! I feel the same way as Elizabeth about the belts. Maybe I will be brave enough to try it now.

Love these tights, especially in winter. You're too cute - and I love your comment about noticing your shoes. Hee hee!

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30for30 Day 3

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First, can I just say that I take the worst self-portraits known to woman? These are just awful. I think I need one of those flexi-tripods so I can set the camera up higher and not have every shot be below my face level (all the better to produce glare off my chins). But for now, we'll make do with what we've got.

It's Monday, kids. Today we're going for cozy, simple, and professional enough to get me by.

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What you see here is:
#7 Ann Taylor Loft Ann black and white mini houndstooth wide leg trousers
#16 Calypso blue Banana Republic whipstitch v-neck sweater
#28 Softspots purple suede wedges

Accessories are:
-wide black leather Tommy Hilfiger belt (Ross)
-vintage Vera Neumann lavender floral scarf (thrifted)

I actually like this more in live action that I do in the photos. I think it makes me look kinda shapeless in the pictures, but it's a bit more flattering in real life. I also LOVE the softness of the sweater and finally figuring out how to wear this great scarf.

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Love it! This is my idea of business attire.

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30for30 Day2

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I swear, the forces that be do NOT want me to get into this remix. I'd barely started and I was informed that today (my Day 2) is "jerseys" day at work. We're all supposed to wear football jerseys in honor of Super Bowl weekend.

Hm. OK. As I'm sure you noticed, a football jersey was not included in my 30for30 items.

At first, I thought I'd just not count today. Then, I decided to work with it. The jersey itself would be a freebie, because there was no way I was going to wear it again in the next 30 days, but whatever I wore with it would either have to come from my 28 previously selected items or fill in my 2 blanks.

I really tried to make a the jersey work with something I'd previously picked out. At one point, I was wearing it over a shift dress, with a jacket over the top. It just didnt' work. It looked like something I'd have come up with at three years old.

So, I filled my #29 and #30 spots. With things that will likely not be that helpful when it comes to making 28 more outfits. But I've got spirit, dammit!

Oh, also? My jersey is a British Premiere League football jersey for Mark's team, Arsenal. So yeah. Soccer. Hopefully that's close enough.
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I'm wearing:
Arsenal 2009 season away jersey (freebie, belongs to Mark)
#29 Banana Republic long-sleeved navy boat neck t-shirt (thrifted)
#30 NY&Co skinny jeans
#27 Franco Sarto Moto boots (no longer available, sadly)

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I think you look great! Can you wear a coat more than once? HOPE SO! bbrrrr...

You are definitely "Fly" in this outfit. :-)

Very cute. Can't wait to see the rest of your outfits as they emerge!

A woman after my own heart with the futbol jersey. I went to our local pro team's pre-season game against the Portland Timbers tonight. Fun!

The jeans look great on you!

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30for30 Day 1

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As promised, today I'm wearing my first outfit. It hasn't been an auspicious start. First, I realized that my #1 item, the black dress with the small white polka dots, isn't actually fitting me at my current weight. Nice. Then I discovered that it was 25 freaking degrees and all thoughts of style were secondary to concerns about warmth and coziness.

So I went for warm and cozy. And...monotone.

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What you see here is my thrifted BCBG sweater dress (item #3), worn with my new Ros Hommerson flat black boots (item #25). All I've added are a pair of thick patterned tights I bought in Norway a long time ago and an old gifted Banana Republic gray and black floral silk scarf as a belt. So much for embracing accessories.

I don't hate this outfit, though. It's boring, but it does the job of being cozy and comfortable and it's still pretty cute. It'd like it better if the dress wasn't a turtleneck. And I did try to force myself a bit out of my comfort zone by tying the scarf as an obi-style belt, but it just looked odd, so this was my compromise.

Also? In the future I'll try to remember to take photos without my uber stylish work ID already attached.

At least I started! Hopefully I'll do better tomorrow.

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