30×30: Recap

In conclusion, I’d like to say… HALLELUJAH.

This was my first blogging challenge ever, but that is only one of the reasons it was unforgettable. Aside from that, during this blogging challenge I went through some major life changes. I went from living on my own to moving back in with my parents (I actually moved during 30×30, and only misplaced SOME of my items!). I went from married to filed for divorce. I began with someone else taking my pictures for me to taking all my own pictures.

And I started to step out of my comfort zone. My comfort zone is called JEANS. I typically live in them and own 4-5 pairs that are exactly the same. My early 30×30 was filled with jeans. And admittedly, I do love jeans but I’m really beginning to enjoy skirts a little bit more than I used to. I still have a couple barriers I need to break–more accessorizing would be nice, as would less cardigan love.

As for 30×30 regrets? I have several. There are a couple items I used only once (blazer, I’m looking at you), or even not at all (those ankle boots). You can view all my choices here. I probably didn’t need 7 pairs of shoes (only 5 of which I used). As for the 8 tops, I could have used more tops but I didn’t need multiple white ones. 4 cardigans was also an unnecessary expense, I could have made due with 3. I do wish I’d used my blazer more, but it’s one of those difficult items to work with.

Overall, I definitely feel like 30×30 helped me step up my creativity a little more (not as much as I would have liked, I did get a bit lazy) and allowed me to visualize new combinations with my wardrobe. I actually could make several more outfits just from this set of 30 items. However, I’m definitely excited to utilize the rest of my wardrobe.

The End of an Era (30×30: Day 30)

White Cardigan: Gap; Yellow Tank Top: American Eagle, gift from sister; Shorts: Target; Shoes: Payless; Necklace: gift from Grandmother

This is my last 30×30 outfit! Can I hear a hallelujah? I was going to do a dress for my last 30×30 outfit, but decided not to at last minute. Funny how on the last day of 30×30 I suddenly come up with 3 different outfits I could wear. It figures.

Necklace and makeup shot. See how shiny my face is? Yeah, that’s because it’s FINALLY summer in Washington. No really. Before now, it was grey/cloudy/rainy and now it’s warm and my room is a sauna. I’m huddled next the air conditioning…

I attempted to take shots in 3-4 different places today. No really. I could not seem to get the right shot no matter what I did. The one above is one of my “better” shots from outside. It was just not working for me today. So I ended up back at my current favorite spot–the living room. However, I ended up taking a test shot for when the entry way bench is cleaned off and it looks like I’ll be attempting to take a couple shots there.

I’ll do a post this evening recapping all my 30×30 items, and listing off which ones I used the most. Then tomorrow will be the first outfit shot from the variety of my closet! There’s a whole lot of new items I bought during an “accidental” shopping spree that I can’t wait to show off…

That royal bird, whose tail’s a diadem (30×30: Day 29)

Outfit Details: 

Cardigan: Joseph A., from Ross; Blouse: Jones New York, from Ross; Shorts: Target; Tights: Modcloth; Flats: Blowfish; Earrings: X-mas gift from Parents

I’m kind of surprised I managed to whip this outfit out of the end of my 30×30 pieces. But can I just say hallelujah? I was also very excited to match these tights with the cardigan. I got these from Modcloth and whenever I wear them people always ask where i got them.

Also–you may have noticed a change of scenery. My bedroom’s lighting is awful, and the garage wasn’t very photogenic. So I decided to try and move it to the living room. I was planning to go outside for the outfit photos, but decided against it because I was lazy. It’s bad to admit that, isn’t it?. Maybe tomorrow.

Self portraits are a lot more difficult that I thought they would be. The shot above was supposed to be a detail shot. Yeah. It’s really all trial and error. Oh whoops, camera placed too low, or to the left, or I cut off my head. All sorts of stuff like that.

I tend to have a really boring life so all I have for “life” stuff is my sister woke me up this morning trying to find my car keys. It seemed they had completely disappeared, and no one could find them. So I started cleaning up my room, and voila! There they were. Right next to my purse. Like seriously. Right next to it. I also thankfully managed to find my camera charger, which is a good thing since the battery was obscenely low.

(Title is a quote from Lord Byron, here: “For everything seemed resting on his nod, As they could read in all eyes. Now to them, Who were accustomed, as a sort of god, To see the sultan, rich in many a gem, Like an imperial peacock stalk abroad (That royal bird, whose tail’s a diadem,) With all the pomp of power, it was a doubt How power could condescend to do without.”) 

(30×30: Day 27 & 28)

 Grey Tee: Old Navy; Grey Shorts: American Eagle; Necklace: Modcloth; Flats: Ross.

On Friday, I ended up wearing green sweatpants and a red tank to clean my old apartment. It was Christmas in July. Trust me when I say there is no way I’ll be posting that on here. Plus it didn’t fit in to 30×30! So Day 27 was Saturday. I changed into this once I drove back home.

Don’t you hate when you wash clothes and suddenly they don’t fit the same way? That’s what happened with both the items I’m wearing. The shorts managed to shrink and now the fit is weird and unflattering. I’m pretty sure that the top is shot at this point. It has lost its shape so badly now that when I was done doing laundry yesterday, I stuck it in my exercise (aka reject clothes) drawer because there is no way to wear it in public anymore.

Cream/White Tank Top: White House, Black Market; Skirt: Nostalgia, Bellingham WA; Red Flats: Ross; All Jewelry: from Hawaii. 

This is Sunday’s outfit. Whee! I really loved this. I was originally going to throw my navy cardigan in here, but it did not work the way I hoped it would. Ah well. I felt the whole look was really cute, though I wish I’d had a red belt to throw in there.

On second thought, I just had to go and check but this outfit is remarkably similar to my 4th of July outfit. Whoops. Aside from different top, no glasses, and lack of red scarf as belt–it’s practically identical. I knew I was forgetting something as I put those red shoes on. Ah well. At least it’s not exactly the same…

My 30×30 regrets is starting to get worse and worse. There are couple items I’ve only worn once, which is probably why the super close almost-repeat. As for the jewelry, this is a cute set I got in Hawaii. I originally only bought the necklace and earrings, and then searched high and low for the bracelet because it needed to have gold instead of silver to match the rest of the items. This is also the only bracelet I have. I have very small wrists, and this is the only one I have that fits me.

I can’t wait for 30×30 to be over… 2 more days!

Today for You, Tomorrow for Me (30×30: Day 26 & FBFF)

Outfit Details:

Glasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Pink cardigan: Jones New York, Ross; Top: White House, Black Market; Belt: Target; Skirt: Ross; Shoes: Payless

As you can see, this is where I blog from. You can see my desk, my computer, a bed piled with books and clothes (the essentials). You can also see my closet–the blue masking tape tells me what is in the drawers since I can never remember where I put things. I kind of tend to hide in my room most of the time and only come out for food, I’m a recluse like that.

I ended up taking a break from 30×30 (again) for the past couple days (Tuesday and Wednesday) while I had a pity party for myself. Not my best moment, obviously (especially considering I lounged in sweatpants/pjs). However, I also managed to unpack more of the garage, which gets me closer to my goal of working out.

I ended up picking up my car from the auto shop in this outfit. Woohoo! I actually forgot it was in the shop until my sister reminded me, and then I realized they hadn’t called me for the last 3 days and they said it would be a day. See? Recluse. I didn’t even notice my car was missing.

These shoes were one such item. I’ve worn them once before during 30×30. Obviously not one of my better picks.

I admit, I was originally going to pair this with the white cardigan and go for my traditional (and beloved) black & white outfit routine. But then I realized the pink cardigan and this pink belt are similar shades and would work well together while adding a pop of color and making this outfit a little less boring. Plus it gets me out of my red glasses/red flats rut that I absolutely love to fall into.

I’m headed up to Bellingham Friday/Saturday. So there won’t be a post tomorrow, I’m afraid, but the Sunday Read will go up as usual and then I’ll have multiple outfits to post on Monday.

(Also, I totally realized just how accurate the title was. A post today, none tomorrow. Can anyone name the musical? Hint: it’s easy.)

(30×30: Day 25)

Outfit Details: 

Skull scarf: e-bay; Black t-shirt: F21; B&W skirt: Ross; Red flats: Ross.

Can I just say the picture-taking Gods were with me yesterday? Hallelujah. These pictures ended up a little darker than I normally like because Washington’s weather went back to grey and rainy the other day. However, I feel like it fits the mood of the clothing.

In addition to flattering pictures, I absolutely loved this outfit. It played up my love of black and white (the majority of my wardrobe) without being boring. I even threw in some red with the accessories (glasses & shoes) for good measure.

However the real finishing touch? My nails!

They’re zebra print! After watching countless tutorials I ended up buying a Konad nail stamper and 25 image plates off amazon. This is my first attempt at nails with designs on them and I really love how they turned out. I can’t wait to try some other images.

Here’s a close-up of a cheap-o skull scarf I own. I love how the eerie the print looks since the fabric is so see through. Plus hair and makeup turned out nicely today! Always a bonus.

Flower Power (30×30: Day 24)

Outfit Details: 

Scarf: Oscar by Oscar de la Renta, T.J. Maxx; Shirt: Unknown, label reads “Suzie in the City”; Skirt: Laundry by Shelli Segal, Thrifited; Shoes: Steve Madden, birthday present

I realized i hadn’t worn this shirt with my pink skirt that I’ve been throwing into my rotation a lot recently. So I decided to go for it. I felt like added the scarf on top tied it all together and the shoes worked well with the shirt. Can I just say I really can’t wait for 30×30 to be over for me?

I borrowed the scarf as shrug idea from Kendi. I couldn’t help but love it!  It actually was a bit sunny out the other day, so I managed to (joyfully) wear this outside. I ended up running to the store to buy food for dinner. Other than that, mostly super boring.

Sorry this post is up late, I’ve been staying up wayyy too late recently reading Clash of Kings (the second book in the George R.R. Martin series) and so I didn’t wake up until noon!

My Sick Obsession (30×30: Day 23)

Outfit Details:

Dress (as skirt): from Nordstroms; Black tee: Forever 21; Black peep-toe wedges: White House, Black Market; Earrings: Ideeli

I would never have considered to wear a dress as a skirt before reading style blogs. Seriously, what an ingenious way to get more wear out of my wardrobe (especially items that might not get as much wear). Plus, it’s getting towards the end of 30×30 and I’m getting desperate. I had a whole other outfit planned for today, tried it on and it look awful. Utterly awful. I had to come up with something else. Luckily, this didn’t turn out too bad.

Here is the second pair of cameo earrings I bought off Ideeli awhile back. Super cute. I’m excited to start wearing these more.

I also discovered that my hair is finally long enough for me to get a ginormous bun. To commemorate this moment, I decided to make the largest possible bun I could and wear it all day. If my hair was longer it would be even bigger. I love doing fun things with my hair and can’t wait until it grows back to the length it was before.

Today I ended up doing more postcards for my parents, and running to the grocery store with my mom. We always end up picking up a few fun things here and there.

Judging a book by it’s cover–you’re not supposed to do it, but my parents (and now I) will pick up bottles of wine with fun or crazy labels. Cupcake is one such pick that is now a frequent purchase, and a friend and I picked up Mad Housewife awhile back when we made Sangria. Picking an item by the label is a great way to try something new every once in awhile.

We also picked up these two (all natural) ice creams. Dark-Elf Delight is a delicious chocolate ice cream. I then convinced Mom to grab Sea Monster because of the name. We tried a little when we got home and while I didn’t love it as much as Dark-Elf Delight, it was pretty tasty!

(Title is from “Stephan” by Ke$ha)


Candy Cane Barbie (30×30: Day 22)

Outfit Details:

Heels: White House, Black Market; Skirt: thrifted, Laundry by Shelli Segal; tank: White House, Black Market; Cardigan: Ross, tag reads August Silk; Necklace: Modcloth; Earrings: Gift

If Barbie liked stripes, she’d have picked up this skirt in heartbeat.

I realized I’d only utilized this item one time during 30×30 and decided that I would be wearing it today, no matter what. The rain this morning did not deter to me. I didn’t really have anywhere to go. I ended up spending two and half hours this morning putting address stamps and postage on postcards for my parents. And I only finished 1/3 of the pile. Yeah, I’ll be working on that for the next couple days.

I ended up raiding my makeup drawer and I found a MAC paint pot my mom decided she didn’t like and gave to me. The color–called “Fresco Rose”– is utterly stunning. I’ll have to start using this shade more. I also wore mascara, blush, and foundation. I’m taking a break from eyeliner since my MAC Penultimate Eyeliner ran out. Nothing else works as well, so I don’t even want to bother. Why settle for something less when I’ll only be dissatisfied, right?

My hair is still wavy from the braids. I really love how long this is lasting. I might end up doing this every time I take a shower for the foreseeable future.

The details shots of the necklace didn’t turn out, but I managed a good shot of these earrings. One of my favorite pairs, these go with everything.  Also, as someone who is allergic to certain metals (in only one ear!!!) these do not hurt after several hours of wear. I often forget I even have them on!

As for life–

My room is almost completely finished and unpacked. I’ve got my bookcase, nightstand, and almost everything else in here. I’ve just got to start going through the garage and deciding what books I’ll be setting on my shelves.

Blazin’ New Paths (30×30: Day 21)

Outfit Details:

Blazer: Gift; Earrings: Ideeli; Necklace: Forever 21; Tank top: Gift; Jeans: Silver, from Buckle; Flats: Ross

I gotta be honest. The reason I wanted to do 30×30 was because of this blazer. I had never ever worn it, and I really wanted to figure out a way to make it work with the rest of my items. Yet it’s Day 21 of 30×30 and this is the first time I’ve worn it! I always ended up reaching for the easier items that I had ideas for instead of this blazer. I guess I’m just an awful 30×30-er.

I decided to pair it with the yellow tank–which seems to be one of my favorite 30×30 items (Its one of the items that got the most wear so far!). And then blue jeans because it was not so nice out and I didn’t want to freeze to death (of course it warmed up later). Then the red flats/red glasses pairing I love so much.

For accessories, I went a pink route–

I bought these earrings off Ideeli.com awhile ago and had them shipped to my parent’s house. This meant I just got them. They’re these adorable square pink cameo earrings (I also got a different pair in black). I expected them to be larger but I love the charm that comes with how tiny they are. I then grabbed this recent purchase necklace I bought at Forever 21. I felt it worked nicely with the beige/nude stripe on the jacket.

I also slept in five cornrow braids on Sunday to get the waviness of my hair. At first it wasn’t what I was hoping for when I took it out, but it definitely grew on me. I like my hair to have a little texture and it was much easier than bothering with a curling iron.

Only 9 more 30×30 days left! And I’ve still got several items I haven’t worn (whoops!). I admit, I’m really sick of my 30×30 clothes and I can’t wait to wear something different…