End of autumn

Happy short week, friends! Well... if you have a short week. I have a short week, so I'm definitely celebrating. We don't have major plans, except for Thanksgiving with Eric's family and chopping down a Christmas tree with friends. I'm excited to just have a long weekend to relax, do a little bit of shopping, decorate our place for the holidays, and perhaps get started on my Christmas movie watching. I'm so excited! These pictures were also taken right before our first snowfall... so autumn is over! I know winter doesn't officially start until late December, but once snow is here, winter is here in the minds of Michiganders.

I'm still going strong on my 30-item challenge! I didn't realize how many of you would be interested... I've gotten an awesome response! A lot of my friends have approached me too saying they'd love to try it, but weren't sure if they could really narrow it down. It's been pretty easy so far. Granted, I'm maybe only two weeks into it, but this first month is going to be a breeze. I feel way less overwhelmed when I look into my closet, and I like my style a lot more right now. I do think I might have to cheat for one night though... which is our work holiday party coming up. I didn't really incorporate any "fancy" pieces into my wardrobe, because they are hard to mix in day-to-day, so I'll either go with the black dress in my 30-item challenge, or grab something from my second wardrobe in the guest room. We'll see.

Not much else is new! Just the usual of working, spending time at home with Eric, hanging out with friends, life is slow and good right now. I love the slow lane. I could stay here my entire life! Having time to cook meals at night, catch up on my favorite T.V. shows, take Winny for walks, clean the apartment, organize new drawers and go to World Market, just 'cuz. It's the best. :)

Starting out

Hi guys! This post is going to be super quick because I have wine club tonight, which is my favorite! Eric and I took these photos two weekends ago when I JUST cleaned out my closet to start my 30-item challenge. Day one is always the easiest right? Chambray on denim, black cardigan with some tawny flats. I tried black flats, and didn't really like the outfit until I traded colors. Maybe I just love the combination of tawny brown and black, but it just added a lil' something. Plus, it matches my favorite tote. Easy and casual for a Sunday afternoon! See you guys tomorrow.

Outfit details:

H&M fine-knit cardigan
Aeropostale high-waisted jegging
Madewell The Transport Tote
Old Navy chambray top (similar)
Need Supply Camela Flat in Tan (similar)

30-Item Challenge

So as many of you already know, I decided to try a simplified wardrobe for a while. I was really inspired when I saw a post by Indiana of Mom Jeans and Dad Jokes, doing the same thing called “thoughtful closet”, which is 30 items for 3 months. Kendi of Kendi Everyday also used to do something similar by creating 30 outfits from 30 items. My goal is to do a month of wearing only these 30 items, and then incorporate one piece from my {old} wardrobe weekly after that. 

My reason to start this was because… I hated my closet. I’d wake up in the morning, try to push through the things in there, realized I didn’t like anything, and would grab the same green sweater or black tee and a cardigan. My outfits at work were just so blah, you could tell I threw something together in five minutes, I wore jeans every day, and I was just feeling so uninspired. I also feel like the biggest reason I decided to start a blog was to define my personal style, and I feel like for the past five years, it’s gotten off track somehow. I look back at the beginning stages of my blog and realized, I liked all of those outfits (still!). But lately, I realized I don’t really know my sense of style anymore, and that makes me sad. 

First, I looked at my “style inspiration” board on Pinterest to gain inspiration for what I liked and what I was constantly pinning. I looked back at some of my past outfits and pulled my favorites, and I started to notice patterns. I love neutrals. I love black, white, beige, brown, gray, with some seasonal darker colors like burgundy, hunter greek and navy. So I decided to push my wardrobe in that way. My goal is to have more of a classic style, put-together, intentional, and simplified.

I started making a list of things I saw in outfits that I loved. Simple things like skinny jeans, a black blazer, simple black flats, tan ankle boots, etc. I gathered anything out of my closet that I could, and ordered three new things (essentials!) to complete my 30-item wardrobe. I’m a week and a half into it now, and honestly, I love it so far! Who knows how I’ll be feeling later… but so far, it’s so much easier to plan outfits, and my style is already feeling better and more “me”.

I’m excited to complete a month and see how I feel… and eventually start to work a few items back in that are very much thought-out. I’m over ill-fitting clothes that aren’t my style that just sit in my closet and take up space. A few things I already miss and will work back in right away… my moccasins, and some knee-height boots (need better, more quality ones). Unfortunately with my schedule (and how dark it gets so early), I won’t be able to blog all 30 outfits, but I’ll blog as many as I can! And post on Instagram as well too. I’ll give a recap in a month too. If you’re feeling inspired to start a challenge too, and have any questions, just let me know! xo

Tops: Burgundy plaid tunic, black turtleneck, beige sweater, black button-up blouse, gingham top, burgundy sweater, green plaid, black cardigan, green sweater, navy patterned cardigan, black duster cardigan, burgundy patterned cardigan, chambray top, white eyelet tank

Dresses: White eyelet dress, black floral dress, black turtleneck dress

Skirts: Mustard button-up skirt, black skirt

Miscellaneous: Green utility jacket, black blazer, black leather jacket

Shoes: Black flats, tan ankle boots, tawny flats, black ankle boots, burgundy boots, brown boots

jb and me Blogger Event

Last week, I attended a super fun blogger event at jb and me in Holland. There were super yummy snacks, desserts and wine. We each got a 20% off discount code to shop, and there were a bunch of door prizes raffled off! I won a candle that smells exactly like a freshly cut Christmas tree, and a cute burgundy brimmed hat! I also bought a cozy new cardigan, and a black ribbed turtleneck dress. Both of them are in my 30-item closet challenge, so I'll share more on those soon! jb and me is also offering my readers a 20% off discount to shop online, so be sure to head over there! The code is "blogger7".

This time of year always throws me for a loop. It's completely dark out by the time I'm out of work, and I'm tired and in bed by 9:30pm. So silly! I know I'll adjust, but it's always hard in the beginning. I've been working on simplifying my life like crazy right now. It's slightly chaotic to get to that point, but I know once I've accomplished all of my projects, things will feel good. They are already feeling better. I'm working on a new blog design, which will help with time management going forward. I cleaned out my closet to 30 items and that in itself has been huge. I promise to do my initial post on that on Monday, for sure! But otherwise I've just been donating and purging our apartment, being happy with empty space and clean corners, and getting my life organized! It's a good exercise to do before the new year begins.

Other than that, not much else is new! It's a super gray day today, and we just saw our first snow! It only lasted a few minutes, but it's always kind of exciting. I hope it doesn't stick until after Thanksgiving, but I just love a white Christmas. I'm really looking forward to the holidays this year. As soon as we're done eating turkey, I want to go and cut down our annual tree and decorate our apartment. There's nothing better than a hot cup of cocoa, a Christmas movie, and the lights of the tree in your living room. Ah! So excited.

Okay, I'll be back on Monday with a recap of the 30 items I chose for my closet challenge... and I'll start doing some outfit posts. Unfortunately with my schedule, I can't blog every outfit, but I'll try and Instagram more too if I can. I've been using Stylebook to organize my closet, and I've been creating "looks" and putting them into my calendar, which is so helpful! I can pretty much plan my outfit the next day laying in bed. I love it! Anyway, have a great weekend! xo

Blackrocks Brewery

Phew! We're finally onto the final post from our honeymoon. To be honest, I wish we would have spent one more day in the mountains, and one day in Marquette because by the end there, we were slightly out of things to do! We went to lunch at Doncker's, which was super tasty. I'd high recommend getting your own side of their homemade macaroni and cheese. We were going to check out a local mine, but because the temperatures dropped so suddenly, we decided to go and see Goosebumps in theaters. It was so good! I felt like a kid watching it. ;)

After the movie, we headed straight to check out Blackrocks Brewery. We tried to go here last summer, but they were closed for a private event, so it was awesome to check it out. Unfortunately I don't like beer, but I'm always glad when I can entertain Eric since he has to go to so many lighthouses for me. Haha! We had a couple of drinks (root beer for me) and we were waiting for the taco truck to show up... but unfortunately that never showed up either! Oh well, next time hopefully!

Thankfully I brought lots of layers for the dip in temperature, so I was well prepared! I just bought these high-waisted black jeans from H&M recently and I love them. So comfortable for weekend outings! Just this past weekend, I slimmed down my closet to 30 items and I plan on trying that out for a month. I'm going to try my best to blog every outfit, but I know that's not always possible, so I'll Instagram any in-betweens. I'll do an initial post on it on Wednesday, so stay tuned. But these jeans are definitely included!