Bond Falls

When we were up north in the Porcupine Mountains, we headed south to check out Bond Falls! Personally, I think it's one of the most beautiful falls in the upper peninsula (that I've seen). It was about an hour drive from downtown Ontonagon after we visited the lighthouse, but well worth the trip. Thankfully, we had the best weather, so we were able to climb out on the rocks and take some photos. It's located on the Ontonagon River, and has over six viewing locations, and three viewing platforms. You can pretty much see it at every angle, and climb out on the rocks at the bottom or top of the falls!

Outfit details:

Aeropostale High Waisted Jegging
Raindrop in Burnt Henna c/o Others Follow
Breakup Jacket in Black c/o Others Follow
Loch and Key Scarf c/o ModCloth (similar, similar)
Fudge from the Fair Flat in Caramel c/o ModCloth

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