Monday, August 1, 2011

Introducing: The 21 Day Challenge!

RA of Definitely RA (you may recall her guest post) periodically hosts something called Mission: Put Together, a month long challenge to look more put together, cohesive and intentional. I participated in the last round and loved it.

She mentioned once that she considered doing daily challenges but decided it was too much work and I commented that I actually kind of liked the idea of daily challenges. We started talking and the light bulb dangling over my head flickered on.

August 15th - September 4th

For 21 days I will post a daily outfit prompt. Each Saturday I'll post the list of prompts for the week so you have some time to prepare, then the day before I'll put up a more detailed post with inspiration pictures.

Then, get dressed, take a picture and upload it to the 21 Day Challenge Flickr group* and/or blog about it and submit your link here on my blog. Cell phone pictures in bathroom mirrors are perfectly acceptable here (but if you want to go all out and take pictures in natural light and cool locations I will applaud you wildly).

I set up the Flickr group specifically for people who have a private blog, no blog at all, or prefer to participate under the radar (ie not in front of all the friends and family who read their blog). But you are welcome to post your photos in the Flickr group and on your blog if you wish.

I found some really awesome sponsors for this challenge (see my sidebar for a not quite complete list) so there will be some darn good prizes for a handful of lucky participants. I'll be spotlighting each of the sponsors** and the prizes they're contributing over the next couple weeks leading up to the first day of the challenge on August 15th.

Participation will earn you points and each point is an entry in the drawing toward prizes. I'll be keeping track of points on a spreadsheet and then using a random number generator to draw winners from my spreadsheet at the end of the challenge.

Here's how to earn points:
  • Each outfit submission is one point 
  • Blogging or tweeting about the 21 Day Challenge between now and August 12 is 5 points (make sure to let me know you've done it. You can get the HTML for the 21 Day Challenge button in my sidebar if you'd like to include it in your post)
  • Participating in all 21 days earns you 5 points 
  • Adding Freckles in April to your blog roll is 5 points (make sure to let me know you've done it!)
  • There will occasionally be bonus points up for grabs during the challenge! 
I've been working on this for a couple months now and I'm so so excited. I hope we'll get a wide variety of participants...fashion bloggers, mommy bloggers, non bloggers, everyone! The more the merrier. Hopefully you will stretch yourself and see your wardrobe for all its wonderful possibilities (and maybe win something pretty as well).



    *Don't have a flickr account? It's super fast, easy and free to sign up. I got one specifically so I could participate in M:PT and it was worth the 2 minutes it took to set it up. Also, they don't send a ton of junk to your inbox, just so you know. You can sign up with your Google account even, I think.


    **want to sponsor the challenge and contribute a prize? Email me.

    53 comments:

    1. I'm intrigued. I think I'm going to observe this round since my 30 for 30 just finished. Can't wait to see the outfits!

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    2. This sounds awesome! You better believe I'm gonna do every dang thing I can to win one of those prizes! Oh yeah, and challenging my outfits sounds good too.

      North Meets South

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    3. Hooray! I'm excited that you are kicking this off! I hope that one of the challenges coincides with the wedding I have in that span...

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    4. Fun! I will definitely try to participate.

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    5. Well I love a good challenge and I have been a major slacker in the outfit picture department. This sounds like something I could do! Count me in :)

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    6. This sounds like fun!! Ha, I already tweeted about it to a friend who was looking for something to keep her from shopping. =)

      But I have a question. These daily prompts will lead up to one photo per week? Or do you combine all the prompts/inspiration and do one photo at the end of 21 days?

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    7. This is going to be the start of me finally blogging about my outfits! Thanks for the challenge! :)

      http://blacklittlebutton.blogspot.com/2011/08/21-day-challenge.html

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    8. I have added your button to my blog. Yes I want to participate.
      http://theadventuresofshawsc.blogspot.com/

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    9. I'm in! Sounds exciting! I added you to my blog roll this morning, and when I finish my post tonight I'll be sure to include the 21 Day Challenge! :) Looking forward to it! :)

      www.magslifetoday.blogspot.com

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    10. I'm in! I think this will be a fun break from all of my t-shirts and flip-flops...though there's probably a good chance they'll make an appearance, too.

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    11. I'm completely new to this whole blogging thing, but I think this challenge will be a cool way to jump in headfirst! And I've blogged about it to make it official now :)

      http://asizetoobig.blogspot.com/2011/08/newbie-to-blogging.html

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    12. Alright, I want to do this! My blog is http://chromachord.blogspot.com Can't wait to see what you come up with for us!

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    13. this looks so fun and will help me get through to the end of August.
      With it being so hot out it is hard to stay inspired.
      brett

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    14. Very excited. Blogged about and added to blog roll. Can't wait!

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    15. My brain has been mush lately so I could use a little prompt I think :)
      I blogged about it.
      I tweeted about it.
      You are on my blogroll.
      Bam, how's that for a start :)

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    16. I'm so excited for this! I just started a style blog, and this challenge was what pushed me over the edge to get it set up. I added you to my blog roll and I'm planning on blogging about this.

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    17. I think I'm in, even though this is way outside my normal blogging topics.

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    18. I blogged it!
      http://bookslistslife.blogspot.com/2011/08/21-day-challenge.html

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    19. hi. im friends with a friend of jannsen (sp?) i've added you to my blog roll and i want 5 points :) hopefully i can get it together and participate some... also, any tips on how to shop for a wear a cute belt? Have you already blogged about, if so what is the post called? thanks :)

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    20. I am so excited about this! I blogged about it today!

      http://thefashionableteacher.blogspot.com/2011/08/21-day-challenge.html

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    21. Count me. I have blogged it, so I am now accountable to participate. Just hope I can keep up.

      http://girliemumma.blogspot.com/

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    22. Okay, I'm scared, but I'm in.

      And of COURSE you are already in my blog roll. Do you think I hate you?

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    23. I need some motivation to get dressed, so I will be joining. I've added you to my blogroll.

      http://kimatron722.blogspot.com/

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    24. I am so in. Not sure how much i'll participate in publicly, but i'll use your promps regardless. can't wait for the 15th!!!

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    26. I'm so in. I need to look less...bad. I'm a little nervous to be a plus-size entrant, but what the heck!

      hassbark.blogspot.com

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    27. Ok, I LOVE this idea. I think I just might have to participate!

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    28. Tweet! Blog roll! Created Flickr account. Let's DO THIS!

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    29. I blogged about it real quick last Friday but forgot to tell you. I'm excited!

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    30. I blogged about the challenge! http://lattestyle.tumblr.com/post/8781757439/pansy

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    31. I blogged about the challenge! http://tamarabaird.blogspot.com/2011/08/21-day-challenge.html

      Thanks!

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    32. I'm in! And this will be a challenge since I am 22-ish week pregnant...but I'm determined. :) Your button is on my blog! Check it out!

      notefromneverland.wordpress.com

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    33. i blogged about the challenge! http://alishkababushka.blogspot.com/2011/08/thursday.html

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    34. also, i added your button to my blog.

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    35. I tweeted about this.

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    36. I tweeted about this: https://twitter.com/#!/KassieRew

      And blog roll? As in being subscribed to your blog? If that is what it means, then you are in my blog roll! Looking forward to the fun!

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    37. This is going to be GREAT for me - I need to start putting together outfits that actually work on my postpartum body!

      http://duckduckandgoose.blogspot.com/2011/08/21-day-challenge.html

      Also, I'm subscribed to your blog!

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    38. So, I'm taking the plunge! I've announced on my [inconspicuous] blog that I will be participating in the 21 Day Challenge. Hopefully by the end of it I'll feel worthy enough to place your "sticker" along the sidelines of my blog! Until then, don't worry you won't be the only one rummaging through your closet for something respectable over the next couple of weeks :)

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    39. I posted about the challenge on my blog here http://pinkspilledpaint.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/im-competing-in-a-challenge/ and added you to my blogroll! I also tweeted about the post - but I'm not totally sure if that counts. :)

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    40. I'm in, but for some crazy reason I'm ridiculously nervous! I blogged about it here www.theplacebeneath.com.

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    41. I blogged about it and added you to my google reader. I'll be joining in!

      http://lrb-ohmy.blogspot.com/2011/08/21-day-challenge.html

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    42. hey just found you and totally need this challenge! ive gone 6 months and have come up with 76 original and unique outfits but i think i may be running out of steam.
      i blogged about this challenge cause i'm super excited!
      http://retrohipmama.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/21-day-challenge-with-freckles-in-april/

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    43. Just started to follow. I'm going to do this with my daughter, Natalie, (thebobbypin.com). Sounds like fun.

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    44. I added you to my blogroll!

      http://thefashionableteacher.blogspot.com/

      I am so excited to get started with the challenges!

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    45. I blogged about it, too!
      http://kimatron722.blogspot.com/2011/08/get-dressed.html

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    46. blogged about it! http://daniellesotherblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/just-peachy.html

      and you are already on my Google Reader blog roll!

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    47. tweeted it too - http://twitter.com/#!/daniellesmyname/status/103144139411034112

      is there a hashtag?

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    48. I've tweeted about the challenge and added you to my blogroll. This is going to be fun!

      http://thriftyandshameless.blogspot.com

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    49. I blogged about the challenge, and I'm linking to your blog every day with the challenge logo! I also added you to my blogroll!

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    50. You are now on my blogroll, and I'm linking to your blog in my new posts! I'm so excited about this challenge! : )

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    51. You're on my blog roll and I've added your button!

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