Freckles in April: September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Follow Friday

From Pinterest. Strangely unlinked to an original source (so annoying when that happens).

I read a lot of blogs. A LOT. Sometimes it gets to the point where I am overwhelmed by my reader. Recently I realized that I was barely skimming the feeds from many blogs I used to enjoy. I couldn't remember the last time I had really read them so I did a huge cleanout and unsubscribed from tons of blogs. The ones that are left are the ones that I really enjoy. The ones I never skip. Here are a few that made the cut:

1. Mel's Kitchen Cafe - I've linked to her before but she really has the best recipes. She has never led me astray and, when I'm really lacking for recipe inspiration, her blog is the first place I turn.

2. Color Me Katie - Katie's blog is a dose of sunshine. She loves color and her cat and things that will make you smile. Plus, she's part of Improv Everywhere, never fails to crack me up. She tends toward posts with fewer words and lots of pictures, which makes her a quick shot of happy in my day.

3. Atlantic Pacific - Blair's blog is ridiculously popular and rightly so. She is darling and she has some serious style. Her blog is also short on words which makes her low time investment (perfect for my life right now) but I always come away big-time inspired.

What are your favorite blogs right now?? I've got some space in my reader...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Open to Interpretation

For this round of Open to Interpretation, Amy chose this outfit of Kendi's-

This is a long time favorite of mine from her. I remember when she first posted it I thought, "Stripes on stripes! Genius! And I will never be brave enough." (wrong)

Despite the pattern mixing, the silhouette makes the whole thing feel so classic and feminine. BUT I own nothing resembling that shape (all wrong for my body type) so I took it another direction-

Thrifted shirt, skirt by me, Petal and Pink earrings (etsy), Target watch, F21 bangles, Charlotte Russe sandals

I felt so LOUD in this outfit but I liked it. Surprisingly, Aaron really liked it as well. I'm fairly certain it's because my upper half (ahem) was looking rather prominent in this shirt.

This close up is brought to you by Erica, who complained that my pictures are all too far away.
To see Amy's and Erica's interpretations, click below!

Amy and Erica


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Wednesday Want

Shabby Apple dress (giveaway win), Ralph Lauren blazer from a church swap, Mervyn's shoes, thrifted belt, swapped earrings. Upon reflection, I realized that the only thing I paid for here was the shoes (and they were on sale). Not bad!

All I want right now is FALL. I want Fall temperatures and Fall foods and Fall leaves and the whole shebang. I want pumpkin bread, dang it! The day I wore this the temperature broke 100. It was depressing. FORTUNATELY, most Arizona businesses/churches/etc. feel like this:

Person 1: I hear it's going to be 105 today.
Person 2: Oh snap. Better crank the A/C down to 50 degrees. You know...just in case.
Person 1: Oh totally. Can't be too careful.
Person 2: Yeah, we can't have people being at a comfortable temperature ever during the summer.
Person 1: Don't I know it.

And that's why you will see people taking sweaters into movie theaters in the dead of July. And why I can wear a blazer to church and be perfectly comfortable even when it's 100+.


Also, check it out:

I broke 1000 subscribers in Google Reader! On the one hand, YAY! On the other hand, who ARE all those people?? I kind of keep having to force myself to just not think about it and assume you are all lovely non-creepy people. Thank you, normal nice non-serial-killer people for reading my blog! I think you're neat.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Repaired: Cream Blouse

Thrifted blouse, shoes and belt, Charming Charlie earrings, F21 bracelets, skirt and coral belt by me

I was instantly smitten with this asymmetrical blouse at the thrift store a couple weeks ago. Judging by the seam finishing I'm fairly certain it's homemade.

It fit fine in the waist but was too big in the armpits and arms. A quick seam on either side and done. Easy peasy.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Interview with Aaron

Speaking of interviews, did you see my interview over at the Smashion style lounge this weekend? If you've ever wondered what my fav animal is, you're in luck.

The existence of my husband has actually been called into question from time to time due to the fact that he doesn't exactly make many appearances. I asked if I could interview him and he agreed under certain conditions (voice altering equipment and a shadowy video being one of them). I told him I'd get right on that.

Tell me about where you grew up.

Surfing in Hawaii in 2008 (Jeremy is Aaron's brother, by the way)

I grew up in the green paradise of Hawaii on the east side of Oahu.  I was born there and lived there until I left for college at 18.  Hawaii really is kind of a foreign country when compared with the “mainland”.  People dress differently, they speak differently, and the culture is much more laid back than other places.  I loved it there, and want to someday have some land on the east side of Oahu where I’ll live with the family for a few months out of every year.  And eat plate lunches every day.

Baby Stinky did not love the ocean as much as we had hoped

What do you do?

If you ask my wife she’ll tell you that I spend most of my day being awesome, with an occasional bout of being really cool.  Also, I work as a mechanical engineer/designer developing new products.  I design everything from iPhone cases to medical devices to solar power equipment.  I sit in front of a computer for 10 hours every day building parts and assemblies in CAD (computer aided design).  I worked for a few companies before starting my own business 2 years ago.  Before starting my product development company I thought I had lost the love for engineering but it turns out I just didn’t like being an employee.  I love what I do now.

How do you maintain a work/life balance? 

I work until I sense Kayla is about to hit me, and then I become dad/husband

Let's pretend we have $20k fun money just hanging out in an account. What would you spend it on?

I might spend a month in Costa Rica with my wife.  We’d bring the kids, but they couldn’t stay the whole time.  They’d just come down every other week.  I’d try and get my brother to come down with us so there would be someone to save me from drowning while trying to surf again (it’s been a while).

From our Costa Rica surf trip in '07

The other option is renting a penthouse suite somewhere expensive and eating salami, smoked gouda, and crackers for a week.  Kayla would be there, but no kids.  There would also be lots of movies.  I might pay some of the cast from Lost to come hang out, as well.

What's your favorite food in the whole world? What's your favorite thing that I make?

I would have to say the Di Notte pizza from Cibo.  I think it’s what being on a really good hit of cocaine must be like.  Haagen Daaz Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream and Funyons (not together) are also strong contenders.

Mmm Cibo

My favorite thing Kayla makes is a toss-up between her incredible chocolate chip cookies (served with cold milk, of course) and this delicious crock pot chicken that she is ashamed she ever made for our family in the first place.  

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hawaii or Costa Rica.  And in a ridiculously nice house with a full time cook and masseuse.

What's your favorite thing about yourself?

I would say my muscles, but I don’t really have any.  That being the case, I’ll settle for the fact that I feel like I’m able to maintain a pretty even temperament when life gets chaotic.

What's your favorite thing about being married to me?

Arm candy.  I mean that I get to be your arm candy.  Also, your ability to handle the kids day in and day out is nothing short of astounding.  Beyond that, I just like hanging out with you.  We should do that more often.  What are your plans this weekend?

[spoiler alert: I'm going to hang out with him this weekend]

Friday, September 23, 2011

Recipe: Zucchini Bread

This is zucchini bread in its dessert form. I don't pretend it is health food, despite the presence of a fruit and a vegetable. There is oil, sugar, more sugar aaaand, for good measure, a little more sugar.

The very best part of this recipe is the topping. It's a streusel- sweet, crunchy and cinnamon-y. In a world full of decent zucchini bread recipes this is the factor that makes this particular zucchini bread recipe special. I'm actually quite proud of this recipe. It's one of my monsters, carefully assembled through years of zucchini bread making and it's the only one I trust to bring to people I like.

If you're looking for an excellent healthy zucchini bread recipe, check out this one.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup applesauce (I used home made)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups grated and drained zucchini (grate and lay out on towels for 20 minutes or so to remove extra moisture)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon (less, if your applesauce has cinnamon in it)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 for loaf pans or 350 for muffins.

Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs until light in color and frothy. Beat in oil and sugar for a couple minutes. Stir in zucchini then add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into greased and floured loaf pans or muffin tins.

In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Mash it around a bit with your fingers to create small clumps. Sprinkle on top of bread batter (sprinkle is probably the wrong word here. These measurements make quite a bit so there's enough for a good crunchy layer).

Bake loaves for 60-70 minutes and muffins for 15-20 minutes.


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Repaired: Chambray Skirt

ATL top, vest from Meredith, JCPenney skirt, Charlotte Russe sandals (recent), F21 bangles, old bracelet (from a high school dance!), various necklaces
This is actually a two-fer. This top was just a teensy bit too low cut so I put a couple small tucks in the back to bring the neckline up.

If you have an elephant's memory then you may recall this skirt. I did a Wednesday Want on it a while back. Shortly after that post went up I was walking through JCPenney and the skirt was on sale. I grabbed what I thought was my size and went home rejoicing. Turns out I should have reached for the next size down. It's fine in the waist- it just sits a bit lower- but it was obviously too large in the hips. I wasn't sure how to go about remedying that since it has a side zipper so into the pile it went.

The skirt is made up of panels so once I spent 3 seconds thinking about it I realized I could just take it in a little at a couple panels. It was super fast and it annoys me that I went the whole summer without just sucking it up and doing it.

Looking at this picture makes me think that perhaps I need to hem it up an inch or two. Back into the pile...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scarf Bib. Scarib?*

Wearing shirt from Italy, Old Navy tank, thrifted scarf, Gap jeans, Soda sandals

*not to be confused with scarab.

One of the weird side effects of fashion blogging has been that I sort of no longer know how to just do casual. Date night or church? I will own you! Joy school at my house with six kids? Cue staring into closet with large deer-in-headlight eyes. Jeans? Ok that sounds kid friendly. And a scarf? Yes! Those things work together! I think? With pink? What did I used to wear on days like this??

I'm determined to learn how to wear scarves. They are kind of my great white whale. I always feel silly and look like a flight attendant. Or, in this case, like I'm wearing a large silk bib (in my defense, it looked more scarf-y before the whole 'six kids under 3 1/2' part of my day and I couldn't ever get it back to the way it was). On the plus side, it did keep bubble solution and peanut butter off my shirt, so there's that.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Repaired: Green Dress

Wearing thrifted dress, Wal Mart shirt, Charlotte Russe sandals, F21 bangles, old bracelet
The repair and wear prompt from the challenge opened my eyes to how BIG my repair pile actually would be if all my mini repair piles from around the house gathered into one central location. It was driving me nuts in a subconscious kind of way. So, hopefully you're going to get an outfit built around an item from my repair pile a couple times a week. I really need to work through this ridiculousness.

Green eyeshadow! And winged eyeliner! I don't even know who I am anymore.

First up, we have this dress. I have very little green in my closet and that's something I've been looking to remedy. When I saw it at the thrift store I was immediately sold. I love the shape (I think this is one of those cases were something doesn't photograph well but looks decent in person) and the color was just what I was looking for (it's deeper than it looks in the pictures). BUT it had black marks all over the skirt. I talked the girl at the register into knocking 50% off (down to $4!) because if it was permanent marker then I would feel like a chump for paying $8.

I wasn't sure how to tackle the marker so it sat in [one of] my repair pile[s] for a couple weeks. Finally I stuck some stain treatment on it and tossed it in the wash. Aaaand it all came out. Simple as that. I stitched a falling spot in the hem and now I have a perfectly wearable green dress (but not a real green dress that's cruel).

I'm really looking forward to wearing this one with my newly thrifted blazer as soon as it finally cools down!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

All About the Skirt

EDIT February, 2017: the posts I link to are no longer there but I found this YouTube video about how to draft a skirt block. Also, if you google "DIY skirt block" a lot of really decent looking tutorials popped up.

I got a handful of emails with questions about my skirt from Thursday's post and since I looove it I'm happy to tell you all about it.

The fabric was a remnant from SAS, a local odds n ends fabric and notions shop. The lining is white satin that I also got at SAS. The cumulative cost, including zipper, was probably less than $7.

I used a fantastic step-by-step tutorial that helps you create a custom skirt pattern using just your measurements.

Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
And the post for turning it all into a pencil skirt is here.

Believe me when I say that I had not a clue what was going on with all those numbers and measurements but I just kept following directions until I had something that looked like a pattern. And the resulting skirt fit like a perfectly tailored glove from the get-go. I am absolutely smitten with my pattern and we now snuggle every night and whisper our secret plans for fall skirts to each other.

I used this tutorial to add my zipper with a lining (the tutorial is for a facing but it's the same idea).

I am ridiculously proud of this skirt. When I finished it I handed it to Aaron and ordered him to look it over and then make exclamatory noises of approval. I have had a string of really bad sewing luck lately and haven't had a project turn out in ages so I was overjoyed when this one turned out so well on the first try. The lining fit in the shell perfectly and the satin makes the dress slide so nicely when I walk or sit. The zipper went in as it should. The only thing I re-did was the hem and that was by choice. I didn't stitch as close to the edge as I could have and since I hadn't had to use my seam ripper on anything else I figured I might as well do it again.

Making the pattern was by far the most time consuming part of this whole process. Putting the skirt together was pretty quick and easy and I'm amazed at how perfectly it fits every time I pull it on. Totally worth the time and effort it takes to build the pattern if you're so inclined!


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Friday, September 16, 2011


I've decided to close comments on this post. This isn't meant to be a bash session of her or me. This is simply for the sake of sharing information.

via We Heart It

If you were on Twitter yesterday you may have caught that there was some drama involving someone using Freckles in April material in a copyright infringement sort of way. She claimed pure motives but it kind of ruined my day and I'm sure she felt the same way. Fortunately, everything was resolved but it just made me realize that it might be time for a reminder on this.

I've said this before and it bears repeating. Blog content is automatically covered under copyright. Taking stuff from someone's blog, even if it's because you thought something was uplifting or beautiful or what have you, is stealing in a very real sense. Don't do it.

Janssen put the whole thing in perspective when she said
It's like saying, "I loved your book so I photocopied it for all my friends and family."
Using someone's idea and expanding upon it and making it your own is one thing. Copying and pasting is another.

If you're interested, there is some good information here: 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained.

To boil it down for you-

1. As soon as you push publish, you own the copyright for material on your blog. You don't have to register your blog or pay money or anything. The law automatically copyrights it for you. Rather handy.

2. The fact that someone has not earned any money from your content does not mean they haven't violated copyright.

3. You don't have to include a copyright statement but it's a good idea. I have a copyright statement at the bottom of my blog. I figured that was a good place for it but I'm considering moving it to a more prominent position.

4. Communication is the key to avoiding situations like the one I dealt with yesterday. A simple e-mail to ask permission to use someone's content (especially if it's a large chunk) could save you a lot of grief.

5. Give credit where credit is due. Credit your sources (and I would argue that just linking to Pinterest isn't really sufficient. Take 5 seconds to try to find the original source). This is SO important. To me, proper credit can take something from "copyright infringement" to "blog promotion that I'll possibly thank you for."

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Open to Interpretation

Erica, Amy and I are starting a new series today called Open to Interpretation. Every couple weeks one of us picks an inspiration picture and we all blog our take on it. Oldest got to pick first (ahem) so I chose this lovely number-

From Pinterest. Strangely not linked to an original source.
I love the soft silhouette and the colors. That necklace is so interesting! Her eye makeup inspired me to buy a rather bright palette that I'm simultaneously scared of and fascinated by.

So here's my interpretation-

ATL top, Charlotte Russe booties (recent), skirt by me, necklace by me

My instinct was to go with my solid yellow circle skirt but this fabric has been sitting in a pile in my sewing room for ages and I've been dying to use it for a skirt. When I put it all together I loved this outfit. I even got brave with my makeup! AND I got a super creepy up-close picture of my eyeball. Just for you:

You're welcome.

As someone who never ventures beyond smudgy eyeliner, this was A Big Deal. I was very proud of myself. Look at me! I'm growing! And trying new things!

Click below to check out Amy's and Erica's interpretations!

Amy and Erica


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

For My Besty Pal

For my golden birthday this year Janssen wrote just about the nicest post ever. It was one of the best gifts I could imagine from her and, when I've had the occasional bad day, I've gone back to read it to remind myself that, hey, Janssen loves me!

Seeing as I love Janssen a whole stinking lot I thought I would reciprocate today, seeing as it's her birthday. Because nothing says, "You're my besty pal forever!" more than publicly declaring my love.

Belly comparison. Me at 34 weeks with Baby 2 and Janssen at 22 (I think?) with Ella.

Despite running in intersecting circles at BYU and even meeting on at least one occasion, Janssen and I didn't become friends until I discovered her blog in 2007. The real estate market was starting to crash and so my job was grinding to a rather boring halt. Janssen was similarly dying of boredom so we wrote each other lots and lots of emails. When I searched my gmail inbox with her email address I got this:

And, actually, thanks to the fact that I needed to kill time before going somewhere, I can attest that it's actually thousands.  And as I was reading back through some of our e-mails and conversations I just have to tell you that we are hilarious.

From our Vegas trip in 2008. Kind of.

Anyway, I can tell you that Janssen is one of the most awesome people I know. She is beautiful inside and out and she has taught me much in our four years of friendship (the most useful thus far has probably been, "Just ask. The worst they can say is no," which has served me very well when it comes to refunds and all kinds of things and for which you can thank her for the whole 21 Day Challenge thing). She assures me that I'm being right-thinking and logical when Aaron is doing something that I'm pretty sure makes sense to no one but him (the PayPal incident comes to mind). She helps me online shop. She commiserates when nap time is not as nappy as it should be or when cranky babies make me feel like laying down to die on the carpet. We discuss meal planning and books and shoes. One time we had a year long competition to see who could read the most books (she won). Everyone needs a friend like that.

In honor of her birthday, would you hop your little ol' self over to Janssen's blog and leave her a happy birthday comment? Tell her she is beautiful and smart and like the wise woman of the forest. Because she is.

Friday, September 9, 2011



In case you missed these:

My Beauty-ful Tuesday guest post on Cardigan Empire.
My Fictional Boyfriend guest post on What the Frock?

Now, if you'll all excuse me, I'm going to take a few days off. I'm going to read a book and go outside (maybe. If it's not face-meltingly hot) and take naps and all that. Maybe play with my kids or something.

Enjoy your weekend! I'll see you sometime next week.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

21 Day Challenge: WINNERS!

I think looking up the prize winners was my favorite part of this whole challenge. The random number generator would spit out a number and I'd pull up my spreadsheet and click on the link in that cell and be like, "YAY I LOVE HER, I'M SO EXCITED FOR HER!" And I got to do that six times. It was awesome.

It was also kind of interesting to see where the winning entries came from. Two from the Flickr group and four from blogs, which makes sense given the number of people participating in each group. BUT none of the winning entries came from blogging about the challenge or tweeting or bonus points. They were all just regular outfit entries (I included pictures from and links to the winning entries below). Two came from the very first day. Kind of cool.

In case you were unaware, I kept track of entries on a spreadsheet and then used a random number generator to select prize winners. It had nothing to do with personal preference, though I wish I had prizes for all of you!

Without further ado (drumrolllllll)......

The winners of the $20 eShakti gift cards:


The winner of the earrings from A Tea Leaf:


The winner of the Shabby Apple dress (or skirt):


The winner of an accessory from Down East Basics:

21DC: Repair it and wear it

The winner of a custom skirt from La Vie Petite:

Day 1
Janssen! (my squeal when her entry was drawn could have woken the dead)

Congratulations winners!! Please email me within 72 hours (if I can't get a hold of you I'll be drawing another name and it will make me very sad).

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


The last link party closed this morning so I'm working on final points today and I'll be announcing the prize winners tomorrow!

I am seriously SO impressed by how well everyone did. Without me pushing, people intentionally chose to do things that were outside their comfort zones. Way to embrace the spirit of the challenge!

I want to mention a handful of girls that I felt consistently knocked it out of the park. There are actually a few more I should add but my brain is fried. Go peruse and be inspired.

Malorie of Note from Neverland (she was working around a pregnant belly!)
Kate of Iris Inspired
Complex Cardigans
Stephanie of Chocolate Laced
Kate of The Perpetual Student's Wife
Hannah of The Half House
Ali of Duck Duck Goose

I also wanted to share some of my favorites from throughout the challenge. I actually had more like 10 strong favorites from each day but I made myself pare it down to 2-3 for the sake of brevity-

Day 1 - Remix item:

Danielle's striped shirt and blazer combo. Seriously, doesn't she just look so fresh scrubbed and darling? The peach in her shirt compliments her skin so nicely.

Erica's tucked and belted cardigan. For some reason, I never would have thought to tuck in a cardigan. But it makes her look itty bitty and I love it. Plus, I made that skirt. Boo-yah.

Day 2 - Tucked in

Kileen looks absolutely fantastic. The stripes! That bangle! The purple!
Hilary used Kate Middleton as inspiration. Total class with a bit of sass from those heels.

Day 3 - Pattern mix

Perfect colors and patterns from Amy. Plus, can we talk about that hair please?? Would anyone else sacrifice a limb for red hair? No? Just me? Moving on...
Emily admitted to disliking both these outfits but I thought they were both great. Pretty colors, flattering, and age appropriate. And, hi, she did TWO outfits when a lot of people were grumbling over having to do just one. ALSO, I got a comment from her mom explaining that Emily took on the challenge as a Value Project for her Young Women's recognition at church. This is mind-blowingly awesome to me.

Day 4 - Color Block

color blocking
LOVE this color palette from KE for Now

PEGGY. Stop it. This is amazing. (and please go check out her shoes)

Day 5 - Belts

Stephanie put together this wonderfully simple, feminine outfit. 

Jenni looks so sunshiney!

 Day 6 - Unconventional (I forced myself to only pick 3 here but there were some SERIOUSLY awesome entries. I ended up giving bonus points to pretty much every body. It's really worth going back and looking at what people did..some really great inspiration!)

Julie wore her son's shirt. If only we were all so tiny...
Roxy tucked the top of this dress in and pulled it up over her bump. She also managed to fit in FOUR different challenges in one outfit (remix item, tucked in, color block and unconventional) for which I gave her a bonus point and a round of applause.
Nicole was my freshman roommate and is one of my most favorite people ever. She took her remix item (a striped shirt) and created a scarf out of it. Total win.

Day 7 - Layer accessories

Kassie put together this wonderfull eclectic mix. Way to jazz up a white tee!

Sarahlyn interwove a strand of pearls with a scarf. Brilliant, I say! Click over to see the close up.

Day 8 - Mix fancy and casual

Ali paired her husband's tuxedo shirt, a classy updo and gorgeous jewelry with jeans and a knotted belt. Hello, fancy+casual perfection.

Genevieve wore big rhinestone earrings with a plaid shirt. Totally filing this one away for future reference.
Jamie paired a bridesmaid dress with a cozy sweater and cowboy boots

Day 9 - Monochromatic

21DC: Monochrome
RA did red on red (with red earrings and toe nail polish!). That skirt makes me die a little inside with envy.

Day 9: Monochrome
Lots of people did neutrals with great success but I adored Janssen's white on white. That metallic belt gives it just enough edge and keeps it interesting.
Jamie went full on PINK. With sequins!!

Day 10 - Closet Orphan

Grace is rocking a 30 week preg bell and still looking fabulous. I love the color combo here (plus: stripes!!)

Aliska resurrected this shirt when she discovered how classic it looks tucked into high waisted pants.
Please check out the LEGS in Allie's little orphan skirt (don't you just kind of want to put her in your pocket? She's so darling)

Day 11 - Wear a dress or skirt

Day 11: Skirt or a Dress
This is Tim, our sole male participant. He got tired of taking pictures of his wife, Cait, and decided to join in. He wore a galabiya he got in Egypt (they're world travelers, those two). You can't tell me this isn't amazing.

Amazing thrifted retroness from Le Petite Lemon
Doesn't Natalie look fab in this color? And I love the shape of this dress.

Day 12 - Jazz up your jeans

Meredith pulled off what MIGHT be my favorite look of the whole challenge. Blazer over a tee plus jeans and heels? Plus a front tuck and red lips? Killer.
Mandi wore PINK DENIM. That right there was a bonus point.
Day 13 - Neutral with a pop of color

Audrey looks classy and comfortable with a black dress and pop of teal

Kayla has a fabulous name AND some fabulous yellow going on.

Day 13 - Neutral with a Pop
Merrick put together one of my favorite outfits from the whole challenge with this blue and teal combo (and that fabulous hair. Don't you just want to run your fingers through it??)

Day 14 - Copycat

Easy Petite Looks killed it with this Rachel Bilson inspired outfit

Emily copied this look of Kendi's (one of my all time favs!)
Emily took outside pictures DURING A HURRICANE. Hello, dedication. I love her take on this darling pin.

Day 15 - Try a new hair-do - There were so many that I really loved here. Well done!!

A Sharing Lettuce did this classy updo.
Rebekah pulled off a Gibson tuck.

Sammy did this gorgeous Grecian updo that has me dying for some extensions

Day 16 - Menswear

Tiffany just nailed this one. The sassy heels with an otherwise masculine kills me.
Nemesis pretty much nailed all my favorite things in one outfit here. Stripes + skinny jeans + blazer + red shoes. Win all around.

21 day challenge day 16 menswear
Melba did casual menswear as a tribute to her husband but kept it feminine with a pretty updo.

Day 17 - Repair and Wear

Cortney shortened the straps on this gorgeous blue top so it wasn't quiiite so cleavalicious. I love it with the striped cardi and skinny jeans!
Ashley did the ol' tape the hem trick on this cute gray dress. Her pose cracked me up!

Deb made the neckline of this shirt a little more modest. Go check out her blog for the close's a REALLY cool shirt.

Day 18 - Statement Jewelry

You have to click over to Heather's blog to see the close-up of her necklace. KILLER.
Looove Overcaffeinated's color blocking and awesome necklace.
Nonsensical wore this darling pendant of bejeweled horn-rimmed glasses (and that blouse is SO cute).

Day 19 -Adorn Thy Head

I want to sneak into Misty's house and steal every single thing she's wearing in this pic.

I didn't mean to pick 2 hats for favs but I really loved the combo of tee with pencil skirt with a really cool belt and that hat! From 14 Shades of Grey

Love the casual hippie kind of vibe Shopfreak got with this headscarf. Perfect with the denim skirt and white tank.

Day 20 - Sunday Shoes

gray bow heels
Marissa wore these absolutely gorgeous (and thrifted!) bow heels with jeans. Love.

Brett rocked ZEBRA print heels with cargo pants. Round of applause.
Mel's shoes are REALLY cool. Click over and check out the..bubbles? I don't even know.

Day 21 - Work it! - I really loved everyone's final outfits. Some of them actually kind of blew me away. If you get the chance, go look through them!

You guys, I am so proud of Senora H-B. She expressed some misgivings at the start of the challenge but threw herself in wholeheartedly and did SO well. I mean, LOOK at her!
Lydia mentions in her post how good she felt in this ensemble. And isn't that what it's all about? This skirt gives her such an amazing shape and the purple is gorgeous.

What were some of your favorite outfits from the challenge? Who inspired you?
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