summer 10 x 10: day 5

halfway there! in some ways it’s hard to believe because it hasn’t been terribly tough yet. i do miss being able to grab some of my other favorites, but this challenge has certainly made getting dressed easier!

i kind of cheated on tuesday {day 5} because i went to yoga class in the morning and then the kids had swim lessons right after that so i didn’t really get dressed until the afternoon.

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summer 10 x 10: day 4

on monday {day 4} the kids and i had lunch at my mother-i-l’s house with her and gran. after our normal morning at the gym, this was a welcome change for the kids – especially since they got to have chicken nuggets for lunch.

this was a great outfit for being a little dressed up, but still very comfortable.

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summer 10 x 10: day 3

on day 3 we rode our bikes to church and did a bunch of little things around the house to get ready for the week. and it’s a very good thing i had just seen a photo about how women in europe bike around everywhere and still look cute. otherwise the whole biking thing may have totally de-railed my 10×10 plans.

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10 x 10 style challenge: summer

today begins a new adventure for the next 10 days. i’ve decided to test my more is more approach to clothes, with a less is more approach. caroline of unfancy and lee of style bee have done this quite a few times over the last year or two, and i’ve decided to join in this time around.

they’re not actually starting until monday, but it works out better for me to go ahead and start today.

what it is: 10 pieces for 10 days. that’s it!

how it works: pick your pieces – the 10 pieces includes your clothes and shoes. tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes. accessories are freebies, as are workout clothes, etc. {otherwise, let’s face it, i wouldn’t do it!}

this first time around i’ve picked 3 bottoms, 3 tops, 3 pairs of shoes {of course}, and a dress:

the tops: cream ruffled tank, floral tank, black cropped t-shirt

the bottoms: jean shorts, boyfriend jeans, embroidered culottes

the dress: open-shoulder {super comfy} midi dress

the shoes: flat espadrilles, block-heeled sandals, ankle boots

and there you have it! i’m going to try to post each outfit of the day every day during this little experiment, and you can follow along on instagram too.

what do you think? would you try a 10×10?






this week’s best find

this week i’ve discovered some new sites, and the list of what i want keeps growing longer {despite my attempts to make it shorter}. but one thing i’ve been learning is that i need to slow down. as in – not try to buy everything i want as soon as i come across it.

you’d think that would be obvious, but as the number of options for ethically made goods increases, the more i find, the more i want to buy because i want to support the people and companies who are doing it right.

and also because i’m a spender by nature.

this week i found a pair of earrings that a friend of mine added to her site that are just so good. i’ve been simultaneously trying to slow down and wait to buy them, and come up with reasons to purchase them immediately.

after much deliberation, and going back to the site again and again to try to talk myself out of them, i bought them.

prior to that i didn’t even want to share them with you because i was afraid they’d sell out before i could get my hands on them.

but. they really are the best thing i’ve come across lately so i would’ve had to share them with you regardless.

{double point earrings from Goodwin, via Goodwin’s site}

they can be worn many different ways – especially with my triple piercing – and are simple enough for everyday, but interesting enough to wear out.

when i get them i’ve already decided that i’ll do a post on the different ways to wear them. so look for that soon!










for conversation

i don’t entirely know what this space is, except to say that it is a space about fashion of the slow sort. over the last six months to a year i’ve been thinking and reading a lot about the impact of fast fashion on the earth, and on the people who are behind the clothes and shoes we wear.

i wrote a little bit about it on my personal blog, and got more feedback than usual, so i thought it’d be time to extend the conversation and have a dedicated space for the topic.

recently i’ve found it increasingly tough to push back against the pressure of so much cute, cheap clothing. i’ve even given in and bought a thing or two, which i really hate because many of the companies that make the clothes are not on solid ground ethically-speaking.

figuring out who is telling the truth when it comes to caring about people, and who is really trying to find and correct problems with their supply chain vs. turning a blind eye is tough. no company with any PR sense is going to say that they don’t really care about the people working to produce their garments. they’ll spin it to sound as good as possible. or they just won’t talk about it because many people don’t seek out the information or read about it.

and i won’t even go into what i’ve been learning about the beauty industry in the last few weeks…it’s gross. and scary.

i definitely do not claim to be an expert on any of this, just someone who cares more and more about the clothes i put on my back, and the products i put on my body.

as i do more research, i’ll post here, and let you know what i’ve found. at the end of the day this space is simply to encourage conversation about fashion and beauty and what’s behind it.

it’s also to appreciate the increasing options for ethically made products that are good for everyone involved in their production.

so if you have a question – ask. i can’t say i’ll know the answer, but i’ll look into it and/or share resources that i know about.

if you know of a company who’s doing things right – tell! i’d love to know about them.

i may post outfits, or pieces, or products, or inspirational quotes or photos just because. i may pose a question to you about what you know. i’d love to help you find something you’re looking for, and haven’t been able to find. i don’t know that i’ll find it, but i’d love to try.

right now it’s harder than it should be to decipher what’s good for you and good for others out there in the marketplace. this space is here to help all of us navigate and parse out the good from the crap.