While trying to network for my blog, I stumbled upon a September Fashion Challenge on Hillary Rushford's Instagram Page. I tend to pull the same pieces to wear during the week, so I figured I'd give it a try! I've done an Instagram makeup challenge and photo challenge before and had a lot of fun with them. This has been no different!
I found the challenge a week after it had started, so I just jumped in on Day 8 - #GoldenGirl Goddess.
My "gold" pieces were this necklace that I bought months ago from Torrid and never wore and my Saffron Celine Phantom. I love the multi-strand necklace look, minus the tangling. It took way too long to get this necklace untangled, and I'd never even worn it before. But it's really pretty, so I'll wear it again. My baby loved it too! LOL! And my bag, well, it speaks for itself. It's one of my favorites, for sure. This day, husband took a break from work to have lunch with me, so we went downtown with baby #3 to eat at RPM Steak (which is totally kid friendly - we asked when we went for our Anniversary Dinner).
Dress - Forever 21+ (from almost 3 years ago)
Necklace - Torrid
Bag - Celine Phantom
Shoes - Dyann loftier from Aldo (LINK).
Pardon the loafers. We were in a hurry and the heels
I was wearing were too uncomfortable, so I grabbed
the most "gold" shoes I had waiting by the front door -
my loves, the Dyane loafer from Aldo.
The bathroom at RPM Steak is amazing. I'm sure
Guiliana imagined how many girls would be taking
selfies in there, so there are several full-length mirrors
and great lighting. I took advantage! Loved my lip that day -
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure
Hollywood with MAC's Ruby Woo layered on top.
Pure Hollywood is too "milky" for my complexion,
so I have to mix it with other colors. This ended up a
great, matte pink shade.
Day 9 of the challenge was #PolkaDotsandAnimalSpots. I don't own a lot of either pattern, so I dug out a top I haven't worn in God knows how long and my favorite pair of Crocs. I don't care, call me unfashionable. Crocs are So. Damn. Comfortable!!! I used to wear them every single day, because they just felt so good. I've broken the habit, but slipping these on might have been a bad idea...This day husband took another lunch break with me and we went to Olive Garden with the baby. Have you noticed I tag a lot of my clothing pictures with "plus size" hashtags??? Well, now you know why.
Top - Banana Republic (several years ago)
Belt - Aldo
Skirt - Forever 21+
Shoes - Crocs
Day 10 of the challenge was #AboutABlazer. At first I was thinking "I don't even own a blazer!!!" But, I dug into the deepest darkest corner of my closet (literally) and found a few that I'd held on to. I haven't worn this particular blazer since I was 4 months pregnant with #2. I remember, because I wore it to a friend's baby shower and then wasn't able to fit it anymore. I'm glad I kept this! It's a cheapy from Forever 21+ (shocker!), but I love the lacy-ness of it. It's very girly and, like any blazer, can be dressed up or down. I dressed it down, pairing it with some ripped up jeans and open-toed booties from JustFab (which I'll show and blog about later).
Lace Blazer - Forever 21+
V-Neck Tee - Merona from Target
Ripped Boyfriend Jeans - Forever 21+
Day 11 of the challenge was #AllBlackLikeASpy. This was my favorite look for the week! I started the day out in a black tunic with black skinny jeans, because I was running errands and needed to be comfy. I had plans to go see Allelujah - The Devils Carnival that night with a friend and knew I was going to change and re-do makeup so I didn't put much effort in to getting ready during the day. While I was out running errands (aka shopping) I stopped into Forever 21 and picked up a few cute new items, including my first pair of shoes ever purchased from there. I wear a 10.5-11 usually, and they only go up to a 10, but they had so many cute booties, I couldn't stop myself from trying a few. And I found a pair that FIT!!! Not only did they fit, but they are COMFORTABLE!!! They are super padded inside. I felt like I could wear them all day! I might actually try. Aren't they so cute??!!? LOVE THEM!!!
Shoes - Forever 21 (LINK)
I had to run to Target for more errands, and I always pass by the Women's Clothing section. This dress caught my eye so fast! Super comfortable, stretchy fabric and a funky faux-leather cap sleeve. Love at first sight! You all NEED this dress!
Dress - Mossimo from Target (It's not available online
right now. I'll keep an eye out for a link, because
it's so cute and this picture doesn't do it justice!)
"All Black Like A Spy" was a great theme for my outing that evening as The Devil's Carnival is about, well, the Devil. And God. And a lot of nonsense in between. And one of my all-time FAVORITE artists Emilie Autumn is the star. Never heard of her? That is unfortunate. Check her out HERE. She's AMAZING!!! A favorite for well over a decade. LOVE her!!!
Day 12's theme was #BrightAndBoldBetty. This was Saturday and after not getting to bed until 1am the night before, kids that wake up at 7am, and a baby that still nurses several times through the night, I was just plain exhausted. It was just me and the kids all morning. I got nothing accomplished before nap time. Not one thing, except having fun with my kids. And, really, that's all that matters. I had grand plans for nap time, but they were thwarted when #2 woke from her nap early and I realized she had a fever. Thankfully, my parents decided to visit and bring dinner, so that took a load off. I still got nothing done, but at least I wasn't all by myself with my army of kids. I managed the remember to throw on this neon sweater after I showered so I could keep up with the challenge. I'm still obsessed with neon these days! (It doesn't look neon in this cell phone photo, but it is.) Husband took this picture at 11pm. I look like 11pm.
Cardigan - Forever 21+
Black Tank - Forever 21+
Flared Jean (which you can't see) - Gap
Today was day 13 and the theme was #SmitteninStripes. Since I knew it was going to be a cooler day, I dressed us all in long sleeves and pants (except #2, who is still in tank tops because of her cast). I opted for a simple sweater and skinny jeans with Chuck Taylors. Easy and comfortable for a day at an amusement park with my brood. We had a great time! It's always a fun day when your kids can talk to Santa Clause!
Sweater - Forever 21+
Jeans - Forever 21+
Shoes - Converse All Stars with a double tongue
What I love so far about doing this challenge, is that it's gotten me looking at pieces in my closet that I've overlooked for so long! YEARS! My weight has been so up and down with so many babies in such a short time, that I've gotten used to just pulling the same pieces because I know they fit. But I have A LOT of clothes that need some love. So, I'm looking forward to next weeks' challenges and hoping it has me looking even further into my wardrobe. I haven't looked ahead, so I don't know what's coming! But I'll post everything again next Sunday night. And if you want to join me in this, follow me on Instagram HERE! The challenge is in my feed. Just jump in on whatever day it is and tag me in your photos!
Until next time,