Friday, May 22, 2015

30x30 15: Femme

Day 15 of the 30 for 30 Challenge!  So far I have been sticking with feminine looks and really choosing to wear my skirts and dresses.  I have several items I haven't even worn yet, so I am looking forward to featuring more casual looks in the next 15.  So far I still have my mojo and I'm going strong!  This time last challenge I was already burned out and wanting to quit.

Someone commented to me today "You always have such cool ways of pairing your clothes.  You're a lot bolder than a lot of people want to be." It was a lot nicer to hear than "You always dress weird" which I have definitely heard a time or twenty two.  I didn't tell her that some of my recent combinations have been because of the 30 for 30!  It has forced me to wear items together that I never would have before.  I'm loving it!
Top|Limited   Skirt|H&M   Sandals|xhiliration   Bag|Coach   Belt|NY&Co.   Glasses|Ann Taylor

30x30 12: Top Knot(ch)

Oh top knot, I love you so.  You are a lazy girl's best friend.  I am trying not to wash my hair every day so that I can grow it out after my major chop last fall, so I have a few days a week where I toss it up and go.  Dry shampoo has become my best friend, but some days I just want to put zero effort (okay maybe 5% effort) into my hair.

This is one of the first outfits I mentally put together when putting together my 30 items.  The skirt is a recent H&M purchase, and I've had this mustard sweater for a few years.  I made the mistake of washing it incorrectly, so it's pretty short.  As a result, I usually only wear it tucked into higher waisted skirts.  We all have items like this right?  There's something wrong with them but we listen to Tim Gunn and make it work!
Sweater|Limited   Skirt|H&M   Belt|Banana Republic   Bag|Coach   Shoes|Jessica Simpson  Glasses|Ray-Ban   Necklace|Apt.9

30x30 13: Pep

It's not secret that I am a big fan of the peplum.  I got on board several years ago and never really got off board.  Even my wedding gown featured a peplum.  It was my one "must have" when I was shopping for gowns.  I told the saleswoman I wanted a peplum, she brought out two dresses and I picked one (before I even tried it on!) and that was that.  So it makes total sense that I have not one but two peplum items in my 30 this time around!
Shirt|Gap   Skirt|Mossimo   Belt|Old Navy   Shoes|Bandolino   Bag|Coach

Monday, May 18, 2015

30x30 14: Wearing a Dress as a Top

One of my biggest tricks during this 30 for 30 has been wearing dresses as tops.  Tucking them into skirts and securing with a cinched belt has allowed me to really increase my outfit options.  I've already used this trick three times since beginning the challenge. 

Prior to starting In Kinsey's Closet I was pretty set in my ways.  Tops were tops, dressess were dresses and there was no in between.  Seeing other style bloggers mixing and matching their wardrobes in interesting ways has been really inspiring for me.  This means no limits! 
Blouse(dress)|Max Studio   Skirt|Merona   Belt|Charlotte Ronson  Clutch|Vintage   Shoes|Jessica Simpson   Glasses|No Label

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

30x30 11: Wrinkles

Oh man do I love a good pencil skirt.  One issue I run into sometimes with cotton pencil skirts is that they get so darn wrinkly!  Me and the iron have a love/hate relationship, so I usually just suck it up and live with them.  

Am I fooling myself into believing that the bright colors and patterns distract from the obvious lack of quality iron time?  I am so into this gingham and polka dot combination!  Toss on the blue suede booties my hubby picked for my 30 and I'm all set.  This combination is the only reason I included this sweater, so I better push myself to find other ways to incorporate it somewhere in the next 19 looks!
Flannel|J.Crew   Sweater&Belt|Old Navy   Skirt|Merona   Booties|Style&Co.   Bag|Coach

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

30x30 10: The Replacement

Confession time people: one of my 30 for 30 items totally bit the dust mid-challenge!  My most favorite nude pumps from Nine West were just too scuffed and mangled to look professional for work or decent in blog photos.  Knowing that I go through nude pumps like Leo goes through supermodels I always have a pair on the bench ready for the game.  So when my shoes just weren't going to cut it, they went into the trash and I brought out these Jessica Simpson Collection cuties I scored on sale at Nordstroms months ago.  I kept them tucked away in the closet for just this occasion, and I'm so glad I did.  

I am going to cut myself some slack and allow a substitution since we're talking about basic nude pumps here!
Dress|Banana Republic   Peplum top|Merona   Belt|Mom's vintage   Shoes|Jessica Simpson Collection Bag|Coach

Monday, May 11, 2015

30x30 9: Date Night

Recently my husband was out of town for about 10 days.  When I picked him up from the airport I wanted to make sure I was dressed for a fun and flirty date night.  We enjoyed drinks and dinner at a great place downtown, and caught up on all the time we had missed with each other.  He's a fan my more feminine looks, and always compliments my outfits when I've mixed some unusual patterns so he was all over this look.  Any look that is husband approved is a winner in my book!
Top (actually a dress)|Halogen   Skirt|Everleigh   Belt|Ann Taylor   Bag|Coach   Sandals|xhiliration 
  Cami|Eddie Bauer   Sunglasses|NY&Co.