Monday, April 14, 2014

Back to basics

So today I'm not linking up with any challenges.  No Pinned It Spinned It.  No Inspiration Monday.  I've been putting almost too much pressure on myself on some of these things lately - while I like having inspiration on days that I'm feeling a bit stuck in my wardrobe and in a fashion funk - right now it's almost too much the other direction - and I don't want to be stuck in "I have to find the perfect look to recreate this look" mode. Some days I just want to go for ease and just be me.  I might not always be the most fashionable on my own, but I do the best I can!

I got this shirt from my cousin - it's so very simple it's hardly special - but it has nice jewel detail and makes it so I don't have to wear a necklace.  And I like it with the shoes I got from her as well.

Shirt - Ann Taylor, from cousin
Sweater - American Rag
Pants - Sonoma, thrifted
Shoes - Calvin Klein, from cousin 

I was just seriously stressing out last night about what to wear today that would fit the pinned look from the challenge and I realized, it's not worth getting all crazed.  I think from here on out I'll feel a bit better with giving myself permission to just blog what I feel like blogging. If I want to use inspiration ideas from link ups, challenges and what not I will, but if not, that's ok too. I still have plenty of pinned looks on my own Pinterest board that I want to try, so now I can look at those more again.  And hopefully I'll get back to blogging other aspects of my life as well besides fashion - that was my goal for this year after all for the blog.  Simplify.

And on we go.


  1. Your outfit is super cute today! And you are right, you don't need to stress yourself out. Just be you. <3<3<3

  2. You look awesome, and I never click with those "pinned it" things - I'd rather see an outfit that YOU created.

  3. Love this basic look, gray is such a chic color and I love how you wore a cardigan and pants in gray! New take on all black!

  4. I usually only wear things I pin on Pinterest that already work with what I have in my closet..otherwise it is definitely a bit of a challenge to match the photo!

    The Tiny Heart

  5. We choose our own pics for Inspiration Monday and some weeks (this one included) I think to myself, why did we choose this, I have nothing similar??? Don't put the pressure on yourself. We always come back, even if you're not doing weekly challenges!

  6. Amen, sister! At the end of the day, we come to the blog to see you and your clothes... while it's great to see your take on certain inspiration, it's even better to see outfits that make you feel like you! I'm dressing to downplay the bump this week for a certain reason, and I don't feel like me. I'm very glad it's a short week!

  7. Well I like you doing you here--you look stylish, chic, and effortlessly put-together. I don't blame you for taking a break from all the challenges...sometimes they can be overwhelming!

  8. I agree Beth...blogging can get stressful when we put pressure on ourselves to do certain things! I work way better when I have no agenda:)

  9. I am with the ladies above: you look awesome, and I think of those things as an inspiration to be taken up as a fun whim, rather than a responsibility or worse, a chore. :D

  10. I always love you in Gray. It is such a soft color on you. Love how the embellishments on both of those necklines play off each other. The sparkly flats are cute, too. =)

    And blogging can be so stressful though it should be fun. Oh well. We have to take it with a grain of salt.

  11. Agreeing with other comments. I'm much more interested in seeing what YOU wore. Especially since I believe we have similar jobs, at least in terms of physical activity and 'dress' code. So I'm definitely more into reading people who's style gives me ideas too.

    I very much love the pairing of that shirt/cardigan. The interesting necklines compliment each other perfectly, and all neutrals are awesome.

    Don't fret! Be yourself, Beth! It's you we come here for.


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