what I wore and what I learned

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

for anyone who has been reading, you know I've been participating in a Style Challenge. For a glorious 21 days, the lovely Alison told me what to wear and styled my outfits on the daily. Sometimes I followed exactly and other times I deviated (sometimes that ended well, others, not so much). Regardless, challenge is over, I have a new wardrobe, new friends and a little more confidence!

Here are a few things I learned from the style challenge:

If I dress better, I feel better - yes, I'm super comfy in yoga pants BUT I don't feel like I look great (maybe if I used said yoga pants to do a little more yoga... or anything). When I put some effort into putting myself together, I feel better and that makes my day better. Overall, this challenge has made me realize how great I can feel when I put a little more effort in and motivated me to keep it up!

Fit is KEY - it sounds like common sense, but surprisingly, I've been wearing a lot of things that don't actually fit me well. Sometimes I get impatient shopping and will buy something because it somewhat fits. STOP that! Clothes that fit well make you feel (and look) your best. It's worth the time to find great fitting pieces.

Color is my friend - Grey, black and denim have been my wardrobe staples for as long as I can remember. I bought one pair of orange capri pant last summer and felt so awkward in them. I now own a TON of colored bottoms. I still feel a little uncomfortable in them (except my red pants, I love my red pants!). I now, thanks to the challenge, have a bunch of colored tops and KNOW how to wear them (Go me!). It feels great to actually be wearing seasonally appropriate colors ;)

Maxi skirt = yoga pants for the stylish - where have these been all my life? It's the equivalent of fashionable pajamas AND you don't even have to shave (okay, you probably should but no one will know if you don't).

When in doubt, add a scarf (or statement necklace)- apparently they aren't just for winter. For some reason, I feel much more put together when I'm wearing a scarf. It's that magical piece that ties everythign together. And for days when you really don't have your sh!t together, throw on a scarf and you magically look like you planned your outfit. SCORE! Note: statement necklaces can serve the same purpose.

BE prepared! - no, it's not just a saying for the Boy Scouts, it applies to clothing as well. A little prep work at night saves a heck of a lot of time in the morning (especially when you're tired and haven't had coffee yet).

Women can be friggin' awesome - I already wrote a letter to the awesome group participants here so I'll TRY and keep this short. We routinely posted our daily outfit pics AND commented on others pics. I have NEVER, in my entire life, received so many thoughtful, kind, and just frigging awesome comments. Not one person critiqued me. Not one person was passive-aggressive. It was just nice nice nice. And it literally made me smile so many times each day. It was like I had my own personal fan club. This all came at a time in my life where I was feeling tired, out of sorts, rushed, and just not myself. I am so thankful for this group of women. They may never know exactly how much they helped me get through what was such a hard time in my life. Returning to work after your first born sucks. When that first born has middle-of-the-night parties and is sick it sucks even more. When you work in child welfare it sucks even more. When you have a group of people telling you that you look awesome, it sucks a little bit less. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Words are powerful - saying something kind and genuine doesn't take very much effort, but it really can change someone's whole day. Going forward, I hope to be more deliberate about saying something nice and genuine to people. You never know who truly needs a kind word.

You will have noticed I've been linking up with some fellow challengers (see below) AND the good news is that we all liked each other so much we've decided to keep linking up! Because our blogs are all different we're keeping a general theme of finding inspiration in the everyday! Stay tuned....




OKAY - so here's some of the things I've been wearing the last week (note, not all of them are style challenge outfits but to be honest, I don't have the energy to separate it all right now)










LINK UPS!
Linking up with the lovely ladies below as well as Get Your Pretty OnThe Pleated Poppy and Musings of a Housewife



Deena @ Shoes to Shiraz


Jordan @ Just Jordan

Shaunacey @ Confessions of a Frumpy Mummy

 Katie @ The Mishaps and Mayhem of Solitary Life

 Beth @ Fast Life Slow Life

 Vanessa @ X-tremely V

 Anne-Michelle @ May We Be Allergy Free
 
 Teresa @ Two Babies and Me
 
 Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side

Carrie @ A Lovely Little Wardrobe

 Carly @ Faith Family and Frugality


Lana @ Two Teens and Their Mama

Have a great Wednesday!

22 comments:

  1. Totally agree that the maxi skirt is the yoga pant for the stylish! If I want to be comfy and still put together I always wear a maxi skirt or dress. Love all of your outfits, of course the maxi skirt and especially the blue dress with the belt and scarf.

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks Jill! Maxi is one of my new favs. AND I'll admit, I was a little proud of myself for using my sweater dress for a spring-ish outfit today haha

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  2. I LOVE your list. We hit on several of the same points, but FIT IS KEY is so true. I love that this group was so positive, but it makes me sad that we're all so surprised by that. I hope we can each take what we learned and remember that in our other interactions with women. If we can remain positive, supportive and (most importantly) non-passive aggressive, we can inspire others to be as well.

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    1. it's so true! Positivity is and kindness are contagious!!

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  3. I agree with so much of what you learned! Dress better = feel better. Color is my friend. Be prepared. I have also found that the fit is key. For me it has been such a good learning experience trying on different things. Not only have a learned how different styles fit and work for me, I have learned what sizes I typically am at different stores, which has made shopping a much less stressful process for me! My favorite outfit that you wore is the very first one. I love those pants!

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    1. hahah I know, the red pants are my new fav! Who knew I'd like colored pants?
      It's been such a great process.
      Also, I still think you rocked that all white look the most! May have even inspired me to dare to try it one day ;)

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  4. I agree, color is my friend! I love, love, love your first outfit with the red pants! I tried on a pair of red pants the other day with your outfits in mind, and they didn't look nearly as good as yours! I love your post the other day about what you've learned, I feel the same way. So glad we're going to keep up with each other.

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    1. YAY color!
      I'm sure you looked great in your red pants Sarah!

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  5. Shaunacey - you are so amazing and I'm so glad we met in blog land! Even though we're at totally different stages of life, I feel like we have a lot in common. You look great in all your outfits, and I'm so impressed that you took pictures and wrote this post with everything else you have going on!

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    1. thanks Lana, I'm so glad we met too! I'm loving your blog and it's so great to talk with more experienced mommas! The perspective is always helpful

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  6. I was not part of this challenge, but follow gypo regularly and am so happy to have found your blog too! You are adorable and your honesty and frankness is refreshing. Also, I love each of the outfit pictures you posted!
    Kim

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    1. aw thank you so much Kim! That means a lot!
      Stay tuned for the summer challenge (you should join)

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  7. My favorite part of all these outfits have been the leopard flats. I have got my eye out!
    Chelsea

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    1. I had a hard time finding them but they're quickly becoming a fav!

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  8. The knit dress!!!! Love it!!! I feel like if we lived closer we'd be coffee buddies.

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    1. so funny Deena I've totally had the same thoughts!!

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  9. That's awesome that you've learned so much through the style challenge! I'm a big believer in the idea that you can have perfectly comfortable clothes that actually look great, too. It's possible! :) I am a big fan of color, too!

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    1. couldn't agree more! Comfortable doesn't have to mean looking gym-ready!

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  10. These are great lessons! Awesome list...I'm gonna bookmark this page!! :) Love your outfits and accessories...the dress is beautiful! Glad we are continuing to link-up!

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  11. Love this post and agree with everything you said! The challenge was so much fun and all the positive comments were great Can't wait for the summer challenge!

    Jan Fisher

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