30x26-28 :: Because I want to be done in 30 days

Often when I do a challenge like this, I wear multiple outfits in a day and go ahead and take photos of them. For example, something to work in and run errands during the day, then I change for an evening out. It usually allows me to get ahead in the challenge so I don't always feel like I'm playing catch up.

In the case of 30x30, this has been true. But by only tackling one outfit a day (and falling behind occasionally on weekends) I'm still blogging outfit to outfit. Since I'd love to wrap this up this week, I'm cramming my last five outfits into today and tomorrow's posts. I hope you'll forgive me. At least I didn't give up all together!

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Outfit 26 :: Plaid Skirt + Black Turtleneck. I'd actually tried this turtleneck sweater with my Kate Spade skirt in an attempt to make it look all black chic or like a dress, but it did NOT work. I ended up changing immediately. I don't mind it with the plaid skirt, though.  Plaid Skirt, XXI. Turtleneck,  Limited . Necklace,  Baublebar . Flats, Zara (gorgeous  similar from Nordstrom ).

Outfit 26 :: Plaid Skirt + Black Turtleneck. I'd actually tried this turtleneck sweater with my Kate Spade skirt in an attempt to make it look all black chic or like a dress, but it did NOT work. I ended up changing immediately. I don't mind it with the plaid skirt, though.

Plaid Skirt, XXI. Turtleneck, Limited. Necklace, Baublebar. Flats, Zara (gorgeous similar from Nordstrom).

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Outfit 27 :: Jeans + BF Blazer + White button up...and how are those for some crazy shoes? I admit they're kind of weird and tacky, and I'm sad I didn't get a better picture of them, but they really speak to my Texas side. Also they were only $15. Also, this blazer is looking pretty shabby these days and it might be time to replace it with a nicer one. Also, these jeans are ridiculously skinny. I'm looking for a nicer pair of those as well.  Jeans & Bag,  JustFab . Blazer, Target ( similar Mango ). Shirt,  Forever 21 . Boots, Michael Antonio ( love these , if you're looking for obnoxious boots too).

Outfit 27 :: Jeans + BF Blazer + White button up...and how are those for some crazy shoes? I admit they're kind of weird and tacky, and I'm sad I didn't get a better picture of them, but they really speak to my Texas side. Also they were only $15. Also, this blazer is looking pretty shabby these days and it might be time to replace it with a nicer one. Also, these jeans are ridiculously skinny. I'm looking for a nicer pair of those as well.

Jeans & Bag, JustFab. Blazer, Target (similar Mango). Shirt, Forever 21. Boots, Michael Antonio (love these, if you're looking for obnoxious boots too).

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Outfit 28 :: Leather Dress and lace peplum. I actually took this WEEKS ago and somehow glossed over it when I was uploading photos! Layering a shirt under a dress is one of my favorite remixing tricks, and I could have easily done this with the turtleneck, button up, or striped shirt as well if I'd decided to keep this going for a few more months!  Dress, The Limited ( similar Target ). Lace top, Express ( similar - many colors - Delia's ). Scarf, Forever 21. Boots, Isola ( similar DSW ).

Outfit 28 :: Leather Dress and lace peplum. I actually took this WEEKS ago and somehow glossed over it when I was uploading photos! Layering a shirt under a dress is one of my favorite remixing tricks, and I could have easily done this with the turtleneck, button up, or striped shirt as well if I'd decided to keep this going for a few more months!

Dress, The Limited (similar Target). Lace top, Express (similar - many colors - Delia's). Scarf, Forever 21. Boots, Isola (similar DSW).

So there you have it. Three outfits in one day. Tomorrow I'll put up two more (trying to not overwhelm you with excitement, of course) and Friday we'll have the 30x30 wrap up! HURRAH. HUZZAH. New clothes for new outfits in a week!

30x25 :: Sparkly sweater + Black pants

Today's blog blurb is all about learning things. For instance, I learned when the wind chill is hovering around 16, you need socks or your feet will freeze. I always wondered why people got so offended by ballet flats in the cold. After standing outside for less than 10 minutes in it, I TOTALLY GET IT NOW.

Please kindly ignore the dry cleaning tag in my coat. At least it's clean. I learned that it's too hard to photoshop out of photos for me to care.

And finally, I learned something new about my camera. To anyone out there shooting with a Nikon D3100 and the 1.8f prime lens, if you've been having issues with focus and clarity...you aren't alone. I've been noticing it a lot lately, thinking perhaps I just dropped my camera too many times (last week the wind blew my tripod over...blogging is hard, y'all). However, before investing in repairs or worse, a new camera all together, I did some googling and discovered that the lens and camera body just don't play nicely with each other on auto focus...unless you're in live view. Apparently, that makes all the difference. I'm hoping I'm more in focus now. But not SO focused that you're counting my pores. That would be unnecessary.

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Coat, The Limited (Similar from DKNY, on sale).
Sweater, The Limited (similar, half price).
Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors.
Pants, Chico's (94% sure these are the right ones).
Flats, Elorie via Gilt (similar from Nordstrom).
Bag, Coach.

30x23 & 24 :: A little catch up

For whatever reason, some days it's just hard to get a photo in! Pair that with the fact that I've been cheating on the 30x30 every chance I get - you guys get a catch up post. These are my outfits from over the weekend...cute, but not good enough photos to merit their own posts!  TWO OUTFITS IN ONE POST?? BELIEVE IT! Also, I think I've dropped my camera about one too many times. It's been really finicky lately, particularly with focus. It's either time for a repair, or time for an upgrade. I've been considering moving up to the D5100 anyway since it's better for selfies, so perhaps now is the time. So that's why my face is all fuzzy...btdubs.

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Outfit 1 :
Jacket, H&M (similar from Kohl's).
Pants, JCP (similar from XXI).
Top, Loft.
Boots, JustFab.
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff (exact in black in green).

Outfit 2 :
Jacket, Target (similar with pleather sleeves).
Tee, The Limited (classic tee from JCP).
Skirt, Express (similar from Nasty Gal).
Boots, falling apart and now in the trashcan (similar from Amazon).