The Top 10 Remix Challenge

Well folks, Sarah has done it again. I've participated in her "Take One, Pass It On" remix and the "Pin to Real Life" challenge in the past. She's always dreaming up a new way to remix her closet, and this month she's come up with the "Top 10 Remix Challenge."


You can read all about it on her blog, but the general idea is that you choose ten things from your closet that just scream YOU, and then you wear at least one of those items every day with anything else you want. It's born out of the same cloth as a capsule wardrobe without the restrictions. Here's the thing - I tried a capsule wardrobe, and I hated it. It was far too restrictive for me. I enjoy my clothes, I enjoy having fun with fashion, and I have a big enough closet that it's really not necessary for me to try and whittle my closet down to seven shirts and one pair of shoes. I'm hoping that this challenge helps me learn a little more about what my style REALLY is. The other thing that's cool about it is that at the end of a month, I'll have a whole list of "One piece, X amount of Ways" to show off! I'm going to push myself to really remix the pieces and wear them different ways. It's a great opportunity to learn how to get the most out of the pieces you love the most.

I had a little trouble picking out my top ten. As it so happens, my most worn pieces are some of my most loved. But they're ALSO some of my most basic items. That wouldn't stretch me at all, so I chose some pieces that are a little more difficult to wear but I love, or pieces that I've been wanting to do more with. I've already learned something from this challenge - I seriously need a little variety in my closet. I also learned that I still can't quite put my finger on what is and isn't my style or what makes me like certain things than others. We'll get there. 

So without further's my top ten! Note, this could be subject to change if I determine one piece isn't working out.

Yellow Tank: This is a recent addition to my closet, but I'm really trying to add some color back into my wardrobe and I think it's a great piece for Spring & Summer.
Grey Moto Jacket: Every time I put on this jacket, I feel like a million bucks. I don't know what it is, but I love love love wearing it. It might get too warm to wear it during the duration of the challenge, but I often take a jacket into work to wear to meetings or keep the chill off, so I'm not worried. 
B&W Stripe Tee: This is a no brainer. I love stripes. I could have done a Top 10 of ONLY stripes, but like I said, we're pushing ourselves.
White Wide Leg Pants: These pants are so good. I honestly added them to the mix because I want to wear them more, and this will force me to come up with new ways. Plus, I'm almost always in a skinny jean or pant, so it's time to play with a different silhouette.
Leopard Pumps: Leopard is my Stripes Part 2. I love leopard shoes in particular, and these are always the pumps I grab when I'm trying to jazz up an outfit.
Striped Skirt: This is a recent snag from the now-defunct (RIP). Hasn't been worn yet, but I wanted to add some more color.
B&W Dress: I wanted to include a dress in my mix, but as I flipped through my dresses most of the colorful ones didn't pass the "so me!" test. So, the neutrals it is!
Studded Loafers: I have loved these since they moment they arrived. They're definitely ME.
Blue Blazer: Adding some color.
Floral Tee: More color. Plus, I haven't worn this as much as I'd like, so I want to experiment with new ways to wear it.

I hope you'll join the challenge this month and show us what your style really looks like! Sarah will be linking up everyone participating, so make sure you hop on over and tell her you're in!

AJ Wears :: A Suit

Today, I'm tackling #30 from the 30-day wardrobe challenge  :: Leave the details to your shoes.

At least, that's what I'm claiming this is. Statement shoes are pretty much my jam. I'd much rather wear just jeans and a tee and then finish off the outfit with some killer heels. I often build my outfits from the ground up.

And in January, I bought a suit on a whim (it's a basic, of course). The pants have gotten some solid rotation since, but this is the first time I've worn the two together. What can I say? I love a lady in a power suit. I didn't want the look to get too stuffy though, so I opted for an untucked, slouchy shirt underneath.

I can't wear these things anywhere without someone commenting on them. They're just that fab.

I can't wear these things anywhere without someone commenting on them. They're just that fab.


Blazer, The Limited.
Pants, The Limited.
Top, Bardot.
Shoes, JustFab LUXE (similar in black or purple).
Bag, Alexander Wang.

AJ Wears :: Two Textures

After yesterday's post I did a little soul (and google) searching and found amazing wardrobe challenge from Who What Wear - it's all about getting out of your comfort zone, but the prompts for each day are simple enough that you can draw inspiration from your own closet without feeling too obligated to "stick to the plan". I've decided to use it to pull myself out of my little fashion rut. There are 30 days to the challenge, but I'll be going out of order to give myself enough variety for the sporadic weather and whatever events might be thrown my way.

So today, we start with #2 :: Mix at least two textures into your look. Tweed and lace, you've been mixed.


I've also decided to do this thing where I don't care what the temperature is. It's currently 32, which after Monday and Tuesday feels like 72 to me, so I practically busted out a bikini. I guess I could have saved this for our weekend temps (which will be in the 60s again) but by then I'll probably just be walking around in my birthday suit. SPRING, Y'ALL.

Jacket, Anthropologie (exact).
Jeans, Gap (old, so here's this year's version from Gap).
Shirt, The Limited (similar from Delia's).
Bag, Alexander Wang (exact).
Shoes, even though you can't see them, JustFab.