Day’s 2 &3, Winter 10×10 Challenge

So how’s everyone doing with Winter 10×10? I’ve been loving the challenge because it’s forced me to consult my rack of small accessories and seriously think before 9 am everyday. My usual morning routine is get up at 6:15 make sure the rest of the house is up, {admit defeat and get back under the covers for 20 minutes}, throw on some workout clothes and get the out the door to the bus stop by 7:15. When I’m busying imagining rowing myself to Hawaii {and it’s easy to visualize, as on the wall the rower faces are pictures I took of our vacation in Hawaii, and it definitely helps motivate me}, I also sketch out in my mind what I’m going to do for the day’s outfit. So by the time I’m showered, I have a good idea of where I’m going.


Sometimes things work, sometimes they don’t. I definitely liked getting creative with rolling up the sleeves on my sweatshirt to see the stripes of the shirt underneath. I realized when I picked my items for the challenge, I likely picked items that had too much pattern. Polka dots, gingham and stripes; it’s hard to really accessorize with them like you can with plain tops. But the thing is that I don’t own many pieces that are plain. I don’t particularly like designs other than stripes or simple geometrics (you won’t find faces or pictures of sunsets on my clothes), but the plethora of stripes in my closet is pretty prolific. That’s definitely something I’m taking away from this, that plain pieces can be easier to work with and change for fresh looks even when you’re staring at the same ten items for ten days.


In this outfit, I’m just not loving the boots. I’ve had them for about 8 years, and while I do wear them, mostly because I don’t have any black shoes I can wear in winter, I don’t ‘love’ them. The double strap is too fussy, and I think a simple black pair like these or these will be something on my ‘buy’ list.

Outfit: sweatshirt, Boden; shirt, St James (thrifted); jeans, Rag & Bone Dre fit; boots, Sonoma (old); bag, Kate Spade Harmony.

Outfit 3: I definitely liked this look. It was fun, and on the preppy equestrian style side, which is me to a T! All I need is a horse! {and the barn boots from my closet, and my riding pants, and helmet. no one who’s spent a second around a horse would ever wear white or anything new!} 

I had a run in with a makeup artist, who marked my white shirt with foundation, so I swapped it for the gingham shirt from day 1 and then it rained elephants on my way back from Marylebone, and was still going strong at school pick-up, and well, there was a whole lot of wet clothes going on. Between rain and things needing to be washed, and the lighting, I didn’t manage more than phone pictures of outfit 3 and 3.5.


I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the white shirt. I’ve had it for awhile but rarely wear it. I think it’s the idea that it could get stained so easily, which I need to stop worrying so much about it and just wear it. Last night I started creating today’s outfit by thinking about scarves. I have this beautiful scarf from the 1950-60’s that I bought at the Hammersmith Vintage Fair (monthly, it’s fantastic). It’s got the wonderful motif of women all dressed up and walking their dogs, including of course, a dachshund. It might make an appearance in the next few days. I’m still deciding whether or not to wear it or frame it like I originally planned when I bought.

The scarf I’m wearing is from Liberty London. I loved it from the moment I saw it last April but I hadn’t figured out how to wear it. I definitely need to work much harder at impulse buying (which this was) especially when I’m not sure how I’ll use it. This was another outfit that just sort of happened. I admit that for the school run I threw on a sweatshirt and leggings, because at 6:15 being creative is just not going to happen. {I also confess to throwing on a pair of trainers for late bus on Wednesday, but not the ones I had marked out as my backups. I just grabbed a pair from the closet and dashed out. I honestly didn’t even realize it until I was on my way back home.}

Outfit details: white ‘Perfect’ shirt from J Crew, jeans Rag & Bone Dre fit, belt Target, bracelets Live Lokai, scarf Liberty.

This is the outfit I changed into after my white shirt got marked. I just swapped out the white shirt for gingham shirt from day 1 (and forgot to take off my glasses in the picture). This is my very serious, I need a coffee face. You don’t mess with that face. As the mug says, I drink coffee for your protection.


I might not do the scarf with the second shirt, or at least not one with a flower print to it, but it’s not hat noticeable here, and I still think it works. For me, these two looks were daring from my usual!

What I learned: it’s not hard to change things up just by swapping out and in something simple (or for that matter, even adding accessories, which I don’t normally think of!). I could have switched out the scarf here for a yellow one, or green and the look would have been different. I’m going to continue to work on seeing those possibilities in the future.

Are you participating in the Winter 10×10? Leave a link so I can check it out, or go HERE or HERE for more details.

2 thoughts on “Day’s 2 &3, Winter 10×10 Challenge

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