Weekly Recap #40, 2021 + Sunday Showcase Linkup

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I’m teaming up with Mireille from Chez Mireille again today to cohost her Sunday monthly linkup. October’s theme is fall outfit recreations, so this week’s weekly recap has a series of outfits I tried to recreate from Pinterest. Having not done laundry in a while (and with a lot of my clothes back in my closet at home) it was a fun challenge each morning to find an outfit where I had all the necessary (clean) pieces to recreate it. I used to spend a lot of time trying to put together outfits based on looks I saw on Pinterest, but it’s been a while since I’ve done so. I love how it inspires me to look at my closet differently and think of outfits I wouldn’t have otherwise put together. Keep reading to see the looks and to hear why I got my pic taken with Groot!

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Monday, September 27

I was in a rush this morning, and as I already mentioned, finding a Pinterest outfit I could easily recreate was a bit of a struggle when lots of my clothes were in my dirty laundry hamper. I settled on this simple fall look, layering a short-sleeve white button-down (that used to be my school uniform) underneath my go-to olive green jacket. I don’t love the way the collar of my shirt looks underneath my jacket, and my leopard flats aren’t nearly as cute as hers. So, overall, I thought this outfit felt lacking—it could be spiced up with a colorful bag and maybe a chiffon scarf in my hair or something. As per usual on Mondays, I spent the bulk of today in class and didn’t get around to publishing my usual blog post.

[Inspiration Photo Source]

White Button-Down: Uniform store, $22, last worn here | Olive Green Jacket: Nordstrom Rack, $30, last worn here | Black Pants: JCPenney, $25, last worn here | Leopard Flats: Target, $20, last worn here

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Tuesday, September 28

I spent the morning doing chores before going to my wine class in the afternoon. Afterwards, I drove across town to guest play for my cousin’s soccer team again. I tried to stick to recreating outfits that actual humans wore, but I couldn’t resist this cute Polyvore look from back in the day (remember when Pinterest was comprised almost entirely of these outfit collages?). The only thing missing from my version of this outfit is a long pendant necklace, and I do think that would have been more flattering with this look to elongate the otherwise blocky sweater tank. Regardless, I really liked this fall outfit, and it’s not something I would have thought to put together myself!

[Inspiration Outfit Source]

Olive Green Sweater Tank: Francesca’s, $15, last worn here | Beige Cardigan: JCPenney, $18, last worn here | Skinny Jeans: Francesca’s, $20, last worn here | Beige Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, $70, last worn here | Leopard Belt: Francesca’s, $9, last worn here

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Wednesday, September 29

Today was another busy day of classes before a friend and I got ice cream near campus and watched a few episodes of a show we’re binging together. I realllly love how this outfit recreation turned out and would wear this look again in a heartbeat. Originally, I tried on my thick plaid skirt with a blue sweater, like in Laura’s look, but the blue kind of clashed with the orange accent colors in my skirt. I chose a white sweater instead and loved the finished product.

[Inspiration Photo Source]

White Sweater: Bohme, $30, last worn here | Pleather Jacket: Blank NYC via local boutique, $25, last worn here | Plaid Skirt: JCPenney, $25, last worn here | Black Boots: DSW, $100, last worn here

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Thursday, September 30

I spent today doing chores and running errands before going to wine class in the afternoon, attending a club meeting, and binge watching more of our show with my friend. I have slightly mixed feelings about today’s outfit, mainly surrounding the jeans. I like the black and grey mixed together with the snakeskin belt (I added my own touch to the look), but I think a slimmer-fitting pair of jeans would have been more flattering. The cropped flares add a lot of volume to my bottom half when there is already volume on my top half from the long cardigan. Moral of the story? I really need to get some high-waisted skinny jeans because the only high-waisted pants I have are cropped flares.

[Inspiration Photo Source]

Black Blouse: Dillard’s, $20, last worn here | Grey Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack, $10, last worn here | Cropped Flared Jeans: Express, $40, last worn here | Black Boots: DSW, $100, last worn here

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Friday, October 1

I had a meeting with my old boss/advisor this morning (our first in-person meeting in two years!) before spending the afternoon knocking items off my to-do list. I spent the evening writing my article for the student newspaper and tried to attend an on-campus event, which turned out to be a total bust. Ah well. Today’s look was probably my least favorite recreation of the week. The girl in the inspiration pic looks so cool and effortless, but the proportions in my outfit were all wrong. For one, my grey sweater is cropped and a lot more fitted than hers, making it an awkward layering piece on top of a button-down. Second, my pants are too loose-fitting—they really needed to be skinny pants, like hers, to keep the outfit flattering. Regardless, I still like the idea of this look and think I might be able to recreate something better with a few pieces in my closet back at home.

[Inspiration Photo Source]

Denim Button-Down: JCPenney, $18, last worn here | Grey Sweater: Hand-Me-Down, last worn here | Pleather Jacket: Blank NYC via local boutique, $25, last worn here | Grey Denim: Express, $19, last worn here | Black Boots: DSW, $100, last worn here

Saturday, October 2

I threw in the towel this morning and just decided to wear what I wanted—a rust-colored sweater, denim jacket, and black pants (seen in the first pic of today’s post). I woke up bright and early this morning to spend the first half of the day volunteering at a Make-A-Wish fundraiser called Walk for Wishes. Groot made an appearance at the event, so naturally, I had to snap a photo with him. Later in the evening, a friend and I met up downtown to do a walking tour from this Denver tour guidebook I have before grabbing dinner together. It was such a beautiful fall day!

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Do you often find yourself trying to recreate outfits you see on bloggers or on Pinterest? While I’ve found that most of the time doing these recreations is a healthy exercise—making me realize how much I can do with the clothing I already have—it sometimes has the opposite effect. For example, in trying to find fall outfits to recreate, probably 75% of them involved a wide brim felt hat, which are oh-so-trendy right now. I own no such hat, but after being inundated with cute hat outfits, I kind of feel like I need one!

Anyway, be sure to swing by Mireille’s post today to see her outfit recreation, and join this month’s linkup below!

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As always, thanks for stopping by the blog today.

 

Miles of smiles,
Grace

8 comments on “Weekly Recap #40, 2021 + Sunday Showcase Linkup”

    1. That’s smart… I definitely haven’t used Pinterest as much in the last few years, either. I find all the ads really annoying! And it seems like everyone’s outfits look the same. Thanks for inviting me to do this post with you! It was lots of fun.

  1. I don’t use pinterest so I don’t get inspiration there but I find I get lots of ideas from things I see on other bloggers! I often don’t have the same pieces to recreate (and US bloggers are in different seasons which can make things tricky, so I tend to go with a general theme or an idea than an outright copy). I get most of my inspiration from other local mums on Insta – and yes often the inspiration to shop from them too, haha!

    Thank you for the linkup! Hope you have had a lovely weekend 🙂

    1. That’s so fun, Mica! I always get drawn in by a full-on recreation, but I realize it’s a lot more practical to just pull general themes for inspiration.

  2. What would we do without Pinterest? I find so much inspiration in that space. I do remember Polyvore, my daughter used to make those outfit collages. All of these outfits are super cute! 1, 3 and 4 are my favorites!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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