And…that’s a wrap on the Summer 30×30! It’s been so fun seeing how Andrea (of Seasons and Salt) managed a dress for a huge range of weather with just 30 items, which is a reminder for me that a small wardrobe is possible, even in seasons with inconsistent temperatures. And Lee (of Style Bee) always looks so chic and pulled together, which just confirms that investing in quality, well-made pieces that are true to your style makes it possible to do a lot with a little. I have been so honored to participate in the Summer 30×30 with two women I admire and look up to so much. I’ve loved following all of your journeys at #june30x30 as well, so thank you for being so willing to share!
These style challenges always remind me of how quickly time passes; 30 days sounded like a long commitment, but it’s gone by in a flash. It’s been a whirlwind week starting to get our house back in order. The floors are complete and the railing is about halfway up, so we’ve still been living on our lower level but I’ve been dusting, cleaning, touching up paint, and hauling loads back upstairs when I get a chance. But true to my goals, despite all the craziness, I managed to pull together 5 new outfits to finish out the challenge.
Outfit 26 // Monday
Busy schedules were on my side this week – the boys had a basketball camp and Liv had a dance camp, so that bought me some time to get work done around the house. I spent a majority of the day in my work clothes dusting, washing windows, and painting trim, but at 5:00 finally managed to get myself dressed to take Liv to her swim lessons. We rushed out the door, so I didn’t take the time to add any accessories.
One of my favorite style tricks I’ve taken from the various style challenges I’ve done is layering over dresses to create new outfits. The arm holes on this dress are fairly low, so I have a specific bralette I like to wear under it. Today it was dirty, so I layered my gray linen tank over it to solve that problem. I added a quick knot to shorten the length and create some shape. I don’t think this looks that flattering in the photo, but I’m hoping it’s just this photo (maybe the angle of my 4-year-old photographer wasn’t on 😉) because I felt much better about it when I wore it.
I could have easily gone to swim lessons and had dinner in my work out clothes and then called it a day, but it felt good to put on an easy outfit for the end of the day.
Outfit 27 // Tuesday
My husband and I took advantage of the kids’ camps and a grandma willing to babysit Brynn and had a mini-date to IKEA. We decided to buy him one of those huge wardrobe units for our bedroom and I’ll take over the entire master closet so that we can each have all of our items in one place. We’ve spent the past 11 years sharing the closet and dresser, which meant a lot of trips back and forth between the two in the mornings since the door to the closet is in the back of our bathroom.
I have always loved how longline cardigans look over shorts and this was my first attempt at the look. I kept my footwear super casual and simple so it didn’t feel too dressed up. I think had I worn my clogs or strappy sandals I would have been self-conscious in the outfit. I added my go-to wood bead necklace and watch to add some warmth and a pop of color.
Outfit 28 // Wednesday
Today was another work around the house day. We assembled Miles’ new bed during camps and naptime and I knew I would be stealing any moment I could get to haul another load upstairs, so I threw on clothes I’m not afraid to get dirty and gross.
Tee (old from Old Navy) // Short (old DIY from men’s jeans) // Birkenstocks
Outfit 29 // Thursday
After another full day of assembly and moving, my husband and I went out to celebrate our 11th anniversary! We went to our favorite local brewery and enjoyed beer and appetizers on the patio (until the rain came), then came home to put the kids to bed and eat cake. We had carrot cake at our wedding and every year on our anniversary we share a slice.
I loved the all black outfit I wore last week on our weekend in the mountains, so I repeated that look with my T Top and clogs to dress it up for some kid-free time.
Outfit 30 // Friday
As much as I love the days the kids have camps and are busy so we can continue working on the house, days with a totally open calendar are the best! I wore the most basic of basic outfits today, but I love that just as much as my more ‘styled’ outfits. For me, summer is all about being able to be more laid back with what I wear and not thinking quite as much about it, so this seemed like a perfect outfit to wrap up the challenge. It reminds me that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing in terms of getting dressed. There is a great middle-of-the-road place where I’m not living in loungewear, but I’m also not getting all decked out and that seems to be my summer style happy place.
I had hoped I’d be ready with a complete wrap up for you today, but it didn’t happen this week, so stay tuned for a look at the entire 30 days of outfits (plus a few bonus looks) and how I feel about the goals I set for the month and if the challenge helped me meet them. And again, a huge thanks to Andrea and Lee for letting me join them…it’s been a blast!
Did you complete the Summer 30×30 or a similar challenge this month? How did it go for you?