Spring 10×10 Challenge 2018

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I know it has been a couple of weeks since the #Spring10x10 challenge ended, but I wanted to share with you my ten items, experience and tips for future 10×10 challenges. Lee of Style Bee hosts the 10×10 Challenge and she hosted this round with  Caroline of Un-Fancy and designer guest-host Liz of Elizabeth Suzann.

I’ve done the #10x10challenge once before and I was not successful and didn’t finish the whole 10 days.  This time around I was more positive and determined to finish strong.  I planned my pieces over a week before the challenge started, trying to determine if the pieces where versatile enough to wear more than 3 or 4 ways.  I try different outfit ideas to make sure what was on my head, actually did work.

During this challenge I had challenges of course.  I am a mom, so that can be a challenge just by itself.  My son got very sick and had to be rushed to the hospital, so that was a major challenge and of course his health is 100% more important than anything else.  Still, during the days he was sick and we were at home I wanted to keep creating outfits for those days.  I didn’t want to pause and resume later because that just would kill my vibe and motivation.

I loved the challenge this time around even of the hard obstacles that came up in the middle.  I loved all the outfits I put together and each item I chose for this challenge.  I am definitely excited to be part of the next challenge for #Summer10x10 !

My Ten Items:

1| Madewell Mockneck Tank Top in Stripe | similar

2| Madewell Easy Crop Tee in Bright Ivory

3|Rue Stiic Rust V-Neck | similar

4| Madewell Texture & Thread Wrap-Tie Top in Bleached Linen

5| Almina V Neck Dress in Black

6| Everlane Modern Boyfriend Jean in Light Blue Wash

7| Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant in Bone

8| Everlane High-Rise Skinny Jean Regular in Black

9| Nisolo Mariella Mule in Sand

10| fashionAble Diana Chelsea Boot in Black

My Ten Outfits

Here are my individual outfits I put together for each day for the challenge. You can see all 10 looks along with all the details and styling in my Instagram Story Highlights labeled spring10x10.

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Recap Questions

1| What were your #Spring10x10 Challenge goals?

Test out creativity with a smaller closet was probably my biggest goal.  For the past year I’ve been conscious about the things I add to my closet and have rid of most items that were in my closet.  I want to add items that are of better quality, conscious and ethically made, and buy less to create sort of capsule wardrobe.  Basic colors and styles to maximize the wear and creativity of outfits that come out of my closet.

2| What did you learn about your personal style?

I learned that I like comfort, but still something that looks sharp and well put together.  If it does not feel comfortable against my skin or looks wrong on me in a way that makes me feel self-conscious about it, like a low-cut V that can show my bra and best.  I learned that an outfits need to be styled to look the next level and not stay too basic.  Adding a bandana, a hat or one piece to have more character.

3| What was your 10×10 star piece?

I would say the Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pan in Bone was the star this challenge! I paired it with most of my tops and it just made the outfit stand out way more and still look basic and feel comfortable while wearing it!

4| Were there any pieces you would consider a mistake?

I think all my pieces were great for this challenge.  If I have to pick one I would say the Black boots since I live in Florida and weather here is bipolar.  Also, I am always on the go with a toddler and the mules were ideal to slip and go.

5|Were your items weather appropriate?

Yes.  I decided for this challenge to not add any cardigans or jackets for my ten items because of how Florida weather is.  I would put a cardigan on if it was too cold in the morning, but that rarely happened.  I was comfortable outside with the outfits I created.

6| Which outfit was your favorite?

I would say Day 3 was my favorite! What is sad, I kind of forgot to pair this top again the rest of the challenge.  But thast for the next question.  I LOVED this outfit, I felt beautiful in this outfit, I felt comfortable in this outfit and it looks the best well put together and polished outfit.  I also loved outfits with my mock-neck stripe tank top with boyfriend jeans and wide leg pants.

7| What items didn’t get paired?

As I said in the previous question, the rust V-neck just got paired once and it was in my favorite outfit.  I forgot to add this top to another outfit the rest of the challenge.  I really wish I had used it again!

8| What was the hardest part about this 10×10?

The hardest part of the challenges is being a stay-at-home mom and the challenge of a very sick baby boy.  This makes the challenge hard because staying inside the house with no intention of going anywhere can make it difficult for me to get out of my pajamas.

9| What was your favorite part of the challenge?

My favorite part, other than using my creativity and getting to actually be intentional about getting dressed every day, was getting to meet so many beautiful ladies through this challenge!  Seeing everyone’s outfits and creativity made this challenge so much fun and creating new friendships was just lovely.

Have a lovely week!

Natalia

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How to Buy Clothes Consciously

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The Spring season is almost here, but there is one thing about Florida… seasons don’t matter!  You never know what you are going to wear when you wake up, until you check the weather app and go outside.  Some days you might see me wearing cardigans and sweaters, and other days short sleeves and dresses.  You never know, ya know.  As a Floridian, it is really hard to stick to a “capsule wardrobe” around these seasons.  One season for sure it can be done: Summer.  Still, no matter the weather, my Nisolo Mariella Mules are always on repeat! They are getting so worn out, but I love it!

One thing I want to dive in and share more is; how to wear items of clothing in different ways, and how many times you can use that item in an outfit.  There are a couple of things I look for when I buy clothes nowadays.

  • How many outfits can I make out of it

Something I have learned is, when I have an item that I can only wear one way, I tend to not use very much.  It almost gets forgotten in my closet.  Every time I am browsing for clothes I have a vision in my head of at least two outfits that I can create with that item.  It makes getting dressed way more fun too, being creative with your outfit wills show more of a personal style that makes you different from others.

  •  Is the color right to use in different outfits

Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals.  Have you ever struggled between two colors in a pair of shoes?  Yep, been there.  I am even OCD about what color I buy and if it will actually go with so many outfits.  For my personal style, neutrals is the way to go.  Staying with the whites, blacks, creams and browns is my way to go.  Having statement pieces of different types of color is great to have! Especially if you love a color pop in your outfits.

  • Will I wear it more than once

I feel my husband always asks me this question.  I always ask him if he likes something I want to buy, when I am indecisive.  He always ask the right question! Haha.  You don’t want to invest money on something that will not get used, ya know!

  • Is it comfortable

SO IMPORTANT!  If you don’t feel right in it, will you really want to wear it again?  Will you remember it at all?  Will you be excited or frustrated that you have this piece when you put it on?  I understand the random times you have to wear an uncomfortable pair of shoes for a party, but I assure you that you can probably find a pair of shoes that combines comfort and style! Don’t settle because it was the first thing you saw, or it was the cheapest.  I promise, if it doesn’t feel right or comfortable you will forget about it!

  • Does it look right with my body type

Something I tried for so many years, was to try to fit into a certain style that really didn’t look right on me.  If it looks good on that person, it has to look awesome on me right?!  NO! We are all different, and if you put something on and it just looks odd, but then you say… I can make it work… Nah! You will find the pieces you love on your own skin when you first try them on.

  • Does it really go along my personal style 

I feel this one goes along with the previous one as well.  Trying to fit in something that doesn’t look right on us and it doesn’t really represent our style or the style with want to portray is no fun.  I know it’s hard because there are so many trends out there and we love more than one style! And that’s ok! I would advise sitting one day on Pinterest, and find inspirations of styles you love, and at the end, narrow it down to the exact style you know is you, and goes along with your lifestyle and would be excited to wear!

  • Quality over quantity

I am no expert, AT ALL.  But over so many years, I have learned to make smart purchases.  Let me tell you, I was the girl who wanted to see how much I could get for $100.  Ask me if I have any of those clothes right now?????  NONE.  With anything cheaply made or lower quality, you will end up spending more money than if you buy the better quality, maybe more expensive item.  I also stopped going to the mall and shopping.  I online shop and take so long to buy anything.  Spending time to find the brands you REALLY love and just shop from those few stores you know you will always love the item.  Looking at what kind of material a garment is made of, the texture against your skin, the fit on your body and so on.

Being picky can be a good thing, for your wallet, and it will make your life easier when it comes to picking and create outfits.  Holding off on spur of the moment purchases, will really help you decide if you really what that item.  Usually if I wait on an item and I haven’t forgotten about it in weeks, then I will most likely add it to my closet.  If I forget about it, then I saved time and money on that item that will probably get lost in the closet, and dealing with returning items is not my favorite! The awkward introverted me hates it.  Think of your wardrobe as a collection, where you want the best pieces to add and go along well with the others.  At least I view it that way, art!

Much love!

Natalia

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wearing:

top- Rue Stiic from Inguz

jeans- Everlane

mules- Nisolo

bag- Hobo c/o

earrings- Able

watch- Daniel Wellingto c/o

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Curious Natalia

Fields of Gold

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Hello!

A goal this year was to begin giving more time to my passions and along those are this blog!  Trying to think what exactly I want to share and keep it straight forward to those exact things.  I know I might have shared about many different things, but I want to change that! I want to go back to my roots, fashion is a big part of me.  How is it different now?  Well, my style has changed from vintage/colorful style to a more comfortable/neutral colors styles.  Also, I want to share different brands I am passionate about now.  I am dedicated to find the best quality items that can last many years, instead of how much can I get for $100, if you know what I mean?  Ethically made is a strong passion for me now too.  I guess becoming a mom has changed a lot inside of me (other than physically hehe).  Thinking that there might be some child laboring in some other country to make my cheap clothes doesn’t leave a good thought in my mind, as well as any other person mistreated poorly and unfairly.  I am not perfect (or a millionaire), but I will try to find what fits and works for me and my lifestyle.

Another big passion I want to share is home style, design, decor, however you call it!  It is a huge passion, probably same level or more of fashion.  I know many of you love when I share things around my house or any other home style scenario when I travel (more than any other picture I share!)

Of course if a travel I would love to share pictures of my time and experience there (even though I haven’t even shared my pictures from new york… oops sorry! ).  But it will be shared along the lines of outfits I am wearing and beautiful style and designs of places in that city.

I know many think of me as a “mommy blogger”, but I don’t think that of myself.  I am a mom, and pictures of Atticus will always be expected!  Still, I don’t want my feed or this space to be solely about that.  My heart has changed this past year, with OCD and anxiety and other fears I have tried to limit how much I shared about Atticus.  This is in no way reflects my love for him or importance of him in my life. THE CONTRARY, HE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN MY LIFE, I LOVE HIM MORE THAN ANYTHING, I WILL PROTECT HIM FOREVER AND EVER AND PUT HIM BEFORE ME.  And for that reason my job is to keep him safe.  It doesn’t mean I won’t share about motherhood! That is my number one job and I want to share my experiences for others to read and not feel they are alone in this journey, because believe me I feel alone a lot!

I don’t remember the last time I wrote this much, but I hope you like where my vision is going! I want to treat this space more like a business along with my passions. Let me know your thoughts in the comments ❤️

Love,

Natalia

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Photos by Stefanie Keeler Photography

wearing:

dress- Madewell

bracelet- Mejuri c/o

boots (old)- Dune

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