Summer 10×10 Challenge 2018

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Hello friends! I am so excited to show you my recap of the #Summer10x10 Challenge!  It is my third time trying the #10x10Challenge and this has been my most successful one to date.  You can see my #Spring10x10 recap for this year here.  I love that Lee of Style Bee created this challenge and continues to host it every season.  I love that there is a huge community that comes together to do this challenge, creating new friends and adding more inspiration for others to see and learn.  A challenge doesn’t come without challenges, right? Duh, haha. A couple of my personal challenges are- I am a stay at home mom, of a toddler, boy, physically active and always has food in his face. I had to wash my items a couple of times because of this.  It’s ok though, because I love him so much it doesn’t bother me! Another challenge I was afraid to face was my boy getting sick,  this is something I can’t control and he is priority! But thank God he hasn’t been sick in a couple of months, making this challenge easier!  Another challenge is since I am a SAHM, I don’t have a place to go to every day.  I have to put extra effort to make plans to go out and get off my house clothes and get dressed.  At the end of the challenge I was so happy with the results and I genuinely loved every outfit I put together! Keep scrolling to see daily pictures, my 10 items, bonus outfits and recap questions!

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My 10 Items

I love every single one of these items on my challenge! Super versatile pieces, some could be paired 4 times.  This time around I really worked towards staying with a cohesive color palette that would make pairing much easier, and a color palette I would love when looking at the pieces from far away!

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1| Tradlands Box Top Everyday Chambray

2| Tradlands Highland Sleeveless Essential White

3| Universal Thread Crew Neck T-Shirt White

4| Madewell Strap Tank Top Bone (similar)

5| Everlane Modern Boyfriend Jean Mid Blue

6| Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant Ochre

7| Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant Bone

8| Madewell Apron Tie-Waist Dress Antique Coral

9| Nisolo Isla Slide Sandal Bone

10| Avarca USA Pons Classic Style Brown

2 Bonus Outfits

Here are 2 extra outfits I put together from my 10 items for my challenge.  This makes me feel that I was extra successful on the Summer Challenge and that the pieces I chose were highly versatile.

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Recap Questions

1| What were your #Summer10x10 Challenge goals?

To find the most versatile pieces that would create more than 10 outfits.  Creating outfits that are realistic for my lifestyle.  Using this challenge to make myself go out more and socialize.  There’s no better feeling than getting ready and dressed even though there is nothing special happening!

2| What did you learn about your personal style?

I learn that I love white/bone colors.  Most of my picks were this color.  I learned that I love t-shirts more than I did before, probably because I know how to style them in a way that doesn’t look to basic.

3| What was your 10×10 star piece?

I feel the star pieces was my Madewell dress.  I was surprised that I could style more than just a dress.  This inspired others to do the same with this dress!

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

I don’t consider any a mistake! It’s more that this pieces was not practical for my daily life and more for the weekend out by myself.  The Everlane Wide Leg in Bone.  I couldn’t wear this through the week because it would have been dirty in one second with my toddler! Haha.

5|Were your items weather appropriate?

Yes they were! I live in Florida, so it is very hot.  I wish I had shorts to make it less hot for me, but I haven’t found I pair I love!

6| Which outfit was your favorite?

I would say Day 7 and Day 9! I felt the most confident on these days.  Day 1 and 2 I loved too.  I loved all the days!

7| What items didn’t get paired?

I tried to pair all of the items as much as possible! The good thing about having a curated closet is that you love every piece you own.

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

The days I was too tired to get dressed or didn’t have anywhere to go was the hardest for me.  Still I got dressed for 5 minutes at least to go to the store!

9| What was your favorite part of the challenge?

My favorite part of this challenge was documenting the outfits each day in a more efficient way! Also, seeing I was being successful with the pieces I chose made me very happy.

Excited for #Fall10x10 in a few months!  Join me next time!

Love,

Natalia

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Where to Find Inspiration

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“Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso

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Something I get asked and I asked myself all the time is, where do I get my inspiration from?  Sometimes it’s hard to answer this question because I am not surrounded my thousands of magazines to flip through or my inspiration is not from only one person or place.  My eyes and brain are always working, moving, thinking and I find inspiration from even driving through my neighborhood.  Inspiration creates ideas and ideas come to life creating what you had in mind or sometimes even better than what you envisioned.  My friend Kelly and I drove around my neighborhood for a while to find a place to take these pictures, a place that sparked inspiration and creativity.  We wanted to find flowers, which was difficult to find since we are in the depths of the sun in this Florida heat, but we found it!  And created something that came from an inspiration that will create more inspiration for ourselves and others.  Inspiration never ends!

I want to share with you a few places where I find inspiration and probably where most people find inspiration as well!

  1. Instagram–  This little app is probably where most people find inspiration every day.  The constant upload of millions of pictures makes this app a place to find so much inspiration, creativity, ideas and so on.  At least for me, it’s the place where I spend most of my time when looking at my phone.  When going through Instagram, find the accounts you love that are your style or a style you aspire.  Instagram has a great gadget where you can save pictures from other accounts under your account under the little tag symbol button.  I go back to this tab so many times to look over all the pictures that I have saved and see what was inspiring me at the moment or look at the idea I saved to find the inspiration again for a project or styling.  Of course, make everything your own.  It’s an inspiration, not a copycat.
  2. Pinterest– The mother of inspirational pins.  Such a great tool, that I myself need to better utilize.  We have been pinning for years and years.  Our styles and what we find inspirational is ever changing.  One thing I advise, that I need to start doing, is being more organized with your pins.  Use the ability of folders and always go back to your pins and clean out the things that really don’t inspire or a style that doesn’t match with yours anymore.  You can find about everything on Pinterest and you can pin whatever on Pinterest directly from the website your on.  So, let’s use that wisely!
  3. Magazines and books.  Find the magazines that go along with your style.  Makeup, fashion, cars, whatever!  I personally love magazines and books like Kinfolk.  And they are perfect for home decor!   You can flip through pages and be inspired by pictures and also by people’s lives and ways of living.  Books about home interior are another favorite.  Walking through Barnes and Noble, by yourself with coffee is something I would love to do very soon!  Finding books and magazine, not just visual ones, but ones you actually you want to read.
  4. Places.  Go out-of-town on trips, it doesn’t have to be far.  Find those towns or places that you truly love and come back inspired.  For me, the closest one is Charleston, so much beauty and history.  I love NYC and the Carolina’s mountains are a favorite!  I am a person that needs to constantly go out of town, even if it’s just a few hours way for like two days.  It breaks the routine and the scenery, coming back much more inspired to create.

When I see the things I love, it sparks creativity and ideas.  For example, clothes and home decor.  When I see something I love, I know how am I going to style it and how I can make it my style.  This classic shirt dress from Tradlands inspired me to style it in different ways.  I love how timeless and easy-going it is.  You can wear the dress closed, open with a dress or top and bottom, with a belt, you name it!  If you love or are in the search for classic timeless quality pieces, Tradlands is your answer!

Tell me, what inspires you?!

Love,

Natalia

Photos by Kelly Martucci

wearing:

dress- c/o Tradlands

hat- Lack of Colors

shoes- Nisolo

bag- c/o Marloe

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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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