Spring 10x10 Recap!

Here is a final recap of our experience with the #spring10x10 challenge! All of our outfits from the second week are here, as well as some reflections, takeaways, and favorites and least favorites.

Check out our second and final week of looks below:

Rachel
I anticipated that this 10x10 challenge would be harder than my winter 20x20, but luckily that was not the case! When I sat down to figure out which 10 pieces I wanted to include, the two pairs of pants, the two pairs of shoes, my Linn tee, and my #memade pink top were obvious choices. Even after two revisions of my list, those 6 items remained. The black tank top and simple black dress were mainly chosen for ease of layering under tops and jackets (which they did perfectly), and the two jackets were somewhat recent additions to my closet, and therefore more last minute picks. However, they also worked out perfectly. While I certainly missed wearing some of the other items in my closet during the two weeks, there wasn't a single item that I regretted including, so I would say this challenge was a complete success! My two favorite outfits ended up being kimono-style jackets over pants, as below:

Adrienne
I had so much fun with this 10x10 challenge, but it was definitely difficult for me. My closet does not have a lot of neutral clothing or good layering pieces, and I feel like those things are key to a challenge like this. That being said, I felt like I learned how to wear some of these pieces in ways I never had before. I think some of my outfits were a bit boring and predictable, but some of them taught me how to be more creative with my clothing. For instance, I had never before thought to layer a shirt over or under my loft dress, but the outfits where I did that ended up being two of my favorite outfits. It turns out that dress is much more versatile than I previously thought!

Spring 10x10 - Week One Recap

The first week of the #spring10x10 challenge is done, and we're excited to share our first week of looks with you. First some reflections on how last week went, and then all of our looks, side-by-side, in one place!

Adrienne - This has been so much fun so far! I feel like this challenge is forcing me to be a bit more creative with how I style and accessorize my outfits. I'm usually the kind of person who puts on a pair of earrings and leaves that same pair in for 3 weeks before it occurs to me to change them. This week, I've tried to think more about what jewelry I add to an outfit, as well as thinking about things like belts, and whether or not I should tuck a shirt in or leave it out. For example, I had always worn my red Maison Scotch shirt just with jeans, not tucked in, and without any accessories. This time, I tucked it in and added a leopard print belt. I loved how those two small details made the outfit so much more interesting! I think that was probably my favourite outfit this week!

Rachel - Other than rain, rain, and more rain forcing me to wear weatherproof boots for a couple days, I've been so happy with how my outfits have turned out. I was nervous including my bright, patterned Ace & Jig Kimono, but it has turned out to be super versatile - going with both boyfriend jeans and wide leg crops. My other topper, the amazing Rylo Jacket from Elizabeth Suzann, also has a kimono shape - I never quite realized that I was such a fan of the silhouette until now! I also love my white sandals, and I'm hoping this coming week will be less rainy so I can wear them more. After a weekend off, I can't wait to style my other five looks - be sure to check back for a full recap once this week is over!

Spring 10x10 - Sister Edition!

It's time for another 10x10 challenge hosted by Lee and Caroline! If you aren't familiar with the concept yet, you can find everything you need to know about a 10x10 here. This time around it will be extra exciting, since both of us (Rachel and Adrienne) are participating. This post will have our picks for our 10 items and over the next two weeks we will style those items into 10 different outfits! Be sure to check back for recaps of each week of outfits. 

Rachel

Temperatures in Berkeley are mid-forties to lower-seventies right now with a bit of rain in the forecast. For this challenge, I'm only including 'indoor' items, so no raincoats or heavy coats which I'll wear over these outfits if the weather calls for it. I'm following Lee's formula of 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of pants, 1 dress, and 5 tops. Here are my ten items:

1. Levi's Boyfriend Jeans - second hand
2. Everlane Wide Leg Crop - second hand
3. Black Dress- vintage
4. Lotta from Stockholm Clogs
5. Rag & Bone White Sandals
6. Elizabeth Suzann Rylo Jacket - second hand and ethical brand
7. Pink top - homemade (and naturally dyed!)
8. Elizabeth Suzann Linn Top - ethical brand
9. Ace & Jig Kimono - ethical brand
10. Everlane Tank Top- ethical brand

Most of my Spring 10x10 picks!

Most of my Spring 10x10 picks!

I'm really proud that every item of clothing (excluding shoes) is either home-made, second-hand, or from an ethical brand.  I've been buying more and more things second-hand lately, and have found some amazing treasures with the #aceandjigforsale hashtag. There are also some fantastic resale accounts on Instagram that are both a blessing and a curse; I can often find things I want used rather than new, but it's also easier to justify more purchases that way... I'm always trying to work on having "fewer, better things" (à la Cuyana).

I also started sewing and natural-dyeing recently, which has been a lot of fun. Some things I made are here and here, and here is something I sewed and then dyed with loquat leaves.

I would love to get to a place where all my shoes are also ethical, second-hand, or home-made, but that is quite a bit more challenging. I'm hoping to make my next shoe purchases from small, hand-made, independent brands like Sevilla Smith and Cobra Rock. If you have any other suggestions- let me know!

Adrienne

Temperatures in Lübeck are all over the place right now. Some days it's in the 30s and sleeting outside and some days it's in the upper 60s and sunny. Lübeck can't decide if it's winter or spring yet! This means that I will also only be doing 'indoor' items. Here are my ten items:

1. Citizen's of Humanity Arielle Petite Jeans
2. Anne Taylor Loft Waxed Black Jeans
3. Anne Taylor Loft Sleeveless Dress
4. Acne Pistol Boots
5. Prada Loafers
6. And Other Stories Deep V-Back Top in Pink
7. HD in Paris Sleeveless Top
8. Deletta Lace Crop Top
9. Maison Scotch Maroon Tee
10. On the Road Twist-front Long Sleeved Tee

As you can see, none of my items are homemade, second-hand, or from ethical brands (as far as I know). However after hearing about Rachel's experiences buying second-hand items, I recently went down the rabbit hole of online second-hand stores and found a million things that I want. I'm now really having to fight the urge to spend all of my money on second-hand designer shoes!

This is my first time doing a 10x10 challenge and I am really nervous. My personal style is not very well defined and can be a bit all over the place, and I've never thought of my closet as being well suited for a challenge like this. Either I'll be forced to be a bit creative, or this will be the most boring 10x10 challenge you have ever seen! I'm so excited to try this out!