Thursday, November 11, 2010

Days 3 and 4 and Item No. 30 (30 for 30 Remix Challenge)

Is it a bad sign that I'm already tired of the Remixing?  Hahaha, I have no stamina for this sort of thing - I just keep wanting to wear stuff that's not in my set of 30 items.

Speaking of which, I think I can safely announce that the Bianka Blouse won the poll with an overwhelming majority, so it will be joining my set of 30 items.  I did decide, though, that having 2 Bianka Blouses was a little much, so I'm trading out my green Bianka for the Shine-Through Button-Up, just to give myself a little more variety, while staying with a printed top.  I haven't worn the green Bianka for the challenge yet, so I think this one quick substitution early on should be okay.

For those of you who asked about it, the Darjeeling Skirt has a thin crinkly silk layer to which a heavier crocheted lace has been attached.  Underneath the top silk layer is an underskirt made of some sort of synthetic fabric.  The skirt runs small - I ordered my normal XS, and it was pretty tight around the waist, so I'd advise that you size up for comfort.  In fact, I decided to return the XS and I'll reorder it later (after my 30 for 30 challenge ends) in the small size.

Here are my outfits for days 3 and 4:

Day 3: Konnichiwa Sweater, Night Skating Top, Hop Skip Jump Skirt, Alberto Fermani Riding Boots, Nordstrom BP Bow Necklace

I loved how this outfit turned out.  It was really cute and fun to wear and perfect for a San Diego-autumn day (temps in the high 60s - positively chilly!).  One note - I realized after I put the skirt on to take these pictures, that I bought the wrong size - I thought I'd tried on the size 2, but in the fitting room reviews from last week, where I reviewed it, I was actually wearing the size 0, because they didn't have any 2s left.  I think the 0 is a much better fit on me, so I ran out to the store and made a quick exchange.

Day 4: Hellebore Skirt,  Gap Herringbone Tweed Jacket, Burberry Button-Up, Alberto Fermani Riding Boots, Zodiac Heirloom Necklace

I was less thrilled with this combination.  I think the proportions of the jacket to the skirt are really off on petite, short-waisted me.  This outfit would probably look amazing on a taller person - someone like Kathryn or Kristina J.  Once the challenge is over, I think I'll need to find a shorter tweed blazer to get something closer to what I wanted.  I need different shoes too.  ( far, the "don't spend" aspect of this exercise seems to be falling short, as my list of things I "need" to buy seems be getting longer, not shorter...)

For those of you lucky enough to have Veteran's Day off, I hope you're all having a lovely break.  For the rest of us, I hope your Thursday is plugging along well!


  1. Great outfits Carol! I bet it must be a total challenge only being able to choose from your 30/30 mix. You've done a great job so far...only 26 days to go! I'm sure you can last :-)
    AS with the Darjeeling skirt, i agree with you - it does run small. I will post a review within the next day!

  2. I actually really like the second picture from day 4. I'd wear it!

    You're not the only one who's tired of remixing...It's fun, but I'm already planning my outfits for when this thing is over!

  3. Carol, you make me laugh. I love how the remix which is to have work w/in your closet is making you realize what you need to buy. That would totally be me!!

    I love how the Konnichiwa sweater looks with the skirt. I am totally stealing this idea.

  4. I have to disagree and say that I like the 2nd outfit pictures. I like the play on proportions.

    Both outfits are great. Love the boots.

  5. I like both of these outfits! You're really making me want the Konnichiwa sweater!

  6. Yes, I agree, now I want the Konnichiwa sweater too!

    Good for you for tackling the 30 for 30 challenge, I don't know if I would be able to do it. Love the boots!


  7. the second outfit actually looks really cute!! i love the tweed jacket and think it looks really beautiful paired up against the yellow printed skirt!


  8. You are too funny! I couldn't do the 30 for 30 challenge because I'm not organized enough to pick out 30 items and then remix them. I admire those who can!

  9. LOL! I so admire all of you participating because I wouldn't be able to stick to the 30 items, so I'm not surprised your eye is already wandering. When you have a closet full of nice stuff I'm sure it's hard!

    That top outfit is such a fall classic! Love the deep red color of the skirt. And that blazer in the second look is calling to me. The Hellebore Skirt looks fantastic on you.

  10. Those skirts! Oh the temptation! Both outfits are fabulous, you are starting the challenge off with a bang!

  11. Love both outfits, but I have to admit the second one is my favorite. The Hellebore Skirt and the Gap tweed blazer make a fantastic combination. I think maybe a different boot with maybe a small wedge for comfort would make the outfit even more perfect. You look adorable as usual :)

  12. Such great outfits! I love how the hellebore skirt look on you. Sadly, it didn't work on me. Booooo!!!

  13. Great outfits! I'm really loving the blazer! I hope you remix that piece again. I think you can make some great fall outfits with that one. :)

  14. Carol,

    Could you let me know what size you took in the Konnichiwa sweater. I'm 1 inch shorter than you and I ordered the small. thanks so much.


  15. You know i love the red skirt with the beige boots, it looks really classy.

  16. Both these outfits are so great Carol! Day 4 is particularly brilliant I think -- it reminds me a little of the catalog outfit for the Peppered & Stripes skirt. Very cute! I suppose the proportions might be a little off on your figure, but I still think it was put together brilliantly and I would wear that combo myself in a heartbeat ;)

  17. Thanks everyone, for the positive feedback on these two outfits - especially for second one. =) And thanks especially for all the moral support for the challenge in general. It's truly appreciated!

    @Jessica - I agree about a structured boot with a wedge being a possible improvement. I'll definitely need to do that the next time I try this outfit.

    @Cindi - Aww, I'm sorry it didn't work for you! Booo!

    @Andrea - I definitely will be remixing that blazer again - just waiting for the weather to cool down again (San Diego November can't make up its mind about which season it wants to belong to...).

    @Terri - I took the Konnichiwa in an XS. It fits beautifully, and if they're still around after the challenge, I want to get a red one too...

  18. I love your Alberto Fermani riding boots! I have wide feet and muscular calves. How do these boots fit? Would they work for me? Thanks!