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10 x 10 Spring Challenge: Looks

Last week I dove, head first, into a mini capsule challenge of sorts — Lee’s 10 x 10 Spring Challenge.  The goal being simply to choose 10 pieces and then create 10 great + unique looks with only those 10 pieces, layering in accessories to really spice things up.

I don’t often post on Saturdays (because it’s Saturday…) but yesterday wrapped up my first five days — and thus first five looks — so I really didn’t want to delay in sharing!

You can get caught up on the pieces I chose, my goals for this challenge and why I decided to structure this challenge the way I did in this post. :)

So without further ado: the outfits!

Note* The photos in this post are grainier than the usual quality of my blog photos due to the fact that they were all taken on my iPhone in mediocre light. My DSLR 15-55mm lens has been freezing on me for months and finally decided to crap out on me the moment I began this challenge… Yay.

WEEK 1 | LOOKS 1-5Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | cream blouse, pencil skirt + peep toe bootie

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of neutrals. One of my favorite ways to not make a neutral outfit feel lack luster is to layer neighboring shades. Cream, light grey, tan and cognac. Doing this adds so much dimension to a look even though it still reads completely neutral.Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | striped tee, ripped denim + converse Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | chambray, pencil skirt + peep toe bootieTruth be told, I very rarely do anything with my hair. Which is why I wear so many hats! Seriously. Does it get any better? Hide dirty messy hair and some how look more pulled together despite that dirty messy hair? Magic.

Just don’t take it off! Haha!
Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | chambray, ripped denim, patterned flats + panama hat

WEEK 2 | LOOKS 6-10
Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | cream blouse, pencil skirt + patterned flat

I once read somewhere that girls with curves should never wear pointed toed shoes…

What in the…?

This is why I say “pffffffffft” to “fashion rules”.   Good design is good design.  Whether it’s a piece of furniture, an entire kitchen or a pencil skirt and pointed toed flats. :)Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | striped tee, light wash denim + converse Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | striped tee, pencil skirt and peep toe booties Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | chambray, dark denim + patterned flat I wear this combination — chambray + dark skinnies — every single week. Sometimes more than once.  BUT I normally wear it with some sort of sneaker.  A simple switch of the shoe and larger cuff on the pant leg and voila, more capsule wardrobe magic.

There is seriously something to be said about having a dynamic selection when it comes to shoes.  I personally feel that they set the tone of an entire ensemble.Use 10 pieces to create 10 unique everyday looks via | striped tee, dark denim, flowy trench + peep toe booties

This upcoming week I will be completing this challenge and wearing looks 6 – 10. The following week I will then share a challenge recap, detailing:  why I chose the pieces and/or combination of pieces I did, what worked for me with this mini capsule and, of course, what didn’t.


1 | Striped short sleeve tee | H&M

2 | Chambray (old + thrifted) | J Crew, similar

3 | Cream blouse (old + thrifted) | AB Studio, similar

4 | Light grey pencil skirt (old + thrifted) | Banana Republic, similar

5 | Light wash denim | American Eagle (distressed by me)

6 | Dark wash denim | American Eagle

7 | Wrap trench coat (old) | Mango, similar

8 | Patterned flat ( fabric painting diy), similar

9 | Peep toe bootie | Steve Madden

10 | White sneaker | Converse

Use just 10 pieces to create 10 killer everyday looks -- or try your hand at a mini capsule challenge

If you want to check out more 10 x 10 challenge inspiration hop on over to Andrea’s blog or visit Paige.  These two wonderful women joined in on the mini capsule action as well :)

What do you think? Does 10 pieces sound like a little or a lot for a challenge? What do you think about “fashion rules”? What other ways do you add variety to your wardrobe?

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    April 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Laura!! These looks are so fab. First, I adore the trench. Second, my fave looks are the first with the monochromatic neutrals, but I also love the denim on denim! This was a great color palette and there’s so much inspiration happening here!

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      April 30, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks so much Paige! Those are actually my two favorite looks as well! Not sure I would have ever tried the denim on denim look outside this challenge because they are so close in tone… I wasn’t sure if it would read monochrome or mis matched. But I absolutely love it!!

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    Andrea H
    May 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    You look great! And you’re so right about layering neutrals in varying shades. I love it!

    Best of luck with your lens! Time for an upgrade?! If you ever want to talk gear… :)

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    May 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Love these looks — especially the cream/neutral ones. You look lovely in those shades! I must confess I’m tempted to try this, although usually I am terrible at these sorts of challenges. And you included shoes! You’re a wonder woman :-) I’m thinking more and more about giving a capsule approach another try. I sort of half-assed it last time…you’re inspiring me! I adore when bloggers show the pieces, then show all the looks you can make from them; it’s really motivating.

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    Lee the Bee
    May 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Laura!! You did such an amazing job! Love all the looks but I think my favourite has to be the trench, stripes and dark denim combo. It’s just so timeless and simple but not at all mundane.

    You are preaching to the choir about loving neutrals, I am all for them! Totally hear you on the hat obsession too. They are the best for masking bad hair days.

    So glad you decided to be part of this challenge. Thanks for all the inspo! xoxo

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      May 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Oh Lee, thank you for such a huge compliment! :) So glad you extended this challenge!

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    Allie Seidel
    May 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Love the mini mini capsule idea! I feel like I’m working with this by default as I’m 39 weeks pregnant and probably only have 10 things left that fit! Good reminder to get creative.

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      May 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Been there done that! (Twice now!) ;) I absolutely loved your maternity capsule picks :)

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    Lois Dixon
    June 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I read through your ideas and love them. I see you have 3 different bags that you did not mention. How did you fit them into your suitcase?

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      Thanks Lori! I actually just practiced this mini capsule without traveling. I think it would be perfect to do a mini capsule for travel though! When traveling I usually stick to one or two bags, packing one in a suitcase and using the other as either a car bag or carry on. Hope that helps!

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