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10 x 10 Spring Challenge: Pieces

Use just 10 pieces to create 10 unique looks via thelovelylauralife.com Use just 10 pieces to create 10 unique looks via thelovelylauralife.com Use just 10 pieces to create 10 unique looks via thelovelylauralife.comThis past Monday Lee the Bee extended her 10 x 10 Spring Challenge and a small, yet distinctly impulsive voice inside me screamed out, “me too!”

Today I’m officially throwing my hat into the ring — because a competitive natured metaphor is totally appropriate here (?) — and sharing with you 10 pieces I will be using to curate 10 unique looks. I’ll be joining not only Lee in this challenge, but with her, two of my favorite style bloggers:  Andrea + Paige.  Mad props to you bossbabes!


Since I’m a little late to the party (ahem, always late Laura…always.) I will be sporting these pieces over the course of the next two “work weeks”(starting this Monday) and sharing with you ALL of the looks I’ve put together late next week — mid way through the challenge.

Tops, jackets, bottoms and shoes all count toward the 10 piece total.  Accessories like: bags, hats, scarves and jewelry are fair game. ;)


I really just want to test my creativity + refocus my thoughts and energies on creative efforts.  Moreover, I decided on two “work weeks” not because I was trying to give myself a two day hiatus (hello weekend!), but to really challenge myself by having to create FOUR different work looks since I still work in an office setting two days a week. Other implementations could have alleviated me from having to combine work pieces with my momiform so many times… Here’s hoping I’ll come away with a couple of bonus outfits and am able to squeeze out two more looks during that ‘hiatus’ weekend. ;)

Let’s do this!Use just 10 pieces to create 10 unique looks via thelovelylauralife.com

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

I’ll be back next week to share with you the 10 styled looks I have in mind for this challenge! :)

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  • Reply
    Lee the Bee
    April 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Laura! This looks so great! Thanks for joining me beauty. Can’t wait to see the looks you come up with. Have a great weekend xo

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      April 22, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Lee! You’re so sweet! I am pumped. You do the same :)

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    Andrea H
    April 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Yay!!! I totally joined in on impulse too. Sometimes that’s the most fun way to do it!! I like your picks, those peep toe booties – meow!

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      April 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Definitely! I’d like to think these are the things we are meant to be impulsive in doing…? And, BAhahahaha!

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    April 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I love the color palette you put together! I also love that you’re going to actually wear the 10 looks in real life. I am focusing on work weeks also. That gives me a focus for my items, but also gives me the weekends to do laundry and get everything ready to wear again.

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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      April 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Paige! I love your realistic + practical approach to this challenge, and look forward to seeing more of the looks you pulled together with your pieces.

      I must admit I am a little troubled over the laundry aspect because I am currently without a washer/dryer… eek! Haha. :)

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    April 26, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I’m very disappointed that it has taken me this long to stumble across your blog. I love the vibe, it really feels like we could be friends (must be in the name).

    I stumbled across Caroline’s blog (un-fancy) this time last year and took the plunge and started a capsule wardrobe. Working at Myer (an Australian department store) I find it very challenging (but as a Uni student more realistic) the constant bombardment of advertising and access to quality (not always ethical) garments at heavily discounted prices makes for some serious self control.

    I love the idea of being a conscious consumer and find having a capsule wardrobe helps to keep me in check while I am faced with the constant glamour of the fashion industry (Jenifer Hawkins please stop making me want to buy 5 of everything you model).

    Although it is Autum here in Aus I am very tempted to attempt the 10×10 Challenge. I think it would be interesting, especially being a full time student, SAO and a Sales Assitance all in the one week.

    Thank you for an inspiring read and food for thought. Keep the awesome posts coming.

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      April 26, 2016 at 8:44 am

      You are too sweet! And you should totally do the 10×10 challenge!!

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    April 29, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Hi Laura, I like your pieces for the outfit challenge. Thank you for the link to Andrea and Paige. I was unfamiliar with their blogs. Love their style. I wonder which blogs you follow. Can you do a post on that?

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      April 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Problem! And yes! I was just contemplating doing that, so now I will do it soon! :) Maybe even bring back the “blog roll” ;)

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    April 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I could not handle having cardigans, layering pieces, and jackets in the count. But I have been doing a something similar, the 6 Item Challenge. You pick 6 base items to mix and match. I went with 3 tees, 3 pants. It has been an amazing experience and has helped me appreciate my capsule wardrobe journey more.

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      April 30, 2016 at 10:05 am

      You can follow my progress on Instagram. Kryptos_Silverwolf is my handle.

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