Two Teens And Their Mama: A Summer Style Challenge Struggle

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Summer Style Challenge Struggle

I struggled when I started writing this post today.  As I've mentioned numerous times in the past few weeks, I'm excitedly participating in Alison's Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge.  On Sunday evening, the first outfit was sent out, and I eagerly opened my email to see.....shorts. Womp womp.  If you've never been to Seattle, I must inform you that shorts weather doesn't start here until at least July, if we're lucky.

I realize that Alison lives in Texas, 95% of the country has been enjoying warm weather for at least a month now, and this is a summer style challenge.  I figured I could make do with swapping a few pieces out and move on to day two. 


The second outfit was released and....shorts.  Hmm.  The style challenge called for white bottoms, so I decided to wear my white boyfriend jeans.


I took selfie photos and posted them to our Facebook group.   Day one was okay, but in hindsight the outfit would have looked better with a belt or different shoes.  Sadly, I realized it's time to get rid of the jeans from day two.  I've lost a little bit of weight (not complaining, just observing :), and the pants look too big on me, even for boyfriend fit.   I was really disappointed with my looks, and I seriously considered not putting them in this post.

But then I realized two things. One, I'm not a fashion blogger.  While I really enjoy reading fashion blogs every week, I'm never going to be that super stylish person, and I shouldn't compare myself to them. My original intention was to show what I wore, in the hopes that I might inspire another yoga/pajama pants wearing mama to get out of the sweats and into the style

Second, I was completely missing the real point of the Style Me Challenge, which is this: by putting a little extra effort into my appearance every day, I feel prettier and more confident. Going back and reading the wonderful posts and comments on our Facebook group reminded me of that.  All of the ladies are so supportive of each other, which has been the biggest blessing of both style challenges

Not every outfit I put on is going to be perfect.  But as long as I'm trying, that's perfect enough!



Each week during the challenge I'll be linking up with these fabulous ladies to show you what we wore that week.  Go check everybody out!



40 comments:

  1. Yay baggy pants! I think you look awesome. Also- I may need some packing for Seattle pointers for August....

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    1. Thanks Deena! Let me know if you want specifics, but by August it's pretty nice around here. Sunny, high 70's to 80's. Bring sweatshirts for night time.

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  2. Reading this, while feeling chilly in jeans and a sweatshirt, I totally understand not wanting to put on shorts!
    I have to correct you though Lana - I do think you are a fashion blogger! I have enjoyed your fashion posts, been impressed by your knowledge, and influenced by your posts -- i.e. your most inspired me to wear a jean jacket that hasn't gone anywhere but my closet for years, and I received a lot of compliments on it!
    You are making difference and helping those of us who need it to “get into the style”! I hope you keep it up!

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    1. Susan, you are the best! Thanks so much for the encouragement, my friend!

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  3. Nothing wrong with swaping out jeans for shorts to make it work. Both outfits are really cute. I love your everyday causal looks!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Jill, you are too kind...but I'll take it!

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  4. I swapped the shorts for jeans both days too, girls gotta work :) Hi again! Glad we're doing this together again.

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  5. I love how you are so honest in your post. I think you love the wash of your deim jacket! Looks great with your white jean - even if you think they are to big!

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    1. Thanks Christy. I have had that denim jacket for so long - it's finally back in again.

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  6. I have really started loving yellow lately. Your stripped top is so cute!

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  7. I have had a great time reading lots of your blogs!! This one reminds me I need to clean out my closet. I think I have lots of things to wear that are hidden under the things I never wear...Thank you for crossing my path...

    http://bleachervision.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I did a huge spring cleaning of my closet, and I couldn't believe the stuff in there!

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  8. Your honesty is refreshing and very real which is why I'm loving this challenge so far!

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I'm a little too real :)

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  9. Guess what? If you got that striped top at Target, I have the same one! :) Also, I'm so glad you are posting pics and followed through with it here on your blog. Love you honestly in this post, friend!

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    1. Thanks Carrie! Yep, got it at Target. Love the neckline and the color. Great minds think alike...and shop at Target!

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  10. You have such a great figure and the pants look amazing on you!

    That for me is like the hardest thing to find -- good pants that fit well!


    xo, N
    www.natashasolae.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the nice compliment. They fit much better a few months ago, but I'm not really complaining :)

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  11. How fun! You look super cute in the 2 pics. I have to tell you though that right now my yoga clad self would not good selfies make, someday soon I can do this when toddlers don't run every waking second of my life and boogers and other fun treats aren't slathered on my clothes.....

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    1. Yep, been there, done that. This too shall pass, but they're so much fun at this age!

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  12. I feel the same way! I will never be a fashion blogger, but my goal is to get out of my running pants and inspire others to do the same. I fund that, after some of my posts, I can always pick out what I did wrong. I guess we all need to focus on what we do that is right! You always look great! I am doing the challenge too and so far, have been in running shorts both days:( Maybe there is some hope for this weekend! Susan

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    1. Susan, I totally think of you as a fashion blogger! Your site is one that I get lots of inspiration from. I hope you're enjoying the summer challenge!

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  13. I'm glad I'm not the only person who is trying to out of my gym clothes rut. You look great in the denim jacket and stripe tee outfit.

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    1. Thank you! Many days it's still hard to get out of the gym clothes, but I'm working on it!

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  14. I think you look nice in both outfits. We are definitely our own worst critics! Yay for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things, I think that's great!

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    1. Yes, I'm absolutely my own worst critic. Thanks for the nice words!

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  15. Don't be hard on yourself, Lana. You look great in both outfits. The first one is my fave. I also like the shorter hair. =)

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    1. Thanks Ada! You're always so kind.

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  16. Lana, You look darling. Love the jeans and scarf look. That is something I wear all the time too. I also like the mix of the white jeans and the jean jacket and converse. Very fun. I agree, just by mixing it up a bit and trying new looks you feel somehow prettier than running about in the usual workout clothes, etc. I am inspired! Have a great weekend! xx Kim

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! It is amazing how much better I feel when I put a little effort into my outfit. I could do without the selfies though!

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  17. The point of the challenge is right in the name, to make it work for YOU and I think that what you did with both outfits turned out great!
    Inge
    This Ever Evolving Life

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    1. Thank you so much - it is definitely a challenge some days!

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  18. Those white boyfriend jeans are great! And I totally agree with you, I am certainly not the most fashionable person and never will be, but if I inspire someone then I am happy!

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    1. Thanks Laura. I have to disagree with you though - I think you are very fashionable and I love your outfits!

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  19. Lana! I feel like I know you already and that we are kindred spirits! (I really hope to still be smiling like you are once my two hit the teen years, but more on that later...)

    It's Courtney from The Brown Girl with Long Hair blog...

    You look AMAZING! A walking example of classic, effortless fashion...

    When I pulled up your blog and scrolled down to see which of your most-recent posts tickled my fancy first, it was, hands down, THIS one! Why? Let me count the ways: I love me a striped shirt (just ordered a brand new on off eBay on Saturday night and am literally counting the minutes until it arrives on my doorstep), and I also love me a my converse all stars, white jeans, and, of course, my jean jacket(s)...

    In fact, today I posted the second installment of a video series in which I count down the oldest and most coveted items in my closet, and today's post features the jean jacket -- and in my first video, I mentioned my chucks!

    We're twins, you and I! lol

    Thanks, again, for stopping by my blog, and I am so glad our paths have crossed! And I'll be back to check out more of your fashion posts!

    xo

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    1. What a nice comment - thank you SO much! I just found your blog, and I really like it, so I'll be over visiting often!

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  20. This blog has been everyone to me. First it was a place to make me feel like I was still hanging out in your basement watching design showed on TLC. But then it became a place full of inspiration and pride. For you, all that you were accomplishing, creating, and putting out there. You brought me hope when I felt like I didn’t have anything to contribute, and you held my hand when I needed you most. This site will be so missed, but never forgotten. High fives for new beginnings elsewhere!

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