Evening light

Casual boyfriend jeans outfit with sneakers — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual outfit with Uniqlo ultra light down vest — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual winter weekend outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane lounge sweater hoodie casual winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earth Boomer sneakers casual winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Hello, hello! It feels like it’s been a while since my last proper outfit post. It’s always hard for me to feel motivated to dress “cute” in the winter because it’s so cold…and then I dread shooting photos outside, which I do only because the inside of my house isn’t super inspiring. (Though, shooting outside in the winter is usually tough because everything looks pretty dead, haha.) It was nice getting some time off of regular outfit posts thanks to my style sudoku, but I also appreciate getting back into the swing of things! Plus, it’s much easier to want to shoot outside when it’s unseasonably warm…

Now, this outfit isn’t particularly “blogworthy”: it’s something I would wear on an average weekend day if I needed to run errands and didn’t have any other plans. If I know I’m just going to be running around town, I’ll wear my loosest, most comfortable garments, which include this pullover and these boyfriend jeans. It was warm enough to go sans coat but wasn’t quite warm enough to go without an extra layer, hence the vest. I’d typically wear boots instead of sneakers, but boots didn’t quite feel casual enough for this look. This isn’t my most exciting outfit, but I’m trying to keep it real over here. ;)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Uniqlo vest / exact or similar from Amazon
Everlane pullover / similar by Bobeau or Ugg (last seen here)
Gap Factory jeans / old; similar by Old Navy
Earth sneakers c/o / exact (also available from Nordstrom or Zappos) (last seen here)
Halogen bag / old; similar by Nordstrom
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact

The January Cure: Better luck next year

The January Cure by Apartment Therapy wrapped up a couple of days ago, and…surprise, surprise, not a lot changed on my end. Even though I didn’t do as many of the assignments as I was hoping to do, I did enjoy reading the prompts each day and perusing the comments left by others. It’s nice to know so many others are in the same boat. I also liked to be reminded that the Cure was about progress, not perfection. Sometimes my need to do something perfectly is debilitating and prevents me from actually doing anything.

Here’s how the assignments went since my second update:

Day 15 / Get your sofa into shape

We NEED to do this. It’s on my list of major projects. I want to vacuum the whole coach (even the back of it), clean under/behind the couch, put some pads on the feet to keep it from sliding around on the wood floor, and rotate the rug because we mashed down the corner that gets walked on the most. It’s going to likely be at least an afternoon-long project that will require Korri’s help.

Day 16 / Do a 3-minute surface sweep

This is something I try to do every day! It’s crazy how much I can clear/tidy in such a short amount of time. Our kitchen gets the bulk of the junk since it’s the first place we can drop things after coming through the door so it’s pretty much always a mess. I’m trying to think of some sort of organization system to sort mail, magazines, receipts, etc. I can’t decide between a stackable flat organizer or something that would hold everything upright like this letter holder.

Day 17 / Take a catch-up day

I can’t remember what I did, but I don’t think I worked on any of the assignments. I probably just filled and ran the dishwasher. We have a bad habit of leaving dishes in or by the sink and I’m trying to end that by keeping the dishwasher turning over constantly.

Day 18 / Clean the floor + treat yourself to flowers

I had every intention of doing this assignment last weekend…and then we spent the whole weekend on the couch watching shows on Netflix! The downtime was much needed and appreciated. We do vacuum and sweep relatively regularly but should probably mop the wood floors soon, especially in the high traffic areas.

Day 19 / Do a pantry cleanout

I actually did this back in October! Our pantry is I think the biggest pantry I’ve ever lived with, but it used to be so wildly disorganized and it would drive me crazy, so I took one weekend afternoon and evening and reorganized the shelves. It looks and functions so much better now. We just need to be good about going through and using the products we have now! I took the above photos the morning after organizing, so the shelves are slightly more disorganized/full now. I love that I can actually see what canned and jarred food we have with the shelf organizer, and I use the wire basket to corral dirty rags before laundry day.

Day 20 / Set up a “landing strip” by the door

I honestly don’t know where I would put a landing strip or what I would use as a landing strip, so I didn’t do this assignment. I do wish we had coat hooks and a bench to sit on to put on or remove shoes, but Korri has vetoed a bench. I did buy a shoe rack to put in the closet by the door to corral the shoes we wear most often (and the shoes I wear if I need to run outside), but now I’m thinking about leaving it out and seeing how it works if it’s by the door directly versus in the closet.

Day 21 / Empty the outbox + reset the living room

I didn’t do the living room assignment, so there was no resetting to be done (unless removing the Christmas decorations counts? Ha!). We still have various outboxes situated around the house, and I’m going to move them down into the workout room that is currently being used as more of a storage room until the outboxes are cleared out. I need to either borrow my dad’s truck to take everything that needs to be donated or figure out a charity that is wiling to come pick up a piece of large furniture…

Day 22 / Enjoy (and take care of) your space

I definitely need to go back and reread the assignments and keep plugging away at them. I also plan to finish reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (plus the Netflix series, which Korri and I started last weekend) and I hope that will help. I also signed up for Apartment Therapy’s Weekend Projects newsletter, which starts next Friday. Even though the Cure didn’t go as well as I had envisioned, I’m making it my goal to get the house in order this year! :) (And I’m looking forward to rereading these posts next year when I try to tackle the Cure again.)

January Style Sudoku Recap

January Style Sudoku: 16 items, 14+ outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

It's time to recap my style sudoku! Every day from January 13th through January 26th, I wore one of 14 outfits put together with the 16 items in my sudoku above, in which every row, column, and corner is an outfit (plus the diagonals…and a couple of other places if you're feeling ambitious). I love putting together style sudokus because they're an excellent opportunity for me to stretch my closet, try new combinations, and remind me how much I already own (and love!). This style challenge coincided with an unintentional shopping freeze that started on January 1st and is still going strong to this day (mostly because the one thing I ordered got cancelled, haha).

I ended up with a color palette of mostly black and navy with a few accent colors (ivory, olive, grey, and red) and a couple of patterns (plaid shirt, striped tee). I also included lots of textures to keep things interesting. Only one of my four “accessories” was a true accessory: the black beanie. I also added a vest, shirtdress, and cardigan so I could layer.

I stuck with my go-to uniform of top + skinny pants/jeans + boots for this challenge but added the dress to force myself to mix things up! I ended up wearing the dress three times, three different ways, and I preferred the outfit with the dress worn as a duster. I felt most confident in the outfits that didn’t include the dress. This challenge solidified my love of my olive green jeans, red ankle boots, black beanie, and my patent ankle boots!

All in all, this style challenge felt very successful! This is my favorite sudoku to date (my first two were way back in 2016: here’s the fall version and spring version). I’m looking forward to doing this challenge again in April (and then again in the summer and fall)!

Below you’ll find all of my outfits and where they landed on the sudoku, a widget at the end where you can shop the exact or similar items I wore, and a blank sudoku so you can make your own! Head on over to the original posts for more photos and details: outfits 1-5, outfits 6-10, and outfits 11-14. (Or you can directly click on the outfit photo you’re interested in below!)


ROWS

January Style Sudoku: 4 row outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

COLUMNS

January Style Sudoku: 4 column outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

CORNERS

January Style Sudoku: 4 corner outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

DIAGONALS

January Style Sudoku: 2 diagonal outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

SHOP MY STYLE SUDOKU


MAKE YOUR OWN STYLE SUDOKU

Make your own style sudoku — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair