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Finishing the Fall 10 x 10 Style Challenge and 5 Takeaways

  • November 2, 2018
  • By Cynthia
Finishing the Fall 10 x 10 Style Challenge and 5 Takeaways

After a brief hiatus owing to random apartment life (machines not working and couldn’t do laundry after having already thrown all my clothes in together with sweaty gym stuff and dog towels), the challenge was back on!

I was feeling it the first 5 days but also relying heavily on the easiest combinations of tops and bottoms. In order to keep things interesting, I was going to have to get creative. Let’s see how I did 😉

Day 6:

This look was mostly about the accessories but you know what? I dug it. I liked the simple colours and letting the playful accessories and lipstick do the talking. I felt chic and unfussy, yet pulled together. If I’d been a little less rushed I think a belt could have gone a long way here. Or a cami 😏

Day 7:

This was one of my least favourite looks of the challenge. Not because it wasn’t made of cute pieces or a cute idea, but because I didn’t feel it was flattering so the whole day I felt a bit self-conscious.

White pants have been a bit tough for me mentally (which is why I wanted to include them in the fall style challenge to begin with) but I think here it was the all light combo that didn’t quite work. I like black. Or navy. Or something a little sturdy in the way of colour or material.

Day 8:

You can see I was really playing with how to layer here – and also, I find blazers with only a cami underneath a bit uncomfortable (sticky), so I wanted the long sleeves without being basic. I STILL don’t know how I feel about this. I so rarely do an open button-up with something underneath. But maybe I should? I don’t know guys. I still don’t know.

Day 9:

This outfit was pure fun and an intentional homage to 90s fashion. I was watching earlier episodes of the Gilmore Girls when it wasn’t uncommon for Rory to do this with like a white tee and a baby blue tank – so while my effort is decidedly more grownup, it’s still definitely not trendy hahaha. I liked it though! I forget to keep playing with fashion sometimes and not take myself too seriously.

Day 10:

This is an outfit I’ll definitely be wearing again. I loved it! It was a desperate last minute attempt to pull something together and I only got to wear it for about an hour, but I immediately wanted to re-wear it (and in fact re-worked the same look later for the ballet by upgrading to a fancier sweater).

I NEVER do the full buttoned-up look but I think I’ve been really missing out. The key for me might be a bouncy ponytail to draw the eye up – I am a little wider set and I think that’s why I’ve steered away from this look before. It’s all about a little trickier! The vee of the sweater over top helped me achieve a similar feel to an open neckline, too, I think.


1. Mahogany is the new black. No really. I immediately went out and got my nails done in mahogany and it’s taken everything I have not to buy the matching mahogany blazer to these pants. Mahogany is life. Oh, and you may have noticed the blog got some colour updates – including, you guessed it, mahogany!

2. I prefer unfussy looks. I love when you see stylish people in their many layers and bold colours, but generally speaking I feel most like me when I’m in a simple palette and unfussy clothing that takes me from each part of life with ease.

3. I own way too many things and don’t necessarily want to wear the majority of them on the regular. So I’m thinking I may need to seriously re-evaluate and hone in on my personal style, and ditch a few of those brightly coloured or busy pieces that just don’t make me feel like the version of me I am most comfortable as. You know?

4. If I am going to invest in more items, I think simple coloured and easy-to-layer staples should always be my priority. So this challenge actually did help me cut down on shopping because I’m feeling way less inclined to shop impulsively or for pieces that wouldn’t offer me that simple aesthetic and longevity.

5. Challenges are not my forte. I struggle with continuity and grow bored easily. It’s also why my wardrobe is diverse, to say the least. But I’d love to know if you, my friends, the readers, enjoy when I do this kind of thing? Because I live to serve! <3

Did you guys take anything away from watching me do this? Did you attempt anything new? I’d love to know about it in the comments if you did!

By Cynthia, November 2, 2018
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  • Selena
    November 2, 2018

    Okay, my favourite outfit was day 8. I thought it was flattering, interesting but still very professional and polished. I wish I had any sense of style but luckily for me I can wear my pajamas to work if I want, I don’t but sometimes it’s really just barely not pajamas.

    • Cynthia
      November 3, 2018

      Really!? I’m kinda stoked that your fave was one of the ones I wasn’t totally sure on 🙂 thanks! Also, I think I have the perfect work in that I don’t have to dress right up or wear something akin to a suit every day, but nor do I wear my pjs/scrubs haha. Both of those options would tire me out. Do you get to wear different colours of scrubs at least?

  • Selena
    November 16, 2018

    No, we must wear all the same so we can be identified as operating room staff but we do get to wear our own scrub caps so I have a large variety that allows me to express my individuality haha. Funny thing is after reading your blog and such I found a pair of red jeans and I bought them, you inspired me to try something different.

    • Cynthia
      November 16, 2018

      That is such a nice thing to hear! I can’t wait to see your awesome new pants in action. Yule? 😉

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