Weekend roundup

Giveaway winner

The winner of this week's giveaway was Sarah Coenen, whose entry via Bloglovin was chosen by random number drawing. Thanks to all who entered!

Fashion challenge

Without meaning to, I actually picked out three things for this week's fashion challenge that are somewhat coordinated. I will try to resist the temptation to violate the principle of this challenge by just wearing all three together ...

This rust-colored corduroy skirt was another impulse buy — proof that I still struggle to tell the difference between styles that I like in the abstract, and styles that actually look good on me. I LOVE straight skirts like this one, but I feel like they can be really unflattering, since I am neither tall and willowy, nor bodaciously curvy. Here's an example of how I've tried to wear a straight skirt in the past:

I just recently bought this light blue blazer at an end-of-season sale at the local Hospice thrift shop. I love buying things there to support their mission, and they often have some really high-quality items (new as well as vintage), which this definitely is. It's a beautiful piece in excellent condition, but the neckline is pretty high, which gives me No-Boob Syndrome (always a risk for me when wearing layers). So I've got to figure out how to balance it somehow (I sense that a full skirt will be involved ...)

I bought this floral print peasant top as part of my frenzied rush to get ready to go back to work after my daughter was born. I was feeling like I didn't really understand my new shape yet, so I made some questionable impulse buys. I really like the colors in this top, but the blousy shape has been hard for me to wear, so I'm going to see if I can figure out how to make it work. You can see how I wore it in this photo (note to self: never grow out bangs again), which also features the gray pants from a fashion challenge a couple of weeks ago:

So I have my work cut out for me this week! And tomorrow I'll have the theme for this week's Work It Wednesdays challenge (as well as this week's giveaway). I am trying to play with "taboo" ideas in this weekly series, whether it's breaking fashion "rules" or just coming up with new ways of looking at old ideas about fashion. I'd love to hear your ideas for future challenges, too, so please get in touch any time! 

Hope you are having a great Saturday — we are finally getting some sunshine here today, which is nice, especially since we might get 12 inches of snow tomorrow. God, I can't wait for spring ...


  1. I think you look really great in that straight skirt! I keep meaning to copy the fashion challenge items thing and forgetting because I am lazy >.< I love the idea so much though!

    1. Thanks! I think I will try something similar, but maybe with heels instead of flats this time.

  2. I really, truly am beyond excited. Let me know what I need to do!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!!! :)

    1. Yay! Just email me (bonmarchecouture at gmail dot com) with your mailing address and I will send them right out to you.


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