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Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge - Day 3

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

Welcome to Day 3 of the fall 10×10 Challenge.

Today is a tough day, a migraine hit me unexpectedly yesterday and I spent most of the afternoon in bed. I got better in the evening but spent the worst night ever, getting woken up by the pain.

But there's work to be done, so I got up, worked a little, went for a long walk with a dear friend in a new-to-me park and came back home refreshed and ready to do some more work.

Before shooting this look, I even went as far as trying to style my straight hair (I went to the blow dry bar last week and am now trying to reproduce this at home, do you think I'm doing a good job?), so yes, I'm feeling way better (also, thank you for your kind words on my Insta stories).

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

My Day 3 Outfit

Life in black.

Today's outfit fits the rainy weather and my dark mood. And it's pretty versatile so I won't have to change outfits for an event I'm attending tonight. I might just add some more lipstick.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

Sweater - Everlane, made consciously in China.

Skirt - I've had this skirt for many, many years. I love its length, elastic waist, and lightness. It just sometimes tends to stick to my legs because of static electricity. I might try to sew another one from this pattern some day. I'd love it in a warm color! Similar here.

Shoes - My beloved Danner boots, made in Portland, OR. You've already seen them in this look. I just started wearing them again, after giving them a good coat of Otter Wax. I love the way the age and plan on wearing them all winter long, and for many, many years to come.

Now a little word about my bag. The last time I visited my grandpa, I looked through his cupboards and found two of these, which my late grandmother probably used to take to the market. But they're a little fragile so I only use them for lighter items, so I recently got a modern version. I like to put my things in tiny reusable produce bags and throw them in this market tote. Isn't it so cute?

Oh, and my necklace is from Sea + Pattern and my earrings from Upper Metal Class. Portland makers power!

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

Now, I'm gonna get back to work and will report on tonight's event tomorrow. I hope you're having a wonderful day!

If you have any hair styling tutorials for me, please share them in the comments below!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge - Day 2

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

Here we go! Day 2 of the fall 10×10 Challenge.

I think I've found my 10 pieces! Hurray!

I was feeling super motivated this morning, so even before cooking breakfast, we went outside to shoot this look on our street.

Today is trash pick-up day, so there where trucks circling our neighborhood during the whole session. I wonder what they thought about us. Do you also get uncomfortable when you shoot on the street?

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My Day 2 Outfit

Same shoes, more layers, and colors.

Another laid-back outfit. For those of you who knew me before I moved to the US, this is the new me. My shoe collection fits on a single shelf and the high heels are long gone.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

Duster - This is my very last purchase. And guess where I got it? Yes, Johan, again. There was a vintage pop-up, a mohair sweater had caught my eye on Instagram, but I came back home with this duster. I'm a sucker for boxy fits, and if they give me that I'm an artist in residence look, I'm game. The color is just the right tone of blush, and the big pockets are just perfect, especially when you don't know what do to with your hands when posing for pictures! Similar here.

Top - I'm in love with linen, I wish my whole wardrobe was composed of Elizabeth Suzann creations. But, let's be honest, I don't have the budget for this (well, I might save to get one of their tunics someday). So, during my yearly trip to Europe, I asked my user-talented mom to make me a few pieces. And this is one of them. I'm so in love with this color, so perfect for fall! Thank you, mom! Similar here.

Pants - I'm not sure I've shown you these on the blog before. I got this pair of vintage Levi's at the Portland Flea Market a while ago. I hate buying pants, I hate buying denim pants. But for some reasons, even though trying clothes on at the flea market is not the most convenient thing to do, I had to try them on. The one and only pair I tried on was the perfect fit. Also, they were a steal! Similar here.

Shoes - Nina Z, made in NY, NY. Same as yesterday, I'm a creature of habit.

And because I know some of you are gonna ask. The necklace was a gift from Octave. He got it from Poketo from a Parisian maker. I call it my moon phase necklace. It's the only necklace I brought for my 1-month work trip to Europe and I wore it almost every day. I'm not tired of it yet, that's a good sign!
Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 2 by Conscious by Chloé

Phew! I've made it to day 2 of the challenge. I think that with the next look, you'll have seen all the 10 pieces I chose for this challenge.

What do you think my remaining items are? Different shoes? More colors?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge - Day 1

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 1 by Conscious by Chloé

After 2 years of admiring Lee's work from the sidelines, I've decided to join her 10×10 Challenge.

Transitioning from one season to another is a great time to take a close look at your closet. Fall is the start of a new era (Have you ever heard the "Fall is the new January" saying?), so one can be tempted to want a fresh start, buy a new school bag, new office supplies, and... new clothes. I'm totally guilty of that, but, year after year, try to repress that urge and find ways to be contempt with what I already own.

I've been meaning to join the challenge a couple times, but never got around to it. "I don't own a clothes rack anymore" (I literally sold the 2 I owned last week after our garage sale!), "I don't have the right background", "I should rent a studio and shoot al the looks at once", I found every excuse not to jump in.

And then, this morning, after finishing a time-consuming project last night, I realized I had this photo series in my camera...

What's the 10×10 Challenge

Here are Lee's guidelines:

  • Pick any 10 items from your current closet
  • Style those items into 10 different looks
  • Use 10 days to do it
  • Have fun and don’t take it too seriously!

This includes outerwear, tops, bottoms, and shoes. Accessories don't count (yay!).

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My 10 Items

Well, to be honest, I haven't selected them all yet... So I'm gonna compose with the items included in this outfit and add as I go. This might not be the easiest and most productive way, but as long as I'm having fun and respect the rules, I'm fine, right?

I might spend the evening playing dress up, check out my Insta Stories to see how it goes, and I'll report on my selection tomorrow.

For now, this is what I have in mind:

  • 2 Sweaters
  • 1 Shirt
  • 1 Top
  • 2 Pants
  • 1 Skirt
  • 1 Duster
  • 2 Pairs of shoes

My Day 1 Outfit

Cozy sweater, airy pants, bare ankles, and a little height.

This is an outfit I've been wearing non-stop for the past couple weeks. This my go-to outfit when the morning air is crisp, to go meet a friend for an early brainstorming session.

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 1 by Conscious by Chloé

Pants - These are by Portland maker Lauren Winter. I got this pair last summer at Johan and I can tell you that not one day passed without someone complimenting it on them. "I love your pants. They look so comfy." "I love your pants, that high waist!" "I love your pants, that's something my grandma would wear" (OK, now I realize that guy was ironic. Or was he?). Well, you get the picture, I'm never taking these off. They have definitely perfect for this "fuller" period in my life (hello, couple pounds gained during my month back in Europe!) - though they do not help me control my food intake (hello, elastic waist!) - and are the only pair of high waisted pants I can wear all day long while seating at my desk!

Sweater - That sweater, what can I say? A consciously made cashmere sweater! It doesn't get better than this. It's my (second) morning warm embrace (after Octave's). I've had them for a year now, and try really hard not to buy them in all the colors of the rainbow.

Shoes - And finally, clogs! I also got these at Johan (Laura knows my style). Perfect color, perfect height, no socks! Understated heels. Maybe I'll try a look with socks later. Just kidding, or maybe not?

Oh and I should mention my tote bag. I got it a couple months ago at the opening of Project Object, a shop that focuses on women, LGBTQ, people of color, artists and designers works. 100% of the profits from their sale will be donated to the girls who survived the horrific Portland Max attack that happened last summer. Now go get one!

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 1 by Conscious by Chloé

Some 10×10 Challenge Inspiration

Check out these stylish babe's take on the 10×10 Challenge:

And don't forget to check these hashtags on Insta for more lean closet inspiration #FALL10x10, #StyleBee10x10 and #UnFancyRemix. As for me, I'll be using #consciousxchloe10x10!

Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge Look Day 1 by Conscious by Chloé

And that's it for this first Fall 2017 10×10 Challenge outfit. I hope this was a fun read and you'll tag along, either by following my experiments during the next 10 days, or by joining the challenge yourself!

Have you ever tried that kind of challenge? Share your links and thoughts with me, I'd love to know what you think!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.