Happy spring, friends! Ah, I’m so happy to be back in this space with you! I’ve been quiet around the blog lately, but a whole lot has been going on. How about a quick personal update before we jump into the 10×10?
WE MOVED! // We moved in February! Aaron and I sold our sweet house in Abilene, and moved about 3 hours down the road to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for his job. It was hard to leave Abilene, our friends, my family, and our house. I was emotional for weeks. But DFW has always been a sort of home away from home: my in-laws live here, my brother lives here, my parents come visit all the time — I even lived here for a short spell back when Aaron and I were dating. So while it was a sudden change, it feels pretty fantastic at this point — I’m energized by all the newness around me. We’re loving our new little house, exploring our neighborhood, settling into a new routine, and making new friends.
NEW SITE! // I’ve also got a fresh new site design! Isn’t she a beaut? My girl Carissa of Love Riot Co. designed it and she knocked it out of the park! We decided to ditch the sidebar to give everything an uncluttered look. Now you can easily browse post categories from the top menu. And the most personal piece of the design? The new logo — I made it myself, and while I wouldn’t consider myself a handletter-er (or even a person with great penmanship), it feels so personal and meaningful to have my logo in my own handwriting. I hope you enjoy the new site as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Now let’s get down to the spring 10×10 challenge!
Each season, I get to host this little wardrobe challenge alongside my blogging pal (and 10×10 creator!) Lee of Style Bee.
But this 10×10 is extra special because we invited one of our favorite designers to co-host the challenge with us. So please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Suzann as our first official designer co-host!
I couldn’t be more thrilled about having Liz join us. She’s a natural fit for the 10×10 community. Years ago, when I discovered her, I was immediately drawn to the way she creates and sources her clothing responsibly, down to the last detail. But it’s the wearability and durability of her pieces that kept her at the top of my list — machine washable silk and linen? Yes, please.
Liz absolutely radiates positivity and you can feel the joy and passion she has for her work. I’m always left inspired by her integrity in business and her love for her community. (Speaking of loving her community, she’s helping us do an Oprah-level giveaway — more on that in just a bit.)
Anyway, all that to say, Liz, Lee and I are excited and grateful to connect with all of you #10x10friends again, try something new together, and soak up positive vibes from each other.
Ready to get started?
Here’s how it works: Pick 10 items of clothing from your closet. Include tops, bottoms, and shoes for your everyday life. Don’t include accessories, outerwear, bags, PJs, or gym clothes — they can flow in and out freely. Then, for 10 days, create a new outfit each day using your 10 items.
No need to buy anything. No need to throw anything out. No need to commit to minimalism forever. No need to overhaul your wardrobe.
Instead, it’s all about trying something new and having fun. This isn’t a serious, rule-based challenge. Sure, it has guidelines, but really, it’s less about the success of the challenge, and more about what it teaches us along the way.
Everyone has a different reason for jumping in. Some people do it to test drive a minimalist wardrobe without the commitment. Some use it as a trial run to pack for an upcoming trip. Some do it to find like-minded style friends through the #10x10friends hashtag. And some do it to push their outfit-making creativity to new heights.
Whatever your reason, Liz, Lee and I would love for you to join us in the spirit of lightheartedness.
And if you mess up, or can’t make 10 outfits, or something just goes plain wrong — how fascinating! :)
Intrigued? Keep reading — today I’m sharing:
- the 10 (or rather, 9) pieces I picked for my remix
- how to plan your remix in 25 minutes flat (so you can get started with us today)
- giveaway details: how to get yourself a $100 Elizabeth Suzann gift card
MY 10 PIECES
Our forecast looks a little all over the place for the next 10 days — cloudy days, stormy days, sunny days, with temperatures ranging from the 40’s to the 80’s — so I did my best and am crossing my fingers it’ll all work out.
And … if I end up needing to change things up mid-challenge because it’s just not working, I’ll do it in a heartbeat. I don’t stick super close to the rules for these challenges — I’d rather treat it like a game and just have fun with it. :)
All in all, I included:
- 5 tops
- 2 bottoms
- 1 jumpsuit
- 1 pair of shoes
- PLUS I left one Wild Card spot for flexibility later on in the challenge.
You could use this formula, too, if you’re not quite sure where to start.
Here’s the complete line up:
03 / Slide Sandals by Treasure+Bond (Runs large, I sized down a whole size.)
05 / Cream Sweater (old by Nordstrom Rack) / similar by Everlane
06 / Artist Smock (old by Elizabeth Suzann) / similar by Elizabeth Suzann
08 / Wild Card — I like to keep a free spot, so I have flexibility later on in the challenge.
PLAN + START YOUR REMIX IN 25 MINUTES
Ready to try a 10×10 for yourself? Keep it easy and approach it as if you’re packing for a trip.
1 | CHECK THE WEATHER / 2 min
Hop online and look up the 10 day forecast. Jot down any quick notes.
Crazy weather? Play around and see what happens anyway! Don’t have the classic “spring” weather? No one else does either. ;) The 10×10 is all about rolling with the punches and dressing for your lifestyle, weather, and needs — no matter what that looks like.
2 | NOTE YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES / 3 min
Next, grab your calendar and make a note of any special activities you have coming up in the next 10 days.
Oh! And, just to be clear, life activities (gym, sleeping, etc) still call for work out wear and PJ/loungewear, so those can still go on in the background like usual.
3 | GATHER THE BASICS / 5 min
Gather two or three foundational pieces you know you’ll include, like jeans and your favorite pair of shoes.
At this point, it’s helpful to make a temporary space so you can see your 10 pieces as you’re pulling them together. You could use one side of your closet, a garment rack, or even your shower curtain rod.
4 | BUILD AND FINISH / 15 min
Begin to build on your foundation, pulling pieces you love to wear, while considering:
- WEATHER + LIFESTYLE. Go off the notes you made earlier, and be ruthless. You’ll enjoy this challenge so much more if you pick items that work with the weather and your lifestyle.
- COLOR PALETTE. Keep it minimal and neutral so you can easily mix and match. Ask yourself, what colors go with the basics you already pulled?
- PROPORTIONS. Pick shapes and silhouettes that work well together, like fitted tops with fuller bottoms or high rise bottoms with crop tops.
And finally, make any adjustments you need. Perhaps you’d rather not include shoes this time. Perhaps you’d rather include 12 pieces instead of 10. Feel free to ditch the guidelines and make it your own.
WANT A $100 GIFT CARD TO ELIZABETH SUZANN? SURE YOU DO!
Since Liz is our first-ever 10×10 designer co-host, we put our heads together and decided to celebrate BIG TIME by giving away 10 prizes to 10 different people. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card to Elizabeth Suzann (plus copies of our three favorite books)!
How do I enter? // To enter, simply participate in the 10×10 challenge by posting your daily outfits to your Instagram feed, using the tags #ES10x10, #spring10x10, and #10x10friends. Make sure to use all three tags, not just one of them.
Do Instagram Stories count? // No. We’ll be choosing the winners from the hashtags at the end of the challenge so we’ll need to be able to refer back to the photos on your feed.
Do I need to post all 10 outfits to Instagram to enter? // Not necessarily. You can post just one outfit or all ten or any number in between. Think of each IG post as a separate entry. So the more you post, the more likely you are to win. (And, if you don’t want all those outfit photos on your feed, you can always archive your posts after the giveaway is closed.)
Do I need to own ES clothes to enter? // No. However, if you do happen to own an ES piece, it could be a fun opportunity to include it, especially since Liz is our designer co-host.
Is the giveaway open worldwide? // Yes!
How will you choose the winners? // We’ll be choosing the winners randomly. So no need to worry about crafting the prettiest pictures to win. :)
I don’t have a photographer / I don’t want to post photos of myself on Instagram. How can I participate? // You could try doing a flat lay — lay your outfit on your bed, the floor, or a table and snap a pic. You could also ask a friend to help you capture your outfits or you could try using your phone’s self-timer. Keep things simple and just take photos against a blank wall in your house. And if you feel awkward in front of the camera, the “look down at the floor and smile” pose is always a sure bet. :)
I have a private Instagram account. How can I participate? // Some people create a separate Instagram account to document their 10×10 challenges.
When will the winners be announced? // On April 9th — so make sure to get any and all of your outfits posted to Instagram before that date!
And there you have it! The spring 10×10 is underway!
Are you joining in? I can’t wait to see your outfits! Instagram your first outfit today and tag it #spring10x10 so we can all follow along. And if you’d like to enter the Elizabeth Suzann giveaway, don’t forget to use all three hashtags: #es10x10 #10x10friends #spring10x10.
Now I want to hear from you! We all have different reasons for doing this — what’s your motivation for joining this time? Do you have a particular intention in mind or are you going into this without any expectations? Share away in the comments!