Friday, November 3, 2017

That's a Wrap

It's time to share some pretty big news with you.

Effective today, I will be ceasing publication of The Cheerful Closet.

After over four years of blogging, this isn't a decision I made quickly or lightly. But more and more over the past several months, I have found that blogging feels more like a burden than a joy.

In college, the blog was a really important creative outlet for me and a fun way to de-stress. But since graduation, it felt like an extra job to come home to after my real job. I sacrificed sleep, time with loved ones, and other creative pursuits in order to make my blog successful, and it doesn't feel healthy or fun anymore.

What this really boils down to is that my life is really good right now. I have made a bunch of new friends and gotten involved in some activities that are really fulfilling. I think I'm the happiest I've ever been, so I want to spend my time LIVING this life I love instead of sitting at home in front of a screen trying to make my blog successful. 

However, shutting down my blog does NOT mean I'm leaving the Internet forever! If you'd like to follow along with my post-blogging adventures, feel free to follow me on my personal Instagram account at @welshy6. This feed will not be curated or monetized; it consists mostly of food I cook, people I love, and of course, TONS of photos of Rosie. You can also email me anytime at alexwelch71@gmail.com. I hope you stay in touch!

Finally, THANK YOU for being on this journey with me. The communities I've joined and built have been the best part of blogging by a mile. This blog was so much fun and I will always look back fondly on this season of life, but it's time for this chapter to come to a close so I can start a new one.

Much love,

Alex

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Common Threads Challenge: Week 4 + Wrap-Up

I am BACK for the fourth and final week of Common Threads Challenge! I will recap the final week (plus a couple days) of outfits, with a short analysis at the end before the linkup!


Day 22: Styled the gingham shirt with maroon cords and cognac flats for chores and church!


Day 23: I stayed home sick for most of the day, but I put this on once I started feeling better!


Day 24: I picked this top up the previous weekend and thought it would be perfect with my olive pants. It was, and it was also a super comfy outfit!


Day 25: This one's a pretty simple outfit--sweater, scarf, jeans, and booties. Easy peasy!


Day 26: I gave a presentation at work this day, so I wanted to look professional. It was pretty chilly so I layered up with tights and a mustard cardigan.


Day 27: Simple Friday look with my gingham shirt, mustard sweater, jeans, and white Chucks!


Day 28: To be honest, I didn't wear this for long--just for a few hours to run errands. I spent the rest of the day in my Halloween costume!


Day 29: Wore this sweater top, floral scarf, and riding boots with my olive pants to church!


Day 30: I wore my maroon vest with blue jeans, an anchor printed shirt, and riding boots!

No outfit for day 31 as I wore my Halloween costume all day :)

I didn't do a compilation of all the photos, but here's a piece count and some final thoughts:

Maroon vest: 7
Gingham shirt: 6
Olive pants: 6
Mustard cardigan: 6
Booties: 5

My most challenging piece was definitely the gingham shirt--I found that my options were mostly to wear it with a sweater, or wear it by itself. That piece definitely felt the most repetitive.

The easiest piece to style was my booties! They are PERFECT for this time of year and they go with just about anything, either dressed up or down! They did not get as high on the wear count because I had a minor knee injury early in the month so I was unable to wear the booties for the first week or so. 

Share your final week of outfits and your final thoughts in the linkup below!


During the month of October, I have teamed up with five other bloggers to take on the Common Threads Challenge! We have each chosen five pieces from our closet for the month and each outfit we wear must contain at least one of those five pieces.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Chambray Shirtdress

This outfit verges on a summer outfit, but since the dress is long-sleeved and it contains a scarf, I'm counting it :) I love the freshness of the coral in the belt & flats, and although you can't see it super well, that coral is in the scarf too. Overall this outfit is pretty simple, but for some reason I really liked it!





Dress: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Hand-me-down (similarsimilarsimilar)
Belt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Blogging Besties: Hot PInk


Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile's Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week's outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This "take one, pass it on" challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

Isn't Alex always the epitome of office chic?!  And last week was no different!


From her outfit, Alex challenged me to pass on stripes, hot pink or a statement necklace.  I immediately knew that I wanted to style the hot pink coat that I purchased in Belgium now that it's actually cool enough to wear it!  And in planning my outfit, I kind of forgot that stripes were an option as well.  I guessed I checked two boxes with this outfit!

 

I'm looking forward to styling this statement coat in a lot of different ways, but for it's first outing I really wanted it to be European-chic so I stuck with basic black and white stripes and d'Orsay flats.

Selah, your choices for next week are a statement jacket, black and white, or pointed-toe flats.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Common Threads Challenge: Week 3

Greetings! It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another week's outfit recap! For the Common Threads Challenge, I have selected five pieces for the month of October and must wear one of those pieces with each outfit this month. For a bit more context, check out this post with the rules and this one with the pieces I chose!


Day 15: I wore my olive pants with a navy striped tee and a grey peplum sweater for a comfy, stretchy outfit!


Day 16: Styled my gingham shirt with a matching navy vest, mustard jeans, and riding boots. I LOVE this color combination and I think this was one of my favorite outfits of the challenge so far!


Day 17: This dress used to be my sister's and I LOVED it, so when she told me she was getting rid of it and offered it to me, I was ecstatic! Here, I styled it with my booties, tights, and some basic accessories.

Day 18: I forgot to take a photo of my outfit this day--oops! But I wore my mustard cardigan with a chambray shirt, a navy pencil skirt, and suede wedges.


Day 19: I wore my maroon vest in a classic look involving a striped sweater, black jeans, and riding boots!


Day 20: Wore my olive pants in a black + olive look on Casual Friday! 


Day 21: I took a day trip to visit my sister at college and the forecast said it was supposed to be cold and rainy, so I wore this warm and cozy outfit for the car ride and following visit!

I've shared my outfits from last week--now it's your turn! Link up last week's outfits below!


During the month of October, I have teamed up with five other bloggers to take on the Common Threads Challenge! We have each chosen five pieces from our closet for the month and each outfit we wear must contain at least one of those five pieces.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Clothes Mentor: Moto Jacket

I am a huge fan of blazers and cardigans, but I don't have as much experience with moto jackets. I own a leather jacket that I wear from time to time, but I definitely save it for "edgier" looks. So when I saw this cool printed moto jacket at Clothes Mentor, I thought it might be fun to style it in both a business and a casual look! 

Business:


I styled this jacket for the office by pairing it with a red sheath dress and nude leather shoes and a tote. Since this particular jacket is black and white, I had the freedom to pair it with a brightly colored dress; however, if your jacket has bright colors or a loud pattern, keep the dress a little more subdued!



Jacket: Ruby Rd. (similarsimilarsimilar)
Dress: Tahari (similarsimilarsimilar)
Heels: Flexform (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Ralph Lauren (similarsimilarsimilar)

Casual:


For the casual look, I chose a tank top (again, brightly colored,) jeans, and booties for a look that would be more appropriate for Casual Friday or running errands on the weekend!



Jacket: Ruby Rd. (similarsimilarsimilar)
Top: Splendid (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: Ann Taylor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: BCBGeneration (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: LOFT


Sunday, October 22, 2017

KC Fashion Week: Saturday Night

Folks--my coverage of KC Fashion Week's Spring/Summer '18 season is quickly coming to an end. I'm back today with a recap of the final night of runway shows. But first, here's what I wore!

For the final night, I went with a classic glam look. I wore a feminine off-the-shoulder lace dress with nude strappy heels, oversized "diamond" earrings, and a gold clutch. I absolutely LOVED this look and I think it was my favorite from this round of Fashion Week!


Dress: Charlotte Russe (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Clutch: Kieu's (similarsimilarsimilar)

Now on to the designers!

Barbara Bultman:

Barbara Bultman had one of my favorite collections at Fashion Week last season, so I was very happy to see these designs back on the runway! Bultman used a lot of coral, cream, and navy, which made for some fun spring color combinations!

    
    
    
    
    

eNVe Designs:

This was a nature-inspired collection and probably my favorite of the night. The use of literal greenery (in hair and on shoes) made the whole line feel so fresh and vibrant.

    
    
    
    
  

Ethel and Dean:

This kids' collection was inspired by the movie "Hook," so it was whimsical and fun. You can see the influence of Lost Boys, pirates, and fairy princesses!

    
    
    
    
    

Joshua Christensen:

I've seen Joshua Christensen's designs at several Fashion Weeks before, but I thought this was the most visionary collection I've seen from him. The use of studded glasses and masks was super interesting!

    
    
    
    
  

Lucia's Sarto:

Lucia's Sarto is another KC Fashion Week favorite--I think she's had a collection at every Fashion Week I've been to. I loved the use of not only gorgeous gowns, but also some FIERCE jumpsuits and pantsuits!

    
    
    
    
    

Maria Behnen:

This was a Cuban-inspired collection and it was SO fun! The colors, the flowers, the vintage updos--everything made me smile!

    
    
    
    



Masisa:

I would characterize this line as "sleek and chic." I have never seen Masisa on the KCFW runway but I thought this collection was absolutely AMAZING!

    
    
  

Queen's Rocket:

I thought the pants/shorts in this collection were really cool--I loved the high-waisted ones with stripes the most!