Announcing: PMT Weekly Style Challenge!

YOU GUYS.  I’m totally feeling the fresh energy of the new year!  After spending 8 months of last year figuring out a maternity wardrobe and the other 4 months figuring out a nursing wardrobe (plus figuring out how to manage a full-time job, plus blogging, plus caring for a baby and still being a functional member of civilization in general…dahhhhh!) I finally have some fresh energy to refocus my style and get back to some basics.

I learned a lot in the last 3.5 years of blogging, but all of the transition from last year got me back into a jeans + tee rut…except that I just have more jeans in different colors than I did before.  Haha.  Some days it feels like a struggle to even just put on a skirt!

Now I’m all charged up to put more a *liiiiiitle* more energy into getting dressed again, BUT I realized I need some help!
SO, to help myself better work my closet and for anyone who wants to join me, I’m hosting weekly style challenges!

I don’t know how long they’ll go for..a month? two? three? a year?  I’m just gonna feel it out and see how long they help both you AND me.  

The Basics
  • Every week there will be a style challenge.  All challenges for each month will be listed in a Style Challenge tab so you can see them in advance.  (Find it HERE for now.  I’ll add it to the menubar or sidebar soon.)  Challenges might be as basic as wearing a skirt or belting something, or more stretching like pattern mixing or trying a new hairstyle.  I’ll try to post inspiration and tips earlier in the week.  
  • Try the challenge whenever you want that week.  
Optional Stuff
  • Post on your blog or Instagram anytime throughout the week.  Or don’t, and just play along quietly.  Totally optional.
  • For Instagram, use #PMTstylechallenge and/or tag me @puttingmetogether so that I’ll get alerted and can cheer you on!  Cheer me on too.  Like I said, I need the motivation!
  • Come here on Thursdays to link up–blog or Instagram.  Also optional!  If you posted on a Tuesday, just come here Thursday and link to Tuesday’s post.
    • If you’re blogging, you can link back to this blog or use the button below.  Even though it’s considered the “nice” thing to link to the host, I don’t care if you do or not.  This is way more about the challenge and wayyyyy less about increasing exposure or whatever.  Linking back is a great way to invite your readers into the challenge–it might help them too.  But if you don’t want to link back, that’s fine!  And, HUGE thanks if you do!

    Putting Me Together






    It starts THIS WEEK!  And we’ll start basic: WEAR A DRESS.  Don’t let winter make you say bye to your dresses.


    Find the rest of the challenges for the month on the Style Challenge page!


    I hope you’ll join me!  And even if you don’t, I’m gonna do this by myself because I NEED THE HELP!  🙂

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    50 Comments

  • Reply
    fashionforgiants
    January 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    What a great idea! Count me in!

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    Lindsey F
    January 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Hooray! What a fabulous idea! I am three years post baby/nursing and I still need the help myself. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I will post both on my blog and on IG, where I am @hersoulsociety. Thanks!

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    Debora
    January 11, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I really like your idea! Just hope the challenges don't focus too much on seasonal clothing, since I live in Brazil and it's 100+ degrees right now… Anyways, nice job!!

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    Alison C
    January 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Yay! This sounds fun. Can't wait to join!

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    Jenny
    January 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I am so excited about the challenges! I don't have a blog or use Instagram, but I've already added them to my calendar to try and I've added a twist. Since I won't be sharing them with anyone, I'll try to incorporate them into more than one day. Putting Me Together is so wonderful! Thank you!

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    Megan Green
    January 11, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Sounds like a fun challenge!

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    Oksana Kovalchuk
    January 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I really like the idea. I'm the silent reader of your blog, but maybe it's a great chance to take the challenge and be active and change my wardrobe… (or at least wear all that clothes i never wear)
    🙂

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    Reegan McAvaney
    January 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Yay! I love this, I'll totally be joining in.

    http://casualcurlychic.blogspot.com.au

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    Brie
    January 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Is there a way to participate on Facebook?

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    Sarah.W.
    January 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    This is my very favorite style blog… and as a SAHM with a little one just a bit older than yours, I'm jazzed to have a style challenge to dress up for this week!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Woohoo!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Great point, Debora! I looked at my list of ideas so far and they don't seem seasonal. This week's challenge to "wear a dress" can be for winter or summer or anything in between. The other challenges listed for the month are " wear a pop of color" and "copy an outfit you pinned on Pinterest." Hope you join along!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Yay!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Sounds great, Jenny! Excited for you to join in the challenge!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Haha! Would love to do it with you, Oksana!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, Reegan!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I thought about it but wasn't sure how to organize it. Do you have suggestions?

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    whitney_home4comfort
    January 11, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Yessss!! I love style challenges, and this one is so easy to follow! I've done one monthly challenge but don't have time to post every day right now. A weekly challenge is SO doable. Can't wait to join in the fun!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Aw, thanks Sarah! Glad to be challenged alongside you!

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    altheria85
    January 12, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Ah this is amazing, super excited to tackle these challenges! I've been stuck in a rut for a long time, especially since my work wardrobe is scrubs. It's hard to be motivated when you basically wear p.js for a living.

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    Hannah Scott
    January 12, 2015 at 12:30 am

    I'm definitely in, and will be linking up!

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    heatherbquinn
    January 12, 2015 at 2:12 am

    This is a great idea and I love how simple the first challenge is – even though I probably wouldn't be wearing a dress this week otherwise, since it's 30 degrees or so in Virginia. I'm sharing this link on my blog tomorrow.

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    Terrie Mathison
    January 12, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I love this! But a dress is the dead of winter in Michigan in truly a challenge. It does get us into our closets. Love your blog!

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    Anne
    January 12, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Love this idea! Can't wait to follow along and join in.

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    Brie
    January 12, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Maybe a group? Just a temporary one for the challenge?

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    kate @ a journey in style
    January 12, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Hooray! I'm definitely on board and so excited that you're doing this 🙂

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    Kishina Heaggans
    January 12, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Super excited to join this challenge!! It is pretty cold here where I live. But I have been eyeing the dress hanging toward the back of my closet for some time now. Think I will just put her own and join the challenge!

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    Mica
    January 12, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Oooh great idea!

    I'm finding my wardrobe post-baby is a bit daunting, style challenges are a fun way to make sure I still continue to wear what I own and I don't just keep reaching for the same pieces over and over. Looking forward to playing along! 🙂

    Away From The Blue

    2015 Wardrobe Inventory Linkup

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    Julieta Parra
    January 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Count me in!

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    Lilly
    January 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I love the idea and I would like To share with you my outfits however I am not into exposing myself online… I Don't have a blog nor like To use Instagram, so could you come UP with a way of me and others like me To just post our pick here?????

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    misstiff
    January 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Lilly, I was thinking maybe I will join too but just chop off my own head in some of the pics and only show the outfit. But I'm guessing you will have to partake in some form of social media to do that.

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    misstiff
    January 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    This sounds easy and fun. See you on Thursday.

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    Mary Ann
    January 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome! I love this. Will give me something fun to look forward to during this ick winter. Love your directions too – so low pressure! Keep up the great work – love this blog!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Exactly–I was totally reaching for the same pieces over and over. Glad to do it with you!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Yay!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 12, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Hmm…someone else suggested a Facebook group specific for the challenge. Would that work, or is it still too exposing?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 12, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Glad you're joining!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you, Mary Ann! Really glad to hear it doesn't feel overwhelming!

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    Andréa Christine
    January 13, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I really love the idea of this! It's supposed to be -30C tonight in my part of town but I'm going to figure out a way to wear a dress this week anyways 🙂

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    Susan Jeffries
    January 13, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Thank you so much for this challenge!! I am growing tired of my winter clothing and this is the perfect way to get excited about mixing up my closet! I am excited to wear a dress again – with some warm fleece leggings(: Susan

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    Lilly
    January 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    That would be perfect!!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Awwww, congrats on the new baby! And on the new blog! Good luck with building a new wardrobe and the new chapter of your style journey. 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Bless you and your brave soul! Pleasseeeee tell me you're wearing fleece lined tights or something equivalent!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Yay, Susan!

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    LovelyLittleNaomi
    January 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Did it! Just posted my version on my own blog…
    https://lovelylittlenaomi.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/dressing-for-a-canadian-winter/

    Question
    though.. how do you insert the button above? I tried to add it, but
    it would just appear as code and route to an error page.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 15, 2015 at 1:27 am

    How fun!

    Did you enter the code to the HTML section of your blog, or straight into the normal text area?

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    Maame Akesi Boa
    January 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thank you so much! I'll need that luck, I bet! 😀

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    LovelyLittleNaomi
    January 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Yep, that was the problem! It's fixed now.. thanks!

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    Danielle Dunn
    January 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Definitely joining in this upcoming week! Love a good challenge! Thank you so much for putting it all together! You rock, Audrey! 🙂
    http://stylecrushdiaries.blogspot.com

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    Brynn
    January 22, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Audrey! I'm SO excited about this! I just linked up with last week's post (wear a dress!) and I can't wait to link up tomorrow as well 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to link up and get exposed to other people's blogs, too!

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