5 years ago today, I started this blog. It all began with this post.
And here I am 5 years later, still posting pictures of myself online. Crazy.
- Top: Banana Republic Non-Iron
- Skirt: Talbots
- Boots: Clarks Mascarpone Mix
- Necklace: World Market
I haven’t always been consistent, and my blog hasn’t turned into anything very big, but that was never really my intent. This has been a place for me to figure out what I like and what works for me. It’s a learning process, and, 5 years later, I’m still learning, and I can tell I always will be.
One of the things I’ve learned is to take a chance. Maybe there’s a new trend you’re seeing out there, but you think there’s no way you could pull it off at your age, or with your body type, or for whatever reason you’re thinking.
I say, just give it a chance! Go a little out of your comfort zone every once in a while. Try it on in a store, because just like you tell a child (or adult!) about to try a new food: “You’ll never know until you TRY it!”. If you like it, fantastic, and if you don’t, you never have to try it again.
Another thing I’m still learning is to accessorize. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. In fact, sometimes it’s better when you don’t, especially for those items you can tell are trendy (bubble necklace, anyone?). It helps to add some new items to your wardrobe occasionally to keep it fresh and interesting. A necklace here, a scarf there – something that keeps you a little excited to get dressed, and helps your outfits look put together and intentional.
One thing I’m still working on, and will always be working on, is FIT. I love this skirt, but it doesn’t exactly love me. The waist needs to be taken in, and the pockets should probably be sewn shut to keep them from gaping open and drawing more attention to my hips. Even if you’ve spent a ton of money on an outfit, if it doesn’t fit you correctly, it will never look like a million bucks.
When I first starting blogging, I shopped a lot. And I bought a lot of clothing just because it was a new hobby. I paid more attention to style and price than fit, which left me with a closet full of clothes, but little to really wear. Over the years I’ve slowly learned that if something doesn’t fit well in the store and I’m not willing to pay the high price of getting it tailored, I should probably leave it hanging on the rack.
One last thing I’ve learned is to invest in key items. I think the Clarks Mascarpone boots I’m wearing here are a great example. I bought them on Black Friday in 2011, and I still love and wear them 3 years later. I knew I wanted leather boots that would fit my short, wide calves and that were a style that could be worn for several years. I spent time researching online, tried pairs on in a store, and eventually bought my pair when there was a sale. It wasn’t impulsive, and I didn’t rush into it. If you don’t have a large budget for clothing, it may seem counter-intuitive to drop a lot of money into one item, but in the long run, it will save you money and keep you from replacing that item over and over with cheaper alternatives.
Thanks to everyone for sticking with me over these years, and for the support and encouragement you’ve given me. I truly appreciate it!