Blog/Social Media Goals and Intentions

On
Saturday, April 28, 2018
 
I started this blog a few months ago with intentions of regular updates. That plan, however, got foiled by the nearly endless winter we had in Vermont. Now that we have longer days and the ice storms are (hopefully) behind us, I want to take this hobby a little more seriously. The following are my goals for this blog and for my social media (which basically just means instagram).



Photos

  • More detail shots: I want to get better at my photography in general, but specifically I want to start taking more detail shots.
  • Varied locations: While my living room is a good place to take pictures, I want to start shooting in more varied locations. I've attempted taking pictures in public a few times and it's not the worst. I just have to remember to smile instead of scowl...
  • Flatlays: I would like to learn how to make/take flatlays. This would help diversify the pictures I can post and broaden my horizons.


Posting

Probably my most important goal of all is to have a consistent posting schedule. I'm starting out realistic and will get more aspirational if I can stick with this schedule.
  • Post on instagram three times a week. I hope that most of these will be outfit photos, but the flatlays can help fill out these posts.
  • Post on blog at least once a week. I would like to start with outfit of the week posts, but could include some daily outfit posts if I get enough pictures. 


Layout

  • Settle on a consistent theme for the blog. I don't hate my current theme, but it's not exactly what I want. I'm not going to rush into finding a new one, but I'm keeping my eyes open.
  • Settle on a relatively consistent layout for posts. I'm aware that this is going to change as my blog evolves, but I want there to be consistency between posts.
  • I would like to change the comment section. It's a bit unwieldy currently and I want to make the comment section (and therefore me) easier to interact with. 

So there they are, my goals for this here blog. I hope that putting them on "paper" will help me stick to them.

Outfits of the Week #1

On
Monday, April 23, 2018

 

 

While I only managed to capture a few outfits this week, I'm glad I got my butt in gear and made this pictures happen. 



Wednesday

Details: Ken's shirt, thrifted pants and belt, old Forever 21 boots

On Wednesday I had a grant interview (oh the non-profit life), so I wanted to look a bit put together. I saw this shirt of Ken's on our bedroom floor while I was getting ready and tried it on just for the heck of it. I ended up loving the way it looked. 
This is my first attempt at taking pictures of myself outside of my apartment and I'd say it was a success. While my apartment works just fine for taking outfit photos, I want to venture outside more. 



Thursday

Details: Thrifted shirt, pants, and shoes, old jacket from Kohls

Thursday morning I kicked my put into gear and got out of the house on time to take a few pictures in the local park. It was my first time using the self timer (I usually use the voice commands, but the falls were too loud) and it worked, but it was a bit annoying to have to go back to my phone after every shot. On the upside, my hair looked great all day and I had a hot coco date with a new friend.

 



Saturday

Details: Old shirt, Old Forever21 sweater, Thrifted jeans, belt, and shoes

On Saturday I ventured to meet up with my younger brother to see A Quiet Place. We attempted to go last weekend, but miscommunicated and ended up at two different theaters and there was a raging ice/wind storm happening. This time we made it to the same theater and greatly enjoyed the movie. This was the first time in six months (not exaggerating) my ankles had seen the light of day, which is pretty evident by ghostly white I am in this picture. I would also like to note that the angle of this picture is making my feet look very tiny. In real life, my feet a proportionate to the rest of my body.

 


That's it for last week. I'm working on a post about my social media and blog goals that I should be publishing this week. One of my hopes is to do weekly OOTW posts, so I should be back at it this weekend or next Monday with more outfits.

Five Ways - Black and White Pants

On
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Winter in Vermont doesn't make for a lot of natural light in which to take pictures, which means daily outfit photos haven't been as possible as I thought they would be. This means I've been taking advantage of whatever sunlight I can. A couple Saturdays ago I cleaned my living room, opened all my blinds, and took these photos.

For the first year I owned these pants I hardly wore them. I thought they were too long and I lacked the confidence to wear pants that weren't skinny jeans. I'm not sure when I changed my mind and started wearing them on a regular basis, but they are now my favorite pair of pants. They happen to be great for both warm and cold weather - thin and breezy for summer and loose enough to wear over leggings during the winter. Plus, I've come to love the way wide leg pants let me take up more space. Taking up space is a beautiful thing.

Without further ado, here are five ways I wear my favorite pants.

Pattern Mixing

 


This outfit is one of my favorites of the bunch. I thrifted this shirt in the late fall and fell in love with it immediately. Striped shirts are so classic, but I had never been able to find one I truly loved until I stumbled onto this baby. I think the difference for me is that this shirt has black and cream stripes, which is less stark of a contrast than black and white. I've worn this shirt many ways in the last few months, but didn't think to pair it with these pants until I was taking these photos. I'm so glad I gave this outfit a shot because it is so comfy and makes me feel like a million bucks.

Denim Days

 

 

This is my other favorite outfit of the bunch. I've worn different combos of this outfit before and I always feel great. I got this NASA t-shirt while at the Kennedy Space Center in October and it has become one of my favorite t-shirts. On principle, I don't typically wear graphic tees to the office, but I make an exception for this one. It's still too cold to wear this outfit in VT, but as soon as it warms up, versions of this outfit will be on heavy rotation. 

Spring Please

 

 
While it didn't photograph as well as I might have hoped, I like the combination of this silk top with these pants. It's a breezy outfit (again, totally inappropriate for winter) on its own, but also works great with a cardigan or coverup like in the next two outfits. 


Again, this look didn't photograph super well, but works great in real life. This combo is great because it can be left as is for spring or warmed up for winter by adding leggings under the pants and a long sleeve shirt under the top. I am always cold, but was getting a little tired of having to wear a ton of visible layers, so this winter I've been working on less visible layering. This outfit hits the sweet spot of warm without bulk.   


This is probably the most comfortable outfit of the bunch. I thrifted this linen coverup sometime in 2016 and it is great for throwing on during the summer when it's hot outside, but cold inside. Over the last couple of years I've realized that I feel fantastic in loose/baggy/breezy clothes. Somehow they make me feel super sexy in an understated way. I love discovering pieces or clothing styles that might not be traditionally sexy, but make me feel amazing. That's the joy of dressing for yourself. 

There is one outfit missing from the bunch (I absolutely could not get a good picture of it), which is these pants with my bright red sweater. It is my favorite way to wear these pants during the winter. It is a total power outfit for me, so I will hopefully get a good picture to share one day. 

I might turn this Five Ways post into a series, so stay tuned for similar posts. I'm hoping that trying to style different pieces in multiple ways will help me figure out what really works in my wardrobe.

Let me know in the comments what outfit or piece never fails to make you feel like a million bucks!

Winter 10x10

On
Thursday, February 1, 2018
If you spend any time reading style blogs with a sustainable or capsule wardrobe focus, you might be familiar with the 10x10 Challenge. It was created by Lee Vosburgh of Style Bee and the idea is that you choose ten items and create ten outfits with them. You then wear those outfits for ten days. I participated last spring and had a lot of fun, so when the Winter 10x10 rolled around I knew I wanted to participate again. I've been mulling around the idea of starting up a blog for a while now and I thought the 10x10 challenge would be a good way to get the ball rolling.

Goals:

1) Add more color into the mix.
The first time I participated I stuck to a very small color pallet of black and gray. This time I wanted to have a bit more color.

2) Get creative with pairings.
I wanted to try some new ways of pairing pieces and accessorize more. 

3) Document.
I wanted to at least take a mirror selfie of every outfit I wore. 

Included:

  • Green Button Up: A piece I was obsessed with two summers ago, but haven't worn a lot lately. It layers well and is dressy enough for days when I'm in court for work.
  • Gray Turtleneck: I've been wearing turtlenecks constantly this winter and knew I would need one as a warm layer during this challenge.
  • Bright Red Sweater: This is one of my favorite sweaters. It's comfortable, but the bright color makes it anything but boring. I wore it constantly last year and it's still in heavy rotation this winter.
  • Burnt Red Sweater: Two red sweaters might seem excessive for a ten piece collection, but this one is another of my favorites. The more muted color and boxy shape give it a totally different look.
  • Denim Pinafore Dress: I thrifted this dress in early December and it has been on heavy rotation. It's roomy enough that I can layer sweaters under it, which has been ideal for this cold winter.
  • Black Jeans: I hadn't worn my black jeans in quite some time (mostly because I'm bad at keeping up with laundry), but they were the turning point for this collection. I originally had a pair of straight leg dress pants, but everything clicked when I switched them out for black jeans.
  • Black and White Wide Leg Pants: I included these babies for a couple reasons. First, the wide leg makes me feel elegant, but also like a total boss (there's something great about taking up space). Second, they are roomy enough to fit a pair of leggings underneath, which makes them warm without adding a lot of bulk.
  • Green Army Jacket: This jacket made the cut because it is warm, but thin enough that I can treat it like a sweater and layer it under my winter coats. I think it makes most outfits look more pulled together.
  • Black Ankle Booties: I wear these boots at least four out of seven days a week, so they had to be included.
  • Black Lace Up Boots: I recently bought these second hand and was dying to wear them. I like that they have a platform, which makes me taller without the making them uncomfortable.


What Happened

I went into this challenge with a lot of enthusiasm and a great batch of clothes. The ten days, however, did not go as planned. It was both the best and worst time for me to be doing this challenge. Eight out of my ten days were extremely busy and on days nine and ten I was seriously burned out. This meant I almost completely lost track of which outfits I'd warn, didn't take daily pictures, and was too rushed to do much accessorizing. It also meant that getting dressed in the morning was, for the most part, really easy. I didn't have to think too much about what I was going to wear.

What I Learned

  • I was successful in adding color to the clothes I chose, but by the end of the ten days, I was craving more black. I've been trying to expand out of my black and gray comfort zone over the last year and I've been pretty successful. This challenge reminded me that it is great to expand, but it's also ok to stick with what you love.
  • I had gotten it into my head that no one should see me wearing the same piece of clothing twice in one week (even if it was my favorite) and the 10x10 really helped snap me out of that. Now my coworkers can expect to see me in the same things over and over.
  • I'm leaving this challenge with a desire to edit my wardrobe a bit. The ease of getting dressed during the challenge has me thinking about how I can edit or organize my wardrobe in a way that carries that ease into everyday. 
  • Going ten eight days wearing the same ten items of clothing made me crave the rest of my closet. Styling outfits is my favorite past time and this little break has made me more enthusiastic than ever to play dress up. 
So the challenge may not have gone the way I had expected and I may have met only one of my three goals, but I did get this cute picture with my cat.