10 August 2011

Playing with Blocks

Before the world of style blogging, I would say honestly that I had a pretty basic sense of style. I always enjoyed fashion but kept things simple and safe. No jewelry, no belts, no skirts, no prints, no embellishments. Nothing that would make me stand out in any way. Consider me BB (before blogging) as a big ole fashion yawn.

AB (after blogging), I got slowly more adventurous and inspired. Maybe even a bit internally competitive to want to look as good as someone else in that skirt or this sweater. Where once I was a little ashamed of my muscular legs and always wore pants, soon I began collecting skirts and dresses like it was my job. I gave in to my love of shoes and stopped buying just for practicality. I tried colors I had always stayed away from (orange, yellow, pink) and pieces I originally thought were too fussy (belting? lace? statement-y necklaces? yes, please).

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Now that I am comfortably settled into blogging outfits, I find enjoyment in the challenge of putting together uncommon combinations and making them work. Not everything turns out to be a winner (you can have your baggy crotch pants back, Jenna Lyons) and some days it is just too hard to try, but getting dressed is not just getting dressed for me now.

What do I love now? Bold saturated colors. Big prints. Stripes and gingham with just about anything else. A big fun necklace is my friend. I live by pieces going together and not just matching. I'm learning not to be afraid of a good heel. I'm doing my nails. Heck, I'm showing my face (and my outfits) over the Internet - isn't that a big ole flag to be judged? And then not being afraid of being judged?

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Do you feel like fashion blogging (reading or authoring your own) has changed your personal sense of style? Have you been inspired to try something out of your comfort zone? Have there been any fashion fails thanks to blogging?

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Top: Ann Taylor colorblock cowlneck (worn here before)
Skirt: Anthropologie Left of Center diagonal divide (worn here before - sim here, here)
Belt: Asos metal keeper patent (and in blue and orange-y red)
Shoes: Sofft ramona II (worn here before)
Bag: Cambridge Satchel (worn here before - sim here)

46 comments:

  1. I LOVE that outfit!!! The color combination is fabulous.

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  2. How interesting that you used to think your legs were too muscular for fashion display . . . I always think your legs look completely amazing. They're one of your very best features! Girl, you've got some of the best gams on the internet.

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  3. I'm late to the party but I wanted to say congrats on your engagement! Such an exciting time. Good luck planning!
    LOVE the outfit!

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  5. I completely agree with everything you said, and I think I've become more adventurous as well, although I've always loved color! You are really making me wish that top fit me!

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  6. Oh my gosh Lisa, this outfit is jaw-dropping. Bold, colorful, vibrant, perfectly-proportioned, and visually arresting. J'adore. So glad fashion blogging has allowed you to become more confident and adventurous with your style so you can share outfits like these and all the other wonderful creations you come up with :)

    And yes, I find my own sense of style has been dramatically transformed and refined since reading other style blogs and having to document (and therefore really examine) my own outfits. I don't wear any of the clothes (at least not in the same way) that I wore 3 years ago.

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  7. oh yes I think I'm the same way. I never had ANY belts and my necklaces and earring were all quite dainty. I'm still not THAT adventurous yet but I can totally relate to your style journey.

    Ok I absolutely ADORE this outfit!! That dress is amazing, would have never thought about the green belt and I love the yellow clutch! And Red shoes???? AMazing!

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  8. I really love that combo! I too feel like I'm more adventurous with my outfits and trying new looks since starting my blog. I love getting inspiration from other style blogs like yours! :-)

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  9. Blogging has definitely made me more adventurous too. I still have a pretty classic, straight-forward style, but I've become less scared of crazy color combinations and accessorizing.

    I love this outfit!

    http://www.stylish3.com/marylane

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  10. Yes, I feel the same way about my fashion AB. Much more colorful, adventurous, and less boring. I just don't feel like wearing it if it's not interesting anymore! I LOVE this outfit you've got here--super fun.

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  13. I love your blouse and skirt.:) How pretty is that? It's too bad Ann Taylor doesn't ship international (or does it? I'm gonna check it out) :))

    I also get inspired a lot by bloggers. It's so great that we can learn from one and other. :)

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  14. I would have to completely agree with you. Blogging has helped me to become more of my own stylist and helped me branch out a little too. And not just writing my blog, but seeing other talented ladies (such as yourself) pull things together I wouldn't have otherwise thought of ("wait, you can wear your skirt as a top??? Get out!").

    I love all your colors and always love your posts!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE this outfit Lisa. I'm pinning it to Pinterest as we speak for future inspiration of my own :) I love how it looks like a dress!
    I started a fashion blog to document my style and outfits, and while I've was adventourous with my choices before, blogging has really pushed me, and on the flip side, caused me to cut back on certain things as well. But it always keeps me challenging myself and my style :)

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  16. This is SUCH a pretty outfit!!! Love the color combo. I thought that maybe it was a dress - the two pieces go together perfectly. It's funny, I have totally changed my style since I started reading blogs. I used to just go for basics, but what I really love are unique, fun pieces with interesting colors or patterns. I was always self-conscious about my legs, too, but I started wearing dresses after I broke my leg and could no longer fit jeans over the cast, and I continued doing it afterward, with the help of blogs like this one. I love feeling dressed up and ladylike, even if I'm just going out to lunch or a meeting!

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  17. This is SUCH a fabulous outfit-- I absolutely adore the way you put these two pieces together and the accessories are such a great addition. Love, love, love!

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  18. Blogging has DEFINITELY evolved my style and wardrobe. It's crazy to think that 10 years ago I was sporting jeans more often than not and now I barely bust them out.

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  19. i couldnt agree more with you.i have learned so much through reading the blogs,i am definitly way more adventurous now!
    love your outfit and congrats on your engagement.

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  20. Oh my gosh Lisa, I ADORE today's outfit! You really did justice to this skirt, magnificent!! As for blogging changing my fashion life? Completely agree with what you said. It definitely made me aware of so many more things I could be doing with expressing myself, without going overboard and losing myself.

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  21. Love this. I have a folder on my computer filled with outfits that inspire me from other bloggers. It's like my own personal Polyvore.

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads
    Follow @UnraveldThreads on twitter!

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  22. I'm not a fashion blogger, but I definitely feel like I have evolved (a bit) from reading fashion blogs.
    I have been doing my nails and makeup on a consistent basis. I wear heels more often and I have been wearing dresses like woah.
    It's the adult me. It's fun!

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  23. Oh my gosh I'm in love with that dress! And even more in love with how you styled it, so fabulous!!!

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  24. I totally agree, blogging has forced me (in the best of ways) to experiments with my style and create new and adventurous outfits. I'm still learning and working with breaking out of my comfort zone, and I have a long ways to go, but so far so good I think :)

    Also LOVE your outfit, I too tried the purple and orange color blocking a few weeks back!

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  25. When I first fell into blogging I was just a reader of blogs. One of the very first things I tried because of blogging was belting outfits with a skinny belt. I know its not an earth-shattering move on my part in terms of dressing, but it was a very big deal to me. I started playing around with it more and more and completely fell in love with belting. My students even started asking me about my very simple skinny belt. I think, and I might be wrong here, that even a freshman started to belt her cardigans because of me (wishful thinking that I inspired them in other ways other than math).

    Anyway, I love this color-blocking. It works so well and the green belt is fab!

    Complex Cardigans

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  26. What I wouldn't give for your calves. Grass is always greener right? To answer some of your questions, I think blogging has made me see my existing wardrobe with more possibilities. I definitely think it's changed me to be more fearless than I was before. I love the entire creative process high I get from blogging about fashion. And I think it's made me (hopefully) a more interesting person overall. I LOVE this skirt. I have yet to find me one on ebay.... looks sensational on you!

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  27. I simply ADORE this outfit...I thought it was a dress to be honest...until the breakdown.
    LOVE IT!
    C

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  28. Fashion blogging has changed my personal sense of style somewhat. I think it has challenged my creativity more than anything. I used to Play it very safe with my outfits, but now I'm thinking outside the fashion square, playing with different accessories and unusual colour and print combos. I used to read magazines prior to blogging and reading blogs. A lot of the stuff in mags are quite "out there" and don't work for everyday, so I wasn't particularly inspired.
    Ok, I love your outfit Lisa!! It's fabulous!

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  29. Well, that's just it. Before blogging I can't even think where my inspiration for outfits came from. Fashion blogs definitely help me visualize how certain things look together and learn new tricks for extending my current wardrobe far into the future.

    Great colour blocking Lisa!

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  30. whoa! what a smart combination!! I think that reading blogs definately opened up a whole new world of dressing. I think I played it fairly safe with color combinations but after seeing some inspiring women pull off looks I thought you couldn't do "in real life", I knew I could try it to. And honestly, it has actually translated over into other areas of my life. It's awesome!!!!

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  31. You are killing me Lisa! This outfit is just simply fabulous. I want to dress like you :)

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  32. You are a block print-cess! Well done :)

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  33. Great outfit! I thought this was a dress until I read your outfit details. I love the bright colors!!

    I've become a lot more experimental with my clothing choices since blogging. I had absolutely no concept of 'remixing' before blogging. Now I'm not afraid to try different combos, even though sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Even on the days when a look doesn't come together the way I imagined, I'm still happy with my outfit because at least I tried something new and had fun putting it all together!

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  34. Amen, sister! I am definitely learning different styles and experimenting more, these days! That said, I really love this whole outfit! Firstly, that dress is fabuloustastic! The colors are amazing! No effort color blocking at its finest! Secondly, that purse is super cute. I simply adore yellow! Lastly, those shoes are amazing. Peeptoes are just so much fun!
    ♥ laura

    the blog of worldly delights

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  35. I love this color explosion you have going on and I never would have thought that those are two separate pieces. This is just fabulous!!

    I was a lover of fashion before I started blogging, but I have to say that I've gotten more experimental with things and I want to try trends more often.

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  36. This is a fantastic outfit, and it really captures the essence of what you are talking about. It is really informative looking at other people's style blogs such as yours!! I started taking all these photos of myself for my blog and it has served as a real crash course in what works and what doesn't. I realized I was making a ton of seemingly obvious mistakes that were making me look frumpy/overweight/older than my actual age...ugh. Anyway, I think I'm definitely dressing better these days and trying out things I would never have thought of or attempted before. Thanks for this post!!
    Louise @ cosmetic bee

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  37. I love how you put this outfit together! Style blogs have definitely given me more confidence in trying new outfits and combinations. It's great to see how people style certain items...always giving me some new ideas to play with.

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  38. wow- this is such an incredible combination- like they were born to go together! I love how blogging helps refine and develop style- you're definitely mistress of the art of mixing! I respect the shoes!

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  39. Gosh darn you Lisa. I skipped over here because I couldn't remember where you live in the ole Deep South. I was right in the middle of writing/sending you an email. My tongue literally rolled out of my mouth and onto the floor. You are drop dead Gorgeous my darling. Maybe it's all the glare off the ring that is blinding me... wait... hold it... The Ring Lisa! Where is it? If you don't wear it, you will ever get used to it. Tell me it is at the jewelers being sized.

    As for this marvelous example of Color Blocking perfection, I can't comment. It's far to scrumptious to discuss. Far better I sit back and enjoy all the perfection. Need I say more.

    Sigh!

    I almost ordered the Ramona II's in Coral a few days ago. For $50. The reviews stopped me. My foot is narrow through the heel and Medium to the front. Some complained they slipped off the heel. Others said the Peep Toe pinched. Any advise you can give me would be fantastic.

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  40. Love this post and this bold outfit Lisa! That dress! The belt! And your legs?!?! They're some enviable stems there!
    I can totally see what you're saying. Yes, the blogging world has definitely opened my eyes to more skirts and I've been collecting them like their stocks, but still a bit out of my comfort zone for regular daily wear. I've always loved fashion, heck I work in the industry, but blogging for myself has pushed me to try and break the leggings everyday rut that I normally gravitate to.

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  41. Fantastic Color Combination of Your Outfit, Simply Loved it!! Shoes colors also matches perfectly with your Outfit!!

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  42. How did I miss this outfit! I'm in love with your color blocking and that skirt! Beautiful outfit!!

    Blogging: Has made my love for accessories grow and I'm also into print mixing a lot more. Love being inspires!!

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  43. I love your color blocking, i LOVE that top. Want!
    And yes, blogging totally changed my style too! I love colors I used to swear i'd never wear, I wear high heels, I started collecting horizontal stripes like it was my job, mixing prints, you name it, it's because of blogging. it's crazy. A little awesome, and very interesting.

    Having this community has influenced the style part of my life so heavily, I wish I had a blog and a community for every facet of my life that needs improvement.

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  44. i could not love this dress more!!! thinking about this color scheme you wouldn't think they would work together - but this dress is an absolute dream in reality... what a wonderful find!

    definitely your newest follower!

    with love,
    guildedsecret

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  45. Great combination- how did you ever find the top and skirt to go together? Great job. Love your blog- your style is something I can relate to and I'm 63 yrs. old! No offense meant, it means your style is timeless, not just for young ones.

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