26 March 2012

Striped Out on the Neon Cat

Nowadays, there are blogs popping up every day about every subject under the sun. I'm sure that for us in the style blogging community, new blogs are starting up every few hours if not every few minutes. There are tons of blogs out there, which means loads of inspiration for us readers and lots of people feeling open enough to express themselves through this platform.

But almost as quickly as new style blogs pop up, other blogs tend to fade away. Blogging take a lot of time and often other things (like life, work, family) take priority. Or someone just simply doesn't feel like doing it anymore.

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As much as I did enjoy it, my first year of blogging was hard. As much as I know this whole deal is supposed to be fun and I'm only supposed to do as much as I want, at the beginning I felt like if I was going to get into blogging - I was really going to get into blogging.

For me and blogging, there was always the question of exactly how much of myself I should be sharing. Whether I was sharing enough. If my ramblings were at all interesting to anyone but myself. If my outfits were yawn-worthy. Staving off the pressure of wanting to keep up with the Jones' (the Jones' being the more popular style blogs with the drool-worthy wardrobes). Trying to find time every single day to put together a blog post. Writing replies to every single comment. Spending sometimes hours per day to read the 2,345,753 blogs on my reader list. Realizing there is but there isn't any real blog etiquette and we all kind of bumbling around trying to be honest but not hurtful to each other.

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I had to really "sit myself down" and tell myself that this style blogging thing is not a contest, that I'm not going to lose readers just because I didn't feel like posting on a certain day, or that I'm not here to make money so I needed to stop thinking about it as a numbers game. I really enjoy blogging, and I didn't want to end up getting burned out by it and give it up, because to me that also felt like I'd be giving up everything that I'd done to date in blogdom (yes, yes, type A personality here).

For those of you with blogs, how do you keep yourselves from suffering from blogger burnout? Do you think that blogs - at least style blogs - have an "expiration date"?

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Dress: F21 v-neck maxi (no longer online, check stores - sim, black, halter, tee-style, pricey)
Cardigan: J.Crew factory ocelot (worn here - sim, longer, open)
Belt: Asos fluro (sim)
Necklace: Anthropologie nueva granada (worn here - sim, sleek, more cas)
Bracelet: F21 (sim, sim)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (worn here - sim, luxe, lower)

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  1. I went through the exact same thing when I started. Now, it is pretty much my fashion outlet, since not very many people in my real life care about fashion. I love that I've gotten to meet so many neat girls as a result.
    (I MUST have that dress! Got to keep up with the Jones'!)

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    1. Haha, well this Jones would be pretty easy to keep up with - I think this dress was like $15!

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  2. great post!
    i just started my blog around 5 month ago,but sometimes i feel like i have nothing worthwile to share.
    it doesnt help that i have no jcrew or anthropologie or nordstroms near me,because i feel blogs that review get a lot more viewers.
    sometimes i compare myself,but this always leaves me frustrated.
    on other days it gives me so much joy when i have a outfit that looks good and people like it.
    i have to stop looking at the number of followers,because it just doesnt want to grow.

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    1. If I said I didn't still look at my numbers now, I'd be lying. It hurts a bit if I lose a reader, like "what did I do wrong?!" But honestly after blogging for 2yrs, it's more important to me to build my bloggy friendships and to read/leave comments than play it like a numbers game.

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    2. Lisa, you're the best. You always post about things that I've been thinking about. Wow, thanks so much.

      Ina: I LOVE your blog, and I SO look forward to your outfit posts!!!!!

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  3. Lisa, you always write about what I think about. I love that. Blogging is hard work. I have to take breaks. Sometimes I'll post 5 days a week, but I usually feel better when I do 4 posts. I enjoy putting posts together, but I love reading everyone's blog more so. I get some wonderful inspiration from everyone on my blog list. I try to only subscribe to blogs I have an interest in. I think other bloggers need to keep that in mind. If they don't subscribe to you it's nothing personal, the interest just may not be there. I feel you have a connection to the people on your blog roll (same interests in fashion, makeup, ideas, etc.). When I first started, I was following everybody and it wasn't enjoyable (i got burned out). I had to tailor it to my likes and love it much better. Great maxi dress girl and I love your necklace. Have a great week!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. I give major props to the ladies who can take pics and post something interesting every day when there are real-world jobs, families, social lives in play. Plus the creativity to think of something to say every day! Sometimes I kind of just want to write "this is me in a skirt" and call it a day, but I'd be disappointed in myself!

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  4. love the pop of neon!!! I have the same maxi - except I bought it in brown/camel color... I wanted this navy blue but they didn't have my size :( love how you styled it though! <3 hautepinkpretty.com

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    1. I had a hard time picking a color in this maxi! The super friendly price didn't help either! But finally! A maxi to fits a shortie like me!

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  5. I love the little hint of neon in this outfit! Since my blog is still really new, I feel like I've got to put a lot of effort into it now if I want to gain a good following. I do respond to all the comments and I do comment/follow a lot of blogs, but only ones I'm actually interested in. I'm putting a lot of work in, but I'm enjoying it!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. More power to you, girl! If you love it, then do it!

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  6. I feel like you've read my mind. Lately, between real life and blogging, blogging has slowed down and I feel so much better for it. I love posting and reading blogs, but needed to realize it was becoming too all consuming. I got anxious when I didn't schedule a post and frustrated when I suffered from " writer's block". I, too, sat myself down and reminded myself this is suppose to be FUN! It was when I started and then I allowed myself to get too caught up in page views, etc. When I reminded myself of this, I got back to basics. Posting when I could not because I told myself I had to, reading blogs when I had time and whittling down my reader has brought me back to a happier place with blogging.

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    1. I have to admit, I am a little sad that you're posting less because I always love seeing what you wear - but I know what you mean! We blog for fun and sometimes for our own sanity, we gotta cut back a bit!

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    2. You made my day by saying that. Thank you.

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  7. i think the hardest part for me lately is wanting to blog but not having the time. i recently started a new position and with wedding stuff really kicking into gear it's harder for me to plan out posts. so i'm still happy when i get a response or two on a post.. but they're just going to be a bit less frequent for the time being.

    adore that cardigan!

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    1. I jot down ideas for posts when I am lacking the time to blog so I can pick them right up at a later time. I don't know how you're doing it right now working essentially two jobs AND planning a wedding while trying to live your regular life!

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  8. Great pattern mixing!

    I am always in disbelief that I've blogged for so long. However, I think it's because I'm not only a style blogger. I think what's hard is if a style blogger gets sick and doesn't dress up for a while, it can be really hard to go back.

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    1. I agree, I'm surprised that I've been blogging for as long as I have too. I think it actually has been easier for me to keep blogging as a style blogger because I need to get up and get dressed every day anyways - posting my outfits just makes the whole process a bit more fun for me! I don't know how food bloggers or DIY bloggers do it - always having to think of new recipes or cool projects!

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  9. First of all, I love your outfit!

    My blog isn't a style blog and having a fashion news focus means there's almost always something new and exciting for me to write about. It takes the pressure of looking good away and leaves just the pressure of writing well (so still some pressure there). For the first year and a half, I wrote every day but I was getting burnt out and starting to resent my blog for taking up all my spare time so I cut myself some slack. I still post as often as I can manage but if I miss a day, I don't beat myself up. After all, it's a hobby, not my livelihood!

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    1. Right on! I used to get really upset with myself when I missed days blogging but it was also taking so much time! I think when you blog like you have to, it also affects the mood of your writing. Happy bloggers are better bloggers! ;o)

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  10. Ooof, things I struggle with all the time! My number one problem is that I compare myself to other bloggers and, in turn, tend to put myself down. But that's something I'm trying so hard to combat, need to stop comparing and, even though striving to always be better and learn more, start being happy and proud of the content and photos I do produce. It's such a funny game this blogging!

    Anyway, loveee this outfit, you look darling in that maxi dress!

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    1. I have to admit, I used to look at the blogs who started around the same time as me or after me and get jealous when their numbers jumped and they had tons more followers than me. I was like, what WASN'T I doing?! But I got over that when I figured to myself that even if I had more followers than so-and-so, it didn't mean that my content would change or it would make me do anything more or less than what I am already. So what am I worrying about?!

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  11. I'm a newborn to blogging. I started it because I have so much clothes but found that I keep wearing the same thing. Plus I feel alone in my love for shopping and fashion so I want to connect with like minded people. I don't really care about keeping up with the Joneses because this isn't a full time job plus I like independent bloggers better. Even though they don't have much followers they are doing what they like for fun and their clothes are more accessible so I could have the same dress but would style it differently and that's how I get inspired. Popular blogs do have drool worthy items but I feel like most of the times are not realistic, not same lifestyle as mine. I prefer blogs that I can relate to.

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    1. I started blogging for many of the same reasons as you did. I love fashion and clothes but I felt like I was dressing really safe and drab. Blogging definitely has helped me be braver and more creative in how I put my outfits together, plus its fun to go somewhere other than "real life" so I can ooh and ahh over a cute skirt or fun shoes for a few moments in a busy day.

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  12. I've had the same amount of followers for some times now, but it doesn't really bother me like it used to. (though, I do still look out of curiosity) Nowadays I'm just happy if i have time to get a post in and get a couple of comments! One of my favorite things about the style blogging community is all the inspiration we draw from each other. I remember when one blogger started wearing her belt a certain way a couple of years ago and within weeks everyone and their mom was doing it. (I still do!) Another thing I love is watching personal styles bloom. Like you, Lisa. I have always loved your style even though it's a bit different than my own . The way you can put several patterns together and making them all look like they belong always amazes me, but you keep getting better and better at it, even when I thought it was impossible. :)

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  13. Love your outfit Lisa!! Great post too!!

    Funny, I so don't care about my numbers---in fact, if I randomly get a couple more followers without some kind of comment I get somewhat worried. haha! Fraidy-cat, I know. I blog because I want to have fun with style, and I enjoy writing about my day to day stuff. I love reading what the creative, intelligent, funny, and interesting women in the blogging community put out there. Fun stuff :)

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  14. I love the pattern mix here! You always inspire me.

    I have found that blogging, like any other creative outlet, ebbs and flows, at least for me. I didn't start out for my blog to become a "style" blog, it just kind of morphed that way. These days, I am a bit bored with posting outfits and am trying to find my groove again. Ultimately I blog for myself and am not worried about who reads it. I am surprised anyone does anyways! I have also found blogging and reading blogs can be such a time suck that I have tried to cut down on both...

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  15. Loving the maxi :) Totally understand about blogger burnout - even tho I haven't had a blog for long but sometimes its hard to think about what should I blog next or will my readers like what I post? But after having a mini holiday - all I could think about yay! I want to go back to reading blogs and bloggin :) I think its good to take some time away from a blog and then come back and be fresh all again :)
    P.s yeh we made those cookie pops!!

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  16. Totally fun combo! There are definitely times when I want to say screw it, but I try to push on through lol

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  17. I think for me, I really figured it out after I almost burned out. There was a while when I was hating blogging and it started feeling like an obligation, and so I took a break! I don't think there has to be an "expiration date" per se, but sometimes I think it definitely helps to take some planned vacations (as with everything in life!) to help you keep your sanity and inspiration. =]

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  18. I've been reading your blog for a while. You usually manage to write about what I'm thinking - it's scary. You're like my bestie who doesn't even know me...lol.

    Blogging can be a misery if you get competitive. There's always someone prettier, in my case WAY younger, more style-savvy, and with a hella better wardrobe...lol. Do it because you love it, no pressure, and it stays fun.

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    1. I've "met" a ton of beautiful ladies through blogging - it's been a great place for like-minded ladies as we are! ;o)

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  19. I think I have almost 500 post and I can't believe how long I've been doing this! I'm suffering a little burnout and to be quite honest finding time to post is a bit difficult right now. I started my blog as a creative outlet but now that I'm finding a way to channel my creative energy into a career a little bit of the "drive" is gone.

    Anyway, I love reading your thoughts and I always find inspiration in your outfits :)

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  20. I started blogging so I can focus on something I enjoy other than raising my kids. It's been great fun so far and some weeks when I don't' feel like writing I just don't.....I think blogging 3 times a week is a good rhythm for me. Any more I feel like it starts interfering with raising the kids. BTW I must tell you that your outfit is gorgeous!! I love the pattern mixing you did here and the neon belt....brilliant!!

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  21. If I had a glass of champagne, I'd raise it right now and say "Cheers" to you for this post because:
    1. I am in love with this dress. I love this shade of blue...and I'm slightly obsessed with stripes (and blue together, at that).
    2. I agree with every one of your sentiments about blogging. After just now coming off of a several-month long hiatus, I'm still not sure how much time I have to commit to my blogging "duties". (Note: It is now 10:38...I still haven't showered, and what am I doing?!!!???) I've realized that I can't stress over it. It is what it is, and it will be what it will be...whether now or later (when I return). =)

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    1. I know, I have to almost check myself with how much time I spend blogging. Reading blogs is fun but sure knows how to widdle away those minutes!

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  22. Funny, I wore my bright yellow belt today too. Spring must really be in the air, eh?:p I'm fairly new to blogging, so no burn out feeling so far. Call me crazy, I even started 2! One for my whatever ramblings and the other for "style". Started it really as another way for me and sis to keep in touch coz apparently we've only heard of phones on weekends. Mind you, I do get carried away once in a while with stats but at the end of the day, I realize since I'm not totally into growing the blog as far as readership is concerned (it shows:p), I can pretty much write/wear what I want. So hopefully, that should keep me going... awesome post, as always!

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  23. I love your outfit today Lisa...you always look stunning! And the price of the dress is a steal...I'm so headed to F21 later this week :)

    I don't think that style blogs have to have an expiration date, but it's important for style bloggers to have a balanced lifestyle. I started my blog because I've loved fashion ever since I was a little girl. I remember days when I made dresses for me and my sister's Barbie dolls. Unfortunately, I don't have a career in fashion, so I needed to find a creative outlet for myself and my blog does just that. I've been blogging for almost 2 years and I think the key to not burning out is making sure that you take some time off for yourself. I don't know how some bloggers work a full time job/take care of families and post daily. So far, I've only committed to posting one of my features on a weekly basis and I consider the rest of my posts a bonus. I used to feel pressured to post daily, but blogging for me is supposed to be a fun hobby. Another thing that helps me blog and not burn out is that I try not to compare myself to other bloggers. I started out that way and I felt like I wasn't being true to myself. Of course I would love more readers and sponsors, but I'm very thankful for the loyal readers that I have right now. Also, I'm still trying to find my voice and my aesthetic and I'm enjoying the process. It's great to see how my blog has evolved and it's great to see my bloggers friends do the same.

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  24. I love how fearless you are with combining different prints and colors. It's something I hope to explore more. I'm so pleased I'm not the only feeling what you've described about blogging. I find myself getting rather stressed with trying to work, look after my little one, manage the household while trying to churn out a decent number of posts every other day. It's hard not to compare myself to other bloggers too. The number game is rather hard to ignore too. I'm pleased that this is openly discussed here.

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  25. Some people have a knack for reinvention of themselves and I think those blogs will always live on. Lately, I find myself drawn more to blogs about simplicity and lovely things rather than who's wearing the newest top from Anthro or JCrew.
    My commutes are long but my job is rewarding because I feel like I am doing what I have been molded to do (Finally!) but finding blogging time and/or inspiration is not easy these days. I jot notes or type them in my phone but once I'm home, ran, cooked dinner, cleaned up and finally sat down there's not always anything left to share.
    But this too shall pass, right? ;)

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    1. Are you driving yourself into the City or taking mass transit? Back when I was going to high school, it took me about 2hrs each way via train, bus and walking to get to and from school!

      (I'm glad you're feeling like you've made the right choice taking that job, Eleanor!)

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  26. First of all - that maxi dress is SO cute, and I love how you paired the leopard and neon with it! Second, I think we all feel a lot of the things you mentioned above - I found myself nodding while I was reading :) It's just important to remember to take time for yourself, and like you said, you're not going to lose your readers just because you don't post for a few days. Being type A as well though, sometimes that's hard to remember :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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    1. The worst for me is when I have on an outfit I am loving, have the pics all ready go to, then my brain can't put two words together to form a post!

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  27. Amaing! Such a great silhoutte and colour combintaion! and yeah, that dress rocks

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    Daria, the Fashionsurfer

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  28. loving the neon belt!! do you get a lot of use out of it?

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    1. This is my first time wearing this belt, so I haven't gotten a whole lot of use yet! ;o) But it was like $11 and I liked the fun burst of bright bright yellow - I'll definitely be wearing it again and again in the warmer months!

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  30. super cute outfit ~ and i love the neon belt. i'm so obsessed with all things neon. it probably stems from going through high school in the 80s when it originated, so i'm happy for the revitalization of neon! i loved my blog...mostly just because i loved the creative side of it, but i loved all the great people i met too. there are so many wonderful, creative inspiring women on the world of blogging. and thank god for you and them ~ 3/4 of my outfit ideas come from those blogs! sadly, my life got too busy too fast and it was taking up too much time so i dropped off about a year ago. i miss it, but enough not yet that i feel the need to go back. ha! love your blog ~ keep it up!! ~ susan (f/k/a littlemissfanciepants.blogspot.com)

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    1. Oh Susan, I've missed your blog! But I know, life and family certainly take precedance.
      I've all over the neon trend myself but I have to keep reminding myself to not go into neon overload. I don't think I'd be looking too hot in a neon sweatshirt when the trend comes back in another 20+ years! ;o)

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  31. hey - great outfit! love it!

    i try to schedule a few posts a week. as for the reading, that part is overwhelming. i usually read at work and make comments as much as possible. but it's hard to keep up. my blog is tiny and i don't get a lot of traffic, so it's easier to respond to my comments.

    www.magslifetoday.blogspot.com

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  32. These kind of post are always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content so I happy to find many good point here in the post, writing is simply great, thank you for the post

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  33. I utterly adore that dress! Too cute, & you look adorable in it {love how you mixed patterns & colors too}
    For me blogging is entertainment-- my career is intellectual, blogging is more creative-- I don't intend for it to be a big commercial thing, I just like the journaling aspect, the swapping of ideas, and meeting other like-minded people!

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    1. Exactly! Blogging is a great hobby that has helped me express myself more through fashion. It's a fun break from my real world responsibilities.

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  34. Sometimes stepping away for a few days is just what the doctor ordered! Love the maxi!

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  35. whew! I had to skip ahead to make sure you weren't making the dreaded 'thanks, and I loved meeting y'all but it's time to move on' announcement! Where would I be without your very regular and unique and charming outfits and commentary! Egads woman! We depend on you to show us how deliriously adorable an ocelot cardigan and neon yellow belt are!

    I guess I've been blogging about the same amount of time- though I am, ahem, an irregularly regular poster- and I still enjoy it. It's the challenge of scraping together a post when you find an outfit that says something, or when you have something to say and realize there's an image that helps convey the idea, or just trying to plug SOMETHING in because it's been a week since your last post and you've got like a a backlog of outfits that are somehow incomplete ideas...sigh.

    But don't go anywhere, y'hear?!

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    1. As you've probably noticed, I've long since given up trying to match my pics to my ramblings - and I appreciate you for not being like "so you're wearing a pretty dress - but why are you crying over bad cheese?!" ;o)

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  36. You look amazing in a maxi dress! It just drapes so perfectly on you! And haha, I'm terrible at posting regularly. I used to do it nearly every single day, but as my life and responsibilities changed, I find myself with way less time to post. I miss it a lot! :(

    I love reading your blog, though, so if you need to step away for a few days to recharge, I'll support it! And I don't think style blogs have an "expiration date" as long as the blogger still wants to do it. :)

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    1. If you ever decide to stop blogging, I may have a satorial breakdown. You were one of the first style blogs I started following! I do wish you had the time to post more because I adore your ensembles, but I understand when life "gets all in the way!" ;o)

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  37. Yep, I think my blog expired :/
    When I started my blog roll was filled with blogs that are now abandoned or defunct. I hate to say my blogging time is over, but I haven't posted much for nearly a year now. my outfits these days are nursing tanks and sweats. If I manage a pair of jeans I call it a victory. If inshower I have basically conquered the world. Imlove your blog and love to check in- I still consider you a bloggy friend even though I'm not much of a blogger anymore.

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    1. Aw no, say it ain't so, Spiffy! I adore your blog! But I get it - you're working and going to be a mom soon, squee! You can always do like Jan from Girliest Boy Mom does and just pop in with a post every once in while, or shoot, start up a whole new blog - if you feel like it though!

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  38. Lisa, I am sort of randomly commenting for the first time ever because you simply MUST know how much I appreciate your blog! Don't quit! Don't expire! I would be lost, floundering about with no one to guide me. I would start doing something bizarre like only buying clothes that are gray, and then wonder why I felt like I had seasonal affective disorder. You know how sometimes people talk about how they have a "fashion icon?" *You* are mine! Seriously. I have a google doc with "fashion inspiration" pics that I cut & paste from around the web, and I just noticed the other day that you have, hands-down, far more representation in it than anyone else. (Is that creepy?! Hmm. If it makes you feel any better, Angelina Jolie is a close second, but mostly because she could somehow make a burlap bag look classy. Boring, but classy.)

    Anyway. I want to have your ability to Artfully Mismatch prints/colors/styles, because usually when I do it, I just look Plain Ol' Mismatched. But I'm learning. With your blog, I have hope. Don't kill my hope!!! :)

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    1. Aw, thanks, girl! ::blushes at thought of being even mentioned in the same paragraphy as Angelina Jolie::

      No, I'm not going anywhere soon, but I've had days where it's like, "I need to do this, that, other - and blog?!"

      I do consider my BF a great safety net for my pattern mismatching though and I think he has saved me from more than one outfit catastrophe. Pretty much if I see him in the morning and he either likes or does not acknowledge my outfit, I know I am safe. If HE ends up giving me the weird eye, then it means I may need to revisit my ensemble!

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  39. my favorite combo...stripes + leopard!! i had to tell myself the same, that it was OK to miss a day or two if i was busy or tired.

    [oomph.]

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  40. love this outfit!

    xo julesinflats.blogspot.com

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