01 February 2013

Dressed for Blogging

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I guess you can consider me an advocate for personal style blogging because I often write about how starting this blog has improved my sartorial life - but it's true!  

I believe that by taking outfit pics of myself and challenging myself to "get dressed" each day, it's really helped me develop a sense of what works for my body type and lifestyle and let me become more adventurous with my wardrobe. And as I improved on that, I also started taking overall better care of myself - wrangling in my frizz head, taking care of my skin, using makeup - and though I know these are all kind of superficial things, it's all combined to help me feel better about myself.

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Though don't get me wrong, styling blogging hasn't been all rainbows and kitty cats all the time either. After starting my blog, I couldn't help but to notice areas where my wardrobe was sorely lacking - skirts, dresses, any sort of accessory. So yes, blogging definitely had loosened my purse strings. And there was a period of mental mania about acquiring the "latest and greatest" -  I had to have what everyone else (i.e., other bloggers) did, I had to have it first, I had to score deals, to always bring something new to the table. I thankfully never got into debt or anything, but made for some poor shopping decisions, some overly-done outfits, and it was frickin' exhausting.

Nowadays I think I had a pretty well-rounded wardrobe, though I still shop - for things I like, not just things that are popular in style blogland. I am not afraid of putting together bold colors or patterns or trying shapes that may be new to me, though getting dressed each morning is sometimes harder than it should be because I have it in my head to consider if an outfit is "blog-worthy." I do take better care of my appearance which in turn has helped me feel better about myself overall - I'm learning to work with what I've got.

How has blogging affected your style and wardrobe? Do you think it has improved your sartorial life? Does having a blog make it easier for you get to dressed? 

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Blazer: J.Crew Robert Noble herringbone (worn here- sim, sim, velvet, steal)
Sweater: J.Crew factory puffin (worn here - sim lobster, anchor, penguin, brown bear)
Jeans: J.Crew hipslung (sim, sim, sim)
Necklace: Pam Hiran via Anthropologie sparked agate collar (worn here - sim, sim, rhinestone)
Bag: Coach legacy penny (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson jaide leopard (worn here - same colorblock, chunkier, sim)

88 comments:

  1. I think blogging has made me shop more! It definitely opens my eyes to all of the fabulous pieces out there, but it hasn't changed my style so much. I love love love your outfit! I want that sweater!

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  2. Blogging has sadly made me shop more and wear items less. I find it ridiculous that there are things in my closet I haven't really worn because I can't find a way to make it seem "new" for the blog. How ridiculous is that?

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    1. Oh girl, we all go through that! I don't blog every day because it feels "wrong" in style blogdom to repeat an outfit - but sometimes I really have liked an outfit and there's nothing wrong in real life to wear something again!

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  3. Blogging has changed my style a lot! And it definitely temps me to go shopping, but it has also opened my eyes to shopping my own closet more. I love being able to go back to my blog and have a photo record of all the outfits I've put together! Helps on days when I can't think of anything to wear :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Sephora Giveaway!

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  4. I have always loved putting outfits together so I don't think me starting my blog necessarily improved my style but I do think READING blogs have expanded my comfort zones - which is always fun!

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  5. I relate so much with this post - because yes, I am still going through that process you describe so very well.
    But I do agree with blogging being very positive and you look great.

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  6. Your sweater is so so cute! And I love that blazer...Blogging definitely tempts me to buy the latest and greatest, but I'm always checking myself. I want to make sure my purchases are in my style and not something I saw and liked on someone else. Easier said than done for sure.
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  7. you hit the nail on the head Lisa. i used to think that i needed to get the most recent, newest, shiny, sparkly thing bloggers had. while that's what i'd do in any event (i think girls in general get influenced by what they see) i didn't need to be au courant with every single thing. it is not really who i am. i don't chase all of the things all the time, so i've had to learn to be more disciplined in that regard. posts like yours also remind me to keep that wanderlust in check, so thank you for that too!!

    i love this outfit - it's so very you! fun, colourful but yet still wearable.

    xox P

    phiphi's blog

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  8. I couldn't agree more. Blogging has pushed my style boundaries and made a dent in my wallet. But I love that I have developed a more personal style!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  9. I love that puffin sweater - so cute! :) And I almost bought that Anthro collar necklace! So pretty!!

    I definitely blogging has given me a bit of the "buy it NOW" bug, but to be honest - I think I've ALWAYS had that in me. I've always loved fashion, and if it wasn't blogs inspiring me to buy new "must haves," it was magazines, or weekly emails from stores I love, catalogues, etc. I do think blogging has made me think about what's really "me" though. Having photos of so many of my outfits, it's so much easier to see what looks good and what you should retire to the back of the closet. ;)

    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  10. I always feel like I should include something new in my posts, b/c that's what I like to see in other people's posts. If I like your outfit, I might also want to purchase a specific thing you're wearing, you know? But I think that really doesn't get bloggers into a lot of trouble, because one reason we started style blogs in the first place is because WE ALREADY LIKED TO SHOP :)

    I've always thought the puffin sweater was adorable! And what nail polish are you wearing? It's awesome!

    Taylor
    Two Wheelers

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    1. Hi Taylor - my polish is Opi "Yoga-Ta Get This Blue." It's a shimmery navy color.

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  11. 1. I love this outfit, it's pretty much perfection. 2. I started blogging to challenge my style. I was always wearing things the Sam way. So boring. I still get a twinge of jealously when I spot bloggers in my favorite JCrew pieces I can't make myself spend the money on. Ultimately I love getting on here each day and getting inspiration from lovely bloggers like yourself, but I'm not gong to break the bank trying to look like others. We're not in high school anymore, we are individuals.
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree - I see a lot of other gals sporting designer things that I love and remind myself that if I like a style, it doesn't mean I have to have that exact thing if I don't want to spend the money. I can find something similar or look through my own closet!

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  12. You look so pretty!!! I absolutely love your outfit and I love that sweater. Do you have any idea if any of them are still left in JCrew Factory?

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    1. I think this sweater came out over the holidays and honestly I think it sold out pretty quickly, but I may try to do an Ebay hunt if I were you. But I know the Factory store has come out with some new critter-type sweaters for spring, so I bet more are coming!

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  13. I absolutely love this outfit. LOVE it. Wish I owned every piece of it. Swoon. Sigh.

    xox

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  14. This outfit is so cute! I love the necklace and the blazer. I agree, having a 'blog-worthy' outfit is something I struggle with ((I guess since I'm so new). I also am starting to see what my wardrobe lacks by looking at the pics - too little accessories!!

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  15. Great outfit! I did a total copycat!! Next day with no snow on the ground, I'm wearing it. Love your inspirations...Keep on Blogging.

    http://www.polyvore.com/from_my_closet_74/set?id=70909976

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  16. I love this post! As a non-fashion blogger, I have always wondered how you all keep up with it - the trends, the shopping, prepping for photos, and taking them. It sure seems like a lot of work - but then again, I am pretty low-key every day since I work with mostly men who mostly wear jeans to work. :)
    xo
    lisa
    Floating Along

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  17. Oh my gosh! Love the sweater and the collar. Amazing!

    I really don't accessorize. My mom, when I was younger, made some offhand comment about 'costume jewelry' that apparently ruined me for life. Ha! (Now she GIVES me 'costume jewelry' that is not my style, so I tuck it away in the cabinet.) I wear one simple ring that was my grandmother's every day, but big necklaces and stacked bracelets, etc. are just not my thing. I feel sort of bad when I see other bloggers with tons of well-coordinated accessories, but I just realize that it's not me. (I also don't like purses! I'm a weirdo!) I'm still looking for a job, just out of grad school, so my budget doesn't let me get too crazy, but it is easy to want to buy buy buy especially when you're blogging it.

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    1. I am kind of jealous when I see other gals sporting really sleek subtle jewelry pieces that make a statement without being loud - my idea of making a statement with jewelry right now is still pile it on!

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  18. That blazer is to die for! The color is so gorgeous on you!! Have a great weekend!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  19. Lisa this is one of my favorite outfits of yours. I love that sweater! And the blazer and how you paired it with the leopard print shoe. My style has always been all over the place and definitely reflected my individuality. I've never been afraid of trying new things. But I will say that style blogging has definitely made me realize new ways to use other clothing, introduced me to ways to expand the wardrobe I already have and be more creative with my clothes.

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    1. I've definitely been more creative with the things I've got, thanks to blogging. Who knew there are so many ways to wear a gingham shirt, hehe!

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  20. Absolutely adore your statement sweater with your blazer!! Love the pop of leopard too!
    Personally for me, blogging has pushed me out of my comfort zone to try new styles, colors and patterns that I normally would not have in the past. I think it has improved my sartorial life since I try to pull together more interesting pieces than in the past. I don't think I find it easier to get dressed....since I still have the days when it feels like nothing looks good on me but then again who doesn't? :P xoxo, Phoebe

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  21. Blogging has definitely made me shop more, but it's also introduced me to outfits and styles that fit my body better. And i've also discovered a bunch of likeminded ladies who I greatly enjoy reading about whenever they blog :)

    Love this outfit Lisa!

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  22. what a perfect blazer, the colour is divine,
    this is such an amazing post with so much inspiration!
    Hope you're having a great week!
    thanks for sharing!

    I have been following you for a long while now on bloglovin and I adore your style!
    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin :)
    let me know!
    STYLE DECORUM

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  23. Hi beautiful,

    Amazing photo's and blog.
    Shall we follow eachother?

    Let me know on my blog and I will follow back straight away!

    Love, Carmen
    www.mydailyfashiondosis.blogspot.com

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  24. BLogging has definitely caused me to realize what looks good on my body and what does not (editing photos of you day after day will do that for you!) and it's also made me a much more efficient shopper. I can more easily look past cheap thrills or things i don't need thanks to blogging. :)

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  25. I love that blazer on you Lisa! The fit and color are all perfect! Yes to everything you said. Although the over-shopping time period of my blogging career did help with defining my personal style in a backwards kind of way. =P

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  26. you look so cute...its fun to dress up and I think the blog gives you a place to do it where us other fashion hoarders get ya! I get ya!!
    Rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.com

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  27. I have so many outfits that need places to wear them to still. Definately I love to shop and blogging has only increased that desire.

    As an artist my personal style has always been very creative. I don't like to do things the way everyone else does but I can see that exposure to other bloggers made me reconsider a few items that previously I never would have looked at twice.

    Also blogging has forced to me to really look at myself and my outfits. Some of which I think afterwards, "crap! I went out looking like that?" I thought I looked great in the mirror and then the camera showed something totally different.

    I love what you are wearing, the shoes are my favourites.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I am actually surprised by how different an outfit I am wearing looks on a mirror as opposed to on camera. I think the camera view is truer!

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  28. That sweater - love! I went through this last year - seeing bloggers style items so well that I had to have them too. While I kept a few pieces I truly loved, most ended up getting resold bc well, they didn't fit my lifestyle and/or weren't really me. I still love to spot items in blogs that I love and would've bought on my own, but it's been a big lesson learned!

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    1. I've been in the same boat! Note to self, one bubble necklace is more than enough! ;o)

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  29. You know I am partial to that sweater! You look amaziiiiinnnngggggg!

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  30. Oh I want that sweater! Wonder if Mrs. Obama is sporting one. You know how much she loves JCrew.

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    1. FLOTUS has some great style, but I am kind of peeved when she wears something because it automatically flies off the shelves and shows up on Ebay for 4x the price!

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  31. I am totally with you. I've only been blogging for one month now and I already see how it keeps me on my game style wise. I'm really not trying to impress anyone on the regular, but I'm not letting myself slack off. I'm finding that it's pretty easy to turn something blah into something fun with not much extra effort.

    And can I say that I am in loooooove with your puffin sweater and that collar necklace!

    Inge
    thisevolvinglife.blogspot.com

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  32. I was following a lot of blogs before I started my own, and realized quickly that I couldn't do what many others were - spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars a month to be trendy and on point for fashion. And I didn't want to! I'm at a place where I can be a little selfish and invest in my self and my closet but that's what I want to do - invest. That's why I started blogging my budget and what I buy each month because it holds me accountable and so we can show others that you don't have to buy a bunch of clothes every month to look nice. It's definitely something I'm still working on because $150 can easily be spent in a day (which I used to do all the time) but now I'm trying to make smarter choices.

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    1. Style blogging is about clothes and how to put clothes together, but it doesn't need to be able mindless consumption!

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  33. What a great topic! I've always wanted to dress better, and sometimes I wish a friend would nominate me for those makeover shows, haha. Luckily I found out about this fashion blogging community (especially petite girls my size) and learned a whole lot about style! But I do find myself buying the same things or similar items other bloggers have because my thought is if it looks great on them, it'll probably look great on me! And so far, it's been working! I'm often overwhelmed when it comes to shopping...so many pretty things and I want it all and can't decide. So bloggers actually help me narrow down what to buy, especially items that look great on camera for that picture-perfect moment. Hopefully though, no one in my real life start pointing out that I'm a big copy-cat, looking exactly like some famous blogger they know, hahaha. I try to contribute back to the community with my own shopping adventures on my blog with reviews....and showing what looks good or not, so it evens out, I guess, hahaha ;)

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    1. I like seeing blogger reviews and seeing how bloggers wear new styles because that def helps me consider new things for myself as well. I do sometimes wish I could be on "what not to wear" or something as well - wonder if Stacy and Clinton would think I was fine, or if they'd point out things about my wardrobe that would surprise me!

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  34. Blogging has definitely broadened my fashion horizons. I would have never paired stripes with a floral scarf before blogging.
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  35. I decided a long time ago I wasn't going to do blog worthy outfits everyday, not enough time and too exhausting to keep up. But blogging did make me want to be first with things though I rarely am since I sale shop almost always. Think I have realized to give up being among the first. I've become more bold but at times I think, should have looked at the pictures before walking out that door!

    That is a seriously good outfit. Those jeans make you look so tall!

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    1. I'm with you - I don't blog every day because honestly sometimes I repeat outfits and sometimes my outfits aren't "blog-worthy." But that's totally OK, it take a lot of the pressure of blogging off.

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  36. Ahhh, the shoes! love it!

    http://anmari-ish.blogspot.com

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    1. btw, my opinion about blogging, I was worse pre-blogging stage. I had this habit of hoarding things I dont need or never even thinking of wearing. when I started blogging it has helped me better organize my shopping attitude than how it was before. I really don't care what others have, or having the "it" stuff before anybody has it. I just buy what suits my wardrobe, blog-worthy or not.

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  37. As I'm getting older, I'm getting less willing dress for fun and more willing to dress for comfort. By that I mean, wearing the tried and true cuts and styles that make me feel my best. Wearing a daily uniform of sorts, I suppose with my own spin thrown in. Not talking sweats and sneakers here. ;)

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  38. I love your sweater and as always fantastic Leopard Shoes. Gorgeous Necklace, too.

    By the way, I am Ada. I have followed your blog for over a year and may have commented a few times before, however I do visit & read your blog very often. I love your style & your beautiful shoe collection.

    Stop by my page when you have a second. I'd love having you.

    Have a Great Weekend Lisa. <3 Ada.

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  39. I recently purged my closet of "must have" items I just HAD to have, based on outfits I had seen on other bloggers. I guess the final straw for me came when I caught myself purchasing a blush and sequined blazer that was not only a chunk of my monthly paycheck, but also something that I would get to wear like never...well, maybe under a disco ball somewhere on New Years! This is not to say I'm no longer obsessed with clever pairings and bold patterns, but I try to edit what I buy and like you, make sure it fits ME and MY lifestyle. Maybe one day, I'll be able to run up and down the hills of San Fransisco in 4-inch designer heels! *sigh* ^_^

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    1. I know what you mean - I got a flippy pleather mini a while ago that was expensive for what it was, didn't fit my lifestyle, and didn't look so good on me, but I wore it and wore it for a while because it was "in." D'oh is me ...

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  41. Hi Lisa, this outfit is so adorable, I love it! I have been behind in commenting on blogs for months now but I have been reading and keeping up! I just posted yesterday on my blog that being involved in the blogging world actually had a negative effect on my wardrobe and my budget - I was weak and got sucked into blogger-fueled mania for "It" items - and now I am busy purging my wardrobe of all these things that I acquired during that phase. However, I do think that taking photos of my outfits has definitely improved my ability to self-assess in an objective fashion. Before I used to just throw on an outfit without thinking about it too much, but now I think more about the overall image.

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    1. I def went through a purge phase myself to rid my closet of blog popular items that didn't necessarily fit me aesthetic. I still have too much stuff, but I want to keep most of it, which I guess is a good thing!

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  42. You red blazer is adorable!
    My blog helps me to see what is suit to me what is not! It definitely helped me!
    kisses)

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  43. I love, love this outfit. Style blogging has totally helped me see where I was lacking in my wardobe. I never wore accessories and I either had black or brown heels. Both those areas of the closet have grown quite a bit.
    Method Clothe

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  44. Oh, Lisa, your wonderful puffin sweater reminds me of my OCD search, so far unsuccessful, for an affordable "critter" sweater of my own. I suppose you could say my quest was brought on by reading other bloggers who styled critter sweaters, including you. Yeah, it's all y'all's fault.

    I think I've had a similar benefit from blogging. Outfit pics have been pretty enlightening. I started keeping my hair in better shape, and I started thinking about what my signature style is. It's process, still ongoing.

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    1. I must admit it was blogdom that made me a critter fanatic as well. I suspect they'll be a new flock of cute critters come spring, so I bet something will come up for you!

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  45. Hi Lisa :o),

    I'm so happy I'm subscribed to your blog,because I truly enjoy reading it and I find these last three posts about blogging extremly interesting.
    I started blogging 6 years ago and only because I wanted to discover more about Islam and connect with people with such religious views.It's been the best thing I've ever done,because it got me on a journey which ended on a very unexpected place.I'm saying this just to explain why I started my blog,but I'd really like to share my opinion about the topics you brought in regards to blogging.
    It's been only since last june that I decided to give my blog a more structured form,so this is when I also started to think about "marketing".The first thing that I decided was that I want to have a real connection with people.Thus I comment,but only when and if I'm truly interested in what I'm reading.Yet I try to commment at least once a day.I'm not interested in having a lot of subscribers,but I sincerely hope that the few that I have are there because they really get my blog.My goal is to build a kind of "secret club"!
    Due to the very personal subject of my blog and in the memory of old days when I blogged just to get new friends,I also took a firm decision not to monetize it.I used here the word firm,because it wasn't an easy decision to take.In fact I'm all about monetizing,since blogging does take a lot of time,money and effort.This is why beauty products and fashion posts are for now on hold on my blog.I'm giving aside money for all of that!Yet I hope in the near future to be able to do more of such posts.
    Oh,I'm glad to read here that many people got caught up in spending a lot of money for clothes and beauty products,too.I've always been into clothes,so I've also been always spending money for them.But,I've never been really into make-up and last year I really spent a lot of money just for it.All due to the beauty world on YT and Blogger.Well,I'm cutting down on this now,because I got so much stuff that I don't even have a beauty routine anymore,but it's alljust a mess :).Anyways,I'm getting on a better place in regards to that.So far I can say,that blogging has inspired me to look and do better,but again looking at the nature of my blog,I can for now say that the one thing that it really improved for me,is my English.I'm still on my way to get better in regards to fasion and beauty...and other stuff which I also find very interesting...like design,cooking,photography...

    I send you a hug and keep up the good work :)!Kiss,kiss...

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    1. I know, it is all about balance and finding that amount that works right for you and your lifestyle, same for me.

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  46. I completely agree. Blogging has forced me to attempt to look nice especially when I don't feel like it. It's a good thing though because if I make an effort then I will feel better the rest of the day :-) I love the pop of leopard!

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  47. this is one of my fave outfits on you! the jeans are super flattering on you! and of course, i love the shoes!!! having my blog has definitely caused me to shop more. but at least now i'm starting to clear out some stuff and sell it on threadflip...baby steps. =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  48. Lovely outfit Lisa!! Everything looks perfect together and the sweater is just so darn cute!!

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  49. I really love all the topics you have bee discussing lately. This is one of my fave daily reads!

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  50. Thank you so much <3
    And i really love that leopard shoes !!!!

    Http://Fashioneiric.blogspot.com

    Coline !

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  51. I love that sweater and that you paired it with the leopard heels! You always look great! I definitely take better care of myself and I never used to wear lipstick but now I do! I'm definitely guilty of wearing only "blog-worthy" outfits but I don't really feel guilty about it. I like looking nice and for me looking nice = feeling nice.

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    1. I'm the same way with the lipstick - though 99% of my lipstick hues are still some variation of nude!

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  52. I think I still shop for things that are popular in blog land. Just a few pieces every couple of months to make things more exciting. It's worked okay soooo far.

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    1. Hehe, I never said that I never shop for things that are popular in blogland, because sometimes what's popular aligns right with what I like. But I am trying hard not to get caught up in the hype of things anymore!

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  53. I feel the exact same way! Some days that is all the motivation I have. I love your sweater and the peter pan necklace! Cute cute cute!

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  54. I LOVE your shoes and the bag is so classic! I tend to gravitate toward timeless pieces and am very selective when it comes to adding anything to my closet - I never want to buy something just because it's popular!

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  55. That collar necklace! I want! Its so perfect with that sweater and I of course love the color of your blazer :) so cute!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  56. I love this cozy but semi professional looking outfit! I think the duck is my fav ;)
    I kind of think blogging has made me take longer to pick my outfit out. At least on the days I'm taking photos. haha

    xo
    osmiuminlove.blogspot.com

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  57. What you're saying here definitely holds true for me. Blogging has really made me grab myself by the scruff of the neck every morning and make sure I put together a look that's interesting or different or more importantly, that I like. I do sometimes spend way too much time wondering if something is "blog-worthy", and sometimes it's easy to be seduced by a piece another blogger is rocking, I mean blogland is definitely the land of temptations. But I'd say the pro's outweigh the con's, like you it's made me look after myself more, and yes, knowing I look put-together gives me SO much more confidence than I had before.

    On another note, I adore this outfit! Ever since my husband and I went to Iceland and saw a whole bunch of them flying around, we've had a special place in our hearts for puffins. Puffin sweater + sparkly collar = the cutest thing ever!!

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  58. First, I love this outfit!! Especially those shoes!! GORGEOUS!

    Second, I feel you! Blogging has def made me step up my game a little more. Especially on the days that I don't feel like getting all dolled up and working the camera. It has made it easier for me to get up and get ready. Even picking out outfits has become easier since I can style fits in my head rather than have to try on 50 pairs of jeans and 100s of shirts before I'm good with what I'm wearing.

    Happy Monday!

    Redheaded Daybook

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  59. This is so fantastic! I can totally relate. When I first started doing outfit posts I felt this immense need to buy new things and only blog with those, but as time went on I realized that I needed to work with what was already in my closet. When I started doing that, it opened my eyes to all of the things I owned that simply didn't work for my body. Blogging about my personal style has helped me figure out what shapes work for me, and it's also encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try crazy color combos or pattern mixing that I never would have thought of before! I just feel so much better when I take a little extra time in the morning to really look pulled together.

    Stephanie

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  60. I agree 100% with your post! It sounds kind of vain but I've spent more time on my appearance since blogging, but it makes me feel so much better about myself. It's wonderful how much a good hair day or cute outfit can lift my mood :)

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  61. I love your sweater it's super cute!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    xoxo Dia.

    www.peach-punch.com

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  62. That sweater is super cute and so is the necklace, Lisa!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  63. Little puffin sweater! so cute! Those always sell out so fast!
    If I was a good OOTD blogger, it would affect me, but because work outfits are restrictive (read: boring) for me, it does not really affect my daily outfit choices, although I wish it would! Time for a job switch? Haha. You look great :)

    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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  64. That sweater is so adorable, I WANT it. Haha, just kidding. But that was my problem when I first started reading blogs, I wanted everything other girls had and I wanted to recreate outfits exactly, rather than being inspired by them. Much better now. It's nice to be inspired. :)

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