11 March 2013

Where Did You Go?

Being a style blogger can be a fickle thing. It's a great little hobby and you can "meet" a ton of fun like-minded people, but it can be a total time-suck. And as simple as it is to start a blog nowadays, it is just as easy to let one languish. For every one blog that starts, I wonder how many existing blogs get left behind - the Internet must be littered with half-forgotten dot-blogspots.

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I mean, I get it. Sometimes we just run out of free time, sometimes we run out of want-to, sometimes outside forces make us reprioritize. Just as there's not a thing wrong with blogging, there's nothing wrong with deciding to no longer keep a blog.

But as an active blogger who loves to read blogs, I can't help but to mourn some fave reads who are no longer updating. Some of the blogs of style-past that I miss?

Kelinda.KELINDA - Amy had a wicked sense of humor,  was a layering pro and always had a cute mani to boot. Amy was one of the bloggers I interacted with quite a bit and felt like we could have been hilarious real-life eating buds.

Ginger Girl - Pamela had fun style that was still office-appropriate, was not afraid to wear bright color and pattern, and she shared a love for J.Crew and Anthro.

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Where the Lights are Bright - Spiffy had a clean, realistic sensibility about dressing, did great reviews, and I considered her my fit twin!

Anthroholic - Controversial choice probably considering how her blog ended, but she who shall not be named was one of the first style blogs I started following and though her style was different from mine, I enjoyed seeing her sweet girly looks.

Little Girl Big Closet - My fave Anthropologie-centric blog, Tara had a great eye for putting together colors and patterns, plus her outfit photos were gorgeous vignettes. Though she's no longer actively blogging, Tara has changed her blog layout to make it easier to review her past posts - thanks!

Are there some fave style blogs of yours that have long since gone but you wish would come back?

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Top: J.Crew quincy (worn here - sim, sim, green, not sim but adore)
Skirt: The Limited pleated front (same print in shorts & crops, sim pencil, more blue)
Belt: J.Crew (sim, deal, steal)
Bracelet: Ann Taylor pearl & pave cluster (worn here - sim, sim, brown)
Shoes: Audrey Brooke via DSW mary (worn here - sim, higher, platform, flats, slingback)

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83 comments:

  1. Pamela (Ginger Girl) is still active on Twitter - she probably still reads your blog, she reads mine. We swapped tweets, messages etc. She just said she is too busy at the moment. Funnily enough I'm wearing the red polka dot dress today that she wore the black version of in her last post! For me it would be Sara at You, Me & Anthropologie. She disappeared almost a year ago now and never came back, one tweet a long long time ago to say she was still here and planning an update. I haven't checked in months (I'll do it now) but don't think she has surfaced.

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    1. nope, last post 23rd March 2012.

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  2. Great pattern mixing! I haven't been on her long enough to see some favorites, gone. Thank goodness!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  3. I bought that skirt also because I was just so in love with it but it doesn't quite fit me right. Which makes me really sad because it's such a pretty skirt.

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  4. Oh kelinda.KELINDA for sure is a missed blog. She was hilarious! It is funny how blogging goes in and out. I know that my own (personal, non-style) blogging habits ebbs and flows due to outside forces. I keep hoping Amy will magically appear! Maria from Infinite Whimsy was one of the first blogs I followed that is now defunct.

    So all this means...PLEASE keep going:)

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  5. I love this outfit, you look perfectly spring-y and uplifting post dst! There are a few blogs I miss, but I totally understand that people don't want to waste time if they're not enjoying it/ have better things to do.

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  6. I also miss Ginger Girl and (sadly) Anthroholic. They were 2 of my first blog reads. I love that skirt! It looks great with the plaid top.
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite
    1,000 Follower Giveaway!

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  7. OMG Can I just say first that this outfit is fantastic?! That skirt is so perfect and looks like something straight out of Betty Draper's closet <3 I envy you!

    I've been going through my reader lately trying to get rid of defunct blogs and I must say I miss What Would a Nerd Wear most of all, mainly because she was around my age and in grad school at the same time I was. People's priorities change, so I can totally respect having to give up blogging. I know I too will probably have to make that decision someday.

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  8. I hadn't read any of those blogs but it's definitely sad when someone doesn't continue blogging and it's one you loved! Those bow shoes are gorgeous!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  9. Ah, and what about gorgeous Anjali of goldenmeans, and my style twin Shannon at wardrobereview...sigh.

    Great classic blogger outfit with the checks and flotals- can you promise me spring?!!!!

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    1. I miss Anjali too!
      I am glad that Pamala is at least on Twitter and Instagram though!

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    2. Agreed - I really miss Anjali's gorgeous outfits!

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  10. What Would A Nerd Wear and Academichic for me... those ladies got me into blogging in the first place! But at least their archives are still there.

    Love the pattern mixing here! I haven't mixed patterns much lately, maybe it's time to dust up my skill...

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    1. Good news, recently What Would A Nerd Wear started posting again.

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  11. I love this outfit on how you did a great pattern mixing & adding the red! I haven't been around long enough in the blogging world to see blogs disappear. I can imagine it's kind of a bummer since you kind of develop a virtual friendship with them and then they are gone.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  12. LOVE those shoes!!! i recently went through some of my old posts and was amazed at how many of the people i used to get comments from, no longer blog. it is a TOTAL time suck. but i enjoy it so it is worth it to me (most of the time)! =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  13. I'm so glad you wrote a post about this--I've been wondering whatever happened to Amy from Kelinda Kelinda! I miss her blog, too.

    However, being the author of two now-defunct blogs (and the last one was rolled over into my current one), I understand the need for priorities. Sometimes I don't feel like blogging, or I don't have anything to say, or I think no one is actually reading (that was the main reason I shut down that first blog)--but mostly, it does take up time!

    But having stuck it out for the last few years, I've gotten attached to some blogs and find myself actually worrying about some that I don't see from time to time. Even though I've never met any of them in person, it's easy to feel like you could just as easily be friends in real life, considering how much you see and know about their lives and/or personalities.

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  14. I AM STILL ALIVE! And I still read blogs, tweet, and am on Instagram. I just feel awful that I stopped blogging w/o proper notice. I really think about posting again but then by the time I get home from work am just exhausted. Lisa, you're a great example of a style blogger with thoughtful, good content. I am leaving the door open to coming back, really, I am. I simply cannot tell you how much it means to even see you mention me here. It makes me remember just how darn special all you blogging and blog reading ladies are.
    XOXO Pamela @gingergirl4242

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    1. Hi Pamela! I'd love for you to come back to bloggerland, but I totally get the "life" thing. What's your ID on Instagram?

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  15. love your outfit. and i definitely know what you mean.
    and thanks for sending me to some new blogs to check out.
    since im behind maybe i can catch up and by then they will be back. haha.

    K

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  16. Lisa, great use of colors. Love this pattern mixing and just in time for the upcoming Spring! This is a topic I sometimes think about. It's funny how attached we can become to one another here in this blogging community, thinking that we know what the others are doing and what they're up to due to the content being shared. But I totally get it. Life gets in the way, sometimes there's a dry spell of thoughtful content, and priorities shift. I'm in that gray area now where I still enjoy blogging but at times feel silly always talking about fashion and style (though it's not silly in and of itself!). I'm glad you're still around and make an effort to post on the regular, and as for the ones who no longer blog, it's great accessing their archives :)

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  17. Ooh I love your bold, pretty pattern mix! I totally agree--it's SO much easier to let a blog go (or just get really lazy about posting...guilty!) than to keep it up. I just have to look at my reader to see once-loved blogs that have now disappeared! But I completely understand how it happens...life gets crazy!

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  18. i have a few that disappeared that make me wish i could have said a proper goodbye. i still have hope that some of them will reappear.

    great post!

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  19. I discovered audrey brooke shoes at DSW and have yet to buy a pair but love that the heel height is more wearable

    I fear my blog will end up like the ones you mentioned
    Sometimes I wonder why I do it
    It's so easy to get discouraged with all these professional looking blogs with amazing photography while I use a tripod in an alley while being totally embarassed as strangers walk by

    www.not-going-out-like-that.com

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    1. Blog because you want to - most of us check each other's blogs out for the outfits, not the pro-looking photography since we're just everyday gals!

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  20. I love that outfit. It is print mixing perfections. I miss Anthro Closet Chaos. She has not updated in about a year. I really loved her style and the way she put things together. I worry my sewing blog will end up going away, too. Many sewing blogs only get updated once every week or two because of the time is takes to make a garment. I just noticed it has been about two weeks since I updated mine. I have sewn a couple of items, but just have not taken the time to update. I hope your blog never goes away. It is a favorite of mine.

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    1. ACC is still pretty active in the Anthro reviews world, but it's totally not the same since we can't see her entire outfits and read her musings. I adore seeing your custom stylings, I am totally jealous of your fantastic sewing skills!

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  21. I miss Anjali of Goldenmeans and Pamela from Ginger Girl! (Good to see you're still around, Pamela! It's completely understandable that real life has to take precedence. But I still miss you!) Anjali and I have very similar taste, and Pamela's fresh, bright choices were so inspiring. Anyway, I love how you added in the bright pops of red in your shoes and belt-- the textural contrast of the patent leather accessories and the matte shirt and skirt is great!

    xo Julie
    ♥Julie Rose Sews♥

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  22. oooh lisa this outfit is lovely! and those shoes!
    i miss you, me and anthropologie as well. :( i'm afraid one day that i might go the same way.. but i don't think anyone would miss me that much. :P

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    1. Laura, I'd totally miss you! You're one of those gals I think I'd be great friends IRL!

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  23. I miss the girls from Academichic. They all had such different, but great styles. I love your pattern mixing and red shoes too! Heather

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  24. LOVE the watercolor floral print of your skirt, especially when paired with the red. :)
    I'm not sure whether I would have started blogging in the first place if I really understood just how much time is required to take photos, write content, and build relationships by visiting other blogs! One blog that is not defunct but I wish was updated more often is In Her Stilettos. Diya's style is so different from mine, but I enjoy how she strikes this balance between girly and edgy.

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    1. I like a lot of bloggers whose style is totally different from mine - but that's part of the fun of blogging, finding new and different ones!

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  25. Hey Lisa I have been following your blog since fall of 2012 and love your style and random convo. However this one hit a little closer to home for me because just like the others my blog has gone neglected. I started the blog in January of last year with all hopes to keep it moving, but fell short in the last few months with my post. Seriously this is a job by itself. I am not interested in pay but it takes time to come up with the concepts, outfit ideas and take the pics. I plan to become a better steward over my talents and get back in the saddle again. Then make sure I also buy a camera and stand, because it is hard to get others to keep taking your pics...LOL
    P.S. I always look to you for style inspiration, keep it up.
    www.divinedivastyle.com

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    1. I know what you mean - it is like a job in itself sometimes - and an unpaid one at that! I hope you find the time/inspiration to get back into blogging!

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  26. I agree I really miss Ginger Girl! Come back Ginger Girl!

    Love your pattern mixing here Lisa!

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  27. Miss all of the blogs you mentioned, plus Anthropologie Girl, Pudding & The Post-Fab Princess (her J.Crew math posts were tops), Infinite Whimsy, goldenmeans and adiaphane. And probably more that I'm forgetting right now. I completely understand why people stop blogging but it's always a little sad when someone you've gotten to know in the blog realm suddenly goes quiet.

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    1. I miss all those girls too - we "lost" a lot of Anthro pretty!

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  28. I didn't know about the Anthroholic blog. I had read it in the past and then she had stop posting. Some people quit their blogs with out saying a word so I didn't think anything of it. But how sad is that.
    Method Clothe

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    1. The sad thing about the Anthroholic deal was that the scandal caused a whole lot of other blogs to shut their doors because folks got discouraged. Some more of my fave blogs got shuttered due to that.

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  29. Thanks Lisa for posting about this. I miss all of the blogs that you mentioned and the ones that Roxy Turtle mentioned too. I also miss You, Me and Anthropologie as well. I've been struggling lately to update my blog lately, but I definitely don't want to give it up completely. There may just be less posts than in the past.

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  30. You actually have a very similar list to mine :) Love your floral skirt!

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  31. I'm always afraid I'm going to end up one of these bloggers! Not that I have a following to speak of but I find myself with less & less time to blog. I don't want to it to end up in the blog graveyard! I guess it's most annoying to me when people stop blogging because I want to know WHY. It's not like they owe me an explanation...I'm just so CURIOUS!

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    1. I know what you mean, I'm curious too. I hope you don't go anywhere, I adore your musings and pics!

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  32. Great post! I do miss some blogs - Cuteandlittle.com Been MIA for a year or so and was a favourite read of mine. But I do understand when things come up that they need to prioritise their life with other things :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  33. I miss cute and little and monkey face. It is so sad when a favorite blogger leaves. I love your outfit today by the way.

    Aubree
    Lookfeelbebest.blogspot.com

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  34. THIS SKIRT, I NEED IT IN MY LIFE.

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  35. I'm still around!!! Sort of!!!! I follow Pamela on instagram but I do miss the others you mentioned. I keep thinking I'm going to pick the blog up once more but it's almost like once I post I feel pressure to keep posting and I'm afraid of the "commitment" so I just don't post at all. Does that even make sense? I actually have a few things I'd like to post about so maybe this was the gentle reminder I needed!

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    1. Ahh didn't know you were on Instagram!! What is your ID?

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    2. Shana12 but... It's mostly pics of my kid. I'm slowly entering my way back into dressing myself! With accessories!! And makeup!!!

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    3. I gotta get on Instagram so I can "keep in touch" with folks - hi Spiffy!

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    4. Hi Spiffy! Lisa - YES, get on the Instagram bandwagon:)

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  36. I know blogging does take some serious time and effort! I am sad to see some blogs I used to follow no longer have any posts :( Love your cute outfit, fabulous mix! Love your skirt so much!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  37. that skirt is lovely with your shirt! tying in red with them was genius :)

    ~Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

    $1000 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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  38. I absolutely love how you mixed these prints! You are so good with that! Perfectly styled!

    xo, Kenya

    www.kenyaldesigns.com

    Kenya L Fashion Blog

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  39. haha lisa! most definitely! i wrote a post similar to this subject the end of last year called The Blog Graveyard. it is so sad when a blog ends. i've seen so many end abruptly in just the 3 years that i've been blogging. some dont even last 6 mos. you really become attached to certain ones. fabulous skirt and top! i love the print mixing! looks wonderful! have a great week :D
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  40. For me, it's professionally-trendy.blogspot.com. I love her style but it's been a while since she left. :(

    In any case, I love this outfit - colors, prints, pearls! So mighty tempted with to get the skirt with the promo that The Limited has now. Heh.

    fauxionista.com

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  41. It's kinda sad:/. I mean, I totally understand it. Keeping up with a blog is tough..really tough. No one realizes how much work it is until they are actually doing it. I will miss all of these bloggers. Thanks for sharing this post Lisa! I'm sure they will appreciate it too! You look beautiful! Love those red pumps!

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  42. Ginger Girl is one of my favorite reads-love her style! Please come back Pamela! :)

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  43. Aww this makes me sad!!! But you are right - I've visited a few blogs only to see that "last post" message... it's tough to spend so much time on something that you don't get paid to do... and when life gets busy, unfortunately the blog is probably something that gets shuffled to the back of the line. On a happier note, I LOOOOOOVE this skirt - and the color combo here is just fabulous!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  44. Your skirt is so bright and spring-y, I love it.
    I miss Anjali from goldenmeans...I loved her blog!

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  45. quite honestly I love your outfit
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  46. I miss all all the blogs you mentioned plus goldenmeans, pudding and the post-fab princess (loved her) and adiaphane

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  47. I like what you did there w/ the florals and the plaid girl!

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

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  48. Sara from You, Me, and Anthropologie is the person who inspired me to start blogging, and I really really miss her. Also GingerGirl (nice to see another redhead, she inspired me to try red/orange/pink near my face!) and GoldenMeans. Actually there are a lot of bloggers who have gone since I started blogging and I miss them all! I love hearing/seeing different peoples' lives and perspectives.

    These shoes. I must have them.

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    1. I know this is unrealistic, but I wish some of our long-lost bloggers would come back and give a status report. I know we all don't really "know" each other, but in a way we become part of each other's daily lives.

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    2. I totally agree! Honestly I get such a sense of joy when I see a blog update in my feed. I follow people whose clothes I love but also whose lives I am interested in and who have a fun "voice". Sometimes when I'm bored or having a rough day and need a little break I scroll back through (like today) and see what's going on in the comments and get more of that voice. It's kind of like a TV show or favorite magazine I guess.

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  49. Sad but this is really an great eye opener for all of us.....thanks for sharing the links Lisa. You did a great job at mixing patterns, prints & colors!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  51. You are quite right about some bloggers just completely dropping off the face of the earth. Many without so much as a sign-off. Sometimes I wonder about when and how my blog will end.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I know - I hope that when I'm done with having a blog that I could think of something thoughtful and meaningful to express to everyone. But who knows!

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  52. wow, i love your outfit - especially the skirt! you look gorgeous :) i really enjoy your blog so far. if you like mine too, do you want to follow each other? xo jess
    www.stylizedluxe.blogspot.com

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  53. Hi! Just wandered by your blog and was pulled in by your floral blue and green skirt. The pleats are cute, and florals... well, I love that they're formally a trend this year, as I always love them. :) Fun outfit pairing!

    ~ lauriel
    www.EyeForElegance.com

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  54. I really miss Callandra from Petite Early Morning Style...she hasn't posted since September. Love your blog and get tons of inspiration from you.

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  55. I miss the same ones you do and for pretty much the same reasons, except I didn't know about Where the Lights are Bright. But you know what! I just went over and she's posted today!!

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  56. Oh and I love your outfit, so pretty and cute!

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  57. I have been seeing floral paired with plaid everywhere lately, but I love the red accents you've added here. Well done!

    Nikki
    Fashion Finds on a Dime

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  58. Aw man, so many blogs I liked have been discontinued, or have not been updated in a really long time. What Would a Nerd Wear, Sunday Crossbow, Unusual Form, Dimestore Diamond...the list goes on. I completely understand that life happens and priorities change, but it is still sad.

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  59. Just saw that you can get this skirt at The Limited online right now for 40% off! Enter code LUCKY at checkout. Love it!

    Nikki
    Fashion Finds on a Dime

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  60. This is a great post! There are so many blogs I miss, but I especially always wondered about I Heart You (Paige), Inside the Loop (Courtney) and the Newlywed Project (Betsy). I think Betsy's story had a sad ending, but Courtney popped back up in my Reader recently and I was so happy to hear she moved back to the States and had a little boy.

    Decorno stopped blogging for a looong while, but she's back, and I'm so happy about it.

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  61. You look so, so cute. I miss some of the ones you mentioned. The ones I'm familiar with. Some I haven't heard of. I also miss Patina. I can't recall her blog name, but she was heavy on the J Crew blogger and so great w/their jewelry. It would be nice if some folk just gave a goodbye or gone fishing message so we know they're ok.

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