20 January 2014

Slow and Steady

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So I actually wore this outfit about two weeks ago and it had been sitting half-forgotten in my camera. I'm usually a few days behind between when I've worn something and when it shows up on the blog, but with this outfit, I guess I should be glad it's still cold out.

Back in my earlier style blogging days, it felt like a race sometimes between wearing an outfit and posting it - there used to be a time when I posted outfits on the same day that I wore them. When I think back now, I didn't know what the rush was - blogging is not a competition, so why did I cause myself so much stress for the sake of absolute timeliness? Probably because I kind of thought blogging was a competition way back when. But for my personal piece of mind, thankfully I've dropped that silly idea.

Nowadays, I like to take my time. Plus, I am a pretty slow blogger - between picking out an outfit for the day, putting myself together, taking pics, editing pics and throwing it all into a post with commentary - it could sometimes take days to put a post together. Instead of thinking of myself as sluggardly, I like to opt for the idea that my blog posts are like fine wine, they need time to mature and bloom into their full potential. That's right. Straight face and everything.

If you're a style blogger, how timely are your outfit posts? How long does it take you to put a post together? Am I the only slow one here?

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Blazer: J.Crew hacking (worn here - sim, sim, deal)
Shirt: J.Crew (worn here - sim ivory, sim, studded, deal)
Tee: H&M (worn here - sim, v-neck)
Belt: J.Crew factory (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Necklace: J.Crew coated stone (worn here - sim, sim, simpler)
Rings: F21 square set & fancy beetle (sim)
Jeans: Old Navy distressed boyfriend (worn here - sim, deal)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe (worn here - sim, t-strap, B&W)
Bag: J.Crew (worn here - sim satchel, leather, chain strap)

stripes, plaid, plus

stripes, plaid, plus

67 comments:

  1. If blogging is your full-time job, then maybe it's easy to get posts up daily, but for the rest of us who only blog as a hobby, it takes time. I think you do pretty well, even if you say you're slow. Also, it doesn't matter when the outfit was worn, right? No one will know unless you say. :)

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  2. Girl, then each and every one of my posts must be a 100-point wine, as I just put up my New Year's Eve outfit today! I used to stress about getting outfits up as soon as I wore them, posting 5 days a week, trying to link to each and everything I wore, and now.....meh. If a outfit goes up within the same month I wore it I consider it a banner day.

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    1. I know what you mean - I have a psuedo schedule for myself of posting three times a week and when I can accomplish that, it's a big check for me!

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  3. Seeing as my camera is my phone these days I tend to take them same day and then either post that afternoon or the following day. I do prefer to have a bit of a time lag but a lot of the time it's literally what I wore that day. If I had a decent camera and knew how to edit etc then yes I guess it would take more time but I don't so I just go with it.

    As Rachel said above, no one knows when you wore things so unless it's really seasonally inappropriate, a week or two wouldn't even be noticed!

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    1. My style of editing probably isn't true editing anyways ... I go through the dozen or so pics I've taken and try to pull together the handful that makes me look at my longest and leanest, hehe.

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  4. I'm a slow blogger as well, lol. I appreciate your well thought outfits on your blog posts. It just means you take your time and you're not just showing a look. Oh, love the blazer on top of the red printed shirt :) always fab and classic!

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  5. I'm with you, I used to post my outfits the next day. But now I've gotten into the routine of sitting down and writing all my blog posts for the next week on the weekends. So usually everything is about a week after the fact. I really like this layered outfit, the blazer is beautiful!

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    1. I have enough trouble trying to think of one post to write down in a day, how you write out multi posts in a day is beyond my brain power! ;o)

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  6. My outfits vary about how often they get posted. Normally it's within a 3-4 day range. I have my outfits always picked out but sometimes school gets in the way and so I have to shoot sometimes a day or so after I actually wore it. Or if I am really behind I will wear the outfits like normal and then shoot on the weekends and post the next weekend.

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    1. I probably take more time that most picking an outfit because I'm terrible with preplanning - if I pick out an outfit the night before or something, 99% chance I won't be feeling it in the morning. So mornings can sometimes be painful!

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  7. Like you - before I use to post THE DAY I wore the outfit. Nowadays I am about one or 2 days behind.

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  8. I usually post on the weekends. My blog, although I know other people read it, is mainly for me to keep track of what I wore with what -- sort of a pictorial record of my closet, so I don't feel pressure to post, as I'm not keeping anyone waiting but me. I do love your style, BTW, and have a lot of pins from you!

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    1. My blog has been a good resource for myself - it's like my own personal clothing catalog for days when I'm not feeling very creative!

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  9. My style posts are few and far between, I really only make an effort when we go out which isn't very often - if you could see what I'm wearing now ...oy!

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    1. When I'm home, I'm usually in Ugg boots and stretchy pants!

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  10. Since the majority of my readers are real life people who see me everyday, I do still feel "competitive" in that I must post the outfit I wore that day in that day, if only to keep with the truth. I used to stress over the rush, though, and was about to chuck it all when I stumbled on a solution: plan, photograph, write and post date all in the weekend. My kids are old enough that they want to be left alone and my husband likes his tv or garage tinkering anyway so I have loads of uninterrupted time to create.

    Am loving this outfit, btw. The pattern mix is to die for!

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    1. I'm glad you're finding a schedule that works for you - I remember when you used to stress out about finding time to blog, and this isn't supposed to be a stressful thing!

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  11. I take all my outfit photos on the weekends thanks to work and it getting dark so early. So, the outfits in my posts usually aren't what I've worn that day.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. During winter, I've actually come home sometimes during lunch to take an outfit pic - the light in the mornings and evenings is pretty much non-existent for us working gals!

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  12. I still have pictures in my camera from a while ago. My daughter takes my pictures so I usually have her take pics of 4-5 outfits at one time. When I started blogging this past October, I felt pressure to get posts up daily but that is so, so hard. I am really slow putting together my posts and try to do them after the kids go to bed since I hate to take away from my family. I think taking the time makes the best posts. You can tell you take the care and time in your posts.

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. I always try to stress to others that blog because you want to, when you want to, because this is supposed to be a fun thing. I think I say it too often, but it's also a reminder to myself - hey, I'm doing this because I like it!

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  13. I usually post that day or the day after, but it sort of depends on what is going on. Perhaps this sounds strange, but I feel like I blog in order to remember what I did or wore on a particular day and therefore I like the post to be on or near the exact date. I think it doesn't matter when you post, just so long as you aren't stressing out over the process!

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    1. Agreed! I do enjoy having the personal outfit catalog to look back - it's as close to a diary as I've got, even though it's all outfits and ramblings!

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  14. I can TOTALLY relate. I used to be the exact same way. Now my posts are behind by a couple of weeks sometimes (which was a lot easier to pull off pre-preggo-belly). And I think it is fine! I really do wear the outfits I post all day (usually to work), so I don't feel that they lose any authenticity. And I think the main goal is giving others inspiration and that doesn't need to be same day. I really like the layers and pattern mixing in this outfit!

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  15. This post makes me feel a lot better about my posting schedule! I'm quite slow in putting up outfit pictures (or to even get a picture of an outfit I've worn in the first place). Not to mention I don't post as frequently as I want to. I just try to remind myself that my blog is for fun and I should stress about it.

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    1. Absolutely! Most of us aren't ever going to style blog for a living, so we should do this because we enjoy it.

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  16. LOVe the mix with the plaid! i try to get stuff done ahead of time, pics-wise, but i'm always writing the night before it goes live.

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  17. I used to post on the same day for my outfits but not anymore these days. I still have outfits from early Fall that I haven't posted and just waiting for Fall to come around again. :P I don't think it matters when one posts the outfit so long as it doesn't become a stressful chore! ;)

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  18. I used to feel like a fraud if I wasn't wearing in person the same outfit on my blog, now I'm over that. I'll have my posts for the week, but I'll wear outfits on the day I feel like wearing them. As for creating posts, sometimes I can pump one out quickly, then other times I have nothing to say, do it's sits until I do.

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    1. It's the worst when you want to post, have a cute outfit to show, and then have nothing to write about ...

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  19. I am constantly confused as to how many posts I should post a week, when they go up, should they be more fashion or more cats? At first I thought I should do five a week but then that was too much and I didn't feel that all the posts were good. I am trying to calm down and do 3 posts a week and do more marketing. Aaaackkk!!
    xo, cynthia

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    1. You could also make a little schedule for yourself so it's like a routine - like Marcy Mondays and Fashion Fridays or something like that. Then you could cover both cute cats and style!

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    2. Lisa - you are a genius. I may just do that. And will give you full credit of course. Ah ha! That is why you are the pro! Thank you!
      xo,cynthia

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  20. I've definitely slowed my roll since last year. As you know I post more beauty products, but those take time for editing even more so than outfits. When I do an outfit, it's definitely not the same day (within a week or two). I keep everything within seasons and try to stay up to date. You do a great job Lisa! Love that tartan and tweed. Fabulous stripes.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. I love what you've been doing lately with your reviews, setting up those little vignettes to go with the products - it's so fun!

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  21. Ha! I still have outfits from October I need to get to. I am absolutely never timely. The outfit I wore today could be posted any time in the next two months. It just depends on my mood and the commentary I am thinking for it. I am so random. I just like to post whatever the heck I am feeling at the time. Recipes, outfit, could be anything. I'm too old to worry about timeliness. ; )

    Super cute outfit by the way. That blazer with the plaid. Swoon.

    Jenni

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  22. Pinning this look!

    Regarding photo timeliness, it really depends. Sometimes I'm with it and have posts ready a week out, and other times, I'm trying to get them in the next day. So it probably averages out 3-5 days from when I actually took pics. Oooh, but now that I'm taking photos on the weekend AFTER I wear outfits ... then that average is extended from when I actually wore the outfit. So I have no problems with you taking your time! It's worth it. :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

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  23. You are really looking gorgeous with these elements. I liked the shoes specially. I would like to buy a shoe like this for my wife. Where from can I buy this? Thanks.

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    1. Aw, that's sweet of you, Adam. These shoes are from Zara, they are called the cap-toe court shoe. Unfortunately they are from a few seasons ago so they don't carry them anymore, but I listed some sim styles above, or you could always do a Google Shopping search for "cap-toe pointy pumps" or something like that.

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  24. lol, when I started blogging, every time I bought something new, I would start taking pictures and blogged right away...not so much for competition, but because I was just so excited about sharing the new stuff I got! I also felt I had to do it fast, because my blog was mostly for reviewing items, and wanted to get it out there before the stuff runs out of stock and my review would be outdated! And loving your blazer!

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    1. I tried to do a few reviews way back when but I gave that up quickly for your exact reasons - I never felt fast enough to be timely!

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  25. This is a really great look. I wore something very similar to this in a recent post. I love your layering and the stripes and plaid.

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  26. I don't think it makes a difference when you post. This is not my full time job and if I skip a day or 2 than so be it. I do take an outfit photo almost everyday so I always have "extra" for posts. It just all depends on my mood if they make it onto the blog. I tend to do all my week's post on Sunday night so I have time to visit other blogs on the week nights.

    Love this outfit. I always love how you are so good at layering!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Good idea on the schedule for yourself - I don't think I could make that work though, it's enough trouble for me to think of one blog post to write at a time, much less 2-3!

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  27. You look great!

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com/

    dawn

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  28. I like your layering and print mixing in this look! Such a cute bag too :)

    My first year of blogging, I posted every day, as that's what I wanted to try do. it got a bit tiring though, so I switched to every second day, although I still share my daily outfits. Gives me more time away from blog-land in the evenings :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. I started with wanting to post every single day too ... and more power for those ladies who can make that work, but it got real old real quick for me!

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  29. I love the layering! Just the right amount without going over the top! So cute!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  30. Love the plaid and leopard here! I blog as a hobby so my outfit posts are probably about a week behind. It's whenever I have something decent on and my husband or 4 year old is willing to take a picture!

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    1. I ended up getting a tripod and remote because then it was just easier for me to take some quick pics without having to wait on others. I don't take the most exciting pics, but I figure we're here to see the outfit so who cares what's behind me?

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  31. Girl, you know I love your pattern mixing, so I'll try not to sound like a broken record here. I too am so slow about getting posts together. Outfit posts I can typically whip up in a day or two, but my wanderlust and fashion writing posts take much longer. Telling stories about my outfits comes quickly, but when I want to do quality, descriptive writing, it takes ages. Because I obsess. And have to find just the right word. Another thing that slows me down is photo editing. Moving them from my phone to my computer to crop them and adjust the lighting...life is so hard. I love your "fine wine" analogy." That's simply the perfect excuse!

    <3 Liz

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    1. Yeah, girl, we are "perfecting" out posts, haha.

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  32. This may be the cutest layering ever, I love it!

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  33. such a cute outfit lisa! i love love your blazer. i love the mix w/ the relaxed boyfriend jeans and the more structured preppy blazer super cute!

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  34. Love the layers! My outfit posts are not always timely, but I tell myself time is relative :)

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  35. I can totally relate again with you Lisa. Time was when I get so stressed out with shooting & posting outfits until I realized what the heck..who is rushing me? Unless there are commitments with sponsors, I now take my time & am happier that way. Great layering here btw!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  36. I think you´ve just prefected the preppy look, everything´s so nicely put in here! :) I´m usually a late poster with my outfits, sometimes it´ll take me months to post them depending on the kind of posts I´m making, lol.

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  37. I definitely take ages to post OOTD posts - they are definitely not done on a daily basis :) Great look!

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  38. No problem with being a "slowpoke" ... after all, one of my outfit posts last week was from before Christmas - very obvious because I had on ornament earrings. :) My posting has been erratic since going back to full-time teaching, but I miss interacting with readers, so I am trying to post more often.
    Pretty mix of patterns, and that necklace really caught my eye! :)

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  39. Ohhh I love this look so much, I need to copy that!!! :-)

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  40. It takes a lot of time.. Every post. First I have to think up the outfit (difficult for me), take pictures myself (usually between 50 and 100 as it is not easy to get a nice picture) or have my photograph taken by a friend which takes much more time of course. And then the choosing, the PicMonkey bit and the copy. And indeed the copy has to be refined and refined. As you say mature (and I am not joking). So all in all I say a post cost me between 3 to 6 hours. Which is why I have gone back to once a week.
    Great outfit again.
    Greetje

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  41. I am usually 2-3 weeks behind with Outfit-posting, some times even 4 weeks. That happens too because outfits accumulate and many times I wear more than one Outfit a day. And I rarely have time to post more than once a day, sometime not even that. It takes time like you said. Uploading photos, editing them, writing the post, etc, etc. It is definitely not a competition for me.

    I recently purchased a Similar Blazer and I want to re-create this Outfit very soon. =) Your best one this year, so far (for me). A tie between this and the Green Monochromatic one you wore to NC.

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