//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger// The Finally of The Series

//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger// The Finally of The Series

Well dear readers, I am back again this week to wrap up my April blog series Confessions of a Fashion Blogger [frowny face :( ]. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed brainstorming, writing, and sharing all of these topics with you these past three weeks!!! And lest I forget all of the great comments for each post.I loved hearing feedback from everyone about their struggles, how they related to the post, and how they overcome some of the struggles we all face. 

Like I had mentioned in the posts, this week I will focus on the key points from each post, what I loved most about it, as well as share a few of my favorite comments........so without further ado let's get started!

  • The truth is that there is no differentiation between fashion bloggers and everyone else, we are still just ordinary people. Just because we might always look nice wherever we go; have our hair fixed, makeup done, and wear a smashing ensemble, does not mean that we are "Perfect." We still wake up most days and feel completely unmotivated. 
  • Whenever I am feeling unmotivated, all I have to do is read all of the fabulous and sweet comments from you lovelies each week and I immediately feel motivated to breath, take a break, and come back with a fresh mindset.

"In the end, being a fashion blogger is not always about appearing put together. It is about being transparent for your readers, letting them in, and sharing who you are, your struggles, and what inspires you."
-Me :)

Favorite Comments:

From Emileigh-
I relate. Most of the time when I take outfit photos it has to be because I really like my outfit. There are still days when I have "meh" outfits or Monday outfits (you know, the kind that take fifteen minutes to throw together), and most of those don't make it onto the blog. Or there are days when I am thwarted by weather or lighting!
I've found that starting a post whenever I think of an idea and getting it typed asap, even if it isn't done, helps me a lot later when I'm in a time crunch or drawing a blank. Then I have a bunch of starts that I can just finish out. I also keep a GIANT library of my photos to draw from when I can't get out to take a picture for something.

From Jill-
I definitely struggle with motivation on my blog....I feel like it's all the time!! I usually keep myself motivated by trying to do some sort of monthly series on one of my post days then at least I will always have a general idea of what to write about once a week for an entire month. Many times, while I'm writing those posts an idea will spring into my head for some other sort of post that would fit in to one of the other days of the week!

From Charlotte-
Somedays, my sisters and I just have to take a break when we've scheduled a photo shoot, especially if we just plum don't have the energy to do it. One thing that we have learned from singing is that if you try and force something (like a practice, or a photo shoot), it typically comes out... forced (i.e- not of the greatest quality). Sometimes taking a step back and letting your mind think on other things than blogging has really helped me in the past (and not just with blogging... I do that on most things that I'm stressed about :)

Anyhow, how do I keep motivated? Through lots of rest & sweet comments on the blog, and knowing that our girls' blog is making an impact out there on the web :)

  • I don't always dress up....Some days I want to wear pajamas around the house and comfy regular clothes out and about :o
  • Why do I dress this way or put in the effort to diligently picking what I wear (which is totally out of the ordinary)?......I dress this way because it is ME!
  • So the truth of the matter is this....while some days I might not feel up to picking out an ensemble I choose to take the extra time to look nice because that is what makes me feel confident. Not that I struggle with confidence because I know my confidence and worth is found in Christ, but rather confidence to seize the day as ME and not some other girl! 
  • I want to be the best version of myself every day when I step out the door, so taking the time and effort to put something decent together is totally worth the time!

"People will stare. Make it worth their while."
- Harry Winston

Carpe Diem 
(seize the day)

Favorite Comments:

From Ladyfair-
I wear pajamas a lot lol but that's because I don't work much currently, I'm always at home. I have very few occasions to dress up for. I never wear pajamas outside of the house though, that just irks me. I've seen teens going to school in their pajamas a lot lately. They look like slobs. High school is supposed to be a primer for the workforce or a post-secondary education. I honestly don't understand why these kids are allowed to get away with looking like this (yet they do get yelled at for bra straps showing, so what gives?!). I like to dress up when I'm going out sometimes but it depends on what I'm doing. If I'm running errands I don't even bother with makeup, I just go out in leggings and a tunic sweater. If I'm meeting someone, like the other day when my friend came in from Toronto, I get all decked out. I also do that for dates with my fiance. It's nice to dress up once and awhile and feel special. If I could do it every day that would be cool but it's too high maintenance for me lol. I have a lot of hand wash items and it just gets tedious to do the cleaning if I wear too many of them in one week.

From Samantha-
This post speaks to me on so many levels. Seriously.
Some days I just do not feel like getting dressed up, and other days I ask myself "Why do I even do this?". But much like yourself, I do it for me! I do it so that I'm not just another face on the street. But there isn't anything wrong with yoga pants, a messy bun, and a tshirt on occasion. ;)

From Katie-
I feel like you live inside my brain! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten up on a Saturday morning and put on nicer clothes to go run errands, and my husband, whose daily "uniform" is a hoodie/t-shirt and cargo shorts, looks at me and says "what are you so dressed up for?" I guess I've just always felt the need to present myself as best as I can, and I want my clothes to match my personality - I'm not a lazy slob, so I don't want to dress like one. Although I have to admit, as soon as I get home from work, I have the habit of throwing on a t-shirt and yoga pants to cook dinner and relax for the rest of the night. 

People are just so casual about EVERYTHING now and especially in the way they dress. Don't you think? Most people usually look like they've just rolled out of bed, or just got done working out at the gym - ugh! Back in the day people put such thought & effort into the way they dress. It was (& still is to me) a sign of respect to look put together. My mom told me she remembers her mom wearing housedresses working around home & then would always change into something nicer to run to downtown for anything! There were no people parading around the grocery store in pajamas then! (They probably would've thought you'd escaped from a sanatorium if you did.) I totally get what you're saying about comfy clothes too. Sometimes you just want to wear something comfortable! I would heartily recommend housedresses. They are soooo comfy & still pretty for chores around the house.

  • When it comes to fashion, that is really just a general term used to describe the type of clothes we wear, for everyone wears fashions. However, when we dive deeper into the topic of fashion we find that there is    another word needed when talking about how we dress and who we are…..that word is style
  • When we think about it more, each of us has our own unique style. Through style, we are given the freedom to create and be who we are!
  • There are so many days that I look in my closet and want to grab at my hipster stash or throw on a little something boho, but then I pull back and stick with vintage because that is what I feel confident in!

 “Fashion is general…Style is Individual.”
-Edna Woodman Chase

Favorite Comments:

From Jill-
I think my styles vary between vintage and casual/preppy. I think i generally fall back on the preppy style because my skirts and dresses have a more vintage feel and I usually just get up and put on a pair of jeans first thing.

From Brigid-
I definitely am more than one style personality. As much as I love authentic vintage, on a day to day basis most of the time I wear pretty modern stuff, though my absolute favorite outfits involve 1/2 circle skirts and t-shirts. So, you could say I am a mix of modern and vintage. :)

  •  The statement "I have nothing to wear" is literally not true, but figuratively it applies to our life every time we look at our closet blankly and seem to see empty hangers.
  • Yes I am a fashion blogger, yes I love fashion, yes I have tons of clothes, but sometimes I feel like I plum just don't have anything to wear.
  • The fact is that we always have something to wear, weather we see it or not. When we feel creatively blocked we just need to take a step back, breath, reassess the situation, and go with something simple. 

Over thinking an ensemble just makes us feel even more blocked so on days when you are feeling creatively uninspired choose something simple and make it easy on those days.

Favorite Comments:

From Natasha-
I'm not to the point where I can look in my closet and pull something out, I'm not sure anyone is! Some people have insisted it's because of your colors (color me beautiful, specifically) I'm finding this to be true. But I also think it has a good deal to do with my having too many stand alone pieces. They only go with one thing, that doesn't work well. 
I'm working to weed out those items I just don't like anymore, don't fit (I lost 30lbs over the course of last year), I just don't like anymore, etc. I find that putting my goodwill bag in my room and leaving it full for about two weeks works well, that way if I regret putting something in, I'll pull it out. But if it sits there for two weeks-byebye!

My stars, what an incredible wardrobe and closet you have. My own closet is, I kid you not, slightly bigger than a matchbox, and while I do store some items, like hats and gloves elsewhere, it means I have to be ruthless with what I keep and what I bring in. Like everyone, I do have those "nothing to wear" days though, but find that one way to help counterbalance them is to set aside a day every now and then and play dress up in my own closet. Planning out new outfits for the future that I'll have ready to go (photos help there big time) at a moment's notice. This way old favourites can meet new acquisitions, less frequently sported pieces can see the light of day, and anything that's ready to get the boot can do just that.

From Paige-
This post is so fun! Not only do you have a beautifully decorated closet/room, but I related with this so much! I too have had the closet dilemma. And yes, I probably have too many clothes. On days like that I usually go with a simple go-to look like my chambray dress or something. :)

Well all of you lovely readers, that is the Finally of the April series! I hope you enjoyed the post each week? I know I enjoyed writing them and hearing from each of you.:)

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//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger// I Have Nothing To Wear....a Peek Inside My Closet

//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger// I Have Nothing To Wear....a Peek Inside My Closet

Hello all of you lovely readers, I hope your week has been splendid so far! Well, this week is the next to the last week of my April blog series Confessions of a Fashion Blogger and I have so loved writing these posts each week and I hope you wonderful people have enjoyed them!
This week I decided to talk about the struggle I face when I "just don't have anything to wear!"
I know everyone of you has struggled with this dilemma...we might be packing for a trip and totally not have enough room for what we want to pack, but then when we try to get dressed in the morning our closet becomes completely empty and we think that we have nothing to wear!

I thought that today instead of sharing an outfit I would take you on a little tour of my closet...well, really my room :) You see, up until about four years ago my sister and I shared a room and a closet (I seriously don't know how that worked). However, four years ago I got a room in the garage. Yes, the garage. We added two walls in our garage and made a doorway through the laundry room (it is kind of a secret entrance). Anyways, my room isn't the biggest, it is fairly long but narrow so pretty much every inch of space is used and because of that my room is basically my closet but that is pretty great!

Before I go into the whole dilemma about not having anything to wear (which is clearly not true) lets take a quick tour of my closet:)

So in my room I have one double rack instillation and two racks that I have bought (as I have needed more space over the years). The above picture is a snapshot of some the dresses on my dress rack (which just might be sagging from the weight). My dresses are mostly organized by season/color and as you can see are a wide variety of homemade, vintage, and thrifted. 

These are all of my skirts. All a mixture of winter, fall, spring, and summer. 

Here are my sweaters. They are usually organized by color, but I have gotten a bit lazy when hanging them back up. 

Oh, and this is my blogger hat wall:) Yes, most bloggers have that stereotypical wall on which they hang hats, purses, or clothing...that is just who we are.

This is an inspiration board I have had for awhile...really it just makes me happy :)

Oh, and what is my closet with out my fabulous retro styled Captain America poster. Yes, I am a geek!

Okay, but enough with giving you a peek into my closet, lets talk about the struggles of not having anything to wear shall we! First off, that statement "I have nothing to wear" is literally not true, but figuratively it applies to our life every time we look at our closet blankly and seem to see empty hangers. Now, my mom would protest that I have to much clothes and need to get rid of some (which is partially true) but I love fashion and I love vintage so my closet is like my collection. I am sure that is the same for you? However, that is not to say that out of all the wazoo of clothes I posses there are still so many times that I look at my closet and cannot feasibly find anything to wear (or anything that looks good or appeals to me) and of course many times when this happens I think "Oh my gosh, I need to go shopping." 

However, that is the truth of the matter. Yes I am a fashion blogger, yes I love fashion, yes I have tons of clothes, but sometimes I feel like I plum just don't have anything to wear. Maybe I can picture you right now nodding your head in agreement saying "That is so right," or maybe you have never found yourself in this dilemma (if not, trust me a day will come). 

Sitting here writing this post is really making me think about how I handle these day and honestly I don't even know what I do! I think that most days my room ends up appearing to have had a tornado sweep through as I decided to try on half my wardrobe? There is a huge possibility that I go through multiple ensembles before settling on something I feel is slightly decent. However, while at college I have about 1/4th of my closet with me so I would say getting dressed each day is strangely both easier and more challenging. I have seriously had to learn and live off of 5 skirts, 3 dresses, 3 pants, multiple tops both solid and printed, and sweaters/cardigans (but that has been good).  
The fact is that we always have something to wear, weather we see it or not. When we feel creatively blocked we just need to take a step back, breath, reassess the situation, and go with something simple. 
Over thinking an ensemble just makes us feel blocked so make it easy on those days. 

Well, that is about all I have to say on the issue today, however I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Remember to check in next week for the final post of the series where I will give a recap on the series as well as share some of my favorite comments along the way :)

Have you ever felt blocked when you looked at your closet?

Do you have to many clothes?

What is your strategy when you don't have anything to wear?

Century Traveling, Dream Cars, and Tap Dance

Century Traveling, Dream Cars, and Tap Dance

How are all you lovely readers! This week you will be getting an extra post just like last week because this weekend was wonderful:) 
For those of you who follow me on Instagram you would have probably seen a few posts over the last couple of weeks talking about learning a tap dance. This Friday was the performance and boy was it such a wonderful experience and fun evening! 

Dress: Minnie's Menagerie (1940's sailor dress)
Shoes: Hand Me Downs (Grandma)

Pardon my stage makeup :)

I was contacted over a month ago and asked if I would be interested in performing a dance to the Andrews Sisters hit song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" during a style show for a vintage car club at their 62nd Annual Texas Tour. Of course I had to say yes, how could I not!!! The organization is a vintage car club (for people who have vintage cars of course) and each year they travel all over the state (in their fabulous cars) on "Texas Tours".... visiting country homes, antique shopping, and getting exclusive axcess to some pretty amazing car collections. I seriously want to own an old car right now just so I can travel with them:) However, while I do not own a vintage car (yet..hehe) I did find some dream cars!!

Um, a pink Cadillac..."YES PLEASE!!!" (supposedly it was actually peach, but I cannot tell the difference) This has definitely always been my dream car!! 

Oh, and Elvise was in the back seat:)

This car was pretty great too. I especially loved the back tail lights and the dainty little fins so prominent on old cars from the 1950's:)

I was so honored to be a part of this event! To be surrounded by so many people seeking to keep history and the old days alive and running with their wonderful cars is definitely something to smile about. Like I stated above, my tap dance was part of the style show, which was pretty much a fashion show going from the early 1900's to 1980's. There were so many amazing dresses to inspire me, many of which were originals!! My two favorites were an original 1920's black lace and ruffle flapper dress and an original 1930's sunflower yellow cut on the bias evening gown (so spectacular). 

My tap dance came during the 1940's portion of the style show and boy did I feel like I had truly entered the 1940's, especially when I look at the picture above:) In the 1940's section of the show we also had a young many dressed in his grandfathers Navy uniform, a Peratruper, and wonderful 98 year old lady dressed as Rosie the Riviter (seriously the cutes Rosie EVER). 
I am so glad I was able to participate in this event and hopefully I will be a part of more in the future:)

Do you have a dream vintage car?

Have you ever tap danced?

//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger//Who Am I Really?

//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger//Who Am I Really?

 Happy Thursday lovely readers! As always today is the day for my weekly (usually) post, and this week we have reached the third topic of the April series!
I have thoroughly enjoyed sitting down to write this series every week and talk about what I go through every day when it comes to fashion and my style, as well as my confessions of being the fashion blogger that I am. It has blown me away the response I have received these last few weeks from the posts and I have so very much enjoyed reading your comments!!!:)
This week we will be tackling the topic of “Who Am I Really?”

When it comes to fashion, that is really just a general term used to describe the type of clothes we wear, for everyone wears fashions. However, when we dive deeper into the topic of fashion we find that there is    another word needed when talking about how we dress and who we are…..that word is style

As once stated by Edna Woodman Chase:

 “Fashion is general…Style is Individual.”

Have you ever noticed people on the street, in the store, or people you know, and think “why do they dress like that?” That is called style, a fashion or use of fashion that is unique to an individual. When we think about it more, each of us has our own unique style. Through style, we are given the freedom to create and be who we are!
Now, when it comes to style there are definitely different types and one can almost think of those as our “fashion personality.” Clothes have the power to speak volumes and each day we choose to wear something that shows who we are. 

For you ease and interest I have provided a list of different fashion personalities:
The Classic Girl-
You consider “trend” a dirty word. You love a crisp white shirt, and well-cut trench, and wonderfully tailored shift dress in midnight black.
The Bohemian Babe-
You gravitate toward fabrics that have fluidity and ease and hate anything too tailored.
The Trend-Driven Diva-
You love being current with the latest trends and styles. Your friends come to you to ask what’s in this season.
The Posh Princess-
Your style is very pulled together and chic. You’re a fan of structured silhouettes and outfits that have a precise theme.
The Color-Is-My-Middle-Name Cutie-
You’re not afraid to tango with tangerine or salsa with saffron. A love for color ignites your mood. You light up the darkest rooms.
The Noir-Is-The-New-Black Betty-
Never mind what the magazines do or don’t say black is the new black in your book. It’s your go-to hue no matter the season or the state.
The Feminine Frilly-
You embrace your girly side with sweet details like lace, ruffles, and bows. The color pink reigns supreme.
The Vintage Time-
You love making a piece from another era look modern or keeping it just the way it is; preferring one-of-a-kind vintage items to off-the-rack ready-to-wear.
The Sporty Spice-
Sneakers and cargo pants are your idea of wardrobe staples. You look for plenty of flexibility and room for movement in your clothes.
Hip to Be Squaredster -
Sneakers and oversized flannels and sweaters are what you live for. You enjoy throwing on something comfy and out of the norm, most often donning nerdy glasses and sneakers .

(From the book Never Pay Retail Again by Daisy Lewellyn)

You might be looking at this list and think to yourself “Um, none of these are really me?” and that is quite okay! Like I said, style is personal and there are no borders in which we are confined, we can be torn from more than one type of cloth...that is the beauty of style.

Thus, is where we get to the question of who I really am!

I will be the first to admit that I am a girl of many fashion personalities (probably 5….or more) but there are three that I live with most frequently: Vintage, Boho, and Hipster. Now, this might come as a slight surprise to some of you as most everything I post on the blog is Vintage. However, I have a deep affinity for the free spirited, flower wreath wearing boho style and the geeky hobo hipster. Now, while I do wear vintage most often, there are many days where my vintage has a pop of boho or hipster in the mix!

Nonetheless, if I am going to talk about this topic I have to draw on things I have said in recent posts. Like I have stated before, I dress the way I do because it makes me feel comfortable and I always want to be the best version of myself. Therefore, when addressing this topic today, I can confess that hipster is the style I wear less frequently due to its casual vibe, so this is most often my go to on busy days or for throwing something on quickly. I am kind of a geeky girl (and a fangirl too) so this is probably why I love hipster style as an excuse to wear my favorite super hero tshirts and sport my glasses (which are fake…hehe). Plus, it is very relaxed and can also frequently carry a vintage vibe through high waisted pants. But enough with the style in which many people pay a fortune to dress like a hobo (seriously they do!). Oh, and I love sneakers!!

Next we have Boho. While I still do not dress in this style frequently, if I were to dress any other way than Vintage on a daily basis it would be Boho! (One of my best friend has a total Boho style and rocks it all the time) I find that this style however, can be implemented with vintage very easily, though this method usually calls for spring and summer weatherJ Through wearing fun floral vintage dresses and light colors it is very simple to add a flower wreath or hippie headband to an ensemble while keeping it a mix of both vintage /boho. Most likely this style will occupy my wardrobe in the coming months.

Now, why do I take the time to write about this today? Because I am constantly asking myself “Who Am I Really (style wise)?” (and I know I am not the only one). There are so many days that I look in my closet and want to grab at my hipster stash or throw on a little something boho, but then I pull back and stick with vintage. Why? Quite honestly I don’t have a fully concise answer. Maybe it is truly because I am a mix of soooo many different types of fashion personalities (well that is definitely the reason why I struggle with questioning who I really am). However, why do I always fall back on vintage 85% of the time? I honestly think it all goes back to the fact of what I feel confident in! I am confident in dressing up, most all the time and looking COMPLETELY different. I always have and always will be an old fashioned girl, it is a part of me, I guess, and might just effect my style on a day to day basis. This is not to say that some days I go off the grid of norm for me and wear something in a different style personality but I always go back to vintage at the end of the day. Therefore to answer the question of “Who Am I Really?” I must confess that I am a lot of things…..but mostly vintageJ.

I know that you are probably more than one style personality as well so embrace your freedom to wear what you love and what you are confident in!! Style is personal and individual take the freedom it gives and create!

Until next weekJ

Are you more than one style personality

What style do you always fall back on ?

If you could be another style personality which would it be?

Spring Formal & Cinderella Dresses

Spring Formal & Cinderella Dresses

 Happy Tuesday lovely readers!! Today you are in for the treat of this extra post before my weekly Thursday post:) Yay!!
I couldn't resist sharing some of the pictures from this weekends Spring Formal that I attended with two of my best friends (pictures above.....aren't they stunning) who are graduating this year. The Spring Formal put on every year is hosted by a local homeschool group and is practically like our Prom (though we don't really treat it as such). Now, I must admit that I am not a big fan of dances such as these, where there is loud music and people jumping up and down all night long (not really me), however, we girls honestly just love the idea of dressing up and glaming out! 

Dress: Vintage (Thrifted)

Before even attending the spring formal this past weekend I had planned on posting about it on the blog today and of course when one of your sisters friends asks you if you will be writing about it on your blog than you really have to do it !!:):) 
Now, like I said, practically the only reason I like the idea of these types of dances is for the excuse to dress up (who doesn't), so naturally I chose to wear vintage....why would't I !!! Originally I was planning on wearing a gorgious gray/blue princess style full skirted 60's prom dress, but alas I did not have the time to alter and redesign it before the dance (it was going to be amazing!) so I had to fall back on this dress, which really is a fave of mine:) I have always loved lace and this style of dress, so of course this gown is one of my favorites!! The lace on the bodice is made of miniature bows and flowers and the beautiful Cinderella blue makes me feel like a princess! 

The first time I wore this dress I did not wear a petticoat underneath, but this time I wanted a little something extra, so on with the petticoat I went and my, oh, my was it wonderful! I started twirling and my skirt looked like the transformation scene in Cinderella....it was soooooo magical......ah, I loved it!!!

I bought this dress over a year ago at a local thrift store. I actually had been keeping my eye on it and finally bought it when the price was right (I think I only spent like $15 on the dress) so this was definitely my greatest vintage find so far!! 

Okay, so enough with talking about the dress and a little with talking about the events of this past Friday! As all of you ladies know, girls like to get ready together so naturally we met at Libby's house for makeovers and hair (on the left). I am the designated hair stylist (I think I have now been recruited to do the hair of all my friends when they get married) and Asten (another one of our best friends) is in charge of doing makeup. As always it was so much fun to get ready together and we had such a fun night singing and dancing (yes, surprisingly as opposed as I am to it we danced all night long). Then when it was all over the girls came over to my house and to have a sleepover where we ate ice cream, stayed up way to late, and fell asleep while watching a movie, but had so much fun!
Please excuse the bad quality, I took these with a phone:)

Libby, Me, Mori

I am beyond thankful for the amazing friends God has blessed me with!!! They are such an encouragement to me and joy to be around, not to mention that they are the most beautiful women (both inside and out). 
Thanks Libby, Mori, and Asten for being the bestest friends I could wish for!!!