Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Like A Self Portrait (See Jane Wear)

Zara dress, Steve Madden heels (also here), Chanel bag
I love Self Portrait dresses.  Someday I'll own one (hey, they're expensive!).  In the meantime, I'll look for the next best thing...and it turns out, they're everywhere!  Ah, the intricate lace.  The midi length.  They really are the perfect dress.

Check them out: HERE (navy), HERE (black), HERE (red), HERE (white), and HERE (yellow).

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Distress (See Jane Wear)

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ASOS coat, Zara sweater (similar here + here), rag & bone jeans (and here), Steve Madden heels, Saint Laurent bag

I really appreciate all the insightful comments on my blogging post last week.  I hope you all don't think I'm a bitter old cynic.  I mean, I am, but I just wanted to get a conversation going about the elephant in the room.  It's no secret that affiliate links and market saturation have changed blogging and really turned it into a cash cow business, but even with the monumental changed over the past couple years, I'm still optimistic; and don't worry, I'm much too invested to walk away from this blog right now.  It's my live journal, after all.  Plus, if I wasn't blogging about my favorite pastime, fashion, I'd probably be blogging about my second favorite pastime: Lifetime Movie Network.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Decline of Blogging (See Jane Ponder)

It's not so much that blogging is dead but that other avenues are much more accessible.  Maybe it's the fact that our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter; we only have time to catch up on someone's life if it's via a casual scroll or swipe.  Long captions?  Forget it.  I need a pun or quick sound byte--and it'd better be way less than 180 characters (no wonder kids today can't be bothered texting full words...c u 2nite?).  I felt like blogs brought the written word into the digital age and now, they're dying a slow death.  If we're truly seeing the demise of the blog, well, we had a good run, didn't we?!

Alright.  So, what happened to blogging?  I've been in this game for six years now; wow, it scares me to type that out.  In some ways, it's fun to watch my journey.  In other ways, it's scary to think that blogging is somewhat defunct now.  Snapchat and instagram are king and queen of the prom, but will the way of the online journal ever reemerge?  When I started this blog, it felt like a small community.  It seemed as if everyone knew each other and was rooting for each other.  Link ups, comments, and #FF.  Everyone caught up on blogs over their morning coffee, just wanting to be feel inspired.  Now, it's a race to create your own brand--a unique identity on a mobile platform.  With millions and millions of people constantly getting thrown information, it's a race to stay relevant.  I'm shocked at the amount of people I follow on instagram that have thousands of followers; hell, I'm surprised that I have thousands of followers.  We've turned into purveyors of information and goods.  Everyone's got a price and everyone's selling something.  And hey, I'm just as guilty.

I've said it before but I'll say it again: I don't know if I'll ever blog full-time.  I actually look at my blog as a resume addendum of sorts.  Plus, I think I missed that boat.  If I went and built a real and tangible brand, I should've done it a couple years ago and struck while the iron was hot.  For now, I question my own future of blogging.  Not because I don't love it--trust me, if i didn't love blogging, I wouldn't do it.  But moreso, what's in store for this platform?  Will it continue to fade out and die a slow death like Xanga and LiveJournal (RIP)?  Will we laugh at our personal blogs much like today's teens laugh at our MySpace accounts?  Man, the internet is a weird place--and it also never forgets, so remember that what we put out into cyberspace now will come back to haunt us now.  Perhaps when my grandchildren read this, they'll laugh about the olden days.  But, I'll probably still be alive trying to instagram them for all my old-school blogging friends.

So what say you--is it over?  Any hope left for blogs?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Embrace Culottes (See Jane Wear)

Vince jacket (shop Vince leather jackets HERE), Zara sweater, 1.State culottes (similarshop culottes HERE),
Steve Madden heels (shop Steve Madden HERE),
Celine sunglasses, Saint Laurent bag 
I really endorse the culotte pant.  I think women shy away from them because they fear they're unflattering but I want more people to embrace them!  Women of all shapes and sizes have come to realize they can look great in a midi-length skirt, so why not culottes?  It all depends on where its your lower leg and honestly, they're so comfortable and chic.  I was all about the culottes last year and I don't see myself shying away anytime soon.  Do me a favor and embrace the culotte...please?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sleeveless Trench (See Jane Wear)

Shakuhachi trench, rag & bone jeans (shop RB jeans HERE), Zara heels, Madewell oxford,
Illesteva sunglasses (shop Illesteva HERE), Saint Laurent bag

Third pieces (a lightweight jacket, if you will) can really make an outfit.  It's a great way to play with layering and make outfits your own.  Third pieces add dimension and a certain je ne se quoit; you just look pulled together--there's a reason why everyone looks so chic in a Chanel jacket!  Now, if only I had one of those in my collection...someday.

Other sleeveless trench options: here, here, and here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Walk This Way (See Jane Walk)

Every blogger has a signature pose.  I like to show my outfits in motion.  Movement, looking away, walking--it's like I have my own personal wind machine!  Or maybe it's because sometimes I feel awkward just standing there, posing for blog photos.   Yeah, probably the latter.

If you're a blogger: what's your signature pose?

top photo outfit details
outfit 1Penfield shirt (old but similar and plaid shirts HERE), ASOS coat (shop camel coats HERE), Frame jeans (shop Frame HERE), Manolo Blahnik heels, Saint Laurent sunglasses + bag
outfit 2: Vince leather skirt ( less expensive version here), American Rag sweater (old but similar), 
ASOS coat (old but similar), TopShop boots, Chanel bagoutfit 3:  Dolce Vita dress (old but similar), Veda jacketM Gemi bootiesSaint Laurent bag

bottom photo details
outfit 1: Zara coat (similar here), Gap sweater, Zara shoes (similar),
 rag & bone jeans (shop light, skinny jeans HERE), Chanel bag, Illesteva sunglasses (shop all Illesteva HERE)outfit 2: Zara jeans (old but similar + here), rag & bone sweater (old but similar + here), Manolo Blahnik heels, ASOS coat (similar here + here), Saint Laurent sunglasses
outfit 3: Cuyana coat (℅), ALC turtleneck (less expensive version here), Frame jeans, Aquazzura heels (similar), Saint Laurent bag

Monday, March 7, 2016

Short + Sweet (See Jane Wear)

Suncoo dress (shop Suncoo here + similar), Zara leather jacket (shop leather jackets here + old but similar),
Saint Laurent boots, Chanel bag
Weekends generally leave me feeling relaxed, refreshed, and missing my family.  This past weekend, I dealt with my first scary toddler fever and I now I have a case of cabin fever.  My poor little guy was running fevers all weekend--and let me tell you, nothing is worse than a sick baby..especially a toddler who can't fully pinpoint what's wrong.  Although it's been taxing and he's still sick, it makes you grateful for the fact that he's still pretty healthy and that the illness will pass (well, I hope so!).  Eric just got over a nasty case of bronchitis and suffice to say, I'm officially over winter.  I need some fresh air, dammit!

*photos by Iron + Honey

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Spring Break..? (See Jane Off)

sandals (no explanation required)

dress (a cool-mom kaftan)
jean jacket (for cool desert nights)
sunglasses (because you need to lighten up on spring break)
bag (carrying baby stuff)
swim (the mesh says, 'I'm ready to party' but the one-piece says, 'not too hard, though')
tunic (pants optional)
tee (anywhere but Chicago)
shorts (I wore the dress version here!)

What is "adult spring break,' you ask?  Going somewhere warm.  For half a week.  With a child.  Close enough but not too far that you regret flying with said child.  Going to bed at 8:30 (an hour after the child goes to bed).  Waking up at 6:30.  Ordering room service.  Maybe catching a TV movie.

I'm pretty excited!  I'm headed to Scottsdale at the end of the month with Eric and Harry and I've actually never been; it's one of those places I think I've visited but haven't.  An recommendations?  Let me know!

Also, Shopbop's spring sale is underway!  I'll share more favorites on instagram, but I'm personally adding the following to my cart:

Will buying spring clothes make warm weather come faster?  Probably not but it makes me feel better.