Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Bit of A Change

Hey guys! Its been a while. Why? I'll get straight to the point. I've been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks about what direction I want this blog to go in. After lots of back-and-forth, I've decided not to keep up with my weekly outfit posts for the time being.

When I started this blog, I intended it to be a place where I could journal my daily outfits (hence the word "diary" in my blog's title), share shopping habits, wish lists, etc. Back then, I was using my cell phone to take pictures, and what I put on the blog was literally something I had worn in the past week. After a while, I wanted to start taking posed pictures outside to make my blog look a little less amateur. My photo shoots went from taking minutes a day to hours on the weekends, taking time away from relaxing and all the other glorious things weekends are for. If I could find a way to take quality photos of what I'm wearing on a daily basis, it would make things a lot easier. The problem is that 1) I live by myself; and 2) I am not about to go out with a tripod and take them myself. Lol.

I also have to mention-- I don't think its any secret that the amount of clothes I bought increased dramatically after I started blogging. I started buying things that I thought would make great blog outfits, but they weren't really practical in my daily life. I wore outfits on this blog that I never wore in real life, although I meant to. Want to see some? I think it's kind of funny to be honest, so I'll share.

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In the spirit of the new year and keeping up with my shopping budget, I spent the weekend cleaning out my closet. I saved the best for Poshmark, so if you're interested, check out my closet here. I have a few bag-fulls for Plato's Closet, and I donated the rest. It feels really nice to get rid of so much at once.

So for now, I won't be posting regular outfits. I think it will be a lot easier to stick to my shopping budget without the pressure of posting four outfits per week. I want to get back to a point where I am wearing everything in my closet, and not buying things that I'll never wear beyond this little space online.

I am still fashion obsessed. I am still going to shop. And I still want to share my passion. If you would like to continue following along, I'll be popping in about once a week to share new wish lists, fashion inspiration, and the occasional outfit. Otherwise, you can see what I'll be wearing on Instagram. I try to post OOTDs most days. And to see what my current cravings and inspirations are, follow me on Pinterest.

14 comments:

  1. We're thankful for the time you've put in to help others work on their style.......love your honest and responsible approach.........a great example!

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  2. Make this blog whatever you want it to be- this could be quite the interesting experiment for your blog: how to go from daily outfit blogging to a different genre. Exciting! I'm here for you, doll- can't wait to see what you come up with!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  3. I totally know what you mean Katie. That's exactly what happened to me. I started buying clothes that I saw other people wearing and some of it is practical but others aren't. Good for you. I know that I'm going to focus more of my blog on clothes that I already own and focus also on motherhood topics and every day life topics. Stay in touch Katie.

    Agi:)

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  4. Faith Ansah BaylissJanuary 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I think that you are someone to be admired for being so honest and coming up with a way that will make things better not only on your wallet but on your time. I look forward to continuing to follow along. You are a great example to many fashion bloggers.

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  5. I'm sad to hear that you'll be posting less outfits, but completely understand the need for change! Of course, I'll still be sticking around, because duh.

    An idea: this blog has very random posting times, and the photos are iphone pics, but still great quality and something that a lot of people enjoy http://hello-gorgeous-blog.blogspot.de/

    Also, if you ever change your mind about tripod photography (I don't think it's bad at all?!), Merrick recently did a round-up of her best tips for that: http://www.merricksart.com/2014/01/everything-ive-learned-about-being-my.html

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  6. Thanks so much for these links, Johanna! I do follow Hello Gorgeous and I like that she uses iPhone photos. I'm just hesistant to go back to that since I've been posting DSLR photos recently and love the quality that I get with my camera. And I hadn't seen that post on Merricks Art but that is awesome. I'll definitely give it a read! I am going to miss outfit posts for sure, and as soon as I can find a way to get pictures up and save myself time, I'm sure I'll be right back at it :)

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  7. Thanks so much for your kind words, Chris!

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  8. I love your honesty in this post and making me think about the practicality of outfits!
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    RR xx

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  9. You have a great blog, but your new approach makes great sense. Good luck to you in your new direction.


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  10. Thanks for your words of encouragement, Rebecca!

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  11. Thanks so much Lindsay! I appreciate that :)

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  12. Thank you so much, Carylee! You are so sweet :)

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  13. I admire your honest and know exactly how you feel. My posts have always been here and there because it's difficult to find the time and help with photos. And don't even get me started on the new outfits. Believe me, I love shopping more than most people I know, but I too noticed my closet getting a little stuffed. Thanks for the encouragement to take my blog in the direction I'd like it to go, which is similar to yours. Good for you! I'll be following along.
    -April

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  14. Thanks April! I love connecting with others in a similar situation. Blogging is fun, but I want it to stay just a fun hobby, and not something that keeps taking more and more of my free time!

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Thanks for your sweet comments!