FBFF: Jumping on the Bandwagon

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It feels good to be doing another FBFF post!  I haven’t been active for a little while, but now I’m jumping back in :)  This week, we’re talking about “fads, trends, and our desire to be part of the ‘in’ crowd.”

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1. Do you ever see a fad hit the stores and immediately dislike it? Has that fad ever began to grow on you? There have been a few fads that I immediately disliked when they hit the stores.  The first one that comes to mind is gaucho pants.  If you think back a few years ago, those were all the rage (at least in my circles)!  However, even when everyone around me was wearing them and they were all over the stores, I knew they were not for me.  I just didn’t think they were figure-flattering, so I definitely passed on that trend.  Another, more recent trend that I didn’t like at first was wide-leg pants.  It just seemed like if they weren’t styled just so, you could look really retro (not in a good way) or a little bit ridiculous.  Then, I saw so many bloggers wearing wide-leg pants and totally rocking the look, which has changed my opinion.  Now I know they can look oh-so chic and glamorous when done correctly (see below for examples)!



2. Has the popularity of a certain piece of clothing or line ever convinced you to try on something (or purchase something) you dislike? There have been times when I have seen clothes from a certain line on sale and I feel like I have to take advantage of the opportunity and snag them since they are such a great price.  Then I try to take a step back and really decide if I like the item itself or if I just like the name it’s attached to.  I want my closet to be full of clothes I really love, not just full of fancy labels.

3. Have you ever changed your mind about a trend after seeing it around for a while?  Oh yes, definitely!  There have been trends that I really liked when they first came out, but got sick of when I saw them all over the blogosphere.  It’s like when a really great song first comes out and you love it and you think it’s the best song ever, but then you start to hear it all over the place and on every radio station you tune into, and suddenly you can’t stand it!  It’s not that I don’t like the trend anymore, I just get tired of having it shoved in my face all the time.

4. Do you feel a certain pressure to have specific items in your closet because ‘everyone’ else does?  Yep, yep, I’ve felt that pressure since I was a kid.  Growing up in a family of 4 kids, we didn’t always have a ton of money to spend on clothes, which was hard to deal with when you felt like you were the only one at school that didn’t have a certain item.  However, my parents always taught me to be content with what I have and I appreciate that lesson more and more as I grow older.  I think there’s still pressure to own certain items, especially when you’re a blogger, but I have to consider which of these items I actually like and can realistically afford.

5. Be honest, what do you think of the Missoni line? Did you grab any items? Is it worth the eBay prices?  I had mixed feelings about the line.  I didn’t love all of the clothing pieces that were part of the collection.  However, I did think many of the accessories and home goods were really cute, so I had a blogger friend (thanks Ashley!) pick up one of the silk scarves for me.  I really love the pattern and think it was a pretty good deal at $20 bucks!  I definitely do not think they are worth the eBay prices- I think that whole thing is a bit crazy.  I say wait until the hype dies down a bit, then maybe the prices won’t be so bad, or just wait until the next awesome Target/Designer Collaboration (Jason Wu!!)

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)

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FBFF: Location, Location, Location

This week, the FBFF questions are all about locational influences- how your location does or does not influence the way you dress.  This has come up once before in this post and I’m excited to tackle these questions!

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1. What part of the world do you blog from? (feel free to be as specific or as vague as you are comfortable with.) Well, as you may or may not know, I moved to NYC in mid-June, so I’m currently blogging from here.  I first started my blog when I was still in college in Connecticut, so I blogged from there too [shout-out to my CT bloggers! :D]

2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live what would you say?  Well, there’s the cliche saying that, “New Yorkers only wear black,” which may very well be true!  However, what I’ve noticed is that there is such a range!  The other day, I saw this girl in what looked like a harajuku girl costume, which definitely stood out among all the other people who were more conventionally dressed.  Another thing that totally makes a difference is neighborhood.  In the area where I’m living now, people might be rockin’ a boho vibe, while up on 42nd Street near Grand Central, it’s all about the suits or business casual attire.

3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the mold? I feel like it would be hard to break the mold in New York, but I think right now I’m probably somewhere in the middle.  Not way out there nor super avant-garde.

4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world did your clothing choices evolve? As I mentioned in the post I linked to earlier, my clothing choices definitely change when I go back to my hometown.  I feel like people are less experimental there, so I used to, in some ways, rein in what I wore.  I’d even had people comment on my “East Coast style.”  Also, sometimes when I was going into NYC from Connecticut, I felt pressure to spruce up my outfits- I was going to New York after all!  Then I decided that I shouldn’t have to limit what I wear based on my location (other than practical concerns, of course) and that I should wear whatever I want to wear, wherever I am!

5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what would you be?  Oh wow, this is so hard- I always have major problems when someone asks me to describe my style!  How about this game?  I’ll name some words that I think fit my style and you tell me what city makes sense! Girly, Casual Chic, Cardigan-Lover, Wears a lot of black (clearly I’m not good at this, haha!)

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)  Fashion Beauty Friend Friday was created by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. Become a member at the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group to join in the discussion!

Also, I just wanted to thank you guys for your supportive comments on Wednesday’s post!  I was so nervous about posting, but you guys drove all the nerves away :)  Also, as far as the etsy shop, I think I’m going to go for it- so keep checking back here for updates! :D

FBFF: Labels

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Katy Rose of Modly Chic wrote a really interesting post about labels a few days ago, which was the jump-off point for this week’s FBFF questions.

1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category? This has always been a struggle for me, from the moment I decided I wanted to start a blog.  For a little while, I thought if I wanted to blog about fashion, I had to post outfits daily with nice big pictures and very little text.  However, the problem with this is that I thought I only needed a few pictures and I want to write more.  Those who know me IRL would say I don’t talk a lot, but for some reason, when it comes to blogging I want to a couple of paragraphs or so!  Also, I have other interests besides fashion, such as knitting, and I wanted to include them on this blog too.  I finally realized that I can blog however I want to about whatever I want and I’m still finding my groove in that respect.

2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger? The times I’ve been required to label myself has been when I signed up for certain online communities.  When they have a drop-down menu for type of blog and there’s not a lot of options, that’s when I’ve really thought to myself, “What type of blog do I write?”

3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being? Being primarily a fashion blogger (I think! haha), of course I’m drawn to a lot of other fashion blogs.  But, like I mentioned earlier, I have other interests and I like to follow blogs about those interests too.  I’m not sure I would say that I’m drawn to other blogs that indicate a certain way of thinking, but I am drawn to blogs where I feel comfortable, as in I can see myself and that blogger getting along quite well IRL :)

4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others? I supposed the benefits of labeling would be the specific community that is created by that label, but thankfully we don’t have to limit ourselves by that label!  I like belonging to various online communities such as IFB and Ravelry, as well as the wonderful little community I’ve created around my blog!

5. Agree or Disagree – We’re all just people; we don’t need all the labels. Well I have to agree with the first part of the statement!  Unless someone’s an alien from a different planet and they just haven’t told me yet! ;) Anyways, I don’t think labels are completely terrible.  Like I mentioned in the response above, I can see how they can be useful in creating specific communities where you can turn to when you need help with that specific thing.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with identifying with a label, as long as you don’t let that label completely define who you are.

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)Fashion Beauty Friend Friday was created by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. Become a member at the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group to join in the discussion!

FBFF: Since I Started Blogging…

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It’s been a while since my last FBFF post! This week, the questions are all about personal changes you’ve noticed since you started blogging:

1. Since you began blogging do you notice a change in the types of things you gravitate towards while shopping? Hmm, I guess my answer is yes to this question in a variety of ways! For example, before I started blogging I would never have mixed prints like I did in the outfit above. It just wouldn’t have occurred to me! So now, when I’m shopping for new clothes, I’m trying to envision all the different ways that I can wear it with the things I already have. Also, I’ll see a certain item and it will remind me of a blogger. I’ll think something along the lines of, “I could totally see this on insert blogger’s name here!” I would like to think that my style eye is expanding and I know I’m wearing outfit combinations that I wouldn’t have worn a year ago.

2. Do you find, as a fashion blogger, that you dress differently from your family and friends? Do they comment on that? Well, I started this blog while I was in college and I have to say my group of friends are quite the fashionable bunch, so the way I dress doesn’t stand out from them as “dressed up” or anything like that. I definitely have a different style than say, my sister for example. Actually, she used to rag on me all the time for being a shop-a-holic and such because she was still in a phase where she didn’t care about her appearance too much. However, as soon as she was able to drive herself places, you better believe that she started shopping just as much as I did, haha! Now I tease her for being a hypocrite! :P

3. What’s the weirdest fashion that you secretly like, even if you aren’t bold enough to wear it? I don’t know if I have a good answer to this question! There are certain fashions that I love on other people but wouldn’t be caught dead in; for example, flatforms. I do like the way that they look on other people and I know that they’re really trendy right now. But…I probably would never wear them because I’ve got large feet and I have a sinking feeling they would not do anything good for my feet (Confession and Disclaimer: I’m 5’3″ and wear a size 9 or 10- pretty big feet, I know! Also, I have not tried on a pair of flatforms IRL, so who knows- I might try on a pair and fall in love with them and be wearing them next week on the blog, so don’t yell at me because I’m calling my own self out! ;)

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4. Looking at current trends – what would you like to try but need to build up the courage to do? I know I am way late to the game on this one, but I would really to try out the crop top! I just love how easy breezy the outfit is above and I now think it totally fits my personality and might be something I could pull off. I used to think that only the super tall and thin could wear this trend, but now I know that it looks fantastic on many different body types and all I need to do is try! Let’s mark that as a goal for this summer, shall we? An outfit with a crop top! :)


5. Toot someone’s horn – what fashion blogger out there inspires you with her bold fashion choices? I have to say I absolutely love Julie’s (of Orchid Grey) style! I feel like she’s one of those bloggers that everything she wears, I would absolutely wear too. She definitely inspires me with the way she remixes pieces and combines them to form so many different looks! Also, her outfits aren’t always flashy, but to me, they’re never boring and I really admire that!

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)

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