There seems to be a common theme amongs blogs I'm drawn to....Creativity. I love to see how someone can take something vintage or something thrifted and create a fabulous look! I think it speaks to the notion that personal style knows no budget. If a woman has only $5 a week to spend on clothes, she could dig through thrift stores and yard sales and still put together amazing looks. And the great thing is it would truly reflect her and her creativity. Being new to fashion blogging, I visit TONS of blogs and have a blast doing it. I was confused when some bloggers would list the source of their clothing and I would see "c/o Coach" or "c/o Modcloth". Then I realized that it meant that these were comped items. How great is that to get free clothes in the mail, eh? But then I see where 4 out of 5 outfit items are comped. It makes that blog less attractive to me because it no longer highlights the bloggers' creativity, but rather that garment (or an entire outfit made up of comped garments). There's just not alot of effort required to look good in new or expensive pieces; but to look good on a few dollars? Now THAT meets me right where I live. It makes that blogger real to me, like a best girlfriend and we're sitting around chatting about our favorite clothes. When most of an outfit is comped, I'm basically just looking at a magazine of high priced clothes that I can't afford. Gorgeous to look at certainly, but impersonal. And what is blogging, if not very very personal?
My fabulous friend, Mandy, gave me this skirt yesterday. She picked it up at a yard sale over the weekend and thought it looked like me. When I saw it, I honestly wasn't feeling it. I brought it home and showed my daughter and she said, "Oh Mom, you can work with that!" So I slipped it on and immediately pulled it up like a strapless dress. It was really long so I lopped off about 6 inches and then it was pure LOVE! I got so many compliments on my outfit today and come Summer time, I'll be wearing this sans jacket and a little pair of flat sandals. Just goes to show you, sometimes your friends know you better than you know yourself! Thanks Mandy!
Dress......Gift via Yard Sale
Jacket, Shoes and Necklace...... Thrifted
Belt......Michael Kors via TJ Maxx
My new favorite song, I Will Love You Monday! I love her style!