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What I Wore: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Alright, day 2 of the Pantone Challenge with Literate & Stylish¬†and The Modern Austen! Today’s color is African Violet. I didn’t have anything in that particular shade, but I had to make a Goodwill run yesterday for something that’s coming to our house this weekend (ooh, cryptic…), so I searched for something while I was there. I found something, but unfortunately, thanks to our Monday that got away from us, I didn’t have time to wash it last night and had to improvise with these:
I’m going to call these African violets! ūüėČ
(Side note: does anyone else wash their Goodwill stuff before they wear it, or do they go all out and wear it fresh from the store?)
Here’s the entire outfit:
Not sure why I’m so blurry and my colors look “off”
Full body blurry shot!
I didn’t realize it until I was leaving, but the outfit has the same color palette as our bedspread:
Promotional picture…our bed never looks that nice!

Also, did anyone read the news story about the guy who lost his entire life savings on a carnival game? There was a line in there about him receiving a “giant stuffed banana with a rasta hat” that had me screaming with laughter…at work…in a library. I laughed so hard that I cried; I couldn’t control myself. I guess it was just one of those things that struck me at the right time! The line was funnier than the picture, but I’ll include the picture anyway in case someone doesn’t feel like reading the entire story:

henry-gribbohm-is-a-national-folk-hero - Man loses entire life savings on carnival game
Lost your life savings? Here’s a banana for your trouble, mon.¬†

So, no matter what kind of day you’ve had, remember that it could always be worse…unless you’re a fan of giant stuffed rastananas (my own new word).

There are still 3 days to go in the challenge. Dig out your yellow for tomorrow (or BYOB- bring your own banana) and join in!

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What I Wore: Monday, April 29, 2013

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Here we go with the Literate & Stylish and The Modern Austen Pantone challenge! I LOVE the color green, and as someone with dark hair/eyes, I feel like jewel tones work well on me. However, I had a little bit of panic when I was choosing my wardrobe for the week. I tend to take things very literally sometimes (it’s the librarian in me, I suppose), so I wasn’t sure if my dress was truly emerald or just pretty green. I decided to make an executive decision as a blogger and call it emerald.

I bought this dress for my wedding reception/celebration that we held a week after the wedding. Since it was close to St. Patrick’s Day, we did a green theme. Today is the first time I’ve worn it since then, so I was glad to have an “excuse” to bust it back out. Also, I received several student compliments about it today, which is always nice!

All decked out at my wedding reception!

Who says I’m not a ham?

Unfortunately, after this day turning out to be waaaaay longer than I intended it to, I haven’t had a chance to find my SD card connector and load my pictures from my camera. I’ll probably come back and edit this in the next day or two and add today’s outfit shots so everyone can see the hem of the dress and how I styled it. I’m not off to the best start in this challenge, am I? ūüėȬ†Found my camera connector, Fitbit charger, and iPad charger! That’s like a week’s worth of unpacking in one day!! Here are a couple of shots from yesterday:

Asymmetric hem. Wore the leggings for modesty…and to hide my white legs!
Bit of a close up of the fabric
Want to participate in the challenge? Here’s the¬†lineup¬†for the rest of the week. Any clothing or accessories in these colors will work! ¬†
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How to Succeed at Blogging…or How to Not Abandon This Again!

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I’m married!!

I guess that was a given considering my last post¬†talked about how I was 3 days away from my wedding day! Now that I’ve been married for about a month and a half and have begun settling into wifey lifey, I wanted to try reviving this blog and making it even better!

Gratuitous wedding shot c/o Paper Owl Photography!

I think there are three main reasons that I’ve been having trouble maintaining this blog and not feeling inspired by it:

  1. I didn’t have a plan for it. As the adage goes- fail to plan, plan to fail. I didn’t have any ideas of when to post (I was trying to post every single weekday, even when I was off work!), how far behind I would be, when I would upload pictures, etc. I also think I¬†over complicated¬†things sometimes, but that’s another issue I’ll work on as I get back into this.¬†
  2. I had a bad location and technique for taking pictures. I took them inside of my office during my lunch break or at my former home (I lived with my parents prior to the wedding) and either used the self timer or tried to do mirror shots. I didn’t want anyone to know that I did this, so I would try to sneak taking my pictures, which made them look rushed and kind of terrible, which brings me to number 3…
  3. I never edited my pictures and had trouble finding a place to host them. I know that the vast majority of blogs aren’t done by professionals who blog full time, but many of them I read have pictures that have been spruced up a bit. There are so many great, free photo editors out there, so I’m going to start experimenting with a little editing to see if that improves the quality of my posts. I’m also going to bite the bullet and either make a public Flickr account to integrate with Blogspot or pay a little bit to host my pictures somewhere.
My husband does know about the blog (in fact, I used his living room, now our living room, as a picture location on at least one occasion), so I may enlist his help in the whole picture taking thing. I may also (gasp) venture outside and take advantage of some natural light from time to time. 

Another way I’m going to be more involved is to participate in a link up next week! Literate & Stylish and The Modern Austen. The challenge starts on Monday, April 29, and it involves incorporating a Pantone-inspired color each day next week in an accessory, item of clothing, or shoes. I’m excited to plan my outfits this weekend!

If you’re interested in participating, here’s the schedule with the colors:

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Let me know if you’re participating!