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My Top 3 Style Resolutions for 2015

It’s time to close the door on 2014 and welcome 2015. I’ve always been a nerd about new beginnings, and I get especially nerdy around the start of a new year! I’ve seen a lot of bloggers posting their favorite outfits from 2014, which I love seeing, but since I didn’t take too many pictures this year, I thought I would look ahead to what I want to do differently in 2015. With that in mind, I came up with my top 3 style resolutions for 2015.

1. I will quit coveting items that aren’t right for me just because I see them on a lot of different blogs.

Case in point: the Target plaid blanket scarf:

Oversized Plaid Scarf - Multicolored

This puppy has been all over my Feedly this fall and winter, and I wanted it badly! I stalked the website and went to a couple of different locations that said it was in stock, but I kept coming up empty handed. Then one day, in a stunning moment of clarity, I realized that I had a whole drawer of scarves that I rarely wear because I’m pretty hot-natured. Why would I add another one to it just so I could keep up with other bloggers? I just saved myself $17 plus tax, which leads me to resolution 2.

2. I will set a monthly clothing/shoes/accessories budget and stick to it. 

Sometimes, when I remember to keep up with what I purchase each month (oops), I will participate in Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers linkup. Every time I do, I’m pretty stunned to see how much I’ve spent on clothes/shoes/accessories that month! We have a lot of financial goals that we would like to reach in 2015, and I’ve got more than enough to wear, so I’m going to limit myself to $100 per month. That should be plenty to restock basics as I figure out where my wardrobe’s holes are. I won’t count any gift cards from doing surveys or any consignment store credit in this since that’s not money coming out of our budget.

3. I will learn to remix my wardrobe and better define my style.

I’m contemplating buying the Hello, Gorgeous! online membership course from Greater Than Rubies. It’s supposed to focus on finding your style and remixing your wardrobe. She always looks fantastic, and the price is reasonable, so I think it could be really beneficial for this resolution…and beyond!

Bonus resolution 1: I will learn to properly use my camera and editing software.

This one isn’t necessarily style related, but it relates to the blog! My camera is about five years old, so it doesn’t have some of the cool features that today’s newfangled cameras have (I’m not sure what cool features I’m talking about; I just wanted to sound like an old prospector). However, I do know that I have a problem with blurry, out of focus shots (like the one below), and I would like to figure out how to solve that. I also want to figure out how to sharpen my images a little more and play with the focus by using editing software.

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It’s all a blur to me…

Bonus Resolution 2: I will do some housekeeping on the blog.

This blog is a bit…messy. I’ve got a ton of tags, categories, and labels, along with some pictures that don’t even show up anymore! I want to take time to clean things up and get everything looking a little better. After all, if my images are going to look better, shouldn’t the blog? 😉

Do any of you have style resolutions for next year? Please share them!

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Create Your Own Remixing Adventure!

I had big plans to jump into the Fall Capsule trend that’s going around on my Feedly reader right now, but I missed the linkup…and the beginning of it! I thought about just joining in a week late, but then today, I read about the 31 Days, 31 Ways Create Your Own Remixing Adventure hosted by Caitlin at Greater Than Rubies. This seems much more manageable than a 3 month capsule that will span Tennessee’s notoriously fickle fall!

I may not post before it starts, but I’ll be back on October 3 10th 🙂 to share the pieces I’ve chosen for the remixing adventure!

Past, Present, and Future

When I started this blog, I was inspired by other blogs that I read. I was inspired by those who were able to remix their clothes and make it seem like they had never-ending wardrobes through their creativity. I was inspired by those who didn’t feel compelled to have the latest, trendiest, or higher end items. I was inspired by those who did 30 x 30 remixes and style challenges and all of that other fun stuff. I wanted to do that. I wanted to inspire myself and others by being a normal girl with normal clothes who learned how to look put together on a budget, a bad hair day, or when she woke up in a panic after hitting snooze too many times.

But, things didn’t turn out that way.

My little blog, even with its blurry pictures and semi-structured posting schedule, isn’t fun or inspirational. I find it awkward to take pictures of myself, even when I’m inside. Because of the 30 pounds (yep, 30, as confirmed by my doctor this morning) I’ve gained this year, I’m not happy with how I look in clothes, so I find myself taking fewer and fewer pictures. I’m not even wearing decent outfits these days. I was alone at work last week for the three days we were open, and I wore sweats two of those days. Sweatpants. To work. Something has got to give.

So, I’m shelving (ha) this blog. It may be temporary or it may be forever. I will continue to write on my other blog, so if any of you really just need to read something new I’ve written, you can find me there. I’m also going to be massively purging my Feedly account. I’m tired of tons of sponsored content and seeing things that just aren’t wearable in my daily life. I want to feel inspired again. I want to see normal people, not content churners. It’s time for a new year, a new me, and all of that other good stuff. I really, really hope to be back, brighter and lighter and ready to inspire.

I hope that all of you reading have a wonderful New Year and that 2014 brings you even more happiness and success!

Of Santas and stomach bugs

Well that was another disappearance, wasn’t it?

It’s been a crazy past week-and-a-half! Last weekend, I travelled to East Tennessee with a couple of friends to participate in the Santa Hustle 5K:

A race that gives M & Ms! Score!!

We had a lot of fun! We stayed at a hotel with an indoor waterpark and a hot tub that had a door that let you go outside while still being submerged. I need one of those! The downside to the fun weekend was that we were all exhausted at work on Monday! Monday night, I had the first of many family Christmas gatherings, and unfortunately, I picked up a stomach bug that has plagued me off and on all week. The gift that keeps giving, right?

I’ve been taking outfit pictures inside, which gives me fabulous (note the sarcasm) results like these:

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(And weird formatting also, evidently)

But that’s about it for me lately. I finally feel like a normal person again, and I want to try to start sneak photographing in the backyard so I’ll have better lighting and spare people from seeing my messy house!

Merry almost Christmas!

Too many ideas, too little free time

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This time of year gets a little hectic for everyone. I didn’t think we were going to be too busy until I started figuring up our family commitments, friend commitments, and a few other things that I’ve got going on, in addition to my husband’s overtime schedule (he works for Amazon Fulfillment, so this time of year is C-R-A-Z-Y for him!). It’s also the time of year when you start reflecting on the past 11 months and looking ahead to the next 12. For me, this means thinking about this blog. I’ve made a few changes, tried to be a more consistent poster, co-hosted a linkup, and participated in a few other linkups. I’ve made good progress, but I’d like to do more!

I decided my “What You Wear That Wednesday” feature wasn’t something I wanted to continue, but I have another Wednesday idea, and yes, it will probably have alliteration because that’s how I roll and all. But, since things are a little crazy right now, I’m not going to jump into that feature until 2014. Also, my posting may be sporadic since I haven’t been taking a lot of pictures lately. I’ve lost a little weight since I felt frazzled and fluffy earlier this fall, but I’m still not where I want to be in looks or confidence, and my wardrobe definitely reflects that! Plus, now that I’ve taken a few pictures outside, I’m hooked on how much better the lighting is than inside. Three cheers for natural lighting, huh? 
I guess what I’m trying to say (in more words than I need to use) is that Section 391 is under construction. I want to grow this blog, make connections with other bloggers, and work towards opening doors that will allow me to generate income through writing. I want to ramp this little hobby and my other blog up to the next level. I do have a passion for writing, and I would love to make it a full-time career (with some part-time libraryin’ or instructional technology), but for now, that isn’t realistic for my little family, so I need to improve my skills to make it an eventual reality. So, I’m putting on a hard hat (there’s the “fashion aspect” for today…ha!), and getting to work on making this better. Thank you to those of you who have been reading here over the past few months. Your encouragement means a lot to me, and I do look at your blogs for inspiration and ideas on what I can do to improve this little corner of the Internet. If anyone has any resources or tips on how you’ve improved your own blogs, I would love to hear them!

I break for turkey

Yes, Blogger spell check, I know it should be brake, but that wouldn’t have the same effect!

I’m taking a short break and not posting again until Monday. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Would You Wear That Wednesday: Keep or Quit?

In light of last week’s thoughts about recommitting to shopping more ethically, I’m wondering if I should continue this feature. I’m still trying to figure out where to shop, but I know that I don’t want to shop at places like Target or Walmart anymore, so I don’t know if I should still feature items from those places on here. I’m thinking about tweaking my Wednesday postings to something like “Whatever Wednesdays” (clever, right?) and posting fashion/shopping related stories, an outfit posting if I have it, stuff like that. Obviously, I haven’t thought this through completely, but I welcome any thoughts that any readers have!