Why I blog

I'm an avid blog reader, especially of fashion blogs. These blogs chronicle the style musings of young, twenty-something women, who somehow manage to look consistently fantastic. I've learned a lot by reading these blogs. Mostly college students or recent graduates, they live in studio apartments with their hipster boyfriends and spend their days hanging out with friends, seeing concerts, crafting their own jewelry, and perusing thrift stores.  They often get spending money from their parents and are gifted expensive clothes from relatives. Because of these blogs, I've been encouraged to delve into my closet and look at fashion in a much more creative way. In addition,  I've expanded the range of stores I visit beyond those at the mall. I now thrift with regularity, focusing on items that express my individual sense of style rather than what labels they are. I'll admit that I used to have a teensy tiny problem as a label whore, buying things just because they were of a certain brand, rather than how they fit. I'm thankful that I've broken that habit because there's so much more to dressing well than wearing the trendiest or most coveted brand.

While perusing my favorite blogs the other day, I realized there was one thing that bothered me about them. While I consider myself young at heart, I am not a unencumbered twenty-something living in a studio apartment with her hipster boyfriend. I spend my free time chasing after my kids at the park, cleaning up one of my twins' millionth juice spill, and catching up on laundry. I'm lucky if I can grab a moment to read something other than the instructions for the Wii, much less attend a concert. And I have a husband to focus on, a mortgage to pay and school events to attend.


I suppose that's why I felt the need to create my own personal style blog. I understand that as a parent, fashion means something different to me that your average twenty-something. It has to be comfortable and functional, while also remaining stylish. Affordability is also important, as it would be inappropriate for me to rely on my parents for a clothing allowance. And, for the record, I am a thirty-six year old woman. I have no desire to dress as these young women do. Tight skirts, thigh-high boots, and midriff-baring tops would look ridiculous on me. And I'm perfectly fine with that.

American Eagle shirt; Texas Rangers tee; Old Navy skirt; J Crew tights; Frye cowboy boots; Nordstrom Rack necklace; Plato's Closet bracelet; Marc Jacobs watch, Forever 21 belt








7 comments:

  1. I love this outfit and I love your attitude! I'm a 20-something blogger, but I'm so not hipster, nor do I get to spend my parents' money. My husband doesn't even take my photos, so I completely get why you blog :) Sometimes it's fun to be the "outsider" in this fun world of blogging :)

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  2. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you yesterday in my store, The Body Shop @ Galleria Dallas. I'm so excited that you loved the products as much as I do. Your style is incredibly you, and wonderful. I can't wait to read your blog often!

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  3. I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog! Similarly lacking the hipster boyfriend, the studio, and the clothes budget to feel in a league with 'fashion' bloggers, it can be discouraging to talk about and enjoy your own sense of style. But so often the blogs I love most are fabulous people living all different sorts of lives with all sorts of style, and I'm so grateful they put up a few words and pictures and let us all into their lives. Thank you!

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  4. I am so glad to have found you Elissa!! While I LOVE all the awesome blogs of these young women and draw a lot of inspiration from them, I have longed to find some that are in my age range (I'm 41). I am toying with the idea of starting one of my own but so far I haven't had the courage...we'll see.

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  5. So funny- I was just pondering how to pull off a cotton tee with a denim skirt for fall..I saw this and just wish I had a pair of boots that would work, I love the layers! I'm going to enjoy my dwc inspired outfit tonight! ;)

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  6. I just discovered your blog, and its fun! I am 40 (gasp!), but I still do and have every intention of dressing exactly as I please. I'm tall, slim, and happily childless...kids have never been my cup of tea, but no offense to those who have them for sure. I've never liked vulgar fashion, not even when I was twenty, so although I may wear short denim skirts (my all time weakness!), I also have have a very classic side that gets mixed in with the sassy side...fashion is fun, whatever your age, if you adore clothes and accessories. And thank the Lord, I don't NEED a clothing allowance from my parents, LOL...those were the days, right?! But its much nicer having your own cash flow, even if it does come with the price of getting older...we all age, including those cute young twenty-somethings, and it all goes by SO fast. I am bookmarking your blog, and will visit often. Have a great day! :-)

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  7. It has taken me ages to discover your site. Finally. This is just the information I was looking for.

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