* beige pleated skirt - Victoria Secret
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
* plaid bermuda shorts - Mossimo (via Target)
* brown tank - Old Navy
* brown linen blouse - Mossimo (via Target)
* nude strappy peep toes - Madden Girl (via Chadwicks)
* capri jeans - via Macy's
* plaid shirt - Wet Seal
* red sneakers - Chuck Taylors
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Today I was going through my daily visits to my blog roll when I read a post from one my favorite blogs BlogFashion. To summarize, the issue involved negative comments posted on Londyn's blog which were more than just negative they were down right mean and rude. It got me thinking - when did the blogger-cyber world become so catty? As I was reading through the comments on Londyn's post I read some very mean things. A reader believed that because things weren't high-end/designer that therefore you could not refer to yourself as a fashionista or call your blog a fashion blog when, according to this reader, she could see the wardrobe choices on anyone on the street.
I want to start by saying that it was blogs like Londyn's, one's like Kasmira's at WhatIWoreToday, Kimberly at FabFindsUnder50 and Allie at MyWardrobeToday that inspired me to start my own daily fashion blog. I loved seeing real women, wearing real clothes - clothes that I could not only afford, but were accesible. What I love about visiting blogs such as these and seeing their personal style shine through. I think we would all be kidding ourselves to think we can all afford Louboutin, Chanel, Diane Von Furstenberg and the like. Unfortunately, my options are limited to catalogs, online shopping and the mall. I know that these are mass produced items but I know its about how you mix and match pieces, how you, yourself, wear the item. We come in all shapes and sizes, so the wrap dress that I wore last week, could look totally different on someone else. Isn't this what fashion and style is all about? Since when did fashion become a high-end only thing. More and more celebrities are seen wearing H&M, Gap and Express (Eva Longoria showed up recently on the red carpet in an Express dress), so that goes to prove that even those who can afford designer labels can spot a cute dress or top when they see one.
I don't often vent or use this blog as a spring-board for anything else than my daily outfit posts but it really made me second guess my decision to blog. How many people are reading my blog and poking fun at me? How many people think that what I'm wearing is not suitable to be considered fashionable or stylish? How many people think that my lack of designer duds deems me unworthy of a fashion blog? Its sad to think that there are people out there that think this way. So for the record, I want to clearly put it out there. I'm a real women on a budget. I flip through fashion mags and swoon over delictable pieces but I also know that paying a bill is much more important than an $800 pair of Louboutins (Lord knows I covet a pair, but thats asking someone to miss a mortgage payment in order to buy a pair of shoes). I don't have that kind of money. I also think that term "designer" has changed. How many times have you heard a designer offering a line at Target? Or most recently, winners of Project Runway collaborating with Payless to offer consumers affordable pieces. This blog was and will continue to be an inside look at my closet. Yes, I don't have a gazillion fashionable options but I'm sharing what I do have with you and hoping one piece could inspire a wardrobe choice later the same way Londyn has often inspired me to try a different color combo or look.
Let's be nicer to our blogger community. At the end of the day, we all put ourselves out there (here) by either adminstering the blogs or even if you just secretly "stop by" to visit, which to me means that we are bound by a common thread, the love of looking, admiring or loving clothes.