Wednesday, August 28, 2013

outfit post: pink tie front blouse, black pencil skirt, black pumps

Inspiration - www.ideeli.com

When I started this blog I didn't know if it would be an easy or difficult exercise to maintain. I wasn't sure how to estimate what kind of time commitment it would be trying to get a post up 6 days a week.

And for the most part it isn't too bad. I snap outfit pictures in the mornings or after work or sometimes when I'm playing in my closet on the weekend. I spend random times during conference calls (meetings that I only need to listen & take the occasional note) casually scanning pinterest for inspiration photos. And then I budget about 15-20 minutes a day to put each post together - uploading the photo, looking up the shopping links & making them affiliate and writing a blurb about the post. And then once or twice a week I try to reply to comments & emails. (<--- Need to get better about frequency of this one.) So maybe around 3 hours a week? Not too bad.

What I found surprising is the absolute hardest part of the whole thing for me is figuring out something the write each day. Sometimes finding a subject is easy because there is a story or thought process or something that makes sense to write about related to the photo - but most times I'm like, "uhhhh I wore pink cuz it's spring" or "oh, look I'm wearing the exact same skirt again mostly because I can't be naked at work!" or "Guess what! I'm wearing the 10,000th cardigan and pencil skirt combo AND did I mention What Not to Wear show in the last five minutes? blah blah blah..." I feel like a total dofus.  And like I'm just grasping for a topic to stick in the post. There are only so many anecdotes I have about my clothing.

I don't even know what I'm trying to accomplish by sharing this. Sorry if I'm boring sometimes? I hope you're here for the pictures? Maybe I just didn't have anything else to write about. :)

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46 comments:

  1. I get lots of inspiration from your posts. Thank you for sharing, no matter what you write. ;)

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  2. Ha ha! I can relate to writer's block sometimes. Your outfits can speak for themselves on those days when you can't think of anything. You are great inspiration!

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  3. Don't worry about it! You have great posts and I get so much inspiration from your clothing. I love that you offer different places where you can buy stuff. I had never heard of shoe mint before- now my favorite. And if I had noticed the half price sale, I would have totally bought that Kate Spade lap top.
    You are doing a great job!
    Thanks Rachel ( a fellow gator!!)
    I am copying your vintage gator t, capri jeans and I just need to find orange shoes for game days!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you liked the game day post!

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  4. I have learned in blog writing that not every post needs a length explanation...and sometimes wordless posts can be interesting too. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I kind of like the "I wore pink because it's spring" comment. It's nice to hear that you are normal...because in my blog reading world you are super human;) If only I could pick something like a pink blouse and a skirt to wear to work one day. I'm an engineer in a power plant, so it's not an option, but I like to dream about one day when I work in a corporate office. One day. But the pink b/c it's spring is a perfect discussion for me. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Cool job! (Us Engineers have to stick together!) Thanks for the feedback!

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  6. Sometimes you just have to wear clothes because you can't be naked at work. It's nice to know even the fashion bloggers run out of things to say about their clothes!

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    1. Thanks Anna! I don't think of myself a "fashion" blogger - but I'm flattered for you to say so. More like a 'this is what I wear everyday blogger' which some people love and others think is boring. :)

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  7. Hi MK,

    I wanted to let you know that I read the blog daily and get a lot of inspiration from your looks...there aren't a ton of fashion sites dedicated to work appropriate outfits, so I appreciate your style!

    Sara

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    1. Sara, Thanks so much! Glad you find the blog useful!!

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  8. I'm in it for the pictures. I'm a project manager in the legal industry, so I need to look cute but professional as well.

    And if you are lost about what to write about, maybe more about your shopping habits? When do you find time to shop? Do you shop online or in stores? And how the hell do you find something that is reasonable adult wear at Forever 21? B/c when I go in there I get overwhelmed and feel old.

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    1. Hi Kimberly,
      Glad that you find the pictures useful!

      I've been meaning to put together a FAQ for quite awhile now - I have it partially written but haven't posted it yet.

      For Shopping -
      I don't have a set schedule/budget for clothing shopping. I just try to be smart about buying what I need, love and will wear often. I put together a pinterest board where I try to pin all the things I purchase: http://pinterest.com/outfitposts/shopping-stuff-ive-purchased/ I think it has almost everything I've bought since beginning of the year.

      I don't feel like I have a ton of time to shop. I feel like I'm always running around like a maniac. It seems like it most often occurs before a work trip or vacation. But that's definitely not a hard & fast rule. It's both internet and in stores.

      For me F21 is hugely hit or miss. I mostly find shirts that silky feeling (chiffon? polyester? I'm not great with fabric types) non-wrinkle type material. And I have to be mentally ready to dig around the racks and try stuff on. Sorta like thrift shopping? And more times then not I walk in there, don't see anything on first pass and leave with nothing feeling overwhelmed & old too. :)

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  9. Ooo, I like the comment above. I may be alone in this, but I totally pick the pink top because it's spring. Or in the case of the one I'm wearing today - because I bought it online and it's too big but I can't return it and might as well try it out. So if you do that too, or if you pick up an impulse buy then have to figure out how to make it work in your closet, then tell us :) But I love the concept of your blog - figuring out how to make an inspiration outfit work in the real world... and where to find the pieces that make it up. To be honest your blog is kind of anonymous and straight forward... and that's why I like it.

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoy it. I'm definitely a simple, straight forward kinda gal. :)

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  10. Keep up the good work. I don't think you have to write something ingenious every day! Normal people have a finite wardrobe and have to repeat items, sometimes weekly. I like your blog because you do repeat items and show how to mix them up. Very few bloggers do that. Frankly I get tired of the mass consumption of constant new things. I appreciate ideas about how to use what I have. Maybe it's a color combo I had not considered or a new way to change proportions on an outfit. It's all good!

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  11. I don't think any of your readers (myself included) would feel cheated if you had posts that didn't have any explanation accompanying it.

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    1. Thanks! Good to know for those days I have nothing to say! :)

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  12. Love this outfit and I totally agree about it taking time to write and put together. I don't think you need to worry about writing something everyday, but i know what you mean.

    Don't forget to stop by and link up tomorrow, Thursday, for my weekly Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  13. I'm a 34 year old Oral Communications/English teacher at a junior high in Arkansas...and I LOVE your blog! I have gotten so many ideas from you and I see pins from your blog all over Pinterest! Just keep on keepin' on! I look forward to each outfit!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Glad you find the blog useful! :)

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  14. Sometimes I barely know what I am writing then just click "publish." Personally, I love coming to your blog for the inspiration and for the motivation to even get dressed in the morning! Plus, what's a good blogger without some sort of snippet into their daily lives? I encourage your little stories here and there. And like it's been said already, sometimes if you can't think of something to say, that's okay, I love the inspiration and mixing/matching you come up with!

    Clare
    Understated Classics

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  15. I think it's funny that most bloggers won't repeat outfits or articles of clothing but let's be realistic, everyone does! Just makes you more real girl!

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  16. You're funny...lol...and you're outfit post are great! I get alot of my style inspiration from your blog. It's usually the night before or the morning of, so i don't get to read every post but when I do it's always entertaining!gg

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  17. That is exactly my problem! I don't know why I have SUCH a hard time finding what to write about (and finding post titles), but I do. It's embarrassing.
    Classy outfit!

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    1. It's hard! Post titles too! That's why I have such generic post titles that just describe the outfit - I'd definitely get stuck there is I had to get creative everyday!

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  18. I enjoy your posts so much. Love that you mix from a finite(real) wardrobe and work appropriate but modern and stylish. Also love that you post links, talk about the inpriration and almost always like your version better than the inspiration. I like that you have a sense of your own style (formula skirt/blouse/cardi is classic, not boring). I also love that your posts are consistent (look forward to them everyday)
    Bottom line I agree with all of the other comments and you are doing a GREAT JOB! In fact I hadn't followed blogs but looked at a few others and they are so disappointing in comparison to yours. Also so interesting what goes into the posts (preparation & time) so thanks for the behind the scenes info!

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    1. Thank you so much! You are too nice! *Blush.*

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  19. Your blog was one of the first I ever started reading. Yours is still one of my favorites. I too struggle with what to say. I am boring and I just really want to make myself accountable for what I wear. Left to my own devices, I will look frumpy everyday. I love your outfits. They are an inspiration.

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    1. Thanks! Frumpy & workout clothes sure are tempting... that's what inspired me to start in the first place!

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  20. I am with everyone else in that I wouldn't think anything of it if you had a short post and didn't have anything/or want to write anything! I just appreciate what you do and use your site on a weekly basis for inspiration. I'm in my mid 20's with 2 small children, full time applications engineer/BA and manage my husbands business and I just really struggle with dressing myself. You inspire me with outfits that are super cute but not too "young" that make me feel awkward to wear with kids and being a professional but don't feel stuffy and old. Thanks for what you do!

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    1. You are very welcome! Thanks for taking the time to write such a sweet comment! :)

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  21. I just love your blog! I think what you write is cute and fun :) And your outfit ideas save me a lot of time when I'm staring into my closet.

    Thanks for all you do!

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  22. Hey MK! (I dont know your full name :))

    I just wanted to let you know I love your site. And I never find you boring. Truth be told, I was not a very regular reader at first, because I felt your outfits were so "everyday". But a few months later, I started visiting your blog every day of the week for the same reason. I am no fancy schmancy. I just want practical outfits, that I can wear and be respected in, that I don't need hours to put together. And I think you do just that, really well. This site is reassurance that we can normal and look great - no need to look like the front page of Vogue, because honestly, I don't think I could even appreciate that.

    So, you have a fan in me :)

    Sowmya

    PS - Could you write about where you shop for your staples? what you think is a resonable amount to spend for a cardigan, a jacket and other mainstays of the wardrobe?

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    1. Thanks!

      I get most of my staples from Target, Old Navy and sale racks at Loft, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor. Mostly because those are the stores we have in our town.

      I'll pay a little more for things that I know I'll wear more often (jeans, blouses I love) and things that should look nicer for big events at work (suits).

      But a really rough estimate I give myself is $1-2 per wear for normal clothes and $5-10 a wear for special occasions. So if I really like a $12 shirt at Target it'd be worth buying if I'd wear it 6-12 times... and likewise I could justify buying a nicer dress for $50 if I'd wear it to 5-10 special events...

      It's not a hard and fast rule - if I really love something I might ignore it - but gives me a good starting place to make the decision...

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  23. Don't get down on yourself- I think your blog is so helpful and practical to pull really cute and stylish outfits together and not spend a fortune! Thank for the time you take to do it, and keep it up =)

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