//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger// The Finally of The Series

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Well dear readers, I am back again this week to wrap up my April blog series Confessions of a Fashion Blogger [frowny face :( ]. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed brainstorming, writing, and sharing all of these topics with you these past three weeks!!! And lest I forget all of the great comments for each post.I loved hearing feedback from everyone about their struggles, how they related to the post, and how they overcome some of the struggles we all face. 

Like I had mentioned in the posts, this week I will focus on the key points from each post, what I loved most about it, as well as share a few of my favorite comments........so without further ado let's get started!

  • The truth is that there is no differentiation between fashion bloggers and everyone else, we are still just ordinary people. Just because we might always look nice wherever we go; have our hair fixed, makeup done, and wear a smashing ensemble, does not mean that we are "Perfect." We still wake up most days and feel completely unmotivated. 
  • Whenever I am feeling unmotivated, all I have to do is read all of the fabulous and sweet comments from you lovelies each week and I immediately feel motivated to breath, take a break, and come back with a fresh mindset.

"In the end, being a fashion blogger is not always about appearing put together. It is about being transparent for your readers, letting them in, and sharing who you are, your struggles, and what inspires you."
-Me :)

Favorite Comments:

From Emileigh-
I relate. Most of the time when I take outfit photos it has to be because I really like my outfit. There are still days when I have "meh" outfits or Monday outfits (you know, the kind that take fifteen minutes to throw together), and most of those don't make it onto the blog. Or there are days when I am thwarted by weather or lighting!
I've found that starting a post whenever I think of an idea and getting it typed asap, even if it isn't done, helps me a lot later when I'm in a time crunch or drawing a blank. Then I have a bunch of starts that I can just finish out. I also keep a GIANT library of my photos to draw from when I can't get out to take a picture for something.

From Jill-
I definitely struggle with motivation on my blog....I feel like it's all the time!! I usually keep myself motivated by trying to do some sort of monthly series on one of my post days then at least I will always have a general idea of what to write about once a week for an entire month. Many times, while I'm writing those posts an idea will spring into my head for some other sort of post that would fit in to one of the other days of the week!

From Charlotte-
Somedays, my sisters and I just have to take a break when we've scheduled a photo shoot, especially if we just plum don't have the energy to do it. One thing that we have learned from singing is that if you try and force something (like a practice, or a photo shoot), it typically comes out... forced (i.e- not of the greatest quality). Sometimes taking a step back and letting your mind think on other things than blogging has really helped me in the past (and not just with blogging... I do that on most things that I'm stressed about :)

Anyhow, how do I keep motivated? Through lots of rest & sweet comments on the blog, and knowing that our girls' blog is making an impact out there on the web :)

  • I don't always dress up....Some days I want to wear pajamas around the house and comfy regular clothes out and about :o
  • Why do I dress this way or put in the effort to diligently picking what I wear (which is totally out of the ordinary)?......I dress this way because it is ME!
  • So the truth of the matter is this....while some days I might not feel up to picking out an ensemble I choose to take the extra time to look nice because that is what makes me feel confident. Not that I struggle with confidence because I know my confidence and worth is found in Christ, but rather confidence to seize the day as ME and not some other girl! 
  • I want to be the best version of myself every day when I step out the door, so taking the time and effort to put something decent together is totally worth the time!

"People will stare. Make it worth their while."
- Harry Winston

Carpe Diem 
(seize the day)

Favorite Comments:

From Ladyfair-
I wear pajamas a lot lol but that's because I don't work much currently, I'm always at home. I have very few occasions to dress up for. I never wear pajamas outside of the house though, that just irks me. I've seen teens going to school in their pajamas a lot lately. They look like slobs. High school is supposed to be a primer for the workforce or a post-secondary education. I honestly don't understand why these kids are allowed to get away with looking like this (yet they do get yelled at for bra straps showing, so what gives?!). I like to dress up when I'm going out sometimes but it depends on what I'm doing. If I'm running errands I don't even bother with makeup, I just go out in leggings and a tunic sweater. If I'm meeting someone, like the other day when my friend came in from Toronto, I get all decked out. I also do that for dates with my fiance. It's nice to dress up once and awhile and feel special. If I could do it every day that would be cool but it's too high maintenance for me lol. I have a lot of hand wash items and it just gets tedious to do the cleaning if I wear too many of them in one week.

From Samantha-
This post speaks to me on so many levels. Seriously.
Some days I just do not feel like getting dressed up, and other days I ask myself "Why do I even do this?". But much like yourself, I do it for me! I do it so that I'm not just another face on the street. But there isn't anything wrong with yoga pants, a messy bun, and a tshirt on occasion. ;)

From Katie-
I feel like you live inside my brain! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten up on a Saturday morning and put on nicer clothes to go run errands, and my husband, whose daily "uniform" is a hoodie/t-shirt and cargo shorts, looks at me and says "what are you so dressed up for?" I guess I've just always felt the need to present myself as best as I can, and I want my clothes to match my personality - I'm not a lazy slob, so I don't want to dress like one. Although I have to admit, as soon as I get home from work, I have the habit of throwing on a t-shirt and yoga pants to cook dinner and relax for the rest of the night. 

People are just so casual about EVERYTHING now and especially in the way they dress. Don't you think? Most people usually look like they've just rolled out of bed, or just got done working out at the gym - ugh! Back in the day people put such thought & effort into the way they dress. It was (& still is to me) a sign of respect to look put together. My mom told me she remembers her mom wearing housedresses working around home & then would always change into something nicer to run to downtown for anything! There were no people parading around the grocery store in pajamas then! (They probably would've thought you'd escaped from a sanatorium if you did.) I totally get what you're saying about comfy clothes too. Sometimes you just want to wear something comfortable! I would heartily recommend housedresses. They are soooo comfy & still pretty for chores around the house.

  • When it comes to fashion, that is really just a general term used to describe the type of clothes we wear, for everyone wears fashions. However, when we dive deeper into the topic of fashion we find that there is    another word needed when talking about how we dress and who we are…..that word is style
  • When we think about it more, each of us has our own unique style. Through style, we are given the freedom to create and be who we are!
  • There are so many days that I look in my closet and want to grab at my hipster stash or throw on a little something boho, but then I pull back and stick with vintage because that is what I feel confident in!

 “Fashion is general…Style is Individual.”
-Edna Woodman Chase

Favorite Comments:

From Jill-
I think my styles vary between vintage and casual/preppy. I think i generally fall back on the preppy style because my skirts and dresses have a more vintage feel and I usually just get up and put on a pair of jeans first thing.

From Brigid-
I definitely am more than one style personality. As much as I love authentic vintage, on a day to day basis most of the time I wear pretty modern stuff, though my absolute favorite outfits involve 1/2 circle skirts and t-shirts. So, you could say I am a mix of modern and vintage. :)

  •  The statement "I have nothing to wear" is literally not true, but figuratively it applies to our life every time we look at our closet blankly and seem to see empty hangers.
  • Yes I am a fashion blogger, yes I love fashion, yes I have tons of clothes, but sometimes I feel like I plum just don't have anything to wear.
  • The fact is that we always have something to wear, weather we see it or not. When we feel creatively blocked we just need to take a step back, breath, reassess the situation, and go with something simple. 

Over thinking an ensemble just makes us feel even more blocked so on days when you are feeling creatively uninspired choose something simple and make it easy on those days.

Favorite Comments:

From Natasha-
I'm not to the point where I can look in my closet and pull something out, I'm not sure anyone is! Some people have insisted it's because of your colors (color me beautiful, specifically) I'm finding this to be true. But I also think it has a good deal to do with my having too many stand alone pieces. They only go with one thing, that doesn't work well. 
I'm working to weed out those items I just don't like anymore, don't fit (I lost 30lbs over the course of last year), I just don't like anymore, etc. I find that putting my goodwill bag in my room and leaving it full for about two weeks works well, that way if I regret putting something in, I'll pull it out. But if it sits there for two weeks-byebye!

My stars, what an incredible wardrobe and closet you have. My own closet is, I kid you not, slightly bigger than a matchbox, and while I do store some items, like hats and gloves elsewhere, it means I have to be ruthless with what I keep and what I bring in. Like everyone, I do have those "nothing to wear" days though, but find that one way to help counterbalance them is to set aside a day every now and then and play dress up in my own closet. Planning out new outfits for the future that I'll have ready to go (photos help there big time) at a moment's notice. This way old favourites can meet new acquisitions, less frequently sported pieces can see the light of day, and anything that's ready to get the boot can do just that.

From Paige-
This post is so fun! Not only do you have a beautifully decorated closet/room, but I related with this so much! I too have had the closet dilemma. And yes, I probably have too many clothes. On days like that I usually go with a simple go-to look like my chambray dress or something. :)

Well all of you lovely readers, that is the Finally of the April series! I hope you enjoyed the post each week? I know I enjoyed writing them and hearing from each of you.:)

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  1. Great post wrap-up! I got here "late" for this fun series, but I will do some backtracking. :)

  2. You're such a dear, and a very wise one at that as well. I'm with you completely on what being a fashion blogger is and isn't - to me as well at least. I'm all for pretty outfit photos, but at least some of the time, I want to see (read) more about the person in them as well and get to know their heart in conjunction with their wardrobe.

    Thank you very much for penning this series and for including that comment of mine here. That was very sweet of you to do.

    Big hugs & the happiest start of May wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you Jessica, that means so very much:) Happy start of May to you as well!!!!

  3. I have liked this series! These are all things that become very real as you BECOME a fashion blogger, but they aren't always communicated to the readers that aren't bloggers. It's good stuff, keepin' it real!

    1. I definitely agree!! Transparency is the best part of a post:)

  4. This was an awesome series Madison! Thanks so much for putting it together. It certainly made me ponder thoughts about my wardrobe that I haven't in a while.


    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. Oh, thank you so much Brigid! I am glad you enjoyed the series. By the way, so excited about your pattern!!

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