Sunday, November 06, 2011

florals for fall

I found this blazer on a thrifting trip a few weeks ago and nothing, not even the "size 16" tag or overstuffed shoulder pads, could prevent me from taking it home.  Yes, it is a bit larger than my frame requires but slap a belt around my waist and roll up the sleeves and boom, it almost has that boyfriend blazer look.  I'm fixated on adding more oranges to my wardrobe this autumn so I scooped up these cozy knee socks last week (my awesome little sister paid for them- thanks, Bec!) and I love how they pull out the warm orange-reds from the vintage floral print of the blazer.

I've been thinking critically about my motivations and habits surrounding this blog lately and I'm making some changes with respect to when, why, and how often I post.  Over the last few weeks I've felt less inclined to put forth the effort involved with putting together an outfit post- call it laziness, call it burn-out, call it what you want; my perspective has shifted.  Since I don't blog for money or sponsors, there's no extrinsic pressure to keep up a certain frequency or always be on top of the trends, yet I feel an intrinsic pressure to compete and/or perform regardless and I'm tired.  I'm tired of feeling like I should have to increase my followers and create brand partnerships and more actively participate in the blog community and comment on everyone's blogs who comment on mine.  It's exhausting!  At the same time, I've put a fair amount of effort into building and maintaining my space here so I don't want to just give it up and walk away.  My solution is to simplify things.  From here on out I'm not going to worry as much about having the perfect backdrop or time of day to take photos.  I won't stress if I go a week without wearing a "blog-worthy" outfit and I'm not  going to set unrealistic editorial goals for myself.  I started this blog to document my style, not to get internet-famous, and I want to get back to that place of dressing for me (shout-out to GOMI: I dress for me!).  I briefly thought about doing away with the comments section but for some of my internet-friends who don't have twitter (I'm talking to you, Cammila), this is how we communicate.  But please don't be upset or offended if you comment on my blog and I don't comment back.  I read a lot of blogs but I comment on few; again, call it laziness if you want.  It is what it is.  SO thanks for visiting ARTBF, hope my inconsistency doesn't drive you away, I'm glad to have you here and I appreciate each and every one of my readers for taking the time to check out what I wear some days.  See you sooner or later :)
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14 comments:

Style4Curves said...

BEAUTIFUL color pallete!!!

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Sam said...

Very thoughtful post. I decided a while ago that was my best plan too. I don't always wear things I want to post, and sometimes I'm just lazy! There's nothing wrong with it haha. I'll be sticking around, your blog has been a favourite mine for a long time!

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Frannie Pantz said...

Your blog is always a fave of mine, but I think you know that. No matter how often you post, I will still be here. Your style, your DIYs and your great stories are what keeps me coming back.

I love your blazer and how you made it work despite the size!

Lindsey N. said...

I am blown away by this color palette. And I basically just went through the same thing with blogging! You have to make you happy, first.

Lindsey Soup

Stef / Diversions said...

Awesome find - love the print of your blouse and the mix of orange and greens :)

I love leaving comments when I really enjoy a post and I have the time too but it is all too easy to get sucked into the whole "commenting back" routine. It's hard not to feel guilty when so many people seem to keep tab of who commented back on what etc. it's a shame really, especially when something that should brighten our days becomes a chore. ugh.

I haven't had a chance to comment on many blogs recently. Of course comments on my blog have gone down as a result - at least I know those who do didn't comment out of an obligation just because I visited their blogs. Anyway, I am not entirely sure where I am going with this. Maybe I can do a post on that when I finally get my thoughts in order. ;)

Have a great start to the week!

Fashion By Alicia said...

Love the colors! Don't worry about not posting as often, I will continue reading. :)

MONKEYFACE said...

I feel you Tiffany, re: your blazer and the whole blogging thing. I'm in my second year now and have had to take a few steps back too, just to make sure I keep an okay life balance (I say "okay" b/c TV will always happily disrupt my life balance). Anyway...see you when I see you, and can't wait for your comment back! Kidding. Oh and I'm glad you haven't disabled comments b/c obviously sometimes I likes the rambles.

Cammila Albertson said...

Oh girly, don't stress. You're supposed to be doing this for fun, and I'd bet anybody who reads your blog would be able to sense it if you were just not feelin' it. Besides, you're a grown-ass woman with hot style and a sharp wit! You can do what you want!

I started my blog in 2008, and I had a whole year around '10 where I just stopped commenting altogether. I didn't have room in my life. (I also gave up my Livejournal, which I'm embarrassed to remember I even had.) I went from commenting on 50 blogs a week to zero. These days, I fit in maybe 10.

I tell you this because I noticed something pretty amazing: my stats didn't take even the slightest hit. I stopped getting boatloads of comments, but I continued to get the exact same number of hits per month.

Not that it matters. But it might be nice to know. Anyway, I'll get on Twitter, I really will. Just promise not to quit altogether until I do. ;)

woreout said...

There's too much about this post that I love to properly document but I'm going to try. First of all the color palette you went with is simply beautiful. I'm so glad you took a chance on this blazer! The print and color look killer on you.

Secondly your passion is one of the biggest factors for why I love your blog so much. So I say quality over quantity any day. Just keep being fabulous!

woreout said...

There's too much about this post that I love to properly document but I'm going to try. First of all the color palette you went with is simply beautiful. I'm so glad you took a chance on this blazer! The print and color look killer on you.

Secondly your passion is one of the biggest factors for why I love your blog so much. So I say quality over quantity any day. Just keep being fabulous!

Melrose said...

Word.

Haha, completely agree with it all. IF you don't feel like it on a random day, we totally get it, and we love your style regardless of if you're wearing an adorable skirt & blazer or not.

And clearly, I too am enamored with this blazer :)

joie said...

good post. make it fun again. just don't stop posting at least the occasional awesome outfit, because i am addicted to your style. :)

so fat, so addicted!

Anja said...

you look absolutely adorable! just don't care about sizes etc, if it looks good, take it home :)

Rence said...

Very late to post a comment but I thought I should add that I love your style and you have been one of my inspirations to put a bit more thought into what I wear and look fabulous (almost) all the time. Please keep posting your remixes, DIYs and general life- I really enjoy it and look forward to it :-)
oh and green + orange is my current obsession= love your outfit. Re the blazer I should start thrifting...