Sunday, September 15, 2013

Feline Frenzy Part 3

HM Cat Print Dress, Leather Jacket
Dress: H & M  |  Wedges: Target (similar style) |  Bag: Forever 21 (old)  |  Sunglasses: Warby Parker  |  Jacket: Urban Outfitters (old)

Whenever I read articles on how to be a successful blogger, they always say to find your niche, your "voice," your "thing." This is something I always have trouble with. When I first started this blog almost a year ago, I aspired to be the next Blair Eadie or Emily Schuman. But, see, the problem is, that's not me. I don't wear designer clothing, I don't have perfect hair (I often go six months without so much as a trim), I get acne, and when I bake cookies, they look like a pile of garbage. I also struggled with the fact that l don't live in a big city, therefore, I wouldn't have the "right" background for my photos. I live in a suburban neighborhood with no real visual appeal whatsoever.

At first, I was really apprehensive about the whole blogging thing altogether. "Nobody wants to look at my Target bag or my Forever 21 shoes, or my stupid hair, blah blah blah." The thing is, some people actually do, because that's the reality for a lot of people. So many people swoon over these blogs, but could never afford the stuff they wear. The Elizabeth and James jeans, the Equipment blouses, the Chanel bags, the Manolo Blahnik heels, etc. Yes, I will splurge on the occasional J Crew sweater or a top from Madewell. I splurge on makeup, hair and skincare. But for the most part, my style is what I call "budget chic." And I am starting to embrace that.


As far as my location is concerned, I am starting to come to terms with the fact that I don't have a NYC or LA backdrop for my photos. It forces me to be creative, much like my lack of a designer budget forces me to be creative with my outfits. I am always on the hunt for something visually interesting to take photos in front of. I think the background is almost just as important as the outfit. The background enhances the photos, creates a story almost. I don't like taking photos in my bedroom. The lighting sucks and there's no story behind that. All the photos would be the same. That's why I am constantly searching out unique little gems to use as a setting in my story. Obviously, they can't all be this wild, or unique. Sometimes, I just do the old 'pose in front of the side of a colored building' thing, but when I find a gem like the Heidelberg Project, I embrace it and run with it. It turns out Michigan has so many unique and beautiful locations to photograph. You just have to look beyond your front yard. All this is what makes blogging fun for me. With every post, I try to show readers a little bit of who I am. Not just a picture perfect, fabricated life, but my real, quirky, sometimes a little offbeat self. 

Coming up on my one year blogiversary, I aim to fully embrace and show readers who I am, and not pretend to be who I sometimes wish I was.

Make sure to check out Part 1 and  Part 2 as well :)

22 comments:

  1. I love those heels! And the dress is cute too :)
    Xx

    www.projectinnoise.com

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    1. Thanks! I love black and white and the print was just too cute to pass up!

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  2. What you wrote really resonates with me. There are so many times that I admire 'popular' blogs, wishing to have one like theirs. But I am not them! And I shouldn't try to emulate them, I should do what I want to do. :D
    I just found your site on the blog hop, and although this is my first time here, I can tell that this is one of the most interesting fashion blogs I have come across. I adore your quirky outfit and the backgrounds you chose for the photos. I love the fact that you are being yourself!! :D And your photos are a lot more interesting than some boring regular city photos a lot of fashion bloggers use. XD

    www.artevolve.blogspot.ca

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    1. You have no idea how much I appreciate this comment! It really made my day. Thank you :D

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    2. :D I am so glad!! :D Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment!
      I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :D
      (http://www.artevolve.blogspot.ca/2013/09/the-versatile-blogger-award.html)

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  3. Great post! I totally agree that most people can relate to blogs where the featured items are things that can actually be a reality. Your blog is great and I really enjoy visiting—keep up the good work!

    xo honestly, b.

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    1. Thanks a bunch! I appreciate your visits :)

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  4. I love you honesty, we would all like to wear these amazing designer clothes and accessories but for most of us those are just things we wish for and not going to be able to buy. But hey who says that blogs like yours are not fun to read. I much rather read a blog that inspires me and I can go out the next day and get that dress that I liked so much for myself and don't have to worry about the price.
    I am following you know , I would love for you to check out my blog and maybe follow if you like.

    http://welldressed25.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. What a fun dress you've got on - I adore the print (and the price)!

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  6. THAT DRESS IS FAAABULOUS.
    You are working it.

    Ps. has anyone told you that you resemble a bit of Emma Stone...? :)
    (Stopping by from Art Evolve — congrats on the nomination!)

    XO.
    J

    www.coffeeandhoneycomb.blogspot.com

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  7. Hey there, loved your blog, just followed you on GFC, (111) would you mind to follow back?

    mandyshareslife.blogspot.com

    Come visit me <3

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  8. AMAZING outfit!!!
    Would you like to follow each other?! Let me know! ;)

    xoxo

    http://estilohedonico.blogspot.pt/

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  9. This dress is great! I love kitties!

    Lindsey
    http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

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  10. Great post! I like you that are true to yourself which is awesome! Nice outfit btw, I like the cat dress. You have a lovely blog, let me know if you want to follow each other to stay in touch. If you follow me, you can leave me a comment and I will follow you right back. Have nice day!

    noradulce.blogspot.com

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  11. Fun printed dress! If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest post. xo

    http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

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  12. Such a cute outfit!!!

    ~Anna
    Spotlights on the Redhead
    http://spotlightsontheredhead.blogspot.com

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  13. Love this! Would you like to follow each other lovely?

    http://caterpillar-girll.blogspot.co.uk/

    thanks xxx

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  14. Good for you! I am the same way, I thought no one would want to read my blog about my average life, but people really do! I love to see outfits from Target and discount stores.

    mywaytofitandfab.blogspot.com

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  15. I am in love with that dress!! is to bad that we don´t have H&M maybe I will ask my sister to buy it for me xD

    xo

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  16. Go you! Very inspiring post. This is exactly why I wanted to start blogging; to reach girls like me who can't afford designer clothes but still want to look fashionable. I've only been following your blog for one day but I really like it so far. I'm rooting for yah! ;-)

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  17. the majority of blogs i follow is budget chic- because then i can actually copy their looks ;) It's fun to see really fancy outfits from the bigger bloggers, but you really have no way of copying it. and i can't get over your cat print dress, so adorable!

    PS- i'm stopping by from the stylelixr linkup!

    xo Marlen

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