Dress: H & M | Wedges: Target (similar style) | Bag: Forever 21 (old) | Sunglasses: Warby Parker | Jacket: Urban Outfitters (old)
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.