First of all, I’m really sorry this post took me so long. I have been on somewhat of a mini hiatus and I’m writing today to tell you why and ask for your input. And if you aren’t interested in the personal stuff, skip to the bottom for some outfit tips 😉
Basically, I am at a crossroads.
It has almost been a year of having ELEGANTedge.com and I can’t decide if I should focus on outfit posts, styling tips, diet, exercise, interior design, or just change the name all together to “whatnottodo.com”
Of course, if I was superwoman I would LOVE to do all of it. But if you’ve read any of my past posts, you know I always struggle with two things: time management and moderation.
Ya’ll, it’s a major issue. for example when I edit pictures I get very hung up on color correcting and I am never really happy about it. Then my creative energy is zapped and I am at a loss for words. I desperately want to get more into video content. I heard the apple store has editing classes. going to give it a try.
It’s just not my thing. Back when I began this website journey, I was posting 3 outfits a week on my old website with a different name. I paid no attention SEO and was mainly focused on what I thought was fun at the time. I blew money shopping and thought ‘oh well I am 39 and I can do this for fun.
But then… it stopped being fun. I believe it is because I stopped sleeping eating well and taking care of myself. Sounds ridiculous but if you again, I am really not good at moderation. This all happened around May when I switched over to WordPress. I couldn’t keep myself on a calendar of the post without compromising my sleep and I was starting to gain weight. SOMETHING had to change.
I recently came across a quote from one of my favorite bloggers Lydia. She said, “Make it your aim to build a small audience, who are interested in your content, rather than a large audience that don’t even know who you are.”
This statement hits home for me on several levels. I have never thought of making it my aim to build an audience. I have thought about how this is a process of self-discovery for me. I have mentioned before how this process of blogging is bringing me out of my shell and giving my creativity a voice.
The Bottom Line
I might rest and take some time to recharge but I am not going to give up. I am trying to figure out what I can offer. What keeps me going are my new friends, my love for new designs, learning styling tips, and meeting creative people in this industry.
As I reflect on this time last year I was filled with excitement and a dream. A dream of going to fashion week as a blogger and getting dressed up and going to fashion parties and seeing all the new designs.
I started blogging because I love creating. I love putting outfits together and I love shopping. It didn’t occur to me at the time that I would be making a lot of new friends and connecting with people from all over the world who are interested in the same things I am interested in.
I started all this because I love shopping, fashion, style, fitness, and decorating. I am continuing because I love all the new people in my life and learning new and better ways to do “life” with technology.
Okay, back to fashion.
On our recent long weekend trip to the west coast, we stayed in Manhattan beach, CA: My husband’s hometown and favorite place on the planet. His sisters are still on the west coast and we had the joy of attending a family wedding in parts of Valencia California.
On the west coast in October they experience something called Santa Ana. It was “mild” according to my husband, but it was much warmer than I expected it to be.
I have had my eye one this off unique romper for many months and when I saw it hit the Saks sale I felt it was meant to be.
The sizing is tricky. I am wearing a 4 and it’s a nice fit.
Misha Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue this is the Tricia Fringed One Shoulder Romper. It’s also on sale in a couple other places with limited sizes left. I will add all that I can find below. What I love about this most is the richness of the fabric. There was no need to have any kind of wrinkle release. It traveled beautifully and I had fun wearing it.
I know its fall but this JS by an Australian designer Misha can go almost all year round depending on the climate because of the tweed. The navy color is GORG. In fact, when editing the pics I wanted the color to be as accurate as possible but it really depends on the light. Sometimes it looks more navy and sometimes it appears more cobalt blueish.
Let’s Talk Fabric
Tweed can look very old lady. This look is anything but that. I just love the contrast in design and in fashion. It makes things unpredictable and unique
Instead of adding gold accessories, which was my first instinct, the nude heels and bag compliments without overwhelming the look.
My style hack:
If you look closely in the sleeve detail for the one that has a long sleeve, you will see that I used the fashion trick of a rubber band to scrunch up the sleeve and give it that pushed up look. Next time I use this trick I will be sure to have the fabric cover the band… oops 🙂
I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the above 🙂
Thanks so much visiting!
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