Thursday, January 27, 2011

wear.

cold feet.

in celebration of the sunshine, blue skies, and balmy 30-degree temps we had today, i shunned all the grey and black in my closet and wore something springy. and i was only sort-of freezing! (it's really sad when 30 starts to feel nice.) wait a second...am i blogging about the weather?
i need to get out more.
   
 
 

striped top: gap, $12
tunic: old navy, $7
jeans: paige via gilt, $55
gold driving mocs: steve madden, $30
chain bracelet: j.crew, $11
feed bracelet: forever 21, $5

on another note...
a couple weeks ago i was wearing a "regular" outfit: jeans, a shirt, a scarf, boots. nothing too special. i asked my friend if i should bother taking pictures of my outfit and she was like, "nah." so i didn't.
we had a brief conversation about it and she basically said (in a nice way) that she doesn't really care about seeing outfits that aren't especially unique. since then, i've been a little hesitant about posting my outfits, unsure if they're "blog-worthy."  i love getting dressed up and being creative with my clothes, but on the average day, i need to wear something i can cook and clean in. change diapers in. play candyland in. chase my kid through target in. but hopefully still feel good in. 
later, i thought a lot about our conversation and realized, i'm just an average person in an average city who shops at average stores with an average income. my blog will never compare to the "big" fashion bloggers out there. my hope is that i can inspire other average people to try new things, put a little more thought and effort into their clothes, and hopefully feel great. but... is "average" even inspiring?
i just want to get some feedback from you guys. do you care to see "regular" outfits? or are you like: blah. boring.  would you rather i just post the occasional outfit that i spend more time/effort on? i promise it won't hurt my feelings, i'm just curious.

44 comments:

  1. I would rather see "regular," "everyday" outfits, personally, because that's how I dress. I can get more ideas from the regular, everyday styles than I can unique creations. I, too, need something I can wear to change diapers, get down on the floor to play, and go grocery shopping. But this all comes from another average person in an average city :) I like your style; keep it up.

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  2. DEFINITELY post your "average" outfits! You inspired me to buy PLAID and I am pretty sure that it's not something you wear to get "dressed up" ... unless i'm doing it wrong..??
    I have on several occasions referred to your "average" outfits to see what color combos or accessories you've used to jazz up "just jeans and a shirt"!!

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  3. As a girl whose "creative" outfits involve putting on one of three necklaces I own with jeans and a t-shirt--Yes! Post your normal outfits! (PS-Whenever I wear a scarf or necklace or wear my clothes in a new way, I always thing, "I wonder what Bethany would think?!?!"

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  4. I like fancy schmancy outfits as much as the next person, but seeing a outfits I could actually wear during my daily life that aren't scrubs or sweats is really nice. I like the daily outfit posts, I'm still inspired by them. The high heels in other fashion blogs don't mean much to someone who has to be on their feet all day. Your style is much more down to earth and made me realize that putting a little extra effort into an outfit can be worth it. Thanks! :)

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  5. um...I don't "thing" that, I "think" it.

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  6. meaning no disrespect to your friend, i think a lot of your personality shines thru in your every day ensembles. you're great at layering and accessorizing, even when you're wearing a lot of basics, and that's what i'm worst at, so it's great inspiration. i feel like you push me to think thru those things more. the "special" outfits are often times easier. it's when you're trying to be unique on a daily basis that it gets difficult and we could really use your input on it!

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  7. Please keep posting your "average" outfits!!!

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  8. I love them all! I like to take ideas from your average outfits and incorporate them into my everyday wear, its fun to see how other people dress for just a normal day. You always look cute!

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  9. I only have relatable people on my blog roll. It's fun to look at avant-garde fashionistas and ogle their clothes, but I'd much rather see a real woman wearing affordable clothes. So definitely keep up the outfit posting!

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  10. I agree with all of the above! I always need new ideas about how to wear my "regular" clothes! Your outfit posts are always nice to see - keep it up!

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  11. Oh yes...keep the "regular" ideas coming! I love to see the cool, funky stuff, but I like seeing outfits that I can put together using stuff from my own closet (which isn't too funky)! You are adorable and I totally enjoy seeing what you come up with.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Please just do what you have been doing...that "friend" kinda stinks in my opinion. You are a Mom, I am a Mom...it is just nice to see a Mom getting dressed once in a while! My outfits are very normal, very inexpensive, very Mom-on-the-go, and I appreciate what you share!

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  13. keep blogging about your average outfits! you have inspired me...when im shopping i constantly think "would bethany approve of this?" keep it up for us average people!

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  14. PLEEEEEASE keep blogging about your everyday outfits. as an average, or sometime broke, college student looking at your outfits inspires me to rework the pieces I own.

    I love your blog and read it religiously!
    Cheers, B

    Matters of Merrymaking

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  15. For the record.. I love your blog!! Your outfits give me ideas for myself. Dont stop!

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  16. You're doing a great job so please keep posting outfits!! Although I find a lot of inspiration from the big hot fashion blogs, yours is my favorite.

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  17. I like seeing "regular" outfits! besides, something that's "regular" for you might not be for someone else - like layering, wearing scarves, skinny belts. so even if it doesn't seem novel to you, it probably is to someone else.

    and I read your blog because I think you're relatable and real and have a great voice - not only because of your outfits!

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  18. I love seeing your outfits! I read all kinds of blogs but I don't dress flashy because I also chase a little one. I get more inspiration from outfits like yours =)

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  19. Seriously I love seeing all outfits of the day posts. Whether it's higher end fashion or everyday affordability. Nothing is too boring or regular. We can't all be dressed up fabulously every single day. I identify more with fashionable moms than any of the super fashion forward blogs that i read as well...

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  20. I love to see the "everyday" outfit posts. As a mom of 2 kids that is how I dress and I find I identify more with you than some of the more "high fashion" blogs. Yes, they are pretty to look at, but real life is more my style. I actually have the striped shirt you are wearing and would have never thought to style it with the top underneath. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. i love any old outfit, average or not. plus, your average is different from my 'average' and can still be inspiring. And I def agree with other commenters (commentors?) - you are great at layering with clothes and accessories... so it's still inspiring to me! nothing about you is average ma' lady!

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  22. i read your blog and others in google reader and tag entries with either "work," "casual," or "party." i need inspiration for all three, and you've provided all of those! please don't stop!

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  23. My personal favorite outfit of yours was the black friday outfit! HA!!

    I think YOU need to decide what outfits are blog worthy! they are the expression YOU are making!! don't let others opinions get in the way of what you want to share...you never know how your "average salaried, average store bought, averageness" might inspire something amazing for someone else!!

    Also, i love, love, love the real, raw, honest, no bones about it way that you blog about yourself. you aren't always out there to put out your best life (i call it "osteen-ing it"). even anna wintor has average days....i would assume...well maybe average is scared of her, too.

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  24. B,

    LOVE all your outfits! I'm a regular follwer and I get sooo excited when you do outfit blogs. I love that we shop at the same stores so I can try these thigns because the big time fashion i can't afford and there is nothing fun about that :( I LOVE your blog and every little thing about it :) Keeep going girl you're outfits are always unique and awesome!

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  26. I LOVE your average!! Please keep posting them!!!!!!!!!

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  27. I love to see bloggers wearing everyday "plain" outfits! That is what I wear and can afford! A lot of times I get ideas about how to wear my own clothes. Keep it up!

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  28. I'd like to see MORE of the average outfits! They are still a step above what I wear (literally just jeans and a tee). I ogle at the unique ones and think to myself "Wow I could never think to put that together...", but I'm more inspired to be brave and accessorize by looking your "average" outfits! I love how approachable and (hallemclujah!) AFFORDABLE they are!

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  29. YeS!!! I love the everyday clothes! I reach for those 'everyday' clothes, well, pretty much EVERYDAY! I love the budget-friendly angle, as well as the vintage pieces! Its made me far less self-conscious with pieces that are just a few years old, but still wonderful ... Especially when the shoppes are pushing new product/looks every 4 to 6 weeks!

    So. Yes. Please keep doing what'cher doin'! Xo.

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  30. i think i'm with everyone else when i say i live in the average and love your style no matter what so post it all! living in hawaii is all about casual/everyday wear so your average is still dressy for me! i get inspired. i have lived here so long i've forgotten how to be fashionable. ;)

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  31. More outfits, including those that may be deemed "average"/casual. I have lame style, so your casual looks look better than my best outfits! I need more inspiration.

    The tribe has spoken.

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  32. I love all your regular posts!!! I get so excited when I see "wear" posted up on my reader.
    Yes, I love it. :)))

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  33. i actually like seeing everyday, normal outfits. although it is fun to look at gorgeous editorals and street style blogs featuring designer clothing, at the end of the day i'm just a normal girl, and it is hard to get inspiration from such far-fetched looks. at the end of the day, i think you should post the outfits YOU want to post and not worry about other people :)

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  34. i love your everyday outfits! my go to is typically jeans and t-shirts. so its great to see how you switch it up from day to day. i think you dress super cute and really enjoy your blog!

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  35. i love your everyday outfits! my go to is typically jeans and t-shirts. so its great to see how you switch it up from day to day. i think you dress super cute and really enjoy your blog!

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  36. Post the "average" outfits, sugar, it's your blog! Plus, you're the only fashion blogger who shops where I shop, so there's been quite a few times where I say "I have that in my closet!" and then get a new idea on how to wear / style the piece.

    Keep doin' what you do, I'll still be here!

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  37. Sometimes I prefer 'regular' outfits! Each day, I wonder if my outfit was blog-worthy, but for the most part the deciding factor is how I feel, instead of how it looks. If I love the way I feel in an outfit, I try to put it on the blog. It's much easier to decide that way, than based on what I think people want to see.

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  38. Please post the regular outfits! I like to see how other people wear the very same "regular" clothes that I have, and I think it's very brave and inspirational. :D

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  39. I just found your blog a few weeks ago and that is one reason why I liked it so much because I felt like I could relate :) I am "average" too and would love to see what other "average" people wear and how to wear it! I want to be cute, trendy and comfy all while running errands and playing with my 11 mo old!

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  40. Love the "normal" looks, but I'm bummed your shirt AND bracelet are sold out!!

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  41. I say keep posting all your outfits even if you think some aren't super exciting. YOU have inspired me to try new things and branch out with fashion. Seriously, I LOVE your *wear* posts and your whole blog for that matter.

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  42. No! Please keep blogging your outfits, even the ones you feel are average. That's what draws me to your blog because I admire your style, can relate to your choices and even afford them. Average is indeed inspiring because your average day could look totally different than mine!

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  43. The problem with those "big" fashion blogs is that they aren't always practical. A lot of us need to wear something we can clean and cook and chase kids in, and don't mind have sticky fingers giving us hugs in.
    But still... I want to look stylish and pulled together, and your outfit posts are a great source of ideas on how to do this! Keep 'em coming! : )

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