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Monday, March 5, 2012

Trying To Make This Outfit Interesting

I spent the weekend obsessing over Kendi's blog.  I read all of her 2009, 2010 and half of 2011 posts in three days.  No wonder I have zero comments on my posts.  I've been thinking about the reasons why my blog is so bleh and comments are rare.

A.  I'm 43.  (And not 27 and gorgeous like Kendi.)
B.  My outfits are downright boring (and not like the Anthropologie outfits that Kendi pulls off so well.)
C.  The backgrounds of my photos are uninteresting and basically crappy (and not in beautiful open fields and on tops of parking structures and modern-looking brick walls.) 
D.  I'm not a witty writer (like Kendi is.)
E.  I'm so stiff in front of the camera and don't know how to pose naturally (like Kendi knows how to so well.)

I really should learn not to compare myself to a gorgeous 27 year old who has a husband that is a professional photographer to take her blog photos.  What I can do is amp up the color and accessories on my outfits.   My wish is to add another color to my outfits.  I usually just wear one color with the usual neutral.  I really like the look of two colors that go well together, but it's difficult for me to figure out if the two colors really do look right together.  I do know that navy and orange are BFFs, so I am confident wearing those two together.  I do know that yellow and purple are also BFFs, but when I tried wearing them together I looked like an Easter egg.  I also need to learn to loosen up in front of the camera and not look so much like a robot.

Earlier today I had my 6 year old son take photos outside in our front yard using my iPhone camera.  None were in focus and there was too much sun.  So I moved into the shade but the background was ugly due to kid toys being everywhere and chipped paint on the walls.  So we moved inside to our music room.  Too many instruments around which are a serious distraction to my outfit.  I decided I must go back to using our crappy point-and-shoot camera on the tripod because my 6 year old is not able to focus.  So, back to this lame background once again.  Sigh.

I hope I have some interest with this outfit.  The tee isn't just a plain tee.  It has some floral texture at the top neckline just on one side, making it somewhat asymmetrical.  My cardigan is named "Cardinal Red", but to me it looks like a dark coral.  My skinny belt is navy with a different shade of lighter, brighter blue to add contrast at the beltloop and layer underneath the beltloop and flap part.  My bracelet is full of gold and navy baubles to bring in more navy to compliment the coral cardigan and add some shininess of gold.  My favorite part of this outfit is the clutch, I do love the texture and patten in brings to this outfit.  I scaled back on the size of my earrings since  I didn't want to wear too much gold, so I went with these medium-sized dark wood earrings which has a small gold hoop.  I questioned whether I should wear these metallic copper croc pumps since I already have a metallic with the bracelet.  I could have worn nude pumps, but I thought those might be too boring.  Hopefully because of the bold pattern and texture of the clutch along with the croc pattern on my pumps this outfit is somewhat interesting.  I'm really trying here.

Being that a rather large percentage of my closet is from Nordstrom shouldn't they be sponsoring my blog??  LOL. 

Trying to be a wee bit more playful with my poses.  I need serious posing/modeling lessons from Kendi.

Trying To Make My Blog More Interesting Outfit

Anthropologie 'Gathering Tank', white -
Halogen 3/4 sleeve cardigan, Cardinal Red -
Halogen® Two Tone Skinny Belt, Azure/Navy -
7 For All Mankind Mid-Rise Bootcut Jean, Rinse Wash - Macy's
Cole Haan 'Air Carma' OT copper croc, Cole Haan Outlet
kate spade 'Keswick Caning' bracelet, navy & gold - Nordstrom
French Connection 'Zig Zag' clutch, Dark Wood - Nordstrom (my special treat from the amazing Michigan Avenue store in Chicago)

Bigger earrings maybe are needed for this outfit.  There is something missing.   I don't know, wouldn't bigger earrings overpower the bracelet?  Am I being too shy?  How can this outfit be more interesting?


  1. lol ... cute post. Like your poses - I battle with that as well. It's not as easy as it looks huh?

  2. Personally, I like your outfits - they're down to earth and are something I would actually wear myself.

    I unsubscribed from Kendi's blog some time ago. Her outfits are very cute, but I'm much older than her and they just don't work for me.

    So, your blog actually fills a need - keep up the good work!

  3. Wendy, thanks for stopping by! Posing is probably the most difficult thing for me. I just need to relax.

    Thank you so much Chris. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. I'm definitely happy to know you would wear my outfits.

  4. I agree with Chris ...great fashionable outfits that I would love to wear! Great job Cyn!!

  5. Laura K,
    I very much appreciate you visiting my live blog and giving me feedback!! You are the best! I am very much looking forward to Girls' Weekend!

  6. How perfect is this outfit?? I love it. Belted cardigans are my favorite look, and I love the metallic shoes.

    And I think your blog is awesome. :) I agree, Nordstrom should sponsor you! Hee. Did you see my post about how libraries can be like Nordstrom? Ahhh, I love Nordstrom.

  7. Hi...I'm Lisa and I have been peeking at your blog every now and then. I think you do a great job! I much prefer real life blogs than the ones that are slick and polished productions. I think yours however is not at all boring, your style, age, posts and outfits are all just fine!
    I'm not sure how long you have been blogging, but it does take time to build a following.
    Keep posting! I should probably try to comment more on all of the blogs I read....I get so much inspiration from all of you!

  8. I like the look that you have achieved with this outfit. I would maybe wear chunkier earrings. I think it might balance the bracelet, rather than compete with it. And I love the pumps. I like Kendi's blog, but I agree with the others - your outfits are more wearable.

  9. Allison,
    It seems like I'm always wearing belted cardis, but I love them so much. I need to wear more jackets because I keep wearing the same thing all the time but in various colors.

    Thank you so much for peeking at my blog. Please come by more often. I know I should be blogging more often. Maybe I post a few times a month. It should be a few time each week! Again, thanks for stopping by.

    I very much appreciate your comments. I really should get a new pair of chunkier earrings. I'm glad my outfits are wearable.

  10. I saw this outfit in person and have to admit that the photos just doesn't do it justice. Love your colors and the way you put everything together. You are a lovely woman. Having more confidence in your style and choices will come across more in your photos and bring them more to life. Happy to see you doing what you love. Keep it up...