Outfit: Getting Better All the Time

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Last week, I took a little break from blogging.  I do this every couple of months just to keep myself sane.  A lot of you guys are bloggers, too, and I’m sure you know how stressful it can be to keep up.  A break now and then is a great way to reevaluate and figure out what’s working and what’s not.

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For me, I was getting way too overwhelmed with Instagram.  I started spending too much time scrolling through my feed and commenting until my poor, tired fingers could no longer swipe.  I believe that the best way to build up a following is to get out there and reach out to as many people as possible by leaving comments, but when it dawned on me that I hadn’t washed my dishes in a week because I was too busy doing that, I knew I needed to cool it.

On the other hand, I really missed taking and editing pictures.  I felt like I was getting into a good groove with my photos lately, and it was hard to not go out and stage a shoot for a whole week.  More than anything else with this blog, I really love posing for the camera and then going back home to geek out in Lightroom.

What about you? Do you guys take breaks too?  If you do, have you learned something about your blog during your time off?

By the way, if you’re looking for a jacket like the one I’m wearing here, why don’t you mosey on over to thredUP?  When you use the code EAGLE50, you can get 50% your first-time purchase of American Eagle clothes!

Dress: thrifted

Jacket: c/o thredUP

Shoes: old, Seychelles

Bag: old, Gap

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Outfit: Getting Better All the Time

  1. I agree so much with this post! I took some breaks here and there during the summer while it was so hot and it was so helpful!

    Also YES to the instagram overload! I talked a little bit about this in my most recent post. I’m not very good at engagement on instagram (it’s not the most accessible app for the visually impaired) because after a while my eyes hurt so much from looking at a small screen but I suppose I really need to do it more if I want to get a bigger following….

    I much prefer commenting on actual blog posts.

    Lee – leethrifts.com

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    1. I think whichever way you choose to engage with your readers is a good one! So if commenting on actual blog posts is what you prefer, keep doing that! Honestly, that’s probably a much better idea in the long run, since social media outlets can come and go but the blogs will always be there.

      And I’m glad you’re a fan of breaks too! I really think they’re the key to staying sane.

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  2. Things I love: 1. The Beatles reference in the post title 2. Those shoes. 3. Finding a cute jacket via ThreadUP (way to save $$ AND up the cool-factor) and 4. The sheer detailing in that dress. Subtle but… smokin’!!

    I feel like maybe I only wear the same 3 outfits on rotation until I get sick of them and then pick three new outfits and I’m perpetually boring in terms of fashion. How do you stop yourself from sticking to the same few pieces you’re digging at the time and accidentally ignoring 90% of the clothes in your closet? (Maybe a post idea?)

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    1. Things I love: You, you, and you!! You’re too kind. 🙂

      Honestly, I tend to do almost the same thing. Like, I have this one white top that’s practically yellow at this point because I wear it so much. I think when you find stuff that works for you, it’s hard to try out new stuff. I actually have a little “formula” that I wrote out to help me come up with fresh combos!

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  3. I really love the feel of your photo shoots lately! The second picture is my favorite of the set. I often find myself needing breaks when I start losing inspiration or just get tired of looking at myself. The most enjoyable part for me is editing in Lightroom. I tend to get carried away and before I know it, 2 hours of my life are gone!

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    1. Thanks! I’ve been trying out some different angles and spending more time on my pictures, so I’m glad you like them!

      I think it’s really great that you know your limits and know when it’s time to take a break. And I feel the same way about Lightroom! Do you ever go back and re-edit pictures for fun??

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  4. Well rested blogger are inspired, creative bloggers! I took a cool down this summer from the whole Internet and felt very good coming back for Septmeber.

    You look wonderful as always!

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  5. I love your pictures! And that dress is so darling! I go back and forth between spending too much time on Instagram to only posting and then not looking at it haha! It’s a love-hate relationship. I haven’t taken a blogging break for a while now, so a week off might be in order, especially in November when I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo!
    ~Sara

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    1. I know what you mean about that love-hate relationship! Sometimes I get so caught up with IG that I just want to disconnect from it for a good long time. Also, that’s exciting that you’re doing NaNoWriMo!

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  6. Girl, you are probably one of the nicest people on Instagram who’s ever stumbled upon my page (and for that I’m grateful to have met you) but you gotta think of your wellbeing now and then too. It won’t do you any good to catch a cold or something because you’re commenting away all night :’)

    I really adore your pictures. They have a significant touch which just seems so you! Also, I love how you always wear different hairstyles to your outfits (which is clearly more than I’ve ever bothered to do) haha

    Personally, my favourite part of an outfit post—or any post, really, where I get to take the pictures—is staging the photos and editing them. Then again, writing things to go along with the photos is also a whole lot of fun. Though, it’s been said that my posts are a little tl;dr…

    Alive as Always

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    1. Haha that’s what the breaks are for! Though I have to confess that I still spent some time on IG during my break. I can’t help it. I like seeing what everyone’s up to.

      And thank you! I do my best. I’m a big fan of A Clothes Horse so I love following her hair tutorials.

      I love that you usually have a lot to say in your posts! I think the writing part of blogging has become a little bit of a lost art, so it’s really refreshing when someone like you can put together something worth reading and enjoying.

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  7. Yes, I sometimes spend too much time on Instagram too. If I spent the time that I spend on Instagram doing other productive things instead, perhaps I would have something to show at the end of the day! And taking a break from blogging is a good idea sometimes- then you can get refreshed and come back stronger. I took a break a couple of weeks ago, because I was just getting overwhelmed with all I had to do, and it was the best thing, as I was just itching to get back to it, and was able to write up 5 outlines for posts in two evenings!
    -Nicole
    The Artyologist

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    1. That’s really awesome that your break was such a refreshment! It’s amazing that just taking a little time off could be a huge creativity booster.

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