Monday, October 20, 2014

Seriously Stylish

My favorite thing about personal style blogging is just that - it's personal.

Fashion blogging has come very far, but isn't it still supposed to be about sharing individual style as inspiration? We've lost some good ones along the way due to the shiny appeal of wearing head-to-toe free stuff and the always lurking latest trends. I'm still hopeful in a new breed of bloggers to help us remember what a personal style is and that we don't all have to fit into some cookie cutter fashion world. Keep on doing you, wear weird clothes, and don't be afraid of looking different. I'm right here with ya!

But don't take my word for it! (Actually, do. Do take my word for it. I made a video all about it!)


Outfit details:
Vintage 60s shift dress - free (thrifted)
Black turtleneck dress - .25 cents (garage sale)
Black tights - $5 (Wal-Mart)
Sequin beret - $1 (thrifted)
Black booties - c/o MonroeandMain.com
Orange-y lipstick - Purty Persimmon by Wet'n'Wild

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Friday, October 17, 2014

6 Amazing Creative Writing Hacks

Disclaimer: The following tips are only meant to be used for fun. Since many encourage you to work from something previously written, those writings are only intended to be used as an outline and you should not blatantly plagiarize someone else's hard work. Stealing ain't cool, man.
photo credit: zeitfaenger.at via photopin cc 

Writing doesn't have to be so serious. Get your creative juices flowing and shake things up by trying one of my six tried & true writing methods below. Silly? Yes. Inspiring? Also, yes.

Big Deal Take formerly written text and inject it with as many voluminous words as feasible.

Can You Do It In Less? Choose a paragraph or sentence written by another writer and narrow their idea down in fewer words while still maintaining the structure of the article. A great place to look for ideas are on blogs.

Twitter In a similar game, try to narrow down a paragraph into a single tweet of 140 characters or less. You probably already do this on a daily basis (stupid character limits!) so it shouldn't be too far of a stretch.

And Now For The News Take an ordinary piece of writing, a friend's Facebook status would be superb, and rewrite it to become headlining news story. (Bonus points if you share it with your friend and prove how dramatic they are.)

The Alphabet Game This is a twist on a children's game. In a single paragraph, begin each sentence off with a different letter of the alphabet and continue the suit in alphabetical order. Be even more creative by starting with a different letter other than A.

"All my friends think I'm cool. But I don't have any friends. Could be because I don't get out much. Don't judge me!"  (maybe not the most proper string of words, but you get the gist)

Inanimate Object Write a story from the point of view of an inanimate object in your space. Maybe a coffee mug, your favorite pillow, or even your shower! What crazy tales does it have to say?

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Like this post? I wrote another one very similar to it that is sure to keep your creative juices flowing. Follow the link here: Writers Block Be Gone

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

That Darn Hat

Wearing the same hat from my outfit post on Monday? You betcha! I'm not really one to fall into a repetitive pattern, but when it's this cute, I'll comply. Lately it seems like I'm not the only one repeating myself, and not just sartorially. Maybe it's my choice of blogs to read or my regular internet stops, but I feel like I keep reading the same posts over and over again with slightly different wording. The style blogs I choose to read are all obsessed with the weather (maybe they're better suited to a career in meteorology?), the internet articles I painfully scan through are all regurgitating the same ol' headlines, and Facebook won't stop shoving my friends' petty college complaints in my face.

Has the internet run out of topics to talk about? There's a vast world of unexplored content out there and so many different viewpoints that have not been heard, yet everyone is stuck on the same thing. Yes, I want to read about clothes, but it doesn't have to be boring!

This is not to say everyone is doing this. As far as style bloggers go, I've been thoroughly impressed with the writing of The Midwest Muse, And I Get Dressed, Delightfully Tacky, and The Fashion Kidd.. just to name a few. They've all developed such a distinct point of view when it comes to talking about regular stuff that is so refreshing to read! What are your go-to sites that leave you feeling inspired, smarter, and more empowered? (They don't have to involve outfits. Those are just my personal preference.)

Outfit details:
Plaid button up - $4 (thrifted)

Green top - gift from my aunt
Black jeggings - $2.50 (thrifted)
Black flats - $7 (Wal-Mart)
Necklace - gift from Lyndsey
Hat - paid w/ a gift card (Asos.com, old)
Lips - 01 by Kate for Rimmel London

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