What I Wore:
Necklace: eBay - $12
Shirt: GAP - $12
Shorts: Target - $13
Belt: from a pair of pants
Sandals - birthday gift
Pictures for my blog are kind of a Catch-22 in themselves. If I get pictures in the morning before I leave, the timing is typically perfect, my hair and make-up are at their best (arguably) and my outfits are as wrinkle-free as they're going to get. However, morning photos require indoor photography, as I leave for work as the sun is rising. Afternoon photography can give me better lighting, but I take the picture after a long day of teaching -- and the after-effects of teaching make for wrinkled clothes, crazy hair, and questionable make-up sliding. It seems to me that my best option comes down to indoor pictures in the morning--though I have to take the occasional wrinkled-skirt photo in my classroom or when I get home in the afternoon.
I feel guilty when I post photos with bad lighting or wrinkled clothes -- and I've even given a lot of thought to ending my blog because the quality of photographs lack what I see in other blogs. After a lot of thought and advising from Fins, I remembered that I started this blog for myself -- and it has done a world of good for me and my style. I find so much joy in talking with all of you, getting your tips, and even your critiques. As long as I enjoy writing my blog, I'm going to keep doing it.
Either way, I don't know why I feel pressured to have magazine-polished photographs of my outfits. Is there an expectation of bloggers to have DSLR-taken-Photoshopped-outdoorsy-ethereal-scenery-marketable pictures of their clothes? I imagine if you're reading my blog, you probably completely understand my lifestyle and don't expect my blog to be a magazine, so I think I am putting that pressure on myself. You guys know what I look like--and I'm sure you have enough imagination to remove the wrinkles or sense to translate the outfit into one with out imperfections, right? Maybe I should add a disclaimer under my picture: "Some creativity and imagination required."
I don't want to sound like the blogger who has a chip on her shoulder, but I write this blog as a hobby -- it's not even close to being my only job. If you're reading this blog, it's not because I advertised or plastered my link everywhere. If I have sponsors or c/o items, it's not because I went out of my way to track them down or contacted them first. I love that my blog is more relaxed and low-maintenance--and I hope that you do, too.
Also, this post turned out a lot longer than I originally intended...It was originally entitled "Birthday Cake Shirt" and included some pseudo-witty little diatribe about how my shirt looks like sprinkles.
That's actually all I had.