26 November 2013

My day as a fashion blogger.

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I cover quite a wide range of topics on my blog. Parenting, photography, recipes, blogging, sometimes I throw in a DIY, and little boy's fashion. But one thing I hardly every post about, is women's fashion & style. The closest I come to that is my Stitch Fix posts, but even then, it's a far cry from a good, solid fashion post.

That's not to say I don't love women's fashion, though, because I really really do. I just don't find myself to be very knowledgeable in that area, so I figure, who the heck wants to hear about that stuff from me? Ya know? But truth be told, I love to shop. I love wandering the stores and putting together the perfect outfit. If it's comfortable, extra points.

But the cherry on top, is when I can go shopping all by myself. No kids in the dressing room to distract, or unlock & open the door while I'm changing, inevitably embarrassing the heck out of me.

I decided to switch things up around here and try my hand as a fashion blogger for the day. But first, I need inspiration. So duh, I went into target. Alone. It was pure heaven.

I snatched myself up People StyleWatch and InStyle magazines, sat down with a hot cup of hot cocoa and started browsing the pages. I realize I won't ever look as good as the models in the magazine, but I can at least try and piece together an ensemble that looks semi-decent. Right? 


And seriously, after spending a solid 30 minutes by myself with my warm drink and these magazines, I was pretty inspired to go and put together an outfit for my "What I Wore" or "Mama Wears" post, you pick the title. And I was pretty surprised at how many of the fashion trends fit right into what I would call my style. I saw open cardigans/sweaters, hats, boots... right up my alley! So I'd say that thus far, I kinda like being a fashion blogger... it's been a good day.

Next, I pulled together some things I thought were a great mixture of fashionable + comfortable. I'll be honest, comfort will trump being trendy any day. Hence the leggings as pants.

But the next part is what  I wasn't so excited about: Getting photos of myself. Can't wait for my Husband to get home, because by the time he gets back from work, it's dark outside. So... looks like it's up to me to do this thing.

Picture this. Me + my tripod + crazy todder running around photo-bombing all of my pictures. Let me tell ya, I have a new found respect for fashion bloggers. Trying to get pictures of the outfit I put together was basically hilarious. I'm sure my neighbors had a good laugh watching me run back and forth, strike a ridiculous post, wrangle the toddler & repeat. For 30 minutes. But hey, that's the life. Right?


Loose Tee: Forever 21
Grey Cardigan: 41 Hawthorn  via Stitch Fix
Necklace: H&M
Leggings: Target
Boots: Famous Footwear

Truth? I have no idea what the heck to do with my hands except on my hips. So *queue* I'm desperately trying to do something different,  so here goes the awkward-both hands-on-my-beanie pose. Meh.


And some of you said you wanted outtakes, so... here you go. Double chin for the win! Just keepin' it real guys.


And you guys, after all of this, I totally forgot to bring my bag into these photos. Major bummer. It was a cute silver hobo bag, maybe you can pretend I'm holding it. ;-)

But in all seriousness, I really do have a great time finding inspiration for what I wear. Which usually either comes from Pinterest, or magazines I browse through at the checkout line. Don't tell me you don't do that. Oh!! And right now, if you go to Target from 11/29-12/7 & buy People StyleWatch and InStyle magazines together, the cashier will give you a $5 gift card. So I say, go grab the magazines and use the $5 to get yourself a Starbucks drink and go get inspired!

30 comments:

Brooke Tolly said...

I love this! You did such a great job! Way better than I could have :)

Modern Momma said...

Love the outfit and the photos! :) You'll have to instagram a pic of your bag since I love hobo purses and I'm in need of a new one...I need ideas!

Karly Gomez said...

Girl you did a great job making that outfit! You look like a pro fashion blogger. And I agree with Modern Momma, you should definitely instagram the bag!

Kate said...

Love this and that is a great outfit. I know you're a pinterest girl and they have tons of poses for women. But the two hands on the beanie is cute. Great job!

Whitney H said...

These photos are great! I love those outfit and would totally wear that all year round if I could!

Tairalyn said...

Love the toque. Adorable.

Xxoo
Tairalyb

Tairalyn said...

Love the toque. Adorable.

Xxoo
Tairalyb

melissa rohr said...

love it! that is seriously my idea outfit. ha, even though my hair is just barely long enough to pull off hats ;)

Laura Railing said...

I'm am LOL'ing at the outtakes! LOVE it! I think you did a really good job piecing together an outfit! You should do posts more often because you really do have a great sense of style! I think you totally have a more realistic sense of style that all moms (or anyone who loves comfy?!) can appreciate. Who says you can't have comfy and stylish too? Good job :)

Pieni Lintu said...

Nice outfit. I love that cardigan, it's just so me!!

kendall r said...

Awe, you look adorable! LOVE your outfit!

amber.m said...

Well you look super cute and those pictures turned out great! Being a fashion blogger is hard! I've done a few outfit posts and it's like SERIOUSLY difficult to do!

Mindi @ Simply Stavish said...

You did a great job! Seriously I love the outfit. Take self photos with a tripod is SO hard!! I dreaded every baby bump selfie photo I did because of it. Never tackled it when the boys were around so props to you for doing so. I love the outtakes...it's real life and totally makes the outfit "real" if that makes sense.

Rj and Jessie said...

I'm with you! I feel so weird trying to pose. :X

Courtney said...

That beanie!! The color is perfection with your new brown hair. Love it!

Kiara Buechler said...

Hehehe, love the photos. Very cute outfit!

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

Great job, Mandy! Love the outfit!

Leah D said...

You are adorable as always and I love everything about your outfit!! PS. The outtakes are actually my favorite! :)

Molly said...

You are so adorable, Mandy! I've always wondered what it would be like to take photos of myself like a real fashion blogger, lol!

Discovery Street said...

you are the CUTEST!!

Kenzie @ Life According to Kenz said...

You are gorgeous Mandy! I absolutely love this post and your beautiful photos :)

Lindsay @ Pursuit of Pink said...

I found you from the Pollinate facebook group and I absolutely love the look you put together; you are so adorable! Even though my daughter is only 5 months old, I certainly know what you mean about needing some along shopping time. Hope you enjoyed it!
XOXO
Lindsay
www.PursuitofPink.com

Tara said...

I love this. This totally inspires me! To try! :) Love your outfit! and I love that it is adorable and looks totally comfortable!

Cheryl Enlow said...

This is so cute. Love your outfit!!

Carly said...

That hat is ADORABLE!!!!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Adrienne at La Vita e Bella said...

Great post! You are adorable!

Chelsea Olivia said...

Um, don't mind me but WHAT THE HECK? Why are you not a fashion blogger all the time?!?!? Your pictures are fantastic and I love your outfit!!! Tripod for the win, obviously!

Loyal RUN said...

Awesome!!! You are so gorgeous!! Lovin' the outfit :)

Fran said...

Love your outfit! But I hear ya on the awkwardness that is to take our own pictures, I had to it not long ago and it was just... awkward haha

Chelsea said...

You are so darn adorable! I love love love that beanie!