Sharing Bits and Pieces: Part Two

What if you love fashion but you’d rather be behind the camera instead of in front of it?

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Won’t that be a problem if you want to have a personal style blog?

The answer is…not really.  The first blogger who comes to my mind is Beautifully Invisible.  She doesn’t post as much as she has in the past, but she was one of the first personal style bloggers I followed.  Her guide to moving your blog from Blogspot to a self-hosted WordPress site was invaluable as were her discourses on fashion and beauty.

Somdyuti D. Ray of Stilettosaurus shared an insightful article regarding her choice to blog about fashion without being a personal style blogger.  She said, ” We have so many niche bloggers who are far more interested in speaking fashion than posing in front of the camera.”

If you choose to go this route how do you begin?  First things first.  Figure out your niche.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

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  1.  Write about vintage clothing.  There’s a plethora of article ideas in this one category alone:  How to date clothes by their tags, features about past designers and styles, caring for your vintage items, etc.
  2. Cover a certain era, say the bohemian seventies or the mod sixties.
  3.  Examine and post photos of a fashion genre such as rockabilly or kawaii.
  4. Perhaps you could start a street style blog in your hometown and put other fashionable or quirky people in front of your camera.
  5. Provide thought-provoking articles about the current fashion scene complete with photos.
  6. Start a personal style blog but only photograph your outfits from the neck down.  Patti of Not Dead Yet Style began her blog this way.  This will also build up your confidence about being in front of the camera.
  7. Blog anonymously.  Feel free to put your true feelings and images out there.

The important thing is putting your personal spin on the content.  There are innumerable photos of fashion on the web.  What will draw people to your site is your take on things.

The world is waiting to hear your voice.  You don’t even have to show your face.

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

I Love My Lemonade Life!

When you comment, please feel free to share links to some of your favorite fashion and personal style bloggers who don’t do personal head to toe outfit shots.  Thank you.

You can read Sharing Bits and Pieces, Part One  here.

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Sharing Bits and Pieces

If you are new to blogging and you are reticent about sharing photos of yourself on your blog, I have a simple solution.  Just share tiny bits and pieces until you feel more comfortable.

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A simple shot of your shoes, your armful of bangles or your eyes can convey volumes about who you are.

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Taking tiny steps like this will gradually increases your confidence until you reach the point to where posting an outfit shot will be a decision made rationally…not made or not made because of fear.

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Post your beautiful skirt swirling around you or your elegant hands sipping a drink.  This sort of photography begs for you to be creative.

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The idea of using tiny actions to progress towards your goals is called Kaizen.  It’s one of the topics I’m learning about this year.

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So try a small step.  A simple photo.  The world is waiting to see you.

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Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

(Photo details:  Gloves, local shop.  Shoes, Shoe Show.  Socks, Claire’s.  Vintage flower pin, thrifted.  Red top, thrifted.  Skirt, Eddie Bauer. Purse, Burke’s Outlet.)

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7 Things to Do When You are Snowbound

Photo from My First Day Out After Snowmageddon 2015:

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I’ve just spent the past 13 days at home surrounded by snow.  I chimed along with all the  comments on Facebook, but inside I had a dirty little secret.  I’ve enjoyed being stuck at home!

I’m constantly on the run so I’ve treated this solitude like a mini vacation.  I hope some of these ideas might be fun for you and yours.

  • Have a movie marathon:  We watched all of the Harry Potter movies again.  So nice to not have to wait a year in between the next installment.  Another series I would recommend is The Lord of the Rings.  It takes a few hours but it’s worth it.  If you’d rather catch some old black and whites, I don’t think you can beat Jimmy Stewart in Harvey or You Can’t Take it With You.
  • Get creative in the kitchen.  I mixed up a master baking mix and used it to make a gooey chocolate cake in the Crockpot.  Drag out a cookbook.  Find something that makes you excited and give it a try.
  • Eat snow cream.  Snow + milk + sugar + vanilla = YUM!  You remember this treat from your childhood days.  It’s still good.

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  • Sleep.  I caught up on my rest by going to bed when I wanted and getting up when I wanted.  No where to go = no schedule needed!  The couch is your friend when you’re on a snowbound vacation.
  • Start a project.  Eventually, you will want to get up off the couch.  After watching Gala Darling’s Ted Talk, I located my copy of Radical Self Love Boot Camp and started through the course again.  It made me happy to see my pic holding the journal I had decorated for the course mixed in with several others in the collage on the big screen behind her!
  • Spring Clean.  I’ve found the absolute best book on decluttering.  It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  With all this free time, I’ve whizzed through the first few categories and I am well on my way to a simplified home.  I figure if you clean now while the weather’s sloppy, you’ll be able to fly around shopping, travelling and eating out once the weather gets pretty because you will already be done with all that cleaning stuff!  

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  • Read a good book.  I pulled my copy of The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman off the shelf and immersed myself in her stories once again.  What’s your favorite?  Maybe you could reread that coming of age novel you loved when you were 13.  Or pick one from your stack of unread books.  Come on…if you’re like me you know you’ve got a stack like that.

Those are my seven.  All right you creative bloggers and readers…what are some of yours?  I need some new ideas for the next snow!

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Live Your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

I Love My Lemonade Life!

(Outfit details:  Gap jeans, thrifted.  Butterfly top, Belks.  Tomato Red cardigan, gift.  Scarf, knitted by my best friend, Thank You, Laronda!  Boots, Jumbo UGGS, made in Melbourne, Australia.)  I am planning a tutorial on Ugg Boots.  I learned a lot researching this.

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Traveling On…

I’ve been offline for quite a few weeks now, but I’ve been blessed to spend this time travelling around with various family members. I’ve even been able to check one of my dream trips off my bucket list…(Australia, yes!!!)  But, I promise to visit my blogger friends and post again soon!  Until then…

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Covered Bridge. New Hampshire.

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Haney’s Appledale Farm. Kentucky.

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Cumberland Falls. Kentucky.

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Royal Botanic Gardens. South Yarrow, Australia.

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London Bridge. Great Ocean Road. Australia.

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Kangaroos and Koalas IN THE WILD tour. Australia.

Until next time,

Debbie

 

 

Sometimes I Just Want to be a Plain Jane

Some days I just want to be comfortable.

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Some days I just want to relax.

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Sometimes I just want to be a plain Jane.  How about you?

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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(Outfit details:  Top, thrifted.  Black heart earrings, Claire’s Boutique.  Socks, Burke’s Outlet.  Converse, Payless.  Pin on shoes, North Market, Columbus, Ohio.)

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Rescue Kitty and Leopard

A few weeks ago my daughter discovered a stray kitten wandering around my mom’s yard.  It’s eyes were running, it had no hair on it’s nose, but she thought he was beautiful.  We brought him home and gave him a steady diet of food, water and love.  Look at him now!

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Like cats everywhere, he has to be in the action.

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What I’m wearing:  Just a casual outfit for errands and lunch out with my mom.  Leopard cardigan, Belks.  White shirt, thrifted.  Jeans, rue21.  Red tennis shoes, Target.  Red heart earrings, Claire’s.  Leather belt, Eddie Bauer.  Note:  A sales clerk at Eddie Bauer told me their items are guaranteed for life.  Just save your receipts.  So this is my BELT FOR LIFE.

Namu is curious about the flashing light and clicking noises.

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Ready for his own blog with this profile shot.

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Namu and his shadow.

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Namu followed me around as I made pictures documenting the changing of the seasons. Sometimes, I’m so caught up in what I’m doing that I miss the gradual changes.  I catch the first tinge of gold and then the next time I remember to look up it’s a full blaze or reds, oranges and golds.  I promised myself that this year I would stop and smell the goldenrod.  Which would be a bad idea since it fires up my allergies, but you know what I mean.

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The changes are subtle.  This year I don’t want to miss a thing.

Until next time,

Debbie

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Thrifting Tips

I love thrift stores.  The wild variety of one of a kind items.  Knowing there is absolutely nothing in this store that you can’t afford.  It’s the great democracy of shopping.  Everyone has their own way of going about things.  Here’s mine.

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Don’t worry about getting there at just the right time.  I know when new merchandise goes on the floor at my favorite thrift store.  But if I have something else going on on Thursday mornings I don’t sweat it.  Even if I show up on Friday there will still be plenty of deals for me to find.  Thrifting shouldn’t be anything to stress over.

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Have plenty of cash in small bills.  Not all stores can break big bills.  It would be sad to leave that magenta disco dress just because all you have is a fifty.

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Wear slip on shoes.  If you are at a store that has a dressing room, and not all do, then slip on shoes will make trying on so much quicker.

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If there is no dressing room, there is no shame in slipping the clothes on over top of what you’re wearing.

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Above all enjoy yourself!  Where else can you have this much fun for under ten bucks?

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Until next time…

Debbie

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