Fashion blogging is a very strange job. From the curious glances (or outright stares) during photo shoots, to the arguments with your husband over f-stop settings (Amanda recently coined the term #spousetographer to the hilarity of the rest of the TME team), to bribing the kids to cooperate during photos (aka no eye or tongue gymnastics)….it’s a weird job. Add in the wide range of reactions you get during small talk at parties (disbelief, eye rolling, some genuine interest) and the fact that much of your day is spent staring at photos of yourself in all your *cough*aging*cough* glory….it can be humbling, for sure. Throw in a few mean-spirited comments now and then, some outfit fails, and the realization that your husband has started to cringe whenever you reach for your pineapple sweatpants (and you are always reaching for said Pineapple sweatpants because they are blogging sweatpants and the fact that you have ‘blogging sweatpants’ at all speaks volumes)….well.
It’s not always glamorous. (HA. It’s rarely glamorous.)
But there are some definite perks to the job. The biggest one being that I genuinely LOVE it. (You’d have to, really. See above.) I love figuring out what works, figuring out how to -easily- feel the most like myself, and then…figuring out how to break it down so others can feel the same. And when I do? When I get an email from a reader saying that I’ve helped them discover their own personal style, or helped them find themselves again after babies, or post-partum or nursing or miscarriages or – sometimes – cancer? I’m totally over-the-moon. The community aspect of blogging is the biggest perk of all.
But the other perk? The smaller, but slightly more glamorous one? CLOTHES. As a blogger, I’m lucky enough to be gifted with free items from time-to-time, and part of my job is, quite frankly, shopping. Since we’re so focused on pieces that go the distance, I’m most comfortable recommending pieces that I’ve actually tried. Tried on, in some cases, and worn and washed and worn again in others. I cut hems off jeans with wild abandon – making mistakes in the process – so we all can learn from it. And since one of the goals of this blog is to save you time shopping, we all do our best to stay current. It’s not very helpful if I keep gushing on and on about the fab DKNY parka I picked up at the Anniversary Sale two years ago. Try eBay, Suckers! MWAHHAHA!
It’s tempting, though. Because there are a few pieces that have emerged over the years as my go-tos. My closet workhorses. These are the pieces you’re most likely to find me in, make-up free and flustered, picking up my kids from school. The pieces I wear on Thursday night date night, when it’s just Mike and I curled up somewhere, the pieces I wear when hanging out with friends.
And since we’re focusing on three perfect outfits this year (the one above is one of them), I though I’d I’d highlight my favorites, my most-worn pieces. The pieces you’ve probably seen me wearing time and again, the pieces you’ll definitely be seeing more of in the future. The pieces that definitely factor into the creation of three perfect outfits.