I have a tough life. I'm currently writing this from my parents' lake house while I sit on the balcony with a coffee and bagel sandwich that my dad made for me and nowhere important to be. One of my best friends, Whitney, and I are staying here for a couple days with plans to go out on the lake and do nothing but relax. We got in last night and so far have sat outside and talked, watched a couple episodes of It's Always Sunny, and tried not to die in the bunk beds we're sleeping in.
Photos, Elyse Katz
I don't have too much to say about this outfit other than it includes a cardigan that I find a way to wear with just about everything and my absolute favorite necklace. My first post was about the lovely Alyson Fox, a jewelry designer who I once interviewed for a website. That Christmas, my parents got me this beautiful necklace that was part of Fox's collaboration with Verabel and it's remained one of my most prized possessions ever since.
I recently realized that I've created a set of "rules" for my blog and blog etiquette and I wanted to share some of them. Why? Because this is the one place I can force my opinions on people and readers have no choice but to listen.
1. Only take photos of outfits I actually wear
I've talked about this before, but my it's my biggest rule. I have some fancy dresses and one or two pairs of heels I think would look great in photos, but I don't plan on taking pictures of them until I actually wear them. Some girls make gorgeous flower wreaths and are brave enough to wear them outside, but I don't so I don't see the point in taking photos in one.
2. Read every comment, visit every blog
I'll admit, it's probably so easy for me to do so since there aren't TOO many comments to go through, but I still appreciate every person who takes the time to read mine. If someone is nice enough to look at mine, the least I can do is visit theirs.
3. "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"
I do visit every blog, but I also believe in being honest. I feel bad about some the blogs I don't comment on, but if I don't like a blog or an outfit, I'd rather say nothing than be fake and pretend I do. (Sometimes, though, I do just forget to comment.) That being said...
4. Appreciate personal style
I still do comment on some outfit posts I might not necessarily like for myself, but I think the best thing about the fashion blogging community is being able to see a variety of personal styles. I never see any two blogs exactly the same and it's one of those things that reminds me why I love fashion so much.
5. Never ask anyone to follow my blog
It's one thing to leave a link (I appreciate it when people do, sometimes it's difficult to get to each commenter's blog), but I refuse to leave a comment that says "Can you follow my blog?" I follow blogs because I genuinely like them, not because someone asked me to and I expect my readers to do the same. If someone likes mine enough, they shouldn't need me to ask for their follow. Nothing bothers me more than commenters who obviously don't read the post and comment with, "Cute. Check out my blog..."
6. Add a personal voice, but don't share too much
I like to talk about my life so readers can get a sense of a human face behind the blog (besides, you know, my actual human face that I plaster all over it), but I think there's such a thing as over-sharing. I make sure to include a few personal tidbits in each post, but after that, I don't think too many people care about every detail in my life.
I'd like to make it clear that I am very much aware these are MY rules, and mine alone. I understand that each blogger more or less has their own set of rules and I don't want this to come across as a judgement of anyone who doesn't follow mine. I do follow a lot of bloggers who wear crazy things that they might not actually wear in real life or who always go into great detail about their lives and I still LOVE those blogs. The fact of the matter is, we all share the same passion and nothing makes me happier than seeing how supportive bloggers are of one another. And with that, I'm done with today's ramblings, stay tuned for another one soon, I'm sure. I'd love to know, though, does anyone else have a similar set of rules?
Cardigan: American Apparel, via Buffalo Exchange
Boots: Cathy Jean
Ring: Consignment store
Necklace: Verabel + Fox