Saturday, 1 September 2012

Laborious

Here's what I had on to run countless backed-up errands, some of which involved lifting and hauling stuff and getting sweaty and grouchy. While I hate to wear out my welcome with yet another practical outfit, I wanted to show you how some of my new Megan Mae Designs buttonflowers rescued the hell out of it on their first outing: 

red leather necklace: a gift from my mother
buttonflowers: Megan Mae Designs
I was talking to the awesome Audrey of undead dandy about quite liking when other bloggers also post their more ordinary, long-day-worthy wear, yet feeling unsure about doing so myself. What are your thoughts - does it interest you as well, or make you less likely to keep reading / following?

forgotten head-top sunglasses: Ray Ban, shown here
blind without 'em regular specs: Oakley, shown here
bolero sweater:
River Island, Colours, also worn here
knot-front tank top: L'Amadei, Winners

skirt: Max Studio, Marshalls
shoes: Hush Puppies, worn here
I'm also frustrating myself by repeating a bunch of items this early into blogging. I think this happens when I'm overtired and have a run of days demanding totally comfortable, easy-care things, and I get front-of-closet-itis in spite of being conscious of it. Also, due to this cross-section of clothing not being what I'm most drawn to when shopping, I accumulate less in quantity but end up wearing it more frequently.

I am deeply routine- and habit-driven, but intend for blogging to help me wear and enjoy a much broader selection of my wardrobe. I hope you will stick with me!

front of shirt draping detail
As an inconsistent photographer, sometimes I get stuck on deciding between the better-quality photo (at top of post) vs. one that shows the outfit detail (above). I do know better than to throw in loads of very similar shots. What do you prioritize when choosing which photos to include in a post? Not taking too many pics to begin with helps me keep the process from becoming too laborious, though I'm as yet far from efficient. 

... and these are my grouchy-pants, lol. 
Thank you for reading and commenting - I appreciate your feedback so much! Hope everyone who has one is enjoying a good long Labour Day weekend!

41 comments:

  1. Hello Amber, thank you for visiting and commenting my blog- I see we share good taste in some fellow bloggers like Melanie of Bag and a Beret. I've taken the liberty to add you to my +40 blogroll (if you're not 40, my apologies!) and look forward in reading your future posts.

    Happy Labor Day Weekend! -Bella Q

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    1. Hi Bella, I am thrilled that you came by and commented, and to be included on your +40 blogroll!!! I would be kind of sorry if I weren't 40 myself. :) (recently turned 41)

      That Melanie - love her to bits!

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  2. Pretty outfit. And everything looks better with a Megan-made buttonflower!

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  3. Is this seriously your relaxed and casual look? If it is, you're well over dressed compared to my casual wear. ;) I definitely wouldn't want to post myself in the attire I have on at this moment. ;) Screen printing ink smears included. I do love a break from the fancies for myself and I do like to view casual attire on blogs because I work from home so I love casual but funky clothing. I hardly ever dress up. I don't like to feel over-dressed but I don't like to work from home looking dowdy either....you know, in case I need to run out...or the cute UPS guys drops some stuff off. Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Joni! Yep, this would be among my most basic work / errands kind of looks. I have one very small category of "town clothes" below this, such as workout gear for physio or clothes thrown on if I have to go out in the middle of gardening or something else messy. Below that, however, is a great strata of rags no one ever sees me in but which I can be counted on to be wearing at home. Some of these latter ensembles are so ridiculously layered and hilarious that I'm sure I'll eventually so a post on them. :) Not quite ready yet, tho!

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  4. Meagan Mae Designs buttonflowers make your outfits sing. And nothing wrong with repeats; bolero sweaters never lose their touch. I find your blog incredibly interesting no matter what you choose to wear.

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    1. Thank you so much Judith - I find your response very heartening.

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  5. Love the buttonflowers with this outfit. They really play well with your skirt. I knew you'd rock the buttonflowers.

    As for photos, I generally take 6-8 shots and pick the one where I'm making the least ridiculous face/showing off the outfit the best. Then try for a close-up shot or two. I prefer the same for blogs I read. It's not a deal breaker for adding new blogs to my blogger role, but I like a few pictures, some text with a blogger's voice, and an easy to comment system. I think you've done a good job of balance so far. I like seeing all kinds of outfits - casual/fancy/work because it shows the many facets of a blogger's life.

    I've worked out my 'system' if you will to make posting the most easy for me to post Monday through Friday and do specials on the weekend - which are usually pre-written during the week. I spend my weekends a little grittier than the week day so I usually wear jeans or sweats to work in and get dirty. Far from anything fashionable.

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    1. Thanks Megan, this is very, very helpful! I appreciate your voice of experience. I'm also glad to have lots of buttonflowers to choose from. :D More to come!

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  6. Amber your flower brooch is soooo pretty! Love the pattern on the skirt too sweetie :)

    I don't photograph/post every outfit I wear; I don't post everyday so I guess yes, I photograph the best ones. But I still post casual outfits, though I still "dress them up"! And I too have the dilemma over which photo to put first. I follow blogs via Bloglovin, and they no longer show the whole photo, only the top half. So I put the most striking picture (in my opinion) first, which is nearly always the full outfit but is a detail or face shot every now and then. Go for the most eye-catching, I say!

    Hope you're having a great weekend hun

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

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    1. Thanks for filling me in on your process, Catherine! I don't think I have the capacity to post daily, but I'd like to be posting more days than not - and necessarily become more efficient about it. Even eyeballing this post a couple of days later, I still wouldn't be able to choose between the better-quality photograph and the one showing more outfit detail, though my preference would be to have chosen one or the other. Tussling with these matters will likely be ongoing - form vs. function and all that. ;)

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  7. Even your practical outfits are beautiful; I love what you did with your MMD buttonflowers. I actually like seeing bloggers repeating wardrobe items. Peeps that seem to have unlimited clothes and resources don't seem accessible and well, real.

    I get frustrated with my own hit and miss photography because I'm still learning, and self-photography is no place for beginners :) but the number of pics I put up depends on my luck that day, and the nature of the post.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! I agree about liking to see real remixing - just hoped against doing so much of it so soon! Oh, another luck-based photographer right here (raises hand)! It will be interesting to see how it shifts or fluctuates from these beginnings.

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  8. Amber, I love the buttonflowers - very funky, as is that knot-front top. I don't photograph every outfit I wear; I tend to focus on the more interesting ones. I have a couple of friends that I can count on to take relatively good photos of me, but they are not always around, and I don't have very cool backgrounds readily available at home. I usually take a half a dozen shots and pick the one that my face looks the least weird in ;) I am enjoying your blog trememdously - your outfits are interesting and inspiring and we share the same taste in accessories.

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    1. Aww, Shelley, I am so glad for your compliments and that you're enjoying my blog! That's a good number of photos I think - the times I've taken more, they start to look really, really similar which tends to erase the possibility of making a clear, quick choice. Hooray for the odd weird facial expression - I love 'em!

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  9. Dang, woman, that is one put-together everyday/practical outfit!

    As for picture selecting, I like full-body shots if my main purpose is to show the outfit. I find it annoying to scroll down outfit posts with like 10 slightly different angles of the same outfit. It's boring to view (and agony for my computer) so I try not to do it myself. Otherwise I select the pictures in that the outfit looks most flattering on the body and where I'm giving decent face (that is, not drooling or multiple-chinned).

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    1. Thank you, Audrey! I hear you about the multiple very similar photos, and if I'm including several, I really want for them to be reasonably different - being unable to choose the "better" detail shot for today's post was frustrating! I'm really digging hearing about everyone's M.O. - thanks again.

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  10. I totally support more casual, every day wear--as it helps me to feel like I know a blogger better. However, if that was all I ever saw my attention might wander. Blogging has definitely upped my sartorial game on campus--even my students comment on it. I typically take 5-10 photos of an outfit. And don't forget that sometimes when an outfit doesn't work, so you can still salvage a post by focusing on details, just like you did with Megan's wonderful button flowers.

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    1. You're right about the "dud" outfits and / or garments, Terri - I've found them really informative as part of other bloggers' processes. I'm thinking in particular of Gracey at Fashion for Giants and Sheila of Ephemera and how they've used blogging as an integral part of their closet-sorting processes, both totally fascinating to me - not to mention helpful how they articulate things so well.

      I think I'm angsting a bit because I'm just at the start of my blogging, and that as I go on a few practical looks in a row won't be such a big deal in the overall scheme of things.

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  11. Your running around getting sweaty outfit is lovely! The skirt is pretty, I love the twisty detail on the top, and your cluster of button flowers adds some texture. I don't mind seeing my favourite bloggers dressed down/more casual, that's life, and the blogs I like are about individuals and their personalities and lives, as much as their clothes.
    I take quite a few photos, and delete most of them! Then usually put a full length shot first in which I think I look OK and shows the outfit off. Since I discovered collages, I sometimes do those of outfit details. My photos are hit-and-miss but hey ho, I hope readers bear with me!
    There are all kinds of blogs out there, with all manner of posting schedules and styles and variety of content/images. There is no single right way to do it, and after all, it's YOUR blog to do with as you like. I don't suppose any of us please all the people all the time, but my fave bloggers are my pals, so they don't have to get dressed up for me or thrill me or wow me every time I stop by, I just like being in their company for a while! And you are good company, Amber! xxx

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    1. Oh, Curtise - wonderful comment as always! Thanks! I'm surprised to find myself talking so much - thought my posts would skew just a bit more toward outfits and outfit details than the thinking + wordy bits. I'm may settle into a groove once my purpose(s) emerge more clearly, or be a bit variable - we'll see!

      I must say that I'm especially glad for the new pals. :)

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  12. I think this is quite a fine outfit. I love the draping on the top. Most of my outfits are every day outfits because that is what I wear. I rarely go anywhere to dress up anymore.
    MMD buttonflowers are the best. She is the sweetest, kindest blogger around. I have adored her style and her personality long before I officially started following her. The ones you have are really pretty and look great as an outfit accessory.

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    1. Thank you, Debbi - and I love what you do with your everyday outfits!

      I'm wondering if it's the preponderance of black in the outfits I seem to feel "meh" about for no other real good reason. People who've known me a long while would find that pretty funny!

      I second the Megan Mae admiration on all counts, and am so glad to have some of her buttonflowers to incorporate and play around with. :)

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  13. Wow Amber, that's your run around town doing errands outfit?! What's the difference between that and a going to work outfit, or on a date outfit??? Megan Mae's button fleurs look great - you've chosen the absolute best ones. Or are they custom made for you! Also, I think it's cool when someone repeats items from their wardrobe - the more often, the better. I know I don't crave something new all the time.

    As far as photos go, I'm probably the 'worst' out there, because I don't care about all the professional blah blah blah. I'm deliberately taking photos of myself holding my camera looking at myself in a mirror. I get a kick out of the distortion and the out-and-out obviousness of it. Sort of anti-fashion magazine looking. Anyway I just choose whatever photo I like, usually one. If it's of the thing I made, I take a few to show how it's constructed, but then I'm not in it.

    However you decide to do it will be cool, Amber. Everyone's blog is different, and that's what is so neat about them all.

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    1. I appreciate your thoughtful feedback, and really like your perspective on your process. Thanks for the reassurance!

      This outfit is something I also wear to work, and the difference between this and say a "date" outfit, or one for work that I think is more special, might be larger in my own eyes than in anyone else's. Very good question!

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  14. Hello! I am probably the last one to tell anyone about photographing and then choosing. One of my current goals is to take awesome photos! You look great, and I do love seeing what people wear day to day! I am totally interested in that door behind you and the surroundings in your photos! Is that your home? Anyway, it's awesome!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn! It's so good to know that others are working at it too. :) Thanks!

      The door is in a barn at my home, yes! I didn't change a thing about the background except sweeping the floor. Sooner or later someone's going to need to use that extension cord though, lol. I'm working toward an "About" page which will probably include some details and other views. I originally meant to try out a few locations around my place, and likely will yet, but my time's been so limited and this one seems to function nicely.

      The photos in my first few posts were taken in my (blue) office at my workplace. When I lose the light and the weather gets really wintry, I might have to move back there or some other heated interior!

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    2. Very cool! Thanks for the info!

      xoxo
      Lynn Dylan

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  15. I just post photos on whatever I would normally wear, and I thought everyone did the same. The fact that this outfit is your "everyday" "running around outfit" is great. Fine by me. I've discovered that I am a dressing up type gal, and I now actually feel a bit uncomfortable if I am too casual. But that only happens if I'm pushed for time and haven't thought my outfit through.

    Never fear about not blogging properly or just so, or whatever. Just be you own sweet self and show us. That works!

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from www. foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Rosemary, your comment is awesome, thank you! You've really captured it - I too am a "dresser-upper" and being pushed for time (and short on sleep) skews me more casual.

      P.S. You are so dear yourself! xo

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  16. All your outfits are wonderful. Your everyday one is as well. No sweats and t-shirt for you, huh? :)
    I post what I wear. It may be hum drum, but that's just me. I'm not as fantastically creative as some of you, like yourself or Melanie from Bag and Beret....but that's okay. We're all different and that's part of the beauty of it.
    I have so many clothes. But there is going to be a time when I downsize and have a more limited selection and wear my outfits more frequently. At that point, I may reduce my number of posts or stop blogging altogether. It just depends on how minimal I go. But I haven't even begun to make that transition yet.
    I'm enjoying your blog and adore the backdrop for your photos.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Nah, not much of a sweatpants gal. :D Your style is far from humdrum - as I commented over by you, I admire your eye for colour, your outfits are so well-coordinated and absolutely creatively put together. Wicked bargains you find!

      It will be so interesting for both you and I to see how our blogging and everyday practices evolve and affect each other over time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  17. Hey, just getting caught up (so behind...).

    Love the buttonflowers, cute outfit. I only photograph what I leave the house in, and I take about 3-4 pictures. I like a mix of a couple of full-length shots, and a "stuff" shot for details of the accessories (although I've gotten lazy with these).

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    1. Ack! I am so behind too! So many fabulous bloggers with new posts!

      I would love to develop a marvellous efficiency similar to yours. :) Thank you for weighing in!

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  18. I love a mix of practical, everyday outfits along with the wonderful creative ones that happen when you pull out all the stops. I enjoy seeing someone's personal panache and It's interesting to learn more about each blogger that way. I mostly post what I actually wear, but occasionally I'll play dress up and post about that. Since I do get dressed up fairly often, I find it's a good way to catalogue some combinations I might not think of when I'm rushing.

    I think your blog is perfect and a wonderful expression of you. I love it.

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    1. Thank you, lovely Jean!

      Yes, learning about each blogger - as I said above, I'm so fascinated by hearing everyone's take on their particular approach, and it is especially awesome that folks are taking the time to articulate it here.

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  19. Im a bit behind on the blog reading, sorry :) but never too late to write a comment, right? :) I really love how you have arranged those buttonflowers, really cool! :) Well in my blog Im portraying my work outfits cause they re the most interesting. None would approve of my leisure wear like sweatpants and such, certainly nt stylish at all :p I really love to dress up for work but I also llike to dress down when Im just pottering at home :)

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    1. Oh Izzy, not to worry, and you are right that it's never to late to comment! So glad you did, thank you!

      I too have quite a selection of anti-stylish "leisure wear" for pottering. :) That would be a fun link round-up of posts for fashion bloggers to do once in a (rare) while, like a pajama party. :)

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  20. Because I prefer to read fashion bloggers who have to actually live their lives in their outfits (leave the house, go to work, run errands), I'm perfectly happy to see their practical outfits. Assuming it doesn't simply become post after post of jeans, t-shirts, and flip-flops. :)

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber