Today I got an email about the season's "sexiest, most affordable dresses." I love a good dress, so of course I clicked to see what was being featured and was let down once again. Sure enough, $99.99 qualified as a super affordable dress that we should "stock up" on. And it was made of jersey. I don't know about you, but a $100 dress is a splurge and it better be awesome.
That email reminded me why I started this blog and I realized that I never really told you all why I do this for the whopping $2 per month I earn from the site traffic. It's been six months and now I'm a little amazed that I spend so much time on it and that there have been over 11,000 visits to this page. So in case you're interested, here's the back story.
The past couple of years I started to feel really left out of fashion and frustrated because each month I would happily sit down with my issue of Lucky and InStyle and then not see more than three things in 200+ pages that I could possibly afford and not much more that would actually work for my life. I don't want to wear a dress, ankle socks, and platform heels or layer high waisted shorts with a blazer. I also don't have more than $100 to spend on a shirt, but I don't want to buy things from Forever 21 that will fall apart. Realizing that I must be in some minority demographic, I got good at making medium/low outfits and learning to get good deals on name brand clothes.
In addition to style, I was like all the other women who complain about not seeing bodies similar to theirs in print and in stores. I'm on the large side of average (10, give or take a size) and it takes skill to be able to look at something on a rack and see if it will be flattering and walk past 70% of the stuff in a store because it won't work for your body. I looked online for ideas, but found mostly complaining or the same few tips over and over.
I started thinking about blogging after I was interviewed for the Dallas news in January and the reporter said I knew more about clothes and shopping than other people she'd interviewed and encouraged me to share the knowledge. I searched around and found lots of 'this was my outfit today' blogs (great for ideas, but you can't usually find what they're wearing) and lots that feature more daring ensembles like the ones in magazines, but none that posted clothes like me and my friends buy and hardly anyone writing about dressing different body types with actual examples. I decided to give it a try and see if anyone would read what I wrote, and you do!
I try really hard to keep the content relevant and not too obvious, and I think I've developed a better eye for outfits and now home decor as well. All of your comments remind me that there are lots of us regular women and I appreciate all of them. I read every one and hope you'll keep coming back and tell your friends too. Thanks for being part of my little venture into writing. :)