I feel like whenever another blogger completes something like this, they are so enlightened and just loved it. Yeah, no. Sure, I learned some stuff and saved some money (which I promptly made up for when it was over...) but wearing the same limited number of items over and over again was SO boring, and given that I have gallons of other clothes (yes gallons...) it felt tremendously wasteful.
My blog died too. Blogging what felt like the same thing over and over and over was SO dull. However, it did make me realize a few things about blogging. Historically, I've basically written a shopping blog. I buy things, and style them, and post them on the blog once or twice. Then I buy more things, and repeat the process. That's a rather expensive process, and a very easy way to accumulate so.much.stuff. When I wasn't shopping, or even wearing most of my clothes I felt zero inspiration to photograph and share my outfits. So, I probably need to work on that, because the cycle is no bueno.
After the remix, when I kind of just stopped blogging, I realized that my style had been very much influenced by blogging. Taking a step back gave me an opportunity to reevaluate what I really like, and recognize that a lot of my purchases have been for blog content or just to kinda "hop on the bandwagon". Dressing for just my life vs. life photographed for the blog, made a surprising difference. For example, I gravitated towards basics and neutrals. I found myself wearing some jeans, a pair of killer sneakers, and one statement item; maybe a chunky necklace, a bold print, a graphic tee... but not five at once like blog world. I don't think I mixed patterns once in the last two months. I invested in quality over quantity, haven't bought a single handbag or clutch, and have only bought trends that I like, vs just trying every trend that exists. I realize this may sound silly, and describe how most people shop anyways, but for me it was a bit of a revelation. The kicker is, this revelation didn't come during my remix project, but afterwards when I was just not blogging.
Previously, since new purchases meant new blog content, I wasn't very particular. I'd buy things I just liked. This issue is that I like a lot of things. So I've ended up with a huge modge-podge of styles, too many "disposable" clothes, and plenty of "meh". So to combat my tendency to overshop and make poor, blog-driven choices, I developed a test. Over the last couple months I tested my method, and I'm happy to say it works. When considering buying something I ask the following:
I could write an entire post dedicated to each question, and maybe I will, but for now I feel like this is a lot of words (and probably rambling) for one post, so I'll wrap it up. Hopefully this post explains my blogging absence, as well as the changes you may notice in my style and shopping choices. Or better yet, maybe it will help you shop better :)
Anyways, thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!