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New Format…but not because of a Fashion Falling-Out!

As I start to refocus on my blog & pump out more post you’ll probably notice I’ve made a few changes – the most major being the images you see. Instead of styling each outfit & photographing it on my mannequin, Lola, I’ve started creating clothing collages made up of all the elements in the ensemble. Think very Polyvore-esque.

To do this I had to first take a picture of each and every article of clothing & accessory I own. Yep, that means E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!

– Every tank top, t-shirt, blouse, sweater, blazer, jacket
– Every pair of pants, shorts, skirt
– Every onesie, every dress
– Every hat & handbag
– Every scarf, belt, pair of shoes & boots
– Every bangle, every cuff, necklace, ring, earring – even those pesky little studs
– Every pair of dressy stockings, tights & any other necessary undergarments (within reason – obviously I’m not going to put my panties out on blast for everyone to see :/)

Then, using Photoshop I edited each image to remove the background.           Time consuming? Touché

Bandana Dress

Mismatched Earrings

It sounds like a lot of work…and I’m not gonna lie – it was! It was quite the undertaking at first! There were times I questioned if what I was doing was worth it; but, piece-by-piece I persevered. And what I have now is a database for getting dressed!

Clothing CatalogWhen I last backed up my computer I had over 2,500 files in my “clothing catalog”. To be clear – I don’t own 2,500 things! There are duplicates, detail shots, and I took multiple photos if there were multiple ways to wear something.

Floral Print Red Kimono top

But now that all of the initial grunt work is done, when I go to style an outfit, all I have to do is drag & drop the individual “floating” garments into a collage, similar to the way one would when getting dressed.

Bandana Dress

In the end, it’s actually quite an efficient way of doing things! Before, I would steam everything, get Lola dressed, then pin, tuck, or tape things to make sure it looks good (some of the manipulation tactics I’ve come up with are rather clever :), move my furniture out of the way, then wait until the perfect time of day to have a photo shoot – when there’s just the right amount of natural light (when the sun’s not too bright that it creates a glare, but it’s not too dark out that it casts shadows). That ‘ideal time’ is usually during early to mid-afternoon (but now that it gets dark so early there’s an even shorter window of opportunity), which is not very conducive for someone who works during the day. :/

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However, now, with my new system in place – I can create new looks whenever I want! Whether its 10am or 2am, I can jump on my computer, open up my fashion files, & style!

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Talk about a streamlined approach to styling! It’s clean, consistent, & straightforward. I use this format for the look books I create for clients. It truly is a fool-proof guide to getting dressed!

So…what do you think of the new look?

BTW – Don’t worry, Lola and I didn’t have a complete fashion falling-out! She still gets a lot of love with other projects I’m working on…and she’ll comeback for a cameo in future posts :)

Still Talking Fashion After Two Years – All Thanks to You!

Two years ago I began writing this fashion blog which focuses on styling ideas, outfitting inspirations, my fashion finds, ways to get the most wear out of what I own and merchandising around my home (with a couple random topics thrown in the mix as well). I started it as something fun for me to do on the side as a creative outlet to express my personal style & passion for outfitting. It continuously stimulates my styling mind and challenges me to think outside-the-box when it comes to what I wear. It also ensures I stay up-to-date on the current fashion trends & industry happenings and keeps me involved in fun fashion events.

Over time I’ve developed loyal followers, received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, and have surpassed a milestone of 20,000 views! And for that – I wanted to take time to say thank you to all of you!

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to read what I write. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about what I write; I always look forward to your feedback and enjoy reading your comments! Thank you for recommending my site to others you know, allowing me to share my styling advice with them. Your return readership constantly encourages me to be committed to continue publishing posts. After two years my blog has evolved into something more than I thought it ever would and is a building block in the design of my life. From Turkey to Thailand, the Netherlands to New Zealand, Slovakia, Bosnia, Latvia, and Serbia – people from all around the world have read what I’ve wrote. I never thought my words would reach that far!

Even when daily life gets to be overwhelming and it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to do everything (let alone put outfits together, take pictures of them, edit the photos, then write about them) it’s rewarding to know I have readers like you that look forward to my fashion insight.

I admit – I haven’t been very good about blogging on a regular basis lately (as you’ve probably noticed). I’ve been up to so much fun stuff this summer that I just haven’t had time for styling! I miss playing dress-up with my mannequin just as much as you miss reading about it, so I promise (again) to take more time and get back on track on talking about fashion.

Again, thank you all for being faithful followers of my blog! I hope I have provided you with useful information on an array of fashion-related topics encouraging you to embrace your personal style & express your own true self through the way you dress. If you haven’t yet, I invite you to ‘like’ my Facebook page and take my short survey (links are along the side bar) so I can get to know a little bit about you & your personal style and what you would like to see more of from me.

And don’t forget – keep those comments coming!