My Wardrobe Today – Monday

chambray shirt LOFT skirt nine west
sabina leather hobo
obi belt
chambray shirt LOFT skirt

Chambray shirt – Target (similar)
Skirt – LOFT (similar)
Belt Another Line
Pumps – Nine West (similar)
Silver cuff

I finally got around to dry cleaning some of my clothes that were affected by the hurricane – I completely forgot this skirt was in my wardrobe! Glad to have it back before it gets too cold – not really the style that will look right with thick opaque tights. Unfortunately this skirt is also getting a bit big – I think I will try altering it though, this print is too cute to let go from my wardrobe!

How was everyone's weekend? Saturday Emerson and I went to swim lessons – not as good of a week as the one prior. While she was very sociable with the other kids, she didn't want to do any of the activities and there was a lot of screaming and crying. However, I had a blast and I realize how much I miss swimming. I was on swim team pretty much my entire childhood and adolescence – even on a winter team for a few years! Once college came I was a lifeguard every season. I had a blast floating, doing somersaults, flip turns and modified strokes while playing with Emerson. Those who wear contacts – how do you handle lap swimming? Do you just swim blind? Have you invested in prescription goggles? I would love to start swimming again but haven't been able to figure out this aspect as I didn't start wearing glasses/contacts all day long until 2004.

Anyway, later on Saturday we went to my best friend's house to celebrate her birthday – just a few close friends and family, roasted pork and cake. A good relaxing time! On yesterday, it was my best friend's actual birthday – she, her husband and my sister came over. My husband made beef stew, we hung out, caught up (hadn't seen her in weeks), and watched the Pearl Jam doc by Cameron Crowe (saved it on the DVR from the Friday showing on PBS).

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I saw this cartoon recently in our local paper and it made me giggle out loud on the Metro.  While this is about the cartoonist finding haters online, I feel this fits perfectly well with us bloggers.  I have had far too many days ruined because some anonymous person or people wrote angry, mean, snarky or even untrue things about me and this blog.  I realized the problem isn't the folks leaving the comments or writing on the forum, but me.  The healthiest and best thing I have done for me and this blog lately is to stop checking my blog stats.  I still do once a week or so in order to check traffic changes, thank those who wrote about me, and see what posts are found the most on Google… but I don't obsess over what I find.  This simple elimination has made blogging far more enjoyable, less competitive, and less all-encompassing of the rest of my life.  If you're finding blogging to be exhausting, overwhelming, or just plain not fun any more I suggest you step away from the Google Analytics, invite a friend to coffee, and get a new book to enjoy.  Go back to how it was before you knew about SEO and Klout and Top Blog competitions.  You will be amazed with the difference, I think you too will find it's a helluva lot more fun!

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16 Comments

  1. October 25, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    Love this outfit. So much that it inspired my outfit from today! 🙂

  2. Cynthia W
    October 25, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    I think that not knowing what other people really think is probably a blessing most of the time. I always thought that the suckiest super-power ever would be to be able to read other people’s thoughts. Do I really need to know if someone on the street thinks that my butt looks big? Or something else that I’ve never even thought of and would then obsess about.

    I know that putting yourself out there as a blogger and, especially a fashion blogger who uses real pictures of herself, invites some kind of comment – however, I really don’t get the people who actually post nasty comments. I can see the “not your best look” comments – but the mean ones, I don’t understand. I’m of the mind that if you wouldn’t say it to someone in person, you shouldn’t say it to them online – but that’s just me.

    And fashion photos are particularly tricky – I know that I’ve seen pictures of myself in a few dresses that are absolute magic in person and they look just plain ordinary when captured in a static shot. I really admire you for putting yourself out there every day – I probably would have hung it up the first time someone commented on my ankles.

  3. October 25, 2011 / 1:09 pm

    I swim laps in my contacts + goggles.  I have swam blind (and my vision is REALLY bad) and the only real problem I had was an inability to read the lap clock.  (I’m on a team, so I need to be able to see the clock in order to time my intervals!)

  4. October 25, 2011 / 3:36 am

    Prescription goggles!  They’re not that expensive, really!  🙂

  5. October 25, 2011 / 3:17 am

    Hello –

    I have read your blog for the last four years and draw inspiration from it everyday.

    I actually bought the “moo skirt” as I have labeled it because it looked so fabulous on you – something I normally would not do .

    Thanks for the inspiration

  6. Lisa
    October 24, 2011 / 11:43 pm

    I wear swim goggles with my contacts.  I do a lot of open water swimming as well so goggles are a must for those; figure lap swimming with goggles will help me deal with the pressure on my face.  (I swim close to 2 miles at a time.)

  7. October 24, 2011 / 11:40 pm

    I swim blind. Generally if I am doing proper laps, my arms are out when I get close to the edge anyway. For sure alter the skirt! It is too cute to lose.

  8. October 24, 2011 / 11:18 pm

    The Pearl Jam doc is good… if you’re a mega fan. Otherwise I say pass. I don’t think Crowe did that great of a job – disjointed, no underlying thread to connect everything, chronology a bit confusing. Some cool video from the early days (like them on a tour bus writing “Daughter” and it was originally titled “Brother” and another time when Eddie and Chris Cornell were singing together and Eddie was on Chris’ back and they were play fighting on the stage) but otherwise… not good except for a raging fan.

  9. fashionforgiants
    October 24, 2011 / 11:09 pm

    How was the Pearl Jam documentary?  I’ve been thinking about watching it so I’d be interested in hearing what you had to say.

    Also, this skirt is fabulous – what a great print.  And I love how you pair the chambray top with your work skirts; it just works so well.

  10. Emily
    October 24, 2011 / 8:59 pm

    I wear contacts and keep them in for swimming with ‘normal’ goggles over the top.  Have never had an issue with it so far…?  

    I love the skirt 🙂

  11. October 24, 2011 / 8:57 pm

    Thank you! I know my mom swims blind, but she does a lot blind and I am not used to it. Will try this out, thank you!

  12. Susan
    October 24, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    I wear glasses and swim blind. I wear my glasses into the pool area, make sure I scan the lanes so I know who’s where to avoid a collision, then take them off and keep them in a case by my towel on the bench. I’ve worn contacts before while swimming but stopped after reading that it’s not good for your eyes–you can introduce bacteria and other nasties onto contacts from the pool water. I just started swimming laps again after a two and a half year lapse and it’s heaven so I hope you can work it into your life.

  13. October 24, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    Ew on the comment about skinny jeans! But then, I constantly get flack any time I wear jeans, a short skirt, my black ankle booties, red lipstick, horizontal stripes or bangs! LOL! I say if you love them, rock them. I think it’s hard to really see how something looks on a blog because you’re getting a static image – you don’t see how the person moves in it. And I know myself I don’t stand with my hands on my hips IRL! 😉

  14. October 24, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    Definitely alter the skirt!  (Especially since you helped inspire me to buy it and I haven’t had the chance to wear it just yet…)

    I guess I’m pretty lucky that my blog isn’t well known and I barely know how to see what other people are saying about me anyhow.  The few things I’ve read were things I already knew, like the fact that I don’t look good in skinny jeans. 😉

  15. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    October 24, 2011 / 8:24 pm

    Fabulous outfit, Allie! That skirt must be saved, it’s too hot. Love your ideas about blogging and the pressures to always be doing “better.” It’s good enough to do well enough, and we don’t have to always “win”. Have a groovy day!

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