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I wanted to take a moment this afternoon to say thank you. I was reading through tweets this morning and saw one from Jenna that asked, “Are you doing something that matters?” I immediately thought of this blog. Blogging is a weird thing. Why do we do it? Why do I do it? Sometimes it feels too silly or trite, or sometimes not silly or trite enough. 
I always said that when blogging stopped being fun, I’d stop blogging. The reason it’s still fun and the reason I’m still excited to post each day is because of you. You sent me questions about shoes and gave me advice about babies and I am so grateful for all of it. Thank you for the support, the tips and the encouragement. Thank you for sticking along for the ride and thank you for your kind words!  

I wanted to take a moment this afternoon to say thank you. I was reading through tweets this morning and saw one from Jenna that asked, “Are you doing something that matters?” I immediately thought of this blog. Blogging is a weird thing. Why do we do it? Why do I do it? Sometimes it feels too silly or trite, or sometimes not silly or trite enough. 

I always said that when blogging stopped being fun, I’d stop blogging. The reason it’s still fun and the reason I’m still excited to post each day is because of you. You sent me questions about shoes and gave me advice about babies and I am so grateful for all of it. Thank you for the support, the tips and the encouragement. Thank you for sticking along for the ride and thank you for your kind words!  

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This morning I just happened to notice that I posted my 6,000th post. Way back when I first signed up for Tumblr, I never could have imagined that I’d still blogging years later. If someone had told me I’d have 6,000 things to write about, I definitely wouldn’t have believed them.
I’ve had a few hiccups with Tumblr along the way, but it’s not the platform and the features (ha) that keep me here. It’s the community of users and it matters to me.
I’ve talked with other bloggers over the years who use Wordpress and Blogger and they talk to me about getting more comments or pageviews and how those things matter…but there’s a reason I kept coming back to Tumblr each time I said, “Enough! That’s it! Wordpress, here I come!” When I post something here, I feel like I’m posting it for specific people—people I feel like I know, people that are my friends, people that have given me advice on everything from what to wear to surviving pregnancy to raising a baby. It feels like I’m talking to people I know and that makes all the difference. I know I wouldn’t have kept blogging this long if not for that.
So, thank you all for everything over the past few years. For the advice, encouragement and for being able to look at snippets of your lives as well. It’s been so fun and I hope it stays that way through the next 6,000!

This morning I just happened to notice that I posted my 6,000th post. Way back when I first signed up for Tumblr, I never could have imagined that I’d still blogging years later. If someone had told me I’d have 6,000 things to write about, I definitely wouldn’t have believed them.

I’ve had a few hiccups with Tumblr along the way, but it’s not the platform and the features (ha) that keep me here. It’s the community of users and it matters to me.

I’ve talked with other bloggers over the years who use Wordpress and Blogger and they talk to me about getting more comments or pageviews and how those things matter…but there’s a reason I kept coming back to Tumblr each time I said, “Enough! That’s it! Wordpress, here I come!” When I post something here, I feel like I’m posting it for specific people—people I feel like I know, people that are my friends, people that have given me advice on everything from what to wear to surviving pregnancy to raising a baby. It feels like I’m talking to people I know and that makes all the difference. I know I wouldn’t have kept blogging this long if not for that.

So, thank you all for everything over the past few years. For the advice, encouragement and for being able to look at snippets of your lives as well. It’s been so fun and I hope it stays that way through the next 6,000!

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I’m giving up (sort of)

So, once upon a time, I took photos of my outfit in front of a mirror. Then, one magical day, I decided that I should get a tripod and fiddle around with a (sort of old) digital camera and see if I could be fancy like real bloggers are fancy. Well, I’m not fancy. And I’m out of time. Dragging out a tripod, taking like 30 pictures of myself because 28 of them will be me looking a fool and then uploading them and editing them and so on and so forth makes me agitated. Frankly, I feel like a fraud. If you all can see what I’m wearing in a quickly snapped mirror shot, that might have to be good enough for now. I am in the midst of full-on CRAZYTOWN in my home most days. I’ve had people suggest that Brandon help me take them outside, but the last time (a couple years ago) I asked Brandon if he would take an outfit photo for me, he laughed and went back to eating Fritos.

I’ve written before that I’ll blog until blogging stops being fun. Well, self-timer tripod shots are definitely not fun for me anymore. There are millions of bloggers out there taking gorgeous, model-worthy outfit photos and sometimes I wish I could do that too, but I just don’t have the time or resources.

For a long time I struggled with blogging competitiveness and I had to keep up and do this and do that, and oh man, it sucked so hard. It was hard for me at first to do the easiest thing instead of the best and prettiest thing. For example, I would cook something, then inhale it so fast that I’d remember after the fact that I should have photographed it. That is no way to live/blog/exist/eat/wear/drink/friend—that stupid, incessant guilt that you should have taken a photo of something or it’s nothing.

This is just a really long, semi-coherent (I took some Benadryl for my wasp bite, FYI!) way of saying that my outfit photos may or may not strike/have stricken your fancy, but I’ll try make it up to you in book reviews and wallet itch.* I’m just a normal girl wearing normal clothes on a normal budget. I think some of you all are too, which is why this was fun in the first place.

*Wallet Itch: The burning desire to buy pretty things posted online

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chrisanthom asked you: 
 Hello  there! So I know you’ve answered this question before and I’m sure have  had it multiple times, but I couldn’t find your post on it. I finally  decided to get started on my own personal blog as a way to practice my  writing skills (journalism major and all that jazz) and show my personal  interest! I’ve been looking around for great tips, and suggestion on to  really go about doing this. It’s so overwhelming! I would greatly  appreciate your help, or if you can direct me to a help guide. Thanks! 

There are some great guides with blogging tips out there! (Pretty Shiny Sparkly has a good guide to fashion blogging, but most of the tips apply to any type of blogging.)
I don’t think I’m exactly qualified to give be-all-end-all advice on how to be an uber blogger, but here are a few things that have helped me retain my sanity over the past several years:
Don’t try to be something you’re not. It’s obvious to readers and more than that, it will tax the bejeezus out of you to keep up a fake persona. 
Don’t try to be something that already exists. All fashion bloggers, for example, have the same types of content, but some are completely indistinguishable from each other. How do you stand out in a sea of like content? Your personality. 
Find a niche and work the hell out of it. For some bloggers, it’s short snippets of their life and their witty observations on the world. For others, it’s cooking. Some bloggers prefer to focus on what they’re wearing—and that’s it. 
Pick a platform you like off the bat because you’ll be stuck with it for a while. 
Make sure you enjoy what you’re blogging about or else you won’t be motivated to update. If you’re blogging expecting to come out the other side with a book deal and brand endorsements, well, you’re probably beyond the point where meaningful advice will help bring you back to reality. 
Try not to worry what people will say or think of you, but don’t dismiss all negative comments just because you’d prefer not to hear it. Just like in real life, everyone will have an opinion about you and only a certain percentage of those opinions will be positive. Think of it like this: if you’re at the point where people are critiquing your blogging, at the very least, it means someone is reading your content. It will become evident very quickly which criticisms are valid and can be used constructively and which criticisms are just negative personal opinions. Take the constructive criticism and use it where you can and ignore the rest. 
If you’re comfortable with the idea, by all means have real life friends, family and significant others read your blog. It’s a great way of keeping your blog content realistic and down-to-earth. 
Anything else to add?

Hello there! So I know you’ve answered this question before and I’m sure have had it multiple times, but I couldn’t find your post on it. I finally decided to get started on my own personal blog as a way to practice my writing skills (journalism major and all that jazz) and show my personal interest! I’ve been looking around for great tips, and suggestion on to really go about doing this. It’s so overwhelming! I would greatly appreciate your help, or if you can direct me to a help guide. Thanks!

There are some great guides with blogging tips out there! (Pretty Shiny Sparkly has a good guide to fashion blogging, but most of the tips apply to any type of blogging.)

I don’t think I’m exactly qualified to give be-all-end-all advice on how to be an uber blogger, but here are a few things that have helped me retain my sanity over the past several years:

  • Don’t try to be something you’re not. It’s obvious to readers and more than that, it will tax the bejeezus out of you to keep up a fake persona. 
  • Don’t try to be something that already exists. All fashion bloggers, for example, have the same types of content, but some are completely indistinguishable from each other. How do you stand out in a sea of like content? Your personality.
  • Find a niche and work the hell out of it. For some bloggers, it’s short snippets of their life and their witty observations on the world. For others, it’s cooking. Some bloggers prefer to focus on what they’re wearing—and that’s it. 
  • Pick a platform you like off the bat because you’ll be stuck with it for a while.
  • Make sure you enjoy what you’re blogging about or else you won’t be motivated to update. If you’re blogging expecting to come out the other side with a book deal and brand endorsements, well, you’re probably beyond the point where meaningful advice will help bring you back to reality. 
  • Try not to worry what people will say or think of you, but don’t dismiss all negative comments just because you’d prefer not to hear it. Just like in real life, everyone will have an opinion about you and only a certain percentage of those opinions will be positive. Think of it like this: if you’re at the point where people are critiquing your blogging, at the very least, it means someone is reading your content. It will become evident very quickly which criticisms are valid and can be used constructively and which criticisms are just negative personal opinions. Take the constructive criticism and use it where you can and ignore the rest.
  • If you’re comfortable with the idea, by all means have real life friends, family and significant others read your blog. It’s a great way of keeping your blog content realistic and down-to-earth. 

Anything else to add?

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Tomorrow is the first day of my third trimester. It’s also my first appointment at a new OB practice. Last night we had our second to last birth class. I’m picking up the rest of the nursery furniture next week. I have twelve weekends left (give or take) to get things organized and squared away.
Although I’ve been honest about struggling lately with feeling a little off, there’s excitement there too. When I was young, I used to be up all night before the first day of school, excited to see my friends, worried I was going to sleep through my alarm, wondering if I’d have a good spot in the classroom. I’m feeling a little like that now: worried, wondering, excited.
I know I haven’t written so much exclusively about being pregnant or my thoughts about it, etc., but that’s because this isn’t a pregnancy blog or a baby blog. (It won’t become one either.) I’m not trying to pretend this isn’t my reality either, though. Clearly when I post a photo of what I’m wearing and my stomach is claiming its own zip code, I’m not going to try and talk my way around the difficulties of getting dressed or finding things that are comfortable for me. I’ve found that in maintaining this blog, as in all other areas of my life, balance is best.
I’ve gotten some questions over the past few months about how I intend to change my content once the baby is born, or if I’ll make her a part of my blog posts (photos, videos, etc.). As to the first, I don’t have any intentions on changing my content, although I recognize that the tone of some of what I do will inevitably change. To the second question, whether Isobel will feature as a major part of my blog posts? The answer to that is unequivocally no. Am I going to squirrel her away and never post a photo? Of course not. That’s absurd. But, if you’re expecting that this blog will suddenly have baby photos posted on a daily (or even weekly) basis—well, you’re quite mistaken.
We live in a bizarre time when these things have to be considered, but that’s the way it is and so I’m considering them. Long before I was pregnant, Brandon and I had had several conversations about what we’d do if we ever had a child in terms of my blog content. I’ve mentioned before that Brandon doesn’t consider himself a “character” ripe for exploitation on my blog, so he isn’t one. I mention him, I’ll occasionally post things, but for the most part, my personal life is my personal life. I expect I’ll keep the same standards with Isobel as well. I’m sure photos and whatnot will pop up occasionally, but I don’t intend to turn her into regular blog content.
I’ve never tried to be a fashion blogger per se, and at the most, the best you could say about this blog is that it’s a personal style and shopping blog, but either way, it’s not a baby blog, parenting blog, pregnancy blog, mommy blog, marriage blog, etc. Will I ever blog about those things specifically? Yes. But that’s not what this blog is for and, furthermore, it’s not what I want to blog about all the time. I’d much rather blog about boots and other ridiculous materialistic things than shove 20 photos of me nestling with Brandon on the general public.
With all that being said, I won’t be devoid of lifestyle-type content (the same way I’m not devoid of it now, but choose not to emphasize it). I like to show that I’m an actual person too, and not just a shopping drone. But, like I said before, it’s all about balance. I have a good road map now for what I want to do and I’m confident that I can make that happen in a way that’s good for me, good for my family and good for all of you who take a few minutes out of your day to come visit me here.
Thank you for your support over the last few years and I appreciate all of the feedback, help, advice and readership that you’ve been kind enough to send my way.
xo,
Jackie
P.S. Any thoughts on this?

Tomorrow is the first day of my third trimester. It’s also my first appointment at a new OB practice. Last night we had our second to last birth class. I’m picking up the rest of the nursery furniture next week. I have twelve weekends left (give or take) to get things organized and squared away.

Although I’ve been honest about struggling lately with feeling a little off, there’s excitement there too. When I was young, I used to be up all night before the first day of school, excited to see my friends, worried I was going to sleep through my alarm, wondering if I’d have a good spot in the classroom. I’m feeling a little like that now: worried, wondering, excited.

I know I haven’t written so much exclusively about being pregnant or my thoughts about it, etc., but that’s because this isn’t a pregnancy blog or a baby blog. (It won’t become one either.) I’m not trying to pretend this isn’t my reality either, though. Clearly when I post a photo of what I’m wearing and my stomach is claiming its own zip code, I’m not going to try and talk my way around the difficulties of getting dressed or finding things that are comfortable for me. I’ve found that in maintaining this blog, as in all other areas of my life, balance is best.

I’ve gotten some questions over the past few months about how I intend to change my content once the baby is born, or if I’ll make her a part of my blog posts (photos, videos, etc.). As to the first, I don’t have any intentions on changing my content, although I recognize that the tone of some of what I do will inevitably change. To the second question, whether Isobel will feature as a major part of my blog posts? The answer to that is unequivocally no. Am I going to squirrel her away and never post a photo? Of course not. That’s absurd. But, if you’re expecting that this blog will suddenly have baby photos posted on a daily (or even weekly) basis—well, you’re quite mistaken.

We live in a bizarre time when these things have to be considered, but that’s the way it is and so I’m considering them. Long before I was pregnant, Brandon and I had had several conversations about what we’d do if we ever had a child in terms of my blog content. I’ve mentioned before that Brandon doesn’t consider himself a “character” ripe for exploitation on my blog, so he isn’t one. I mention him, I’ll occasionally post things, but for the most part, my personal life is my personal life. I expect I’ll keep the same standards with Isobel as well. I’m sure photos and whatnot will pop up occasionally, but I don’t intend to turn her into regular blog content.

I’ve never tried to be a fashion blogger per se, and at the most, the best you could say about this blog is that it’s a personal style and shopping blog, but either way, it’s not a baby blog, parenting blog, pregnancy blog, mommy blog, marriage blog, etc. Will I ever blog about those things specifically? Yes. But that’s not what this blog is for and, furthermore, it’s not what I want to blog about all the time. I’d much rather blog about boots and other ridiculous materialistic things than shove 20 photos of me nestling with Brandon on the general public.

With all that being said, I won’t be devoid of lifestyle-type content (the same way I’m not devoid of it now, but choose not to emphasize it). I like to show that I’m an actual person too, and not just a shopping drone. But, like I said before, it’s all about balance. I have a good road map now for what I want to do and I’m confident that I can make that happen in a way that’s good for me, good for my family and good for all of you who take a few minutes out of your day to come visit me here.

Thank you for your support over the last few years and I appreciate all of the feedback, help, advice and readership that you’ve been kind enough to send my way.

xo,

Jackie

P.S. Any thoughts on this?

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Why I’ve Fallen Out Of Love With Tumblr

I debated whether to post this, but I’ve become increasingly frustrated by what feels like a constant inability to get issues acknowledged.

I almost moved my blog to Wordpress about a year ago because I was tired of dealing with Tumblr and thought it was time to move to a “grown up” platform. Unfortunately, and as a friend of mine pointed out as we were chatting about this, people stick with Tumblr because they make it nearly impossible to export their posts to another platform. There are third-party export services, but I’m working with over 4 years of work and more than 5,000 posts over here. It would take me weeks to properly export, then import, that work. That’s time I don’t have. (I have a full-time job that isn’t blogging.)

Of course, there are other reasons I’ve stayed besides the inconveniences that moving my blog would bring about. I’ve made so many friends through this platform and love the sense of community here. I’m so spoiled by the Dashboard that I searched for a long time to find an RSS reader that mimicked the experience. I may not be a Tumblr “early adopter,” but I was here with them from quite early on and also feel a sense of loyalty. Despite my current misgivings with Tumblr, I still feel the need to defend them.

But, after a year of maintenance messages and downtime, a platform essentially unchanged despite users clamoring for new features and a consistently dismissive Support channel, I’m at a loss as to what my next move will be. Although I’m not trying to be a pro-blogger, it’s getting harder to justify to myself why I stay. The work of exporting/importing my posts (or maybe not importing them at all and just starting from scratch and/or cross-posting) is looking more and more doable to me. Basically, I keep staying because I keep hoping that Tumblr will eventually validate why I did. I’m betting on them becoming a better blog platform because that’s (honestly, truly) what I want. And, I am willing to pay for it! I’m willing to pay quite a bit for it. In the past year I’ve seen speculation that Tumblr may charge $20 or $25 per year subscriptions or something like that. Hell, I’d pay $20 a month for the ability to use a blog platform that I love AND that offers me more features than I can use.

This morning, I wrote Tumblr Support about an issue that I’ve been having for as long as I can remember:

I’ve been asking this question periodically for the better part of at least a year without receiving a viable response or fix, but this morning I noticed that notes are disappearing on my recent posts as well as still not displaying on random older posts).

This is unacceptable. As notes are the only metric we have to gauge how our post(s) perform within the Tumblr community, missing this information is not only just annoying, but makes me question why I’m still using the platform after 4 years if a basic function does not work consistently.

Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Best,

Jaclyn

I received the following reply:

Hi Jaclyn,

I’m sorry this is a known issue, notes tend to change as users leave or if they have been made by spam, they can also be affected by back end issues, I would not rely on them for metrics.

To measure web traffic to your Tumblr blog, check out:

http://www.tumblr.com/docs/google_analytics

Seth

Basically: sorry, we know about the problem, don’t care to fix it and you can use Google Analytics to track an INTERNAL Tumblr metric (hint: you can’t do that). Are you kidding me? At the very least, send me a reply that’s grammatically correct.

After this, do I know what I’ll do? No. But what I do know is that these features that I wish Tumblr had…

  • Replies to replies—or just eliminate replies and create a built-in comment engine
  • Built-in comment engine (Disqus isn’t great, and not everyone wants to interact via a Reply or Reblog. What about non-Tumblr readers?)
  • Some kind of internal analytics based on intrinsic Tumblr features that can’t be measured elsewhere
  • Externally hosted images display on Dashboard
  • No auto image resizing!
  • Mixed media posts
  • A working search feature. I WANT TO SEARCH FOR THINGS…AND FIND THEM. Imagine that.
  • URLs in Questions. I understand these were eliminated because of spam, but that’s not a great solution. For those of us who use the Question feature for a specific reason, URLs were actually quite necessary.
  • A text-based Archive. (And an Archive or Recent Posts widget!)
  • Mass post editing beyond simply adding or removing tags

…Well, other blog platforms have a lot of these already.

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One of those weeks

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you don’t feel like you have a lot to say or share? That’s how I feel this week. Every time I go to write a post, I get distracted or decide that I’ll just write it later.

Sometimes I have days where I have a seemingly endless stream of post ideas coming to me and sometimes I don’t. It’s a don’t day. 

I just wanted to let you know that I’m around and I’ll be posting later (maybe). :)

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I’m going to try and get to some more Reader Requests this week, but here are a few questions I’ve gotten over the past few weeks. :)
(Got a question of your own?)

theliterarydreamer asked:Hey Jaclyn :) I may have mentioned this before, but I just wanted to say that I love your blog and your fashion sense. It sort of inspired me to create a fashion blog of my own. I’m just having some difficulties on where/how to start…do you have any advice? Sorry, it’s kind of a broad question, but I’ll take any tips you might have…Thanks a ton and by the way, it’s nice to see affordable fashion here :)

I’m so glad you’ve decided to start your own blog! It’s definitely a fun creative outlet. :)
Here are a few tips:
1) Choose to blog about what you like! It may seem obvious, but you’ll be more motivated to post if it’s something you feel passionate about.
2) Pick your platform carefully. Whether it’s Tumblr, Wordpress or Blogger (or something else!), make sure you do your research into the pros and cons of each before deciding. You can switch your platform later, of course, but it’s a complete pain in the ass and I wouldn’t recommend it. So…be happy where you land! (Or, at least be willing to stick it out.)
3) Don’t try to be like everyone else! Uniqueness is what makes different bloggers fun to read. My favorite bloggers could not be confused with anyone else—they have their own distinct personality and content. That makes them interesting and keeps me clicking back.
4) As far as fashion is concerned, if you read lots of fashion blogs, you’ll notice that there are lots of different routes you can go. It can be all about your personal style, or all about celebrity style. You can write about things that inspire you, or you can be more literal about specific products and brands and where to buy them. Do you want to help people with specific issues/problems or be more of an inspiration spring board for their style? Once you figure out what niche you want to settle in, try and come up with your own twist on the norm.
I hope this helped! Feel free to email me if you have any more questions!

kangalex asked:Wow your blog is amazing! I wish you did more menswear though :P If you check out my blog I am mostly into menswear and a blog like yours; recommending mens outfits to meet a specific budget would be awesome!!!

Thank you! I’d love to do more menswear, but I don’t know much about it aside from what I personally like and do not like to see (which probably isn’t very relevant).
If you know something about affordable, stylish menswear and would like to do a guest post every now and then, feel free to email me! I’d love to set something up.

clashcultureparadigm asked:I LOVE your blog layout? How’d you make it/do you have any suggestions for someone trying to build their own similarly? Thanks! And keep up the amazing posts :)
theresaannblog asked:I have one last question about blogs…how do you get your awesome headers? I keep trying to make them in polyvore and it always leaves me with so much space in between the top and bottom (errgh). I just can not figure it out. Thanks again for being so helpful!

I started out with the Custom CSS Tumblr theme and tweaked it until I liked the way it looked. I wanted links at the top and a larger area for the posts to display. Once I changed the actual layout to a size I liked, I added code for the fonts, colors, comments, etc. The header was created in Photoshop using several of my older outfit photos. If there’s too much space, check the margin widths.

ez4u2doluvmetru asked:Im new and really like your blog any recommendations

Here are a few of my favorite fashion blogs I’m reading right now: A Day in the Life Too, District of Chic, It’s My Birthday, Style Within Reach, Sara Zucker, Veronica Loves Archie and The Vie Society.

I’m going to try and get to some more Reader Requests this week, but here are a few questions I’ve gotten over the past few weeks. :)

(Got a question of your own?)

theliterarydreamer asked:
Hey Jaclyn :) I may have mentioned this before, but I just wanted to say that I love your blog and your fashion sense. It sort of inspired me to create a fashion blog of my own. I’m just having some difficulties on where/how to start…do you have any advice? Sorry, it’s kind of a broad question, but I’ll take any tips you might have…

Thanks a ton and by the way, it’s nice to see affordable fashion here :)

I’m so glad you’ve decided to start your own blog! It’s definitely a fun creative outlet. :)

Here are a few tips:

1) Choose to blog about what you like! It may seem obvious, but you’ll be more motivated to post if it’s something you feel passionate about.

2) Pick your platform carefully. Whether it’s Tumblr, Wordpress or Blogger (or something else!), make sure you do your research into the pros and cons of each before deciding. You can switch your platform later, of course, but it’s a complete pain in the ass and I wouldn’t recommend it. So…be happy where you land! (Or, at least be willing to stick it out.)

3) Don’t try to be like everyone else! Uniqueness is what makes different bloggers fun to read. My favorite bloggers could not be confused with anyone else—they have their own distinct personality and content. That makes them interesting and keeps me clicking back.

4) As far as fashion is concerned, if you read lots of fashion blogs, you’ll notice that there are lots of different routes you can go. It can be all about your personal style, or all about celebrity style. You can write about things that inspire you, or you can be more literal about specific products and brands and where to buy them. Do you want to help people with specific issues/problems or be more of an inspiration spring board for their style? Once you figure out what niche you want to settle in, try and come up with your own twist on the norm.

I hope this helped! Feel free to email me if you have any more questions!

kangalex asked:
Wow your blog is amazing! I wish you did more menswear though :P If you check out my blog I am mostly into menswear and a blog like yours; recommending mens outfits to meet a specific budget would be awesome!!!

Thank you! I’d love to do more menswear, but I don’t know much about it aside from what I personally like and do not like to see (which probably isn’t very relevant).

If you know something about affordable, stylish menswear and would like to do a guest post every now and then, feel free to email me! I’d love to set something up.

clashcultureparadigm asked:
I LOVE your blog layout? How’d you make it/do you have any suggestions for someone trying to build their own similarly?
Thanks! And keep up the amazing posts :)

theresaannblog asked:
I have one last question about blogs…how do you get your awesome headers? I keep trying to make them in polyvore and it always leaves me with so much space in between the top and bottom (errgh). I just can not figure it out.
Thanks again for being so helpful!

I started out with the Custom CSS Tumblr theme and tweaked it until I liked the way it looked. I wanted links at the top and a larger area for the posts to display. Once I changed the actual layout to a size I liked, I added code for the fonts, colors, comments, etc. The header was created in Photoshop using several of my older outfit photos. If there’s too much space, check the margin widths.

ez4u2doluvmetru asked:
Im new and really like your blog any recommendations

Here are a few of my favorite fashion blogs I’m reading right now: A Day in the Life Too, District of Chic, It’s My Birthday, Style Within Reach, Sara Zucker, Veronica Loves Archie and The Vie Society.

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Bloggers and Body Image
I’m working on a post about bloggers and body image and would love your input.
If you have a moment, please fill out this survey! Your answers will stay anonymous and I’d love to hear your thoughts on a few touchy subjects.
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Bloggers and Body Image

I’m working on a post about bloggers and body image and would love your input.

If you have a moment, please fill out this survey! Your answers will stay anonymous and I’d love to hear your thoughts on a few touchy subjects.

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Customizing an existing Tumblr theme

augustandafter asked:

I’m really wanting to be more hands on with my tumblr. I know some basic coding but I don’t know really where to start from. Can you give a basic walk through of how you do your layouts?

No problem! I’m definitely not a coding expert, but there are a few tips I’ve learned along the way…

I’ve outlined below the typical process I do when I redesign this blog, or start a new one—and most, but not all, of these steps are Tumblr-theme specific, so if you are reading this and have your blog on Blogger, it may not be of much help! :)

1. DECIDE ON A THEME LAYOUT

The first thing to consider is what kind of layout will facilitate that various features you will need or want to have. You should ask yourself the following questions:

Do I need a sidebar to put links, a blog roll, graphics, ads, etc., into?

Do I need space at the top for a customized banner?

Will I need easy-to-spot navigation? (If you want to various pages, for example.)

Do I want the navigation at the top of the screen or the side?

Will my blog contain a lot of text, or just a lot of reblogged photos?

2. LOOK FOR A THEME THAT MEETS YOUR SPECIFICATIONS

Once you have figured out the basic premise of what you need, you should go to the Tumblr Theme Garden and start looking around. I prefer to look at the Recent tab, and start from most recent to least and scroll through, opening in new tabs the themes that look like they may work.

Keep the following in mind:

Try not to pay attention to fonts, banners, backgrounds, colors or anything else. Try to visualize the basic framework of the theme without letting any of the easily customizable variables get in the way.

Use the newer themes (closest to the top of the Recent tab) if possible. The older themes sometimes lack the newer features that Tumblr has incorporated into the CSS options for theme developers.

3. TAGS, COLORS AND BANNERS

Once you have selected a theme, sit down and figure out if you will be using tags extensively for navigation. (This is an easy way to group your posts together. For an example, see how I’ve grouped all the Reader Request posts together by tag.)

Then, determine what kind of color scheme you like. Think about the way the colors will look on the page and how they’ll tie into your banner.

Speaking of your banner, if you want to have a graphic banner at the top of the page, you need to decide if you want it to be simply fancy typography, have a photo background, etc. There are lots of options! Look around on different blogs to see how people have designed their banners.

4. LEARN SOME CSS

You only need to know a wee bit of CSS to get a lot of customizing done in your theme.

The first thing you’ll want to look at is Tumblr’s custom HTML options page. These contain all the tags that are commonly used in Tumblr themes to make your blog display correctly.

For example, anywhere in your blog’s custom HTML that you hyperlink to {RSS} will automatically link to your blog’s RSS feed. These variables that Tumblr has incorporated into themes make it easier to find what you would like to change.

One more example: if you want to upload an image file to be your blog’s banner, you will typically need to find the {Title} variable in the HTML of your theme. Replace {Title} with the URL of your image to have your custom banner displayed instead of the automatically generated text of the title of your blog.

[I know this can be a little confusing at first, but stick with it! Trial and error!]

Some of the things you can customize/add easily in your theme are:

Fonts

Colors

Content width

Google Analytics/SiteMeter code

Twitter/Facebook/Bloglovin widgets

Disqus comments

How your notes appear on the page

5. CREDIT THE DEVELOPER

Just because you’ve added a fun new banner and changed the fonts around doesn’t mean you made this theme from scratch! Make sure you leave in the original link to the developer (usually in the footer) so others can find and use the same theme too.

6. DON’T FORGET:

If you get to the point of customizing where you like the way things look, but want to try out some other changes, make sure to save a copy of your code so it does not get lost. Tumblr’s Customize screen has the annoying tendency to refresh at times, resetting everything to default. Not great timing if you just spent 30 minutes customizing the color of every element on the theme!

Do your editing of the theme on a text editor (like Notepad on PC or TextEdit on Mac) so you can find certain sections of code quickly. Then, copy and paste the code into the Tumblr Customize screen.

When in doubt, the simpler the better. No one will ever fault you for a white background, but they might for a crazy-colored, patterned background!

Make sure your notes are visible. Because Tumblr is not a particularly comment-prone community, your only way of displaying any type of reader interaction is through your notes.

Speaking of comments: although Tumblr users aren’t big commenters, it’s frustrating for people who are to come to a blog that doesn’t have any way to do it. Enable those Disqus comments, people!

Is there anything I’ve forgotten to mention? Are there are any more questions about this I should try and answer?

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