Well, hello there! I know I said I was done but I received enough encouragement from friends and readers and the like to keep it going. I guess I’m no quitter 😉 (j/k, I legit quit things all the time – a bad habit I’m working on). Anyway, I’m back with my bathroom mirror selfies/Instagram Outfit Roundup. This time I’ve decided to go with a theme: dresses!
These are some of the dresses I regularly wear to the office and out and about. I haven’t featured these on the blog yet so I figured this was as good a time as any to do so. Enjoy!
Oh, hi floral dress and adorable lace-up espadrilles! How cute you make these dreary days. I think the feminine floral pattern is so pretty, but I really love how comfortable this dress is. It’s perfect for the office or I can throw on a denim jacket (light or dark) for a fun, easy look on the weekends.
Dress, Cardigan, and Espadrilles: Old Navy
I welcomed in Spring with this gorgeous asymmetrical midi (that’s more like a maxi on this shorty) dress from the Who What Wear line at Target. I love the color and how swishy it is when I walk. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for the midweek slump!
Dress: Target | Wedges: Old Navy | Necklace: J. Crew Outlet | Sunnies: One Fine Day by Target
Here I am wearing an oldie but a goodie. I got this dress in one of my very first Stitch Fix boxes and it’s help up each spring and summer. It’s got everything: stripes, floral, and a fun, feminine fit. The only thing that concerns me is the length. It feels much shorter now than it used to so I wasn’t sure if it was work appropriate. I might have to save this one for evenings and weekends.
Dress: mystree via Stitch Fix | Cardigan: ModCloth | Belt: Francesca’s | Heels: Banana Republic (old) | Bracelets: Target
Polka dots! This dress has become my go-to for work events. I wore it to two conferences – one at the beach and another hosted by my organization – both back in May. It’s comfortable but also a little bit sexy while remaining work appropriate. Heck yes.
Dress: Old Navy | Cardigan: ModCloth | Sandals: Old Navy | Jewelry: Old Navy (sometimes I feel like a walking old navy ad!)
Y’all, this is a hard post for me to write but it has been on my heart and on my mind for a while now.
I think it’s time to end the blog.
It’s not something that I really want to do; quite the contrary, actually, because I enjoy writing, sharing things in my life, and putting together/ showing off my outfits. I’m always logging in and starting post drafts but I rarely finish them these days. But the truth is blogging has changed so much in the last few years and I feel like I can’t keep up. And not just that I can’t, but that I don’t want to.
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge explains it perfectly during her ZigZag podcast interview where she talks about ending her blog because to be a successful blogger in 2019, you have to turn it into “a human-sponsored product.” It’s all about influencing. Companies paying you money to convince people to buy their shit. Essentially, you’re a glorified marketing tool, a salesperson. And I’m not really down with that.
I started my blog because I wanted a creative outlet that would inspire others’ feelings about themselves (not their spending habits). But a few years in, I got sucked into the vortex and was spending way too much money on clothes that I didn’t need all because I thought they would look good on the blog and I could grow my readership. Well, neither of those things happened and I ended up wasting money on clothes that didn’t fit my actual lifestyle so I never wore them. Not to even mention the ethics of fast fashion, how it’s polluting the planet and exploiting human beings in other countries.
So where do I go from here?
I’m not sure. You’ve probably noticed – and maybe you’ve always been aware – that the posts are fewer and farther between and have been for several months, if not longer. Especially when Sebastian came along. I never wanted to be a mommy blogger so I’ve made a conscious effort not to make it one. And the honest truth is that I just don’t have the confidence to keep trying. I already feel like I don’t really have anything to contribute to the internet world. My style is okay, I don’t DIY a lot of things, I don’t have any life hacks, and I don’t have the time nor energy to focus on creative writing.
So where do I go from here? I don’t know. I might keep the Instagram going for a while, but I can’t blame folks for not liking poorly-lit bathroom selfies! Maybe this is it. Maybe it isn’t. Mostly likely, though, it is. I’ve had some fun with this here log in the last six years, so why not end on a good note?
Take care and much love,
Y’all, when the doctor tells you to throw away your toothbrush after suffering through strep throat, you really should listen!
About two weeks ago, I wrote about having strep throat after I asked my friends for homemade remedies for a hellacious sore throat I was experiencing. Turns out Sebastian and I both had it and we were put on Mommy & Me antibiotics – pills for me, tasty pink liquid for him – for 10 days. The doctor had told me to replace our toothbrushes at the end of our treatment so we wouldn’t get reinfected and, being the good mother that I am, I promptly tossed Sebastian’s toothbrush and marched right to Target for a replacement and splurged on some Paw Patrol-branded toddler toothpaste. However,
Hi, I’m Nikki. This is where I blog about my life and style. I’m a wife, a new mother, sushi lover, coffee drinker, and a social justice warrior. Welcome to my little corner of the world where I try to lead by example!