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Lessons Learned

13 Aug

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog six months ago. As a perpetual fire-starter and non-finisher of projects, sticking to something for six months is a big deal for me.

I started Pink Chai without a plan or a clear idea of what this blog was going to be about. The only thing I knew was that I needed to get out of my rut and start making some pretty big changes in my life. One thing I’ve always believed in is the way the you look and dress really affects how you feel, so starting with my clothes made complete sense. I haven’t upgraded my wardrobe much (in fact, I purged most of it out), but I have started learn how to maximize what’s already there. And as much as I cribbed about it, the 30 for 30 challenge really helped with learning how to stretch my wardrobe.

So in honor of  half a year of blogging about my good, bad, and questionable outfits, I’ve chosen my six favorite looks and shared the lesson learned below.

{Secretary Chic}

The lesson here is easy; classic pieces with simple accessories always look good. A basic black skirt and pinstripe blouse are dressed up with a black belt, hose, and stacked bracelets. If I was wearing this outfit for an evening out; a quick switch to high heels and it would be perfect.

{Double Whamy}

This one is a two-in-one for me; embrace colour and ignore the “rules”. Normally I would wear a monotone outfit and add colour through a scarf or cardigan, but lately I’ve really tried to infuse my outfits with layers of colour. The hardest part of this has been ignoring all the strange rules I’ve created in my subconscious about colour combinations. Things like never wear red and green together because they look to “Christmasee”, or black and navy together look like you got dressed in the dark, etc., etc. Glad to say that I’ve gotten over that!

{Pink Perfection}

This one is all about stepping out of your comfort zone. I had this skirt for months but was never courageous enough to wear it until I started the blog. But once I wore it, it instantly became one of my favorite pieces and I’ve worn it several times since then.

{Copy Cat (or Monkey)}

This outfit made me realize that I can create a look that is sort of “dressed up casual”. I usually go for outfits that are one extreme or the other: super casual or very dressed up, but something like this actually works a lot better for my life right now. In a look like this I’m just as comfortable playing at the park with kids, or dropping in for a quick visit with a client. (Most of the projects I’m working on right now are with pretty laid back and casual clients).

{Inspiration to Outfit}

Recreating an outfit that I was inspired by might be the most important lesson I’ve learned. In the past I would look at a great outfit and think that I would have to purchase every piece (or something very similar to it) in the original outfit to recreate the look, but that’s absolutely not true. This look was inspired by a very bold floral skirt and shirt with a large gingham check, not exactly the same but the idea is similar.  (Inspiration outfit here)

{Bad Hair Great Skirt}

This one was a real eye opener for me: if something works repeat it. When I started this blog I had all these wonderful ideas about creating original outfits everyday, and never repeating the same look twice, what was I thinking? Now I feel the total opposite, once I find a silhouette and a look I love and feel comfortable in I try to recreate it with other pieces from my closet. This outfit incorporates so many things that I love; cardigan with a thin belt, knee-length pleated skirt, patterned flats, and colour. It will definitely be repeated!


Friend Friday: Most Important Blogging Lessons

19 Mar

Being relatively new to the blog world (Pink Chai launched on Feb 14th) it seems a bit premature to be writing about important blogging lessons, but that’s the topic for Friend Friday so I’m going to run with it. Friend Friday is a project created by Modly Chic as a way for fashion bloggers to share more about themselves and create connections with fellow bloggers. I’m actually looking forward to participating in this weekly feature as a way to connect with readers and the blogging community!

On a side note; I realize it’s Saturday today but chose not to post this yesterday to show my support for the bloggers day of silence for Japan.

So here are my top 5 blogging lessons for fashion and style bloggers:

Take More Pictures Than You Need:

The first week of blogging I only took about 2 shots per outfit, not enough! Trust me you need to take lots of pictures to choose one that works. In fact, I just read a stat somewhere that says for every ten frames shot, only one image is general usable. I’m not very comfortable taking pictures of myself (yet) but I’ve found it is getting easier everyday.

Schedule/Plan Your Posts:

As a writer I completely understand that some days inspiration strikes and it doesn’t matter what’s on the editorial calendar, you just have to run with your story. On the flip-side, there are days when there isn’t a drop of inspiration, that’s when a pre-written post or list of ideas can really save your sanity. I don’t have a very sophisticated system for planning posts, just a pretty little notebook I keep with me all the time to jot down ideas and inspiration. Another way to plan your posts is by having a weekly feature, just like Modly Chic has created with FBFF, or Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere does with 5 Things. If you decide to do a feature, work at creating something original and unique to your blog.

Plan for Days Off:

As with any new project I’ve been overwhelmed and excited by this blog and in my early zest I may have over-committed. Without really doing my research I thought it would be a great idea to take a picture of myself every single day; epic fail. Even creativity and style need to take Sunday’s off. My new plan is to try to post outfit pics 3-4 times a week.

Network With Other Bloggers/Fashion People:

Just like any other industry there is a huge community of fashion and style bloggers that are out there and open to connecting. I’ve already met some great online friends through twitter, Facebook, and forums. Read their blogs, comment, reach out in a genuine way and they won’t disappoint! (PS: If you want to connect with me I’m on twitter, or you can email me pinkchailove(at)gmail.com)

Be Authentic:

I haven’t ready every post on the Friend Friday list, but I would wager that at least 99% of them include this suggestion. There is just no way around authenticity. This includes every part of your blog; posts, outfits, recommendations, everything. I wrote a post about intentions, and was really scared to share it with the whole wide interweb world, but the comments were amazing and uplifting. It really showed me that readers reward honesty and authenticity.