Color Crush: Grey and Cognac Outfit

Hello friend! With winter in full force (well as “winter” as it gets here in Los Angeles), I like to change my wardrobe colors to reflect the season (check out winter transition post for more details). What can I say, I like to be seasonal! Therefore, I turn to muted colors like grey and mauve. I recently got an inspiration to pair grey and cognac together. So I gave it a try and loved it. Therefore, I am here to report about my success to you and encourage you to also try a grey and cognac outfit.

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Current Obsession: Bodysuit Outfits

Hello friend. After many years away, the bodysuit is returning to the spotlight. Now it has been a couple of decades since I last wore bodysuits. But I have recently started wearing them again. Thanks to my gateway bodysuit, the Commando sleeveless bodysuit, I am now hooked. Let me share my tips and tricks on wearing bodysuit outfits!

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Try This: Sweater Dress and Booties

Hello friend! I hope you are having a great 2018 so far. I’ve been busy at home decorating my bedroom (I’ll share some photos when I’m done). I’m also leisurely putting together some winter outfits for when I go back to work (currently on a stay-cation, yay!). One of my favorite winter looks is a sweater dress and booties outfit. So let me share my current one with you.

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2017 Blog Recap

Hello friend! After seeing Cheryl’s post on her blog, I wanted to do a similar 2017 blog recap here. I was curious to see what succeeded and what failed. So let’s take a look!

2017 Blog Recap: Most Viewed Blog Post

My most viewed blog post this year is my Skirt Code Reason 2 post. I am not surprised! Since I wear so many skirts, I know a lot of readers come to my blog to see my skirt outfits. Many are also curious to read all of the reasons why I wear mostly skirts. Therefore, my Skirt Code series is usually quite popular.

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2017 Blog Recap: Least Viewed Blog Post

Now I was quite surprised to see my least viewed post this wear was my Camel Gingham post. Usually my posts with  pattern and color are well received. So this one is a mystery. Maybe you can tell me what the problem is.

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2017 Blog Recap: Most Commented Blog Post

I had a tie for the most commented on blog post. One was the Skirt Code Reason 2 post (which is also my most viewed blog post discussed above) and the other was my Affiliate Marketing post from the Ugly Side of Blogging series. Both are popular series on my blog, so it’s logical that the garnered many comments.

2017 Blog Recap: Most Liked Instagram Post

On Instagram the year has had its ups and downs. I have been on a general downtrend on Instagram and I cannot figure it out. Many others say they are in the same boat, so I am just riding it out. I know I can increase my followers and engagement with some tricks and tools, but I don’t want to play those games. Instead I am concentrating on my blog. So thank you for reading (please subscribe so you don’t miss a post)!

My most liked Instagram post was from just this past month. It was for my Holiday Gift Guide post. This photo is also one of my favorites, so I’m glad we agree on that!

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2017 Blog Recap: Least Liked Instagram Post

My least liked post is also from December! It’s the graphic announcing my 12 Days of Skirtmas series. I have noticed that graphics do not do as well as photos on Instagram. I am guessing it’s the algorithm/AI/Whatever the heck is wrong with IG. Therefore I try to limit posting them. However, I am not a slave to Instagram. Therefore if I need to post something to show my followers, I will not let the fear of a low like count deter me!

2017 Blog Recap: Most Commented Instagram Post

Another Skirt Code post outfit was the winner of my most commented Instagram post. I love the unique look of this skirt and I can see why it resonated with so many of you.

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2017 Blog Recap: Most Disappointing Instagram Post

While the likes were not so low, my Daniel Wellington watch post was a major personal disappointment. That’s because I spent a lot of time planning what I thought would be a beautiful photo with a cool backdrop. However, we didn’t end up capturing what I had in mind. I had high hopes for Daniel Wellington to re-post my photo. So when I couldn’t get it to look just right, it really upset me.

2017 Blog Recap: Most Popular Pin

This photo from my Triple Pattern Mix post is definitely my most popular pin on Pinterest. Of course, this is also my oldest pin, so I’m not surprised. I’m hoping to be more active on Pinterest this year, so maybe next year I’ll have a real competition between my pins!

Triple Pattern Mix with Anthropologie Tracy Reese green floral skirt, polka dot top and leopard print pumps

2017 Review

2017 was my first full year of blogging. For the most part, I enjoyed it immensely. Because of it, I was able to attend New York Fashion Week, which has always been a dream of mine. I learned a lot about blogging. But more importantly, I realized how much more I need to learn. In 2018, I hope to grow Polished Whimsy’s reach and coax my voice and point of view to really come through in my writing. I hope you stay with me for the journey.

2018 Blog Goals

  1. Work with a major brand. While I appreciate working with small brands, I would also like to push myself to pitch to a major brand and hopefully land a fun collaboration.
  2. Get a paid sponsorship. As I’ve said in one of my Ugly Side of Blogging post, blogging is a time and money consuming hobby. Because of that, I’d like to get some reimbursement for the massive amount of time and care I put into my posts. Therefore I am hoping to get some paid sponsorships and collaborations in 2018. However, be assured, I will only do so with a brand and products that I actually like. I refuse to compromise my brand and voice for money.
  3. Triple my page views. Now this may seem like a huge goal, but my views now are still fairly low. Therefore with a little bit of work, I am hoping to get a lot more traffic to my site.
  4. Grow my Pinterest. With Instagram constantly changing their algorithm, my content is not always seen. Therefore I will switch some of my focus to other platforms, such as Pinterest. If you’re not following me there, go do so now! I am curating some beautiful boards full of drool-worthy skirts, pretty colors and fun patterns.
  5. Update the look of the blog. This one I am currently working on and should start rolling out soon. I hope to have a more professional (but still fun and whimsical) site.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. I plan to bring a lot more whimsy to your 2018!

Spotlight on: Talbots Sale

Hello friend! With so many retailers already offering great sales, I thought I’d share some of my wish list. Also, I have been planning on starting a new series where I feature my favorite retailers. Therefore, I decided to combine the two ideas and start my “Spotlight on” series discussing the great deals at the current Talbots sale.

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While Talbots has been around for many years, I see few of us shopping there. I think it has the reputation of being for “older ladies.” I remember a few years back buying something from there and telling my coworker. She said “Really, you? That’s where my mom shops.” This reputation is unfortunate because I have gotten some amazing, youthful pieces from Talbots, often from their sales.

Previous Talbots Sale Purchases

The first time I actually went to Talbots was in pursuit of a cardigan. I had been looking for one in a specific shade of blue. One of the girls at church was wearing it and had told me she had purchased it there. Even though it wasn’t my typical store, the stubborn desire to attain that elusive blue cardigan led me there. Once I arrived, I was surprised at the bounty of items they offered, many in beautiful colors and prints that felt so “me.”

It was during that same trip that I purchased this beautiful zebra print pencil skirt. It is a staple in my closet, one I have worn many times. {Please forgive the poor quality photo, it was prior to my blogging days!}

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Another skirt I purchased was a bold leopard print pencil skirt. I love how large the scale of the print is. It’s a unique skirt that has no rival in my closet. It also pairs beautifully with colors, especially green, as worn in my colorful coat post.

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My Current Talbots Sale Wishlist

Because of the great sale going on now, I will be bringing home a few more pieces. I am eyeing the Houndstooth check sailor skirt. That’s because I am itching to do a pattern mix with houndstooth and buffalo plaid. I am also fawning over the back-bow suede pumps: it’s blue, it has a bow, do I need to say anything else? But there are so many other amazing options, so I’ll summarize them below for you.

While not on my own wish list, I do want to mention the sparkling stars button down shirt. It’s a white shirt with metallic gold dots, similar to the sold out shirt I was wearing in my prim class skirt post. So many of you had loved it, so I am pleased to find you a “dupe!”

Talbots Sale: Skirts

As you know, I have great luck finding beautiful skirts at Talbots. They have classic ones as well as fun prints. Here are the ones I am eyeing from the sale section.

 

Talbots Sale: Ruffles and Bows

Betcha you didn’t know that Tablots has fun and feminine pieces! Well they do. In fact, they adorn many of their items with fun bows, trims and ruffles.

 

Talbots Sale: Outerwear

Another category I rely on Talbots for is their outerwear. Besides the classic coats and jackets, they have many fun and youthful outerwear pieces. What I love most about their collections is that they feature a lot of color and print. I think that is especially stylish in the winter, when often all people see of you is your coat/jacket. Why not make it a fabulous one?

 

Talbots Sale: Shoes

Truth be told, before I set foot inside a Talbots store, I didn’t even know they sold shoes. But upon my first visit, I saw an amazing pair of leopard print shoes. Right away I knew they carried quality (and fun!) footwear. Just see for yourself below!

 

I hope you have enjoyed delving into one specific store with me. I encourage you to give Talbots a try. You will find, just like I did, that it is full of amazing pieces. And when they have markdowns, do not miss out. You can get great deals at a Talbots sale!

 

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The Ugly Side of Blogging: Blog Plagiarism

Hello friend! Today we are delving into some deep waters. I will be discussing blog plagiarism and copyright infringement. Because these waters are fairly muddy, the right answer is often not clear. Therefore I will give you some tips on how to stay safe, protect your content, and avoid a bad reputation!

Now I am not a lawyer. In fact, even a bit of legal-eze makes my head spin. Therefore I will not be spouting out laws in this post. I will refer you to legalzoom for that. However I will share my experiences and provide some helpful tips.

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Blog Plagiarism: My Experience

Last year I had another blogger accuse me of copying her work. She thought a post I had done was very similar to one she had done, including some of the same items. While I could see the similarity in the post, I know in my heart that I did not do it to copy her. In fact I had done a post like this in the past. Furthermore, I had seen multiple other girls do similar posts. So it definitely was not a post that was unique to her account.

Now to her credit, she did it in a very calm and low-key manner. Instead of calling me out on a post or a comment, she sent me a private message with her concern. However, the fact was I did NOT copy her work. While I could see how my post was similar to hers, I know I did not consciously take it from her post. But that leaves me in a gray area: did I subconsciously copy her? Perhaps…

Nonetheless, it was a devastating blow to my blogging experience. I absolutely adored this blogger. I was probably her biggest fan. I had purchased many items she had showcased. She definitely was a huge inspiration for me. Therefore, for her to think this of me was so disheartening, mostly because I knew I could never change her mind. She firmly believed I copied her work.

The most difficult part was moving forward. After this interaction, I felt paralyzed. I didn’t know what to do. Was anything I did original? Was I unknowingly offending every blogger out there? I was scared to post anything. And when I did post, I felt obligated to defend or explain every outfit/pairing/set-up. It was quite a stressful ordeal.

Blog Plagiarism: What’s Original?

In this ever-growing world of fashion (and other) bloggers, what is actually an original idea? I see countless posts (mine included) of a cute outfit in front of a colorful wall, or a blogger holding up a product in focus with the rest of the frame blurred out. But none of us truly thought of this idea as an original thought. We likely saw it (on a blog, magazine, etc.) and either consciously or sub-consciously decided to do a similar post.

So where do we draw the line? It’s difficult because in blogging, plagiarism can happen beyond just copying one’s words. Is it plagiarism if you take a photo in the same pose as another blogger? How about in the same location? Or similarly styled outfit? It’s hard to say what’s reasonably similar and what’s plagiarism. So to stay safe, follow these tips.

Blog Plagiarism Tip 1: Strive for Originality

Do your best to come up with original content. Instead of using a picture from Pinterest and simply stating “PC: Pinterest,” take your own pretty shot of flowers. Better yet, get more creative and post something unique, instead of that ubiquitous shot of peonies.

Blog Plagiarism Tip 2: Ask Permission

If you are using someone else’s photo or exact words/concept on your blog, ask permission first! I did this for my red stripes and leopard print post. In order to use Brooklyn Blonde’s photo on my blog and Instagram, I messaged her and asked permission.

Blog Plagiarism Tip 3: Give Credit

If you know you got your inspiration from someone else, credit them! After my experience last year, I make it a point to always credit someone for inspiring me. This goes to build long term friendships and working relationships with other bloggers. Just be careful if you are always getting you inspiration from someone else. You want to have your own point of view right? See tip 1 above!

Blog Plagiarism Tip 4: Assume Innocence

I love the statement of “assume innocence.” It is a method of dealing with any concern or confrontation. To use this method, you must first assume that the “offender” has done whatever act of offense in innocence. If you come from a mindset of assuming that the other person “copied” your work from innocence, you can approach the conversation more calmly. Thus, resulting in an easy resolution.

Sometimes people have every intention of crediting someone else, but may just forget in the moment of writing a post. This happens to me countless times, especially during an Instagram story. In the effort to get all my words out coherently and within the time constraint, I may forget to shout out the person who inspired a look. So knowing that I have myself forgotten to do so, I don’t hold it against someone else if they don’t either!

I hope my tips will save you from any blog plagiarism or copyright infringement drama. If you have other tips, please comment below to share!

Skirtmas: Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt {Day 12}

Hello friend! Somehow the last day of Skirtmas is already upon us. I’ve had a great time showing you 12 new skirts and how to style them. I thought I’d finish off the series with a favorite pattern mix of mine: gingham and plaid. To do so I am featuring a lovely Modcloth plaid pencil skirt.

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Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt Review

I adore Modcloth for their vintage vibe and feminine styles. I also find it so endearing that they give their items of clothing fun names. For example the skirt I am wearing is actually called the “Care to Converse?” pencil skirt. So cute!

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When I first saw this skirt, I was immediately drawn to its mid-calf length and vintage style. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was plaid. We all know how much I love a plaid. {If you love plaid too, be sure to see this plaid skirt post as well as this plaid and lace post.}

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The fit of the skirt is divine. It is high-waisted and a true pencil skirt. However, because of the pleats on the sides and back hem, it is quite easy to walk.

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It is a thin to medium heft polyester blend. It does not wrinkle easily. I took my usual Modcloth size small (for a point of reference, I am often XS in other brands like J Crew).

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Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt Outfit

Similar to Skirtmas day 7, I wanted to pattern mix with this skirt. I was itching to try another plaid on plaid look and I knew the Modcloth plaid pencil skirt would be perfect for it. Therefore I threw on my J Crew gingham button-down and was thrilled with the results.

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This is a perfectly harmonious pattern mix because of the blue that is in both pieces of clothing. You can read more about it in my pattern mixing 101 post.

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To accessorize this outfit, I chose to keep it simple. Because there is a color and print in both pieces of clothing, I kept my shoes and purse neutral.

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I opted for a favorite pair of booties and a classic tote bag.

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For my jewelry I chose red beaded tassel earrings.

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As an avid pattern mixer, I love how the gingham shirt paired with the Modcloth plaid pencil skirt. It was the perfect way to end my 12 Days of Skirtmas. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Happy holidays to you friends!

 

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Skirtmas: Pleated Metalic Skirt {Day 11}

Hello friend and welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Skirtmas. Today, I am styling a night out look, similar to Day 8, but even more glam! The look centers around a pleated metallic skirt. While I have worn a gold pleated skirt already on Skirtmas day 4, today’s look will be quite different. That way, you’ll have options on how to wear your pleated metallic skirts.

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Styling a Pleated Metallic Skirt for a Night Out

As I showed you in Day 4 of Skirtmas, a pleated metallic skirt can be easily dressed down. But today I will be demonstrating how to dress it up.

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The bright gold of the fabric makes it an obvious choice for evenings out. It is shiny, eye-catching and fabulous.

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My Pleated Metallic Skirt Outfit

When I was styling this outfit, I knew I wanted to go full glam. Therefore I chose to wear the skirt with a fur coat. I chose my striped fur coat (first worn in this post) because I wanted multiple elements of style. The coat brings both pattern and texture, win win!

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Underneath it I wore a simple black sweater. I chose this for two reasons. First, the outfit has a lot going on already, so it needs a basic to tie it all together. Second, it’s winter and it’s cold… enough said!

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Of course my top isn’t just any old sweater. I chose a fun one with a bow, naturally!

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I finished the look with simple but sexy booties. Bonus, with booties like this you can wear a thick sock underneath! Such an important factor for those of us you are cold-intolerant.

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Because the outfit has so many details already, I chose to keep my accessories minimal. Therefore I just added a festive gold and black pom pom earrings.

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I hope you enjoyed this glam styling of a pleated metallic skirt for day 11 of Skirtmas. Make sure to catch the finale of the 12 Days of Skirtmas tomorrow!

 

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