Case in point: Anthro's Budding T-Straps shoes. I never would have purchased these. I thought about it, but they were navy, and I don't own navy, and plus, they seemed kind of out of my comfort zone, and really I had nothing to wear with them. Then Kim over at Anthroholic got a pair and started posting pictures of what she wears them with, and the little seed was planted in my brain: I need these shoes! I have been branching out into color and hrmm, these would make an excellent addition to my wardrobe. The only problem was, they had been sold out for quite a while by the time I had this epiphany.
But that did not deter me. After Kim devoted a whole post to shoes she missed out on and shoes she got, I knew I had to find these. And find them I did. I located them at an Anthro in Philadelphia and had them shipped to me. Now they are sitting in my closet, waiting for me to wear them. And wear them I will, never you fear! I am already planning outfits. It's like an epiphany to me: they are navy with silver and pink. That means I can wear lilac, navy, grays, all sorts of colors with them. I can start to break out of my rut of only wearing black or brown shoes.
It's interesting to me how blogs can build a buzz about product or brand, or even an item. My next case in point is Fei's Tandem Jump Blouse at Anthro, which I reviewed here. I never would have considered this shirt until I saw it pictured on another blogger here. Then, it started to gnaw at me, and I started to wonder what it would be like to own 1.) a blouse, 2.) something with a ruffly collar, 3.) something that might cause me to be a bit more adventurous. So as soon as I saw it in store I tried it on, fell in love, and came home with it.
I don't know where I would be without Roxy's blog Effortless Anthropologie. I love how she will try on, take pictures, and review just about every item Anthropologie carries. I love the discussion on the blog, hearing from others what they think about products, and getting ideas about new things. Sure, I can and do read the product reviews at Anthro's site but when I really want an opinion I check out Roxy's blog.
All this to say wow, reading so many different blogs has really got me to work on changing my look for the better. It's kept me in the loop about sales, items to just pass by no matter how cute they look, and items to consider, even if they don't seem like "me" at first glance. I feel as though my style is evolving. I am paring things down, developing a well-edited wardrobe, and mixing in different shapes and colors. For the first time ever I even have skirts that are only seasonally appropriate certain times of the year. I feel like I am growing up.