It’s been a pretty productive week behind the scenes of Oh So Glam for the start of the new year — all the stuff you don’t see me do on a day-to-day basis! I’ve been up to my eyeballs in spreadsheets for taxes (eye roll), content planning, and scheduling for 2017 and almost forgot to actually post my first outfit of the year!
There’s nothing particularly new or exciting about this outfit — it’s all pieces you’ve seen here on the blog more than once! I’ve been trying hard to get organized and stay on top of donating clothes and accessories (I like to purge a few times a year and will be trying to do so more often this year). I just donated four full boxes of stuff and it always feels amazing to be out of clutter. Now if only I could keep it that way…
I didn’t necessarily make a New Year’s resolution this year because I’m human and I tend to blow them. Last year’s good ol’ try of getting out of the house a few times a week to work at a coffee shop hasn’t panned out that well (as I sit here typing from my house in workout clothes sans the workout and a topknot). But, I did do some reflecting over the last few weeks and would like to make a better effort to always make sure there is meaning behind whatever I’m doing (in work and personal life). I want quality content over quantity… and although I can get hard on myself for not getting a post up here every single day, I’m actually okay with that. I’d rather produce content that always has a meaning behind it, rather than posting for the sake of doing so. I think as human beings in such a fast moving world, it’s easy to get caught up in the mundane tasks and forget what we’re actually doing. I’ve tried hard the last few months to lift the pressure of doing things just to do them, and I will be trying my hardest to carry that mentality into the new year.
How does that apply to my life?
Working out with the mindset that I feel amazing after doing instead of dreading a morning workout because I have a to-do list a mile long — not only does it clear my head (and give me a much needed hour without my phone), but I love the feeling of being stronger and seeing progress when I stay on top of it.
Posting on Instagram because I took a cool shot and want to share it with you. With the new algorithm change, I’ve been really hard on myself when it comes to Instagram. My growth has slowed and I know for a fact people aren’t seeing all the images I spend hours shooting and editing. It’s been easy to get frustrated and I’ve buried myself in analytics trying to figure out the best time to post, and doing loads of tips and tricks in order for my photo to go “viral” (so a majority of my audience can see it in their feed). It honestly took the fun and spontaneity out of Instagram and I grew to hate it. I’ve been trying to make an effort to get back to the days where I would share a photo on Instagram because I wanted to and not let myself get so caught up in numbers.
“Shop” less, invest more. Buying new clothes constantly just to have new pieces to share with you gets exhausting (and expensive). I’ve shared my frustration about the LikeToKnowIt world we live in with some close friends and family and it feels good to put it out in the open. My goal of this little internet space was to share outfits and tidbits about my life with you all so you can feel inspired. After 5 and a half years, the blogging world has turned into personal shopping and the pressure to always have the most current items so you could buy it right off of me has gotten crazy out of control. Linking to similar items has resulted in backlash which to me is absurd. The amount of comments I’ve received because I continue to feature this leather jacket from a past season (while always mentioning I’m linking a similar style) is actually laughable. Why would I go out and buy another leather jacket when I have a perfect one from a few years back that can still do the job?! Doesn’t that make me unrealistic?! I’ve tried to be better about staple pieces over the last year while also remaining strategic (since this is my full-time job). That has meant investing in pieces that tend to come back year-over-year so they will always be in stock for you! These Joie boots for example, I’ve had them for literally three years (you’ve seen them so many times) and it works that I can always pull them out of the closet to style instead of buying another pair of flat black booties. It’s easy to get caught up in fast fashion and although I do my best to feature items that are still in stock for you to purchase, sometimes I just want to wear my leather jacket from 4 years ago because I like it… and I’ll link to a similar style. And you’ll just have to deal with it. 😉
What are you aiming for in 2017? Any New Year’s Resolutions to share?
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