In 2016, I noticed a big shift in my blog reading preferences: I became less interested in aspirational style blogs that post 15 photos of the same $$$ outfit, and instead found myself bookmarking lifestyle-focused sites by women who post casual snaps of their everyday outfits, review makeup and skin care products, share delicious recipes, and provide helpful tutorials. You know the blogs that feel like you’re getting honest advice and inspiration from a good friend? Those are my jam. They’re more inspirational for my lifestyle and budget, and remind me of the good ol’ days of personal style blogging, before the era of curated Instagram feeds, $700 over-the-knee boots (where are you wearing those on a Tuesday, gurrl?) and seemingly bottomless wardrobes.

Since I’m enjoying these “real-life” style blogs and I don’t have much time to take my own outfit photos these days, I started to snap quick photos of my outfits in our foyer mirror before I run out the door in the morning. I thought I’d round them up in a post now and then to share what I wear to work and play. Get ready to see how much I love a comfy uniform for days at the flower shop — easy top + cut-off skinnies + ballet flats — and get to know my favorite versatile pieces that I wear on repeat. (Lookin’ at you, $50 black hi-rise jeggings.)

LOFT utility blouse + AE hi-rise jeggings + old Hautelook sandals (try these) + ‘ohh la la’ canvas tote c/o my momma (this one’s cute!)
LOFT jeans + Lou & Gray cardi + Victoria’s Secret tank + TJ Maxx denim sandals
m.marie dress (try this) + Stan Smith sneakers
LOFT sateen leggings + Marshall’s asymmetric sweater (similar) + TJ Maxx denim sandals (try these)
Sparing you my shiny no-makeup-Saturday face (ha!) + Billabong shirt + AE hi-rise jeggings + Steve Madden sandals via TJ Maxx
m.marie sweater + LOFT sateen leggings + Cynthia Vincent flats via Hautelook (old, try these) + Cuyana small carryall in ‘sable’
Posted by:Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for DIY projects, bookstores, and iced tea. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

50 replies on “Style Files

  1. Back of my mind I keep planning for a proper photo ops instead. I keep using my iPhone shot pictures before heading out to work. Thanks for this post 😁

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  2. I am completely on the same page with this shift in the type of bloggers I like to follow. Mainly ones I can relate to- on a budget, simple lifestyle and real posts. The bigger and more “commercialized” a blogger becomes, the less I like to follow them.

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  4. I’ve read your blog for a few years now and one of the reasons why I still love it is because it feels fresh and honest, and at the same time polished. It’s an advantage that you have a career that isn’t centered around blogging or social media, and I feel like I relate more to you because of it. Hope that doesn’t come off as a dig at bloggers who do it for a living, it’s just a shift in preference. On another note, I love your Lou & Grey moto-style cardigan, I have a similar one and it’s been my most constant staple the last couple of months!

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    1. Thank you, Isabel! I agree with everything you said here. I really can’t imagine the pressure of blogging full time and trying to keep up with the latest trends. It starts to ring a little hollow after a while as a reader. Thank you for sticking around for so long! :)

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    1. Thank you!!

      I chuckle every time I think about myself walking into my small-town Starbucks in suede high-heeled over-the-knee boots with a giant designer bag. Or trying to work in them! Ha! I roll my eyes every time I read a blogger proclaiming that they’re a “Must Have Closet Basic!”

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  5. Love that you aren’t wearing a new purchase in every post! Style for real girls yippee!!!
    Do you have problems with a funny odor to the black ae jeans? I love the fit (and price) of mine but they have a plasticy smell. 😕

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    1. Thanks, Kara! Real girls FTW! ;)

      You know, now that you mention it, I do remember my solid black AE skinnies having a bit of a smell… the ones I linked that I’m completely obsessed with (and repurchase a few times a year) are a washed black, so they’re a bit softer, fade better with wear, and don’t have any noticeable scent.

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  6. Agree with all of that! I’ve started unfollowing blogs every time I’m like “I would never wear that, ever” on a regular basis. Can you share the blogs you follow so we can check them out too? 👍🏻

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  7. Yes yes yes! Those aspirational fashion blogs are just depressing and add to any bad habits of over shopping. Love more real life fashion blogs, such as yours. Would you list some of the real life bloggers you’re following these days?

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    1. Thank you, Tabitha! I’ve definitely felt the pressure to keep up, even as a hobby blogger. In the last year, I was just like, “enough.” I’ll work on a blogroll post soon!

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