I got a good laugh today. My sister (noted children’s author, see her book the on sideline) goes to a Social Media Conference every year in San Diego. I went with her a couple of years ago (see here) and it was filled with lots of information. I learned a ton about blogging, and all of the different social media sites that are available. She got an email today giving her the name of a website that she could put in a name of a person or a blog, and then you could get the statistics on the person. Guess whose name she put in??? She messaged me with a ton of graphs and information which I had no idea how to read. I asked her what the heck did all of that mean, and she told me that I have reached a level that I am considered an influencer. That strikes me as flipping hilarious. Obviously, the fact that I have had a pet skunk as a child, the fact that my writing skills are subpar at best, the fact that most of my photos have been taken with a tripod and a timer, I am not a size 2 or 4, or the fact that I talk about my husband and our crazy life is exactly what people want to be influenced about. Lol! Hopefully, I can be an influencer when it comes to being real, honest, kind, and inspirational. Buying a clothing item because of my recommendation is fine, but hopefully, you get more out of my blog than that. I think I will start using the hashtag, #inspirationalinfluencer from now on. What do you think? I love black and white together, I think that it looks so crisp! I have often told you that you don’t have to pay a fortune to look like you did. This top and jacket are prime examples of clothing that were affordable, but that looks expensive. I found this cute crewneck sweater tank while I was visiting my sister in the Atlanta area and the jacket was a purchase from the same brand store but bought at a different time. The store??? Target. I like the sleeveless design of the sweater since I can wear it under a jacket or cardigan without having the buck of sleeves. Plus, warmer weather is coming soon (I promise) and this top is lightweight enough to be worn with shorts. In case you are wondering, I am wearing a size large. Here is the link to the sweater, and btw, it is under 15.00!
I added the Jeanette ball earrings to my look. The earrings say that they are navy and white, but I honestly couldn’t tell the difference, they looked black to me. Lol! They are a 4″ drop, and they are a statement piece without being too big. These are also lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about them hurting your ears. I have had this necklace for a while, even though I rarely wear it. I looked high and low trying to find it to wear with this outfit because I could remember that it had the striped leather drop and a red bead. I knew it would tie the entire outfit together, and I think that it did a great job. The problem is that it is no longer on the website. UGH! I hate it when my jewelry or a clothing item that I am wearing is sold out. It really ticks me off. Lol!
The Madewell Emmett crop wide leg pants are a large pop of color in this otherwise black and white look. I wasn’t sure if I would like the Americana Red, but I actually do like them very much. This style leg is still in the “growing on me” phase, but I am willing to give it a try. I ordered my normal size 10 and this fits me fine. The pants also come in black or a pale gray if you are not ready to wear the bold red pair. This pair of pants are 98% cotton and has 2% elastane which gives it a small amount of stretch. That would make the pants easy to wear for work or for a weekend getaway. Here is the link for the pants if you are interested in them.
The black linen jacket is a few years old. I bought it on my first trip to Rosemary Beach in 2017 when we went to Target for a few supplies. I let the others get the supplies, and I took off to go shopping. Lol! I also found a black and white dress on that excursion (here) that was beautiful and I plan on taking it on my upcoming trip in April to Los Cabo.
I loved hearing some feedback from you gurls about the photos. It was interesting to me that what I was viewing as amateurish and unprofessional, some of you were viewing as quaint and authentic. When I have my next photo shoot, I will mention that you want more closeups of the clothing, etc. She has been used to taking photos for people to put on their walls, not blog type photos. We may have an adjustment period until we come to an understanding. Plus, it is going to take me some time to get used to someone taking my photos. At the house, I just use a tripod and put my camera on a timer. I am comfortable in front of the camera with me, but not so much when others take my photos. I am going to give this a couple of sessions before I decide what I am going to do. I bet that I end up doing a little of both, some on the porch, and some on location. The best of both worlds, right? Lol!
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