Thursday, December 30, 2010
It has brought me confidence. It has made me realize I have unbelievable will-power and self control. It has made me realize I can basically do anything I set my mind to. It makes me really, really proud of myself.
It has brought me some cute gifts :-) For example, over Christmas I was really blessed with a new blazer (thanks Ash) and a GREAT blouse (thanks Rach) and a SUPER great Style book (thanks Lindy) and of course lots of cute new sweaters (thanks Mama)! My birthday? I got hooked up then too. Now, when people may think to buy me a gift card to Bardenay, I get new threads instead. JACKPOT. Seriously, nicest people ever in my life.
It has also brought me a lot of new people. I don't mean to sound like I am really, really popular or something. I mean that a lot of people I wouldn't really talk to are reading my blog, and because of that, I've met some great new friends. It is SO cool to see girls in the bar who I've never really talked to- and be told "Hey Kelli! I LOVE your blog!" or to have guys at work say "My girlfriend LOVES your blog." It makes me really overwhelmed and really joyful. I seriously appreciate the people who take the time to read this, and who are enjoying reading it as much as I enjoy writing.
I have one new friend in particular, and she is amazing for real. Like you guys, she is probably my long lost twin. Let me tell you about BELLA. She is such an inspiring girl, and I am so glad that she found my blog and
ColorMeBella. She writes ALL about different makeup brands, hair products- everything I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT. And she does it well. She has an AMAZING voice and I thoroughly enjoy her writing. If she has taught me anything through our emails and texts- it is to STAY TRUE to your voice and people will enjoy reading. So that is EXACTLY what I've done. And I am proud to say, I've done something for her too. She has decided to take her blog in a HUGE DIRECTION. Bella, a beauty addict, is going to go SIX MONTHS without coloring, cutting, or even STRAIGHTENING her hair.
Holy. Mack. I mean, I might be able to go a year without shopping- but you better believe that my buns are seated firmly in my stylist's chair every five weeks. And that my GHD flat iron is plugged in promptly at 8 every morning.
I honestly don't know how she is going to do it-- but I have found in my own journey that public accountability is huge. If I didn't have readers, I would have broken down and got myself some new J. Brand's MONTHS ago. I wouldn't have made it 2 weeks in the summer without new sandals, but I knew I had readers who wanted to see my succeed. With that, I not only ask, I beg, all of your to venture over to ColorMeBella and support my girl. I am 150% positive that she will succeed, and I want all of you to cheer her on. This is a huge, HUGE deal. And if anything, you'll get to learn about all the new makeup and beauty trends... which for me, is enough to read this blog until the day I die.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I need to get better time management and get some posts POSTED for your reading pleasure. My goal? All 10 by the New Year.
Wish me luck :-)
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Anyways, today I finally emerged from my deathbed because work called. Literally, they called and were wondering if I was alive. It is hard to keep up with all of your emails from an iPhone. I realized I didn't want to get SO far behind that I needed to work on Christmas. Granted, no one would ever make me work on Christmas because I work for a pretty legit company. BUT I am OCD and if my work isn't done, I don't rest. Plus, my brother is coming home for Christmas (wahoo!) and how rude would it be to be making flow charts instead of drinking hot buttered rums?? SO I got myself out of bed and crawled to work.
Fun Fact: When I am sick, I dress up. It makes me pretend I'm not sick. SO this is my "sick day outfit..."
Either I am highly medicated or I am starting to feel better. I am hoping that I am starting to feel better! Plus, I have a ton of new posts DRAFTED. I just need to add pictures and edit the text. For those loyal readers- I bet you know that one of them is about the BOOTS in the picture! (I didn't have boots before... did I?!? Don't worry, I didn't buy them). So come back OFTEN during the next few days, lots of posts are en route.
Monday, December 13, 2010
BUT, do not fear. I mean, I did for a second, but then... Swide.com would rather have me as a weekly columnist. And the article was not suited for a weekly column! So... while it is sad that the article won't be on the site- OTHER articles will. Every single week. And of course, all of you will be the first ones to know.
However, I HATE wasting things. So, I wanted to publish the article here so everyone could see. It is really long... Sorry. Hope you enjoy:
You know that girl who always tells the BEST stories and can make a simple visit to the pet store sound funny? Apparently, that’s me. You see, I was the world’s most awkward teenager. I quickly realized I’d never, ever get dates to the Valentine’s Dance, so I decided to be funny instead. I also was really, really clueless about clothes. I dedicated my time to reading fashion magazines and imagining myself as a young, twenty something who was so super stylish and awesome. I was actually quoted, numerous times, saying I just couldn’t wait for a credit card and I was just going to CHARGE IT. Being awesome was the goal.
Well, thankfully as the years passed I kind of grew into my ears and figured out how to put together an outfit. I think. I still spend hours studying fashion magazines, and thank the heavens- I still can be funny. My friends have been begging me to start blogging for years, because rumor has it that no one can recap the night before like me. I love to tell stories and I love to write. So I caved, and I started a blog. However, I figured out in about 3.4 days that my life is fairly boring. After a post about how pretty my town is (Boise, Idaho) and another about how soft my cat is (seriously, I should probably get her coat insured)… I realized I was not creating anything anyone wanted to read. I needed a topic, a story, SOMETHING other than just my miscellaneous thoughts. I mean, my thoughts are legit- just not really entertaining. So, I decided I would stop shopping for a year and created StopShop on April 1, 2010. Boom. I think since I’ve made my own money, I have been playing junior high catch up and just making up for all of the years I didn’t shop or know how to shop. So, I’m an addict. I’ve found that really nothing brings me more joy than sale signs, dressing rooms, and the thrill of walking out of the store victorious. It seemed impossible- because no shopping means no new clothes, no new accessories, and no new shoes. That scarf on sale at Target for like $3.80? The amazing, sequined vintage jacket at the thrift shop by my house? Or the once in a lifetime deal on J. Brand’s? Yeah. I can’t have any of those. It legitimately hurts my heart. Like, I should probably be on some sort of medication to handle this. But, I have my writing topic, and I am happy to be writing. I am not really happy with the fact the year is still 4 months from ending… but I feel pretty awesome having made it this far. And like I said, being awesome was the goal.
So, if you can’t shop for a year… you gotta work with what you got. How annoying, right? Trust me, it has been an ordeal. Those mornings where you feel like you have nothing to wear… is how I start my day, EVERY day. It is seriously a miracle that I don’t break out into hives in the middle of my walk-in closet. But, it is all in the styling. So, when I study those magazines, I pick out what I like and do my best to re-create it. I wanted to show you, my new Swide.com readers, that it is possible to create many looks with one item. My particular weakness is white v-neck t-shirts. For real, I am going to buy 900 when I can shop again. So, I grabbed my favorite white v-neck from Madewell and put together 7 different looks. I also grabbed my favorite photographer, Amanda of AmmoPhotog for some help showing you the outfits of a reformed shop-a-holic. Let’s all give her a moment of silent appreciation before I dive into my outfits because otherwise, we’d all be staring at blurry iPhone pictures… and for all you’d know I’d be wearing the same outfit in each picture.
THE HOLIDAY PARTY GIRL:
THE MILITARY BRAT:
Hopefully this has given you all some new outfit ideas, but more so I hope it has shown you that you really don’t need all new things ALL the time. You can mix and match and make any look you want with a few basics, and some unexpected pairings. Anyone can wear a white v-neck with a pair of jeans and sneakers, but I am nearly 800% positive that with a little extra thought and planning, you can be totally awesome. My 8th grade self would be SO jealous (though probably disappointed that I don’t have a BMW yet). For more outfit ideas FULL of old clothes, you can follow me on twitter @kelliryder or always catch my blog, StopShop. And to all the other normal girls out there, don’t worry- you really don’t have to be boring no matter where you live. Wear what you want, and be happy… because I swear, happy is always in style.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Well, pretty Annelise has embarked on her own blogging journey. But I must say, hers has a LOT more substance than mine. First, let me tell you about Annelise:
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
That picture is really, really gross. Anyways, I am wearing a white shirt from who knows where, a vintage sweater I got at a thrift store, I added on the cute broach. My necklace is from Urban, I am wearing Rich and Skinnies, and weird... Uggs. Bless it.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Anyway- Katie and I work together. However, she is an early riser and I am... not. It isn't my fault that my cat is so snuggly in the morning, and my bed is so warm, and that outside is so cold. I just like to be cozy and cubicles are not cozy. The other morning, she knocked on my door to see if I wanted to swing by Java Coffee & Cafe before we went to work. This is what she looked like:
So, for work- I was a crab. I had the crab hat and glasses from a previous costume oriented event, and my friend Rachel lent me the rest, as she used it all for a lobster costume the previous year. I am pretty confused as to why I didn't win the costume contest at work. In fact... not winning made me a little.... crabby...
All in all, I had so much fun this Halloween and I LOVE dressing up. I am quite honestly shocked that it is nearly Thanksgiving... I mean seriously? Wasn't it just June a second ago? My life has been a serious blur- but that is a good thing because now the year is nearly to an end. I've already crafted my next years costume idea--- and am quite looking forward to it. Guess you'll all have to keep reading my blog to see what it is!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I have been MIA for a few days. I've got a "real job" and I love it dearly... and I also love my income. So I've been busting my butt there this week.
And I won't lie, I've also been having a bit of a "The OC: Season 1" marathon with my new roommate, Katie. So the posts have slacked for a few days. Yes, I am embarrassed, thank you for asking.
I just wanted to give you a little preview of what's ahead so you don't all abandon ship. (and don't fret, new posts will be uploaded tomorrow and throughout the weekend!!!)
- DIY section- I am still crafting away and have made some fun new accessories (and SHOES!), so I will be showcasing those.
- Halloweenie! I bet you all are wondering what this little fashionista was for Halloween! Oh wait, you weren't wondering? That's cool. I'll still show you because both costumes (that's right, there were two) were AWESOME!
- I have put my heart in soul in the last few weeks into RE-decorating my home, i.e. un-boy-ing everything. Yes, just think about those three things and it will make sense. MY ROOM IS SO GIRLY AND CUTE NOW!!! So I want to show it off, as I've truly been working pretty hard. I am taking some photos this weekend.
- Roxy's fashion. Roxy is my cat. She is presh. And stylish!
- The best thing that has ever happened to me since I started this blog, and...
- Probably some rants about the new American Girl dolls and their pricing. I read the catalogue last night and can HARDLY BELIEVE that they are charging like $79 dollars for a doll's fondue set. It is not even real fondue. It is fondue for a doll. That isn't alive. I'm seriously pissed.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Luckily, Annelise introduced me to this fabulous blog. At CoM I can read up on new makeup releases, get reviews, and my favorite section: For Beauty Beginners. Seriously. This has helped me figure out what is what, what to do with it, etc... and I have found so many cute nail polish colors just by reading through her posts. Nail polish is clearly my therapeutic non-shopping activity.
The author, Brittany Thomas, does a post here and there called "Sista Show-Off."This is where she shows some love to other female bloggers who are "paving the way for women everywhere." Annelise was kind enough to submit my blog to B for the series- and you can read the story HERE!
I'd like to thank B for featuring my blog- as I know many of you readers found me through her! And anyone who has yet to check her out- PLEASE DO. She is wonderful and entertaining, and you can learn a LOT. It def has eased the pain of Sephora trips for me :-)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I honestly don't think you understand how hard this is. I understand some people don't worry about clothes. But ever since I was little, I have had this desire to be that girl. The one who is impeccably dressed and fabulous. Sort of like my Grandma Edith :) And the fact of the matter is, I am just not that girl. I don't think I ever have been. I am pretty normal. I stay within the fashion bounds. I wear what is comfortable and basic and wearable. I AM BORING. And I am pretty sick of it.
I am so sick of it to the point where I literally hate what I am wearing every-day-of-the-week. Hate. Like, I leave the house miserable. I could not tell you the last time I thought, "I look awesome." You know the feeling- when you're rocking your favorite jeans, your tallest heels, and your hair looks like a commercial. I mean... thank you SO much Dez (@Graebers) for helping with the hair part. Because without that, I feel like I don't currently have much else. I am so sick of my boring clothes!
SO, here is my pledge...
After April 1, I refuse to make another boring purchase. I flat out refuse. Life is too short to hate what you're wearing, it really is. So bring on the embellishments, the impractical shoes, and the dress I may only wear once. My closet is BEGGING for some MAJOR MOMENTS and I promise you, dear closet, you'll get them. My first purchase is going to be oozing with glamour, and I am going to make fashion my full time job. Because clearly it makes me happy, and feeling awesome makes me happy... and right now, my closet is making me flat-out unhappy.
P.S. OK OK OK. I probably will still buy white v-necks. But you bet your bottoms I'll be pairing them with over the top necklaces and some killer wedges. Particularly, these:
Saturday, November 6, 2010
As for me, I cannot say the same. I am really sorry you guys. I really am. But this is what I wore to work last week:
A black hoodie that is just a smidgen too tight around the neckline, ultimately giving me a tension headache. Some wide leg jeans that, I'll be honest, just don't fit. I don't know why I keep insisting on wearing them. They do not fit me. The waist line is SO small and the butt is not fitted, and I mean ONE OF US (me or the jeans) is NOT proportionate. I am really hoping it is the jeans. I also have my TOMs on, which I love, but they only look good with skinnies or dresses- and that is an absolute fact. In addition, I clearly thought that I could go for hippie-hair and not even pin it up a bit... and I kept my makeup minimal. Which is great, most days. But for a day where THAT is what I felt compelled to leave the house in... I should have caked it on. At least done some blush or something. Idiot.
Here I am, the author of a "fashion" blog, and I look ridiculous. This photo was snapped by my paparazzi and frequent Starbucks partner, Lindy. She couldn't stop laughing. Most might think this makes her a bad friend... but we all should agree it makes her a good friend. She knew I was NOT happy with myself. I was so uncomfortable all day and felt gross and when you feel gross, your whole day is compromised. I know we've all been there. Anyways, I wanted to publish this because it will make me accountable and should never, ever happen again. Just need to pull it togethere here, bless my heart. SO from here on out, I shall channel Blair Waldorf (or maybe just someone who actually cares about their appearance) and never put myself through that again! And, to sign off in true G.G. fashion... xoxo!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
These Cole Haan's are to die for. I would wear them every day of my life. Literally. Unless of course...
Unless of course I had these Kelsi Dagger wedges. I wouldn't even know how to get ready in the morning. Leopard flats or wedges? I can assure you Uggs would NOT be in the picture.
I may obviously need to go somewhere fabulous. And it would be no question that I'd want these Badgley Mischka pumps. Sigh.
Is anyone else getting the feeling that come April 1st I may spend like, $5000??? Crap.
Friday, October 8, 2010
This NO SHOPPING has been fairly easy because I have more ballet flats and summer sandals than I can count. I have tons of shorts, WAY too many tanks, and in 100+ degree temps, a sweater is the last thing on my mind. Well this cold front has swept in and the realization that I have a bunch of sweaters that are SO last year is devastating. Luckily, I take REALLY GOOD care of my things, so everything is in brand new condition. It just would be really fun to go get some cute new sweaters, thermals, and scarves. But the worst thing? I need new boots. Particularly, I need THESE new boots:
I only have my Uggs, which are warm and cozy... and some cowgirl-ish boots. I need, not want, some sturdy flat boots. It is going to snow, my feet are going to be cold... and Uggs look really sloppy sometimes. I honestly don't know WHAT I am going to do.
Okay, okay... I know it is obviously not the end of the world. But I am working a more professional job now. I can still wear jeans, but I feel like Uggs are unprofessional. These would just be a more polished look and would go with more. I just really regret this whole year of not shopping... and really want to go to in search of the perfect boot.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
In addition, Cambry Severe, owner of Passion Planning Photography, came to my house and did a fun photoshoot for the blog!! Here is a little preview of the shoot- and low and behold, my beautiful closet is the star of the shot:
Anyways, thank you to everyone who has been reading- I never would have lasted to the halfway mark if I didn’t have readers. I feel like I owe it to anyone who reads this to stick by my goal! So, thank you for being my motivator… and wish me luck on the home stretch!