I cheated you out of the last home decor post of the week but I promise it’s coming in the next few days. I got on the bus to NYC early yesterday morning to work on the content & realized I’d forgotten to take pictures. Womp, womp. So, for now, you’ll have to get by with a brand new 10 things installment focused on the survey you guys took a few weeks ago. Ready? Let’s get crackin’.
You want more Wendell. I don’t blame you. He’s hysterical. & adorbs. So more of this fluff muffin will be coming your way via social media. Make sure you’re following along on Instagram & Twitter to get all the latest on W.
You like that my style is budget friendly. Trust me, I like it too. & so does my 401K. I’m a sale shopper, born & raised. From time to time, I will invest in pieces that I’ll wear into the ground but more often than not, I’m snagging shift dresses & ankle boots for a steal at TJMaxx. I’m also completely open to working with these brands that I regularly shop meaning I sometimes get clothing in return for posting a review of the brand here. Actually, I try very hard to exclusively work with brands that I regularly shop. Which leads me to the next situation…
You want less hocking products. Yup. Products are hocked. & perhaps, I could do a better job at more seamlessly presenting that here but I also think it’s very important that I’m transparent about the fact that I’ve been gifted a product or when I’m compensated for publishing a review. So, for those of you that are irritated that I partnered with a brand like Kohls’ to create 3 looks for Lollapalooza, I’m sorry it bothered you. But I’m trying to find a happy medium in publishing content that’s relevant to as many readers as possible. Recently I’ve been getting some heat for not posting more casual wear. Lolla was a great was to bridge that gap. Was I paid for it? Yup. Could I continue this blog without it generating some type of revenue? Nope. Trust me, I know the Gap ads blasted by 60% of the bloggers you follow that all come out on the same day are annoying. This sister’s gotta make a buck so I’m trying to do it in the most organic way possible. But it’s important to note that with or without the partnership I actually do shop at Kohl’s (which is why I thought the partnership was so fabby) & if you don’t, ya should. For one reason alone: Kohl’s cash ::mic drop::
You want to know the thought process behind my purchases & how I create the outfits I wear. This one’s easy. I’m a big believer in wearing what you feel great in. If that’s any shade of black, that’s wondrous. If it’s an asparagus green velour jumpsuit that says “honeybuns” across the ass, you get after it – although I strongly encourage you wear this any place that isn’t work & preferably where there are no other humans that will see you.
You want more career advice. Hay, gurl. If you can learn something from my experiences then by all means, I’m willing to share them with you. Resume building, how to craft the perfect thank you note, attire (le duh), we’ll cover it all as long as you ask. I think the best way to wrangle this topic is by answering reader questions in an #AskDS feature. Submit any specific questions to me via social media with the hashtag #AskDS or email me directly.
You have an insatiable need for how to’s. Other than outfit posts & personal life tidbits, this was the most widely requested feature. How to’s will become a more frequent installation & cover more than just beauty. We’ll get into layering for Fall, how to create outfits around one splurge item, & much much more. As always, submit any specific how-to questions via social media with the hashtag #AskDS or email me!
You want more personal posts (behind-the-scenes, daily life, & weekly roundups). First of all, the reader that submitted this comment mentioned that she enjoyed my writing in the way that Larisa Oleynik liked her Sketchers but she LOVES her Prada backpack. Dear reader, I love you. Let’s be best friends for always. OK, so. More personal posts. Will be going on Facebook. Starting today. So make sure you ‘like’ the page to access information. It’s the only way!
I dress too “DC’ & you’re over it & you want more weekend & business casual looks. Loud exhale + eyeroll. I hear you. Really, I do. But the thing is, I live in DC. & I work in DC. & I’m from the DC area. & this is a DC-based style blog since… all of the aforementioned. I get that you live in California & you’ll never own a belted shift dress till the day they bury you in Chanel but I cannot wear a kimono to work & honestly, I’m not a kimono wearing type of gal. I wear shift dresses & blazers & wide leg suit pants to work & leather jackets & ankle boots & excessive amounts of gold jewelry after hours. Business cas & weekend wear I can give you. But it’ll still be DC ‘cuz fella, I’m just a DC lady.
You don’t like the decreasing amount of posts & you wish there were more OOTDs. I so hear you on this. A few weeks ago I ran into a reader at an H&M event & she mentioned that she’s always bummed when I go a day without posting. WELL RIP MY HEART OUT WITH YOUR BARE HAND & THROW IT ON THE GROUND, WHY DON’T YOU. I know you hate it. I hate it too. But I know we’d both hate it more if I just cranked out crap posts for the sake of hitting “publish” every day. Like any other normal human being, I have responsibilities at work, dog, family, & sometimes TiVo that come before the blog. I continue to post here because I lahve it. & I lahve you. On the other hand, I got another comment stating that I focus too much on my outfits. That one was a head scratcher this since is, in fact, a blog I created to center around my personal style so while I can’t say that I’ll stop posting OOTDs, I am making that conscious effort to include more relevant content into those posts (i.e. why I purchased what I did & how I decided I wanted to pull the look together).
Thank you, again, for all your feedback. It was incredibly helpful & I’m hopeful that it will make DS an even better source of inspiration for you! It’s time to get back to the NYFW madness – make sure you’re following me on Instagram & Twitter for my commentary on that ass that’s wearing sunglasses inside the blacked out tents & pictures of the water I’m having for breakfast. Toodles!