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Stop following then unfollowing me on social media

This is a shallow topic, I’m aware. But I’ve become so annoyed by this “business” and the people who try to rope me in. Many are aware of those who follow hundreds of accounts, wait for those accounts to follow them back and then immediately unfollow them. Of course this is done to increase their ratio of their followers to those they follow. I understand it makes a page look more “liked” and “popular” to have 6,457 followers and only follow 224. You look like you’re influential, but you’re actually annoying.

I hate promoting myself. Sometimes I will update this blog and not mention it anywhere because I don’t want to shove it in anyone’s face. I am not trying to make a living off of this blog or pretend I have anything new or interesting to offer. I am just wearing what I like and learning about photography in the process. It’s a hobby.

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But I understand that this isn’t a hobby for everyone. Bigger bloggers make a generous living off of their style and it’s an attractive option for women who want to share their wardrobe. It has even opened doors for aspiring models, photographers and graphic designers. Blogging may be a saturated medium, but it’s pleasantly fun and a simple way to make a portfolio.

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But what truly pisses me off and has turned me into a friendorfollow.com user are the selfish vain people who try to build themselves up by stepping on the toes of others. Those who put their Instagram or Twitter on a pedestal and try to give the illusion that they are creative and attractive enough to deserve a large following.

What is valuable about this? My Instagram has just over 1200 followers, but that number is constantly shifting and only a handful of genuine people “like” and comment on my content. This niche is important to me, and I find interaction and feedback to be more useful and engaging. But yet bloggers use this number to fuel their worth, and companies see it as an opportunity to promote their product. I’m sorry, but those 10k followers probably don’t give a shit about what “Lipstick and Croissants” is selling.

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I need to stop blabbering about this because it’s ridiculous, but it’s also almost as insulting as companies who ask me to create content for them in exchange for possible “exposure.” Sit the fuck down.

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Top: Zara (similar)
Tank: American Eagle (similar)
Jacket: American Eagle (distressed version)
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Sam & Libby for Target
Necklace: Gift
Earrings: Primark

Now that I have overloaded you with images of my outfit and complained about social media hags, can I just talk about how much I love layering this crochet tank under tops? I would never wear it on its own because it’s hella sheer, but ugh, it’s my favorite addition to a blouse or sweater.

Just to be clear, I stand on no moral high ground. I mean, obviously. I stood around a window for a blog post and whined about Instagram, how could this possibly be taken seriously. These are my little thoughts about a “problem” that is unbelievably insignificant. I just needed to rant. 

Winter solstice

Matchy-matchy.

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Jacket: Target
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Aeropostale Bethany Mota Collection (this season’s style)
Boots: Sam & Libby
Scarf: Target
Earrings: Forever 21 (similar)

Dressed like the copious amount of vodka cranberries I will consume this week.

Happy first day of winter. I have officially spent all my money on Christmas gifts and managed to not buy myself anything but a winter coat, which I think is an exception. My workout regime has already been abandoned, and I have been listening to an embarrassing amount of Christmas music. Tis the freaking season.

Misread

One of my main objectives for this blog is to stretch my wardrobe as much as I can to show that you do not need to constantly buy new items to create outfits.

Darker sundresses can become great layering pieces, such as this one from Ruche. It was a flirty, thin dress for the summer, and is now appropriate for fall under a sweater. I may even wear it with my pixie pants and a heavy cardigan and scarf when the temperatures really drop. This is its third time on the blog, why not add a fourth? Functionality. Aw yes.

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Sweater: American Eagle
Dress: Ruche
Boots: Sam & Libby
Socks: Target
Necklace: Siberian Art Jewelry
Bracelet: My grandma’s

Keep it real.

Overcast

I should definitely be wearing a jacket in this photo because in an actual stunning turn of events, Houston is so chilly.

This pretty little top was designed by Chelsea from the blog Zipped and is sold through Elegantees. Chelsea quickly became one of my favorite style bloggers after I stumbled across her photos in a Google search for pixie pants. I really like bloggers with an attainable sense of style for the normal working girl, which you will definitely find on Zipped.

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Top: Elegantees
Skirt: Gap
Boots: Sam & Libby
Scarf: Target
Bracelet: Gift

So ruffly. So gray. So perfect for this cloudy, cold weather. I can’t wait to wear it with my own pair of pixie pants and a leather jacket.

I would also like to point out that the charms on my bracelet are made out of 12 gauge bullets. It’s good to know that I have friends who see bullet jewelry and immediately think of me. I’m just so hardcore (no, I’m not).

Bad blood

One of my main objectives when shopping for outerwear is to pick pieces with an interesting shape and minimal frills. I gravitate towards moto and utility jackets because moto cuts usually have sharp lapels and flat buttons and utility cuts have cinched waists and a longer length to elongate the torso. A peacoat doesn’t work on my apple-shaped body because they usually look too square, and straight coats that hit the knee make me look short.

This jacket creates an interesting shape when open, and conceals my larger tummy and broad shoulders. I think the triangular shape of the hem creates a narrower torso, and just looks so damn cool. Like, let’s go to London and have beers at a pub after we attend this underground rock concert in an abandoned warehouse cool.

God that sounds fun.

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Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
Dress: H&M (similar)
Boots: Sam & Libby
Scarf: Target
Rings: H&M (similar)

Prepare to see a lot of these Sam & Libby boots. I can’t seem to take them off. High school Leah would be proud of adult Leah right now.