Sunday, January 8, 2017

Here's to the new year

Ah! I can't believe that a) it's 2017 already and b) that I barely blogged in 2016. In April, my computer broke and well, it's a little bit hard to blog without a computer, ya' know? My boyfriend was editing my photos, I was typing posts on a computer that could barely load blogger. From time-to-time I would use my boyfriend's computer, but it all just took so much work to do without my MacBook. I was on/off about trying to grow out my hair, I wanted to be blonde again, and I overall was just not feelin' my style or any style in 2016. Fast forward to August when I got shot in a drive-by while crossing the street. I wasn't seriously harmed or anything, but it was one of those moments that really changes you. I was afraid to leave my apartment after the sun set, terrified of Cleveland (still working on this one), and it further perpetuated my lack of interest in style and myself. Then that whole Trump thing happened and well, that one I'm not sure how any of us will recover.

The blog is slowly dying and being replaced by Instagram and fast ways of consuming content. I understand it because, I, too, am extremely guilty of just double tappin' those cute Instagram's and not going to blogs. This also contributed to my lack of desire to blog in 2016. But that doesn't mean that I didn't think about blogging all the time. I definitely did. I love writing. I love sharing and I love taking pictures. The blogging community is where I discovered my style and developed so many meaningful friendships. I don't want to lose any of that.

Bayside came out with my favorite record of 2016 and so, here's some photos of me rockin' their shirt. I spent most of the year listening to them non-stop. These were taken at the end of fall. See, I had good intentions to blog! It just didn't happen

Outfit Details:
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Kohl's
Tights: TJ Maxx
Boots: Express
Headband: TopShop

14 comments on "Here's to the new year"
  1. Thanks for not quitting on us after all 2016 threw at you!

    This blogging thing sure is getting weird. I also found myself posting a lot less in 2016. There were a few reasons but lack of passion was definitely NOT one of them. I'm actually kind of excited to try to figure out how to make blogging work with the direction it's going on.

    I love this signature Jessica outfit. All black, band tee, and then a flower crown just to surprise us all. Perf!

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

  2. Yikes! I am so glad you are ok!! I am sorry you had so much to deal with last year and I hope that 2017 shakes things up and is better for you. Life keeps butting in when it comes to blogging for me, but I love it too much to let it go completely.

    Love this look! I have been gravitating towards more black in my wardrobe myself. The flowers are a fun soft touch.


  3. Oh my gosh 2016 was not your year. It wasn't mine either ugh. I hope this year is much better for everyone and I am glad to see you still blogging.


  4. Rad jacket. Love those boots, too! Great style all around. <3 Thanks for stopping by, also! Much appreciated!

    - Anna

  5. I'm so sorry for everything you've gone through this year! And in a slightly shallow change of topics: I really love your skirt and headband!

  6. So glad you're still blogging, seriously missed your posts! Love the skirt and belt (or is that part of the skirt, hmm) Sorry the Cleveland thing happened :( hope you are healing and feeling better!


  7. OMG!!! That is some scary shit! I am so glad that you are ok! Holy cow!

  8. Wow, you've had quite the eventful (and scary!) 2016. I have never dealt with anything even close to as traumatic as what you experienced but do understand the need to turn inward when things are difficult (anxiety will do that, after all). It may be hard but I hope you use writing and expressing your personal style this year as a way to heal and cope. I honestly feel that this year and many years to come (probably at least four years, more depending on the damage that is done) we will need art. I hope to see your contributions <3 And thank you for stopping by my own blog. I really appreciate it!

    Sam /

  9. I am so glad you are okay now! 2016 was such a rough year for so many people and I'm sorry it was for you as well. I hope you find a way to do what you love, whether that be Instagram mini-blogging or blogging here! I went through a blah spot last year too, I feel like 2016 was just not a great blog year for a lot of people!

    I love your headband!

  10. were shot in a drive by???? If you announced that at the time that totally missed my radar (I missed a lot from a lot of fellow bloggers and friends on social media due to an insane schedule the second half of 2016). Whoa. Just whoa. I'm glad you're okay and I'm sorry I didn't express that sooner!

    Technical difficulties and blogging are the worst! I totally hear you! I hope you continue to blog on whatever terms you decide to do! Great outfit too. Ugh...happy 2017, lol!


  11. It of course took me too long to comment on this (because I'm way too guilty of what we've been talking about), but I'm so, so happy to see your beautiful face on here again. As usual, I'm leaving your blog with a serious need to get a good leather jacket and cool band T-shirts to pair with skirts.

    Can't tell you enough how happy I am that you're alive. Can't wait to take cute pics with you in the near future :)

  12. Same here, the whole micro-blogging on Instagram is really firing up. It's such an easy way to let people know what you are up to, that it almost makes you think "Do I even need to write a blog post about this?"

    I just started my blog back up and am already having a hard time trying to think of what to post, lol UGH!

    I'm glad you are okay though and I hope 2017 is full of happiness and fun times for you!

  13. I'm so sorry about all that shit that happened to you in 2016! That's insane that you got shot but I'm so glad you're alright and weren't seriously hurt! I can't imagine how scary that would have been! :( And having a broken computer would have been so frustrating as well. I've realllllyy been in a slump with my style for the last couple of years which is mostly because I work in an office and so I have to wear boring work clothes 5 days a week instead of what I really want to wear and so I feel like I'm in a massive rut. I've started writing a post about it actually but idk when/if it'll see the light of day.

    I definitely felt like blogging was slowing down and becoming less of a thing now that micro-blogging is so popular, but at the same time there isn't anywhere near the level of communication over platforms like Instagram as there is with a good old fashioned blog post where you can share lots of photos and words instead of one photo and a couple of lines before the caption gets shortened. While a lot of people never got into blogs to begin with, and some people who were aren't interested anymore, I don't think blogging could possibly die out because it's still the only way people can really express themselves in a longer format and a lot of us still need and love that.


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