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Outfit Post Outtakes: Winter Edition

Winter has been going on for a solid five months. It is basically like I thought I moved to NYC, but instead I got lost and ended up in a large city in Alaska and no one has the heart to tell me I’m not in NYC.

I have been freezing my toosh off on side streets and rooftops since October to keep this blog chugging along. Let me tell you — I am so tired of seeing photos of myself in sweaters, tights, and black booties that I could just about lie down and die.

So let’s take a laugh break. Behold: Outfit Post Outtakes – Winter Edition

outtake 2You’ll notice a lot of these photos involve me in full-on battle mode with the wind. Here, I am trying to get a great photo of the wind artfully whipping my skirt around. It didn’t really work at first, so here I am wrestling the elements to get myself back into some type of order.

outtake 3Ah, here I am trying my very best to make a snow ball. I didn’t really participate in many outdoor sporting activities as a child (or ever in my life). Especially not those that involve snow. Warmth and comfort are my top priorities at all times. Snow is meant to be seen, not touched. Needless to say, I am still mastering the fine art of snow ball creation.

outtake 4You guys. ONE LEG!!! I ONLY HAVE ONE LEG! I actually never ended up putting this outfit on the blog. Mostly because I hated how this look photographed. I am not sure why I thought it was a good idea to tuck that shirt into my skirt — but that’s neither here nor there now. The other reason this outfit never went live is because I was so disturbed by this photo. O.N.E.L.E.G. Where is my other leg, though? This photo is so scary!!

outtake 6Sometimes the wind can whip your hair beautifully and make you the envy of all your friends. Other times wind causes your hair to poke you directly in the eye — not as cute.

IMG_0626This is what I actually look like everyday. My face has been frozen into a mask of sadness.

outtake 7And finally, I leave you with this.

Happy forever winter, everybody!

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It’s cold. Stay inside and read something.

You guys — this winter is endless. Soon I am going to be dressing like this on the blog. All I have wanted to do is stay inside and read. So read I have done, lovelies. Here are the top five books I’ve read this winter.top five books I read this winter

In no particular order:

  • A Lucky Child: I am a sucker for a Holocaust memoir. I find them so grounding and enlightening. This memoir is from the perspective of a child and it is so beautifully written. Read it.
  • Dark Places: You’ve read Gone Girl. It was great. You were shocked. Now it’s over and you want something with just as many sinister twists and turns. You should go read Dark Places now. In my opinion it is even better than Gone Girl. It is incredibly broad in scope and will stay with you for a while. Actually, you should read all of Gillian Flynn’s books. Sharp Objects is also great.
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: David Sedaris is my favorite — but I will say he is at his best when he is speaking about his family. I was shamelessly laughing aloud on the train, y’all.  To note, you should be familiar with Sedaris’ writing style before you start this book. Holidays On Ice is a great Sedaris starter book.
  • World War Z: You are probably like, ‘wait, Clare, are you talking about that silly Brad Pitt movie?”. Well, sort of. I actually bought this book because I thought it would be an easy read I could plow through while I waiting for my next shipment of books from Amazon. Oh girl, I was so wrong. World War Z is some in-depth ish! It is nothing like the movie (I am actually confused about why they even called that Brad Pitt movie World War Z). Even if you aren’t a zombie fan, this book provides a powerful look at a world devastated by an uncontrollable plague. Note that this book starts of slow… like text book slow. But stick with it. Trust.
  • The Fault in our Stars: The tears. The tears. You guys, the tears! This book was so sad — but really, really good. A must read. But prepare yourself for the sadness of it all.
  • Honorable Mentions: Old New York, Sharp Objects, Sarah’s Key

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Five things you must know before you start a blog

five things you must know before you start a blog

Congrats! You want to start a blog! Blogging is, like, really fun. You will love it. You will sometimes hate it. You will feel super rewarded when all your hard work pays off.

Here are a few things you should know before you get started.

  1. If you want to start a fashion blog, perhaps reconsider that decision. Everyone has a style blog. Heck, even I am “just another girl with a narcissistic fashion blog” — and I have blogging for five years! That is like 5 BILLION years in Internet time! So unless you have something really amazing and unique to offer the fashion community, I would think of another topic. Even if it is DIY (I make my own clothes) fashion blogging or something. But your general, run-of-the-mill put-on-outfit-and-take-fancy-photo blog (i.e. what I do) is a little completely, and utterly over saturated.
  2. Blog about something that you can talk about forever in new, fresh ways. People always say, “blog about what you love”. I am almost 100% positive I have spouted off this drivel before, too. This advice isn’t necessarily very good. Take me for example, I would say my first love is sitting on my couch doing nothing. I can’t make a good blog about my extreme laziness. So I chose fashion because I also really, really, really like clothing and textures and the art of personal style. I also really like to be in front of the camera. It’s weird, I know, but I love taking a photo.
  3. You cannot blog alone. Okay, this may be an exaggeration — but for the most part I think every blogger needs a buddy. Let’s say you start a cooking blog because you are the best cook in the world. You go, gurl! But are you good at photography? Can you stage your ingredients and meals so they look great? Do you have a friend/husband/coworker who is super creative and can help you? You should ask that person to help you and pay them with doughnuts. I can say first hand that Clarabelle would be nothing without my husband’s help with all the pictures. That is not an exaggeration.
  4. Your blog needs to be really pretty. As I said in tip one, everyone has a blog. If you want people to read your blog, you need to set yourself apart. Whether it is a great blog design, the world’s most hilarious blog name, or really compelling content, your blog has to be visually arresting. If someone stumbles upon your blog, you want your content to be so good that they scroll back through your archives for more. That how you hook ‘em!
  5. You don’t have to blog. Blogging is effing hard. Coming up with topics; writing witty pros; the years of blood, sweat and tears to get a good readership. If you’re all like, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” then don’t start a blog. If you want to showcase yourself or your talents on the Internet, start a Tumblr, or a Youtube channel, or use your Instagram page. Social media is constantly evolving. There was a time when people were all like, “Oh gurl, you HAVE to have a blog.” Well, those people are basically advice dinosaurs now because you don’t need a blog. Though I do recommend that you have some sort of online corner to showcase yourself- because you’re awesome.

The end.

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Sister, Sister

sistersFor as long as I can remember, if there is a fully-functioning camera lying around, you can bet your bottom dollar that my sister and I are doing extensive, and fabulous photoshoots. The shoots usually comprise of hundreds of photos, all more absurd than the last. Please see a sampling of the amazingness below.

sister lovesister love

Do you have any crazy rituals that you do with your siblings? Share them below, beauties!

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What are the three things you love most about your body?

three favorite things about your body

I was out at dinner with a few friends. I am not sure how the conversation steered in this direction, but my friend Cori suddenly blurted out, “If I had to pick my three favorite things about my body I would pick my hair, my eyes, and my umm ‘chest’.” (Note: she didn’t say chest but this is a family blog and I didn’t want to write boobs… oh, whoops.)

Anyway, like any girl she immediately back-pedaled and said something about how she shouldn’t have said that because it was conceited. Well, I thought it was the opposite of conceited. I thought it was GREAT!

As women, we are always picking out our flaws and putting ourselves down. But, if we really stop to truly looks at ourselves (and not just on the inside here, folks, I am talking the exterior, too), we would see that we are pretty hot chicks. And by “pretty hot” I mean completely gorgeous and amazingIt is important that we draw attention to, and celebrate the things we like most about our bodies.

So today, as we lead into 2014, I charge you, lovely readers, to pick out the three things you like most about your body and share them out loud, in the comments section below, as your FB status, at your year-end review — whatever. Just make sure someone sees or hears your three favorite things. There is no need to give a reason why they are your favorite things, you can just say them or list them in a word or two.

Celebrate yourself, girrrrl!

I’ll start. My three favorite things about myself are:

  1. My legs
  2. My skin
  3. My smile

What about you?

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Boston, according to my iPhone

Okay, I promise this is my last Boston post. I had all these photos on my phone I just had to share them. As you can see, we mostly ate, drank, and took photos of Christmas trees.boston

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A Very Etsy Holiday

In case you didn’t know. You can basically get anything that is cool and worthwhile on Etsy. This is a fact. So I have compiled 25 gift ideas, all from Etsy, to help make you the most popular gift-giver ever this holiday season.

Etsy Holiday Gift Guide

For the girl who’s house proud:

For your friend who loves a good piece of unique jewelry:

For those girls who are weirdly obsessed with winter, and somehow always look cute despite the cold:

For pretties who love paper:

For the (moderate) nature lover:

I took the picture above in Williamsburg, Va.

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I’m Thankful

Thanksgiving is here again and I have so much to be thankful for. I want to start off this post by expressing how thankful I am to person who created lists. Where would this blog be without lists?

thankfulI’m thankful for:

  • This blog. I am so shocked and humbled by how well it has done. I really, really, really appreciate you all taking the time out of your day to visit my tiny corner of the Internet. 
  • My husband who treks all over the city to shoot my photos and continues to expand his knowledge of photography for my benefit. He is awesome.
  • My family who is hilarious and supportive and totally normal.
  • Falstaff, my parents’ pet bear dog
  • Those little mini cups of Nutella with the ‘breadsticks’ that are always in the Duane Reade check-out line.
  • The NYC subway system that is annoying, smelly, never on time or clean — but still beats the heck out of driving and paying for gas, car insurance, and arguing over who is DD this time.
  • Amazon for selling used books so I don’t ever have to pay retail to fund my reading obsession.
  • Buzzfeed
  • My general good health
  • Wine
  • My job that is really quite lovely
  • Restaurants that say exactly how much tip to leave at the bottom of the check so we don’t have to go over that ridiculous, “how much are you leaving?”, “do you have a tip app?”, “Is it 20%?” end-of-meal ritual that really grinds my gears.
  • Seamless
  • Those little packets of emergenC that make you feel better even though you’re probably not better (I am convinced those things are just filled with delicious old Kool-Aid powder)
  • Asos and the J. Crew Factory online story
  • Instagram
  • Netflix
  • Google maps with turn-by-turn directions
  • Those Starbucks sugar bomb drinks that have barely any coffee, but do have 200% of your sugar needs for the day.
  • Having two bathrooms because I don’t like sharing a bathroom.
  • The fact that I get to eat as much pie as I want today.

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Your Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival GuideThe holidays are basically here. Though, I am giving you a major side eye if you have a tree up in your living room right now. Really? Let Thanksgiving happen, people. Eat some turkey and don’t rush things.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk holiday essentials. Basically, the key to surviving the holiday season is to be nice, be well, and wear something memorable (in a good way). You would be shocked at how hard this can be to successfully execute. So I am here to help with one of my famous bulleted lists, y’all!

What you should buy (or dig out of your closet if you’re like me and refuse to buy something new — even though I’m a fashion blogger and buying new things is like the #1 main thing I am supposed to do. However, I would rather spend my money on $9 cups of soup from Hale and Hearty because NYC. So everyone needs to relax and pretend to be excited when I wear my critter sweaters over and over and over and over again.). Anyway:

  • One holiday dress or skirt (you can buy another NYE dress if you’re getting super fancy, but there is no reason to buy multiple dresses for multiple Christmas parties.)
  • Something sparkly. Shoes or jewels are best.
  • Tights.

What you should bring:

Don’t show up to your holiday parties empty handed. Stock up on champagne and put the bottles in these burlap bags. Let your host keep the bag — though you will 100% be tempted to sneak said burlap bag back into your purse when no one is looking so you can re-gift it. Don’t do that. It’s rude.

What you should say:

Here are some key phrases to remember during the holidays.

  • “Yes, I would like another glass of wine.”
  • “No, thank you, I have eaten enough.”
  • “Of course I want to watch Elf again!”
  • “Unfortunately, I can’t make your holiday bake-off this year because I have forgotten how to bake — and anyway, the tv won’t let me leave.”
  • “I would like exactly this item for Christmas (insert item — preferably with a link to buy).”
  • “Yes, please include a gift receipt.”
  • “I am not going to WalMart at 4am to buy that TV I don’t need.”
  • “Put more rum in the eggnog.”
  • “I will get dressed in something other than pajamas before I board my flight home for the holidays.”
  • “I actually don’t feel that guilty for watching 16 straight hours of Netflix on Christmas. Do you have any eye drops, by any chance?”
  • “Why yes, Whitney Houston’s heart stopping rendition of Do You Hear What I Hear? is on this Spotify Holiday playlist.”

Stay well:

The holidays are prime time to get sick. All the traveling, the little kids, and cold temps are recipe for a terrible cold. Don’t let sick happen to you.

  • Be sure to eat healthily when possible. It’s hard, but if there is a salad, eat that instead of the green bean casserole. Also, does anyone actually like green bean casserole (or any casserole, for that matter)? Please sound off in the comments section below and explain yourself and your tastebuds.
  • Take Airborne before you get on any form of public transport.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. That’s why I put tights on the bulleted list above. There are so many cute hosiery options out there, so no excuses. You should also wear a coat if you go outside. No matter how great your (one) holiday dress is.
  • Drink something. Alcohol kills germs.

Be a good guest

  • Help in the kitchen
  • Don’t arrive empty handed
  • Don’t start fights your family members — rude.
  • Don’t be awkward/anti-social/anti-spirited.

Anything else to add, lovelies??

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Outfit Post Outtakes: Part 4

outfit post outtakesSo here’s the thing. I didn’t shoot any new outfit posts for this week. My husband was out of town this weekend, and I get embarrassed when I have to use a tripod and a self timer. Instead, I compiled a few outfit post outtakes because it’s Monday and we all need a good laugh at someone else’s expense.

outtake 2Being the boss: For every three pictures we take, there is always one or two of me like this — being a boss. Sometimes  All the time, I get this idea in my head that I can fully envision the photo from top to bottom. All Matt needs to do is nod in wonder at my genius and snap the photo. This approach never, ever works, but I still try it at every shoot.

outtake 4The Crowd: Fun story, these people behind me started off as just a casual annoyance until they got into a very loud and awkward fight right next to me. The woman in green stood directly in front me like I was an invisible person while she she yelled at the man on the phone. It was so — strange.

outtake 5Ummm: I am actually unable to fully understand what is happening in this photo. This pose is pretty on-point though.

outtakeThe “I’m Done” Face: Usually blogging is all sunshine and rainbows, but occasionally I hate it. I am all like, “This is so dumb. I truly cannot believe that I am spending my Saturday standing in the street taking photos of a blazer that everyone already has.” Usually this pessimistic feeling is accompanied by this horrible face.

outtake 3Wine: My husband had the novel idea of shooting my outfit in the middle of someone’s cocktail hour — interrupting my time with wine. How foolish.

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