my quest for personal style: an article for my professor.

Thursday, December 16

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Shoes: c/o WindsorStore, Pants: F21, Belt: Thrifted, Shirt: c/o WindsorStore, Blazer: H&M
OK. Now I'm really about to break all the rules. This post is for a school assignment. gasp! Oh no she di-int. Yea. She did. {Hey there Mister Professor}
Are you guys all heartbroken now? NO? You're actually super-duper proud of me because I'm using this blog productively for getting good grades? Aw. You guys are the best! I promise I'll try not to make this too painful. That way we can still be friends right?
OK great.
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Onward. Just as a preface, here's a picture of me in high school:
{Nobody freak out. It's hot chocolate}
Here we have a girl {just so we're all clear, I will now be referring to myself in third person} who's trying to blend. She's not a huge fan of high school. In fact, she kind of hates it. For several reasons, but one in particular that really bugs her. Hollister is everyone's idea of personal style. Except for the Emo's, who wear, what is it? Hot Topic? She thinks this is annoying. And tries her best to protest by not having a single Hollister thing in her wardrobe. She succeeds. But it doesn't make her feel any better because all of the cool kids have Hollister and she shops at Target. Even more frustrating to her is the fact that she has no idea how she would dress, even if she could afford the fancy schmancy stores. So she has this book. It's called "Daring to Be Yourself" by Alexandra Stoddard. And it asks a lot of really good questions about developing your own personal style. She devours this book, highlights it and even keeps a journal about it as she goes through the chapters. She reads this book again and again. Loving the fact that it asks her questions about her favorite things. Because it makes her think. And plan. And dream about surrounding herself with those favorite things someday. 
{This girl was also very fluffy in high school. And has since come down from the clouds a bit. Her mom thanked heaven for that one.}
Either way, this book really helps her. She still flips through it every now and then and laughs at the notes written in the margins. She used to think chintz was the bomb diggity.
Fast forward a bit. This girl has moved to college, gotten married and started a blog. She has also purchased furniture that she wasn't completely in love with, made art that didn't completely represent her personality and bought clothes here and there that she could have done without. Because guess what? Girlfriend already has 5 gray cardigans in her closet.
Suddenly she discovers the world of style blogging. She is absolutely engrossed in it's goodness. Her heart jumps a bit and she decides that she wants to feel as confident and as sure of her personal style as the other blogger girls do. So she does her very first outfit post.  And she likes it. OH she likes it! She wants more. So she searches around for inspiration. Lots and lots of inspiration. And she bookmarks her favorite things and takes notes on her favorite styling. She starts purging her closet. And only buying a few items here and there that she absolutely adores. She wants to do this with some of her furniture too. But she realizes that will have to wait. 
So for now, she gathers. Ideas, inspirations, books, magazine clippings, styling tips. She does this for all sorts of things. Hair, furniture, color combinations, clothing, kitchen appliances, accessories. All part of the journey to developing her own personal style. And she is so not even close to being done yet. Sometimes she gets dressed in the morning and she puts on her clothes thinking, yea baby. I feel great! And then she sees a picture. And realizes that 'hey, that doesn't look like I felt today'  ... and so she tries again. And again and again and again. It's a long process, this personal style thing. But she's starting to get the hang of it.
And gosh it's fun.
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And guys? Could you pretty please do my little poll thing there on the left? Thanks! It is for you, after all.

107 comments:

Petchie said...

Get post! You are so inspiring and beautiful! And I never had a piece of Hollister as well, I simply refused to blend in!

xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

p.s. love the shoes!

Lauren said...

I LOVED this post.

In high school I thought I loved Hollister and Abercrombie, but I realized I never liked it at all. My whole closet was from those stores...but it was only because I thought it had to be.

Finding your own personal style is such a challenge, but it's awesome when you get there!!

xo, love!

Kristen said...

What a great post - I think everyone can relate to trying to find and develop their personal style. And love the high school photo - thanks so much for sharing. You've sure come a long way!

Love the different sizes of stripes - very classic but so original at the same time!

Emma Ann said...

this is amazing! its great to get into your mind and see were it all started from. sounds like a book I would love to read! your blog is great and your doing a wonderful job keep it up girlfriend! <3

Larissa said...

fun post! i think everyone is searching or developing their personal style everyday!
love that you're using the blog for something so productive. ;)
love the stripes on stripes by the way!!
x
thatgirlfromhk.blogspot.com

Brooke said...

Oh my gosh, I am so glad I read this. I never liked Hollister and all those stores, I LOVE Target and being simple but trying to look cute :)

Mariel Torres said...

oh i loved this! that was so me in high school... i refused to own anything holister just because everyone else did. it took me a couple years to finally find a style i can call my own, one which wont set me in a specific category, and i LOVE it! you deserve an A+++ for this assignment darling.

krisandkel said...

I appreciate you and your stories so much!! This one was particularly inspiring and makes me realize it doesn't matter what people think as long as I AM happy with the results. Hope your professor likes this one as much as your readers do! :)

<3 kris&kel

ching said...

the cool thing back in highschool in my day was abercrombie & fitch.. i refused to be part of it.
thanks for sharing.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

aw cute post!!!! love the outfit too - as always. ;)

Sarah said...

Gotta say- I started reading your blog not that long ago, but it has quickly become my favorite! When I'm reading fashion blogs in the morning, I always save this one for last, because it always makes me the happiest. Well done!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

This post made me smile:)
I think we would have been great friends in high school. I was so anti-trend but pro-fashion, ya know?
I gagged at Abercrombie and express -and everyone seemed to wear the same shirts:D
Developing a personal style is such a proud feeling that goes along with confidence. You wear it beautifully!
<3 Anna

lurel said...

I just love seeing all of the different outfits that you put together. It's a lot harder for me to gain inspiration from models who are wearing a dress made of lampshades and ostrich feathers or barely anything at all. You, however, dress so wonderfully (and modestly) and I just love it. I've been trying out your scarf-belt-thingy lately and it just joys my heart. Keep it up, girly.

Brooke and Eldon said...

I'm crazy about your outfit! I love love love it! And the weird thing is that I don't like booties...or do i? hmmm

Bellesme said...

I love it!! AWESOME!! I totally agree with you, I had this one shirt from hollister but I kicked it out of my closet. I am the proud owner of only ONE abercrombie shirt =D I'm not trying to rebel, I buy what I LIKE, and I liked that shirt, so yeah =)
Btw, I love the ending, how the picture of what you wore doesnt show how you felt. I think you are so pretty, and your smiles in all your pictures make me so happy. Optimism, its just lovely. So thank you so much for bringing a smile to my face everytime I see your posts, even though I'm a new follower =)
Bellesme
-oh I was wondering, were you not allowed to drink coffee in HS?
Bellesme

Linka said...

Great post! I love your striped jacket!

Bellesme said...

Hahahah
http://tandsdaybook.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-lucky-are-we.html
You were blonde-NEVER again? I actually think you look really pretty. Are you naturally blonde?
Bellesme

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kitty said...

great post, girl! and btw, i would have never in 1000 blog-years known that the top right pic (smiling w your mouth closed) was you...you look so different. in a good way, of course-you're a doll!
-kitty
http://kittyclotheshorse.blogspot.com

curls-and-pearls said...

So cute and I totally understand where you are coming from. But I think I'm still WAY behind you on finding my personal style!

ashley said...

whenever i shop now, i think to myself, "what would sydney wear?" you really have helped me regain my sense of style, thanks for being so inspiring!

Dallin and Ashley said...

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE your outfit? Good gracious, it's cute! I want to look like you. :) Is that creepy? :) You're too cute and I loved your article. Hope you got an A ;-)

Natalie Suarez said...

i love that jacket! u look great! :)

natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

The Campbell's said...

I totally thought the same thing...I tended to fall into the trend but now I realize it was so stupid. A wardrobe is a way to show your creativity and express yourself, it shouldn't be like everyone elses'. For the exception of I droll over your wardrobe every post, your so inspiring girl!

Lauren and Chase said...

Hey Sydney! I have to say I absolutely love your blog! I was friends with your husband back in the day when he lived in Ashburn Virginia! Anyways, I truly admire your confidence, and your happy attitude towards life! I love looking at your different styles, and use your blog as my guide when putting clothes together each day :)
Just wanted to say thanks for being so positive, and real, and for sharing your talents with all of us!!

Lauren

Sarah Katie said...

there is nothing better than being your own person. something i'm really glad i discovered by the end of 8th grade, so when i was in high school i didn't have to worry about what other people thought, okay, i still worried a little bit, but not as much. on the plus side. the things i wore in high school are now big trends. i was just ahead of the game.

sarahstower.blogspot.com

Dylana Suarez said...

I love this post! You are so inspiring and fun!

xoxo,

colormenana.blogspot.com

Bridget said...

a) whyyyy did i not see that blazer one of the 300 times i was at h&m in the last year? i most definitely would've bought it but alas i never saw it. boo to that.
b) your first outfit post is like most fashion bloggers 467th. meaning, it's so good and legit and beautiful! go you.
c) nice shoes. the whole outfit=hot.
d) i took your poll. i know its anonymous but i'll tell you what i put - that you post whatever you please cause it's your blog! (though, i like it all really).

and that's it. i'm done. over and out.

oh yeah, and i am happy for you that you disabled formspring (even if it is for a time) because the few times i checked the questions, there were some insane ones and i felt bad for ya. thats what friends do.

Anna Elder said...

oh wow, i feel old. i didn't even know about hollister until a few years ago. when i was in high school it was all about abercrombie and fitch. and we did still have the hot topic people. on to the poll....

Erica said...

Thanks for detailing your journey to your amazing personal style. Gives hope to the rest of us :)

Jillian said...

Hi Sydney! I'm a first time commenter but a long time reader. I just want to say that I love love love your personal style and your writing style. You're always so comfortable in your own skin and you always own what you're wearing — even if it is Avatar tights that no one but you could pull off. So thanks for sticking to your blog and being such a great inspiration for those of us who are in the treacherous process of purging our closets, bookmarking our guts out and cutting out magazine clips like it's nobody's business. And thanks for being so darn real!!

kileen said...

wow, i'm amazed to think that you struggled to identify your personal style as you have such a great sense of style now. i'm in such admiration for all your outfits and am constantly inspired by you. thanks for sharing with us how you developed your style. i love reading this kind of stuff! :)

and beautiful blazer. i love all the stripes!

cuteandlittle.com

Roxy said...

I so relate with you on the "hollister" thing in high school! I to made it my mission to never by a thing from that place lol

mbnntt said...

I love love love the small stripes with the large stripes. Where oh where do you come up with this stuff??

kristine said...

This was an awesome post. I totally connect with you. My freshman year in high school, I bought Abercrombie off Ebay so I could look like the cool kids. Sad, sad. And then something changed. I'm not sure what. But suddenly I wanted to stand out instead of fit in. And then I was wearing outfits that didn't match and khaki skirts with argyle knee highs because I was so influenced by Japanese fashion (not sure how that happened... but it did). But I started loving who I was and how I portrayed myself. And ever since then, I've tried to keep my style true to who I am, and I feel great.

Personal style is so liberating.

PS - Love how you mixed the little stripes with the big stripes. It looks great!

Kristine. Or Polly.

linsey grae said...

how cute! haha, and yes, the "hollister" craze was absolutely ridiculous. I think it is sickening actually. I bought, one shirt, one measly shirt from there and felt guilty for a lifetime. we'll see who steps foot in that store again and doesn't feel sick. thanks for making me laugh!

PearlsAndGreenTea said...

Bet those "popular girls" are stalking your blog and copying your style now! You go girl!

jiye
pearlsandgreentea.blogspot.com

brittanynhurst said...

Sydney,
/this is kind of funny... So you rode my bus your senior year, when I was a freshman. And I just want to say that you definitely stood out from the others, but in a very good way! I still remember thinking "How does that girl always look so stylish". By the way, I was never a fan of High School either. AND your blog has inspired me to make a blog of my own for my friends to read when I move away. So thank you very much!

Sincerely,
Brittany

Sarah loves it all said...

Sydney,

I love this post with all my heart. I think I've seen some comments that say fun post, or cute, but it is so much more to me. I love to read bloggers who are honest, real, open. I thought to myself the other day that I kind of missed some of your older posts because I love when the amazing and sweet you comes through. This post was really inspiring and a great take on why you're doing what you're doing. I think you were meant to do this thing to help inspire others and help other girls gain confidence. Well honey, you're doing a fabulous job.

Love ya.
Sarah

Love, Life, Lace said...

Loved the story and the outfit! Totally adorable!

xo

www.lovelifelace.com

Megan said...

I love your style and I'm also loving those booties you have one.

brooke said...

Oh Sydney! That's wonderful! I totally understand what you're saying, stupid high school, UGGS & Hollister. Abercrombie if you could really afford it. But since I couldn't I found wearing $5 t-shirts enough and that’s where my confidence came from. Not build on Hollister.
So props to you girl! You certainly have a personal style that thousands of bloggers adore!

Brooke, www.snowingLove-bd.blogspot.com

Elise said...

I love it. That's exactly how it is in high school, I hated it!

Alyssa said...

hmmm my Highschool had uniforms so i did'nt have to worry about that. it was kinda nice actually.

and P.S. i DEFINITELY would of been jealous of you in high school you dressed cute even back then!

Siv Kouth said...

I'm so LOLing on the Hollister thing b/c it's so true!!! And I thought I was the only one who felt that way...high is so wack like that. Up to this day I refuse to go there but I guess someone in their 20's shouldn't be shopping there anyways (haha).

Kylie said...

you don't know me--but i REALLY need your help... if you could leave a comment on my blog that'd be great. i've recently made over my blog and i'm in the process of fixing my template. HOW did you get your template to be the perfect 3-column width? i'm workin on HTML right now trying to figure out the right dimensions to have the same width you have... it's driving me nuts and your help would be so appreciated! stop by! Thanks! :)

marissa said...

GREAT work. i feel the same way! here's to bettering ourselves via blogging and inspiring each other!!!!!!
xoxo,
marissa

Kristen said...

Looove your blog Sydney! You have inspired me to find my own personal style...and I love your tutorials....I did your messy bun and got the most compliments! Keep on doing things just the way you are :)

Kristen said...

Looove your blog Sydney! You have inspired me to find my own personal style...and I love your tutorials....I did your messy bun and got the most compliments! Keep on doing things just the way you are :)

Because It Rocks said...

hey!beautiful post(as well as pretty inspiring!)I haven't been reading your blog for a long long time but I love what you do so keep up the good work!Hollister(and similar brands)will always cause malnufactions to the lives of high school fashionistas.You narrated your story like a down-to-earth fairytale and reminded me some recent posts of Garance Dore about how she started working as an illustrator and blogger.

-xoxo-

http://becauseitrocks.blogspot.com

Sweet Laundry said...

This post is amazing. Your professor should just let you skip right to graduation. And in terms of this outfit, I am in love with the H&M blazer. How old is it? Can I still find it in stores? If so, I will go there right now and buy it!

Rock on!
Lisa

www.sweetlaundry.blogspot.com

Miyan said...

I love your blog, and am rooting for your good grades :)

I also voted for more tutorials, love them.

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

annie said...

love hearing your story from the "beginning." and you're the second person this week to recommend a book by alexandra stoddard. must add her to my list...

Ana* said...

You look fab as usual. I will read that book :)

Isabella Kiss said...

i like the stripes on stripes a lot!

Alisa said...

great post.
Love the gigantic binder from the high school days I remember I used to haul one around too. haha

Jilliebeanie said...

Before Hollister, it was Abercrombie and you were not cool unless you wore it. I gave in to a few items that I could afford on their clearance racks, but as soon I was out of school and away from those influences, I realized that I HATED that style and gradually started incorporating things I actually LIKED to wear...and I'm still working on that process.

Yvonne said...

Hahaha, I don't even think I knew what Hollister was in high school*. Though once, on my first day at a new school, I bought some sweat pants with stripes down the side and a matching jacket because I thought that's what all the cool kids were wearing. Yeah. I know.
My biggest high school rebellion was refusing to wear those wispy curled bangs, though I secretly wanted them.

*okay, fine, I don't really know what Hollister is now, either.

Maria said...

I have always tried to be myself. I am in no means a fashion guru but I like and appreciate looking pretty (what girl doesn't). As far as trends go (Hollister or whatever else it might be) I say be yourself and wear what you want. If you like a few pieces from Hollister or even Hot Topic wear it! If you are not wearing it just bc everyone else is that seems just as silly to be as wearing it only bc other people are wearing it. Be true to yourself and your opinions. Inspire others to feel good about themselves no matter which fashion trend they choose to follow or not follow:)

P.S. I think your blog is great at inspiring and sharing what you love!

jboogribs said...

as per usual - great post! Im inspired and looking forward to my next outfit - you def rock at this! ;) and I LOVE the pics - you look so classy and like you really are having fun!

mpgirrrl said...

well my personal style in high school was kind of not personal, since I dressed up like everyone else! But now I think I have created my own style and don't wear something unless it looks good on ME and not someone else!
great post again!

HunDuddle Hussy said...

when ur famous will u still remember me? no. prolly not. that's ok. at least i'm on ur blog forever. i'm like a tattoo.

Lindsey Rhodes said...

I completely agree with this post. hands down. I'm putting "that book" on my reading list.

imhere-lindseyrhodes.blogspot.com

CessOviedo said...

Those lines are amazing! Can totally relate to the way you felt back in high school, I hated that "hollister" thing! and though I was not wearing chanel either, I knew I could do better, and even if I haven't developed a flawless fashion sense I think I'm on a way better place and I was, blogging and taking pictures have helped a lot! And thanks to other bloggers like yourself who are totally genuine it's been a fun ride!

http://blog.cessoviedo.com

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

sydney, you're just adorable.
i love the stripes on stripes. sometimes the best pattern mixing is two of the same patterns together.
as for your poll--keep doing what you're doing, sister! we love it all :)

AF wifey said...

Wow that sounds EXACTLY like me in highschool! EVERYONE and I mean everone in SoCal wears hollister and I was dead set on never owning a piece of clothing from there. I never did buy anything from there but someone gave me a top from there o my birthday... I think I wore it twice!

I might just have to look into this book!

Amanda Blair said...

I love this and I'm on a similar journey!

I took your quiz and I said more clothes but I like your blog the way it is! I love the outfits pics and tutorials and your stories. I like it all, keep up the good work!

Purple Jellybean said...

Pretty awesome! having some questions about personal style myself... How much is that book and where can I get 1?

misshannie said...

Oh Sydney, I'm *so* glad that you decided to create this blog and to develop your personal style. What I love best about your style is that it's accessible - I often use some of your ideas when I'm putting outfits together. You've made me look at my wardrobe in a whole new light - and I feel fabulous!

Hurray for the day that the Daybook was created :)

Much love and light,
Hannie - Tea and Biscuits
xxxxxxxx

Kelli said...

I am in love with this post and I am in love with your blog!

This post sounds just like ME!
Although I was never into chintz...just cat sweaters. Lots and lots of cat sweaters.

And don't worry, I voted :)

Ashley J said...

I love this post....and I give you an A plus!!!

http://www.afashionfixation.blogspot.com

Krameymartin said...

Love the differently weighted stripes. Gorg! :) And I totally get you on the personal style is a journey thing. It's hard not to be too critical of myself during sometimes, but it's so fun most of the time!

avant-guarda said...

OOOH, those stripes... It's a perfect macth *.*

Georgi said...

Hi sydney! I'm Georgi. I live in Buenos Aires and i don't really know how I found your blog, which is amazing!
I love that stripes jacket since the first time I saw here, and last weekend I bought one similar. ( you can't imagine how happy I were in that moment) jajaj
I always read you, keep on working like this yur job is incredible!!
Georgi :)

Sir Thomas said...

all I can say is wow!!!!

Lise said...

Great way to multi-task! It gives me hope to hear that the style bloggers who I admire were also once upon a time uncomfortable/unsure about their styles.

I know you weren't all born dressed in cute boots and capes and scarves and vintage, looking down at your toes pointed together, but sometimes it seems that way.

Thanks for being real!

P.S. I wanted to vote in your poll but no choices express my feelings, so I'm doing it here:
I am not tired of looking at you and the great outfits you concoct, but I also really love the stories of you and "husband."
Also, tutorials. Those are great. So I want more of everything...but I suppose you also must have a real life, away from your computer.

ashley said...

k sydney- i AM sold on you now. i have been reading for a few months and couldn't decide if i loved or hated your blog- who complains about being skinny?? haha-just being honest ;) after this post i LOVE it. i think your style is all your own and you inspire me to move past frump and into fashion! thanks girl, keep working it

Leah said...

ahha I love this! I feel like we were the same girl in high school.
Doesn't it feel good to become your own person!

xo L
www.littleredpurse.blogspot.com

Aynna banahna said...

Totes on high school fashion. I actually loved it, because I had some great friends who didn't only wear Hollister and Abercrombie. I went a little crazy. All about thrift stores and such. But I totally just requested that book from the library. Because who doesn't want to know all about Daring to Be Yourself? Just because you get older and go to college and get married and have babies doesn't mean you're all together. I want to know more!

Aynna banahna said...

btw

http://www.thriftygirl87.blogspot.com

Marissa said...

You look adorable, my dear! Love the stripes.

Just found your blog via Jenni @ Story of My Life. I'm following! :)

XXXO
M

Shaniqua said...

Heyy!! I just wanted to say that I answered the question about what I would like to see more of in ur blog. But honestly... I think it's perfect the way it is... Not too much fashion and not too much life... It's great!! Keep up the good work!

http:// blckblondefatshion.blogspot.com

S. Harmon said...

I think this might be my favorite post so far! What you're describing is exactly what I'm in the process of myself so I totally relate. In a sea of choices its hard to discern what's really your style, but I like your idea of only choosing your absolute favorites and going with that. Great advice Sydney! You're adorable!

Kelsey said...

I do the same thing! I have journals FILLED with magazine clippings!

You should check out Pinterest. It's my new favorite thing because it keeps all of the images I like, without taking up any space on my hard drive. Magic. :)

sarah @ design me daily said...

Amazing! You're such a great writer. Conversational and so real. I loved reading this post!

xo sarah
http://sarahgabler.blogspot.com/

TheMen'sSide said...

Great look!
Like it a lot :)

Cris said...

Ooooh my oh my. You have the most beautifulll smile! Love your blog and LOVE this outfit!!! Very well done!

-Cris

http://www.bisouonline.com
Live,Love,Fashion...bisou!

Joelle said...

I know I'm a few days late on this, but thank you so so so much for this post. I have constantly been struggling with this idea of a personal style (it's actually one of my New Years Goals...), and I think this helps a lot. I had no idea that my blog could be a venue for exploring my personal style, but I am going to take that to heart. Thank you so much for this! And I'm going to buy that book right now on Amazon.

amy lapi said...

i trapsed over here from much love, illy and it's safe to say i am a reader for life. this post is one of my favorites... i would have given you an A++++.... anyway, that book sounds fantastic and i totally ordered it from amazon :) can't wait to receive it.

Lauren said...

I just discovered your blog today, and I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE it! I love your style, love your posts, love your writing. Keep up the great work! :)

Laura said...

I just wanted to tell you that you have changed the way I look at my closet! In high school I dressed however I wanted, I think I had a personal style then. However, somehow I lost that spunk and personality and I forgot to be "me" when I dressed. I started trying to be like everyone else... I graduated BYU-I 5 years ago with my husband and since then have become a mother of one. Because of weight gain/personal trials, etc. I have become lazy and depressed about the way that I dress. Here and there I would choose something my style, but I always felt weird wearing it (I was concerned with what OTHER people thought) But, you have lit the fire in me to be myself again! Last sunday, I got dressed for church using things that I have not worn in a while and out it together in a cute way...all without consulting anyone but myself.... and I felt so good! So thanks Sydney! (I may also just have to read that book.) Now that I've told you my fashion life story, I'll let you get back to doing important bloggy things! Haha!

Amanda Blair said...

I love this and I'm on a similar journey!

I took your quiz and I said more clothes but I like your blog the way it is! I love the outfits pics and tutorials and your stories. I like it all, keep up the good work!

CessOviedo said...

Those lines are amazing! Can totally relate to the way you felt back in high school, I hated that "hollister" thing! and though I was not wearing chanel either, I knew I could do better, and even if I haven't developed a flawless fashion sense I think I'm on a way better place and I was, blogging and taking pictures have helped a lot! And thanks to other bloggers like yourself who are totally genuine it's been a fun ride!

http://blog.cessoviedo.com

Maria said...

I have always tried to be myself. I am in no means a fashion guru but I like and appreciate looking pretty (what girl doesn't). As far as trends go (Hollister or whatever else it might be) I say be yourself and wear what you want. If you like a few pieces from Hollister or even Hot Topic wear it! If you are not wearing it just bc everyone else is that seems just as silly to be as wearing it only bc other people are wearing it. Be true to yourself and your opinions. Inspire others to feel good about themselves no matter which fashion trend they choose to follow or not follow:)

P.S. I think your blog is great at inspiring and sharing what you love!

Isabella Kiss said...

i like the stripes on stripes a lot!

Miyan said...

I love your blog, and am rooting for your good grades :)

I also voted for more tutorials, love them.

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Because It Rocks said...

hey!beautiful post(as well as pretty inspiring!)I haven't been reading your blog for a long long time but I love what you do so keep up the good work!Hollister(and similar brands)will always cause malnufactions to the lives of high school fashionistas.You narrated your story like a down-to-earth fairytale and reminded me some recent posts of Garance Dore about how she started working as an illustrator and blogger.

-xoxo-

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Kristen said...

Looove your blog Sydney! You have inspired me to find my own personal style...and I love your tutorials....I did your messy bun and got the most compliments! Keep on doing things just the way you are :)

Kylie said...

you don't know me--but i REALLY need your help... if you could leave a comment on my blog that'd be great. i've recently made over my blog and i'm in the process of fixing my template. HOW did you get your template to be the perfect 3-column width? i'm workin on HTML right now trying to figure out the right dimensions to have the same width you have... it's driving me nuts and your help would be so appreciated! stop by! Thanks! :)

brittanynhurst said...

Sydney,
/this is kind of funny... So you rode my bus your senior year, when I was a freshman. And I just want to say that you definitely stood out from the others, but in a very good way! I still remember thinking "How does that girl always look so stylish". By the way, I was never a fan of High School either. AND your blog has inspired me to make a blog of my own for my friends to read when I move away. So thank you very much!

Sincerely,
Brittany

linsey grae said...

how cute! haha, and yes, the "hollister" craze was absolutely ridiculous. I think it is sickening actually. I bought, one shirt, one measly shirt from there and felt guilty for a lifetime. we'll see who steps foot in that store again and doesn't feel sick. thanks for making me laugh!

kileen said...

wow, i'm amazed to think that you struggled to identify your personal style as you have such a great sense of style now. i'm in such admiration for all your outfits and am constantly inspired by you. thanks for sharing with us how you developed your style. i love reading this kind of stuff! :)

and beautiful blazer. i love all the stripes!

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Bridget said...

a) whyyyy did i not see that blazer one of the 300 times i was at h&m in the last year? i most definitely would've bought it but alas i never saw it. boo to that.
b) your first outfit post is like most fashion bloggers 467th. meaning, it's so good and legit and beautiful! go you.
c) nice shoes. the whole outfit=hot.
d) i took your poll. i know its anonymous but i'll tell you what i put - that you post whatever you please cause it's your blog! (though, i like it all really).

and that's it. i'm done. over and out.

oh yeah, and i am happy for you that you disabled formspring (even if it is for a time) because the few times i checked the questions, there were some insane ones and i felt bad for ya. thats what friends do.

The Campbell's said...

I totally thought the same thing...I tended to fall into the trend but now I realize it was so stupid. A wardrobe is a way to show your creativity and express yourself, it shouldn't be like everyone elses'. For the exception of I droll over your wardrobe every post, your so inspiring girl!

Linka said...

Great post! I love your striped jacket!

Kayla said...

I always felt so left out because I didn't own Hollister! But I didn't feel like it was ME, I didn't want to feel like I fit in because of a brand name. It's just stupid!

Ophelia said...

So i came across this post the other day and found it inspiring. Actually, i found your whole blog inspiring! So much that I have a new outlook on my closet, its not so bad after all! Also, i started my own blog but unfortunately with school i don't have much time to write or post things often. Anywaaaaays, i just wanted to say thanks...im really starting to feel confident about myself and how i present my self through my "style" :)


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