Style: The September Edit

After reading your feedback, it's evident y'all simply want more. More fashion, more lifestyle, more food, and (thankfully) more business. I completely agree, but I have to be honest - I'm a terrible fashion blogger. From the start, I couldn't figure out how to keep this part of the blog going. It's hard to sustain because I don't have a trendy closet and a photographer readily available to take outfit pictures. There's quite a bit of thought, planning, and scheduling involved. By the time I actually have everything lined up and my face on, I'm in no mood to take pictures! Cue: #fashionbloggerproblems.

I've decided, though, that fashion is the most fun I get to have here so I need to tackle it as any challenge. Sure, I'm wearing my American Apparel t-shirts and Nike running shorts on most days, but it's time to use my closet to its full capacity. There's no need to overthink or take it too seriously or wonder if I'm unrelatable if I'm wearing high heels and a midi skirt while hanging out at a coffee shop.

At the beginning of every month, I'll share items from my closet that I plan on wearing during that respective month. Some items are current while others may be dated (I'll be sure to link similar products from around the web), but you'll see those outfits sprinkled here and throughout Instagram. This is going to challenge me to put some thought into the use of my clothing while also spicing up my daily wardrobe and content. I think it'll be a fun and sustainable way to move forward. Continue reading for the first post!

The September Edit. Good news: it no longer feels like a wet muggy oven when we walk outside but it's also not sweater weather yet. So, that means I can take advantage of light fabrics and crop tops. Here are a few items you'll be seeing on the blog and throughout my Instagram this month!

  1. Kule Breton Stripe Shirt - I found this brand during a buying trip for Montrose and instantly fell in love. It's the first American brand to specialize in producing the popular French style shirts. J'adoreee.

  2.  ALC Crossbody Bag - You've seen me tote this bag around plenty of times. Perfect size, adjustable straps, cool NYC brand with a decent price tag.

  3. Theoy Suede Culottes - One of my prized keepsakes from the whole Harper's Bazaar dream fiasco. These are pretty thick and warm so I'm glad I can put these into use with our cooler temperatures.

  4. Tibi Oki Dress - How beautiful is this print! Very pre-fall appropriate. I'm excited to pair this dress with a light blazer this month and a leather jacket later this fall.

  5. Artizia Crop Top - This top is so good, especially for days when I'm eating like I'm supposed to!

  6. White Midi Skirt - If there's any piece I'm going to be wearing a lot this month, it's this skirt! I found mine at Zara during their sale but have linked a similar one.

  7. Daniel Wellington Watch - I still have love for my brown and black DW watches but this month it's all about the navy stripes.

  8. Banana Republic Silk Shirt - I'll be sporting the safari green version!

  9. Sam Edelman D'Orsay Pumps - My shoe of the month! Still breaking these in but they're so worth it, especially for the price.

 

On My Summer Break + Your Feedback

One thing's for sure: I can be quite unreasonable when my favorite French bakery, La Boulangerie, goes on summer break. They shut down operations during the month of July, which means I'm already cranky when I march into another bakery for a baguette. After an intentional month away from blogging, however, I see why La Boulangerie and almost all of Paris take a month off each summer. They intuitively understand the importance of recharging, not because work is a chore, but because it feeds their soul so they return inspired.

Weird to say but my summer break felt like a movie with a fair share of oohs and ahhhs, ups and downs, and what is summer without my forever summer fling. Some joys worth mentioning: meeting the newest black sheep of the group in Miami, embarking on a primitive camping trip to Lake Blanca where we watched the moon rise over the peaks of the Cascade Mountains and drank glacier water fresh from the stream, weekly tennis matches with the not-Serena to my not-Venus, kayaking on the most pristine island of St. John with my little sister, celebrating a biff's birthday in sheer debauchery, watching my parents in their island element (fishing, gathering local produce, laughing with their siblings), snowballs, learning life stories of new friends, long morning walks with pup, and spontaneous old school dancing to Louis Armstrong radio with Josh. It goes without saying my soul is in a very happy place.

The mission was two-fold: 1.) enjoy summer and 2.) stop looking at my blog so I could get lost in other people's worlds. Instead of creating posts for the sake of creating posts, I got carried away with A Pair & A Spare, Wit & Delight, Domaine, Garance Dore, Harper & Harley and Shine by Three. Blogs who are doing things all kinds of right and remind me how much potential there is here. I also spent hours upon hours watching YouTube (have you fallen in love with Sazan Barzani yet?), and now my little mind is running wild with ideas. Unplugging from here was the best decision I've made for Upperlyne in a long time. It further affirms that taking time off from work, blogging, social media, or whatever it is that requires one to be creative is an investment. For me, it keeps the work feels out of the work load.

With that all said and after reading your constructive feedback, I feel like I have a renewed and refreshing vision for content here and I cannot wait to jump back in. Many of you took time to share your thoughts on how I can improve. If you did, please be sure to send me your mailing address to juley@upperlyne.com. I'd love to send a token of my appreciation your way. 

Regular postings will resume next Monday so sit tight. And, if you haven't downloaded the Bloglovin' app yet, hop to it! The app has been my best friend lately because of the simple layout and instant post notifications - told you I got lost in blogs. Anyway, hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and happy almost fall! I'll see you all soon. xo, Juley