November 13, 2014

OOTD: Easy Layering, Black and White

- Confessions of a Blogger - Part 1 -

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top // jeans // similar heels // chanel pin // bracelets // watch // celine handbag // sunnies


Like many bloggers, I receive a good amount of e-mail.  Whether it is from a reader/subscriber, another blogger, or a company wanting to collaborate.  Whatever my response is to their email, I make it a point to reply to each one because I want to be considerate and professional.  

Readers/Subscribers:  It is so important for me to have a good relationship and open communication with my readers.  I value the opinions of simplyxclassic readers the most, more than any PR agency or Company.  I'll be honest and say that I don't get too many e-mails from subscribers but when I do, these e-mails are the FIRST ones I respond to.  They are my priority. 

PR Agencies and Companies:   There are been 2 times where I received an e-mail requesting a collaboration with my blog... when I replied to their email to agree to collaborate, I didn't hear back from them...ever.  This irks me because, THEY contacted ME first!  Ignoring my e-mail, which was a response to their initial email tells me that they really don't care and I refuse to work with people who lack courtesy or respect.  To me, ignoring my email after contacting me first completely misrepresents their own brand/company. 

Other bloggers:  I love collaborating with other bloggers.  It's such a great way to build a friendship with that blogger and gain exposure.  I get very excited when other bloggers e-mail me for either a collaboration or questions or even just wanting to catch up.  There is a blogger I very much respect. She is a HUGE name... Very popular and well known and very successful in the blogging world.  I, a nobody in this blog world invited her to a fashion show and I honestly didn't expect a reply back.  Needless to say, I was extremely stunned and humbled when she did reply thanking me and kindly declining the invitation.  I can't even imagine what her inbox is like, but I was surprised that she took the time to write back.  Her taking the time to write a rejection response made me respect her even more because we all know how easy it is to ignore e-mails that don't interest us. 
Speaking of which, I have also been on the side of having my e-mail ignored by bloggers.  I'll be the first to say that the feeling is not very pleasant, especially if you have collaborated with them in the past or have become social media friends. I'm positive that their intention wasn't to be rude but most likely because the content of the email didn't interest them and they didn't want to hurt my feelings... Everyone is different, but I believe that you can even be gracious and respectful in declining something that doesn't interest you without making things awkward.   

Hope you had a wonderful week! It's almost Friday!! Thank you so much for reading my first post to a new series I'm adding to simplyxclassic.  I hope you enjoyed it. I would LOVE to read your responses to my thoughts on dealing with emails in the blogging world. 

My Pearl Earrings Giveaway still happening.  Click HERE to enter. 

November 11, 2014

OOTD: Pink Coat, Black and White Dress

Hey Friends, 
Don't forget to enter my current giveaway here

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dress // coat, similar here and here // similar heels // chanel woc // sunnies // watch // earrings

Have I shared with you my deep love for coats?  I have never counted how many coats I actually own, but I definitely could fill up an entire closet with just coats... I don't know what it is about the fall season but I always seem to gravitate to black and white clothing.  If you follow me on Instagram where I post my daily outfits, you may have noticed.  On this day I decided to add a little color to my dress. I absolutely love this pink color because it's not obnoxiously bright but it's the perfect wearable pop of color. 

November 6, 2014

OOTD: Fall Florals

Confession:
I have purchased an item just to blog it

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Thank you to everyone who read my last post and commented. I loved reading your thoughts and knowing that I'm not the only one who struggles with social media lusts.  Today I wanted to write about something else I have done in my blogging journey.  The outfits I post on my blog are actual outfits that I wear out, but there are a few items I have purchased just for the sake of blogging.  For example, I have a leopard coat in my closet that is collecting dust... I saw it in store and thought that it was "blog worthy" and purchased it purely to photograph.  Haven't worn it since that post BUT I plan to wear it this season! I'm determined to wear it! Please tell me I'm not the only one who has done this!! 

Don't forget to enter my giveaway going on right now!
Click here to enter.

November 4, 2014

OOTD: Olive Skinnies, Leopard and Soft Cream

Confession: 
Social Media makes me discontent.

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I know I can't be the only one who can get a little discontent when scrolling through hundreds of photos on instagram.  It makes me a bit jealous and envious when I see other people who have the finer things in life that I crave and don't have.  Whether it's clothes and handbags or a beautiful home or even a stick figure body... It all leaves me unhappy with myself and what I have... and of course my wallet ends up suffering b/c I end up making purchases I shouldn't make.  #instagrammademedoit.  Sometimes I have to force myself away from instagram and give myself a good reality check.  Being a busy mom definitely helps me stay off of the social media channels.  I used to be obsessed with it but now I can go days without even checking it.  I have to admit that it's a breathe of fresh air....not to mention that my wallet is a lot happier and healthier. 

How do you guys handle this?  Do you struggle with "I wish I had that" when scrolling through your instagram feed?  Share with me, i'd love to know. 

PS: Don't forget to enter my current giveaway going on right now! 
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October 30, 2014

OOTD: Pearl Earrings Giveaway!

Any outfit of mine isn't complete without my favorite pearl studs.  I've been wearing pearl studs for as long as I can remember and have become some what of a collector. Whether I am wearing a mommy friendly outfit or going out with the girls,  I feel like it's such a classic and timeless piece I can literally wear with any outfit. 

I love my pearls and strongly believe that it's a must staple in every woman's jewelry box. So much so that when I got married, I gave each of my bridesmaids a pair of pearl studded earrings.  Well, now it's my chance to give one of my lucky readers a beautiful pair

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My Pearl earrings are from Laguna Pearl.  They are the Triple A, 9mm Freshwater Pearl Studs. Upon receiving the earrings, the first thing I noticed was the nice weight of the studs.  The earrings have a beautiful luster finish with 14k gold backings.  These retail around $600 and they are absolutely gorgeous.

Enter for a chance to win your own pair of earrings! 
One winner will be chosen at random on 11/28/2014 and contacted through e-mail provided in the comments section.  US Residents only. Good luck!


Disclaimer:  Pearl earrings were sent for my consideration.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.