Change is on the horizon

Navy and black spring outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy cotton poplin skirt outfit with plaid dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane cotton poplin skirt in navy with plaid dress and black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane cotton poplin skirt + vintage Coach Court bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy skirt outfit with plaid dress and black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I'm still firmly in the pro-navy-and-black camp as evidenced by this outfit. Even though the color combination is dark, the short sleeves and short skirt make this perfect for mild spring days. This was one of those perfect days where a skirt and ankle boots (sans tights) felt appropriate for the weather. Can we get more of these days and fewer snowstorms/85°+ degree days, please? #wishcasting

For this post, I thought it'd be fun (and appropriate) to answer these five life-related questions posed by Grechen a week ago.

What are you doing this summer?

I'm moving back to Idaho after I defend and turn in my dissertation! Hopefully I'll have a job lined up by then (and if I don't, then I'll be job hunting). I've got a week in Florida planned with my family and then I hope to see the solar eclipse, but that's the extent of my summer plans as of right now.

How’s work? Any big changes on the horizon?

My job as a professional student is coming to an end, so I guess you could say that's a pretty big change! ;) I'm not sure yet where I will end up next but I'm hopeful that something will come along soon. I'm very worried about not having a job and then losing my health insurance in August when I'm no longer under my student health insurance.

What’s something you really look forward to in the next couple of months?

I'm moving back to my hometown to be closer to my family, so I'm excited for that even though moving sucks! I'm also looking forward to moving into my boyfriend's place (and decorating, hehe).

Any challenges you’re working your way through right now?

I'm working through a few challenges: worrying that I won't do well when I defend my dissertation in a couple of days/feeling like I don't "know enough" to defend; feeling bittersweet about leaving Utah next month and trying not to take the mountains for granted; suddenly not wanting to let go of some items I listed on my Poshmark even though normally once something is listed on Poshmark, I'm ready to let go. I'm not sure where that last one is coming from, but perhaps it's related to all the other changes happening in my life. I'm not good with change.

How are you feeling? In general, specifically, whatever…

Stressed. Nervous. Anxious. Excited. Hopeful. Thankful.

I'm also a bit frustrated. I've been doing some kind of daily workout/stretching regularly since about mid-February and it doesn't feel like I'm getting stronger/fitter or more flexible. UGH! I know I shouldn't give up but it's so hard to want to keep going when I'm not seeing or feeling results. (Is three months too soon to see or feel results?)

Now it's your turn!

  1. What are you doing this summer?
  2. How’s work? Any big changes on the horizon?
  3. What’s something you really look forward to in the next couple of months?
  4. Any challenges you’re working your way through right now?
  5. How are you feeling? In general, specifically, whatever…

OUTFIT DETAILS

AQUA dress / old; similar by BB Dakota or similar by Calvin Klein (last seen here)
Everlane skirt / exact (limited sizes) (last seen here)
Madewell boots / similar by Gap
Coach bag / exact style on eBay
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by American Eagle Outfitters
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Why I still have a regular blog in a world of instablogs

Why I still have a regular blog in a world of instablogs — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

{via Instagram}

With the rise of microblogs on Instagram (or "instablogs" as I've seen them called) comes a question as to whether or not traditional blogging is dying or dead. Many fellow bloggers and some other websites have declared that blogging is dead, but is it really? It seems like every day I see someone in the comments section of my favorite blogs saying that they were recently inspired to start their own blog. Sure, the market may be saturated now, but I don't really think that blogging itself is dead.

I guess it may be "dead" if you're thinking about the money-making potential. It's probably nearly impossible to reach Gal Meets Glam-level status if you start your blog now that there are a million and one blogs out in the world—and factor in the number of "instablogs" and that number seems to increase as quickly as the digits of pi. But most of us who do blog don't do it for the potential of making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Some bloggers are lucky enough to make it their full-time gig, but that was never my goal going into it (though sometimes this whole lack-of-jobs-in-my-field thing makes me wish I could blog full-time, haha). We just love to share and connect with like-minded people!

I've been blogging now for a little over three and a half years (where has the time gone?) and have seen the rise of instablogs. It seems that now many people prefer using the platform as their "blog" and also prefer following others on solely their Instagram instead of on their actual blog. There are a few reasons why I don't do these two things myself and why I still hold onto my own space on the internet with my own personal domain.

When I decide to follow someone, it's almost always through their blog first. I enjoy reading blogs and looking at the variety of photos that tie each post together. If I think the blogger is authentic and I'm genuinely interested in their life, that's when I choose to follow them on their social media accounts. I don't follow a lot of bloggers on Instagram that appear to only shill product (and/or post too much), and I like to follow people on social media to get a glimpse of their real life (life "behind the scenes" if you will). A lot of people (myself included) post blog photos, which is fine, but I also enjoy the iPhone photos and also the near-real-time stories.

I myself don't use Instagram as my normal blog because of the things I mentioned above: I enjoy writing posts longer than an Instagram caption and curating photos for each post. (I really don't like writing Instagram captions because I never feel like I get it just right.) I'm also holding onto my own blog—even though the digital world seems to be swarming to Instagram—because it's mine. I own it, it's my content, and I can choose what is displayed here. I love having an online space to call "home"! I'm more than just a pretty, perfectly filtered, and cohesive photo feed.

I'm also on Instagram way less than I used to be thanks to the new algorithm change. (It is actually nice to not be on it all the time, so that's one positive I guess.) It's nearly impossible for me to grow even when I put in the effort, so I've decided to just kind of keep it as an extension of my blog for whoever prefers using Instagram (with the occasional cat photo, of course). As much as I don't care about the money aspect, my Instagram doesn't seem to provide me with more opportunity, so that's why I don't treat it as my normal blog. Plus, even though it seems unlikely right now, it's totally possible that Instagram could disappear...and then what? All the people who worked hard on their instablogs suddenly have nothing to show for it. I don't really have to worry about that.

Anyway, these were a lot of rambling thoughts on a subject that has gotten additional attention over the past few months. If you read this, I assume you like following normal blogs, too; what are your thoughts on instablogs vs. regular blogs?

Stripes on steps

Navy striped bow-back tee outfit with green chino pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy striped tee, green chino pants, Salt Water sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring outfit with navy striped tee and green chino pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy striped tee outfit with green chino pants and Salt Water sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Navy striped spring outfit with navy Salt Water sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
J.Crew navy striped bow-back tee outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

A few months ago, my step mom sent me a picture of one of their cats wearing a "Ty" tag (Beanie Babies, anyone?)...and one of my brothers was sitting behind him on the stairs wearing an outfit very similar to the one I'm wearing here. A light bulb in my head flipped on immediately and I knew I had to recreate it myself, all the way down to posing on stairs. He just looked so cool in a striped tee (that I'm pretty sure is this navy striped Grana tee I got him for Christmas) and green pants with a peg-leg cuff. (Side note: He's graduating high school next week and I can't believe it! Time flies.)

Now this isn't the first time I wore these green chino pants with navy stripes (here's the first time—back from my early blogging days), but this is my favorite time. This tee and these pants go so well together, and not just because they're both by J.Crew. I tried to double-cuff these pants to look like my brother's pants, but mine are too skinny and didn't look quite right (they didn't have the peg-leg effect that his did). Instead, I cuffed them under to shorten them a bit. I finished the outfit with my navy Salt Water sandals for a casual-cool effect. Simple yet satisfying. :) Thanks for the inspo, not-so-little bro!


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew tee / old; similar (last seen here)
J.Crew pants / old; similar by J.Crew Factory
Salt Water sandals / exact on Amazon
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by American Eagle Outfitters
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact
Zoya nail polish in Sailor / exact