Thursday, May 3, 2012

Frequent Flyers

Over the past 6 months or so I've been doing something. Something subtle that you may or may not have noticed. It's pretty simple - I've purposely been having some 'frequent flyers' in my posts. What in the world is a frequent flyer in a blog you ask. Why is she making things up? LOL. Well I've deemed a 'frequent flyer' is an item I've used in inspirational styling posts many-a-time, ie used it over and over! hehe. So no I haven't been lazy - there has been a purpose!

In the blog world: whether you are a blog writer, reader, or both. Being a consumer it is easy to be swept up & carried away. Far away from reality. It's easy to get swept up into 'I need this', the I 'have to have this - newest, hottest, flashiest item'. But style, isn't that. Style is what you make it, while living within your means, and creating a life you want to live.

So, I've tried to do a little in way of demonstrating you don't need to get everything you come across or see someone else wearing. Probably one of the hardest things I have learned. I would love a new this or that constantly but what I love even more than that is a pretty growing savings account and to continue to live debt free. Just say no to credit card debt! I stick to a strict shopping budget and dare I say I've been getting more frugal or rather selective in my older age?! I would rather go on far away vacations or mini adventures around town, for those memories will last me far longer than the newest pair of denim (as wonderful and amazing as they may be!!! and they usually are!). And yes, Mom I promise to actually take time off work and go on one of those there vacations!

By re-using these pieces over and over in styling posts I've been able to get more ideas for ways to update /reincorporate/ rework items I already own and show you too. Also to show you that you can buy something that you love, whether you buy it impulsively or save up for it! Also that treating yourself to something you really love will pay off, you will get plenty of wear out of it! To have items that will really go the distance, just by pairing differently. Styling different outfits where item is the center  of or supporter in an outfit. Below are a few (there is also this bag, and this ring to name a few!) of the beauties that you've all seen more than a few times in the past.


Did you pick up on these 'frequent flyers'? Do you find it helpful? 

*Note: I do not mean to come across as 'preachy'. I just want to provide insight and support. And ultimately to share a point of view. Spending is a sensitive and personal subject, I just know over the past few years of reading and then writing my blog I have found myself amidst the cycle above. So, I wanted to put it out there that you aren't alone if you've felt that way. Dialog and feedback welcome in the comments!!!

23 comments:

  1. You're an inspiration ! Love to wake up to see where you've been and where you're going !

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  2. I really appreciate this post and what you're written here.
    I've been doing my personal style blog for about 5 months, and I started feeling the pressure to "keep up" with other bloggers who I see sporting new stuff ALL THE TIME. But I snapped out of it. That's not why I started the blog, and seeing new stuff is not why I enjoy other people's blog. I love going to blogs for inspiration and ideas - not to go broke. ;)

    Happy flying kid! :)

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  3. This is a really great post Taylor. I think it is so easy to get carried away, I used to but in the last year or so, I've been more careful about how I spend my money. I've been more careful about selecting where I buy certain things and I really think about how that piece of clothing will work on my current wardrobe. I also have learn to go for quality vs quantity. Specially when it comes to shoes and purses. Thanks for being so honest and writing such an insightful post.

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    1. Hi Rosa!!! Carried away is a perfect analogy! Re-working and investing in what you love is going to ultimately make you happier and more satisfied! xo-T

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  4. this is one of your best posts EVER! way to keep things in perspective, t!. definitely great advice. i also like to think about things in a 'cost per wear' basis to see if i'd really get my money's worth. i'm a firm believer in no credit card debt. thanks for sharing this :)

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    1. Thank you T. I have been wanting to write for a while. I was going to write before starting but wanted to wait for a while & for me it has worked in just the fashion I had hoped. Cost per wear is a HUGE one for me - I would much rather invest in a fab new bag that is pricey but I'd wear it constantly vs many less loved items that are single wear! XO-T

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  5. Couldn't agree more!!!!!! While it's all in good fun, it's a little too much and unrealistic sometimes! Xox

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  6. Absolutely love this post, and the concept of frequent fliers.

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    1. Thank you Hun!!! I am excited to continue and help us all get inspired, find a piece we love and then wear the heck out of it! xo-T

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  7. I do the same thing! When I blog about something over + over again I almost feel like I've worn it and I'm over it. A sneaky little trick us bloggers have ;)

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  8. I'm 100% with you!! We get so caught up on buying the newest things out there! I love the idea of frequent fliers and hope to see many more of these.

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  9. I couldn't agree more! I tend to find myself going back to either a nude or black blazer, a gold statement watch, and gold studs. It's a great way to find your personal style too, looking back realizing what you are repeatedly posting!

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  10. These are such great pieces -- classic and timeless. Love your "frequent flyer" term!

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  11. I think this is a great topic for conversation. It is so hard not to get swept up in the current and ever quick changing trends. You've said it perfectly by coning the term "frequent flyer"... I think so much more respect is owed to those of us who can rework pieces and establish great and new looks with things we love so much!
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  12. Still holding out for my MK Watch! I think the husband is too tired {new parents and all} to get my hints that I drop. Might just have to go charge the CC to get his attention... Don't worry though - when it arrives Ill be sure to write his name on the card and have him HAND IT TO ME! ha Ha Nothing like being a little forward to get what you want!

    Frequent Flyer - may be the case but if you can reuse the piece over and over I say SPLURGE!

    XO
    Tairalyn

    http://www.LittleMissMama.com

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  13. THIS! Yes you know how I feel about this.

    It's so easy to get caught up in what other people are wearing and doing--it takes discipline and focus and priorities (good Lord I sound like my mother, but I guess it's not such a bad thing after all) to make wise purchases. I've made some less than wise ones along the way in the apparel department, but have really collected a core group of things that I love and want to wear daily. When you do that the mixing and matching is a lot easier.

    Great post, Taylor. Right on the money (and the wallet).

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  14. Great post Taylor! This is definitely a lesson that I am learning now. I got a bit swept away last fall/winter and now I'm having to work extra hard to rein it in, but it is also allowing me to see the things that are already in my closet in new ways!

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  15. Great post Taylor! One thing that blogging has helped me is that if I keep on using the same item over and over to style a look (or even if I just think about how great that item would go with a look), then I realize that that item is probably a good investment as I would get a low cost per wear. I'm definitely trying to stick to quality, versatile pieces, versus cheap pieces for the sake of just buying. Awesome post!

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  16. I'm totally with you, Taylor. I notice that the pieces I use again and again are the ones that I should invest in better versions of or get multiples of. Your pieces are brilliant -- all so classic and chic and keep your wardrobe looking fresh and expensive!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  17. So true! I absolutely love this post!! Great stuff T!

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  18. What a great post. I have fallen victim to overspending due to reading blogs & yet on the other hand, by reading all these blogs, I have been inspired to rework items that I already own in my closet. Thanks for the reminder to find style with what I have :)

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