As part of celebrating ARTicles of Clothing Blog’s first birthday, I wanted to reflect and share the top five posts from year one.
Year one on AOC Blog was a bit of a roller coaster and a lot of learning what not to do. As much as I tried to research and plan before launching AOC, it evolved in ways I never expected and ultimately lacked some direction and focus.
There’s definitely more pressure for year two. So, I’m in the process of implementing some changes to make AOC even better. One of the most meaningful sources of information is YOU, the readers, which is why reflecting on the top five posts of year one is so important.
These posts indicate the type of content you like to read on AOC. If you missed any of these top five, be sure to check them out!
5. BLACK AND WHITE
You know those days where you go to your closet and think, I have nothing to wear? We’ve all had them. In my years of building a wardrobe I have come to realize there is one way to avoid the I-have-nothing-to-wear clothing dilemma for good. The answer is black and white.
4. REAL BLOGGER BEAUTY
In January, I urged you to set a goal to FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD in 2014 by making small changes to your everyday life to produce big results. Shifting the trajectory of social media is a lofty goal, so today, I’m starting with one small step by participating in and promoting the #RealBloggerBeauty campaign. My #RealBloggerBeauty moment is illustrated above through these images of myself over the past eight years.
3. 3 UNSUSPECTINGLY STYLISH INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS
You can find plenty of lists floating around of the most stylish Instagram accounts you need to follow now. These mainly consist of bloggers, models, editors, designers, and the like. But what about the awesome Instagrammers who are flying under the radar? Well, I think I’ve found three of them.
2. MY COMPLETE BATHING SUIT GUIDE
Three years ago I decided I could no longer squeeze my tatas into size large bathing suit tops that were ultimately ill fitting elsewhere. I had to take the plunge and invest in some bathing suits that fit my body. So, I bid farewell to my days of stocking up on multiple suits every season from the glorious Target swim section and found some brands that would suit me and my body better and stand the test of time.
And the #1 post of year one of AOC is…
1. A FUSION OF MUSIC AND FASHION
Erica’s debut single has a beautiful balance of light and dark, which instantly became the inspiration for her look. When you first hear the title of single, the word “haunted” elicits that feeling of darkness and possibly a place that is plagued by something or someone. As you listen to the verses, a lightness trickles in revealing a sense of nostalgia and fondness. While it is evident that the speaker is in fact haunted by a person or memory, there is clearly a warmth and deep connection, possibly even love, with the “ghost.” It is this sensation that is truly “haunting” the speaker, which ultimately illustrates the dichotomy between light and dark in the song.
I posted a lot of beach-selfies on Instagram while on my recent vacation to Mexico, and many of you we’re dying to know where I got my bathing suits. You all know I’m a busty girl and have discussed the importance of a well-fitting bra. Supporting your “girls” whether it be in a bra or a bathing suit will make you FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD. I got my first bra fitting for my twenty-first birthday, and as dramatic as it sounds, it literally changed the way my clothes looked and felt. Three years ago I decided I could no longer squeeze my tatas into size large bathing suit tops that were ultimately ill fitting elsewhere. I had to take the plunge and invest in some bathing suits that fit my body. So, I bid farewell to my days of stocking up on multiple suits every season from the glorious Target swim section and found some brands that would suit me and my body better and stand the test of time.
There are two sites where I find my cup-sized swimwear: ASOS and Figleaves. Both of these sites happen to originate in the UK. I’m not sure if British ladies are more busty or if Americans just can’t seem to stray away from their itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis. Either way you need not fear about exorbitant costs to ship across the pond. ASOS offers FREE shipping and returns, and Figleaves offers FREE shipping and reasonably priced returns to their U.S. warehouse in Virginia. On each of these sites you can shop separate tops and bottoms to suit your unique proportions. ASOS offers up to size 42E(DD) and Figleaves offers up to size 44H. On certain suits, be sure to note the UK to US size conversion. Better yet? There are one piece suits in cup sizes too! I have to admit, monokinis are my newest obsession. There are three particular brands I have purchased from these sites that have a great fit and run TTS: Freya, Midnight Grace, and Cleo by Panache. However, I’ve had such a positive experience on these sites, I would honestly trust any of the reviews and brands (I’ve heard great things about Curvy Kate). Some of the suits pictured are from past seasons, but I’m still going to share the details so you can shop these suits! (Or at least similar ones). As always, shop smart ladies! I always fill my shopping bag and wait for a good deal. I got all my suits either on sale or during a 20% off promotion. Remember my motto, never pay full price for anything!
2. Freya Bardot Underwire Sweetheart Padded Bikini Top and Classic Brief Bottom, Past Season
3. Midnight Grace Heidi Underwire Halter Swimsuit, ON SALE for $24
4. Freya Flamingo Bandeau Bikini Top and Classic Fold Brief Bottom, Past Season
5. Midnight Grace Posy Underwire Padded Sweetheart Bikini Top and Fold Bikini Brief Bottom, $77 ($47 for top and $30 for bottom)
P.S. My sunhats are from French Connection past season via Rue La La!