Friday, March 11, 2011

Tipping the Scales

"Headless chook" is a phrase commonly used to describe someone trying unsuccessfully to get everything done all at once, with perfection.
I happen to think it means trying to please too many people all at once.
This week, Katy of Modly Chic has asked the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday group to explore the concept of "finding the balance" between blogging, working and playing.

1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall?
I'm not great at prioritising as during the past decade I've taken on a hell of a lot with children, study and work commitments.
The result of all that juggling?  An addiction problem, a marriage break-up, two nervous breakdowns and total physical exhaustion.
It all sounds rather grim, but I allowed my life to resemble a non-stop roller coaster ride before I decided to jump off the hurtling wagon and start creating some peace.
Blogging is one way to relax and connect with people who share similar interests with me, so in time it has actually become an important priority and a tool to recovering from all the crap.
Besides, as any fashion blogger knows, playing dress-ups is an unbeatable pastime!

2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible?
Take today's outfit pic:

This is what I wore to walk my daughter to school this morning and run a few errands later on.
I enjoyed putting the outfit together and wearing it, so I snapped these pics off as soon as I got home.
When I'm wearing something I've put together for the first time, picked up some great second-hand finds or made the odd new purchase, I'll play around with ways to wear those new pieces and do some outfit shots at the same time.
That's how I manage my time with the photography side of blogging.

3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient?
Outfit pics are time-consuming but they are fun because I'm shopping my closet everyday to make full use of everything I have and coming up with interesting looks.
I have a raft of outfits in my memory bank that I can throw together in a couple of minutes because I've taken the time to think about pieces in my closet I love but haven't worn for a while, or ever!
So blog pics have created short-cuts in real life.
As for blogging short-cuts, I don't really have any apart from the photography side of things I described above.

4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead?
Nope.  I guess I should but blogging has purely been a hobby so far.

5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now?
I would spend more time discovering other blogs and attend more vintage fairs and fashion-y events to showcase here.
In the meantime, you'll just have to put up with my boring mug, warts and all;)).

Today's outfit is comprised of a new Black Milk bodysuit which I didn't realise had a nice little feature until I unpacked it.
See? Sparkly!!!!

All of the accessories were thrifted except for the $9 Kmart flats.  The 1930s silk lounging pants were $7 from eBay.  Bargains galore!
A couple of you lovelies have asked about my red rose ring.  It's leather and I bought it from Thousand Island Dressing.

I hope you all have a wonderfully wild weekend:))
Desiree xoxo


  1. I love your answers so much, so true, and straight from the heart.
    Much love and a wonderful weekend, my dear Desiree.

  2. If there's one thing that comes across in your blog it's your total enjoyment and pleasure with your clothes. What a fabulous idea to try different combinations and take photos at the same time, I'm going to copy that.
    I'm sorry you've had so much crap to endure in your life, it definately doesn't show in your beautiful face. xxx

  3. Playing dress up is totally fun and blogging in itself is very therapeutic! Can totally relate!

    Great answers and those accessories are fab!


  4. I want your shoes! so fun

  5. I wish you the best of luck with everything.
    have you tried reading decrees/mantras?
    You look ravishing mi dear.
    red is my fav color.that animal print bodysuit is so pretty,love the shimmer in it..leather rose ring is beautiful,I collect rose jewelry.

  6. absolutely nothing about your mug is boring! :) great answers. honest and to the point. and i love that you throw on amazing outfits to do simple, everyday things, like walking your daughter to school! so much fun!

  7. It's true that blogging can create peace within our crazy lives!

  8. Blogging is definitely my way to relax too. I think I need to create that space for myself with work, children and all the other things in my life.

    I love your outfit especially all the ladylike details.

  9. Playing dress up is a wonderful pastime indeed and you are a master at it. Love this outfit and the animal print body is fab - love the glitter! x

  10. Great answers! Your style is so fun!

  11. I love those bottoms and that top.
    Most of all your personality just seems so darn fun!

  12. nawww loving that hair flower and bangles!

  13. Amiga, you are such a lovely woman. I am sorry that life's wrapping came with struggles but you are living proof of grace under pressure- your joy of living is so apparent in your sparkling eyes and beautiful smile, and I get fed delicious helpings of cake everytime I come visit your blog and see your wonderful outfits. xo. -Bella Q
    (ps: I don't know your name! What shall I call you?)

  14. Oh, I covet that red rose ring, but don't see it on the site. Looks like they went quickly! The ring, the skirt, your lips -- all my favorite shade of true, saturated red. I'm going to try to work it into my life more.

    "Headless chook" -- I like it. We say "running around like a chicken with its head cut off." Headless chook is so much punchier.

  15. Oh I had to laugh at the 'editorial calender' do people really have those!!! I love the leo vest, stunning x

  16. Love the outfit Desiree! Also agreed. I'd love to find more time to find other blogs to follow with similar interests! x

  17. Fantastic!
    feck you're hot! I'm glad you enjoy dressing up and giving us pleasure!

  18. I bought some cool vintage shoes and a neat shoe horn I want you to see on my blog, I think you will really like them! im excited to see what you think

  19. those pants are so adorable.they look so good with this animal print top.


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