70s Style & Social Media Struggles

July 29, 2015

I’m loving the 70s style that is cropping up in fashion lately. Jean skirts, bell bottoms, platforms, off the shoulder tops – bring it on. I first showed you this jean skirt a couple weeks ago paired with stripes and heels (here). This skirt is only $12. I mean, you just cannot beat that. These a-line button front skirts are a big trend right now. I won’t lie, I want the white denim version and the suede version. Shein has them at such great prices compared to some I have seen which makes you feel like you can justify trying the trend. Today I am mixing it up with this amazing and affordable embroidered floral off the shoulder top from Lookbook (same company as my blush top from last week) and these awesome gladiator sandals. I love these because they are not low ankle or full knee-high. They are the midi of gladiator sandals if you will. I ordered them from Choies. If you’re considering them, I usually wear an 8.5 or 9 and went with the 9. They are a perfect fit.

Lately I have been struggling with social media. I am smart enough to know I shouldn’t compare my everyday with everyone else’s highlight reel. That adage has gotten enough airtime to be familiar, but it’s easier said than done. Isn’t it? I often feel like everyone is living cooler lives than me, and when I finally do something cool, I can’t even get the right angle on the shot to share. Anyone else? In the name of transparency, in case you’re comparing to my highlight reel, my life is pretty ordinary. I hate that I have been tempted to forget that my ordinary isn’t also amazing. Because the truth is my ordinary is awesome. I love my husband. I have stellar friends and family. I’ll tell you, infertility treatment hasn’t been a walk in the park though, and I haven’t even been going through the big guns like IVF. If that’s you, hats off. You have a friend here. It’s hard to highlight reel menopause at 29: hot flashes, and all the emotional and physical side effects that come with changes in hormones. There have been times it has caused me to question my faith. Now that I am on the other side of that feeling, I am thankful to say God is still faithful, and I am stronger because of it. I guess I just share this to say, social media is tough. And I’ve been having a tough time with it. So when I share outfit photos and coffee shop pictures, there is more to the story. There always is. I hope you know that.

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Embroidered Top c/o Lookbook // Jean Skirt c/o Shein // Gladiator Sandals c/o Choies // Purse: Vintage Coach purchased at a Thrift Store // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Silver Ring // Watch c/o Jord // All other jewelry family pieces

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126 Comments

  • Reply Sandra July 29, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Cool look! Have a nice day 🙂

    If you comment my post, I will comment your five posts!
    http://www.sandrakopko.com

  • Reply Kylie July 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

    such a great look, you look gorgeous!
    lazy2lovely.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply Amber | All the Cute July 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I could never pull this look off…you look absolutely amazing!!! I’m also adoring your sandals, especially the gold accent heel!! Fabulous 70s inspo lady!!


    Amber
    All the Cute
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  • Reply WE July 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Amy, if you feel this way about social media, I should just keep quite..I gave up on trying to build an organic following a while back, because it just doesn’t happen for me..one day I will gain 10 followers and he next I will loose 15, so much for that. And I tried to compare my likes/follower ratio and released how much ever I tried, I would never fit into the demographics that blogger social media has set up.. I guess I havent found my right audience or I might never find them, so I made peace with what I have and live the life I have. Social media is a window to the superfluous lives a lot of bloggers want us to believe they lead and live, but at the end of the day, even they are trying to make do by “showing” what they want us to see and feel. Like Mica said below, I unfollowed account that made me envious, because it did me no good and it didnt do anything for anyone else..I am happier and at a better place now…

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 29, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Social media is so strange. That same thing happens to me. I agree, we need to just quit worrying about it and enjoy our own lives. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  • Reply Megan July 29, 2015 at 9:01 am

    You are killing this 70s style! I love all of your looks! That top is so perfect and I love those shoes too!
    I feel your social media pain. I struggle with it everyday and obsess over taking the right picture. My friends and family get annoyed when I ask them to take a picture or I stage something for it. It’s hard and maybe obsessive, but I find it fun. Your pictures are always amazing and I love following you! Don’t worry about everyone else’s. I used to (and still do) compare myself to other accounts but then it makes me feel worse so I try not to. I just worry about having good pictures that represent myself and my brand and go from there.
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

    • Reply Jacy Overstreet July 29, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Perfectly said! It’s so hard not to compare, especially when I love following other bloggers, but ultimately you just have to do the best you can do and post what you love!

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 29, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Thanks for your comment! I think we all struggle with social media. I guess we just need to keep reminding ourselves to stay true to who we are. You’re amazing just the way you are!

  • Reply Ivete Correa July 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Oh, Amy Ann, you are really striking a cord here. I can fill up this whole page telling you how I feel about social media and some “bloggers” feeds, but I’ll spare you and just say that I totally agree with you. What I try to do is to remind myself why I started my personal style blog in the first place. Don’t let others’ highlight reels steal the joy of yours. Follow people who inspire you and unfollow those that give you anxiety or a sense of inadequacy. Don’t allow all this to derail you from your initial objective. Ok, I’m done blabbing! Lol… You look very pretty in this outfit, btw. Love that top! Xo

    http://www.girlinahotcity.com

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks Ivete! I think this strikes a cord with all of us. Wise words as usual. So glad to be blogger friends!

  • Reply Victoria Fox July 29, 2015 at 7:45 am

    You always look so wonderful!!!! I have had so many highs and lows with social media. But you always need to just keep pushing through and know you will be rewarded! You are such a wonderful person!
    stay fabulous! Because I need someone to continue looking up to!
    xoxo,Victoria
    http://www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you so much Victoria! I appreciate your support. Have a wonderful day!

  • Reply Mica July 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Love the print on your top! 🙂

    The thing I find about social media – when I start to get that ‘perfectly curated’ vibe and it starts to bring me down…I know I have to change up who or what I’m following. I know from my own photo taking that I only share the ‘best’ photos, so it’s easy to remind myself everyone else is doing the same. It’s natural to want to show the best bits, the bits you are proudest of, but at the same time it’s refreshing to follow and see photos from people sharing real things. I try have a balance of the two in my feed.

    It helps finding a hashtag. Think of an instagram account you like, but don’t get envy over, one that is encouraging and doesn’t make you feel inadequate, and see what they post and what hashtags they use. You’re sure to find a community under the hashtag that shares real things and doesn’t just show the events/activities they did just to take an instagram photo. I find people with real, mundane day to day lives the most relatable and interesting, so those are the kind of people I seek out and follow 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Good tips Mica! It’s nice to find the people we can relate to and with on social media to make it a positive place too.

      • Reply PetiteSilverVixen @petitevix July 30, 2015 at 4:21 am

        That’s a really helpful tip, Mca. Thanks. I’ve struggled to get into instagram but I’ll try this. And the blogs I relate to most are just ordinary people like you and me sharing out outfits on a day to day basis, not trying to be the latest uber fashionista! And Amy’s absolutely right, find people to relate to and then it’s a positive experience which really, connecting with all these amazing women is what it’s all about. Not competition over who has the biggest followers, coolest outfits because as Red Reticule sagely commented below ‘social media is just a facade’.

  • Reply andréa July 29, 2015 at 6:45 am

    PS. love this outfit lol

    -Andréa

    A.Viza Style

  • Reply andréa July 29, 2015 at 6:45 am

    i can totally feel your struggle with the whole social media thing. so many outlets and too little time on top of the fact that you (and me) have really jobs that don’t allow us to just browse the internet all day to promote our blogs. I think you do a fabulous job with sharing your life (ups and downs) and i think the reason why you have such a strong community through this page and other outlets is because you are real 🙂

    -Andréa

    A.Viza Style

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you so much friend! I’m glad to have found you in this community! 🙂

  • Reply Jill July 29, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Social media can really get you down sometimes but remember that you are an amazing person and your family and friends are what’s important! I love this cute outfit on you!

    Jill
    Doused
    In Pink

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Jill! Social media can be fun too and you are proof of that. 🙂

  • Reply ADA July 29, 2015 at 5:53 am

    What a cute blouse and sandals. Great casual 70s look. I feel you about the social media struggles especially nowadays when our lives are so busy and hectic. =(

    Please e-mail me more about what’s going on with you. I love to be able to read more, send you my love and hugs.

    <3 Ada.

  • Reply Kamara July 29, 2015 at 5:22 am

    You look gorgeous in that top! Stay strong, you seem like a strong woman and it’s wonderful to see someone be so honest and open. I wish you all the luck in the world on your journey 🙂

    Euriental

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate your kind response. I have loved hearing from everyone. I think we all feel the same way.

  • Reply Red Reticule July 29, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Social media is just a facade! Everyone wants to appear to be the coolest and post the most vivid photos that went through two apps with edits before they made it to Instagram. I’ve been there and I’m over it. Focusing on real people, friends and family is what truly matters. I am with you on your struggles, Amy. Stay strong, stay healthy and never lose faith.

    Red Reticule

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      You are right! It’s only fun to share the good parts. I think that is what we all have to remember. It’s been nice to talk about and see that everyone feels the same way. Thank you for your kind comment!

  • Reply Rachelle July 29, 2015 at 4:47 am

    What an adorable outfit, and yea there’s always more to the story. We all have our struggles.

    xo
    PinkSole

  • Reply PetiteSilverVixen @petitevix July 29, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Thank you for such an honest post and sharing how you’re struggling. Yes, there’s always more going on underneath. In a world that’s becoming so much more visual through the advances of technology it’s so easy to lose sight of what’s important. And I can fall into that trap too. I love your photographs – they’re waaay better than mine! And I’ve not really got into instagram as it just seems all about numbers, numbers, numbers – who has the most likes and followers and I can’t be doing with all that! I prefer the blogging community and reading posts like yours and the comments. I’m sorry the menopause is happening to you now. That is a major life transition that’s hard but particularly when younger. Do look after yourself, especially your bone health. And you’re not ordinary – you are awesome.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I have been careful about my bone health. You are so sweet to mention that. Instagram is tough – probably the hardest. I’m glad you like me photos. I think yours are great too. Mine have come a long way. It just takes practice.

  • Reply Duchess of Fashion July 29, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Honestly I too struggle with social media. Constantly comparing your life to others is so unhealthy! And I feel for you hun, menopause at 29? Thats tough! You’re the same age as me, but I haven’t experienced half the things you have yet e.g. marriage. Your so blessed! xoxo

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I am blessed! It’s good to take a step back and remember that instead of comparing. Social media makes it hard sometimes, but we have to remember it’s only part of the whole.

  • Reply Jennifer Jayne July 29, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Fantastic post and not just because the outfit was cute!
    I completely understand what you are saying but I hope to become a stronger web presence as my blogs goes.

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Good luck on your blog! Glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Reply Camilla Julie Skov Hansen July 29, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I really loved this post – both because of your always perfect pictures, but also for your thoughts on social media. You are so right! So tough to watch everyone else look perfect, with more followers, likes and comments than you. But we all got to remember that the social media isn’t real life – and in real life you are beautiful and sweet. Thank you for this post.

    xoxo,

    http://camillajulie.dk/

  • Reply Natali July 29, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Not just that you’re beautiful and stylish girl, but you’re also much more than just what the outfits are showing, you have heart, feelings AND brains! Thank you for being so honest and down to earth. I think that we all have similar struggles, but the reality is that the grass is always looking greener at the “neighbour’s” yard. I try to show the world through my eyes the best I can and if people like it and find it inspiring, I’m the happiest gal around because my “plan” went through. If somebody finds my life boring, so be it, I hope that their “set up” Instagram life is as good as they present it.

    http://lartoffashion.com

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold July 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much Natali! Your comments are always so thoughtful and kind.

      • Reply Natali July 31, 2015 at 10:05 pm

        You’re welcome sweetie and thank you for the compliment!

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