It's Okay For Your Style to Change

Since I started YIP three years ago, I would say my style has evolved a ton. I no longer wear bow belts and I usually don't think to pull Lilly Pulitzer out of my closet as a first choice (although if you do that, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that). My closet has also gone from being 90% J. Crew to about 20% J. Crew.

Why has my style changed? I realized that quality is more important than wearing name brands, and I also decided to start dressing to reflect my personality rather than dressing to try to fit in. It's more important to invest in high quality clothing that will stand the test of time rather than buying something that has a popular logo on it. I still have 20 or so Ralph Lauren button downs hanging in my closet for days that I feel like dressing the way I used to, but as of now, I would rather reach for white jeans and a unique Club Monaco top.


I've been receiving emails and comments asking if I plan on changing my blog name to reflect these changes, since I don't necessarily dress "preppily" anymore, but I'm planning on keeping it YIP for now–– the name is a reflection of how far I've come. Your style is supposed to evolve, change, and grow as you do–– it's intrinsic.

As a college kid, I find myself gravitating towards practicality over popularity, and I have noticed that a ton of my peers have elected to do the same. It's the perfect time in my life to start building a functional wardrobe of high quality, unique pieces (while still keeping them fun). These days, before I buy a piece, I ask myself how many times I will actually wear it. I don't think I have worn the items in the 2014 and 2015 photos since I took those pictures, but the top and jean shorts and the spotted romper from the 2016 photos have been worn so many times. This is because I truly feel myself when I wear these things, and I feel that they accurately reflect my personality!

The point is, if your style is slowly changing, don't freak out. Go with it. Embrace the growth. That's what I have done, and I am happier than ever. Blog posts don't feel as forced, and taking better photos comes more naturally because I am happy and comfortable in what I am wearing.

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

No one loves a sale more than I do, so I am super happy that the Nordstrom half yearly sale is here! Through June 5th, Nordstrom is offering up to 40% off of the cutest shoes, handbags, clothing items, you name it. Since it can get pretty overwhelming to browse through all of the adorable stuff, I have rounded up some of my picks below!



Beach Evenings

















It was so nice out this afternoon that we decided to head to the beach for a sunset stroll and dinner. I opted to wear my new top from Impeccable Pig–– they just opened a store here in Savannah, and I cannot get enough. I also got my delicate necklace from there. 

Sam Edelman has the cutest shoes this season, and these are no exception! I got them on sale a few weeks ago, but now they are on super sale at only $39... definitely worth checking out.

Edit: The Sam Edelman clogs sold out fast on Shopbop, but I found them on 6pm for $78! Still a good steal!

Open Back Romper

















Yes, another Club Monaco purchase. Yes, I have a problem. This romper caught my eye as I was walking past CM downtown–– I knew instantly that I had to try it on, and I fell in love. Club Monaco has really stepped it up this season, and I cannot get enough of their new arrivals! 

I wore this romper to The Players Championship a couple of weekends ago, and it was comfortable enough to be in all day, despite the 90 degree heat. I picked up this tassel necklace at the Impeccable Pig (which just opened here in Savannah, so excited about that). 

Laced Up









This lace up dress is perfect for so many summer occasions, and it's so classy and comfortable. The best part? It's only $95, but you'll feel like a million bucks. I had fun shooting this dress because it was so lovely outside this morning, and even the neighbor's dog wanted in on the photoshoot. Isn't he cute? 

I'm still getting used to having super short hair–– seriously, how and the hell do you style short hair? Curling it is sooooo weird, but hopefully I'll get the hang of it! I hope everyone had a great week! :)

Off the Shoulder









Top | Jeans | Shoes (on sale for $65!)

I originally hated the off the shoulder trend, but after seeing this Club Monaco top in stores, my mind has been changed. I still think that most off the shoulder items look funny on me–– maybe it's because I have really broad shoulders, but they just never seem to work. This top is the definite exception. Maybe it's the added straps too, because it's nice to not worry about it falling down!

I decided to pair this top with white jeans and my new clogs from Sam Edelman, which are currently on sale. I was hesitant about ordering them, but they are truly so comfortable and cute.

An Updated Guide to ShopStyle Collective

Awhile back, I wrote a blog post on the basics of ShopStyle Collective, an affiliate links program for bloggers like myself. After realizing that a lot of y'all found it pretty helpful, I decided to do a more extensive post on it! I would recommend reading my first post on SSC before reading this one.

Create


This wonderful feature allows you to make product widgets, generate links for certain websites and products you've found on other websites besides SSC, monetize YouTube videos, and create looks for collections.

Building widgets is fairly simple:



All you have to do is search for the items and add them to the widget accordingly. After you're done selecting the desired products, just press "build" and it will take you to another screen where you can resize the widget and make other necessary adjustments. I use the widget builder to make the "current favorites" widget in my sidebar!

Click "publish" or "update" (depending on if it's your first time making the widget or if you're editing an existing one).

Building links is also a fairly easy process. I do this when I want to link to a store or a shopping website as a whole instead of linking to an individual product:

Then, just copy and paste the link and use it in your blog post. It's as simple and easy as that.

I personally do not film YouTube videos, so I have not tested the "video" feature of create. However, I assume it is very easy to use since SSC seems to be pretty user friendly!

Creating looks to add to collections works just like creating a widget-- you add the products you want, and then advance to the next step. 

The only difference is that you can choose the photo for the look, add a caption, and tags. This is a great way to monetize Instagram photos on a page of your blog. This is how I update my "Shop My Looks" page.

Liking Products

This is relatively easy to do as well. When you are searching for a product, all you have to do is hover over a product and click the heart to "like" it. This saves the product under your likes, which is sort of like bookmarking it for later. I use this feature all the time to keep tabs on my fave shoes, dresses, etc...

Sold Out Notifications

This handy tool allows you to see when a product has been sold out that you've added to a widget, and it lets you remove the sold out product or find an extremely similar one.

Analytics

I have chosen to not include the part that has my total earnings, but if you scroll through the analytics section, it can offer a lot of insight as to what your readers like!

From looking at the top brands my readers love, I can make more conscious product selections in the future, targeting my readers with clothing items from J. Crew and shoes from Stuart Weitzman and Steve Madden.

I hope this updated guide helped a little more, and as always, feel free to email me with questions or leave them in the comments below. I love hearing from all of you!