love vs cringe


Yesterday I received an interesting comment from a reader named Michelle, who asked me what my top three favorite, and top three least favorite outfits (read: cringe-inducing) were since starting the blog. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to remind you guys of some of the outfits I put out there, or maybe have people judge some of my past looks, but then I thought, no, this should be pretty humorous and nostalgic in a way. A way of looking at where I started to where I am now – not only in fashion and style but also in life.
Once I decided to delve in, I really had to think about the question, because after five years of blogging my daily outfits, I have quite a few to pick from. So, I started sifting through my backlog of thousands of photos and immediately got overwhelmed. I was able to pinpoint some looks that I now see just think, “what in the world was I thinking?” but I have to remind myself that it probably worked for that time in the fashion and what was trendy or hip. But, that’s what makes fashion fun, right? All the experimenting and trying out different styles. Anyway, I finally narrowed them down and came up with these six photos showcasing a few of my favorite and least favorite looks created between 2008 and 2013.






(This outfit has a bit of background to it. Back in December of 2009, I was inspired by this project where I  decided to remix my own little black dress for two weeks straight. This was one of the remixes, and here is the full round up of all the looks.)




What a trip. Hope you’ve enjoyed traveling down memory lane with me!





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  • Great looks! I like your least favorites, as well… It’s fun to look back!
    Happy New Year!

  • What a fun idea! Kudos to you for posting your cringe worthy outfit. Honestly, they’re pretty good! I actually like your least favorite #2! Favorite #2 is my personal favorite from your blog. Great post!

    Bold Subtlety

  • Ann

    What fun thing to do! I really love your fave outfit #1 as well.

  • Honestly, these re-cap posts are one of the things I look forward to, with having my blog. I’ve been at it for under a year, and already I look back and it’s a lot of fun.

    I can see why those “least favourites” made the list, but I feel like you’re the type of person who can pull off just about anything. I also can’t believe how much you’ve changed your hair over the years!

    xoxo Jackie
    Something About That

  • Marjorue

    i love outfit #2 :0

  • Great looks, #2 is most favorite. Happy New Year.

  • That first one is classic. Love it! You always do a great in styling your looks.


  • I’ve mentioned before that I visit your blog from time to time. I’ve actually advised people do so as well if for no other reason than to study how straightforward running a successful passion-fueled website can be. You’re an example. A shining one. Well done.

    p.s. I don’t expect a response or for this to make your comment section. Also, Favorite #3 is unbelievable.

  • LabellaLuxe Boutique

    Great pics!

  • blue roses

    least favorite #3 could perhaps be re-visited with more fitted, skinny red denim, rather than the blousier slack look, since the tweed is already a bit loose. give some more structure. i would probably forgo the hat too, but, i have a big head and tend to avoid hats like the plague!

    this was a great post, enjoyed; thanks michelle!

  • I saw this and have been meaning to come back and comment but this post really cracked me up girl. And so crazy that I remember these outfits from back in the day and have been following you for that long! Happy to now be able to call you my friend!! ;)

  • many props to you for being so brave as too post least favorite outfits. We’re all guilty of a few misses:) love your blog