Belt Something (Style Challenge #7)…& a Question…

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I am BEHIND on these challenges, you guys!  Forgive me.  I’ve been traveling for two work trips, one last week and one this week, and traveling with a kid is no joke.  But, like last week, I will do the challenge eventually!
In the meantime I’ve rounded up some past posts of belted outfits.  Two different examples each  of belting tops, skirts, and dresses.  You can belt cardigans too, which you can find in my 2013 gallery on Facebook but I didn’t have time to dig up the original posts.  
I said this in the Building a Remixable Wardrobe Series (Part 5), but belts can make a huge, HUGE difference in an outfit.  They provide a focal point when an outfit otherwise feels “droopy” or messy.  Like, WHAM BAM.  Just like that, a belt can ground an outfit.
That said, I haven’t used belts nearly as much as I used to, and I think it’s because I belted everything while I was pregnant.  (See all maternity posts HERE.)  But, it’s time to make good use of all those belts that are hanging in my closet!  Link up–I’d love some of your inspiration!

*P.S. I haven’t posted any challenges for March yet because I need to take a little break to reorient myself from traveling.  Also, I‘m considering moving these challenges to Instagram only, as I think I’ll be able to be more attentive to them, post inspiration and reminders more consistently, and be more engaged with your posts.  Basically, it means no more linkup on the blog, but #PMTStyleChallenge on Instagram will, in theory, be stronger and more active on my part.  Thoughts on the Instagram-only idea?  Anyone strongly opposed?

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    Alex @ Undergraduate Style
    February 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I know that I would love the linkup to stay, but for selfish reasons–the Style Challene has driven TONS of nrw readers to my blog, while Instagram rarely brings people to outside sites. Plus I've loved using the linkup to find new blogs!

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    February 26, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I like these challenges on the blog because I will never do a hashtag search to find the outfits to look at where as it's easy for me to see them here. But you need to do what works for you. I think showing older outfits work too. Since the message to is convey an idea and does not have be a brand new outfit.


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

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    February 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    You need to do what works for you, which I always respect. But since you're asking for feedback, I have to admit that I would be sad for the linkup to go. Not all of us are on Instagram — I found that I could only focus on so many social media outlets for my own sanity — and the linkup drives a lot of traffic not only to my blog, but I'm sure to other blogs as well. And I have personally explored more blogs, as well, because of the linkup. If it's too much to do a weekly challenge, how about set it as a monthly challenge?

    Regardless of what you decide, I've been a longtime reader of your blog and will continue to be. Your style and insights are always relatable and inspiring!

    Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style

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    Lauren @ Exploring My Style
    February 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I enjoy the link ups as I usually plan my week around the challenge on the blog! But I can totally understand if you want to move it to IG only. I would still participate for sure 🙂

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    Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style
    February 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I'd be sad to see it move to IG, as I'm not on IG (nor do I want to be).

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    February 26, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I realize you are busy and have to do what works for you, but I don't have an Instagram account. I love your blog, have learned so much from you. I have really enjoyed reading about your challenges and also enjoy reading the link ups to see how others have interpreted them.

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    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
    February 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    So cute! You do belts perfectly!

    Her Heartland Soul

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    Shea Sayers
    February 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I love all these belted looks! And no worries about keeping up with the challenge or changing it to IG only…whatever you do will be great! It will help motivate me to post more outfits on IG anyway 🙂

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    Megan Green
    February 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Love seeing your round-up and like the idea of moving it to Instagram. I enjoy the blog link-ups, but felt like most of the engagement came from searching the Instagram hashtag. I hope you get some travel-free rest soon.

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    February 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I'll echo most of the other comments and say that you should definitely do what's best for you. Personally, though, I still prefer blog link ups to Instagram linkups. I'm on IG, but it's not a main tool for me.

    Of course, if you do move it, I will still try to link up as I can. I think this is a great challenge and I've enjoyed doing it.

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    Daily Express
    February 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Add me to the list of those who love the blog linkup! I would be sad to see it go. Like others have said, I don't usually search hashtags on IG and it's nice to have all the participants linked in one spot here. Of course, I support whatever decision you need to make for your schedule but I'd be sad to see the link-up go. You could just post the themes and do just your own outfit post to the theme and not worry as much about finding past outfit examples. I think it's easy enough for people to search your blog or Pinterest for outfit ideas if they need them. (I do like seeing your personal examples but know how time consuming it can be to dig through archives and link everything!) Anyway, those are my thoughts since you asked!

    Gina – On the Daily Express

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    Meghan Hayes
    February 26, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I would love to participate via IG since I don't post a ton of outfits on my blog, I don't always get to participate in the challenge and I would love to join in. Also I loved how you described a belt as "grounding" an outfit. That's a perfect way to describe it. It makes so much sense.

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    Julie @ Artwork by JM
    February 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I love all of your belted outfits. I agree that a belt can change the look of an entire outfit. And I totally hear you on traveling with a little one. It is not for the faint of heart. haha! We are planning a family vacation for this summer and I'm already feeling a little stressed about it. lol

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    February 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I realllllly need to start working with belts…I know you've said multiple times that they are amazing…I just haven't gotten myself worked up to buying one yet!

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    February 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I personally would prefer the challenge to stay a link-up; I don't like posting outfit pictures to my Instagram because of my job (many of my coworkers and clients are friends on IG but don't know about my blog).

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    Amy K
    February 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Please keep at least the challenge LIST on your blog!! I don't really use instagram and gave up FB for lent (are you on FB?!), so I'd totally miss out … I don't mind saving the challenge list page and checking that instead of the "Story" part of you blog! (Or in addition to…)

    Can't wait to see whats in March!!! I was super surprised about the hair thing in February, and surprised how many comments I got at my bible study too! I'm going to have to try the belt again because I don't really like my outfit today. I think this sweater is too full for a belt, if that makes sense?

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    Andi Smith
    February 26, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I would rather have it stay as a linkup on the blog, because I'm so bad at remembering to post my outfits to Instagram. And I just made my account private, because I kept getting spam accounts following me and I started to feel creeped out by the fact that random people could see my posts. But if you move in that direction, I'd try to remember to hashtag and join. Definitely do what works best for you! I've loved the challenge, because it is helping me get through the winter style rut that I always feel in Jan-Feb (especially this year since I'm pregnant!)

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    Michelle Trowbridge
    February 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I love the look of belts but when I try it never seems to feel right on me. I don't know what I am doing wrong but I always feel silly belting things.

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    kate @ a journey in style
    February 27, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Personally the thought of going Instagram only makes me sad because I don't have Instagram, but I get that it's more convenient. Plus then I get to discover other blogs and meet new bloggers!

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    February 27, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I understand why moving to Instagram would be easier, but if there is a way to keep the link-up going on the blog as well, that would be ideal.

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    Emilie Arnett
    February 27, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Actually, I love the instagram-only idea! I am on IG way more than getting online. I have only linked up once, but I look at the hashtag on IG all the time, and I still do the style challenge every week (even if I don't take a picture)! It has been really fun to rethink what I already have and get creative with my every day outfits. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing March's list!

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    February 27, 2015 at 5:14 am

    It's funny, I read the challenge and though 'I can do that easy' and didn't put an outfit together as I was sure I'd just happen to wear one randomly…but it's summer so I haven't belted anything in a while! While it's hot I prefer looser outfits and simple to no accessories! 🙂

    I think you run the challenge so however you want to do it is the best way! 🙂 Don't try to hard to get it on the blog if instagram is easier and simpler for you 🙂 No need to add any extra stress or worry when you have a baby IMHO! 🙂

    Away From The Blue

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    Susan Jeffries
    February 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I have not belted anything in a while. But I love these looks and am inspired to try it again! I love the longer top with the scarf! Thanks for the inspiration! Susan

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    Leticia Warwick Justus
    February 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Audrey , you do what works best for you and your family ! As a new blogger that also balances family in the mix , I know how much time it takes to put up a Post . It's not a good thing if your family time is lacking or a baby needs to be cuddled and they are shut out just so we can see your new outfit . ( you didn't give those suggestions , I am just using an example ) I am not on Instagram because I don't have a cell that can do that , but if I would like to keep track of your new outfit photo/style challenge photos I can go up and click on the yellow camera Instagram icon on the top right corner of your blog page 🙂
    I enjoy your outfits and these style challenges have been SO fun but please take it from a seasoned mommy ( kids ages 15, 12 & 10 ) …do what is fun & enjoyable ( blog ) but also remember that babies grow quick and giving them your time & kisses is the best thing that you could ever do 🙂 check out this list I made a few weeks ago – Positive 31 - . It's a new twist on the Proverbs 31 women .
    Many blessings to you ! Leticia from King Maker blog

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    Janeane Pittman
    February 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Audrey-As much as I love doing link up parties, I enjoy connecting with others (bloggers and non-bloggers) on Instagram too. I think both are great and you should do what is best for you and your blog.

    Designing From My Closet

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    Breanna Thime
    February 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I don't have Instagram and I love the linkup on the blog. I really hope you keep it, though I would completely understand if you can't because of life stresses.

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    February 28, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I love the Instagram only idea! For the challenges…. Please don't quit blogging! I love your blog and your style! I recently made a new IG account for myself only to do outfit posts because I don't blog and wanted to hold myself accountable to do the challenges! It's been amazing! I've found more style challenges and it is so easy to see all of the outfit posts using the hashtag! Do what you gotta do, Audrey! 😄

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    Vicky Gill
    February 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I have not done the challenge for the last 2 weeks because I've spent a lot of time in sweats and pajamas because we've had ice or snow so school has been called off or on a delay. It made me not really bother with my fashion.

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    Inge Jane
    March 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you so much for hosting this challenge, I've been loving the prompts each week! They are just enough to get me thinking about my outfits without feeling like a chore. You should do what is right for you, but I would like the link-up on the blog, as I don't post blog stuff on my personal instagram. Either way I'll keep following along!

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