This New Blogging Adventure by Renée

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Hello to Elaine’s lovely readers! My name is Renée, from Rock’n’Roll Betty, and I started blogging not too long ago. After reading so many creative, funny, and inspiring blogs each day (including Clothed Much) I couldn’t resist jumping in on this personal style blogging bandwagon.

I have recently begun reflecting upon this new blogging hobby of mine, and I am pleasantly surprised about some quickly learned lessons. I’ve always enjoyed shopping and having fun with clothing and accessories, but I was always guilty of throwing things together, convincing myself that the outfit worked, and running out the door. Photographing and sharing these outfits has made me realize that sometimes I need to slow down, put some more consideration into my wardrobe, and make sure it works for me.

Recently I noticed that Elaine posted a photo album on her Clothed Much Facebook page entitled, “Outfits That’ll Never be Blogged Just Because.” Now in all honesty I haven’t asked Elaine why she would not blog about those outfits. (In my opinion, they’re all adorable!) On the other hand, seeing her album title reminded me of all of the outfits I tried, and even photographed, and said, “Oh NOOOO that’s not going on my blog!”

For me, this new blogging adventure is a fun way for me to test out my own taste. It’s not about receiving approval from others, but it is about taking a good long look at what I'm wearing and figuring out if it works or not. When I look at my photos, sometimes I find myself saying,

“That’s too tight,”
“That’s too shapeless,”
“Why is that so boring...”
etc. etc.

And now, through this new blogging adventure, I have learned a little more about what works for my body type, and what I want my style to say to others. I can remain modest and individualistic while I keep working on my self-proclaimed style of "a little bit Betty Crocker and a little bit Rock'n’Roll."

This black cotton Target dress is such a staple for summer! It’s so versatile that it can be worn as a beach cover up or out to dinner. The basic dress becomes more dignified with a lightweight cardigan and brightly colored belt, and you have endless options when accessorizing such a simple outfit. I personally like to have one area reserved for dramatic accessories-- earrings, a bold necklace, or lots of bracelets on the arm. If you do all 3 at once, the look becomes too busy.

This picture was taken before I went to dinner and to a punk rock show. (Strange mix of events, I know!) As we walked to the show from the restaurant, I was able to stick the belt in my bag and tie the sweater around my waist to make this outfit instantly more casual, proving that this dress can work in any setting!

I recently purchased this polka dot blouse from H&M, and I’m so excited about making it work during every season! A simple black and white top like this is practically begging for a pop of color, so find something bold and exciting. In this picture, I’m wearing some hot pink shorts, but this shirt is perfect for the colored denim trend that we are seeing everywhere right now. As a lightweight, loose top, it would be paired best with some fitted jeans, and even possibly layered with a blazer and belt.

Because everyone wears denim, it’s fun to have a few dramatic touches to the jeans you wear. This pair is one of my favorites! They are long enough to be worn with some major heels, which means you can make your legs appear even looooonger (isn’t that what we all want!?) The dark wash also helps to elongate your silhouette, and I love the ‘70s vibe created with their major flare. In this photo, I paired the jeans with a floral top that really matches the denim color, and they will be great for the Fall with boots and sweaters!

Going out on a Saturday night gives you a great opportunity to take some chances with your wardrobe. This patterned, kimono-style cover-up is so voluminous and loud with its colors, it’s practically begging for a dramatic look. I added a bright tank underneath, bold earrings, and big platform sandals. To balance out large sleeves, go for slim jeans and use a neutral belt to tone down the top and help with proportions. Bright colors and unique pieces are a great way to stand out while staying modest.

These outfits are some of my recent favorites, but I’m pretty certain that I either lucked out on these days, or I tore my closet apart to figure things out. Nevertheless, blogging about it is teaching me a thing or two about my closet, my love for shopping, and my crazy ideas about getting dressed each morning! If you’re interested in seeing my daily outfits, follow along at Rock’n’Roll Betty!

Best Wishes,



  1. love your style, renee! very chic and classy! :)

    xo jeanette

  2. Hi Renée, lovely to meet you, love your feminine and chic style, so glad you've decided to start blogging, I'm totally in love with your kimono, amazing! see you soon ;)

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  3. CrinklephotographyAugust 18, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    She is too cute!

  4. I love the bright colour that you have in each of your outfits...even if it's just a touch of green in a belt or that wonderful chiffon printed top, it looks great and keeps the outfits so cute and interesting!

    <3 Cambria

  5. I have found the same thing as I started to blog. Things that looked great in my head or I thought they were ok in the mirror, a different on camera! It's amazing how much blogging has taught me about my style! This is great! I love your writing and your outfits...looks like I have a new blog to visit!

  6. I learned a lot through blogging too! It's pretty crazy how much you can change and learn about your style just from picking up little things from others.

  7. I started  style blogging 6 months ago, and I've learned alot about how to dress!

  8. Renee I just love your style, I think you're adorable!!! I especially love the close up picture of you in the polka dot top :)

  9. I am in love with the denim pants she is wearing. Can we get more details about where she got them? How much?

  10. I love her style!

  11. Hi there!  I am completely devoted to Gap's jeans...they've always been the best fit for me.  I should warn you that this specific pair is made of much thinner and stretchier fabric than regular jeans.  In my opinion, they are much more comfy than your typical denim... I got them for a fantastic price too!

    Thanks so much for reading, and feel free to email me if you have any other questions!

    reneeburich@yahoo .com

  12. The Girlie BloggerAugust 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    This girl has a GREAT sense of style. 

  13. that second to last outfit? totally want to steal it. this girl has a GREAT sense of style!!

  14. I loved this post and I LOVE THE WHITE DRESS!!! CUTE, CUTE, CUTE! Thanks for sharing your insights with us! Cheers!

  15. Love the outfits!  Especially the floral shirts.  Where did you find those?

  16. thanks so much! the floral top worn with the blue jeans is from urban outfitters, and the floral kimono-style top is from h&m.

  17. All the outfits are adorable, but the white dress is a simple and stunning look!

  18. Hi Renee- I realize this posted a few months back, but if you're still checking comments, I'd love to interview you for the new blog Doppelhanger (a destination for personally tailored interviews, advice and outfit ideas). We're hoping to help women learn what works on their bodies-- much as you've been doing-- if you're interested, please email me at

    Hope to hear from you!