The other day, I was looking for an older blog post and happened to go allllll the way back to my very first post. Then I noticed the date of my first post and was like WHAT THE WHAT?!?! My tall blog is turning 5 soon? I can’t believe that it’s been five years since I started regaling all of you with my random encounters with people who aren’t used to seeing a 6’2 woman wear heels and showing you my tall fashion finds. I’m feeling rather nostalgic so why not take a walk down memory lane with me?
My main reason for starting the blog was to give myself an outlet to write some fun, lighthearted pieces since the writing I was required to do in my job as a paralegal was…zzzzzzz…you guessed it…a complete snooze. It seemed only natural that my blog should be focused on my life in the tall lane. Like a lot of tall ladies, I frequently have funny (and sometimes awkward) encounters with strangers whether it’s a chiropractor, a weird guy at church or the drug store clerk. I still get a good giggle when I go back and read those earlier posts.
After a year or so, I delved into the wild world of Twitter and Facebook for my blog. I was amazed and insanely excited to find a wonderful, fun, supportive community of tall folks. Seriously…y’all rock! I learned so much from Twitter (launches of new tall lines, how to find the best seats on a plane, free tall personal shopping), that I did a little series called Stuff I Learned From Twitter (Part 1 and Part 2).
In October 2011, after a moody rant about the rather blah state of the tall shopping landscape, I kicked off my first tall shopping challenge wherein I imposed a “ye shall only buy tall clothes for the next 4 months” shopping rule on myself. It was a fun and eye-opening experiment and made me realize just how annoying and ill-fitting most of the non-tall clothes in my closet were!
One of the highlights of this challenge was following the tall activewear company Elle Mayers from pre-launch to launch. I was thrilled to be one of Elle Mayers’ first customers and, because the quality and fit are so superb, I have not bought activewear from anywhere else since the company launched in 2011. More importantly, I was able to get to know Liz, the fabulous, upbeat (and of course tall) owner of Elle Mayers and always enjoy my interactions with her.
A few of my favorite buys from this shopping challenge came from Tall Couture and Elle Mayers, and I’m still wearing all three items 3+ years later!
|Blouse from Tall Couture|
|Elle Mayers Workout Tank|
|36″ Inseam Joe’s Twiggy Jeans from Tall Couture|
After my tall shopping challenge, I became curious about the world of custom-made clothes and…you guessed it…imposed another challenge on myself where I bought at least one custom-made item per month for 4 months. My results were 50/50…Three items (a blazer, dress and skirt) didn’t work out, but I did end up with a pair of custom jeans, and two tops. I still wear all three of these items! Click here to see some photos and to read about this challenge.
Here’s one of the versatile custom-made tops that I scored made by a fellow 6’2 tallista:
|Capiche by Victoria Custom-Made Top|
In 2013, I found the website Putting Me Together and it completed rocked my fashion socks off! I was so tired of standing in my closet and feeling like I had NOTHING but loner pieces and therefore NOTHING to wear. It was insanely frustrating and made me want to hurl something at the wall. Using the guidelines and tips on Putting Me Together, I embarked on Project Remix where I focused on building a wardrobe around 4 colors of my choosing (grey, navy, orange and teal) in order to create a wardrobe that plays nice together. I honestly had no clue how to create anything that remotely resembled a cohesive outfit before I found Audrey’s website. If you’ve never had a gander at her site, I highly recommend you mosey on over there.
You can find all of my Project Remix write-ups here. These are a few of my favorite looks:
|Project Remix Looks|
I’m afraid I neglected my little blog a bit in 2014 and only wrote a whopping total of five posts the whole year. Since I felt like I’d kind of fallen off the tallosphere radar, I thought “Meh…I’m sure nobody misses my blog or cares to read it so maybe I should just call it quits”. You know what was one of my main motivations for getting back in the blogging saddle at a full gallop for 2015? Receiving really nice comments from a couple of new followers. Fellow tall blogger Paty of Antes Alta Que Sinsilla found my blog all the way from Barcelona and left me a really nice comment and another tall blogger Sara of Girl in the Pretty Dress asked me out of the blue when I was going to blog again. WHAT?!? People actually missed my blog posts?!? It was such a boost to my spirits and just the kick in the pants I needed to fire up my website again.
Which brings me to the BEST part of this whole five year journey: Getting to know all of my fabulous readers, social media followers, fellow bloggers and tall entrepreneurs. When I started this journey 5 years ago, I had no clue that I would find such a magnificent community of tall folks. The tall community is wonderfully supportive, interactive, helpful, fun and sometimes a little crazy (in a good way). To all of my readers, tall or not: You have been a bright spot for me (especially when things have been a bit difficult in life), and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate and enjoy your comments on my blog posts and the interactions on social media.
I am quite excited to see what the next 5 years bring! 2015 is off to a fun start with the Tall Speciality Shop Challenge, my new Tall Travel Style series and my new Instagram account. I’ve also become a contributor to the Tall Snob and Tall Clothing Mall websites. If you’re not already following these sites, be sure to add them to your Bloglovin’ feed so that you don’t miss any of my fashion finds! And speaking of the fabulous tall community, I’ve also recently found several new tall blogs from around the globe. I have them all listed here by country.
I am now off to devour a carrot cake cupcake in celebration of my blog birthday. I think you should go get a piece of cake too!