Uncategorized over 12 years ago by Liz Adams


Lately I’m feeling like I can’t get into a good groove with this blog. Not in a way that is making me second guess this special little place, but in a way that makes me feel like I am not doing it justice. 
When I first learned about blogging, Cupcakes and Cashmere was the only blog that I read. I was fresh out of college and Emily was just starting out too. I always felt like we would be friends, she was relatable, down to earth, we had the same passion, and if she could start a blog with no experience, I could too. Yesterday I got Emily’s book in the mail and I can honestly say that it is everything I expected and more – thought out, funny, helpful, creative, the images are beautiful, detailed, and again, relatable. When I feel like I am in a rut I stop by Cupcakes and Cashmere because over the past 4 years Emily has made her blog into something. Some readers don’t realize how much of a business this is – creating good content, being able to relate to your readers, marketing your brand and keeping it fresh. I strive to do that for you, every single day, but worry that some days it is not enough. I never want to be disappointed in my posts, or look back and say that wasn’t enough. Yes, somedays are going to be brief because sometimes that is life, but I hope that Sequins & Stripes continues to inspire, that you are able to relate to me, and that you don’t get bored {my biggest concern!}.
So, if you haven’t purchased Emily’s book: Cupcakes and Cashmere, run and scoop it up. I promise it will not disappoint. 
What motivates you? Anything giving you that extra push lately? 

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  1. I have a gift card to Amazon so with that recommendation it sounds like I should buy that! Lately I have been pushed by your blog and a couple others to mix it up. It sound so silly but when you do things like that in Kansas they label you as weird and completely write you off. I’ve had to learn that it’s not about what they think, it’s about what I love.

  2. I am never disappointed by your posts. I love coming to your blog as part of my daily reads. You are one of few bloggers that inspired ME to start my own blog. While, I can’t do it daily, I try to post frequently and keep it interesting as well. Hope you get that extra boost you need today! YOU should write a book.

  3. feeling the EXACT same way lately. Take a break for a few days. Your blog is my absolute favorite if it makes you feel any better. I adore your style and it is the first one I check everyday.

    xo Katie

  4. Liz, I absolutely love Sequins and Stripes, I am always excited when my reader says new post S&S. You are an inspiring woman and it has been so fun to see how you expand your blog and brand. You encourage women to be the most beautiful version of themselves and that is why I come back here everyday!

  5. I love your blog!! Just like you said you always felt like you and Emily could be friends (me too) – reading your blog makes me feel like we could be friends too 🙂 Keep up the great work – I always look forward to your blog posts!!

  6. I love your blog – please do not stop – this is your little space on the net that matters. Also do it for you – that’s when it really comes out for your readers.

  7. Your blog (as well as Cupcakes and Cashmere) inspired me to start my own blog. I have struggled to keep it going, but reading this post makes me realize it is hard for everyone and I should continue! Thanks for the inspiration! My Cupcakes and Cashmere book is set to arrive tomorrow! I hope it isn’t late!

  8. I cannot wait to pick up that book! I’m so glad that it’s everything you expected. I am inspired by your blog everyday. You have such a unique stance on classic style and it’s so interesting to read and visually take in. For me, I cannot wait to see what you put up next and that makes me want to come back every day, like Emily’s blog. I think my motivation is knowing how much work others put in. I know that if others are working so hard, I can work that hard. I may not succeed as well as they do, but at least I know that I’m trying. Happy Thursday!

  9. You do not have to worry about being boring! Your blog is one of my go-tos for everyday inspiration and prettiness 🙂 We all need motivation sometimes but that’s one of the best thing of being a part of this amazing online community! We’re for you, girlie! xoxo

  10. emily is so awesome; hers was the first blog i read as well. (along with cup of jo!) when i need motivation i take a step back away from the mac. it helps to take a walk, read a magazine or just go on with your day instead of push through a post just to hit “publish.” 🙂

  11. I completely understand those concerns. I think you ARE an exceptional blogger because you DO think about these things and want to always provide fresh, interesting content. You are doing wonderful, I always come and am so inspired by what I see.

  12. I am so excited about getting this book- it’s so exciting to see bloggers doing so much with what started as a simple website. I completely know where you’re coming from, especially as a new blogger. I’m trying to get my feel of it all still and it’s difficult to know if I’m truly successful or if people just comment so I can follow them! So, I tell myself to be patient and grab a few magazines and a cup of tea for inspiration. That usually does it.

    Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

  13. Cupcakes + Cashmere was the first blog I ever read, too. But I think it’s important to remember that a lot of the bigger bloggers out there (with the exception of a very small handful,) are where they are because they were first. All you can do is continue to listen to your readers, be different and be you, and produce the best content you possibly can – your readers will keep coming back for more. You are doing a great job. I also think it’s important to remember that blogging is a marathon, not a sprint… which is what I tell myself when I get frustrated.

  14. to echo the other comments, i always know that when i visit your blog, you will have posted something that so beautifully mirrors your personality and style (at least, the version that i have come to know from reading sequins and stripes!)

    the blog world can push everyone to compete and to be too similar, but the important part is to remember why you started blogging to begin with! that said, i can’t wait to read emily’s book!

  15. I could totally relate to your post. I always worry I’m not doing enough with my blog but at the end of the day you gotta be yourself and stop comparing it to others. At least that has helped me. I always get jealous of all these bloggers who have an amazing budget, photos etc. I have to start realizing everyone is different and as long as you stay true to yourself I think your blog will reflect that and in the end will be successful!

    I love your blog! I read it everyday! It is fresh and exciting! I also purchased Emilys book! I cannot wait to receive it in the mail :):)



  16. I only stumbled upon your blog recently, but I can say it’s already one of my favorites! I guess it’s to be expected to feel stuck every once in a while. I think that’s not a bad thing, because it makes you take a step back reflect a little…
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  17. I check your blog at the beginning of every work day. I have a whole list of my favorite blogs on my work computer and your blog is at the top of the list. Staying inspired is not an easy task. We can’t just be inspired, we have to seek inspiration on a daily basis.
    What do I do in order to stay motivated? Walk around different Chicago neighborhoods and find all the best little shops! Imagery is a huge inspiration. YARD SALES! Yard sales, flea markets, second hand stores. Shopping for me is about the hunt! You never know what you will find.
    I enjoy your blog and the honesty you express. I makes an everyday girl, feel that maybe I’m not the only one who doesn’t have it all figured out! Happy Blogging Liz!

  18. so funny i wrote about something similar today.

    to be honest, i stay motivated by reading blogs like yours! you’re doing a fantastic job and i think we all look forward to reading it / i may or may not consult your outfit posts before i get dressed in the morning.

  19. Agh I am feeling the exact same way! But you have an amazing eye and are great at what you do and really inspire me! I must go get this book 🙂 xoox Elizabeth

  20. Hey Liz! Yes I feel that way all of the time! And blogging is such a business. As we’ve grown I’ve felt more and more of an obligation to our readers and as such Kirby and I have focused on cultivating our content based on what our readers like to see and read and organizing giveaways that we think are relevant. But holy crap it all takes so much work. I think I do the same thing as you…I settle into a blog that I love and pour myself a cup of tea and just sit and read. Sometimes that helps jog the creativity.

  21. I hope all these comments are motivating you to just.keep.going because your blog is so creative an inspirational! Does anyone else remember that butterfly feeling you’d get when you’d see the new Vogue or Bazaar cover pop up at the store? That’s how I feel when I see a new post from you. I am just starting a blog (hey- better late than never) and your blog is one of my gold standards. Headed to Amazon to order Emily’s book! xx

  22. Liz – I’ve said it before but your blog is a gem! Like cupcake and cashmere (I’m convinced I’m to add this to the library immediately) inspired you, Sequins and Stripes has inspired me to dabble in the blogosphere myself. Your content is consistent, meaningful, share-worthy, and fantastic. You’re successfully branding yourself and totally connecting with readers from all over – I look forward to your posts!
    Keep it up and pplm,

  23. I just started reading your blog and I love it! It is one of the first things I read in the morning. I have found so much inspiration and clothing advice through your blog. You are loved! Keep on doing what you are doing because I think you are doing great! Plus, I love the pics of your dog. 🙂 I have a lab as well.

  24. Love reading your blog! It helps get me through these last few days of studying for the New York Bar Exam. I think that a little fear and paranoia is a good motivator sometimes…

  25. I love your blog! But, Emily’s blog was one of the first ones I started reading too- it took me this long to start one of my own and I’m currently trying to figure out what exactly i want it to be! I’m leaving for vacation tonight and hoping itll bring me the inspiration i need to blog when i get back!

  26. I love reading your blog everyday!

    Great review of Emily’s book. I love reading her blog but I’ve been wondering if I should get her book. Thanks!

  27. I love how honest you were in this post. I’ve really wanted really a good blogger, but I’m just starting out and there’s honestly so many struggles. Do I look dumb in this picture? Why can’t I take really awesome pictures? What qualifies me to do this? I just try to remind myself that it’s supposed to make me happy, and that seems to help 🙂


  28. I feel like we have the same story! I couldn’t agree more with you. Just found your blog and am enjoying it very much! I always look to Emily when I need inspiration. BLogging is hard work, and I have those days too. So glad I found you!!

  29. hey lady! just wanted you to know your blog is a daily stop right after Cupcakes & Cashmere! You guys are two of my favorites. I think you’re a refreshingly wonderful blogger & look forward to your posts everyday!

  30. Emily has completely inspired me. Her book should be at my door today and I can’t wait! You inspire me as well. I love your blog and I think you do a fabulous job with keeping things fresh. I am often “studying” your layouts to get ideas! I can totally relate to your feelings, though. It is so much work to run a blog and I often feel like what I have to offer isn’t good enough. But in a strange way, that feeling makes me strive to be more creative. I hope you have a great weekend and keep up the good work!

  31. Ooh! I’ll need to pick it up! I’m intrigued by her and her success for sure!
    You do an awesome job Liz, don’t sell yourself short. You are one of my faves and whenever I get time, I always come here to see what pretty you’ve pulled together. Count me inspired!

  32. I definitely plan on picking up her book since she and her blog also inspire me. Your blog is beautiful as well! Don’t ever doubt that. I always love the pieces you find and your outfits are put together and preppy (without being stereotypical tennis club preppy.) The makings of a good blog take time!

  33. You are SO far from boring, Liz! I hardly ever get time to read blogs anymore, but when I do, yours is the first I go to! And I know what you mean, it is so hard to continuously post good content. I used to be so hard on myself, but then realized I just can’t be that person that posts everyday with amazing stuff. But I envy people who can!

    You’re amazing. Don’t ever forget it.

  34. Girl, ALWAYS know that you inspire me with your fashion sense and terrific posts every single day! Though I haven’t been able to get around to as many blogs as I would like to nowadays or even comment like I used to, KNOW that you’re at the top 5 that I go to! You’re always gathering new and inspiring content on your blog and you have amazing talent to show off here 😉 Keep it up, Lizzy!