September 17, 2013

OUTFITTING: Black/Cream/Brown

OUTFITTING: Black/Cream/Brown

Welcome to one of my new features: OUTFITTING.  

Every now & then I’m going to share an outfit I put together. I hope you like it!

Now…onto the clothes! If you told me a few years ago that I’d end up liking the combination of black, cream & brown, I would have never believed you. Isn’t it funny how your tastes can totally change? I think it might have something to do with all the wood ceilings in our house. I’m embracing the combination of brown & black because I kinda have to!


  • Jennifer

    What a cool new feature, Tracy; I look forward to seeing more outfits! And this ensemble is lovely. You definitely make a great case for black, cream, & brown here.

  • Michelle @ FullyBellyWornSoles

    What a cute midi skirt. The fullness of it is so on trend!


  • Mel

    These are the exact colors I’m wearing right now.

  • Rhonda

    Hi Tracy,
    I’m listening to your podcast with Joy and I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I enjoy your blog — and that for me your blog stands out amidst a sea of blogs. There are so many blogs out there and honestly a lot of them really turn me off because they don’t feel genuine — they feel very contrived. ALL the blogs have pretty pictures and interesting recipes, but what brings my attention and eye to your blog is your personality. I feel like your blog really represents who you are and what you enjoy. You’re a very likeable and genuine person and THAT’S what I really like about your blog. I appreciate that your share fresh and in-the-moment pictures of your family, and I DON’T feel like you’re always trying to sell me something (but I would totally understand if you had sponsors). I can imagine how intensely competitive it is and how hard you work and I just wanted to take the time to let you know it is all appreciated and valued.

  • Lauren

    Outfitting…love it!
    I really enjoy your blog.
    I’m not a huge fan of change but the evolution of your blog is just wonderful.
    Keep up the good work

  • Stephanie

    I love it all. Especially the cardigan…and the shoes. Looking forward to seeing what you put together next.

  • Terry

    Good for you Tracy. You did a great job on your introductory feature. It’s always a big undertaking to add a new feature because it’s so time consuming. Food & Fashion = perfect pairing.

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Love it, love it, love it.

  • Amy

    Love it!!! Can’t wait to see more!!!

  • anne taylor

    Really, really cute, Tracy! I love this addition to your site, and I’m excited to see more. Also, I just listened to your last podcast yesterday, and it was soooo so refreshing. Loved hearing your thoughts on blogging and how competitive it’s getting. It really is exhausting sometimes – I’ve been feeling it lately, too.

  • Candice

    Looking forward to more of this series!

  • Stephanie

    I’ve been looking everywhere for the perfect black skirt, and I just did! I ordered it straight away, can’t wait to wear it for fall!

  • jenny

    Tracy Shutterbean,

    I also listened this morning and I know we’ve already talked about all this stuff and you know where I stand on it all – I really think the blog world is going through a pretty big growing pain right now. I feel like over the last couple years (probably a large part due to professional blogging conferences and such) there’s been a huge shift and everyone is shoulder to shoulder, racing to make a dollar. Well, maybe not everyone. But it sometimes seems that way. There are definitely bloggers who do sponsored posts a hell of a lot better than others, where you read a sponsored post and you don’t even really realize it’s sponsored because it’s still so true to that blogger’s voice/brand, etc (hello, your silk post, your Ghiradelli post) and there are others where you read the post and you’re left eye rolling and slamming your head into the keyboard because the blogger has basically sold out and is trying to sneak some seriously bogus content past you.

    I’ve been on the reader-only side now for almost exactly a year — it’s been great to experience such a different perspective, and it’s also made me realize how much things have changed. Sometimes I get frustrated when I see SO MUCH sponsored content, so many c/o’d items, so much pretty-beautiful-amazing-perfect life put out there and I end up feeling like I’ve had the life sucked out of me when I walk away from the computer. Does that make sense? I think it’s the shame spiral feeling you + Joy were talking about. The total opposite of feeling that Pinteresty groovy inspiration kinda feeling when you’re feeling like you’re on top of your game.

    Anyhow — I’m going off on a tangent. I really do want to make a couple things clear:

    1) I have no problem with a blogger teaming up with a sponsor when it’s a really good fit. At the end of the day, it’s up to the blogger to really KNOW their readers and stay true to their “brand” and be ok with passing up a product that isn’t true to what they do.

    2) I read Rhonda’s comment above and really couldn’t have said it better myself. Your voice and your personality really shine through on Shutterbean, and that’s the kind of stuff that sets you apart from the rest. Of course I love your food posts and your photography is always stunning, but I also love that Shutterbean is so much more than a food blog. Everyday life + Friday Lists are always a favorite- I love how you see the world through your lens (and your camera phone!)

    3) I am really REALLY proud of you and all your accomplishments – you’ve worked so hard on this blog and your hard works shows + deserves to be recognized and rewarded! You are a savvy business lady and you know what? Some of us aren’t. Some of us are making wacky deals because we have dollar signs in our eyes, and guess what? The reader instantly sees the difference.

    4) re: IG. I do think you are onto something about the numbers… the higher the number, the more vocal the crazies get. All the wanty, where’d you get that ___ stuff makes me nuts. Or all the sudden opinions and lack of tact is mind boggling. It’ll be fascinating to look back one day on the effects of things like Instagram + social media + being constantly plugged in. What are we doing to ourselves?!?!?

    thanks for opening up the floor for this conversation – I think it’s totally important and one that a lot of us have had swimming around our own heads for a while now.

    and LADY! I love the new Outfitting feature and I can’t wait to see more.

    • Tracy

      Thank you for your words, friend!!! I appreciate the heck out of you and love you so much!!! xoxoxoxo

  • Sini

    I love the combination of cognac brown and black….well if you ask me, cognac goes with almost anything.

  • Amy

    I too am wary of the combination of cream and brown. Something about it can go so awfully 70s-2 star motel decor wrong, but then I think of the gorgeous colour palette of a cappuccino, or a dollop of whipped cream atop a slice of chocolate cake, and all is oh-so-right with the combination of cream and brown again. I love the idea of your new outfit posts, and I’ll have to file this one away for when Autumn leaves are falling here in Australia next year. Thanks Tracy 🙂
    Also, I have been listening to the back catalogue of the podcast during my commute to work and while I am running – you and Joy certainly bring a smile to my face (I also don’t care if I snort and laugh while on the treadmill – no shame).

  • Jenna

    Love it, especially the scotty dog cardigan! So cute! Actually I love everything, that skirt is beautiful too.

  • Meredith

    love your style, tracy!

  • Teri

    I love this feature! The skirt and sweater are fabulous– I can’t wait to we more of these posts.

  • Shana

    Hi Tracy – I’ve been reading for years and while I appreciated the narrowing in on food in recent years I did miss when you used to post more home decor (your first kitchen reveal took my breath away! The birdcage wallpaper – wow!) and things like your holiday decorations etc.

    I love the little snippets of that stuff we get in the My Everyday Life series and always look forward to Saturdays!

    So yeah for Outfitting! Cute name too. Yeah for new features and yeah for adorable cardigans with scottie dogs. Anthro had some pieces last year with little foxes on them. I totally wanted one, mostly because we have two hounds and then I could have lots of fun playing on the whole Fox and Hound theme 🙂

    I also listen to the podcast and really really appreciated the real talk about sponsors and the realities of big time blogging (I have like 17 readers – cripes my mom doesn’t even read as she doesn’t know how to use “the internets”) so it was an education for me and just made me respect you and Joy all the more!

    You guys are amazing. Thank you for all your posts, podcasts, the great recipes and the smiles I get when I’m sneaking a read when I’m supposed to be working.

  • Tami-TeacherGoesBackToSchool

    Love this color combo!

    Of course, I love the man’s watch the best. And the cardigan. And the bag.

    I wish I could wear full skirts like that. My middle isn’t my best feature though. Otherwise, I’d wear it all.

    Looking forward to seeing more.

  • Carley Grorud

    LOVE this combo! Brown leather and black is the best! I bought a sweater similar to this from H&M- didn’t know I was so stylish! 😉

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