Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Star Earrings – Gorjana (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)
Even though yesterday I managed to forget half my jewelry when leaving the house, thus feeling a bit naked, I was able to get a lot done. I even got in a great workout when I got home from work.
All of that changed, however, when I checked my mail on the way back from the gym. In the mail I received a letter from an attorney’s office threatening to take me to court for using a photo of Jennifer Lawrence on one of my Inspiration Monday posts.
The photo has been removed. I’ve let the attorney’s office know. But in the letter they wrote multiple times that removing the photo doesn’t absolve me of anything. In fact, it appears the company that claims to hold the copyright wants me to pay them for the monetary damages they incurred by having their photo used without paying for the rights.
Me. My little blog that gets MAYBE 100 unique visits a day.
It got me thinking. Today’s outfit is my own spin on an outfit I originally saw on Pinterest that came from A Fashion Deliberation. It’s nothing groundbreaking. A navy skirt with a navy and white striped tank and a green cardigan. Did I really need an inspiration photo to put that together? People have probably been wearing outfits like this for years.
From A Fashion Deliberation – Used with permission
Yet, it wasn’t until I saw the photo that the lightbulb went off in my head. “Oh,” I thought, “I have those pieces! I can wear them together! And I’ll wear them on Tuesday since it’s ‘Stars & Stripes’ Trend Spin at The Fashion Canvas and Walking in Memphis.”
Using inspiration photos is a part of many personal style bloggers repertoires. I use them and when I know I got my inspiration from another photo I do my best to credit the original source. It’s fun to see how I can make the items I already own work in ways I hadn’t thought of before. But maybe I don’t need to use them? Maybe it would be better if I was able to use my own creativity when putting together an outfit. Be original instead of a copycat and all that.
I don’t know the answer. But I do know that I will be paying more attention in the future to the challenges I participate in and what photos I use as inspiration, if any.
In the mean time, anyone know a good attorney?