My name is Michelle. I'm a 24-year-old living in western Oregon. I've been photographing my outfits and writing lifestyle-based nonsense for about 4 years now. When I'm not blogging, I work full-time and practice my photography. I also bake (a lot), clean the house, and take care of my very, very active lab puppy. I'm engaged to a wonderful guy. We'll be getting married in June and I promise to not spend a year talking about it. 

My favorite thing in the world is probably eating. My least favorite thing in the world is my seemingly never-ending struggle with body image. I spend a lot of time (too much time, really) thinking about the way I see my body and how it's really ridiculous; but then I spend a lot of my morning routine looking in the mirror and thinking, "I wonder how much more cardio I'll have to do to make my stomach flat?" Blogging has given me a lot more confidence in the self-image area, but like most women, it's still a struggle on a day-to-day basis no matter how much I try to be logical and rationalize with myself. 

I'm really terrible at writing About Me sections, which is hilarious because this is, essentially, a blog dedicated to celebrating me-me-meeee! Not in order, my favorite things are: my fiance; my puppy; photography; baking; chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven; milk; dancing in the bathroom; taking bubble baths; reading really long books; having a clean house (although I hate the process); going on road trips; old newspapers; and my mom's quilts. I also really enjoy covered bridges, hiking, and writing. I have a degree in creative writing and still don't know how I plan to use that. I like writing black out poems and I take myself too seriously sometimes and not-seriously-enough at other times. 

If you told me four years ago that I would still be writing this fashion blog, I would have laughed. 

I started Locked Out in April 2008. I moved from Wordpress to Blogger in December 2010 after a brief flirtation with internet fame. (Basically: I got over 50,000 hits in one day, panicked, and went on lockdown for a week. What can I say? I'm flighty.) Locked Out is primarily a way for me to share my life -- my outfits, my thoughts, my moods, things I want to learn, things I have learned, my recipes, and more -- with the world. Most of it isn't interesting, but I try my hardest to be authentic. I think it's important to share what life is really like with people, so we all don't feel so alone. The thing I loved about other blogs was that they made me not feel so alone; that's why I started Locked Out! The fashion blogging community that I have met has been inspiring and has lead to many great friendships. 

Locked Out is what you might call a "budget" fashion blog (or lifestyle blog, whatever you would call this). I'm not rich. I can't buy a Chanel bag and I probably never will. Heck, I can't even afford a ModCloth dress. I buy cheap. I thrift. I put on my big girl pants and go without that new dress I want. I pay my bills. I work full time. And I love doing it. I love writing. I love blogging. I love being able to present a realistic -- and hopefully pretty -- style to the world. 

Have questions, comments, or concerns? Feel free to e-mail me
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