WHERE ARE ALL THE REAL FASHION BLOGGERS?!? #RANT #ANNOUCEMENT
The first time I created my style blog was in 2008. I was 23 and uncertain about life and where I would end up. All I knew was that fashion was one of my great loves of a lifetime. I had to figure out a way to turn it into something more than just a shopping addiction and fashion magazine hoarding. Suddenly, I was introduced to the world of fashion blogging from a girl I attended college with. She and I had similar interests in the fashion and media world so I decided to check out what this fashion blogging phenomenon was all about. Once I discovered it....needless to say.... I was HOOKED. I spent morning, noon, and night scouring websites for the best fashion bloggers that made me want to raid their closets and go run up and down the streets of Omaha, Nebraska taking pictures in underappreciated vintage gems. I will never forget the feeling I had when I discovered Geri Hersch from Because I'm Addicted Karla Derass from Karla's Closet and Jane Aldridge from Sea of Shoes. These blogs introduced me to the action of not giving a F**** when it cames to wearing what you want , despite the opinion of others. I was naturally born to be boldly express myself through my wardrobe; but those three blogs took me to another level of I DON'T GIVE A COMPLETE F*** about what anyone thinks.
I always expressed myself with my clothes, but I took it a step further and created a fashion blog. I had absolutely no idea what the heck I was doing. I didn't even have a DSLR camera...LOLOLOLOLOL. I went through so many fashion blog names that don't even think I really liked any of them. But that didn't stop me. All I knew was that I loved fashion and I desperately needed a creative outlet. I had to be part of the fashion blogging community. I also low key wanted to be discovered by a fashion magazine so that I could eventually get an internship in New York. YEP, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN! And after a couple years of blogging, I didn't find fashion blogging to be as easy or enjoyable as it appeared. I often found myself comparing myself to the well known fashion bloggers. I wanted their designer shoes and purses. I wanted their opportunities to shine in the media. I wanted my own personal photographer with a DSLR camera and an outrageously expensive zoom lense. It also really sucked when I realized I only had about two people reading my blog on a regular basis. I pretty much had to spam other bloggers with comments just to become visible. I was so frustrated with this operation because this was not how my favorite bloggers made it appear. It once seemed so effortless and glamorous. I really hated how challenging blogging became and how much it made me feel insufficient. I also wasn't aware that consistency was really a thing....so I did what any uninformed, insecure, commitment phoebe 25-year-old would do.....I.....STOPPED! But it never left my heart. I always longed to be the best fashion blogger that I could be. I often thought to myself what would have happened if I just put in 110%?
Now it is 2018 (a decade later since I started my fashion blog) and I have been so on and off with my fashion blog that I literally just became indifferent about it. So much has changed within the world of fashion blogging, it has definitely become a multi-million dollar business. Hey, I'm not knocking the hustle, but it surely doesn't give me butterflies in my stomach anymore. Everyone's personal style has changed. A lot of the well known fashion bloggers that I use to follow religiously have evolved in ways over the years that I just haven't been able to continue following. Not to mention so much of this new age in fashion has become so bodycon, minimal and trendy. I'm bored. I want that old thing back. I want class and refinement. I want vintage. I want fashion forwardness. I want Carrie from Sex in the City. I want sequins jackets from the 80's. I want PERSONAL STYLE....not....TRENDS! Will the real fashion bloggers please STAND UP?! Instagram has pretty much giving a platform to so many people to title themselves as style bloggers and I can't take it ANYMORE!!!!!!!! Where were most of them in 2008 before this became a trend? I don't want to hear age as an excuse. I remember following 13-year-olds who were very over-zealous about fashion blogging that it put my 24 year old self to shame. All it took was a camera and creativity and most people weren't thinking about fashion blogging back then. So I'm sorry if I unimpressed with all of the "style bloggers who have popped in the digital age of instagram now it has become the major lucrative trend. I think I should probably quit ranting and just say what I need to say.
I AM BACK! I AM OFFICIALLY HERE TO STAY FOR GOOD THIS TIME. I HIRED A PHOTOGRAPHER AND I'M READY TO GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD. I READY TO REALLY GIVE IT MY ALL REGARDLESS OF WHO IS PAYING ATTENTION. WHEN YOU LOVE STYLE THE WAY THAT I DO NOT TOO MANY OTHER THINGS MATTER IN LIFE BUT EXPRESSING THAT CREATIVITY. SO HERE I AM DEVOTING MYSELF TO MY DEEP GREAT LOVE! I'M OFFICIALLY BACK.