Why I’ve recently become obsessed with fashion blogs (& you should, too!)

Dear World,

I have a giant announcement to make: I’ve fallen in love… with fashion blogs, that is!

I know, I know, I said in this post that fashion blogging isn’t really for me, but in the past month I’ve subconsciously started to think otherwise. It all came crashing down in front of my face today during lunch when I started to find myself frantically flipping through an awesome fashion blogger’s Instagram just wishing I could be her.

Her name is Rachel Sayumi Porter, and guys, her style sense is dope as all hell. I started creeping on these pictures of her wearing a gorgeous wedding dress with an amazing flower crown headband, and I was in love.. with clothing. For the first time ever. So in love that I think need to wear a flower crown when I get married now.

When I found myself fanatically scrolling through her Insta and her blog, I started to wonder why I was so fascinated by her, and bloggers like her. And I don’t think it’s because they are beautiful (which they are, but that’s beside the point). I think it’s because everything about them exudes creativity, and I think that’s awesome.

I’ve been trapped in this little bubble that has me convinced that a fashion blogger is a girl who wears a white shirt with a Lily Pulitzer scarf and that’s claiming to be fashion; I’m not here to hate on any of those bloggers, but it was never for me. But when I discovered Rachel’s blog, and other blogs like it, I realized that fashion is not about being able to pull the right, preppy top off a shelf and pay an arm and a leg for it. It’s about displaying a certain persona to the world. (Which I guess the Lily Pulitzer wearers out there are doing, too, so right on, ladies! But your style is “good for you. Not for me.”)

And I realized that I’m sort of doing the whole “show the world my creative persona” thing, especially in the last few weeks when I’ve really been aware of “branding” myself so that employers will want me. I’m really trying to personify who I am on the inside by what I’m wearing on the outside, and I’ve been getting this crazy satisfaction out of taking different pieces out of my closet and pairing them with just the right thing. I’m amazed by the fact that I can sit down to write a poetry assignment or a history paper that manages to be beautiful and moving and it’s all just as creative as me figuring out just the right texture of tights to wear with this lace dress.

So back to Rachel and other fantastic fashionistas like her. I was flipping through her Instagram and saw this really cute outfit where she paired a white lacey dress with a plaid shirt buttoned then tied up near her waist, and I was like, Oh my God, I need to replicate that outfit with my closet. And that is so freaking cool! I’m so used to the notion of reading other people’s writing to become inspired, but here I am checking out someone else’s fashion sense to be inspired. That’s like, the neatest thing in the world! It reinforces something that I so value in this world– we are all here to share with each other, and to teach each other, and to inspire each other.

So, to close:
1. I’m starting to take the “fashion” part of “I want to work for a fashion/lifestyle publication” a little bit more seriously when I tell people what I want to do when I grow up.
2. If you’re a great photographer, oh my gosh be my friend, because I want to start sharing whatever outfit gems I can make with the entire world and hope that the inspiration I got from one fashion blogger will inspire someone else.

Welcome 2015: My New Years Resolutions (the absurd, the normal, and the somewhere in between)

2015 Resolutions

Ack!!! Happy New Years, everyone!

I’m kind of torn on how I feel about New Years resolutions– on the one hand, I want to be super anti-establishment and blow them off; on the other hand, I like goal-setting and working toward something. But when it really comes down to it, I think all of this “new year, new me,” stuff is absolute crap. What’s wrong with who you are right now? Why not take this new year, take who you are, and make something great? Why do you need to change? (I think it’s a similar principle to those who decide to chop off all of their hair after they break up with a boy– like, oh wow, you really showed him!) I’ve never thought melodrama an attractive quality in people, and people who slave over reinventing themselves at the start of a new year are the worst brand of melodramatic.

That all said, I do have goals for 2015, but that doesn’t mean yesterday I went out and bought a whole new wardrobe and started doing my make up differently and became a new me for a new year. Instead I woke up, was the same old me I’ve always been, and started doing things instead of changing things.

The Resolutions:

1. Start writing poetry again (because, poetry, you’ve saved my life in more ways than you could know)

2. Blog better, with more consistency, good substance, and getting a higher reach

3. Graduate magna cum laude (come on… just .05 GPA points to go!)

4. Get a job within one month of graduating Assumption

5. Rock the hell out of the Provoc‘s relaunch (coming SOON this January– way too excited)

6. Learn more about the Adobe suite, especially Illustrator and Photoshop (woohoo for better blog graphics!)

7. Stay in touch with my high school friends as a bunch of them start to relocate for jobs (don’t leave, John and Josh!)

nda nationals8. Make it straight into finals with the AC Dance Team at National Dance Alliance Collegiate Finals

9. Get a bangin’ Daytona body for NDA Nationals (read: work my butt off to make #8 a reality, get hot in the process)

10. Grow my hair so long I can belt it and wear it as a dress (NOTE: may not be entirely possible, but we’ll try)

If you want to hear more about my views about New Years resolutions, check out my FIRST EVER (oh my goodness) Provoc article all about them!