I have to tell you......I'm really enjoying my clothes lately! It's fun putting things together now that I've taken the pressure off of myself to be creative and edgy.
Sarah, at Wearing it On My Sleeves, had an interesting post yesterday about being tired of seeing fashion bloggers blog about a seemingly perfect life. Husbands or boyfriends who live to take pictures of the blogger, who leave them expensive gifts all the time. Days spent eating cupcakes, jelly beans, and gourmet sandwiches while still maintaining that "average" size 2. Opines Sarah, "All I can say is that it stinks....more like it WREAKS of constructing a perfect world for everyone else to see."
Well, I have to agree. We watch TV and read magazines that project a lifestyle very few of us have. But it's actually a ruse to sell (insert product placement here). And now that we've all gotten tired of magazines and designers trying to convince us that if we're size 10 or over, we're plus sized; we've now moved on to super bloggers projecting (and selling) a life that few of us live or will ever live. I'm fascinated by my own fascination of these blogs. What makes these so popular and why do we subject ourselves to more items to go into our personal insecurity buckets? I read In Style magazine, though the clothes are very far out of my price range. But I know exactly what the message is: "Want this. Buy this."
Fashion blogs, on the other hand, aren't always so up front. The message seems to be, "I'm just like you and look what I put together!" But the fine print says otherwise. The fine print says, "I'm popular and companies are sending me clothes and paying me to wear these." What seems to be reality, in fact, is more like choreographed reality. And there's nothing wrong with that as long as we see it for what it is. If my livelihood depends on me marketing some companies products, guess what. I'm going to do it and do it well.
I've always admired Christina of Second Skin Style. Christina is one of the most creative bloggers I've seen and I always had the impression that she stayed true to herself. She put herself out there more than I'm comfortable with doing, but it was endearing and I could relate. Her style said, "I don't have alot of money to pay for this, but don't I look fabulous anyway! And you can too!!" She mentioned before, in her blog, that she would not take sponsors because she didn't feel comfortable with that. That would take some kind of discipline. But apparently she did it. I like and value her authenticity. AND sometimes, I just need to remind myself that it's quite possible that these beautiful bloggers (regardless of the pics) surely sometimes sit through the mundane, eat junk food and stay home in their pjs, just like the rest of us!