Blouse – Evans
Jeans and blazer – New Look
Shoes – Beth Ditto
I know, I know – where’s my Five Take post, right? So why am I faffing about near the tree in my back garden instead of posing in my Five Take outfit? Well, the tree was the husband being “arty”, the non-Five Take post? A bad case of “Mendoukusai”. I have the Five Take outfit all sorted in my head, but I don’t have the motivation to put it all on. I’ve been feeling quite dis-enchanted with the whole blogesphere recently. It doesn’t feel like the community I was adopted so readily into two years ago.
There appears to be a divide amongst bloggers and it makes me sad – especially in the plus sized bloggers community. It’s not as much fun any more and everything seems like a competition – who has the most stats, who’s got the biggest number of followers, who gets more freebies from brands – which fucks me off and yesterday I even debated giving up blogging altogether.
So why did I start blogging? Well, I actually started blogging in 2003 , when I was in Japan. It was a quick way for my family and friends to see what I was up to – it’s still out there my travel blog, languishing in the void of cyberspace. I started fatshion blogging after being inspired by the likes of Lilli, Lauren and a few who don’t blog anymore, plus many more! But also because I often had friends, colleagues and even random strangers say they admired my style. Plus I love clothes.
Entering the blogging community – especially the plus size one has opened my mind to more places to spend my money and – more importantly – my attitude towards my body. What it hasn’t given me is loads of freebies or automatic entrance to blogging events. The first event I went to was Plus London last year. The only “freebies” I have got have been from the wonderful people at Simply Be - and I didn’t ask for them!
So for now, I am taking this blog back to its roots. I’m going to concentrate on my blog being a way to express my style (if that’s what you want to call it) and to hopefully inspire people of any size to dress how they want to. If that means I have to miss out on a few events (not that I’m fighting the invites off mind you!), then so be it. It’s the price I will pay to try to reclaim some of the happiness I felt about my blog six months ago.
So thank you Em - for last night starting the tweet chat on why we blog. Its given me food for thought and helped me refocus.
As for today’s outfit – it’s what I wore for Monday. Its part of my 30 for 30, kinda. That’s fallen by the way side. I have a wardrobe full of clothes I want to wear and need wearing so 30 for 30 is taking a wee break. Also I wore my Beth Ditto pumps for the FIRST TIME despite having them for a year! tut tut!
They are pretty darn cool and they only gave me one blister! I endeavour to wear them more!