Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Is She Back?

Hello! It's been a few years since I've written anything for Fashion, Trends & More. I stopped blogging for a variety of different reasons. There's a lot of complexity within my reasoning to call it quits back in 2018, really far too much to delve into within a blog post. After blogging for 9 years, I truly thought that I would never give it up. But with the influx of fashion "bloggers" on the internet, the impact of $$$ and sponsorships within the blogging realm, the disappointing ethics of many fashion retailers, the disingenuity of it all... ugh, not something I felt any desire to remain a part of. Fashion blogging changed tremendously from the time that I launched Fashion, Trends & More, it became very commercial instead of very creative and it felt gross to me, it made me feel gross. I didn't want to be associated with the whole fashion blogging community. Being in the spotlight became harder for me; at one point, my serious ex-boyfriend cheated and the girl he cheated on me with me messaged me and told me that she read my blog. How do you process that? A lot of factors pushed me to my blogging retirement; I decided it was just better to move on from Fashion, Trends & More.

I stopped blogging in June 2018 at the age of 22. I didn't know what I wanted then, I'm 26 and I still don't know what I want now. I've had 7 different jobs in the past 4 years, clearly I'm not sure what I want. My creative passions have always guided me; I launched my first Etsy shop selling handmade goods when I was just in middle school. In the many years since then, I've dipped into photography, styling, modeling, sewing, writing, reselling vintage fashion and many more creative past times. I feel that utilizing my creativity is my calling. But damn, it's hard being an "artist," or a "creative." The pathway to ~making it~ as an artist isn't clear; and what defines ~making it~ as an artist anyways? 

Anyways, you're probably wondering why I'm here, why I'm writing this post. Well, I've missed writing, I've missed sharing my style and my outfits with a broader audience than my Instagram following.  I enjoy sharing my perspective, my creative point of view. So, I'm back... kind of. I don't think that Fashion, Trends & More will ever exist as it once did; there will not be daily outfit posts, there will not be sponsorships, there will not be quite as much of my face in your face. I want to keep the name... I mean, after 11 years, "Fashion, Trends & More" feels kind of sentimental. And I certainly will still be sharing fashion but I intend to use Fashion, Trends & More as my creative diary of sorts, sharing either weekly or monthly blog posts. Still figuring it out, kind of like I am with my life... I plan on filling my future posts with casual snapshots of my recent looks, creative advice, what projects I'm working on in my home studio and other snippets from my ~artist~ lifestyle. I've launched my textile art into a small business, turning secondhand textiles and vintage fabric scraps into beautiful new items such as patchwork blankets and accent pillows. I don't know exactly where I'm headed, but I'm excited for the future. I can't wait to share more with you all soon!