When I first started WORDS AND WARDROBES in 2010, I was completely enamored with personal style blogging. The concept of digitally documenting my wardrobe was new to me and it introduced me to a world I didn’t really know existed. Over time, though, the feelings of captivation and excitement were replaced by feelings of skepticism and cynicism. The style blogging landscape was changing rapidly and the direction in which it was going seemed to be in direct conflict with the direction in which I was going. I’d had fun as a personal style blogger, but I was getting bored with the daily documentation of clothes—both mine and that of other bloggers—and I was eager to start producing editorial content that was a bit more compelling.
And for a while, I did. In early 2013, I started publishing posts with more words and less wardrobe. With pen in hand, I began to show my readers more of what was inside my head and less of what was inside my closet, and during that time I had discovered my version of that elusive feature that the blogging community often talked about: authenticity. Although many of the posts I published hit a few nerves, caused some friction and resulted in many people expressing their disagreement through social media, I felt at peace because at my core, I’m a writer so I felt that I was living my truth. I was putting my genuine self on display. I was expressing myself using something other than the clothes on my back. Because of that, I was proud that WORDS AND WARDROBES was mine.
So while I had found my groove as a writer, I was simultaneously battling an overwhelming sense of disenchantment coupled with a heavy dose of cynicism. You see, the naivete of those early years of blogging had worn off and I had begun to see through the smoke and mirrors. I was becoming privy to the politics and unspoken rules of the style blogging community, and honestly, it kind of bummed me out and it didn’t take long for my infrequent posting to become flat-out blog abandonment.
In the July 2015 issue of Glamour, Mika Brzezinski said, “My way of reinvention was to start at the bottom again.” Although the inconsistency of my posting might say otherwise, I've really missed blogging. Sometimes inspiration would hit, but instead of acting on it and executing, I would simply file it away in my mental Rolodex for safekeeping until I was ready to implement (procrastination—and lack of motivation—at its finest). So here I am, more than five years after the inception of WORDS AND WARDROBES, a thirtysomething trying to get her journalistic groove back and starting at the bottom—again—in order to do so. But you know what? I’m cool with that. With that being said, this is what’s on my…
BACK: Casual wear. We’ve reached that awkward time of year when it’s cool and breezy in the morning and hot and humid in the afternoon, so I’ve been spending most of my days in jeans and tees. Glamorous, I know.
BEAUTY SHELF: Now that I’m in my thirties—I turned 34 in August—I’ve been focusing more and more on skin care. Two products that I’ve recently added to my skin care regimen are Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant and Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. Both seem to be working well for my skin, but I do want to find a product that will help lighten the dark spots and acne scars on my face.
BLOG: Over the last year or so, I’ve had a lot of ideas for content, but I haven’t executed any so the one thing that I’m striving for this month is consistency. I really just want to write, so that’s what I’m going to do.
COMPUTER SCREEN: I’m really digging Hustle + Grind and as a hardcore Rocky Balboa fan (I’m so stoked for the release of Creed next month), I was excited to read 15 Inspirational Quotes From Rocky Balboa. It was published in August, but I bookmarked it and read it often.
FEET: Sneakers. Not the most exciting choice, I know, but what else am I going to wear with the aforementioned jeans and tees? I am hoping to score a much-needed pair of over-the-knee boots this season, though, so hopefully next month’s footwear will be a little more fashionable.
NIGHTSTAND: For my birthday—I turned 34 in August—I received an LG G Pad 7.0 tablet and I’ve kept it within an arm’s length distance ever since. I was never much a tablet person, but now that I have one, I can’t believe I went so long without one. I have a few books in my Library, so I keep the tablet on my nightstand for some nighttime reading before bed.
SOCIAL CALENDAR: I have a few things on my calendar this month—like the kickoff party for Fashion Stars for A Cause and Purses for a Purpose, but I sometimes struggle to maintain any sort of social life during the fall and spring because I prioritize my little ones over social events. I do hope to attend some events, though, because although I’m an introvert, I tend to have fun and make new connections whenever I attend a local event.
TELEVISION: I’ve never been a faithful viewer of Project Runway, but I’ve been religiously watching it ever since this season’s first episode. Ashley and Edmond are my favorites and I’m kind of intrigued by some of the challenges that are created for the contestants, especially the one where they had to merge fashion and technology by creating garments made out of technology materials (think floppy disks and computer keyboards).
TO-DO LIST: Just start. Sometimes I create mile-long lists of all the things I want to get done, but it backfires because I get overwhelmed and hardly anything gets done. So this month, I just want to start. Dip my toe back into the blogging world and take it from there. We’ll see how that goes.