A MYSTERY CASE CONFESSION!
I must confess, at a recent morning tea with some of my favourite local bloggers, someone referred to me a fashion blogger. I cringed.
Now I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with fashion blogging or any style of blogging for that matter, BUT I’ve done my best (well I thought I had) to maintain a rather nicheless blog persona. Even more than that, I struggle to think of myself as fashionable. I’m also quite possibly under some misconception that in order to be a fashion blogger you need to be fashionable. You tell me?!
For me, being a fashion blogger involves actually getting in front of the camera and possibly sharing your daily outfit photos together with a host of other really fashionable things that are really out of my
league comfort zone.
While I throw lots of style challenges, I honestly don’t think I’m stylish enough to wear the style blogger tag either. Once again it’s possibly a huge assumption on my part that being stylish is a prerequisite if you want to make it as a style blogger.
YES… I definitely have an interest in both style and fashion and cover it to an extent here on the blog. YES… I do wear clothing every day. NO… I don’t necessarily think I’m stylish or fashionable or you need to see photographic evidence from me on a daily basis. Far from it.
You could argue that you don’t actually need to be stylish or fashionable to blog about these things and just having a passion in this area should be enough but you know what… I honestly think being stylish and comfortable in front of the camera helps.
If I’m honest the whole body issues and self loathing when I see photos of myself also comes into play here. I admire those that do the daily outfit shares. I did attempt this for a week (blogged here) and I’m pretty sure it was this week that preempted my complete social media free week break
It’s just not me or my style, especially in my current state and what I really mean by that is my current size and shape.
If you’ve been following the blog you would know that I’ve been on a mission to find my style now since turning 40 (well actually that was a few years ago now but shhh let’s keep that to ourselves). I’ve also been making more of an effort push some of my body issues aside, so I can start to feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. Like a lot of people, this is definitely a work in progress but I’m happy to say, I’m slowly making progress.
I’ve been keen to overhaul my wardrobe because I do think having a wardrobe that works for you and not against you helps you not only look good but feel confident. With this in mind I’ve been sharing some of the more question items in my wardrobe asking for help and ideas, through my Should it Stay or Should it GO NOW blog posts. Although, I’m yet to throw a single piece of clothing out, instead I seem to have adopted a different approach to the problem, which is basically a relocation to another part of the house scheme.
My endeavours have had me casing all of my favourite style and fashion bloggers starting with Nikki from Styling You and her fantastic book Unlock Your Style. I’ve also found a lot of comfort and advice from Vicki from The Fashionable Mum, who shows you how to sneak style into your grocery budget.
Our Outfit under $100 and Outfit Under $50 have been a tremendous inspiration as well, especially as I’m not wanting to add to the chaos or outlay huge amounts of cash to get my wardrobe sorted for summer. One thing I’m really struggling with though is shorts.
Following a catch up with Vicki from The Fashionable Mum, I realised I wasn’t alone. Vicki has declared a bit of a war on shorts this summer. In fact, I believe Vicki is just plain out refusing to wear them this year. You will have to head over and ‘case’ Vicki’s blog to find out why but given I don’t actually own a pair I was seriously thinking of joining her and starting a war on shorts movement.
As a bit of a joke and following my first coffee in over a month, which had me bouncing off the walls and spurting crazy ideas, I found myself sharing the following status update on Facebook……
The WAR on shorts?! I believe the gorgeous Vicki from The Fashionable Mum has declared a bit of a war on shorts this summer.
I’m in two minds, possibly due to my excessively white and out of shape limbs. As long as they go down to my ankles I don’t have a problem.
Where do you stand on shorts? How short would you go?
More than a few people were getting a bit hot under the collar about the war on shorts. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve actually had to delete comments. Strange really, given we were talking about shorts not shirts here.
At 2 am, wide awake and still suffering from caffeine induced crazy ideas, I took the war on shorts one step further and jokingly challenged The Fashionable Mum to a style challenge and did a little Instagram and Facebook share.
Then things rather surprisingly went into overdrive and the emails with requests to know more, followed by the emails putting me in my shorter than short shorts place, started flooding in.
With our latest Outfit Under $50 wrapping up (we will be announcing our latest winner soon), it just made sense that this really should be the next style challenge we run with here!
So without further ado I introduce you to our latest style challenge and giveaway……
Click on the banner for all the juicy details on how you can join us in the quest to find the perfect shorts for summer. I’m really looking forward to bringing The Fashionable Mum kicking and screaming to the short party this summer and more than determined to have a whole lot of fun with our latest style challenge. I hope you can join us!
Where do you stand when it comes to shorts and how short would you go?