A blogging break is a necessity from time to time. Distance gives perspective.
Apologies to those who are following me. I am sure you have noted my relative inactivity on the blog, as well as an increased presence on Instagram. Cognitive dissonance and ambivalence to online activity have me stymied.
Yet, I have been busy. While most of these photos have me out and about, mostly I have been indoors, taking care of mundane household things. I am happy at home despite being very social. Photos will sum up some recent activities.
The rooftop terrace has been very quiet. I love to go up there late afternoons when the sun is not so intense and the city looks crisp.
Indoors I discover the convenience of a voice activated selfie! Lace trims this maxi dress which is light as a feather! This dress is a recent eBay find! A strategically placed ruffle makes is so I can go without a bra! Yay, team Maxi!
So, why the blogging break?
–Honestly, I am anxious and do not want to share negativity. When I do post I feel a bit disingenuous featuring lovely dresses in pretty places, when in my heart I am frightened about the state of things.–
Before you reflexively say, focus on the positive, and I do, I will claim that this is not a time to negate fear and anxiety.
Like pain, these are signals that sometimes is wrong. Don’t medicate away or dismiss these signals!
Indeed I can see the world as it is: a mostly wonderful community of folks who are mostly very kind, juxtaposed to a few bad actors with several viable platforms to wreak havoc. it is these bad actors that has me on edge.
OK- Pausing rant and offering some ironic contrast. Fashion photos follow.
This dress is also so light and ethereal. It is several years old and was purchased a a charity shop that supports battered women, as is the feather printed bag! ( feather theme)
I wore this dress with happy silver flats made for little girls. My ring is vintage and was bought from a small antique store near me.
The Rant Goes On:
I worry about my carbon footprint. As do you, I know. Increasingly, however, I also worry about my digital footprint. A blog requires a Disgus account, a google account, a WordPress account and more. In addition there are all of those links. Add FB, IG and Linked In and you have have a sizable cache of personal information floating about in cyberspace.
As of now, I feel vulnerable. We are in era of unprecedented loss of privacy. Identity theft is real and rampant. I have written about anxious times before.
As well, and perhaps most importantly, what I write feels trivial, frivolous even, in the context of world affairs.
And then there is the time one needs to blog. Updating sites, dealing with tech issues, and so forth. Instagram is much faster platform, which suits my current “time crunch” mood. With a few photos, a short paragraph and some well chosen hashtags, I can tell a similar story. Perhaps not the same story, but a good enough story.
Blogging Versus Instagram ? A common question.
I love the individual connections of this blog. But to really stay engaged I have to sit, and sit, and hunt and peck, and all of that hurts my back! Whereas, with Instagram, I can do my posting and reading in smaller, more comfortable snippets. Alas, at almost 61 my tailbone is not a happy camper.
Sitting is the enemy !
So I segue back to photos for a bit. Below, I exhibit a look that is best descried as “everything but the kitchen sink”. The skirt itself has many layers: a silk floral is covered by netting, which is embellished with bugles beads and sequins. And to all of that, I add a belt worn as a necklace, closed with a vintage fur clip, a striped swearer and an embroidered coat!
These eclectic maximalist looks are what I love to create and share on this blog.
These styles feel like a celebration.
Certainly we need that vibe!
Recently I have been sharing clothes with friends. We swap and shoot! What a fun way to maximize your closet.
Above, everything I am wearing is older. Much is second-hand, and the rest is from eBay.
Together with my friend, we put these outfits together! I am wearing her sunnies; she is wearing my skirt and beaded blouse.
Voilá, a “no shopping” duet of ensembles ! I may be taking a bit of a blogging break, but I am snapping a lot of photos!♦
Taking a blogging break gives me more time with friend and family IRL!
Yes, to that!!
Now I will share a shot that does not feature myself ! I love to take photos of other things, but they don’t get much love.
I was at Barney’s recently for a bridal shower hosted at their swanky eatery Freds. I left early ( but after the store closed) and found the store empty but fully lit. Every luxurious piece was displayed so artfully. I wandered briefly, looking at jewelry and bags. It felt like a dream!
Below I am standing happily bewildered and alone on the first floor of this iconic store.
As Mother’s Day approaches I find myself full of gratitude for the things that really matter: family, friends, and time enough to spend it with them. Instagram requires lees time. Something is lost in the process however, but having more time for “real life” seems paramount.
Blogging allows me to create and share outfits that are unique.
I use my cell phone as camera, and shop second-hand. Often, strangers on the street take my photos, and the rest are taken by friends. I do my own hair, and do not have professional photogs capturing my every gesture.
Therefore, my look is attainable and not aspirational.
I do not feed the YOU MUST SHOP THIS NEW TREND NOW monster. At least I hope I do not. I DO acknowledge trends.
But which platform to use to share? Blogging Versus Instagram? I know, “First World Problems”!
So dear readers, I value your advice. To Blog or not to blog, that is the question. Blogging break for now, or for good?
LMK. YOU KNOW HOW!