dress: Target // belt: Target // necklace: gift // shoes: Guess
On a different note, I almost didn't post this. I've been feeling very introspective the past few days and I'm really having thoughts about this blog. It seems like lately I've been getting really overwhelmed with the amount of Internet-sharing that has creeped into my life. Is anyone else just burned out? Don't get me wrong, I love that the fashion-blogging community has welcomed me into the club with so many kind comments, emails, and gifts. I guess I'm starting to get bothered by the amount of superficial-ness that is included in all of this. I don't like that so many people in the community use commenting as self-promotion. What happened to commenting because you genuinely like an outfit or have something thoughtful to say? Again, I feel like I need to have a disclaimer here. I know that not all of you are like this. In fact, most of you aren't, and I really love reading your comments and I love the little Internet-blogger-friendships that have formed in the past year.
But when does the sharing get to be too much? When we all post the same stuff? When we all wear the same stuff? When we all share Instagram photos of our macaroons and our new mint-colored nail polish? When we all apply lens-flare filters to our Instagram pictures even though they were taken indoors? When we all wear denim chambray shirts and mint skinny jeans (haha look at my last post!!) I'm sorry, sometimes it just gets a bit overwhelming. I totally understand that these are trends and that I, too, participate in them a lot. But I start to wonder, would I dress the same if I didn't read fashion blogs? Would I be happy with my style? Would I get stressed out because I hadn't posted in a few days? Would I feel rushed to read through all of the blogs I follow, comment on their outfits, and then hope that they haven't unsubscribed to my blog because I disappeared for a few days? What kind of fun is that? It's when I feel pressured to comment that my comments lose quality. And it sucks, because there are a handful of you out there that I really do get very inspired by. I love to tell you that too!
Am I alone in these thoughts? If I made my Instagram photos private, and put an ON HIATUS sign on my blog, would I be happier? I don't know. And I'm not sure if I'm quite ready to find out. But the thought is there. I guess it's an ideal time to go camping! Because that's what I'm doing this weekend. I'm taking Friday and Monday off of work and am going to spend my four days camping on Lake Michigan with my boyfriend, his sister (who happens to be my best friend!) and their family. I'm going to enjoy my actual life. To those of you who actually read all of this, thanks! You're probably the same people that I genuinely like you, your blog, and your comments.
Thanks for reading! I'll be back next week :)