Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Styled by Kimberley: Winter

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You turn around for two seconds and, somewhere between the clocks changing and the bonfires being lit, the temperature in Scotland drops about 10 degrees. I've been dragging out the use of my lighter wardrobe with some autumnal layering but it's now getting to the time where the serious knitwear needs to be pulled on. I took the opportunity to snap up yet another The Whitepepper goodie before it's gone for good with this insect jumper. Is it an insect though, with only four legs and a topsy turvy body? It's pretty cute, whatever it is. The jumper was huge on me at first but a hot wash has made it fit better. I just hope that doesn't backfire on me with future washes!

Although Helen has pointed out that I maybe have a few more winter coats than I need (I swear when she asked to borrow one last month they just kept appearing out my wardrobe like scarves from a magician's sleeve), I never seem to have a good all-rounder that's both cute and weather proof. And fits. I really want to invest in something decent (I see you, Kerrie Aldo) but with my fluctuating weight I can't at the moment. Even the one I'm wearing here is two sizes too big and it's less than a year old. And this is the issue with all my clothes right now.. and ever. The very second I accept my current weight and dispose of ill-fitting clothes, I seem to change again. Trying to consume less while size shifting is a delicate and expensive battle. Hoarding clothes in case they fit again is a whole other, depressing story. I feel a bit guilty while I'm expanding my interests in ethical fashion but what can I do?

Jumper | The Whitepepper
Coat | Oasis
Jeans | from my sister
Brooch | The Sad Ghost Club
Hat | Topshop
Scarf | New Look
Glasses | IOLLA
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Speaking of ethical fashion, last weekend I hung out with London-based ethical blogger Ron McQuade aka Dresses On A Clothesline. She was my Blog Crush last August, although it feels like it's been much longer. We've chatted a bit over Twitter and she reached out to me to meet up while she was in town. I don't know about anyone else, but for me social media friendship is a weird thing. I'm not really one for Twitter group chats or DMing randoms so I mainly stick to idle chitchat Tweets and obsessively liking my girl crushes' photos online. After a while, and with so many people to follow, it starts to become unclear as to whether it's a mutual friendliness or simply a one-sided infatuation.

I'm terrible with names and I get the actual fear when I bump into someone and they say "I know you from instagram!" 99% of the time I do know who they are but I just cannot place them. I keep saying I'm going to clear out my many instagram follows, because I can't keep up... but I really like everyone! I become easily embarrassed if someone recognises me from the blog, because it feels like I'm bragging to talk about it in real life. Then there's other people involved in fashion. When you see creatives, or other bloggers especially, at an event and you're trying to gauge if they recognise you or if you're just a creepy fangirl, it's an awkward situation for all involved. From talking to other people about this, it seems to be insecurity and fear of rejection that can lead to bloggers having a bitchy, stand-offish rep. It's high school cliques all over again. Reject before you're rejected. Or hide before someone realises that you aren't as cool as you might seem online (guilty).

For me, it's a worry that I'll do something embarrassing, like mix them up with someone else in that moment (done that before) but I'm naturally chatty and pretty much force myself on people socially. Just ask Ron! (Or Emily, or Amanda, or Louise.) Ron and I grabbed a coffee and ended up chatting for hours about all things ethical, blogging and fashion. She is pretty cool, and really knowledgeable about her interests, which I really appreciate in a blogger. She was sort of what I expected her to be like in real life, which I think speaks volumes of her writing. Although she's oddly taller than I thought! Anyway, you should follow her too.

All of this has made me wonder about my own blog voice. I'd like to think I come across naturally on the blog, but it's really hard to look at your writing objectively. Then again, rambling at tangents is something I do in real life too, so I probably nail it.
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What are your thoughts on social media following? Am I the only one who feels like a creeper?

Thanks to Ian for taking my photos.
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1 comment:

  1. I went back to that Blog Crush post and honestly I do not remember saying we should meet but I guess I made good on that promise in the end. My first attempts at contacting and meeting bloggers IRL did not end well (I think she didn't like me and I ended up lost in Wellington after she dropped me off somewhere and left). I'm definitely in the camp of forgetting people's names/faces, being super awkward and then not shutting up when someone shows any interest in listening to me (sorry if I blabbed non-stop on Saturday, it was really nice to talk about blogger stuff without being judged for being a blogger). Thanks for meeting me and all the lovely words <3

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