*These are my own thoughts and words, none of this is scientific, and by no means, I'm not complaining, I love what I do and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Way back when I first started my blog, I didn't really think much of others about posting my life online. I just wanted to share content with everyone and for people to enjoy my images online that I'd post from a runway show, to outfit photos. Although back then I'd only get three to seven likes. I'd put all my heart and soul into it, and still, do now.
Now, four years later, a single photo can get over 600 likes and I have over 100k reach via instagram and website. It's a very different aspect online. I share snippets of my life with people who I've never met and those who can find me under a simple hashtag. I've been found on google over 80,000 + times by people looking at images online or key word search. My images have been re-pinned, re-grammed and I've been blogged about by others, it's safe to say internet knows my every move and I sold my data soul a long time ago.
Exposing my life online is by choice, I enjoy creating content, creating media, giving reviews and posting outfit photos. I don't overshare every little detail, but I am online and this is my choice.
I wanted to give you all a little insight into the pros and cons of posting myself online, it's been requested a lot!
So without further adieu listed below are my Pros and Cons aka The Advantages and Disadvantages.
Having an amazing following who read and message me and come up to me in public to say hey! You Foxes are THE BEST. I love how you inbox me, send me emails and comment on my photos. I do try to respond to everyone on time, but I do reply! You are all so beautiful each and one of you.
Working with brands that I never thought I'd ever work with in my dreams! I've had some amazing opportunities with collaborations with brands, a lot of 'pinch me' moments too. If I didn't create my blog, I wouldn't have had those opportunities; I've worked with globally recognised fashion and beauty brands. This is something I wouldn't of been able to do without posting online and exposing my online persona.
Turning a hobby into a freelancing career. I've been able to gain industry experience, gain knowledge and be as creative as I want. I'm my own #BOSS.
Experiencing some amazing events, ones I'll never forget. This is from putting myself online, being passionate about what I do and creating content really pays off for moments like that.
Giving lectures, guest speaker talks and having my own seminar. This has been amazing, giving my own advice in what I'm passionate about, showcasing my own personal research about social media and teaching others about the digital sphere.
Meeting other amazingly creative people, it's great to interact with others who also share the same passion for beauty and fashion!
Meeting celebs! haha, this has become an everyday thing, I no longer get 'star shocked' but it's pretty cool!
People judge me in an instant by just viewing my photo, they automatically assume, well some, that I'm this self-indulged, narcissistic, bimbo person. It's hard because my photos can't speak in the form of my personality whole. My photos are a creative expression of what I love to wear, with a short caption. That's why I enjoy doing Instagram stories, helps others understand who I am, I'm a funny, chilled and loving person.
The thought of how many people have screenshot my photo and sent to their friends kinda gives me the creeps.
People will speak about you, no matter what. They'll speak about how good you're doing, how shit your doing and how they just dislike you for no apparent reason. I'm putting myself online, I knew I had to accept this, and that's ok. I usually block out this shit, because those who speak about others are just shit themselves.
People not crediting your work and Googling yourself and finding images on other peoples sites!
Taking photos in public and being laughed at, it's not really a con to me, but I've had people mock me in the streets. I keep in mind while shooting that I'm creating what I love doing, so screw you, random person.
People not understanding what you do and the stigma of saying I'm a fashion blogger can give some snarks and remarks by others. Some people think blogging is a joke, but it's no joke. It's a full-time job and I love every minute of it.
Going over my phone bill monthly, it can be really costly scrolling on Instagram all day if you're not connected to wifi!
Not showing every detail, some days I actually do get down about life, and I can't write about that because I don't want others to be down or feel sorry for me because there are worse things out there than me just having a bad day. Sometimes i'm just too hard on myself.
In the end of the day, the Pros outweigh the Cons any day! But, I wanted to give you an insight to my own thoughts about online life, let me know in the comments below your thoughts about social media! Style notes are listed below..
Till next time Foxes
I've been blogging for almost three and a half years now. It's been such an exciting whirlwind of an experience that I've been so lucky to be part of. Back in high school, being a blogger wasn't a job, heck it didn't even exist. I've met so many like-minded creatives, experienced opportunities that I'd never thought I'd ever do with just doing the per usual 9-5 job. I've also been able to express myself online and share my passion with so many who follow me, I love every single one of my foxes. Being a blogger isn't just all about the pretty pictures, it's about being your own boss, putting your skills to the test and being real. Since blogging, I love that I have a voice that can be heard and read by so many of you. Writing has helped me express myself to the world. There's been some ups and a few downs, but mostly ups. I'm grateful to be still on this exciting journey, and I can't wait to show you what I'll be creating next.
Since blogging, I've has some big 'pinch me' moments. I have been able to work with some big and small brands in the industry, this has not only helped me grow professionally but grow as a creative. Being given these opportunities by people who see me as a micro influencer, not too phased about my Instagram following, but as someone who is passionate and that can go that extra mile with creative content and express my ideas into a reality. I've also been part of some fantastic campaigns, one major one was for Esprit for international national womens day.
Freedom of creativity
I have always known that I wanted to be in the creative field. I've always been creative, whether it was doing drama, art or wanting to be a comedian. Having control of my own content and creative ideas without a brief has is an amazing feeling to do. Being able to capture a moment from my vision and into a reality is something I'm so grateful to do. I love creating campaigns and a story to tell to not only my followers but for the brands to use to tell their story online.
Being my own "model"
Being able to embrace all my curves and not have to be a sample sized model to showcase my outfits to my fellow foxes is awesome. It's fine to be any shape or size!
Technically I do a little bit of modelling whilst blogging, i'm no way a model, but I love that I can collaborate with brands and show my followers it's OK to have curves and you don't have to be a size zero to be in fashion. I'm a little thick in certain areas, and that's not fat, that's just being sexy! It took me ages to love my hips, I'd compare myself to others and I wasn't born with that body shape, I was born hourglass and now I love that I don't have to think twice about my body shape and that I can style and wear something because I love it and feel good in it, and to show curves are fabulous to have.
Meeting like-minded people
People who share the same passion as you, wether they're bloggers, designers or lovers of fashion.
I've met so many amazing creative minds of all ages since starting my blog. I've grown close to others who share the same thoughts and love about the industry and express our passions together. I've had some marvellous conversations and I've met some amazing people that I'd never of dreamed to have ever met in my life. People with passion is the fuel for your own pursuits and surrounding yourself with people who believe in you.
(yes, i've also met a few celebs which has been totally cool, and I try to keep "cool" but inside i'm totally fangirling)
I love being a little social butterfly, but some events are fun to attend to see what will be out next, and others such as seminars I attend gain an insight about where the world will be in the next 5 or so years in fashion. Being part of this lets my followers gain an insight into what I experience online.
Last, but not least.....
my FOXY FANS. I love that you foxes inbox me or dm me on my instagram, chat to me and comment. I love every part of that, and when you come up to me when you see me out and about, it gives me so much joy because I love you all. Thank you so much from paw to tail, you guys ROCK.
Curious about what I'm wearing and loving it too? Below is all the links to my outfit.
Jacket: Camila & Marc Dimmer Jacket
Jumper: Just a simple black jumper you can get anywhere! HM.
Skirt: OnceWas culottes
Shoes: Old booties
Belt: Gucci Baby
BONDS has teamed up with me in celebration of their new Home Grown™ tees. We all need a good set of basic tees in our wardrobe to piece together with our outfits.
BONDS have created the softest tees to date that are farmed right here in Australia. With a range of different designs from the scoop neck to the boxy tee, the range has the ultimate colour scheme and on-trend designs to suit any fox!
I was instantly inspired by three different themes when I received the tees to style. 'The NewYorker', 'The Parisian' and 'Hello Sailor'.
You can check out the range HERE
THE NEW YORKER
This outfit I teamed my white scoop tee with a checked blazer and my denim jeans. I feel this is a classic go-to outfit that you could wear from day to night, depending on where you're going. The Gucci belt just gives it city attitude to the whole 'New Yorker' vibe.
'Parisian Chic' is inspired from the city of Love, Paris.
I've always felt inspired flicking through the street style magazines of how Parisian women dress. It's effortless, yet so put together. The classic striped tee, paying homage to the Breton Stripe just has an overwhelming French persona. The blazer turns this over casual look to casual luxe in a second.
My double denim dream creation is teamed with another classic stripped Tee, but this time in black with white stripes. I think it's great to double denim it up on casual chic days, it's super matchy-matchy and I love it!
Blazers are no longer just a jacket you throw on to go work in the office. They're a way of life right now. OK, maybe that was a little extreme, but they're a fab piece of clothing to own in your wardrobe and to be worn on rotation.
Your every-day t-shirt will go from a casual t-shirt to ' I'm busy, I know things, I'm important' once you throw on a blazer. Trust me on this; it works like a charm. Ha, ok I need to stop joking, but let's put that to one side.
I love wearing a blazer with my basic tees because I feel it changes my whole outfit and it looks really structured. This trend has of course been around since forever from the Parisian babes, but only now us Aussies have caught on. It's also super chic, and I feel putting on a blazer just completes your casual outfit. It can also be worn in a variety of ways, depending on your office setting you could wear this outfit from desk to dinner.
Try it with a belt: Putting a belt around your waist line can tighten in the jacket, giving you an hour glass figure.
Different colour ways: Navy blue, black or check. The choices are endless.
Wear it with your denim jeans, cropped or high waisted.
My outfit is from NEXT AU
Make up tips
I've recently been loving a simple eye and a pop of colour on the lips.
My foundation is Napoleon Perdis - China Doll
Eyebrows- Ulta3 eye brow pencil in blonde
Eyeliner- Elizabeth Arden Liquid Liner.
Lips- Dior 897 Mysterious Matte
If you haven't noticed, or perhaps you have recently observed that I took a little break from writing. I thoroughly enjoy writing and expressing my thoughts to you all, but the last month I've been embracing the moment and enjoying the little things.
Yes, I've been active on social media, but I've tried my hardest to just chill-out and enjoy my own personal time. Even catching up with friends and just simply putting the phone down and engaging in current real life conversation.
It's been great to have the chance to reflect and regain myself. It's really helped me figure out myself and what I wish to gain or progress going forward with a certain venture. I highly recommend my foxes to do the same every now and again.
What have I been doing you ask? Well, the last month or so I've been catching up on a bit of reading, I've been trying to read every night, although I've been distracted watching NetFlix. It's amazing how you can spend your whole day sucked up watching a season of shows. I watched Outlander, I highly recommend it, Riverdale and the end of Pretty Little Liars.
I watched Aladdin the Disney musical, read my review HERE it was MAGICAL! I was the third row from the stage. It was a delight to watch and fantastic to see their costumes up and close. I even had the honour of meeting a few cast members backstage!
I attended Sydney MBFWA which also was a highlight for, which you can read all about HERE. I've been wanting to write 'A guide to fashion week.' I saw numerous runway shows and was able to go backstage! The vibe back there was so creative, it was fantastic to be part of and to see so many passionate and dedicated people in one room.
Recently I have also been trying my hand at food blogging! I've been trying out a few places out for brunch, it's been fun!
So, what now? I'm back and ready to write again. Hold on tight foxes... we're in for a ride.
What are five things you want to start doing to live in your moment?
OUTFIT DETAILS: LEATHER JACKET ALLSAINTS, SHIRT ONCEWAS, JEANS ANINE BING, SHOES SENSO
Do trends adjust us, or do we adjust to trends?
I have to admit, I adjust to trends, or maybe the trend adjusts me? Confusing right? I know trends change my sense of style.
I'll first notice different a trend, and I'll shrug it off, perhaps I'll actually hate it and swear it off for life! But I'll start to notice it in magazines, and see it out on others, then suddenly I'll have the urge to buy that trend.
LPA SWEATER IN GOLD
HELENA STRAIGHT LEG JEAN
When revolve clothing offered me the chance to collaborate, I knew it was time to change up my usual go-to skinny leg denim jeans.
When I had first seen the raw edge hem on boyfriend jeans, I wasn't a fan, but the image stayed in the back of my mind about this trend.
When I chose the GRLFRND denim Helena's I put them on and I thought how flattering and cool this pair looked! It changes the style of your usual boyfriend jeans and It gives that 'high fashion' approach to your outfit. The dressy jean and be worn on all occasions.
Here are some combo's that came to mind
White shirt + Leather Jacket + Jeans + Sneakers = Casual
Gold Top + Jeans + Heels = Going out
Crop top + Sandals + sunnies = Casual beach day
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Two brands i'm loving from Revolve
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