Hello there, lovely readers! Apologies for my radio silence, but I decided to take a wee little break from blogging for a bit, just so I could refresh and refocus. Sometimes I really struggle with this whole blogging thing, especially if I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on. I also still haven’t been able to replace my laptop, so at the moment, there’s a real lack of routine in my life! I’ve decided to carry on though, and have now done two things on my blogging list: I’ve got a new blog design AND I’ve finally moved to my own domain! Hello new look! It’s been a long time in the works, so I’m incredibly happy to be able to show you the finished product! My time away has also given me the time to think about the direction I want to take my blog and who I am as a blogger.
I was having an interesting conversation with my friend Stels about how we both feel the pressure to be a certain kind of girl. Neither one of us would be considered particularly girly and Stels even told me that she gets a lot of flack from other women for not wearing makeup, when actually it makes her uncomfortable. I can definitely relate to that and regularly feel like I’m doing it wrong… I’ve never gotten flack for opting to wear minimal makeup but the most daring look you’ll ever find me in involves a red lip. I don’t have the ability to perfectly pencil my brows and honestly, it’s just not me.
Our conversation got me thinking about how I represent myself on here, and how important it is to me that I stay true to myself and not fall down the trap of trying to fit into that box. I certainly feel the pressure and for ages I thought I had to be an expert in certain things in order to talk about them. I’m no make-up or beauty guru, but I have products I like using and want to share. It’s more about just being genuine about my experiences. We put so much pressure on ourselves I think, to do what other people are doing so we can feel like we’re doing it right… for me, that’s especially true when it comes to blogging.
I think for the most part, I represent myself pretty truly, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel the pressure to fit myself into this world of perfect hair and makeup. I’m more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, and I have yet to find a cute wrap dress that can accommodate my ample bosom. I am overweight, I have fat rolls, and thick thighs that chafe when it’s hot out (ugh). My hair is a constant battle against dry scalp and frizz, and tends to look more wild than perfectly quaffed. That is my reality and I’m proud to represent it! Sometimes though, I just need a little reminder… So, hello! This is the real me!
One of the reasons I love reading blogs is because they offer some really great inspiration, whether it’s food, travel or fashion. I love seeing my fellow bloggers post great snaps on Instagram, I love finding new beauty trends and exploring places I’m keen to visit. My time off has been so good for reminding me why I want to keep on blogging, and why it’s so important that I stay true to my voice. This new phase hopefully continues to embody that! So here it is: new blog, new content, same me, exactly as I am!
Photos by Kristabel Plummer