Did anyone catch the #lbloggers chat on Twitter a couple of weeks ago? I didn’t have time to join in, but it seemed to be about honesty online – discussing people who portray their lives as “perfect” on Instagram and those who write dishonest product reviews for sponsorship. It got me thinking about authenticity in blogging. I understand why aspirational accounts that feature mostly green smoothies, designer clothes and bikini shots are problematic (and let’s be honest, pretty boring.) But, I think this expectation for bloggers to communicate exactly what their life is really like is kinda strange. For me, this blog is a creative outlet and I have fun scouting different photo locations and trying to create beautiful images. Isn’t creativity the most fun when it plays with reality a little? Obviously I don’t spend most of my time lounging on a stone staircase in a velvet jumpsuit, but this is what my life looks like some of the time, and those are the highlights that I want to share with you. I suppose it all turns on what your blog is trying to be – a realistic archive of your life or an escape to a more magical world? If it’s the latter then the question of authenticity shouldn’t be a problem.
Saying that, I think there is an issue when blogs claim to be a candid documentation of reality but are feature outfits only being worn for photos, or that are only affordable because they’ve been gifted. This 3 year old video from Fashion Pirate sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty nicely. I often want to share my evening outfits with you so I photograph them in the daytime because I need the sunlight, but I would never pose in something that I wouldn’t wear off camera. Yes, I really am that overdressed most of the time!
Outfit Details: Jumpsuit, Velvet Cave / Shoes, Current Mood via Dolls Kill (similar) / Lipstick, LA Splash Valentina / Sunglasses, Vintage (Beatnik Emporium, Southampton) / Necklace, Waiste / Choker, DIY
Now please, let’s talk about this incredible jumpsuit. James bought it for me for Christmas as a surprise because clearly he can see right into my velvet soul. It is just the perfect combination of elements – velvet, flared and lace-up, a little goth and a little boho, glam yet comfy (although my belly button was a little chilly…) I’ve shopped from Velvet Cave before and I love all the handmade pieces. Imogen the owner has the most unique 1970s-grunge aesthetic which I’m really into. I need a little extra height to stop the velvet from dragging on the floor, which is where these Current Mood platforms come in handy. I bought them from the Dolls Kill Black Friday sale to replace my old platform boots, which sadly disintegrated. So far I’m really impressed – they’re comfy, easy to walk in and sturdy! The faux fur outer is so unusual, and I haven’t seen anything similar elsewhere. It makes me feel like an animal!