When I first started my blog, a lot of people warned me about the negative aspects of the online world. They said “Rina you are putting pictures of yourself out there. Not everyone is going to like it, and there will be mean comments, so just be prepared for it”. I brushed that off, thinking who the hell has the actual time to go and make the effort to hate on a blog? I’ve been blogging for just over a year, and so far I have been lucky- I haven’t had a negative comment, not to my face or my blog/social media account at least. But recently more and more I’m coming across Tweets, Facebook statuses and posts that read somewhere along the lines of ” No one cares about your outfit, fashion bloggers are superficial, basically you are lame”. I am all for constructive criticism- tell me how I can improve my blog and I am all ears. But there is no reason to be mean just for the sake of it?
My point of view on the issue was always- if you don’t like a blog, don’t read it. No one is forcing you to look through outfits and read beauty reviews (unless you are my best friends, they do unfortunately get forced to read my blog ;)). Personally, I don’t like or read baby and motherhood blogs, I just don’t care what steps your baby is making at 3 months (not yet anyway). But I respect the mommy bloggers for all of their hard work and I realize that there is space for everyone in the bloggersphere. As my friend Rowena once put it, Gucci and Fendi can co-exist. And in terms of the whole superficial factor, I ask anyone who thinks that to kindly take their head out of their arse and have a look around. Fashion is my form of an expression, just like writing/knitting/painting/whatever is to other people. I studied a degree in mathematical sciences and I speak 4 languages, but now just because I like fashion and make-up I am immediately categorized as superficial?
Not everyone has the skill and the talent to write beautiful posts- that is a gift given not to so many people. I am the first person to tell you that I am not a writer, I lack that skill, maybe it was due to my bi-lingual upbringing, or maybe I am just simply not talented at it. I started my blog as a creative space to get away from my sometimes boring and mundane studies, and I chose to express myself through fashion and beauty. There are plenty more fashion and beauty bloggers just like me out there who like doing the same thing, and personally I love it. I get inspiration from their outfits, I enjoy their posts and I look up to them. If you want to have a serious conversation with me, I am all up for it, just not on my blog because this is where I get to escape from the harsh reality and post about whatever the hell I want to-lipsticks, cats, trends. But if you want to talk pi with me, let’s talk pi!
One of my closest friends Leanne is a lawyer, and she got her Masters (Cum Laude none the least) in International Law all while taking photos of herself on the street. She is one of the smartest girls I have ever met, and I dare you, ask her about her thesis- I bet she can out-smart anyone! She started her blog for the same reason I did- it was a creative outlet for her and she wanted to share her love for fashion with others alike. And the fashion and beauty bloggersphere is full of girls like that- I can tell you about lots of fashion and beauty bloggers who are scientists, lawyers, mathematicians, teachers, accountants and so on. So I’m going to keep doing what I love and sharing my daily outfits, beauty reviews and events. Because I love doing it and it makes me happy, and please know that there is always more to the person, you just have to look a little closer.
Anyways now that I have had my rant for the day, I wanted to share my last winter outfit for this year. It’s warming up quickly, and given that I’m going overseas this weekend by the time I get back to South Africa spring will be in full swing. These were my favourites items that got me through the winter-my faux fur, monochrome tones, felt hats, ankle boots and a bold lip. I mixed and matched my favourite items, and I especially loved my faux furs even though it’s not for everyone and the boyfriend always thought it was too much. Maybe it’s the Russian in me that likes it? :)
Top- Sass at Stuttafords
Faux Fur- ASOS
Have a lovely day !:)