There are a lot of nice aspects to being a style blogger, or a fashion blogger, or whatever it is that we who posts photos of our outfits online call ourselves. One is meeting other people who share our passion for fashion and clothing. Another is being invited by these new friends to local store openings and fashion-related events. This weekend he charming Sasha Jones of LA Inspiration asked my husband and I to attend a party at a local eyewear boutique. The store, called The Guise Archives, offers a large selection of beautiful vintage eyeglass frames. They sell new, high-end frames as well, but I was so obsessed with the chunky vintage sunglasses that I wasn’t able to focus on much else. My friend and fellow fashion blogger Anne Bray of Spy Girl joined us at the event. We tried on lots of sunglasses. It was fun.
Fashionable, chic individuals filled the little store. I try to introduce myself to new people whenever I go to an event like this even though it makes me feel a little awkward. Anne and I tend to giggle when we’re together and our silliness instills me with confidence. Sometimes the confidence pays off but every so often I experience what my daughter would call a “total fail”.
Pretty, chic girl at party: “So what do you do?”
Me: “I have a fashion blog!”
Girl (who now has a slightly bemused look on her face.): “A fashion blog? You mean, you write about fashion?”
Me (starting to feel a little awkward):”Sometimes, but mostly I post photos of myself on my blog.”
Anne:“Yes, I post photos of my outfits of the day. I share my drawings too.”
Girl (looking both confused and a little horrified): “Oh?”
Me: “Yes! Sometimes Anne sketches people at fashion events. Her drawings are really wonderful. Anne posted some and the article was chosen for IFB’s Links A La Mode! Do you have your sketchbook Anne?”
Anne:”No but I have my camera!”
Girl (now backing away): “snicker”
So what’s the truth about fashion blogging? Well, it can be glamorous and fun, but there are some people who aren’t ever going to understand. Recently a local Los Angeles newspaper wrote a snide report entitled “Invasion of the Beauty Bloggers” . It spoke volumes on how a certain segment of the population views fashion blogging. In fact the writer couldn’t even be bothered to to discern between the people who write about beauty products and those who focus on fashion. In “Too Pay or Not to Pay: A Closer Look at the Business of Blogging” Womens Wear Daily expresses disdain for the money made by a few top fashion bloggers. The negativity seems to be trendy, but for those of us who love creating our own little on-line fashion magazines the positives far outweigh the negatives. Doors have opened for me because of this blog, doors that I honestly never even knew existed. Because of The Style Confessions I was able to join the Los Angeles fashion blog network 2PointOhLA and through them I met Sasha, who invited me to a party at this delightful local boutique. It seems like such a little thing but it’s small events like this that make what make blogging even more fun. I’ve met fabulous people on-line and in real life because I like to post photos of my outfits online. It’s great! But there are definitely awkward moments. I think I’m going to have to work on my verbal communication skills for the next party.
But in case the pretty, chic girl from the party ever sees this article, here’s the sort of personal style photo I post on my blog:
The evening didn’t end right there. After a bit of a flurry that included picking up kids and stopping at home for a jacket, my husband and I made our way to LA’s historic Chinatown where we dined on pho soup and asian beer at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant.
So there you have it. Saturday was one fun evening in the life of a fashion blogger.
- Photos – Hugo Fonseca
- Dress – Laundry
- Tights – Hue
- Purse – Purchased at Veronica M
- Necklace – Silver necklace purchased many years ago
- Sandals – Nine West
Have you ever been in a situation where you’re trying to describe what you do to someone who doesn’t understand? What words should I use to help describe my site to someone who doesn’t know anything about personal style blogs?