I've been having a hard time putting together outfits that I'm "happy" with recently. This happens to me on a semi regular basis, usually when I haven't been sewing. I tend to treat getting dressed as a form of wearable art. After a while the clothes I make loose some of their creative appeal, and (for a while) I don't get the same creative fulfillment out of wearing them as I did when I created them. Stress also contributes to my clothing struggles (which I've got a lot of at the moment because thesis D: )
This is the first outfit I've been happy with for a while. Whilst I've worn each of these items separately, the combination of these items together is refreshing. Something that I didn't think about when constructing the outfit (but is now totally obvious in the photo's) is the way the gold studs on the collar of my shirt match the gold on my peacock belt. Sometimes it's the tiniest details you don't notice that bring an outfit together!
I'm going to get a little meta here for a moment, because there's a really important conversation happening on the internet at the moment, and the message that's being spread is one that I wholeheartedly believe in. You may have noticed that my blog (and the blogs that I follow) are a bit different compared to the stereotypical "fashion/lifestyle blog". I know that in my own tiny internet space I treat my clothes (and now photography) as an art form. I'm not trying to present a perfectly manicured life to aspire towards, I'm just a girl with a sewing machine putting a bit of creativity into the world. Basically, this blog is a space for creative fulfillment, not an internet mask of a perfect life.
Now why am I talking about this? Recently Essena O'Neil of Let's Be Game Changers woke up to the lie that is corporate celebrity social media culture. (She's posted a bunch of wonderful video's about her experience as an "internet celebrity" and how she became aware of the harm it was doing to herself and others. I suggest you give them a watch) Basically mainstream social media culture is a delicate facade curated by brands and corporations to get people to buy stuff to make them feel/look/live like the perfect people they see on screen.
One of the biggest messages from Essena's videos is that the "perfect life" portrayed an social media is a highly curated caricature of the real person. It's a mask, it is fake. One should not feel worthless about not having a perfect life, because the perfect lives shown to us aren't really all that perfect.
I try to be as truthful as possible with the version of myself I share online. I talk about the things that matter to me, I use minimal post production on my photo's (A bit of colour adjusting/contrast adjusting) and finally, I don't alter myself in an attempt to gain numbers on a screen.
It's so ingrained in our lives, but really social media is a relatively new way of communicating. It's still in it's infancy. The etiquette has not been completely established, and if we band together we can create a positive change. We should not let corporations and social media control our lives.