Fashion Bloggers: TAKE ME BACK!

Posted by on Oct 8, 2011 in Fashion, Life | 21 comments

I can be a blogger! I HAVE A DRESSING ROOM!

 

 

I miss being a fashion blogger. I miss taking pictures. And online shopping. And tweeting. Especially living alone, tweeting is a nice communication device when you feel like you’ve been talking to the dogs too much. I knew that I needed to sit down and write a post when I was walking down my hallway that I just got a new carpet runner for (courtesy of carpet scraps from work!)  and turned to say to the dogs, “Isn’t this runner nice?” And they were just stretching and yawning, because this girl just rolled out of bed, because I am working second shift tonight. But I’ve had a few dilemmas trying to jump back into fashion blogging, so hey, let’s do this is true Sarah-style and make a list:

 

  1. Little known fact to the blogging community: I’ve lost 40 pounds since last year.
  2. So, that’s my confession. Did I diet? No. Did I start making “healthier choices?” No. Did I <insert another of the million other euphemisms for diet here> ? No. People keep asking what I did or what I’m doing, and really, I don’t know. I’m less stressed by life. I walk EVERYWHERE. Until recently I lived up a vertical hill that I had to climb everyday after work. And I don’t make much money, so I don’t go out to eat or order in very much. (Though Dominos and I still try to meet up a couple times a month.) Why is this a blogging problem? Um…none of my clothes fit. Even the smallest pair of jeans I managed to dig out of the depths of my closet are loose after a few hours. Currently I live in either my work uniform, which is black pants and a button down shirt, or tee-shirts and jeans. Thank goodness I am obsessed with big belts because I have been able to belt some of my dresses for my sales days at work. But otherwise, I feel ridiculously unfashionable. And it sucks, because I have some REALLY AWESOME CLOTHES that I REALLY MISS WEARING. Which brings me to my next point…

    (A blog-break to point out that I was just chastising Hami for ripping a hole in my afghan, and yelling, “NO! I LOVE THIS AFGHAN!” Do you see why I need my blogging buddies?)

  3. I’m on an incredibly restrictive budget.
  4. I went from a two-person household where we both had decent income, to a single person household and a huge cut in pay. I went from a girl that was used to dropping $100 here and there for clothes, getting new Coach bags for most holidays, and never really having to worry about having some cash, to being able to count my clothing purchases in the past 8 months on one hand and selling every Coach bag I owned. I’m not saying, “Oh poooooor Sarah, she can’t shop!” at all. I absolutely ADORE my life. I have a two bedroom apartment ALL TO MYSELF. I have a group of friends like I’ve never had in my life! But the reality is, I choose to spend my little bit of extra cash on other things. Like birthday presents for the dogs. And outlet converters. And bottles of white wine. And whenever I try to online shop, I just feel overwhelmingly guilty. I’m pretty much only comfortable spending around $20. CAN I EVEN BUY SOMETHING FOR THAT?!

  5. I am so out of the loop.
  6. Really, I am. I get on twitter, and I have no idea what’s going on. I used to be a Twitter junkie. And all caught up on blogs, lives, shopping. Now, I’m mostly clueless and not sure how to jump in (or if I should!) It feels like I used to sit at the cool kids table in the cafeteria, and then I got mono or something, and when I came back, I no longer had a seat. (Points for metaphor, self.) And in true Sarah-fashion, I feel like awkward/paranoid/wicked out of place. So, that’s a big obstacle.

 

So, what I want to do is relearn fashion blogging. New me, new life. And I’d like some help. Some help dealing with clothes that are too big (however, keep in mind I can’t sew, so other useful suggestions), how to shop on $20, and most importantly, some help rejoining all of you. So, if, um, there is anyone out there, help. And now I have to go take a shower, because my 2pm second-shift alarm is going off on my iPhone.

 

 

  • http://literalgemini.blogspot.com LiteralGemini

    Aww, you’ll always have a place in the blogging community. Just blog about what you know and what you don’t know. Trials and tribulations of relearning fashion, what is more interesting than that!?  We can join you on your journey in relearning you body and what works on it. That is what fashion is about. Read other blogs and figure out how they work bodies that are now similar to yours. and above all save you pennies and THRIFT. You can find gems out there for $3 bucks a pop. It’ll come back to you… We don’t have to take you back because we never let you go, Sometimes you need a break from blogging (I did, I deleted my whole blog and then started over after a couple of months of hiatus)…blogging community is somewhat forgiving, but I’m sure there are people out there that missed you and are glad you’re back. So welcome back and I look forward to seeing you through your journey.

    LiteralGemini.blogspot.com

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! I’m really excited to be back, I’ve missed nights of writing posts and tweeting like a fiend. :)

      • http://twitter.com/TerrysTwoCents Terry

        Come back to the cool table!  :)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! I’m really excited to be back, I’ve missed nights of writing posts and tweeting like a fiend. :)

  • Anonymous

    I love the idea of a fashion blog about building a new wardrobe to fit a new figure on a tight budget! The possibilities seem both endless and like endless fun….

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

    • Anonymous

      I never really thought of it this way, and now that a couple of people have mentioned it, I’m even MORE excited, it will definitely be an adventure.

    • Anonymous

      I never really thought of it this way, and now that a couple of people have mentioned it, I’m even MORE excited, it will definitely be an adventure.

  • http://divaindeepthought.blogspot.com/ QueenDiva

    Hey… glad to see you want back in. I agree with Literal Gemini, you never left. I think that whne you don’t blog people just “forget” to check in on you. Hey… even I took a vacay from  blogging. But I think that maybe you could sell some items (like pants because it’s hard to make them work when they are too big) and work the belts with tops and dresses. I have to be honest… I don’t care what you wear… just blog. Also as for twitter… hit me up on there… I will have a completely random convo with you because  I’m completely random anyway. Love ya!!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for the support, it means so much! I’m so happy there are still people out there that care!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for the support, it means so much! I’m so happy there are still people out there that care!

  • Tandyface

    I am so glad to see you back blogging again. I LOVE reading your blogs and seeing your fashion. You know I’ve always loved your fashion and how you can “make it work” no matter what you’re wearing. I would love to see how you rework your wardrobe to fit the new you. Belts can definitely be a big help, maybe see if you can find a (cheap) tailor or see if a friend with some sewing abilities might be able to help you out and take in your shirts or dresses for you. If it’s only a size or two then it shouldn’t be too bad to take it in a little. I am so excited to see what you come up with, you’ve got that amazing creativity that I’ve always admired too. And I KNOW you can and will find amazing things at Goodwill/Salvation Army to revamp your wardrobe! :) Best of luck and keep the posts coming.

  • http://extralargeaslife.com/ Natalie Mulford

    Would love to see you back blogging, i’ve totally missed you! 

  • http://twitter.com/boombands Em. x.

    Sarah, fuck yeah.
    I am totally out of the loop too as far as what other bloggers are doing. As ever, I get on and read posts, but I only see flicks of pieces here and there. I still love the community, but the zombies on my film have swallowed me whole. Mind you, it is why I am retrying Tweetdeck. MUCH less conspicuous than a TWITTER internet page and facebook page at work.
    Purchases for $20 I am no good at this request for help… That being said, you were always a queen of thrifting. GET BACK OUT THERE. Also,  what about “review” posts courtesy of gifted items? RECONNECT to people who have sent you items before. Also. Change room posts. I do them on my blog all the time. Also… I have another suggestion – I will email it…
    Also – email me your size. I am in Budapest, but I could help. Maybe.
    I have plenty of ideas.
    ALSO – I can’t read any of your private posts so send me a password or something.

  • http://fat-nurse.com/ Fat Nurse

    Sarah! I am in exactly the same position as you girl :( I feel so out of it, when I post on Twitter no one talks to me, when I put up new blog posts no one seems to really be bothered, or comment, re-tweet, etc. It’s a kinda Catch-22 though, because I feel like I’m so out of it, when I do post no one really cares much, so I don’t bother posting anymore and it ends up being my fault :( Bleh. <3 I'm sure you will be okay, I'm also on a hugely restrictive budget so I feel your pain.
    Don't mistake this for me trying to whinge and moan about my own shortfalls in getting back in to the fashion world, but I have empathy. I don't know whether it's because people just aren't that excited about me anymore or whether it's because I've lost some weight (still most definitely plus size and "obese," lulz.) Ah well. I'll blog because I like it, if no one else cares then frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
    Devon
    http://www.fat-nurse.com

    • http://twitter.com/boombands Em. x.

      So, I haven’t had a hiatus from blogging – but still find things have changed this last year Devon. There are less comments from people and I find hardly anyone re-tweets things. I rarely do. I think the nature of the beast has changed.  I think if you are noticing a different “reaction” say, to your blog than usual, it would be more to do with “the community” rather than people caring etc. I honestly think it would have very little to do with you having lost a bit of weight. I also know that if you aren’t REALLY active in the community less people chat to you about things (via comments or twitter)… they still read the posts though!
      Things have changed. I mean – two of “FATSHION’s” best bloggers – Gabi and Jay have both completely re-branded.
      Just like you mention, I think just continuing to blog for yourself is the key… I now write “for people” because I know they are reading – but ultimately, everything I do and post is done for myself first. It is a lovely feeling. xxx.

      • http://fat-nurse.com/ Fat Nurse

        Well said Em. It’s a shame that the community seems to have got more distant lately, everyone was so close before :/ It’s reassuring that it’s not just me, but it also saddens me somewhat.

        • Ashe @ Dramatis Personae

          I don’t think that’s just in the fatshion community– I think it’s blogging overall. It seems that more and more people are reading a TON of blogs and it just cuts back on their ability to interact with each other.  Which sucks, because that is what makes blogging so amazing.

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