Friday, August 7, 2009

The Scene
Left The Office early today. Had an, um, "meeting."

In the evening, my mom and I went to see Julie & Julia. We both looooved it. Duh, we're foodies. Meryl Streep as Julia Child was inspired. God, both women are such an inspiration, both so gifted.

Plus, for bloggers, the movie hits home. So much I could relate to: Julie's cubicle ennui, her desire to become a more disciplined person, maybe even a real writer.

Her giddiness over strangers' comments, the narcissistic meltdowns that come once you realize someone's reading, the fights with your partner over said narcissistic meltdowns. How those silly but very real fights - and so many other thoughts, feelings and experiences - don't quite make it onto the blog. How your life becomes something you edit.

I could relate to the exhaustion of working all day and writing/researching all night. Every day. For months. To wondering if you're deranged or actually on the right path. To hoping a blog - of all bloody things - could help you find your way...finally.

I could relate to how your entire world changes and how your friendships change and you change. Because of this thing you've created. This thing that takes on a life of its own. This thing you started on a whim that becomes THE thing that saved you.

The only part I couldn't relate to: that magical fairytale ending when publishers are beating down your door offering you a whole new career path. Sigh. I wish I had started blogging years ago when they were handing out book deals like hotcakes.

Do you know I resisted getting into blogs for years? I didn't like that just anyone could have a blog. I fell victim to the whole: I don't want to be part of any club that would have me as a member. I actually remember feeling offended that the blogosphere made the one thing I can do - write - less special, less unique, less mine. Dummy. I didn't realize then that no one can make you feel less gifted. Only you can do that.

And I have to remember that bloggers are still getting book deals and exciting career opportunities. I personally can't wait to get my paws on The Sartorialist's book. His rise to online fame has been pretty organic and thus so inspiring.

Sure, the rise of many other "bloggers" has been manufactured. The blogs themselves are a business - an advertiser supported model from the very beginning. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. Just less of an authentic voice.

I know the lawyer who worked on the financing for the WWW site. Yep, those girls have backers funding the content production that isn't advertorial. Backing that helps drive marketing and traffic which in turn facilitate book deals and high profile partnerships.

Can you imagine how sweet my super sweet blog would be with some angel investors behind me? Someday...someday my prince will come. Just have to show up every day. Have to do good, work hard and believe.


The Outfit
Marimekko for H&M top
Gap jean shorts

The Accessories
Louis Vuitton earrings
Me&Ro necklaces
H&M clutch
Stuart Weitzman sandals

The Grade

The Commentary

Changed into shorts as soon as I got home today.

Kept on the blousy top I wore to work tho.

Love the balance in proportion and feel. Very California cool.

Love the shape of today's tunic. Endlessly flattering.

And the print is almost as great as Tibi and DVF. Almost.

Nannette Lepore

And Rebecca Taylor have some ruffly versions for fall.

I am currently on the lookout for a blousy off the shoulder top

And a low cost version of this amazing blousy DVF jacket.

Also in desperate need of some hair product. All my straightening hair products have been rendered unnecessary with my Brazilian Blowout. Can you believe it's been 2 1/2 curl-free months already? Time flies when you're bloggin'.


weezermonkey said...

It is interesting how our blogs have become such an integral part of who we are. I love and hate it at the same time.

Rosemary Brennan said...

Oh my. You've articulated my exact hesitation to blogging. And of course, now, I'm wishing that I started it eons ago. Always love reading about your wonderful fashion sense but it's especially insightful to read brilliant personal bits like this one. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

I've been thinking a lot about this idea too. I vacillate between wanting to end my blog and to continue it. Lately, though, I've come to really enjoy the community aspect of it. You really get to know people--albeit virtually most of the time--but it adds something valuable to my life. It's not just about fashion.

Sable Crow said...

Great post. I bought the Sart book and am waiting for it to be shipped.

Totally mirroring what you say about editing your life, only in my case I edit quite a bit, and write very little.

Last night I had a dream that an angel came to me and told me I MUST start writing.

Who thinks of this stuff?



Lotus said...

Your one of the few fashion bloggers whose posts I read entirely...I look just as forward to your commentary as your outfit pics! If you were to write a book - I'd be the first to buy it:)

WendyB said...

What are these: "narcissistic meltdowns that come once you realize someone's reading" -- are we melting down with happiness that someone's reading? Fear? Anger that not enough people are reading? What is causing the melting?

amber said...

I know you'll be shocked... I've read her book, but haven't seen the movie. Seeing a pattern, are we? ;) And you know I'd buy a book if you wrote one. It could sit next to my Tim Gunn's Guide to Style on the bookshelf. :)


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