I recently did something that I recommend for every blogger to do- I scrolled back to some of my first ever social media posts and went through some of my original content. When I did my website redesign last February, I had to manually move over each blog post, word for word, image for image, to the new site. In doing this, it made me look at 2+ year old content, some of which was just downright terrible. I strategically left some of my original posts off the redesigned blog, as I was truthfully somewhat embarrassed for some of the posts. I thought to myself "OMG, I actually published this?"
After thinking about it for some time, I realized that instead of being ashamed, I should be proud. I should be proud in how far I have come as a blogger and a brand. I should be proud that I have evolved, learned, challenged myself, and found my voice. And I should be proud that my evolution is that visible. If you are in the same place you were 2-3+ years ago, you haven't evolved or learned or challenged yourself, and that is something to be ashamed of.
In scrolling back to my old Instagram content, I was floored. Memes, blurry images, over-filtered makeup selfies- UGH. I laughed at the fact that at the time, I thought that was good content- I was so green to the game and I didn't even realize it. After my laughs <and my archiving of some really bad photos> I started to scroll up slowly, to see where I started to find myself. This was emotional to me in a way, to see my own path and how I found inspiration throughout the past few years. It made me remember that flat lays just don't do it for my feed, that I used to post a lot more lifestyle and food & made me wonder why I stopped, and my personal style has done a 180 - in a good way. It also reminded me that I used to live for street style, but lately my mind has been so focused on glam & sparkles & fancy holiday style, that I lost that touch of grit & glam I once labeled for myself.
Seeing and realizing this made me decide to focus some upcoming content on street style. I love the edge that it adds to my normal glam look, and it pushes me style wise. Finding that balance of street trends vs glam is something that has always intrigued me, so I'm making a pact to myself to tap back into it for 2018.
My grit & glam is starting back up again today, with this camo street look that is mixed with a touch of glam. I hope you are ready for some street style this year, friends, because its coming 'atcha! I also hope this post reminds you to take a step back every now and then and look at progress you've made over years. Whether its with work, relationships, chasing a dream, or even a hobby, its good to remember where you started and be proud of yourself for where you are today.
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Photography by Preethi Rajaguru.
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