Raison d’être: blogging directions

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As I came to the realization that it’s almost been two years since I started blogging, I thought that I needed to write a post that explains who I am and why I do what I do. As you know my main foci are fashion (even if I use the word ‘style’ which as we know are different) and travel as my lifestyle I’m happy to say features both.

So who am I? I hail from the sunny island of Malta (in the Mediterranean) and in my day-to-day life I am a college lecturer. My areas of teaching are English language (including academic writing) and literature. I juggle my career with other responsibilities (such as the fact I am also married so I must tend to the house, cooking etc, which I mostly enjoy) and work-related projects; add to this that I am reading for a doctorate on a part-time basis which is not a joke. So this academic baggage partly explains why I started blogging late in the day and when I created this blog it was as an ‘older’ (but hopefully maturer ;p) me.

In between pursuing my career and blogging, it gets very crazy sometimes. When push comes to shove I have to admit that my priorities are work and study – deadlines, deadlines! – but blogging has become an important creative outlet and has been very rewarding, particularly because it has enabled me:
a. to ‘experiment’ with style;
b. to express myself in a different writing format;
c. to shop with better concepts in mind;
d. to meet amazing people; and
e. to become more observant of style and trends when I travel.

Speaking of travel, I must say that leaving Malta’s shores once in a while has helped a great deal. For the foreign reader, you must understand that when you live on a small island like mine (of which I’m proud for many reasons mind you!) it can become stifling due to the amount of people, traffic, and the fast-paced lifestyle I lead. I consider it healthy to take off every now and again. It thus serves as a welcome break from the intense rigour and schedules. I am pleased to say that over the last 6 years I have been able to visit wonderful locations and incredibly beautiful countries, sometimes for conferences and at other times for vacation purposes.

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Whether it is for one or the other, travel has taught me to be more open-minded, less insular, and more tolerant; in general, travel teaches you to cope with situations and appreciate the beauty around you, whether it’s nature or fashion. It’s true that the world today is a click away and you can glean a lot from magazines and other blogs, but I personally believe that first-hand experience of fashion and cultures is an essential piece of the puzzle. I feel I am more genuine in my opinions when I have lived and breathed the ubiquitous street style in cities like Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, or Stockholm. For example, I ‘experienced’ Stockholm Street Style before I had even started blogging, but back then it had already influenced my preference for clean lines, minimalism and monochromatic looks.

This varied lifestyle is by no means an easy feat and compromises have to be made. But it is all worth it at the end and immensely invigorating. Moreover, inhabiting two opposing worlds and taking on completely different roles has been interesting at times but also challenging at other moments.

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This juggling act brings me to making decisions on what to blog about. Owing to the nature of my profession, I shy away from outfit posting (featuring myself mostly); however, I am considering other angles through which to go about it (e.g. Instagram), but more on that later. In lieu of this, I don’t mind pieces such as this one, aka ‘lifestyle’ posts. I thoroughly enjoy fashion events and I am truly appreciative when I’m invited; I delight in taking photos and expressing myself when writing about new collections. I also write about my travels and share my photo memories; I combine fashion and travel when I can by focusing on the trends in the cities and countries visited, occasionally including street style. The latter I tried the first time in 2013 but since then it has been sporadic so I promised myself I’d try harder this year.

This brings me to the end of this rather long-winded piece but I trust it’s been informative in a way especially to those who were figuring out my life as a ‘blogger’ among other things. Thank you for reading! xxx

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