Yes, friends, it has been a massive amount of time since I posted anything to my blog. My new year’s resolution of having three posts a week up on here has already crashed and burned completely into the ground. However, just because I failed in January doesn’t mean I’ve failed for the rest of the year, so here’s an update on my experience with the Curated Closet book so far, which encompasses The prep week through week 4.
Definition of Fast Fashion: The term “fast fashion” refers to a phenomenon in the fashion industry whereby production processes are expedited in order to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible. -Investopedia.com
Up until the beginning of last Summer, I can confidently say that I used shopping for new clothing as a method of self-help. I have anxiety, and when I was stressed out I would head to the mall to hit up H&M and Forever 21 to make myself feel better. A new piece of clothing made me feel temporarily better, especially when it cost me next to nothing. It didn’t really matter how many times I wore the clothing, or how long the temporary band-aid of retail therapy worked its magic on my anxiety issues, because the next fix was only another ten dollars away. I stopped the retail therapy when I realized that my closet was beginning to overflow, but only recently discovered the true impact of my love for fast-fashion shopping.
School has always come pretty easily to me, perhaps due to my Type-A, get-it-done personality. Up until recently I haven’t had a school semester where I honestly thought to myself “how the hell am I going to get all of this done?” Unfortunately last semester was definitely an exception.
It’s finally 2017, and like many others I can’t say I’m particularly sad to see 2016 go. The entire world seemed to have quite the tumultuous year and I can’t say my personal life was much different, with health and school struggles. Nonetheless, if you’re reading this, we made it! But before I completely ring in 2017, it only seemed right to do a roundup of some of my beauty favorites from 2016.
A couple of months back I found myself falling down the rabbit hole of minimalism and ethical fashion blogs. After clicking through several linked blogs, I ended up on the website of style blogger Anuschka Rees. Her landing page featured a link to her book The Curated Closet, and I was immediately intrigued.
Over the past few years, I’ve dabbled off and on with various YouTube accounts and blog websites, never really sticking to any one thing for too long. I always ended up too busy or just too burned out to keep any of those side projects up.When I stopped making videos and blogging, it was for the best of reasons. I didn’t think it was healthy to try and cram filming, photographing, writing and then publicizing my work in with two jobs and a stack of coursework.
However a few months ago after getting particularly burnt out to the point that my health began to suffer (more than usual…sigh…that’s a blog post for another day), I quit one of my two jobs, so life has been a bit quieter ever since. Lately I’ve found myself aimlessly refreshing the same social media feeds over and over, just bored out of my skull. So I decided to pick blogging back up again to give me something productive to do.
Unlike the very first time I ever uploaded a YouTube video, I don’t have any grand aspirations about becoming the next famous beauty/lifestyle blogger, with tons of PR and a full time blogging job to boot. In fact, I’m quite looking forward to hopefully one day working full time as a graphic designer.
Also unlike the first time I started blogging, I want to be a bit more conscious in what I’m blogging about. I really used to be a shopaholic, but lately I’ve been reading a lot about minimalism and making ethical purchases as well as supporting local and small businesses, so those are the kind of things I want to focus on in this blog.
Anyhow, there’s not much point rambling on forever about what to expect from this blog. It’s time for me to put my blog posts where my mouth is and actually post some content!