I’ve been been stuck in a creative block lately. I look back to last year when I was blogging weekly and posting frequently (if not daily) on Instagram. And here it’s been almost a month since my last blog post. I feel like I just haven’t gotten back into the swing of things. And I wonder why something that gave me so much enjoyment last year, is such a struggle now. I think perhaps I’m just going through a season right now; there’s been stuff going on in my personal life, and it’s not that I don’t have time, I’ve just given myself the permission to take a step back, and take a break. I don’t want something that is fun to start being a chore.
But even though I haven’t been feeling particularly inspired to write and blog and share lately, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been having fun with my wardrobe. I’ve still been experimenting with my clothes, and enjoying my summer wardrobe, and working on sewing one of the pieces from my #makenine list, even though I haven’t been documenting it all.
I’ve been going through a different season in my style lately too, and have been drawn to a more subtle and subdued palette lately. I’ve put some of the clothes that I used to wear in regular rotation to the side, as they just aren’t feeling very “me” lately. As much as I like bold vintage prints and styles, I feel more like “vintage mixing” right now. Most people would probably still look at my clothes and think that they are quite vintage looking, but to me they don’t feel authentically vintage, but more modern with a touch of vintage, and I’m enjoying styling my clothes this way for summer.
You all know that I’m an avid thrift shopper, and that I don’t buy very many new pieces, but I recently purchased this new straw hat, and these black pearl earrings. I’ve been drawn to classic, feminine styles lately, and both of these pieces felt very fresh. I love how they go with my existing pieces and add a bit of variety to my current wardrobe, such as this dress, purse and shoe combination which I’ve worn before. This is one of my favourite summer dresses, so I’m happy it’s the season to wear it again!
This boater is one that I saw in the window of a local shop, and popped in to check out…and then ended up buying the next day! (Placing items in shop windows really does work!)
And these lovely gold and pearl earrings are ones that I bought at a handmade art show. The artist is Andrea Shelley Designs. I saw the earrings, walked around the show thinking about them, and then came back to her booth to get them. Well, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was really going to get them, but there were some other ladies looking at her jewelry- and when they picked them up, I felt that anxious “No, don’t buy those!” feeling, so that sealed the deal. (And those ladies bought some other items, so Andrea didn’t lose out on a sale!) She describes her jewelry as “minimal and feminine”, which is just what I am liking lately. I also just bought some of her tiny pink pearl earrings, and I’m excited to wear those soon too.
Well, look at that. I just said I was feeling a creative block, and here I have written an entire post. I’m not going to promise that I’m going to be posting regularly again….but I do have some other outfits, so we can always hope.
June 20, 2019 @ 7:43 pm
Loved reading your post!
June 22, 2019 @ 8:39 pm
June 21, 2019 @ 3:48 pm
Everything you’re saying is so relatable. First, blogging is a struggle I think few really understand. People think it’s REALLY easy! But it’s not! And Instagram has, in some ways, become the same. There is a lot of thought that goes into it.
Second, I totally know what you mean by mixing your wardrobe. It’s what I’ve done so much more lately. While to the average person, you may appear “vintage” there is little that is authentic and totally period accurate. My vibe lately has just to wear what makes me happy instead of going for a period perfect look, like I used to do.
June 22, 2019 @ 8:41 pm
Agreed- there is so much that goes on behind the scenes in blogging!
And- I’ve been loving your vintage/not so vintage looks lately too!
June 26, 2019 @ 4:21 pm
You look beautiful, Nicole!
I’m always happy to read your posts when you write them, but I also understand the value of going at your own pace and taking care of what is most important in the present moment. I hope that your summer is a good one!
June 26, 2019 @ 7:59 pm
Thank-you so much!
It’s been a good summer so far- and I’m so excited as next week I’m taking a little vacation 🙂 I hope you are having a good summer yourself too!