In September 2017, my blog turned three. It is strange, to look back on those early posts of badly-lit mirror selfies. My style wasn’t exactly … there. My house and photography skills certainly weren’t.
Curvy Girl Thin was started naively. I didn’t read other blogs at the time. I was simply bored; I’d just got married and wasn’t, therefore, spending every spare moment planning my “big day” and I was a fat girl who dressed well(ish). Friends suggested I start this little blog and share my style as a fat girl wearing nice(ish) clothes. Of course, I wouldn’t have called myself fat back then and, looking back today, I didn’t really have a me style. I was mostly hiding behind what I’d been told I should wear.
My style has evolved so much since then. Gone are the playing at vintage days – not that there is anything wrong with vintage styling; but it was never really me. More something that I thought should be me.
My style, over the past three years has definitely evolved but it was only in the past year or so that I’ve become truly comfortable in my style. I know what I want and what I like. I no longer buy things purely because they are flattering or because the plus size crowd tell me that I should. You see, I don’t need to be vintage and more than I need to be bold. I just need to be comfortable.
That doesn’t mean I won’t experiment – it just means that I’m not going to wear (or show) anything that I’m not completely and utterly in love with.
I have grown confident in my style, and I think this because I’ve started reading blogs. I know that may sound very strange – a blogger who hasn’t, until recently, really read blogs but that is me! Or at least, I haven’t read blogs outside of my own niche. But it is true.
Yet it is discovering these blogs which has resulted in me falling in love with blogging again. And not just writing, because I don’t think that is what my blog is mostly about, but in making content. Whether that be taking photos or styling shoots, working on my social media, or a recent forays into vlogging (albeit a micro vlog).
And I think there will be more of these micro vlogs in future content, whether that be for fashion or lingerie or just my life in general.
You see, I have been inspired. And these are wonderful content creators responsible:
Her film photography series, My Week on 35mm, is the most aesthetically pleasing blog series I’ve ever seen. The grainy, light saturated effect of the photos is just beautiful and embodies an atmosphere in a way that digital photography never can. I love how Lizzie experiments with annotating her images to give them meaning and, she’s got quite a delightful personality to boot.
This year, I’d love to incorporate some film photography that documents my life and adventures. I just need to buy a film camera and learn to use it.
Her instagram is filled with the most amazing photography but it is her blog aesthetic that I love most. It is a creative and quirky documentation of her life; there are often little words needed. Just beautiful images in a layout so rarely seen in blogs.
I love Lindsey’s style. Her ability to look endlessly relaxed and chic all at once. Following her on instagram has meant I’ve fallen in love with denim again. I’ve also accepted that I’m not the type to be forever over-dressed and that is fine. I can look just as fabulous in a pair of Levi’s and a blazer as I can in a velvet dress.
I’m also loving her weekly vlogs.
Her interior posts are goal worth and her laid back style, matched with a huge smile, is utterly infectious. Her recent travel posts on instagram means I’m probably going to need to buy a drone and she’s definitely inspired me to smile more in my posts.
I think what unites all these content creators, and the reason they are so inspiring, is that they are uniquely themselves in their content. They cannot, and should not, be emulated because their creativity and style comes from their personalities; their unwavering truth to theirselves.
That is something that I have always shied away from in my blog. I have been guilty of keeping a good portion of myself back; the everyday me. The me who hasn’t gotten dressed merely to take outfit pictures. I have been, slowly, over the past year, peeling back the covers and showing a little more of myself and this is something I’d like to continue into 2018.
So yes, this year expect more creativity, more experiment, more honesty and hopefully, a little more freshness.