Is It Crushing Us All?

OKAY ANDIE | Is It Crushing Us All?OKAY ANDIE | Is It Crushing Us All?Or is it just me?

Hi guys!!! Long time no talk or post or whatever. I am still alive and well. I feel slightly out of practise with this blog…like what do I even write about anymore? That’s probably the reason I haven’t been posting as much…I just don’t have much to say, and if I do, I post it in real time on Instagram. Are blogs dying? What do you guys think? Do we like YouTube more? Is Instagram just more accessible and the speed at which we take in information? Are we just too busy to sit down and read, or really write something? How can I be a blogger when I don’t even take the time to read blogs anymore? These are questions I wonder…stupid questions, really, because in the grand scheme of the world, they don’t even matter. But, in the grand scheme of my life, I am deeply a part of this world. I am supposed to care about what is new or what social medium is the best. I am supposed to be battling my way to the top, to have the most followers and the most success. And honestly, I do care and I do battle, but then I also dislike myself for caring too much and battling too much. Social media seems like it is crushing us all, and we all feel it, but we don’t really try wriggle our way out, and we struggle to see how it truly benefits our lives, but we also love it because it validates a lot of us and it gives us purpose and it influences us and inspires us…but it’s still crushing us and we still don’t really know how it benefits us.

Nobody starts a blog to just do it anymore. Everyone wants to make money from it. Everyone wants to find the quick and easy route to the top. But for a lot of us, we’ve been at it a long time and it’s almost more about luck than anything. I am not at all saying it’s bad to want or make money from social media, afterall, I do, but blogging has become this idealized job that anyone thinks they can do if they have a camera and a computer. It’s not an easy job though. It takes talent and it takes real effort and constant work. It’s a tiring one, that takes away from your real life and the people in your real life.

I am not sure how all of this reading right now? It’s not mean’t to be bitter or misanthropic. I’m more writing this for myself than anything. To just get it out. I love social media, but then I also dislike it. I daydream about disappearing from it some days, but then I also wonder who I would be without it, and that is fucking sad and scary.

Would love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments below. This post is not mean’t to call anyone out or read like I am giving up. I guess I just wanted to start a discussion. To see how we all feel. This space has always been about wanting to connect, so that I don’t feel alone and so you don’t either. To let us all know a lot of our feelings are universal, regardless of all the things that seem to set us apart.

– WHAT I WORE –
Sweater: vintage via CS (similar; found it in blue!) | Jeans: vintage Levi’s (similar) | Boots: Zara via CS (similar)OKAY ANDIE | Is It Crushing Us All?OKAY ANDIE | Is It Crushing Us All?OKAY ANDIE | Is It Crushing Us All?OKAY ANDIE | Is It Crushing Us All?

*photos by Zach

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May in June

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It had been quite awhile since I set off just myself to take outfit photos. It’s far more convenient to have others help me out, but I certainly missed the process of shooting myself. I will admit though, I think I needed the break. I was feeling a bit apathetic about the images and content I was creating for this space, which I’ve come to gather is why there has been far less posting around these parts. However, I was welcomed home from Mexico with a new lens, care of Zach (sweet one, he is), and I’m feeling pretty excited and rejuvenated by it. I guess it’s fitting that a new lens can literally change your perspective.

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As for the May dress, it’s my latest one from ACT THREE.‘s most recent collection, and I think my favourite from the label yet. I am usually not very drawn to 50s – early 60s silhouettes, but this dress still felt well suited to me, and once I tried it on it quickly became a favourite for the summer. The thing about this dress, the first time I wore it, I really felt great in it. It’s not too short, it’s not too tight, the fabric feels sturdy but lightweight enough for summer and it has sweet details like wooden buttons up the front and tied shoulder straps. It’s a gem this one, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from ACT THREE.

-WHAT I WORE-
Dress c/o ACT THREE. | Jacket: H&M (old) | Sandals: F21 (old, also not great quality) | Hat: thrifted vintage
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Blue Jumpsuit Apparatus

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I feel a bit of writer’s block these days. Although the visual part of my blog is hugely important to me, I want the written content to be another reason people continue to come back to this space. After all, I feel far more connection to the bloggers who actually write, and more specifically, write about their lives, thoughts and opinions, accompanied with beautiful images. So it’s something I strive for with this blog. With the internet being a place where envy can grow to insurmountable heights, I like the idea of realness and truth – that no one’s life is worth more or less, that it cannot be measured by anything, especially not by follower count or how full and interesting your life looks on the outside. So I like writing. I like writing so I can be open and true and make connections in a real way. But sometimes it’s tiring to feel like there is always something that needs to be said, and my mind just sort of draws a blank when it comes to writing these posts. And as I re-read this, I realize I have said quite a lot for someone with writer’s block…I guess I’ve made a liar of myself. Oops.

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As you know, I like to keep this space entirely run by me, so Zach has never shot a full length outfit post for me. But it was due time he popped in. He takes beautiful images, which I have said a squillion times, at this point, but it’s true (I feel proud, ok!). I received this jumpsuit from Little Teacup Vintage on Saturday and fell pretty hard for it, so I enlisted the help of Zach to capture it’s awesomeness. And of course he went above and beyond, giving your eyeballs that beautiful light to behold and capturing some pretty dear moments.

-WHAT I WORE-
Jumpsuit c/o Little Teacup Vintage | Shoes: vintage | Hat: vintage via Common SortLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit ApparatusLarkspur Vintage | Blue Jumpsuit Apparatus

*photos by Zach

Outfit: Eye of The Beholder

Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Eye of The BeholderLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Eye of The BeholderSOME THOUGHTS TODAY…

Having a photographer boyfriend (who doesn’t take my pics, btw…I feel quite strongly about doing everything myself), I’ve become much more aware of the images I am shooting, how I am editing them and what ones I share. I am so far from being a skillful photographer and editor – I’m constantly working at that, trying to improve it, trying to give an honest depiction of myself and what I’m wearing, while also creating a striking image with bright, vibrant colours. It’s hard, to say the least. I have taught myself everything, all on my own up until this point. But now I have someone who can give me feedback and explain why something works and why it doesn’t, how to create the best possible image…if you are looking for a technically perfect image, that is. This is where I find photography to be so subjective. Because what I may think is a beautiful image may look absolutely flawed to someone else’s eye. Does a technically perfect image make the best picture? And if not, what does make the best picture? Do we feel cheated when an image is clearly over-saturated and over-exposed? Do we think the blogger is being dishonest and trying to deceive us? Or are they just working with what skill they have and what they think makes a good image? It’s hard to say. I like pictures that create a feeling more than something that looks absolutely perfect (if I’m being honest, I don’t know what is perfect in photography). But, I can absolutely feel moved by both. Anyways, I don’t have answers for any of these questions. As in all art (and beauty), it’s in the eye of the beholder, I believe. I feel incredibly lucky to have such a talented person at my disposal; I see myself improving day by day, gaining knowledge, while also becoming aware of what I think makes a good image. It’s important to always maintain your voice, even if others tend to disagree with it, but being open to change and growth is never a bad thing.

– WHAT I WORE –
Blouse, Cardigan, Coat, Shoes: thrifted | Skirt & Hat: Common Sort | Tights & Gloves: H&M | Bow tie: handmade
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Outfit: Invisibility Coat

Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility CoatLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility CoatI had just recently been thinking about how little I feature the coats I own on this blog. Regardless of how fond I am of my coats, for some reason I always felt like they took away from my outfits in the winter, so whenever I would take photos, I’d treat my coat like some annoyingly practical accessory that needed to step out of the way for the real star of the show. But obviously I do wear coats and I own an embarrassing amount of them if I’m being honest, so really, there is no excuse for the lack of outer wear around here. This year I feel like making a true effort to always have a coat on when it is necessary to be wearing a coat in my photos. While I do sometimes feel like I am in pursuit of some sort artistic vision with the images I shoot for this blog – which can often mean no coats allowed (remember when I did this? holy wow, my photography was cringey though!) – if I am sharing my outfits just for the sake of sharing an outfit, I want to be real with you. It’s bloody cold here in the winter and a coat is absolutely necessary. The clearer the image has become of what I want this space to look like, the more I feel the importance of sharing outfits that are true to the time of year. Ya’ll know how I am though, I feel both practical and impractical in many aspects of my life, and I always aspire to share both those sides with you. So here’s to coats in the blistering cold and reptilian ice princesses who frolic in wintry wonderlands.Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility CoatLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility CoatLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility CoatLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility CoatLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility CoatLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Invisibility Coat Blouse: F21 (similar)
Skirt: vintage via Common Sort
Coat: vintage
Scarf: thrifted
Tights: old pair ballet tights
Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine