2.27.2012

Interlude - A Video in Which I Ramble On!

This is a video about my personal experiences and opinions regarding fashion blogging. Oooh, aaaah! It was inspired by this video on Fashion Pirate.

Fair warning: the tone of the video makes blogging out to be some strange LIFE OR DEATH scenario. I am well aware that it is not -- it is just people takin' pictures of their outfits. However, that said, it is an excellent conversational tool for democratic development in an arena that is typically female-dominated, and for that alone, it is an important thing.

We are ladies, talkin' about stuff we like, makin' our appearances about US and not about how we can make dudes want to bang us. 

That right there is unfortunately pretty revolutionary.

So, feel free to watch! It's long, it's Madeline-centric, it's probably pretty irritating, but it might also be interesting to you, should you care about the social implication fashion blogging has for female youth, how we consume fashion, etc.

Also, that table behind me is freaking messy as all get out. Ignore that -- we are almost done redecorating our apartment, and that table has become the place where all yet-to-be-given-a-home items go to congregate.

At the very least, you can see me without makeup and watch me attack and retreat the camera at nauseating intervals, as though I am battling it with my rambling words!



58 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this video, I saw Fashion Pirate's as well and I agree with what both of you have stated- sometimes I feel as if I, as a blogger, am pressured to dress well and have new clothes all the time and pretty myself up for every post. Sorry, I'm a Junior in high school who has to save up for college, not buy new clothes at the start of every season, and I think that sleep>makeup. (In fact, I often wear things from previous seasons because they're on sale and CHEAP.) I want to please the people who read my blog, but at the same time I don't want to lose myself in the process. Which is why I don't consider myself a "fashion" blogger, but more of just a "blogger". I post about food, travels, and whatnot, not just what I've worn and what the new trends are etc. I think that's why I enjoy your blog so much, because you openly talk about how you choose the best pictures to post and how much you dislike your face, and actually state your opinions on things -- it's very refreshing to read about them.

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  2. Such a nice video, i know what you mean but to be honest i don't feel that pressured into buy new clothes all the time and i don't really keep up with the trends that much, if i see something i like in the store then i get it, whether its on sale or its the new section in store. Although i feel pressured in doing more post about other things (not just fashion) so i can provide to a wider range of people so i get more followers and i feel pressured that my blog has to be presentable because thats what people want haha! I don't feel the need for my photographs to be professional as tbhz i wake up and don't brush my hair, if anything i backcomb it more, i don't wear make up in general so i don't think i should just get dressed up to take photographs to please everyone, as long as you can see my outfit thats fine with me haha! Sorry for such a long paragraph, i don't really know how to separate things into different sections haha which is a problem on my blog cos i seem to ramble on and then switch to a different subject half way through haha! Anyways thank you for the video, i may share my opinions on it to :)

    x

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this video! I occasionally have the nagging idea that I could or even should be doing/wearing something different to draw more attention to my blog, which is a completely ridiculous thought that I try to squash immediately. I am completely inspired nearly every time I visit your blog. You are an unconventional beauty (yes, even "like this") you have amazing energy, and you're crazy stylish. More importantly though, you're an intelligent, genuine and insightful woman. You give your readers something substantial to think about after they've left your space, and that's something that's really missing from most fashion blogs.

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  4. Okay, seriously Madeline, you have to be one of the most amazing human beings ever to exist on this planet. I could not agree with you more about every single thing you touched on. When I first started blogging, I got so discouraged because of all the pressure and expectancy surrounding the blogging community; the pressure to look perfect and dress perfect and say(write) all the right things and wear nothing but high end designers. It wasn't until I came across blogs like yours that a new drive and hope for what I could achieve merely by being myself became real to me. It truly is the differences and uniquity that makes people stand out and really have something inspiring and special about them. Thank you so much for sharing this, it really made my night.

    x

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  5. I've been following your blog since the very beginning and it's particularly this kind of honesty and self reflection that's made Jean Greige my absolute favorite.

    I think what I find the most frustrating about the name brand trend stagnation in the blogosphere is the lack of progression. Some bloggers grow more and more prominent each day, while their daily outfits become more and more bland. It's frustrating. Yes, I admit to wanting to see pretty pictures or even coveting some obscenely expensive shoes, but please, please just shake it up! I don't want to see the same name brand baggy sweater all over the place. Personal style is supposed to evolve with time and self-possession, not be a regurgitation of the same outfit with different designer pieces.

    Le sigh.

    Anyway, I really appreciate coming here and being pleasantly surprised each time. Your kookiness never fails to amaze in the best way. (And you pull off the craziest glasses--it's sweet.) I think that you've really expanded your personal style horizons since a year ago and I always look forward to a new post, words and all.

    Anyway, thank you for taking the time to address your readers (I certainly consider myself one and am proud of it). I, for one, really appreciate being acknowledged.

    As always, you're amazing! (And the best of luck in redecorating.)

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  6. Great video Madeline I will go and check out the other one after this. I find the lookbook thing really interesting actually it baffles me what makes people hype some of them sometimes I think its pretty faces and photograpy more than the clothing choices and ideas but of course not all of the time, just sometimes. I also think lookbook can make people feel bad about themselves if they do not get a lot of hypes I found myself questioning one of my outfit choices that I loved once because of it which was silly as I do not give a **** outside of the internet and have never cared about my outfit choices being liked or commercial before. (dont worry I am over that now)

    I also went to a blogging event recently where a girl said oh your the one who just take photos in front of your shed. This did make me LOL, oh ok sorry I actually have to work to earn money and dont have time to go frolicking around forests with a vintage suitcase and a professional photographer everyday.

    Oh and this is random but I love you accent!

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  7. This video was very interesting and though provoking. I've been following your blog for a while and although your "style" isn't exactly "mine".. I still appreciate it all the same. I like to follow blogs with different aesthetics because I like to see genuine people who don't always follow the "norm".

    I know what you mean about blogs/lookbook making girls feel bad about themselves instead of giving them a sense of reality. It's sad to see these young women say things like "I want to look like her" or "Why can't I be her?".. I see it all the time on tumblr.

    I rarely post comments but I just HAD to because you speak the truth in this video and I respect you for voicing your opinion. Topics like this should be brought to light.

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  8. Wow, I think about all that stuff every single day. I've always felt like it is some thing that is a bit "tabu" to talk about...
    Just wanna say that you inspire me and that I love your blog. And I shared the video on my tumblr.
    Thank you so much for being you.
    Love.

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  9. that was so interesting to listen to... I think there really is a gap between what is real and what is fantasy and fake in fashion blogging. I think the most unique and interesting blogs are not the really popular ones. and that is unfortunate but it's understandable, whatever is easier to digest is always more popular, even if it's not so tasteful or inspiring. bah, I'm getting depressed :P it's great to know at least that I'm not the only one that has been having those thoughts. <3

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  10. Oh man, don't get me started on lookbook!! MOST BORING CRAP EVER. All the lookbook 'hot' looks are all so similar and shot in a similar way and they're all skinny, tall, conventionally pretty girls. Not, that there is anything wrong with being tall, skinny and pretty, it's just a shame that there is such a box that everyone has to fit in. Sooo many lookbookers with AMAZING style are so damn underrated.

    I have to say, I don't feel pressured though. I started my blog with a, 'I don't care' attitude, I'm lucky that my images look different, but that is from years and years and YEARS of self taught digital illustration and practice. I do feel pressured to stay... 'ahead of the curve' a little bit though, recently. I've noticed blogs beginning to copy the way I edit my images and I have to say, it's starting to piss me off. I've worked hard since I was 13 to develop my design skills and the fact that fashion bloggers are blatantly trying to steal my style of design (graphic design), a field I'm trying to actually seek a career in, is.. annoying. It also saddens me that people who are putting themselves out there as creative people, feel the need to copy someone else.

    I don't always look amazing, which is why I cover my face a lot. Sometimes I don't love what I happen to wear on a particular day, but I share them (outfits) all anyway, I try to keep my posts 'real'. I try not to feel pressured to come up with a completely NEW look everyday because for me, that's not realistic. I have a certain style that I happen to like and that's what I'm going to share. If people don't like it, whatever, there are a shit load of blogs out there to follow.

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  11. i really liked this vid, and to answer your doubts in the last bit of it: yes, i like you! a lot! and a lot more since i have watched a couple of your videos!
    i came to your blog because you were exactly what you are talking about - unique! i find my style very boring sometimes (and too massmarket) but you give me the inspiration to step by step be more daring. i find it so refreshing that you are not wearing designer but a lot of thrift and vintage clothing because that is so much more inspirational, seeing how you combine stuff that is not on the rails atm.
    i won't go rambling about it much longer (though i could) because the others have already said it pretty much so i just want to tell you how much i appreciate what you do and like your blog.
    thanks for sharing!
    xxx

    www.londonlastnight.blogspot.com

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  12. I'll just say that I agree with everything you said and I really appreciated the time you took to make this video. Thank you Madeline!

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  13. Madeline, you are seriously such an inspiration. I can openly say you are favorite blogger. Not only do you dress impeccably, but you are so well spoken, self aware, and successful in your endeavors. I truly admire all that about you and I'm SO glad you don't think your shit don't stink. It's refreshing to see that in bloggers and it reminds me why I decided to start mine a few months ago. I was super discouraged at first when I wasn't receiving any feedback or followers. I even resorted to 'follow for follow' because I didn't know how to get people to read my blog (I know, what the fuck was I thinking?) And then I stumbled upon your blog and you made me remember that's not the point of blogging AT ALL. Blogging is an outlet for creativity & expression and if people want to read it, then awesome! if not, then so what. I'm so glad you made this video because I think it's extremely important to touch base on those points. When people tell me they follow my blog and are inspired by me, that is the best feeling in the world. I don't care anymore if I only have 1 follower that I've influenced. Its much better than having 4,000 followers that hit the follow button for shits and giggles. Thank you again for being approachable yet admirable. You really are amazing.

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  14. Ok... I was going to write something nice about seeing you without makeup but I read the note under the comment box... So I keep my mouth close!

    This is a bit sad because I can't explain how I love this video. It would be easier to compliment you. Indeed my english is bad if I don't spend half an hour to write 5 sentences!

    I just want to say that I share your view. Even if I follow lots of fashion blog where pictures/girls/clothes are perfect, I miss seeing "real" people. For sure I don't have the same clothes budget. For sure I'd love to wear Chanel stuff but this isn't reality. This is sad when I think about it because this is totally what you're saying. I surprise myself thinking "I'd like to be thin like her" or "gosh look at this face, it's a beauty". My aim was to explore new style, not having a bad opinion of myself or feeling guilty because I ate 4 cookies.

    Sometimes I'm wondering why this kind of Chanel girls are blogging... maybe because they weren't good enought to Vogue? I'm ok with beautiful girls, I'm just tired of seeing model's picture instead of "simple" picture. Besides, most of the time they seem pretentious, out of reach (to me) which is stupid because blogging is sharing!

    Anyway I'm sorry if my english is inintelligible! Thaaaaaank you ♥

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  15. I feel like I cannot say everything that I want to say right now due to time restrictions (hello blog reading at work . . .). I have emailed you before, when I first started blogging and you were one of the people that truly had touched me with your words in your post. You wrote me back and I was so grateful for you reaching out to me like that. I think that the communal aspect of blogging is for the most part very supportive and positive. I think that personal style is SO interesting and I follow blogs of all realms. Of course, there are the big namers--Keiko Lynn, Eat.Sleep.Wear, Kendi Everyday, etc.--that I follow. But there are a lot of blogs that I follow purely for their writing. There are blogs that I follow with all types of styles and bodies and budgets. I love that. I love the diversity.

    I have been blogging only for 10 months now but the support and love that I have felt from it is just so overwhelming. I really do enjoy it. I have not been immune to scrutiny. I recently wrote a post about this (titled "Any press is good press--right?"). Long story short, my blog was linked back to a Cosmo magazine by a reader in Slovenia for what not to wear. At first, it made me feel like shit, but I wrote about it and in the end, I decided that it was just an opinion. And, like Salt N Peppa say, we all know that opinions are like assholes.

    Personally, and for fear of being "caught" blogging on corporate time--your blog always has been and always will be one of my favorite reads purely for moments, videos, and posts like this one. I absolutely love your personal style, but I think you are very funny, a talented writer and a genuine person. So thank you for all you do in the blogging world.

    Signed, your reader (you can call me that if you want to) ;-)

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    1. I was so moved by your post, I decided to do a similar one, though I'm not quite brave enough to combat the vlog aspect (I'm still a bit new and shy at this). I hope that you don't mind! I linked you in it. If you would like, take a gander here:

      http://franniepantz.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-i-blog.html

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  16. It's so refreshing to see people talking about this side of blogging.

    I think still being extremely new to this and not having a huge following has its advantages. I haven't felt that pressure to please anyone but myself. That's why I started my blog after all, for myself. If I ever get to a point where I'm buying things purely because I think it will help me gain followers, or because I think other people will like it...I sincerely hope someone is around to give me a massive reality check.

    You seem so genuine. Thank you for being you and not succumbing to the pressures of this crazy blogosphere. Your outfits and your personality are truly inspirational.

    Ohhh god, that got pretty cheesy at the end there...I mean it though, so no apologizing!

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  17. I 'm literally so happy that I've watched this video. Madeline you always are able to spark a real debate with your honesty and with your formulated opinions, especially here. I do feel that when I stumble across various blogs, sometimes I can be entirely surprised and overwhelmed with people's individuality and personality that they express through either their pictures or written comments. Though, all the same, there are those blogs which strike me as entirely made up of consumerism, like you said, something which is made to give readers what they want and expect. Hearing what you've said in this video has really inspired me and made you even more of the respectable person I already thought you were. Good on you.

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  18. Madeline! I really love your video! I feel like throughout the whole video, i was like.. YES..YES..YES...! you are so amazing for making this video! I love you, your message, and your blog!

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  19. I have to admit that after a shower fresh and makeupless you still look beautiful :). I really liked the video and I noticed that I have the same feelings visiting other peoples blogs, I mean thinking: "I want my blog to look like that" and similiar things but I always stop myslef. My whole life I was trying to be unique and I think I was, at least in my town in Poland, so why to stop now?! However, I've just started my 'blogging adventure' and not many people visit my blog and I get worried about that, about me not being unusual enough (especially considersing lookbookers and bloggers from all over the world). This kind of thinking might be an impulse to try harder or it might cause some stress. In my case, it's the first one, but I noticed I am being very picky lately with adding looks...I have to stop doing that. Besides why should we care so much? Let's just show who we are and hope people will like it :)

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  20. Oh shit! I did comment on your appearance... :P I just noticed that note.. grr... sorry :P

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  21. I saw this on lightsdrivemysoul....and fell for your vibe, I clicked the link and then fell for your style! So Tastefully done, I'm now one of YOUR readers ha-ha, you own my ass!

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  22. First of all I've been following your blog for a while now and always find it interesting and inspiring. You take current trends and fit them into your own personal unique style, which is how it should be. I like that your outfits don't look like a magazine spread and I enjoy following blogs that seem realistic and creative. I do not follow blogs that are based on labels and always have shots of the newest Burberry shoes, mink coats, and Chanel handbags (which most of us will never own in our entire lives!!) We all love to look at these items from time to time but not all of us have money to be draped head to toe in it. And even if I had money for these labels to do so? No thanks thats boring. What happened to individuality? Which is the purpose of this crazy blog sensation anyways! AND can I say that I hate seeing those blogs that look like the girl got her entire outfit from Nasty gal with her daddys credit card. "TREND-FUCKED" as I call it. (Not that theres anything wrong with gifts and freebies from dad but ya know what I mean). I agree 100% with you video and I feel like this will inspire other bloggers to remember to stay true to themselves, like it did for me. Thanks for the video! It was awesome! xo Amanda

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  23. MADELINE! You continue to be relatable and encourage me to continue to blog. I love reading and listening to your posts and insights. So many things that you said are so true and relate to my life as a blogger as well. It's crazy how the 'pressure' of a fashion blogger really does have quite the effect on others. Such as if I get contacted by a company you want to portray their product as well as possible or you feel like you let them down, when instead it's best just to BE YOU and realize they chose you for a reason..and almost always being yourself makes the best result. This whole pressure thing can make blogging less of a enjoyment and just a big stress. After listening and watching your video it's brought me back to realizing why I started blogging in the first place. I wanted to show others my ideas and to hopefully inspire...just as your blog does too! You were honestly one of the blogs that inspired me from the start and I'm sure you can look back to older posts and find my comments :)
    Thank you so much for all the words and being real. It's insane how easy it is to get wrapped up and lost inside this crazy fashion, blogging, trendy, whatever world...and lose your true identity. I hope I can continue to be myself and possibly inspire a few a long the way!

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  24. GURLLLLL YOU EXPRESSED YOUR OPINIONS SOO WELLL! I am so happy that more bloggers are touching on this subject! It has been something I have been thinking about for awhile and actually just did a post on it (probably should have done a video and I wish I was better with my word) but you are one blogger that actually inspires me because of the way you put things together.. it is very unique to you. I think we are starting to make the right steps but it is definitely a slow progression.

    I definitely posting your video on my blog..you said it better than I could

    Danielle
    everybodydiesss.blogspot.com

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  25. I love your blog and you are such a beautiful person with an amazingly unique style. Your video and opinions are expressed EXTREMELY WELL!! (Not to copy the previous commenter). You have ALWAYS seemed like a down to earth little precious lady and watching and listening to your video proved my thoughts true to a T!! You inspire me and keep being you and I'm a follower forever!! xoxoxoxo
    Nina

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  26. Madeline, I love your blog. I love the way that you present your ideas and your opinions. Your blog has a unique and real feeling. Your blog is one of my favorites.
    I am a male blogger. (NOt that, OMG, click out, Dive, dive, dive.)
    I am also a photographer, Even Worse!
    I am a visual person, not a verbal person, so it takes a long time for me to think about what I want to say and then try and put it in written form.
    I love blogging. It's fun. It is a form of self expression. It is energizing and enervating at the same time.
    Through blogging I have interacted and emailed people all over the whole world. For the first time in history I am getting opinions of people that I never would have been able to communicate with. Blogging has become a world event. I have been blogging for about 2 years. I started and then stopped because I had, in my opinion, nothing worth wile to communicate. Now I feel I have a better understanding of my self. So I started to blog again.
    I love vintage. Who cares. Me. I love natural make up. Who cares. Me. I love jewelry. Who cares. Me. I love natural light photography. Who cares. Me. If over time, people find me, that is good or is it?
    I think, That is the real question.
    I like ferreting really cool stuff and photographing it. If along the way I can pass on ideas or thoughts that stimulate other people. Ok.
    With 100,000+ new blogs in the past year, the mind set of blogging is changing. The blog stew in the blogging pot is being seasoned with spices from all over the world. I think that it is starting to taste, really good.

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  27. the most important thing I got out of all of this is nurturing the individual beauty that we all have inside of us its something I've been thinking about recently Sometimes I feel like fashion blogging is the What Not To Wear 360 Mirror mixed with the How Do I Look clear box they force people to stand in and have complete strangers rate them as they pass by on the street
    Well I digress stay awesome Madeline from where I'm standing your unique and creative and disarmingly gorgeous

    Sunnie
    (.=

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  28. omg i cannot express my love for this post. like sometimes i feel i find myself falling victim to "product placement" or not feeling Jessica enough. but then i look back at my blog and realize i'm just really good a putting outfits together so i think i approach it well. i feel there are some extreme highs to blogging but i feel everyone is settling for the lows these days. blogging has changed tremendously and has becomes a who's who. i almost had my chance to go to fashion week but didn't have a babysitter. even though i had a few jobs lined up in the back of my head i'm like what the fuck am i doing here, how am i going to relate to these high fashion/designer lovers? i don't even know how to pronounce half the names, lol! like i love that bloglovin has changed and shows all the blogs instead of the top 10. but i don't like that the winner of "best personal style blog" is draped in all free shit and there's nothing personal about it. or the fact they don't acknowledge the underdogs, like you and me. also i totally feel you on the lb situation and feel like it has been watered down but i post on there so people can see some originality...if that makes sense!
    okay enough on how i feel, lol! i applaud you for being so brave and saying "fuck it, this is me!" maybe one day we can have this convo in person...ugh why did my bff have to move from SF to NYC!! it would have been easy peasy, baby.

    kiss kiss,
    Virgin

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  29. love you even more now pixiepiratewitch

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  30. I was having almost an existential crisis, in a way about fashion blogging over the past two weeks. I thought I was the only one who felt this way about fashion blogging. I started asking myself, "Do I really want sponsors?" I mean, if they say they want to sponsor me and I go on their site but have the hardest time picking something out, is it even worth it? Shouldn't I go, "YES YES YES! GIVE ME ALL OF YOUR CLOTHES!!!!" when someone wants to sponsor me?

    I hate seeing these model-like women and girls who are popular because they are pretty when if I wore what they were wearing, people would just give me a dirty look and say "What a boring outfit!". They can get away with not changing their style and wearing the same thing over and over, and people will still go "OH MY GOD! You're so pretty!" Because of bloggers like that, I had a little crisis a few months back because I didn't have that many followers on my blog and wasn't getting hyped that much on Lookbook. But then I realized that I'm not blogging for other people, I'm blogging for myself. I get dressed in weird outfits where I mix patterns that shouldn't be mixed because it's what makes me happy. It makes me feel good about myself and it makes me like me, which is a great thing.

    Some more beef that I have about fashion blogging is that I also almost feel as if the fashion industry is taking advantage of fashion bloggers because they are cheaper than hiring models. Just give the fashion blogger a few items of clothing and they're happy. What? Is that, like, $100 at most for modeling some clothes, while these modeling agencies are charging a clothing company thousands of dollars a day for a model.

    And on that note, I feel like the demand for fashion bloggers to be paid/sponsored has turned a lot of them into this evil hybrid of a fashion designer, fashion editor, and model. They act like fashion is the most important thing in life, they think they are perfectly beautiful, they scoff at anyone's style that is unique/different from their's or at anyone who is below them when it comes to looks, and they talk as if their word is the word of God.

    This is my hobby that I love doing. Yeah, I wish it could be a full-time job that I loved doing and were being paid well to do, but I live in the real world and I understand that I would have to compromise my style and more importantly, my morals in order to be making a decent living off of this.

    We need to get coffee so we can ramble and rant to each other. My boyfriend is getting tired of hearing me go on and on about this stuff =P

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  31. So normally I'm a lurker/bookmarker, but this is a video that speaks to me a lot. First off, sweetheart you look hot even when you're just out of the shower. Secondly, its really interesting, being a "blog reader" and having my own baby blog that I rarely write on and seeing these sort of "state of the union" talks about blogging. I think that blogs are a super wonderful way to share things that you love and to perhaps inspire someone or give someone an idea or maybe just to entertain someone. I know that blogging for me is sort of a form of entertainment, whether I know the person or not, whether its because I think you're photos are cool or because your writing style is amusing. As far as fashion goes, we are being spoon fed different things through the mass media and maybe through bloggers. But depending on the type of person you are, I know my bloglovin is whiplash city, from your daring fun style to a stay at home mom just doin' her thing. And I can like elements from both of that. To wrap it up, I suppose I'm saying this community of bloggers and readers is extemely eclectic and widespread in personal views and in tasteand thats how it is in life, we just have easier access to what we prefer here. Its a good thing most of the time. I would just encourage you to do as you say, and keep true to what you're genuine interests are, not what the pressures are. Just say no! hahaha. Alright. Well. Rambling. You and I both. Later lovely.
    xoxo
    Maren

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  32. I must say, you are so incredibly inspiring! Thank you so much for verbalizing what we all have...and haven't been thinking about. I usually hide behind my screen and read your blog but this time I had to comment! You're video really made me think about why I enjoy blogging and fashion so much. Lately I feel like I've been drifting a bit from my TRUE style and its nice to get a reminder that it's ok not to go with the trends and that its good to be different. So once again thank you, I'm sure a lot of us out there appreciate you and this post.
    with love,
    Izzy

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  33. This video made me love you & your blog even more. You seem like such an intelligent, thoughtful person, and I really appreciate that. I read a lot of blogs, and I don't know that I really take these things into consideration as much as I should, so I appreciate someone verbalizing these ideas and helping me to really consider them since I do think they are important.

    Wonderful video.

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  34. I agree with your points, and understand why you're all coming out with these videos. Tackling the worlds obsession with pretty, is way bigger than fashion blogger, and tackling the worlds obsession with consumerism, is way bigger than fashion blogging, and certainly just because some of us believe this should be a unique community doesn't mean we won't be infiltrated with things that are happening in big parts of the world. Does that make sense? and I'm not trying to say oh this is all bigger than us because I don't think like that. But I also don't believe that since we don't want to see blogs of tall pretty girls with expensive clothes means we can go so far as to say thats not what "fashion blogging" should be. Because really that IS the fashion industry. But yeah I think we all need to make sure we stay humble, and nice, and support each other, because theres no point in investing so much time in something thats just going to feel like a big competition, and I think thats what everyone is trying to get to with these videos. But all the comments on the first blog video you posted have just become a big "hate on the trendy girls" party which is NOT even close to how anything can be solved, and it's kind of bumming me out. The message to send, which I think you delivered best, is to stick to your own guns and do what you like, and share it with the world. If you like trends, it shouldn't become that you're "the enemy". That just continues this whole us vs. them thing. You and I have both accepted free clothing. It's fun to get something free that you like and discover new companies! I just don't want this to turn into a big hate on "success" topic because it isn't necessarily our opinion of what success is. I feel I can only judge people on the amount of sincerity they seem to emulate in what they say. Maybe I'm being a mediator, but there are enough options to be selective about what we consume that we shouldn't have to tell the lookbookers and girls that adore f21 that they need to be more unique to have a blog. Being yourself is something you discover with growth and time, and probably blogs help a lot of people discover that. Okay I just need to quit, I feel like I can go on forever.

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  35. I have lots of ideas about all this stuff but I'm just gonna pick out one tiny thing in response to your warning that the dicussion isn't as important as you make it sound: "the tone of the video makes blogging out to be some strange LIFE OR DEATH scenario. I am well aware that it is not -- it is just people takin' pictures of their outfits." You make so many great points in this video about how and why it IS important. I'm being very picky about it's because I read something about it on another blog (Clothed Chameleon) where she also diminished the importance of the discussion. Firstly, if we only think in terms of what's important in terms of life and death then nothing we do on a daily basis is important and that's no way to live! Secondly, it's really important that fashion bloggers own the blogging phenomenon because it IS extraordinary and extreeeeeemeely important for girls and young women like me, who have grown up reading vogue etc and subsequently felt bad about their bodies. Third, fashion is ALWAYS belittled and dismissed as frivolous because it's a women's thing and a gay man's thing (typically, this is obviously not true in all cases). So basically, thank you for doing the video and showing us all why it's so important but I hope other people, especially other fashion bloggers, reading/watching this will take this discussion seriously. Please don't feel like what you're doing doesn't mean anything.

    I can kinda see this weird development in fashion blogging getting a lot worse so I'm happy there are people like you that are really aware and proactive about it! Thanks!

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  36. Wow! I could not have said this any better, honestly. I have had my measly blog for almost 2 years and I put in basiclly a half ass effort because of all the pressures i feel as a girl trying to be a "fashion blogger" in this day and age, and what it has become. You just made me feel so great!! I do NOT use look book.nu for the EXACT reasons you just explained and i am so effing relieved that a reasonably succesful fashion blogger has FINALLY admitted to the BS that lookbook is. I'm so over them! It's blogs like yours and MsVintageVirgin that inspire me! You gals rock! I just can't get over how well you described EXACTLY how i've been feeling about the fashion blogging world myself. Amazing! I've been tempted to delete my blog so many times cause i get so discouraged sometimes. Now, after watching your video, i don't give a F*ck! I'm going to keep it, even if no one reads/looks at it, i don't care, i'm doing it for my own satisfaction and not to get a million followers/likes/hypes. Screw it!

    THANKS GURLFRAN <3

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  37. Thank you so much for this! I feel the same way. I never scroll down the Lookbook hot page any more because everyone looks so similar (with a few exceptions). I find your blog very inspiring! You dress so differently than anyone I've ever seen before. You inspired me to wear a plaid shirt, which sounds dumb, but it felt weird, but I loved it...Anyways, you're the reason why I started MY blog. I used to read yours everyday during my spare period at school and just feel so jealous of everything you have and how cool you are, but then I realized that you're just a normal gal and that being so jealous was not necessary. I am going to pass this video along to my followers if that is okay!

    You really brighten my day, Madeline! Thanks for existing.

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  38. thank you for sharing this, i really enjoyed this video 1. because you are hilarious and 2. because i agree with everything you said! this is all so true about LB and everyone trying to be super high fashion with designer brands and the same thing everyone one else has. and i don't want to be like that either! i realized that i have bought an item or two thinking oh i can't wait to wear this for my blog but oh my gosh thats ridiculous, how stupid! hahaa! and i mean i just started my blog in january so i'm quite new to all this, although i've been following blogs for a while, but yeah i mean so many blogs don't make me feel great about myself, and i really hope that my blog makes people feel great about themselves, so thank you for saying that! it made me realize that i need to be sure that i'm making others feel good about themselves, not that i think people are jealous of me in any way!! buuut..yeah haha so thank you for sharing this! i just found your blog from fashion pirate, and i'm so glad i did because i can tell from this video that you are the kind of blogger i want to follow! this video was very inspiring so thank ya thank ya! :) i can't wait to look at the rest of your blog! :)

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  39. I feel ya. It's all very true and I think you were dead on with lookbook. I've loved blogging for the last year and a half, but sometimes it just feels pointless. I've had to come to terms with the fact that I'm mostly doing it for myself and as a way to catalog my life in terms of fashion. It took me all this time just to get 100 "followers" and then I see other blogs where the girls are just wearing the most boring, run of the mill, totally unoriginal clothes and hair and they have thousands of "followers"...it can be discouraging to say the least. I do love fashion and I love photography, so that's that-a blog is the best way for me to incorporate those two loves. I just don't understand why us women who are so passionate and who put sooo much effort into the whole process don't get the recognition that I feel we should. Maybe my blog just sucks, or my outfits suck, haha. I love what I do, so I keep going as much as I can with a 9-5 always getting in my way. Sometimes I feel like since I didn't start blogging until I was close to 30, I missed out on the curve. Anyway, loved the video, love your style and yeah, you are one hell of a smarty pants and a looker :) keep it up.

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  40. the way you talk and your facial expressions remind me SOOO much of Ivy from 90210. it's crazy

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  41. After watching this video my opinion of you has completely changed. I judged you based on your pictures and my impression of you and I feel like I need to apologise for that. I am sorry, you seem like a very nice person and so different to what I 'thought'. I love your style and this shows how little pictures portray the totality of someone's personality. Amazing video and blog. I think from now on I am going to read the accompanying text and not just look at the pictures.

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  42. Now a follower. This is my first time EVER on your blog. I don't normally follow people due to the lack of transparency (which I'm certain I'm guilty of as well), but I truly valued your honest thoughts in this video. Even though I "blog" or what-have-you... I have a tendency not to take the fashion community (or my blogging, for that matter) seriously. It's fun, provides a means for self-expression, but in regards to community/culture, I never feel it goes beyond the "like this", "love that", "so cute" -- This video proves that there's depth within the fashion blogging community. Your passion for empowering women to feel amazing about themselves is truly inspiring. It's a perfect demonstration that real beauty isn't about the flashy clothing, accessories, or a flawless face... it comes from within. Thank you!

    xoxo, Blair

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  43. It's refreshing that a well-known blogger like you can be so down to earth, so relatable. Don't ever apologize for rambling, it just means you have a lot of thoughts to share!

    On a hardly relevant note, your voice is not at all what I expected, but it reminds me a bit of Anne Hathaway :)

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  44. Oh my goodness, I cannot stop nodding throughout this video. I've seen people on Lookbook say, they'd never wear this out, or I deleted this look because it didn't get enough hypes, it's just ridiculous.


    Lots of Love,

    Lily from Red Brick Lipstick

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  45. A while ago I was about to unfollow your blog when I actually read one of your posts and decided to continue to follow. And now after this video I'm happy that I've made that choice.
    At that time, I was about to unfollow you because I noticed that your style has feel or none similarities to mine. And now it's a funny situation as I'm following your fashion/style blog not because I want to look like you, but because I want to be as smart (and very well-spoken) as you. lol

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  46. Oh, another thing... I think the internet is big enough to embrace any kind of blog/blogger, the only thing is that we should stop once in a while to check if that person's thoughts or photos are still inspiring us...

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  47. I love the way you talk :)

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  48. I liked the points you made in this video, and I don't think it's cheesy to "see the beauty in every woman," we really should respect and value each individual's beauty. If more people had that mind set, they wouldn't go around undermining others' self-value/self-confidence with inconsiderate, unkind comments or conduct. Well spoken video, and I really do have a lot of respect for the way you speak about what you believe.

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  49. You're amazing! I really like the points in this video, and the thoughts that represents it. I feel like I could go on and on forever, just writing my thoughts about this subject. And I also fell that a lot of people already have commented some very vice words, so I'm not gonna do that cuz it would just be like repeating everything that these awesome people have already said.
    I hope you'll keep up the good work, and remember that you are beautiful just the way you are. You inspire me so so much, and that's coming from a girl in Sweden. I mean how cool is that, that you have reach out and inspired people probably all over the world? That's sick!

    Lots and lots of hugs!

    /Frida

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  50. You're amazing! I really like the points in this video, and the thoughts that represents it. I feel like I could go on and on forever, just writing my thoughts about this subject. And I also feel that a lot of people already have commented some very vice words, so I'm not gonna do that cuz it would just be like repeating everything that these awesome people have already said.
    I hope you'll keep up the good work, and remember that you are beautiful just the way you are. You inspire me so so much, and that's coming from a girl in Sweden. I mean how cool is that, that you have reach out and inspired people probably all over the world? That's sick!

    Lots and lots of hugs!

    /Frida

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  51. I watched your video and I could not not follow you... Seriously everything I've been thinking as a reader of fashion blogs. Since everything I wear is thrifted, I've felt like I can't relate to the majority of fashion bloggers. I want to see neat, unique items of clothing! Not the same look over and over... Anyway, you are one smart lady. Thank you for being so articulate and down to earth.

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  52. Thank you for this. Honesty, that needed to be said.

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  53. Wow... Well said. It is always best to stay true to yourself, cause who are you kidding anyways when you have readers/followers/fellow bloggers that are as smart and eloquent to say the least as yourself cause I know there are more of you out there (not that you are a cookie cutter shape that is of another blogger, unique is really what I'm trying to say)anyway. Thank you for reaffirming that my true self is enough at least for myself if not anyone else... confidence level up. THANK YOU!

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  54. I like what you´re saying in this video!

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  55. i usually am very strong with my opinions, but watching your video made me realize how much i am in concurance with you. everything you said was completely accurate and i have SO MUCH respect for you xxx keep it up

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