I get asked a lot what I get up to when I’m not working. Especially by my vet colleagues. Maybe because the clinic is the only place I don’t dress up at. I tried once, but cat pee, dog anal juices and mountains of unwanted pet hair just caused unsightly stains and unhygienic smells on my favourite silk shorts. I know that these guys have not an inkling what a fashion blogger is, so instead of depriving them of their miniscure lunch break (hold on, oops, sorry, a walk-in just arrived, guess you’ll just have to scoff your pasta) and fighting the urge to deliver an Oxford definition of the term ‘blogger’, oh wait, there is none, I simply just say ‘I’m a fashion blogger.’
So is that like a ‘lady of leisure?’ they’d ask. I laugh. Out loud.
I decided to dedicate this post to solving the differences between a fashion blogger and a lady of leisure. I recall asking Lady Melbourne last year what a ‘typical day in the life of a blogger’ is for her. Phoebe’s answer was just as I expected ‘Darling, there is no typical day for me. Every day is completely different!‘ Just as we have all been created uniquely, a fashion blogger’s schedule is as varied as the outfits we pull together.
For most bloggers, their day consist of emailing, writing, reading, socialising (in reality and on cyberspace), visiting press rooms, attending events, collaborating with designers, meeting PR agents, photographing, shopping and dreaming of the next venture/idea on their blog (please insert more here fellow bloggers). See? Aside from a few minor details, fashion bloggers can be easily mistaken for ladies of leisure. Oops I left out the big mamma blogging tools, an iPad, a camera and a deep dependence on social media.
The key difference between a lady of leisure and a fashion blogger is that the former can just enjoy her day, her life, her activities, without having to worry about documenting it, or following stringent cyber etiquette or thinking about her readers. Fashion bloggers adore their readers, commenters, tweeters, facebook friends. They plan their graphics, writing and content based on the feedback from their readers.
I know that I’ve changed a lot since having my blog. I have stuck to my style philosophy that ‘every day is worth dressing up for.’ So I’m dressed up (colour-blocked to the brim) in my home office whilst typing this. I dress the same whether moping the floors or attending fashion shows, except when I’m vetting. I have become more critical of myself, the way I look in photos, the outfits I create, the words I express…these have to be of the highest standard I can muster, on that day.
So once again I’d like to say that I appreciate all of your feedback, comments, tweets and Facebook messages. ALL OF THEM. They both challenge and inspire me .
So to my dear vet colleagues, when I’m not at the surgery, what am I?
I am a hybrid of a social butterfly, op-shop addict, magazine junkie, cake-indulger and internet devotee.
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