In Defence Of The Mundane.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Boring is Interesting.

I received an e-mail from a blog reader thanking me for sharing haphazard snippets of my life on the blog, and it made my heart sing a little bit. For me, blogging has been a personal and fairly intimate hobby of mine. Very rarely are my blog posts super planned out (unless I’m working with brands), and most of my posts are done sporadically (usually as a form of procrastination), I simply type until I cannot type anymore, so, in essence In My Sunday Best is years upon years of word vomit and photography. 
When I first started blogging around six years ago (yes six years! – feels like a lifetime), there was a robust sense of intimacy and privacy (I realise that anything posted on the web is contradictory of privacy but you get what I mean) and whilst I’m glad to see how blogging has progressed in such a short amount of time and how well respected bloggers are now, I cant help but feel like some of the humdrum fragments of life that was so treasured in the blogging community are being buried amidst a jungle of super polished professional outfit posts (not that there's anything wrong with the latter). Because of how much of a booming business the blogging industry has become, it’s obvious that things would (and should) change. Change is good.  I myself have changed with the times, for example I used to be A LOT more personal on the blog but it's not as feasible now with so many visitors and not knowing who is reading. I still try to somewhat instill a sense of personality in my posts without being overly intimate, in a sense sharing things that weigh on my mind without putting the entirety of my private life all over the web.
The aspirational versus relatable argument will go on forever and in my opinion, what is relatable for others may be aspirational for some and vice versa, some people can easily afford multiple holidays a year and for some readers that may be relatable, but for others it may be aspirational. For me, most of the bloggers I love are both relatable and aspirational, but for me, I don’t mean aspirational in terms of how desirable of a life someone lives, but rather the content of their blog, the quality of their photography and writing, how they balance full time working with a blog and what they do in their day to day life, that is what interests me. This may not interest others and that is a-ok! I have seen a lot of people express doubts in regards to publishing their blog posts / videos / etc. due to them being boring and in defence of the mundane, I think regularity is interesting, there is a rousing sense of relevancy and almost shared camaraderie within them, no battling for who will become the biggest, or who will have the most followers but simply, here is my life etcetera, etcetera. Some bloggers who have incredibly relatable and aspirational content are: Supal, Michelle, Lauren, Lucy, Karina, Ghenet, and Yasumi (I basically want to be them because they are SO cool! and they give me a solid reminder that yes, there is a life outside of social media, numbers and curating the perfect Instagram).

Who are your favourite aspirational and relatable bloggers and why?

Sade 

x

Efflorescence.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

SPRING SUPPLIES

Revisiting items in your wardrobe to style with new pieces is honestly DA BEST. So often I strike gold with an old tee or an old pair of jeans and it gets me super excited to well.. get dressed. More often than not, you can spy me in a loose vintage dress with a pair of leggings and some worn out boots, much like this,  occasionally, when i *actually* wake up before the seventh alarm on my phone goes ding-a-ling, or when i'm feeling somewhat fresh, i make an effort to raid my wardrobe for pieces i love but haven't worn much. This post is the result of said rummaging! I found this very instagram friendly H&M ruffle sleeve top i wore for my 25th last year, and my old trustworthy American Apparel jeans which are now quite literally bursting at the seams due to far too many trips to Nabzy's (sob sob - but bonjour bigger boobies and a squishier butt) and put them together with a new pair of delightful shoes from Ted Baker, and hey presto - A very spring-y outfit, complete with floral embellishment and a pink coat appears.

Cosy Cartharsis.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Word Vomit...

This blog post was supposed to be about my love for vintage clothing but i'll be honest and admit my brain feels a little fried this Sunday morning, and the thought of having to think and type intelligently is giving me a migraine. Instead i'm going to just type and I apologise for the word vomit in advance but sometimes a girl's gotta just type right? (see what i did thurr hehe). This week has been figuring out and finalising the teeny details on floor plans in Revit, constant scribbling in my sketchbook, mild stress, crying with laughter over whatsapp video calls with friends, eating hella dairy knowing full well i'm lactose intolerant and subsequently dry sobbing over the cramps and uh other side effects (TMI - soz), and doing this face to quite a few things. I've got about 2.5 months left of postgrad and all I can say is HALLELUJAH, THANK GOD! I have never wanted to finish something so much in my life, I have nothing left to give y'all (slightly overdramatic) but i-am-exhausted and getting irritated at seeing my own work aha! Another thing that has been on my mind is the struggle that i'm finding in writing blog posts nowadays. Give me the works of Bachelard to write an essay on and I could probably write a fairly compelling piece, but being able to write about myself in clothes, i simply don't know how to anymore, i'm not sure if it's because my outfits are based around comfort, practicality, longevity and things i can wear cross legged in studio, or that i'm just not that into fashion anymore? (probably the latter given the cosy outfit I'm wearing in this - deff not on trend heh!) The joys of being a broke student eh.

The Barbican Conservatory & An Ode to Exploration.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

A Green Getaway.

Whilst the idea of a bikini clad, coconut wielding me on holiday somewhere warm, digging my toes in the sand and splashing about in azure waters is something that i dream of on an almost daily basis, it's not something my bank balance will allow for unfortunately *sobs in exhibition and printing money*. What I like to do, (usually with my sister in tow) is find places somewhat locally that i've yet to explore, it could range from a new coffee shop to a museum i've yet to visit. Over summer we did a lot of these 'mini trips' and it made us really fall in love with London again. I'd been seeing a lot of images from The Barbican Conservatory floating around social media and I actually hadn't a clue that The Barbican even had a conservatory but after seeing how beautiful the staircases and plants were, i knew i had to see for myself and scratch that botanical itch.
The conservatory itself is absolutely idyllic if I may say so myself, a quick walk from Barbican station and you're transported to an exotic oasis in London filled with over 2000 species of plants and trees. The second I stepped into the conservatory i felt a twinge of excitement in my chest like i'd come across a pot of gold at the end of a very green and lush rainbow. There's something about exploring places you've never been to that just makes ones heart sing and puts a spring in your step, particularly when you discover places with a loved one. I'm planning on putting on my travelling hat and hoping to explore Oxford, The Lake District, Chester and maybe even York after easter.

Four To Follow #1

Friday, 17 February 2017

Oh Instagram, how do i count the ways in which i love thee… It's safe to say that Instagram has been one of the main catalysts that changed the blogging game forever. People gained a lot more recognition through Instagram which meant that so many amazing lifestyle, fashion, and photography communities have popped up by means of catchy hashtags and themes,  it all feels so different from the blurry iPhone 4 photos with a Valencia filter slapped on it, and it's comforting to see bloggers I started out with absolutely killing it on the gram' and beyond. As it's the first thing I open in the morning and probably the last thing i scroll through before sleeping at night, here is a post on some seriously underrated Instagrammers whom I love for their carefully curated content, incredible photographic skill, relatable style and more. I hope you enjoy their content as much as I do!
© IN MY SUNDAY BEST Maira Gall.