There's no denying it, maties. I've become boring.
Lately I've been thinking, and chatting, about authenticity and why we do what we do.
Why do I blog? I started, four years ago now, for two reasons. Firstly, that I enjoyed reading personal style blogs. Secondly, that someone once told me they wished they could take a photo of me, every day (& I wish I'd bloody gotten on to it sooner, I can tell you - that was during my very ridiculous teenage years & there would've been PLENTY to chortle over now. There were hand-stencilled slogan tshirts involved, & safety pins, & tulle. Loads of tulle. Someone recently made the astute quip that they should've called me 'Claire Tulle-r'. Har har - but we digress). Beyond the well-meaning action of 'getting oneself out there' the concept essentially an archive - an ever growing retrospective for someone who doesn't really warrant one. The process is somewhat arduous, and at its core terribly self obsessive (though interestingly, many bloggers I've met over the years are actually quite introverted, myself included) but as someone interested (nay, fixated) by the notion of dress the lure of documentation still appeals.
I started blogging as a first year fashion design student, with a degree in costume under my cinched waist belt. Spending most of my time in a creative environment meant I could dress however I pleased - convention was definitely a dirty word in my personal style dictionary, so as long as I could handle the sideways looks on the tram it was anything goes. As a sortof-rockabilly-who-loved-vintage-and-plastic-and-colour-and-shiny-things I cracked out my fair share of crazy (with evidently mixed results). But one can't hold the same course forever. Tastes change. Circumstances change. As we learn, we value different things - and I've learned a lot on this journey. It's time to take stock.
The Harbour is going to change. It's time to stop talking fluff about frocks and start talking substance about the industry that makes them - and how I'm navigating it, right or wrong. Expect more dialogue. Tales I've picked up, sights I've seen, lessons I've learned. I can't promise it'll all be straight sailing - we're looking for relevance, after all…here's hoping we'll find my lost sense of adventure too!