captain's log: goodbye/hello


HarbourMaster outfit flashback

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!


KittyMeow said...

Oooh this will be an interesting change! I look forward to it!
Isn't it funny how a lot of bloggers tend to be introverted (me too)?
Can one also have an introverted blog? I think so! It may be a control thing - with a blog, as well as with dressing cray-cray, you control how people see you. To me it's a mask of sorts as it at once makes you more inapproachable but more open for others to comment. Weird dichotomy.
Anyways, I dont know what I'm talking about! You'll say it better than me no doubt so I'll just come along and shout "hear hear!" when you do! :-D

Gems - Fashion Well Done said...

I love your little style retrospective, you are so daring.

I'm looking forward to the change, it will be nice to read something with a bit more substance.

Gems x

Fashion, Well Done

Miss Emmi said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what else you do - you have a really interesting insight into the fashion industry, so I'd really like to read it!

Mica said...

Really like your retrospective collage! :)

I admittedly haven't been reading your blog long, but all the same I'm excited to see where you're going next.

I love personal style blogs (as evidenced by me having one) but I'm also so curious about everything fashion as I know so little. Looking forward to reading more of your insights, you've always struck me as very knowledgeable.

indigorchid said...

Sounds good, I'm in! I'm delighted, for I've really enjoyed your writing and reviews on shows, and stores, and clothes. You have some sharp obvservation skills paired with word-flair, and I enjoy that. (even though I've been light on the commenting. Just know the love is there!)

Stacy said...

For some reason I want to say, 'I'm proud of you, Claire Trulle-er". You've accomplished what a lot of people that love fashion only dream of doing. Good on ya! Sharing your experience in the industry is a true sign of professionalism and maturity. Stuff we think is just common place is seriously an epiphany to others why not show them the way!

I'm looking forward to your posts!

Stacy said...

OMG I started my blog 4 years ago too- because I loved reading/looking at streetstyle blogs and because every one used to comment on my outfits! We are 2 peas in a pod :D And I am trying to implement change on my blog too as I've been doing some blog/soul-searching as of late...thank you for continually inspiring me

meghanelyse said...

I've followed your blog for most of those four years!

Your style, especially the early looks, really influenced me as I was coming into my own. You helped me find brands like Melissa and Route 66 :)

Love your growth and look now, but those early mixes of punk/vintage/pinup have stayed my inspiration.

Look forward to more reading