Hi there. It has been a minute since my last post. This being a Friday post, I hope your week has been good and you are looking forward to the weekend. Taking a bit of a breather was necessary for me even though in the beginning I didn’t think so. It actually wasn’t something I set out to do. Neil’s camera lens accidentally fell and had to be taken for repair which took some time to get sorted out. That is what initially put a pause on my posts because I don’t usually take stock photos. While this was happening, I realized that I was actually relieved that I did not have to come up with any posts or any new content for my blog and I was okay with that idea. Sometime last year I had thought of taking a break from it and it gave me anxiety because I had this whole idea of what I wanted to achieve with this blog. This time round though, I welcomed the break and I felt like I could relax about it and everything would be okay.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

I also realized that I was no longer inspired by the process of coming up with a post and seeing the final product. It was becoming more like a tiresome chore that I did not really look forward to doing and thinking about doing it just served to give me more anxiety. Just being honest. I needed to find my way back to when it was an enjoyable process and let go of all the expectations that I had built up on myself and was not anywhere close to achieving.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

Blogging is not the easiest thing out there especially when you are trying to grow in a world that judges you on the numbers that you bring to the table. It is even harder when you are the type of person who lacks internal motivation. I tend to get strong motivation from external factors. In this world, numbers are key and they are a way to see how well you are growing. When you go for a long time without seeing those numbers grow and at times even become less then it becomes very discouraging. It becomes hard to understand why you are even bothering with it. That is the point I had gotten to, negativity was seeping into this process and it was destroying it for me. I have not gotten back to where I would like to be when it comes to enjoying my blog again, but I am getting there.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

Anyway, the lens was recently repaired and the camera needed a test drive so I figured why not catch up on the plaid series that I had promised on the last post. I was still not sure if I would use the photos to come up with new content but they came out pretty nice, if I do say so myself. There are some things that get spoilt and in my opinion, it is better to buy a new one instead of taking on the headache of repairing the broken one. Luckily, Neil is not of that school of thought and in addition, all photography equipment is so expensive! What?! (Insert shocked face emoji!). So, I am glad we took for repair.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

Another thing that gave me some inspiration to come up with some content was the coincidence that last year around this time, I did another blog post wearing the same shirt and to date it is one of my favs. I loved the photos in it. I am still trying to get my groove for the blog back and I am taking it one day at a time so that I can find enjoyment in this process again. For now though…

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

I did a few looks with my one and only trusty plaid shirt and this time round, I used it like an accessory to add some pizzazz to an otherwise simple outfit. I styled it with my grey tights, black tank top and nude heels. Its versatility added some color and character to all the looks. I wore it as an off the shoulder top with one shoulder exposed and both shoulders exposed. I wore it open with sleeves rolled up and a beaded pendant necklace as an added accessory. I wore it as a front tie top that gave the look a dose of sass. The earrings and beaded bracelets rounded off the accessory train. Did I mention that I am so jazzed that my hair is now long enough to tie to the side?! I love it! To complete the look, I wore a matte lip and a pop of pink and yellow on my nails for some added color.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

I have not had the chance to wear these looks out but I cannot wait to wear them out and about. I love each and every one of them.

Accessory: Plaid Shirt & Grey Pants.

I hope you have enjoyed this style (with a bit of personal stuff mixed in) story. Enjoy your Friday and weekend ahead and thank you so much for reading.

🙂

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