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MY WARDROBE DETOX & THOUGHTS ON MY INSTAGRAM HIATUS

Where do I even start? 

I’ll be turning 27 at the end of July and I’ve realized that the contents in my closet reflect an Anabel that I don’t relate to anymore. An Anabel of years past. Lots of fast fashion and loud prints coupled with articles that downright don’t look right on my body frame. We experiment with beauty a lot in our lives and as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that not everything I find visually appealing will always translate well on my body. But yes, I’m totally down with wearing whatever you like regardless of whether it’s deemed a fashion faux pas in our society. But these days I prefer basic comfort and classic style over the former.

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There are multiple ways to achieve a wardrobe detox or refresh but I’ll show you what route I decided to take. I initially went through my closet and removed any articles of clothing that were not visually appealing or that I hadn’t worn in a long time. Sometimes it can be extremely hard to get rid of things due to a perceived attachment but if that blouse hasn’t seen the light of day in a few months than it’s  not serving it’s purpose. Once I gathered all the rejects I decided to go to Platos Closet which is a consignment shop in my area and sold what I was able to. The rest I gave to younger members of my family if they saw something they liked, anything else could be donated.

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Now to refill my closet with basics that I would actually wear on the daily!

This part others may or may not do. Some people just want to remove items they don’t use and focus on finding ways to use what is left in a minimalist approach.

I decided to go with a fashion subscription box and let me tell you it was no easy feat trying to find one that didn’t have loud colors and used fast fashion. I’m not looking for cheap clothes that will only be trending for a season. I want classic basics that I could see myself wearing years from now made with great quality and care.

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That leads me to FRANK AND OAK, a Canadian brand that also ships to the US! Their garments are ethically sourced and sustainably made. They have brick and mortar stores in Canada but also offer a subscription option. I fell in love with their aesthetic instantly, definitely not for everyone but it was exactly what I was looking for.

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I won’t go into too much detail about the subscription box in this post but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I’ll probably do a review of the brand in the future once I’ve gone through a few months of using it. I can safely say though that there are no gimmicks or weird fees with this box.

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Now let’s talk Instagram shall we?

When I first got on Instagram back in my early 20s I had a lot of fun with it. Dare I say it was even wholesome? Most of the people I followed and that followed me I personally knew and in time I gained and also followed others who I didn’t know but that had similar interests. There was a lot of interaction and growing your account happened pretty organically.

Nowadays it’s the complete opposite..

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It doesn’t look good for smaller and more modest accounts these days. With all the constant attention from Instagram itself going into promoting businesses and businesses paying to be promoted on bigger accounts what’s even real? Instagram has gone from a site to share photos and creativity to just somewhere to look for your next purchase or to feel really bad about yourself. What did Dean say in his song again?

잘 난 사람 많고 많지
누군 어디를 놀러 갔다지
좋아요는 안 눌렀어
나만 이런 것 같아서
저기 Instagram Instagram 속엔

So many hotshots here
Some are on vacation
I didn’t press like
Cuz it feels like I’m the only one like this
Inside Instagram, Instagram

I’m sure everyone knows of the mental impact Instagram can have on a lot of people. For me it’s that constant FOMO feeling. I’m missing out, I’m missing out. I’m not enough, this is not enough. I need more, more, more. If I get this one more thing I’ll be whole. This is what I need to be whole. Why don’t I feel whole. Oh, wait I need that…

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Even moderate accounts that you may come to trust use questionable tactics to get followers. This I’ve uncovered on my own with accounts I used to respect and overtime I’ve just gotten pretty sick of it. For example a big tactic is using a comment/like bot, this was a big one in the ABCOMMUNITY on Instagram. It may seem like that account you like really cares about your content because they constantly like your posts and may even leave a comment every now and then but it’s all pre-programmed. There’s a reason they constantly like you but never follow.

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There’s very little authentic communication on Instagram just a series of likes from users hoping you’ll like or follow back. No creativity just a numbers game. This is why I’ved decided to deactivate for now. Yes that probably means I won’t get as many collaborations with brands but I’m okay with that.

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For the time being I want to focus on bringing better content to my blog which is one social media platform that makes me happy and where I feel it hasn’t been tainted. I love the WordPress community and how much interaction we have as bloggers!

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My husband went over with me all the things that I have to be thankful for and we kind of brainstormed together these ideas and it really put things into perspective. I don’t want to feel like I’m not enough or that what I have isn’t enough. I want to be happy and have goals that are within the realm of possibility. I’ll keep you guys updated on how that works out 🌱


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22 thoughts on “MY WARDROBE DETOX & THOUGHTS ON MY INSTAGRAM HIATUS”

  1. Really nice post! I’ve done a wrdrobe detox a few months ago but buying basics is really something that I should do! And going towrds more quality clothes as well 😊 good luck for your Instagram detox haha 😉 it’s better to focus on what we have and are than on others 😊

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    1. Thank you! I’m just trying to remind myself each day of how lucky I really am and how much worse it could be. My life did not start off easy but I am extremely fortunate to be where I am today ❤

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    1. I’m glad you liked it! How is yours coming a long? Has it been hard to part with things?

      So far I enjoy it 😍 There’s no monthly fee for it and the only “fee” there is the stylist fee but that only gets charged if you return everything you picked out. If you keep one thing and return everything else that won’t be charged. I think that fee is 25$. You also get to pick out what you want to receive that month and it has a significant percent off from the price of someone buying on the site without the subscription. If you don’t see anything you like in your picks that month than you can just skip it.

      Hope that was somewhat helpful!

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  2. My instagram has been stuck forever in the 320s because I won’t play the follow/unfollow game. Lately I don’t even feel like posting anything because it feels like no one can see it anyway. So I’ve just been letting it sit there, posting an occasional photo so friends and family know I’m still alive. So I’m all for this!

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    1. Yes! I think it’s relatively new-ish. Maybe the last couple of years. Definitely not a booming industry in my opinion but if you have the money to spend it just makes things simple! Kind of like an online version of the traditional personal shopper 💗

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  3. You know what? you are so write about Instagram! now a days it is impossible to find anything genuine. I myself struggle with it quite a lot, on one side I want to reach as many people as possible on the other I feel I am stuck into this vicious circle where in order to get noticed I have to show fancy things, have the perfect body and the perfect life… I too have been on a hiatus for quite some time on Instagram but had to comeback to create a page for the blog. I am not sure if this was worth it though.

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    1. I’m in the same boat as far as whether to return and when to return, if it’s even worth it! My biggest driving force to return is that most companies require instagram to collaborate, even if my stats here are WAY better and I have more communication. It’s almost like a pre-requisite which sucks TT

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      1. I understand … T___T I don’t like Instagram and I am kind of shy? lol it is funny because I want to open my own beauty channel but kinda don’t want to show my face ahahah am I normal?

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      2. I’ve tried doing youtube in the past and it’s soooo awkward, which is weird because I used to broadcast quite a bit on AFREECATV (similar to twitch, but in Korea and not video gaming related) but it’s just the fact of talking to yourself that makes it hard for me haha ❤

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  4. Yes! No thanks to e fb boughtover. Everything has became an advertisers’ playground. Of course they need income to sustain the platform but it’s been too excessive. The alogrithm doesnt help organic interactions either. I guess just like how technology has made us lose touch with people even though its original purpose was to facilitate connection.

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  5. I’m doing a very painful wardrobe detox at the moment as well, haha! And I’ve also noticed Instagram being more cutthroat when before it felt like people were happy to support you and be supppeted. It’s disheartening, but I’m trying really hard to find the authentic accounts and to be authentic myself.

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