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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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…
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.
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.
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!
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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