It’s been 2 years since I’ve launched this blog and in those two years, I received lots of comments: adorable and very encouraging emails.
Some of you have challenged me on a specific issue I would like to address today: money and fashion. “Gaby, I love your style, your photos are beautiful, your articles make me laugh and what you wear is always on point, but don’t you think it’s easy to dress well when you have lots of money?(…) I feel that fashion is for those who can afford it?”
Wearing a Tati vest (FYI it was super nice outside and then it suddenly got cold and since I was in Barbes to buy fabric, well… you know the rest of the story), a H & M T-shirt, a Primark skirt, all for less than 10 euros. Wearing Gucci sunglasses and Christian Louboutin pumps.
There is indeed a myth out there where people believe that we must be rich in order to be well dressed. It is really entrenched in people’s minds. Some years ago, many women decided to switch from magazines that painted glossy ideals they could not relate to; to blogs. And here we are today, those same blogs who were supposed to become a haven for these women are now painting those same glossy ideals as the magazines they could not relate to. Simply put, one major reason for this frustration is money… Something that can be understandable… right?
As for me, I’m the most career-minded person I know and if so, it certainly can’t be for nothing. Money does help in a LOT of ways, not just to be trendy, but at a time when globalization governs many lives, I believe that fashion remains one of the few areas where “good taste” can still prevail over the almighty dollar.
This may seem completely suspicious, preconceived and perhaps hypocritical for some, but I never got much better dressed than when I was a student. I would shop in flea markets, garage sells, Ebay was my best friend and “second hand” clothes were everywhere in my closet. So I’m thankful for the negative comments I’ve received as I don’t consider them as bad reviews but more so as challenges. This blog is called “Feminine Bliss” because the original idea was to share one of my strongest passion: FASHION in all its glory. To share ideas, motivate minds through my column “Conversation with…”, create a caring community and talk about various topics, substantial or trivial, dreams and everyday life. This blog means a lot to me, a way to express myself, to listen, to learn…
Money certainly governs our society, but excuses are the gangrene of our generation.
So here is my response: no, it’s not only about money. Imagine someone dressed only with monogram everywhere… Oh My! Taste my friends, taste… Having good taste is crucial! The most pessimist people would say: “It’s easy to say?” but I would say “it’s easy to do!” That’s why I decided to convert these simple interrogative criticism into constructive criticism. Do you realize that thanks to your criticism, we’re about to do greater things on this blog? I’m really excited and I thank you, really thank you!
Here is what I propose: a youtube channel that on which I will release a new video every Friday on fashion, beauty, DIY, and lifestyle… Starting next Friday. A sort of “How to?” or “Comment faire?” (Yes we’re still in France). The video will be my way of doing what I’ve been wanting to do for a long time with this blog. A practical blog however small this practicality may be. I hope that this channel will serve all those who don’t know what to do with their clothes, their old black dress, their long skirt, etc and that people won’t hesitate to ask questions, leave comments that will inspire new videos. It would be really great! I know I’m throwing a thousand ideas a minute, and I’m certainly not an expert in fashion, beauty or lifestyle topics but who cares? I’m a communication consultant who learned 70% of everything she knows on Youtube.
It’s true after all. If your neighbor came to help you repair a water leak, while your bathroom is flooded and miraculously they succeeded, you wouldn’t think of them as people who label themselves as expert plumbers while they’re not… You probably would just thank them for helping you save money. And imagine you reciprocate the favor with one of your colleagues, and they start doing the same with their housekeeper… This may not change the world but it would certainly improve a small part of our everyday life. Well consider that every Friday night, I’ll be your new improvised fashion plumber… and more!