Happy International Women's Day. It's so important that as women we support each other. Last year we began to see a great deal of people promoting how important it is that we as women support each other, rather than tearing each other down as a competition. This is a topic that I feel strongly about.
As you may already know I am a part of a group of women from Mirina Collections, that truly are an inspiring bunch. Today I thought I'd share with you a little piece of these inspiring women, but also my 'style journey'. I asked some of the Mirina Girls this simple question:
Who or what started your interest in fashion, make up or beauty?
I believe that in life everything happens for a reason. This is something that has kept me going and motivated through life many times over. When I started my fashion blog back in 2011 I decided that there needed to be a website for people my own age to find clothes that were not only cheap, but also perfectly on trend. I had been searching around, but there wasn't anything that was exactly what I was looking for. After realising this search as pointless I began Fashion for Real Girls began. This is what is now known as My Violet Delights. However there was a lot leading up to start my style journey and love of fashion.
As a child I practically developed a uniform over time. Whether this was black dresses with white tops underneath and a pair of suede boots or layered shirts and cargo shorts. Yes I was a 90's child. At the time obviously climbing trees was more of a priority than what I wore, but I had confidence about what I liked and clearly what I didn't. Some kids are fussy about vegetables; I was fussy about clothes.
As I became older I started to follow the fashion trends, the stores I started to like and in magazines. As I started to spot trends I started to recognise more what I thought I needed to have. I also found a love of designing clothes. By the time I reached year 8 I became a complete and utter fashion victim. I'd be constantly looking for what's next, helping my friends put together outfits for specific events, telling my family what they should be wearing and spending my weekend shopping. I lived for free dress days. I was never one of the more popular girls, so that was my one day to look and feel good. A clear case of tall poppy syndrome. One of my best friends and I used to play a game in Best and Less where we would find 'unfashionable pieces' and work our 'styling magic' to make it look incredible. I began to fall in love with the idea of how clothing can change the look of a person, and how people felt when I styled them.
During 2010 when Tumblr was gaining ground, I was introduced to a whole new world. It was a year later as I previously mentioned I began Fashion for Real Girls. I began finding many online pieces and write about them. My entire Summer was dedicate to the new found project. My initial idea was to create a website and following, then approach brands explain what i did, then get paid for promoting their clothes. Apparently I had the right idea, just not the right platform. This blog really helped to curate my style and how to write about different pieces. After a few years I found other fashion bloggers like myself and they began to inspire my style. Along with looking at different collections from designers around the world.
I eventually decided I needed another platform to be taken more seriously. This is when I moved to blogger, a decision that really helped my love of fashion and helped to refine my style. It was no longer about cheap pieces I found online, but what I was wearing and show who I really was. I really wanted to document the way that my style changed from week to week. My style is constantly evolving and it was nice to be able to see this progression over time.
As you can see my interest in fashion began simply with my environment, the media and the people around me. I have had some amazing women who have helped me along with my style journey and giving me confidence to pursue my interest. Happy International Women's Day. Be proud of who you are and support those women around you.
Have a fabulous day!