Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Life Chats

Let's get personal, shall we?  Or as I would say to my friends, "It's time for a life chat."
I feel like this post is long overdue.  It's so important for me to share more aspects of my life and who I am with all of you, my readers.  I do my best to let you in as often as I can.  I don't want the outfits that I wear to be all you see when you look at my photos.  I know I have said that many times and that's because it is the truth.  It's so easy to connect with someone's style that way, but it's not as easy to connect on a personal level.  There is always so much more beneath the surface, but not everyone is willing to expose those parts.  I look back on the last 3 1/2 years of A Love Affair With Fashion and to be honest, it's still not exactly were I want it to be.  It's not always easy to admit that, but it's the truth.  This blog started out as something that was fashion-focused only and over time I have done my best to incorporate other aspects like beauty, travel and lifestyle.  For me, it's still not enough though because as I constantly evolve, I need this blog to evolve too.  I love fashion and being able to share my personal style with all of you.  I like being able to explain how I put my looks together and hopefully give you guys a different outlook on how to wear certain things, especially for my fellow petites.  But, style post after style post can definitely become redundant.  While I do love photography, it gets a bit overwhelming to have to shoot a different look every single day.  It's a huge part of my blog and always will be, but I need to be able to do more.  I want to do more.  I feel most passionate when I am able to write about personal pieces and I have noticed that these are the posts that seem to do the best.  I think it's because you guys feel like you can relate to what I am going through and it allows you to see me in a light other than fashion.  
 I've been thinking a lot about my blog's name and what it means to me.  There is a huge significance to it.  As things constantly change in my life though, I wonder if I have begun to outgrow this name.  Sometimes I feel like having the word "fashion" in my blog sort of limits me to what I am able to do on here.  While of course I have full control over my content, I guess I have worried too much about steering away from the style aspect of this blog.  It's not so much the name that has limited me; I have limited myself in thinking this way. Part of me does want to change it, but I'll save that for another day. My point in saying all of this is that I want to shift things around on here.  It's something that I need to do for myself.  There will still be outfit posts of course, but I want there to be a better balance of other things too.  That is why I created those other categories in the side bar, however I find myself staying in the comfort of the style tab far too often.  By doing this, it has put me in somewhat of a rut. Part of me felt like I just needed a break and I wanted to separate myself from the blog for a little while.  I was putting this constant pressure on myself without even knowing that I was doing it.  To be very honest, I have been in this rut for quite some time now and didn't fully see its effects on me until recently.  My parents always told me that if something was not making me happy then it's time to make a change.  So that is what I am doing. 
Building a readership on here is very important, but it's even more important for me to keep the readers that I already have.  I want this blog to be a place that you enjoy visiting and I want you to stick around for a while.  I feel connected to so many of you already through the comments that you leave me and through the emails that we exchange.  I love that feeling and I think it's amazing.  I want that to continue.
I am still in the process of trying to sort through things and figure everything out, but I am definitely working on coming up with fresh new content that is separate from my outfits.  One goal of mine is to have at least one personal post a week, whether it's a post similar to this to give you all an update on my life or even a random facts of the week post.  Whatever it is, I just want it be consistent and to give you more insight into my life.  I also want one post a week to feature something about beauty, travel or anything lifestyle related.  I know that I have not been doing these as often as I should be.  I would also love to know what you want to see more of on here!  While first and foremost I do this for myself, I of course want you all to enjoy the content that I put out. Your input is important to me.  I hope to start this new direction within the next week or so.     
Thank you so much for continuing to support me and for taking the time to read my posts, especially ones like this.  So much love for you all! 

11 comments:

  1. I always enjoy reading your blog. You are the reason I started my own blog.

    Star
    www.eventsstyleandfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow thanks so much for sharing that with me. That makes me so happy to know. xo

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  2. I can totally relate to this. I don't do much style posts, but I can just imagine how tiring it can get (I normally get tired after doing just 3. Lol). But I will definitely come to your blog no matter what content. Continue being the genuine person you are!

    Love,
    Ashleigh Em
    www.ashleighem.com

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    1. That means so much to me, thank you! <3

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  3. I have always loved all aspects and categories of your blog because your personality always comes through even just in your fashion posts! But I really love you sharing the real and more personal aspects of your life. I am excited to see the new direction of your blog :) fashion and everything in between!

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    1. Thank you so much for your support love! I'm so happy that you continue to read my posts. <3

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  4. I discovered your blog a couple of months ago and it is one of the few that I regularly keep up with. In fact, your blog was a big inspiration to me when I first started blogging this year. I really enjoy your style posts and the other content that you have shared with us. I appreciate it that you take the time to share personal posts with us. I will definitely stick around as you move in a new direction :)

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    1. So happy you found my blog and that it helped in the decision for you to make one too! Thanks so much for continuing to read my posts. Xoxo

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  5. I really enjoy reading your blog, I started my blog a few months ago. Your blog was one of the first ones I started to keep up with. I know it was a big plunge but you really are a inspiration to go for your dreams whatever may come. I feel like I am in your place as well, as I am looking for a new transition to my site but unsure. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  6. I love your personal messages Naty!! Whatever direction you take this in, we will be right behind ya! :)
    ~Pau
    www.lilbitsofchic.com

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  7. Its my first time on your blog but have been following you on instagram........i love everything .u never disappoint.

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