(NB: Sorry not sorry for this slightly cheesy comeback post!)
I haven’t posted on this blog for a shamefully long time. A lot has happened since, but I won’t bore you with details about my life.
I started this blog back in 2011, as a way to document the evolution of my style choices and pull together the random highlights of my day. At the time, it was a throwaway hobby, and one I’ve never taken particularly seriously. As much as I would love to delete some of the awfully cringe-y content I used to publish, I never will. Each post has been left totally untouched, like a frozen moment in time to look back at in a moment of nostalgia.
A few days before taking the plunge to do up this blog again, I was scrolling through my old posts. As I was flicking through, I noticed two things. Firstly, not only could I see my sense of style evolving throughout the years, but the way I wrote matured, and the matters pressing to me at the time became more complex. Without realising it, I was documenting the salient issues facing our society at the time, as well as my personal experiences feeling too eastern for the west, and too western for the east.
The second thing I noticed was that I was definitely a kid who was easily impressed by the smallest things – the facts that I painted my nails grey, or the fact that I tied my hair in a bun after watching a YouTube tutorial – these were the pressing details of my life which garnered enough attention to document at the time.
I’d like to think that part of me has never changed, the smallest things are still the things that make me happy. In the photo above, I was looking out the window (hence the sun on my face), admiring the beautiful silhouette of the city skyline against the setting autumn sun. This picture is important to me because my mother took it, and somehow she always manages to capture the moments where I’m lost in thought. Sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s thoughts and moments like these which remind me that really, I’m still that young, stupidly happy, slightly naive 14-year-old who started this blog, many years ago.
So what’s changing now? New name. New look. New content.
I’ve decided to continue documenting my journey on this blog. Navigating my way through this tumultuous time in our society, with the clothes I wear and the words I write as markers of the world we live in. I don’t want this blog to be about my life, as I am by nature quite a private person. Instead, I hope this blog can be seen as an open space where hopefully, you can read some thought-provoking pieces, feel inspired, and feel the freedom to contribute.
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anais Nin