Now it is really time for me to sound off, so to speak. Similar to Adrienne's gripes about blogger's losing their over all sense of personal style (here), another toxic and even more pervasive issue within the blogging community has been on the tip of my tongue lately. Let's backtrack for a moment to the insta-purge of 2014, wherein the app deleted a ton of fake and inactive accounts. We all lost some followers, I lost about 300 myself, but what was most shocking was to see people's followers be cut completely in half--or even more than that. The issue of purchasing your followers is a big one here. My peer and dear friend Alex of SF Shop Girl sums it up perfectly in her latest post (here). We do live in a society that pressures us to be the biggest and the best. Also now more than ever before, we are seeing the ever-elusive fashion industry including influential bloggers at shows, in publications, etc. Popular bloggers have become a hybrid between celebrities and real people. On one hand they're accessible and just like us, on another they've become mega-stars with a world-wide following.
I'm currently in the city of lights, magical Paris-- but my heart is still thinking about my quick trip to York a few weeks back. York, ah what amazing time! I would highly recommend this quaint city to any one traveling in the UK. We stayed at the charming Middletons hotel and enjoyed a traditional English breakfast each morning before our exploring. York is a relatively small city, so two full days was enough time to explore and see everything the city has to offer, although we could have stayed for a few more! I loved the "village" feel of the downtown, with so many food and shopping destinations. A girl needs to have her options, am I right? From big chains like Zara to small boutique shops, York had it all when it came to shopping.
I stumbled upon a Jigsaw store, so of course I had to pop in and see their current collection. About thirty minutes later, I walked out with two amazing coats, both on major discount! This look was taken on the second day, in one of those new pieces (yup, I just couldn't wait). Jigsaw's collaboration with the William Morris gallery was drop dead gorgeous- extremely unique with its Brother Rabbit print. My store never received this bomber jacket, so when I saw it I knew it had to come home with me.
Have a healthy and hearty meal at Filmore and Union (yes this girl cannot get away from SF).
Take a leisurely stroll along the city walls that date back to Roman times.
Browse through the multitudes of antiques at the Antiques Centre.
Photos Courtesy of: Cameron Lucchesi