ph by Brook&Lyn
I work a full-time 40+ hour a week job. I know I know, broken record, get on with it, but I have a point so bear with me. Blogging itself is practically a full-time job as well, so combined with afore-mentioned, most days I feel like I'm working around the clock. Is it rewarding? Sure, I wouldn't do it if it wasn't. But a lot of times I wonder if I'm half-assing both? Well truth be told, not really my job job, cause that's how mama pays the bills so I can't really scrimp on that. So I guess really just the blog.
I miss having time to sit and scour the internet for interesting (to me) things to post about. You really need time to churn out original content somewhat regularly. So the majority of the blog now has become a receptacle of outfit posts, just to maintain. And I hate that. So in an effort to turn this ship around I've been brainstorming ways to create original content without resorting to camping out on the internet (and subsequently getting fired from my job) and while trying to fulfill the creative bug in ways beyond my own personal outfits.
Full disclosure: bloggers get gifted, yes. Bloggers get offered loaners, yes. I'm pretty particular about what I actually accept though. I decline things regularly - a PR person's worst nightmare. But I regard it as a conscious effort (read: mission) to not be wasteful and also to keep the content here as true to my voice and authentic as possible.
Pause for anonymous hate commenting.
Ok where were we? Yes loaners. I personally am not a fan of outfit photos incorporating loaned looks. I find that it creates this jumbled blur of what's fantasy what's reality? I mean hopefully we're all adult enough to discern that for ourselves, but maybe if you're like me you just want to compartmentalize. I've always shared what I really own and how I really wear those things. Fine yes, somewhat aspirational at times (Céline? guilty as charged), but mostly just me in all my M-F street urchin (proof on Instagram) glory. But then where is my fantasy compartment? How do I work with the brands I love and style beautiful beautiful things, while removing real life regular Jayne from the equation?
And now finally we have arrived at the long-winded point - I'd like to think of this new segment as "editorials" (quotations to highlight my bashfulness) if you will. A way to collaborate with my favorite brands and photographers to create my own personal take on styling looks outside of what I would normally wear. Just an escape really. Hopefully you'll enjoy the first one as much as I enjoyed making it. And hopefully we're all just here to have fun. Coming soon to a computer screen near you...