So, today I thought I'd talk to you about why I don't buy fashion magazines. I'll let you in on a secret - it's not because I don't love fashion. I do! I used to want to be a fashion designer, and looked into studying fashion courses at uni. Thing is I'm crap at the technical/sewing side of things...anyway I love fashion. I love clothes. I love shopping. So why on earth don't I buy the magazines?
Because they mess with my self image. It took me a while to realise it but they do. I used to buy minimum of one magazine a week, often more. I loved looking at the new trends, and where to get the best bargains. I loved imagining myself in that dress, or picking out which of my shoes would go with that outfit. Who doesn't?
But, I gradually began to realise that every time I put the magazine down I became more critical of myself. Punishing myself for eating that biscuit. Hating myself for not having a stomach as flat as that models. It happened over time, not after just one magazine! But it got to the point where I started a food diary. I was a perfectly healthy size 12. I was basically writing this diary to track everything I ate - and feeling bad for every single mouthful. If I wrote down anything, I'd already lost the challenge I'd been setting myself. It's stupid looking back on it now. And it took stopping buying magazines for a few weeks when I was a bit skint to notice I didn't feel quite so bad about myself. So I left it a bit longer, and I felt less bad about myself. And you know what...I cut them out completely. I saved myself a few quid each week, and I felt a crap load better about myself too. Win win.
But I missed the fashion. It's been about 5 years since I dumped the magazines. My love for fashion never wavered. And here's where you fashion bloggers come in. I love blogging. I love the blogging community. I'm trying desperately not to do fashion blogging too often, as it won't be good for my bank account! But I love love love reading fashion blogs. Outfit of the day posts. Wishlists. Or outfit boards. You really feed my fashion cravings, without making me feel fat or ugly. The blogging community is so supportive and welcoming. And what's more, it's real. You guys aren't airbrushed. You guys aren't borderline anorexic. You're real people, wearing clothes. You're all shapes, sizes, and ages. And you're not forcing diets and exercises down my throat. And you're way more varied and creative in the looks you creative than any magazine I've read.
So essentially I love fashion bloggers. Leave me your links guys :)
Looking back, that food diary was weird. So were some of the websites I found myself on. I'm in no way suggesting I had an eating disorder or anything like that. But my attitude to food, and to my self image wasn't healthy. I don't think it was particularly extreme or anything, and I soon pulled myself out of it. Stopping reading those magazines helped rather a lot. But if you're finding yourself tracking your food intake, or worrying about your weight - or even hating yourself and how you look you should probably speak to a medical professional about it. I'm not in a position to offer you advice, but they can. They know what a healthy weight is, and how to get you there. They can even prescribe you gym membership in some cases. The point of this point wasn't to highlight any "issues" with myself, but instead celebrate all you wonderful fashion bloggers. How you're the fantastic, confidence boosting, real life alternative to those airbrushed models and celebrities. I'd rather read your posts than glossy magazines any day.
What do you guys prefer the magazines or the bloggers?
Have you felt your self confidence sinking after reading magazines?
Leave me your comments - I love reading them, every single one.