on luxury


As you might have noticed I haven't blogged in a while; lately  I feel like I have lost a bit of the excitement when it comes to blogging. I've noticed that other blogs are focusing more and more into luxury products; I also noticed that on Asos the Moschino Cheap and Chic Ninfea flower sandals that are very pretty (but in my opinion will only last this season) and that are retailing for 468 euros, are pratically sold out. Even it girls of the moment, only carry themselves in one evening wearing things that most mortals aren't able to buy in an entire lifetime (Charlotte Olympia kitten flats anyone?)
High street stores are terrible; I walked into a zara this weekend and I was appalled with the terrible quality of things and I immediately walked away. So you have to choose either luxury products (and oops an entire pay check vanishes away like a Houdini trick) or high street stores which are morbidily bad in all senses (from the terrible light, to the horrible music to the awful little rags that are being sold as clothes).
I think that blogging is a little oasis for showcasing beautiful things, a little form of escapism from a harsh reality, but in a time of economic meltdown it's kind of shocking to see that only bloggers who showcase luxury it products on every other new post is kind of wrong. But hey I think I might be the only one who has to earn a living and to pay bills on the end of the month.Maybe I'll turn to cooking blogs instead ;)

32 comentários:

jessica sandoval said...

Your blog is so beautiful-- you should just try to blog for yourself... your pictures are beautiful, and so are your thoughts, and that's what we love coming back to! :)

Jessica | Vixenelle

Joanna said...

Jessica:That was a very, very nice comment :)
Some good old encouragement words that I was really needing. Thank you so much. :)
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Hannah said...

I don't mind if you don't show new purchases every single day, in fact, that is what puts me off other blogs.. Like Jessica said, I love your pictures, I love your aesthetic...Please keep blogging! x Hannah

Becka said...

Gosh, who are these people that can buy new things every day! Especially luxury, designer items. Perhaps they are just wracking up huge amounts of debt to stay blog-trendy.

It's nice to invest in good quality clothing every once in a while, but picking carefully and figuring out your own sense of style is so much more important than accumulating loads of new clothes all the time!

x

surlespavesdeparis said...

I totally agree with you !

I can afford some luxurious items once in two-three months (when I mean luxurious, I mean not more than 300 euros, and not 1000 euros). But I really feel uncomfortable when I see some bloggers showing (off?) their new purchases almost every day (honestly, yes, who can afford Charlotte Olympia's shoes ? or Olympia Le Tan's bags ???)

Anyway, I really like bloggers who show purchases of quality which will last for at the least the next five years.

Keep blogging, you are really inspiring ! (that could be a good ad ;) )

natalie said...

I always enjoy your site for the way you present yourself - thoughtful photos, music and film references. Please keep going, you're one of my favourites!

It's become as if it's shameful to present yourself in a realistic way online - not all of us live in divine apartments with endless trust funds, so why try to create the illusion!

Lucy said...

I love your thoughts on clothing and living, so please stay you :)

Blogs that only showcase out-of-reach to-most designerwear aren't nearly as appealing as someone who mixes things up.

I think the chains stores offer a mixed bag - I remember buying a merino top at a chain store where usually I make my own. I thought how did they make it and be able to sell it for so little. It itched (merino?!) so I cut it up and made it into something else not to be worn. Chain stores have their issues, but so do luxury goods houses - I often look at the construction of a high priced dress and they sometimes disappoint just like a cheap one might. There is a lot of money in that little designer label stitched into a quickly-fsahioned dress. It's offensive, really.

Keep up your beautiful blog x

cats dreaming in keylime said...

You aren't looking at the right blogs ... there are so many inspiring "low-fashion" blogs that showcase creativity in fashion.

Anonymous said...

finally! glad to hear someone is still living in the real world.

Joy said...

i havent been to zara lately but that's sad to hear that even my one high street love is doing so badly lately. i dont really think the blogosphere is necessarily too materialistic in luxury goods. im sure if you keep looking you could find some that are more like minded in terms of consumption and budget.

0000 said...

Beautiful blog! I'm not a fan of looking at too many 'it' items on fashion blogs either. I might flip through blogs for someone wearing 'it' item that I happen to think will become a wardrobe staple but, really, a lot of 'it' items aren't meant to be wardrobe staples and wearing a lot of 'it' items at the same time just makes the wearer look a lot like they're wearing a costume.

I think there are affordable goods that are well-made out there, but it takes some digging. In that sense, I really prefer to follow bloggers who have a high standard of quality but prefer to get a bargain. For example, I never knew to look at the kids section for cheap, but well made clothes that fit until I started reading blogs! Two heads, in this case, were better than one!

Hana said...

I love your sense of style and your blog is one of my favourites. I'd be really interested to know what are your favourite brands in term of quality. I live in the UK as well and am really apprehensive about spending my hard earned money on items which I don't think will last.
x

lapindelune said...

Odd, I have been feeling the strain a little myself. I sometimes wonder why there are so few blogs which feature the middle ground - higher quality than highstreet yet still affordable.

I have mixed feelings regarding high end, expensive items, it seems just as easy to overdo it (branding overkill) as it is with topshop, etc. There seem to be more and more blogs showcasing only luxury items, as if there is truly no other alternative if you desire to quit H&M.

And there are quite a few, fabulous alternatives, but I sense that their lack of notoriety renders them almost entirely obscure in blogging circles. I agree with you with regards to the positive, escapist element, but there is still this uncomfortable sensation that often goes along with it......a true investment piece, or even a slice of luxury does not have to possess a heavily marketed name.

And of course, I am glad that you continue to share these little snippets of your world with us. If you sense any pressure, just remain true to your original self by bypassing them.
x

roamkix vintage said...

Totally agree, I actually get so bored seeing endless blogging about things I could never afford. You have such a lovely aesthetic though, please persist with your blogging. Out of a block can come wonderful things :)
Jess
x
www.roamkix.blogspot.com

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

The only high fashion I can afford at the moment are Chanel nail polishes (which i adore)..

Don't stop blogging! Blog for you!

Sarah said...

I totally agree with you and am wondering how some of the fashion bloggers can afford their so trendy designer clothes. And besides i think it is a bit boring as they all look the same. like the idea of luxury clothes in the meaning of selected clothes that have a good style, fit well and last for a while, that are timeless. Of course Isabel Marant indeed is one of the currently famous luxury designers, too but as far as I know she at least tends to produce good quality, or?
Please do no stop blogging; i find your blog very inspiring. How about showing how you combine your essential wardrobe pieces daily?

Stephanie said...

I agree with the other posts...I am put off by blogs that feature new expensive outfits all the time. I don't care if it's new or expensive, just that it's beautiful and creatively put together and I don't even care if it's clothing either. What draws me to your blog is your eye for a certain era in time and subtle beauty. I find it refreshing.

soph (owl vs. dove) said...

Ahh I know what you mean. I've been on a bit of a spending ban the past couple of months so finding 'new' things to blog about has been difficult.

I find a lot of the 'look at this new designer outfit I bought/got gifted' blogs grow tiresome after a while unless they have some substance to back it up.

At the end of the day, the blogs I keep coming back to have a distinct aesthetic or voice, and are ones that I can relate to. And yours is one of them :)

Amanda said...

For me blogs are about people's distinct perspectives. So whether you write about a thing, a memory or a pursuit—be it of balance, a belt, or new footing, I think that people will come and see glimmers of themselves or things they hope to do in what you write.

Though I may mark this post as one of my favorite I've read here.

The Dandelion Chronicles said...

I can definately see what you are coming at. It does seem like things are going out of control, especially concerning fashion blogs.
But as also put very lovely by jessica sandoval, I come here for your particular take on beauty (note: not just fashion) and life. These things have many forms and come in all price ranges if people are willing to look (and work) for them.
So please keep up this nice blog, I enjoy coming here :)

miss sophie said...

i think the best style blogs showcase someone's life as an organic part of their favorite items, high or low end. that's what i strive for in my blog, anyway.

your blog is lovely - you shouldn't feel like you need to 'keep up' with some blogs that showcase new purchases (that may well have been gifted to the blogger by --- brand's PR office)!

Jess said...

I actually started my blog because I felt the exact same way - so many fashion blogs are either a whole lot of very expensive things (and often just purchased for the brand name rather than for the appeal of the item itself, I feel) or a whole heap of cheaper things that are probably going to fall apart in a month or two's time (not that a big price-tag is necessarily any guarantee of quality these days either). I wanted my blog to be kind of a style/fashion blog, but at the same time to not encourage impulsive consumerism and to not require new purchases all the time in order to have content (I'm a post-grad student on a scholarship, so everything I do buy is usually the result of a fair bit of saving up). So it is possible to blog about style and fashion without feeling overwhelmed by all the purchases and the hideously expensive stuff and the horrible cheap stuff of appalling quality - it just requires a more theoretical approach (i.e. a bit of research and a lot of navel-gazing in my case!).

sonia said...

You're not alone, Joanna. I sometimes wonder if I am the only poor (and over-worked) person in the blog world too :)
But, anyway, I think you should keep blogging about the things you love and that make you dream. You have such a good taste. I mostly look for inspiration when I read blogs and ultimately I couldn't care less about how many shoes and cool brands one has in the closet. Your blog is a great source of inspiration. Please keep posting!

Catherine said...

The fact that you have posted on this shows that your blog is different from the others. There is nothing more vulgar than throw-away luxury fashion. It's better to buy the best you can afford and shop wisely. A one-off slightly more expensive purchase that will last a long time is better than buying something mid-price (because Zara is quite expensive considering the quality, I'm glad you've noticed too!) and badly-made for one season. Keep up the good work with your blog, it is always a pleasure to read.

Holly said...

I'm very put off by [and have stopped visiting] blogs that feature new luxury items in every post. A small, quality wardrobe is what interests me. How to achieve this with good style. You have wonderful taste and inspire me. I hope you'll keep blogging

Ringo, have a banana! said...

You are not alone at all! This is just exactly why I've almost completely stopped making outfit posts (not that I was showcasing anything worth more than a few bucks anyways! I shop second-hand almost exclusively these days, and then there are those bills, bills, bills.) I don't want promote that kind of shopping/consuming obsessed blog culture.

I would like to find a better balance though, because I do love clothes and seeing what other people are wearing and how they present themselves...it's tricky, but I think you do a lovely job here!

Anonymous said...

those shoes are so perfect :)
xxx

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X. said...

I don't think Zara or "high street" shops are the ones with bad quality. A lot of the so called "good quality" stores are also charging a fortune for badly constructed items. (I'm glaring at you APC and JCrew) Sure, they might use 100% wool or cotton or whatever, but it's always the worst quality wool/cotton/whatever they can find.

But of course, it must be good and carefully constructed if they sell a certain aesthetic and charge you $600 for it.

Lindsay K said...

Your blog is lovely. You should just be you. When I read blogs tha's what I look for. A well developed sense of self, a style philosophy, beautiful imagery, good concise writing.

Personally, I'm very mindful of what I display on my blog. I don't have the wardrobe that most girls in their mid 20s have, nor do I have the job most people "just starting out have", so I'm very cognizant of what I present. At the same time, that in no way means I have more style than the next person.

Personally I get really tired of the conversations about how this blogger can afford this or these people must be in debt. We don't have enough information to asertain this and honestly why should we care? If we look to blogs and feel the need to keep up that says more about us then the blog. There will always be people with more that's a part of life. That being said, when people post photos of themselves all the time, I find that they lack humilty. Humilty is a big part of how I view style, so I tend not to visit those types of sites.

Momo said...

Please do not change, sometimes I look at your blog and wonder how could you put together an outfit that we can envision for several years and do not look demode? Personally I love your stile so chic! I live in a city that there is no even a top shop near and on top of it is is very hot, but I usually go to the fly markets and sometimes (finger cross)I manage to find great pieces, not to mention that I almost kidnapped the whole closet from my mom she has an amazing collection of custom made dresses from the fifties and sixties.

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High street stores are terrible....
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