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Outfit: Vintage and Boyfriend Jeans

Vintage Aviator Jacket

Smiling Times

I’m back from my winter hiding in Thailand and I was fully expecting the weather to be deliciously warm Springtime. But no, silly me, I forgot that this is England and the weather never goes to plan.

As I stepped off the plane I felt that immediate chill to my bones and my lungs filled with that strange but familiar icy air. I had expected I might to run away in terror but actually it was nicely reassuring.

I guess you can take the girl out of England, but not England out of the girl.

So, since being back I have become reacquainted with my ol’ faithful – the vintage aviator jacket that I found in a charity shop with my Dad maybe four or five years ago. Hoorah! There’s a silver lining to everything.

Tomboy outfit

Right, so …. yeah …. how’s it going? It’s been a while hasn’t it. I’ve missed you all here on Rosalilium. As much as I loved my time working as a digital nomad and escaping the winter, it’s good to be home. And with that, it only felt right to come full circle and back to my old brick wall for a little outfit post.

Vintage Blouse and Purple BagPurple Leather Handbag

Outfit details:

Long time readers might remember this brick wall. Give us shout in the comments if you’re an old-schooler here at Rosalilium?

(apologies for the badly focused photos, we’re trying out a new lens and it’s rubbish)

Inside my jacket

For a while I didn’t do many outfit posts for a combination of reasons, namely just not having the confidence. My body shape was changing, my face is getting wrinklier, and the green monster came to visit – you know, the one that makes you look at all the young, beautiful, successful bloggers and makes you feel inadequate.

But something I’ve come to realise recently is, I’m not perfect, I never will be perfect, and it’s ok not to be perfect on my blog.

I think somewhere along the way we lost track of what blogging was all about in the first place. We became so good at creating and curating content, we became competitive with magazines, we evolved to a place where we were really quite skilled at this blogging malarky. But then I started to resent my blog, I found it a chore, Rosalilium was starting to disappoint me for not being good enough. I was starting to fall out of love with something that I had created. It was a sad time.

So I took a step back for a bit.

I created a new blog for my other passion – travel and discovery. I changed and updated the design on Rosalilium. And I just allowed myself to take a break.

Now I want to take it back to where it all began. I want to get back to sharing my story without being conscious of how it might effect my ‘personal brand’. I want to write with complete abandon and not be concerned that distant family members or long lost friends might read it and judge me for it. I want to share stories, ideas, things I find, insights and news without worrying that it might be misconstrued. I want Rosalilium to be MY space again. And I hope that some of you might be interested in that too.

Laughing

So here’s to being happier in the my own skin; embracing my age and all the wrinkles, grey hair and bulging waistlines that come with it!

I hope you will join me for the ride.

x

  1. Oh Elizabeth, this is a joy of a post! I absolutely love your outfit posts and I am very glad they’re back! I find other fashion bloggers to be so model-esque & ‘edgy’ that I knew I could never aspire to their outfits – I wasn’t thin or uber-trendy enough to feel comfortable – and it’s not what I’m looking for in an outfit anyway. But your posts are an inspiration – I always want to buy your outfits and your posts make me feel like I can wear them with confidence and look great – although I am sure I am not as radiant as you! 🙂

    I’m also glad to see you with your confidence back – I’m also increasingly of the opinion that a blog should be less ‘magazine-like’ & more genuine, and representative of the true us. It’s what I prefer to read and you’re right – it brings the heart back into blogging. I’m super excited to read more from you. Xx

    1. Thank you Laura, that really means a lot to me! I mean, I’m all for aspiration and finding the beauty in life, but I want us all to recognise that beauty can be imperfect sometimes.x

  2. Well I for one feel the exact same way. I can’t bring myself to vlog, even though I’m on the adventure of a lifetime, because I don’t want the comments to be filled with jerks telling me I’m fat, or whatever else. You are beautiful inside and out, even more so in that fabulous blouse!

      1. Get on with the vlogging Sara, you’re not fat! It’s time to ignore the jerks and just do what makes you feel creatively fulfilled. That may or may not include vlogging, but either way it’s important to do what YOU want.

        And thank you! I’m sure the tan will disappear in the next few days, ha!

  3. Looking fabulous as always! Lovely tan you’ve got there Mrs.

    Glad to have you back. I remember about a year possibly 2 ago when you didn’t wear jeans until you hit asked to try for somebody. I see you’re fully converted now 🙂

  4. Oh Elizabeth, this is so great. I can feel the energy fizzing off this post! I’m glad you feel recharged and refocused from your time away – and look forward to seeing how this shapes your blog. You look the very definition of ‘well’!

  5. I love this post. I am very happy to blog for me. I still like it to look good and read well but that is more a sense of personal pride than a feeling about my “brand”. I don’t have one really. I love seeing you do an outfit post again – it totally takes me back to see that wall and that jacket!

    You are looking fabulous too. Which makes me very happy. You are ace.

    1. Thank you lovely Siobhan. I’m sure I can find a balance between ‘personal brand’ which, like it or not, as an online busybody I do need one, and my own personal space. So glad I can share it all with brilliant folks like yourself.x.

  6. OOoh, that aviator is soooooooooooo nice! And for the record, you are beautiful, not old and wrinkly (ha, I’m in my 30’s and feeling a bit haggard too!) and I applaud you for wanting to keep it real. I do all sorts of daft outfit posts amongst my mixed bag of posts and I know they look like a kid playing in her mum’s wardrobe but I guess that’s part of the charm eh!!xx

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