When it comes to holiday wear, I’m far more comfortable in an oversized cotton shirt than a kaftan.
For me, a dressed down approach to daywear works – and then I can go all out for the evening. As much as I love the idea of a kaftan, a shirt covers all bases, feels a bit cooler and an extra long one such as this can multitask, too (I pretty much wear as a dress when I get down to the beach).
When it comes to posting swimsuit pictures, I am always reluctant…mainly because I never take any photos in swimwear. It just never crosses my mind that anyone needs to see me in a swimsuit and if I’m honest, I haven’t really done any exercise since about 2013…
It makes me feel exposed – I don’t particularly love my body as much as I should…I’m lucky I am still relatively slim but a regular routine wouldn’t hurt (I am definitely noticing the effects of too many white bread rolls in my 30s!), but lack of time and lack of interest in any form of exercise means my body isn’t top of my priority list.
But as it’s summer, and Social Media has shone a spotlight on body confidence, I thought I’d embrace my mid 30s body here on the blog (but not quite ready for Instagram, yet!). I tend to wear swimsuits now so as not to worry about wobbly bits and try to stop comparing myself to Instagram girls 10 years younger with supermodel curves and toned stomachs…but we could all do with embracing our flaws now and then.
I have never edited the photos on this blog – my images on this site are always raw, as they come. I remember telling this to another blogger who looked at me with complete and utter surprise…and it made me realise that it’s not always the case. It had never crossed my mind that people spent hours editing pictures for their site…I’d always rather spend my time doing something else (God knows I already spend too much time working as it is).
Sometimes I feel my site isn’t as ‘glossy’ as other people’s but I suppose that’s some of its charm.
I was also somewhat inspired by Lucy Williams’ interview for Work Work Work (a website set up by industry friend Katherine Ormerod on the imperfections behind Instagram) on thoughts and feelings behind our strange social media careers (definitely worth a read).
I always feel that Instagram gives a different perspective to people’s lives…and as much as my blog and Instagram are about me, I always shoot first thing in the morning to avoid people staring, try to find the quietest streets to photograph (so people don’t think that I think I’m a model, dragging my husband around to take photos constantly) and pretty much always pick the shot without my face in.
However, on the surface my feed and blog would look like I exude confidence, feel confident in front of the camera and loved every second of this somewhat narcissistic existence(!). So as a lesson to those who compare their lives to others on Instagram: not everything is as it seems.
The media has always had a way of telling us who or what we’re supposed to look like. And it has taken me a long time to accept that I’ll never have a super toned body, but I do have a husband that loves me just the way I am (and was more than happy to take these pictures for me). So for now, that’ll do me just fine.
This post was in collaboration with Next, whose S/S collection is possibly their best one yet.