Time for a change…

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Every now and then I feel like changing things on the blog, just to keep it up-to-date with my evolving tastes and preferences.

This time around though, I’ve decided to undertake a massive change – to move from Wordpress to Blogger. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but I’m pretty confident that my frequent readers will just simply replace the bookmark.

I’ve enjoyed having my blog in the WordPress platform but I was tired of the ads that my non-wordpress readers have to put up with. My blog isn’t a business, and there’s no income in it, so I felt reluctant to pay to have those removed.

As I was thinking about what to do about those ads, I also started to have some re-design ideas. Most of those involved the type of customisation that I’d also have to pay to access in WordPress.

It has been over 7 years since I’ve left Blogger for WordPress, so the thought of moving back was a bit overwhelming at first. After some initial aversive reactions to change, I was off enjoying the freedom that comes with coding your own template.

It has taken me a while but I’m happy enough with the result that I can finally share with you the new BlogFashionPas!

Still focusing on personal style and mindful consumerism, I have taken the opportunity to highlight the blog’s role as a way to share and document my thoughts from this journey.

With that in mind, I have transferred some key posts over and organised them under the umbrella of what I’m calling “The Mindful Notebook” – a place where I (and anyone else) can easily access those resources.

I’ve already started sharing some new things too. Head over to the new location to check out my new series – The Ethical Edit (September edition) – a handful of beautiful new things that popped up at the end of August and throughout September from ethical brands.

I will leave this place accessible for now as there are some resources I’m not transferring but are still interesting to me.

Nevertheless, I hope to see you there: come say hi and let me know what you think of the new space – I’m always looking to improve!

xo, Rita

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Time Flies!

Happy Monday everyone!

If you come here often you may have noticed some changes. I have been wanting to tweak things for a while now but needed to take my time.

What you currently see is a work in progress. I enjoy designing my website myself but, as I work full time, I have to do this in stages. Also, it’s all self-taught so everything takes a bit of extra time for me.

Anyway, I thought that the 2 year anniversary of the blog was the perfect deadline for a new look. Yes, the blog will be 2 years on Wednesday, 7 May

Approaching this anniversary and feeling like changing the way the blog looks made me think about this blogging journey and how it is constantly evolving.

This week will be all about looking at this journey and the changes it has brought. 

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Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Rita

On Basics

With time, I have learned to appreciate that basics may not be the same for everyone. In fact, for many years, I struggled to fit some commonly advertised basics into my wardrobe, even when it just didn’t feel right for me. White tees, for instance, seem to be a fashion media favourite – how many times has the sentence white tee with jeans for effortless casual style been printed? But, no matter how much I tried, white tees just didn’t do it for me.

Slowly, but surely, I started rebelling against the concept of universal basics and realized that, while there are items in my wardrobe that I would consider basics, they are no longer determined by the definitions of others. 

These days, my basics are items that feature as constants in my evolving style and personal taste. Of course there always external influences – no one lives in a vacuum. But these are items that I have found to work perfectly for me. 

Striped tees are on the top of my basics list

Striped tees are on the top of my basics list

Such fashion or style-related personal discoveries may seem futile or superficial for some. However, if you scrape the surface you may find that this is more about being free to find your own ground, becoming an independent thinker and using your personal style to express your autonomy, individuality and uniqueness. 

Personal growth can be achieved in many ways, and a style journey is as good an opportunity to grow as any other!

What about you? Are your basics your own? 

Thanks for reading!