You’ll never wake up and be happy with your blog from day 1, it’s a constant work in progress, it needs nourishing and love.


I wrote about the importance of not comparing yourself to others here, something I’m sure we’re all guilty of now and again. Now more than ever, we’re feeling the pressure to find our ‘blogging style’, our niche and our voices. This isn’t something that can be forced and personally, is found through experimentation, perseverance and reflection. I’m usually one to focus on myself and as long as I’m happy, that’s all that matters, but it’s all too easy to get caught up and compare yourself and your progress to that of others. I look back at blog posts even 3 months ago and think that it’s a load of crap, my images suck or I could have done better. Yes, I could, but you only realise that through trying.  If you fancy a laugh, go all the way back to my 2014 posts, hello awful outfits captured on my old, Samsung phone! It took years, but I finally feel like I’ve found my blogging style and rhythm.


 


With the rise of bloggers, also comes the occasional, overwhelming sense that you’re just a small, irrelevant and perhaps not fashionable enough fish in a Chanel and Gucci filled pond.



In one of my recent blog posts, here, I had a much needed revelation. I realised that IT’S OKAY to take some time out, relax and enjoy yourself – you will not suddenly come back lost and out of touch. In fact, I came back refreshed and incredibly inspired. I read books, I watched videos, reflected and then came back knowing exactly what I wanted to do with my little corner of the internet. I want to inspire, create and express. I want my images to be a mix of candid street style and fashion magazine editorials (not sure if that’s even possible but this gal’s tryin’!). I want my words to inspire, spark conversation and motivate people to reach for their biggest dreams and aspirations. I want my space to be a source of inspiration, both materialistically and mentally. Go buy those killer shoes and then sit down and come up with a game plan of how you’re going to take over the world!



Go buy those killer shoes and then sit down and come up with a game plan of how you’re going to take over the world!



A blog may always be a work in progress and change and grow with us as people, but, for now, I’m happy with where I’m going and what I’m doing.


My advice, if you’re struggling to find your style, your voice? Take a break. Relax, clear your mind, paint your nails, drive 5 hours away or grab a bottle of wine and make a killer dinner. Whatever it takes, taking time out honestly refreshed my mind beyond belief, so much so that I came back with a totally new perspective. Read your fave books, magazines, blogs and movies. What do YOU enjoy reading about? What is YOUR passion? What do you want YOUR readers to come away with after reading your blog? Figure that out, start writing and the rest will follow. It may not always be perfect, but it’s yours, enjoy the process of creating and learning (and then laugh at the really bad posts years later!)

A blog may always be a work in progress and change and grow with us as people, but, for now, I’m happy with where I’m going and what I’m doing. Now for the next chapter, to feel the same way about my YouTube channel, because frankly, I have no idea what I’m doing and that’s the FUN part!



What I wore

Jumpsuit – Closet London*

Coat – Debenhams (similar)

Shoes – Topshop (similar)

Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Shirt – Asos



I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, I’d love to hear where you guys are with your blogs – do you feel like you’ve lost your voice or are you super happy with your content? Join the conversation! You guys were also loving this stunning Closet London jumpsuit over on my insta stories , which I was kindly sent for Fashion Week – Have a look at it in action below, in my Lookbook!

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur