top: H&M - old (similar here and here) || turtleneck: Forever21- old (similar here) || pants: Vince || boots: Vince Camuto (save / splurge) || hat: GAP (similar here and loving here)
I typically don't do this type of thing but I could not sit on this any longer. Last night, I was intensely checking out Pink Peonies' beautiful new site (I'm in the middle of a little blog redesign myself and was hoping to get some inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers' websites.) and came across an article in her press section that threw me off. It was a feature on The Glitter Guide about the chic office spaces of some great business women. It was a beautiful feature that showcased truly gorgeous offices. Yet people can be so malicious and say things for the sake of saying things. (Ahem, attention seekers, ahem.) They were commenting the most offensive things though and the more I read, the more annoyed I got.
"I love the GG but I am also disappointed to see Rachel as a BUSINESS WOMAN? I do not see how playing dress up 24-7 is a career? I use to like her blog until she started selling out....here is some advice GG, pick a real hard working woman and you'll gain my respect back! lol" (Because the "lol" makes it all better and much less mean... not.)
"With all due respect to GG and the ladies in the article, I am disappointed to see that fashion bloggers are considered "businesswomen." There are many great role models for young women who work extremely hard, long hours and days, to support themselves, their families, paying off student loans, etc. Not to mention who continuously fight the inequalities in the workplace we face with men. Yes, they still exist. It would have been nice if GG would have highlighted a true working-woman in the modern world - just because we aren't fashion bloggers doesn't mean we don't dress awesome, like to learn about makeup/beauty trends, etc. Those are the types of role models we women need."
"I didn't realize that spending Daddy's money makes you a business woman?"
The most absurd things, am I right? As someone who hopes to make a career out of this blog one day, I found it to be so hurtful. I have always worked incredibly hard at every single thing I've ever pursued. I started playing the piano at the age of four and went on to become a concert pianist. I achieved high honors in school and never allowed myself room to fail. I had a full-time job lined up before I graduated college and to this day I work my 9-5 job while managing my blog at night. Everything I've accomplished, I've done by myself. I've never been one of those lucky few who knew all the right people and got amazing opportunities thrown at them. I cannot discredit my parents who worked tirelessly to build a very cushioned life for my brother and I. They taught us by example, how success comes about and I have implemented those teachings into my everyday life. I work day in and day out to become what I dream. My dedication, tears, commitment, passion, and sheer grit have shaped me into the person I am today.
The purpose of this is not to toot my own horn but merely showcase the efforts I've gone through to pursue something I love while still paying the bills and supporting my husband through school. To think that there are people out there who believe that blogging cannot be a "real career" discouraged me for that moment. To think that there are people out there who think bloggers are not great business-women or role models rubbed me the wrong way. To think that there are people who do not take fashion as a serious industry is simply ignorant. Just because some people may have different interests than you does not give you the right to stomp on their pride.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but for heavens sake, let's try to be somewhat respectful.
Let's all play nice today. Love you.