Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Striped top, Green skirt, and Some Soul-Baring.

As a perpetual over-thinker, I've spent the past week wondering how to appropriately address my decision to return to blogging. A million questions have been spinning around my head. 

Should I make a blog post about my reasons for coming back?
Should I explain what I missed about the blog and feeling connected?
Should I just get back to blogging as if nothing happened? 
Should I be embarrassed that I looked indecisive? Am I being judged for it?
Was the blog ruined? Could I even go back?

And as with a lot of things in life, I have come to a very prolific conclusion...I don't know the answer to all of those questions. But I will try to explain a little bit about what I did realize:

After agonizing for months and then finally making the decision to stop blogging, it felt like a huge weight was taken off my shoulders. Not having the blog to work on, I had free time again. I began reading for fun. I watched an entire Spanish telenovela on Netflix and my Spanish improved somewhat (Gran Hotel, for anyone interested). I stayed off social media on some days and it felt great. I didn't take photos of myself and my outfits and it was freeing. I didn't care as much about what I wore and what I looked like and I felt empowered. 

But then something unexpected happened: the novelty of all of the above eventually wore off. I couldn't believe it. I was so sure that I had made the right decision, and now my favorite hobby and something that had helped define me was gone, of my own doing.
I missed spending time planning outfits, styling, and thinking of designs, patterns, and fit. I missed connecting on social media. I missed discussing great finds. But most of all, I realized that much of the time I thought I was going to save NOT blogging was being spent wishing that I had the blog up and running again... because I missed you, I missed feeling connected, sharing, and poignantly, I missed having fashion and style in my life.
So once again the soul-searching commenced.
Clearly, I do a lot of soul-searching, you guys. ;)

And what I found after Soul Searching Round Two is that yes, I have changed. But my blog is still a part of who I am and what I want to continue doing. I will say, however, that my gut instinct was correct in that I needed change. Maybe I just needed a break. Maybe the blog didn't feel like me because I didn't post much about anything except outfit photos. Maybe I needed to use my own voice a bit more (like I do on Instagram). Maybe I could give the blog a small facelift. Maybe I could expand my posts to include Q&A sessions and other types of posts.
The point is, there are so many possibilities!

I hope you continue to join me in my journey, friends.
And if you're just here for the outfit pics, that's okay too. :)
Striped top- gifted | Similar 1, 2, 3 | My fave
Green pencil skirt- The Limited | Similar 1, 2 (Plus!) | Love this one
White blazer- H&M | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4
Black flats with gold chain- Target | Nearly identical | Love these gold-accented ones 1, 2, 3
Pearl necklace c/o Blossom Jewelry Design
White & rose gold watch c/o Wristology (exact) | Use code GORGEOUS20 for 20% off
Pyramid Cuff c/o Erika Lehman for Stella & Dot | Similar




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53 comments:

  1. I have missed your blog and I will take you back in any reiteration you would like! Welcome back!

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    1. Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me. <3

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  2. Welcome back! It's great that the blog feels more like you now :) Gorgeous skirt :) xo

    www.makeupisdelish.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I am excited to have it be more "me". :)

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  3. Welcome back we've missed you!

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    1. Thanks so much! I've missed you too!

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  4. You don't look indecisive. You look human. Welcome back, Yasi! We've missed you.

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    1. This is one of those comments that really stuck with me. Thank you. And I've missed you all so much! <3

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  5. So glad you're back- like others have said, you've been missed. Reflecting, starting over, reflecting again... All part of the process of finding out who we are and what we are all about. Be you, because you are fabulous.

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    1. You are so so so sweet. Thank you for that!

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  6. Glad your back. I just started following before you decided to stop and am SO glad your back. Your outfit posts have provided me with so much inspiration. Can't wait for more! Thanks again!!

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    1. Awww yay!! Thanks so much! I am happy to be back!

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  7. missed your blog and your outfit inspiration

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  8. I would really enjoy some Q&A posts and maybe even some style consultations. I really love your professional style and would love to find my own but I really don't know where to start. I think you have the personality and the style to help your readers discover their own!

    Glad you're back!

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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    1. I will add that to my Q&A list! Great idea! <3

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  9. I am so excited that you are back, Yasi!
    Could you also add the size of clothes you buy (as I am around your size). Thanks a ton!

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    1. Hi there! Thanks so much! There are quite a few reasons why I haven't done this yet, and most of them have to do with trying to stop the perpetuation of body image issues and the "size matters" mentality. But I completely see your point; since this IS a fashion blog. I may have to do an entire post on this... :) Most of the time I wear a s/xs or a 0/2. For now, please feel free to ask me about a specific piece, if you'd like!

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  10. Everyone needs a vacation now and then. Glad you are back, though!!

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  11. It is so good to see you back, just to see YOU :)

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    1. This is so incredibly sweet! Thank you! <3

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  12. You've made my whole week! I LOVE your blog!

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    1. Ahhhhh and you made my day! Thank you!! <3

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  13. Welcome back, I love your blog. If you like the Gran Hotel, you should try Yago in Hulu

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    1. Thank you so much! I would love to check out that show. It's too bad I don't have Hulu. :-/

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  14. Ya!! Welcome back, you are by far my favourite style blogger.

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    1. Ahhh you warm my heart! Thank you!! <3

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  15. Welcome back! You blog is one of my all time favorites!

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    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! :)

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  16. Good for you! I love being reminded that you never know until you try! Your episode on the Mama Bears Dares podcast introduced me to them and I love them now!

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    1. Loved your comment! I am so glad you liked Mama Bear Dares! They are awesome! <3

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  17. So glad you are back! I feel like a creeper because I get so excited when I see you've posted but you are truly such an inspiration to me. When I read one of your posts, I get a surge of motivation to be my best me, either through outfit ideas or appreciating the little things in life like you do, with Snapchats of your pets or good eats. The fact that you're so real and relatable has been a huge help in me fighting various insecurities. I know it can't be easy dedicating time to something this like, but we support you as long as it is making you happy!

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    1. Jennifer, your comment truly warmed my heart. Thank you!! You have no idea how much that means to me and I'm so glad that my blog has helped you. That makes me so so happy!! Sending you lots of love! <3 <3

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  19. Thanks for sharing your adorable outfits and real life stuff. I missed your pics while you were on a break, but glad you took care of yourself. Loved Gran Hotel and totally binged on it earlier this year and I justified it by saying I was learning some Spanish. Thank you for your blog! Love it.

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    1. Hahaha! Totally. I'm pretty sure the only additional Spanish I learned was related to murder and camareros! -- Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! <3

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  20. Welcome back! Your honesty is refreshing. Love your outfits, but also your authenticity. I'll enjoy your posts even more now that you shared your story. It's your blog and we should all support whatever direction you want to take it. Go Yasi!

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  21. Glad you are back no matter what the reason! Your outfits always look so nice and appropriate for the office w/o being too "office-y". They are still fun and creative and that is what I have always liked (and aspired to) about your style.

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  22. One more thing...Loft should give you some kickback because I have since bought two pairs of the perfect skinny pants!

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  23. Yay! I don't know what compelled me to check on your blog (habit I guess) but I am thrilled to see you have resumed blogging! Love the way you put things together.

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  24. I can't tell you how happy I am that you came back!! You are an inspiration to me when it comes to what I wear, you have no idea how many times I have to your site to get ideas. You're outfits are so on point! Sooo glad you're back! :)

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  25. A few years ago I came across your blog after seeing several of your outfits posted on pinterest. I have always been obsessed with fashion and your blog puts a real personal touch on all things I love, fashion, outfits, insight and community. I am passionate about fashion and toyed with the idea of starting my own blog as well. When you decided to take a break, I was so sad to see you go. I started to think that maybe, at some point, my own passion will fade and change as well. I am so happy to see that you have come back. I am excited to look at your new outfits posted, and even more excited to learn that your passion did not fade away, it has grown with you and never left you. You are inspirational! Thank you for returning, for your strength, your humor, your creativity and most of all, for re-lighting my own passion and demonstrating that it is ok to love all things fashion...at any stage in one's life. Again, thank you...you made my day :)

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  26. Woohoo!! So happy you are back!!!

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