Let’s [Not] Pretend

Jeans & Sunglasses: Woolworths; Top: Fashion Express: Shoes: ALDO; Bag: Gifted Prada; Necklace: YDE; 
Arlene spoke very little in this post, but she said so much. She was real, and I was inspired. There’s an amount of vanity in every woman. In fact, men too. I think a certain amount of vanity is healthy, as it encourages us to take care of our bodies and our image – to always try to be the best version of ourselves. But when we go overboard, it can become pretentious. 
The blogosphere can be very pretentious. It involves staring into fake distances, and fake laughing to get the best shot. I’m overtly aware of how I am perceived here. I don’t want to come across as vain, though personal style blogging involves displaying ample pictures of yourself. But I also want to look pretty. 
There’s a fine line here – and I think we (by we, I don’t mean bloggers only) can only reach a good balance if we’re real. Be real today. Don’t smile at someone and start gossiping the minute they walk away. Don’t try so hard to look cute that you miss an opportunity to laugh! Don’t talk about a particular topic just because you think it would impress people. Don’t be afraid of exposing the real you – flawed and all! These are a lot of don’ts (oh, the list is endless!), but I think being real takes a conscious decision – despite the fact that it’s the most natural You. I really want to be true to my character by being real, every day. If I forget, remind me okay 🙂 

Happy weekend!

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