Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Later Skaters.

So, like.
I'm pretty much done with fashion Blogger hey.
After Australian Fashion Week last week, I can pretty much say, I'm fucking over it.

I love fashion. With every fibre of my being.
I sometimes wish I didn't. It's an expensive love to have.
 Since opening my first Vogue when I was 13 (UK, it was) and glimpsing that amazing Tim Walker editorial of Lily Cole in India in a fantastical world of texture and colour and life, I can safely say...fashion is HEAVEN.
 I have an addiction to its beauty and splendour. 
 And I know I always will, it's something one cannot easily shake off and cease to admire.

My passion for it escalated in High School, to the point that when I was 17 (quite a few years ago now, sorry to say), I stumbled into the world of fashion Blogger.
I loved being able to post my inspirations, find and follow other bloggers so similar to me, to share thoughts and ideas and fashion crushes.
I loved how fresh it was, how people tried to do their own thing, be creative as possible with their outfit choices, and had realistic budgets and expectations (well, at least somewhat). 

I liked the variety of blogs I followed, and how versatile and inventive some of them were.

Now, shit has changed. The Fellts happened.
What a fucking joke that is.
Yes, those girls are beautiful, utterly stylish and have amazing taste in fashion and what not. 
But hey, do you remember a time when they weren't so fucking glamourised  and up themselves?
I do.
I remember when you used to be able to talk to them, and get a response from them without having to suck up with a cliched "OMG, you are SUCH a babe" comment.
I remember when some of them had to do it all on their own.
Not as many free clothes, heck, I reckon they actually had to PAY for shit. They had to be more creative and source their outfits far more carefully, and they were inspiring because if you wanted a similar look (not that I copied them, but I'm speaking generally here), it was actually ACHIEVABLE.
Not designer, layered upon designer.
If I wanted to see that, I'd buy a magazine.
 And as for their normal everyday lives?
Not every normal blogger is shipped off overseas for fashion week antics and mingling with the pretentious elite.
Like seriously, WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED? 
They used to be so relatable.
Anyway. I still admire their style, but heck. It makes me mad they still classify themselves as bloggers when they prance around acting like models and celebrities. 

As for other bloggers, I find that the creative fashion photography and art blogs seem to becoming far more sparse these days. Most making the move to Tumblr.
They're half the blogs I used to adore and follow, and now I mainly see blogs consisting only of outfit posts and giveaways. There is not as much writing as there used to be, or inspirational posts.
If I ever came across a stylish person's blog, I loved to see into their inspirations, and hear their thoughts and feelings, not just identify the labels of the attire they slapped on their back.

As for the suck ups! SHIT. I do NOT want to waste my time on these people.
"Oh you're amazing, like I love your shoes, you should so model, like OMG. Please come visit and follow my blog". 
Or the bloggers with their eyes set on what I like to refer to as "blogger-climbing", and heave their way up on the ladder by flattering and sucking up to the virtually well known girls and boys, just to gain more attention and more followers, and hence, quench their ego thirst. 

Yo. This was supposed to be about creativity!!!

Yuck, guys. Just fucking yuck. 

This blog of mine, I love and adore. It has been around for a few years now and has had a lovely following. I would love to thank you all for bearing with my ups and downs, and crazy fashion phases.
I am glad I have been able to provide you with not only fashion, but photography and musical inspiration for the past four years. For those of you I have made friendships with, I am glad that this is what brought us together. 
But it is time for me to give it up, if not forever, then at least for a good while. 
I need a break from it.

As a very creative girl, I know I will probably stumble down other creative paths in the future, so I'll try and update you on that if it so happens.

But as for now, if you want to stay in touch, please pop by my tumblr, Basil The Goat or pop by my Instagram @labanna.

Leaving you with one last dreamy song and film clip by Swim Deep.  Do listen to it, and let it melt your heart and eyes.

Thank you all, and I may or may not speak to you soon.


  1. Beautiful Liana, just so well written. RIP decent Australian blogging.
    I hope the FELLT network take a good hard look at themselves (I am sure they are already checking themselves out through Vogue.com thanks to TT).

    I met you through here. I am not sure how our URLs crossed. But it was the best thing that could ever happen. I love you. You are a REAL girl, not airbrushed, not adorned in Dion Lee (much to your sadness). You have real girl problems, and you are not afraid to admit you have them. You are genuine and completely real. Your blog is not a veil of 'chic cool' to cover your flaws, your blog has documented your true feelings and your inspirations.

    Your music taste is impeccable, your fashion taste - on par.
    I hope that together we can put fashion blogging right here in Australia and rebel against the fake BS we see on here from Australia's "elite" fashionistas.

    I know for one, if I get into Gothenburg I am going to miss you the most out of anyone in my life. As I said, I love you Liana, and I thank Blogspot for bringing us together. For now, let's work towards making our passion something more than daily million dollar outfits and perfect lifestyle posts x0x0x

  2. FUCK YOU! Fuck you for being one of the few people whose blog was actually interesting, and then deciding everyone else being shit means that you shouldn't keep going. Especially because regardless of how crap everything else normally is, I always like seeing what you think or what you're digging at the moment. I hope you realise you're one of the few intelligent, creative people with good taste left on my blog feed, and perhaps one of the few left in farken 'straya.

    Is it pretentious for me to finish this comment in French?

    Oh fuck it: vive l'intelligence et le bon goût.

    1. I love how you said 'straya and then spoke French all classy like in the one comment.
      I LOVE YOUR BRAIN. Thank you for reading and for the compliment, I'll keep in touch via Twitter! xx

  3. I couldn't agree with you more on the state of the 'elite' Australian fashion blogging world, it's so fucking frustrating! What really steams my clams is none of them disclose c/o and gifted item! Why!?

    I went to the first two days of fashion week and boycotted the rest of the shows, the whole scene is major bullshit. It just ain't for me.

    Anyway, i am sorry that this has stopped you from blogging, it's a shame.

  4. Can I just say FUCKING OATH. This is entirely how I have felt for the past few months, the reason as to why I started blogging a year ago was because I just wanted to share to people how I dress and incorporate my headspace. But after noticing that personal style is what people wanted to read, I shifted to using tumblr again to just let everything flow out of my brain.
    All this fashion blogger bullshit is mainly the reason as to why I stopped blogging for the past few months because I cannot handle this pretentious shit. The only reason as to why I am continuing is because I plan to turn it into a bit of a travel blog soon.
    Just wanted to say that I love how you express yourself! So it is so sad to see that you won't be writing anymore, but I'm glad you will be still using tumblr! :)

  5. Totally get what your saying! Not many people actually read my posts when they comment on it! and the reason why I loveed some of the felt bloggers in the first place was because their style was achievable, they are all starting to look the same now. I'll make sure I find you in the world of Tumblr! Love that site!

  6. Wow, I completely agree with everything you've posted here. I used to have a 'fashion blog' which I started in 2009 and loved it, but as you said, the Fellt bloggers have since, ruined it for everyone else (basically). The only reason I'm still using blogspot now is to cater for my friends and family when I travel overseas.. It's a much more personal blog. It's sad how these bloggers have totally become commercialised and hardly relatable, or even friendly anymore.
    I hope you don't disappear from the internet completely, I'm following your tumblr now. Would be such a shame to see someone as down to earth and honest as you vanish.
    Sending love x

  7. Maybe see you on the other side, maybe not. Either way, take tare and keep creative! True, I kinda miss the before blogs times though mine does give me a lot of joy and my main creative outlet. Laters Skaters and AC Slaters!