Long time no blog!
It really feels like an age since I’ve written anything here. I’ve been fairly quiet across social media as I took an extended break from blogging to focus my energies elsewhere. Every so often I love to just shut off from everything and enjoy my life offline. I’ve come to realise that I’m happier that way! After over 4 years blogging, I seem to have less energy or perhaps desire – if I’m really honest – to attend events, create content for the sake of it, share images of what I’m wearing today or write reviews in exchange for a mere ‘thank you’ – if even.
I see the value in what I do and I value my time and efforts a lot more now.
From day 1, I’ve loved promoting Irish design and clothing and accessories made ethically, as well as the practice of upcycling. From the outset my interest was always fashion and design orientated. But, when you have a blog you end up being contacted to promote a bit of everything: writing beauty and café reviews, sharing competitions and business pages for others, being a judge, a host… the list goes on. You can get a little lost, exhausted and question why you’re doing certain things. There is pressure involved and a fear of disappointing others or leaving someone out. Having said that, I’m eternally grateful for the opportunities that have arisen from modaFix and I would encourage anyone to write a blog if you feel you have lots of creativity and energy that you need to express and expend. You’ll be surprised at where it may take you!
I haven’t shared an outfit post or promoted fast fashion for a long, long time now. I’ve always been an advocate of buying second hand, scouring charity and vintage shops, sourcing clothing locally and selling my preloved clothing at local markets. I’d encourage you to watch the documentary ‘The True Cost’, which is a real eye-opener and will make you feel sick to your stomach when you contemplate popping in to pick up a few bits.
I like to rewear my favourite garments again and again. The thoughts of buying cheap fast fashion doesn’t sit very well with me after having watched this documentary. I am more conscious of buying less and what I love most is basic clothing teamed with interesting jewellery over showy fast fashion.
This brings me to my latest development.
I love jewellery’s ability to start a conversation and what I’m always drawn to is what women wear around their neck. I think a woman’s décolletage is so attractive and feminine and love to ask about simple pendants. I want to know the story behind the piece, the sentimentality, the origin, the hidden message. It’s something I’ll always ask about and something that really interests me. More often than not I’ll be able to name the designer – especially if they’re Irish. I rarely fall victim to fads when it comes to jewellery or what the masses like to wear.
I’ve made unique jewellery since my childhood and teenage years from plasticine and pixel art jewellery to beaded and upcycled pieces. I sold my jewellery at Spitalfields Market in London as a teen. At various stages in the past I’ve mentioned on modaFix that my dream would be to have my own jewellery/fashion line. With the introduction of my mini project creating shell earrings and pendants last year, came an opportunity – a collaboration to design my very own sterling silver collection.
For all these years I’ve been promoting the work of others: people and products I genuinely believe in. I wanted so much to be part of the creative, design process and help spread the word about their talents and quality design. ModaFix has effectively been a platform for free advertising for so long. Now it’s time to introduce my own work and do my own thing, which I’m sure you all can appreciate. After all, all I’ve ever really wanted was to create something of my own and now I have.
I think when you put a thought or desire out into the universe, it’s attracted back to you.
‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.’ (Rumi)
All will be revealed very soon. I really hope you love it as much as I do.