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I’m back…

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’ve been meaning to start the blog up again. It’s hard to write a good comeback post and come up with a good explanation (cough, cough–excuse) as to why I’ve been gone for so long. It’d be cliche to say that a lot has happened since I last posted. A lot has happened, but not–just a couple of life transitions and everyday life happenings.

I graduated college over a year ago (can’t believe it’s really been a year–that feeling of getting old is finally sinking in), took the summer off and vacationed in Hawaii and Europe, then sat back and relaxed for a good couple of weeks before I kicked myself in the butt to look for a real job. I landed myself a good ole-fashioned day job in marketing, which is pretty much what I planned on doing. I’m happy for now and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

The reason I came back: I suddenly felt inspired again and was tired of questioning my past posts, motives behind blogging, and reasons why I should and shouldn’t blog. I was tired of making excuses that I was too tired and too lazy to do it, when in reality, I should just do it and try not to overthink it. I tend to overanalyze and fall into a sort of analysis paralysis, so I’m not going to talk myself out of this again. I missed blogging–just simply blogging for the sake of myself! I want to do a better job of documenting my daily life, my growth, and my inspirations. I hope you stick around for the journey.

-Michelle

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Harem Pants: The New Gauchos but Better

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Remember gauchos? I don’t know about you guys, but they were a huge hit back at my high school. They were just so flowy and had that way of making you feel dressed down, but still dressed up enough to face the world. But, believe me, that was not my initial impression of gaucho pants.

I wasn’t too keen on gaucho pants when I first laid on eyes on them. They looked ridiculous to me–flapping around at your mid-calves like it was nobody else’s business. I felt like they grabbed people’s attention, but not in a good way. However, when everyone, especially the popular girls, seemed to be rocking their gauchos, I decided to reluctantly dip my toes in the water and buy a pair of the cheapest gauchos I could find. It was a desperate attempt to keep up with the current trends and go along with the crowd.

With harem pants, my initial encounter with them was much, much worse. The first time I laid eyes on harem pants I was at the mall trailing behind some poor girl who appeared to be wearing the most unflattering pair of pants I have ever seen. From the back, it basically looked like she had some crap bouncing around in the back of her pants. The way the bottom of the pants bounced up and down as she walked was such an awkward, unfortunate sight to see.

After that experience, I was scarred for life and swore myself off ever wearing harem pants. I mean, who would want to wear pants in the style of MC Hammer, Aladdin, and, god forbid, Justin Bieber? Maybe some of you do not mind, but I sure did. Then, when harem pants proliferated stores everywhere this spring, I told myself I would not cave, especially after my experience with gauchos–they were cool for about one season and now they just sit in the depths of my closet waiting to be donated. However, when my mom came back from her trip to Asia with a pair of harem pants for me as a gift, I had to give harem pants a second thought. You know that saying–do not look a gift horse in the mouth.

So I wore them. I wore them to dance practice as an experiment–it was a minimal risk situation where I was free to make a subtle statement with my choice of bottoms. That way, if people thought they looked ridiculous, at least it was in a situation where leggings and pants of the sweatpants variety were completely acceptable. And, to my surprise, people said that they did, in fact, like my harem pants.

Today, I hate to admit it, but I have actually grown to like my harem pants. I now think of them as more than just slightly more fashionable loungewear and have taken to wearing them in increasingly more public situations. They are comfortable, but still make a statement. Maybe my aversion to harem pants was unfair and I just needed to give them a chance. Now, that I have come to accept harem pants, I see just how versatile they are. They come in a wider variety of fabrics, silhouettes, and prints than I realized. And, I have to admit, many actually look surprisingly chic and flattering.

So, the question I pose to you now is: Harem Pants–hot or not?

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Swimming 101: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Sameness

 

Well, hello there!  M Fashion Diary has been on an indefinite hiatus and I apologize for the lack of posts lately.  I admit that it has been hard to juggle everything I want to do/need to do, especially with graduation right around the corner.  Many times it can feel like I’m just staying afloat in the sea of everything I need to get done.

To all you graduating college seniors out there, we’re almost there!  Now, the question  is: What’s next?  This is the big question I’ve been facing lately and I am still searching for the answer.  I have a couple of ideas about which direction I want to head in, but I’m definitely open to a variety of possibilities.

This blog is another avenue that I’m still exploring.  I’m trying to strike the balance between style & substance and really offering something of importance + relevance to my readers.  I want to not only contribute to the community, but leave my unique stamp on it.

It can be such a struggle to find one’s individuality in a sea of sameness.  There is only so much that daily outfit posts can do for me–they are nice, but generally leave me feeling unsettled.  I glance through those photos and think, “What a nice outfit,”  and then it’s on to the next one.  It all feels so temporary.

In the overplayed words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”  Now, I’m rethinking my blog name, but it’s too late at this point.  Anyways, the question I have for all you fashion style bloggers out there is, how do you sustain your blog and your sense of self in a world where fashion is constantly evolving?

 

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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

2012 was pretty good to me–I finished my junior year of college, secured a great summer internship, embarked on my last year of college–and, of course, I started this blog.  It’s crazy to think that this is the last Christmas break I could be having for a while, maybe even ever.  This is the year when my life as an adult out of college will officially begin.

Though I’m a college senior, my blog is only in its freshman year.  Maybe I should even say its in its kindergarten year.  I started this blog back in May and I am amazed at what has come of it so far.  I look forward to working on it more in 2013 and I do solemnly swear to update it more consistently.

So, I guess my two big resolutions for the year are to:  (1) Figure out what path I want my life/career to take, and (2) Improve this blog.  Yes, I know they’re pretty broad resolutions, but I like how open-ended they are.  They leave room for any improvement, big or small.  There’s no ceiling.  And, who knows–new short-term goals are bound to come from them.  These resolutions are my long-term goals for the year.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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