I’ve been struggling with the direction that I want to take this site. I have a strong desire to add creativity to my life, and this is the best outlet for that. However, I’m often crippled by this need to be perfect. It can be so consuming that I often abandon my post midway through writing or completely scrap an entire month’s worth of ideas and images. I’ve fallen victim to the social media constructs of what it means to be a blogger; in order to be a successful blogger, one must showcase an enviable and unattainable curated life. It pains me to say that as my ultimate goal was to show a life lived…approximately.
During this most recent spell of “blog development,” I came across a Japanese concept called Wabi Sabi. Essentially, it is the idea of finding beauty in the imperfections. The quirks and eccentricities during construction of objects and processes are what makes it unique. Flaws are beautiful as that is what makes it special.
And I firmly believe that is what Style Approximately is all about. Adrienne and I have discussed several directions on where we feel this website will go. And you know what, we still don’t know! But that’s a beautiful thing. I think we’re okay with that: style and life (as a whole) is never a linear perfect path. We’re living approximately, and we hope you can feel just as okay and connected to your flaws as we are.
Lookin’ like we about to drop the hottest K-Pop album of 2017
If you haven’t noticed, there is a fresh voice and face on Style Approximately.
I want to introduce all of you to Adrienne, my dearest friend of 25+ years, bad ass woman, and Style Approximately’s newest blogger and editor.
For a long time, Style Approximately was a fever dream of mine. I had thoughts and ideas for the direction of this blog, but it would rarely come into fruition. Even if it did, I always felt something was missing.
I realized that I needed a collaborator. I needed someone who is able to compartmentalize the ideas and concepts I have for this blog and execute it accordingly. I needed someone to help push me forward when I felt analysis paralysis. I also wanted someone who can hold me accountable in maintaining the dream when I felt exhausted by it.
On second thought, this should be the cover of our album.
Adrienne has always been so supportive of this dream. She provides extensive and honest feedback, an incredible knowledge of beauty and fashion, and the ability to spot the next big trend well before it hits the mainstream market.
She is inspiring, and has played a huge role in developing this blog. Her style, attitude, and voice are exactly what was missing from Style Approximately. It only made sense to have her fully onboard in this journey.
So, in her own words, get to know Adrienne a bit more below!
At the opening of the Museum of Ice Cream in LA
Tell me about your journey, what led you to this endeavor?
I’ve always loved putting together outfits for friends and family and when it worked, it was such a thrill! Especially when I picked out things they may not have normally picked for themselves. I’m also a big beauty junkie, my favorite things to hoard are lip products and skin serums and masks.
Who or what inspires you?
Celebrities, other bloggers, IG, my friends and people on the street.
Do you follow any bloggers? Any that you highly recommend?
I love thegreylayers! She’s so consistent with the message she puts out there, and she’s so cool, very much of a “this is me, take it or leave it” attitude.
What does Style Approximately mean to you?
For me, I think Style Approximately means that style doesn’t have to be perfect or look a “certain way.” It should be what you want to wear and feel good in. For example, something on the runway that looks crazy, but translating it in a way that fits in with your lifestyle
What’s your favorite piece of style advice?
I think this was from Angelina Jolie’s stylist. When your piecing outfits together: make one piece the statement piece- the focus-whether it be jeans, top, whatever and keep everything else simple so that it stands out.
Tell me one thing about yourself that you want to share with our readers.
I’m getting married! The planning process is crazier than I ever thought. I had no idea what a Chiavari chair was before the planning started!
It’s been a long road to get back here. After semi-retiring from the blogging world in 2005, I’ve decided to come back in full force and do this thing like a grown up with my very own space on the interwebs.
So what does Style Approximately mean? What am I trying to put out there in this crazy world?
I believe style is what you make of it. This is a space to observe and engage in the beautiful, the silly, the thought-provoking, and the WTFs of… life. Much like my personality, it will be kinda all over the place. But hey! What’s life without a little madness?