So here it is, my first time writing for the love of it in longer than I can remember and the first post on Blonde Sartorial. And, what better time to begin this venture than January; a well-known marker of clean slates and fresh starts.
I’m a big believer in making you own luck so, in this new year, I’m doing up my top button and pursuing my passions more attentively than ever. This includes writing. I’ve blogged before, sporadically posting content that was both uninspired and uninteresting. But, in the spirit of January, I’ve decided to start again, breaking away from all the crap and writing authentically about my passions for fashion, travel and everything in between.
When I started considering what I want this blog to be, I decided to scroll through some of my favourite blogs for inspiration and remembered one of my favourite reads from a while ago – The Little Plum’s “Hello! I’m Chloe & This Is Who I Want To Be On The Internet.” Hannah Louise Fashion has also written a version.
I thought it’d be the perfect post to start my blogging journey – an in depth introduction to who I am and what I want Blonde Sartorial to become.
I’m 23 years old [turning 24 in two months, which is absolutely terrifying] and from a small town in West Lancashire, UK, although I’ve spent the majority of my time in Manchester since I was 19 years old. On the odd occasion when I bump into boys I went to school with back home, they look at me with an odd expression that translates to a mixture of “wow, you’ve changed” and “damn, maybe I shouldn’t have been such a dickhead to you.” I was a late bloomer, but once puberty hit, I’d like to think it treated me well.
I class myself as a student although I’m not technically studying for my degree at the moment, having had to interrupt my studies in November. I’ll be brutally honest. I was struggling with PTSD caused by being sexually assaulted last summer and needed to take a break to get my mental health in check. If all goes to plan, I’ll return to complete my final year of my bachelors degree in English Language at the University of Manchester in September 2019.
I’m a proud feminist due to the circumstances I’ve faced and I have an unbreakable belief that men must be held accountable for their actions and must realise that women are their equals and should be treated as such.
I’ve been completely enamoured by the fashion industry for as long as I can remember. When I was at secondary school, I saved the money that was supposed to be used for my school lunches to buy my first designer bag [the Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, in case you were curious]. I religiously view every single collection each fashion month on Vogue Runway and while I don’t follow every trend, I definitely spend far too much money splurging on the ones I love.
If I were asked to describe my personal style, I’d struggle. It’s a mix of designer brands and a healthy dose of Urban Outfitters and Topshop. It’s runway inspired avant-garde looks and Brandy Melville basics. I dress each day to suit my mood, in clothing that makes me feel good. Blonde Sartorial will become a space to share this passion I have for clothing and I would love nothing more than for it to become a source of fashion inspiration for its readers.
And more about my blog. I describe it as “a millennial fashion and lifestyle blog” because I want it to express my views as clothesminded individual who just so happens to be part of the ‘snowflake generation’, a term I’m calling bullshit on by the way. I want to be able to talk about the things that matter to women like me. Millennial women have been dealt a particularly shit hand in life and I fully intend on sharing what I think about it, alongside my love for faux fur coats, plaid and chunky shoes.
I write because it allows me to work through and express my thoughts and opinions. I write about fashion because it brings me immense happiness. Blonde Sartorial will be intensely personal because I’m primarily writing for myself. That being said, I’d like to think readers will gain inspiration from my little space on the internet. This site will act as an online portfolio of my writing when I eventually graduate and enter the ultra-competitive world of fashion journalism, but it is more importantly a source of great joy for me, and hopefully you also.
Peace and love, Bec