Hey, there. It’s been a long time. It’s been practically silent on Sugar and Chiffon this year, and I feel like I owe you an explanation.
Simply put, between the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the wildfires, the horrible sexual harassment/assault stories in the news, and the current president saying and doing horrible things, I started to feel like it was almost irreverent for me to keep blogging about mascara and espadrilles and chunky-knit sweaters. Which is ridiculous of course. I see that now.
While it is important that we, as a society, recognize injustices and fight for what we believe is right, it is also important to take time for self care. For a while there, I was kind of in the mindset that I couldn’t do fun things that I enjoyed, because it felt so wrong to be happily blogging about a fun sale or lipstick when I knew, at the same time, there were others experiencing so much suffering and fear. But I’ve come to the realization that it’s okay to take some time for yourself, to fend for you own happiness even in the face of turmoil. Because if we don’t, we will get burnt out. And if we all get burnt out, who will be left to recognize and fight against the injustices that made us feel this way in the first place?
I have felt so overwhelmed by the new lately. Every morning I wake up and read the notifications I get on my phone from various news apps (turning that function off asap!) and think, “2017, could you please just give us ONE DAY OF PEACE?!” In particular, I have been especially troubled by the news of Alabama’s U.S. senator candidate who has been accused of dating a 14-year old when he was in his thirties. As a former criminal defense attorney, I understand the importance of “innocent until proven guilty,” but I have found it so troubling to see people go on live television and indicate that either a) that behavior is fine and it’s the victims who are at fault, or b) that they would rather vote for an accused pedophile than someone of the other political party. For lack of a better phrase, I JUST CAN’T EVEN. This story last week was my breaking point.
Something has to change for the sake of my personal sanity and well-being. So this weekend I started turning to my old favorite blogs instead of the news, and I found so much relief. Fran taught me how to make a cheaper alternative to a Peloton bike, Corinne made me spend all my money, and Jess gave me some great outfit ideas for Thanksgiving.
The point of this post is multi-fold. First, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the state of things in this country (or elsewhere!), you are not alone. Second, If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the state of things, it’s okay -even necessary- for you to take care of yourself. Do something you love, with someone you love. Go for a walk outside. Snuggle a puppy. Your emotional health and well-being is so important. You deserve to be happy! Taking care of your own health and well-being will put you in an even better position to help others. Lastly, I’m planning to start blogging again. I’m not really sure how often (five posts a week is so much work, y’all…and my life is not that exciting!), but I know that this space/community is something that makes me feel happy. It’s like a vacation from all the garbage going on in the world. Also, I have SO MUCH to tell y’all! We bought a new house and moved! We’re going to Paris! I have a giveaway post coming up soon that involves CHEESE! Going forward, the content is probably going to be a bit different than what it used to be. These days, I’m much more passionate about creating lifestyle-related content (i.e. recipes, home decor, travel, beauty, fashion, sales, etc.), rather than just outfit posts. Also, I don’t really love taking/posting outfit photos of myself, so there’s that… haha. But there will still be fashion-related content, you can be sure! If you have any suggestions about what you’d like to see, or questions you’d like answered, please reach out to me! Sugar and Chiffon is as much about you as it is me, and I want to make it a fun, relaxing getaway from all the awful stuff going on in the world because, in 2017, we need it.