For the thanksgiving weekend, the ladies at Friend Friday are exchanging guest posts. We paired up and wrote posts on what we were most passionate about and Gina of GinaJosephineAggie wrote about how fashion has changed her and her experience with the 30 for 30 challenge. See my post for her blog about the importance of modelling and fashion photography here. Do enjoy!
What I love the most about fashion is that a single article of clothing or an accessory has the power to be transformative. A new pair of shoes can give you the confidence to kick some butt, the right shade of eyeshadow can capture someone's glance, a statement ring packs the power of a knock out punch, and that little black dress has just been patiently waiting to make an appearance and grab his attention.
Clothing triggers an emotional response. That is a fact. Most times we dress how we feel or we dress how we want to feel. Going to an interview for your dream job? You'll probably want to wear an outfit that will make you feel like you are exuding confidence and skill. You know you'll plan your 10 year high school reunion outfit weeks in advance because you want to look youthful and successful. I think that this is what men don't get about women - we dress how we feel. "Honey! Tomorrow I am going to feel new! So, I had to get these pumps to just be prepared."
Many of the fashion bloggers in the industry are participating in Kendi Everyday's 30 for 30 Remix Challenge - and boy is this a challenge! 30 articles of clothing - 30 outfits - 30 days - no outfit repeats and no shopping. The very point of this all is to teach yourself that you don't always need something new to feel great.
I wasn't totally sure what I was getting myself into when I started fashion blogging. I have a passion for fashion & for making my clients look and feel their best. At first, I intended my blog to be focused totally on giving fashion tips & the inside scoop on what to wear and what not to wear. As I scoured the expansive world of fashion blogging, I realized that the best way to give tips on what to wear was to actually show what I was wearing. So, I started featuring myself! The 30 for 30 Remix Challenge has totally aided me in my mission. I think the best thing about this challenge is that it forces me to appreciate my current wardrobe for what it is. Remixing 30 items stretches my creativity in putting together stellar outfits everyday instead of "giving in" and running to the store for that perfect top. I've found, through this challenge, that the perfect top is already in my closet! It's all a matter ofinserting that feeling that you want to exude into what you already have.
It seems that with the advent of the internet and the dreaded 'Copy+Paste' the basics rules of plagiarism seem to have gone out the window. Online publishers and bloggers alike seem to forget that the internet does have copyright laws and that the internet is not all 'public domain'.
"the web is considered ‘public domain’ and you should be happy we just didn’t ‘lift’ your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me!"
Rudeness aside, I'm pretty sure everyone can see the error in that logic. Apparently these editors missed the part in college where they threaten expulsion for plagiarism and yell at you if you don't cite your sources properly....oi.
This week at FBFF we're tackling blogger plagiarism and copying. Onto the questions!
1. What are the 'unwritten rules' about coping content that we bloggers should all abide by? Well firstly, if you absolutely HAVE to copy something SOURCE IT!!!! It takes two seconds to include a link back to wherever you got the content from, and it at shows that you recognize that you weren't the one who took the time to compile the information. Most bloggers don't mind if their content turns up elsewhere once it's linked back to their site. 2. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But when it a post imitation and when is it copying? Imitation is if you reconstruct an idea you get from somewhere else. Copying is when you take something wholesale without crediting the original author. 3. Taking another blogger's idea (perhaps for an outfit, or DIY tutorial) is pretty common in the blogging world. Do you think it is necessary to credit the original source? I think when it's a general idea that is being reproduced it isn't necessary. If that were the case, we wouldn't really have any original content. The fact is, when you're a niche blogger, there are specific stories that everyone will be covering and depending on the story you can't just ignore it. The best thing is to try to put a unique spin on an old story. IFB posted an article a while back about how to make old content more original. 4. How have you improved your blog by comparing it to other bloggers? Have you made changes due to something you have seen others doing? I think MOST of the changes I've made have been from observing what works for other bloggers. Starting in the blogging world when most bloggers are already well established can be extremely daunting and luckily most bloggers are willing to help each other out. But at the same time, you have to see what works for you and for the content that you want to produce. 5. Have you ever had one of your posts copied by another blogger or publication? How did you handle the situation? I haven't had any of my post copied (or at least not that i know of) but I have had some of my pictures turn up in places that I didn't authorize, which was highly annoying. In that particular instance though I hadn't watermarked the photos which was an oversight on my part, but it was still very clear that they were my photos and hence I still annoyed. I didn't pursue it in that instance, but I definitely will in future.
Recently, there has been a move within the fashion world towards abstaining from more rigorous rituals of hygiene. The trend includes showering less, forgoing shampoo and banishing deodorant. A recent article in the New York Times examined the 'unwashed culture' and here at Friend Friday, we're doing the same.
This week we're airing our views on the growing trend and giving our opinions about the accepted conventions on hygiene.
1. The move to do away with soap, shampoo and deodorant has been growing in popularity in the last year. What are your thoughts on this trend?
I do not mean to sound judge-y but I think it's disgusting. To be honest though, I think it's a cultural thing for me. I completely understand the rationale behind not showering or shampooing as often. Anyone with high school level biology knows that the skin (and scalp) produces natural oils that are helpful in maintaining natural lubrication. It keep your skin from cracking and looking gross. But for me, I'm Trinidadian. It's hot there. I don't really need any extra help keeping my skin lubricated. Between the sun and the sweat, I'm drowning in natural lubrication.
In the US though, and more specifically the East Coast (I'm in MA now so i'll speak for Boston) I get that's it's a lot cooler and people don't sweat as much. As a result they shower less. Fair enough. But it has been ingrained in me that I should shower no less than twice a day. When you get up, and again before bed. Honestly, I don't mind. I LIKE showers. They're relaxing and comforting.
When I got to Boston freshman year, I remember being really disgusted that people on my shower showered once a day or every other day. It grossed me out. Me on the other hand, sometimes I showered up to 4 times a day. I don't like feeling clammy or uncomfortable and showers solve that problem.
Honestly though, I think the main concern with this issue is body odour. I'm terrified of it, and I sweat a LOT, so that also contributes to my incessant showering, but I'm okay with other people not showering as often as long as they don't smell.
2.Be honest how often do you wash your own hair?
Before I relaxed my hair when I was 15, I used to wash once a week. In the 3 years that it was relaxed I upped it to twice a week. Now that I've returned to the natural route, (I recently dreadlocked my hair) I only wash once every so often. Whenever I feel like it's getting gunky. I estimate about once every week and half.
The thing is, that decision is also something I don't have control over. Since my locks are still forming, incessant washing will stop them from setting. I have to stop messing with it or i'll ruin my hair. Instead I use this YUMMY spray called Rasta Lock & Twist Grow Spray which smells AMAZING (i sniff it when I'm bored. I reminds me of seasoning) twice a day, and then I wash it all out at the end of the week. I like this spray because it works wonders, but I get a buildup on my scalp sometimes (the spray is a little heavy) so every other week or so it might get an extra wash.
When I do wash however, I use Herbal Essences Drama Clean which is specific for getting all the extra gunk out. It works really well and I'm happy with it. I don't condition though. I get all that fun stuff from the spray.
3.Have you tried to go the more natural route by forgoing shampoo? What happened? Or would you be tempted to try it?
I've never consciously tried not to shampoo, but I've had long weeks sometimes where I just didn't have the time or energy to take the time to shampoo, dry and re-lock my hair. It takes a while and I won't lie, I'm a little lazy. But eventually I always give in. If I don't wash often enough I actually feel my hair getting heavy and gross and it's uncomfortable. No one likes to scratch their head and come away with gunk under their nails. It's gross. I can't see myself ever feeling the need to not shampoo. No matter how en vogue it happens to be.
4.What products do you use and have you ever gone with more organic alternatives?
Well like I said above I use the Lock and Twist spray and Herbal Essences shampoo. Other than that I only an African Sheen spray to give my hair a little shine. Nothing fancy.
5. What about that daily shower? Would you forgo that opting to shower three times a week instead?
I shower twice a day every day. I could care less about how much it might be snowing outside. Habits are hard to break. The day I shower 3 times a week is the day I've been knocked unconscious and someone is giving me sponge baths in a hospital bed. End of story. Showers are my friend.
I'm really glad that Leighton Meester had the opportunity to wear something other than bright colours and headbands in this editorials. She makes such BAD red carpet choices and her GG look is so consistent. It's nice to see her go a little edgy. She really is gorgeous.
work like this really makes me appreciate black and white photography. it just gives everything such a wonderfully dramatic flair, and brings out details you might not notice if you were distracted by colours. this first photo is particular is a favourite of mine and i'm really glad i found it. it's a great example of how little is really needed to produce a great photograph.