All Good Things (Don’t) Come to an End

24 Apr

Hello there!

It is a marvelous day outside, which prompts that the semester is going to an end. I guess it is the natural time for my final post, or at least the last I am going to be graded on! It has been a long journey so far, more than three months in blogging, and I am already in love with it. I decided to keep my blog after and share with you my love to fashion! Still, I have some final words to say on the journey I went through because it has been a quite exciting and enthralling one.

When I started, I was somehow nervous and uncertain on how my blog would evolve. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to write about fashion. Raised by a designer, I have been reared with the belief that style matters. My mother has taught me that fashion is a lot more than a couple of pieces of clothing you put on yourself, so I developed a natural affection for the beauty of fashion. With my blog I set off to a journey that I hoped would help me learn if style really matters and what one can acquire from a person’s style.
My first interviewee was a boy. Dimitar Balabanov taught me that everyone cares to a certain degree about the way they look, regardless of the gender.

“We live in such a materialistic society nowadays, that […] people will definitely judge you according to what kind of clothes you’re wearing, or how you’re wearing them. […] There is a saying, at least in Bulgaria, that people greet you by the way you look and send you away by the way you treated them.”

Indeed, style is a noticeable feature of a person’s look not only here in Bulgaria, but all over the world. After all, fashion has become one of the biggest and richest industries that produce billions of income each year. The desire for bigger profits has created a harshly competitive environment, which, unfortunately, affects us, the final customers. Recently, some of the most absurd and horrific ad campaigns have come exactly from fashion giants like Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, and many others. I believe this trend is largely responsible for the distortion of the ideals of femininity and caused eating disorders, sexism and gender violence. When I discussed this issue with my friend Boryana, she told me something that I could not forget.

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Boryana Kaisheva

“You have to establish your own style and your own fashion, and not be a slave of what other people wear or what other people believe is fashionable and cool.”

The beauty of fashion is not in mimicking what the top models wear on stage, it is in taking the most out of what the industry offers and create a signature style that would underscore your best features. Style is a reflection of what we are, so to me personally, blindly following the latest trends speaks of lack of individualism and creativity and a desire to be someone else.

I have always found it more fun to look for inspiration on the streets, rather than on Fashion TV. Usually the girls and boys we encounter everyday while rushing with our daily schedules, have much more interesting style decisions that incorporate latest trends with a personal touch. This is what I look for when I need inspiration for refilling my wardrobe! Luckily, the place where I study, AUBG, has gathered a bunch of quite interesting young people from all over the world. This mixture of cultures and identities is most noticeable when it comes to fashion. It really triggers the imagination and takes you out of the box!

Xhulia Rami

Xhulia Rami

“I changed three different colors before I decided to stick with red,” said Xhulia, an Albanian sophomore at AUBG. “I believe that red fits me best. It makes me feel more confident because it is a very distinct color that speaks for itself.”

Dayana Yancheva

Dayana Yancheva

“For me fashion is a way to express my identity. I don’t like clothes that everyone wears because I believe that such fads take away from who I am,” Dayana told me.

As another AUBG student, Dayana has a very distinct style, especially when it comes to hairstyles. Her ever-changing hair would inspire even the most unwilling-to-cut-her-hair girl to try something completely new! After all, the fashion is for fun, and what is more fun than experimenting? When is the best time to alter your style as often as you want? College! So let’s take out the most of it!

Erilda Hoxha, Personal Archive

Erilda Hoxha, Personal Archive

Unlike what the clothing industry tries to convince us in, fashion is all about the personal perception. Erilda, an honorable fashionista, told me:

“In the morning, when I’m getting ready for the day, I never think about other people. I just have to look good for myself, to feel pretty and confident.”

When I attended the radio AURA 20th Birthday Cocktail Party this March, I was astonished by the style of most of the people. I saw some incredible outfits, which made me proud I am part of the team as well. We are an eclectic bunch of students, gathered from different countries, having absolutely different interests; but we have one thing in common – we are all people with extremely distinct personalities. You could have told that just by looking at our outfits!

The whole team!

The whole team of AURA!

My journey brought me up to the point when I realized a very important thing. Fashion is not in the magazines, not even in the TV shows, it is out there, on the street, and is happening right now. The true role models are not those overly skinny models, but the completely normal girls and boys, like you and me. Moreover, it will do us a favor to understand, once and forever, that style matters only because it helps us represent ourselves to the world! Fashion is all about the individual approach to it.

I notice I have been quite wordy in this final (graded) post but it has been an extraordinary journey for me. It made me dig deeper into what fashion actually is and helped me find shape my opinion on the topic. However, I believe that the expedition I am on is far from over; the more I learn, the more curious I become! I hope I will be able to stay as prolific in posting as I am now and I will be glad if you guys keep on supporting me!

So this is me..

So this is me..

I hope you guys liked my works so far!

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Hugs and kisses,

Mirela

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18 Responses to “All Good Things (Don’t) Come to an End”

  1. Iva April 25, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    It is so refreshing to see someone walking on the streets of Sofia dressed in quality clothes, not necessarily super chic or with superb elegance. It raises my mood, I wish there were more of them.

  2. Life-Changing Books April 25, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    amazing post!

  3. chammerdorfer April 25, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    So cute with your mom! 🙂

  4. chrisli89 April 25, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Nice to know what your sense of fashion is.

  5. dariakornilova April 25, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Exactly! Some people in Bulgaria just scary me!

  6. marzhandoszhanova April 25, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Great Job!

  7. evgeniyakoseva April 25, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    A real fashionista would never stop blogging! Good job, Mirelche! 😉

    • mireladineva April 25, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      I don’t know if I’m a real fashionista but thanks, Jeni 🙂

  8. pauljmc220 April 25, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    How did you get all 3 together at the same time? That was really nice, but yeah the first place one is kinda meh….

  9. zerolayersbetween April 25, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    glad to hear you’ll be sticking around!

  10. Prada For Breakfast April 26, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    You are gorgeous! This is probably one of the best posts I’ve ever read on fashion, ever. I think you’ve perfectly captured what it’s really about — not just clothes, but style and identity — which is something I’ve always struggled to articulate well myself (and why my blog doesn’t focus on just fashion). I’m really excited to see what you’ll post next!

    Halie

    • mireladineva April 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much! I’m glad you like it! I started the blog as a semester-long project for my Multimedia Journalism class but I got so into it that I decided to keep it even after the class is over! So, I will try to keep up with posting 🙂

      p.s. I discovered your blog some time ago and I love it 🙂

  11. Melody Gilbert May 2, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Happy to hear you will keep on blogging! And don’t forget about Tweeting, too 🙂

    • mireladineva May 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Oh, Twitter is now an inseparable part of my life! 😀 I’m actually the social media specialist in radio AURA, starting next semester 🙂

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