Instagram has proven to be an inspiring place for me. I call it a “place” because I feel like it’s somewhere people (and cats!… so many cats, including mine) can go to share their view of life in a creative way. It can take some time to sort through the millions of photos and users on Instagram but I’m enjoying seeing what the world has to offer through other people’s perspective.
I particularly enjoy seeing the variety of fashion, beauty and personal expression that is being captured; both from everyday people such as myself and from some of the more well-known faces of the world. Inspiration can be found anywhere!
The other thing that I am loving about Instagram is how interactive it is becoming…and I’m not talking about the spamming or the hateful comments that seem to litter the “comments” sections under photos. But rather the compliments, feedback and support that can be out there. Now, I haven’t yet been the victim of anything terrible or vitriolic, so perhaps I’m looking through rose-coloured glasses.
One great example that I have particularly loved getting involved with has been the “Fox in Flats Style Dare Challenge”.
http://www.foxinflats.com.au/2013/03/fox-in-flats-style-dare-april (Image from Fox in Flats Style Dare)
Anyone with an Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account can join in and be inspired to be creative. If you head over to the Fox in Flats website you can read more behind the inspiration for the concept. Primarily aimed at women who are facing the challenges of motherhood and fashion, I feel that it appeals to a much wider audience. I don’t have any biological children (I have two step-children and a very diva-ish cat), but with a full-time job, friends, shared parenting, staying fit and healthy, I think that I’ve fall into “fashion ruts” as well as “life ruts”. We can all sometimes get caught up in just trying to get through the day. I take my hat off to women who do it all with a full-time family to love and support as well.
For the first time I have been participating in the Style Dare, which ensures that you attempt something new each day for a month. So far we are up to Day 6 and…
Fox in Flats Style Dare April 2013
I’ve worn sequins to work, Day 2: Sparkles (got heaps of compliments surprisingly)
Minimal hair and accessories for Fox in Flats Style Dare “Slick”
Toned everything back with minimal hair and accessories for Day 4 of the April Style Dare “Slick”; and…
…worn bright Fuchsia lipstick while I felt like staying in bed sick. This lovely shade of lippie actually cheered me up somewhat and got me to my desk! (Day 5)
At the same time, I’ve still not been able to purchase a single piece of clothing and have been getting into the Fox in Flats Style Dare, while staying on my own “No New Clothes Challenge”….it’s exciting and easier than I thought. These fashion challenges are adding variety to the working week and every day.
- Scarf? Check!
- Sparkles? Check!
- Arm party? Check! (find out just what an arm party is here)
- Boots? Check! (a little warm in Qld to wear them though…)
- Ripped?Hmmmm…Day 22 will be a challenge…
So there you go! I’m going to continue on for the whole of April and see just what treasures I have in my wardrobe to get me through this challenge. It’s fun to wear looks I usually reserve just for a night out through the day, and has certainly made me feel more glamorous and adventurous.
Thank you Fox in Flats! Check out Instagram to see the fun and creativity flowing.
Let me know if you’re joining in and what your favourite Style Dare Challenge has been.