I know I owe you guys a Costa Rica recap, but we're not out of the finals week woods just yet. I have my last (and worst) final on Tuesday, plus an in-class presentation, so this weekend is largely dedicated to prepping for those. Thanks for bearing with me!
I also wanted to address something. I received a comment on an older post that said, "I remembered when you used to write a lot. Now it's just simple paid stuff." It bothered me. That's not the first (nor will it be the last) time stuff like that has been said. I want to talk about this.
That post was something that was unpaid, and even unsponsored (i.e. no free clothing). I snapped the photos of an outfit I paid for on a borrowed phone in the middle of a stressful period of attempting to work and study for finals with crappy wifi during a vacation I paid for + having a completely broken phone in a foreign country. I did it out of love for this blog, and for you guys.
Having more exposure, and therefore ever-increasing comments in both good and bad veins, has resulted in the interesting dichotomy of people 1) expecting me to produce content that's up to THEIR standards and 2) shaming me for making money this way. It's like, if I do something paid then I'm shamed for it, and if it's an unpaid post then it sucks to them. This blog is my job; it's how I pay rent, and am able to eat, and have the disposable income to help others, and am also allowed the gift of enjoying my life. Plus, I get to bring cool clothing, products, and contests I support to you! But I also juggle this around-the-clock career with full-time school, volunteering, extracurricular activities, etc. I hardly even get to hang with my friends, and am so thankful that a lot of them do what I do and I get to see them around at industry events, at least (and even my event attendance rate has been suffering).
I just wanted to shed some light on the complexities of this window into my life that I share with you, and I hope you better understand where I'm coming from. Feral Creature is an endeavor I've invested in since back when I was a teenager hustling and working 3 jobs, and really busting my ass to survive. Blogging was an escape, a welcome reprieve from the harshness of the real world, and an outlet in which to hopefully create something beautiful and inspiring in a dog-eat-dog world. I did it before I ever fathomed it could be a career, and I would still do it regardless of pay. Feral Creature was founded as a passion project through and through, and it continues to be one to this day. This blog is 100% love, and it touches me that so many of you all across the globe love it too. I promise to always do my best to create for you.
Stylestalker pants (similar here).
Zana Bayne harness.
Jeffrey Campbell shoes.
Freck Yourself freckles.
photography by Randy Tran