Not Quite Ready…

Not Quite Ready…

This is a bit of late/quickie post but heavy with reflections…  Tommy Ton of the Jak & Jil (aka streetstyle blog-of-2008-2009) shot me just outside the Alexis Mabille show on Monday, paling into disgusting insignificance of course when compared to the delights on his blog.  Over coffee, we got giddy over Tommy's EGG-CITING campaign that he has been shooting in Paris (all shall be revealed soon and I'm EGG-CITED…) and whilst thinking about all the other egg-citing things happening to bloggers (Tavi on first name terms with the Rodarte sisters and getting them to send her a pair of THOSE knitted tights, Rumi starring in the A/W 09 RVCA campaign…) I suddenly felt incredibly ancient and for want of a better word, pass√©.  Blogs sprung up in the last year or so, have literally zoomed into stratospheres beyond belief.  Truth be told, when Agnes introduced me as an 'influential' blogger at the LCF talk the other week, I had to wince and sqirm a little because my blog is but small fry compared to the amazing newbies (Tavi needs to be flown to Geneva and talk at similar conventions… for some reason I just imagine there being many blogging conventions held at Geneva).  In any case, I have been thinking a little about where the blog is going given that seems to be a favourite question that pops up – "What plans do you have?" "Errr…none?"  I still haven't quite figured it out but I know I don't really feel the blog is up to scratch…

Perhaps I haven't been putting enough into the blog.  Perhaps, it's no longer that relevant.  Or like my tired eyes in the picture below shows, the fatigue is being reflected on the blog.  In my stubborn way, if I find something unsatisfactory, I have to ponder about it for the longest time before daring to make the changes needed to make me feel perfunctorily satisfied with Style Bubble again.  I'd liken it to being ish-proud of my walnut and banana cake recipe but then one day deciding it's not actually as good as I think it is… (I added more nuts in the end to make it better…)

Anyhow…enough dark reflections involving cake.  It might be the copious amounts of paracetamol talking (caught something nasty in Paris…).  I have to strengthen up again as I'm going to be embarking on the fullest fashion circus that I've ever done… New York, London and back to Paris again…but alas, I'm just not that ready yet…


(Vintage fringe jacket, Lazy Ones pale pink and lace dress, AA silver leggings, vintage lace trews from the Urban Collection, Tristan Blair wedges, Yookoo scarf, Vivienne Westwood bag)


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  1. Hapsical

    2009-01-31 at 1:43 PM

    so not true Susie.. your blog still is most definitely *THE* fashion blog
    I think almost every fashion blogger aspires to be at least a little bit like StyleBubble.

  2. Liberty London Girl

    2009-01-31 at 1:46 PM

    Keeping fingers crossed you don’t get struck down with the plague again this season! We missed you in New York in September. (I’m not covering the shows for a mag this season, the first time in years. Going to be weird – but gd – reading your take rather than attending myself!) LLGxx

  3. Liberty London Girl

    2009-01-31 at 1:47 PM

    Damn. Forgot to say that your blog is one of the very, very few fashion ones actually read by editors. BECAUSE IT’S BRILLIANT. LLGxx

  4. winnie

    2009-01-31 at 2:14 PM

    Oh, hard to believe that you don’t think your blog is completely up to scratch.
    Your blog is my go to blog, I love it!

  5. annemarie

    2009-01-31 at 2:27 PM

    That is CRAZY TALK. Your blog is the most INFORMED and CREATIVE out there, as well as the BEST-WRITTEN. (I mean, has Rumi had a lobotomy or what? Why so brain-dead? And Tavi is very cute and remarkably gifted, but seriously– she’s 12. I imagine she would stamp her feet and have a tantrum if she read that, but that just proves my point. She’s a kid, and there’s no getting around it.)
    Your blog is the best out there for so many reasons I don’t even know where to start. Damn, have a cup of tea and come to your senses woman!

  6. wana

    2009-01-31 at 2:27 PM


  7. PinkBow

    2009-01-31 at 2:37 PM

    don’t change it too much. you’re great as you are xoxo

  8. Irin

    2009-01-31 at 2:37 PM

    nice dress,,
    ready to lace up everything!

  9. susie_bubble

    2009-01-31 at 2:45 PM

    Hey sorry guys…. this post was written in paracetamol haze… I’m just so exhausted all the time…. and I’m not happy with what I’m posting….and I have no idea why…. urgh….this is just getting into emo territory and I hate that.

  10. pam

    2009-01-31 at 2:47 PM

    Susie, this site made me want to be a blogger. You had HUGE part in building the entire fashion blogging culture. You’re fearless, deft, and playful with your style, and not merely a pretty face who can pick up on the same old trends (I’m not naming names.) don’t be so harsh on yourself and don’t let the industry make you feel like you’re in a bargain bin when you’re really a perennial favorite.

  11. Brigadeiro

    2009-01-31 at 3:07 PM

    No way Susie! Your blog is so relevant, fresh and exciting, please don’t ever change 😉

  12. Ezra

    2009-01-31 at 3:11 PM

    i like your blog
    and those shoes!

  13. janavi

    2009-01-31 at 3:28 PM

    I can only bear to read 3 fashion blogs, and yours is my favorite. I have checked out quite a few, but find most of them insipid.
    Bring lots of warm clothing to NY- It’s been a cold winter so far!!

  14. emil

    2009-01-31 at 3:29 PM

    your blog is my favourite susie. and even if the blogger-world gets bigger and bigger every day, you are so unique, you’ll probably stay relevant forever.

  15. Alex

    2009-01-31 at 3:35 PM

    Dearest Susie,
    Everything everyone’s said above is completely true about your blog. It really is simply the best – nothing compares to you. (Sorry, the thought of Tina Turner and Sinead O’Conner performing always cheers me up with a chuckle so I thought I’d try it on you.) There’s no need to try to explain yourself – almost everybody’s having a tough month – there’s not enough light in the day, loads of work to do, etc. You’ll feel better and realise that not only is the blog not lacking in any way, but it’s actually a true paragon of excellence. Enjoy snowy New York!!! :)) xxxx

  16. meg

    2009-01-31 at 3:42 PM

    susie, i think that you have such a unique perspective on fashion & that you are one of the best bloggers out there. unlike some other blogs, you actually put out an original take on fashion that i find very refreshing. please keep your spirits up (and keep on being the best!) xo

  17. RITZZZ

    2009-01-31 at 3:46 PM


  18. DJM

    2009-01-31 at 3:51 PM

    A blog can only really go so far any way. To take it further would mean at some point it stops being a blog and becomes an online magazine.
    I also think things are so different for you from when you started – you were an “outsider” before, with fashion merely being a hobby, but now you do it as a job which takes up more time and energy than you probably thought. But you are the fairy tale story for anyone who want their blogs to introduce them to the fashion industry – for them you are a huge inspiration.
    It must also be hard trying to find things to put on Dazed, which will your priority since it pays the wages, and not just replicate it for your own blog, so essentially you’re doing twice as much as before, so of course you’re knackered.

  19. frances

    2009-01-31 at 3:51 PM

    I don’t agree at all, Susie! Style Bubble is so much more interesting than so, so many other blogs. I never know what to expect from each new post. Yeah, other blogs might be rammed full of editorial-style photos of skinny bloggers wearing outfits which make them look ever thinner and prettier but, and not to cast slurs on anyone, it’s so easy to predict what you’re going to see there. All variations on a theme. Your blog is so much more, well, exciting. And different. Like, actually genuinely different. And what I love about it is that you don’t care. I think the sudden culture of incredibly young bloggers being shot to semi-stardom is almost unhealthy. People enthuse over them within the blogosphere, but the man on the street would have no idea who any of them are, and it’s hard to remember that bloggers are a comparatively tiny community. I’d hate for you to become disenchanted with your wonderful blog due to this emerging culture, which seems to me as though it can’t really be permanent or sustainable.

  20. Fashion Hayley

    2009-01-31 at 3:55 PM

    I feel the same way sometimes. I’m the same age as you, in kinda the same position (similar job in online fashion media, which I got cos of my blog) but I always feel my blog is 100% crap (compared to yours it is anyway) but people read it, just like they read yours. People always say they love my “down to earth style” and that is exactly what I love about your blog. You seem real, friendly, down to earth but also really cool and with a fresh take on style. Also a lot of interesting things have happened to me because of my blog, (jobs, meeting designers etc) which is the same for you (your NY Gucci trip? etc) so it is obviously relevant or those things wouldn’t have happened to you.
    There are a lot of blogs out there that are so “same-y”, same style, same looks, same photos hijacked from street style websites. Those blogs may be popular now, with 100+ comments a post, but will they stand the test of time that Style Bubble has? I’m not so sure.
    I don’t even know if this all makes sense. Basically I’m trying to say Style Bubble is probably the most relevant, and most interesting fashion blog there is.

  21. susie_bubble

    2009-01-31 at 3:58 PM

    Thanks for your words of encouragement….yes I am really really knackered and I don’t want to complain because I bring it on myself…. but I hate that one thing is suffering because of the other…. ultimately I want to excel at all things I do.
    I have one of those annoying personalities though where I’m rarely 100% happy and always seeking something to nitpick out….. I’m just feeling it more accutely these days….
    Fashion Hayley: How DO you do it….?
    Frances: You make a good point about the fashion blogosphere being such an insular thing…terrible to get sucked into but also wonderful to be a part of…

  22. MaryaM

    2009-01-31 at 4:33 PM

    susie, you ROCK. i’m an architect living in the bay area, and i know what its like to nit pick at one’s self- ever striving for some elusive perfection. for what it’s worth, i troll a lot of fashion blogs but only yours with consistency because of your magical talent for juxtaposition, eye for color and taste for shape. i’m almost 28 which makes me feel sort of passe’ even reading fash blogs, but eff it. keep on keepin’ on sistah, you paved the way for some of these youngsters, and perhaps this marks a stage of evolution and growth for your blog…hurts, but makes ya stronger.

  23. Eli

    2009-01-31 at 5:13 PM

    Whilst most other of us bloggers live in blog oblivion, you really have risen up to your recognition. I feel sometimes like I really have nothing to offer and that I cant compare. I think way back to 06 when they first featured you in teen vogue, and it made me want to begin my own blog. I guess I owe it all to you.

  24. susie_bubble

    2009-01-31 at 5:17 PM

    It is awfully unhealthy to compare and self-analyse but you can’t help but do it in the small-ish community of fashion blogging…. I will try and cease though because at the end of the day, every blog has its own unique voice to offer regardless of what other blogs are achieving, doing….

  25. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2009-01-31 at 5:19 PM

    Whatever you decide to do in the future, I’m sure you will be successful. I also think you’re far too modest – you ARE an influential blogger. So there x

  26. rachel

    2009-01-31 at 5:32 PM

    the blog is most certainly up to scratch !
    i enjoy this blog so much more than any other, it’s truly lovely

  27. Sabrina

    2009-01-31 at 6:01 PM

    Susie! If you’re feeling irrelevant where does that leave smaller-small-fry blogs like mine? You shouldn’t feel like you have to compete. Especially with blogs that aren’t really in the same category of style/content. Your blog has inspired probably thousands of other bloggers. I think that’s pretty relevant.

  28. Emily M.

    2009-01-31 at 6:05 PM

    I love seeing your outfits on the street!
    I don’t know why, but they just seem more real to me.

  29. Mary Jo

    2009-01-31 at 6:26 PM

    Susie, it’s hard to do it day in and day out and I understand that point of being exhausted and tired of it all (I have been there)—but you are great and truly unique. I hope you continue because I truly love checking in and seeing your world.
    xo Mary Jo

  30. pal shazar

    2009-01-31 at 6:38 PM

    more nuts always help the world go round. ask any precious little squirrel. we all love what you do susie. have a wonderful trip around the shows. thank you for suggesting other great fashion bloggers. this is most generous. love, pal

  31. Masha

    2009-01-31 at 6:46 PM

    Whatev…you’re fresh. One of the reasons I read this blog is that you are the most genuine fashion blogger I’ve come across (i’ll give KoS props too). You don’t tell people how to dress (if someone says black blazer one more time…), what to think, or jump on the same bandwagon every other blogger seems to be on. It really feels that reading my fashion feed on google reader is like hitting the repeat button these days.
    There is no pretense attached here, and I really appreciate that. All this to say, I hope you figure it out and get some peace of mind. Tea and cookies!

  32. Stylish Thought

    2009-01-31 at 7:20 PM

    Oh my Goodness! Susie you are the reason I started blogging and the reason I continue! You are the zenith in fashion blogging and all those other bloggers (me included) are looking at what you’re doing. I know that it’s easy to compare yourself to others (I do it all the time, I’m the same age as you and nowhere near where I would like to be) but you know that everyone has their own unique voice to offer and your voice reigns supreme! Susie cheer up and please get some rest! Come back to Style Bubble refreshed and full of stories!

  33. Park Bench

    2009-01-31 at 9:21 PM

    I may be repeating others here but I was so flustered I felt I had to respond PRONTO.
    One of the things I love about Style Bubble is how reflective you are. It seems like you have been thinking of shuttering the blog since its very beginning and even if you don’t consider it so, this feeling has become a part of the blog that makes it worth visiting.
    You are human. Your computer problems are abundant. Things break, you get sick, you grow slightly apathetic and then worried by your apathy…You allow the world to see you grow and shrink, all the while showing it some of the world’s greatest style – your own.
    In the meantime, even if the blog might not feel like a supernova, it is the best: Like comparing a spectacular meteor shower to the sun…yours provides, in perhaps a less spectacular fashion than Style Rookie and Fashion Toast, (though that is certainly debatable) light on a multitude of ideas, opinions, designers, events, styling options, and an incredibly wide-ranging view on the world of fashion that no other blog comes close to. And that we who read you might argue, we “need”. (No pressure)
    Heck, NOTHING comes close – no other media does what you, even on your “worst” day, do.
    So, thank you. Don’t feel like you have to keep writing for your fans’ sake, but PLEASE don’t stop writing because you’re feeling passe, irrelevant, or ancient. Like I said in my probably lame analogy: That’s like the sun feeling passe, lame, or ancient. It IS ancient, but that’s beyond the point. The point is that it’s vital, good, and nourishes so much.
    Like you.

  34. Saskia

    2009-01-31 at 10:09 PM

    i know exactly how you feel, Susie. had quite a similar feeling today and it reminded me that i always question myself and am never satisfied with myself. …well, anyway… all i can say is – stay true to yourself, for that’s what made you famous. everything else is just… fate.

  35. Saskia

    2009-01-31 at 10:18 PM

    oh, and i forgot to say that
    maybe you know, but i’ve read your blog from the very beginning (hell knows what brought me to you of all blogs) – i still do – and it really influenced me in a way… well, see, i’m lost for words.
    thanx for the inspiration. 🙂

  36. ondressingup

    2009-01-31 at 10:41 PM

    Do whatever feels right for you, Susie. But if it’s worth anything, you are the matriarch of fashion blogging. No one can de-seat you. Furthermore, you are the thinking blogger’s blogger. And I like thinking.

  37. KD

    2009-01-31 at 11:22 PM

    Stop that talk right now! You are the best blogger ever! I mean it!

  38. Kabes

    2009-01-31 at 11:35 PM

    I know it’s been said, but your blog really made the latter half of 2008 a bit more interesting when I discovered it. You made me want to start a blog, plus you told me about the angels sale FIRST so I was able to book a cheap train ticket and mission it down from Notts before the masses found out. For that, and my vintage 1950s dresses, I am eternally grateful. I know I could never pull off the looks you do, but I love the fact that you are not afraid to take some real risks, and I agree with Frances that your style is unpredictable and fun. Don’t worry about the 12 year olds, and the pose-y models, I like the fact your blog is accessible and easy to relate to, it’s written in a friendly sort of way and doesn’t assume you have heard of all these small labels etc. Other blogs may intimidate me at times with all that artsy photography, but this doesn’t, and I think that is what makes you stand out.

  39. ash

    2009-01-31 at 11:38 PM

    susie, you’re truly an institution. yours was the first blog i found, and is still the first one i read every day. i’ve always been truly astounded and inspired by the amount of really amazing things you manage to do with your time. feeling stressed is definitely understandable.

  40. Fashion Hayley

    2009-02-01 at 12:48 AM

    Susie, how do I do it? Well I’m small fry compared to you, but I do feel pressure to blog every day and to come up with new ideas/content for my blog and my 3 jobs in online fashion media and believe me it gets super stressful. It has caused many a fight with my husband too, he hates all the time I spend online or taking photos. Not sure if your bf is more supportive (he has his own blog so I’m assuming he is, whereas my husband doesn’t, and he doesn’t get the fuss, he thinks my blog is stupid and pointless) So yeah there has been many a time when I have felt down that I’m not getting 100+ comments for what I do (I’m not pretty/skinny enough for that), and I’m not getting free Rodarte tights (Aussie bloggers infact rarely, if ever, get anything for free. Our print media only in the last 2 months have started to recognise blogs and interview/feature some of them…So yeah we all look onto the amazing things happening in the UK and USA to bloggers in awe, it will be a while before anything like that happens here) but I keep on blogging because I really enjoy it.

  41. Martin

    2009-02-01 at 3:53 AM

    I love your blog Susie, as was said, this is also my go to fashion blog and you inspire me to no end. GO GO GO!

  42. stu

    2009-02-01 at 4:59 AM

    Your posts may have been slightly snoozy of late but are still infinately better than those slightly disturbing fashion-tweens on the other side of the pond. One of your posts contains more substance than their entire blogs.

  43. Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts

    2009-02-01 at 8:48 AM

    your blog is totally relevant.

  44. Priscilla

    2009-02-01 at 9:48 AM

    No need to worry, dear.
    You are one of my favorites.

  45. Anonymous

    2009-02-01 at 12:31 PM

    Oh Susie, your blog is my absolute favourite one to visit precisely because you are so different from all the other bloggers out there! Your left-field style will ensure that style bubble is always interesting and relevant. Chin up, there are a lot of us that really appreciate the work you do. You are the original and the best x

  46. E

    2009-02-01 at 2:14 PM

    Ennui is horrid – hope you feel better.
    If all else fails – blog makeover!!
    lol – the old standbys are the best – take care and keep up your superior output (because it is y’know)

  47. AngieMontreal

    2009-02-01 at 4:22 PM

    I’m not sure I can put into words exactly how much your blogging has helped me…hmm.
    When I started reading your blog (in about 2006 I guess?) I was still working in the fashion industry for a large company that will remain un-named. I was working as a designer, but strangely not very happy about it. I felt like I SHOULD be grateful for my job (it was a good position with good pay, a lot other designers would probably want it), but when I read blogs like yours and KOS I saw beautiful, truly original clothing, and I slowly came to admit to myself that I just wasn’t satisfied with designing the stuff that I had to do for my full time job. Basically you and KOS made me realize that I was wasting my potential, and I needed to just put it out there and go for it, doing my own line (soooo scary!)
    As of this April I will have been doing my own line full time for a year, fully supporting myself (barely!) and I feel I owe a lot of the courage it took to start to you, my dear. Making the cage dress and skirt for you, and seeing that it was good enough for someone who cares so much about the work of new designers gave me an amazing boost, and I can’t thank you enough.
    All that being said, I can understand that inspiring others is wonderful and I’m sure DOES make you feel nice, but it’s not enough alone to sustain a happy life. I think for creative people one of the things that helps us stay happy is being satisfied with our work(I’m including you as a creative person, even though you will likely protest) If we’re not happy with what we’ve done/are doing we’re generally miserable. I’m the same way, you should have seen me at that old job…
    So I guess what I’m long windedly saying is that maybe you need to find a project that will make you and you alone happy. A super special thing, just for you. Be selfish a bit, it’s OK.
    Also, it’s January, and almost all my creative friends are all down in the dumps. Jan/Feb are a creative persons nightmare, and I think it’s especially bad for the fashion folks, since all the new collections are being released, but there’s not all that much newness in the stores yet, and the weather is generally shit.
    Anyhoo, essay over, I hope you find that certain something that gets you really excited about blogging again, I would really miss you if you disappeared 🙂

  48. jane

    2009-02-01 at 5:39 PM

    at least your blog has substance, actual writing
    that alone is enough to make it stand apart

  49. luxirare

    2009-02-01 at 7:23 PM

    lace pants effing killer

  50. Christina Sanders

    2009-02-01 at 8:14 PM

    Susie, Susie – I know I am simply repeating a lot of what has already said, but your blog is much more interesting than any I have ever come across. So don’t feel bad.
    Also how can you possibly irelevant, when only this morning I spied you on page 71 of the new copy of Elle Collections (s/s09) on the page Headed ‘Street Style: Who Went Where and How Did They Look?…The A-Listers Worked The Shows Their Own Way’. And there is your good self, between pics of Sofia Coppola and Helena Christensen. So there you are ‘A-List’. You are a true fashion star miss Susie.

  51. Katherine

    2009-02-01 at 8:15 PM

    Susie, I’m not a blog fiend but I have tried to see many and do read them on a daily basis. You are my relief, my daily inspiration. I can ALWAYS come to you on a bad day and see your little mind at work with a new outfit or links to something else amazing. There’s always a new post or even two or three and I’m so eager to read them. I have looked at Fashion Toast and it’s nice to look at every so often and catch up on a few weeks worth at once, but only because the posts are all pretty much the same! And her wannabe model shots are a little tiresome! Her outfits are not much without the styling of the nice photo and pretentious posing! You are quality over quantity hunny, always something different, new, daring and exciting. PLEASE do not change your ways, it’s always the geniuses who second guess themselves! You are unlike anyone I’ve seen and one day you’ll get the recognition you deserve.. I truly believe this blog will go down in history and not just be a passing trend! Keep up the good work, much love.

  52. Beata

    2009-02-01 at 9:11 PM

    Susie, your blog = quality!
    the fact that you have been around for such a long time is just a positive thing. how long do you think tavi/rumi/dumi/schumi-and-I-couldn’t-care-less are going to be ‘hip’ and ‘all that’? Seriously, I read your blog religiously, and I can honostly say, as a girl who usually can’t stand fashion blogs, you ARE still nr 1!

  53. susie_bubble

    2009-02-01 at 9:46 PM

    Alex: Sinead brings a smile to my face…ALWAYS….
    Angie: That is truly truly inspiring to me that myself and Michelle spurred you onto to do that and it goes without saying that I will be looking forward to your own line (EMAIL ME LOOKBOOK ASAP…..) I’m just so self-critical that I will always reflect about the blog and what I’m putting into it….whilst it is for people to read, it’s also my own project that I want to be happy with…..
    Christina Sanders: Really??? Had no idea about that Elle Collections thingy….
    Thank you to all those who commented on my writing…I don’t come from a writing background and I know for some all the slang and loooong phrases can be quite irritating…. but I’m glad some people get some laughs out of it….
    I physically cannot reply to everyone’s comment because I’ve just come in from the snow (yes, snow in bloody London….) and my fingers are frozen but you all seem to point out things which appeal to you about the blog and it really does make me happy that different people get different things out of it and it’s so great that there is that diversity…..
    I thank thank thank you because your feedback is important to me and also encouraging in how I can get back to being happy with the blog again…. some of you say you like it just the way it is but I’m always looking for improvements so I’ll keep at it anyhow and hopefully you’ll still like it….
    This has gotten the mind cogs in motion….better than sitting here like a giant melting potato (my phrase for feeling ill and sorry for oneself…)….

  54. Christina Sanders

    2009-02-01 at 10:05 PM

    Yep it is true! You must go buy it! The double page spread has 20 stars on it at fashion shows, Mary-Kate Olsen, Alexa Chung, Emma Watson , Rosin Murphy et al and the you! And you looking faboulous I must say. It says you were at the Issey Miyake show in Paris.
    Much love x

  55. ben

    2009-02-02 at 12:58 AM

    I always have to comment on your negative, self-effacing entries. You are the best fashion blogger. Sorry, not even any close comparisons. I wouldn’t have the courage to walk around Philadelphia wearing leather capris, floral vests, giant turquoise shoulder pads and fur stoles without your blog. Not in a “oh, let me dress just like that girl” way, but in a “oh yay, there’s someone else out there who thinks about clothes like me!” way. It gives me a lot of courage, so honestly, none of those other guys ain’t got nothin’ on you.
    No other fashion blogger is as inventive, as eclectic in taste, as non-trend driven, as fashion history savvy, and as intellectually inclined as you. I wouldn’t change a thing about you, or your blog. Keep up the amazing work!

  56. K-Line

    2009-02-02 at 1:57 AM

    Susie your are the original fashion blogger, an inspiration to so many. And a creative tour-de-force. You know, as you’re building a career and struggling through the nuance of early adulthood, sometimes life gets challenging and one’s interest in things wanes. It doesn’t speak at all to your relevancy (which is undoubtable), maybe just to your need to be a little bit protective of the creative energy you do have at the moment.

  57. Hikaru

    2009-02-02 at 11:49 AM

    Hi Susie!
    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time…XD
    This time I decided to comment because i love your outfit here. haha.

  58. Mathilde Donovan

    2009-02-02 at 2:27 PM

    susie it just sounds like you need to give yourself a break! everyone is so much harsher on themselves than they need to be. if you don’t feel like posting just give it a little break for a while. but don’t give up you have a great take on things and an inimitable style. your pretty much the only blogger who hasn’t become predictable in their outfits and that’s really inspiring.
    Mathilde xxx

  59. Emily

    2009-02-02 at 5:51 PM

    I think the content of your blog is really good, please don’t change and start just doing posey photoshopped grainy outfit posts- bore off!
    I think the way you write about fashion is really interesting, and a little bit academic, you kind of approach it in a very studious way, which is much more interesting.
    You could always have a revamp of the blog design?

  60. anon

    2009-02-02 at 7:36 PM

    i understand that when one is feeling bad one wants to say something that will net a metric shitton of love and appreciation (mission accomplished), but think of the larger picture..beyond the “you’re so fab!”s and the “your blog is way relevant”s there’s the simple fact that you’re in your mid-twenties, you have an important blog in the fashion blog scene, and for crying out loud, you work in the fashion business. do you know how many of your fellow 20-somethings would like to live in london and jetset around europe and have the money to buy half the things you buy? hell, some of us can’t even wear interesting things 90% of the time because they work in conservative offices where dressing fun is simply not allowed (hello again black slacks). so while everyone has problems and the problems of the relatively successful are still important, i think you need to put your situation in perspective and realize that you are “living the dream” as far as many young and fashion-interested people are concerned. so chin up.

  61. susie_bubble

    2009-02-02 at 8:04 PM

    Anon: Yes, chin up indeed but actually rather than trying to net cheap appreciative comments (which, yes, this post has accomplished…) I was actually hoping to seek advice from the people who know best; the readers – do they want to see change? Maybe they can shed some light as to why I feel the blog isn’t up to scratch…
    But yes, I am putting it all into perspective and my situation of course pales in comparison to that which you described…. which in turns pales in comparison to women in Congo… and so on and so forth…

  62. Imelda M

    2009-02-02 at 10:24 PM

    Bubbles, you’ve been putting content into your blog and that’s all that matters. I’ve just read the Teen Vogue Bloggers profile and I didn’t know half of those profiled. So I went and had a looksee…what.a.load.of.tripe. The ‘musings’ of a teenager might be fine for teenagers but I like fashion reporting to be more thought provoking.
    A few more pills and a cuppa and you’ll be sorted.xx

  63. selina

    2009-02-02 at 11:38 PM

    the standard of blogging seems to have hit through the roof in terms of photo quality, but it’s time to think what you’re best at and remember blogs that are ‘dance to the beat of their own drum’ (i.e. yours!) are very few and far between now. the post on dreamecho from lauren of fops and dandies just reminded me how things have become way too serious and cool in the fashion blogging world

  64. Rowena

    2009-02-03 at 9:04 AM

    If you’re ancient then I’m a dinosaur…

  65. Ashe Mischief

    2009-02-03 at 1:37 PM

    I hope I don’t sound mean, but I think part of the issue with the teen bloggers is the novelty of it; if these same bloggers WERE older, in their mid-20s, would they still have the same following, relationships with designers, or would they get lost admist all of the fashion blogs?
    You bring a sense of style & substance to fashion blogging that many even in their 20s or 30s could wish to have, but don’t (myself included)! Your writing and knowledge border on intimidating (which is why it took me so long to read & follow your blog–I’d known about it for ages). There’s something easy for the teen bloggers especially when they’re only producing images of their outfits, with little commentary on something else.
    Maybe you should cut back a bit to refocus yourself? Post only 2-3 times a week instead of daily, just to take a vacation.

  66. Stephie

    2009-02-04 at 10:19 AM

    there’s no such thing as being ‘ready’ for new phases or upcoming challenges, chin up and I’m sitting in Singapore rooting for you!

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