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How Blogging Has Helped My Confidence

I have mentioned on here before how I used to be tremendously shy – in a way I still am, but certainly not as much as before. I started blogging when I was a freshman in college and not only has it served as a creative outlet, but it also acted as a surprise confidence booster. You might find it hard to believe that someone who constantly takes photos of him or herself is not inherently outgoing.

Confidence Didn’t Appear Right Away

The inception of my blog, Enclothed Cognition, was shrouded in an air of mystery as I pretty much kept it hidden from my friends and family because I felt uncomfortable at the idea of anyone reading my words or looking at my “silly” outfit photos. I kept blogging because it was something I really enjoyed and as I look back, it was nonsensical for me to not want to share something I am so passionate about.

Taking photos in this early stage was very awkward for me. I did not want my parents to see, so I had to set up my camera when they were not home. Plus, all of the photos tended to make me cringe when I reviewed them. I remember cropping my face out of most photos. Yet, I kept shooting and playing with different angles, looks and locations. The more I shot myself, the more my confidence slowly kept building as I started to learn what worked for me.

Related: My Perfect Imperfections (tag)

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As I got more involved in the growing blogging community, I started meeting really amazing people and formed these “online friendships”, especially with other users on Instagram. It can be quite challenging and competitive trying to stand out on Instagram, a platform with so many others trying to make it as a successful blogger. Yet, I managed to meet so many sweet, loving girls who are so uplifting in their comments. Do not take it the wrong way, I am not feeding off of the attention, but off the connections I have managed to find through blogging. A lot of these digital friendships and the support that comes with it has definitely increased my confidence in a good way. Many of these people I have met up with and there are so many more I want to meet in person!

Lastly, blogging has helped my confidence the most because it opened my eyes to my passions and what I am good at. It took me the longest time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise. I had no significant hobbies or interests, but blogging changed everything and really solidified my desire to pursue the fashion industry. This alone has given me the most confidence because it gave me a sense of direction. I realize this last reason is pretty specific to me, but I am sure that someone else has discovered their passions either by blogging or reading a blog that sparked a passion.

Related: The Struggle of Being an Introvert in your Early 20s

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I will be the first to admit that I get burnt out from blogging from time to time but ultimately, I think I am here to stay for a while. My blog has opened up so many relationships and opportunities for me and I owe a lot of my self-confidence to it.  In some strange way, taking photos of myself has lowered my insecurity and has made me feel more confident in my looks, while the actual act of blogging has increased my confidence in my ability to create something and to point me in the right direction to my future.

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Fall Wardrobe Staple: Black Ankle Boots

 

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Come fall and winter time, 80% of the time you can find me wearing a pair of black ankle boots. I always gravitate towards these when it is a bit chilly because they seamlessly go with any outfit. Personally, I do prefer boots with a bit of a heel because I am vertically challenged and I’ll take any bit of help to get some extra height. Currently, I have been gravitating more towards boots with an interesting texture or finish – just something to make them stand out from your average black boot. When shopping for a pair, I would look for details that give the shoe more uniqueness. For instance, in the above image, there’s boots with silver hoop hardware, shiny patent leather, faux-snake skin, platform heel, contrasting colored laces, and other embellishments. By opting for a more interesting footwear, you are able to elevate your entire outfit and it automatically makes it more fashion-forward. 
 
In the outfit above, I am wearing a flow asymmetrical black tank top, a silk blouse, cargo pants, and a statement silver necklace from TotalKnockOut. For footwear, I went for these patent leather heeled boots with a silver buckle and pointed toe. I think these add such a different element to my already all-black, monochromatic outfit. I snagged these boots a couple of weeks ago from H&M for only $15. I was actually eyeing them all throughout last year’s F/W season, but never went through and purchased them. It was fate though because I managed to get them on clearance and can now rock them for this upcoming season. Patience is a virtue!
 
 

 

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Transitioning Your Crop Tops for Fall

 

 

Fall is Coming

And it is my favorite season in terms of fashion. However, I was not quite ready to put away my beloved crop tops, so here is an outfit that utilizes this basic black crop top in a more autumn appropriate style.
One of the easiest ways to wear crop tops in a cooler season is to pair them with high-waisted pants, so you’re able to cover a more skin.
I paired this crop top with a pair of high-waisted, flared pants that I thrifted (no surprise there) and some matching heeled sandals. This is an all black look, but the slight skin peaking on the torso separates the top from the bottom so it doesn’t look like one big blob. To add some color and life into the outfit, I layered this cropped, raw edge mustard jacket on top. I absolutely love this color and I think it is an amazing color to bring out for autumn!

 

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Maxwell Scott: Premium Men’s Leather Bag

This article was created in friendly collaboration with Maxwell Scott.

 

 
 
 
 
 
“A compact and yet spacious leather holdall bag with a detachable shoulder strap, perfect for a weekend away”


A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend kindly agreed to an interview conducted by me on his perspective of men’s fashion and confidence. Even prior to dating him, I always appreciated Surim’s sense of style and how he carried himself. A representative from Maxwell Scott Bags surely thought the same when she happened to stumble upon the post and offered him to choose a product from their collection of leather goods. Thus, his first company collaboration thanks to me and my blog, haha! Is this a sign we should provide him a dedicated men’s style section to Enclothed Cognition?? 

Anyways,  he opted for the dark chocolate brown FleroS, a small genuine leather holdall bag for men, which he thought would be ideal for short travels and carrying to and from work. It’s also available in chestnut tan and night black. 

 





Upon unboxing, both of us were really impressed by the sheer quality of the bag. You could smell the leather as soon as I removed it from the dust bag. Maxwell Scott Bags is a British family-owned business that was founded in 2002. Each bag is handcrafted in Italy and the amount of love and care that goes into the product is immediately evident.

After toting it to and form work, Surim reported to me that the bag has been durable and he would gladly recommend it to any guy looking for a premium men’s leather bag or duffle bag. It comfortably fit the things he needs for work and his laptop, with room for more. In addition to business attire, he also suggests it would look good with a more dressed down look. For instance, a shirt and a pair of selvedge denim would be perfect for a weekend casual vibe. 

All in all, Surim praises the FleroS for being the ideal men’s leather travel bag. This will surely remain in his wardrobe for years to come!


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From Dress to Kimono

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Happy Monday, babes! I have been seeing a lot of outfits featured around the kimono on Pinterest a lot lately. A couple of weeks ago,  I found this long, printed dress at the thrift store. It is originally from Sparkle and Fade which is found at Urban Outfits and is meant to be worn buttoned up. However, since it’s two sizes too big, I thought it would make a great outerwear piece when left unbuttoned. I wanted to play with different heights, so I wore it with a lace crop top and my denim skirt from DSTLD (You can get 10% off your order with the code ‘enclothedcognition’).

                     Related: Check out how else I’ve styled this denim skirt

I love this kimono because of the neutral pattern and how it makes it so easy to pair with a lot of items. Last week, I styled it the same way, but I replaced the denim skirt with jeans. Thus, this outfit is easily transferable to autumn, making it an ultimate must have for your wardrobe right now. Shop some of my favorite kimonos right now:

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