5 Things I Miss About The Early Blogging Scene

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For those of you who don’t know, I started blogging in 2012. Back then, Instagram was just starting, and bloggers weren’t really relying on this platform for fame or recognition. The term “Instagram Influencer” or “Instagram Fashionista” was pretty much non existent.

Nowadays, I feel like fashion blogging is on the verge of dying. Why you might ask? It’s simple! People are doing it for the WRONG reasons. I’ve actually discussed this topic so many times with fellow bloggers who have the same feeling about the industry.

So below are a few things I miss about blogging and bloggers:

1- The Genuinity

I feel a huge reason why fashion blogging is “dying” is because people are not genuine anymore. It’s always the same collaborations, the same projects, and the same events. If a blogger collaborates with one brand, you see everyone else working with the same brand as if it’s a must or a rule. I am also always confused whether a post or an article is sponsored or not. The Lebanese blogosphere is still not used to posting the hashtags #ad or #sponsored, so we are always wondering if the blogger is actually in love with the product or if it’s just a sponsored post.

I’ve also realized that some bloggers feel the need to post something about a place or a product just because they were approached by the brand or maybe sent a package, and this is a main reason why I feel the content is not genuine anymore. If you don’t love it, there’s no need to post about it.

2- The Writing

The rise of “Instagram Influencers”stopped bloggers from actually writing content. Why waste hours writing a post if you can get all the fame and the recognition just by posting a photo on Instagram? I admit, I’ve neglected blogging for a long time but not because of Instagram. I was actually demotivated to create any content which is an inevitable step in every blogger’s journey (Don’t you agree?)

3- The Identity

I feel like nowadays my Instagram feed is the same. Bloggers discussing the same products, places, and trends. Between every few photos, you have to spot the fishnet stockings, or the meal at that new trendy place. The content is pretty much becoming predictable, and bloggers are losing their sense of uniqueness or identity.

4- The Effort

In Lebanon we have a few profiles who actually put sweat and tears into their content. I have so much respect for these people, and they truly inspire me to become a better blogger version of myself. However, it’s fair to mention that the effort that was put few years ago has immensely diminished today. I used to blog every other day in the past, and today I can barely post twice a month.

5- The Discussion

I remember back in the day  blog posts used to generate a lot of discussion and debates. People were eager to read new content regardless of their interest, so they interacted with the blogger or maybe tagged their friends. Nowadays, I feel people are not intrigued to click on a blog post and read it, perhaps they prefer reading a few sentences on Instagram and that’s about it. Let me know how you feel about that

Before I end this post I wanted to mention that I am not claiming in any way that I follow the best blogging practices in the industry, I make mistakes all the time. I just wanted to express through this blog post what many bloggers are feeling today. Maybe this can motivate us to write more and create more interesting and unique content.

PS: Here’s my first ever blog post !!!! Those 5 years really flew by 😦

Let me know what you think of this unusual post 🙂

Lara xx

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Introducing Yoga to my Life

img_2499There was a time in my life this year, I just felt like I wasn’t doing anything for myself. I gave away all my “alone time” to spend with friends or family, without thinking of myself or what I want to do on my own. My colleague Mimi was telling me how much she was enjoying yoga with this particular yoga instructor (Hi Lara!), so I decided to attend my first class and I was hooked!

I go to Mandala studio in Achrafieh every Wednesday at 7:30 AM, and I choose either Saturday or Sunday classes for the weekend

I started realizing as time passed by, how much our bodies can improve and do things that were thought of as impossible. That feeling itself always encourages me to go back to class and try harder. I think a huge part of this whole experience is the instructor herself, I never feel any pressure to exceed my body’s potential, and this is something that you should watch out for if you’re a beginner like me.

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I recently went to a yoga retreat at my instructor’s beautiful house in South of Lebanon, where those pictures were taken. I went with 2 of my good yogi friends, so the whole experience was even better! I have to say the highlight of this day was definitely the puppies that joined us on this retreat; they just made this whole experience extra joyful! This retreat made me realize how each and every person has different capabilities and skills, and it’s perfectly fine not to master my inversions or to fail at my 3rd headstand attempt. However, the most beautiful part of this whole experience is staying positive and believing in your body’s capabilities

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I decided to write this post in particular at the beginning of my #NovemberBloggingChallenge to encourage whoever is reading this post to go out there and do something on your own, something for YOU!

I am thinking of sharing more of  my yoga milestones with you guys, please let me know if that would interest you 🙂

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

Lara xx

My Marble Obsession

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I admit, I have a serious obsession with everything related to marble, and no I don’t need an intervention haha!

It’s no secret that I have a real passion for everything related to home deco, but my obsession with marble has gone to a new level (even my phone wallpaper is a marble pattern!). So far, I have marble necklaces and a phone cover, but sadly I can’t find any marble trays which is the one thing that I really need in my room. If you know any places in Beirut that sell marble related items, please feel free to share 🙂

Below are  photos for some inspiration!

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Lara xx

Pastel Mood

 

 

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I am so glad to be back with a new style post, God it has been too long!

I teamed up again with my Favorite photographer, Zahra Basma, to shoot some new looks for the blog.

The weather is just starting to feel like Fall, but few days ago we were in total summer mode since it was still hot and sunny. For the end of summer look, I decided to go with this this total pastel look for a Saturday lunch with friends. I really love pastel looks and I try to create looks with a pastel palette for all seasons.

I am particularly in love with the boyfriend jeans from Garage Clothing. They easily go with any look I try to create whether formal or casual, and the cut is just perfect, not too distressed and fresh!

I am also in love with this beige vest that I decided to get last minute from Zara at the Barcelona Duty Free. It is also so versatile to the extent that I wore it so many times already in many different ways.

I will be ending this post with a small surprise to all my Jordanian readers! I teamed up with the Garage Clothing to give you the chance to win those boyfriends jeans among other items that I will be showing you soon on the blog. All you have to do is  log on to http://blog.garageclothing.com/20-days-of-gifts and follow @garageclothing on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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My look:
Boyfriend Jeans: Garage Clothing
Vest & Shirt: Zara
Flats: Bought in Spain
Sunnies: Rayban 

 

Best of luck and stay tuned for more xx

Blog Fun Facts

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter vacation, as for me, I went on a fast trip with my family to Doha, Qatar and I will tell you all about it soon on the blog.

Today’s blog post is far away from fashion and lifestyle since I will be sharing some random fun facts about this blog to take you behind the scenes. I am guessing many bloggers can relate to this too, so here we go!

1) I started my blog on January 2013, it was actually December 31st right on NYE!

2) My blog was supposed to be named “Buns and Ribbons”, but I made a last minute change to “Lara Speaks Style”, and I am glad I made this change 😀

3) My blog started gaining recognition through the “Folllow Friday” or “Friday Follow” hashtag on Twitter. I still don’t know what #FF stands for haha!

4) The first person I ever met in this whole fashion industry world was Nour Toubia, designer behind Nicoletta Parodi bags.

5) The first event I ever got invited to was few days after my wisdom teeth surgery, so I went with a swollen creepy face haha!

6) I started my blog initially on Blogger

7) It took me approximately a year to start posting outfit photos on the blog. Back then, street style photos weren’t really a massive trend in Lebanon!

8) On the day I posted one of my all time favorite style posts on the blog,  the stats service decided to crash on WordPress! Just my luck lol!

9) My blog opened me to the world of international bloggers, and many of them inspire me on a daily basis.

10) My blog is the reason why I work in social media today

Have a great week!

Lara xx