February 2, 2018

a much needed break

After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to take a temporary break from blogging.  This is for a few reasons and I feel I owe it to my loyal followers to explain why:

A general lack of inspiration.
I feel completely depleted of inspiration right now.  I feel pressured (a pressure for which I only have myself to blame) to come up with unique outfits; to chip out time on the weekends (in the freezing cold and gloom, mind you) to go shoot; to put together a post worth reading.  Because of these reasons, I feel like I am forcing it - shooting outfits I wouldn't typically wear, putting together sub-par posts - and it's not fair to my followers.

I'm in a bit of a blogging identity crisis.
To be completely honest, I don't have a long term goal for FairlyYours.  Do I want to be a travel blogger?  Lifestyle? Outfits only?  How long will I blog?  Will I keep blogging if and when we have children?  More importantly and weighing most heavily on me - what sets me apart from the millions of other blogs out there?  Everyone says the most important thing in this saturated blogging industry is to be unique, and I'm not quite feeling that way right now.

I'm caught up in comparisons.
I am a super self conscious person and I am always comparing myself to others.  Instagram has become a toxic environment for me because seeing other peoples posts sends me into a tailspin of self criticism - I should be posting more on Instagram, I should be posting more on my blog, I should be traveling more, my photos should be better quality, I should be shopping more...and on and on.

My husband is starting a blog.  
Patrick has decided to start a blog and I couldn't be more excited for his new endeavor.  He has been supporting FairlyYours endlessly for the past 4 years - taking all my photos, helping me decide which photos to post, contributing to post ideas...the list goes on - so I feel it's time that I return the favor and let him be in the spotlight.  He has fabulous taste in music, restaurants, shopping, etc, so he will be blogging about his picks in a review format.  I think it's an amazing idea and I can't wait to see it come to life.

Overall, my heart is just not in it right now.  I need to get back to focusing on me in the moment instead of all the things I should be doing.  I love having this corner of the internet as a place to document my life and to be able to flex my creative muscle through what I'm wearing; it just needs to be when I feel inspired.  I'm hoping this hiatus will center me and get me back on track.  I may be posting on instagram sporadically when I feel like I truly have something to share; rather than posting daily because I feel like I have to.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and this journey of mine over the years.  It's only goodbye for a little while...

xo, Annelise


  1. Your blog is a delight to wander through! It is filled with inspiring styles shot in beautiful, unique locations. So it's understandable when you need time to step back, reflect on your successes, evaluate your goals, and "recharge" the creative process. Creativity is inspired, not forced. Looking forward to Patrick's posts. And also looking forward to a reawakened Fairly Yours as the seasons change. .

  2. I'll miss you, but I'm excited to follow where ever your inspiration takes you!