Notes on Authenticity in an Over Saturated Digital World

Notes on Authenticity & Prepping for Fashion week with Blogger Not Billionaire

It’s August, I am preparing for fashion week, juggling an existing business, a new business with some road blocks and this occupation that I chose for myself called being a Fashion Blogger. It’s overwhelming and frankly, I am overwhelmed. I started reading Big Magic (so many good reviews) in an attempt to be inspired and help ignite that creative spirit that it so crucial for someone who ‘creates’ for a living. In the midst of all of these different hats I seem to be juggling I keep coming back to a theme that is authenticity and what that means for me as a blogger in this terribly over saturated market.

This will be my first fashion week this September, despite the fact that I am a diehard high- fashion fan and have spent every fashion week for as long as I can remember GLUED to VogueRunway.com (formerly Style.com) watching every look saunter down the runway  in as real time as I possible. I started looking at fashion week streetstyle photos to prepare since, even though the likelihood of my photo being taken is next to none, THIS is my chance to be part of the world I have loved from afar for SO LONG! So, do I channel Aimee Song in head to toe Louis Vuitton inspired look? Or do I reference Irina Lakicevic and her Scandinavian vibe with an obligatory Celine reference for good measure?

Notes on Authenticity & Prepping for Fashion week with Blogger Not Billionaire

Notes on Authenticity & Prepping for Fashion week with Blogger Not Billionaire

In the age of Instagram we are told both ‘we are enough’ and ‘someone else’s style is 50k followers better than yours’ in the same breath leaving us wondering if what we do is enough? We stalk more popular ‘influencers,’ analyze their aesthetic, copiously curate our ‘grid’ while trying to cull creepy male followers and pray that someday you will be ‘50k’ good. Once upon a time I was told 5,000 followers was ‘making it’ on Instagram but not 10k is the new five and ‘making it’ is 20k and up.

Be yourself…everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

    Be yourself…everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde BloggerNotBillionaire.com

Authenticity seems to conflict with being marketable and running a business in 2017, yet it’s why I started this pet project of mine so long ago. I started Blogger Not Billionaire for ME, not with some wild notion that people out there desperately needed to see my perspective on fashion. I needed an excuse for putting together and shooting editorial looks that I felt compelled to make and a space to expound upon fashion trends and the art that is how we dress ourselves. In hindsight I probably should have just gone to work for a fashion magazine but who better to create for than yourself?

    Be yourself…everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde BloggerNotBillionaire.com

So come Fashion Week expect to see looks again created entirely for ME by ME in full self-indulgent form. They maybe a bit too loud, a bit too out there but looks that are who I am embracing the fashion I love. And expect to continue to see posts that are intentionally curated, that tell a story and aim to inspire and teach rather than just document. Your average fashion blogger with a ‘today I am wearing’ post will never be Blogger Not Billionaire and that is just fine with me. So be yourself, screw what everyone else says and create what YOU want rather than more of what already is out there.  In the famous words of Oscar Wilde, and especially relevant in the over-media’d age we live in “Be yourself…everyone else is already taken.”

Thanks for reading.

-Rebecca

    Be yourself…everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde BloggerNotBillionaire.com

Isabel Marant Jacket | Zara Dress | Alexander Wang Petra Sandals

A special thanks to Lia Lee for the killer photography.

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10 thoughts on “Notes on Authenticity in an Over Saturated Digital World

  1. Ugh, so good! One of the first bloggers I saw speaking was you! Out of all the fashion bloggers, you bring a super unique perspective that’s educational and fashionable. Don’t ever change and don’t ever leave bc I can’t imagine a world without this blog! Oxoxox

    1. Oh my gosh Crystal you are so amazing! thank you for your unwavering support, you are such an inspiring woman and I am so thrilled this blog resonates with you!

      x0-rebecca

  2. Reading this post I feel like we were on the same wavelength this week going through similar mental processes! Great minds, right?

    I love your style and that you create for YOU. That’s why I started blogging too, to create for me. Everything else is just an added bonus. Keep on pushing on. It will come in due time. You’re in it for the long haul, not the short term gain that some are here for. You’re amazing and I expect you will absolutely get photographed at NYFW!

    1. You are so sweet thank you Kate! I think this may just be one of those times where the going gets tough and we just need to power through! Thank you for all of the love and support, it means the world! <3

  3. Outstanding, Becca!!! I love it. This is why I love you and your feed and your blog. It’s you, and you aren’t trying to be something that you aren’t, and that comes through, and that is what we need more of, not the “look what I wore today” b.s. (pardon my French). Keep up the great work, and have an amazing time at Fashion Week. And I know you’ll be photographed, so get ready! 🙂

  4. Words !!!! That’s the essence of les Robeuses too ! I’m glad you chose to be yourself than being another Aime Song !! Can’t wait to see your fashion week outfits ! I may have missed a few things, what is your new business ?? Love, Régina

    1. Thanks so much Regina! My husband and I own two specialty grocer/ coffee shops in the town we live in. Thanks for always being so supportive!

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