Since I launched my Instagram account in 2014, I've learned a lot more about fashion and style than I ever thought I could. Although I always enjoyed Paris Fashion Week, (who doesn't?) I quickly picked up on the importance of staying up to date with all of the shows. Sadly, however, being a blogger does not allow you to stop schooling or work to fly to Paris and watch the shows (unless it is your job to blog!). For some odd reason its not seen as a legitimate excuse. I learned about blogging and photography as well, if only through looking at other accounts (here's a tip for great photos: natural lighting! It really makes a huge difference in the quality of the photo). I picked up on things in the blogging community that I never would have seen without it. For example, there is a whole world of fashion trends and beauty ideas that exist solely on popular blogs and among young women's Pinterest boards who wish to be like said bloggers. I've also learned that there's much more to fashion that meets the eye. Although it may seem that this entire industry is based entirely on looks, and in part, it is, there is a piece of the fashion world that often goes unexplored and therefore left unappreciated. Its the part where everyone, blogger, designer, anxious fashion-show-witness, is hard at work. Its when the designers are stitching up the last seam, and the bloggers are working to get the photo that's just right. I would say that this is probably the most important thing I've learned. Its to know that there was work put into that dress, that the picture that woman just posted may look like it took twenty seconds to take, but in reality she spent an hour trying to get the lighting correct. Its to know that you always have to be willing to work hard to get the result you want. Through starting my blog, I have been through a lot, but one thing I know for sure is that because I was doing what I love, it was all worth it.
Sarah Mueller, founder of BestStyleAndFashion.