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February 1, 2014

H&M dress (similar). Gryson bag. Carven boots. Celine sunglasses. 

I first off wanted to say thank you to all my friends and readers who took the time to email or text me over the week. I'm deeply touched that many of you were able to look past the recent events and have continued to show your support knowing I would never target a specific group of people for shock value or for sake of controversy. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery - the location in which the photos were taken - is a cemetery where I've spent many summer nights for movie screenings and concerts. So the night we decided to take the photos, I did not realize the potential offensiveness - nor how impossibly poor timing was.

In no way am I trying to justify what I did, as I completely recognize how insensitive I was. I made a mistake and I'm sorry. I would like, however, for people to understand that it was an innocent misjudgment rather than a calculated move.

As for my attitude, the past few months I've brooded a frustration with fashion blogging. Life is over glamorized and products are regurgitated. It's an easy formula to follow but the magic of expression has been dulled out. Nowadays, content seems a little manufactured for the sake of and not through creative candidness.

Sometimes we get a little complacent and take ourselves and our work too seriously. Albeit a cookie-cutter description, I started the blog as a creative outlet. Now juggling a 9-5, among many other projects I'm passionately working on, I missed creating content offhand. That was the initial integrity of blogging... and now a road I want to re-explore and re-connect. Let loose and just have fun with it.

Photos by Jesse Fiorino.

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36 responses:

  1. Glad to see Jesse's photos! I saw you in one of their recent vlogs and was so excited! Also I definitely agree with the latter portion of your posts and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

    baconsquared

  2. Your grace and kind heart are incredible. Beautiful love!

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  3. You are such a sweetheart for apologizing to those offended but personally I dont think it was offensive at all. First time i rode by the cemetery on movie night i thought THAT was offensive and weird but taking pictures takes the cake?! I know its political and you had to apologize but you didn't do anything wrong. Sorry that you had to deal with this shit. Keep pushing the limits :)

  4. Your blog is one of the few fashion blogs I still visit weekly because you're constantly turning things upside down with your creativity. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  5. ji

    Your writing makes me cringe. Stop trying so hard, most people don't read what you write anyway.

  6. "Fashion bloggers" have developed a bad reputation over the years, and I agree with your sentiment on it. Whenever there is a mistake made, people are quick to point fingers because they want to see all the imperfections. I think it makes them feel better knowing that < insert fashion blogger > isn't as perfect as they seem. The truth is, no one is perfect and the ones who do have the courage to put themselves out there already know that. No one starts a blog for the sake of garnering fame and I think for those who don't understand that are the ones who are frustrated at their own life/blog. Your apology was enough and I don't think you should have to go through the cyber bullying that you are going through now. There is a fine line between pointing someone's mistakes out and straight bullying. After following your blog for so many years, even I can tell that you are a kind person and would never do something just to harm someone else - a group of individuals even. I hope that you find strength and don't let the negative talkers bring you down. You have a lot that you want to work on and you shouldn't let a community of negative people get in the way of that.

  7. Great pictures ! I love it :)

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  8. More than the outfit (which is actually really great) , I'm impressed by your pics : always so cool !!

  9. Cool look! The shoes look amazing!!!

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  10. Joanna

    @JI, ha. but you read what she writes, obviously.

  11. Your maturity to the whole situation is amazing. Not everyone would be able to handle it like you! :) On a lighter note, your outfit is so on point! LOVE the shoes. Subtle, yet such a huge statement.

    Carmen
    thefashionreformation.com

  12. Thanks for pointing out the regurgitation of content on fashion blogging. I feel that other types of blogs regurgitate as well. I used to love reading Problogger.net. He provided awesome tips on blogging. However, his content has become dull and repeated, and therefore I stopped going there at all. I really wish fashion bloggers would write more, show more personality, and most of all, be authentic.

    Now that the "rant" is over :O) You look great in the long dress.

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  13. So effortless and chic, love your style!

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  14. Beautiful pictures! Don't worry about it, everyone slips up from time to time, it doesn't change the fact that your blog is AMAZING! :-)

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  15. I agree 100% about fashion blogging. I see the same people doing the same things. What happened to having a unique voice!! Thank you for expressing your own frustrations because I know they are so many people who feel the same. Excited to see what you have coming up!

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  16. that dress is beautiful!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  17. Totally agree, blogging a very calculated formula these days. Very disappointing considering how it actually came about. The heel on those Carven shoes is so dreamy.

    I'm happy that you issued an actual apology when most people either do a sorry I'm not sorry or a blame someone else approach.

    xx

  18. Gorgeous Rachel, I don't think you're alone in your frustration with the blogging stuff at the moment. It's over-saturated and boring, but the thing I love about your blog is your consistent standard & personality which shines through. I remember stumbling upon it a couple of years ago when I started up my blog - I can attest that yours is one of the few which I've consistently read!
    As for the controversial doozy, the way you've approached the backlash has been so professional. Much kudos.

    xx Trish (lefanciulle)

  19. Great dress. Love the color.

    Enjoy your day.
    Love,
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

  20. I love your chic minimal style and am new to your blog. I just read your most recent posts about the Hollywood Forever Cemetary - and while I didn't see the images, I'm familiar with the location for the same reason you are. I can see how easy it would be to make that mistake and think you made a very sincere and respectful apology. Lots of respect to you and thanks for the inspiration!

    http://www.arclinespace.com/

  21. Gorgeous photos and I love the long tube dress

    x greta
    flourish-blog.blogspot.com

  22. Rachel-

    I've been an avid reader of your blog for 2 + years now and I feel like I've gotten to know you a bit.. Your blog was one of the main reasons I began blogging, and when you made a comment on my DIY sugar scrub post, my day (actually, is it pathetic to say my year?) was made. Your attitude towards blogging has always been something I've admired, because you seem to do it because YOU sincerely like to. I know you're probably sick of hearing/talking about this by now, but I think it's great how you addressed this issue. Please don't let this discourage you in any way, you're an inspiration to so many.

    -Steph

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  25. Well said. I believe we all get caught up (innocently enough) on the pressure of producing and sharing our "product and artistic interpretations" and it can be a natural evolution of becoming more like the other than the original of ourselves. Work, family, life and time obligations tend to make us feel we have to always be fresh and exciting to the rest of the world even if we are just trying to fit it all in somehow at times. I appreciate your honestly and wish you the joys of reconnecting with whatever inspires you to be yourself and the fun of sharing it with like minded others. Just be simply you and I know the universe will embrace you. ~ Katharina

  26. I've been following along your blog for a long time and completely agree with your assessment of blogging. Granted you've been doing it for a lot longer, in just the last year or so I've seen so many of the things you've pointed out above. I miss the sense of realness from blogging, but hope that at least some of us can keep it alive.

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