What a fashion blogger 'looks like' — and why it shouldn't matter

What a fashion blogger 'looks like' — and why it shouldn't matter

By Ashley Stallings, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Oct. 24, 2012 at 9:11 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — My name is Ashley, and I am a fashion blogger.

When I jumped feet first into this whole fashion blogging venture, I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into. Or what I was doing, if we are being completely truthful.

Honesty, I knew two things: that I loved fashion and I that I wanted to try my hand at blogging. So fashion blogging seemed like a natural fit. I snapped some pitures of myself, uploaded them onto Blogger, wrote a short post and published it for the world to see, not really sure what the response would be — not really sure of the world that I was entering.

There have been rumblings over an article stating that your success in fashion blogging is equated to your pants size. To that I say, "What?" Big, small, round or pear, who really cares? We all have a voice. We all have something to say, something to contribute. Is it any more relevant coming from one pants size over the other? I think not. And the great thing about blogging? You find people just like you from all over the globe. People with the same style as you, the same likes as you, the same size as you.


Finding yourself, loving yourself. This is what is important. Not what size pants you wear.

Like most women, I am no size 0. But the honest truth is, that is OK with me.

It took a long time and some dark roads for me to learn to love my body. And it pains me when I hear other women put their own bodies down or — worse — putting down other women's bodies. There is enough nonsense out there to make us feel bad about ourselves. We, as women, should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down. We should be helping and inspiring and listening. We should care more about the inside than the outside and finding ways to make our inside shine through.

And the question of what size you have to be to be a successful fashion blogger? Ridiculous, people. Seriously.

I even hesitantly call myself a "fashion blogger," and not because of my size.

I really want my readers to come to my blog because it is real-life fashion. Because I don't know about you, but real life is happening around here every darn day.

I want moms and real women to not be afraid to find their own style and rock it out.

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I want my readers to look at their closets with new eyes and discover new outfits with their old clothing.

I want my readers to feel happy and confident and good about themselves — because if I can do it, then they can, too.

Finding yourself, loving yourself. This is what is important. Not what size pants you wear.

That's what clothes help me do (in addition to some way more important things). It's the one thing that's mine. In a day full of "mmmooomm!"'s, meal making and bath times, it is, some days, my sanity. It is a form of expression, a form of creativity and a form of confidence I wish for every single woman out there, no matter their background, no matter their size, no matter their financial situation.

It's about feeling good in your skin; it's about finding what makes you feel good outside of it as well. Whatever that creative outlet may look like. Let that passion take hold, no matter what the naysayers may say. My passion just happens to be fashion and clothes and blogging. Write, read, craft, create, and encourage others to do the same.

This is why I blog about fashion.

Whether I look like a fashion blogger or not.

Ashley Stallings is a mother of 2 and a lifestyle and fashion blogger at www.flatstoflipflops.com. A blog about fashion, faith and philanthropy. You can email her at flatstoflipflops@yahoo.com.

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