Yucky Duck Fashion

Yucky Duck Fashion

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Taming of the Toucan & Coping with 'Blogger's Block'

Last month I had a blog rant about people no longer saving up for special long lasting pieces and instead impulse buying cheap, disposable garments. My Charlotte Olympia toucan bag is a clear indication of saving at it's best. Retailing at over €450 at the start of Summer, by the time I had enough coins hidden under the mattress I managed to nab it for 60% off a few weeks back. Charlotte Olympia is a designer who I have totally bought into, showcasing her quirky interests and enviable life through her Instagram page. Shes also the designer of those 'cat pumps' you see on every celebrity and with many high street variations. So finally owning a piece of hers really does complete my wardrobe on some personal level.

I had brought the bag down to West Cork for the night, and could feel my OCD tendency kicked into over-drive as everyone man-handled the suede bag in amazement. Once a symbolism for Guinness, I managed to snap some pint holding pictures and waterside angles down in scenic Ring. My lime dress is from Irish clothing company Iclothing and can be purchased here. I nabbed it for neat €22.50 with an August promo code. My Zara necklace momentarily broke my heart when the main stone fell out but the kind staff in Mahon Point swapped it out for me. Finally my cork wedges got once last Summer hoorah and they were purchased from New Look a few seasons back.

After steam rolling out new posts at the start of August, you may have noticed a sudden absence the last couple of weeks. My frustration with life and as a result with my blog has come to a head. Keeping motivated, inspired, and being financially fuelled are key elements to churning out an interesting blog. The fact of the matter is though, I have been unemployed since March this year, and despite a limited budget, being fashionable became a new challenge but also brought with it an unfounded pressure. Relying on eBay, bargain hunting and my writing skills I aimed to grow something out of very little backing. Despite my attempts, I feel I still am somewhat overlooked on the Cork fashion circuit, leading me to rethink my blog style and content. With new fashion blogs popping up every day, it has lead me to make decisions over the sustainability of an unemployed fashion blog. Being unemployed has lead me to shy away from certain events, with only so much of 'why don't you move to England' and 'but what do you do all day' I tolerate. Questions clearly only asked by Celtic Tiger cubs and those basking in a permanent position filled with ignorance.

With endless car trouble the last month (a car I bought and maintain myself) there hasn't been much left in the piggy bank. So this begs the question...what next for Yucky Duck? I don't know if this is the end, but for now it may be something i need to momentarily suspend. My blog was once a haven for positive mental health in a boring, bleak career searching world but now has produced its own pressures to buy new clothes to keep current and fresh. I really can't financially compete with bloggers on full time salaries. Frustrating I know, but this is real life.

I don't know if every blogger goes through some kind of 'blog crisis' but I definitely need to go on some 'happy pills', Feng Sui my life or have some kind of wardrobe intervention to get me over this hump. Just as I write this, I get two emails asking if I 1. want to go to a fashion event and 2. do i want to write for an Irish fashion website. Somewhere in the background I can hear Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' blaring loudly against my eardrum. Maybe this duck isn't goosed just yet.

If anyone has any advice of how they overcame their blog 'hump' be sure to drop me a comment or mail. Please don't leave comments that you would not like to receive yourself.

Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx


  1. Hey Vera,

    I know what you're talking about, especially the being unemployed part! You should definetly take a break to refresh your creativity- you don't owe this blog to anyone ;).
    Having said that, fashion blogging shouldn't be about wearing new outfits and pieces for every post or bloggers one-upping each other on designer pieces.
    So maybe you can try to add another element? Like DIY or streetstyle maybe. Or maybe you can think of something far more original than me :D
    Anyways, whatever you choose make sure it's the choice that makes you happy!
    All the best.

    Carol C. @ www.JollyCaucusRace.blogspot.com

  2. Hi Vera,

    I know exactly what your going through with the whole unemployed part, i'm currently looking for work myself also. I hope you will continue on and that its just an extended break. Your blog is for you and no one else and I hope by taking a break you will feel more inspired from it.

    I love the way you find bargain pieces and make it all so fashionable its more relatable then bloggers who have complete new outfits in every single post. I agree with Carol, you could write about more then just outfit posts. Maybe Fashion trends, reviews on items you already own? Cork streetstyle etc.

    Its your decision in the end whether to continue on or not but make sure you are doing it for yourself and no one else. Do what makes you happy.

    wishing you all the best

    Orla beyondthefashion.wordpress.com

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