OH HEY 2015 !
Usual apologies coming your way. Sorry for my lack of posts but, not really sorry because this time off work was beyond blissful! I got to regroup, sleep and eat tons!
But I’m back now and would like to start off by wishing you guys an amazing new year! As I look back at 2014, I have plenty of things to feel grateful for and it starts with you, my uber cool readers/followers – I really want to thank you all for your never ending support, kind words and encouragements. Social media is a tricky one, it’s useful in so many ways but devastating in many others. It’s amazing that I get to share a bit of my world with you guys but I find Instagram an avid source of complexes and unproductive introspection. For example, I’ve come to realise that I come across super confident, but I am not. If anything, I’m the total opposite. But I’d love to thank you again because thanks to you, I feel so much stronger, confident and validated despite my quirks and my taste for anything unflattering, in a world where we promote blatant sexiness more and more. But don’t get me started on that!
Actually do, please do. Let’s make this post my new year toast and the photos can be the sparkly complementing the 1st post of 2015. Whatchathink?!
I started this blog, pushed by my boyfriend and friends. But I was so shy and insecure, and most of all, I felt too vain for wanting to post photos of me online and felt too arrogant for thinking that I had interesting enough things to say that people would actually read. But I still went for it, with another name. I’m not called Frankie, my name is Frederique Tietcheu, people mostly call me Fred or Freddie and Frankie was my alter ego. Frankie is the wild girl in me, she’s fearless, she’s fierce, she’s strong, she’s not shy but really brave. So I thought that if I’d used a different name, it would actually give me more freedom in my speech, I would, indeed, feel freer to write and take photos, as people would only get to criticise Frankie and not Freddie. Sounds bonkers but it really helped me to start the blog.
So I’m a bit weird like that but let me tell you something I’m not. I’m not sexy, at all. I simply don’t have the right attitude, I don’t have it in me – when I try to act sexy, it just doesn’t work, I look like I’m having a stroke. So my style, in a sense, has to reflect that. Or you attract the wrong kind of attention. Why dress sexy if you can’t back it up? I used to dress so much sexier, but it didn’t work for me. I’m way too uncool and uptight, so started to feel trapped in my bodycon dresses. What I’m trying to get at is that sexy is heavily promoted. We spend 10 minutes on Instagram and we’re constantly confronted with where do we stand on the sexiness scale. Think pout and cleavage inducing selfies, belfies and the list goes.
The most popular girls on social media are the vixens, the sexiest among us, they ooze glam and confidence. So when I started the blog, I really thought I wouldn’t find an audience with my peg trousers, my oversized shirts and bright trainers. Of course you have amazing girls like Solange, Julia Sarr Jamois, Susie Bubble and more, I’m in no way trying to say that I’m a pioneer in anything but they didn’t earn their reputation with their style but more with the rest of the strong artistic content they produce. Whereas I came with my style only at first, sort of tip-toeing my way in the blogosphere. But you made me feel so valid in 2014 that I want to work harder this year and produce better content. You told me my voice was okay so I’m going to speak up even more!
Thank you for everything my darlings, let’s work and make 2015 ours!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!