Sometime last week I was going through my social media feeds and noticing that I follow a lot of minimalist accounts, ones that lack color, but are super sleek. I went through my own Tumblr and noticed that huge sections of it lacked bright colors as well- and so does my Pinterest. I’ve always laughed that my Tumblr is a good representation of my aesthetic. The problem with this idea is if you then look at this blog full of my photos you’ll see… a lot of color.
It’s true my fashion style is pretty minimalist, I like basic shapes and I pretty well steer clear of pattern. But, I do wear colors too, mostly jewel tones. My Pinterest fashion board is washed of most jewel tones though because the lines and shapes I like tend to be showcased by people who wear neutrals and think navy is a flashy color. There’s nothing wrong with that, I clearly love their outfits, but it made me step back and question what I’ve always said is my aesthetic.
My photography is full of color. It’s one of my favorite components of styling a photo! Actually if you look at my Instagram feed below you can see- it’s color based.
Okay, so why do I keep gravitating towards all these white background accounts? It’s clearly not the vibes I’m letting off. Sure I love some minimalist things, but over all? It’s not my personal aesthetic. Which leads me to the question: What is my aesthetic?
Sometimes you meet someone and it’s so clear what theirs is. The all pastels super feminine people. The 90’s grudge folks. The minimalist. You know what I mean, some people are so ‘on aesthetic’ that there is no question. Those people are really fun to follow on social media, because you know what you’re going to get and you know that you’ll love it.
But that leads me back to the rest of us. We clearly have an aesthetic, everyone does. It’s just not so cut and dry. It’s just not so clear. Maybe it’s a mix of a few or maybe just not as typical.
When you look at this blog it’s hard to define, it’s a southern lifestyle blog but the southern side of it isn’t the most typical. I’m not a southern prep. I’m not anywhere close to a redneck and I’m not a good ole girl. These are the first few categories I run through when people talk about the south, especially the deep south. But I’m not in there. My mom and I were talking about it and I said “I don’t know I’m kind of Ranch-y.” She asked me what I meant and I said, “You know, like a ranch, a horse or a cattle ranch.”
She didn’t know what I meant, but over the last few years I’ve come across a lot of people who I feel like kind of share that vibe. Like Vivian Howard from UNC TV’s A Chef’s Life and the famous Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper.
So I’ve finally labeled my aesthetic, now I just have to find people with the same ones to follow across all different types of social media. Wish me luck on that.