Making It

Snakeprint sweater: BCBG Max Azria (last season, similar here) // White skinny denim: Gap (last season, similar here) // Black leather wedges: Steve Madden (last season, similar here) // Woven chain necklace: Forever21 // Black leather wristlet: Coach // Black cateye sunglasses: Target

If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it.

Essentially, that motto simplifies one of the beliefs by which I have guided my life. It has helped me change much of the negative in my little world and has given me the gusto to get where I am today. When I didn’t like living in Minnesota, I made the cross-country leap to California on sheer ambition. If I wasn’t happy at a job, I did something to fix it. I don’t just quit, like the motto may imply, I make it better.

I’m making something great out here. Between my blog, my job, my boo and my bubbies, there is quite a lot that keeps me going. So when a few internet trolls decided to bash me when Gap featured my recent post, I was a little surprised. It wasn’t my favorite photo, but it by no means looked like I “forgot to put on pants.”

Even though those people were clearly wrong and rude, it made me feel overly exposed and vulnerable. I felt self-conscious about the way that I looked, which made my already shaky body image (discussed here) take a nose dive. I had also gotten some bad family news earlier in the morning, and I was near defeat. I considered quitting blogging, because I definitely wasn’t enjoying the situation.

I’ve felt this way before (discussed here). Fact of the matter is, when you have your own editorial space, people will be critical. Mean, even. Worse, claim your material as their own.

But that’s the creative world. People will love what you do, people will hate what you do, or they’ll hate you for loving what you do. Anna, I totally get it now.

I needed to focus on the positive, which my lovely Twitter crew reminded me of oh-so-sweetly. Gap featured me on their Facebook! Woohoo!

So, once again, I’m here to stay. I love what I do. And I’m working on getting tougher, because there is no reason for anyone to shake me.

Shoutout to Gap for handling the situation so well. I am obviously still obsessed with the brand. (People, the Always Skinny jean will always make you look skinny. Trust.)

And, as I said the last time I discussed this: shoutout to my haters, sorry that you couldn’t (really) faze me.

I am making it. Thank you for following along with my little space in the fashion world. Let’s make thisĀ werk.

Xo always, Sarah

Sarah Long

10 Comments

  1. Oh honey, haters gonna hate. Don’t you know that? I mean, if I didn’t like you so much, my jealousy of those amazing legs of you might get the best of me, too. ;) That said, I totally understand how you feel; I get a decent number of negative (and anonymous) comments on my blog. I’ve heard it all from I’d look better with long hair to tattoos on women are ugly. You know what I say? Eff them. And I only said “eff” because I know how you feel about those “yuck yuck” words.

    Keep doing your thang, girl!

    • Hahaha, Santina, you know just what to say ;) I can’t believe people can be such nastypants, but I’m so glad we bloggers band together like #getitgirls! Xo

  2. Awww Sarah! You are so strong and definitely always stay positive! Like I said on FB- I got a recent negative comment and at first totally felt like I should just delete it and forget it was even posted…but I thought to myself that I should embrace it because I am better than that! And I agree with Santina Haters are gunna hate, it means we are doing something right! You are gorgeous and I love your bloggy blog!!!! And love YOU! :-) MUAH!

    <3 Amanda
    FashionableeMe

  3. Oh gosh people can be so rude! If they have such a problem with the shorts then they don’t have to wear them I mean sheesh. Sorry you had to deal with it lovey! I would just focus on the fact that you were featured by Gap I mean..hello, how cool is that?! And besides you are stunning, so if they can’t see that then that’s their problem :)

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