Imbroglio: a thought post


  1. An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation.

Perhaps extremely confused or extremely complicated, or extremely confused because this is extremely complicated, or this is extremely embarrassing because you are extremely confused as a result of this extremely complicated notion.

It’s all subjective.



  1. The general impression that a person, organisation, or product presents to the public.

  1. I wake up at 5:30am daily to sit in bed for a few minutes to accustom myself to the cold – our weather is about to descend into temperamental Sydney winter weather A.K.A. free shower and blowdry for every inch of your body exposed to the elements.
  2. Then I spend about 30-45 minutes(extra 15 minutes to think about life sometimes) on makeup: remove night contacts, face base, brows, eyeliner, bottom eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrows, lip colour.
  3.  I then spend around 5-10 minutes on my hair.
  4. Then I put on the pieces of my outfit for the day.
*This routine only applies if I’m going outside for a fullday. It’s important to let your skin rest and breathe if you wear makeup daily! Will be posting a daily and weekly face routine soon!

I personally believe that first impressions as well as images are important (if you can afford to dress the part) as they often subtly attract or deter people. Normally a casual or a more specific dress code is allocated to interviews and other important events. At the end of the day, interviewers , as well as passerbys, strangers, are all human – not everyone is a seasoned mindreader or a psyche expert.

This is one image – the one we wear when we walk out of the door with to start the new day. 

“Be true to yourself”

[A harmless statement if taken too literally becomes convoluted and obscure]

Bound by personal, social and cultural contexts, we act a certain way – so how do we become true to ourselves but still allow ourselves to be accepted by society?

Some of us wear ‘costumes’ – some prefer to call them façades. The reason as to why I chose to refer to it as a costume is because of its implied temporary use. Reverting back and forth from the boundaries of your ‘home'(home does not necessarily need to be defined by physical structural parameters) to your social web(transcending past amiable friendships and relationships to people-related interactions such as simple verbal transactions with strangers on the street to more weighted situations on educational and workplace levels) can be psychologically draining as well as attractive to inaccuracies between/amongst your various costumes and identities.

In all technical sense, does the quote “Be true to yourself” tell you to technically abandon all your social and cultural contexts? Imagine if one day all social and cultural contexts were disregarded and over time, after endless decades of friction and eventual irreversible disintegration, values become lost to the point where individuals are void of any distinction against one another as there are no agreed upon references for them to be compared to.

This is one image – the one we wear when we are with people. 

When I’m thrown the phrase “Be true to yourself”,

am I meant to be true to myself as you see fit, or as I see fit?

As one grows up, they realise that their microcosmic world is not so black and white anymore. Some friendships/relationships with the ones you think will last forever, unfortunately do not last and change actually happens!


Does anyone else remember during highschool how it was almost a sin for you to be associated with ‘change’ ?

“Ohmygod ______ has changed so much”

I think that one’s journey across several education levels and institutions resembles the process of a snake shedding skin – new and improved result.

What if the me you ‘knew’ was a costume all along?

Then who am I?


  1. Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.




Earth tones.





Where in the vast expanse of labels do I narrow down a few words to describe my aesthetic vision?

Simple but intricate, tacky and graphic, subtle, toned down, neutrals, one-of-a-kind, slightly wandering nypmh, occasionally basic and plain, pastel fairyfloss, transparent, layered

I like to think your aesthetic voice lays within the items you dress yourself with and how you carry yourself about- without them, there’s no material context for what your aesthetic voice is.

Though at the end of the day, we sometimes forget that aesthetic visions and voices are working processes and thus, they can be dependent heavily on external influences.

Hi everyone,

I haven’t written in this style before so any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated! This blogpost tests the cohesiveness and dynamics of  the different written formats used. I’ve placed this foreword/introduction at the end of the piece to allow you guys to launch straight into it. If you haven’t caught onto what the intention of this blogpost is – it aims to explore and challenge the notion that one’s individual style/image/brand should be classified in minimal words.



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4 thoughts on “Imbroglio: a thought post

  1. Emily, it is admirable to want to be unique and actually go about being it. But, you need to think about how your pursuit for this individual voice or appeal is affecting everything else. Take a minute to think about your life, breaking free all your personal dispositions and prejudices to look from the perspective of an outsider, a real outsider and not just your own bias of how others view you.

    You talk about costumes and facades to explore the notion of individuality. But it’s important to understand what can really become temporary – image, relationships, perceptions. At what point do the costumes become your reality? Do you actually ever take them off? Ask yourself this, the Emily that has shed off all her costumes, what is it? And then ask yourself, is that REALLY her or just what you remember of her.

    I want to talk about the concept of home, specifically a psychological home (the psychological state in which one’s mind lives in). Like a physical home, we constantly change things within, for instance removing an old couch for a new one. This is no different to a psychological home. People change, and our psychological states are constantly in change too, however significant or insignificant the alteration is. Through these costumes your psychological state become more dependant and vulnerable, flicking through them to suit whichever fits a situation best. Having a strong and steadfast belief in oneself’s own vision doesn’t necessarily correlate to a powerful psychological state. You can be completely broken inside but stay stubborn to your own beliefs. However, an individual who is composed within is the one that won’t let their own beliefs consume them.

    It’s true change isn’t bad, far from it, it’s an inevitable experience that we all have to come to terms with. But change can instill fear and uncertainty within people leading them to constantly avoid it. There exists a belief within many, one I once shared but now realise is flawed. Its the belief that the only thing that can be kept constant amongst all this change is yourself. Perceptions change, friendships change, so the only thing they feel as they can be anchored to is their own self. Hence, many utilise costumes as their coping mechanisms to maintain that self. By being able to shift through these different facades, they believe that they can go through this process of change that the people around them have undergone, whilst keeping that unaltered version of themselves as their “real self.” But this is contradictory and eventually becomes a paradox that we cannot overcome. Emily I’m not telling you that you have some sort of ludicrous belief in conceited self values, if that’s what this comment sounds like. No, I’m writing this just to serve as a reminder of to not let these costumes become the actual you.

    One last thing I want to comment on is aesthetic vision and its ability to be influenced by the individual and change. I agree with your view that your aesthetic voice lies within the items you dress yourself in and how you carry yourself in them. But, I believe it has much deeper roots than that. Aesthetic voice resonates through everything, rather than just individual appearances. It is emulated through our judgement of people – friends, family and strangers, – it is emulated through out ambitions and our strive for them, and as you said definitely through the items you dress yourself in.

    We live in a society where individuality is not only emphasised, but praised. It’s important to be unique, through this pursuit of individuality we overlook the benefits of a collective. There’s a reason why friendships are made, romantic relationships are begun, political groups are formed. It’s because amongst this collective, there exists a place where the individual can feel deeper connections amongst those who share similar perceptions to them. I believe that in this modern society, our necessity for distinctiveness blinds our view of the collective. The people within these collectives may change, but the way you view and treat them afterwards is where the true beauty within an individual’s personality is revealed.

    It’s completely fine to emphasise external appearances, but don’t lose the internal aspects of yourself.


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