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I Accidentally Took The Week Off Of Social Media

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Hello, my name is Melodie and I’m addicted to social media, Instagram to be precise. They say the first step to overcoming an addiction is to first admit you have a problem and then to seek treatment.

As much as I might pretend that I’m unbothered whenever I’m scrolling down my IG feed, the lie detector determine I wasn’t being totally truthful. Social media whether you think so or not can make you feel inadequate and if you’re not careful you might even question your entire existence. Okay so maybe that’s a little farfetched, but you get my drift.

Don’t get me wrong, social media is wonderful.  It’s a great platform to express yourself and to showcase to the world your gifts, talents and skills.  It has also allowed careers to take off, unimaginable opportunities have been received, even a few people have met the love of their lives via social.  But at what point is enough, enough?

If you would’ve told me 4 years ago when I posted my first IG pic that I’d get sucked into this endless portal of follows, likes and comments, I would have rolled my eyes and laughed at you.  Little did I know….  I had it so bad that my phone was the first thing I reached for in the morning.  Not to check the time or the weather, but to see what I missed on IG and FB.  Sad! 

 When I say I accidentally took a week off from social, it was more on purpose than I realized.  I’d gotten overwhelmed with trying to keep up with the analytics, making sure I was consistent (because consistency is king, right) and other people’s IG version of success.  I’m being honest here.  I couldn’t take it, so I decided I wasn’t going to post until I felt like it.

In recent years I’ve come to realized that I’d been subconsciously comparing my life with a bunch of square pictures that have been perfectly curated to appear that life is cotton candy and unicorns.  Which is why taking a break was so needed.  And going forward I’ll be making a conscience effort to step away more often.  The goal will be to detach myself from unrealistic or untimely expectations of myself.  To stay focused on my own goals and to make the most of my time.  The main reason is to break the cycle of comparing my chapter 15 to someone else’s chapter 32. 

Have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend scrolling down IG or FB?  Your phone has (or should have) the capability to tell you which app you use the most and depending on the type of phone you have can tell you the average amount of time you spend on the app. My phone tells me I spend a lot of time on the gram with Facebook right on it’s heels.

What say ye?  Are you guilty of falling into the the social trap? Could you challenge yourself to detox from social media?  For me it was a week; but next time it may be a month. Let me know in the comments. 

Photography: Kaylin James



What Keep Me From Wearing A Crop Top?

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, Shein, Atlanta Influencer, street style 

Whewwww!  It's Monday and what a weekend I had.  Friday was my actual birthday and I only wanted to stay home and be lazy, but hubs forced me to get up and get out the house.  Appreciation for my husband is an understatement.  This man is GREAAATTTT, which is why I'm forever grateful to God for this man.  I really don't deserve him.  Anywho!!!  

We all have that one part or parts of our body that we deem our problem area.  For me, it's my muffin top.  You're probably shaking your head and giving me the side-eye and asking what muffin top?  The one that I keep well hidden.  And I bet you're still side-eyeing me.  But we all know that looks can be deceiving.  While I don't have a huge stomach or stretch marks, the spillage that I see was enough to keep me out of short tops.  Even though I've attempted to wear them before; it came at a cost.  I either had to turn my plate down or suck my entire abdominal wall in all for the sake of a cute outfit.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't notice all the crop slayage on social.  It made me want to wear one soooo bad but the fear of my stomach hanging out was like, umm what do you think you're doing.  But you know what?!?!?  I finally told fear to kick rocks.  I'm going to wear this crop and I'm going to rock in it.  You'll see I didn't go the traditional route where my stomach is out, I decided to style my top with a high-waisted tartan print skirt to hid my muffin top.  The flatform shoe gave me a little more height so that the skirt wouldn't look like it was swallowing me whole.  This really cute circle bag completed the outfit.  What's that one item that you've been hesitate to wear?  I'd like to know in the comments...

Top -- Thrifted (similar here) // Skirt -- Thrifted // Shoes -- Shein // Bag -- Shein // Sunglasses -- Target

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, Shein, Atlanta Influencer, street style
Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, Shein, Atlanta Influencer, street style
Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, Shein, Atlanta Influencer, street style
Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, Shein, Atlanta Influencer, street style

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