Pause

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When I’m working on a story, the first sentence is always the hardest one to write. Do I start with something visual, a quote, some kind of exciting action? Do I ease into the story or just jump right in? That (and coming up with brilliant titles, of course) tends to be the hardest part of writing. So for this blog post, I won’t beat around the bush and get straight to the point: I’m going to stop blogging for a little while. Feel free to read on for more on why.

The past few years around here have been full of change: I got engaged, married, business has had its ebbs and flows. There’s been many trips abroad, new friendships formed and old ones lost. And somehow along the way, I’ve struggled with what the right “fit” for StyleSizzle really is.

I started this blog because the fashion scene in Arizona was really lacking a spotlight. I was tired of seeing winter coats in September fashion magazines when it doesn’t get even close to boot season around here until November. As a writer and magazine editor, I get the opportunity to sample loads of products, travel to new and exciting places, get VIP access to some of the hottest restaurants, resorts and other events that’s exciting to share. But right now, something’s just not working for me. And that’s not how it should feel.

And so, I’m taking a time out. For me. For you. I’m putting this on pause, just for a bit. I’m lucky and grateful that I’ve got plenty of work projects and a full social and home life at the moment and want to revisit this when I have the energy that I’ve been lacking as of late.

I may pop back from time to time but for the most part, I won’t be back until 2014.

In the meantime, I very much want to know: what is it you’re looking for in a blog these days? Please, leave a comment below or shoot me an email and tell me what do you wish you could find in a blog? What are your questions? What is it that draws you in and keeps you coming back for more? I will do my best to respond to every single comment and email I get as I very much value your loyalty. After all, it’s not you, it’s me. I will be back for more and as always, you can catch me on Facebook, Twitter or follow along my daily adventures on Instagram.

Xo,

Marlene

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Comments

  1. Stephen Shefrin says

    It’s great to see a blog about the fashion scene in Phoenix. I wish there was a bigger fashion scene here.

    • says

      @stephenshefrin:disqus Ya know, there is a much bigger fashion scene in Phoenix than you think! I hear that a lot but if you dig a bit, you’ll find there are actually plenty of fashion enthusiasts around here :)

  2. Renate says

    I just l being able to get fashion advice and see real people wearing clothes in my city, which has its own unique challenges that the fashion industry just doesn’t take into account – like you said, September is all about scarves and sweaters and coats, and I still have my AC on. I love all your posts on practical tips for looking cute, like how to dress comfy for the airport, and the fashion staples of Phoenix vs the rest of the world. Also, I share your confusion and loathing with regards to the Ed Hardy brand and its continuing popularity. I just don’t get that.

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