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TPS turns one!

Aathirai Rajasekar | October 13, 2021

A year that I’d personally like to refer to as a “rollercoaster of a year”. The blog and I have come a long way. As I turn a year older and the TPS website turns one, I am counting my blessings and fixing my mistakes. When I started this blog, I was fairly certain that it wouldn’t last more than a couple of months and even if it did, it would be as dead as Sarah Jessica Parker’s style in the SATC reboot. For those of you who don’t know, I started the TPS blog in the year 2017 and I let it go down the drain but I revived it last year. However, it turns out that the 22 year old me is much wiser than the 18 year old me. So, here I am, one year later posting an article a month (almost) and writing my heart away! I genuinely hope this blog helps/entertains everyone who’s either interested in fashion or simply here to read to pass time! Fashion has been my sacred space to be myself and bury all my insecurities. When I started dressing up, I purely did it to mask how under confident and overly cautious I was. Once I started enjoying the process, I forgot why I turned to it and I started reading, watching and browsing about fashion/styling tips/ grooming methods. The more I immersed myself into this, the more I felt like I had found my calling. Unfortunately, I neither had the courage nor the clarity to pursue fashion academically. Thankfully, I met a few people in life who made me realise that I didn’t have to hold a degree in fashion to pursue it as a career but I needed the curiosity and the willingness to get my hands dirty. I still don’t know the direction I am headed to but all I know is that I put my heart and soul into it, which is going to take me somewhere.

For almost two weeks, I wrecked my brain thinking about what my one-year anniversary post was going to be. Honestly, I didn’t know where I was heading to when I started typing this article. A couple of sentences into this post, all the memories associated with the page came flooding back. I started an Instagram page called The Pleated Stories along with two of my school friends who were also into fashion. When we started this journey we wanted to help fellow college students up their fashion game. Unfortunately, a couple of months later the both of them dropped out and I was left with two options- either to run the show by myself or quit. 5 years later, here I am! I know I haven’t been consistent but I try my best to keep this page fun and informative. The past year has been quite the learning curve for me and I really hope to write more about this.

The Pleated Stories has been my safe haven, when everything in my life doesn’t make sense, I know that I can always seek refuge here. So, let this your cue to start writing if you have been meaning to because this is your space, people come here to listen to/ take your advice, so I’d say go for it. For someone who has battled low self esteem issues, I sure didn’t know I’d be in this field. I have never been the one for vanity and I was a tomboy as a kid. However, as years passed by I could totally sense myself getting pulled into the fashion universe. I am lucky and privileged enough to pursue this, so I wouldn’t entirely promote this as a promising source of income in the first few years. Thanks to my family, who have given me the financial freedom to let me pursue my dreams and if you are someone/ know someone who’s into fashion but doesn’t know where or how to start, I’d be more than happy to help!

Lastly, I’m super grateful to all my readers for investing your time and energy! If not for all the lovely comments and the constructive criticism, I wouldn’t have pushed myself or kept the blog going! It would mean a lot, if you can send in suggestions for the upcoming articles.

Until next time :)