The Power of Lace: Sign Off
“To wear Salua is like putting on a sanctuary. Romanticizing the idea of reflection and clearing one’s head of chaos”
Story & Photos by Katrina Eugenia
Lingerie courtesy of Salua Lingerie
There is plenty of speculation out there already as to how the technological revolution has affected our lives. In a sense, we are now all growing up in the public eye, and it is terrifying.
It seems as though our Twitter account and Facebook profile are nearly set up for us when we pop out of the womb. A child’s liberty to grow and make mistakes through their youth is now taken away from them, as they are held accountable for every last thing they have ever said, or posted, for that matter. This other universe, that exists somewhere in the abyss of our glowing screens of various forms, feels mandatory if you want to be a functioning member of society today.
“…trying to influence a teen’s tweets is like trying to tell a hungry lion that you won’t taste good”
It is nearly impossible, at times, to persuade the teenage mind. As an older sister, I find myself trying to save my younger sisters from making the same mistakes I did. But trying to influence a teen’s tweets is like trying to tell a hungry lion that you won’t taste good. It is not their outlandish thoughts that bother me, but the consequences they may face years from now. I sometimes question what I tweeted a week ago, let alone what I may have posted on facebook four years ago. The idea of my college thoughts rising to the surface is mortifying. GOD FORBID. (I am knocking on wood now.) And as much as we try to go back and trace our steps, abolishing anything we may have regretted saying, it is likely and unfortunate, that our enemies have already saved it to their desktops.
“Salua embodies what it means to allow the mind time to breath through their designs”
And more, if privacy is important to our growth as individuals, it saddens me that we have to deal with our parents, teachers, older siblings, cousins, and onward monitoring our every move. Ultimately, we are doing something that is natural; expressing ourselves. But what happens when those expressions are forever cemented on the information super highway? Our social lives in the cyber universe are trumping our social lives in the real world and it is ruining a great deal of what is poetic about being human, namely, how we interact.
You may be wondering how this relates to lingerie?
Salua embodies what it means to allow the mind time to breath through their designs. In a way, their 100% cotton pajamas nurture the feminine spirit, and relax the mind through the most comforting pieces I have worn thus far. While Salua is unique in its own right, it is a universal brand for every female soul, allowing us to clear our heads and put our thoughts at ease. I gave my friend Doniella, the beautiful strapless nightgown.
“She is the ultimate sun goddess beauty, and she brought the piece to life, instantly”
Intuitively, I knew it would be the perfect piece for her, and all of that was confirmed upon photographing her in the lacy dream. She is the ultimate sun goddess beauty, and she brought the piece to life, instantly. Meanwhile, I was drawn to the vintage glamour chemise that compliments my old world ‘Pink Ladies’ attributes. The piece screams Hollywood Baby Doll, and so, it was love at first sight for me. Slipping on Salua quickly helped me to realize the loveliness in stepping away from the computer.
As an artist, there is a constant urge to gain more followers on twitter, and more fans on facebook. And with each one comes a sense of pressure to hold their attention with frequent posts and enhanced status updates. If this is an illusion, so be it, but it doesn’t change how real it feels in today’s world. Especially when Facebook sends you emails with big fat red arrows pointing down when your page gets less hits than the week before. Or when they post things that might as well say, “Hey asshole, you haven’t gotten a new fan in weeks. Looks like you better pay up for some advertising.” Or even better, “Hey loser, you haven’t posted anything in days. What the fuck is wrong with you?” One has to laugh at these nervy, uncanny things that have become the norm. But still, they effect us.
“To me, Salua represents a reason to sign off of our social media obligations, and embrace what is in front of us; sheer, sexy, tangible, reality.”
All things considered, I take comfort in the fact that we are starting to catch on to the masochism of social networking. As the years go on, I see us slowly moving in the direction of cyber independence. We are beginning to see that there is something troubling at the sight of a child’s face glued to an ipad, completely unaware of their world around them. Or a teenager sucked into a smart phone, vicious like a dog with a bone if you even flirt with the idea of intruding on their bubble. There is something disturbing about the image of a coworker, glued to their computer screen, sweating from the speed at which they must now deliver. Or that feeling of embarrassment when you read a fellow followers tweet that should have never happened. Our ex’s haunt us for the rest of our lives, and when we die? Our profiles do not retreat.
I would like to think that slowly, as a society, we are beginning to dissect the pros and cons of social media, using it to our advantage rather than it taking advantage of us. It is after all, a great way to share news, build awareness, or network. Social media has even created more employment opportunities, hiring individuals to be the magic fingers behind a business’s twitter account, or to manage their social media. It is a great platform to support and participate in good causes, such as the Hello Herman Project. An Anti-bullying theatre and video contest that is dependent on social media to spread the word, build awareness, and allow students to participate. Thanks to Tumblr, girls everywhere are able to express their sexuality through the revolutionary “Me In My Place.” A website dedicated to real girls, photographed in their homes. The photos are sexy and genuine, making the site a beacon for the modern day pin up girl. Control is what we are slowly learning to achieve. Prioritizing our use, and turning it into a positive experience.
There was a point, sometime last year, when my social media to do lists hit a peak and I realized I was spending more time sharing my art than making it. The cyber burden only grew larger every time I sat down to the computer and it was taxing my enthusiasm and inspiration. Since then, I cut down my use significantly, and I no longer let the Internet suck the precious time I have on this earth.
To wear Salua is like putting on a sanctuary. Romanticizing the idea of reflection and clearing one’s head of chaos. With a subtle hint of vintage glamour, Salua manages to make comfort beautiful, and I find that wearing the garments benefits my work whether it be writing or taking photographs. I wear these white, angelic pieces more frequently than any other brand. To me, Salua represents a reason to sign off of our social media obligations, and embrace what is in front of us; sheer, sexy, tangible, reality.
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