Why I’m Not Attending Malta Fashion Week This Year

I’m a big believer in this motto: that if you keep putting something off, you are simply not meant to do it. Of course, this motto comes with its limitations – you might be putting off studying or cleaning your room – those still have to be done, so please don’t take this literal to everything. I kept putting my Malta Fashion Week application on the back burner this year and after it was past its deadline, I realised why.

I didn’t attend the Malta Fashion Week events last year either but that was because I was in Glasgow. This year, it was my decision not to apply/attend. I’m here in Malta this year but something inside me told me that I did not want to be a part of it. It has nothing to do with the industry and it absolutely has nothing to do with the people involved (organisers, bloggers, influencers etc). It was a decision that I took for myself because of myself.

Why I'm not attending Malta Fashion Week

When I changed my blog from Splashes of Looks to Lyndsey Grima, I was planning big things for myself and the blog, and I still am. However, life got in the way – there were many lifestyle changes that I had to adapt to quickly. Moving back home from another country that I still consider my home was not easy. Juggling my freelance job with a full-time job was most definitely not easy. Trying to come to terms with my anxiety was is not easy. I’m not complaining, I know that most people have got it WAYY worse than I do and there are so many troubles in the world that mine are almost insignificant BUT, at the time, this was a handful.

Which is why I didn’t blog as much and why I didn’t attend to all the events and why I kind of fell of the wagon when it comes to blogging which still saddens me because I know that I was doing VERY well. Why am I telling you all this? Because it’s the reason why I’m not attending Malta Fashion Week this year. I still love fashion, I still love the industry but I feel that I have just pieced myself together and that I’m finally finding the time to blog again that I fear that the hectic lifestyle that these events bring with it, will destroy my passion again.

Why I'm not attending Malta Fashion Week

Malta Fashion Week is an amazing opportunity to witness raw local talent and it’s also the best way to connect with other like-minded people. But those who attend the events can tell you that it’s one of the most hectic weeks of their lives. I feared that if I forced myself to get into the events without fully wanting to – I might risk losing my love for this blog forever. And that’s the last thing I want to do because I love doing this!

Apart from this reason, I was also wanted to give Fashion Week a miss because I feel that I haven’t merited my place since I haven’t been consistently blogging over the past few months. Although all this will change because I have so much in store for you and this little niche that I have created – I didn’t want to take a spot from someone who might have been blogging hard to get to these events.

Why I'm not attending Malta Fashion Week

A part of me feels like I will be missing out on A LOT of things because let’s face it, it’s the biggest fashion event in Malta. But I also know, in my heart, that I have made the right decision to listen to myself and my needs instead of giving in to social pressure. Even though I’m giving Fashion Week a miss this year, I’m still a blogger and I still envision big things for this blog. So stay tuned!

As a final note, I would like to wish the best of luck to all the designers and organisers taking part in Malta Fashion Week. I’m sure it’s going to be bigger and better! To all bloggers/influencers – make the most of it and I cannot wait to witness the events from your eyes!

Until next year, MFWA x

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