Monday, April 14, 2014

Thoughts on Personal Style

Lately, I feel like I've come into my adult self.
I feel like I've figured out a skin care routine that works well for my skin type.
A lipstick shade that puts a bit of pep in my step.
I know the fastest, most thorough ways to clean our home.
I don't know why I connect that with growing up.. but I do!

By no means do I (nor will I ever) have it all figured out.. but recently, personal style has been something I've really thought about. Obviously we're all different and have variance in our thoughts and opinions, but I've come to think personal style is rather important. What do I mean by personal style? I guess I just mean that for the first time in my life, I know what clothes I think are cute and what styles will feel flattering and give me a little bit of confidence. And I love it.

I've shared in bits and pieces about my journey with health and fitness. Bits and pieces that I hope are read with grace in your hearts. I think it's connected, but maybe it's not. Being active and eating mostly clean foods has left me energetic and happy and ready to go. It's given me a little boost of confidence and I've really had fun with trying different styles of clothing. I recently bought an army green military style jacket. WHAT? I know. I'm wild. I love it.

I really think that people get caught up in embodying a particular style, fueled by pinterest and magazines and things like that. I hear people talk about it all the time with their homes. I love neutrals but I love color and I love modern but I love classic and which one of these styles should I have? I really just think it's important to wear things you like, to put things you like in your home. So am I going to wear my army jacket one day and a Lilly Pulitzer dress the next? Absolutely. It's also notable that no one pays near as close attention to you as YOU do. People say that often, but it's something I've thought about a lot recently. It's humbling. It's freeing.

Moral of the story is, I want to encourage you to try on a shirt in a new style or go to Sephora and try all the different blushes until you find one that's a perfect fit. I've come to believe that embracing femininity is important. I think it's important to feel confident and beautiful and exactly as God created you. If a new lipstick or a favorite shirt helps you embrace that... I just think it's good.

These are a lot of thoughts from all over the place. I just think that we go through such a journey.. starting in elementary and middle school we want to look like everyone around us and wear the same things and fit in. And then people want to be hip and different and unlike anyone else. I've finally wrapped my head around the fact that I can dress like myself, be like myself. I should wear something because I like it and not be afraid if someone else likes it too and I'm not original or if everyone else likes it. Live life, people! :)

What are your thoughts on personal style? Isn't it funny how we constantly change.. even photos from a few years ago I'm dressed so different!

These random thoughts wouldn't be complete without a photo of my ultimate style icon,
Kate Middleton:






6 comments:

  1. I feel like you took the words right out of my mouth. Lately I have been trying new styles and loving it! Before I would try the usual "style pattern" I guess you could say. Stepping out and trying new things with fashion always seems to turn out for the better. Oh, and how could you not have a photo of Kate on any post that has to do with fashion?? :)

    xoxo
    Lauren
    http://sincerelymrslo.blogspot.com/

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  2. Love this post! This has been something I've really been thinking on lately.. I feel like my style has been changing little by little and I love feeling more like the newly married woman I am than the teenage girl I used to be..

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  3. Oh my! She is totally one of my style icons, as well! She is so classy!

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  4. I've been noticing my personal style lately too! I'm about to graduate college and I feel like my outfits are starting to reflect a grown-up-ness to them, (accidentally of course because I don't FEEL like a grown up...haha). But I'm feeling more bold and courageous than I have in the past and my style has given me some confidence and I love that. Thank you so much for this post and that darling picture of princess Kate. Do you know about the site whatkatewore.com ? You should check it out. I'm addicted! :)

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  5. This is so fun! I love how thoughtful you are about everything. Such an encouragement!

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  6. You are classy and gorgeous and I love your style! I love that we get to revamp and rework our looks as we like. No need to be someone else or copy this fashion blogger or that. Keep being the beautiful you, missy!

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