can’t count the number of times people have said things to me like, “you have such a unique style” or “I wish I could pull off what you do” or, my favorite, “How can you afford to wear something different all the time?” It’s as if I’m some kind of strange fashion anomaly that people can’t quite put their finger on. Most days, I choose to take their comments as a compliment but then there are the moments when those words cause me to second guess myself.
The fact is I’m a fairly shy person. I work hard every day to maintain a strong sense of who I am and who I want to be. Courage and fearlessness aren’t qualities I was born with; they’re things I have to cultivate and protect in my life. And hurt feelings are something I refuse to have. So when people say things that could be off-putting, I choose to toss them up on a high shelf and move along. Or, even better, find good in their words and use them to strengthen who I am.
There is one thing that gets to me, however. It may sound a bit silly, but I wish people could truly understand the value in developing their own sense of style. It bothers me that we have become a society which in one way or other demands people conform to what is “normal”. For some, that means always having to wear designer labels and surround themselves with elite circles of friends. For others, it is the exact opposite. They adopt an almost “holier than thou” mentality and wouldn’t step foot into a 5th Avenue shop if only to visit the ladies room. In my opinion, both extremes stem from fear and insecurity. And in both cases there is a sense of self-discovery that is lost.
Personal style is exactly that. Personal. That means not everyone has to love what you wear or how you wear it. But you do. And if you feel the most you when you’re wearing 3 inch heels then I say go for it. That’s you. But if you’re only wearing those heels because that’s what you think people expect from you, then it may be time to re-evaluate.
I wear what I wear because I truly love and appreciate those things. They’re the things that look best on me and that I can most be myself in. They are the things that allow me to forget about being self-conscious and worry about being others-focused. They don’t cost much – I enjoy being thrifty – but they do mean something to me. They’re a means of showing other women that they can enjoy being who they are. They don’t have to worry about “pulling off a look” – they can simply be themselves.
Honestly evaluate your personal style. Are you being true on the outside to who you really are or want to be? What are the things you most appreciate about your look/style? What are the things you admire most about the style of others? Have you told them?
Sometimes I wish I were a mother so I could get presents like these! Haha…just kidding! I actually love getting gifts for people and moms are always fantastic to buy for. Here are some of my favorite Etsy finds for Mom.
From Top Left: For Strange Women, Spa Goddess, Round Rabbit, Secret Safe Books, QUiD, Pour Me, Elsies Flat, Monkeys Always Look, Tamsy Trends, Woodland Belle, Orchard Farm Soap, Jewelry Kaleidoscope
Oh! And before I forget, all floral hair accessories (like the one above) are on sale at my shop. Save $10 when you order two! Get one for your mom (and keep the other, of course). Sale ends May 1st.
The best part about growing up in the Texas Panhandle was definitely storm season. Something about the fact that you can see what’s happening for miles and miles is magical. When the skies turned that humid, hazy green there was a good chance you’d find my Mema and I running around in the country in her old Cadillac with a camera just waiting to get the perfect lightening (or tornado!) shot.
The worst part about living on the plains? The wind. Hands down. Things can get a little hazardous when there’s nothing blocking those gusts!
Why the walk down memory lane, you ask? Well, Sunday is the second Dustbowl Arts Market that I’ll be showing at in Norman, OK and every time I see their logo, it brings me back to life when I was little and dust storms, hail and tornadoes were a regular occurrence. Ahh…the good ol’ days!
Here was my art project for the day! Cute little hand-dyed papers just waiting to be made into flowers. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!
I got a new Sally Hansen paint pen this weekend and wanted to give it a shot. I’m definitely not a pro, but it sure is fun!
(Top Pic) Sephora by OPI in Don’t go there, Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in black, NYC white (reeaallllyy old)
(Bottom Pic) OPI in Makes Men Blush, Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in black, Sephora by OPI in Dark Room
Side note: While these little pens are great for striping and dotting, they are NOT good to paint a large portion of nail. I tried to use it to paint my black tips (in the bottom pic) with zero success.
Show prep is underway for my first market of the season! I thought you might like to see the little critters I made today.
On a side note, the boy and I went to a massive car show this weekend and this is what we saw. Yes, there were cars; but who could pass up a giant ice cream cone? Can someone buy me one? Pretty please, with sprinkles?
Polka Dots have been making a comeback for the past several seasons, but there’s no time like springtime to enjoy a good dosage of spots and dots.
Here are a few celebs getting snapped in the ladylike print.
The trend on the runway seems to be to pair Polka Dots with classic feminine silhouettes and colors.
Etro, Kinder, Aggugini, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Luella
Tips for Wearing Polka Dots
1. Anyone can wear them, it’s just a matter of proportion. Curvier girls should opt for a larger dots and a more monochromatic palette to compliment rather than point out flaws. Fuller skirts and dresses in medium prints are perfect for adding volume to boyish figures.
2. Pair polka dots with solids for an understated effect.
3. Grab a girlie accessory! Nothing works better with this retro pattern than a ruffled bag or hair bow. Work that feminine charm!
Items in this set
Well. Somehow I managed to snag a treasury last night in the middle of weaving in ends and sewing on veiling. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Treasuries are member-curated galleries that etsy sellers fight over. To top it off, my little curation was featured on Etsy’s front page today!
In other news, I have so many posts swirling around in my brain, but show prep for Dustbowl is ruling my life right now! Stay tuned, though. I have a post about Polka Dots in store for tomorrow and perhaps some pics of the new creations?