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Personality 101: Developing Your Sense of Style

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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.

Today’s Mission:

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?


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I Heart: Skirts

Unless you’re just in love with the jeans and a t-shirt look, I’ve decided that the awkward period between summer and fall can be an absolute fashion nightmare. Particularly when the humid summer heat seems to drag on endlessly. My solution for the perfect transition piece: the skirt. You can layer it up with a cardi or jacket and cool it down with a simple tank or tee. Plus, it pairs brilliantly with tights and leggings, boots or a simple ballet flat. Here’s to the skirt!

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Eugenia Mini, Anthropologie; Free People Ribbon Mini, Free People; Vintage Print Mini, Renouveau Clothing; SoCa St. John Pleated Black Skirt, Nordstrom; Leifsdottir Gray a-line Skirt, Nordstrom

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I wish to wear…

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Have a special occasion, date or other such outing and not sure what to wear? We’d love to help inspire! Send your story to QUiDessential and let us do the picking for you.

xoxo, QUiD

Dress: Heidi Merrick

 

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The Name Game: Prize Involved!

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image via: The Scrappy Shack

So, I’m 2 1/2 days away from my next big craft show. The product is basically done but I’ve yet to decide what to wear. I made a really cute paper bag skirt but now I think I want to make a hand-painted tank. The dilema: what should it say?

That’s good news for you! For the next 24 hours, I’ll be taking submissions for 2-3 word phrases to use on the shirt. Post ’em here, but keep it clean.

THE WINNER of this challenge will receive 1 said tank in the size of your choice along with a special surprise from the QUiD collection! 3-2-1…GO!

a bit like my skirt creation

a bit like my skirt creation

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Easter 2009: The Hunt Begins

So easter is just a few days away and I haven’t given a single thought to what I’m going to wear! This could spell disaster! What are you wearing for easter?

Here's an idea!

Here's an idea!

Dress: Erin Leigh Heart; Shoes, Vintage Shoes n Boots; Bangles, KJoo

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I wish to wear: frills

I’m not sure why, but springtime always makes me feel like a girlie-girl. If I could pick my perfect outfit for today, it would be this.

 

 

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1. Dress by Sarah Seven; 2. Headband, Thread and Petal; 3. Handbag, QUiDvintage; 4. Shoes by Gigi favela; 5. Earrings, Sleepy Moon Design

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Spring Trends: Striking Silhouettes

Soft, 1920’s inspired silhouettes are everywhere for spring. To be even more on trend, pair a floral print with an oversized menswear jacket. Or what about a pencil-legged trouser with a structured shouldered top? If all else fails, grab a cigar, and don your fanciest pair of gentlemen’s pajamas!

 

 

spring silhouettes

From Top Center: 1. dolce & gabbana; 2. Elie Tahari; 3. Carolina Herrera; 4. Dolce & Gabbana; 5. Givenchy; 6. Burberry Prorsum

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