I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week. While I do love the holidays, I sometimes don’t believe I appreciate what this time of year is really about. I think it is normal to feel we are facing unreasonable expectations, ones we most likely put ourselves up against. With 1 month of marriage under my belt, I’ve managed to create a to-do list of a million things for myself just surrounding this major life change. On top of this, I have holiday preparation, digging deeper into blog strategy and branding, personal growth, keeping up with my exercise and health, etc. I genuinely believe it is human nature to feel like we owe the world something or constantly should be striving to be do better or be better. The question I keep asking is why? I want to feel empowered and accomplished, regardless how I spent my time. I posted a quote on Instagram this morning from Brené Brown. It reads, “No matter how much I get done, or is left UNDONE, at the end of the day I am enough.” While a myriad of things, experiences, and people all contribute to our happiness, the capacity of what we get or put into each of these is what varies. And that is okay. We are enough and it is time we all start believing this.
On this same note of feeling empowered and enough, what I decide to wear also matters to me. Style is subjective, which is what makes it so universally appealing and beautiful. My style preferences have evolved. I used to follow some imaginary ‘rule book’ in my head each morning while choosing what I was going to wear. Everything needed to match and look cohesive. I strictly stuck to neutrals and dark colors, even though color intrigued me. I felt confined to specific styles + trends in fear of standing out. What I’ve learned over the years is that none of this really matters. What matters is that I individually choose what I feel best in, what makes me feel beautiful and that each purchase feels purposeful and has some longevity to it. Keeping all of this in mind, I felt inspired to share three contrasting looks on what I feel could be both comfortable and sophisticated looks for Thanksgiving. One secret I am willing to share is I despise jeans; unless I feel like a million bucks physically, I have a love-hate relationship with jeans. While you will most likely find me in jeans or leather leggings come this Thursday, a dress is a great alternative. Another ‘rule’ I stand by is that there are no rules…sure, you may feel that a dress is overkill for an intimate family holiday, but think again. This particular dress was so fun to style mostly because of the color. Any chance I get to mix what we call ‘jewel tones’, I immediately jump on it. I personally think burgundy, emerald, navy, mustard, amethyst all create a beautiful glow for any skin color. Need I say more? Lastly, I leave you with this. Every day I challenge myself to just ‘do me’ and be confident in that. If you choose to wear a dress this holiday season, own it and I promise you everyone around you will see it and believe it, too.
Check back tomorrow for look 2, where I mix a little bit of everything…athleisure, heels and high waisted.