Lately I’ve been all about doing the things that make me feel beautiful. This notion is one that’s driving my purchasing decisions, influencing how I spend my time and, of course, inspiring photographs that make me see the beauty in myself.
Some of you may know – the topic of self love has become intrinsic to the work of Velvet + Vinyl. As a group of women who are passionate about style, we’ve been discovering the outlet fashion represents for self-expression. For me personally, I’m learning that self-expression is inspired from the inside out. Combining the presence of confidence and the practice of self-love has pushed me outside my comfort zone to purchase pieces and style looks I didn’t totally feel I could pull off before.
If you’re reading this and there’s something that’s been flirting with your curiosity or your creativity, consider questioning it. If there’s a trend that intrigues you but you don’t think you can pull it off, tailor it to your style and try it. If you have an inclination or an idea, be innovative and inventive in exploring it. I’m giving the middle finger to this space of being stuck in the middle of what I think I can do and what I think I can’t do. Instead I’m prepared to replace this self-doubt with a newfound optimism for embracing a place where saying “yes” is a constant. Let’s leave behind the negativity, the consuming hesitation and the nagging uncertainty. Let’s get the heck out of this slump that convinces us of all the things we can’t do so we can pursue the things that make us feel beautiful. (But maybe we can still listen to Stealers Wheel because I’m really diggin’ this song right now..)