I'm gonna be quite honest with you, the night before we shot these photos, I had a bit of a melt down. You see, I've always had self-confidence issues, for as far back as I can remember. I've told myself I'm not pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, funny enough, you name it, I'm sure my inner self has expressed it! So when I reached out to Cham Phan (because he's freaking amazing!) about doing photos for my style blog we got together and I explained to him how I'm trying to create this personal brand for myself and my styling biz, but how I didn't really want to be the person in the photos. He asked me "why?" And I told him that 1- I hated having my photo taken 2- that I didn't feel comfortable in front of a camera and 3- that honestly I'd really like to lose 10-15lbs. He looked me square in the face and said "Your brand is all about empowering women and helping them feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, but here you are not even taking your own advice."
How freaking true was that statement!? Here I am putting off the things I'm wanting to accomplish in life because I'd like to lose 10-15lbs first?! So that day, we scheduled out our first photo shoot, followed by the next 5 months worth of photo shoots, because I didn't want an excuse or time to pass me by anymore. I've spent too much of my life not going after and doing the things I wanted most in my life, because I wasn't quite "ready" or the timing wasn't "right." No more of that crap. Ya, I'm still going to work to lose those 10-15lbs, but you know what, I'm not going to put anything else on the back burner because I'm feeling a little "fluffy."
So my question to you is this, what aren't you doing right now because you aren't ready, because the timing isn't right, because you have waaaay too much on your plate already and never enough hours in the day? I challenge you, look deep within yourself, find the REAL reason you're not going after those goals and dreams and crush them! Crush the self doubt, crush the negative thoughts, crush the limiting beliefs! Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how truly FREAKING AWESOME you are!
No seriously, do it.
Stand in front of the mirror, push your shoulders back, throw those hands on your hips, puff out your chest and scream: I'M FREAKING AWESOME!! Because you know what, you really, really are! And sometimes all it takes is a little reminder.
Okay, so here I am, I'm putting myself out there (double chins and all) ;D I hope you'll follow along with me on this fashion journey and have some fun along the way, but most of all, I hope you're able to truly take away something more and together we can both help each other find that inner confidence.
Alright, alright, enough about me - let's get to the fashion!! So I wanted to take an item, that most women have in their closet, and show you 5 different ways to wear it. Insert the graphic tank. The graphic tank and tees have been super popular over the past year, and thankfully for me and my wardrobe (half of my closet consists of these things), they aren't going anywhere anytime soon!
Look #1 - Highwaisted Skinnies
This look is probably the dressiest look of them all. I knotted the graphic tank and paired it with black high waisted skinnies, threw on a dainty drop down necklace and for a pop of color added my fav shoes ever - these gorge wine booties. Throw on a little denim jacket, because I am literally ALWAYS cold, and BAM!
Look #2 - Highwaisted Shorts
I like to refer to this as the 'dirty grunge' look. Yes, those are holes in my tights, no I didn't buy them that way. :D For this style I embodied my inner festival child, and paired the mesh tights, with high waisted black shorts and a long emerald green cardigan. I'm a serious hat freak, like I wear hats almost every day. Don't judge. And you guys won't believe these B.A. olive booties are actually Timberlands. Say what?!
Look #3 - Oversized Knit Cardigan
This comfy-casual look is perfect for those, I-wanna-look-put-together-but-spend-five-minutes-actually-getting-ready, days. I paired the tank with my fav cut out knee black jeans, a super cozy oversized knit cardigan, choker, because DUH I LOVE me a good choker and my go to super comfortable olive booties.
Look #4 - The Skirt
I saw this camel suede skirt at H&M earlier this fall and it was love at first sight! So many different ways I can wear this babe, I should do a whole blog on just that!
Swoon. (Insert the daydreaming emoji here)
So anyways, I wanted this look to be a little more fun and playful. I paired the skirt with navy floral tights, a layered suede necklace and of course a denim jacket. I particularly love this jacket because it's super fitted and hugs close to my body.
Look #5 - Duster Cardigan
For the last look, I wanted to embrace the hipster vibes. ;) This long, rust colored cardi is a go-to in my wardrobe and the bolero choker necklace is bar far my fav piece I own! Throw on a floppy hat and a pair of tan wedge booties and you're ready to stroll into a coffee house downtown and look the part!
Which looks did you love? Which looks did you think, "ain't no way I'm pulling that off." Trust me babe, if I can rock it you can do me one better!
Thanks for joining me on this sweet journey, and I hope you continue to follow along with me. A super special THANK YOU to Cham Phan, for not only making me feel absolutely beautiful in these photos but more importantly, for pushing me to step outside my comfort bubble and get after it! You will never know the avalanche you started in my life. You da man, Cham Phan! <3
Until next time loves,
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