Target dress, old (similar), sandals (on sale online!), and belt; ℅ Julie Vos pendant; The Shine Project Bracelet (similar) s; ℅ Lisa Leonard initial necklace (similar); Forever 21 sunglasses (similar.)
I’m working on simplifying my life lately. I’ve been off my month and a half long shopping hiatus for a week now, and I’m honestly thinking of going back on for another month or more. I feel so good about myself, inside my own head, when I’m not constantly thinking of what I want to buy. Acquiring new things, whether they are well priced or not, can be a sickness of sorts. Feeling like I always need one more thing to be completely content, this consumes me some days. I’m not sure that healthy.
Scratch that, I KNOW it’s not.
I want this new season, this season of warmth and long days spent outside, time spent with my children, my husband, and my friends, to be a time where I’m not thinking about anything else but what is in that moment. I want to go beyond what is trendy and new, and find this new place within myself where my personal style comes out to shine. I don’t need the newest shoe, or another perfect white dress. I have all that and more already, and it’s time I enjoyed it.
I was thinking the other day about this one camping trip I went on with my mom about seven years ago. We had a camper and parked it right on the beach in Key West, and it was perfection. We spent days wearing the same thing, mostly bathing suits by day, then a simple sundress at night. We would often fall asleep in our clothes and wake up the next day in the same thing, and wear it all over again. I remember feeling so free doing this! Free of caring what I looked like, what people thought, free to be exactly who I was. It was liberating.
I want to recreate that feeling of freeness.
I want to wear what makes me happy, though I get I’ll need to make more of an effort than one dress for weeks on end! I enjoy dressing up, creating a look that feels like ME, and puts a little skip in my step. I don’t enjoy feeling like I need to keep up with what other’s are wearing. I need to change this. I look at the style of some of those that I admire the most and I don’t see trends, I just see them.
That’s what I want for myself, and this blog. I want to look in the mirror and just see me. I want to be content with what I have, happy with needing less, and content with not needing more. I want YOU to be happy with what you have, too. I’d love to inspire you style wise, but not at your expense (both financially and mentally.) I know many of you are better at not buying new things than I am, and I envy that! I hope to bring you fun and affordable looks, point you to some awesome deals out there (I mean, I DO like browsing online!), and create a space that makes you want to try something you wouldn’t have tried before.
Tell me, do you have trouble being content with what you have?