I find that I can still wear all this stuff with some creative layering. Leggings or fleece tights under dresses, fur vests and multiple light layers on top. At this time of year I’m not really outside that much beyond going from the house to the car, or the car to a store, so I can wear lighter weight fabrics and not be THAT cold. I also like pairing tougher accent pieces with my Summer clothes, like my studded boots with a floral dress, or a winter beanie with a white dress and tights. It’s all about how you look at something, I guess. There aren’t a lot of things I can’t wear year round if I get creative about it, and that makes me happy.
Tell me, how would you wear your Summer clothes in Winter?
I think it’s natural for all of us to have a jealous monster inside of us. We see people all the time that seem to have better homes, cars, closets, opportunities, better behaved children, perfectly romantic husbands, amazing creative talents, etc. I mean, the list goes on and on, right? Sometimes I wonder why I can look at others and then feel so DOWN on myself, finding myself lacking in more ways than I’d like to admit. I probably have a minor self esteem issue, grown from who knows where (YM magazine, Saved By The Bell episodes??), because I never grew up in a way that would make me feel less of myself, but somehow that seems to be the way of women. The teenage years are hard! I work daily on being kinder to myself, and showing my daughter that I can be kind to myself, too, because that is how SHE will learn to love herself. A little self doubt is normal, but I hope my daughter can grow up seeing herself in a good light, and forget the things that aren’t great. Reading Amy Poehler’s book a couple of weeks ago (have you read it yet? It is LIFE CHANGING!), I came across this quote that really resonated with me:
“Good for her. Not for me.”
I love this because it shows that while we may admire different accomplishments of those around us, both near and far, these circumstances may not be what is good for US. I may love a bobbed, ash blonde hairstyle on Pinterest, but I think it’s clear that won’t happen. (Yikes!) The same goes for Elf on the Shelf creativeness, a perfectly clean and photo ready home, blog photos that are Vogue worthy, or a model thin body. I’m a mama, a wife, a (passably) good friend, a writer, a blogger, a reader, and a host of other small things not mentionable. I may admire the qualities of other women out there, (especially if I don’t possess them!), yet I can sit and know that it isn’t necessarily something that is meant for me.
It’a funny what time, maturity, and enough distance from teenage-hood will teach us, huh?
Tell me, do you find yourself comparing yourself to others often?