Archives for the month of: February, 2013

 

If someone put a mirror in front of your face—would you like what you see?  What a great litmus test for internal development. 

Sometimes in this world of haves versus have nots—designer versus contemporary —we forget what is truly important.  The shoes—clothes—accessories—they all are meant to compliment the amazing person that wears them.  Let the fashion wear you—and you become merely a mannequin. 

I was walking down one of the most famous fashion districts in the world the other day.  It can be very intimidating watching the beautiful women in their perfect outfits, complimented with the perfect pocket book and highlighted by pristine jewelry.  A woman caught my eye.  She was blonde—very tall and thin—perfect aesthetically in every way.  She was the kind of woman that could stop traffic. 

She was with a man that had a very commanding presence.  He looked like he could be famous.  One of those “Prince Charming” types that all girls dream of.  They were together— out for a day of shopping.  She seemed to have it all—the clothes—the man—the life. 

Time passed as I wondered around from shop to shop.  I stopped for a cup of hot chocolate and continued on.  A window display caught my eye—I went in to hunt for my next fashion treasure!  As I approached the back of the store—I noticed Prince Charming sitting in a chair—the blonde was standing in front of the three way mirror—she had on a dress that hid nothing and proved she was perfection by every societal and magazine definition.  This was just too perfect to be true—seriously?!    

As I tried not to stare—wishing I had her curves—dreaming of her life—I heard him say, “You really need to lose weight.  You are getting pudgy.” 

What?!  How could this be?  Perfect women have perfect lives—or do they? 

As the blonde dropped her head and walked back into the dressing room, I found myself aching for her.  Women have a tough enough time with societal pressures to be “perfect”.   I thought to myself with any “perfection” comes it’s consequences. 

I continued shopping—found a little treasure and headed for the counter.  Prince Charming was just ahead of me, pulling out his wallet.  Apparently, there had been chocolate left in the chair by the dressing room as he had a small portion of a chocolate bar on the rear of his tan slacks.  He didn’t notice.   

Standing in amazement, wondering if I should say something—when a girl in her 20’s walked by and said, “Excuse me sir, but you have Doody on your slacks.”  One has to love Karma!

We should appreciate what we have been given as opposed to what someone else has, there will always be someone that you think has a better life or is younger—more attractive—in better shape—but there will only be one you.  Walk with the unique individuality you have been given.  My grandmother used to say, “Jealousy is a cruel manifestation of the uncultured.”  We should appreciate each other for who we are.  Band together to help each other stand tall. 

Fashion is exciting and affords us the ability to be creative—Fashion is a reflection of our personality.  Each individual wearing in a different way.  Like makeup—fashion should enhance not overpower.  It is an expression of ourselves—not the definition. 

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Think of the feeling you get when you are about to board a plane headed to your favorite vacation spot!    The excitement—anticipation—that is similar to the feeling you get during the start of Fashion Week!  All of the great designers are in full preparation mode to unveil their new lines for the coming season.  If you’re lucky enough to get an invite, it is an exciting experience.  You’re the first to know what will be in Fashion!  This week unveils Fall 2013.  The shows have been in rehearsals—the excitement is fierce—the anticipation is high! 

It is at this time that I reflect on how my personal style has developed through the years.  Everyone has their style icons and fashion don’t moments.  Ever notice that our incredible fashion moments rarely make it onto film—however—have a fashion don’t day and it will live forever!  If you were a teenager in the 80’s—we had a fashion don’t decade. 

This week, while preparing what outfits I will be wearing for the festivities, I began to reminisce through the years of my childhood and how one’s personal style cultivates itself.  Please allow me to digress—I was raised in a rural farming community.  Fashion was defined as boots, jeans and men’s t-shirts that typically had farming or beer advertisements on them.  If you were trendy you tucked them in and cinched them with a belt and a huge silver buckle.  If you were ultra trendy you had polo shirts that you wore instead of t-shirts which were purchased at the one clothing store in town that wasn’t targeted to farm wives over the age of 50.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, when we weren’t wearing boots, we wore our sneakers until holes broke through.  Yeah—that was cool.  A bit of difference from the fashion mecca that I live in today. 

A far cry from the stiletto collection that sits in my closet.  Roots are a good thing though—they create the base for where we grow from.  A great base gives us good footing to rise, grow and flourish.   

Our environment shapes our attitude—it is that attitude that shapes our style.  Style is what expresses our personality—mood—it is our expression without words, giving us confidence.  Ever notice how when you are in an outfit that you love—you feel good—smile more—walk taller?  When you feel strong and confident you are indestructible! 

My style today is a far cry from what it was while growing up.  As I sit and watch the catwalk showcasing Fall 2013—the small town girl remains within —while the fashion junky will be taking notes! 

There is a reason we get so excited with a perfect new outfit—getting into a smaller dress size—adding a new pair of shoes to our collection—we express ourselves with fashion!  Whether you are in couture or ready to wear—high price point or not—Clothes are more than just cloth that covers our bodies.  It is our expression. 

Find the style that affords your attitude and personality!   Everyone has heard the saying, “you are what you eat”!  Let’s create a  fashion saying, “let your style be your statement—your creative expression—your best shining through”!  Now put on your favorite outfit and strut!

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