When do you feel your best self? A great question to REALLY think about, one I have been reflecting on quite a bit this past year. I know I’m happiest when I am doing something, ANYTHING creative. I hate being boxed in to a project, stuck in a room with snotty or uptight people, or in uncomfortable uptight clothing for that matter. I believe what we wear is a reflection of who we are inside. And to be happy in what we wear, we need to reflect inward – before we can project outwards. Makes sense, right? I believe this is one of the top reasons (aside from a unorganized crowded closet) many women struggle to get dressed in the morning. I hear it over and over again, “I hate everything in my closet!”. Really? You bought it, so you probably don’t HATE everything – your closet simply doesn’t reflect who you are or want to be, at that moment.
So yes, I need to be creative in work and play. I love being with my family. I have a big extended family, and when I am with my pod of 4; hubs and 2 teens, I am my happiest – we always have each others backs and have a great time together. So what looks reflect my true self? I feel my best self in a flowy bohemian dress, long sweater and some type of slip on shoe – comfortable pieces that move with me. I also love a pair of 70’s inspired jeans paired with a beautiful bell sleeve blouse, a long topper, a gold toned statement pendant, and a mix mash of gold bangles. I am a sucker for cashmere and anything animal print. I love a big luxe handbag.
Today’s look was a fun one to put together. I picked up this stripe duster cardigan a few months ago and have worn the heck out of it. As we transition to fall, cardigans become my wardrobe staple. My denim midi dress is from the Gap. Sadly, I cannot recommend it as I had to size up 2, yes, two, sizes to get it over my hips, THEN take it to the tailor to have the straps re-constructed. It was on final sale (super cheep) – no returns, so at least that made up for the cost of the alterations. My bag is a new favorite, designed by my friend Linda Cecil; owner and designer of Young Villagers Handbags. I have a few of her leather bags which you would recognize as they are in constant rotation in my closet. Aside from unique designs, what I love about Linda’s bags is the functionality! Look for lots of pockets, outside zips for easy access, and in some cases extra space for a laptop – she covers it all for us moms-on-the go. The Single Flap Shoulder Bag (which I am wearing today) can hold a laptop AND adjusts with a removable strap to a crossbody bag! Linda’s new canvas line is chic, affordable and LIGHT.
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Today’s featured bag was kindly gifted to me by Young Villagers. As always, all opinions are my own.
When do you feel your BEST self? What does it look like? What does it feel like? What are you doing? What are you wearing? Who are you with? Does your wardrobe reflect who you are today? Dig in and take a look – I’d love to know what you discover!
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