Happy Monday, my lovely friends! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. I spent most of last week taking care of a sick toddler, after which my super pregnant self ended up ill also. That was lots of fun- I’m fairly certain there isn’t much that’s more miserable than being a mom and being sick. #teamnodaysoff
Today’s post is going to be a bit different than most. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.. and I’m not sure if it’s just the pregnancy hormones or what, but I’ve come to the realization that I’d like to be more open with you guys about life.
But first- can we talk about fall fashion? Why is it seriously the best when the weather is the worst, haha! Don’t get me wrong, we usually have some gorgeous starts to fall here. Between the clear sunny skies, mounds of crunchy leaves, and beautifully colorful trees everywhere, it’s hard to argue the beauty of the PNW.
But then comes the rain. It usually starts right around Halloween, and it doesn’t let up until April/May. And I mean usually straight weeks on end of cold, wet, gloomy rain.
Well, when you’re an emotional person like I am (and pregnant, too), that can really start to wear you down. Because it’s freaking hard to get good pictures when the weather won’t cooperate! And when you run a fashion blog, that can be pretty depressing.
And as silly as that sounds, depressing is only one of the many negative emotions I’ve been experiencing these past couple weeks. When you’re 32 weeks pregnant with an extremely active toddler and the weather keeps you house-bound, you start to get cabin fever without a creative outlet. And when you’re a type A personality perfectionist like I am, it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of unattainable perfection.
And truly, living in today’s social media and image-driven society is tough. It’s easier to hide behind the perfect Instagram photo- showing only what we want to show- than to divulge the ugly, the bad and the real. Maybe that’s because perfectionism and beauty are what actually sell, whereas authenticity is praised but rarely seen in action.
I’m guilty of this; I spend far more time than I’d like to admit agonizing over the perfect angle in a photo. I almost didn’t even post these because I hated how I looked- for no reason other than the pictures just weren’t “perfect” enough, my hair not flawless enough, my face too fat, etc.
But the truth is, I’m not perfect; nobody is.
Including that celebrity instagrammer with editorial-worthy photos and 100k+ followers.
So I’d like to just reiterate why I’m even in this crazy blogging game to begin with.
I’m in it because I want to be real with you guys as much as possible without compromising my family’s right to privacy.
I want to share my love for fashion without idolizing the unattainable goal of perfection.
I want to take beautiful photos without the intent of making them “flawless.”
Because most of the time, those are the ones that make the cut- the ones where you smile with your eyes and not just your mouth, throwing self-consciousness and fear of wrinkles to the wind.
These are the photos and memories we carry with us forever- the ones that make it into our hearts and not just our walls.
And I really hope you’ll join me on this journey to living a more authentic, creative, and purpose driven life-
fashionably, of course.
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