On Looking your Best and Inspiring your own Style.

Since this IS supposed to be a fashion blog of sorts, too, it’s about time that I jump into my own style, right?

Well, this isn’t even that, really. But you will get to see the ridiculously on point stylings of 3-5 year old me. Nowadays, I’m definitely not quite so eccentric in my everyday wear, but I think a few key trends of the timeless nature have made their way through the years (wait for it…).

First, some Instapics of a few ensembles of the day…

First day on the job as a fashion intern. Those heels were NOT clutch for a day on my feet. #NoPainNoGain might suffice here?

First day on the job as a fashion intern. Those heels were NOT clutch for a day on my feet, but my clearance Target dress made it feel worthwhile. #NoPainNoGain might suffice here?

This entire outfit is brought to you by a summer abroad in Spain. And this high-lo skirt is one of my all-time faves. Good thing H&M is in the States though...

This entire outfit is brought to you by a summer abroad in Spain. And this high-lo skirt is one of my all-time faves. Good thing H&M is in the States, too…

Disclaimer: I really like black. But I also really love a good floral print, and some thigh sock action.

Disclaimer: I really like black. But I also really love a good floral print, and some thigh sock action.

My favorite childhood trend was my bright green pair of froggy rainboots, complete with two raised eyeballs on the toes and everything. They were beyond cool. Unfortunately, those spectacular lime green wellies aren’t made past size 13 kids. But I’ve been marching to the beat of my own style drum for basically forever. I think my mom knew this the day I refused to wear anything but my princess dress to school…with my froggy boots (or my pink jelly shoes – yay ’90s!).

The awesome thing about college? You can literally wear whatever you want and nobody questions you. People may judge you, but it’s ok because those people aren’t fun and you’ll never see them again anyway. In my pre-university years, I was sometimes criticized for “getting dressed up” for school.

My response (in my head) was always the following: Sorry that I don’t want to look like I…

a.)    just rolled out of bed,

b.)    am about to roll back into bed,

c.)    didn’t do laundry in weeks, or

d.)   simply don’t give a s*&% about my outwardly appearance.

To everyone who ever questioned why anyone chooses to look nice for “not important” days (school, etc.), it’s pretty safe to say that that person was dressed up a bit nicer than you on that day of judgment. Granted, you probably looked great in whatever you put on that day, but maybe you went casual comfy (like college gear and sweats) while they whipped together an urban chic ensemble – it can be intimidating.

Why waste time wishing you looked like so-and-so? Take it from me, you do NOT need a lot of money to make some kick butt outfits. Thrift shops are all the rage right now (thanks, Macklemore?), and you can literally create an awesome look, head to toe, for 30 bucks. Whether it’s second-hand at a thrift shop or clearance at Target, I’m a bargain hunter through and through. The best feeling is getting an amazing look for $40 bucks and feeling like a million!

Cheers to the people who were never afraid to look their best, whenever and wherever. Why wait for a “special occasion” to look good? Life is a special occasion (thanks, Hallmark). Wear your favorite dress on a random Tuesday and wear high heels with jeans just because you can. Stop saying “I can’t pull that off.” Just wear it – life will always have haters, but most people will probably look at you with admiration and wish they had the chutzpah to wear the same. Life is short – look your best, be your best. It’ll just keep getting better.

Now please enjoy a flashback Hump Day with some easy-to-digest fashion tips for stepping up your style game. Or something like that.

Off to preschool. Lesson Learned: Never leave the house without your black jacket (so clutch), bag (jack o'lanterns are artsy fartsy), and Cabbage Patch kid.

Off to preschool. Lesson to be Learned: Never leave the house without your black jacket (so clutch), bag, and Cabbage Patch kid.

Lesson learned: Always opt for color on a rainy day. It'll brighten everything us up. Purple everything is sufficient and definitely not overboard. When in doubt, just add the whole rainbow.

Lesson to be Learned: Always opt for color on a rainy day. It’ll brighten everything else up. Purple everything is sufficient and definitely not overboard. When in doubt, just add the whole rainbow.

Not sure if I was going for "Hula Barbie" or "Pocahontas in Pink." Lesson Learned: Embrace feathers and hot pink. Lots of it.

Not sure if I was going for “Hula Barbie” or “Pocahontas in Pink.” Lesson to be Learned: Embrace feathers and hot pink. Lots of it.

Lesson to be Learned: When it comes to your eyewear, go big or go home. The bigger and bolder the brim, the better. Even if they're lensless, who cares, you do you.

Lesson to be Learned: When it comes to your eyewear, go big or go home. The bigger and bolder the brim, the better. Even if they’re lensless, who cares, you do you.

Sometimes, in my spare time, I was a cowgirl. Lesson to be Learned: Tights, hats, and scarves - embrace accessories out the wazoo. And apparently a monochromatic pallet was the way to go.

Sometimes, in my spare time, I was a cowgirl.
Lesson to be Learned: Tights, hats, and scarves – embrace accessories out the wazoo. And apparently a monochromatic pallet was the way to go.

Even after bath time, ya still gotta keep your game up. Lesson to be Learned: There's definitely an art to headwrapping with style.

Even after bath time, ya still gotta keep your game up. Lesson to be Learned: There’s definitely an art to head-wrapping with style.

Folks, this one is IT. There's bold color and crazy print. There's jewelry. Lesson to be Learned: When no real jewelry is in sight, just stick scrunchies on your ankles and wrists and call it a day.

Folks, this one is IT. There’s bold color! Crazy print! Jewelry! A pedicure in the season’s in-color for 4 year olds! Lesson to be Learned: When no real jewelry is in sight, just stick scrunchies on your ankles and wrists and call it a day.

THE aforementioned princess attire. Lesson to be Learned: It's all about your go-to outfit. If it doesn't make you feel like a princess, it's time to switch up your routine.

THE aforementioned princess attire. Lesson to be Learned: It’s all about your go-to outfit. If it doesn’t make you feel like a princess, it’s time to switch up your routine.

Just keep it classy and you. Don’t be afraid to go out on a fashionable limb and just try something. Feel comfortable in your own body, skin, and personality, and the clothes won’t even come close to trumping the real reason why people enjoy looking at you – it’ll be all about the glow you exude and the natural confidence and ease.

Really, just veer away from looking like this and you’ll be five steps closer to golden.

What was your hot childhood trend? And today? What’s your take on fashion? Let the posh commentary commence.

lovelovelove,

E

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