I have been thinking a lot these past 2 1/2 years as I've been diving into blogging/writing and attempting to stay true to the most AUTHENTIC version of myself. I have questioned myself over the years and wondered if I should even bother going down this road. Am I too old? Pretty enough? Stylish enough? Smart enough? Business savvy? An eloquent writer? Will anyone care?
You know what I have figured out? If I follow my heart and ignore the questions, I always feel like my true self to the fullest extent. I have figured out that the same goes for my style. If I stay true to who I REALLY am and wear what I want, I am always happy about it. Each year that goes by, I attempt to ignore the questions in my mind and the notion of "will people like me and/or care what I have to say?" and just live how I want! I choose what I wear each day to make MYSELF happy and to feel confident. It may not always be the most flattering, but I wear what I want. That is it! THE secret! Crazy but I'm telling you women out there...that is it! WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT! Whether it's an outfit I blog about or not, it is a huge part of what will make you happy and confident and the truest version of yourself!
I have been trying so hard to let go of any preconceived notion of what a woman or mom my age SHOULD be doing, or what they SHOULD look like, (which is really hard sometimes, especially in the south, am I right?)
Try it tomorrow and see if you don't feel amazing, powerful, and above all else, confident! Whether it's wearing sweats, leggings, jeans, a dress, or a bold lip like this one that I just discovered, DO YOU! Do what makes you feel like the absolute best version of yourself!
So whether you come to Honestly West because you want fashion advice, a little pick me up, or because you are my friend, I hope you leave with something that lifts you up! I want this to be a place for more than just pretty pictures or fashion advice. It's definitely been heading more in that direction lately, and I'm pretty happy about it! I hope you are too!
Ps: I just found this amazing lippie and I am so excited about it! Also, it's under $10, so there's that too...