Happy Motivation Monday, beauties!
So sorry for taking off last week. I totally didn’t plan on it but my trip abroad ended up taking much more out of me than I expected. So happy to be back and I can’t wait to start sharing all about my amazing trip to Puerto Vallarta (you saw everything firsthand if you followed along on Instagram stories)! Until then, I’ve got the cutest sleeveless polka dot dress to share with you!
Harper Rose Dress c/o | Charlie Stone Heels c/o (also seen in this post) | Jemma Handbag (old – similar here) | BaubleBar Headband c/o | Kate Spade Bracelet (old – also love this!) | Buxom Lipstick c/o
If I’m being completely honest, sharing something like this is completely out of my comfort zone… and by “this,” I mean a sleeveless dress. My arms have always been a trouble area for me but it’s been more of a struggle this past year. While my diet hasn’t always been the best, I actually used to be pretty fit. I played soccer and did competitive cheer all through school and as I got older, I developed a love for yoga, barre and pilates along with hiking. Somewhere between getting older and developing food intolerances, the weight started to creep up and no matter what I did, it wouldn’t budge. Eating became a daily struggle as I endured frustration with bloating from anything and everything I put into my body and while I’ve got it a bit more figured out now, it’s been hard to accept as the process of getting back to where I was has slowed. One of these days, I’ll share more of my story but I’ll leave you with this for now 🙂
Its been a long time since I felt comfortable enough to show off my arms and I got this dress with the intention of pushing myself outside my comfort zone. At first, I picked myself apart and tried to cover my arms but then I realized how beautiful this dress made me feel. Clothing has a funny way of doing that… no matter your size or what insecurities you may have 😉 I think that sometimes we overthink things way too much and in the grand scheme of things, it’s something so minor and something that no one else really pays attention to. We’re all too worried about ourselves to recognize someone else’s insecurities yet we’re also worried with what other people think of us when really, it’s an internal struggle of what we perceive as perfection.
Clothing has always been more of a creative outlet for me than anything else. Growing up as a shy girl, I used clothing as an extraverted expression and art form… I always looked forward to getting dressed and seeing what I could create each day! It was my way of communicating with the world. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen the other aspects of clothing and how it can flatter an ever-changing body type. It’s almost like magic! And while showing a part of yourself that you aren’t comfortable with can be scary, it’s also liberating and freeing. I know that many of you feel the same in some way or another so just know that you aren’t alone and it’s a process. Life is too short… wear that cute sleeveless polka dot dress 🙂
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