I have a confession to make.
While I love fashion (and come from a very stylish family and group of friends), I have a hard time dressing myself in a way that makes me feel great.
I have talked and talked all about the importance of having confidence, but it is something that I lack when staring into my closet or at my reflection in the mirror.
I am very lucky. I have a lot of clothing (in fact, I have so much clothing that I donated about half of it in the past year).
I think that I have some home decorating game.
But, when it comes to putting together a fabulous, memorable, different outfit, I struggle.
I have recently gotten very into shoes.
And though I have been buying and rocking some fierce footwear as of late (studded motorcycle boots, sky-high booties, leopard print kitten heels and red bottoms), I have developed a uniform of sorts and this uniform has turned into a rut.
97% of the time I am in leggings. 95% of that time they are black. 5% of the time they are a dark gray.
This season, I have topped my leggings with either a cashmere sweater over a black tank, a flannel button down or a fun sweatshirt.
And that’s about it.
And it makes me feel less than cool.
And so I decided to do something about it.
Some women do 7 day cleanses; I decided to go online, create a secret board and commit to doing
7 days of pure Pinterest.
That’s right. While home sick on a Saturday night, I said to no one, “Pinterest me.”
I pinned outfits that included elements that I owned, but I also tried to branch out (with things like long skirts, leather, layers and bold accessories).
And I told myself that starting the next day, which just so happens to be today, no matter how I felt, I would wear a Pinterest-inspired outfit every day for the next week.
This strange idea did not come out of nowhere, mind you.
This week, I got to spent an amazing, warm, fun evening at our #ReviveEverAfter event; we sought shelter from the pelting rain, sipped Prosecco, talked, snacked, shopped, got styled, got the giggles and so much more.
Robin and Jillian were the most gracious hosts, treating each of us–each guest–like we were old friends.
That’s me on the left there, with Robin on the right; I am in the rust-colored jeans that I had bought during my first visit to Revivals, and in a pair of cobalt Manolo Blahnik pumps that I spotted and then immediately glued to my feet.
I was convinced that they were meant to be mine.
I LOVED having the opportunity to play dress-up, while being styled by Jillian; she put me in this Rag and Bone blazer/vest (I bought it!), Seven jeans, a sheer tank, this fabulous, studded belt and…
take a look at what is going on south of my ankles.
You see, as I walked around the store in the Blahniks, greeting friends and family members, I felt comfortable in the blue shoes, but they weren’t getting much play.
And then, I put on these amazing booties, at Jillian’s request, just to complete my look…
And ZOMG, every single woman in the store commented on these Stuart Weitzman booties with the platform and incredibly high heels.
And so, I called an audible.
I got the booties.
My night at Revivals lit a fire in me, as I saw friend after friend try on clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories that made her face light up.
And I left that night with happiness in my heart, a bag filled with goodies, and the motivation to up my personal style game.
Hence, my personal Pinterest challenge.
And so here I am, today, on Sunday, my Day 1, committing to my 7 day challenge.
I will call it “Pinterest me (the before).”
Here’s to branching out;
to finding confidence;
to my still-in-the-box-white-Superga sneakers…
and to feeling revived.
More to come.