December 10, 2012

let your heart be light

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I know this is a summer dress and I'm wearing it in the winter, but I don't care. That's what happens with 90% of my winter outfits, anyway :) I got it last week from the big Tulle Black Friday sale. This dress was on my radar for probably a year, so I was psyched when it went on sale for $18. The cardi is also from that sale.

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Don't you just love Christmas lights? They're so gorgeous. Too bad the actual glow of the light didn't show up much this shoot. But that's a lighting issue... It would have to be darker to see the glow. But if it were dark, you wouldn't be able to see the pretty dress or the pretty girl in it :)

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Yes, I know. Women in our culture aren't supposed to acknowledge anything positive about ourselves, especially having to do with looks. We're supposed to play dumb and play ourselves down, and be unaware of the power of our goodness and valuable traits. Otherwise we're vain and narcissistic.

Well I'm sorry. I just can't with that today. I can't be bothered. Eff that. I'm too tired to fake it with the same faux modesty that we're all used to. I go through enough negativity in my own brain every day. Tearing myself apart for everything imaginable. I think we can all relate to that.

Today, I'll just come out and say it. I like the way these photos came out. I like the way I look in them.

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Not that a woman's looks should be put on a pedestal above all else that she is.

And not that I think everything should be all about inflated positivity.

There obviously should be balance. But a lot of people are pretty okay with tearing themselves down, or minimizing themselves. I could've written something like "I think these came out okay, but I'm not sure!" Even though that's not what I really think.

Honestly, we put up with enough negativity. And so the opportunity came along for me, where I actually think something positive about myself. I'm not going to keep it to myself. At least today.

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dress- tulle/ cardigan- tulle/ headband- anthro/ necklace- f21/ tights- c/o we love colors/ shoes- thrifted
photos by matt panton



chantilly

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32 comments

  1. You look fucking lovely.

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    1. that is the best fucking compliment.

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  2. You look beautiful and it's true--know your own beauty, and recognize its position next to the other qualities that make up your opinion of yourself :-) A very healthy approach to self love!

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  3. I don't believe in summer and winter clothes, just different levels of layering!

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    1. here here! but i hear so much about "the perfect fall/ winter pieces" etc. i mean it's fun to do some ogling, but i'm pretty broke :P my winter strategy is usually summer dresses + cardigans + tights. sub dresses for skinny jeans. repeat.

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  4. You look HOT lady! that dress was made for you and your hair looks gorgeous. Shout it from the roof tops i say! Us women dont self proclaim enough if you ask me! Especially as a british woman, we're not even very good at taking compliments from others let alone ourselves lol!! But im with you, we should all show ourselves a bit of love!!xxx

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    1. YES! RAISE THE ROOF, SISTER.

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  5. The last pic is my favorite :)
    You look beautiful and genuinely happy.
    happiness is always beautiful on a gal :)

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    1. thank you! it's a funny thing when taking photos... all the best ones are usually ones i can't even remember posing for. i'm not really happy or sad in them, just... relaxed and drifting off i guess.

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  6. You look beautiful in this pics girl!

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  7. hehe i love ti when i like my photos too! there are just way too many times where i'm like "ugh thank goodness for the art of cropping" haha

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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    1. yes, there was a few examples of cropping here as well, but nothing too gratuitous! just to make the framing more pleasing, etc. xx

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  8. You look great, and I think it's very healthy to admit that you like the way the photos turned out and that you like how you look! =]

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  9. Love the lights! I think you look great in these photos as well :) I love a girl who can pull off color in winter, because I definitely can't!

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  10. Gorgeous photoshoot and what a cute outfit!! And I'm loving your attitude and positivity :) I really look up to you!!

    Mackenzie
    www.birdfriend.tumblr.com

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  11. Ummmm wow I loved this! Go girl!
    And you are beautiful!

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  13. Cute dress! My broke ass loves taking summer clothes into fall :D. It's all about layers.Cheers to the positivity too!

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  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You seem like a very nice person and best of luck to you with your music career.

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  15. You're not just pretty, you're BEAUTIFUL! Yes, capital letters; and inside out.

    What an adorable photo shoot; love all the pics, especially the first one ;D.

    And it's true, we go through so much negativity from others and from our won selves ... I wish I could shut out my own negative voice that tells me I'm not good enough or worthy of people's respect/love ...

    Oh, and I'm glad you got the little card! Thanks for letting me know :p.

    Tight hugs, beautiful girl!

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  16. these photos are wonderful! i love your positivity and this entire post.

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  17. Lovely session! i like your dress

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  18. You're adorable! I love that dress.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  19. these photos are uber cute!!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  20. those are cute and fun.photos.love your hair

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  21. Those love these photos! You look fantastic and you should be proud and shout it from the mountain tops. I was actually discussing self image with a young girl I work with last night. she's a tiny pretty little thing yet she has so many body issues just because of the images she sees and other people always putting themselves down. I told her she should be proud of the way she looks and not be afraid to be happy about it. it took me years to feel comfortable in my own skin, being able to read other people's blogs, like yours, have helped me so much with my body image. :) its okay that I like the way I look, there's nothing wrong with that

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  22. You. Look. ADORABLE! <3 Those photos are gorgeous, I love the lights, and your outfit/hair/makeup looks SO great! You go girl! ;D

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  23. Love the tights & dress combo, super cute shoot indeed miss lady!

    <3 Megan
    http://kiddotv.blogspot.com

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  24. so cute! love the pattern of your dress.

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  25. I love these photos too, you should be happy with them! Most my winter outfits are layered summer pieces too, and... I have that necklace :) Love this dress- glad you scored it on such a good sale!

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