Hey! The post I made a few hours ago was a test - I was trying out my Picture Show app, which allows me to post pics and messages directly to Blogger! It worked great and now I can keep in touch while we're out at the lake.
*warning - this is a long post filled with 'feelings'...just saying!
Soooo, you're probably wondering why the graphic says Lenore's Style Peek instead of Agency Style Peek. Well, I'm added my own outfit posts into the mix. I'm still going share peeks into my agency, but I'm going to share a little more of myself and my personal style. This is for a couple of reasons:
1 - I love love fashion and shopping and styling (not couture fashion, but accessible well-priced fashion) and making the best of my own body shape, existing wardrobe and unique twists.
2 - I've always been in awe of the cool fashion bloggers and wanted to be a closer part of that community. Truth is, I've been too chicken. Too chicken to put myself out there. For a long time I didn't show many pictures of myself at all. I love my thrifting and furniture painting and DIY's, but there's more to me and I want my blog to reflect that. So I'm taking a risk and doing what my heart wants. Even if it scares me a little!
3 - I have a secret - I haven't been happy with my body lately, it's something I've always struggled with...but it's really escalated lately and I need to take back control. It's very hard to have a great life but feel self-hatred every time you look in the mirror, especially when you love clothes and makeup and style. So I'm doing something about it. I joined Weight Watchers a few weeks ago and I'm hoping to get back to a place of body satisfaction. By doing my style peeks, I feel like I have an incentive to feel acceptance and self-love by sharing what I have to offer as far as personal style. I'm putting my image out there in hopes of building my own sense of worth. Does that make sense at all?
I've been wanting to share my thoughts on this for a while. To be honest, it can be hard for me to share innermost feelings on this blog. Even though it's my personal creative space, I can hold myself back from being honest for fear of judgement. But I'm taking a leap and I plan to be a little more honest going forward, so I hope you'll stick with me!
I also got my new camera and tripod so I'm experimenting with my photos....here's my first ever outfit shots! Yup, just as awkward to take pics of yourself as the fashion bloggers say it can be!
Hoodie - Gap (similar)
Dress - Forever 21/Faith 21
Flats - Aldo (Buy)
Bag - Roots
Sunglasses - American Eagle Outfitters (Buy)
So enough about my confessions, on to my outfit! I picked up this dress for $27 at Faith 21, the plus size section of Forever 21. Plus size is a bit of a laugh though because they're actually like sizes 12, 14 and 16. But I'm glad to find such a great deal.
My seamstress took in the bust a bit for a better fit and I love it (for only a few bucks even a cheap piece of clothing can look custom-made) - I call it my Jackson Pollack dress because it looks like it has paint splatters of every colour in the rainbow.
That just means I can wear a million colours of cardigans with it...although to dress it down a bit, I went with a thin Gap Body hoodie in khaki green. My well worn cognac leather Roots purse and brown flats finish my look. It's been hot hot hot here this week, so it's been awesome to break out the dresses! A side note on purses, you'll only ever see me with a long strap purse, if I can't wear it over my body it's a no-go! Convenience rules in some cases...
Whew. Okay. Writing this blog post has been very cathartic. If you're still with me then thanks for listening and I hope you have an amazing long weekend...I know I will.
If you feel like sharing any of your insecurities in the comments, I would feel like we were kindred spirits!