“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself”. The Art of Power,Thich Nhat Hanh
I’ve always been told I have creative style but I never really considered myself a creative person. To me, creativity meant being artistic or theatrical or a creative writer (none of which do I consider myself to be gifted in). Yet my husband always acknowledges my creative side and how it really shows through in my outfits.
When I signed up for Instagram, however long ago that was, I came up with the name Convey The Moment with no intent of ever starting a blog. It was just a handle that meant it exactly what it said: I’m conveying moments of my life, through my eyes to people who choose to follow me. It is interesting now that I reflect truly how creative those three words really were. They have become my identity.
You’ll laugh when I say this but I had never read a blog in my whole entire life prior to starting one (other than Oh She Glows this is where I get most of my recipes). It isn’t that I had anything against them I just didn’t really know much about them. When I wasn’t studying human anatomy or putting in hours at the hospital I was focused on health or hanging out with my husband. But it is entertaining because since I have recently entered this fashion world I’ve come to realize it is sorta my thing and I am sorta creative when it comes to style.
Since I was a little girl I always had an eye for fashion no matter how much I denied it. At around the age of 4 or 5 I remember my dad getting my brothers and I ready to go somewhere and my dad did my hair for me (bless his soul) but unfortunately the barrettes he selected didn’t match my outfit (was he for real?). I refused to tell him but I also refused to get out of the car. I remember my mom asking me what was wrong and I said, “Don’t tell him but my barrettes do not match my outfit and I will not be seen in public like this”. Well not much has changed since then, I even need my jammers to match at night in order for me to get a good nights rest (the best can be found at Target, Victoria Secret and Anthropologie). So with this all being said the truth is that I am creative and my creativity is generally portrayed through my outfits. I just think of ideas and I bring them to life, it comes from my right side of my brain–the creative side.
Now what does this have to do with this outfit post? I get asked all the time how I come up with the outfits I wear and I didn’t really have an answer to give. I just literally go into a store, choose items I like and create things with them. I truly feel style is a reflection of individuality, uniqueness and something that can be imitated but never replicated. I mean, we all learn form one another but style is just another personality trait in my eyes. When I put outfits together I honestly just wing it, sorta like a piece of abstract art, see I am artistic! That is my biggest piece of advice to all you ladies looking to expand your wardrobes and create a style of your own. Have fun with it, be original and always be open to learn and try new things–stepping out of your comfort zone does amazing things for your personal growth.
I really feel this outfit is completely a reflection of my style: Sorta boho with a little bit of girly-girl to it. I stunbled across this Ubran Outfitters cardigan and it is literally one of my greatest purchases EVER. SO comfortable, SO versatile and SO winsome. I find it a fitting piece for spring and summer nights when you want to lightly cover up without feeling too warm. I paired it with this outstandingly cute turban from Mandy Tangerine and a simple black dress to make the perfect look for either day or night.
I hope you have a Monday full of beautiful moments,
SO much Love,