fashion friday, part I
usually, these posts center around sale picks. well, today i just couldn’t bring myself to bypass some of these beautiful early spring pieces! i have no intention of buying any of these (at least at full price!), but even just looking at them brings on a smile.
bold! slouchy! graphic! awesome. perpendicular sweater, $128
the make a splash cowlneck would be likely to do just that. $78
i have absolutely no need for the paraiso dress, $148. but maybe YOU do?
yayyyyy! flares are back. (i never really stopped wearing them!)
dear anthropologie, i would like this whole outfit. love, SHU
fashion friday, part II
i love fashion blogs and read several of them on a regular basis — mostly those which feature my favorite brand (i don’t think i need to clarify that part!). one thing that i have often thought about was the fact that most — not all, but MOST — fashion bloggers are very slim (these references are not meant to be a dig at these lovely and talented bloggers — i love both sites and they seem like great people!).
i have often wondered whether fashion blogging goes hand and hand with body image struggles. after all, you have a bunch of women writing in to talk about whether or not the latest size 0 creation was baggy or snug! and i have to admit i am guilty of being curious of what others thought of the fit of certain things that i felt ran bigger or smaller than usual (or seemed that way!).
yesterday i was browsing around and catching up on some sites i don’t read as regularly, and i came upon two posts: one from little girl big closet and one from adiaphane that opened up this sort of dialogue, and i just thought that both women did a beautiful job writing about their journeys in fashion blogging and how their histories shape their fitting room experiences today.
part of the reason i found this interesting right now is that for the first time in a long time, there are some things in my closet that aren’t comfortable. about 6 months ago, i was happy and satisfied with my body, and it wasn’t like i was restricting my intake or purposefully exercising to be that size! however, i had amenorrhea at that size. and then, 3 months later, i found that i was not responding to fertility medications at that size.
so here i am, 5 lbs heavier and with suffering body image but functioning ovaries. you don’t have to tell me: i have no doubt that this is totally and completely worth it! and obviously, i wouldn’t be able to squeeze into my little sundresses while pregnant, so why is that so important now?! the answer is: it’s not. i’m over it. but it doesn’t mean i always feel great.
i realize i may get some negative feedback again for this post, along the lines of “you’re so lame, why are you still whining about 5 lbs!??”. but i hope these paragraphs do not come off that way. instead, i am aiming to put my own negative thoughts into context, and i am working to embrace these changes; maybe even see them as beautiful. because while i feel most feminine in a colorful strapless frock, it’s being able to do this that truly reflects the power of being a woman.
workout: 30 minutes at 9:13/mi, 0.5% incline for most of it . . .and i actually turned it DOWN to 9:30/mi for the last few. yes, i’m officially losing fitness! and the world is not coming to an end.