Monday, January 26, 2015

valentines schmalentines, self love baby

Around this time every year, I feel a little restless.  There are a few contributing factors;   a new year, wacky weather (68° today, 37° and snow this coming Saturday),  spring/summer fashion spreads in magazines when it is seriously still winter, and lastly, Valentines Day.  So what does one do with such a variety of mind boggling life and style factors?  Easy, focus on oneself, self love, if you will.

Let's start with the big one, V-day.  I love the concept of Valentines Day, because I love love, but sadly it has become an empty, even phony holiday.  Yes, I am single, but this, in no way has an influence on my anti V-day feelings.  In the past while in relationships, I did not partake in the V-day nonsense.  Why?  Because I believe in 365 days of romance and passion, not one day of forced mushy sentiment with goofy gifts.  I will, someday, have a man in my life who will happily reap the awesome rewards of the 365 day love fest!

I realize that there are some single gals out there that do not feel the same way as I.  To them V-day is a big deal, but hear me out.  Instead of slipping on the flannel jammy pants and never taking them off, even to go to the store to by wine, (please nobody wants to see that), because you don't have a Valentine, be your own Valentine.  Focus on you; your look and style should be for yourself first, because if you don't love yourself, it is even harder to find someone else to love you...and buy yourself something fabulous, like shoes, not a stuffed animal that comes with a heart shaped pendant.

I am in my forties, I personally have never been happier with my self at any other age, than I have been in my forties.  I take care of myself; I workout, eat well with the occasional junk fix from time to time, and I have a style, my style.  I am confident in who I am and what I do, as an Interior Stylist I damn well better be!

But there are times when my style wains, it doesn't break, it just hits a speed bump, and it is always this time of year.  You workout, you look good, you feel good, but you are hidden under layers upon layers of clothes.  So you look at fashion magazines for a little inspiration, but it is so not skirt and sandal season yet.  Boredom, confusion, and style rut frustration set in...AGAIN, STEP AWAY FROM THE FLANNEL PANTS!
Seriously, I love flannel, especially on a man in the form of a shirt, but when the winter style blahs set in, flannel is not your friend, even in the privacy of your own home.  There are plenty of cute loungey pants available out there, sweater knit leggings are a fave of mine!  So if your favorite fashion magazines are just teasing you with fashion for warmer weather, why not focus on your look; hair, skin, beauty, etc.

When I hit style speed bump, I turn to my style and beauty icon is none other than the super sex kitten of the 50's, 60's and 70's Brigette Bardot for a shot of inspiration.  She could be stunningly beautiful, playfully cute or bombshell sexy!  The bedhead hair, makeup that is done but not overdone; no matter what look she was sporting, one thing is undeniable, she was always confident.  Confidence in and of itself is sexy.  Thank you BB.

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