In honour of my third blog anniversary (and because I’m super behind on the 30 for 30 challenge) I’m sharing three outfits today. Two of them are outfits I’ve worn in the last few days but forgot to photograph so I’ve recreated them, and one is totally staged and I wish I was gutsy enough to wear it in real life!
Worn: For a coffee date.
Jeans: Old Navy Sweetheart Skinnies
Shoes: Le Chateau
Glasses: Forever 21
Pink Chai Style is 3 years old today, and I can hardly believe it! Three years ago I started this little ‘experiment’, a place on the internet to call my own. I was going through a time of my life where I needed stability; something that no one could take away from me, or stake a claim on. This blog became that and so much more. It also become a form of therapy. Taking a picture of myself everyday forced me to start seeing the positive in me; not just in my looks, but also in my personality, and smarts. For the first time in a long time I felt like someone with talent. Strange as it may sound; taking selfies helped me heal years of self doubt.
On my birthday last year I decided to put ‘start a journey of self-love’ on my 35 before 35 list, mainly because I’m really hard on myself and say things to me that I would never say to another woman. Ironically, I’ve realized since I wrote that list last October that the journey began three years ago, when Pink Chai Style was born, I just hadn’t embraced the lesson until now.
Worn: Work from home day
Pants: Banana Republic Factory Store
Worn: Just for fun
Now before you go thinking I’m super woman and have all these self doubt issues figured out, here’s another side of my reality; I got all dressed in this outfit on Wednesday, but couldn’t bring myself to leave the house in it. Partially because I knew people would give me strange looks (this outfit is not the norm in my neighbourhood), but mainly because I noticed in this picture that you could see my ‘roll’. Fellow mothers will know what I’m talking about – that little roll where I used to have a flat stomach before having kids. How crazy is that? That’s my reality, one day I’ve got everything under control and feel like a rockstar, the next day I’m battling with the mirror again.
The good news though, after almost seven years I bought a bathing suit last week, and I went in the pool with my kids when we were in Harrison. Baby steps are the way to go with self love and appreciation; nothing happens over night.
As always, thank you for being my audience; listening to me as I untangle my web of sometimes messy, and often random thoughts. This blog probably wouldn’t exist if a whole of strangers who are now my friends hadn’t started visiting and commenting three years ago. So go on, have a cookie or a piece of cake tonight and celebrate, because you are the reason the words and pictures keep making an appearance here.