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What I’ve Learned in this Year of Blogging (and tips for you)
Bloggers call this milestone a blogversary. I call it continuing education!! I will admit I enjoy getting older because of all the life experiences I’ve gained and (hopefully) learned from. And even as a younger whippersnapper, I always did take other’s advice & experiences to heart. That’s the whole idea behind these Weekly Wonders I post on Mondays, similar to as most of us remember “Hints from Heloise”—It’s all about learning from each other!!
With that being said, let me expound on some information I’ve gained since being retired from dentistry and wading into the blogging waters! I’m hoping these thoughts resonate with everyone, not just other bloggers!
1-Be less judgemental about others. I have always said “life would be so boring if we were all the same.” This is true with every category including fashion & clothing. Sure, someone may be wearing something you would NEVER wear, but maybe it represents their personality or just makes them feel good?
2-Try things out of your “box.” I truly and wholeheartedly think we shouldn’t be tied down to one or two “styles.” I think, perhaps, we get comfortable with certain items/looks and we then tend to gravitate to those same trends. Of course, you wear some of the same things because you know they look good on you, but I like to say that my personality isn’t one dimensional, so my clothing choices shouldn’t be either. This includes makeup options and colors. I’ve just recently started wearing different colored lipsticks and it gives me such a nice variety!
3-Outfits look different in pictures versus the mirror. There is a science behind the reflection in your mirror and how you’re able to perceive yourself. And the truth is you don’t see yourself the same way the camera does or even other people. Especially in real life, there is movement…it’s not just a snapshot. So I may check myself in the mirror, but I’ve been relying on my husband’s eyes for certain opinions much more recently. I even read one stylist’s suggestion to take pictures of your outfits daily for a month….it gives you a whole different perspective.
4-There is no clothing shop that is off limit due to one’s age group. I never would have thought to venture into some of the “younger” clothing shops like Forever 21 and Maurices until I saw other bloggers pieces from these stores. Clothing does not have labels on them that say “only for 20 year olds!” You can find some nice things, good deals and fun items at almost any store.
5-I understand fashion magazines and runways a little better now. I used to laugh and think how ridiculous the outfits were that were shown in the style magazines. But after looking at clothes non stop for the last year, I can see why they are a little “out there.” At least for myself, I crave some diversity/uniqueness especially now that I can be more creative!
6-Never say never. This is a biggie! How many times have you thought “I’d never wear that.”? And then months/years later, you sport the look! I think this ties in somewhat to being less judgemental!
Thanks for taking this journey with mom, Nancy & me. This week we’ll be wearing horizontal stripes!