Monday, February 6, 2012

Look :: The Real Her

Outfit details: Hat - Love Melrose. Dress - Felina & Dandall / won in giveaway. Tights - We Love Colors. Booties - Target. Bracelet - Ann Taylor. Bangles - InPink / purchased with gift card.

My mom told me that I should write a book based on my dating experiences. The problem is that I wouldn't want her to read it. I always say I have no secrets, but I'm starting to collect them like boys jackets in my closet. My life has completely changed in the past year or two or five, but me? I managed to stay the same... until now.

I know I'm being vague, but it's oddly exhilarating becoming a more private person, and all you need to know is that I am happy. I feel absolutely free. I have no fear, no regret. I am finally practicing what I preach -- living in the moment, living for me, living loudly.

And all this time, I was missing out. But maybe I had to go through what I've gone through to get to this point. Maybe there was no other way for me to learn, and because of this, I am grateful.


  1. This outfit is so cute! I absolutely love it! And well said. -Jessica

  2. :D
    I LOVE this outfit!!
    Finding yourself never takes as long as you think it Funny, but true. It's such a relief! It's like hitting the Staples EASY button. And I like your haircut! <3

  3. i'm really open in some ways but completely completely private in others. i like having things to myself :-)
    love your top in this post too xx

  4. This outfit is so cute :) I love the soft print with those tights!
    I prefer being a very private person. I hear girls in school tell EVERYTHING about their 'private' lives to anyone who will listen. Honestly, I prefer to keep people wondering :)

  5. I think this is my second-fave outfit of yours.

  6. This is a really pretty, outfit, I like it!

  7. Self-discovery can be weird sometimes...but also intensely enjoyable once you sort of give yourself over to it. Love the dress BTW - that blush pink shade looks so pretty on you.

    Courtney ~

  8. The dress looks so good on you!!! I'm so excited to see you in it. You look beautiful. I'm glad to hear that you are happy and living in the moment. It's a great feeling once you get there. xo

  9. Love the outfit, Stephanie. You look lovely as always :)

  10. Okay, I adore you. Even in your vagueness here, I can relate to it so deeply. In the last month I've come to understand what a private person I am, and have always been - just the other day I was telling my mom about the way my childhood dream had been to own a horse (I eventually owned two when I was a teen) and she had no idea I'd been so passionate about it from such a young age. She asked my dad and he'd had no idea either. It seemed absurd to me that they didn't know because we're very close in my family. But I realized I just never expressed myself outwardly. I was passionate enough to remember all the wishes I made, and drawing up what my horse's stable would look like, but it was all inside and I just naturally kept to myself. It's the same now, and sometimes I think I'm a little too fond of it. I find myself constantly reveling in my solitude and keeping so much of myself beneath the surface. It's safe, sure, and I know people say safe is boring, but it's also comfortably and at the same time it's empowering. I read a book once - I think it was "10 Things I Love About You" by Julia Quinn, a simple little Regency romance a la Jane Austen - and there was a line that went, "A lady must have her own private reserve of secrets and strength." It's become something I live by, in my way.

  11. Oooh love the mystery, although I would have to admit that I'm curious now. But it's good to have a few secrets that make you feel good!

    xo Mary Jo

  12. This is such a sweet post. There is something so liberating about just chilling and living in the moment and taking things as they are, isn't there? So glad that you are experiencing (and enjoying!) this!

    Although... a book would be cool!

  13. I lovee your blouse and blog!

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  14. I'm glad that you are you, and that all that stuff inspired you to write this beautiful blog.It inspires and lightens up my day, everytime

  15. Don't you just look adorable? This is definitely one of my favorite outfits on you.

    A certain ammount of privacy is always important. Everyone doesn't need to know everything that goes on in our lives or every thought that passes through our brains.

  16. im happy youre happy! i am curious tho :) cute floral dress!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  17. glad you're happy, that's the most important thing.
    and you look gorgeous!
    xo, cheyenne

  18. I'm glad that you are happy and even with being vague ... I know that I am very much a private person, I like certain things kept to myself. One of my favourite quotes is, "If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees."-Kahlil Gibran

    Beautiful photos!

  19. Love the outfit, especially the bright tights! The quote that Fashion Tales left you is perfect! You keep collecting those jackets girl! You're young and should enjoy every minute. Just don't waste the pretty!


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