Photos by Valentina Reneff-Olson Photography
Earrings: Gold studs & ivory pearl drops | Simple "C" necklace: Charm & chain | Champagne & brunch dress (Use code "repcailynjade" for 10% off!) | Monogram crossbody
Remember last post when I said I would be in Idaho for a track meet? Well... I lied. Sort of. It snowed in Chicago on Wednesday when my team was supposed to depart and unfortunately our flight was canceled. Southwest couldn't find another for us in time for our conference meet. Instead of being bummed out this weekend and not doing anything at home, I decided to make a spontaneous trip to St. Louis to visit my guy!
A month ago when I first saw this dress, I fell in love with it and thought it would be the perfect number to wear to church or a wedding. It looks just like Lilly Pulitzer but it's a fraction of the cost (plus you can save an extra 10% using my code "repcailynjade"!) Regardless, I had to have the dress, so I went ahead and bought it but was disappointed when I didn't look as good in it as the model did. I have a larger chest area, broad shoulders, and a tummy that isn't as small as it used to be, so I didn't feel beautiful wearing it.
I took a plunge and still sported the dress when I went to Sprinkles because I wanted to show you guys that you can still look good in something even if you don't wear it the same as someone else. Because I love the dress so much, when I wore it out I wasn't as self conscious as I thought I would be since I knew people would focus on the pretty detailing and bright color more than the things I didn't like about myself. When I showed these photos to my mom, she said she loved them. When I showed them to my guy friend, he said the same thing and when I mentioned I was afraid to post them because I've gained a few pounds since I started college, he objected and said that I was picking out the little things wrong and to focus on other positive things.
This is something we need to do with our bodies every day. Instead of pointing out your little flaws, point out the things you love. I love my new hair color and how it shines in these photos. I also love how strong my arms can look, which is a something I've taken from my mother and father. I'm starting to love my little freckles on my face as well. I'm not here to tell you that you must love every little part of your body, but you should learn to be okay with it and not beat yourself up over the things you can't change. The 5'9 model with long slender legs is beautiful, but so is the 5'2 girl with curvy hips.
Our bodies are different shapes and sizes, and this is okay. Don't you think this world would be pretty boring if we all looked the same?