Guys. This weekend was awesome. It was gorgeous out and I watched a lot of baseball. Gooo Tribe! And Happy Halloween to those who like you dress up and celebrate. I’m not one of those people.
These photos are from a photo shoot with the talented Emma Weiss. I had such a hard time deciding which ones to share!
photography by Emma Weiss
Let’s talk about this outfit and get into some real talk. I’m so self conscious about my mid section its ridiculous. I really went out of my comfort zone in picking this outfit in an effort to embrace my body and be okay showing some skin. I keep trying to remind myself that our bodies are amazing and capable and miraculous. Importantly and obviously, it is the only one we’ve got. Instead of always putting myself down for this and that, I need to see the good in my body and stop caring so much what other people might think.
I think the default thought process for women is the usual reel of personal insults. Ways we can improve. The constant inner voice telling us “I’ll be happy when…I lose weight, when these jeans fit, when I can wear that bikini, when I have a steady relationship” That’s so crappy and unfortunate.
Well babes – this is what you’ve got. Start saying to yourself “I am happy NOW” and “I am going to do this NOW” instead of placing your happiness and self-worth somewhere in your future. I’m 100% guilty, but I sincerely try to be better. As I am closer to 30 now than 20 I’m realizing how stupid it was to waste so many years of my youth being self conscious about…nothing.
So for today’s outfit I got out of my own way and wore that I wanted to wear. Which was, in this instance, a crop top. Okay, and a FAB kimono. I turned off the noise on my head (which, in case you were wondering, was giving me hell about being too old to wear a crop top) and instead thought dayum you look great today.
That might sounds brackish or arrogant, but sometimes self love is what it takes. I can have 100 comments on instagram telling me I look great, but until I ACTUALLY believe it in my own brain, then it won’t click.
This pep talk was as much for me as it was for you. Tell me, what do you tell yourself when the negative thoughts start creeping in? What is your secret to confidence?
Currently Sipping: spiked apple cider
p.s. – I HAVE worn a cropped (ish) top on the blog before. It was nearly impossible to get myself out of the house in it. See the look right here. And if you’re feeling the bloat and need some tips before you take the plunge, check out my BEST de-bloating tips.