There are so many messages conveyed to us everywhere we look about how we’re ‘not enough.’ We’re not skinny enough, tall enough, pretty enough, smart enough and blah blah blah. Often, we’re also sending these messages to ourselves unknowingly. I wanted to focus today’s blog from the vantage point of what we ‘have’ instead of what we ‘lack.’ That is, playing up to our assets versus our deficiencies. I believe that if we focus on what we have instead of what we don’t, our perception of ourselves and the world will positively change over time.
For me, I consider one of my assets to be my eyes. This used to not be the case. When I was a teenager, I was told by this boy in school that my eyes looked crossed. Being so sensitive and insecure in my youth, that broke my spirit to where I was uncomfortable looking at people. I’m glad to say that isn’t the case anymore. I’m no longer insecure about my eyes. And my eyes are not crossed.
So, on a day like today, Sunday, where it’s cloudy and cold out in San Francisco, an overall feeling of nurture and warmth overcomes me. When it comes to getting dressed, I’m thinking warm, cozy, simple, relaxed, and natural. Understated, effortless yet pulled together.
I focused on playing up my assets, the eyes. People say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. In my case, it is true. Keeping a fresh face with minimal makeup and dressing up the eyes included a MAC purple creme liner that I used to bring out the shape of my almond eyes. I wanted it to have a balance of subtlety yet drama. I added a printed burgundy head scarf to pull my hair back and help frame my face; allowing the eyes to really pop and be the focal point. My outfit was a little black dress that helped to anchor the attention to my face and eyes.
On days like these when I’m running errands around town or meeting friends for brunch and don’t feel like investing a lot of time on my dressing routine, focusing on one element to dress up simplifies the process while sending the message that I thoughtfully pulled myself together. This could also work for dressing up lips as well.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please leave a comment and let me know what assets you value and how you dress it up.Share