2010-05-11

It's Not Bragging

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This week the ladies from Achedemichic are encouraging us to embrace what we love about ourselves and dress to our fullest potential. Often we dress to camouflage our flaws instead of to play up what we like. 'S' already touched on this in one of her posts but I think sometimes we are even embarrassed to admit we like something about ourselves. I firmly believe that nothing gets you into a soul sister connection with a friend quicker than a pint of ice cream and some good old fashioned body griping. We form bonds over mutual cellulite. It's easy to blame the media for a negative self-image but sometimes your biggest body-hating enabler is #1 on your speed-dial, your bff. Why is it that tearing down our bodies makes us funny but being body positive makes us conceited? This week be positive and slip 'I like my (...)' into a conversation. The peeps of Bloglandia have your back!

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Skinnies? Gap
Knit shell? Ralph Lauren, Holt's Last Call
Trench? Club Monaco, thrifted
Bag? thrifted
Bracelets? Crazy lady at the Ex (read about them here)
Shoes? Frye, Winners


I like my legs. They walk me everywhere (it's true, my friends make fun of me for optimistically proclaiming 'we can walk there' about everything...) and they look nice in a short skirt. I feel most confident in bare legs and a short skirt. However, the weather, which had been gorgeous, played tricks with my idea of a confidence boosting outfit and delivered a freezing week. So, instead I wore my Gap skinnies which always make me feel great. I rave about and wear these pants incessantly because these may be the first pants that I bought because I liked the way they curved to my body instead of choosing pants because they minimize my thighs.
And I like that I'm tall, so I wore heels... this isn't special in and of itself, heels and I are friends. I have never felt self conscious about being tall (though I have two reeeaaalllly short friends and sometimes I'll walk on the road while they are up on the sidewalk so we can hear each other). My shawty friends should not get all the good heels, so I wholeheartedly participate in every extra inch of height. All you tall ladies... I can't think of a single reason to not enjoy your height. It may not make you automatically good at basketball but it does give you a good natural viewpoint from which to scan the room and look for missing children or potential love interests. Ok, I just thought of one downside to being the tallest lady around... guys seem to think that walking up and saying 'Um... you're tall!' is a pick-up line... but other than that, enjoy it!

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And apparently this is my scrutinizing face...

34 comments :

LaToya said...

How cool! I too love my legs! I'm drooling over your trench and think your pics are beautiful!

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Lovers, Saints and Sailors said...

Love the bracelets. And love this idea!

I like my hair, there's pretty much no hiding it, I try to embrace it every day. I like other things too but this has made me want to think about and name exactly what they are.

Patricia said...

I love it! I'm tall too (6'3") and men think, "well, you're a tall drink of water" is a pick up line

Nadine said...

I love your legs too. (Does that sound weird?) Awesome angel shot!

Destined For Now said...

What a great post...so positive. And your legs are fab!

five foot something said...

I wholeheartedly love your entire outfit; especially the trench. Doing up the knot into a bow is just a cute idea that I've never actually thought of, strangely enough.

And despite the body positive message you left, I must say that I'm quite envious of your height. I have yet to embrace my 5 foot 1 frame.

Once again, cute outfit.

Fashion Butter said...

I love this post. You are rocking those jeans.

I am not that tall (5'6" 1/2) but I ALWAYS got that "you're tall" line! It's almost as good as "excuse me, why aren't you smiling!" Um, because you and your man jewelry are talking to me.

God, I am so happy to be married.

Linda said...

SO thats why you walk on the road! Bitch!

I like your legs too.

Alex said...

You really do have great legs - if mine were that long I'd be showing them off at every opportunity!

I love the idea behind this post. Must go and check out Academichic :)

eek said...

yes, you do have some amazingly gorgeous and long legs! those pants look fab on you, and, as always, i adore your shoes!

cocojones said...

This is a great idea, I definitely agree dessing to play up the good bits is better than dressing to hide the (or what we percieve to be...) bad bits.
SO much more fun too!
You're so lucky to have long, slim legs, I think it's great to appreciate what you've got, be it legs, or anything good in life!

Nicki said...

Cute jeans, I really like the colour!

briannelee said...

I love love love that trench!!!! So jealous!

Celine said...

You're too cute :) - I love this post and I wholeheartedly agree. We need to start talking about the things we like about ourselves and not the stuff we hate. You DO have great legs :) - see, mine would probably be my stomach but I'm not sure about wearing a belly-shirt. hmm.

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what i would have worn... said...

These colours are so rich together!
And you’re totally right about female body image. Lots of new research even suggests that a little positive thinking can help you loose weight. How silly if focusing on hating my thighs is the very thing that stops me doing something to change them.
ps it’s not all bad, I have a narrow waist which is perfect for creating an hourglass silhouette.
pps you can definitely join Della and I as our triplet. It’s an international group no?

Sal said...

You've got a great, great, great set of gams, lady. And those purple skinnies show them off beautifully!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Your legs look fantastic - especially in those skinnies!

I love your trench, too!

Kelly @ blackdog finds said...

You are rockin' those jeans!! And those bracelets are divine.

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

The pics are awesome!! And your legs are fab! no homo :) haha

Wanderlusting said...

This is a great idea for a post!

I just wrote about my experiences with personal training in my quest to FINALLY be happy with my body.

And I try, I really do, to find things to like about my body but it's really hard. I really can't find anything, it's all just a pile of crap.

I guess if I HAD to choose it would be my ass and waist. Neither of them are very remarkable, they just don't suck as much as the rest of me :S

And I agree - you are lucky to have nice long legs. I have short, stumpy legs and will never know what it's like to have men ogle me lol. I'm just jealous.

Still, it's refreshing to see a post like this :)

Future Lint said...

Those pants are so flattering on you and your fabulous legs! I love that you are tall and still wear heels, it seems like not many girls do!

Clare said...

Legs? Awesome
Heels? Awesome
Scrutinizing face? Hilariously awesome

Sadie's Momma said...

Your legs look INSANE in these skinnies! And the shorter length top makes your legs look even longer. Way to go on choosing heels, too. You are a super model. :) Keep up the beautiful work. We should all embrace ourselves every day!

<3 KP
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Christen said...

I am loving this series of posts and have been increasingly inspired the more I read. Your legs look insane in those skinnies. Seriously. Bananas. Good for you for celebrating the things you love about you!

Becca said...

Great coat! And I totally dig the mix and match armful of bracelets! So happy to read so much positivity!!

xo, Becca @ Freehoney.blogspot.com

Keira said...

I am loving all the self-love that's floating around the style blog scene this week! And loving everything about this look :)

Lolita said...

You're so right! Why should we feel that we need to put ourselves down all the time - we need to remember to remind ourselves every once in a while to say something nice about our bodies and know that its not being conceited!

You're adorable!
xx Lolita

http://lolitalovesit.blogspot.com

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The Village Idiot said...

love the sweater- and the purple grey combo!

Taylor Sterling said...

I am in love with that coat! Great shots! Love the bird wall! xo

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

nice booty, sister!!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Seriously lady, you have some awesome stems. Those pants are too cool, love the color! =D

piglet said...

Love the trench, and those jeans do look amazing on you!

Sabrina said...

ok those jeans are AWESOME! are they plum color? I know this post was from, like, a year ago, but do you think the gap still has 'em? i gotta go shopping and get me some!!!! maybe i'll check the thirft store. maybe someone has donated them since last year... in my size :) ;-) Love it!