ONE little MOMMA: What I Wore + More- Red Aztec Cardigan and Chambray

What I Wore + More- Red Aztec Cardigan and Chambray

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Red Aztec cardigan paired with chambray, black pants and tan vintage boots

Red Aztec cardigan paired with chambray, black pants and tan vintage boots

Red Aztec cardigan paired with chambray, black pants and tan vintage boots

Red Aztec cardigan paired with chambray, black pants and tan vintage boots

Red Aztec cardigan paired with chambray, black pants and tan vintage boots
Cardigan: Pick Your Plum
Shirt: J Crew
Pants: TJ Maxx
Boots: Thrifted
Earrings: ONE little MOMMA

Lately I have been thinking a lot about being brave. The word brave was a big contender as I chose my one little word this year. I didn't choose it, (possibly because I was too scared of what it might bring) but I'm still thinking about it. I am terrified of many things including roller coasters, heights, being embarrassed, and confrontation. My instant reaction to being put on the spot is what my husband and I call 'the sweats.' My husband will often jokingly ask me, "So did it give you a sweat?" Yes, yes it probably did. 

Anyway, this week I've been caught in a little battle of comparing, hustling myself, and trying to fit in. I'm talking about the blogging world today, but really it applies to every part of my life. I'm finding that takes A LOT of courage to be yourself- not to just be yourself but to be only your WHOLE self. This past year I have been working on being authentic and I really have made a lot of progress. But recently I have found situations where I think I'm being real and then when I look back I realize that I was only being part me and part trying to fit in. I was too scared to just go all in. This is frustrating for me because it doesn't feel good to try and fit in. (Probably because it's impossible!) It feels so much better to be 100% true to what you think, what you believe and what you want.

The internet is a very easy place to be someone else. Some people love it for that very reason, but I love it for it's opposite. I have loved connecting with so many people around the world because of and in my struggles and my successes. One of my hopes as I continue to blog is to be more true to myself completely and then be content with what comes back to me. I love blogging- so much more than I thought I would. I love reading blogs and writing mine. And you know what I love about my favorite blogs? I love to read something with inspiration, beauty, honesty and creativity. Yes, I love this outfit. I had this cardigan at the top of my Christmas list and these vintage boots were a fantastic thrifting find. Pairing an Aztec cardigan with a chambray shirt is a great way to mix an on trend piece with a classic. But I have a hard time just describing an outfit and leaving it at that. I want to include some inspiration, beauty, honesty and creativity in every post- not just every once and a while.

I want to make this blog my favorite blog. Not your favorite blog- but mine. I do hope you love it too. I think you will because I think you and I have a lot in common. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts. How do you handle this? How do you stay true to yourself?





13 comments:

  1. Woman, you are fabulous!! I love seeing your posts on IG and reading your blogs!! Your style is so effortless and on point!! I only wish I could thrift a pair of amazing Frye boots, and rock your cut!! Keep up the amazing posts and keep up being 100% YOU!!

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  2. Love this outfit, especially the red Aztec cardigan--it looks like a great fit!
    I want to say that you have SO much to offer this blogging world,
    and I get inspired by even your shortest and simplest posts.
    I hope to someday have the reach & influence with my blog that you have right now.
    Have a wonderful afternoon!
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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  3. This is a great look for you! I love the sweater and the boots are amazing. You give me so many great ideas! I just tried the David Kind service!! Thanks!! I sure hope that aztec is back next winter!! Stay true to yourself - you have very cool style! Susan

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  4. Love this :) I had a mission companion who was one of the most authentic people I'd ever met, and I loved and admired her so much for it. She would always say that if you're being yourself and someone else doesn't like you for it, "What does it have to do with you?" She had adopted that as her mantra~ whether others love you or hate you, that has everything to do with them and nothing to do with you. I always think of her when I'm struggling with how to be myself. And for the record, your blog is one of my favorites to read! I love your thoughts and outfits~ and I've been looking for a good Aztec cardigan for a while!

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  5. Life is a period of transitions and changes, and with all of the inconsistency it is important to recognize what your values are and how you can share them with others. It is important to me that my friends and family members feel loved, cared for, and that honesty and integrity are evident in my life, because at the end of the day it doesn't matter what others think about you. You have to go home with yourself at the end of the day, and so it is important that you can do so with a clear conscience.

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  6. Life is a period of transitions and changes, and with all of the inconsistency it is important to recognize what your values are and how you can share them with others. It is important to me that my friends and family members feel loved, cared for, and that honesty and integrity are evident in my life, because at the end of the day it doesn't matter what others think about you. You have to go home with yourself at the end of the day, and so it is important that you can do so with a clear conscience.

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  7. Love that red cardigan on you! :)

    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

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  8. I found your blog on The Pleated Poppy. I'm now your newest follower. I love this post (and not just because your outfit is fabulous). I think finding yourself and being the real you in this crazy blog world can be difficult. When I look back at my blog, it has changed and it's going to keep changing. I feel like I'm in a big transition point in my life. I turned 30 and I'm trying to find myself again. But, I always strive to be me whether someone likes it or not. And some people don't. I used to be a people pleaser which in turn made me unhappy because I never put ME first. Well, I'm doing that now and some of my close friends aren't so close anymore but it was a sacrifice I had to make. Continue to be you! Because from what I've seen (in my very short tenure as a follower), you are pretty awesome!

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  9. Love this outfit - especially that awesome sweater! About my own blog, I tell myself this all the time: "In the long run this blog is for yourself... do what YOU like"

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  10. Um, definitely going to go buy that sweater. It is sooooo comfy and awesome looking and I can see it paired so many ways! So happy I found your blog!

    <3 Daryl
    Unlost

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  11. Fantastic sweater! It looks great on you!

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  12. I love the cardigan, it looks fab with those boots!

    Good look with making this blog a blog you love - I find that hard to do in regards to myself because I have that typical 'you're your own worst critic' thing going on, ha.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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