August 17th, 2018: Good Times at Goodwill

Dear World,

What a lovely Friday night I had!

My dearest friend, her younger sister, and I went “back to school shopping.” I was extra pumped about this for a few reasons.

When I was in high school, trying to grow into myself, I never truly felt like the clothing that I wore reflected who I was. Not to mention I had a lot of insecurities about my body back then. So finally being able to go shopping on my own and have the money and be around people that I wanted to shop with felt like such a treat!

It wasn’t until I think I bought my bell bottom jeans that I truly felt like a superstar in my clothing. I remember when they came in the mail. I nearly squealed as I ripped open the package.

Anyway, we spent the evening shopping. I felt so prepared. The day before I had gone through all of my clothing and tried every single piece on to look at myself in the mirror. I then wrote down all the pros and cons, and any possible hesitations. Once I was done I went through the list and categorized everything into, yes, no, maybe.

Following all the organizing I decided what I was looking for and created a budget and wishlist accordingly.

I did pretty well on this spree, I tried to be incredibly intentional when trying everything on because I had to be honest with myself. Is this really something I am going to wear? And does it work with the things I already own? 

I was so lucky to find a handful a awesome stuff. My favorite find was what I am calling my, “seashell dress.” I’ve got my friend to thank for that find at Goodwill.

Though I think out of all the items I bought there are two or three pieces that aren’t going to out. But so what? I’ll return them and find something new. It’s a process. My goal, as I save up a little more, is to develop a capsule wardrobe. If you don’t know what that is I highly recommend you check it out. Courtney Carver pioneered it by challenging herself to wear 33 pieces for 3 months.

All in all, it was not only successful but also a recharging experience. My wonderful friend has helped me realize that it isn’t superficial to care about what you wear and take pride in it at all. Looking good(and that’s according to you and no one else!) translates into feeling good. For me, that’s wearing bell bottoms or funky skirts. I don’t feel great when I wear makeup or a whole lot of jewelry. It’s all about finding who you are.

As Charlie from the novel, The Perks of Being A Wallflower once said,

I think it was the first time in my life I ever felt like I looked “good”. Do you know what I mean? That nice feeling when you look in the mirror, and your hair’s right for the first time in your life? I don’t think we should base so much on weight, muscles, and a good hair day, but when it happens, it’s nice. It really is.

So this week I encourage you to do a little soul – or shall I say – closet searching to find an outfit that is really “you.” If you can’t find that maybe it’s time for you to find an outfit you love. Then strut your stuff because heaven knows you deserve to!

See you in Milan, my darlings,

love vail v

 

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