Thursday, August 16, 2012

Letters from the Heart


I got the sweetest email yesterday from one of my readers (ugh, so impersonal- can't I just call you all friends?), and it really brightened my day. I am always in awe when someone takes time out of their busy day to send me an email, and the stories they share are inspiring. I feel so humbled and honored- I hope that doesn't sound cliched because I mean it sincerely.



Heather wrote in the email, "It is crazy how taking a little bit of time each morning to get excited about my clothes increases my confidence and my energy. I have even ventured out of the house with the kids because I felt as if the public was allowed to see me, or better yet the public should see me." Does it get any greater than that?! This is not a post, or really a blog for that matter, dedicated to wearing the trendiest outfit of the moment. This is a blog about being confident in your own skin and in your own style- whatever that is. Do I think that I belong on the pages of Vogue because of my stellar fashion sense? Do I care?



What I do care about sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. I originally started this blog because I was disappointed in the lack of bloggers like me. I was feeling down because I still hadn't lost the baby weight. I had just turned thirty. I wanted to feel confident. I wanted to feel like the public would be honored to see me. By blogging about my outfits I was able to gain confidence in myself and my style. I was able to begin writing for fun again. An incredible side effect of the blog is the influence I can have on someone. That was never intended or expected, which adds to the "specialness" of the whole thing.



We aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover or a man by his clothes, but far too often snap judgments are made like that every day. I'm glad no one documents what I wear to bed or to the gym or to clean my nasty classroom. I'm glad no one was around to document my grunge phase in high school. I don't think what you wear is as important as how you wear it. Can you look polished and pulled together in jeans and a t-shirt? Of course. It's all about the attitude you bring to the outfit.  Thank you, Heather, for emailing me. And I am going to let all of you in on a secret. This awesome dress I'm wearing? It's an old maternity dress. I haven't been pregnant for five years. Yep, I'm wearing it. So there.


31 comments:

Keesha said...

Im glad youre a blogger :) I enjoy your message and confidence! ps. Do I detect a "smize" in that last pic? Fancy lady!

Selah said...

I just bought a maternity dress and I haven't been pregnant in almost 4 years (and I have no intention to ever be pregnant again)!
I stumbled across this maxi in the clearance section at Target (70% off!) and fell in love!
http://www.target.com/p/liz-lange-for-target-maternity-sleeveless-braided-maxi-dress-assorted-colors/-/A-14007863
The length was WAY too long so I chopped 3-1/2" off the bottom and left it raw (it's knit so it won't fray).

Jenny Lauren said...

Fabulous post Katie! I'm always surprised and honoured when someone takes the time to write me an e-mail. The e-mail you received is just so sweet. I totally agree with what you said about it being all about the attitude you bring to an outfit. I little bit of confidence can make a huge difference. You look fabulous and confident in that dress (even though it's maternity, ha ha)!

xo Jenny
www.crazystylelove.com

chillairandperfume said...

That is a great e-mail & a wonderful reminder of what blogging is all about.

Also, I lovelovelove this dress!

xo,
Hannah
www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

Tara_St said...

I will let others address the sweetness of this post and your general awesomeness...I just wanted to tell you, I accidentally bought a maternity shirt once. Didn't realize until I got it home and looked closer at the tag. I still wear it. I've never been pregnant.

Tara
Penniless Socialite

Shurreeclouse said...

I love your style, attitude, and stories. I have thought about making a blog of my own because I was inspired by Hems for Her. (I sort of have, but am not currently happy with the state of it.) Confidence is a beautiful thing. If you can walk out of the house feeling confident and happy, then you have won the day.

EverythingPretty said...

I love this post!! And, what a wonderful email to receive from a reader (YES FRIEND!) ... blogging can be so surprisingly rewarding sometimes.

xo everything-pretty.com

Tashia G. said...

What an awesome email for an awesome/ deserving blogger! Your honesty and willingness to address insecurities with confidence is what makes you one of my favorites. (That and your affordable, but awesome style, lol).

Selah said...

Had to comment again! My daughter, almost 4, saw this post and said, "Her looks pretty!" I thought you'd appreciate that.
xoxo

Annie said...

Love that dress on you Katie - so pretty! And what an awesome email :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Sharon S said...

That is so wonderful to get such a lovely email from a reader! You inspire so many of us everyday, Katie! And I love your honesty in admitting it's a maternity dress and I love that you're rockin it :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
Enter my group giveaway!

Always Maylee said...

Aw Katie, this is why you are one of my favorite bloggers. You're so real and honest and I'm glad I've been able to get to know you through your blog. What a sweet email!

I love that it's a maternity dress. And I've always wondered why people don't wear maternity clothes more often, they are clearly way more comfy. Like maternity pants... awesomeness.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Maternity dress? It don't matta, cuz with those shoes, it looks AMAZEBALLSSSSSSS.

KnittedFox said...

Super sweet story!!!

Your outfit is just adorable. I love you heels!!

Nicole Johnson said...

Hey! I just found your blog and I really like it. You have a great sense of style and are very genuine in your posts. And those mint shoes? So fabulous. Love them!
Niki
http://www.nikisnotebook.blogspot.com

Marissa said...

Is it pathetic that I got a little weepy eyed reading this? Because if it is then "something was in my eye"...yep that's my story and I'm sticking to it :)


Love this post bliend and I love what your blog stands for and the positive message it sends out everyday about finding your own style and being comfortable with yourself.


I also love those shoes...sooooo cute!

Chris Williams said...

I don't have any kids and guess what... I own some maternity tops that I found at Target. Bam.

Sarah With A Bow said...

I wanted to offer you a whole-hearted "heck yeah!" throughout this post. Your positivity and openness will serve you well (and I'm sure it already does). Also... your shoes are like MAGIC.

Crystal said...

I think you would look beautiful in a freaking potato sack lady! Your beauty and happiness shine through every time. Reading this post... yeah, there were some fist pumps. Go Katie, go Katie!! Love the dress!
www.talesfromthefatside.org

Heather said...

Aw Katie that is SO AWESOME!!!! Amen to everything you've said... we all doubt ourselves and feel insecure - and if a cute dress or new necklace helps us walk a little taller, then by all means!!!! We get one life, it's short... and hopefully filled with more smiles than tears. I love this wonderful blogging community of supportive women! And you can definitely call me a friend instead of reader :)

XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

Weesha said...

Maternity jeans+ skirts are so awesome! I hate it when a salesman catches me shopping in the maternity section and goes all "ma'am this isn't for you" and I have to walk away. Bah! I remember the picture you tweeted to me before, you looked beautiful then and you look beautiful now. It has nothing to do with your size, it's just you. I look at you and I just see a beautiful woman so I agree, it's totally about attitude :)

Katherine said...

I think its great that you are so confident in yourself and that is what makes your clothes shine :) I think this totally true! Thanks for sharing :)


katattack2000.wordpress.com

Hannah @ Tattoos and Pearls said...

And this post is why I love you and your blog. I started my blog for so many of the same reasons as you Katie. So glad we have connected. And yes- we are friends. For sure.

Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

Feathers & Freckles said...

Starting with the outfit - I would have never known that was a maternity dress if you hadn't said something. It's beautiful and looks great with those wedges :)


Love what you said here, and I love the email you received! Getting emails from 'readers' (friends!) is my favorite part of blogging, hands down. To know that someone genuinely enjoys what you're putting out there, or that you've touched them in some way, is beyond amazing. Happy Friday!

grownandcurvywoman said...

Keep doing what youre doing because you do it so well! Im glad others are inspired by you. I know youve inspired me! :) BTW I wouldve never guessed in a thousand years that was a maternity dress. You look wonderful and bright!

Jupe_Cambria said...

Keep it up!!! I completely agree with Heather...you are such an inspiration and I love that your blog is real, genuine, and always positive. You instantly made me feel acceptable (and accepted) the way I am...and your confidence is infectious. I'm glad youve made it to this point, gives me a good push dealing with my own insecurities. And I just love your look and style :)

<3 Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.com

Tori said...

Katie, you are so inspiring!! One of the things I love most about your blog is how confident you are, and when you're not confident, you're honest! I try to exercise the same things on my blog. No one is perfect and we are all our own worst critics, but I think if we have honesty and are willing to admit that, then we can all grow. I think that sometimes people feel so alone and that they are the only ones with these feelings and as bloggers I feel it's our purpose to show the world that they're not alone. I love what you do, and you inspire me, and I hope I inspire others too :)

P.S. Love the dress, I buy maternity clothes and I've never had kids :D They're so comfy!!!

www.mythriftychic.com

Mary Ann said...

You look pretty as usual, Katie! Love the floral print on you. ;-)

Mary Ann said...

PS - forgot to mention, you should definitely try the new OPI 'don't pretzel my buttons.' The nude is opaque in about 2 coats which I've been looking for a long time. Too many of them are too sheer. ;-)

vogue_or_bust said...

I would have NEVER guessed that was maternity wear, it's seriously stunning. And that email is not only totally spot-on in terms of your contribution to the blogging community, but so deserved too! You set such a great example and I think it's amazing that you've inspired so many people, myself included! Sorry I've been so MIA this summer, it's been...crazy haha. Will be having a little break come September though and am so excited to catch up on my fave sites more regularly!

Alexandra xo

http://tovogueorbust.com/

Heather said...

Katie, So I have gotten behind on my reading, and just read this today!!! It made me smile to see how you were encouraged by my simple email, and how others out there expressed how you have impacted their lives as well! I feel like this is one big happy collection of words, and I just keep smiling! Love the outfit too (i like to rock out my prego clothes too) ;)
Heather

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