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What I Wore Wednesday: August 19

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Since I recently discovered Confident Twosday over at Why I Do Declaire, I thought I'd kick off this week's WIWW post with a note about how my own confidence is evolving, especially in regard to clothes and appearance.

Growing up, I did not have a very accurate idea of how I looked. I was 4'11" by third grade and got stuck in this mindset of feeling really tall and awkward, even though most of my classmates quickly caught up to or surpassed me. I wore a lot of hand-me-downs as a kid and was oblivious to how things fit. (This was the '90s, so you can imagine how attractive I looked!) The more covered up, the better! Jeans in summer? Yes please! Plus, for 12 years, I spent every school day in a uniform--"what should I wear" only crossed my mind every few months on a dress down day. But then, COLLEGE. Not only could I suddenly wear whatever I wanted, but I had a job for the first time and the freedom to buy my own clothes. And yet I still farmed out the "what should I wear" decision to someone else when possible, enlisting my bffl to pick out my outfits! Graduation forced me out of that habit, and I began to grow and develop my own style.

So while I post "outfit pics" on here, they are much more about the girl in front of the lens, who is finding courage and finally starting to feel comfortable coming out of hiding and doing what she wants, dressing how she wants, exploring what she wants, and posting what she wants. This space here draws me out of my shell. And I hope you, dear reader, have a space/outlet/hobby that allows the same. 

Plus, taking outfit pics lets an ordinary girl of average height play model! And not only model but all the parts of a "photoshoot": stylist, set designer, photographer (sometimes). It's a fun creative exercise--and much better than picking apart all the reasons why I can't be a real model! :D

OKAY, that's enough feels for one day! Moving on to this week's pics...

Wednesday 8/12 (the day I re-discovered the sock bun--celebrate good times, come on!)

I'm not sure if you can tell, but these Athleta leggings have zip pockets! POCKETS! In LEGGINGS! Am I dreaming?!

I'm not sure if you can tell, but these Athleta leggings have zip pockets! POCKETS! In LEGGINGS! Am I dreaming?!

Tank: Old Navy (August 2015)

Cardigan: thrifted (2012?)

Leggings: Athleta (2015)

Shoes: Toms Bennet (July 2015)

Necklace: Chloe + Isabel

Watch: Target

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Ginger + Liz "Is It Friday Yet"

 

Thursday 8/13  

Notice that a certain accessory is missing?? My two weeks of wrist brace wear are up!  

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Tanks: both thrifted   

Leggings: Victoria's Secret (2015)

Shoes: Toms Bennet (2015)

Necklace: gift from the bf

Watch: Target

Bracelet: Lokai

Friday 8/14

This is a super boring outfit, but I had no clue what to wear--it was 64 degrees when I left the house, going up to 90!! YEAH OK AUGUST.

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 Sweatshirt: Target (a bunch of my grad school friends and I had this sweatshirt in different colors aww; 2011)

T-shirt: The Head and the Heart concert tee (2011)

Leggings: Victoria's Secret (2015)

Shoes: Reebok Skyscape sneakers (2014)

Bag: Longchamp Le Pliage Neo (eBay; 2015)

Watch: Target

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Revlon "Cardshark"

Saturday 8/15

Wedding wear!

You better werk.

You better werk.

Dress: H&M (2015)

Shoes: J. Crew Factory (2015)

Clutch: Baggu (2015)

Earrings: Loft (2014)

Nail polish: Revlon "Cardshark"

Sunday 8/16

Running errands in 90+ degree heat bleh

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Top: Gap (2015)

Bralette: Free Press (Nordstrom Rack; 2015)

Shorts: AG by Adriano Goldschmied (thrifted; 2015)

Bag: Lesportsac (2015)

Shoes: White Mountain

Watch: Target

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Revlon "Cardshark"

Monday 8/17

These bejeweled flat sandals only get to come out and play when I'm driving in to work! :)

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Peplum top: Express (thrifted; 2015)

Shorts: Target (2012)

Sandals: Target (2015)

Necklace: Loft (2014)

Watch: Target

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Revlon "Cardshark"

Tuesday 8/18

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Romper: Old Navy (2015)

Cardigan (thrifted; 2012)

Necklace: Francesca's (2015)

Sandals: Target

Headband: J. Crew (2010--it is literally coming apart!)

Watch: Target

Bracelet: Lokai

Nail polish: Revlon "Cardshark"

 

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